FPL Daily News Reel: May 21, 2012
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Marquette faculty members rebuke Ryan budget
By Annysa Johnson — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The Marquette letter calls it “a glaring misuse of Catholic teaching to defend a budget plan that decimates food programs for struggling families, radically weakens protections for the elderly and sick, and gives more tax breaks to the wealthiest few.”
A choice of capitalisms
By E.J. Dionne Jr. — Washington Post, Opinion
In this election, we’re not having an argument that pits capitalism against socialism. We are trying to decide what kind of capitalism we want. It is a debate as American as Alexander Hamilton, Andrew Jackson and Henry Clay — which is to say that we have always done this.
Obama could have a prayer among Ohio’s white evangelicals
By Mitchell Landsberg — Los Angeles Times
White evangelical voters are widely presumed to march in lock step with the right wing of the Republican Party. The reality is more nuanced. Some, like Beard, say their faith has led them to question conservative orthodoxy on issues such as immigration, the environment and racial and economic equity.
Evangelical Leaders Split Over Violence Against Women Act
By Tobin Grant — Christianity Today, Politics Blog
Some faith leaders, including National Association of Evangelicals president Leith Anderson, oppose stripping away provisions that could aid mail-order brides and other immigrants. Other evangelical groups, including Concerned Women for America, want the act scrapped altogether.
Obama and the Two Types of Marriage
By Melissa Rogers — Huffington Post, Opinion
Americans must decide whether they support or oppose recognition of same-sex marriage in our civil laws, but they also must determine how religious objectors will be treated where same-sex marriages are recognized and the spirit in which these debates will be conducted.
Romney’s Faith, Silent but Deep
By Jodi Kantor — New York Times
Now, as the presumptive Republican nominee for president, Mr. Romney speaks so sparingly about his faith — he and his aides frequently stipulate that he does not impose his beliefs on others — that its influence on him can be difficult to detect.
Florida-style ‘Stand Your Ground’ gun laws sub impulse for intelligent thinking
By Walter Rodgers — Christian Science Monitor, Opinion
Even as George Zimmerman stands trial for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin, many Americans argue these laws make us safe. I’ve had pistols held to my head from Bosnia to Beirut. Your best self-defense is your tongue.
At NATO protest, it’s clear Catholic nun is a powerhouse in the peace movement
By Dawn Turner Trice — Chicago Tribune
At 74, the 5-foot-2 Catholic nun is a powerhouse. She served as one of the peace guides during the big anti-NATO rally and march from downtown to Cermak Road and Michigan Avenue. Her job was to help keep protesters calm and the procession moving.
Health secretary addresses health care, religious freedom in protested graduation speech
By Dan Merica — CNN
In an anticipated and controversial address Friday, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius delivered a speech that blended inspirational messages to graduates with a discussion of public policy’s tough decisions…
Catholic college drops health plan over contraception mandate
By Stephanie Simon — Reuters
A small Catholic college in Ohio said Tuesday it was dropping health insurance coverage for students rather than comply with a federal mandate that the plan provide free birth control.