Common Good News 12/19/16

We also want to see Republicans in particular speaking out vociferously about Steve Bannon. We need to hear people speaking out and have a moral spine about that. This is rolling back years and years and decades of civil rights history. We can’t let that happen.
— Rev. Jennifer Butler, founding CEO of Faith in Public Life, at a press conference of religious leaders opposing Donald Trump’s “cabinet of bigotry.” (News One)

A Legislative Coup in NC? Rev. William Barber on GOP Stripping Power from New Democratic Governor

By Democracy Now

Reverend Dr. William Barber, president of Repairers of the Breach and president of the North Carolina NAACP, speaks on the Republican legislature stripping power from the state’s incoming governor.   

 

Pope marks 80th birthday with charitable giving to Rome’s poor

By Elise Harris, Crux

Eight homeless people, two women and six men, were invited to have breakfast with Pope Francis on his 80th birthday at his residence in the Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse. Throughout the day birthday treats and a special Christmas gift will be given to the poor and needy in Rome to honor the occasion.

 

Religious Right criticizes Trump’s secretary of state

By Bob Allen, Baptist News Global

Conservative white evangelicals credited with helping to elect Donald Trump as president oppose his pick for secretary of state not because of his cozy ties with Russia but for his role in leading the Boy Scouts of America to drop their policy of excluding youth who are openly gay.

 

Religious Leaders Respond to Trump Appointees

By Religion & Ethics

A diverse coalition of religious groups gathered in Washington this week to deliver a petition signed by 2,500 faith leaders raising concerns about other Trump appointees. The petition called on Trump to reject bigotry and appoint more tolerant advisers.

 

Some evangelicals question whether they have overlooked the rural church

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Washington Post

Donald Trump’s victory put the spotlight on white, rural voters, many of them evangelicals, who were drawn to his “Make America Great Again” message.

 

How Democrats slowly turned their backs on rural America

By Francine Kiefer, Christian Science Monitor

Democrats largely ignored rural America in November's election – to their cost, in a few key states. But the trend had been building within Congress for six years. Now they're struggling to find a remedy.

 

Immigration lawyers see caseloads surge as anxious clients brace for Trump

By Patricia Sullivan, Washington Post

Immigration attorneys in the Washington area and across the country say they have seen a surge in calls, consultations and clients since Election Day, a growth fueled by Trump’s anti-immigrant campaign rhetoric and the across-the-board gains of Republicans with hard-line views on border issues.

 

Dylann Roof found guilty in Charleston church shooting

By Jamiles Lartey, The Guardian

A South Carolina jury has found Dylann Roof, the self-avowed white supremacist who killed nine black parishioners in a Charleston church in June 2015, guilty of all 33 federal charges he faced, including hate crimes, murder, attempted murder and obstruction of religion.

 

Support for immigrants central to Long Island parish life

By Peter Feuerherd, National Catholic Reporter

While planning last summer, parish leaders at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church didn't consider that an Advent creche proclaiming "Jesus the Global Refugee" might be controversial.

 

Catholics petition Trump to uphold climate actions

By Brian Roewe, National Catholic Reporter

A petition made public Thursday seeks thousands of Catholics to urge Donald Trump “to take swift and meaningful action” as president on climate change, primarily through honoring commitments and pledges enacted under his predecessor.