Tuesday’s News & Ideas – 10/15/2019

  • Church tax status & LGBT policy
  • Inside the Vatican
  • Christian music & Trump
  • Twitter’s gender imbalance
  • Racism at the border
  • The pantsuit’s sexist history

Buttigieg, Warren reject O’Rourke plan to link church tax status, LGBT policy
Religion News Service: A comment by candidate Beto O’Rourke that churches and faith-based institutions should lose their tax-exempt status if they don’t support same-sex marriage has brought criticism from two of his rivals.

Thoughts on the surprisingly sudden fall of the Vatican’s J. Edgar Hoover
Crux: John L. Allen Jr. analyzes the resignation of Domenico Giani, the 57-year-old commander of the Vatican gendarmes, after 13 years at the helm.

Why Christian music's biggest stars refuse to change their tune for the Trump era
CNN: Critics have skewered white evangelicals for their steadfast support of Trump. But there is one group of evangelical leaders who has largely escaped scrutiny: stars of contemporary Christian music.
The Washington Post: I’m an evangelical pastor who plans to vote for Trump. Here’s how he could lose me*

Twitter's gender imbalance
Inside Higher Ed: Female academics have about half the followers of men on Twitter and wield otherwise diminished influence there, according to a new study.

El Paso bishop calls out racism but urges accused shooter's life be spared
National Catholic Reporter: It's a pastoral letter that pulls no punches, goes far into the past and continues up to the recent present of racism at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Spark

The outrageous, deeply sexist history of the pantsuit
From the first female congresswoman elected in 1917 to the four women who will take the stage Tuesday during the latest presidential debate, dressing as a political candidate has never been simple.

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