FPL Daily News Reel: August 1, 2012
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Does the contraception mandate really kill religious freedom?
By David Gibson — Religion News Service
Faith-based groups who claim to have religious objections to providing health insurance that covers contraceptives and sterilization have a “safe harbor” until Aug. 1, 2013 before the mandate would take effect for them. Even then, the mandate may not force them to compromise their beliefs.
Study: Romney tax plan would result in cuts for rich, higher burden for others
By Lori Montgomery — Washington Post
“It is not mathematically possible to design a revenue-neutral plan that preserves current incentives for savings and investment and that does not result in a net tax cut for high-income taxpayers and a net tax increase for lower- and/or middle-income taxpayers,” the study concludes.
Hyatt has a huge moral challenge to overcome in treatment of employees
By Clete Kiley — National Catholic Reporter, Opinion
The Chicago-based Interfaith Worker Justice and other religious organizations across the country are empowering workers and holding corporations like Hyatt accountable for abuses that fundamentally betray our nation’s core values and highest ideals.
Why killing is a profitable enterprise
By Michael F. McNulty — Washington Post, Opinion
In the end, however, it’s simple: The NRA shills for gun makers who profit from the murder of American citizens. If you think the country’s policies are shaped by Judeo-Christian values, you’re not paying attention.
Could opinions on gun control change in the future?
By Pat Perriello — National Catholic Reporter, Opinion
Church support for meaningful changes in gun laws that would limit gun access without depriving citizens of legitimate gun ownership could be a powerful force.
Why I’m riding bus full of undocumented people to Charlotte
By Leticia Ramirez — Charlotte Observer, Opinion
Even at the church where I give food to the hungry, there are fewer people because of the intimidation they feel from nearby law enforcement who have been turned into immigration agents.
Romney unveils leaders of Catholic outreach team
By Daniel Burke — Religion News Service
Likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney unveiled the leaders of his Catholic outreach team today – with some prominent names on the list.
Richard Land Announces Retirement From Southern Baptist Ethics Commission
By Jeremy Weber — Christianity Today
However, Land’s retirement from the ERLC will not mean a retirement from his high-profile role in the culture wars.
Bachmann raises over $1M amid Muslim controversy
By Catalina Camia — USA Today
Bachmann’s haul came as she made headlines this month as one of five lawmakers calling for an investigation of alleged ties to Islamic extremists within the federal government.