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Bishops Defend Community Health Centers

March 16, 2011, 11:20 am | By Beth Dahlman

Via Vox Nova we learn the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops seems to have let go of the erroneous notion that community health centers provide abortions and is now opposing the GOP’s proposed funding cuts for these crucial facilities:

The USCCB has long called on Congress to work to ensure adequate and life-giving health care coverage to those in need. The proposed cut to Community Health Centers will deny health care to nearly eleven million poor and vulnerable people including mothers and children at risk. These centers are often the only access to health care for tens of millions of people in our country.

As CHC’s funding and other key protections of health care reform are under attack, this is a very welcome development from the USCCB, and yet another sign of the decidedly more constructive stance the conference has taken since the bill’s passage almost a year ago.

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Christian Radio: Give up Glenn Beck for Lent

March 9, 2011, 4:25 pm | By Beth Dahlman

Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Christian liturgical season of Lent.

Millions of Christians observe the season by “giving up” something — a treat, indulgence, or a bad habit or practice — to help them re-focus on the ideals at the heart of their faith.

In this spirit, we at Faithful America are calling on the New York area Christian-owned stations WMCA and WNYM to “give up” Glenn Beck for Lent, and make a public commitment not to pick up his program.

It would be a very pragmatic Lenten observance. Every other radio station in New York has already promised to keep Beck off the city’s airwaves, and Beck’s caustic remarks, fear-mongering and bigotry have led to a national backlash. Radio stations from Philadelphia to Madison have already dropped Beck from their line-up, citing falling ratings and increasingly poor content. Over 300 advertisers have dropped his FOX News program. People of faith have responded similarly. Faithful America alone has already generated over 20,000 petition signatures and emails from people of faith calling for a stop to Glenn Beck’s craven attacks.

The pressure on Beck and his sponsors is building. And the bottom line is no responsible person or company should support programming that promotes menacing conspiracy theories and tells listeners to flee from churches that talk about social justice. This should go double for a company claiming to represent Christian values.

We invite WMCA and WNYM to use this Lenten period to reflect on their Christian values and make a commitment not to pick up Glenn Beck, during the next 40 days or anytime after.

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Tax Cuts for the Rich vs Program Cuts for the Rest

March 8, 2011, 6:06 pm | By Beth Dahlman

Following up on last week’s call from Christian leaders not to cut important programs that empower poor and middle class families, here’s a striking graphic from the Center for American Progress that highlights the absurdity and — to be blunt — immorality of the current budget debate.

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The Obama of their Imaginations

February 23, 2011, 12:35 pm | By Beth Dahlman

We mentioned Friday that the Obama Administration had issued new guidance on conscience protection rules for health care professionals. Right on cue, conservative voices have jumped in to decry — and distort — the move, just as they’ve done in the past. David Gibson writing at Commonweal has a great summary of the most recent freakout:

The Obama regs provide for stronger protection than ever before. Yet what was fascinating to me was to see how many Obama opponents in the pro-life community portrayed the revision as “gutting” conscience provisions or as an “outrageous” attack on religious rights. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president Albert Mohler’s column, “Conscience Trampled by the Regime,” was especially apocalyptic in tone and substance.

This strikes me as another example of a reflexive overrreaction to Obama by the right, a reflex developed by years of rhetoric casting him as a sworn enemy of social conservatives (and abortion foes in particular) whose every move would augur untold horrors. Yet when that doesn’t happen — as it has not, again and again — the “bogeyman” Obama still seems to govern reactions, rather than reality.

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Public Supports Right to Organize

February 22, 2011, 5:32 pm | By Beth Dahlman

Earlier today we posted about major religious groups’ overwhelming agreement that workers have a right to organize and negotiate fair compensation. A new Gallup poll seems to show the American people are right there with them:

The public strongly opposes laws taking away the collective bargaining power of public employee unions as a way to ease state financial troubles, according to a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll.

The poll found that 61% would oppose a law in their state similar to one being considered in Wisconsin, compared with 33% who would favor such a law.

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