Resurgence Roundup, 4/18/14

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Resurgence Roundup, 4/18/14

The weekly Resurgence Roundup brings together some of the most interesting content we’ve found online, as it pertains to the church and the people God has called us to reach. Keep in mind, we don’t endorse or agree with everything you’ll see included in the roundup.

India’s Top Court Recognizes Third Gender Category

Associated Press:
India’s top court on Tuesday issued a landmark verdict recognizing transgender rights as human rights, saying people can identify themselves as a third gender on official documents.

Pastafarians rejoice as Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is granted permission to register as a religion in Poland

The Independent:
A church that worships an invisible flying spaghetti monster can now apply to be registered as an official religion in Poland, after a 2013 court ruling was overturned on Tuesday.

Pope takes responsibility for child abuse scandal

Boston Globe:
Pope Francis asked forgiveness for the child sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church on Friday, the first time he’s done so as pope, and also said the church must be “very strong” in responding to the ongoing legacy of that crisis, including imposing forceful sanctions.

Clemson University’s Football Accused Of ‘Christian Worship’ By Atheist Group

Huffington Post:
Clemson University’s football team may be ranked in the top 10 for college teams, but it’s on the defensive now from accusations saying it is steeped in “Christian worship.”

1,000 Christian, Hindu girls forced to convert to Islam every year in Pakistan: report

Pakistan Today:
Around 1,000 Christian and Hindu women in Pakistan are forcibly converted to Islam and married to Muslim men every year, according to a report released by Movement for Solidarity and Peace in Pakistan on Monday.

If a Student Says Homosexuality Is a Sin in School, Is It Bullying?

The Atlantic:
What right should students have to talk about God in homework, assemblies, club meetings, and graduation speeches? This is the question at stake in a new law in Tennessee and other states across the country.

France likes cheating, Egypt is cool with divorce, and other things the world believes about sex and marriage

The Pew Global Attitudes Project has a new survey out asking residents of forty countries what they think on eight hot button moral issues.

America’s Biggest Cities Lose People to the Urban B-List

Fresh numbers released late last month give the 2013 population estimates for metro areas. . . . If you look at the 52 metro areas with more than a million residents, however, the biggest increase in domestic migration from 2010 to 2013 drew newcomers to America’s second-tier cities.

Millennials Don’t Care About Owning Cars, and Car Makers Can’t Figure Out Why

Fast Company:
Auto manufacturers today are scratching their heads, trying to figure out why the millennial generation has little-to-no interest in owning a car. What car makers are failing to see is that this generation’s interests and priorities have been redefined in the last two decades, pushing cars to the side while must-have personal technology products take up the fast lane.

National Geographic Concludes What Americans Will Look Like in 2050, and It’s Beautiful

What will we look like? National Geographic built its 125th anniversary issue around this very question last October, calling on writer Lise Funderburg and Martin Schoeller, a renowned photographer and portrait artist, to capture the lovely faces of our nation’s multiracial future.


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