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Casey Schoeneberger, Faith in Public Life’s Press Secretary, came to FPL from NETWORK: A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby’s Associate Program after studying economics at Saint Joseph’s University. She blogs about tax and budget issues on Bold Faith Type.

FPL Daily News Reel: June 6, 2012

June 6, 2012, 12:00 pm | By Casey Schoeneberger

The FPL News Reel is a daily round-up of the top faith and politics stories in the news. You can sign up for the email version of the News Reel here, subscribe to the RSS feed here, and follow it on twitter at @FPLNewsreel.

Nuns, Rebuked by Rome, Plan Road Trip to Spotlight Social Issues
By Laurie Goodstein — New York Times
In a spirited retort to the Vatican, a group of Roman Catholic nuns is planning a bus trip across nine states this month, stopping at…facilities run by nuns to highlight their work with the nation’s poor and disenfranchised.

Churches Need Strong Federal Programs to Help the Vulnerable
By David Beckmann — Religion & Politics
My experiences as a Lutheran pastor and economist have taught me that we cannot “food-bank” our way out of hunger.

Government Is Not the Enemy, Nor the Only Answer
By Joel C. Hunter — Religion & Politics
The problem with jumping from a normal concern about government intrusion to a far-flung conclusion that all governmental growth is bad is that it falls short of logic, practical solutions, and, for Christians, the foundational place of government in God’s design.

How did Scott Walker win Wisconsin?
By E.J. Dionne Jr. — Washington Post, Opinion
Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s victory in the Wisconsin recall offers a number of lessons for American politics more broadly.

Only one takeaway from Wisconsin: Money shouts
By Glenn Thrush — Politico
Cash doesn’t talk in 2012, it shouts, and Wisconsin was a sonic boom that’s breaking glass in Chicago. Conservative groups outspent unions and progs in Wisconsin by an estimated SEVEN-TO-ONE.

UAW, coalition commit to repeal Alabama’s immigration law
By Cindy Estrada — Detroit News
H.B. 658 is barbaric, and every day it’s on the books is one day too many. H.B. 658 hurts everyone — Latino or not — because it bruises our humanity and mocks the American legacy of hope and freedom for all.It’s time for all of us to stand together against H.B. 658 and work together on comprehensive immigration reform.

Unequal pay no myth to America’s female workforce
By Rep. Rosa Delauro and Lilly Ledbetter — Politico, Opinion
This should not be a partisan issue. Republicans and Democrats should be able to come together in the name of basic fairness and pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, a common-sense reform that brings equal pay law into line with other civil rights laws.

Muslims sue to stop NYPD spying program
By Omar Sacirbey — Religion News Service
Muslim civil rights activists are headed to court to end a New York City Police Department program that they say violates their constitutional rights by spying on Muslims based only on their religion.

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FPL Daily News Reel: June 5, 2012

June 5, 2012, 11:50 am | By Casey Schoeneberger

The FPL News Reel is a daily round-up of the top faith and politics stories in the news. You can sign up for the email version of the News Reel here, subscribe to the RSS feed here, and follow it on twitter at @FPLNewsreel.

Wisconsin gives progressives something to build on
By Katrina vanden Heuvel — Washington Post, Opinion
On Tuesday, all eyes will be watching to see whether Wisconsin voters will keep labor-bashing right-winger Scott Walker (R) in the governor’s mansion. But win or lose, the real story is the 15 months of people power leading up to this day. The real lesson lies in more than a year of progressive organizing, petitioning, canvassing and campaigning for the cause.

How Republicans Are Preventing Thousands Of Wisconsin Students From Voting Today
By Scott Keyes — Think Progress
Voter ID will not be in effect for today’s recall vote in Wisconsin, but that won’t stop last year’s anti-voter bill from disenfranchising thousands of students across the state.

Ending voter suppression
By Karen Finney — Hill, Opinion
As the 2012 election nears, an estimated 5 million Americans could again be disenfranchised by new waves of suppression tactics.

Vatican censors nun’s book on sexual ethics, and some see a bid to muzzle women’s voices
By Alessandro Speciale — Religion News Service
Coming just days after U.S. nuns rejected the Vatican’s reasoning for a wholesale makeover,and a year after U.S. bishops sanctioned another nun theologian, the condemnation of Farley is the latest example of what critics see as a top-down attempt to muzzle women’s voices and an obsession on sexual ethics.

