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FPL Daily News Reel: June 19, 2012

June 19, 2012, 5:25 pm | Posted by

The FPL News Reel is a daily round-up of the top faith and politics stories in the news. You can sign up for the email version of the News Reel here, subscribe to the RSS feed here, and follow it on twitter at @FPLNewsreel.

Iowa: Nuns on the Road to Protest Budget Cuts
By Associated Press
A group of Roman Catholic nuns has begun a nine-state bus tour protesting proposed federal budget cuts, saying it…felt called to show how Republican policies are affecting low-income families.

Clash between LCWR and bishops about culture, not theology
By National Catholic Reporter, Editorial
The men in the Vatican…are trying to reassert authority by making this a dispute over theology and doctrine. It’s not primarily that. It’s mostly a dispute over power and how people perceive the church: as either a checklist of rules and orthodoxies or a pursuit of truth and holiness lived out amid life’s realities and most profoundly on its margins.

Freedom of religion is safe
By Los Angeles Times, Editorial
The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops and some non-Catholic allies would have you believe this fundamental liberty is under attack, but their claims are greatly exaggerated.

Poll: Big support for immigration plan
By William Bergstrom — Politico
President Barack Obama’s order to halt the deportation of certain young illegal immigrants enjoys big public support, a new poll Tuesday found. The survey by Bloomberg found that 64 percent of likely voters approved of Obama’s new policy, while 30 percent disagreed.

Romney “Walks the Line” on Immigration
By Joanna Brooks — Religion Dispatches
Given the outsized significance Romney’s faith threatens to assume in this election cycle, it’s worth remembering that religious voices are among the strongest advocates of a just and principled solution to immigration challenges

Republicans’ Bad-Faith Objections to Letting DREAMers Stay
Adam Serwer — Mother Jones
Republicans have voiced a number of objections to the new policy, but many of them are complete nonsense. Here are just a few of the false narratives we’ve seen repeated over the past few days…

Republican lawmakers want food stamps cut
By Jim Abrams — Associated Press
“This is more than just a financial issue. It is a moral issue,” says Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., one of several Republicans pushing for cuts in spending for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as SNAP.

Jewish organizations petition U.S. government on food justice
By Jewish Telegraphic Agency
In a petition sponsored by seven national Jewish organizations, 18,000 individuals urged the U.S. House of Representatives and the Obama administration to focus on food justice in the upcoming Farm Bill.

The need to restrict prolonged solitary confinement
By Pat Nolan and Rev. Richard Killmer — The Hill, Congress Blog
Today, we will join hundreds of people of faith across the nation to fast for 23 hours, symbolizing the 23 hours per day that tens of thousands of prisoners, inmates, and detainees, are warehoused in solitary confinement.

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FPL Daily News Reel: June 18, 2012

June 18, 2012, 3:32 pm | Posted by

The FPL News Reel is a daily round-up of the top faith and politics stories in the news. You can sign up for the email version of the News Reel here, subscribe to the RSS feed here, and follow it on twitter at @FPLNewsreel.

Paul Ryan (and Mitt Romney) Versus the Nuns
By John Nichols — The Nation
Ryan and the nuns, so clearly at odds over social-justice theory, are framing the 2012 contest with a clarity that is as rare as the wealth gap is daunting.

White House receives political cover on immigration from religious groups
By Jessica Yellin and Dan Merica — CNN, Belief Blog
“We do give credit where credit is due,” said Kevin Appleby, director of Migration and Public Affairs for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, on Friday, when Obama made his announcement.

Deportation stay came too late for some
By Adriana Gomez Licon and Alberto Arce — Associated Press
Cortes missed, by three months, President Obama’s decision last week to allow hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants no older than 30 with high school degrees and no criminal history a chance to stay and work in the country.

Steve King: If I offend you, you don’t belong here
By Alex Seitz-Wald — Salon
The GOP congressman defends comparing immigrants to dogs…“If someone is insulted by that, I don’t know that they belong in this country,” he continued. ”Jesus talked about animals and compared people to animals.

