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Thursday's News & Ideas - 7/22/2021

  • Outed priest & data privacy
  • Megachurch’s CRT controversy
  • Religious right vs. LGBTQ rights
  • Church boarding schools’ legacy
  • White Christians & power
  • Vaccination’s ‘tragic path’?

This outed priest’s story is a warning for everyone about the need for data privacy laws
Vox: Supposedly anonymous gay dating app data was apparently sold off and linked to a Catholic priest, who then resigned from his job.
Slate: A prominent priest was outed for using Grindr. Experts say it’s a warning sign.*
The Washington Post: Case of high-ranking cleric allegedly tracked on Grindr app poses Rorschach test for Catholics*

David Platt’s dreams for McLean Bible Church sour as members file lawsuit over elder vote
Religion News Service: Platt, the best-selling author of ‘Radical’ and beloved Bible preacher, finds his church facing controversy over critical race theory.
The Washington Post: Megachurch pastor David Platt warns of a disinformation campaign and takeover attempt at his evangelical church*

American support for same-sex marriage continues to increase, even as religious conservatives battle LGBTQ community on other fronts
Baptist News Global: Having lost their previous crusade against same-sex marriage, religious conservatives now are driving Republican legislative attempts to restrict LGBTQ rights in other ways, especially targeting transgender persons.

Will U.S. Christians atone for church boarding schools? Indigenous leaders are skeptical
Sojourners: Though Indigenous people have ideas about how Christian communities can atone for their involvement in the schools, many are not sure Christians are willing to listen.

How far will white Christians go to maintain power? An interview with PRRI founder Robert Jones
Religion Dispatches: Robert P. Jones is CEO and founder of the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) and the author of two books, including last year’s much-discussed ‘White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in Christian America.’

The Spark

Vaccination in America might have only one tragic path forward
COVID-19 vaccination rates have fallen off a cliff. The Atlantic asks: Will it take a deadly summer surge to change things?

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