Thursday's News & Ideas - 6/28/2018

  • Right-wing evangelicals & Supreme Court
  • Court's record of racial classification
  • Tax law hits churches
  • Why churchgoers stay
  • Pope's battles
  • Exclamation points!

For right-wing evangelicals, Kennedy's retirement is triumphant vindication for their support of Trump
Slate: The announcement of Justice Kennedy's retirement was a vindication for Trump's evangelical defenders, who had one message for voters in 2016: Close your eyes and think of the Supreme Court.

Travel ban decision follows the Supremes' record of racial classification
Religion News Service: Whether viewed in terms of contemporary politics or American history, the Supreme Court's ruling on President Trump's travel ban against several Muslim-majority countries is not surprising.
National Catholic Reporter: Nativist, anti-immigrant sentiment in the US has a long history

Republican tax law hits churches
Politico: Some nonprofits could start paying taxes for the first time.

Churchgoers sticking around for theology, not music
Baptist Press: Most churchgoers will put up with a change in music style or a different preacher, according to a LifeWay Research study. But don't mess with a church's beliefs or there may be an exodus.

A popular pope, but how powerful? Francis still fights internal battles
Reuters: Now in his sixth year as pope, Francis is still battling to put an end to recurring sex scandals, reform the Vatican's central bureaucracy and overcome a conservative backlash to his teachings.

The Spark

Read this article!!!
How many exclamation points does it take to exclaim something? One should suffice, Julie Beck writes at the Atlantic. But, on the internet, it often doesn't. Not anymore.

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