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Lauren Markoe

Lauren Markoe covered government and features as a daily newspaper reporter for 15 years before joining the Religion News Service staff as a national correspondent in 2011. She previously was Washington correspondent for The State (Columbia, S.C.)

Protestant churches embrace gluten-free bread for Communion as Vatican reaffirms ban

While the Roman Catholic world digests a Vatican letter confirming the church’s prohibition on gluten-free wafers, Protestant churches continue to place orders for a Eucharist that won’t bother the gluten-intolerant.

No major US religious groups approve refusing service to gays

In no U.S. religious group does a majority think it’s acceptable for businesspeople to invoke their religious beliefs to refuse service to gays.

Trump: ‘It’s time to put a stop to attacks on religion’

WASHINGTON (RNS) President Trump told his political base of evangelical Christians that he would continue to restore the religious liberty many of them feel they’ve lost.

Jehovah’s Witnesses fear Russian government may ban them

Russia’s Supreme Court will soon decide whether to label Jehovah’s Witnesses as an extremist group, a designation members of the faith fear would lead to the shuttering of their more than 2,300 congregations in that country.

167 House members ask Trump to retain ambassador to combat anti-Semitism

Following a report that President Trump is thinking of scrapping the ambassador position assigned to combat global anti-Semitism, a bipartisan group of 167 U.S. House members sent a letter asking him to appoint one soon.

Faith groups: new immigration order still anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant

Federal judges may find the President Donald Trump’s new executive order on immigration more acceptable than the last. But many religious groups and faith leaders see no meaningful difference in the new measure, which Trump signed privately Monday (March 6).

Trump condemned anti-Semitism. What about Islamophobia?

Prominent Muslims say they’re glad President Trump condemned anti-Semitism after several high-profile crimes against Jewish institutions and months of sidestepping requests to address the problem.

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