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As a Long Race Beckons, Tuesday Winners Trump and Sanders Face Challenges

posted on February 10, 2016

The Los Angeles Times‘ Cathleen Decker reports Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have tough challenges ahead as the presidential race widens. Trump and Sanders, who are considered the anti-establishment candidates in their respective parties, face a changing electorate and will have to translate their regional populist message into a national platform. “After a riotous eight days that ended with the first successful Democratic insurgent win here since 1984 and the first Republican win ever by a TV host and real estate entrepreneur, the races now diverge,” writes Decker. “Tuesday marked the end of regional contests and the beginning of a national campaign, with all the financial and logistical demands that entails.”

Read at The Los Angeles Times

Sikh Actor Waris Ahluwalia: Education Must Follow Apology Over Turban Incident

posted on February 10, 2016

Darius Johnson and Catherine E. Shoichet of CNN report that Sikh actor Waris Ahluwalia has called for an end to discriminatory policies after he was prevented from boarding his flight due to the turban he wears for religious reasons. Although Aeromexico offered him an apology and eventually allowed him to board the plane, Ahluwalia wants the airline to take steps to ensure that its employees are aware of religious attire during the security screening process. “Really, this is about education, about education of the Sikh religion, but also of other religions, and this is not just about me or Sikhs,” he said.

Read at CNN

Pregnancy Clinics Fight for Right to Deny Abortion Information

posted on February 10, 2016

The New York Times‘ Erik Eckholm reports that pregnancy clinics backed by religious supporters are fighting for the right not to provide abortion information to patients. Activists have rallied against a California law requiring all clinics to inform patients of low-cost abortion options, which they argue violates their freedom of speech. “I don’t want to put up a sign telling you where you can go for an abortion,” said Josh McClure, executive director of East County Pregnancy Care Clinic near San Diego. “The sign is not up here now because it’s unconstitutional.”

Read at The New York Times

Why Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Deserve the Black Vote

posted on February 10, 2016

At The Nation, Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, writes that Hillary Clinton does not deserve the black vote. She argues against President Bill Clinton’s policies in office that harmed black communities, which she says Hillary Clinton has not sufficiently addressed. Alexander writes, “Clinton mastered the art of sending mixed cultural messages, appealing to African Americans by belting out ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ in black churches, while at the same time signaling to poor and working-class whites that he was willing to be tougher on black communities than Republicans had been.”

Read at The Nation

Questions Linger after Tenured Wheaton College Professor Agrees to Leave

posted on February 9, 2016

Elizabeth Dias of TIME reports that questions remain over Wheaton College’s handling of the Larycia Hawkins case, even after the tenured professor and school agreed to part ways by mutual consent. Hawkins, who came under fire for posting on social media that Christians and Muslims worship the same God, received support from her fellow faculty members. “We are left wondering why the president’s reconciliation with Dr. Hawkins does not include her remaining on our faculty,” said Gary Burge, professor of the New Testament. “Was this ‘reconciliation’ predicated on her willingness to leave? And we wonder: what is the relationship between reconciliation and restoration?”

Read at TIME

A Year After Slayings of Muslims, Community Seeks Dialogue, Harmony

posted on February 9, 2016

The Charlotte Observer’s Martha Quillan reports that North Carolina Muslim and community leaders are still seeking productive dialogue, as the first anniversary of the murder of three Muslim students approaches on Wednesday. Given the rise of extremist groups abroad, leaders are concerned about a lack of understanding and communication. “There is so much rhetoric, fencing with words,” said Farris Barakat, brother of one of the victims. “There should be so much more that we agree on.”

Read at The Charlotte Observer

Fallout From Grand Jury Decision Energizes Abortion Rights Opponents

posted on February 9, 2016

At NPR, Wade Goodwyn reports that anti-abortion activists are galvanized
after the recent Houston grand jury decision to indict David Daleiden. Daleiden, who allegedly took incriminating videos of Planned Parenthood staff, is facing charges of tampering with government evidence. “The only thing we’re going to accept right now is an apology,” said Terry Yates, Daleiden’s lawyer.

Read at NPR

President Obama: Religious Freedom Keeps Us Strong

posted on February 8, 2016

At Religion News Service, Barack Obama writes on his visit to the Islamic Society of Baltimore, his first visit to a mosque as President. Obama writes, “I want every Muslim American who may be wondering where they fit in to know that you’re right where you belong — because you’re part of America, too. You are not Muslim or American. You are Muslim and American. And I want all Americans to know that across our country and around the world, Muslim communities are standing up for peace and understanding as well.”

Read at Religion News Service

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