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Wednesday's News & Ideas - 7/21/2021

  • Lawsuit against Liberty
  • Afghanistan & religious freedom
  • ‘Sacred underclothes’
  • Diversity in U.S. rabbinate
  • Religion in Olympics
  • ADHD’s controversial history

Lawsuit accuses Liberty University of ‘enabling on-campus rapes’
Religion News Service: The suit, brought by 12 anonymous women, was filed Tuesday (July 20) in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Will U.S. departure from Afghanistan create a humanitarian and religious freedom crisis?
Baptist News Global: The Biden administration is grappling with the looming humanitarian and religious freedom crises many predict will happen as a result of the drawdown.
The Conversation: Why the U.S. won’t be able to shirk moral responsibility in leaving Afghanistan

Among Mormon women, frank talk about sacred underclothes*
The New York Times: Frustrated by itchy, constrictive church-designed garments, they are asking for better fit, more options and “buttery soft fabric.”

The changing faces of American rabbis
Religion & Politics: Across the United States, more diverse groups are joining the rabbinate, from Orthodox women to members of the LGBTQI community and Jewish people of color, questioning the stereotype of what it means to be a “rabbi” of the Jewish people.

Religion once played a starring role in the Olympics. Is that still the case today?
Deseret News: You’ll have to look closely to spot religion’s influence on the Tokyo Olympics.

The Spark

ADHD: The history of a diagnosis
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has been a controversial diagnosis since it was first described back in the 1940s, says JSTOR.

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