FPL Daily News Reel: July 3, 2012
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Budget smackdown! Paul Ryan vs. Catholic nuns on a bus
By Suzy Khimm — Washington Post, Wonkblog
Of course, there’s no shortage of budget advocates who’ve been trying to make their views heard on Capitol Hill. But Clark believes that the public is inclined to have a different kind of faith in nuns.
Nun On The Bus: Catholic Sisters Tour Concludes In Washington, D.C.
By Chris Lisee — Religion News Service
“Many politicians offer deeply flawed theological justifications for the federal budget. They ought to get some theological help,” Campbell said.
Fortnight for Freedom: Whose Religious Liberty?
By Jessica Coblentz — Religion & Politics
When the USCCB conveys that the rejection of contraception is the only religiously-motivated choice that warrants the protection of religious liberty among Catholics, they assert the message that only church leaders have the authority to determine what counts as religious behavior.
Bankers constantly lying, defrauding; most still not in jail
By Alex Pareene — Salon
This is the most important rule of finance: It really doesn’t matter how badly you screw up; if you’re an important enough person you will never face any real negative consequences, besides a bit of bad press.
Muslims Stoning Christians in Michigan? Not quite… (Updated)
By Alan Noble — Christ and Pop Culture
I wish I had the time and energy to point out every deceptive edit in this video and all the manipulative ways in which this event was reported on, but I don’t. So here’s a short list…
Unnatural Disaster: When Conservative Theology & The Free Market Meet Wildfires
By Paul Harvey — Religion Dispatches
In short, a combination of western libertarianism, historically weak governmental structures, and religiously-based desire to possess even the earth that is bound to burn…set the stage for the disaster we have just experienced.
Summer Is ‘What Global Warming Looks Like’
By Seth Bornstein — Associated Press
If you want a glimpse of some of the worst of global warming, scientists suggest taking a look at U.S. weather in recent weeks.
Changing the face of homelessness
By Alice Horner — Associated Baptist Press
For Gilchrist, this is a full-time job without pay. He preaches at three shelters and two drug treatment centers each week and makes a living on donations from friends.