Thursday's News & Ideas - 5/23/2019

  • Religion & abortion
  • Abolish priesthood? Slow down
  • Poll: Am Jews threatened
  • China’s war on religion
  • Meeting a troll
  • ‘Why did you leave me?’

Why you're wrong about religion and abortion
Deseret News: Religion is not the only factor that drives Americans' views on abortion. Religion's role in the contemporary abortion debate is more complicated than it may, at first, appear.

‘Everybody wants a revolution, but nobody wants to do the dishes’
The Atlantic: Susan Bigelow Reynolds responds to James Carroll’s fiery piece from earlier this week, “Critics of the 2,000-year-old Catholic Church should understand how institutional change actually takes place.”

Poll: American Jews feel threatened, blame Trump
Religion News Service: A survey of 1,000 Jewish voters released Wednesday shows 73% of registered Jewish voters believe Jewish Americans are less secure than they were two years ago.

China’s Orwellian war on religion
The New York Times: “Concentration camps,” electronic surveillance and persecution are used to repress millions of people of faith.

What happened when I met my Islamophobic troll
The (London) Guardian: In 2017, Hussein Kesvani started getting regular messages from an anonymous Twitter user telling him that his religion was ‘evil.’ Eventually he responded -- and they agreed to meet face to face.

The Spark

The artist who gave up her daughter
Camille Billops abandoned her four-year-old to become the artist she knew she was meant to be. Twenty years later, her daughter wanted to know: why did you leave me? Topic Magazine has the story.

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