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Monday's News & Ideas - 2/5/2024

  • Mix of religion & politics in 2024 election
  • Fuller director fired over sexuality statement
  • Impact of opinion piece on Dearborn
  • Greg Locke’s church tent damaged
  • Spread of African-inspired religions
  • Everyone is a brand now

Three ways religion and politics will mix in 2024
Sojourners: Religion is likely to play a big role in voters’ choices in the 2024 presidential election — much as it did in previous years. Despite an overall shift away from participation in organized religion in the U.S. populace, religious rhetoric in the political arena has intensified.

Fuller seminary senior director fired for refusal to sign non-LGBTQ affirming statement
Religion News Service: Her termination comes as the evangelical, multidenominational seminary is re-visiting its approach to human sexuality.

Dearborn mayor calls for increased police in response to Wall Street Journal opinion piece*
Detroit Free Press: An increased number of police patrols began monitoring the streets of Dearborn on Saturday after an opinion article posted by the Wall Street Journal dubbed the city “America’s Jihad Capital.”

Tennessee fire marshal raises concerns after snow damage to Greg Locke’s church tent*
The Tennessean: January snow that damaged the tent at Wilson County’s Global Vision Bible Church has resulted in several building and fire code deficiencies that the state is now asking the congregation to resolve.

In South America, African-inspired religions gain more followers
Reuters: Thousands of devotees of different African-based religions on Friday flocked to the waterfront of the Uruguayan capital, part of an annual Feb. 2 offering to the Yoruba goddess of fertility and prosperity, Yemanjá.

The Spark

Everybody has to self-promote now. Nobody wants to.
The internet has made it so that no matter who you are or what you do — from nine-to-five middle managers to astronauts to house cleaners — you cannot escape the tyranny of the personal brand, Vox says.

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