Last Week, Today: Stephen Colbert Opens Up

Last week's headlines on politics, religion and culture

1. Stephen Colbert on Making the Late Show His Own (GQ)

Colbert goes deep and philosophical, musing on how he found gratitude despite tragic suffering (his father and two brothers died when he was ten-years-old). Quote: "That's my context for my existence, is that I am here to know God, love God, serve God, that we might be happy with each other in this world and with Him in the next—the catechism. That makes a lot of sense to me. I got that from my mom. And my dad. And my siblings.”

2. Multicultural Churches Cater to White Congregants (Pacific Standard)

Why is it that research shows that whites who attend multicultural churches are not different, when it comes to views on race, from whites who attend white churches?

3. Trigger Warnings: Why Some Professors Use Them (FlavorWire)

In light of the recent Atlantic article, "How Trigger Warnings are Coddling the American Mind," check out this piece by Sarah Seltzer on how professors take a nuanced approach to issuing trigger warnings in a respectful, non-coddling way. 

4. Race, love, hate, and me: A distinctly American story (Daily Kos)

BlackLivesMatter activist Shaun King is forced to explain his personal story and why he is not, as some conservative publications are calling him, another "Rachel Dolezal." 

5. Why David Brooks is Dead Wrong on the Iran Deal (HuffPo)

Tyler Wigg-Stevenson, chair of the Global Taskforce on Nuclear Weapons, lays out clearly why the Iran Deal is not a defeat equivalent to the Vietnam War and Iraq War. 

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