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FPL Daily News Reel: June 4, 2012

June 4, 2012, 12:57 pm | Posted by Casey Schoeneberger

The FPL News Reel is a daily round-up of the top faith and politics stories in the news. You can sign up for the email version of the News Reel here, subscribe to the RSS feed here, and follow it on twitter at @FPLNewsreel.

U.S. nuns rip Vatican for ‘unsubstantiated accusations’
By David Gibson — Religion News Service
Leaders representing most of the nation’s 57,000 Catholic nuns on Friday (June 1) answered a Vatican crackdown on their group by charging that Rome’s criticisms of the sisters were “unsubstantiated,” caused “scandal and pain” and “greater polarization” in the church.

Obama and Romney shun confrontation on religion
By Mitch Landsberg — Los Angeles Times
Maybe the economy is a political black hole, sucking every other issue into an impossibly dense void. Maybe Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are just private, cautious men by nature. For whatever reason, neither President Obama nor his Republican challenger is talking much about religion these days…

Can this campaign be constructive?
By E.J. Dionne Jr. — Washington Post, Opinions
…let’s try an experiment: Can we at least reach consensus on the sort of debate between now and November that could help us solve some of our problems? I’ll let you in on the outcome in advance: Ideology quickly gets in the way of even this modest effort.

Wisconsin recall election is an epic battle
By Bob Secter — Chicago Tribune
Wisconsin’s erstwhile bland politics have been transformed into such a hotbed of nastiness and hyperbole that Tuesday’s recall election against Gov. Scott Walker has all but framed itself as a battle of superhero vs. super-villain.

A Start on the Dream
By New York Times, Editorial
The Dream Act is one small measure of relief that most Americans would support and young immigrants need. Mr. Obama should do everything he can to protect these young people now.

Overreaching immigration law creates more trouble for Alabama
By Joey Kennedy — Birmingham News
The harsh immigration law is costing us much more than the so-called problem it’s supposed to solve. We should not be so hard-headed we can’t understand that.

Catholics raise money for immigrants’ group stripped of church funds by Pueblo Diocese
By Electa Draper — Denver Post
What the church taketh away, lay Catholics and others have given back — and then some — to Compañeros, a small Durango-based nonprofit helping immigrants in southwestern Colorado.

Baptists Reprimand Policy Leader for Comments
By Erik Eckholm — New York Times
The Southern Baptist Convention on Friday reprimanded Richard Land…for making racially provocative remarks about the Trayvon Martin killing and announced the cancellation of his weekly radio program on public affairs.

Mormons steal the show at Gay Pride march in Salt Lake City
By Matt Pearce — Los Angeles Times
More than 300 current and former members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints participated in the Utah Gay Pride Parade on Sunday as part of a group called Mormons Building Bridges.


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