Last week's headlines on politics, religion and culture
Update: Michael Wear pens a USA Today column, asking why there is so little discussion about police unions among many of the politicians and other voices who align with the #blacklivesmatter movement. An ideological blindspot?
1. Liberty University, Sanders and Unsafe Spaces (NY Mag)
In one of the more unique and clever takes on Bernie Sanders' appearance at Liberty University, Jesse Singal asks, in a tongue-in-cheek-manner, how it is that a conservative college like Liberty managed to "survive the unsafe space" created by Sanders and his pro-choice views. President Obama seems to agree.
2. The Case for Hope in the Age of Mass Incarceration (The Atlantic)
Where is hope in Ta-Nehisi Coates' writings? Although much of current African-American activism strives to distance itself from the civil rights movement, Thabiti Anyabwile, the lead pastor at Anacostia River Church in Washington, D.C., lays out why hope should still be a relevant force.
3. Evangelicals and the Carson Illusion (NYT)
Maybe the Carson illusion is worse than the Trump illusion. Ross Douthat explains why evangelicals are drawn to the "mythical hero" narrative--and why that means they like Ben Carson.
4. Hillary Clinton's talk at Foundry Church (Medium)
A worth-reading insight into Hillary Clinton's faith, and the church of which she and her family has been a part of since 1993.
5. A Religious Liberty Thought Experiment (American Conservative)
Christians are called to turn the other cheek on an individual level. Should we extend to the same logic to the collective sphere (e.g. churches ought to focus on what's best for their neighbors, not themselves)? Alan Jacobs poses important, open-ended questions - not an op-ed! - on religious liberty and foreign policy.
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