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Quote of the Day

 

“Very quietly, Las Vegas police have created a national model on how to connect two disparate cultures. I travel to Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles, and many Muslims there don’t believe me when I tell them that this kind of relationship is possible.”

-- Aslam Abdullah, director of Masjid Ibrahim, a Las Vegas-based nonprofit organization dealing with Muslim American issues. (Washington Post)
 

Monday Must-Reads

 

Freddie Gray case: Baltimore Police Officer Edward Nero found not guilty of all charges

By Justin Fenton and Kevin Rector, Baltimore Sun

 

Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams on Monday acquitted Officer Edward Nero of all counts for his role in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray.

RACIAL JUSTICE

 

 

 

Supreme Court throws out death sentence from all-white jury

By Mark Sherman, Associated Press

 

The Supreme Court has thrown out a death sentence handed to a black man in Georgia because prosecutors improperly kept African-Americans off the jury that convicted him of killing a white woman.

DEATH PENALTY, RACIAL JUSTICE

 

 

 

Group of interfaith clergy calls for repealing House Bill 2

By Tim Funk, Charlotte Observer

 

Citing passages from the Bible to make their case, Charlotte ministers representing a national coalition of more than 400 clergy called Thursday for repeal of North Carolina’s House Bill 2.

RELIGION IN PUBLIC LIFE

 

 

 

Separate Bathrooms by Religion? Oklahoma Opens New Front in Transgender Debate

By Christine Hauser, New York Times

 

Oklahoma lawmakers have introduced a bill that would allow students to request on religious grounds that their public schools provide a bathroom or other facility that bars transgender people.

RELIGION IN PUBLIC LIFE

 

 

 

Clinton’s key to sounding authentic may be talking about her faith

By Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle

 

Maybe the secret to rebuilding that trust, to sounding more authentic, to regaining the buzz, is for Clinton to talk about her faith. Not a lot. Just a bit. Just to show the public the private Clinton those closer to her rave about.

RELIGION AND POLITICS

 

 

 

Evangelical Leaders Plan Meeting to Test Donald Trump’s Values

By Elizabeth Dias, TIME

 

Top evangelical and social conservative leaders are planning a private meeting with Donald Trump to see if they will be able to address longstanding concern about his candidacy.

RELIGION AND POLITICS

 

 

 

Brooklyn Catholic bishop takes indirect swipe at Trump

By David Gibson, Religion News Service

 

The bishop of Brooklyn, one of the largest and most diverse dioceses in the U.S., is defending immigrants in a powerful essay that — without mentioning names — seems to take aim at Donald Trump and his supporters.

RELIGION AND POLITICS

 

 

 

This Is What the Future of American Politics Looks Like

By Michael Lind, Politico

 

A new era is beginning, but not in the way most people think. Though this election feels like the beginning of a partisan realignment, it’s actually the end of one.

POLITICS

 

 

 

Francis: Employers not offering health insurance are ‘true leeches’

By Joshua McElwee, National Catholic Reporter

 

"We thought that slaves do not exist anymore," said the pontiff. "They exist. It's true, people don't go to Africa to take them and then sell them in America, no. But it's in our cities."

RELIGION IN PUBLIC LIFE, HEALTHCARE

 

 

 

Showdown Set Over Future of California's Death Penalty

By Don Thompson, Associated Press

 

Death penalty supporters are setting the stage on Thursday for a November showdown over whether to speed up executions in California or do away with them entirely.

DEATH PENALTY

 

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