Tuesday's News & Ideas - 10/30/2018

  • Religion wanes, religious hatred grows
  • Pittsburgh & anti-immigrant surge
  • White evangelicals & midterms
  • Why science can't replace religion
  • Thomas Keating, RIP
  • Explaining 'bad man' to 4th graders

As religion wanes, 'religious' hatred grows
The Boston Herald: At the same time that religious affiliation is on the decline, hate crimes based on religion -- and against Jews in particular -- are on the rise.

Pittsburgh suspect's hatred of Jews, HIAS part of larger anti-immigrant surge
Religion News Service: The shooting suspect's animus toward HIAS and fear of immigrants show how a combustible mix of factors led to the carnage.

White evangelicals are the sleeping giant of the 2018 midterms
Vox: All the policy wins that explain evangelical Christians' loyalty to Trump.
The New York Times: Religion and right-wing politics: how evangelicals reshaped elections

Why science can't replace religion
Vox: John Gray on the myths the "New Atheists" tell themselves.

Thomas Keating, pioneer in centering prayer, interfaith dialogue, dies at 95
National Catholic Reporter: Trappist Fr. Thomas Keating, a global figure in both interreligious dialogue and Christian contemplative prayer, has died at the age of 95.

The Spark

Dodge ball, Psalms and explaining 'bad man' to fourth graders of Pittsburgh
Elementary school students at Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh had a few surprise guests during recess, the Forward reports: Mayor Bill Peduto and two police officers assigned to protect the Jewish school. "They're here to make sure your safety comes first," Peduto said. "The most important thing we do in Pittsburgh is take care of our little Burghers."

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