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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Gender pay gap among clergy worse than national average

Gender pay gap among clergy worse than national average - A first look at the new national data
Religion News Service: New national data reveals that women clergy earn 76 cents for each dollar earned by male clergy, which is substantially worse than the national pay gap of 83 cents. The clergy pay gap is even more stark when compared to similar occupations.

Israeli banks on ineligible list for pension agency
United Methodist News: The five largest Israeli banks are off limits for investment, a move that one advocacy group praised as "the first time a major church pension fund has acted to preclude investment in Israeli banks that sustain Israel's illegal occupation of Palestinian land."

North Korea gets competition: The top 50 countries where it's now hardest to be a Christian
Christianity Today: More than 7,000 Christians were killed for their faith last year, making 2015 to worst year in modern history for the persecution of Christians. The five worst countries were North Korea, Iraq, Eritrea, Afghanistan and Syria.

Faith and freedom
Inside Higher Ed: The recent firing at Wheaton College has drawn attention to faith statements at evangelical colleges, and renews debate on whether they are compatible with academic freedom.

Powerball is a national disgrace: The lottery exploits despair, and state governments should be ashamed
Salon: For tens of millions of Americans stuck in low-wage, no-benefit, dead-end employment, the infinitesimal chance of winning the lottery provides the only hope they have of changing their economic circumstances, writes a law professor.

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