FPL Daily News Reel: June 1, 2012

June 1, 2012, 2:33 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.

Do the Bishops Have a Case Against Obama?
By Gary Gutting — New York Times, Opinionator
We cannot, of course, be certain about the bishops’ motives in overdramatizing what should be a routine disagreement.

Contraception? Gay Marriage? Abortion? GOP holds fire on culture wars aims at jobs, economy
By Laurie Kellman — Associated Press
…with Mitt Romney all but crowned as their presidential nominee, social issues generally are losers for the party at a time when the GOP is trying to appeal to swing voters.

Two hundred gather in Oakland to show support for sisters
By Monica Clarke — National Catholic Reporter
All were bound together by respect for the women religious who had touched their lives and for the sisters who are active in various works of social justice.

Occupy Buffalo Helps Convince City Council To Divest From JPMorgan Chase After Trading Loss
By Harry Bradford — Huffington Post
JPMorgan’s $2 billion trading loss was bound to have big consequences but few could have guessed the fallout would reach all the way to the Buffalo Sewer Authority.

Hundreds from across state protest immigration law
By Kym Klass — Montgomery Advertiser
Hundreds gathered at the state Capitol grounds in protest of last week’s passage and signing of HB 658, the latest version of Alabama’s immigration law.

Mosque construction continues to attract opposition across U.S.
By Judy Keen — Religion News Service
In the decade since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, animosity toward Muslims sometimes has taken the form of opposition to construction of mosques and other Islamic facilities. National debate erupted over plans for an Islamic community center that became known as the “Ground Zero mosque” in Lower Manhattan.

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FPL Daily News Reel: May 31, 2012

May 31, 2012, 12:00 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.

The Bishops and Religious Liberty
By Peter Steinfels — Commonweal
Threats to religious freedom have been a constant in American history. So have alarmist religious appeals that stir public hysteria, serve partisan ends, and degrade religion and politics alike

Nuns’ fight with Vatican highlights Catholicism’s global struggle
By Eric Marrapodi — CNN
It’s a fight that pits church men and against church women, and it could have broader implications for the global church.

Down With Religion?
By Charles M. Blow — New York Times, Campaign Stops
A March poll by the Pew Research Center, released at the end of a particularly fanatical Republican nominating process during which religious extremism took center stage, recorded a bit of a backlash against religion.

Wisconsin reaches for the last resort
By E.J. Dionne Jr. — Washington Post, Opinion
Walker is being challenged not because he pursued conservative policies but because Wisconsin has become the most glaring example of a new and genuinely alarming approach to politics on the right. It seeks to use incumbency to alter the rules and tilt the legal and electoral playing field decisively toward the interests of those in power.

AG Eric Holder, black church leaders mull voter law changes
By Adelle Banks — Religion News Service
Attorney General Eric Holder and other legal experts strategized with black religious leaders on Wednesday (May 30) about new restrictive state voting laws that could affect their congregants by reducing early voting and requiring identification.

Students Press for Action on Immigration
By Julia Preston — New York Times
The young people are among the most visible activists in a growing immigrant movement. Their push to focus pressure on the White House reflects deep frustration with Congress for its lack of action on the legislation and with the administration for continuing to deport illegal immigrant students, although Mr. Obama says he supports them.

Facts of life
By Amy Frykholm — Christian Century
…the wars over sex education are far from over. The announcement last summer that New York City will require sex education was met with an uproar from religious and political groups that want to keep it out of the schools entirely.

Southern Baptist heavyweight Richard Land in the fight of his life
By Bob Smietana — USA Today
Now Land’s future is in doubt amid an investigation over his remarks about the Trayvon Martin shooting and for alleged plagiarism.

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FPL Daily News Reel: May 30, 2012

May 30, 2012, 11:57 am | Posted by

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What Ryan Missed
By Gerald J. Beyer — America, Opinion
Unfortunately, he badly misunderstands…solidarity and subsidiarity. He also misinterprets how these principles apply to the scourge of poverty in the United States.

Congressional Black Caucus Holds Faith Leaders Summit on Voting Rights
By CSPAN
Attorney General Eric Holder delivers the keynote address at a meeting of the Congressional Black Caucus and the Conference of National Black Churches.

Time to fight for a minimum wage increase
By Katrina vanden Heuvel — Washington Post, Opinion
We’ve seen who supports tax cuts on the wealthy and billion dollar subsidies to big oil. Let’s see who supports raising a minimum wage so a full-time worker can lift his or her family out of poverty.

Jewish groups, Senate Dems talk Iran and budget
By Ron Kampeas — Jewish Telegraphic Agency
And in a refrain familiar to such exchanges, senators urged Jewish groups to lobby not just for spending but also for tax hikes.

Nuns’ supporters plan vigil in response to Vatican crackdown
By Michael O’Malley — Cleveland Plain Dealer
The crackdown has caused an uproar among some Catholics, sparking dozens of vigils in cities across the country.

Kansas bans Shariah, Muslims eye legal fight
By Lauren Markoe — Religion News Service
Muslim civil rights groups are calling a new Kansas law that bans Shariah in state courtrooms an expression of Islamophobia that is vulnerable to a legal challenge.

After lawsuits and arson, judge’s ruling derails plans for Tennessee mosque
By Lateef Mungin — CNN, Belief Blog
The long-running battle between a Tennessee Muslim community and a group of critics over a new mosque took a dramatic turn Tuesday when a judge ruled that construction had to halt.

