Jack Jenkins

Jack Jenkins


National Reporter for @RNS. @HarvardDivinity & @PresbyCollege alum. I do religion. Also politics. Usually both. Tips: https://t.co/bklnVxcbSM

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1. Also, FTR: polling that includes breakdowns by religous group is sorely lacking, and there should be more of it. BUT: I’d argue that, in the Trump era, *just as important* is breaking out voters by their views on Christian nationalism — which few, if any, pollsters are doing.

I thought we were all already aware of this.

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Got a story I've been working on coming.

NEW from me: Despite a culture 'entrenched in fear,' LGBTQ students find ways to thrive at Liberty University

You may've heard 3 Black Liberty U staffers resigned recently decrying its "history of racism." At least 1 of those staffers IDs as queer, and says the school's issues extend to sexuality as well. E.g., a Bible study some describe as conversion therapy.

I feel like you can't ask for a better review of American Prophets than this one from People's World, which refers to my reporting as "magisterial."

And that’s not really a reflection on their intelligence, education level, political acumen, or whether they are directly — often massively — impacted by the policies they end up voting against/for. They’re just…usually paying more attention to things pundits aren’t.

Tiny happy thing: My cousin just found my book in a small South Carolina library. Obviously this isn’t totally unexpected (libraries have books!), but it’s difficult to articulate how cool this is.

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ANOTHER harrowing account from ANOTHER priest working outside St. John’s who says they were run off by tear gas, etc before Trump’s photo op. Ends with a defiant decree: “I am now a force to be reckoned with.”

Just spoke with Rev. Gerbasi. She told me that law enforcement with shields forced priests, others *off the church patio,* meaning they stepped on church property to expel people from it. As she put it: "They turned holy ground into a battle ground." Story coming.

1. Spoke w/Bishop Mariann Budde of the Washington Diocese. On Trump's remarks: "Everything he has said is antithetical to the teachings of our traditions and what we stand for as a church." ALSO: One of those driven out w/tear gas for the photo op was a *priest of the diocese.*

1. So I’m just going to start a thread of all the faith groups/faith leaders condemning either the Trump admin’s zero tolerance policy that separates families (and/or asylum change), Sessions’ argument that the Bible supports its enforcement, or both. Here are a few.

Bookstore clerk: Sorry our card reader takes a bit. We still have dial-up internet. Me: That slow? Her: Yeah, dial-up is super slow Me: Wait you ACTUALLY use dial up Internet? Her: Yup Me: … Her: … Me: Like…[makes modem noises]? Her: no like [more precise modem noises]

Reminder to journalists: white nationalism is bad. Trying to pull "both sides" on this subject IS an editorial stance—and not a good one.

Full story of the incident, including @GiniGerbasi 's account:

WHOA: Christianity Today, an evangelical Christian magazine, just called for Trump's removal from office:

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