Tom Gjelten

Tom Gjelten appears in the following:

Can America's 'Civil Religion' Still Unite The Country?

Monday, April 12, 2021

America's diversity means it is not defined by a single ancestry or faith tradition. Americans may nevertheless unite behind a "civil religion" that incorporates the nation's founding principles.

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Retiring NPR Correspondent Looks At How Religion Beat Has Changed

Sunday, April 11, 2021

After six years on the religion and belief beat — and four decades reporting for NPR — Tom Gjelten is retiring. He discusses how covering religion in America has changed in recent years.

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U.S. Refugee Program 'On Life Support,' Facing Big Challenges

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Resettling a single refugee family requires a huge effort, and after four years of neglect under the Trump administration, rebuilding the system will be difficult.

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The Vatican Has Announced The Church 'Cannot' Bless Same-Sex Unions

Monday, March 15, 2021

Pope Francis has disappointed pro-LGBTQ Catholics via a Vatican statement that the church cannot bless same-sex unions. He had previously seemed open to an endorsement.

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Some Faith Leaders Call Equality Act Devastating; For Others, It's God's Will

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Some religious groups fear the Equality Act could undermine the freedom to exercise traditional faith beliefs. Other denominations say anti-LGBTQ discrimination cannot be tolerated.

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Some U.S. Faith Leaders Express Moral Concerns About Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

Wednesday, March 03, 2021

Catholic bishops say the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines did not use abortion-derived fetal cell lines, but that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is acceptable, if it's the only available option.

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Christian Groups Resist Johnson & Johnson Vaccine For Using Abortion-Derived Cells

Wednesday, March 03, 2021

Because abortion-derived cell lines were used in its development, some Christian groups are advising against using the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine if other vaccines are available.

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Clergy On The Pandemic Front Lines: 'How Do We Really Grieve?'

Monday, February 22, 2021

The work of ministering to the sick and consoling the grieving has been a heavy burden for many faith leaders in the time of COVID-19.

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A 'Scary' Survey Finding: 4 In 10 Republicans Say Political Violence May Be Necessary

Thursday, February 11, 2021

In addition, most white evangelicals and Republicans say Biden's election was illegitimate and Trump was not behind the attack on the Capitol.

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Biden's Support Of Abortion Rights At Odds With Catholic Bishops

Friday, January 29, 2021

President Biden is only the second observant Catholic president in U.S. history. He also supports the right to an abortion, which has set him off on a rocky start with U.S. bishops.

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At The National Prayer Service, A Plea To Avoid 'Simplistic Calls For Unity'

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Speakers at the service see a "new America" and embrace a range of progressive causes. "The only way to establish domestic tranquility is to establish justice," the Rev. William Barber II says.

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Faith Leaders Called For Divine Blessing Of New Administration On Inauguration Day

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Wednesday's post-inauguration prayer service, a tradition dating to George Washington's inauguration, featured faith leaders from various religious traditions. Many were from progressive backgrounds.

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Militant Christian Nationalists Remain A Potent Force, Even After The Capitol Riot

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

The conviction of some Christians that God has a particular plan for America gave extra potency to efforts in support of Trump's attempts to overturn his election defeat.

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Some Christians Feel It's A God-Given Mission To Fight On Trump's Behalf

Monday, January 18, 2021

Some of the extremists who assaulted the U.S. Capitol are Christian nationalists. They believe they are on a divine mission to challenge government institutions in the name of God.

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Faith Leaders Nearly Unanimous In Condemning Assault On Capitol

Thursday, January 07, 2021

President Trump has had the support of evangelical Christians throughout his presidency, but his incitement of the assault on Congress has proved costly.

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Critics Say New Trump Rule Gives Contractors More Freedom On Religious Discrimination

Friday, December 11, 2020

The Trump administration has issued a new rule this week that allows federal contractors that claim a religious mission to exclude any job applicant who does not share their beliefs.

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Federal Executions Pit The Trump Administration Against The Catholic Church

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Opposition to the death penalty is "a teaching that deserves our respect," says Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul Coakley. "I don't think it can be simply disregarded."

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NIH Director Tells Churches To Do The "Altruistic, Loving Thing" And Stay Closed

Thursday, December 03, 2020

His comments came even as the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a federal district court to reexamine its previous support for restrictions on indoor religious services in California.

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NIH Head Suggests Churches Shouldn't Return To In-Person Worship Yet

Thursday, December 03, 2020

Francis Collins, head of the National Institutes of Health, told the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission that churches shouldn't return to in-person worship yet.

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In A New Book, Pope Francis Speaks Out On The Coronavirus And Anti-Mask Protests

Monday, November 23, 2020

People who claim that mask mandates deprive them of their personal freedom, Francis says, are "victims only in their own imagination." The book also addresses demonstrations against racial injustice.

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