FPL Daily News Reel: June 19, 2012
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Iowa: Nuns on the Road to Protest Budget Cuts
By Associated Press
A group of Roman Catholic nuns has begun a nine-state bus tour protesting proposed federal budget cuts, saying it…felt called to show how Republican policies are affecting low-income families.
Clash between LCWR and bishops about culture, not theology
By National Catholic Reporter, Editorial
The men in the Vatican…are trying to reassert authority by making this a dispute over theology and doctrine. It’s not primarily that. It’s mostly a dispute over power and how people perceive the church: as either a checklist of rules and orthodoxies or a pursuit of truth and holiness lived out amid life’s realities and most profoundly on its margins.
Freedom of religion is safe
By Los Angeles Times, Editorial
The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops and some non-Catholic allies would have you believe this fundamental liberty is under attack, but their claims are greatly exaggerated.
Poll: Big support for immigration plan
By William Bergstrom — Politico
President Barack Obama’s order to halt the deportation of certain young illegal immigrants enjoys big public support, a new poll Tuesday found. The survey by Bloomberg found that 64 percent of likely voters approved of Obama’s new policy, while 30 percent disagreed.
Romney “Walks the Line” on Immigration
By Joanna Brooks — Religion Dispatches
Given the outsized significance Romney’s faith threatens to assume in this election cycle, it’s worth remembering that religious voices are among the strongest advocates of a just and principled solution to immigration challenges
Republicans’ Bad-Faith Objections to Letting DREAMers Stay
Adam Serwer — Mother Jones
Republicans have voiced a number of objections to the new policy, but many of them are complete nonsense. Here are just a few of the false narratives we’ve seen repeated over the past few days…
Republican lawmakers want food stamps cut
By Jim Abrams — Associated Press
“This is more than just a financial issue. It is a moral issue,” says Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., one of several Republicans pushing for cuts in spending for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as SNAP.
Jewish organizations petition U.S. government on food justice
By Jewish Telegraphic Agency
In a petition sponsored by seven national Jewish organizations, 18,000 individuals urged the U.S. House of Representatives and the Obama administration to focus on food justice in the upcoming Farm Bill.
The need to restrict prolonged solitary confinement
By Pat Nolan and Rev. Richard Killmer — The Hill, Congress Blog
Today, we will join hundreds of people of faith across the nation to fast for 23 hours, symbolizing the 23 hours per day that tens of thousands of prisoners, inmates, and detainees, are warehoused in solitary confinement.