Wednesday's News & Ideas - 11/18/2020

  • Religious & partisan divides
  • Black pastors protect the vote
  • Religious left looks to Biden
  • Religious intolerance & race
  • 16th century religion wars
  • When police took over a city

Why the partisan divide? The U.S. is becoming more secular -- and more religious
Religion & Politics: The United States is not a purely secular nation -- nor is it a fully religious one.

‘A full court press’: How Detroit’s Black pastors helped protect the vote
Sojourners: Black communities in Detroit have been disproportionately hit by the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing threats of police violence, and the pastors did everything they could to make sure those communities were heard in this election.

Emboldened religious left leaders vow to keep up pressure under Biden
Religion News Service: While religious activists welcome the Biden-Harris administration and laud their plans to roll back many of Trump’s policies, liberal leadership doesn’t dilute the potential for further advocacy.

Religious intolerance is ‘bigger cause of prejudice than race,’ says report
The Guardian: Attitudes to faith said to drive negative perceptions more than ethnicity or nationality, says a study.

America’s “wars of religion”
Slate: What a bloody 16th-century conflict can teach us about our political divisions today.

The Spark

How a deadly police force ruled a city
After years of impunity, the police in Vallejo, California, took over* the city’s politics and threatened its people, The New Yorker says.

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