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Wednesday's News & Ideas - 10/13/2021

  • SBC lawyers cut ties
  • Kingdom is like a library
  • Conversations about race
  • Plundered sacred objects
  • Evangelical us-versus-them
  • Kumail Nanjiani’s body

Southern Baptist Convention’s lawyers to cut ties after vote to waive privilege
Religion News Service: Jim Guenther had represented the Southern Baptist Convention since 1966.

The kingdom of heaven is like the Brooklyn Public Library*
Christian Century: What it has it must freely give away.

The conversations about race that are — and aren’t — happening in American homes
Deseret News: The greatest disparities in attitudes and conversations about discrimination were not between white Americans and Black Americans but between white Democrats and white Republicans.

UK urged to return sacred treasures hidden away for 150 years to Ethiopia
The Guardian: High-profile Britons urge return of plundered altar tablets that British Museum has never put on display.

‘Welcome to the war’: What a creationist conference can teach us about evangelical vaccine resistance
Religion Dispatches: American evangelicals’ deep-seated us-versus-them narrative is one that can set its crosshairs on any subject, particularly when facilitated by a sophisticated right-wing media machine that’s already gained evangelicals’ trust.

The Spark

Kumail Nanjiani’s feelings
A man in a superhero suit confronts his body image,* Vulture says.

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