Friday's News & Ideas - 5/24/2019

  • Religion in politics mere 'rubber stamp'?
  • Christians disappear from Middle East
  • Religion, secularism & economy
  • Religious language & abortion
  • Trump’s Catholic problem
  • Michelle Alexander on abortion

Can the religious right and left be more than a rubber stamp for their parties’ policies?
Religion News Service: The truth is that both religious camps are more likely to follow than lead when it comes to who determines the two parties’ policies.

The impossible future of Christians in the Middle East
The Atlantic: An ancient faith is disappearing from the lands in which it first took root. At stake is not just a religious community, but the fate of pluralism in the region.

The U.S. is less religious now. Are we richer for it?
Fast Company: In many parts of the world, the rise in secularism often coincides with an increase in economic growth.

Yes, abortion activists use religious language. But it's still about politics
CNN: Alabama provides a case study in how difficult it can be to dissect religion's complicated role in the nation's fraught abortion debate.

Trump’s emerging Catholic problem
Religion News Service: A crucial bloc to his 2016 election, Catholics are moving away from President Trump.

The Spark

My rapist apologized. I still needed an abortion.
In The New York Times, Michelle Alexander reflects on her daughter’s questions about abortion, “I always knew the time would come when I would have to tell my daughters the truth: I was raped. And I had an abortion.”

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