Wednesday's News & Ideas - 6/26/2019

  • DNC faith outreach
  • UN on hate speech
  • Evangelicals leaving church
  • Cardinal Burke & Bannon
  • Castro on religion
  • A mother’s voice

Democrats’ new faith outreach director launches ‘listening sessions’
Religion News Service: The Democratic Party has hired a new religious outreach director and launched a round of listening sessions with faith leaders in the lead-up to the 2020 election.

As the wildfire of hate speech spreads, fighting it must be a job for everybody
The Guardian: Addressing hate speech does not mean limiting freedom of speech. To prevent it from escalating, we need to treat it as we treat every malicious act, the UN secretary general writes.

Will young evangelicals come back to church?
Religion & Politics: The 18-to-29-year-olds missing from predominantly white evangelical churches span two generations.

Citing its alignment with Steve Bannon, Cardinal Burke cuts ties with Dignitatis Humanae Institute
America: U.S. Cardinal Raymond L. Burke has resigned from the Dignitatis Humanae Institute, saying it has become “more and more identified with the political program” of Steve Bannon.

Julián Castro: Democrats ‘put in a box’ on religion and morality
Religion News Service: Secretary Castro speaks on his Catholic upbringing, his commitment to justice and why he believes the 2020 election is a critical moment for the soul of America.

The Spark

Alright now
“In the spring of 2011, my mother died,” Saeed Jones writes at Gay Mag. “By the fall, it occurred to me that she had taken the sound of her voice with her.”

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