FPL Daily News Reel: May 7, 2012
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House GOP plan cuts social programs to stave off Pentagon cuts
By Andrew Taylor — Associated Press
The Republicans who control the House are using cuts to food aid, health care and social services like Meals on Wheels to protect the Pentagon from a wave of budget cuts come January.
Historic campaign collision of race and religion likely to arouse both pride and prejudice
By Associated Press
Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney, an African-American and a white Mormon, representatives of two groups and that have endured oppression to carve out a place in the United States. How much progress has America made against bigotry? By November, we should have some idea.
New form of Christian civic engagement
By Jonathan Merritt — USA Today
Christian Millennials are now coming of age and recognizing the flawed strategies and broken agendas embraced by their forebears.
Do as I Do, Not as I Say
By T. M. Luhrmann — New York Times
If Democrats want to reach more evangelical voters, they should use a political language that evangelicals can hear. They should talk about the kind of people we are aiming to be and about the transformational journey that any choice will take us on.
Muslim Organizer Uses Faith to Unite Coalitions of Religions
By Samuel G. Freedman — New York Times
A Muslim trained by a Jewish agency to work with a coalition largely composed of Christian churches, Ms. Ali is not just the poster child for monotheism. She forms part of a vanguard of faith-based community organizers who have been selected in part for their religious devotion and then trained to cross denominational lines in pursuit of common cause.
Are Americans in Rome behind the nuns crackdown?
By David Gibson — Religion News Service
Now it turns out that conservative American churchmen living in Rome — including disgraced former Boston Cardinal Bernard Law — were key players in pushing the hostile takeover of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.
Love Does No Harm to a Neighbor
By Rev. Fred L Hammond — A Unitarian Universalist Minister in the South
No harm. That is the criteria in which to obey the laws of government, the Bible states. Yet, HB 56 does do harm to our neighbors.
Biden’s support for gay marriage matches most Catholics’ views
By Dan Gilgoff — CNN, Belief Blog
Feelings about gay marriage correlate to various religious traditions and levels of religiosity…It’s worth noting the dramatic recent shifts on the issue among Roman Catholics, whose ranks include Biden.
Focus on the Family withdrawing religious-liberty ballot initiative
By Electa Draper — Denver Post
Minnery said many of the church and religious organizations that would back a religious-liberty measure have had more urgent matters to deal with this election cycle.
Mormon-Bashing Bryan Fischer says He’s “More Mormon” than Mitt Romney
By Joanna Brooks — Religion Dispatches
What Fischer is trying to do is to find in Mormon doctrine some claim that will help him embarrass Romney for bringing Richard Grenell (who is gay and out) onto his foreign policy team.
Muslim woman wins $5 million verdict from AT&T for discrimination
By Carey Gillam — Reuters
A Kansas City woman who converted from Christianity to Islam has been awarded $5 million in punitive damages by a jury who found the telecommunications giant AT&T created a “hostile work environment” after her conversion…