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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.

The bigots behind the "anti-Sharia" marches

From the article:

"ON JUNE 10, demonstrations are slated to take place in more than two dozen cities across the U.S. against the supposed threat of Islamic "Sharia law."
Why, exactly, are protests needed against something the majority of Americans don't know anything about, that doesn't exist in the U.S. on any institutional level, and that isn't actually a threat to anyone?
Because it's an easy opportunity for the right wing to whip up anti-Muslim sentiment--and capitalize on the racist rhetoric of the bigot-in-chief occupying the White House."

To read more:

http://socialistworker.org/2017/06/08/the-bigots-behind-the-anti-sharia-marches

Interfaith coalition launches Know Your Neighbor campaign (good news)

From the article:

"At a time of growing assaults and intimidation of Muslim Americans,  the Islamic Networks Group has partnered with 70 interfaith organizations to launch a “Know Your Neighbor” campaign.
The effort is intended to encourage individuals and groups to encounter people of faith different from their own."

To read more excellent news:

http://religionnews.com/2017/06/08/interfaith-coalition-launches-know-your-neighbor-campaign/

Scottish Episcopal Church votes to back same-sex marriage (religious good news)

From the article:

"The Scottish Episcopal Church has voted to back same-sex marriage, making it the first Anglican church in the UK to do so. The vote, described as a "momentous step" by the head of the church, means gay Christians from any Anglican Church can now ask to be married in a Scottish Anglican Church."

To read more:

http://www.independent.co.uk/News/uk/home-news/scottish-church-same-sex-marriage-support-vote-episcopal-a7779691.html
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