Tuesday's News & Ideas

  • Did religion play a role?
  • Public is watching
  • Don't derail immigration reform
  • LDS seminary enrollment up
  • Anti-gay attacks in France
  • Advice from big mother

Don't blame religion for Boston bombingsReligion Dispatches: Why did the Boston bombers do it? And did religion play a role?The Daily Beast: The terrorist tipping point: what pushed the Tsarnaev brothers to violence?Time: Hope amid disaster: sermons after the Boston bombings

Confidence in religion dropsSightings: What religious leaders and members should take from surveys showing decline in confidence is a renewed awareness that the public is watching.

Catholic bishops: Don't let Boston attacks derail immigration reformReligion News Service: Leading U.S. Catholic bishops denounce efforts to use the Boston Marathon bombings to derail the push for immigration reform.

LDS seminary stretches beyond Utah to reach all-time enrollment highThe Deseret News: LDS religious education program now reaching more LDS teenagers than ever before.

Homophobic outbursts: anti-gay attacks spike as marriage vote nearsSpiegel: Debate over same-sex marriage legislation divides France, with an increase in aggressive homophobic sentiment.

The Spark

Sit up straight, and other advice from big motherReto Stamm hasn't lived with his parents for 12 years. Last fall, he got a digital stand-in. As The Wall Street Journal reports, inventors are making a business out of what your mother used to needle you about. Some call it "Big Mother" tech -- like George Orwell's all-knowing Big Brother, but with your best interests at heart.

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