FPL Daily News Reel: May 4, 2012
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Creating a New Progressive Ecumenical Church Relationship
By Rev. Chuck Currie — Huffington Post, Opinion
…this is needed because we must serve as a count weight to those who would and will misuse our Christian faith to promote agendas of hate and discrimination.
The ban on torture is absolute
By Linda Gustitus — The Hill, Congress Blog
…the truth is, it’s morally corrupting of society as a whole, and it violates the most fundamental values of a civilized world that each person must be treated as having worth and dignity or we risk the worth and dignity of us all.
4 Years Later, Race Is Still Issue for Some Voters
By Sabrina Tavernise — New York Times
Researchers have long struggled to quantify racial bias in electoral politics, in part because of the reliance on surveys, a forum in which respondents rarely admit to prejudice.
Immigration law protesters detained outside Alabama Senate door
By Kim Chandler — Birmingham News
The Rev. Angela Wright…said the group were individuals “who felt moved by faith and conscience to speak out against all the moral and human suffering caused by Alabama’s immigration laws.”
Growing divestment campaign among churches targets biggest US banks
By Dennis Sadowski — Catholic News Service
Religious congregations have withdrawn about $40 million nationwide from the country’s largest banks, including Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo and Citigroup, said Tim Lillienthal, lead organizer with the PICO National Network, the largest faith-based organizing network in the United States.
Keep down the rates of student loans
By Alan Kalish — Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Opinion
As a college president, I know firsthand how important it is that something be worked out. We must educate our young people in order to have a productive workforce.
Is Wall Street Meeting God’s Expectations?
By David Weidner — Wall Street Journal
There is just one problem. Almost everyone I asked, religious, academics and atheists, said that Matthew, and by extension, God, wasn’t talking about money.
Methodists Keep Stricture on Homosexuality
By Laurie Goodstein — New York Times
The United Methodist Church at its convention in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday voted against changing long-contested language in its book of laws and doctrines that calls homosexuality “incompatible with Christian teaching.”
N.C. black pastor treads carefully on gay marriage
By Yonat Shimron — Religion News Service
Most black churches consider homosexuality a sin, and have resisted any attempt to reinterpret biblical passages condemning it. But some pastors are finding ways to skirt — for now — the theological issue, and support equal treatment of gays and lesbians as a legislative concern.
Mark Silk, a commentator on religion and politics who keeps above the fray
By Lisa Miller — Washington Post
One of the smartest commentators on American politics and religion is someone you’ve probably never heard of.