Archive for September 19th, 2017

No Muslim Ban Ever!

Posted on 19. Sep, 2017 by .

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On October 10, 2017, the Supreme Court will hear legal challenges to the Muslim and refugee bans enacted during the early days of the Trump Presidency. A coalition of faith and civil rights organizations has launched a grassroots awareness and mobilization effort to bring attention to the issue.

Please join us in saying #NoMuslimBanEver! Here are 6 things you can do today:

1. Visit www.nomuslimbanever.com to learn more about the campaign’s principles, messages, and how you can get involved.
2. Host an event in your local community to raise awareness about the Muslim and refugee bans. You can find ideas on how to organize events and key dates in our toolkit, available here. Once you have your plans in place, please register your event here to reach a wider audience.
3. Sign up here to join the 10/10 mobilization, led by MPower Change, in front of the Supreme Court.
4. Share downloadable graphics with your networks; put them up as profile pictures; and spread the word on social media.
5. Spread the word about the #NoMuslimBanEver campaign with these click to tweet messages.

6. NEW: Join a Twitter town hall on Tuesday, September 19 at 1 pm ET/10 am PT at the hashtag #NoMuslimBanEver. Discussion will be on the devastating impact of the Muslim and refugee bans, their legal failings, and how community members and allies can resist.

Together we will continue to stand up for the dignity and rights of refugees, Muslims, and others.

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Let Rev. James Martin Speak

Posted on 19. Sep, 2017 by .

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Right-wing activists opposed to Pope Francis just got Catholic University’s seminary to cancel a speech by the Rev. James Martin, a popular spiritual writer who just wrote a book standing up for gay Catholics.

Martin has been appointed to a Vatican advisory position by Pope Francis, and his new book on the LGBT community and the Catholic Church, Building a Bridge, has been praised by two cardinals and three bishops.

He was scheduled to give an unrelated talk about Jesus’ life and ministry at Theological College’s annual alumni event, but after a vicious smear campaign by some fringe websites calling him a “homosexualist,” seminary leaders decided to cancel.

The story is already making headlines, and the even the university president has distanced him from the decision.

If the cancellation stands, it will set a dangerous precedent and encourage right-wing activists to continue demonizing Martin and other Catholic leaders who are embracing Pope Francis’ vision of a more welcoming church.

Tell Catholic seminary: Let James Martin speak.

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