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Thrilling Christian Conservative Audience, Trump Vows to Lift Ban on Politicking, Appoint Antiabortion Judges

posted on June 22, 2016

The Washington Post’s Michelle Boorstein and Julie Zauzmer report that Donald Trump received a standing ovation on Tuesday at his New York meeting with conservative Christian leaders. Trump assured his audience that he would reverse a law that prevents tax-exempt religious organizations from politicking, and he pledged to fill the Supreme Court with anti-abortion judges. Boorstien and Zauzmer write, “At the end of the event, the campaign announced an ‘evangelical executive board,’ which included 21 names: 20 men and one woman, former congresswoman Michele Bachmann.”

Read at The Washington Post

Hillary Clinton, Longtime Christian

posted on June 22, 2016

The Atlantic’s Peter Beinart writes that Donald Trump falsely claimed that the public knows nothing about Hillary Clinton’s faith during a meeting with conservative evangelical leaders yesterday. Beinart writes, “Biographies and magazine profiles have been stressing Clinton’s religiosity for decades. In his 1993 New York Times Magazine profile, ‘Saint Hillary,’ the late journalist Michael Kelly stressed Clinton’s relationship with Reverend Don Jones, the youth pastor in her Methodist church in Park Ridge, Illinois.”

Read at The Atlantic

Muslim Voter Registration Up, Group Says

posted on June 22, 2016

At CNN, Eugene Scott writes, “More than 300,000 Muslims have registered to vote since the 2012 presidential election, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, one of the country’s largest Muslim advocacy organizations.” The council based its estimate on a list of common Muslim names. Scott writes, “In June, the council launched ‘Muslims Vote,’ a non-partisan voter campaign designed to increase Muslim participation in the 2016 election cycle by volunteering, registering to vote and hosting candidate forums among other initiatives.”

Read at CNN

Inside Donald Trump’s Private Meeting With Evangelicals

posted on June 21, 2016

At TIME, Elizabeth Dias reports, “Donald Trump will meet privately Tuesday morning with nearly a thousand social conservative leaders in New York City.” Many of the most influential Christian Right leaders will attend the day-long conference. Dias writes, “Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee will moderate a 90-minute main session, where Trump will answer questions in front of the entire gathering. He’ll be introduced at the session by Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr., who endorsed Trump in January. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson will also participate.”

Read at TIME

Anti-Muslim Incidents at U.S. Mosques Surged Last Year

posted on June 21, 2016

Matt Rocheleau of the Boston Globe writes, “Anti-Muslim incidents at mosques in the United States surged last year, according to a new report that blames the trend on backlash from terrorist attacks and the rhetoric of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.” The study, conducted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Center for Race and Gender at University of California Berkeley, found that there were nearly 80 of these incidents in 2015, up from 20 in 2014. Rocheleau writes, “There were 17 incidents recorded in both November and December 2015, which were the highest single-month totals ever recorded.”

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Lyle Jeffs Flees Before a Pending Food-Stamp Fraud Trial, Possibly to a Ranch in South America

posted on June 21, 2016

The Salt Lake Tribune’s Nate Carlisle writes, “Polygamous sect leader Lyle Jeffs has absconded from home confinement — less than two weeks after a federal judge let him out of jail pending trial on accusations that he helped orchestrate a multimillion-dollar food-stamp-fraud scheme.” Members of Jeffs’s family have expressed fears that he has escaped to South America and may never be brought to justice. Carlisle writes, “There is a federal and local law enforcement task force in southern Utah and northern Arizona that focuses on the FLDS. There are dozens, perhaps hundreds, of former Jeffs followers whom investigators can draw on to help find Lyle.”

Read at The Salt Lake Tribune

Judge Refuses to Block Mississippi Anti-LGBT Law

posted on June 21, 2016

Reuters’ Curtis Skinner reports, “A federal judge in Mississippi has allowed to stand a new state law that permits people to deny wedding services to same-sex couples based on religious objections.” The decision is the first to be made in the four ongoing suits challenging the measure. Skinner writes, “The far-reaching Mississippi law also clears the way for employers to cite religion in determining workplace policies on dress code, grooming and bathroom and locker access.”

Read at Reuters

Inside Donald Trump’s Strategic Decision to Target Muslims

posted on June 21, 2016

At The Washington Post, Jenna Johnson writes about the formulation of Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric. She reports that Trump and his aides began discussing his so-called Muslim ban last year after the terrorist attacks in Paris, and they decided to announce it just after the San Bernardino attack. While the nativist rhetoric has benefited Trump among a subset of Republicans, Johnson writes that “the idea is largely opposed by Americans overall.”

Read at The Washington Post

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