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Quote of the Day

“What is the tipping point? Are we blind? Can we see? How many more mothers, how many more fathers need to shed tears of grief before we do something?  We have been too quiet for too long. There comes a time when you have to say something, when you have to make a little noise, when you have to move your feet. This is the time.”

 

-- Rep. John Lewis, leading a sit-in on the floor of the House of Representatives to demand a vote on gun legislation. (USA Today)

 

Thorough Thursday

 

Supreme Court Deadlocks on Obama Immigration Plan. It Remains Blocked.

By Adam Liptak and Michael D. Shear, New York Times

 

The Supreme Court on Thursday announced that it had deadlocked in a case challenging President Obama’s immigration plan. As a result, as many as five million undocumented immigrants will not be shielded from deportation or allowed to legally work in the United States.

IMMIGRATION

 

 

 

Inside Trump's Closed-Door Meeting, Held To Reassure 'The Evangelicals'

By Sarah McCammon, NPR

 

Most Donald Trump events kick off with music from Elton John or the Rolling Stones at deafening volumes. But praise choruses ruled the day Tuesday as hundreds of conservative Christians gathered at a hotel in Times Square to question Trump.

RELIGION AND POLITICS

 

 

 

Trump peddles religious ignorance

By E.J. Dionne Jr., Washington Post

 

Where religion is concerned, Donald Trump’s bigotry is his biggest problem, but his ignorance comes in a close second.

RELIGION AND POLITICS

 

 

 

Orlando shootings: faith in the face of civic trauma

By Mark I. Pinsky, National Catholic Reporter

 

Culminating a week of civic trauma in the wake of the June 12 murder of 49 people at Latin Night at a gay dance club, an estimated 50,000 people joined a June 19 march from the downtown Cathedral Church of St. Luke to nearby Lake Eola for a candle-lit vigil.

RELIGION IN PUBLIC LIFE

 

 

 

After Orlando, some American Muslims are anxious about what comes next

By Mary Jordan and Abigail Hauslohner, Washington Post

 

In the aftermath of last weekend’s mass shooting, they worry about what might come next at a time when some of their neighbors support Donald Trump a

RELIGION IN PUBLIC LIFE

 

 

 

False Choices & Religious Liberty

By John Gehring, Commonweal

 

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops launches its annual Fortnight for Freedom campaign this week. A recent video from the conference illustrates how unhinged the debates over religious liberty have become.

RELIGION IN PUBLIC LIFE

 

 

 

Laudato Si: Putting faith on the frontline of the climate justice fight

By Rev. Jennifer Butler, Aaron Mair

 

At its core, environmental justice is about preserving life, and faith leaders have a unique responsibility to promote sustainable development and to encourage a thriving culture of life that protects human dignity.

CLIMATE CHANGE, RELIGION IN PUBLIC LIFE

 

 

 

Pope Francis calls for world ‘free of the death penalty’

By Inés San Martín, Crux

 

In a message to a world conference against the death penalty in Oslo, Norway, Pope Francis says capital punishment "contradicts God’s plan for individuals and society, and his merciful justice" and says that growing opposition to the practice is a "sign of hope."

DEATH PENALTY

 

 

 

Black leaders emerge as powerful allies in LGBT fight in South

By Letitia Stein, Reuters

 

The U.S. battle over bathrooms and wedding cakes is pushing many African-American leaders in the South to the forefront of the latest civil rights frontier, as the threat of discrimination overshadows long-held reservations on gay issues.

RELIGION IN PUBLIC LIFE

 

 

 

Faith matters as UK votes on whether to remain in European Union

By Arthur Keefer, Religion News Service

 

The religious debate on Brexit is not simply a matter of faith or theology but reveals central issues of concern: diversity, safety, unity and fear. These concepts govern the arguments from both campaigns.

RELIGION IN PUBLIC LIFE

 

 

Deep Dive of the Week

 

How Immigration and Concerns about Cultural Change are Shaping the 2016 Election

By Public Religion Research Institute / Brookings Institute

 

Americans remain firmly committed to an immigration policy that provides a path to citizenship, compared to other policy options. More than six in ten (61%) Americans say immigrants living in the U.S. illegally should be allowed a way to become citizens, provided they meet certain requirements.

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