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September, 2019

 

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Don’t Underestimate the Impact of Lowering the US Refugee Ceiling – Christianity Today

Why the recent reduction could lead more countries to follow suit—and continue to damage the church’s reputation. Source: Don’t Underestimate the Impact of Lowering the US Refugee Ceiling – Christianity Today


That’s the lowest number of admissions a president has set since the refugee resettlement program started in the 1980s.

Drop in refugee admissions met with outcry from faith-based resettlement agencies

by: Emily McFarlan Miller Sept. 27, 2019 (RNS) — The Trump administration’s announcement that it would once again slash refugee admissions to the United States to unprecedented lows was met with outcry by refugee resettlement groups — many of which are faith-based. The State Department announced Thursday (Sept. 26) that President Trump has set the number of refugees the U.S. will accept over the next year at 18,000. That’s the lowest number of admissions a president has set since the refugee resettlement program started in the 1980s. And it comesRead More


Global Christian humanitarian organization mourns the proposed Presidential Determination and urges the White House not to abandon refugees

World Relief Denounces Proposed FY2020 Refugee Cap of 18,000 

World Relief Strongly Condemns the Trump Administration

BALTIMORE, Md. – Today, the Trump administration announced its intention to set a refugee ceiling of just 18,000 for FY 2020. World Relief strongly opposes this cut to the nation’s refugee resettlement program, which would mean slashing the number of refugees allowed to the U.S. beyond the historically low ceiling set for FY 2019. In doing so, the administration betrays our national commitment to offering refuge and religious freedom to persecuted Christians and other religious minorities and it abandons individuals whose lives are at risk because of their service toRead More


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Trump Administration Drastically Cuts Number Of Refugees Allowed To Enter The U.S. – NPR

The limit of 18,000 represents the lowest number of refugees allowed into the country since the modern refugee program was established in 1980. Source: Trump Administration Drastically Cuts Number Of Refugees Allowed To Enter The U.S. – NPR


Alderman Judd Lofchie of the 10th Ward voted against the grant application.

Aurora City Council moves forward with a McCarty Park grant application, 9-1

Mary Ann Vincent speaks out about McCarty Park grant application.

AURORA, Ill., Sept. 24, 2019 — Tonight at the Aurora City Council meeting, the alderman voted 9-1 to authorize the city’s park and recreation department to apply for a $109, 000 grant from the state for McCarty Park. The city will be matching this grant. Alderman Judd Lofchie of the 10th Ward voted against the grant application. He expressed concerns about the priority of playground equipment as part of the requested park grant. Other grant funds would be used to fix and upgrade the park’s existing water spray splash. AnRead More


Kamani has a long history of misogynistic and violent statements...

Hesham Shehab: Hate Preachers Fundraised for Chicago Islamic Charity with a Dark Past

Hesham Shehab

An Islamist group hiding under a façade of charity and interfaith raised funds in the Greater Chicago area with a program featuring an imam notorious for hate speech. On September 14th, the Chicago chapter of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) Relief, hosted Mufti Hussain Kamani, co-founder of Qalam Institute at its annual fundraising dinner, held in Niles, Illinois, under the title “Creating Compassionate Communities.” Kamani has a long history of misogynistic and violent statements, including condoning wife-beating in Islam and sex slavery. During a talk on “Rights ofRead More


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Aurora council to vote on grant application for McCarty Park work – The Beacon-News

The Aurora City Council is set to vote on applying for a state grant to help with the McCarty Park renovation work. Source: Aurora council to vote on grant application for McCarty Park work – The Beacon-News


Nevertheless, the vitriol of recent months has created misunderstandings about evangelicals themselves.

Opinion: Who’s an evangelical and who gets to decide?

Donald Trump

by: Paul O’Donnell Sept. 23, 2019 (RNS) — The most often repeated story about religion and politics these days is the evangelical love affair with Donald Trump. Virtually every week we get another story of how evangelicals love President Trump, no matter what he does. Pundits likewise offer much analysis of the reasons for evangelicals’ undying fidelity. New York magazine recently averred, for instance, that evangelicals like Trump because of his “hatefulness.” The Washington Post similarly advised “white evangelicals” that it was time to “panic” because they had sold theirRead More


Relevant founder Cameron Strang announced his leave of absence...

Relevant magazine founder ‘stepping away’ from role

by: Jack Jenkins Sept. 23, 2019 (RNS) — The founder and CEO of Relevant magazine is “stepping away” from the evangelical Christian publication just days after several former staffers raised concerns about his past behavior, which they described as racially insensitive and toxic. Relevant founder Cameron Strang announced his leave of absence in a post published on the magazine’s website on Monday afternoon (Sept. 23). He did not dispute the accounts of former staffers and apologized for his past actions, which he repeatedly described as toxic. “Over the last week,Read More


That rate marked an 8 percent drop from the previous figure of 14.6 in 2014.

Abortion continues to ebb, the reasons why debated

by Tom StrodeWASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2019 (BP) — After a record low in the U.S. abortion rate, pro-life advocates and an abortion rights research organization have offered differing explanations. The Guttmacher Institute announced Wednesday (Sept. 18) the abortion rate was 13.5 abortions per 1,000 women age 15 to 44 in 2017, the latest year for which it has statistics. That rate marked an 8 percent drop from the previous figure of 14.6 in 2014. Guttmacher was a Planned Parenthood affiliate from 1977 to 2007, when the abortion rights organization beganRead More