AP Story Targets Catholic Church’s Paycheck Protection Program Aid – Politics Article

A woman prays alone on Palm Sunday in the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Worcester, Mass., April 5, 2020. (Brian Snyder/Reuters) AP reporters Reese Dunklin and Michael Rezendes get in on the bumper crop of stories trying to shame recipients and outrage readers over funding from the Paycheck Protection Program. The target is Catholicism: The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid, with many…

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Persecuted Christians & the U.S., Hamilton & Adoption: Twenty Five Things That Caught My Eye Today — July 10, 2020 – Politics Article

1. Christianity Today: Persecuted Christians Resettled in US Drop Dramatically Under Trump 2. Ukraine’s ‘Holocaust Disneyland’ The desire of the memorial’s core donors and board to forge an original and affecting memorial is laudable. Yet Mr. Khrzhanovsky’s record of approaching the totalitarian past by re-creating it in the most visceral manner raises a disturbing question. Is vividly bringing the aesthetics of Nazi terror on the very ground where it had taken place an appropriate way to honor victims? 3.  Erdogan…

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Coronavirus Crisis: 20+ New York Catholic Schools Won’t Open in September – Politics Article

Cardinal Timothy Dolan has announced today what many of us had a sick feeling was coming: Catholic school closings. Twenty of them. Some in some areas that could really use the leaven that Catholic education is. The Archdiocese of Brooklyn, too, has six schools that are closing. There’s a book, Lost Classroom, Lost Community: Catholic Schools’ Importance in Urban America, that was published a few years back that talks about just how transformational a Catholic school can be in a…

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Religious Liberty & More: Twenty-Five Things that Caught My Eye Today — July 8, 2020 – Politics Article

1. The Washington Post: Pope denounces unimaginable “hell” of Libyan migrant camps Francis recalled that he heard stories of suffering from the migrants he met on Lampedusa in 2013, but only realized when he got back to the Vatican that his translator had only relayed a fraction of what the migrants had recounted. “He gave me the distilled version,” Francis said of the translator, explaining that this is often the case when the world hears blandly of war and suffering…

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A victory for the free exercise of religion – Politics Article

Last week, when I briefly previewed the remainder of the Supreme Court term, I suggested that most of the big cases wouldn’t go well for conservatives, but that conservatives might squeak out wins in the religious liberty cases. Today, the Supreme Court decided one of those cases, Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, and the conservative position prevailed. By a 5-4 vote, the Court held that the Montana supreme court violated the Free Exercise Clause of the U.S. Constitution when…

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SCOTUS & Abortion, the Elderly and COVID-19 & More: Twenty-Five Things that Caught My Eye — June 29, 2020 – Politics Article

1. Supreme Court Strikes Down Louisiana Abortion Restrictions The chief justice is right to emphasize judicial humility and to respect earlier courts’ conclusions, but he erred in treating a four-year-old mistake as written in stone. He is right to insist that “a weighing of costs and benefits of an abortion restriction [is not] a job for courts,” but he neglected his own insight by second-guessing the people of Louisiana. He has overturned wrong precedents in the past, and he should…

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Religious Freedom Court Victory & More: Twenty-Five Things that Caught My Eye Today — June 26, 2020 – Politics Article

Join us Wednesday at 3 New York time: What’s Next for America? – a Sheen Center for Thought and Culture/National Review Institute event with Gloria Purvis and Louis Brown 1. Federal judge blocks COVID-19 restrictions on New York religious services Thank you, again, Becket Fund for Religious Liberty! Here’s the link to the opinion: https://t.co/JJAbD3pHjm @DouthatNYT @wjmcgurn @SohrabAhmari @DavidAFrench — María Montserrat Alvarado (@Mmontsealvarado) June 26, 2020 3. Once you come to understand that rage begets rage and love begets…

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Will the conservatives’ losing streak at the Supreme Court continue? – Politics Article

Tomorrow, beginning at 10 a.m. in the East, the Supreme Court will start issuing its final opinions of the term. The big cases yet to be decided include: June Medical Services v. Russo (regarding abortion), Trump v. Mazars USA and Trump v. Vance (regarding access to President Trump’s tax returns case), Little Sisters of the Poor Sts. Peter and Paul Home v. Pennsylvania (regarding the conscience exemption from Obamacare’s birth control mandate), and Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue (regarding…

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Adoption, Rationing & More: Twenty-One Things That Caught My Eye Today – Politics Article

