By Steve Ahlquist on September 28, 2016
Tobin doesn’t defend the church’s position of intolerance to homosexuality but instead seeks to demonstrate that Pope Francis can not be differentiated from the church’s anti-gay agenda.
By Steve Ahlquist on September 27, 2016
“The time, however, has come for me to speak out about the Catholic Church’s flawed view of gay marriage. The Church persists in placing ‘form over substance,” said Senator Donna Nesselbush, “I always say, we Christians should worry more about the quality of our love, rather than the gender of the person we love.”
By Peter Nightingale on January 7, 2016
“During the last two days activists filed rebuttals with the Energy Facility Siting Board as they contest Invenergy’s attempt to suppress public input on its proposal to build a fracked-gas power plant proposal.”
Posted in Activism, Business, Class Warfare, Climate, Economics, Featured, Occupy, Religion | Tagged Clean Air Act, Clear River Energy Center, EFSB, Energy Facility Siting Board, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, Fossil Free Rhode Island, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, Mary Pendergast, Occupy Providence, pope francis | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 29, 2015
Hilariously, one of the Parties that Invenergy claims will represent the interests of Occupy Providence, Fossil Free RI and RIPDA is National Grid, a company with a history of disregarding the concerns of Rhode Islanders and the environment in its endless craving for corporate profits.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, National News, News, Rhode Island | Tagged BASE, Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion, Burrillville Land Trust, Clear River Energy Center, CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, CREC, fang, Fighting Against Natural Gas, fossil free ri, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, Josh Block, Kathy Sherman, Mary Pendergast, Michael Wood, national grid, Occupy Providence, pope francis, Progressive Democrats of Rhode Island, RIPDA | 8 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on December 15, 2015
Sister Mary Pendergast wrote, “A culture of care is part of my spirituality: care of Earth, and care of people who are poor. Pope Francis has called us all to an ecological conversion and he said it is essential and not an option. He asks for a revolution of Mercy as well as a bold, cultural revolution.”
Posted in Activism, Climate, Energy, Featured, National News, News, Rhode Island | Tagged BASE, burrillville, fang, lauren niedel, Mary Pendergast, Naomi Klein, pope francis, Sally Mendzela, Spectra Energy | 1 Response
By Rodrigo Pimentel on October 9, 2015
“If you follow the economic discussion in Rhode Island,” continued Nightingale, “all you hear people say is ‘all we need is more jobs, more jobs’ – but when you scrape away the rhetoric, a lot of people of color and poor minorities are being divided among themselves… the elites never mention that it’s all about their profits, about busting unions, about exploiting people – and this is one of the problems we have to deal with.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Education, Energy, Featured, International News, Labor, National News, News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Environmental Protection Agency, fang, Fossil Free Rhode Island, Gina Raimondo, national grid, Peter Nightingale, pope francis, Sheldon Whitehouse, university of rhode island | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 7, 2015
The eBible Fellowship had previously predicted the world would end in May, but this time, Chris McCann, the founder of the fellowship, assures us all that the world will be “Annihilated” and that today is the day.
By Steve Ahlquist on September 30, 2015
“I fear that this meeting and claims that the Pope told Ms. Davis to ‘stand strong’ will embolden the many US bishops and others who continue to try to turn back support for LGBT people,” said DignityUSA Executive Director Marianne Duddy-Burke.
