FPL Daily News Reel: June 22, 2012
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Catholic leaders launch campaign against Obama policies
By Kevin Rector — Baltimore Sun
Archbishop Lori begins ‘Fortnight for Freedom’ amid protests.
Baltimore archbishop: ‘Let us be Catholics’
By Michelle Boorstein — Washington Post
As the leader of the church’s largest — and perhaps most controversial — effort in a generation or more, the archbishop’s task is to convince Catholics that religious freedom is under attack in the United States and that religious traditionalists, in particular, are victims of something akin to racism and xenophobia.
Nuns on the Bus picks up speed in South Bend
By Jaclyn Kelley — WSBT News
The “Nuns on a Bus” campaign is picking up speed. It’s a 15-day tour that spans across nine states and one of those pit stops was right here in South Bend. The campaign was started by a group of nuns in protest of a budget plan that cuts services to the poor.
As churches get political, IRS stays quiet
By Nanette Byrnes — Reuters
…each year since 2008, ministers intentionally try to provoke the IRS. Some even send DVD recordings of their sermons to the agency.
Evangelicals Not Satisfied With Romney’s Vague Immigration Position
By Pema Levy — Talking Points Memo
“…the newly-formed group put out a radio ad, running at saturation levels on major Christian stations in Orlando, Miami and Jacksonville in Florida and as well as Denver and Colorado Springs, calling for immigration reform.”
Immigration Divides Romney And His Church
By McKay Coppin — Buzzfeed
There’s a saying among some Hispanic Mormons when it comes to Mitt Romney: “On Sundays he’s our brother, but Monday to Saturday he’s trying to deport us.”
Those Already Ill Have High Stake in Health Ruling
By Sabrina Tavernise — New York Times
No other group of Americans faces higher stakes in the impending Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act than those with pre-existing conditions.
If the Supreme Court Strikes Down the Mandate—What’s Next?
By George Zornick — The Nation
…there’s no doubt that if the Supreme Court indeed guts the mandate, it would create a political opportunity for more reform of the healthcare system.
The Long Roots of the NYPD Spying Program
By Ramzi Kassem — The Nation
In the name of total security, the NYPD treated basic acts of daily living as potential crimes, disregarding privacy and the freedom of speech and religion. Traditional barriers between foreign and domestic spying were partially collapsed.