Wednesday's News & Ideas

  • George Beverly Shea, RIP
  • Muslims prepare for backlash
  • How to bury Thatcher
  • Marty on evangelicals
  • Colbert & religion
  • Early insect actors

George Beverly Shea -- Billy Graham's baritone -- dies at 104Charlotte (N.C.) Observer: George Beverly Shea, who spent a lifetime singing for God and Billy Graham, died Tuesday after a brief illness. He was 104.

U.S. Muslims mobilize to prevent Boston backlashReligion News Service: Almost as soon as the smoke cleared around Copley Square, U.S. Muslims knew from experience that some would immediately point the finger of blame in their direction.Religion News Service: Boston Marathon's holy ground and sacred bonds

How to bury Margaret ThatcherThe (London) Guardian: Traditional funerals are great levelers, not political rallies, says Giles Fraser.

Evangelicals change and make changesSightings: Martin Marty looks at how thoughtful Evangelicals change and make changes on three key issues: climate change, immigration, and gay marriage.

Stephen Colbert wears his religion in his punch linesThe Los Angeles Times: The host of 'The Colbert Report,' a devout Catholic, is the rare comedian who is comfortable joking about faith, religion and morality.

The Spark

Early stop-motion animation, starring dead bugs, is meticulous, hilariousThe first stop-motion animated films were more than a mere curiosity. As Slate reports, Wladislaw Starewicz's animated insect-puppets set the bar so high that they still capture the imagination of artists today. In The Cameraman's Revenge (1912), beetles, dragonflies, and grasshoppers enact a comic melodrama in detailed miniature sets.

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