A bill meant to expand anti-discrimination employment policy to include gays and transgendered individuals may see its defeat in the House of Representatives.
After the United States Senate voted to end cloture and bring the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) to the floor, House Speaker John Boehner expressed his opposition. Michael Steel, spokesman for Speaker Boehner, stated in an email to Politico that the Republican-controlled House will oppose the bill should it pass the Senate.
"The Speaker believes this legislation will increase frivolous litigation and cost American jobs, especially small business jobs," wrote Steel. more >>
Since the 2012 elections, the number of states sanctioning same-sex marriage has doubled, but in the rush to appease some outspoken and politically-connected citizens, are the religious liberties of others being trampled?
That's the worry in Hawaii, where the State Senate recently voted 20-4 to legalize same-sex "marriage," repealing a constitutional amendment passed by popular vote in 1998 that defined marriage as being between one man and one woman.
Governor Neil Abercrombie called the vote in a special session, hoping to make Hawaii the 15th state to participate in this social experiment. Governor Abercrombie has already signed a law recognizing civil unions between same-sex couples, which took effect in early 2012, and grants the same rights and benefits as marriage in the state. more >>
What's worse than the silence of Western Christians concerning the Muslim persecution of their coreligionists in the Islamic world? Answer: Cynically exploiting that persecution for a political agenda-in the case of a recent Daily Beast article, to excoriate the state of Israel and its supporters.
Titled "Why Won't the West Defend Middle Eastern Christians?" and written by Diarmaid MacCulloch, a Fellow of St. Cross College, the article touches on the persecution of Christians, but primarily as a springboard to attack American Christian support for Israel. Consider the following excerpt:
… one of the silences which I find most frustrating is precisely the lack of noise from Western Christians about the fate of ancient Christianities in the Middle East. At the heart of the problems in the Middle East is seven decades of unresolved conflict between Israel and Palestine... more >>
Pastor Saeed Abedini is in great danger after he was abruptly transferred from Evin Prison in Tehran to Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj where he will be held in a ward with violent criminals, the American Center for Law and Justice revealed, urging President Barack Obama to take immediate diplomatic action to save his life.
"This new and extremely dangerous development requires the full attention and focus of President Obama. He must speak out now – directly and forcefully – to save Pastor Saeed's life. Pastor Saeed's life is in grave danger," the ACLJ, which represents his wife and two children in the U.S., said in a statement on Monday.
Abedini, a U.S. citizen who was arrested over a year ago and sentenced to eight years in prison because of his Christian faith, had been serving his time in Evin Prison, with other political prisoners. An international campaign calling for his release has also been backed by Obama, who previously spoke with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the issue. more >>
A healthcare expert has estimated that more than two-thirds of Americans who have private health insurance coverage will not be able to keep their previous plan due to President Obama's Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare.
"Bottom line: of the 189 million Americans with private health insurance coverage, I estimate that if Obamacare is fully implemented, at least 129 million (68 percent) will not be able to keep their previous health care plan either because they already have lost or will lose that coverage by the end of 2014," Christopher Conover, a Duke University scholar and adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), told the Daily Caller in an email. Conover added that most of these would not lose their plans entirely, but have to pay higher rates for "Obamacare-mandated bells and whistles."
"Most people are going to have some level of change in their policy," Edmund Haislmaier, Senior Research Fellow at The Heritage Foundation's Center for Health Policy Studies, told The Christian Post in an interview on Monday. "You can debate how much of that is a violation of Obama's pledge," Haislmaier added, referring to the President's promise that "if you like your coverage, you can keep it" under the new health reform. more >>
The Senate immigration bill is fundamentally flawed and unworkable – that's why I am opposed to this massive 1,000-page bill. As Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, I have many concerns about this bill, but here are the top 10 takeaways from the Senate bill:
1: Unconstitutional: The Senate immigration bill is a revenue-raising bill, which makes it unconstitutional. Specifically, the bill contains a wide range of effects on federal revenues, including changes in collections of income and payroll taxes, certain visa fees that are classified as revenues, and various fines and penalties. Language in the U.S. Constitution requires any bill that raises revenue, also known as a tax, must originate in the House of Representatives, not the Senate.
2: Legalization Before Border Security: Under the Senate immigration bill, no border security plan has to be implemented before unlawful immigrants receive a legal status and there are no assurances that the border has to be secure. Specifically, six months from the Senate bill's enactment, the Secretary of Homeland Security must submit a border security plan. Once this plan is submitted-meaning that the border does not have to be secure-unlawful immigrants can then apply for legal status, which is called "registered provisional status (RPI)." Adjustment from RPI status to Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status can begin when the border security plan is deployed, the border fence and electronic verification system have been implemented, the exit system is being used, and roughly 38,400 Border Patrol agents have been deployed on the Southwest border. However, the Secretary of Homeland Security can ignore these requirements after ten years of litigation or a Supreme Court ruling has prevented these triggers from being implemented. more >>