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Saturday, February 8, 2020

Crooked preachers and sexy priests: Has TV got a problem with Christianity?

Evangelist preacher Franklin Graham planned a seven-city UK tour. All seven venues have dropped him
CNN: A planned UK tour by US evangelist Franklin Graham is in question after every venue booked by the preacher canceled planned appearances following an outcry over his homophobic and Islamophobic comments.

Breaking down Trump's religion-heavy State of the Union
Religion News Service: President Donald Trump delivered a State of the Union address peppered with religious references and ideas, laying out a sweeping vision for the United States that evoked old (and contested) religious ideas.

Far-right 'hate factory' still active on Facebook despite pledge to stop it
The Guardian: A network of profit-driven pages fuelling anti-Islamic sentiment was exposed two months ago but is still operating.

What's a church? That can depend on the eye of the beholder or paperwork filed with the IRS
The Conversation: In spite of being registered with the IRS as "churches," these organizations and others like them don't claim to be churches publicly.

Pope Francis: A vibrant economy must put an end to poverty
America: Pope Francis called for a radical change, "a new ethic," in the organization and management of the world's economy and finances when he addressed a high-level conference in the Vatican.

Trump's prayer breakfast jibes jolt many faith leaders
Associated Press: The National Prayer Breakfast is by custom a respite from partisan bickering. President Donald Trump shattered that tradition Thursday with aggressive remarks that buoyed his allies but dismayed a wide spectrum of faith leaders.
The Conversation: National Prayer Breakfast was a moment for leaders to show humility -- Trump changed it

Our ancestors were sold to save Georgetown. '$400,000 is not going to do it.'*
New York Times: The 8,000 descendants of slaves sold by Georgetown consider the amount decided by the university for reparations.

Activist William Barber II urges blacks in Congress to mobilize poor voters
Religion News Service: "If you organize 2 to 10 percent of the poor around an agenda, you can fundamentally shift every election," Barber predicted, citing statistics from a forthcoming study done by his organization.

Methodist minister at George Mason University could face discipline over officiating a same-sex wedding*
Washington Post: A Methodist-ordained minister from Northern Virginia could be one of the last members of the clergy in the United Methodist Church to face disciplinary action for officiating at a same-sex wedding ceremony.

Crooked preachers and sexy priests: Has TV got a problem with Christianity?
The Guardian: Christians on TV were once limited to ethical debates and Songs of Praise. But from Fleabag to The Righteous Gemstones, portrayals are now less pious and more provocative.

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