What I Wrote This Week @UrbanFaith: Feb. 20-25

Hitchhiker, NYC

  • NYC Churches Win Reprieve: In ruling that New York City congregations can continue meeting in public schools, judge says losing the right to freely exercise religious beliefs is a greater threat to democracy than a ‘misperceived’ violation of the Establishment Clause.
  • Defending President Obama’s Faith: Renewed questions about President Obama’s Christian faith inspire a group of influential leaders to defend him.
  • Democracy Usurped in Benton Harbor: A state-appointed emergency financial manager is singlehandedly running Benton Harbor, Michigan, and some say it’s an affront to democracy in the largely African American city. We gathered local voices to find out what’s really happening.
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