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Senior Religion Reporter @ThinkProgress. @HarvardDivinity & @PresbyCollege alum. I do religion. Also politics. Usually both. jjenkins[at]thinkprogress[dot]org

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What are you reading this weekend?
.@AvrilLavigne released a new album today.

I’m considering that her birthday present to me, and you cannot convince me otherwise.
Already not a fan of Trump’s state of emergency: Quakers.
:: tilts head ::

…he’s taking from *Pentagon* funding?
In other news, today is my birthday.

So there’s that.
12. The various moving parts here are definitely something for political and religious observers to watch, and Castro has a track record of working all of them in ways that win over voters.

Anyway, lots to unpack, and you can read more here!
11. But back to religion for one last thing: @nimperatori noted an interesting thing about Castro’s faith articulation is that it presents the U.S. public w/a form of Catholicism she argues is sometimes dismissed as less “legitimate” than what is practiced by many white Catholics
10. And to be clear, while Castro isn’t shying away from his faith, he’s also lifting up the non-religious (who make up a decent chunk of the Democratic Party) as well.

You can read more about that in my full interview with him here.
9. And since we’re talking about a presidential candidate here, one wonders how this will all play on the campaign trail.

The answer isn’t 100% clear, but it certainly *seems* likely to help him in delegate-rich states such as Texas and California.

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This is some level 12 biblical shade from the United Methodist Building.

FYI: the Methodist building sits literally next to the Supreme Court, and across the street from the Capitol.
Um, America Magazine — a Catholic Jesuit publication — has RESCINDED its endorsement of Kavanaugh following today’s hearing.

Note: Kavanaugh is an alum of Georgetown prep, a Jesuit school.
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.
You don’t have to be a fan of @Ocasio2018 or her policies to realize that this line from t@WSJoday’s editorial board piece is messed up and should probably read “whose claim to fame is being an elected official in the U.S. House of Representatives, which is, okay, pretty important.”
Meanwhile, down the street at the Hart Senate building there is a major protest against the shut down, with demonstrators yelling “No more food banks—they need pay checks!”
You know what kind of website would adequately prepare for a massive influx of traffic for a highly anticipated story so it doesn’t crash?

A news website.
1. This tweet seems to backfired in a big way.

I’ve lost count of the faith leaders in my feed refuting its premise. Some examples…
3. e.g., you are more likely 2 be killed by a right-wing extremist than a terrorist claiming Islam.

WAY more likely
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