Bishops agree to prepare message on work and the economy
By Dennis Sadowski — Catholic News Service
Now, Bishop Blaire explained, the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development felt that because poverty continues to grow and the economy continues to lag, it is time to address the human and moral costs of the continuing economic crisis in a more public way.

Georgia To Spend $100 Million Meant For Helping Homeowners On Corporate Giveaways Instead
Pat Garofalo — Think Progress
Georgia is hardly alone in siphoning off foreclosure settlement funds to plug holes in its budget. But using the money for corporate handouts — which often backfire on a state and lead to a race to the bottom as states attempt to out-do each other in terms of the biggest giveaways — is doubly insulting to homeowners depending on the settlement to provide them with a lifeline.

The Rottweiler’s Rottweiler
By Bill Keller — New York Times
[Catholic League President Bill] Donohue could be dismissed as a conservative blowhard, one of those laymen who was, ahem, more Catholic than the pope. But the official church has moved far enough to the right that Donohue now speaks for its mainstream.

Too Catholic to Unionize?
By Kaustuv Basu — Inside Higher Ed
A mail-in election scheduled to begin this week to decide whether a group of adjuncts at Duquesne University could unionize was thrown into disarray Friday after university officials filed a motion with the National Labor Relations Board challenging its jurisdiction over the university because it is a Roman Catholic institution.

House GOP to Hold Hearings on Its Hearings on Muslim Radicals in the US
By Adam Serwer — Mother Jones
King’s latest hearing, however, is a reminder that even as homegrown terrorism is on the wane, suspicion of Muslims endures

Southern Baptists Set for a Notable First
By Erik Eckholm — New York Times
The Southern Baptist Convention, a denomination born in 1845 in defense of slavery and a spiritual home to white supremacists for much of the 20th century, is poised to elect its first African-American president.

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FPL Daily News Reel: June 15, 2012

June 15, 2012, 1:00 pm | Posted by

The FPL News Reel is a daily round-up of the top faith and politics stories in the news. You can sign up for the email version of the News Reel here, subscribe to the RSS feed here, and follow it on twitter at @FPLNewsreel.

Administration plan could spare hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants from deportation
By Associated Press
The Obama administration will stop deporting and begin granting work permits to younger illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and have since led law-abiding lives. The election-year initiative addresses a top priority of an influential Latino electorate that has been vocal in its opposition to administration deportation policies.

The Democratic Road Not Taken
By Gary Hart — New York Times, Campaign Stops
For more than four decades most Americans identified the Democratic Party with a social contract and safety net, equality of justice and opportunity, and progressive — yes, even liberal — causes. Sometime in the last 30 years the party of progress and change — Emerson’s party of hope — became the party of reactionary liberalism.

Post-New Deal America Needs Unions
By Harold Meyerson — American Prospect, Opinion
Those who think workers only needed to organize in the bad old days need to face the hard truth: We’re living in them.

Editorial: RomneyCare, the sequel, falls short
By USA Today, Editorial
Mitt Romney got it right the first time: As governor of Massachusetts, he championed a plan that required virtually everyone to have health insurance and provided subsidies for those who couldn’t afford it. The state still struggles with cost containment, but RomneyCare, the original, produced near-universal coverage and served as a model for the national reform President Obama pushed through Congress in 2010.

Perhaps we need some help with PR, say Catholic bishops in U.S.
By Mitchell Landsberg — Los Angeles Times
[Bishop] Wester said it was time for the bishops to fully embrace the 21st century array of communications tools, and “take a good, hard look” at how well they communicate their message.

Oregon mosque under FBI scrutiny says it’s being pushed to adopt Americanized Islam
By Helen Jung — Religion News Service
There’s one more distinction: At Masjed As-Saber, Oregon’s largest mosque, the people sense that God isn’t the only one scrutinizing their spirituality.

Daniel Berrigan’s ‘Ten Commandments’
By James Martin — America Magazine
Once, several years ago, I wrote to Dan when I was frustrated about something in the church and was tempted to, as Thomas Merton used to say, “blast off,” i.e., speak my mind in not the most sensible way. In response to an agitated letter, Dan, who had himself known Merton, wrote me to counsel patience, and reminded me that I’m in this “for the long haul.” I think his “Commandments” are useful in the church today.

