Wednesday's News & Ideas - 5/26/2021

  • Clergy continue racial justice call
  • Roof appeals death sentence
  • Mideast violence & interfaith groups
  • Vatican altar boy residence moves
  • News outlets’ religious viewers
  • Mental illness & incarceration

One year after George Floyd’s murder, faith leaders continue the call for racial reckoning
Religion News Service: Clergy were often front and center in the year’s racial justice protests, and their clarion call not only to politicians but also to religious leaders sparked a racial reckoning within churches, synagogues and mosques.

Dylann Roof appeals death sentence in Charleston church slayings*
The Washington Post: Dylann Roof asked an appeals court Tuesday to overturn his conviction and death sentence for the massacre he carried out at a historic African American church in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015.
CNN: Dylann Roof’s appeal in his 2015 church massacre conviction focuses on killer’s competency to stand trial

Mideast violence tests the relationships that interfaith groups work hard to build
NPR: The cease-fire between Israel and Hamas is holding for now, but it's fragile. And in the U.S., Jewish-Muslim interfaith groups are trying to figure out how to navigate this moment.

Pope ousts Vatican youth residence caught up in sex abuse trial
Reuters: Pope Francis has ordered a residence for altar boys who serve Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica to move out of the Vatican, after the home became the subject of a sexual abuse trial.

White evangelicals watch Fox News; Hindus and Muslims are more likely to watch CNN
Nieman Lab: ABC, CBS and NBC had no strong base of viewers in any single religious tradition.

The Spark

The truth about deinstitutionalization
A popular theory links the closing of state psychiatric hospitals to the increased incarceration of people with mental illness. But the reality* is more complicated, writes Alisa Roth at The Atlantic.

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