Thursday's News & Ideas - 6/10/2021

  • Report on Trump’s church photo-op
  • DOJ updates LGBTQ exemption filing
  • First transgender CBF minister
  • Online Catholic schools?
  • Catholic leaders bless same-sex unions
  • Bourdain’s ‘virtual tombstone’

Watchdog report says police did not clear protesters to make way for Trump photo-op
NPR: The U.S. Park Police did not clear protesters from a park outside the White House so then-President Donald Trump could take a photo-op at a nearby church, an Interior Department inspector general’s report found.
The New York Times: Park police had planned to clear area before Trump’s walk to church, watchdog says*

Biden DOJ updates court filing after LGBTQ advocates blast its stance in religious schools case
CNN: The Biden Justice Department on Wednesday afternoon updated its court filing in a case where it is defending the right of religious schools to discriminate against LGBTQ students after a backlash from critics and a statement from plaintiffs in the case saying they felt “betrayed.”

Indiana CBF church ordains transgender minister
Baptist News Global: Being the first known transgender person ordained by a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship-affiliated congregation, Laura Bethany Buchleiter said she now can live fully into her calling to share the gospel in genuine and counter-cultural ways.

Facing enrollment declines, some Catholic dioceses are betting on online schools
Religion News Service: Catholic schools saw a 6.4% decline in enrollment at the start of the 2020-2021 school year. Now some dioceses are trying to attract new students with online schools.

In defiance of Vatican, Catholic leaders bless LGBTQ community
Sojourners: Earlier this year, the Vatican said that its priests and ministers cannot bless same-sex unions. For LGBTQ Catholics, this was a setback for what many saw as the church’s more welcoming trajectory under Pope Francis. But not everyone is following the instructions.

The Spark

The Instagram memorial of Anthony Bourdain
On June 4, 2018, Anthony Bourdain posted a final photo to Instagram. Three years after Bourdain’s death, that seemingly mundane Instagram post has transformed into something of a virtual tombstone,* says Grub Street.

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