By Steve Ahlquist on September 28, 2015
“In this history of the United States, a moral critique has been always been at the center of any challenge to the structural sins of society—slavery, the denial of women’s rights, the denial of labor rights, the denial of equal protection under the law, the denial of voting rights, and the promulgation of unchecked militarism. We have never overcome any of these evils without a moral critique that challenged their grip on the heart and imagination of our society.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Criminal Justice, Economics, Energy, Events, Featured, History, Immigration, International News, Labor, National News, News, Photos, Poverty, Race & Racism, Religion, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged pope francis, Washington DC | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 26, 2015
Four people spoke on trans and intersex gender identities from a Catholic perspective at the Arch Street United Methodist Church across the street from the World Conference of Families in Philadelphia. The event was originally scheduled to take place at the St. John the Evangelist parish, but according to organizers was, “evicted from the space by Archbishop Charles Chaput of the Philadephia Archdiocese.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Education, Events, Featured, International News, LGBTQ, National News, News, People, Religion, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island | Tagged New Ways Ministry, Nicole Santamaria, pope francis, TRANS*, World Conference of Families | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on September 25, 2015
Two women not allowed to speak at the United Nations held a forum on global women labor rights while Pope Francis addressed the General Assembly in New York City. Why are their voices marginalized?
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Education, Events, Featured, Health Care, Immigration, International News, Labor, National News, News, Poverty, Race & Racism, Reproductive Rights, Women | Tagged amnesty international, pope francis, united nations, walmart | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 24, 2015
People got angry. The situation became tense. And though I don’t want to sound like I’m writing clickbait, what happened next amazed me.
By Steve Ahlquist on September 23, 2015
Seven people, including four women who identify as Roman Catholic priests, were arrested Wednesday afternoon as Pope Francis performed mass inside St. Matthew’s Cathedral on Rhode island avenue in Washington DC. The protesters, representing The Women’s Ordination Conference and Roman Catholic Women Priests, had arrived before sunrise to stake out a location outside St. Matthew’s, only to be moved by police to the end of the street before the Pope arrived. As a result, it is doubtful that the Pope saw the protesters.
By Steve Ahlquist on September 23, 2015
The entire area has taken on a carnival-like atmosphere. But the true believers, the people most into seeing the Pope, are behind the gates now. Only stragglers remain. I lose track of Maria. She probably had to go to work. But I hope she’s still in the crowd somewhere, because suddenly everyone is cheering, and the Pope’s motorcade is rumbling by…
By Andrew Stewart on September 23, 2015
A small group of protestors from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds repeated their opposition to the proposed methane gas power plant in Burrillville. Simultaneous with this event, Governor Raimondo welcomed the Prime Minister of Cape Verde, José Maria Pereira Neves. Among the protesters was Randall Rose of Occupy Providence, Dr. Peter Nightingale of the University of […]
Posted in Activism, Climate, Energy, Featured, Politics | Tagged Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion, Cape Verde, Gina Raimondo, pope francis, Randall Rose, Robert Malin, Spectra Energy, Spectra Energy Compressor Station, spectra pipeline | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 23, 2015
The suit Dr. Jason Heap filed states that Heap’s “qualifications and experience far exceed the standards articulated by the Navy for accepting applicants [for military chaplaincies]… The Navy denied his application because of his Humanist beliefs.” According to the lawsuit, the Navy “does not consider Humanism to be a religion.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Defense, Featured, International News, National News, News, Providence, Religion, Rhode Island | Tagged Humanists of Rhode Island, Jason Heap, pope francis, RICoR, Roger Williams, The Bloudy Tenet of Persecution, US Navy | 5 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 16, 2015
Since Pope Francis isn’t coming to Rhode Island, RI Future is going to the Pope. To do that, we’re running a GoFundMe campaign to secure the $1000 I’ll need to cover train travel, food, lodging and other expenses. Over the course of five days, from September 23-27, I’ll be in Washington DC, New York City and Philadelphia, covering the Pope’s visit in my unique way.
By Steve Ahlquist on November 13, 2014
Tobin explained that his outspoken statements are “an expression of my own style. I don’t use a lot of filters. I just try to speak candidly and openly and personally, but hopefully never in a way that’s offensive.”
By Bob Plain on November 27, 2013
Earlier today I made the point that the Pope is a progressive. On NBC 10 Wingmen this week, Justin Katz doesn’t disagree. Instead the devout Catholic blogger says the Pope is wrong! “I’m saying that’s a potential error on his part, that he’s misunderstanding how the economy functions as a practical matter. Which you’re allowed […]