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How the social gospel movement explains the roots of todays religious left

From the article:

"Throughout American history, religion has played a significant role in promoting social reform. From the abolitionist movement of the early 19th century to the civil rights movement of the 20th century, religious leaders have championed progressive political causes."

To read more:

http://religionnews.com/2017/07/18/how-the-social-gospel-movement-explains-the-roots-of-todays-religious-left/

Bad news: "Eugene Peterson backtracks on same-sex marriage"

From the article:

"RNS) — “The Message” author Eugene Peterson says he regrets telling me he would officiate a same-sex wedding if asked to do so today by a gay couple who were “Christians of good faith.”..........

Some have asked why I would ask these questions at all. There were two primary reasons. First, he is one of the most influential Christian thinkers in the world and homosexuality is one of the most contentious debates in the church today. What Peterson believes about this topic matters, which is more than evident in the reaction it generated."

To read more:

http://religionnews.com/2017/07/13/eugene-peterson-backtracks-on-same-sex-marriage/

Good news: "Clergy arrested outside McConnells office while protesting healthcare bill"

From the article:

"WASHINGTON (RNS) Eleven interfaith protestors, including the Rev. William Barber II, were arrested outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office while protesting Medicaid cuts in the GOP’s revised healthcare bill.
About 50 protestors gathered Thursday (July 13) for the Capitol Hill rally, before marching to a Senate office building steps from the Capitol."

To read more:

http://religionnews.com/2017/07/13/clergy-arrested-outside-mcconnells-office-while-protesting-healthcare-bill/

Bishop Paprocki's unhinged decree on same-sex marriage

From the article:

"Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, should be sacked. He issued a decree last week setting guidelines and limits for how the pastors in his diocese treat people in same-sex marriages. The decree is so completely at odds with the direction Pope Francis is trying to take the church........... it warrants the extreme sanction of removal from office proposed in the motu proprio, Come una madre amorevole."

To read more:

https://www.ncronline.org/blogs/distinctly-catholic/bishop-paprockis-unhinged-decree-same-sex-marriage

When is Eid al-Fitr, and why do Muslims celebrate it?

From the article:

"Eid al-Fitr is Arabic for “festival of the breaking of the fast.” The festival marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Muslims abstain from eating and drinking from dawn until sunset during Ramadan."

To read more:

http://religionnews.com/2017/06/24/when-is-eid-al-fitr-and-why-do-muslims-celebrate-it/

Sister Simone: Republican's Trumpcare Plan Is Opposite of 'Pro-Life'

From the article:

"Writing in The Hill on Monday, anti-poverty crusader Sister Simone Campbell took Senate Republicans to task regarding their healthcare bill—and the implications it has for millions of Americans, particularly women and children.
As the executive director of NETWORK, the Catholic social justice lobbying group, Sister Simone has been a vocal advocate for the expansion of health coverage for Americans and for ending income inequality. While many in Washington see healthcare as a controversial issue, for Sister Simone, it couldn't be more simple. For her, she writes, "it boils down to making sure that as many people as possible have access to life-saving healthcare coverage."

To read more:

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/06/26/sister-simone-republicans-trumpcare-plan-opposite-pro-life

Update: U.S. bishops say Senate health care bill will wreak havoc on families

From the article:

"On Thursday, Senate Republicans released their version of a bill aimed at repealing the Affordable Care Act, drawing swift condemnation from one prominent Catholic health group, which said it is “strongly opposed” to the measure. Catholic bishops took a more nuanced view, strongly condemning portions of the bill that they say harm the social safety net but praising language that would restrict funding for abortion providers."

To read more:

https://www.americamagazine.org/politics-society/2017/06/22/update-us-bishops-say-senate-health-care-bill-will-wreak-havoc-families

Can an evangelical, progressive Democrat succeed in Florida?

From the article:

"A few days after the Pulse nightclub shootings, in which most of the 49 patrons who were killed were gay and Latino, a local businessman and active Christian layman contributed a guest column to the Orlando Sentinel titled “Christian to LGBTs: We are sorry.”

"King’s sentiments were not unique, even for straight white believers like himself. What is unique is that they came from a candidate for governor of Florida who is running as both an evangelical Christian and a progressive Democrat."

To read more:

http://religionnews.com/2017/06/12/can-an-evangelical-progressive-democrat-succeed-in-florida/

Religious Liberals Sat Out of Politics for 40 Years. Now They Want in the Game. (Xposted)

This was also posted in the Editorials section)

From the article:

"...........Across the country, religious leaders whose politics fall to the left of center, and who used to shun the political arena, are getting involved — and even recruiting political candidates — to fight back against President Trump’s policies on immigration, health care, poverty and the environment."

To read more:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/10/us/politics/politics-religion-liberal-william-barber.html?ribbon-ad-idx=2&rref=politics&module=Ribbon&version=context&_r=2

China Is Forcing Muslim Children To Abandon Overly Religious Names

From the article:

"Muslim children in China’s Xinjiang region must drop names deemed to be “overly religious” under a new policy in the atheist Communist country.
The order, announced during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, applies to children younger than 16, according to Radio Free Asia. Officials said the measure is part of an effort “to curb religious fervor” in the region......

China is home to some 23 million Muslims, less than 2 percent of the overall population. Many Chinese Muslims face daily Islamophobia in the officially atheist country."

To read more:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/china-muslim-names_us_5936e1a8e4b0cfcda91824d0?section=us_religion

Classic intolerance in action.
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