Tuesday's News & Ideas - 4/6/2021

  • LA Catholic schools closing
  • SCOTUS shifted on religion
  • White evangelicals on vaccine
  • Churches & young organizers
  • Francis decries wars
  • Food & climate

LA Archdiocese to close 6 schools due to hardships heightened by pandemic
Religion News Service: ‘These six schools had been trying to overcome financial challenges long before the pandemic,’ said schools superintendent Paul Escala.

An extraordinary winning streak for religion at the Supreme Court*
The New York Times: More broadly, one new study found, “the politicization of religious freedom has infiltrated every level of the federal judiciary.”

‘Love your neighbor’ and get the shot: White evangelical leaders push COVID vaccines
NPR: Theologically fraught conspiracy theories have been swirling online, particularly in some evangelical circles.

Can churches earn the trust of young racial justice activists?
Sojourners: When Rev. William Barber II was invited to speak at a convention pushing to raise the federal minimum wage, the organizers told him to refrain from preaching because it would not resonate with younger activists.

In Easter speech, pope calls wars in pandemic ‘scandalous’
Associated Press: Pope Francis in his traditional Easter Sunday address denounced as “scandalous” how armed conflicts continue to rage even as the coronavirus pandemic has triggered severe social and economic suffering and swollen the ranks of the poor.

The Spark

Your diet is cooking the planet
Food production accounts for roughly a quarter* of the world’s greenhouse-gas emissions, The Atlantic says.

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