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Death Penalty and All-White Juries | October 30, 2015 | Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly | PBS

November 4, 2015
On November 2, the Supreme Court hears arguments about race and juror selection in a Georgia death penalty case in which an African-American man was tried, convicted, and sentenced to die by an all-white jury. “What the court says about jury selection, and what it says about the reasons that prosecutors have to give for striking people of color from juries, that’s going to affect every case from now on,” says Stephen Bright, president of the Southern Center for Human Rights, who will argue the plaintiff’s case before the court.

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Mormons Say Duty to Law on Same-Sex Marriage Trumps Faith - The New York Times

November 3, 2015
DENVER — Despite its deep opposition to same-sex marriage, the Mormon Church is setting itself apart from religious conservatives who rallied behind a Kentucky county clerk, Kim Davis, who cited her religious beliefs as justification for refusing to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples.STORIES FROM OUR ADVERTISERSIn a speech this week about the boundaries between church and state, Dallin Oaks, a high-ranking apostle in the church, said that public officials like Ms. Davis, the clerk in Rowan County, Ky., had a duty to follow the law, despite their religious convictions.“...
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Migrant Crisis and Faith-Based Relief Groups | October 23, 2015 | Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly | PBS

November 3, 2015
Record numbers of Syrian, Iraqi, and North African migrants have been flooding into Europe, generating a massive humanitarian crisis. Host Bob Abernethy and managing editor Kim Lawton talk with Sean Callahan, chief operating officer of Catholic Relief Services, about how faith-based groups are trying help the refugees and what the US can do to address the crisis. Says Callahan, “What we would like to do is see, at the call of Pope Francis, that we all open our doors a little bit more, and we expedite the process. Currently for the refugees to get in it takes about 18 to 24 months...
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