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Wednesday's News & Ideas - 12/1/2021

  • HR weighs religious exemptions
  • Abuse of Catholic nuns
  • Many Christians affirm evolution
  • Barber rallies BYU students
  • Xinjiang crackdown papers
  • Local news deserts

‘This wasn’t in the job description’: HR departments are navigating confusing COVID-19 religious exemption requests
Time: The task before HR leaders is tricky — they have to figure out whether employees are applying for an exemption based on authentic religious beliefs or whether it’s a cover for their political views.

New book shines light on abuse and racist discrimination of Catholic nuns
Religion News Service: ‘The Veil of Silence,’ a new book by Vatican reporter Salvatore Cernuzio, details the racism, abuse and discrimination faced by nuns in female Catholic congregations.

Origins opinion surveys evolve from ‘how’ to ‘who’
Christianity Today: Many Christians affirm evolution once researchers leave room for God’s role in it.

BYU students stand, cheer as Rev. Dr. William Barber II calls for a moral march on Washington
Deseret News: During a campus forum, the Rev. Dr. William Barber II rallied students to lift ‘the least of these.’

Leaked papers link Xinjiang crackdown with China leadership
The Guardian: Secret documents urge population control, mass round-ups and punishment of Uyghurs.

The Spark

Local news deserts are expanding
Since 2005, about 2,200 local newspapers* across America have closed, The Washington Post says. Here are some of the stories in danger of being lost — as told by local journalists.

*access is limited for nonsubscribers



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