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Thursday's News & Ideas - 9/8/2022

  • Pastors took money from church sales
  • Religious freedom & HIV-prevention drug
  • Barely any Muslims on TV
  • Social sector needs impact registry
  • Christianity in Kenyan election
  • George Balanchine’s Soviet reckoning

AME bishops condemn leaders who took massive kickbacks from church sales in New York
Religion News Service: The kickbacks came from the sale of Black churches in New York, some of which had been in distress. Church leaders hid the transactions from church members and state officials.

Obamacare can’t require coverage for certain HIV prevention drugs, federal judge rules
CNN: A federal judge in Texas on Wednesday declared unconstitutional an Affordable Care Act requirement that insurers and employers offer plans that cover HIV-prevention drugs for free, saying it violates the religious freedom of a Christian-owned company.

There are barely any Muslims on popular TV series, a new study says
NPR: Muslims make up 25% of the global population and Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the world — but Muslims only comprise 1% of characters shown on popular televisions series in the U.S., the U.K., Australia and New Zealand.

Why the social sector needs an impact registry
SSIR: Wouldn’t it be great if you could simply report your program results and get them externally verified by a trusted third-party registry? It’s not as impossible as it sounds — in fact, we’re close.

The Kenyan presidential election is over. The conversation about Christians and politics has just begun.
Christianity Today: William Ruto credited God and church leaders for his victory. Should this be the model?

The Spark

George Balanchine’s Soviet reckoning
New York City Ballet’s 1962 tour of the U.S.S.R. forced the great choreographer* to confront the regime he’d fled and the people he’d left behind, The New Yorker says.

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