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“It Will Be a Bloodbath”: Inside the Kansas Militia Plot to Ignite a Religious War

posted on October 17, 2016

The Washington Post’s Cleve R. Wootson Jr. reports that three men from Kansas were arrested on charges of plotting to kill Muslims and ignite a religious war. Motivated by Islamophobia, Curtis Allen, Gavin Wright, and Patrick Eugene Stein call themselves the Crusaders. They “face federal charges of conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction to blow up an apartment complex, a mosque and Muslim immigrants from Somalia, the Department of Justice announced Friday.”

Read at The Washington Post

How Long Can Evangelical Women Stay Behind Donald Trump?

posted on October 12, 2016

For POLITICO Magazine, Laura Turner reports on evangelical women’s responses to the Donald Trump campaign, especially after the release of an explicit video of him talking about assaulting women. Turner writes, “A profound split has emerged among evangelical women. While many are standing firmly behind Trump, a growing number of them are starting to defect from his ranks of supporters.”

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WikiLeaks Emails Show Clinton Spokeswoman Joking about Catholics and Evangelicals

posted on October 12, 2016

The Washington Post‘s Sarah Pulliam Bailey reports, “The latest batch of documents published by WikiLeaks appears to show Hillary Clinton’s campaign communications director joking with a confidant about Catholics and evangelicals in emails sent to John Podesta, chairman of Clinton’s campaign.” Jennifer Palmieri, who is Catholic and was then at the Center for American Progress, joked in an email that conservatives found Catholicism to be “the most socially acceptable politically conservative religion.” She wrote, “Their rich friends wouldn’t understand if they became evangelicals.”

Read at The Washington Post

Poll: Trump Support Remains Steady Among Evangelicals

posted on October 12, 2016

At Religion News Service, Lauren Markoe writes that white evangelicals continue to support Donald Trump, despite the recent release of a tape that reveals Trump bragging about groping women. A Public Religion Research Institute poll showed that Trump is losing support from white Catholics and white mainline Protestants. “But white evangelical Protestants show no statistically significant change in their willingness to vote for Trump, with 65 percent of them in his camp,” Markoe writes.

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Muslim Americans Respond to a Caustic Campaign by Raising Money and Mobilizing

posted on October 12, 2016

FiveThirtyEight’s Farai Chideya reports that Muslim Americans are responding to this election’s anti-Muslim rhetoric by politically mobilizing for Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump has only 1 percent support from Muslim Americans in four battleground states—Michigan, Virginia, Florida, and Pennsylvania—according to a spring poll from EMERGE USA. A former mosque president, Shahid Husain, told Chideya: “This country is great because it gives privilege to everybody, equal rights to everybody.”

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The New Culture of Life

posted on October 11, 2016

At Slate, Ruth Graham reports that a new generation’s anti-abortion activism uses different language, but remains steadfast, as more than half of millennials identify as pro-life. “In conversations over the past several weeks with activists and other young people who care deeply about ending abortion, I found many who are skeptical of the movement’s long-held ties to the GOP and the Christian right,” Graham writes. “Instead, they are using the language of feminism, human rights, and the Black Lives Matter movement to make their case for a new culture of life.”

Read at Slate

A High Holy Call for Lox, and Old Hands to Slice It, at Zabar’s

posted on October 11, 2016

In The New York Times, Corey Kilgannon reports that iconic New York deli Zabar’s recruits former employees during the High Holy Days to help handle the rush of customers wanting their expertly sliced lox. Frank Cabrera, who is not Jewish, now lives in the Dominican Republic, but he worked at Zabar’s for 26 years before retiring. “Every year I know Zabar’s will call me,’’ he told Kilgannon. “They fly me up, pay for my plane ticket.”

Read at The New York Times

Will Lewd Trump Tape about Groping Be Tipping Point with Conservative Christians?

posted on October 10, 2016

Religion News Service’s David Gibson writes, “By going on the offensive in the second presidential debate, Donald Trump may have righted his listing campaign enough to halt the defections that followed the shocking video released last week showing him bragging about groping women and exploiting them for sex.” However, Gibson questions whether or not the aforementioned video would “finally repel conservative Christians who are key to the GOP’s hopes for recapturing the White House.” Several conservative Christian leaders have released statements supporting Trump, including Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. and Focus on the Family founder James Dobson.

Read at Religion News Service

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