Tuesday's News & Ideas - 9/1/2020

  • Liberty investigation on Falwell
  • Christian fundraising for Rittenhouse
  • First findings from Vatican archive
  • Christian etchings on chalice
  • Philippine archbishop dies of COVID-19
  • Black student authors

Liberty University opens investigation into ‘all facets’ of Jerry Falwell Jr.’s tenure
USA Today: Liberty University on Monday announced it has opened an independent investigation into “all facets” of the tenure of Jerry Falwell Jr., the evangelical school’s disgraced former president who resigned last week amid an alleged sex scandal.

Christian fundraising site has earned over $250,000 for alleged Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse
Religion News Service: A Christian fundraising site, Give Send Go, has raised nearly $270,000, well beyond its $200,000 goal for the alleged Kenosha shooting suspect Kyle Rittenhouse as of Monday afternoon (August 31).

Records from once-secret archive offer new clues into Vatican response to Holocaust
NPR: Vatican officials have always insisted Pope Pius XII did everything possible to save Jewish lives during World War II. But many scholars accuse him of complicit silence while some 6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust.

Hadrian’s Wall dig reveals oldest Christian graffiti on chalice
The Guardian: Lead piece etched with religious iconography found in remains of 5th-century church.

Archbishop Oscar Cruz, Philippine critic of graft and gambling, dies at 85*
The New York Times: The outspoken archbishop made it his main mission to rid the Philippines of illegal gambling, drawing the ire of officials. He died of complications of the new coronavirus.

The Spark

Teaching Black teens to write the books they read
As a high-school English teacher in Baltimore, LaQuisha Hall published* more than 100 student authors, The Atlantic says.

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