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Wednesday's News & Ideas - 5/4/2022

  • Reactions to leaked SCOTUS opinion
  • Christian billionaire charged with fraud
  • Canada’s military chaplains
  • SCOTUS on Christian flags
  • Eid prayers on soccer field
  • Dali’s “Christ of Saint John”

Roe v. Wade: Faith leaders react to leaked SCOTUS opinion
Religion News Service: Religious views of abortion are not as monolithic as many may believe.
Christianity Today: This is and isn’t the moment pro-life evangelicals have waited for
Religion News Service: The Christian right’s abortion policy isn’t in my Torah

Billionaire who invested ‘according to the word of God’ charged with multibillion-dollar fraud
Christianity Today: Bill Hwang is at the center of what white-collar crime experts see as Wall Street’s biggest indictment since Bernie Madoff.

Canadian panel urges not hiring military chaplains of certain religions
Crux: An advisory panel to the Canadian Department of National Defence wants to rid the Canadian Armed Forces of military chaplains whose religious faiths do not openly promote diversity.

Supreme Court rules against Boston in Christian flag case
Associated Press: The Court ruled on Monday that the city violated the free speech rights of a conservative activist by refusing to fly a Christian flag on a flagpole outside City Hall.

Blackburn Rovers become first UK football club to host Eid prayers on pitch
The Guardian: Hundreds of people congregate at Ewood Park to mark end of holy month of Ramadan.

The Spark

The vandal
Dali’s “Christ of Saint John”* is watched over by four security cameras and no doubt a dozen other furtive eyes. Valued at $60 million, it’s a target for thieves as well as vandals, the LA Review of Books says.

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