Wednesday's News & Ideas

  • Bigotry nothing new
  • Healthy secularism needed
  • Immoral reality TV
  • Minnesota marriage fight
  • Philanthropy business
  • Inside the papyrus story

Catholics then, Muslims nowThe New York Times: The view that members of a religious minority are not to be trusted is not new.

Secularists as religion's best friendsNational Catholic Reporter: A timely new book argues that what religious freedom needs these days is a revival of healthy secularism.

Shame on 'Breaking Amish'The Atlantic: This is what immoral reality TV looks like.

Minnesota's marriage amendment fight takes religious turnSt. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer-Press: Religion front and center in the battle over Minnesota's proposed marriage amendment.

Why can't we sell charity like we sell perfume?Wall Street Journal: What if we let philanthropies operate like businesses?

The Spark

The inside story of a controversial new text about JesusHarvard researcher Karen King yesterday unveiled an ancient papyrus fragment with the phrase, "Jesus said to them, 'My wife.'" A Smithsonian magazine reporter has been covering the story behind the scenes for weeks.

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