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Quote of the Day


“Let us arm ourselves, not with weapons, but with all that our faith has taught us and all that has made this country strong — justice, tolerance, diversity, the audacious belief that we can embody God’s highest hopes for our world.”


-- Rev. Amy Butler, pastor of Riverside Church, New York City. (Baptist News Global)


Thorough Thursday


Senate Democrats end marathon filibuster, announce Republicans agree to gun-control vote

By Karoun Demirjian, Washington Post


Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) ended a blockade of the Senate floor after nearly 15 hours Thursday, announcing that Republican leaders agreed to hold votes on Democrat-backed measures to expand background checks and prevent suspected terrorists from acquiring guns.





Orlando massacre brings together Christians and gay community

By David Smith, Guardian


The relationship between the church and gay liberation has been long and often tortuous. But on Tuesday evening, all of Orlando needed to heal. Members of the city’s LGBTQ community were invited up to one church’s altar to be prayed over. Many accepted, rose from their seats and stood tall in front of the congregation.





Grieving Together: How Orlando's Hispanic Evangelicals Are Reaching Out

Interview by Kate Shellnutt, Christianity Today


For a Latino, Pentecostal megachurch just 10 minutes south of the Orlando nightclub Pulse, the scriptural call to “mourn with those who mourn” has become their heartbreaking reality in the wake of Sunday’s deadly rampage.





Florida Catholic bishop: ‘It is religion, including our own,’ that targets LGBT people

By Bishop Robert Lynch, Washington Post


Sadly it is religion, including our own, that targets, mostly verbally, and often breeds contempt for gays, lesbians and transgender people. Attacks today on LGBT men and women often plant the seed of contempt, then hatred, which can ultimately lead to violence.





Year-old Laudato Si' has stirred up action for Earth

By Brian Roewe, National Catholic Reporter


Last year's arrival of Pope Francis' encyclical "Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home" marked a significant moment as the Catholic church substantially entered the realm of environmental concern at a time when global attention toward the Earth's degradation, in particular by climate change, was nearing a peak.





'Not the America we want': Obama blasts Trump's Muslim plans

By Kathleen Hennessey, Associated Press


President Barack Obama angrily denounced Donald Trump's anti-Muslim rhetoric, blasting the views of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee as a threat to American security and a menacing echo of some of the most shameful moments in U.S. history.





White evangelicals are backing Trump, new poll shows

By David Gibson, Religion News Service


White evangelical Christians, a crucial bloc of Republican voters, are backing likely GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump by a wide margin over Hillary Clinton but their support is significantly lower than for previous Republican candidates.





Southern Baptists Split With Donald Trump On Refugee Resettlement 

By Sarah McCammon, NPR 


Southern Baptists are one of the most reliably Republican religious groups in the U.S. But in a week when the party's presumptive presidential nominee has expanded on his proposal for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States, the Southern Baptist Convention is taking a different approach.





Judge on Top Texas Court Questions Death Penalty's Fairness

By Michael Graczyk, Associated Press


Texas' highest criminal court should consider whether the death penalty is being fairly applied and should still be constitutional, one of the nine judges on the all-Republican court wrote in a dissenting opinion issued Wednesday.





Supreme Court focuses on immigration amid deportations

By Dan Stockman, Global Sisters Report/National Catholic Reporter


The Supreme Court is set to rule sometime this month — no one knows when — on the legality of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, the program that President Barack Obama instituted by executive order in 2014.




Deep Dive of the Week


Faith Leaders Are Starting To Take Ownership Of Religious Homophobia

By Jack Jenkins, Think Progress


Coupled with the the chorus of prayers is a deep level of soul-searching among traditionally conservative faith leaders, as several are now speaking out against the role homophobia played in inspiring the gunman — and even examining the role religious communities play in marginalizing LGBT people.


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