3. Tim Stanley from Iraq: The West owes Iraq’s persecuted minorities a lot more than just talk
Some of it:
I’m here to interview Christians but I’m also invited to meet the pope of the Yazidis, an ancient native religion, and I’m never one to turn down a pope, so off we go. The venerable Sheikh Baba is in his Eighties, tired, and his son and brother take over the meeting. Conversation – as with all Iraqis – is robust.
“The situation is very bad,” says the Sheikh’s son, and the West offers only “talk”. That’s not entirely fair – some money has been spent by the US – but this is a community in crisis. Daesh killed thousands of Yazidi men and raped the women. When the Jihadists disappeared, they took 3,000 girls with them. Where are they? The Yazidis “are now in camps and [suffer] psychologically and materially. No jobs. We want our people to return to their land.”
4. In the New York Times: When ‘Black Lives Matter’ Is Invoked in the Abortion Debate
6. Philadelphia archbishop Charles J. Chaput: Building A Culture of Religious Freedom
7. There are some terrific names on this new commission, including Mary Ann Glendon and Jacqueline Rivers . . .
— Department of State (@StateDept) July 8, 2019
8. Cities Take Innovative Approaches to Mental Illness, Substance Use Disorder, and Homelessness (Hat tip @ @PatNolan4Justic) from Prison Fellowship)