Tuesday's News & Ideas - 2/9/2021
- Evangelical election turmoil
- Catholic school numbers drop
- VA abolishes death penalty
- Virus & ultra-Orthodox
- Zacharias abuse fallout
- Ordinary people surviving slavery
Election turmoil splits West Virginia city’s evangelicals
Associated Press: The three churches diverge on a central issue: What is the role of evangelical Christianity in America’s divisive politics?
U.S. Catholic schools hit by unprecedented enrollment drop
HuffPost: Over 200 schools closed or consolidated amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to the National Catholic Educational Association.
Virginia to become first southern state to abolish death penalty
Sojourners: Lawmakers in Virginia voted on Friday to abolish the death penalty. The Democratic-led House of Delegates voted 57-41 Friday, after the Senate passed the measure earlier this week. Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, said he would sign the repeal into law.
Virus hastens exit from Israel’s ultra-Orthodox community*
The New York Times: Nationwide lockdowns and school closings have broken routines and left ultra-Orthodox Jews time for questioning and self-discovery. Some found the examined life worth leaving.
Evangelist Ravi Zacharias taught his followers to ask tough questions -- just not about his sexual conduct*
The Washington Post: Investigators said in a very brief, interim report released in December that they “have found significant, credible evidence that Mr. Zacharias engaged in sexual misconduct over the course of many years.”
The stories I didn’t learn in school
The accounts of ordinary people who survived slavery provide an all-too-rare link* to our past, The Atlantic says.
*access is limited for nonsubscribers