This classic Christmas carol premiered more than 170 years ago in a small town in southern France. The English version, which was released in Boston just six years before the start of the Civil War, became a favorite among abolitionists. Its popularity survives today perhaps because it straddles the tension between the ideals of “faith with deeds” and “faith without deeds.”

Truly He taught us to love one another; 

His law is love and His gospel is peace. 

Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother; 

And in His name all oppression shall cease.

~words by John Sullivan Dwight, American abolitionist

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office voluntarily cooperates with federal authorities to enforce immigration law. A federal agency insists the City and County chose between endorsing the Sheriff’s policy or forfeiting $600,000 in grant funds over two years. Will they accept this binary choice or look for alternatives to help protect local immigrants from deportation?

His wife says police arrested the wrong man, police say they did their job

Municipal Court Judge Fanon Rucker is expected to rule Friday, Oct. 5, on the charge of misdemeanor assault against Manuel Ventura-Pineda. His wife says that it was an act of self-defense and that her husband would not have been arrested if  the police had done a more thorough on-scene investigation.