News & Ideas

Monday's News & Ideas - 9/12/2022

  • How Samaritan’s Purse grew
  • Hasidic schools’ public funding
  • Black pastor sues police
  • Funding the American Right
  • Piety & profits in the Middle Ages
  • Children of 9/11 victims

From shoeboxes to war zones: How Samaritan’s Purse became a $1 billion humanitarian aid powerhouse
Religion News Service: Now one of the largest U.S. nonprofits, its growth has come largely through frontline work in public health crises and natural disasters around the world.

In Hasidic enclaves, failing private schools flush with public money*
The New York Times: New York’s Hasidic Jewish religious schools have benefited from $1 billion in government funding in the last four years but are unaccountable to outside oversight.

Black preacher arrested while watering flowers sues police
Associated Press: A Black pastor who was arrested by white police officers while watering the flowers of a neighbor who was out of town filed a federal lawsuit, alleging the ordeal violated his constitutional rights and caused lingering problems, including emotional distress and anxiety.

This Supreme Court is an effect, not a cause: The hidden century-long funding of the American Right
Religion Dispatches: The hidden history of the funding of the American Right goes back for over a century and is deeply tied to conservative Christian institution building.

How Christianity influenced the development of capitalism in medieval Europe
Lit Hub: In many ways, the story of medieval economic thought begins with the life of the founder of the Franciscan Order, Saint Francis of Assisi.

The Spark

They don’t remember their parents dying on 9/11. But they’ll never forget
A new generation has grown up over the past two decades with few if any memories of those they lost. NPR shares some of their stories.

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