Conversation Starts 2/3/17
What are you thinking about what is going on in the world? Here’s the top stories from women, ministry, and world news this week.
By Brent Griffiths, Politico
President Donald Trump on Tuesday selected Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, nominating the federal appeals court judge to replace the late Antonin Scalia.
By Ian Milhiser, Think Progress
What you need to know about Trump’s extraordinarily conservative nominee for the Supreme Court.
By Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Nation
It will take sustained and strategic action on many fronts to defend our democracy while building a bigger, stronger progressive movement.
By Abram Van Engen, Religion & Politics
Betsy DeVos’ nomination as Secretary of Education has prompted intense scrutiny. That is right and fitting, given her lack of both experience and expertise. But it is dismaying that much of this scrutiny has seized on myths about Calvinism and the Christian Reformed Church—equating a religious background with a current stance about educational policy.
By Emma Green, The Atlantic
Many religious groups have urged the president not to give Christians priority in seeking asylum, but some conservative political organizations back his new ban on refugees.
By Alanna Vagianos, The Huffington Post
A new smartphone app is putting resources and information in the hands of sexual assault survivors and advocates on college campuses.
By Julie Zauzmer and Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Washington Post
The liturgy read in churches across America on Sunday said: “Blessed are those who are persecuted.”
By Amy Wilentz, The Nation
For insight into how the first daughter will manage her signature issue, look no further than her brand’s website.
By Zack Ford, Think Progress
They couldn’t possibly let their sons associate with their trans friends.