Friday's News & Ideas - 2/19/2021

  • Abolishing the death penalty
  • Former pastor’s hate group
  • Evangelical view of sex & abuse
  • Archbishop criticizes Biden
  • No anti-vax at the Vatican
  • Snow in the Mediterranean

The government has not explained how these 13 people were selected to die*
The New York Times: The federal death penalty cannot be fixed. It’s time to end it.

Christian Reformed Church dismissed Charlotte pastor two years before hate group designation
Lansing State Journal: Bret McAtee, the pastor of Christ the King Reformed Church of Charlotte, was dismissed as an ordained minister with the Christian Reformed Church in North America two years before the Southern Poverty Law Center identified his church as a “white nationalist” hate group.

Is the evangelical view of sex at the root of our sex scandals?
Religion News Service: It was not just celebrity culture that taught Ravi Zacharias, Carl Lentz and countless other pastors to objectify women.

Kansas Archbishop insists Biden is not a ‘devout’ Catholic based on abortion stance
HuffPost: Archbishop Joseph Naumann also commended a priest who denied Communion to President Joe Biden two years ago.

Anti-vax at the Vatican? You might lose your job
Associated Press: The Vatican is taking Pope Francis’ pro-vaccine stance very seriously: Any Vatican employee who refuses to get a coronavirus shot without a valid medical reason risks being fired.

The Spark

Snow in the Mediterranean? This year, yes
Children opted to skip online classes to play. Adults did the same, NPR says.

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