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Wednesday's News & Ideas - 6/22/2022

  • SCOTUS on religious schools
  • Burkini ban
  • Belief in God is dropping
  • Pelosi communion ban
  • Gas station owner lowers prices
  • Beware the luxury beach resort

Supreme Court: Religious schools must get Maine tuition aid
Associated Press: The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Maine can’t exclude religious schools from a program that offers tuition aid for private education, a decision that could ease religious organizations’ access to taxpayer money.
HuffPost: Justice Sonia Sotomayor voices ‘growing concern’ over conservative Supreme Court

No place for burkinis in Grenoble public pools, rules top French court
Reuters: Full-body swimwear including the burkini should not be worn in public pools in the city of Grenoble, France’s top administrative court ruled on Tuesday, upholding an earlier order by a lower court.

Poll: Americans’ belief in God is dropping
Religion News Service: In the latest Gallup Poll, belief in God dipped to 81%, down 6 percentage points from 2017, and the lowest since Gallup first asked the question in 1944.

Banning Nancy Pelosi from communion may have backfired
Religion & Politics: In the weeks since Cordileone made his announcement — complete with a major media push and a marketing campaign to enlist allies — fewer than two dozen of the more than 270 active Catholic bishops in the United States have signaled support for his edict.

‘We don’t go by money’: Gas station owner lowers prices to help customers
NBC News: “If you have something, you have to share it with other people,” said Jaswiendre Singh of Phoenix, whose Sikh religious values factored into his decision.

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Beware the luxury beach resort
These ostensible paradises have a dark side,* writes Lauren Groff in The Atlantic.

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