Weekly Wrap 8.2.19: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week | Sojourners

Weekly Wrap 8.2.19: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

1. A New Bible Exhibit Struggles to Grapple with America’s History of Slavery

The Museum of the Bible’s colorful exhibit features a copy of the Scriptures given to enslaved Africans in British colonies in the 19th century as a way to convert them to the Christian faith.

2. True Climate Justice Is Impossible Without Racial and Economic Justice

Communities and entire nations who do the least to contribute to rising greenhouse gas emissions bear the enormous burden of climate disaster first and worst on their bodies and their livelihoods.

3. Using Artificial Intelligence to Fill in Gaps in Ancient Texts

Enrique Jiménez makes use of artificial intelligence to fill in the many tantalizing gaps in the surviving texts written on clay tablets by scribes in early urban societies 3000 years ago.

4. The Webs Connecting 'Traditionalist' Catholics and White Nationalists

Traditionalist Catholics don’t just follow leading alt-right figures, they share, like, and comment on their ideas.

5. Immigrants Taking Sanctuary in Churches Hit with Huge Fines

Chavalan-Sut is among a number of immigrants taking sanctuary at houses of worship who have received letters from immigration authorities threatening them with huge fines under the latest move by the Trump administration.

6. What Does it Mean to Suffer with Those who Suffer?

I’ve been trying to brace myself and let go at the same time. But loss is not a mid-term exam that we can study for — it comes whether we’ve practiced for it or not, and always seems to find us unprepared.

7. Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” Is the New Mona Lisa

In Becoming Mona Lisa, Sassoon argues that Da Vinci’s work held nowhere near the cultural recognition it does now before it was stolen on August 21, 1911.

8. 'The Death Penalty Is a Failed Experiment in the U.S.'

To be anti-death penalty is simply to insist that we can deal with violent crime without mirroring the violence and taking another life.

9. Are You Rich? This Income-Rank Quiz Might Change How You See Yourself

Five questions to help you compare yourself with your neighbors in the United States.

10. How Linguistics Influences Liberation

Language, dialects, and power structures are inherently tied together — but language can also work to help people understand and respect each other.

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