The upper house of the Oklahoma Legislature passed a bill that would prevent the use of religious or foreign laws in American courts.
House Bill 1060, considered by some to be an "anti-Sharia" bill, passed the Oklahoma Senate Monday in a vote of 40 yeas to 3 nays. Due to an amendment being added, it awaits the approval of the bill's author before it can go to the governor.
"Any court, arbitration, tribunal, or administrative agency ruling or decision shall violate the public policy of this state and be void and unenforceable if the court, arbitration, tribunal, or administrative agency bases its rulings or decisions in the matter at issue in whole or in part on foreign law that would not grant the parties affected by the ruling or decision the same fundamental liberties, rights, and privileges granted under the U.S. and Oklahoma Constitutions," reads HB 1552. more >>
Career influence peddler and political mercenary Terry McAuliffe is at it again; and this time he's pushed the bare-knuckled, gutter politics he's known for to a new low.
Last month saw the 4th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals overturn an anti-sodomy statute in Virginia law that can be used to prosecute sexual predators who prey on our children, with a ruling handed down by a three-judge panel as opposed to the full bench. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli subsequently appealed the decision, sparking a headwind of media chatter, driven by far-left websites like Mother Jones.
Mr. McAuliffe, who is opposing Attorney General Cuccinelli in this November's election to replace Governor Bob McDonnell in Virginia, threw his two cents in with rank political exploitation and circus sensationalism. more >>
Authorities have said social media played a large role in helping to ID an abandoned toddler who was found last Tuesday in South Carolina.
Authorities identified and arrested the girl's parents, 31-year-old Alonzo Brown and 37-year-old Tongela Denise McBride, on Friday. The girl was left in a stroller with a note that read: ""Call DFAC" or Division of Family and Child Services.
But the girl's parents may never have been discovered, if it were not for social media. According to Anderson County Sheriff's Office, Facebook played a pivotal role in identifying the girl. Over 2 million people reposted Facebook photos of the toddler last week after the Sherriff's office made a public appeal, the Independent Mail reported. A tip came in identifying Brown. more >>
While little is understood about children raised by gay or lesbian couples, there are a host of studies showing that children do better when raised by intact biological married parents. Plus, there is some preliminary research suggesting that children raised by gay or lesbian couples may not do as well as those raised by their married mother and father.
Part one of this series noted that researchers are at least two decades away from being able to reliably measure the health and well-being outcomes of children raised by gay or lesbian couples, despite what the American Sociological Association argued in an amicus brief for one of the recent U.S. Supreme Court cases on gay marriage. The phenomenon of same-sex parenting has only recently become socially acceptable and widespread enough to begin gathering reliable data. Researchers require large random samples that include same-sex parents. Plus, they need time for these children of same-sex parents to grow up, so they can compare their well-being to those not raised by same-sex parents. more >>
The 10th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals is granting Hobby Lobby a full court hearing challenging the Obamacare regulation that requires religious employers to cover Plan B and Ella One emergency contraceptives that can cause an early abortion.
Kyle Duncan, general counsel for The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty who's representing Hobby Lobby in its case Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius, told The Christian Post on Tuesday that the 10th Circuit's decision is significant, because "very rarely does the court grant a full court hearing."
On March 29, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Colo., informed Hobby Lobby that all nine judges would hear the case, instead of the usual three-judge panel. more >>
Homosexuality and gay marriage are two of the most unnecessarily divisive social issues facing this nation.
Licking their wounds from the last election, Republicans look to return to their roots of minimal government intrusion and freedom. Backing off their Bible-based dogma on same-sex marriage might be a start. Many on the right fringe of the Party would have objections to Labradoodles being bred.
No social issues have changed as much in recent years as support for same-sex marriage. In a recent CBS News poll, 53 percent of us now approve. Notable for the Republicans, 56 percent of independents and 75 percent of those under 30 years of age are in favor of gay marriage. The GOP should remember the report that called for being more inclusive and less judgmental. Now might be a good time to thump those Bibles a little more quietly. more >>