FPL Daily News Reel: May 22, 2012
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The GOP’s immoral budget
By John Gehring — The Hill, Congress Blog
Conservatives who talk a big game about family values should be held accountable when their economic policies undermine human dignity.
Churches tread lightly on politics in 2012 election
By G. Jeffrey MacDonald — Religion News Service
With the 2012 election less than six months away, congregations are getting the message that Americans want religion out of politics. But that doesn’t mean they plan to keep mum in the public square.
Federal lawsuits by Catholic dioceses, groups seek to stop HHS mandate
By Nancy Frazier O’Brien — Catholic News Service
Forty-three Catholic dioceses, schools, hospitals, social service agencies and other institutions filed suit in federal court May 21 to stop…a mandate that would require them to cover contraceptives and sterilization in their health plans.
Did the Catholic organizations have to sue over the health care mandate?
By E.J. Dionne Jr. — Washington Post, Opinion
…the Catholic community is split because many of us who initially backed the bishops cannot understand why they did not respond to the administration’s olive branch. Many bishops seem to want this fight.
Obama and Romney offer differing views of God
By Lisa Miller — Washington Post, On Faith
People always ask, “What would Jesus do?,” but in America today, it’s impossible to know. And that’s because there are (at least) two prevailing views of God at work in our public and political conversation.
Alabama governor signs bill tweaking immigration law
By Kelli Dugan — Reuters
The revised law also maintains a section from the original law that requires school systems to account for the immigration status of students unable to provide valid proof of residency.
Adam Taylor: Hunger, Nutrition, and the G8
By PBS Religion & Ethics Newsweekly
World Vision’s vice president for advocacy and government relations says the leaders attending this weekend’s G8 summit in Washington should invest in agricultural and nutrition programs to lift people out of poverty because “it’s the right thing to do, it’s the moral thing to do, and it’s the smart thing to do.”
Limbaugh takes post-Fluke ratings hit
By Dylan Byers — Politico
Limbaugh’s detractors attribute the losses to a rejection of the show following his controversial comments about the Georgetown law student.
LAPD modifies surveillance program of Muslims
By David Finnigan — Religion News Service
After lobbying from Muslim and Sikh leaders, the Los Angeles Police Department has agreed to modify its information-gathering program on suspicious activities after the New York Police Department came under fire for spying on local Muslims.