The Democrats are chanting that Republicans must fully fund Obamacare because it is the law of the land, passed by Congress, signed by the president and upheld by the Supreme Court. Therefore, they say, it must be obeyed and can't be altered by Republicans who want to defund it.
That argument is both wrong and hypocritical. Any federal law can be changed, repealed, amended or defunded by our legislative branch of government, Congress.
The Republican House wants to deal with the controversial huge "continuing resolution" bill in separate pieces, giving the OK to worthwhile federal spending purposes while leaving others (like Obamacare) without funds. Obama refuses to negotiate and demands a "clean" (blank-check) bill; his position is all or nothing-at-all. more >>
A mining company based in Pennsylvania has been sued by an employee who claims that the biometric hand scanners used by the business was the "Mark of the Beast" described in the book of Revelation.
Late last month the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed suit on behalf of an employee of CONSOL Energy and Consolidation Coal Company of Canonsburg.
Beverly R. Butcher Jr., a longtime employee with CONSOL and self-professed evangelical Christian, alleges that the recently installed biometric hand scanners at work prompted him to retire. more >>
A school district in Ohio has reached a settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union to keep a portrait of Jesus Christ off school property and pay a $95,000 fine.
Jackson City School District agreed to the settlement Friday in response to legal action being pushed by the ACLU and the Wisconsin-based group the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
A school was forced to remove a Jesus portrait and pay nearly $100,000 after reaching a settlement Friday with the Ohio chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and a Wisconsin group, the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The school district's insurance would not pay for legal fees, which left few options to fight the case.
The school forced to remove the Jesus portrait in Jackson Middle School in Jackson, Ohio. Two parents and a student, who remain anonymous, were represented by the ACLU and the Freedom From Religion Foundation. They claimed that the painting, "Head of Christ," which was featured in the school's Hall of Honor since 1947, violated the student's constitutional rights.
"All of this was unnecessary," James Hardiman, ACLU Ohio legal director, told the Associated Press. "The law is pretty clear … the display of this particular kind of religious artifact (in a public school) is unconstitutional." more >>
The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear and decide several contentious cases, including matters related to public prayers at government meetings and states' right to restrict access to abortion, as it begins a new session on Monday after a summer break.
One of the cases, Town of Greece v. Galloway, deals with the question whether the public prayer held before a town meeting violates the First Amendment guarantee of separation of church and state.
The verdict in the case – oral arguments of which are scheduled for Nov. 6, according to Reuters – could greatly change the future of public religious expression in the nation. more >>
A three-judge panel of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a Colorado-based business does not have to adhere to the federal government's abortion pill mandate as its lawsuit proceeds.
In a ruling issued Thursday, the panel affirmed a lower court ruling on behalf of Hercules Industries, a family-owned Denver-based HVAC manufacturer.
The decision noted that the motion to appeal was "denied as moot" given that the United States Supreme Court likely will hear arguments in a similar lawsuit regarding the Hobby Lobby retail chain. more >>