Friday's News & Ideas - 12/11/2020

  • Warnock’s social gospel
  • Falwell drops defamation lawsuit
  • Muslims can sue FBI
  • Immigration & disgust
  • Barr oversees more executions
  • The whiteness of publishing

Raphael Warnock is the man to bring the gospel back into public life*
The Washington Post: If he is elected in January, he will be the first member of Congress from the South since Reconstruction to explicitly profess the spiritual tradition of the social gospel as envisioned and designed by people of African descent.

Jerry Falwell Jr. drops defamation lawsuit against Liberty University
Associated Press: The ex-president of the evangelical Christian university stepped down in August amid reports of a sex scandal.

Supreme Court allows 3 Muslims put on no-fly list to seek damages against federal officials
CNN: The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed three Muslims who had been placed on no-fly lists to sue for financial damages against FBI officials under a federal law meant to protect religious liberty.

Immigration law and the politics of disgust*
Christian Century: How Pharaoh treated the Hebrews and how the US has treated my people.

Catholics’ involvement in death penalty killing spree is scandalous
National Catholic Reporter: In a three-month killing spree that conspicuously began during the heated final months of the 2020 presidential campaign, Attorney General William Barr oversaw the executions of seven people. (trigger warning: sexual abuse)

The Spark

Why is publishing so white?
Of the 512 books published by Random House between 1984 and 1990 in our data, just two were written by Black authors,* The New York Times says.

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