Friday's News & Ideas - 5/21/2021

  • SCOTUS and religious freedom
  • Jane Goodall's cosmology
  • Don't forget Palestinian Christians
  • New 'satanic panic'
  • Retaining Asian American talent
  • Up close with hatching cicadas

How an upcoming Supreme Court decision on ‘religious freedom’ could undermine religious freedom
Baptist News Global: Taxpayer-funded agencies asking to be exempted from nondiscrimination requirements would actually undermine religious freedom.

‘Religion entered into me’: A talk with Jane Goodall, winner of the 2021 Templeton Prize
Religion News Service: Her conviction that humans are part of nature, not separate from it, led her to develop her own unique cosmology. She has said she believes in a higher power, what she has called a divine intelligence.

Don’t forget Palestinian Christians
Deseret News: Palestinian Christians are often lost in conversations about a conflict that’s framed as Muslims versus Jews.

America's satanic panic returns -- this time through QAnon
NPR: Adherents of QAnon believe that a shadowy cabal kidnaps children, tortures them and uses their blood in satanic rituals. The alleged perpetrators in the QAnon conspiracy theory are Democratic politicians — not preschool teachers, as had been the case in the 1980s — but the accusations are eerily similar.

What organizations can do to retain Asian American talent
Harvard Business Review: Companies don’t always recognize the talents of Asian American employees. Here are five ways organizations can change this.

The Spark

We hiked along with cicada biologists so you don’t have to
Researchers only get a chance to study Brood X every 17 years. WIRED magazine came along for the ride -- and got up close to thousands of hatching cicadas.