Tuesday's News & Ideas - 9/29/2020

  • Graham in Trump tax report
  • Zacharias abuse allegations
  • ‘Nones’ lean left
  • Blasphemy charge in Nigeria
  • Genocide ruling in UK?
  • Limits of desegregation

Trump taxes report highlights nearly $400,000 payment from Billy Graham group
Religion News Service: The report from The New York Times citing Trump’s tax information alleges the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association paid nearly $400,000 to the president’s Washington hotel in 2017, raising questions about the potential conflicts of interest in making money off his religious allies while in office.

Ravi Zacharias’s ministry investigates claims of sexual misconduct at spas
Christianity Today: Three women have come forward with additional allegations against the late Christian apologist.

Religiously unaffiliated people more likely than those with a religion to lean left, accept homosexuality
Pew Research: In many countries, being religiously unaffiliated is linked to certain social and political views.

Head of Auschwitz Memorial seeks easing of Nigerian boy’s prison sentence*
The New York Times: “I cannot remain indifferent,” the director wrote in a letter to Nigeria’s president about a 13-year-old who was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment and menial labor on a blasphemy charge.

Uighurs could be allowed to seek genocide ruling against China in UK
The Guardian: MPs and peers aim to grant minorities in China the right to petition British courts.

The Spark

The limits of desegregation in Washington, D.C.
Hugh Price and his family fought for him to be one of the first Black students* at his all-white high school in Washington, D.C, The Atlantic says. But once he was there, he “couldn’t wait for it to be over.”

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