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#454 Muslims, Quakers, Explaining Belligerency

More on Muslim Nonviolence Reader responds to last week’s issue: Barry L. Gan I saw the weekly newsletter on Muslim nonviolence and want to mention to you another resource on Muslim nonviolence, an anthology I’ve co-edited with Robert L. Holmes, Nonviolence in Theory and Practice. It has one chapter on Islam and Nonviolence, another chapter on Badshah Khan and the Khudai Khidmatgar, and a third chapter on the Druze (a religious offshoot of Islam) of the Golan Heights and their nonviolent resistance. Barry Gan & his co-edited book Being Among Friends The Quakers had a conference last weekend (March 22-24) for Friends from all over North and South America. Our member

#453 Muslim Nonviolence, Nuclear Disarmament

When the Ignorant Address Them, Answer ‘Peace’ “The servants of the Compassionate are those who walk upon the earth in humility and when the ignorant address them, answer ‘Peace’” (English translation of Qur’an 25:63). Our minds reel again with sorrow at an instance of horrific violence. At least 50 people were murdered by a man in New Zealand, and we’ll follow the suggestion of New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, to non-cooperate with his desire for fame by not giving his name. But his motivation was clearly racist, as seen by his writings. An attack on Muslims may technically seem more like religious bigotry rather than white racism – after all, the

#452 Good News from California & Ohio

Good News from U.S. States Saying “The intentional killing of another person is wrong. And, as governor, I will not oversee the execution of any individual,” recently-elected California Governor Gavin Newsom has issued an executive order declaring a moratorium on the death penalty in the state of California. While the law authorizing capital punishment can only be repealed at the ballot box, and two attempts to do so have been narrowly defeated in recent years, there won't be executions in California for a while. The governor granted reprieves to the 737 inmates on death row. This is about a quarter of all the people on death row in the U.S. Meanwhile, in Ohio the 2016 law to keep

#451 Never Look Away, Criminal Homicide

Around the Web Charles Camosy offers his opinion in “Abortion Survivors Protection Act vote shows how both parties are unserious” (February 26, 2019). He says: “Democratic Party leaders claim to stand for health care for all, especially the most vulnerable. But as with so many of their principles, things change when it comes to abortion. . . . Republicans, unfortunately, seem more intent on playing their usual politics rather than igniting a true moral revolution . . . If they had been serious about passing the bill, they would have worked with moderate Democrats to add amendments that would support women in difficult circumstances . . . Those of us who have a consistent life ethic once agai

#450 Title X, Nuke Defunding

New Title X Rule: Planned Parenthood Defunding Title X provides U.S. government funding for family planning, and was never supposed to cover abortion. Yet family-planning outfits – most notably, Planned Parenthood – have abortion so mixed into their practice that it might indirectly support abortion. A rule to fix this was proposed under President Reagan, was taken to court, and finally found constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in Rust v. Sullivan. Yuval Levin explains another attempt happened in 2006 under President George W. Bush, but “the administration also wanted to avoid alienating potential congressional allies from both parties at a particularly sensitive moment fo

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