FPL Daily News Reel: June 20, 2012
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Catholic nuns bringing anti-budget cutting message to Michigan this week
By Steve Carmody — Michigan Public Radio
While in Michigan, the group plans to demonstrate outside the offices of two Republican congressmen who voted to turn Medicare into a voucher program and cap non-defense spending.
Nuns on the Bus in Iowa
By Sandhya Dirks — Iowa Public Radio
It’s a nine state bus tour by Catholic Sisters who are pushing back against the republican budget —at the same time they are feeling heat from the Vatican. Iowa public Radio’s Sandhya Dirks joined the sisters on the road.
Catholics to rally Thursday against Obama birth control mandate
By Tim Townsend — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
But while Catholic leaders frame the events as a fight for religious liberty, critics see signs of political partisanship and electioneering. And questions over the financing of the bishops’ campaign have caused those suspicions to multiply.
Romney’s Immigration Position May Collide with Evangelicals, GOP Base
By Paul Stanley — Christian Post
Mitt Romney’s position on immigration, in particular on young illegal immigrants, may divide the GOP base because many of the party’s evangelical voters are moving left of the Republican Party on the issue.
Band-Aids for the Health Law
By Laura Meckler and Louise Radnofsky — Wall Street Journal
In the Senate, senior Democrats plan to put the onus on Republicans to make the next move if the court kills the law, since they are the ones who backed the court cases against it. “You break it, you buy it,” said one Democratic leadership aide.
Healthcare and Scalia’s Broken Moral Compass
By Ilyse Hogue — The Nation
While we’ve grown to expect this kind of mob mentality from a radical right wing whipped up in a Tea Party frenzy, this bizarre display of indifference from a Supreme Court Justice breaks new ground in an evolving culture that seems to prize resistance to any and all government over the compassion that is the essence of civilized society.
Congress should stop subsidizing the utility industry with our children’s health
By Rev. Mitchell Hescox — The Hill, Opinion
I have been a registered Republican for almost 40 years. I believe in a market economy. But as a pastor I know all people sin. That’s why we need laws to protect unborn babies poisoned by mercury.
Lending with grace: Breaking the cycle of payday loans
By Jesse James DeConto — Christian Century
“No mainstream organization is helping [the borrowers],” said Krebs. “The idea was for the church to create a credit union. The mission was to bank the unbanked.”
Charitable giving to religious groups continues to decline
By Annysa Johnson — Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
A new report shows signs of a slow recovery in charitable giving overall in America but not in giving to religious organizations.