Sep 01 2015

Newsflash: Kentucky Clerk Defies SCOTUS, Pope Says OK to Forgive Abortions for 1 Yr, Cops Blame Black Lives Matter for Police Murders

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Uprising’s guest expert Robert Jensen, author and a professor of journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, analyzes today’s news headlines:

Kim Davis, a clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky, has refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples in defiance of the US Supreme Court. The court ruled early this morning that she had no legal standing to refuse licenses. In fact, the day after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay marriage this summer, Ms. Davis began refusing to issue any licenses claiming her religious faith was being violated. Among the couples who tried repeatedly to get a license issued and were denied, was David Moore and his fiancé David Ermold. The two have refused to leave the court house until they can get a license to marry. It remains to be seen what action will now be taken against Ms. Davis.Click here for a New York Times article about the story.

Pope Francis has said that women who have had abortions and show contrition can be forgiven by the Catholic church. The Pope will grant that right to priests starting in December but it will only be valid for a year, the so-called Holy Year of Mercy. Traditionally, women who have abortions can be excommunicated from the Catholic church. However, most Catholics support both abortion and birth control. A global poll conducted last year found that 65% of Catholics worldwide support the right to an abortion, and 78 percent support contraception. Catholic women are even more likely to get abortions than non-Catholics. In a statement issued today, the Vatican said, “Forgiveness of the sin of abortion does not condone abortion nor minimize its grave effects…The newness is clearly Pope Francis’ pastoral approach. Many bishops have granted priests permission to forgive the sin. The fact that this statement is coming from the Pope and in such a moving, pastoral way, is more evidence of the great pastoral approach and concern of Pope Francis.” Click here for a USA Today article about the story.

Tensions remain high in Houston, Texas after the killing of a white police officer named Darren Goforth. Thirty year old African American suspect Shannon J. Miles appeared in court today accused of the execution-style murder. Harris County sheriff Ron Hickman said at a press conference, “We’ve heard black lives matter; all lives matter. Well, cops’ lives matter too…At any point where the rhetoric ramps up to the point where calculated cold-blooded assassination of police officers happens this rhetoric has gotten out of control.” In Minnesota there has been a similar push back from police over the Black Lives Matter slogan after hundreds of activists marched at the state fair carrying banners and criticizing the police. Police in the Twin Cities have been involved in a number of shootings of unarmed African Americans. BLM organizer Rashad Turner told the press, “we want police officers to face the same treatment that we face as civilians for killing officers.” Meanwhile in Pasadena, California, this week, Black Lives Matter organizers are reporting that Pasadena police arrested a 10-year old activist named DeMarcus Fairley during a protest. We’ll report more on that story as details emerge. Click here for an Independent article, and here for a TwinCities.com article about the stories.

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