Many people are focused on the upcoming U.S. presidential election, concerned for their friends, family and community connections. President Donald Trump’s campaign has made waves in some Christian communities, as they reckon with the terrible twinning of Christian religious language and symbols alongside authoritarian, xenophobic and white supremacist dog whistles that have been used by the Trump campaign.

Today in The Conversation Canada, Tony Keddie of the University of British Columbia writes about how Trump and his Republican strategists have “used Christianity to draw battle lines in this high-stakes election,” prompting outrage among many across the Christian religious spectrum from so-called “progressives” to “evangelicals” and “conservatives.”

Keddie notes that Democrats’ efforts to challenge the right’s attempt to own Christian identity and values could be critical in the final days of the campaign, including among previous Trump voters who have not yet publicly declared their intentions.

Keddie’s book, Republican Jesus, identifies key trends in the way today’s right-wing influencers interpret the Bible: “They view Jesus as a prophet of free-market capitalism who opposes taxes and is against any regulation that supports social welfare programs, protects workers or prevents discrimination.”

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Susannah Schmidt

Education + Arts Editor

U.S. President Donald Trump staged a visit in front of St. John’s Church June 1 in Washington after authorities cleared protestors from the area, prompting the bishop overseeing the church to express outrage. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Donald Trump is hardly the ‘Republican Jesus’

Tony Keddie, University of British Columbia

The Republican political strategy that uses Christian language to cast Trump as a divinely appointed protector of an authoritarian Christian nation warrants more scrutiny than it's received.

The Bisha mine in Eritrea is seen in November 2017. (Martin Schibbye/Creative Commons)

Slavery charges against Canadian mining company settled on the sly

Elizabeth Steyn, Western University

Why a mining company's quiet settlement of a slave labour case is big news.

Margaret Swan, left, embraces Mariette Buckshot after she spoke during an Indian Day school litigation announcement in Ottawa, Tuesday, March 12, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Indian day schools survivors are seeking truth and justice

Jackson Pind, Queen's University, Ontario; Raymond Mason; Theodore Christou, Queen's University, Ontario

Canada is accepting claims emerging from a settlement with survivors of Indian day schools, but there has yet to be a public inquiry. There is an urgent need to hold Canada accountable.

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Sewage surveillance: How scientists track and identify diseases like COVID-19 before they spread

Lawrence Goodridge, University of Guelph

Identifying the emergence of a disease often relies on sick people seeking medical help. Wastewater monitoring can identify pathogens days or weeks earlier.

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Collateral damage: The unmet health-care needs of non-COVID-19 patients

Mehdi Ammi, Carleton University

With COVID-19 placing heavy demands on the health-care system, non-COVID patients may struggle to access care, putting women, people in poor health and those without a regular doctor at risk.

La Conversation Canada

Un pêcheur inuit creuse la glace de façon traditionnelle afin d'installer ses filets. Véronique Dubos

Nourrir la science grâce au savoir traditionnel inuit

Véronique Dubos, Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS)

Les Inuits conçoivent que tous les êtres vivants ont un certain libre arbitre. Et si la rigide science cartésienne s’ouvrait un peu à cette vision du vivant ?



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