Tuesday's News & Ideas - 5/18/2021

  • Painful Eid celebrations
  • SCOTUS takes abortion case
  • Billy Graham film
  • Universities & religious polarization
  • Going to seminary while Black
  • What’s a healthy news diet?

‘Sad and so unfair’: Palestinian Americans celebrate a painful Eid
The Guardian: The violence in Gaza and Jerusalem has made the conclusion to the Muslim holy month a somber event for many.
Religion News Service: American Muslim groups boycott White House Eid celebration

Supreme Court agrees to hear abortion case, a possible threat to Roe v. Wade
Religion News Service: The case involves a Mississippi law that would prohibit most abortions after the 15th week of pregnancy.

Sarah Colt on why 2021 is the right time for a film about Billy Graham*
The New York Times: The director’s new two-hour installment of “American Experience,” on PBS, examines the rise of the man who was arguably most responsible for the power of modern evangelism in the United States.

Are universities contributing to religious polarization?
Inside Higher Ed: Ilana Horwitz explores some of the consequences of higher education institutions sweeping religion under the rug.

I was kicked out of seminary for being too Black. But God wouldn’t let me go.*
America: “You don’t know what you’re getting into,” Bruce Wilkinson’s father warned. “You’re not understanding what the Catholic Church is really like.”

The Spark

What’s the healthiest news diet? Probably traditional media, but don’t gorge yourself: Too much can leave you less informed
A new study finds that reading, watching, and breathing news all day can actually leave you less informed about politics and government than being more selective -- with the right sources, Nieman Lab says.

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