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Don’t put to death an innocent man by Sr. Helen Prejean: “Of the 155 people exonerated off death row (10 of whom were tried in Oklahoma) most were wrongly convicted because their jurors received incomplete or misleading information at trial. This, I’m convinced, is what has happened to Richard Glossip, who is scheduled to be put to death on September 16 unless his pro bono lawyers can surface witnesses and evidence to get him a hearing in court.”

Bishop Oscar Cantú: Bishop responds to editorial about Planned Parenthood: “Democrats for Life of America has pointed out that community health centers outnumber Planned Parenthood clinics 10-to-one throughout the country. DFLA moreover notes that the number of patients served by Planned Parenthood is 2.7 million, compared with 21 million by community health centers.”

Labor Day reflection: Ora et labora by Stephen Schneck: “The heyday for labor unions in America stretched from the late ‘40s through the early ‘60s. Those years were also the heyday for America’s middle class. They were also the period when Catholics were most active in their churches. The Mass attendance rate was 75% in 1955; it’s about 40% today.”

This is the year humans finally got serious about saving themselves from themselves by Jonathan Chait: “Those who have consigned the world to its doom should reconsider. The technological and political underpinnings are at last in place to actually consummate the first global pact to limit greenhouse-gas emissions. The world is suddenly responding to the climate emergency with — by the standards of its previous behavior — astonishing speed. The game is not over. And the good guys are starting to win.”

The big myth about refugees by Ana Swanson: “Refugees are often described as a “burden” for the countries they settle in. The usual thinking is that they are drain on limited government coffers and a weight on sluggish economies, but that countries ought to take them in for moral and legal reasons. Even those in favor of expanding help for refugees, like the former British foreign secretary David Miliband and the executive director of Human Rights Watch for the Middle East and North Africa, have referred to sharing the “burden” of refugees. However, research that has looked at the effect of refugees around the world suggests that, in the longer run, this view is often wrong. From Denmark to Uganda to Cleveland, studies have found that welcoming refugees has a positive or at least a neutral effect on a host community’s economy and wages.”

Hungary & Kentucky: Christian Identity & Conscience Michael Sean Winters: “In a pluralistic society, issues of conscience and governance are going to clash all the time. The Hungarian prime minister clearly fears a pluralistic country, but we Americans claim to relish it. That means we should be very careful about treading on the consciences of others.”