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Tuesday's News & Ideas - 9/27/2022

  • Catholic bishops’ report shows division
  • Bolsonaro’s campaign
  • The godly green lawn
  • Religion behind NA sports
  • Surveillance of anti-porn apps
  • Americans kids & exercise

US Catholic bishops’ report to the Vatican shows a church split by politics
Religion News Service: Catholics in the United States are deeply divided over issues as disparate as LGBTQ inclusion, clerical sexual abuse and celebrating the liturgy, according to a summary of consultations carried out in dioceses across the country.

Bolsonaro campaign to evangelicals: Brazil’s soul at stake
Associated Press: Bolsonaro is waging an all-out campaign to shore up the crucial evangelical vote that involves keyboard crusaders and the first lady ahead of Oct. 2 elections.

For Mormons, a perfect lawn is a godly act. But the drought is catching up with them
The Guardian: Heavily subsidized water ‘made the desert bloom’ but the tradition is now driving Utah dry.

Religion aided the rise of top sports leagues — and ended up in their shadow
Deseret News: In his latest book, historian Randall Balmer turns his attention to religion’s role in the North American sports landscape.

The ungodly surveillance of anti-porn ‘shameware’ apps*
Wired: Churches are using invasive phone-monitoring tech to discourage “sinful” behavior. Some software is seeing more than congregants realize.

The Spark

Why American kids grow up hating exercise
PE’s traumatic. Youth sports are intense. What if you just want to move?* Slate asks.

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