PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “How The Handmaid’s Tale is The Christian Right’s Playbook” / AJ+ / Newsbroke / Francesca Fiorentini ☮

President Trump has emboldened the Christian right wing. Now they’re creeping into control of all three branches of government and carrying out an anti-gay, anti-choice agenda through “religious liberty” laws and discriminatory legislation. That’s why many are wondering: Whatever happened to the separation between church and state? Let’s build THAT wall.

INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING: “Utrecht: Planning for People and Bikes, Not for Cars” ☮

Though already a very good city for bicycling, in recent years Utrecht has decided to go a step further and reduce the number of cars in the city’s center. How? Eliminating roadways, reaching nearly 33K bike parking spots downtown, making transition to get to the train easier and safer for people bicycling in their new bike parking facility and hosts of other ways. See it all here. I guarantee you if you live in a city that doesn’t have good bike planning or infrastructure this film will equally inspire and depress you!

RELIGIOUS STUDIES: “The Rise of Atheist Churches?” / ReligionForBreakfast / Andrew Henry ☮

As religiously unaffiliated people become a larger and larger portion of the US population, scholars are noticing a rise in atheist/humanist/agnostic gatherings that mirror some of the characteristics of Christian churches (i.e. meeting on Sundays, participating in collective rituals such as singing). What can we learn about these gatherings? Can we call this a godless form of religiosity?