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FPL Daily News Reel: June 8, 2012

June 8, 2012, 12:00 pm | Posted by Casey Schoeneberger

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VIDEO: The bishops religious liberty campaign is not partisan. Really.
By David Gibson — Religion News Service
Father Andrew swears he is not being partisan, and after all, he’s just talking about religious freedom…Money quote: “Socialism is a foreign threat to our democracy! I am tired of this experiment and I hope you are, too!”

Franciscan friars back American nuns in Vatican spat
By Daniel Burke — Religion News Service
Leaders from the seven Franciscan provinces in the U.S. publicly backed a group of American nuns on Thursday (June 7), calling a Vatican crackdown on the women “excessive.”

Black Clergy Join Forces With Black Caucus on Voting Rights Issues
By Debbie Hines — Huffington Post
Black clergy from the Conference of National Black Churches (“CNBC”) joined forces with the Congressional Black Caucus (“CBC”) in Washington, DC for a first ever summit last week to discuss new voting laws…

The Bills to Nowhere
By New York Times, Editorial
This is now the pattern of business in the House of Representatives: Spend most of the time passing bills designed not to become law but to satisfy the ideological desires of conservative voters. And block laws that actually need to get passed.

How A Radical North Dakota Ballot Initiative Could Allow The Religious Right To Ignore Traffic Lights
By Ian Millhiser — Think Progress
A North Dakota ballot intitative appears designed to allow anti-gay groups to openly defy bans on discrimination, and it is written so expansively that it could authorize thousands of North Dakotans to outright ignore everything from traffic lights to medical access laws — all in the name of supposedly protecting religous liberty.

Catholic hierarchy’s social justice advocate leaving USCCB
By David Gibson — Religion News Service
His resignation also comes at a time when social justice issues, rather than being considered co-equal and complementary parts of the Catholic witness, are often seen as at odds or competing for oxygen with the bishops’ larger culture war battles

Planned Parenthood ban: Abortion, poor women at center of fight
By Molly Hennessy-Fiske — Los Angeles Times
A federal appeals court in New Orleans heard arguments Thursday over the legality of a Texas rule banning Planned Parenthood clinics from the state Women’s Health Program.

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