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Monday's News & Ideas - 05/13/2024

  • College chaplains have hope
  • Alito warns of threat to freedoms
  • Homeschools, charters and religion
  • Palestinian Christians confused by US support for Israel
  • Texas AG seeks to close migrant nonprofit again
  • Nature puts on a show

Amid surge of campus protests, chaplains find reason for hope in their students
Religion News Service: The chaplains at Ivy League and other top schools say the students have learned about the concerns of other faiths, while finding ways to express their own.

Justice Alito warns of threats to freedom of speech and religion*
New York Times: In a commencement ceremony at a Catholic university, the justice said that fundamental principles were in peril at universities and American society.

Public school, religious instruction: Many San Diego County charter school students are also enrolling in religious programs
San Diego Union-Tribune: Families are enrolling their children in private religious schooling programs, public charter schools, and also are homeschooling.

Christians in Palestine ask why U.S. believers ignore them
Baptist News Global: They don’t understand why American evangelicals celebrated the creation of modern Israel in 1948 and have stood with Israel ever since, writes Tony Campolo.

Texas attorney general revives attempt to shut down Catholic nonprofit serving migrants
National Catholic Reporter: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton revived his attempt to shut down El Paso's Annunciation House, a Catholic nonprofit serving migrants, just a couple of months after his previous effort was blocked by a state judge.

The Spark

Northern lights on full display across US, Europe on Friday: See photos
Because the sun is at the height of its 11-year-cycle, conditions were optimal for the auroras to put on a light show that electrified sky watchers and appeared to far more Americans than usual, USA Today says.

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