Thursday's News & Ideas

  • Too much religion talk
  • Dolan girds for battle
  • The future is in India
  • Pastor ready to retire at 103
  • 800 years of harmony
  • On Trayvon Martin and being good

Poll: Too much religion talkPolitico: Pew survey says almost four in ten Americans say there is "too much" talk of religion and prayer by politicians.The Dish, blog: Is Christianism breeding atheists?

Cardinal Dolan's contraception fight with ObamaNewsweek: Cardinal Dolan is not satisfied with the Obama compromise on contraception. America's pope girds for battle.

For Christians, the sun is rising in the eastThe (Toronto) National Post: The shape of the Christian church worldwide depends more on India than on Ireland, and what is going on in Kerala is more important than whoever is appointed to Canterbury, says Father Raymond J. de Souza.

NE Ark. pastor retires at 103 years oldKAIT8 News: "When I looked over my past life, I came to a conclusion. I fought a good fight. I'm ready to retire," Rev. Grover C. Simpson says.

Church gives voice to 'heart language' Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Ethiopian congregation is one of 12 "language congregations" First Baptist Church of Lilburn has embraced with arms wide open.USA Today: Immigration issues touch many denominations

World's oldest choir celebrates 800 years of singing in harmonyThe (London) Guardian: The Thomanerchor of Leipzig in Germany, once led by Johann Sebastian Bach, will be the focus of much celebration this year.

The Spark

No apologies: On the killing of Trayvon Martin and being "good"In the tragic murder of Trayvon Martin, there's no safe place, journalist Danielle Belton writes at her blog, Black Snob. There's no real excuse to cling to. None of the usual dismissals work or fit. It's just bad. Real bad. And sits there and stares at you and says, "Take this." Take this load. And pick it up. Just take it. And accept it. It's part of your Life In America, Black People. Here's your load. Pick it up. "But I'm sorry," Belton writes. "I'm not going to pick up this . . . anymore. It's not mine."

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