Tuesday's News & Ideas - 9/10/2019

  • UMC in Africa anti-separation
  • Democrats ‘godless’?
  • Against executions for shooters
  • Francis in Africa
  • Mugabe’s church prays forgiveness
  • Climate apocalypse is coming

African bishops oppose separation plans
United Methodist News Service: Bishops in Africa have resolved not to support any proposed legislations or plans that may result in a split or dissolution of The United Methodist Church.
United Methodist News Service: First church in Africa becomes reconciling, affirms LGBTQ

Trump says Democrats are ‘not big believers in religion’ during North Carolina rally
CNN: Democrats, he warned the crowd of supporters at a rally Monday, “want to dismantle, demolish and destroy everything that you've gained.”
Relevant: Majority of voters in both parties are religious, study finds

Executing shooters will not stop gun violence. The solution requires us to overcome apathy.
America: Proposing legislation to make it easier to swiftly execute mass shooters is nothing more than the desire for vengeance masquerading as policy.

Pope Francis comes to Africa with a vision. Will it stick?
NPR: The pope is touring three countries in sub-Saharan Africa, calling for hope and reconciliation. Researchers look at the long-term impact of a papal visit.

In Mugabe's church, faithful pray for departed leader to be forgiven
Reuters: In the church where Zimbabwe’s founder Robert Mugabe used to worship, people prayed on Sunday for him to be forgiven following his death two years after he was toppled in a coup.

The Spark

What if we stopped pretending?
The climate apocalypse* is coming, says Jonathan Franzen at The New Yorker. To prepare for it, we need to admit that we can’t prevent it.

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