Tuesday's News & Ideas - 6/27/2017

  • Pope's man in Newark
  • Evangelical divide on gay marriage
  • S.Ct. strikes church-state barrier
  • No making up for proposed cuts
  • Creationism lingers
  • Social bubble & inequality

Pope Francis's new man in Newark
The New Yorker: Like the Roman pontiff himself, Joseph Tobin represents a humane and magnanimous alternative to the dominant American Catholic hierarchy.

There is now a dramatic generational divide over white evangelical attitudes on gay marriage
The Washington Post: A new survey shows a dramatic shift in attitudes toward favoring gay marriage among a younger generation of white evangelicals, a group considered to be one of the most conservative on the issue.

The Supreme Court strikes down a major church-state barrier
The Atlantic: Trinity Lutheran v. Comer finds that governments can't discriminate against churches that would otherwise qualify for funding just because they're religious institutions.
The Washington Post: The Supreme Court's four big announcements today on religion

Analysis: Congregations can't make up for proposed federal budget cuts
Religion News Service: A non-profit has calculated that every religious congregation in the U.S. -- Christian or otherwise -- would have to raise an additional $714,000 every year for the next 10 years to make up for the 2018 budget cuts President Trump has proposed.

30 years after Edwards v. Aguillard: Why creationism lingers in public schools
The Conversation: Thirty years after the Supreme Court ruled that creationism cannot be required in schools, 'creation science' is still taught in some schools. What are the implications for climate education?

The Spark

How our narrowing social circles create a more unequal world
Research shows most social interactions are with people similar to ourselves -- making us less sensitive to how people outside our 'social bubble' live. As The (London) Guardian reports, this can lead to profound misperceptions about the state of society.

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