Monday's News & Ideas - 10/2/2017

  • Justin Welby & irreconcilable gulf
  • Protestant churches & suicide
  • Catholic cyber-bullies
  • NFL fans boo praying players
  • Pastor a pawn
  • One nation, under the gun

Justin Welby unable to give 'straight answer' on whether gay sex is sinful
The (London) Guardian: Justin Welby has said he struggles with the question of whether gay sex is a sin and acknowledged that the gulf between conservative and liberal Anglicans on the issue is "irreconcilable".

1 in 3 Protestant churchgoers personally affected by suicide
Christianity Today: Survey also finds one-third of victims were attending church before their death, but few pastors knew of their struggle.

The rise of the Catholic cyber-bullies
Religion Dispatches: In the cyber-sanctuaries of today's empowered Catholic far-right, it seems, everyone thinks they're the pope.

Fans boo praying NFL players; maybe it's time for "Team America" patches?
Slate: When players at Ravens-Steelers game knelt to pray for "kindness, unity, equality, and justice for all Americans," a cascade of boos rained down upon them from the stands.

A pastor becomes a pawn in a spat between America and Turkey
The Economist: An American cleric languishes in a Turkish jail as great powers play politics.

The Spark

Battleground America
America has nearly as many guns as it has people, yet our relationship with guns is more complicated than the data suggest. At The New Yorker, Jill Lepore's 2012 article about guns in America.

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