The majority of Canadians now support the expansion of the country's non-discrimination laws to include gender identity, according to a new poll released just four months after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party introduced a bill that would punish transgender discrimination with up to two years in prison for violators.
The Angus Reid Institute survey conducted from July 26 to Aug. 2 that questioned a sample size of 1,416 people found that more than eight-in-10 Canadians, or 84 percent of the respondents to the survey, support expanding non-discrimination laws to include gender identity, with only 16 percent opposed.
Over 48 percent of those who responded to the poll said they would describe themselves as "trans allies," 15 percent said they are "trans opponents," while 38 percent said they are "sympathetic but uncertain." more >>
A Muslim-American group has hailed President Barack Obama for nominating a Muslim Washington lawyer to the U.S. District Court bench, noting that Obama has made a gesture of inclusion and valuing diversity.
Announcing Abid Riaz Qureshi's nomination, Obama said in a statement:
"I am pleased to nominate Mr. Qureshi to serve on the United States District Court bench." more >>
President Barack Obama's administration admitted on Tuesday that it paid as much as $1.7 billion to Iran earlier this year, but has continued denying the charge that at least part of that money was used to ransom hostages held by the Islamic Republic.
A Treasury spokeswoman told the Associated Press that an initial payment of $400 million was sent to Iran on January 17, while the remaining $1.3 billion was delivered over two more installments on Jan. 22 and Feb. 5.
Several Republicans, such as Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., have accused the White House of using that initial $400 million to secure the release of four American prisoners that had been held hostage by Iran, including pastor Saeed Abedini, who had been imprisoned for his Christian faith. more >>
Along with many other conservatives, I believe Barack Obama has been one of our worst presidents and I dread the thought of a Hillary Clinton presidency. I believe both of them have damaged our country in significant ways, and I steadfastly oppose some of their most cherished policies.
But that does not give me permission to despise them as human beings or to have a visceral hatred for them. God forbid.
Yet attitudes like this are all too common in our conservative Christian circles, circles which could better be described as "CONSERVATIVE christian," circles in which those whom we oppose can be vilified in the name of righteousness. more >>
American President Barack Obama canceled a meeting with Philippines counterpart Rodrigo Duterte on Monday after the latter called Obama a "son of a whore," reports said.
Duterte has since apologized for his remarks, arguing that he wasn't trying to make a "personal attack" against Obama.
"While the immediate cause was my strong comments to certain press questions that elicited concern and distress, we also regret it came across as a personal attack on the US president. Our primary intention is to chart an independent foreign policy while promoting closer ties with all nations, especially the US with which we had had a longstanding partnership," Duterte said in a statement on Tuesday, according to Fox News. more >>
Iconic conservative activist and author Phyllis Schlafly has died at her home in Ladue, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, on Monday. She was 92 years old.
Schlafly died of cancer while surrounded by her family. According to her official Facebook page, she is survived by her six children, 16 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
"Phyllis Schlafly spent an astounding 70 years in public service of her fellow Americans. Her focus from her earliest days until her final ones was protecting the family, which she understood as the building block of life," noted the post on her Facebook page. more >>