Jerome Socolovsky, Religion NewsService

Jerome Socolovsky

Religion NewsService

Washington, DC, United States

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Past articles by Jerome:

2017: In a less religious America, conservative Christians got the president’s ear, a museum and a day in court

(RNS) — President Trump’s born-again-like embrace of evangelical politics was the biggest religion story of the year, but a shooting at a Texas church, a wedding cake that a Christian baker refused to make and the status of Jerusalem also grabbed headlines. → Read More

The Slingshot: Ban holds; Executive overhaul; Reformation reads

In victory for Trump, Supreme Court dismisses travel ban case. Trump is dismantling Obama’s religion initiatives. Anniversary of Luther’s 95 Theses prompts release of books about the Reformation. → Read More

All the president’s clergymen: A close look at Trump’s ‘unprecedented’ ties with evangelicals

WASHINGTON (RNS) — RNS interviews with key participants suggest that a cadre of conservative Christian religious leaders has the ear of the politically powerful on matters of national priority. → Read More

The Slingshot: Terror and treasure; hearts and minds; religion and sex

Spain terror cell was planning to attack the Sagrada Família church. Imam’s softly-softly approach forces rethink in combating radicalization. Why is sexuality such a big deal for the church? → Read More

The Slingshot: Mosque bombing; Drive-in church; Fatwas to go

Blast at Shiite mosque in Afghanistan kills dozens. Clerics offering religious edicts in Cairo metro stir debate. You don’t have to get out of the car to go to church in Florida. → Read More

The Slingshot: Cardinal charged; Pastor detained; Imam censured

Vatican Cardinal Pell faces Australian court on sex charges. Religious leaders protest L.A. pastor’s detention during routine ICE appointment. Sermon called anti-Semitic; imam says, taken out of context. → Read More

The Slingshot: Becoming a Saint; Gluten on the altar; Tattoos in Jerusalem

Pope Francis creates fourth pathway to becoming a saint. Protestant churches embrace gluten-free wafers as Vatican reaffirms ban. A 700-year-old Christian body painting tradition thrives in a holy city. → Read More

The Slingshot: Pence prayers; Pakistani Christians; Vatican venture

The vice president says Trump is good for Catholics. Christians convert to Islam to escape bad marriages in Pakistan. Investors inspired by Laudato Si’ take on climate change. → Read More

Strong religious reaction to Trump climate accord decision

WASHINGTON (RNS) While leaders of the so-called Religious Left were overwhelmingly critical of the move, conservatives were somewhat divided. → Read More

The Slingshot: Trumpcare; Trump bump; Mosque wins

Administration removing contraceptive mandate. Liberal synagogues reap windfall in attentance. NJ mosque awarded millions in discrimination suit. → Read More

The Slingshot: Another Coptic massacre; Fear in Manchester; White House Ramadan?

Masked gunmen kill Egyptian Christians on their way to a monastery. Backlash after Ariana Grande concert attack. Will President Trump host an iftar? → Read More

The Slingshot: Trump’s trip; Irish Catholicism; Cannabis for Christ

Trump to speak about Islam in Saudi Arabia while his administration is under fire for its handling of Israel. The Roman Catholic Church loses influence in Ireland. Some Christians are using the Bible to argue that that marijuana is God’s “perfect medicine.” → Read More

The Slingshot: Copt-splaining; Spicer again; Overbooked ethics

Copts are in the news again as victims of violence. White House spokesman’s apology over Hitler remarks accepted by Israeli official. An ejected airline passenger and the morality of capitalism. → Read More

The Slingshot: Princeton speaker is panned; Trump defends a mosque; Putin is not an anti-Semite

Tim Keller’s appearance is criticized because of his denomination’s anti-LGBTQ stance. The administration enforces a land-use rule that benefits a Virginia Muslim community. Putin is a Russian anomaly. → Read More

The Slingshot: Moore’s friends; Mother Divine; Rotterdam

The SBC’s post-election soul searching revolves around Russell Moore. The “Spotless Virgin Bride” dies. A multicultural Dutch city with a Muslim mayor brims with Islamophobia. → Read More

Trump vows to let churches engage in politics

Active RNS subscribers and members can view this content by logging-in here.WASHINGTON (RNS) The promise, a mainstay of his campaign, was made in remarks upholding religious liberty as an American value. → Read More

People of all faiths reject refugee ban

WASHINGTON (RNS) Few if any of the people who protested this weekend, and especially those who did so out of religious convictions, believe President Donald Trump's contention that his refugee ban is not aimed at Muslims. → Read More

The Slingshot: Clinton, Twitter, and InterVarsity

(RNS) Clinton says Christians face 'genocide,' Twitter bans 'hateful' tweets, evangelical university group backs #BlackLivesMatter movement. → Read More

Religion news in 2015: Terror, fear and forgiveness

(RNS) "Faith-based" cleansing of ancient lands, murder and forgiveness motivated by scripture, and religiously inspired concern for the poor and the environment were hallmarks of 2015. → Read More

Thousands Await Obama's Eulogy for Church Shooting Victims

A U.S. city still in shock over the massacre of nine African-American worshippers inside a church more than a week ago is hoping for some consolation Friday from a visit by President Barack Obama. ... → Read More