Posts Tagged ‘George Floyd’

Teacher put on leave after questioning how George Floyd died

Monday, March 1st, 2021

A teacher at a Catholic High School in the USA has been put on leave after she said the manner of George Floyd’s death was “disputed”. Floyd, a Black man, died May 25, 2020, after a Minneapolis police officer crushed his neck for 8 minutes, 46 seconds. When asked who disputed it Deborah DelPrince said, Read more

Buffalo Catholic peace activist Martin Gugino back on his feet, determined to protest

Thursday, September 17th, 2020

Three months after police shoved him to the ground during a protest over the death of George Floyd, Martin Gugino, the Catholic peace activist, has quietly moved back to his home in Buffalo, New York. The 75-year-old Gugino, who ended up in intensive care after he fractured his skull and suffered a brain injury, won’t Read more

Families of police shooting victims join march on Washington

Thursday, September 3rd, 2020
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Preachers, politicians and family members of Black people who had been killed or shot by police gathered on the National Mall on August 28, the anniversary of the March on Washington. They called for new legislation to address racial inequities in the country. And they urged people to vote. Among the speakers Friday was a Read more

India’s ‘George Floyd’ police officers arrested

Thursday, July 9th, 2020

Four police officers accused of two Christians’ torture and murder have been arrested. The police, from India’s southern Tamil State, allegedly tortured and killed two Christian men in custody last month. A post-mortem report and an investigation helped the court order the arrest of the accused police officers on murder charges. Church officials and rights Read more

John Cleese slams decision to remove Fawlty Towers episode

Thursday, June 18th, 2020
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John Cleese has railed at the decision of BBC-owned streamer UKTV to remove the famous The Germans episode of Fawlty Towers from its platform. He labelled people who failed to see it as a critique of racist attitudes rather than an endorsement of them as “stupid.” “One of the things I’ve learned in the last Read more

Four ways to tell a prophet from a political puppet

Thursday, June 18th, 2020

In the streets of Washington, D.C., we have seen religion used as a political prop and we have seen it exercise its prophetic voice. On June 1, President Donald Trump infamously had the street in front of the White House cleared of protesters so he could use St. John’s Episcopal Church on Lafayette Square as Read more

Pope confronts the sin of racism and George Floyd’s death

Thursday, June 11th, 2020

Pope Francis spoke out against the sin of racism in a speech about George Floyd’s death that was broadcast around the world. He said the sin exists among those who say they fight for all human life – yet it doesn’t fit with the belief system that defends human life at all stages. “We cannot Read more

Interfaith leaders re-imagine Trump’s photo

Thursday, June 11th, 2020
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As the clock struck 12 pm, last Sunday Wellington’s religious communities stood together in solidarity, re-imagining President Donald Trump’s photo opportunity with a Bible. Interfaith leaders gathered on the steps of St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral in Wellington to hold their Bibles and other sacred texts for a photo opportunity. But this was a photo of a Read more

Riot is the language of the unheard

Monday, June 8th, 2020

Last year I was knocked to the ground and pinned down by an assailant who held his hand over my mouth. I cried out, “I can’t breathe!” About 30 long seconds later he finally let me go. As I reflect on the heartbreaking deadly scene of a Minneapolis police officer pressing his knee into George Read more

After ‘taking a knee,’ Texan bishop gets a call from pope

Monday, June 8th, 2020

The phrase ‘taking a knee’ refers to a gesture many professional athletes around the US have been making in public to protest racial injustice and police brutality. The gesture has spread. Lately, even police officers showing solidarity have knelt before those protesting the May 25 killing of George Floyd, who died after being filmed pinned Read more