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FPL Daily News Reel: June 12, 2012

June 12, 2012, 12:00 pm | Posted by

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A Md. Catholic nun represents views of many in differences with Vatican
By Michelle Boortstein — Washington Post
As for Curtis, the idea that she’d be on the side of what European media this weekend called “the rebel nuns” is disorienting. She grew up in a big, devout Rochester, N.Y., family, was close to sisters and priests growing up and attended Catholic schools her entire life.

Video:Radical Feminist Nuns
By Colbert Report
NETWORK’s Executive Director Sister Simone Campbell responds to the Vatican’s “”radical feminist”” charges, and Stephen learns how to get into heaven.

Meeting with doctrinal office opportunity for dialogue, says LCWR head
By Carol Glatz — Catholic News Service
“We are grateful for the opportunity for open dialogue, and now we will return to our members to see about the next step” and decide how to proceed in light of discussions with the doctrinal office, Sister Pat told journalists immediately after the meeting.

Family Net Worth Fell Almost 40% Between 2007-2010
By Kristina Peterson — Wall Street Journal
Median net worth of families fell to $77,300 in 2010 from $126,400 in 2007, a drop of 38.8%–the largest drop since the current survey began in 1989, Fed economists said Monday.

Pressing On the Upward Way
By Monica Potts — American Prospect
A profile of life in one of the country’s poorest countie.

Romney’s All Wrong on Public Sector Employment
By Bryce Covert — Nation, Editorial
This means that the eleven states that went red two years ago were responsible for 40 percent of these public sector job losses in 2011. If we add in Texas, a massive red state, we can pinpoint the source of 70 percent of those losses.

U.S., Florida face off over voter purge effort
By Kevin Gray — Reuters
The U.S. Justice Department and Florida exchanged legal salvoes on Monday over the state’s controversial effort to remove non-U.S. citizens from its voter rolls ahead of this year’s presidential election.

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FPL Daily News Reel: June 11, 2012

June 11, 2012, 3:11 pm | Posted by

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The Religious Right Turns 33: What Have We Learned?
By Jonathan Merritt — Atlantic, Opinion
I first met Jerry Falwell in 1999 when I was a senior in high school. My father, a pastor who was about to be elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention, drove me to Lynchburg, Va., at Dr. Falwell’s request.

‘Nuns on the Bus’ take on Paul Ryan
By Mary C. Curtis — Washington Post, On Faith
“Nuns on the Bus” tour to spotlight issues of social justice – across nine states, including Ryan’s Wisconsin — is perfectly in line with Catholic teaching. “We’re sticking with the bishops on this one.’’

Nuns’ leader seeks dialogue with Vatican to plead case
By Ann Rodgers — Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Sister Janet Mock, a Pittsburgher at the center of the dispute between the Vatican and an umbrella group for nuns, is perplexed at the order for an archbishop to oversee her work.

Government is the solution
By E.J. Dionne Jr. — Washington Post, Opinion
Let’s turn Ronald Reagan’s declaration on its head: Opposition to government isn’t the solution. Opposition to government was and remains the problem. It is past time that we affirm government’s ability to heal the economy, and its responsibility for doing so.

Tea party preps for other Big Labor state battles
By Robin Bravender and Anna Palmer — Politico
Fresh off last week’s seismic victory against Big Labor, conservative activists are revving up their ground game in key presidential swing states where unions have long dominated.

Virginia student graduates from high school, braces for deportation
By Eli Saslow — Washington Post
In the election-year debate over immigration reform, the situation Mejia is in has become one of the most debated of all. What should the United States do with illegal immigrants who come to the country as children, grow up here, break no laws and want to remain?

A lesson in tolerance for Arizona
By Los Angeles Times, Editorial
If the state’s lawmakers are worried about growing resentment among its Latino residents, they have no one but themselves to blame.

Trespassing Case Adds Strain to Trinity Church’s Ties With Occupy Protesters
By Colin Moynihan — New York Times
“What a statement it would have been for this church at the top of Wall Street to give refuge and succor to this passionate group of people who have put their finger on the fact that there is no fairness in contemporary life,” Mr. Packard said.

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