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February 5, 2013

Tuesday's News & Ideas

'Gravely distressed': Religion looms large over Boy Scouts decision on gays
NBC News: If prayer can't sway Boy Scouts board members as they vote whether to end the organization's ban on gays, it won't be for lack of trying.

Justin Welby confirmed as archbishop of Canterbury
The (London) Guardian: Former oil executive promises to 'promote unity, peace and love among all Christian people' in service at St. Paul's Cathedral.

Religion in Wales: How to appeal to a dwindling flock?
Wales Online: Are people in Wales turning their back on faith or just organized religion?

'Fresh expressions' of church in NC
Associated Baptist Press: An increasingly secular culture demands more than one way of "doing" church, leaders of a missional church movement say.

Children conceived through rape open new front in abortion culture wars
Religion News Service: Forty years after Roe v. Wade, children who were conceived through rape are speaking out, opening a new front in a decades-old culture war.

The Spark

The author himself was a cat in the hat
The Cat wore a hat. Everyone knows that. But so did Sam-I am, the mooing Mr. Brown and the fat fish from "One Fish, Two Fish." All over Dr. Seuss's books, characters sport distinctive, colorful headwear. So, as the New York Times reports, it's no surprise that the real Dr. Seuss, Theodor Seuss Geisel, was a hat lover himself.

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