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Wednesday's News & Ideas - 7/3/2024

  • Morris case prompts calls for reform
  • Stampede at Indian religious event
  • Elite athletes’ faith
  • Self-evident truths?
  • A messy new era of spirituality
  • The most pointless website on the planet

After Morris allegations, Texas legislators vow to expand statutes of limitations on abuse
Religion News Service: “These actions demand public exposure, should never be tolerated, and any person who harms a child should and must be held accountable,” said Texas state Rep. Nate Schatzline.

Crush at India religious event kills more than 120, mostly women
CNN: A crowd crush at a religious gathering in northern India killed more than a hundred people Tuesday, mostly women, in one of the deadliest such incidents the country has seen in recent years.

Devout athletes find strength in their faith. But practicing it and elite sports can pose hurdles
Associated Press: Athletes of different faiths argue sports organizations and major events should better respect the breadth of religious practices, especially as they strive to be more inclusive.

Self-evident truths?*
The Christian Century: Given the way we still treat different members of society in our day, it’s still not obvious that we’re convinced of the truths that all people are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.

Are we in the middle of a spiritual awakening?*
The New York Times: Rather than seeing this moment as reflecting the slow demise of organized religion in America, one that leaves some people bereft of community and meaning, it’s worth asking if we’re in the middle of the birth of a messy new era of spirituality.

The Spark

This is the most pointless website on the planet. It’s fantastic. 
If the world is making you jittery, the uncomplicated task of clicking boxes* is the balm you deserve, says The Washington Post.

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