Monday's News & Ideas - 4/19/2021

  • Liberty sues Falwell
  • Sikh Americans mourning
  • Pandemic & Gen Z faith
  • BBC doc on church racism
  • Critic of televangelists dies
  • Saving the public library

Liberty University sues ex-president Jerry Falwell, Jr., seeking millions in damages
NPR: Liberty University is suing former president Jerry Falwell Jr. for millions of dollars, accusing him of withholding damaging personal information from school officials while negotiating a lucrative employment agreement for himself, among other allegations.

Why Sikh Americans again feel targeted after the Indianapolis shooting
CNN: On Thursday night, a gunman killed eight people and injured several others before killing himself at a FedEx Ground facility in Indianapolis. Four of the eight dead identified as Sikh and the facility was known to employ a significant number of members of the Sikh community.

Is the pandemic the perfect opportunity for faith leaders to reach Gen Z?
Deseret News: While America’s youths have not found solace in organized religion during the COVID-19 pandemic, new research suggests this might be a moment for faith leaders to connect with Gen Z.

Church of England clergy ‘paid off to keep quiet about racism’
The Guardian: Ex-race adviser tells BBC some clergy and staff who complained had to sign non-disclosure agreements.

Ole Anthony, longtime critic of prosperity gospel televangelists and head of Trinity Foundation, dies at 82
Religion News Service: Anthony came to fame after his investigation of televangelist Robert Tilton was featured on ABC News’ Prime Time program.

The Spark

Vartan Gregorian, savior of the New York Public Library, dies at 87
A scholar, a university leader and a believer in libraries, he almost single-handedly rescued* a grand but broken one in a time of municipal austerity, The New York Times says.

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