RNS Morning Report: Presidential funeral; Tanzania crackdown; ‘Christmas Mubarak’ play

The casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried past former President George W. Bush, President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, former President Obama, Michelle Obama, former President Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President Carter, and Rosalynn Carter. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Need to know: Thursday, December 6, 2018

Farewell, Mr. President

George H.W. Bush’s ‘quiet faith’ remembered at cathedral funeral

The elder Bush’s eldest child, former President George W. Bush, gave an emotional tribute to his father, noting his dedication to faith and family. More from Religion News Service

Turmoil in Tanzania

LGBT people flee Tanzania amid police crackdown

'I’m fearing for my life,' said one man before crossing the border to Kenya. 'Police are breaking into homes of suspected homosexuals and arresting them.' More from Religion News Service

Pageant Remix

A new play, ‘Christmas Mubarak,’ mixes Christian and Muslim stories of Jesus’ birth

A Chicago theater company hopes its first-of-a-kind mashup will illustrate how much Christianity and Islam actually have in common. More from Religion News Service

Common Ground

It’s time for a grand compromise on religious freedom and contraceptives

While they can still negotiate from a position of power, the proponents of religious liberty should offer to negotiate a grand compromise on reproductive rights, writes Thomas Reese. More from Religion News Service


Dorothy Day — ‘a saint for our times’

Dorothy Day, who died 38 years ago this week, was able to discern beauty in the midst of her harsh and demanding life. In that, she has a lesson for the times we live in, writes Sandra Yocum. More from Religion News Service

Public Displays

Satanic Sculpture Installed At Illinois Statehouse, Just In Time For The Holidays

In the Illinois Capitol rotunda this month, there's a Nativity scene for Christmas, a menorah for Hanukkah, and then something a little different: an arm holding an apple, with a snake coiled around it. More from NPR

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