Topic: US Domestic Issues

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    “The vote on the Defense of Marriage Act was very interesting. You had five justices saying this denies gays and lesbians equality and liberty guaranteed by the Constitution, and I think that says an awful lot because that will carry down the road in other cases. I think this may be a precursor for a ruling that says any discrimination based on sexual orientation by the state is suspect and will only be upheld in extraordinary circumstances.” More

    June 28, 2013 | Comments

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    “This has energized the movement for marriage redefinition, and at the same time it’s energized those of us who believe marriage is the union of a man and a woman for the sake of their children,” said Kim Daniels, an attorney and a spokeswoman for the president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. More

    June 28, 2013 | Comments

  • Racial diversity is only “one factor among many” in admissions decisions, according to the University of Texas vice president for diversity. But if the Supreme Court decides to abandon racial preferences, what will become of the pursuit of racial justice in education? More

    June 21, 2013 | Comments

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    It doesn’t make moral, ethical, or fiscal sense, according to Cook County sheriff Tom Dart, to house people who are mentally ill in jails and prisons. More

    June 21, 2013 | Comments

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    Watch our conversation with Michael Kessler of Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs about perspectives of religious and ethical traditions on the government’s massive collection of electronic data and its vast surveillance effort. More

    June 14, 2013 | Comments

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    “Many of the old forms of discrimination that we supposedly left behind in the Jim Crow era are suddenly legal again once you’ve been branded a felon,” says Michelle Alexander, author of “The New Jim Crow.” More

    June 7, 2013 | Comments

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    Watch more of our conversation with author Michelle Alexander about crime, the war on drugs, and the disproportionately high number of African-Americans in prison. More

    June 7, 2013 | Comments

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    “Every time we talk about a cut you’re talking about many people who don’t have an expensive lobby in Washington, DC. It’s an economic justice issue, a social justice issue,” says Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rollins Blake. City governments and programs that help the poor will bear the brunt of the federal budget cuts imposed by sequestration. More

    May 17, 2013 | Comments

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    This former White House press secretary wants to change our bitter political climate and restore “real relationships of trust.” After graduating from Wesley Theological Seminary, McCurry, a United Methodist, says he “felt some sense of call, that God was putting on me a challenge to see if I could do something about this broken world of politics that I’ve worked in for so long.” More

    May 17, 2013 | Comments

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    “Just like we help the veterans who come home from the wars, and they have a lot of challenges, so also we have a responsibility and a need to help these folks as well,” says Mike McKay, director of refugee services for Catholic Charities in San Diego. More

    May 3, 2013 | Comments

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