Wednesday's News & Ideas - 1/29/2020

  • Accused clergy database
  • Churches enlisting armed security
  • Christians embracing socialism
  • Palestinians reject Trump plan
  • Venues drop Franklin Graham
  • DeFord Bailey changed country music

We assembled the only nationwide database of priests deemed credibly accused of abuse. Here’s how.
ProPublica: ProPublica’s reporting spanned several months and produced an original database containing each diocesan list as it was originally published online.
ProPublica: Search lists of U.S. Catholic clergy that have been deemed credibly accused of sexual abuse or misconduct.

Half of US churches now enlist armed security
Christianity Today: Survey: Evangelical, Pentecostal, and Baptist churches are most likely to have church volunteers carry guns.

Why these young American Christians embraced socialism
Religion & Politics: In a time in which the religious right has been on the rise for the past several decades, what motivated them to become not just liberals, but leftist socialists?

Palestinians angrily reject Trump Mideast peace plan
Associated Press: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said “a thousand no’s” to the Mideast peace plan announced Tuesday by President Donald Trump, which strongly favors Israel.

Venues dropping Franklin Graham’s upcoming UK tour
Baptist News Global: The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is looking for venues in London and Liverpool for Franklin Graham’s upcoming UK tour.

The Spark

The unsung black musician who changed country music
From the moment DeFord Bailey stepped onto a stage in Nashville, country music would never be the same, Narratively says. It was decades after his death before he finally got his due.

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