You'd think we'd be over this fear by now.
- 51 percent of Americans would not vote for an atheist president.
- Though America wasn't founded as a Christian nation, religion has always had a strong influence.
- It wasn't until the 1950s when religion gained its current prominence in the national imagination.
Want to empower social change? Break bread, literally, with the so-called enemy.
- Alice Dreger shares brilliant advice for divisive times: Break bread, literally, with your so-called enemy. "[S]ee if [you] can have a conversation, and preferably to do it over food or drink, because there is something very primal in us about sharing food and drink that allows us, I think, to open our hearts and our minds."
- If you're passionate about social change, Dreger recommends avoiding destructive tools or methods that would cause a kind of "arms race" in activism—it leads somewhere that no one wants to go.
- Spend time getting to know the issues you care about from a nonpartisan perspective—do descriptive, not normative, research. It will remind you of what the other side may be seeing that you might be missing because you're blinded by your partisan side.
New York Times reporter Melissa Chan outlined in a Twitter thread how authoritarian governments strategically destroy the reputations of journalists they dislike.
- CNN reporter Jim Acosta has frequently locked horns with President Donald Trump during press briefings.
- On Wednesday, Acosta and Trump had a standoff that ended with the White House revoking the reporter's press badge.
- White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders issued a tweet saying Acosta had placed his hands on an intern who tried to take the microphone away from him, a claim which many rebuked.
Now is a good time to brush up on who's on the ballot.
- The Midterm Elections are on November 6th. 1,200 candidates are running for 500 seats that will have an impact on every bit of your life.
- Scientists and Doctors are running for office. Innumerable environmental issues will be decided.
- Read up on the candidates, the issues, and then: vote.
As voting becomes digital, we should consider rewarding voters for taking part in the process.
- Netvote founder Jonathan Alexander is considering a rewards system in his blockchain-based API.
- Incentivizing voters with a tax credit could increase participation.
- Australia penalizes non-voters, but incentivizing the process might encourage enthusiastic responses.
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