When July 4 rolls around, there's no mistaking it. There are fireworks, parades and other patriotic tributes to our Declaration of Independence. But if you're like most Americans, September 17 comes and goes without any fanfare.
Which is a shame, really. Constitution Day may lack the flair and pageantry of our national birthday, but without this landmark document that carefully outlined the form of our republic, it's unlikely we'd still be celebrating the Declaration in the 21st century.
How can we make sense of our history without a proper understanding of the Constitution? How can we know, for example, why President Lincoln was willing to endure a bloody civil war (one that came perilously close to costing him reelection in 1864) to preserve the union if we don't know how that union works and how it was formed? more >>
Three siblings in Connecticut have filed a lawsuit against several Jehovah's Witnesses organizations in the state after alleging they were sexually abused by a "ministerial servant" from the group.
Sybelle Almodovar, Ferdinand Almodovar and Evelyn Selimaj announced the lawsuit along with their attorneys in New Haven. The siblings intend to sue the East Spanish Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses New Haven and the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York.
The three allege that they were sexually abused by a registered sex offender in the organization; Orlando Afandor reportedly abused the siblings over a five-year period beginning in 1988. Afandor was convicted of the sexual assault of a child in Omaha, Nebraska, in 2010 and released from prison in 2013. He did not respond to inquiries by the media. more >>
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case involving a Muslim woman who is suing American retailer Abercrombie & Fitch for discrimination.
In 2011, a federal judge sided with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which filed the lawsuit on behalf of Samantha Elauf. In 2013, however, the ruling was reversed by a lower court, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.
Nine justices agreed to hear the appeal and a ruling is expected by the end of June next year. more >>
A former New Jersey toll collector is suing the state after allegedly being told by her supervisor to stop telling motorists "God bless you."
"As they leave, I said, 'Have a good day, God bless you,'" Cynthia Fernandez told CBS 2.
Fernandez said that after a time, her supervisor called her into his office for a meeting, which is where she was reportedly warned about her behavior. more >>
Teresa and Joe Giudice were sentenced to a combined four-plus years in federal prison Thursday and stars took to Twitter shortly after to call for prayers for the couple.
Teresa, who shares four daughters with her husband, Gia, 13, Gabriella, 9, Milania, 8, and Audriana, 4, was sentenced to 15 months behind bars, with a restitution payment of $414,588. Joe was sentenced to serve 41 months, reported the New York Daily News.
Earlier this year, the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" stars pleaded guilty to mail, wire and bankruptcy fraud. Joe also pleaded guilty to tax fraud. more >>
The U.S. Supreme Court will soon hear arguments as to whether Arkansas inmate Gregory Holt, who's also known as Abdul Maalik Muhammad, has the right to grow a beard in keeping with his religious beliefs.
Holt petitioned the Supreme Court to allow him to grow an inch-long beard in accordance with his religious obligations, even though Arkansas correctional rules do not allow for such grooming.
For his appeal to the Supreme Court, Holt is being represented by multiple groups, including the Washington, D.C.-based Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. more >>