Thousands Protest Anti-Gay Pastor In North Carolina
By Annie-Rose Strasser — Think Progress
Worley came under fire last week after saying the U.S. should build an electrified fence to create a concentration camp for all gay people and “in a few years they’ll die out.”

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FPL Daily News Reel: May 25, 2012

May 25, 2012, 2:20 pm | Posted by

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Conservatives used to care about community. What happened?
By E.J. Dionne Jr. — Washington Post, Opinion
[Romney's] moved to the right on tax cuts and twisted himself into a pretzel over the health-care plan he championed in Massachusetts — because conservatives are no longer allowed to acknowledge that government can improve citizens’ lives.

Catholics caught between bishops, Obama’s birth control mandate
By Lisa Miller — Washington Post, On Faith
…this dynamic is untenable, as any good family therapist will tell you. The real solution is, as Blaire suggests, for Mommy and Daddy to talk to each other, and work it out. Or the kids will find a happier home someplace else.

Conservative Activists Gather To Plot Defense Of ‘Religious Liberty’
By Lauren Markoe — Religion News Service
Like-minded religionists of several denominations — including Southern Baptist leader Richard Land and Baltimore Archbishop William Lori — gathered in Washington Thursday (May 24) to organize a response to what they see as the sorry state of religious freedom in America today.

Illinois legislature passes deep health care cuts
By Ray Long — Chicago Tribune
Hundreds of thousands of poor Illinoisans would lose health coverage, prescription drug discounts for seniors would be dropped and dental care for adults would be greatly curtailed as part of $1.6 billion in budget cuts lawmakers approved yesterday.

Christian witness for gays in Uganda
By Thomas Patrick Melady and Richard Cizik — Washington Post, On Faith
…we believe it’s time for more U.S. faith leaders to speak out against systematic efforts to demonize gay Ugandans before it’s too late.

Maine churches planning to collect cash to fund opposition to gay marriage ballot question
By Clarke Canfield — Associated Press
While many churches are joining the campaign against the referendum, others of various denominations are working to support the ballot measure.

Christie Accepts Monitoring of Muslims
By Associated Press
The determination, by the state attorney general, concerned tactics of the New York Police Department like videotaping mosque-goers and collecting their license plate numbers.

NYPD Muslim probe may have been legal, but wasn’t right
By Newark Star-Ledger, Editorial
And more important, the revelation of the NYPD’s actions violated the trust of the law-abiding Muslims they monitored, and their neighbors and supporters.

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FPL Daily News Reel: May 24, 2012

May 24, 2012, 11:45 am | Posted by

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Analysis: Catholic bishops divided in legal battle against Obama birth control mandate
By David Gibson — Religion News Service
…the strategy has also exposed serious fault lines within the U.S. hierarchy, as some leaders are privately and even openly questioning the legal and political ramifications of the bishops’ latest battle with the White House.

The battle among Catholic bishops
By E.J. Dionne Jr. — Washington Post, Opinion
…in recent months, a series of events — among them the Vatican’s rebuke of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, encouraged by right-wing U.S. bishops — have angered more progressive Catholics and led to talk among the disgruntled faithful of the need for a “Catholic spring” to challenge the hierarchy’s shift to the right.

Payday loan bill invites greed
By Philadelphia Inquirer, Editorial
Churches, community groups, and civil rights organizations in Missouri have decided not to wait for government to protect them. They have collected 180,000 signatures on a petition for a referendum on legislation to stop usury.

EXCLUSIVE: Tea Party Icon Allen West Says He’s Willing ‘To Talk About Raising Taxes’ To Lower Debt And Deficit
By Scott Keyes — Think Progress
Perhaps the most beloved member of the freshman Republican class, Rep. Allen West (R-FL) made a startling announcement on Tuesday: he’s willing to discuss raising taxes in order to address the nation’s budget shortfall.

JPMorgan Hearing: Market Regulators Warn They’re Broke, Outgunned By Wall Street
By D.M. Levine — Huffington Post
The inadequacy of the SEC budget is an issue that Schapiro has raised in the past, and one that sits at the heart of criticism that the regulator is not able to fully monitor and regulate financial markets.

Voting Out Austerity
By America, Editorial
It would be a shame if politicians in the United States, who appear bent on repeating Europe’s recent mistakes, do not learn from the hard-earned wisdom of European voters.

Are the World’s Wealthiest Nations Doing Enough to Fight Hunger?
By Tobin Grant — Christianity Today, Politics Blog
Adam Taylor, World Vision’s vice president for advocacy, said the G8 nations need to fulfill their promises and distribute the remaining funds.

NJ Muslim leaders scheduled to meet again with attorney general on NYPD surveillance program
By Associated Press
Muslim leaders who have been demanding a formal investigation into the New York Police Department’s surveillance of businesses, mosques and Muslim student groups will meet Thursday with New Jersey’s top state law enforcement official.

Muslims to gather to combat anti-Shariah movement
By Omar Sacirbey — Religion News Service
Some 15,000 Muslims are expected at this weekend’s 37th annual convention of the Islamic Circle of North America in Hartford, where the theme of “Defending Religious Freedom: Understanding Shariah” reflects the worry that anti-Muslim activists are fanning fear of Islamic law to marginalize U.S. Muslims.

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