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Friday's News & Ideas - 6/18/2021

  • SCOTUS adoption case decision
  • Formerly faithful’s morals
  • Pew on death penalty
  • Bishops voting on communion
  • Retiring AL pastor
  • Ultra-wealthy beliefs

An epic Supreme Court showdown over religion and LGBTQ rights ends in a whimper
Vox: The Court’s decision in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia punts most of the important issues raised by the case.
CNN: Justice Samuel Alito swung for the fences on religious liberty and came up short, but isn’t done yet
HuffPost: LGBTQ groups, allies see trouble in ruling upholding discrimination in Philly

Faith still shapes morals and values even after people are ‘done’ with religion
The Conversation: Religious ‘dones’ maintain some of the morals and values of religious Americans regarding qualities like benevolence, kindness, conformity and fairness.

Unlike other U.S. religious groups, most atheists and agnostics oppose the death penalty
Pew Research: A majority of adults in the United States favor the death penalty for people convicted of murder, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey.

U.S. Catholic Bishops have heated debate before end-of-week vote on communion
Associated Press: In impassioned debate Thursday, U.S. Catholic bishops clashed over how to address concerns about Catholic politicians, including President Joe Biden, who continue to receive Communion despite supporting abortion rights.

Retiring Methodist pastor steps down from pulpit, takes seat on tractor*
AL.com: Most of Reynolds’ five decades as a Methodist pastor have been in rural and mid-size towns of Alabama.

The Spark

I was taught from a young age to protect my dynastic wealth
At The Atlantic, Abigail Disney writes about a common ideology which underlies the practices of many ultra-wealthy people:* The government can’t be trusted with money.

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