EA Newsletter (Sept 2018): Evangelicals & Trump, Brett Kavanugh & SOCAS, Pope Francis & Sex Abuse, the Johnson Amendment, and Ariana Grande Got Touched by Godly, more.

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The Religious Typology

A new way to categorize Americans by religion. pewforum.org

How Many Norms Can Trump and Evangelical Leaders Break in One Meeting?

He wrongly told evangelical leaders that he repealed a law preventing them from conducting politics from the pulpit — and then asks them to behave in such a fashion that likely runs afoul of the rules for non-exempt organizations. washingtonpost.com

Catholic Church Insiders Are Calling for Pope Francis to Resign. Here’s Why.

The internal politics informing the church’s reaction to the clerical sex abuse crisis. vox.com

Reality Scat: Bigfoot, Horoscopes, Psychics and Other Hooey

It began when Jerry Crew, a California road construction foreman and his team discovered enormous footprints along Bluff Creek, reporting the find to authorities, from whom the Humboldt Times learned of it. The article coined the term “Bigfoot.” patheos.com

New Poll Finds Even Religious Americans Feel the Good Vibrations

The poll shows that beyond a small band of reliably predictable “Sunday Stalwarts,” as the survey calls them, American religiosity is pretty casual, with less than a quarter of Americans attending worship services weekly but nearly all religious groups adhering to some New Age beliefs. religionnews.com

Religion’s Obsession Against Sex Has Created an Environment for Abuse

It’s not so much that the rules create abusers. Rather, they create an environment where abusers can thrive. Victims are afraid to come forward, in some cases, because admitting they were assaulted means admitting they had sex. The latter, for many religions, is somehow treated as the bigger crime. friendlyatheist.patheos.com

Key Differences Between Shia and Sunni Muslims

Sunni and Shia Muslims share the most fundamental Islamic beliefs and articles of faith and are the two main sub-groups in Islam. They do differ, however, and that separation stemmed initially, not from spiritual distinctions, but political ones. thoughtco.com

Where the Public Stands on Key Issues That Could Come Before the Supreme Court

The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to begin confirmation hearings on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. If confirmed, Kavanaugh would replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who retired in July after three decades on the court. pewresearch.org

Street Preacher’s Disturbing-the-Peace Citation Was Valid

In Roy v. City of Monroe, a Louisiana federal district court dismissed a street preacher’s suit challenging the constitutionality of the city of Monroe’s disturbing-the-peace ordinance and the citation he received for violating it. religionclause.blogspot.com

America’s Strange Satanist Scare

Silly episodes of religion flare occasionally — and America’s Satanist hysteria of the 1980s and ’90s was especially ludicrous. patheos.com

Pope Is Silent on Charge That He Covered Up for Archbishop

Pope Francis declined Sunday to confirm or deny claims by the Vatican’s retired ambassador to the United States that he knew in 2013 about sexual misconduct allegations against the former archbishop of Washington, Theodore McCarrick, but rehabilitated him anyway. goodreads.com

Paul McCartney ‘Saw God’ After Taking Drugs During Beatles Heyday

Singer-songwriter speaks of spiritual beliefs, drug-taking, and helping out Stormzy. theguardian.com

Trump Repeats Big Lie on Johnson Amendment at Pandering Dinner Party

It’s bad enough that President Donald Trump held what amounted to a “state dinner party” at the White House exclusively for U.S. Christian evangelical guests. But at the Monday night event, Trump added injury to insult by repeating his lie that he has gotten “rid of” a law forbidding churches from endorsing political candidates. ffrf.org

Ariana Grande groped by Bishop Charles Ellis

THIS MONTH’S GRATIS NOTICE:

AEU Skills Summit & Family Saturday

29 Sep 2018 | 09:00 am – 06:30 pm
Place : Washington Ethical Society 7750 16th St NW Washington, DC 20012
Cost : $70 for individuals, $65 each for two, $60 each for three
$25 each for family programming (children must be accompanied by adult)
Phone : 212-873-6500
Email : lmiller@aeu.org

AEU Skills Summit & Family Saturday 2018

Saturday, September 29, 9am-6:30pm
Sponsored by American Ethical Union • Hosted by Washington Ethical Society

Register for Skills Summit & Family Saturday here

Join us for a full-day of insightful discussion, interactive workshops, and fun collaboration. Together we’ll explore best practices and burning questions on how to grow humanist communities. Children and caregivers are invited to join WES staff for separate family programming during Skills Summit.

Transportation and Housing
WES has some street parking nearby and can be reached by S2 & S4 buses or red line to Silver Spring station. The building is accessible. To request home hospitality, please email hospitality@aeu.org.

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