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Catholics, Immigration, and Deportation | April 15, 2016 | Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly | PBS

“One of our great strengths is to make visible in appropriate ways the migrant men, women, and children we serve,” says Rev. Sean Carroll, SJ, executive director of the Kino Border Initiative, a Catholic ministry in Mexico and the US. “The more visible they become, even to our political leaders, I think that will change their minds and hearts and help them find the political will to pass immigration reform that’s just and humane.” More →

Source: Catholics, Immigration, and Deportation | April 15, 2016 | Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly | PBS

Supreme Court Contraception Mandate | March 25, 2016 | Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly | PBS

“We Little Sisters of the Poor are a group of women who made religious vows to God. Now we find ourselves in a situation where the government is requiring us to make changes in our religious health care plan to include services that really violate our deepest held religious beliefs as Little Sisters,” says Sister Loraine Marie Maguire, Mother Provincial of the Little Sisters of the Poor. But Gretchen Borchelt, vice president for reproductive rights and health at the National Women’s Law Center, says, “Women deserve insurance coverage for birth control  no matter  where they work.” More →

Source: Supreme Court Contraception Mandate | March 25, 2016 | Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly | PBS

Sikh Bus Driver Assault Case Continues

Washington : Jan 14, 2016 -A Sikh bus driver in Los Angeles was brutally assaulted and called a terrorist and a suicide bomber, the victim’s representatives said on Wednesday over two months after the incident was reported to the police.The Sikh Coalition group, is representing the victim Balwinder Jit Singh, who worked as a bus driver for 17 years. While he was being beaten by a passenger on November 6, Singh kept his foot on the brake of his bus to ensure the safety of the pedestrians and passengers.The assault left Singh in the hospital with a black eye, swollen and bruised face and jaw, and infection in his eye.“Two months later, he continues to suffer from blurred vision and pain,” the Sikh Coalition said. Singh, who is on the board of a recently-vandalised gurdwara in Buena Park, has retained the Sikh Coalition to represent him in this ongoing criminal investigation.Although he immediately reported the incident to the police, he delayed going public because he didn’t know how to do so until he contacted the Sikh Coalition.“I know that sharing my story sheds further light on the bigotry and hatred faced by communities across the nation. These crimes cannot be tolerated,” he said in a statement issued through Sikh Coalition. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office, the individual responsible is currently in custody with the Los Angeles police department in a different criminal case.Police say the suspect potentially faces only misdemeanour assault charges for attacking Singh. “These charges fail to capture the violent nature of the attack, and the anti-Sikh bias that precipitated it,” the statement said adding that the Sikh Coalition’s legal team is working with the local sheriff’s department and the FBI to push for a hate crime investigation and prosecution.“In the face of hateful rhetoric and the current climate of fear, we must ensure that all bias-based incidents are thoroughly investigated and the perpetrators brought to justice,” said the Sikh Coalition’s senior staff attorney Gurjot Kaur.“We cannot fight hate if law enforcement agencies ignore or fail to recognise hate crimes,” she added.

Source: Sikh Bus Driver Assault Case Continues | SikhNet