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US Supreme Court Denies Request for Imam's Presence During Execution

by the Web Editors 02-08-2019

Light from the setting sun shines on the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo

A Muslim man was executed in Alabama on Thursday, as originally scheduled, after the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 to allow the execution, denying his request for an imam's presence in the execution chamber.

Attorneys for Domineque Ray, 42, had argued that Alabama's execution policy favored Christian inmates because a chaplain is allowed in the room, often kneeling next to the death row prisoner, and praying with the inmate if requested.

Weekly Wrap 2.8.19: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 02-08-2019

The Catholic Right, state of the union, Sandra Cisneros, blackface, problems with “Religious Left,” and more!

Pope Francis Acknowledges Longstanding Sexual Abuse of Nuns

by the Web Editors 02-06-2019

Image via Vatican Media/­Handout via REUTERS

He pointed out that this is not a new problem, confirming that the Catholic Church knew about the abuses against nuns even if the public did not.

Weekly Wrap 2.1.19: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 02-01-2019

Polar vortex, global warming, assimilation, Kirk Franklin, women leading churches, Democratic Socialism’s biblical values, and more!

Shutdown Deal Reached to Reopen Government for Three Weeks

by the Web Editors 01-25-2019

At the end of a stormy day, the setting sun breaks through the clouds to illuminate the White House in Washington, D.C. Jan. 24, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Speaking from the White House Rose Garden on Friday, President Trump announced that a deal had been reached to temporarily end the partial government shutdown.

U.S. to Start Sending Asylum Seekers to Mexico on Friday

by the Web Editors 01-25-2019

Migrants from Central America are seen escorted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials after crossing the border from Mexico. Dec. 3, 2018. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

The U.S. government will return the first group of migrants seeking asylum in the United States to the Mexican border city of Tijuana on Friday, U.S. and Mexican officials said, marking the start of a major policy shift by the Trump administration.

The policy, dubbed the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) and first announced on Dec. 20, will return migrants, including non-Mexicans, who cross the U.S. southern border back to wait in Mexico while their asylum requests are processed in U.S. immigration courts.

Weekly Wrap 1.25.19: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 01-25-2019

Americans’ global warming concerns, Roma’s Yalitza Aparacio, clergy abuse survivors, Catholic curricula and Native Americans, sex robots, and more!

SCOTUS' Inaction on DACA Undercuts Trump's Shutdown Proposal

by the Web Editors 01-22-2019

DACA supporters hold signs during the Women's March rally in Las Vegas, Nev., Jan. 21, 2018. REUTERS/Steve Marcus/File Photo

The U.S. Supreme Court temporarily closed the door on President Donald Trump's effort to end protections for hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants with the justices again silent on Tuesday on three related appeals.

With the lower court’s ruling against the administration and the high court not yet taking action, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program remains in place for now, essentially maintaining the status quo for current DACA recipients. DACA protects about 700,000 immigrants, often called "Dreamers" based on the name of the Dream Act legislation that failed to pass Congress, from deportation and provides them work permits, though not a path to citizenship.

Weekly Wrap 1.17.19: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 01-17-2019
  1. I’ve Talked to With Teenage Boys About Sexual Assault for 20 Years. This Is What They Still Don’t Know

“They struggle in the absence of information.”

  1. The Malign Incompetence of the British Ruling Class

With Brexit, the chumocrats who drew borders from India to Ireland are getting a taste of their own medicine.

    Weekly Wrap 1.11.19: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

    by the Web Editors 01-11-2019

    Impact of the shutdown, marginal tax rates, Opus Dei, app accessibility, Cyntoia Brown’s clemency, and more!

    At Golden Globes, Regina King Challenges Industry to Hire More Women

    by the Web Editors 01-07-2019

    LOS ANGELES - AUG 09: Regina King arrives to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Annual Grants Banquet on August 9, 2018 in Hollywood, CA. Shutterstock. 

    While accepting a Golden Globe last night, actress Regina King made “a vow” to hire “50 percent women” on every project she produces in the next two years.

