If Sessions won’t defend Muslims, he’s the wrong AG for religious freedom
By Jennifer Butler and John L. McCullough, The Hill
The United States attorney general must uphold the basic value of religious freedom for all Americans. We do not tell people how to pray in America, and we do not ban people from entering our country based on their religion.
Jeff Sessions needs a Sunday school lesson on immigration
By John Gehring, Religion News Service
While Donald Trump thrilled crowds during the election campaign with his pledge to build a “great wall” on the U.S.-Mexico border, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions cited the Bible to make a Judeo-Christian defense of the president-elect’s plans.
In black Charleston, a struggle to find both justice and mercy
By Patrik Jonsson, Christian Science Monitor
With the sentencing of Dylann Roof near, black Charlestonians weigh the punishment for his appalling crime against a deep-seated desire to find grace in the darkest moments.
Immigrant Rights Groups Gear Up For Fight Of Their Lives With Nationwide Protest Plan
By Roque Planas, Huffington Post
Immigrant rights groups plan to hold rallies and marches in more than 40 cities across the United States next week, aimed at pressing President-elect Donald Trump to back away from the hardline policies he trumpeted during his campaign.
Evangelical Climate Scientist Explains Why Christians Should Care About The Environment
By Antonia Blumberg, Huffington Post
White evangelicals are more likely than any other group of Christians in America to deny that climate change is occurring. But for Texas Tech climate scientist and evangelical Christian Katharine Hayhoe, faith is at the heart of her work.
Pope throws down gauntlet to religions: No killing in God’s name
By John L. Allen Jr., Crux
In his annual address on Monday to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See, Pope Francis signaled that 2017 will be a year in which his press for peace gathers steam, and laid down a clear challenge to all religions to reject killing in the name of God.
Where are our bishops? The racism of ‘alt-right’ nationalism
By Stephen Schneck, U.S. Catholic
It is long past time for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to speak out against the evil of today’s racism. The “alt-right” white nationalist racism that surged alongside the political campaigns of 2016 is an evil that the church in America cannot ignore.
Religious Makeup of the New Congress Overwhelmingly Christian
By Emily McFarlan Miller, Religion News Service
The United States Congress is about as Christian today as it was in the early 1960s, according to a new analysis by Pew Research Center.
Republicans don’t want to hurt ‘real America.’ By repealing Obamacare, they will.
By E.J. Dionne Jr., Washington Post
This needs to be made very clear as their throw-people-over-the-side juggernaut rolls forward. Any vote to repeal Obamacare before there is a comprehensive alternative on the table that all can study, understand and debate is a vote to deprive many of their health insurance. It is a vote to make the lives of millions of Americans demonstrably worse.
Here’s what we think will be the major religion stories of 2017
By Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Washington Post
Several hot-button issues — including immigration, abortion, poverty, health care, gay rights and education — will put religion near the center of public life and debate. But the issue that could especially flare up? In a Trump administration, “religious freedom” is expected to either flourish — or come under attack — depending on who defines religious freedom.