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January Religion News Roundup
February 01, 2019
We discuss the most important religion news stories of the past month, including controversy within the Women's March, the Catholic sex abuse scandal, and more.  
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President Trump shows support for Bible literacy classes in public schools February 01, 2019
Several states are considering bills that would introduce Bible literacy classes in the public schools, an idea that President Trump promoted on Twitter. That tweet may have heartened his evangelical Christian base, but a new poll shows the president’s popularity has fallen with this key constituency. Our guests also discuss a federal exemption granted to a South Carolina foster care agency that allows it to reject potential foster families who do not share their evangelical Christian beliefs.

Julie Zauzmer, religion reporter at The Washington Post
Bobby Ross Jr., chief correspondent at The Christian Chronicle 
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Activists clash in Washington, D.C. February 01, 2019
Our guest journalists discusses these tensions, and the confrontation at the Lincoln Memorial that involved Omaha Nation Elder Nathan Phillips, Catholic high school students from Kentucky who came to D.C. for the annual March for Life, and a little-known group called the Hebrew Israelites. Plus, we discuss how some Jewish women refused to attend the Women’s March after organizers failed to assure them that they had taken allegations of anti-Semitism among march organizers seriously. 

Julie Zauzmer, religion reporter at The Washington Post
Bobby Ross Jr., chief correspondent at The Christian Chronicle 
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The ongoing sex abuse crisis in the Catholic Church February 01, 2019
The Washington Post’s Julie Zauzmer explains the latest in the complex and continuing saga of the Roman Catholic Church’s sexual abuse crisis, and how the church hierarchy is handling – or perhaps failing to handle – the fallout. She and Bobby Ross Jr. also take a look at the religious language elected leaders are inserting into their political discourse – as they kick off their presidential campaigns and defend their policy agendas. 

Julie Zauzmer, religion reporter at The Washington Post
Bobby Ross Jr., chief correspondent at The Christian Chronicle