Tuesday's News & Ideas - 4/26/2016

  • Target boycott grows over inclusive bathrooms
  • 'Wild at Heart' 15 years on
  • Can atheist stay in pulpit?
  • 'Sister circle' supports women to PhD completion
  • Think before you donate
  • Interview with poet Dana Gioia

‘A danger to wives and daughters’: Petition to boycott Target over transgender-inclusive bathrooms claims growing support
Washington Post: An online petition by the American Family Association calling for a boycott of Target reached more than 650,000 signatures early Tuesday morning and was growing by the minute. It was created in response to a statement on Target’s website stating that individuals could use bathrooms and fitting rooms that correspond with their gender identities.

The book that revolutionized ‘Christian manhood’: 15 years after ‘Wild at Heart’
Religion News Service: In this interview, RNS asks John Eldredge whether 15 years of the book that sparked a “Christian manhood” cottage industry has propelled Christians forward or pulled them backward.

Atheist pastor sparks debate by 'irritating the church into the 21st century'
The Guardian: Can a minister in a Christian church be an atheist? That’s the question facing the United Church of Canada as it wrestles with the case of Gretta Vosper. In the coming weeks, an unprecedented review will be carried out to determine whether Vosper can stay on as a minister.

The 'great' graduating eight
Inside Higher Ed: Eight African-American women finish doctorates in education simultaneously this year at Indiana University. The students attribute much of their achievement to a group the eight of them formed, which they call their sister circle, through which they were able to support one another and vent shared frustrations.

When disaster relief brings anything but relief
CBS News: Many of the well-meaning articles we Americans donate in times of disaster turn out to be of no use to those in need. Sometimes, they even get in the way. Humanitarian workers call the crush of useless, often incomprehensible contributions "the second disaster."

The Spark

Interview with Dana Gioia

In this interview in honor of the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month, Dana Gioia, the poet, critic and former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, talks about his "happy, lonely childhood" growing up in a poor neighborhood in California in an Italian and Mexican immigrant family. Although he knew he wanted to be a poet from the age of 19, he also knew he had to support himself, so he went into business. "Working with intelligent but non-literary people gave me a better sense of how poetry might matter to ordinary people," he said.