Thursday's News & Ideas - 8/9/2018

  • Losing faith in S.C.
  • More resignations @ Willow Creek
  • Not just about McCarrick
  • Why 'nones' don't do religion
  • Sanctuary in Colorado
  • Broadcasting & angry men

Losing faith: Why South Carolina is abandoning its churches
The (Columbia, S.C.) State: In the Bible Belt, where generations have hung their hats on their church-going nature and faithful traditions, an increasing trend of shrinking church attendance -- and increasing church closings -- signals a fundamental culture shift in South Carolina.

Willow Creek Church's lead pastor and board of elders resign
The New York Times: The lead pastor and the entire board of elders have resigned, saying that they had made a mistake by failing to believe the women who accused the Rev. Bill Hybels of sexual harassment.
The (Chicago) Tribune: Willow Creek pastor, elders step down, admit mishandling allegations against Bill Hybels

Reflections on the abuse saga: It's not just about McCarrick
Crux: Writers at Crux don't normally do personal commentary, but sometimes a story becomes so big that just reporting it is not enough, says Rome bureau chief.

Why America's 'nones' don't identify with a religion
Pew Research: The most common reason they give is that they question a lot of religious teachings.

'I live in a church to prevent being deported'
BBC: Across the US, dozens of undocumented immigrants have taken refuge in churches to avoid deportation. For one woman in Colorado, her 14 months in sanctuary have taken a heavy toll.

The Spark

Audiences love the anger: Alex Jones, or someone like him, will be back
Confrontational characters spouting conspiracy theories and promoting fringe ideas have been with us since the invention of American broadcasting, Michael J. Socolow writes at The Conversation. First on radio, then on television, the American audience has proven eager to consume the rants of angry and bitter men.

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