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Ten reasons why Alabama immigration law is unjust, unconstitutional


The state of Alabama has passed a draconian and unjust immigration law, HB 56, that goes even beyond Arizona’s notorious HB 1070, which a federal court has ruled for the most part unconstitutional.

Alabama joins several other states such as Georgia that have also recently passed anti-immigrant laws aimed at undocumented workers and their families. But, at the moment, the Alabama law surpasses all of these others in its viciousness and callous disregard not only for constitutional rights but human rights and a sense of human justice.

The Constitution? I can just hear my right-wing critics raising their blood pressure. Yes, the Constitution! The Constitution protects not only the rights of U.S. citizens but also all “persons” living within the country, even the undocumented.

Here are some of the key provisions of the Alabama law and some of the problems with them.

    On this day: Ulysses


    On this day in 1904, Leopold Bloom, the main character in James Joyce's Ulysses, made his way around Dublin. The entire novel takes place on June 16th. Bloomsday!

    A new adaptation of Ulysses, "a serialized electronic comic book", called Ulysses Seen, is being written by Robert Berry. Two Episodes are complete: "Telemachus", in which we meet Buck Mulligan and Stephen Dedalus, and "Calypso", in which we meet Bloom. Explore the web site by clicking tabs at the top and sides. Ulysses in Five Minutes is great.

    Morning Briefing


    Bellevue, Wash. Catholic bishops defend policy on sex abuse

    The Cahollic University of America Will Catholic’s single-sex dorm experiment work?

    St. Louis, Mo. Catholic charity says 'no' to Hooters fundraiser, Cancels after complaints that image of scantily clad waitresses not in keeping with faith

    Catholic Diocese of Cleveland kicks off $125 million capital campaign

    Montgomery County, Md. Over objections, state will lease land to Catholic hospital, Panel approves deal despite outcry from women's groups

    Koreans resume hunger strikes opposing proposed naval base


    The gutsy and persistent campaign to oppose the construction of a South Korean naval base on Jeju Island continues.

    Bruce Gagnon reports that Professor Yang Yoon-Mo, former chair of the South Korean Film Critics Association, and Sung-Hee Choi, a member of the Korean peace organization SPARK, have resumed their hunger strike in protest of the base.

    Gagnon, a Maine-base peace activist and founder of Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, has been chronicling the Jeju campaign on his blog,

    In a June 3 article for NCR I reported that Yoon-Mo concluded a 57-day hunger strike after his release from jail on June 1. But he and Choi, who was arrested during an anti-base protest and is still in jail, are now fasting again, says MacGregor Eddy, a Californian activist who is participating in the demonstrations at Gangjeong Village, site of the planned naval base.

    Doctrine committee has Johnson's letter, will respond


    BELLEVUE, WASH. -- The U.S. bishops’ committee on doctrine will respond soon by letter to theologian Sr. Elizabeth Johnson whose 2007 book, Quest for the Living God: Mapping Frontiers in the Theology of God, was severely criticized by the group, according to the executive director of the bishops’ Secretariat for Doctrine.

    Rep. King examines terrorist \"recruitment\" in prisons


    From NPR:

    The House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing Wednesday that looks at terrorist recruitment inside the walls of American jails and prisons. The last time New York Congressman Peter King (R) examined radicalization among Muslims, he generated a huge backlash from religious and civil rights groups.

    But people who study prisons said the number of criminals who turn to extremism behind bars is small but worrisome. And they all point to the same case to open the conversation.


    "Prisoners in jail often are looking for a new alternative, and being converted to Islam, there's absolutely nothing wrong with that," King says. "In fact in many cases it's ideal for prisoners. This is the religion they've been looking for."

    In fact, prison authorities say Islam, the fastest growing religion inside prison, has a positive effect on inmates' behavior. Experts who track extremism said they aren't talking about the kind of Islam that most people, including most prisoners, follow.

    Reflections after the American Catholic Council meeting


    I’m a veteran of conferences on church reform. I started out at the first Women’s Ordination Conference in 1975, attended the original Call to Action (the one the U.S. Bishops called in 1976) and participated in numerous Call to Action and Women’s Conferences since then. I’ve even attended a couple in Europe, including the 8th of May Movement in the Netherlands.

    So, the American Catholic Council meeting in Detroit this past weekend (June 10-12) was of great interest to me. I was especially interested in signs of change and maturing in the movement. Here’s what I sensed and observed:

    1. The issue of women’s ordination, and gender equality generally, has risen to a new level of prominence on the roster of reform. It is at the top of many reformers’ lists -- men as well as women. It’s clear as never before: the denial of women’s equality just makes no sense to most Catholics anymore, especially these Catholics.

    Asian bishops acknowledge global sex abuse problem


    In response to the Vatican’s May 16th request that all bishops to formulate policies on the sexual abuse of minors, the Federation of Roman Catholic Asian Bishops’ Conference will host a 6-day seminar in Bangkok on “The Impact of Pedophilia.”

    Msgr. Charles Scicluna, a official at the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith and the Vatican’s chief sexual abuse prosecutor, will join the bishop in creating new, specific guidelines.

    Hisashi Yukimoto of Religion News Service reports (See Asian bishops say abuse isn't just 'a problem of the West') that many Asian bishops have admitted to an increase in “letters from different quarters of the church that pedophilia has already become a considerably serious problem in Asia.”

    An announcement on the Federation’s website is remarkably candid:

    “Let us not be complacent that pedophilia is a problem of the West or the other continents of the world; it is equally prevalent in many countries of Asia.”


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