Thursday's News & Ideas - 5/17/2018

  • Mouw to evangelicals: shame!
  • Mike Pence fact check
  • Birmingham pastor squabble
  • Trump's surprising Ramadan message
  • Tony Perkins appointment
  • Social media & moral outrage

To my fellow evangelicals: What you’re cheering in Jerusalem is shameful
Religion News Service:  Richard Mouw says, let the hate mail keep coming, but this needs to be said: It was shameful for evangelical pastors to be celebrating the opening of the embassy in Jerusalem while a few miles away the Israeli army was killing Palestinian protesters against Israeli policies.
America: Pope Francis denounces spiral of violence in the Holy Land

Is Mike Pence right that religion is gaining new life in US?
Politifact: Was the vice president correct when he said, "Religion in America isn't receding. It's just the opposite. Faith is gaining new life across America every day?"

Pastor denounces Highlands' urban plan as 'slavemaster church'
The Birmingham (Ala.) News: A Birmingham pastor known for posting controversial church signs has targeted Alabama's largest church with a sign that says, "Black Folks Need to Stay Out of White Churches."

Trump's surprising Ramadan message to Muslims
The Washington Post: The White House just shifted its language on Ramadan, and may host an iftar in early June.

Tony Perkins appointed to US panel on international religious freedom
Religion News Service: Tony Perkins, the head of the conservative Christian lobbying group Family Research Council, has been appointed to a U.S. government commission dedicated to "defending the universal right to freedom of religion or belief abroad."

The Spark

How social media exploits our moral emotions
Again and again, provocative online behavior is often met with seemingly disproportionate viral outrage and social punishment. Why? Because, as Nautilus reports, the architecture of social media exploits our sense of right and wrong, reaping profit from the pleasure we feel in expressing righteous outrage.

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