By Andy Brookshire The official Twitter account of the Arizona Republican Party tweeted on Aug. 9, “The border is wide open, and our towns are being overrun by migrants.” U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn tweeted on Aug. 4, “The Democrats have abandoned our border security.” A quick search for the #BidenBorderCrisis hashtag reveals dozens of equally histrionic pronouncements. So what exactly has President Joe Biden done with respect to immigration, and how has it changed the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border?
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Our third monthly newsletter from Faith Commons is not issue-based this month, but a word of comfort and preparation for dark days ahead. August in Texas. A bittersweet time, as the easier pace of summer gives way to fall’s flurry of activity. The Jewish High Holy Days come early this year, so the month of preparation that precedes the ten days of internal reckoning has begun, and with it a question that anyone of any faith might ask; “What
Our second monthly newsletter from Faith Commons is about Critical Race Theory: In our monthly newsletter, Faith Commons seeks to break down barriers of communication we may put up when we hear language we don't fully understand. Sometimes terminology can obfuscate or misrepresent the intention of the person using it. We want to practice listening and understanding with compassion so that language becomes a tool for understanding rather than division. Last month, we broached the subject of polarization with regard
Our first monthly newsletter from Faith Commons is about the Israel/Palestine conflict: This monthly newsletter will introduce you to stories, language and strategies that may feel unfamiliar, uncomfortable, and even at times threatening. Our goal is to build our muscle for thoughtful, nuanced conversations that dig beneath the surface of habitual assumptions and reactions. We want to create a space where relationships rather than slogans inform our thinking. At a time when polarization threatens to reduce every position to “acceptable” or “unacceptable,”
By George Mason Speech to the Texas Legislative Black Caucus March 29, 2021 Introductory Words Many thanks for the invitation to speak to you. I imagine this is an unusual thing for a white Baptist pastor to offer words of challenge to Black legislators. I want to thank my friend and fellow minister, Rep. Carl Sherman, for the trust this invitation represents. And it’s a double honor to be joined in this effort by my friend and colleague in
The Pastoral Reflections Institute recently published a video conversation between Monseigneur Don Fischer and Reverend George Mason. The two clergy were both featured for many years on Sunday mornings on WFAA. They discuss theology, ministry and a Holy Week theme of "Dying to Self." View the video here.
Press coverage on the letter (shown below) that Faith Commons circulated to faith leaders in Texas and sent to the governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general: A story on KERA, Texas Public Radio https://foxsanantonio.com/news/local/we-are-dismayed-faith-leaders-call-on-leaders-to-reject-trumps-visit-to-texas https://dallasvoice.com/faith-leaders-call-on-state-leaders-to-reject-trumps-visit-to-the-border/ https://spectrumnews1.com/oh/toledo/news/2021/01/12/president-trump-to-break-silence-during-visit-to-texas-border-wall To: Governor Greg Abbott Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick Attorney General Ken Paxton January 11, 2021 As faith leaders in Texas we are dismayed by your failure to object to President Donald Trump’s visit this week, where he will speak in public for
By Imam Dr. Omar Suleiman The story of Moses (peace be upon him) is the most frequently narrated story in the Quran. We learn about his birth, his escape from Egypt as a fugitive, his unlikely return to the palace of the Pharaoh, his dueling with the magicians, the ten plagues, the exodus, his receiving the commandments, his 40 years in the wilderness and more. But the story of Moses in the Quran is also deeply personal, giving us insight
By Rabbi Nancy Kasten The combination of two recent Supreme Court rulings—one allowing public funds to be allocated to parochial schools and the other shielding religious institutions from anti-discrimination laws—indicates the growing impact of a religious ideology that is neither democratic nor inclusive. To be sure, SCOTUS recently made decisions protecting LGBTQ workers and access to abortion, disappointing many religious conservatives. Nonetheless, the wall of separation between church and state is tumbling down as over two hundred federal judges appointed by the Trump administration prescribe and circumscribe religious
By George Mason In this time of highly contagious coronavirus, should schools reopen on time, after a short delay, online only or a combination of in-person and online learning? Maybe you are a two-parent household without immunocompromised members. Maybe you have high-speed internet access and more than one computer that allows you —and maybe your spouse — to work from home while your children attend Zoom school. But you may be a family more vulnerable to the virus, and surviving