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Posted inUncategorized

Video: Indefinite Isolation

Inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison in Northern California are on a hunger strike, protesting conditions in the prison’s security housing units, where hundreds of men are held in isolation, in some cases for decades. The strikers are seeking limits on isolation and an easing of restrictions. California corrections officials say the units are humane, […]

Posted inReligion

A Church Divided

Is the “practice of homosexuality” compatible with Christian teaching? That question is at the center of a debate between progressive and conservative members of the United Methodist Church, the second-largest Protestant denomination in the United States. This debate is taking place as states and the U.S. Supreme Court are considering whether same-sex marriages are constitutional. […]

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Posted inBenefits, Health Care for Veterans, Returning Home to Battle

Video: Errors at the VA

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs denied Navy veteran Hosea Roundtree’s disability benefits claim for post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, saying it could find no evidence that he was in combat. When a VA claims processor tried to intervene, she says she was forced out. Veterans’ advocates say Roundtree’s case illustrates the VA’s priorities: productivity […]

Posted inReligion

The Other Convention: A Church Votes on Gay Rights

Methodists are among the last mainline Protestant holdouts on the topic of homosexuality. Karen Oliveto, pastor of San Francisco’s Glide Memorial United Methodist Church, is bound and determined to change that at the 2012 General Conference in Tampa, Fla., just steps away from the site of the Republican National Convention. Similar to a political convention, […]