Tuesday's News & Ideas - 11/17/2020

  • Religious authoritarianism
  • Religious votes in PA
  • Deadly high for hate crimes
  • Colleges ending in-person class
  • Evangelicals have few regrets
  • Art sustains in uncertainty

Trump or no Trump, religious authoritarianism is here to stay*
The New York Times: Their unlikely ally may have lost the White House, but Christian nationalists still plan to win the war.

How the devoted voted: Religious polarization stark in election*
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: In a closely divided state where a few votes could determine the presidency, and in an environment in which people’s religious beliefs and identities stir deep political passions, there were strong efforts by both campaigns to motivate and persuade Pennsylvania voters according to their faith views.

2019 was the deadliest year for hate crimes on record, new FBI data shows
HuffPost: The overall number of hate crimes also rose to a 10-year high, even as fewer law enforcement agencies bothered to report their statistics.

Colleges end in-person instruction early due to COVID-19 spread
Inside Higher Ed: This past week alone, at least 20 institutions announced they will be switching to online learning for the remainder of their semesters.

Trump divided the nation and their church, experts say, but evangelical fans have few regrets
Religion News Service: Despite his defeat in the recent presidential election, supporting President Trump has been a boon to many evangelical Christians. Will political gains undermine their ability to minister to their neighbors?

The Spark

Humanity at night
A violinist plays in a concentration camp. A refugee carries a book of poetry. Art sustains when survival is uncertain, Aeon says.

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