Niraj Warikoo Detroit Free Press Published 9:47 AM EDT Jul 18, 2019 Dr. John Tanton, an ophthalmologist in Michigan who became an anti-immigrant leader criticized by civil rights advocates as being racist but praised by his supporters, died in Petoskey on Tuesday. He was 85. Tanton established several groups calling for reduced immigration and his ideas have had a significant influence on the immigration debate, helping drive some of the immigration policies under President Donald Trump. He was described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as the racist architect of the modern anti-immigrant movement. The president of a group he founded that calls for sharp reductions in immigration, Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), said in a statement, "this remarkable giant of a man ... passed Tuesday quietly in his home town of Petoskey, Michigan." "Those who knew him recognized a unique personality: A person with … [Read more...] about Anti-immigrant leader Dr. John Tanton of Michigan dies at 85
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Patrol cars sit at a Falcon tire store as a woman sobs in the parking lot, her dog tugging at its leash.A life is at risk — hers — and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office wants to hear her terms in their bid to save it.In this case, a deputy and his partner drop normal protocol and agree to follow her on an errand to the bank, provided their next stop is the AspenPointe Crisis Center to discuss the suicidal threats that led to this weaponless standoff.“You’re doing great, sweetie,” sheriff’s clinician Robin Schawe tells her by cellphone from an idling SUV, wrapping up negotiations. “I’m proud of you. Thank you for letting us help you.”In a state notorious for its fractured approach to mental health care, police and first responders are increasingly left to shoulder the load, forced to turn away from traditional tactics and play therapist, nanny and even chaperone as they quell crises that pile up amid systemwide deficits. … [Read more...] about First responders bear the burden of mental health emergencies
When a Colorado man heard that the Archdiocese of San Antonio would release its list of priests “credibly accused” of the sexual abuse of minors last week, he was ready to click on the document as soon as it went online. His own “predator priest” — who he said molested, kissed and fondled him over the course of 10 years, stalked him and finally sexually assaulted him — was there for the public to see: Father Galeb Mokarzel. The entry was short, easy to overlook in a report that covered almost 80 years and 150 sex-abuse accusations against 54 priests. But it offered some relief — now 70, the man had only recently begun to grapple with what happened to him half a century ago as a high school student, he said. As with several victims who spoke to the Express-News after the long-awaited report was released, the Colorado man’s story takes longer to tell than its simple summary: “In 2019, a survivor alleged that as a minor teenager he was … [Read more...] about Victims of San Antonio priests recall pain, anger — and reckoning
In the initial media churn, they were nearly missed. But a small band of Hebrew Israelites, members of a historic but little-known American religious movement, may actually be at the center of a roiling controversy that has gripped the nation in recent days. It began with a now-viral video clip, filmed Friday at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, in which high school students from a Catholic school in Kentucky appeared to be in a faceoff with a Native American elder, who was beating on a drum. The boys, some wearing red hats with President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign slogan, appeared in the clip to be mocking the man, a Vietnam veteran named Nathan Phillips. The clip was widely understood as being centrally about the dangers of Trumpism, and the teens were condemned. But a longer video soon bubbled to the surface, widening the lens. It showed how a group of half a dozen Hebrew Israelites had, in fact, been goading and preaching at both the Native Americans and high schoolers, … [Read more...] about Who are the Black Israelites at the center of the viral standoff at the Lincoln Memorial?
Nicole Winfield, Associated Press Updated 6:09 am CST, Wednesday, December 19, 2018 Pope Francis delivers his message during the Angelus noon prayer in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. Pope Francis delivers his message during the Angelus noon prayer in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. Photo: Gregorio Borgia, AP Photo: Gregorio Borgia, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Pope Francis delivers his message during the Angelus noon prayer in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. Pope Francis delivers his message during the Angelus noon prayer in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. Photo: Gregorio Borgia, AP Pope … [Read more...] about Pope accepts resignation of LA bishop accused of misconduct