Topic: US Domestic Issues

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    In the year since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, many religious groups and interfaith organizations have advocated for more gun restrictions. More

    March 14, 2014 | Comments

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    A neuroscientist and an ethicist ponder the subject of violence and how to prevent it: “It’s beyond a reasonable doubt now that there is this brain basis to crime,” says Professor Adrian Raine. But “we have to be very careful how we use this information,” warns Professor Paul Wolpe. More

    March 7, 2014 | Comments

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    “We are locking people up in solitary confinement to prevent this violent behavior, and in fact it may actually instigate—because of the impact on their mental health—even more violent behavior,” says Heather Rice-Minus, a senior policy advisor for Justice Fellowship. More

    February 28, 2014 | Comments

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    “God made us to be in contact with other human beings. And when we take that human contact away, it exacerbates whatever problems that may have been there before. So rather than rehabilitating people, it actually makes them worse,” says Galen Carey of the National Association of Evangelicals. More

    February 28, 2014 | Comments

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    “We cannot allow for our brothers and our sisters to be on the side of the road. Jesus tells the story about us caring about our neighbors. Politicians don’t care about us,” says Rev. Charles Williams II of Historic King Solomon Baptist Church. More

    February 21, 2014 | Comments

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    “Who owns the natural resources? That’s the big question behind this,” says Maria Visse of the Sisters of Loretto. More

    January 31, 2014 | Comments

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    According to Father Michael Doyle, crime and poverty in Camden, New Jersey are worse today than when he first arrived there 39 years ago. But through his church’s ministry of feeding, housing, and educating the poor, Father Doyle sees hope for what the FBI considers the most dangerous city in America. “We’re working against the odds, but I think God is on our side,” he says. More

    January 17, 2014 | Comments

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    We take our annual look back at the top religion and ethics news of the year—Pope Francis and his priorities, such as helping the poor, and also churches divided over homosexuality and same-sex marriage. More

    December 27, 2013 | Comments

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    The United Methodist Church’s Book of Discipline states that “the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching,” and it prohibits Methodist ministers from performing same-sex marriages. But “these are unjust laws,” says Rev. Thomas Ogletree, “and therefore they do not really have the authority of law.” More

    November 27, 2013 | Comments

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    The civil rights movement was both “the work of the Lord and the work of freedom,” says author Taylor Branch. “It took redemption, and it took faith and tenacity, not just an empty, simple hope.” More

    November 27, 2013 | Comments

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