Lexi McMenamin is a reporter from Philadelphia who writes about politics, identity, and activist movements. Lexi uses they/them and she/her pronouns. Their reporting has been published by Teen Vogue, VICE News, The New Republic, The Progressive, and elsewhere. They are receiving their MA in Creative Publishing & Critical Journalism at The New School for Social Research. Follow Lexi on Twitter @lexmcmenamin.
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How Parler Played to Conservative Christians’ Fear of Censorship
Parler was removed by app stores and its web server, Amazon. But getting rid of Parler is like cutting one head off a hydra: Since Parler’s suspension, MeWe and Rumble have seen massive gains.
Rejoining Climate Agreement Is ‘First Step of Repentance,’ Say Faith Leaders
On his first day as president, Joe Biden followed through on one of his pre-inaugural commitments: re-entering the United States into the Paris climate agreement.
Faith Groups Condemn Lisa Montgomery's Federal Execution
In the early morning of Jan. 13, following a day of attempted legal delays and despite documentation of severe mental illness stemming from childhood abuse, 52-year-old Lisa Montgomery became the first woman in decades to be executed by the federal government.
When Does a Mob Become a Coup?
In the months prior to the November 2020 election, progressive activists Jethro Heiko and Nick Jehlen partnered with Choose Democracy to create the Coup-o-meter in order to provide clear communication about how close the U.S. was to an anti-democratic usurping of power. By Wednesday afternoon, they had shifted the meter.
Lawsuit Filed Against Proud Boys for Vandalizing Black Church in D.C.
The complaint, filed on behalf of Metropolitian AME church, alleges the attacks were part of “coordinated acts of violence.”
The COVID-19 Vaccine Is Here. What Ethics Should Guide Its Rollout?
Initially, the available doses of the vaccine are limited; experts estimate that it could be months before the vaccine is available to most Americans. And for the incoming administration as well as public health experts, this raises a number of ethical questions, most importantly: Who should be the first to receive the vaccine?
Faith Leaders: Trump's Rushed Executions Show ‘Blatant Disregard’ for Life
Today, 40-year-old Brandon Bernard is scheduled to be executed for a crime he was involved in at age 18. While Bernard was not the person who pulled the trigger on the two people murdered — that man, Christopher Vialva, was executed in September — he was eligible for capital punishment, which can only be handed down to legal adults.
How Close Did We Come to a Coup?
Even before ballots were cast in the 2020 presidential election, many were suspicious of how the Trump White House would handle a potential transfer of power. As the election wound down with clear margins in President-elect Joe Biden’s favor — and as Donald Trump continued his refusal to concede — more people began to use the word “coup.”
End the Muslim Ban on Day One, Urge More Than 100 Faith Leaders
“President Trump and some of his appointees have sowed fear and division among religious communities,” says the letter. “The Biden administration must act quickly to correct these actions and reclaim a positive vision of religious freedom that protects all Americans.”
Pastors Work to Stop Evangelicals’ Spread of ‘Dangerous’ Misinformation
More Than 230 Texas Christian Leaders: Count All the Votes in Harris County
On Oct. 31, a coalition of faith groups worked together to launch a sign-on letter calling on faith leaders to condemn the effort to toss more than 100,000 Harris County ballots, saying counting every vote “matters in the eyes of our state, our country, and our God.” The sign-on process is hosted by Vote Common Good, a national organization encouraging Christian voters to vote Trump out.
Pizza, Selfies, Dancing: 10 Ways To Spread Joy at Polling Places
Here’s some hopeful news: Voters are turning out in droves across the country in advance of next Tuesday’s election. According to the United States Elections Project, as of Oct. 28, more than 74,000,000 Americans have voted: that’s more than half of the total votes counted in the 2016 election. Cities like Chicago are breaking their early voting records. New York City’s overwhelmed poll centers added additional hours for the weekend before Election Day. Youth voter turnout is up overall, and Texas is leading with the biggest youth vote participation in the country.
Religious Groups Are Targets for Disinformation, But They Can Also Help Stop It
Chris has attended the same local church for five years. When services went remote due to the coronavirus pandemic, Chris and his partner noticed paid staff of the church sharing misinformation about hydroxychloroquine on social media. Chris hoped that the church leadership, including the pastor, would push back.
Voters of Faith Largely Support Action on Climate Change, New Survey Shows
Addressing climate change is a faith-based obligation to “protect God’s creation,” say 81 percent of American religious voters surveyed in a poll released this morning from Climate Nexus and Yale and George Mason’s respective programs on climate change communications.