Friday's News & Ideas - 6/5/2020

  • When cops attack protesters
  • SBC historic drop in members
  • American churches bow to power
  • DC vigil runs into tension
  • Evangelical approval of Trump drops
  • Small protests across America

Why cops attack racial justice protesters
Religion News Service: Last night, Simran Jeet Singh took part in a racial justice protest in New York City. “It was lively and joyous and passionate,” he says, “until police ran up from behind, cornered a group of us against a wall and detained us, assaulting people in the process.”

Southern Baptists see biggest drop in 100 years
Christianity Today: As baptisms and membership continue to decline, top SBC leader challenges the annual report process.

Trump's stunt at St. John's is the result of American churches bowing to power
NBC News: The American church sold itself to perpetuate the myth of this country’s divine destiny for the paltry price of access to power and respectability.

Washington vigil runs into tension with some protesters as church leaders offer prayer, solidarity
Episcopal News Service: An ecumenical prayer vigil organized by the Diocese of Washington didn’t go as planned June 3, with confrontations from both police and protestors.

Trump’s approval slips where he can’t afford to lose it: Among evangelicals*
New York Times: Polls and private concerns from top social conservatives show the president’s standing with the cornerstone of his base isn’t what it used to be. A photo op with the Bible was supposed to help fix that.

The Spark

Why the small protests in small towns across America matter
People who’ve watched and participated in the Black Lives Matter movement say that this time feels different, BuzzFeed reports. And the prevalence of these small protests is one of many reasons why.

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