July 14, 2020
Katherine Stewart (The Good News Club) writes in the Daily Beast that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his “Commission on Unalienable Rights” represent the stirrings of religious authoritarianism in the U.S.:
… the regime goes on to strip everyone else of their rights, bolster hyperconservative religious allies with public funds, and consolidate a kleptocracy where religion is too often reduced to organized hypocrisy.
Speaking of organized hypocrisy, in a letter to the LA Times, CFI’s own Jim Underdown decries churches trying to have it both ways: “It’s time to start taxing the churches — all of them.”
We put out a statement with Leo Igwe of Advocacy for Alleged Witches condemning the attacks in Nigeria on people accused of being witches: “Nigerian authorities should be promoting critical thinking and the understanding of science; the only real cures for belief in dark-age superstition.”
Paul Djupe looks to see if people think “Christian witness” (not whiteness, which is what I kept thinking it said) is being harmed by American Christianity’s association with Trump. (It depends.)
Rev. Jim Wallis on Trump’s racism: “The white identity politics that are clearly animating Trump’s campaign are also white idolatry politics.”
Tina Nguyen at Politico: Trump isn’t just winking and nodding at QAnon, he’s promoting and protecting them.
China says it is sanctioning four U.S. officials—Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, Rep. Chris Smith, Ambassador for Religious Freedom Sam Brownback—for criticizing China’s egregious human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims and other faith groups. Can do that? Impose sanctions against four guys? I guess so.
And much more here: https://bit.ly/32pkWYW