FPL Daily News Reel: June 26, 2012
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Four Scenarios for Thursday’s Ruling on Health Care
By Brent Kendall and Peter Landers — Wall Street Journal, Washington Wire
On the health care law, here are the most likely four scenarios on how the court could rule…shown in order of how much of the law would be struck down.
Health Care As a Privilege: What the GOP Won’t Admit
By Jonathan Chait — New York Magazine
As we wait for a Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act this week, there is one urgent, overriding moral question at the heart of the health-care fight. Paradoxically, and maddeningly, there has not been any open moral debate over it.
Congressman Laughs as Radio Host Suggests ‘Pistol Whipping’ Nuns
By Annie-Rose Strasser — Think Progress
On an Iowa radio show this weekend, Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA) laughed along as the host suggested he “pistol whip” nuns who are objecting to the Republicans’ draconian budget cuts.
Nuns on wheels
By Louisville Courier-Journal, Editorial
[Catholic bishops] have the right to utter such nonsense under the First Amendment that also guarantees their freedom to practice their religion. We say the nuns are making much better use of that freedom.
Court Ruling on Arizona’s Immigration Law Calls for Moral Education
By Robert Parham — Ethicsdaily.com, Opinion
Much of that work needs to be done in the faith community – apart from legislative bills, lawsuits and political posturing – if we’re going to treat the undocumented with the respect and justice that the Bible requires.
How Jan Brewer and Many Others Got the Supreme Court’s Immigration Ruling Wrong
By Adam Serwer — Mother Jones
Saying that part of the law was “upheld” incorrectly implies that the court decided the “papers, please” provision was constitutional. The justices were actually decidedly agnostic on that point.
Immigrant Groups Fear The Supreme Court Just Created An Army Of Joe Arpaios
By Nick R. Martin — Talking Points Memo
Now those same groups are preparing for what they expect will be a flood of new problems as cops…following Monday’s Supreme Court ruling that gave them a green light to enforce one of the toughest parts of Arizona’s immigration law, SB1070.”
Fed moves will limit SB 1070 enforcement
By Brady McCombs — Arizona Daily Star
Homeland Security said it will not send its officers to pick up any suspected illegal immigrant snared by local police in Arizona unless the person meets the agency’s priority criteria.
Alabama Presbyterians pursue social justice with other faith groups
By Toni Montgomery — Presbyterian News Service
[Birmingham Faith in Action] is focusing on two issues—the use of pepper spray on students in city schools and the unfair lending practices of high-interest payday loan vendors who target the poorest neighborhoods.
A Strong Jewish Voice for Effective Carbon Limits
By Rabbi David Saperstein and Rabbi Steve Gutow — Huffington Post
…the time is now to voice the American Jewish community’s support of policies that take concrete steps to reduce carbon emissions.
Pool of American imams too small to meet the demand
By Omar Sacirbey — Religion News Service
While a few Islamic chaplaincy programs and educational institutes have been established in the last few years in the United States, there are no similar programs to help newly arrived imams acclimate to America.
Millennials losing their religion
By Bob Allen — Associated Baptist Press
Millennials are leaving the faith at higher rates than ever before, and with many postponing life-changing events like career and marriage to later ages, more and more young adults are making choices with sometimes lifelong consequences largely devoid of religious influence.