During Disability Pride, Religious institutions still behind on accessibility


(RNS) — July is Disability Pride Month and marks the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26, 1990, a watershed moment for civil rights law. However, mosques, synagogues, churches and other religious institutions remain exempt from ADA requirements. The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination based on ability in areas such as … Read more

‘This is our Selma moment,’ clergy leaders announce on eve of 27-mile voting rights march to Austin


(RNS) — Fifty-six years ago, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led thousands of clergy and laypeople on a 54-mile voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, the state capital of Alabama. On Wednesday (July 28), the Rev. William J. Barber II will lead a similar contingent on a four-day, 27-mile march from Georgetown to … Read more

Americans are as divided as ever, and religion is the wedge


(RNS) — Take a look at the demographic shifts in the Pew Research Center’s new study of the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections and you’d be forgiven for thinking that America has possibly turned the corner on political polarization. The survey, based on validated voting of thousands of members of Pew’s American Trends Panel, may … Read more

Transgender rights, religion among cases justices could add


WASHINGTON (AP) — A closely watched voting rights dispute from Arizona is among five cases standing between the Supreme Court and its summer break. But even before the justices wrap up their work, likely later this week, they could say whether they’ll add more high-profile issues to what already promises to be a consequential term, … Read more

President Biden pledges support for Rev. Barber’s campaign to end poverty


(RNS) — The Rev. William J. Barber reignited his Moral Marches to end poverty at the place where it all started eight years ago, the outdoor mall behind the North Carolina General Assembly. But in a sign of the movement’s growing national profile, he had a special guest via video on Monday (June 21): President … Read more