An atheist organization has sent a request to a Texas city asking to give an invocation at their next council meeting.
In response to the recent Supreme Court decision Town of Greece vs. Galloway, which ruled that town meetings could be opened with sectarian prayers, Metroplex Atheists Rowlett have asked the Rowlett City Council to give the invocation prayer at their next meeting. more >>
A trial centered around the name, seal, and property of a diocese that broke away from The Episcopal Church over theological differences will begin Tuesday.
After months of legal back and forth between TEC and the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina, the trial will decide who rightfully owns the assets and property of the diocese.
Supporters of the denomination who remain within the Diocese are known as The Episcopal Church in South Carolina. more >>
Poverty, violence and other issues aside, women everywhere are focused on being depressed after hearing the "anti-woman" ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Wheaton College v. Sylvia Burwell last week. Hobby Lobby and Wheaton College became embroiled in litigation due to Obamacare's requirement that for-profit employers provide abortifacients to employees, despite their owners' Christian beliefs. As we all know, there is no issue or right more important to women everywhere than to force all employers to subsidize their use of abortifacients.
It doesn't matter that women can easily buy the abortifacient Plan B over the counter inexpensively for $50 without a prescription. It doesn't matter that Planned Parenthood provides abortifacients and birth control free to low-income women. Justice Ginsburg, in her dissent to the Hobby Lobby case, righteously declared, "It bears note in this regard that the cost of an IUD is nearly equivalent to a month's full-time pay for workers earning the minimum wage."
Five Catholic and mostly white men on the Supreme Court just perpetuated sexism, misogyny and chauvinism into the 21st century, according to three dissenting and caring feminists on the court (never mind that one of them, Justice Kagan, is Catholic too). The War on Women has ratcheted up one notch. Women have never been so oppressed. Ginsburg stated in her dissent that the Hobby Lobby majority decision puts women "into a minefield." Without employer-covered abortifacients, they may as well be in live combat on the battlefield! more >>
While reams have already been penned examining the implications of last week's Hobby Lobby decision, most of what's been written, particularly in the liberal press, has missed the point entirely.
Though I'm mildly pleased that the Supreme Court is not quite ready to take gasoline to both the First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), signed into law by Bill Clinton, a liberal, in 1993, I am alarmed, and so too should you be, that only 56 percent of our sitting U.S. Supreme Court justices are still willing to give the U.S. Constitution a modicum of the respect, recognition and compliance it not only deserves, but requires.
America was dragged before Emperor Obama's counter-constitutional, secular-"progressive" firing squad and remarkably, miraculously, they missed. more >>
Joran van der Sloot, the man suspected in the death of American student Natalee Holloway, has officially married while in a Peruvian prison, his lawyer confirmed. Van der Sloot is serving a 28-year sentence and may face extradition to the United States, where he is wanted for questioning and extortion.
Van der Sloot exchanged vows with a Peruvian local named Leidy Figueroa on Friday morning, CNN reported. The couple met while he was in prison, serving time for killing Stephany Flores and maintained a relationship in- and outside the prison walls. The two even managed to conceive a child and Figueroa is due in September.
"They became friends and spent a lot of time together in his cell," van der Sloot's lawyer, Maximo Altez, said. "Unlike the United States, here in Peru, loved ones or relatives can see inmates inside their jails." more >>
Zhang Shaojie, a prominent church leader from central China, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for gathering crowds to "disturb public order." A U.S. campaign group has said that the decision constitutes religious persecution and the Chinese government's attempt to hold back the growth of Christianity.
"This case shows the Chinese government continues to cover up religious persecution with fabricated criminal charges against an innocent church leader," said Bob Fu, the head of China Aid, according to The Telegraph.
Liu Weiguo, a rights lawyer who has worked with the pastor in the past, said that he was shocked at the severity of the sentence. more >>