1. Today we remember more than 2700 Yazidi women, girls & children who remain captive. Most of nearly 7000 Yazidi who fell to captivity became victims of sexual violence. This was part of the genocide to eliminate a people and dehumanize it. The world must not forgot this plight. /1 — Murad Ismael (@murad_ismael) June 19, 2020 2. Charlie Camosy: Yes, we rationed health care at the height of the pandemic and the elderly paid the price 3. The Washington…

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New York’s Coronavirus, Prayer & More — Twenty-Five Things That Caught My Eye Today – Politics Article

1. WSJ: How New York’s Coronavirus Response Made the Pandemic Worse 2. This would make for a really interesting Chris Cuomo segment. https://t.co/0utXy8sYt2 — Jeff Greenfield (@greenfield64) June 12, 2020 3. Why Suicide Rates Among Millennials Are Rising 4. Religious freedom commission: U.S. cannot ignore northeast Syria 5. An excerpt from the 2016 event, “Grace, Justice & Mercy: An Evening with Bryan Stevenson & Rev. Tim Keller.” Watch the entire event at https://t.co/I3MCOxpXlA.@eji_org @hfny @redeemereastside @redeemereastharlem@redeemerdowntown @redeemerlsq @redeemerws <a… This…

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Nursing Homes, Religious Freedom & More — Twenty Things That Caught My Eye Today, June 11, 2020 – Politics Article

1. Baltimore Sun: Maryland significantly underreports total coronavirus cases and deaths at nursing homes 2. CNN: Nursing homes receive defective equipment 3. COVID-19 Nursing Home Data 4. Kansas City Star: Why didn’t she leave? No bed available for 84% of KC domestic violence hotline callers 5. Jeanne Mancini: Missouri Planned Parenthood Prioritizes Agenda Over Women’s Health Politicizing Health and Safety Hurts Women The state’s legally mandated inspection found numerous medical and safety issues that Planned Parenthood refused to address, even…

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Further Thoughts on Anti-Semitism in New York – Politics Article

A man wearing a kippah listens to speakers during an anti-Semitism demo at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate on September 14, 2014. (Thomas Peter/Reuters) In my report on tensions between ultra-Orthodox and non-Jews in the region surrounding New York City, I interviewed a wide array of people to try to show the nature of these tensions. One of the people I interviewed, a Jewish individual who is not ultra-Orthodox, told me that many people in the community (not referring to himself) view…

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Ten Things That Caught My Eye Today — January 7, 2019 – Politics Article

1. Syria: five children killed in missile strike on displacement camp 2. Judge rules that doctors can take baby off life support against mother’s wishes 3. China tightens its grip on religion 4. Twitter: please slow down. The first rule has to be “do no harm” not “be the first.” Let’s not be used by #Iran as a tool to demoralize their opposition – especially those in #Iraq fighting against the takeover of their country. https://t.co/yl9UylpU83 — Nadine Maenza (@nadinemaenza) January…

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Fake religion from Pete Buttigieg – Politics Article

Pete Buttigieg has tried to carve out a niche among Democratic presidential hopefuls as the candidate who is comfortable talking about religion. Unfortunately, he’s only comfortable trying to use religion as a means of beating conservatives, especially religious ones, over the head. This annoying penchant was on display again in Buttigieg’s Christmas message. He tweeted: Today I join millions around the world in celebrating the arrival of divinity on earth, who came into this world not in riches but in…

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Supreme Court to decide whether Montana is required to fund religious schools – Politics Article

Justices McConnell (L), Beer (R) In January, the John Roberts-led Supreme Court will hear arguments about a now-shuttered school “choice” program in Montana. As per usual, the program was intended to siphon students and money away from public schools toward private versions: Specifically, all but one of the 13 participating private schools were explicitly religious. As explained by The New York Times, the Montana Supreme Court ruled that the state can’t keep the program because funding religious schools is explicitly barred by…

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Netflix’s ‘The Two Popes’ Review — The Movie’s Lies – Politics Article

Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce in The Two Popes (Netflix) First Things has comprehensively demolished the new Netflix movie The Two Popes, starring Anthony Hopkins as a grumpy Pope Benedict and Jonathan Pryce as a radiant Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, today known as Pope Francis. Netflix is spending huge sums trying to win Oscar nominations for the picture, which was directed by the acclaimed Brazilian Fernando Meirelles. (Netflix is spending huge sums on a lot of things this season.) If you…

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