By Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service|
January 31, 2018
WASHINGTON (RNS) — Reaction to President Trump's first State of the Union was fast and furious from opponents and supporters of his definition of immigration reform and his approach to religious liberty.
A majority (74 percent) of U.S. Protestants and Catholics support "Dreamers" receiving permanent legal status, according to a Pew Research Center report released on Jan. 19. Views about "substantially expanding the wall along the U.S. border with Mexico" were more varied.
Feelings of "American exceptionalism" remain strong in the U.S., but the nation has become exceptional in "problematic ways," according to Philip Alston, United Nations special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights.
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — A man dressed in black tactical-style gear and armed with an assault rifle opened fire inside a church in a small South Texas community on Sunday, killing 26 people and wounding about 20 in what the governor called the deadliest mass shooting in the state’s history. The dead ranged in age from 5 to 72 years old.