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  • Death_penalty
    In a remarkable story on the journey from grief to forgiveness, Bill Pelke joins us along with renowned activist and "Dead Man Walking" author Sister Helen Prejean to discuss the latest victory for the movement against the death penalty. On Monday, the state of Indiana freed Paula Cooper, the Indiana woman convicted for the 1985 murder of Pelke’s grandmother, elderly Bible school teacher Ruth Pelke, in Gary, Indiana. At the time,...
    Jun 19, 2013 | Story
  • Ginrich
    On Sunday, former House speaker and former 2012 Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich called President Obama "the most extreme pro-abortion president in U.S. history." Earlier in the day, Democracy Now!'s Deena Guzder and Amy Littlefield caught up with Gingrich at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Tampa, where he attended Sunday mass. They asked Gingrich about his recent comments calling Obama a "food stamp president."...
    Aug 27, 2012 | Story
  • Michelle_goldberg-2
    Republicans are mounting increasing pressure on Missouri Rep. Todd Akin to end his bid to unseat Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill after he claimed that women’s bodies can prevent pregnancies in cases of what he called "legitimate rape," a comment he later apologized for. The controversy is spilling in the presidential race due to Akin’s close ties to Mitt Romney’s running mate, Paul Ryan. In 2011, Ryan and Akin co-sponsored...
    Aug 21, 2012 | Story
  • Pussy_riot_trial
    Three members of the feminist punk group Pussy Riot have been sentenced to two years in prison for staging an anti-Putin protest inside a Russian church. On February 21, several members of Pussy Riot rushed before the altar of Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour where they danced, genuflected and issued a "punk prayer," exhorting the Virgin Mary to "get Putin out." Three group members have been behind bars for five months,...
    Aug 17, 2012 | Story
  • Simranjeetsingh
    As memorials are held to remember the Sikh worshipers shot dead at a Wisconsin temple,
    we’re joined by Simran Jeet Singh, a Sikh community activist and doctoral candidate in religion at Columbia University. In response to Sunday’s shooting, he posted a commentary called, "As a Sikh-American I Refuse to Live in Fear and Negativity." Singh writes: "Although it will be important to understand what motivated the violence,...
    Aug 07, 2012 | Story
  • Vatican
    The Vatican has reprimanded the largest group of Catholic nuns in the United States, saying they have focused too heavily on issues of social justice, while failing to speak out enough on "issues of crucial importance," such as abortion and same-sex marriage. In a report issued last week, church leaders accused the nuns of promoting "radical feminist" ideas and challenging key teachings on homosexuality and male-only priesthood....
    Apr 27, 2012 | Story
  • Splash_image20120208-31667-v8vqfs-0
    Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum has surged in the Republican presidential contest with wins in the Minnesota and Colorado caucuses, as well as a nonbinding primary in Missouri. Santorum’s win appears to have been fueled by evangelical voters, emboldening his claim to be the "true conservative" in the Republican race. The contests in Minnesota, Colorado and Missouri notably differed from earlier states in the absence of...
    Feb 08, 2012 | Story
  • Jihad-button
    Representatives from the New York City Muslim community, together with local ethnic and interfaith groups, gathered at City Hall Thursday calling for the resignation of New York City Police Department Commissioner Raymond Kelly and police spokesperson Paul Browne after it was revealed an anti-Muslim film, "The Third Jihad," was screened to nearly 1,500 officers during training. After initial denials, the NYPD admitted the officers were...
    Jan 27, 2012 | Story