    Tennessee Governor Commutes the Life Sentence of Cyntoia Brown, Orders Early Release

    by the Web Editors 01-07-2019

    Image via PBS documentaryMe Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story

    Tennessee Gov, Bill Haslam commuted the sentence of Cyntoia Brown Monday morning, the Tennesean reports. Haslam has ordered Brown’s early release set for Aug. 7, after 15 years in prison. Brown is an alleged sex trafficking victim who, at age 16, killed a 43-year-old man who had picked her up and taken her to his home.

    Weekly Wrap 1.4.19: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

    by the Web Editors 01-04-2019

    1. The Border Wall Fight at the Center of the Government Shutdown, Explained

    Steel slats, concrete, walls and fences: here’s what Trump actually wants to build, and what Congress might be willing to pay for.

    2. Fashioning a New Congress: What This Freshman Class Wears to Work Matters More Than Ever

    “They are unafraid to wear their identities on their sleeves, helping to mark a striking shift in how politicians—and specifically, women in politics—have traditionally been expected to present.”

    Weekly Wrap 12.28.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

    by the Web Editors 12-28-2018

    A look back at Sojourners favorite stories in 2018, Lin-Manuel Miranda, modern parenting, and more on this week's Wrap! 

    Through Tragedy and Hope: A Sojourners Look Back at 2018's Top Stories

    by the Web Editors 12-21-2018
    1. ‘This Is Not a Crisis. This Is a Long-Term Disaster’

    This year saw many of the president’s immigration-related campaign threats come to fruition. That came to a head in the late spring and early summer of 2018 as the administration implemented a policy of separating children from their parents at the border as they arrived to claim asylum. But, as Sojourners notes here, this crisis point was just one of many ongoing eruptions at our Southern border.

    1. A Shared Theology of Sanctuary

    Amid such horrors in immigration policy, churches throughout the country stepped up in a resurgence of the 1980s-era Sanctuary Movement. In addition to accompanying immigrants to Immigration and Customs Enforcement appointments, training for interaction with ICE agents, and other active support measures, many churches — and synagogues and other houses of worship — are opening their sanctuaries to house people at risk of deportation.

    Weekly Wrap 12.21.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

    by the Web Editors 12-21-2018

    Christmas at the border, winter solstice, Mary's Magnificat, top word of 2018, and more! 

    Merriam-Webster Names 'Justice' Top Word of 2018

    by the Web Editors 12-19-2018

    “Justice” was on people’s hearts, minds, and search histories this year. The word was named Merriam-Webster’s "Word of the Year" for 2018 after being consulted by users 74 percent more than in 2017.

    Weekly Wrap 12.14.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

    by the Web Editors 12-14-2018

    1. ‘Tis the Season: Here’s How Jesus Became So Widely Accepted as White

    “White Jesus is so much more than an icon. It’s not neutral because it has been proliferated and it’s expanded in terms of its presence over centuries and it has been largely tied to what we call an imperial project. The agenda of a nation state.”

    2. Cruel Messengers: The Street Preaching Industry

    A look at the Street and Open-Air Preachers of America conference and how street preaching is an organized industry.

    Immigration Activists Call for Shutdown of Growing Child Detention Center

    by the Web Editors 12-07-2018

    The group, called Shut Tornillo Down Coalition, says that the center adds to the abuse of vulnerable children by imprisoning them and separating them from their families and causes them deep harm by compounding on already existent trauma. 

    Weekly Wrap 12.7.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

    by the Web Editors 12-07-2018

    1. VIDEO: The Church That Meets in a Parking Lot

    Every year thousands of churches shutter their doors and die. But here's one congregation that found that shutting their doors — and destroying their building — gave them a new way to survive. Watch and learn more about Los Angeles First United Methodist Church.

    2. He Built an Empire, With Detained Migrant Children as the Bricks

    The New York Times does a deep dive on the founder of Southwest Key Programs, which has collected $1.7 billion in government contracts and houses more children who have crossed the border than any other detention group in the nation.