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Wednesday's News & Ideas - 7/10/2024

  • SPLC layoffs
  • Washington insiders help Feucht
  • Ancient marble statue
  • ‘Narco-pentecostal’ gangs
  • Jewish seminary investigation
  • What do we do with Alice Munro?

Evangelical groups cheer layoffs at Southern Poverty Law Center
Baptist News Global: Conservative Christians couldn’t help gloating over layoffs and program cuts at the Southern Poverty Law Center, the $117 million nonprofit that has labeled some Christian groups as “hate groups.”

The Washington insiders helping Sean Feucht spread Christian nationalism in Congress
Religion News Service: “It is time in America that we take back territory,” Sean Feucht said in a video promoting his efforts to build a base on Capitol Hill.

Archaeologists find a marble statue in an ancient Roman sewer*
The New York Times: Researchers in Bulgaria think the artifact could offer a window into ancient tensions around the rise of Christianity.

Rio’s ‘narco-pentecostal’ gangs accused of ordering Catholic churches to close
The Guardian: A Bible-bashing drug boss is accused of targeting Afro-Brazilian religions and Catholic congregations.

A seminary is investigated for sexual harassment. Now its critics want the findings made public.
Religion News Service: An investigation into sexual harassment and misconduct at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles was completed last month. It has not been made public.

The Spark

What do we do about Alice Munro now?
Vox reckons with the late author and Nobel Prize winner’s complicity in her daughter’s abuse.

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