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Friday, November 1st, 2019


Hesham Shehab: Islamists Ignore the Armenian Genocide and other Ant-Christian Pogroms

Hesham Shehab

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted last Tuesday to officially recognize the Ottoman Empire’s genocide against Armenians, but a single Democrat Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar voted “present.” Omar said that she disapproved of the politicization of the vote, and that her qualm is not with the content of the resolution, but with its timing and intent. In a statement, Omar said that a “true acknowledgement” of genocide must also include atrocities committed by the U.S. Most Islamists would have the same position as Omar’s on the atrocities perpetrated by theRead More

Screening of the film "Emanuel"

Aurora church to screen film, host discussion

AURORA, Ill., Nov. 1, 2019 – -St. John’s AME Church, 2950 Bilter Rd. in Aurora, will host a screening of the film “Emanuel” and a panel discussion at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9. The public is invited. Admission and parking are free. Juan Thomas, church spokesman, said film director Brian Ivie will attend a question and answer session. Panelists for a post-screening discussion will be announced. Cosponsors are Wesley United Methodist Church, Progressive Baptist Church, Quad County Urban League, Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce, Aurora; and Greater St.Read More

[P]reacher John Piper also called David a rapist.

Opinion: David raped Bathsheba, and why that matters

Rachael Denhollander

by: Russell L. Meek Nov. 1, 2019 (RNS) — “David raped. It’s important we get that right.” This crucial bit of biblical interpretation came in a tweet in early October from Rachael Denhollander, the first young athlete to accuse Gymnastics USA physician Larry Nassar of sexual assault and now a speaker and author on surviving abuse. She was responding to a tweet from evangelical leader Matt Smethurst who, while listing the various sins of biblical figures, stated, “David fornicated.” Denhollander followed up her response the next day and again a few days later, outliningRead More

The Trump administration is proposing a new rule...

New rule would allow foster care, adoption agencies to exclude on religious grounds

by: Yonat Shimron Nov. 1, 2019 (RNS) — The Trump administration is proposing a new rule that would allow adoption, foster care agencies, and other social service providers receiving taxpayer funding from the Department of Health and Human Services to refuse to serve people based on religion, sexual orientation and gender identity.  The rule essentially guts a 2016 provision enacted in the final days of the Obama administration that prohibited such agencies from receiving government funding if they discriminate against clients based on religion, sexual orientation and gender identity. LiftingRead More

Leading refugee resettlement organization urges administration to resume refugee admissions as soon as possible

World Relief Laments Zero Refugee Admissions in October 2019

Presidential Determination for 2020

BALTIMORE, Nov. 1, 2019 – World Relief, a leading faith-based relief and development organization, today mourns the fact that as of yesterday. the U.S. has resettled no refugees for a full month. For at least as far back as World Relief has records, nearly thirty years, there’s never been a month when the U.S. did not receive a refugee – until October 2019. The number is due to a pause placed by the State Department on admissions that has resulted in hundreds of canceled flights and thrust thousands of hopefulRead More

Yesterday marked the end of the first full month in decades in which the U.S. resettled zero refugees.

Opinion: Trump’s refugee cap compromises the US economy and American identity

Syria refugees

by: Scott Arbeiter Nov. 1, 2019 (RNS) — Yesterday marked the end of the first full month in decades in which the U.S. resettled zero refugees. How did this happen? At the beginning of October, the State Department unveiled the new cap for refugees in fiscal year 2020: 18,000. It’s a shockingly — and shamefully — low number, and it has not yet even been signed and put into motion to keep resettlement moving. This lapse and this number are at complete odds with the United States’ character and ourRead More

Golden Rule 2020 grew out of a May meeting of faith leaders...

One year before election, Christian leaders cross divides to call for respect

by: Emily McFarlan Miller Oct. 31, 2019 (RNS) — This Sunday (Nov. 3) marks exactly one year until the 2020 U.S. presidential election. And Christian leaders across theological and political divides are kicking off an initiative called “Golden Rule 2020: A Call for Dignity and Respect in Politics,” hoping the next 365 days won’t be a repeat of 2016’s divisive election season. RELATED: Christian leaders call for Day of Prayer in support of impeachment inquiry Representatives from conservative evangelical institutions like the National Association of Evangelicals and progressive mainline denominationsRead More

White was at Trump's side in May 2018 when he signed an executive order creating the Faith and Opportunity Initiative....

Paula White to head Trump’s faith office

Paula White and President Trum

by: Jack Jenkins WASHINGTON, Nov. 1, 2019 (RNS) — Paula White, a Pentecostal preacher and longtime adviser to President Donald Trump, has been tapped to head the White House’s Faith and Opportunity Initiative, a successor to previous administrations’ faith-based office that coordinates outreach to religious communities. “Paula White is the Advisor to the (White House) Faith & Opportunity Initiative,” read a statement from the White House sent to Religion News Service. A White House spokesperson later said, “She is heading up that initiative.” The news of White’s new role wasRead More