FPL Daily News Reel: August 10, 2012
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Franciscan Friars Join Nuns’ Call On Romney To Spend Day With The Poor
By Travis Waldron — Think Progress
Yesterday, a group of Catholic nuns called on Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to spend a day with them to learn about the plight of America’s poorest citizens. Now, another religious group has made a similar call.
Do the American Nuns Have a Future?
By David Gibson — Religion News Service
“As a relatively new and relatively young sister, I am frequently asked what I think the future of religious life will look like,” Gordon said. “And each time I respond that I really don’t know. But I think it will look a lot like the view from the top of Victoria Falls. It looks like standing at the edge.”
Romney Faces Pressure From Right to Put Ryan on Ticket
By Michael D. Shear and Trip Gabriel — New York Times
That Mr. Romney has not yet named his vice-presidential nominee has created an opening for social and economic conservatives to pressure him publicly, and they have taken the opportunity to make an aggressive case for Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin.
AdWatch: Latest Romney TV ad accuses Obama using health care law to ‘declare war’ on religion
By Associated Press
This latest ad by Romney’s campaign and the Republican National Committee is the former Massachusetts’ governor’s most direct bid yet for religious voters.
Sikhs host vigil for Wisconsin temple victims across from White House
By Anna-Lysa Gayle — CNN, Belief Blog
A couple hundred people from various religious backgrounds gathered across from the White House on Wednesday night for a vigil honoring the victims of Sunday’s attack…Similar vigils are happening across the country this week.
Obama to celebrate Islamic holy month at White House by hosting Ramadan dinner
By Associated Press
The meal to be served in the State Dining Room will be the fourth iftar that Obama has hosted. It continues the tradition of hosting iftars that began annually under President Bill Clinton and was continued by President George W. Bush.
Conservatives and Climate Change: The Devastating Irony
By Scott Stenholm — Huffington Post
More rural, conservative areas of the country are expected to see the most immediate effects of climate change in the near future in the form of continued drought and other forms of extreme weather like heightened flooding and tornado outbreaks with increased viciousness.
Rights for Domestic Workers
By New York Times, Editorial
We hope California and other states will be willing to do what the federal government has not — which is to set basic standards to guarantee domestic workers decent working conditions and pay.
Caravan across US calls attention to human impact of Mexico’s drug war
By David Agren — Catholic News Service
The caravan incorporates more than 200 groups — many of them Catholic — in an attempt to draw attention not only to the human impact of Mexico’s drug war, but also to U.S. drug policies and the American role in combating crime and insecurity in Mexico.
State With Highest Teen Pregnancy Rate Slowly Moving Away From Abstinence-Only
By Tara Culp-Ressler — Think Progress
…a growing number are abandoning the failed approach and opting for small steps toward a more honest conversation about sexual health.