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Tuesday's News & Ideas - 5/3/2022

  • SCOTUS opinion overturning Roe leaked
  • Conservatives leave UMC quietly
  • Welby apologizes in Canada
  • Zip line in Jerusalem?
  • LA mosque for women
  • A ‘wicked’ Bible

Supreme Court has voted to overturn abortion rights, draft opinion shows
Politico: “We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,” Justice Alito writes in an initial majority draft circulated inside the court.

After years of loud debate, conservatives quietly split from United Methodist Church
Religion News Service: After decades of rancorous debate over the ordination and marriage of LGBTQ United Methodists, a schism finally came ‘without fanfare, but full of hope, faith, and perseverance.’

Archbishop of Canterbury apologizes to residential school survivors for Anglican Church’s role in ‘building hell’*
The Globe and Mail: The Archbishop of Canterbury told survivors of Prairie residential schools their stories of abuse at the institutions had “opened a window into hell,” as he listened and apologized to them during a historic visit to Saskatchewan.

Holy city or theme park? Israel plans zip line for ancient Jerusalem.*
The New York Times: A Jewish settler group is promoting projects that opponents say will change the delicate historic, religious and political balance in highly symbolic areas around Jerusalem’s Old City.

American Muslim women are finding a unique religious space at a women-only mosque in Los Angeles
The Conversation: In many mosques, women are given inferior prayer spaces that are typically cramped and poorly ventilated.

The Spark

Rare ‘wicked’ Bible that encourages adultery discovered in New Zealand
First copy of the 1631 Bible, which mistakenly reads ‘thou shalt commit adultery’, to be found in the southern hemisphere, The Guardian says.

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