Why the Church Should Fight Anti-Gay Bigotry
By Micheal Sean Winters — National Catholic Reporter, Opinion
I do not believe that the hierarchy of the Catholic Church is bigoted against gays. But, I do believe that when one takes public policy positions that are the same as those espoused by bigots, it is incumbent upon one to explain why and how one’s positions comes not from bigotry but from elsewhere.

Alabama Pastor’s Take on Latest Anti-Immigrant Legislation
By Tommy Morgan — Sojourners, God’s Politics
The legislature not only failed to include but also voted down the amendment to exempt churches from the harboring provision. As the law stands, people of faith are forced to choose between honoring Alabama law and honoring the commandments of God.

Mo. bill targets parents facing ‘poverty trap’
By Associated Press
To address the problem, the legislature passed a bill on the final day of the session that creates a pilot program geared toward parents who often have to turn down raises because the loss of child care help would be devastating.

Leaked NYPD Document Lists Watched Mosques, Islamic Schools
By Elizabeth Flock — US News & World Report
A former police reporter leaked a list of monitored areas the NYPD watched as part of a questionable program used to spy on Muslims.

Abortion foes push for ban before legislators’ recess
By Catherine Candisky — Columbus Dispatch
With one or two sessions remaining before members of the General Assembly scatter for their summer break, abortion-rights foes are…hoping to persuade Republican leaders in the Senate to vote on a bill that would essentially ban abortion in Ohio.

Presbyterians, other faith leaders meet with White House chef
By Jerry L. Van Marter — Presbyterian News Service
Sam Kass, White House head chef and senior policy advisor for healthy food initiatives, addressed 19 national faith leaders this morning May 31 at an unprecedented meeting to bring greater attention to the nationwide childhood obesity epidemic.

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FPL Daily News Reel: June 4, 2012

June 4, 2012, 12:57 pm | By Casey Schoeneberger

The FPL News Reel is a daily round-up of the top faith and politics stories in the news. You can sign up for the email version of the News Reel here, subscribe to the RSS feed here, and follow it on twitter at @FPLNewsreel.

U.S. nuns rip Vatican for ‘unsubstantiated accusations’
By David Gibson — Religion News Service
Leaders representing most of the nation’s 57,000 Catholic nuns on Friday (June 1) answered a Vatican crackdown on their group by charging that Rome’s criticisms of the sisters were “unsubstantiated,” caused “scandal and pain” and “greater polarization” in the church.

Obama and Romney shun confrontation on religion
By Mitch Landsberg — Los Angeles Times
Maybe the economy is a political black hole, sucking every other issue into an impossibly dense void. Maybe Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are just private, cautious men by nature. For whatever reason, neither President Obama nor his Republican challenger is talking much about religion these days…

Can this campaign be constructive?
By E.J. Dionne Jr. — Washington Post, Opinions
…let’s try an experiment: Can we at least reach consensus on the sort of debate between now and November that could help us solve some of our problems? I’ll let you in on the outcome in advance: Ideology quickly gets in the way of even this modest effort.

Wisconsin recall election is an epic battle
By Bob Secter — Chicago Tribune
Wisconsin’s erstwhile bland politics have been transformed into such a hotbed of nastiness and hyperbole that Tuesday’s recall election against Gov. Scott Walker has all but framed itself as a battle of superhero vs. super-villain.

A Start on the Dream
By New York Times, Editorial
The Dream Act is one small measure of relief that most Americans would support and young immigrants need. Mr. Obama should do everything he can to protect these young people now.

Overreaching immigration law creates more trouble for Alabama
By Joey Kennedy — Birmingham News
The harsh immigration law is costing us much more than the so-called problem it’s supposed to solve. We should not be so hard-headed we can’t understand that.

Catholics raise money for immigrants’ group stripped of church funds by Pueblo Diocese
By Electa Draper — Denver Post
What the church taketh away, lay Catholics and others have given back — and then some — to Compañeros, a small Durango-based nonprofit helping immigrants in southwestern Colorado.

Baptists Reprimand Policy Leader for Comments
By Erik Eckholm — New York Times
The Southern Baptist Convention on Friday reprimanded Richard Land…for making racially provocative remarks about the Trayvon Martin killing and announced the cancellation of his weekly radio program on public affairs.

