On Monday, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed a bill into law that allows the use of a firing squad should drugs for lethal injection not be available.
"We regret anyone ever commits the heinous crime of aggravated murder to merit the death penalty and we prefer to use our primary method of lethal injection when such a sentence is issued," Herbert's spokesman Marty Carpenter said at a press conference. "However, when a jury makes the decision and a judge signs a death warrant, enforcing that lawful decision is the obligation of the executive branch."
Utah is the second state that allows the use of a firing squad; Oklahoma also allows the practice, and it could spread to other states as drug supplies become scarce. Alabama is currently considering a bill that would make firing squads legal as well. The most popular drug used in lethal injections, pentobarbital, has been prevented from being sold to the United States after European manufacturers learned of its use in executions. Since then, states with low supplies have turned to other methods of concocting a lethal combination of drugs. However, those same drugs have often had disastrous effects. more >>
A diocese that broke away from The Episcopal Church over theological differences and the treatment of its bishop has passed a resolution barring gay marriage ceremonies from being performed at its facilities.
The Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina, a church body that broke away from the liberal mainline church in 2012, passed the resolution earlier this month at their convention.
Known as Resolution R-4, the document was titled "A Resolution to Adopt a Standing Resolution on Marriage" and was passed in response to the current debate over marriage definition in the United States. The resolution also states that the diocese will only host weddings for couples (one man and one woman) "whose birth gender identities were respectively male and female." more >>
Reality TV personality Kate Gosselin has just been accused by her ex-husband, Jon Gosselin, of abusing their eight children, an allegation she has vehemently denied.
The "Kate Plus 8" reality star is under fire from accusations leveled upon her by former husband and reality show partner, Jon Gosselin, who has filed an action in court alleging her abuse of their eight children. Court documents filed at the Berks County Court in Pennsylvania detail the alleged abuses the 39-year-old mother of a pair of twins and sextuplets committed.
In Jon Gosselin's statement, he reported finding physical marks on the children, who admitted their mother physically disciplined them regularly. more >>
You know the standards of the media have hit rock bottom when a liberal commentator makes news for telling the truth. Jonathan Capehart of The Washington Post and MSNBC has become a media star for his belated recognition of the "Hands up, don't shoot" lie out of Ferguson, Missouri. Better late than never, except for the fact that this liberal narrative was always in dispute. There was never any legitimate reason to believe that Police Officer Darren Wilson had simply fired on Michael Brown for no reason.
The appropriate reaction to Capehart's Damascus Road conversion to the truth should be: What took you so long? And what will you do to make sure you never fall for such a vicious lie again?
Don Irvine, the chairman of Accuracy in Media, notes in his blog on the AIM website that Capehart admitted the narrative was wrong after the Department of Justice found Wilson's side of the story to be true. Capehart said, "What DOJ found made me ill." Irvine commented, "I would be ill too if I had helped push a false narrative that gave fuel to the riots in Ferguson that have cost businesses and taxpayers millions of dollars, and ruined the career of Officer Wilson." more >>
The mother of a 4-year-old boy has sought refuge in a women's shelter in Florida after being ordered by his father to have the boy circumcised.
Dennis Nebus approached the court in Palm Beach County to order his son, Chase, to undergo circumcision, stating that he and Chase's mother, Heather Hironimus, had agreed to the medical procedure but she changed her mind. Nebus argued in court that Chase was having issues urinating and suffered from a condition called phimosis, which prevents retraction of the foreskin; Hionimus retaliated and said that Chase has no physical problems.
Judge Jeffrey Dana Gillen signed a warrant for Hironimus' arrest after she failed to appear in court last week. more >>
On Friday an evangelical pastor based in Oakland, Calif. (the birthplace of the Black Lives Matter movement), Dominique Gilliard, shared the post with a small diverse group of evangelical leaders who decided to craft a collective response. This open letter was crafted by the collective efforts of Rev. Leroy Barber (CCDA and Word Made Flesh), Gilliard (New Hope Oakland), Dr. Brian Bantum (Seattle Pacific University), Micky ScottBey Jones (Transform Network), Efrem Smith (World Impact) and me (Sojourners). We didn't know if our words would resonate. We only knew the truth that we must speak in response to Graham's outsized influence coupled with apparent ignorance. In the end, a broad representation of national evangelical leaders agreed to sign this letter to Graham as principal signatories.
An Open Letter to Reverend Franklin Graham
Dear Rev. Graham, more >>