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Tuesday's News & Ideas - 11/12/2019

  • Foreign aid for religious freedom?
  • U.S. bishops led by first Hispanic
  • Philly pastor on poverty
  • Iowa Protestants on impeachment
  • Warren speaks on deportations
  • Silent grief

Trump weighs conditioning foreign aid on religious freedom
Politico: The proposed change in U.S. policy could complicate relations with countries like Egypt and India.

Los Angeles archbishop is first Hispanic man elected to lead U.S. Catholic bishops
Associated Press: Archbishop José Gómez is an immigrant from Mexico and a strong advocate of a welcoming policy towards undocumented immigrants.

Can this charismatic pastor rally Philly around its most intractable problem?
WHYY: The newish CEO of the United Way of Greater Philly and South Jersey wants to tackle Philadelphia’s staggering 25% poverty rate.

They support Trump. They want him impeached.*
The Atlantic: In 2016, 81 percent of voters in Sioux County -- including many of the area’s Dutch Reformed Christians -- chose Donald Trump, though some would feel relief if he were impeached.

At a church forum, Elizabeth Warren says she is open to suspending deportations
Religion News Service: Sen. Elizabeth Warren spoke at a campaign event held at a church that is providing sanctuary to an undocumented immigrant.

The Spark

Don’t look back
Debra Gwartney writes in The New York Times about silent grief,* “It must have been my grandfather who decided that no one should speak of the dead children.”

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