Friday's News & Ideas - 10/16/2020
- Black skeptics redefine ‘atheist’
- Learning from school reopenings
- Portland pastor accused of abuse
- TV’s portrayal of Muslims
- The church’s political bubbles
- Dolly Parton’s power
Black skeptics find meaning in uplifting their community through social justice
Religion News Service: Black nonbelievers have for years been working to redefine what it means to be atheist, a word too often linked to white spaces mostly concerned with creationism and the separation of church and state.
What we’ve learned so far from school reopenings in the US
Vox: K-12 school reopenings are going mostly fine. College and university reopenings aren’t.
In bad faith
Portland Mercury: Portland NAACP President E.D. Mondainé has been accused of sexual abuse by former members of his church.
From mute to menacing: Why TV’s portrayal of Muslims still falls short
The Guardian: Though representation has increased, Islam on TV is still largely centered around terrorists and oppressed women. What we need is more complexity -- and fewer dangerous clichés.
Americans insulate themselves in political ‘bubbles,’ even at church
Baptist News Global: New research reveals just how far Americans have retreated from those with differing political views, a phenomenon one expert describes as a huge challenge for pastors.
The United States of Dolly Parton
A voice for working-class women and an icon for all kinds of women, Parton has maintained her star power* throughout life phases and political cycles, The New Yorker says.
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