RNS Morning Report: Southern Baptists Vow to Improve; Rep. Ilhan Omar; Contraception in Kenya

The Southern Baptist Convention headquarters in Nashville, Tenn. Photo courtesy of Baptist Press

Need to know: Tuesday, February 12, 2019

"Time for Pervasive Change"

Southern Baptist leaders vow to improve addressing sex abuse after papers’ report

'I am committed to doing everything possible to ensure we never make these mistakes again,' Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear said in response to an investigation by Texan newspapers. More from Religion News Service

Shock and Apology

Rep. Omar apologizes for tweets on AIPAC’s influence

Speaker Nancy Pelosi's public rebuke of a freshman representative who helped deliver the Democratic House majority was the latest exposure of an increasingly tense split among Democrats over U.S.-Israeli policy. More from Religion News Service

Family Planning

Kenya’s Catholic bishops provoke debate over public health and contraception

Citing an acute shortage of priests as a reason to obey the Vatican's longstanding ban on artificial forms of family planning, a bishop ignited a larger debate about family size and poverty. More from Religion News Service

Shalva Band

Popular Israeli band drops out of Eurovision rather than perform on Shabbat

An Israeli band made up mostly of young adults with disabilities will perform during the 2019 Eurovision telecast. But a dispute over performing on the Sabbath kept the Shalva Band from representing Israel in the Eurovision contest. More from Religion News Service


Christian leaders, time to check your own yearbooks for past racist actions

Pastors should not wait for their racist past to be exposed before they deal with it, writes Jemar Tisby. More from Religion News Service

International Pressure

Turkey urges China to end mass detention of Muslims

Turkey has called China’s mass repression of its Uighur Muslim ethnic minority a “great shame for humanity” and has urged the Chinese government to close detention camps estimated to hold 1 million people, a rare rebuke from a majority-Muslim country. More from The Philadelphia Tribune



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