Tuesday's News & Ideas

  • Giving increases, but not for church
  • Evangelical Catholics & the GOP
  • Tithe, with money back guarantee
  • Drop religion from the CV
  • No to high school graduation in church
  • Popular numbers

Giving increases for some sectors, not for othersAssociated Press: Wealthy donors are lavishing money on their favored charities, including universities, hospitals and arts institutions, while giving is flat to social service and church groups.

Meet the 'evangelical' Catholics who are remaking the GOPReligion News Service: In today's Republican Party, a number of factors have forged a new religious identity that supersedes familiar old categories.

Texas megachurch promises 100 percent refund in tithe challenge if 'God doesn't hold true to his promise of blessings'Christian Post: Fellowship Church issues 90-day challenge, promising full refund of tithe if God doesn't hold true to promise of blessings.

Job applicants: maybe it's best not to mention religionThe Hartford Courant: If you're trying to get a job, it may be better not to disclose your religious preferences, especially if you're Muslim.

Supreme Court upholds decision barring graduation in churchLos Angeles times: The Supreme Court left intact a lower-court decision that barred a public school district in Wisconsin from holding its graduation ceremonies in an evangelical Christian church.

The Spark

The world's most popular numbersSurveys show many people have favorite numerals. But as Scientific American reports, some numbers are much more likely to be chosen than others.

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