RNS Morning Report: Get out the vote!; Biblical war; African witchcraft

Voters go to the polls during early voting at the Hamilton County Board of Elections on Nov. 4, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Need to know: Tuesday, November 6, 2018

To the polls!

Faith groups mount election turnout efforts that could help both parties

This year’s heated midterm contests appear to have sparked unusually robust efforts by faith-based organizations to move the political needle. More from Religion News Service

Holy war, Batman!

A Washington state lawmaker’s notes on ‘biblical’ war threaten his re-election bid

A quiet race for a legislative seat was thrust into the spotlight after a leaked document written by incumbent Matt Shea emerged. More from Religion News Service

More than just words

Anger erupts in Egypt after massacre of Christian pilgrims

An assault that killed seven Coptic Christians follows a 2017 ambush at the same location. More from Religion News Service

Bloc Party

Why this shrinking religious group might be among America’s last ‘swing voters’

White mainline Protestants are the only religious group to have shifted on Trump. More from Vox

Escape route

Can megachurches save El Salvador?

In a country torn apart by gang violence — forcing many to flee to the United States — evangelicalism is offering gang members a way out. More from The New Republic

Cultural reappropriation

Black millennials leave church for African witchcraft

A growing community of young black women are finding a sense of power in their ancestors’ African spiritual traditions. More from The Atlantic


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About the author

Aysha Khan

Aysha Khan is a Boston-based journalist reporting on American Muslims and millennial faith for RNS. Her newsletter, Creeping Sharia, curates news coverage of Muslim communities in the U.S. Previously, she was the social media editor at RNS.

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