Monday's News & Ideas - 8/10/2020

  • Trump promises power
  • Falwell takes leave of absence
  • Changes in evangelicalism?
  • In-person churches still singing
  • Biden’s battle on religious freedom
  • Will Minneapolis change policing?

‘Christianity will have power’*
The New York Times: Donald Trump made a promise to white evangelical Christians, whose support can seem mystifying to the outside observer.

Jerry Falwell Jr. taking ‘indefinite leave of absence’ as Liberty University president
HuffPost: The evangelical Christian personality had faced pressure to resign after he posted a photo on Instagram in which his pants were unbuttoned and unzipped.

On LGBT and women’s equality, stark statistical reality is coming for white evangelicals
Religion News Service: Evangelicalism is on a collision course with a culture that is rapidly liberalizing on two areas that define evangelical theology: their view of homosexuality and the role of women in the life of the church.

Only 37% of US churches holding in-person services are following this key CDC guideline
CNN: 37% say their congregation has limited communal singing, despite warnings from the Centers for Disease Control that singing in close proximity can facilitate spread of the coronavirus.

Joe Biden’s tough road ahead on religious freedom
Deseret News: Joe Biden’s supporters believe he’ll protect people of faith. Why do many conservative voters disagree?

The Spark

Can Minneapolis dismantle its police department?
To “end policing as we know it” was vague, but the council members’ words did suggest radical intent,* The New Yorker says.

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