Monday's News & Ideas - 4/29/2019

  • Poway shooting
  • UMC Traditional Plan stands
  • LGBT adoption
  • Notre Dame & mosques
  • Chinese Christians in Kenya
  • Hand dryers vs. paper towels

Poway shooting latest in series of attacks on places of worship
NPR: The shooting on Saturday occurred 23 minutes after the Chabad of Poway synagogue's scheduled Passover celebration began.
Forward: The Poway shooting didn’t just target Jews

Plan with LGBT bans OK’d by United Methodist judicial panel
Associated Press: The United Methodist Church’s judicial council on Friday upheld major portions of a new plan that strengthens bans on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT pastors.
United Methodist News Service: Court OKs part of Traditional Plan, exit plan

America’s largest Christian adoption agency lets LGBT couples foster in 1 of 35 states
Christianity Today: After ACLU lawsuit, Bethany Christian Services shifts foster care placement policy to comply with Michigan’s new requirements.

The world mourned when Notre Dame burned. But some saw it as an opportunity to make France Catholic again.
Buzzfeed News: President Emmanuel Macron raised $1 billion for the reconstruction of Notre Dame, but what about France’s huge shortage of mosques?

As churches are demolished at home, Chinese Christians find religious freedom in Kenya
CNN: Migrants embracing God in highly Christian Nairobi are often unaware of the atheist Communist Party’s war on religion.

The Spark

Hand dryers v paper towels: The surprisingly dirty fight for the right to dry your hands
For a century, the humble paper towel has dominated public toilets. But, as The Guardian reports, a new generation of hand dryers has sparked a war for loo supremacy.

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