Friday's News & Ideas - 1/24/2020

  • Inside church’s “age discrimination”
  • Trump’s legal team’s beliefs
  • Market idolatry
  • Conversion therapy ban in UT
  • Buttigieg on anti-Semitism
  • Prison inside prison

What’s really going on inside the Minnesota church accused of trying to expel its elderly members
Slate: Tensions are high now at the Cottage Grove church, days after an article declared the church’s alleged plans to “usher out gray-haired members in [an] effort to attract more young parishioners.”

Do the religious beliefs of Trump's attorneys in the impeachment trial matter?
National Catholic Reporter: Among the president's impeachment legal team are lawyers with really distinctive religious profiles.

Idolatry in the twenty-first century*
Commonweal: The holy has not disappeared but migrated from the church to the state and the market.

Discredited conversion therapy banned in conservative Utah
Associated Press: The discredited practice of conversion therapy for LGBTQ children is now banned in Utah, making it the 19th state and one of the most conservative to prohibit it.

Pete Buttigieg tells Jewish publication he'd spend $1 billion to fight anti-Semitism
Religion News Service: Former Mayor Pete Buttigieg told a Jewish publication he would dedicate $1 billion to fighting anti-Semitism -- a clear sign the presidential candidate from Indiana is continuing to court Jewish voters.

The Spark

The prison inside prison
Texas has banished hundreds of prisoners to more than a decade of solitary confinement,* the Texas Observer says. Many of these prisoners aren’t sure how -- or, in some cases, if -- they will ever get out.

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