Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has criticized President Barack Obama's "incompetent" response to Ebola virus cases in the U.S., arguing that the government's failure to provide clarity created fear among the public. During a speech on Tuesday about the Ebola response, however, the president pointed out that all seven Americans treated for the virus have survived.
"It looked very incompetent to begin with, and that fueled fears that may not be justified," Bush said during an appearance at Vanderbilt University, The Associated Press reported. "And now you have states that are legitimately acting on their concerns, creating a lot more confusion than is necessary."
Some states, like New Jersey, have implemented strict quarantine policies in response to reported Ebola cases, leading to one nurse who was placed under mandatory quarantine to argue that her 'basic human rights' were violated. more >>
A federal court in Florida granted a Catholic academic institution injunctive relief from having to pay fines for refusing to comply with the federal government's birth control mandate.
The U.S. District Court Fort Myers Division ruled Tuesday that Ave Maria University will be granted a motion to be temporarily exempted from the Health and Human Services Department's mandate.
"Upon consideration of the record, the submissions of the parties, and the relevant law, it is the Court's conclusion that Ave Maria's motion for preliminary injunction should be granted," read the Court's ruling. more >>
A religious freedom advocacy organization has expressed concern over the U.S. Labor Department's forthcoming new rule against LGBT discrimination among federal contractors, which was submitted for review without public comment and contains little guidance for faith-based federal contractors.
The Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance believes the Labor Department rule, meant to implement President Barack Obama's recent executive order barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity for federal contractors, does not currently clarify the rights of faith-based organizations.
The rule was sent last week to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), which is within the Office of Management and Budget, for review. The rule is not yet published, but IRFA has learned that the rule will offer little guidance to faith-based groups with government contracts. more >>
It's hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys anymore. You've seen it in the news. It has shocked and horrified the civilized world. Christians and Yazidis, by the thousands, are fleeing for their lives in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere as devout followers of the "prophet" Muhammad, aka, the "Islamic State," continue to brutally slaughter these "infidels" on the run, even torturing, dismembering and beheading children as their parents are forced to watch.
As the father of three, it's unfathomable. I can't even let my mind go there. What would I do, what would any of us do, to stop it? If you and I were in place of our Arab-Christian brothers and sisters, would we not give up our very lives so that our precious babes might live?
In a heartbeat. more >>
Under pressure from the Obama administration, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Sunday clarified their stances on the mandatory quarantining of all medical workers returning from West Africa. Christie relented and announced some changes in the policy.
At a press conference Sunday evening, Cuomo said that medical workers who have been involved in treating Ebola patients in West Africa but do not have symptoms of the disease can remain at home and also receive compensation for lost income, The New York Times reported.
"My personal practice is to air on the side of caution. Over the past four years as governor I've gone through floods, hurricanes, blizzards — I'm waiting for the locusts, there were no locusts yet, but I wouldn't be shocked if they arrived," he said, according to CBS News. "… The old expression is hope for the best, but prepare for the worst, and that is exactly what we have done for four years in New York and it served us well." more >>
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai asked President Barack Obama during a private meeting to send books and teachers instead of guns and weapons to other countries, it was revealed earlier this week.
"My message was very simple," 17-year-old Yousafzai said of her talk with Obama. "I said instead of sending guns, send books. Instead of sending weapons, send teachers."