Wednesday's News & Ideas - 8/21/2019

  • Pell's appeal denied
  • Billy Graham rule in court
  • Trump pleases religious right
  • Another UMC plan
  • Human & animal rights
  • Popeyes chicken sandwich

Vatican issues statement after Australian court dismisses Cardinal Pell’s appeal
America: Cardinal George Pell’s appeal to have his conviction for the sexual abuse of two boys in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne in the mid-1990s was overturned.

The Billy Graham rule goes to court
Christianity Today: A North Carolina sheriff’s deputy sues his former employer for religious discrimination after it wouldn’t accommodate his request to not train a female officer one-on-one.

Trump steadily fulfills goals on religious right wish list*
New York Times: With a flurry of recent actions, Trump’s administration is now winning praise from the religious right for aggressively fulfilling many of their goals.

UMCNext plan would end LGBTQ restrictions
United Methodist News Service: A group of centrists and progressives is offering a plan that would eliminate The United Methodist Church’s restrictions against LGBTQ ordination and same-sex weddings, while allowing local churches that disagree to depart and organize into new forms of Methodism.

There’s no conflict between human and animal rights
Vox: New research shows that concern for suffering isn’t zero-sum.

The Spark

The Popeyes chicken sandwich is here to save America
Helen Rosner writes at The New Yorker about the new Popeyes chicken sandwich.

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