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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Mixing Christianity with nationalism is a recipe for fascism

Yeshiva University halts all student clubs to block L.G.B.T.Q. group*
The New York Times: Earlier in the week, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed a ruling to stand for now that required the university to recognize the group.
The story of the praying Bremerton coach keeps getting more surreal*
Seattle Times: The Bremerton schools were ordered to “reinstate Coach Kennedy to a football coaching position,” according to court documents. But the now-famous coach is out on the conservative celebrity circuit, continuing to tell a story about “the prayer that got me fired” — even though Bremerton never actually fired him.
Little churches still matter, says Martha’s Vineyard pastor of church that took in migrants
Religion News Service: Houses of worship on Martha's Vineyard have long worked together to meet the needs of their neighbors. So they were ready to spring into action when refugees arrived unexpectedly.
Republicans try a pocketbook play to vilify Warnock
Politico: After failing to negatively define the pastor-senator in 2020, the GOP is leaning into a new financial attack line — despite its own nominee's liabilities.
Mixing Christianity with nationalism is a recipe for fascism*
New York Magazine: It’s probably about time to conclude once and for all that Christianity and nationalism are essentially incompatible because the latter always swallows the former.
 
Is the media failing people of faith?
Deseret News: A new study, which drew on insights from news consumers around the world, says the media should do more to boost religious understanding
Nearly two years after election, Episcopal Diocese of Chicago’s first Black female bishop takes office
Religion News Service: Just weeks before she was set to take office in April 2021, Bishop Paula Clark experienced a brain bleed while exercising and later underwent surgery.
Where 3000 global Christians gather, there bubbles burst
Sojourners: At the WCC, participants had opportunities to form relationships and build solidarity across dividing lines of geography, nation, culture, theology, class, gender, and race.
Private religious schools have public responsibilities too*
The Atlantic: Communities of faith should be able to pass on their traditions, but must still meet basic state educational standards.
What to know about calls for reparations for Britain’s legacy of slavery in the Caribbean
PBS: Even as many lauded Elizabeth for her 70-year reign, for some — including those from Britain’s former colonies — it was a fresh reminder of the country’s imperial past.
 
Jewish LGBTQ nonprofit will fund Yeshiva University clubs as school halts them
Religion News Service: The move comes days after the university halted student groups to avoid recognizing the YU Pride Alliance.
Grassroots groups talk up The United Methodist Church
United Methodist News: In a time of church disaffiliations, some conferences have seen grassroots groups emerge to advocate for remaining in The United Methodist Church.
Iran unrest: Women burn headscarves at anti-hijab protests
BBC: Women have been at the forefront of escalating protests in Iran sparked by the death in custody of a woman detained for breaking hijab laws.
Religious appropriation depends on whiteness too
Religion & Politics: What is spiritual but not religious if not a commitment to borrow religious practices while remaining an outsider to religious communities, a situation ripe for appropriation?
Inside Darren Aronofsky’s messy movie ‘The Whale’ is something wise about religious trauma
Vox: This is what “The Whale” gets exactly right: the ways that fundamentalist religion and other legalistic cultures teach adherents to hate those whose bodies don’t fit a prescribed mold — especially themselves.

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