Topic: US Domestic Issues

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    Faith communities, observes Howard University School of Divinity applied theology professor Harold Dean Trulear, are “founded on forgiveness.” Together the Charleston church shooting and the Confederate flag debate have “uncovered the depth of racism in our country and the ways our nation still remains deeply divided. But it also uncovered some real people of good will…Now we’re working very hard to try to do some healing.” More

    July 10, 2015 | Comments

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    “Supporters of gay marriage say religion should not be used to discriminate against people. Religion should not be an excuse for people not to provide services or do their jobs. But conservative law firms are saying people have a right to stand up for what they believe, and they can’t be forced to act against what they believe.” More

    July 2, 2015 | Comments

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    “Our ministry is different because we focus on development as opposed to just relief. We want to end poverty more than just relieve people from the pain of poverty. We want to change communities,” says Katie Delp, executive director of FCS (Focused Communities Strategies) Urban Ministries. More

    July 2, 2015 | Comments

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    Correspondent Tim O’Brien observes that the High Court’s upholding of gay marriage nationwide “is for gays and lesbians what Brown v Board of Education was for African Americans.” More

    June 26, 2015 | Comments

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    “Carbon-based energy development is the best friend for poor people and would give them the best chance at life.” More

    June 19, 2015 | Comments

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    “We are still not getting it as a country, and we’re making a poor effort as a society to take care of all our veterans…We can liberate other countries and clear up their natural disasters. Women veterans are now America’s natural disaster,” says Final Salute founder Jaspen Boothe. More

    May 20, 2015 | Comments

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    “We get volunteers who otherwise might not have any contact with the criminal justice system who come in, give up their days, their weekends to be with the prisoners,” says David Liebel, director of religious services for the Indiana Department of Corrections. More

    May 14, 2015 | Comments

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    “We have [Muslim] folks who worship here in Chapel Hill who refrain from publicizing and making it known where they worship, when they come together. They tell me it’s because they have concerns about their safety,” says Mark Kleinschmidt, mayor of Chapel Hill, North Carolina where three Muslim students were murdered in February. More

    May 8, 2015 | Comments

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    “It took many parts of very many communities to make peace in Baltimore,” says Eugene Sutton, Episcopal Bishop of Maryland. “Religious leaders from all over the city—Christian mainly, Muslim and Jewish leaders—got out on the streets and congregations and really proclaimed a message of hope and of nonviolence and peace. City officials did the same.” More

    May 1, 2015 | Comments

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    John Bursch, the main lawyer arguing why the states should not be required to license same-sex marriages, summed the issue up this way: “You can love your neighbor no matter what their sexual orientation is—what choices they make about their life—and still have a disagreement about what marriage means. And the question is who gets to decide the meaning of marriage?” More

    May 1, 2015 | Comments

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