Google and Yahoo are said to be outraged after finding out about allegations that the National Security Agency has secretly been spying on their Internet data, including American emails, based on documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
"We have long been concerned about the possibility of this kind of snooping, which is why we have continued to extend encryption across more and more Google services and links, especially the links in the slide. We do not provide any government, including the U.S. government, with access to our systems," said David Drummond, Google's chief legal officer in a statement to The Washington Post, on Wednesday.
"We are outraged at the lengths to which the government seems to have gone to intercept data from our private fiber networks, and it underscores the need for urgent reform," he added. more >>
An Alabama-based Catholic television station has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services over its controversial mandate that requires religious employers to cover contraceptives, including those that can cause early abortion.
Eternal Word Television Network, whose station in Irondale brings programming to more than 145 million homes across the globe, filed the suit on Monday.
Brought before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama, EWTN is being represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and has the aid of Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange. more >>
In the United States, the holiday of Halloween invokes images of costumes, trick-or-treating, scary movies, creepy decorations, and similar festive décor.
However, it is also connected to darker ideas, such as various disturbing urban legends, paranormal mythology, and similar themes.
On a more worldly level, many have wondered if the last day of October, especially during the evening, is a time of immense criminal activity. more >>
The Ohio Christian Alliance has applauded the reintroduction of a bill seeking to ban human cloning and animal-human hybrids, arguing that no human lives should begin and end as the subjects of experiments.
"We attest that a process that knowingly encourages human life to be created, manipulated for research, and ultimately destroyed is immoral and should be prohibited," Ohio Christian Alliance said in a statement on Tuesday.
"And all who believe that human life, including nascent human life, is a unique and precious gift from our Creator have an obligation to support efforts to ban it. The bottom line is still that any ban short of a total prohibition on human cloning further devalues the sanctity of human life." more >>
A major anti-pornography organization, along with many others, is currently observing a week of awareness meant to educate the public about the dangers of pornography.
White Ribbon Against Pornography Week (WRAP), which began Sunday and will go through Nov. 3, is a nationwide event organized by Morality in Media and cosponsored by hundreds of groups.
"The White Ribbon Against Pornography is intended to educate the public about the extent of the pornography problem and about what can legally be done to fight back against the flood tide of obscenity," reads an entry on WRAP's website. more >>
A school district in New Jersey that already excludes the word "Christmas" from its calendar of events for December is banning religious Christmas music during winter concert performances at its elementary schools, according to a religious freedom advocacy group.
Alliance Defending Freedom sent a letter Monday to the Bordentown Regional School District after administrators pointed to a New Jersey court ruling that states religious music should not be a part of elementary school programs.
"Schools should not have to think twice about whether they can allow students to perform Christmas carols," said ADF Legal Counsel Matthew Sharp. "Courts have unanimously upheld their inclusion in school productions – even when songs deal with Christian themes that are naturally a part of the holiday." more >>