Tuesday's News & Ideas - 7/31/2018

  • Millennials & institutions
  • Sessions' religious liberty task force
  • Why the reluctance to report abuse?
  • Muslim anti-bullying fight
  • Johnson Amendment & dark money
  • Have a book in you?

Under pressure
Commonweal: Everyone knows millennials don't trust institutions. In "Kids These Days," Malcolm Harris provides an answer why.

Seeing threat to religious freedom, Jeff Sessions announces special task force
Religion News Service: Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that he is creating a religious liberty task force to challenge what he called a dangerous movement "eroding our great tradition of religious freedom."

Why would a priest or seminarian not report sexual harassment by a superior?
America: James Martin, S.J., suggests six interrelated reasons for this reluctance.

As Muslim students fight for protection, some parents battle to keep Islam out of schools
PRI: School district's plan to create anti-bullying program to protect Muslim students gets pushback from parents of other students.

Congress could declaw restrictions on politicking from the pulpit -- over the objections of many churches
The Conversation: Deactivating the tax provision known as the Johnson Amendment could increase the flow of dark money, reducing accountability in campaign finance.

The Spark

No, you probably don't have a book in you
Has anyone ever said you should write a book? At The Outline, literary agent Kate McKean explains why your good story isn't likely to be a bestseller. "I hate to break it to you but everyone does not, in fact, have a book in them."

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