Monday's News & Ideas - 5/24/2021

  • Will a cease-fire end violence?
  • Jewish Americans on Israel
  • SBC divisions
  • QAnon among evangelicals
  • AL now allows yoga in schools
  • The books we love

Is a cease-fire a cease-fire if the fighting never really ends?
Deseret News: We’ve seen this all before: an immediate cessation of hostilities between Israel and the Palestinians that brings no lasting change -- resulting in another round of war.

Jewish Americans are at a turning point with Israel
The Guardian: Arielle Angel felt alone as a Jew attending a Palestine solidarity rally in 2014. She doesn’t feel alone anymore.
Religion News Service: Debate over Israel-Palestine violence highlights shifting political and religious alliances

Russell Moore leaves Southern Baptist leadership, but denomination’s troubles remain
Religion News Service: Southern Baptists have long been able to find enough consensus to cooperate on missions. In recent years, they’ve become less cooperative because of debates over race, politics and the role of women in the church.

QAnon is spreading amongst evangelicals. These pastors are trying to stop it
CNN: Conspiracy theories find believers in many faiths, but the QAnon conspiracy theory is more popular today among evangelicals than people of other religions.

Alabama will now allow yoga in its public schools (but students can't say ‘Namaste’)
NPR: Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has signed a bill to allow public schools to offer yoga, ending a ban that stood for nearly 30 years.

The Spark

Ask yourself which books you truly love
“I believe that the books* and stories we fall in love with make us who we are,” Salman Rushdie says at The New York Times.

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