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Tuesday's News & Ideas - 6/18/2024

  • Robert Morris admits child sexual abuse
  • Religious opposition to abortion ban
  • TEC reveals misconduct cases
  • Pilgrims die during the Hajj
  • YouTube algorithm
  • Rememberers & Forgetters

Sunday silence: Gateway Church doesn’t tell congregation about historic abuse allegations*
Christianity Today: According to the Texas megachurch, founder Robert Morris properly disclosed his misconduct and has had “no other moral failures” since he touched a child in the 1980s.
The Guardian: Megachurch pastor and ex-Trump adviser admits child sexual abuse

Judge rejects effort by Missouri clergy to fight abortion ban
Religion News Service: The judge wrote that while the argument that life begins at conception “may run counter to some religious beliefs, it is not itself necessarily a religious belief.”

The Episcopal Church reveals clergy misconduct cases involving nominees for presiding bishop
Religion News Service: The announcement comes less than two weeks before the election of the denomination’s next leader.

14 pilgrims die from sunstroke as Eid al-Adha celebrations begin for Muslims
NPR: Fourteen Jordanian pilgrims have died from sunstroke during the Hajj, according to Jordan’s state-run Petra news agency. The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it has coordinated with Saudi authorities to bury the dead in Saudi Arabia, or transfer them to Jordan.

YouTube’s algorithm more likely to recommend users right-wing and religious content, research finds
NBC News: Researchers tested YouTube’s recommendation system by setting up a collection of profiles that appeared to be interested in various types of content.

The Spark

I have a terrible memory. Am I better off that way?
There is an existential divide* between Rememberers and Forgetters, The Cut says.

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