Thursday's News & Ideas - 9/3/2020

  • Environmentalism & racism
  • Religion & presidential politics
  • White-supremacy & Christianity
  • Francis resumes public audience
  • Culture of dying
  • Chadwick Boseman’s breath

American environmentalism’s racist roots have shaped global thinking about conservation
The Conversation: Recently the Sierra Club -- one of the oldest and largest U.S. conservation organizations -- acknowledged racist views held by its founder, author and conservationist John Muir.

Religion & presidential politics*
Commonweal: To treat religious identity as an independent variable, as many journalists, academics, and pollsters do, inflates the influence of religion on our politics and masks the ways in which politics has come to shape American religion.

American Christianity’s white-supremacy problem*
The New Yorker: History, theology, and culture all contribute to the racist attitudes embedded in the white church.

Pope Francis holds first public audience after pausing for coronavirus outbreak
Associated Press: The pontiff maintained social distance but didn’t wear a mask as he greeted about 500 Catholics gathered in a Vatican courtyard.

The culture of dying
Al Jazeera: Does the culture we are raised in, or the religion we choose, help us navigate death?

The Spark

Chadwick Boseman knew how to breathe and live ‘Howard forever’
Boseman was more than an actor. He was a griot among thespians, Soraya McDonald writes at The Undefeated.

*access is limited for nonsubscribers

Want to get News & Ideas in your inbox every weekday?
Subscribe to our
News & Ideas newsletter or receive our RSS feed in your RSS reader.