Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly is a production of THIRTEEN in association with WNET. Visit www.pbs.org/religionandethics for additional information. Show #1605 is fed over PBS on Friday, October 5 at 5:00 p.m. (check local listings).
• Judicial Independence - Can State Supreme Court Justices remain fair and impartial if they have to raise money and campaign for office? Lucky Severson talks with former Iowa Supreme Court Justice Michael Streit, who was one of three justices voted off the bench for ruling that a law prohibiting gay marriage violated Iowa’s constitution. He said, “Judges that have to raise money to get elected and get reelected, they know who’s buttering the bread.”
• “Food Deserts” - The thousands of city and rural neighborhoods without fresh food. Judy Valente reports on what churches, communities, the government and poor people themselves are doing to try to bring about what some call “food justice.”
• Simchat Torah - The exuberant Jewish celebrations marking the end of one year’s cycle of reading the Torah and the beginning of the next, starting all over again. (Originally aired October 14, 2011) http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/episodes/october-14-2011/simchat-torah/9713/
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