Wednesday's News & Ideas - 10/31/2018

  • Trump, immigration & religious divide
  • Proof texting & Pittsburgh
  • Religious violence
  • Elaine Pagels Q&A
  • Lessons from Harry Potter
  • Fury & the election

Does Trump encourage white supremacists? Faith groups divided in survey
Religion News Service: The PRRI survey found sharp religious and racial divides over police brutality, immigration and churches' handling of #MeToo-related issues.
Vox: The Bible says to welcome immigrants. So why don't white evangelicals?
The Conversation: Religion and refugees are deeply entwined in the US

Death at the Tree of Life
Commonweal: Proof texting and the Pittsburgh shootings.

Ideologically motivated far-right extremists have killed close to 500 people since 1990 -- and 10 percent were targeted based on religion
The Conversation: The mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue exemplifies an increasingly deadly form of domestic terrorism committed by far-right extremists: the targeting of institutions and individuals due to their religious affiliation.
BBC: Can artificial intelligence help stop religious violence?

Elaine Pagels on how devastating loss influenced her groundbreaking religious scholarship
Intelligencer: Pagel's new memoir, "Why Religion?," evokes the depth of her grief, but it also contains a twist: The scholar is also a believer -- of sorts.

The Church of England should learn from Harry Potter this Halloween
The (London) Guardian: JK Rowling understands that the supernatural needs to be frightening. Church of England "light parties" to replace Halloween are absurd.

The Spark

On the upcoming election: the unexpected God who pushes us towards one another
It is difficult to live in a place where the lines of conservative and progressive/liberal are fiercely drawn. And it can be a very dangerous place to be standing in the stream of the Gospel, Sarah Condon writes at Mockingbird. "With the upcoming election for Senate, Texas currently feels like the epicenter of this fury."

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