Tuesday's News & Ideas - 3/14/2017

  • Brooks on Benedict Option
  • Culture wars go secular
  • Christian social ethics project
  • Pope a fake news victim
  • Immigration & Latino mosque
  • Comedy & exit planning

The Benedict Option
The New York Times: By retreating to neat homogeneous monocultures, most separatists will end up doing what all self-segregationists do, fostering narrowness, prejudice and moral arrogance, David Brooks says.

Breaking faith
The Atlantic: The culture war over religious morality has faded; in its place is something much worse.

The Christian social ethics project hits a wall
Religion News Service: The Christian social ethics project in America has hit a wall named Donald Trump. But it was already under serious question, David Gushee says.

Pope Francis victim of 'fake news' story that God ordered him to change the Ten Commandments
Christianity Today: Pope Francis is the latest victim of "fake news" with reports claiming that God has told him to change the Ten Commandments.

At the nation's only Latino mosque, Trump's immigration policies have 'changed everything'
The Los Angeles Times: The congregation on the edge of Houston serves one of the fastest growing segments of Islam in the U.S.: Latinos

The Spark

Comedy is easy, dying is hard
"I don't want to be buried in Jersey," Sybil Adelman Sage's husband quipped the first time she raised the issue of an exit plan. As she writes at the Forward, the two are comedy writers, and though she always enjoyed her husband's jokes, she needed him to be serious. "Where do you want to be?"

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