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Friday, September 10, 2021

Legislating in the name of God

Pandemic is putting the nail in the decline of church construction
Baptist News Global: Decades-long declines in faith affiliation coupled with the pandemic-inspired evolution of online church services are contributing to a huge downturn in religious facility construction in the United States.
Removal of Robert E. Lee leaves Arthur Ashe as Richmond’s remaining witness
Religion News Service: A statue of the tennis great has outlasted the Confederate generals on Monument Avenue.
Two decades after 9/11, Muslim Americans still fighting bias
Associated Press: As young American Muslims grew up under the shadow of 9/11, they faced hostility and surveillance, mistrust and suspicion, questions about their Muslim faith and doubts over their Americanness.
As church attendance declines, evangelical counterculture bets on revival
Newsweek: The evangelical counterculture, especially its subset of charismatic and Pentecostal Christians, has been fixated on revival for years on various web sites and videos.
Legislating in the name of God*
The New York Times: Sensing the wind at their backs and the Supreme Court on their side, Republican officeholders are no longer coy about their religion-driven mission to stop abortion.
Anti-Sikh bigotry didn’t start with 9/11. That fact got me through it.
Religion News Service: When people ask Simran Jeet Singh how he was able to endure the specter of bigotry as a visible Sikh in modern America, the answer is simple and honest: perspective.
Archbishop Carl Bean, ‘beacon of light’ in LGBTQ church movement and AIDS activism, dies*
The Los Angeles Times: Bean established himself as a towering and compassionate figure in South Los Angeles where he led a church that was a haven for the Black LGBTQ community.
Supreme Court stays execution in dispute over pastor’s role in death chamber*
The New York Times: The ruling was the latest in a string of decisions on the role that spiritual advisers may play in death row inmates’ final moments.
No major religious denomination opposes vaccination, but religious exemptions may still complicate mandates
Kaiser Health News: The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) grants broad leeway to what constitutes a sincerely held religious belief. As a result, some experts predict most employers and administrators won
t want to challenge such objections from their employees.
The architectural, cultural, and religious significance of minarets
ArchDaily: Islamic architecture has long been acknowledged as one of the most significant and influential typologies that translates the religion’s core teachings and beliefs into structures.

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