Friday's News & Ideas - 11/9/2018

  • Muslim giving after Pittsburgh shooting
  • Lessons from Kristallnacht, 80 years on
  • Is the Johnson Amendment fight over?
  • Short-term missions and the migrant caravan
  • What is Zoroastrianism?
  • Tuba player's journey from poverty to the symphony

Synagogue shooting prompts Muslims to act charitably -- and humbly
Religion News Service: El-Messidi, a Muslim author and activist, talks about balancing the need to publicize fundraising efforts and other charitable acts with the Muslim teaching that they should be as discreet and quiet as possible.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Clergy shows solidarity with Jewish community at 'We Have To Talk' event

The day of fate
The Atlantic: Kristallnacht, on its 80th anniversary today, still offers a potent lesson: We all face the choice between right and wrong, responsibility and recklessness, conscience and complicity.
Haaretz: The heartbreaking suicide notes Jews left their loved ones after Kristallnacht

The Johnson Amendment’s fate after the 2018 Elections: The fight continues
National Council of Nonprofits: The House flipped to Democratic control and the sponsor of the anti-Johnson Amendment appropriations rider lost his seat, so is the fight by the White House and others to do away with the amendment over?

Have all our short-term mission trips to Latin America shaped our response to the migrant ‘caravan’?
Baptist News Global: Researchers estimate nearly 13 million American Christians have participated in a short-term mission trips to Latin America since 2007. Why aren’t they pushing back against the dehumanization of people labeled in high places as “animals” and “invaders”? asks Chris Ellis, of Second Baptist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Freddie Mercury’s family faith: the ancient religion of Zoroastrianism
UF News: The rock star, subject of a new biopic, was born into a religion that influenced Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and that despite its small numbers, counts famous musicians, scientists, scholars, artists and entrepreneurs among its ranks.

The Spark

Filmmakers chronicle tuba player’s journey from Sandtown to the symphony
Richard Antoine White looks back on his life -- poverty and an unsettled family life growing up in Sandtown; tuba studies at the Baltimore School for the Arts, Peabody Institute and Indiana University; his current jobs with the New Mexico Philharmonic and University of New Mexico -- and sums it up simply: “The American Dream is still alive and well,” White says, “regardless of your circumstances.”