(RNS) A coalition of 125 religious, civil rights, and community-based organizations sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice Thursday urging a civil rights investigation into a New York City Police Department program that spies on Muslims.
Articles tagged “civil rights”
(RNS) We’ve marched too long, prayed too hard, wept too bitterly, bled too profusely and died too young to let anybody turn back the clock on our journey to justice.
(RNS) On the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, scholars say it would be a mistake to celebrate King’s “I Have a Dream” speech without also acknowledging its profound criticism of American values.
(RNS) Through passionate pulpit sermons, religious leaders helped bring busloads to Washington. Fifty years later, organizers are again turning to churches to help mark the anniversary of the march.
(RNS) Part of the problem lies with with the lunatic — and, I would argue, racist — manner in which the Florida legislature has defined self-defense. You can start a fight for any reason, and if you begin to lose the altercation, and feel you are about to suffer grave body harm, you can kill the other person with totally immunity.
The civil rights movement was both “the work of the Lord and the work of freedom,” says author Taylor Branch. “It took redemption, and it took faith and tenacity, not just an empty, simple hope.”
(RNS) A Southern Baptist who drank moonshine with the Catholic nuns he counted as his friends, Campbell was an equal-opportunity critic, castigating liberals as well as conservatives in his writing, preaching and storytelling.
(RNS) Atheists, humanists and agnostics say Robert Ingersoll’s thoughts on civil rights and church-state separation are as relevant today as they were in the late 19th century.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) In May 1963, thousands of Birmingham school children faced police dogs, fire hoses and possible arrest to demonstrate against segregation. Now, 50 years later, those who were part of what became known as “the Children’s March” say they don’t want their story to be forgotten.
(RNS) A presidential inauguration is by tradition the grandest ritual of America’s civil religion, but President Obama took the oath of office on Monday (Jan. 21) in a ceremony that was explicit in joining theology to the nation’s destiny and setting out a biblical vision of equality that includes race, gender, class, and, most controversially, sexual orientation.