Support for redefining marriage to include same-sex couples has reached a new high, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll released Wednesday. On both sides of the issue, those who strongly held their position outnumbered those who expressed ambivalence.
Southern Poverty Law Center Biased in Labeling Family Research Council a 'Hate Group,' Academic Study Argues
The Southern Poverty Law Center's "Hatewatch" fails to use objective criteria in determining which organizations should be labeled a "hate group," George Yancey, professor of sociology at the University of North Texas, finds in a new study, "Watching the Watchers: The Neglect of Academic Analysis of Progressive Groups," published in the January issue of the journal Academic Questions.
The Department of Homeland Security has granted a special status to the Romeikes, a German homeschooling family that was under threat of being deported after being denied a Supreme Court review Monday, that will allow them to stay in the United States.
In the debate over Arizona's S.B. 1062, a bill that would have modified the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, some opponents of the bill characterized the bill and others like it as "Jim Crow for gays." Those who used this analogy, though, either do not understand RFRA, do not understand Jim Crow, or both.
The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to hear an appeal from the Romeikes, a German homeschooling family that had asylum in the United States. The U.S. Justice Department sought to deport them back to Germany where they could lose custody of their children due to their religious beliefs.
In a Flip of Position, Same-Sex Marriage Supporters Now Want Federal Gov't to Decide; Opponents Prefer States
A majority of same-sex marriage supporters now want the federal government to decide whether or not to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples for all states while opponents of SSM would prefer to leave the issue to each state. This is the opposite of where each side of the debate stood seven years ago, according to research conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute.
Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Cecile Richards said the lives of her three children began when she delivered them, in an interview on Fusion's "America with Jorge Ramos."
Christian Leaders to Obama: Thanks for Standing Up for Religious Freedom Abroad; Please Protect Religious Freedom in US Too
Ten Christian leaders sent a Wednesday letter to President Barack Obama, thanking him for his National Prayer Breakfast speech in which he called for expanding religious freedom abroad. They also urged him to pay greater attention to his own policies that are infringing upon the religious freedom of his own citizens.
Leaders from the Evangelical Immigration Table and U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops joined in a letter to Congress asking for passage of a bill this year that fixes the immigration system.
Critics of Arizona Bill Are 'Trying to Deceive You,' Liberal and Conservative Law Professors Tell Gov. Brewer
A group of 11 law professors, both liberal and conservative, have written a letter to Ariz. Gov. Jan Brewer (R) explaining that she is being deceived by many of the critics of S.B. 1062, who have described the bill as "gay discrimination."
After Twitter Debate, Ind. Kills Proposal to Allow Religious Groups to Make Religion-Based Hiring Decisions
Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma rejected a proposal to allow religious groups with state contracts to make hiring decisions based upon religion.
The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee denounced on Monday Arizona's S.B. 1062, a bill that clarifies an existing state law, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which protects the religious freedom of its citizens. Opponents of the bill claim it was passed by anti-gay bigots with the intent of denying public accommodations for gays.
Should a Baker Be Required to Bake a Westboro Baptist 'God Hates Fags' Cake If It's Against Their Religious Beliefs?
Should government be able to force some business owners to either violate their conscience or shut down if they refuse service for a same-sex wedding? Joe La Rue, legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, suggests the issue can be put in a clearer light by asking this question: should a baker be required to bake a cake for Westboro Baptist Church with icing that reads, "God Hates Fags," if it violates their religious conscience to do so?
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take a case involving an Arizona law that sought to deny Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood because the organization performs abortions. The court left in place a lower court decision that overturned the law.
Some have claimed that a bill recently passed by the Arizona legislature would give businesses broad license to not serve someone for being gay. This claim, though, may be a misreading, according a CP legislative analysis. While the bill is an attempt to broaden who is covered under its religious freedom protections, in all cases it actually narrows when a religious belief could be used to refuse service.
Reporters have had sex with members of Congress who are also their sources for news articles, an unnamed senior official in the Obama administration reportedly told actress Robin Wright as she was asking about her role in Netflix's "House of Cards."
Implementation of the Common Core State Standards Initiative was "botched" and is in need of a "course correction," Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association, argued in a Wednesday article for NEA Today.
Poll: Most Democrats Think More Than 'a Smidgen of Corruption' at IRS for Targeting Conservative Groups
More Democratic voters disagree than agree with President Barack Obama's remark that there is "not even a smidgen of corruption" at the Internal Revenue Service in relation to the scandal involving the targeting and harassment of Tea Party, pro-life and evangelical groups, according to a new Fox News poll.
A columnist for The Harvard Crimson urged her fellow liberals to abandon their "obsession" with academic freedom.
A planned study by the Federal Communications Commission has raised concerns that it could lead to government interference with the freedom of the press.
The Home School Legal Defense Association has asked its supporters for "5 days of prayer" that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the case of the Romeikes, a German homeschooling family that the Obama administration is attempting to deport.
A Tuesday report by the Congressional Budget Office estimates that increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would lead to about 500,000 fewer jobs and most of the benefits would go to those out of poverty than in poverty.
Liberal Groups Join Conservatives in Opposing IRS Proposals to Rewrite Nonprofit Political Speech Regulations
A growing chorus of liberal groups are joining those of conservatives, warning that the Internal Revenue Service's proposals to rewrite rules governing the political speech of certain nonprofits could be a detriment for freedom of speech.
Scholars, especially political scientists, have become irrelevant to public debates, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof argued Saturday. After scolding the academic discipline for not engaging the public and using new tools, such as Twitter and blogs, political scientists went to their blogs and Twitter feeds to let Kristof know that they are doing exactly what Kristof complains they are not doing.
While President Barack Obama touts a desire to increase access to healthcare, his actions related to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," suggest that he cares more about winning elections than providing health insurance to every American.