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Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler, Jr. speaks at the school's convocation ceremony in 2013. Mohler, who has led the seminary for 25 years, commissioned a report on the role racism and support for slavery played in its origin and growth. CREDIT: BRUCE SCHREINER/AP

Southern Baptist Seminary Confronts History Of Slaveholding And ‘Deep Racism’

The Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in the United States, came into being in 1845 as the church of Southern slaveholders.
Now, 173 years later, Southern Baptist leaders are not just acknowledging their dark history; they are documenting it, as if by telling the story in wrenching detail, they may finally be freed of its taint. Continue Reading Southern Baptist Seminary Confronts History Of Slaveholding And ‘Deep Racism’

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The Association of Legal Aid Attorneys along with dozens of unions, immigrant rights organizations, and community groups held a rally on December 7, 2017 at Brooklyn Borough Hall to call on the Office of Court Administration and Chief Judge Janet DiFiore to prohibit Immigration & Customs Enforcement agents from entering state courthouses, and to end coordination with ICE. Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

Judges Ask ICE to Make Courts Off Limits To Immigration Arrests

For 25 years, schools, hospitals and places of worship have effectively been off-limits to federal immigration officers. Now, a group of dozens of former state and federal judges is asking U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to add courthouses to the list of “sensitive locations” where their officers generally do not go. Continue Reading Judges Ask ICE to Make Courts Off Limits To Immigration Arrests

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Sea ice is seen from NASA's Operation IceBridge research aircraft off the northwest coast of Greenland in March 2017. A new report says rapid warming over the past three decades has led to a 95 percent decline of the Arctic's oldest and thickest ice. CREDIT: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Arctic Report Card Documents ‘Cascading Effects’ Of Warming Ocean Temperatures

The Arctic has experienced the “most unprecedented transition in history” in terms of warming temperatures and melting ice, and those changes may be the cause of extreme weather around the globe, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s 2018 Arctic Report Card. Continue Reading Arctic Report Card Documents ‘Cascading Effects’ Of Warming Ocean Temperatures

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Dungeness crab like these, caught off the coast of Alaska, have been affected by the neurotoxin domoic acid because of algae blooms in recent years, which makes them unsafe to eat. CREDIT: Michael Melford/Getty Images

West Coast Fishing And Crabbing Groups Sue Fossil Fuel Companies For Role In Climate Change

Fishing groups in California and Oregon joined the legal fray by filing suit against 30 companies, mainly oil producers. The Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, the plaintiff, contends that the fossil fuel industry is at fault for recent warming-related damages to the West Coast’s prized Dungeness crab fishery. Continue Reading West Coast Fishing And Crabbing Groups Sue Fossil Fuel Companies For Role In Climate Change

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