Wednesday's News & Ideas - 9/30/2020

  • The evangelical vote
  • Trump mocks Christian support
  • Black church mobilizes voters
  • Black South American Catholics
  • New, old anti-Catholicism
  • Ending Greek life

Evangelical vote once again split on ethnic lines
Christianity Today: Far fewer plan to vote third-party in 2020, LifeWay finds.
NBC News: Trump's support from Catholics and evangelicals is dropping. They fault his unkindness.

Trump secretly mocks his Christian supporters*
The Atlantic: Former aides say that in private, the president has spoken with cynicism and contempt about believers.

Black church turnout effort mobilizes against alleged voter suppression
Religion News Service: While these groups often support voter mobilization, one organizer said they “never worked this tightly together because the stakes are higher.”

Answering letter from Black Brazilian clergy, pope sends anti-racist message
National Catholic Reporter: “In a country of black [populational] majority, may we have more black bishops,” the priests asked.

Amy Coney Barrett and the new, old anti-Catholicism*
The New York Times: Critics of Trump’s Supreme Court nominee argue that pious Catholics are a problem for liberalism. They have a point.

The Spark

Why it’s so difficult to abolish sororities and fraternities
Students are calling for an end to Greek life. That goes against some colleges’ financial interests, Vox says.

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