Common Good News 12/1/16

I will continue to be very active, and Michelle is going to continue to be very active – and [on] the very thing that brought us here, which is our belief that when you work with people on the ground at a grassroots level, change happens.
— President Barack Obama on his post-presidency plans. (Rolling Stone)

An open letter to white Christians who voted for Donald Trump

By John Gehring, National Catholic Reporter

How do you begin a letter when you are angry, astonished and full of shame? I can only speak plainly to you. Now isn't a time to go silent or tiptoe around the sharp edges. My hope is you will hear my pain and rage, and that I have a big enough heart to listen to you.

 

Over 1500 faith leaders urge Republican lawmakers to reject Trump's 'Cabinet of Bigotry'

By Episcopal News Service

Prominent Catholic, Protestant, Sikh, Muslim and Jewish faith leaders have endorsed a national petition stating that white supremacy has no place in the West Wing or any other rung of leadership.

 

Trump advisers: The faith factor

By Emily McFarlan Miller, Kimberly Winston, Religion News Service

Many of Trump's appointments so far are people of faith; some are supported or opposed by different faith groups; others have made public statements or taken actions regarding different faith groups.

 

On eve of Trump presidency, Supreme Court takes up key immigration case

By Henry Gass, Christian Science Monitor

Immigrants fighting deportation can be detained for more than a year without a judge's approval. The Supreme Court will consider if that is constitutional at a time when Donald Trump could increase deportations.

 

The moment the Church has been working for

By Amy Butler, Baptist News Global

Don’t forget that the election is over now, and the separation of church and state does not limit the ability of religious institutions or leaders to critique the state or the people who occupy positions of leadership in government.

 

Civil rights group documents nearly 900 hate incidents after presidential election

By Moriah Balingit, Washington Post

The Southern Poverty Law Center documented 867 “hate incidents” in the 10 days after Donald Trump was elected president, more than 300 of which included direct references to the president-elect or his campaign rhetoric.

 

Justices Hear Texas Death Penalty Case Involving Intellectual Disability

By Adam Liptak, New York Times

The Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared skeptical of the way Texas decides who must be spared the death penalty on account of intellectual disability, with several justices indicating that the state’s standards were either too strict or too arbitrary.

 

Trump inspiring more churches to enter sanctuary movement

By Jeff Brumley, Baptist News Global

National and media outlets are reporting a growing movement of congregations, churches and synagogues, which are providing refuge for immigrants facing immediate deportation.

 

The Evangelicalism of Old White Men Is Dead

By Tony Campolo and Shane Claiborne, New York Times

As the election retreats like a hurricane heading back out to sea, first responders are assessing the damage left in its wake. One casualty is the reputation of evangelicalism.

 

Why White Evangelicals Are Feeling Hopeful About Trump

By Emma Green, The Atlantic

They’re worried about poverty, hunger, drug addiction, and the “softness” of the country. And they’ve got high expectations for their president.


Deep Dive of the Week

Nearly One in Five Female Clinton Voters Say Husband or Partner Didn’t Vote

By Public Religion Research Institute

A new PRRI/The Atlantic survey released today casts new light on the challenges Hillary Clinton faced in motivating her supporters in the final weeks of the election. While roughly two-thirds (66 percent) of women who voted for Clinton report their husband or partner also voted for Clinton, nearly one in five (19 percent) report that their husband or partner did not vote at all in the 2016 election.