Thursday's News & Ideas - 5/18/2017

  • Fear is the enemy
  • Rutledge schools the boys
  • Decline in Biblical literalism
  • Creationist sues Grand Canyon
  • Trump's overseas trip
  • The circus leaves town

Editorial: The enemy is not the secular world, it is fear
National Catholic Reporter: In New Jersey, Cardinal Joseph Tobin wants us to say no to "heartless" deportation policies. In Kansas, Archbishop Joseph Naumann wants us to say no to the Girl Scouts. And to the word "yoga."

This woman preacher is schooling the Christian boys club on the crucifixion
Religion News Service: Fleming Rutledge's new book is a magisterial tome that has garnered the attention and respect of some unlikely religious leaders.

Record few Americans believe Bible is literal word of God
Gallup: 24% believe Bible is literal word of God, the lowest in Gallup's 40-year trend.

A creationist sues the Grand Canyon for religious discrimination
The Atlantic: The national park wouldn't let him collect rocks for research.

Wading into murky waters, Trump trip to advocate religious unity
NPR: Donald Trump's first overseas trip as president begins Friday with a pilgrimage of sorts. But he's wading into deep waters with potential for missteps and disagreement.

The Spark

The circus leaves town
After 146 years, Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus is holding its final performances this weekend, the BBC reports. "Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages, say goodbye to the 'Greatest Show on Earth'."

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