Mormons steal the show at Gay Pride march in Salt Lake City
By Matt Pearce — Los Angeles Times
More than 300 current and former members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints participated in the Utah Gay Pride Parade on Sunday as part of a group called Mormons Building Bridges.

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FPL Daily News Reel: June 1, 2012

June 1, 2012, 2:33 pm | By Casey Schoeneberger

The FPL News Reel is a daily round-up of the top faith and politics stories in the news. You can sign up for the email version of the News Reel here, subscribe to the RSS feed here, and follow it on twitter at @FPLNewsreel.

Do the Bishops Have a Case Against Obama?
By Gary Gutting — New York Times, Opinionator
We cannot, of course, be certain about the bishops’ motives in overdramatizing what should be a routine disagreement.

Contraception? Gay Marriage? Abortion? GOP holds fire on culture wars aims at jobs, economy
By Laurie Kellman — Associated Press
…with Mitt Romney all but crowned as their presidential nominee, social issues generally are losers for the party at a time when the GOP is trying to appeal to swing voters.

Two hundred gather in Oakland to show support for sisters
By Monica Clarke — National Catholic Reporter
All were bound together by respect for the women religious who had touched their lives and for the sisters who are active in various works of social justice.

Occupy Buffalo Helps Convince City Council To Divest From JPMorgan Chase After Trading Loss
By Harry Bradford — Huffington Post
JPMorgan’s $2 billion trading loss was bound to have big consequences but few could have guessed the fallout would reach all the way to the Buffalo Sewer Authority.

Hundreds from across state protest immigration law
By Kym Klass — Montgomery Advertiser
Hundreds gathered at the state Capitol grounds in protest of last week’s passage and signing of HB 658, the latest version of Alabama’s immigration law.

Mosque construction continues to attract opposition across U.S.
By Judy Keen — Religion News Service
In the decade since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, animosity toward Muslims sometimes has taken the form of opposition to construction of mosques and other Islamic facilities. National debate erupted over plans for an Islamic community center that became known as the “Ground Zero mosque” in Lower Manhattan.

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FPL Daily News Reel: May 31, 2012

May 31, 2012, 12:00 pm | By Casey Schoeneberger

The FPL News Reel is a daily round-up of the top faith and politics stories in the news. You can sign up for the email version of the News Reel here, subscribe to the RSS feed here, and follow it on twitter at @FPLNewsreel.

The Bishops and Religious Liberty
By Peter Steinfels — Commonweal
Threats to religious freedom have been a constant in American history. So have alarmist religious appeals that stir public hysteria, serve partisan ends, and degrade religion and politics alike

Nuns’ fight with Vatican highlights Catholicism’s global struggle
By Eric Marrapodi — CNN
It’s a fight that pits church men and against church women, and it could have broader implications for the global church.

Down With Religion?
By Charles M. Blow — New York Times, Campaign Stops
A March poll by the Pew Research Center, released at the end of a particularly fanatical Republican nominating process during which religious extremism took center stage, recorded a bit of a backlash against religion.

Wisconsin reaches for the last resort
By E.J. Dionne Jr. — Washington Post, Opinion
Walker is being challenged not because he pursued conservative policies but because Wisconsin has become the most glaring example of a new and genuinely alarming approach to politics on the right. It seeks to use incumbency to alter the rules and tilt the legal and electoral playing field decisively toward the interests of those in power.

AG Eric Holder, black church leaders mull voter law changes
By Adelle Banks — Religion News Service
Attorney General Eric Holder and other legal experts strategized with black religious leaders on Wednesday (May 30) about new restrictive state voting laws that could affect their congregants by reducing early voting and requiring identification.

Students Press for Action on Immigration
By Julia Preston — New York Times
The young people are among the most visible activists in a growing immigrant movement. Their push to focus pressure on the White House reflects deep frustration with Congress for its lack of action on the legislation and with the administration for continuing to deport illegal immigrant students, although Mr. Obama says he supports them.

Facts of life
By Amy Frykholm — Christian Century
…the wars over sex education are far from over. The announcement last summer that New York City will require sex education was met with an uproar from religious and political groups that want to keep it out of the schools entirely.

Southern Baptist heavyweight Richard Land in the fight of his life
By Bob Smietana — USA Today
Now Land’s future is in doubt amid an investigation over his remarks about the Trayvon Martin shooting and for alleged plagiarism.

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