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Google’s Caste-Bias Problem

posted on August 15, 2022

Isaac Chotiner of The New Yorker interviews former Google employee Tanuja Gupta. “I don’t fault people for not knowing the intricacies of caste discrimination,” Gupta says. “I fault people for not wanting to learn about it. Willfully not wanting to learn more about certain topics when you hear that people are being discriminated against, choosing not to do anything about it, that is a problem. And that’s what was happening.”

Read at The New Yorker

In Kansas abortion vote, a blow to Catholic bishops’ political strategy

posted on August 9, 2022

Jack Jenkins of Religion News Service reports, “The Kansas vote suggests the bishops, having won a long-awaited victory at the Supreme Court in the overturning of Roe v. Wade in June, may now be fighting uphill battles in many states, with uneven support from a rank-and-file who would rather see them invest church money in other places.”

Read at Religion News Service

Shinzo Abe’s Assassin and Japan’s Complicated Spirituality

posted on August 1, 2022

For The New Yorker, Hiroko Yoda writes: “The connections between Abe’s family and Sun Myung Moon, the Korean religious leader who founded the Unification Church, are little discussed in mainstream Japanese media but well documented.” He adds, “The revelation of the church connection added yet another layer of strangeness to Abe’s assassination, for Japan is not widely associated with religious extremism or gun violence.”

Read at The New Yorker

Pope Francis’ apology to Indigenous Peoples in Canada

posted on July 25, 2022

“I have come to your native lands to tell you in person of my sorrow, to implore God’s forgiveness, healing and reconciliation, to express my closeness and to pray with you and for you,” Pope Francis said.

Read at America

Is Abortion Sacred?

posted on July 19, 2022

Jia Tolentino of The New Yorker writes, “For centuries, most Christians believed that human personhood began months into the long course of pregnancy. It was only in the twentieth century that a dogmatic narrative, in which every pregnancy is an iteration of the same static story of creation, began both to shape American public policy and to occlude the reality of pregnancy as volatile and ambiguous—as a process in which creation and destruction run in tandem.”

Read at The New Yorker

Many anti-abortion activists before Roe were liberals

posted on July 11, 2022

For The Conversation, historian Daniel K. Williams writes: “Most of the pre-Roe anti-abortion activists in the United States were inspired by 20th-century Catholic social teaching that connected the right to life for the unborn with a larger ethic of concern for the less fortunate.”

Read at The Conversation

Why Silicon Valley is fertile ground for obscure religious beliefs

posted on July 5, 2022

For VoxScott Midson, a University of Manchester liberal arts professor who studies theology and posthumanism. According to Midson, “How these robots — whether sentient or not — are made very much in our image is another huge set of ethical issues. A lot of algorithms will be trained on datasets that are entirely human. They speak of our history, of our interactions, and they’re inherently biased.”

Read at Vox

Reactions to the End of Roe Reveal Divisions Between Religious Leaders

posted on June 27, 2022

Belinda Luscombe of TIME reports, “For some people of faith, it was the triumphant end to a long, hard fight against what they considered a key human rights violation upon the most vulnerable. But not for all of them. Plenty of those who practice a religion mourned the rollback of what they consider a vital legal protection for women, especially the most vulnerable.”

Read at TIME

An Elite Christian College Has Become The Latest Battleground In America’s Culture Wars

posted on June 21, 2022

Jonathan Cohn of Huffpost reports, “The thread running through all these controversies is a clash between the traditional and the modern ― between those who think their worlds have already changed too much and those who want them to change more ― over a whole set of cultural issues but especially over those related to sexuality. And at Calvin, it’s fast becoming an existential crisis, with newer generations of students and many faculty pushing the school to accept and embrace the LBGTQ community more firmly while outside forces pull in the opposite direction.”

Read at Huffpost

They Inhabited Separate Worlds in Taiwan. Decades Later, They Collided in a California Church.

posted on June 14, 2022

The New York Times reports that “the shooting in the church in Laguna Woods, Calif., stood out in its own way, a variation on American tragedy that seemed to show how faraway conflicts, even those in the distant past, can reverberate in the gun culture of the United States.”

Read at The New York Times