WASHINGTON – There is no "war on women" as the Democratic Party has argued, said liberal columnist Kirsten Powers, in a debate about "Mad Women" and "the battle of the sexes." While the other liberal panelist disagreed, the conservatives argued that there is an under-reported "war on men."
"I will concede there is no war on women as presented by the Democratic Party," Powers, a columnist for the Daily Beast and a contributor for Fox News, admitted, at a Washington, D.C. event hosted by the Independent Women's Forum and National Review. Groups like Planned Parenthood are "abortion rights groups, not women's groups," she said.
Her remarks refer to the "War on Women" theme used by Democrats against Republicans in the 2012 elections. Raising issues such as contraception and abortion, Democrats accused Republicans of attacking women's rights over their own body. Powers said this attack proved more of a smokescreen to push a pro-abortion agenda. more >>
A transgendered man is suing the University of Pittsburgh, arguing that he was discriminated against due to his gender identity.
Seamus Johnston of Cambria County filed suit against the University Monday, arguing officials at the Johnstown campus violated his rights regarding use of male locker rooms and restrooms.
Brought before the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations, the 24-year-old Johnston will be representing himself. more >>
Since Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was overthrown on July 3, his radical supporters have ruled the southern Egyptian city of Dalga, carrying out various attacks of vengeance against the city's 20,000 Christians, whom they blame for Morsi's overthrow. The military government took control of the city earlier this week, prosecuting the Islamists, but Christians fear the peace will be short-lived.
"The government and its forces are not going to be here for long and when they are gone we go back to living with Muslims, just us and them," Coptic Priest Father Ioannis told The Associated Press on Thursday.
"One day, all this police and army will go and we will have no one on our side," local Christian Sameer Hanna Tanyous said. more >>
The United States government has filed an appeal to the Supreme Court in a case regarding a Christian business that refuses on religious grounds to comply with the Department of Health and Human Services' preventive services mandate.
Filed Thursday, the appeal regards the retail giant Hobby Lobby and its owners' refusal to comply with the HHS mandate.
"The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA), 42 U.S.C. 2000bb et seq., provides that the government "shall not substantially burden a person's exercise of religion" unless that burden is the least restrictive means to further a compelling governmental interest," reads the appeal in part. more >>
If you have been paying attention over the past few years, you have probably noticed that it has become fashionable among certain self-appointed elites to sneer at people of faith. Atheists like Richard Dawkins, the late Christopher Hitchens, and even Stephen Hawking have written best sellers in which belief in God is derided as being anti-scientific, a vestigial and bothersome throwback; an unnecessary superstition.
But there should be no inherent conflict between science and faith in a creator-God. Science at its core is the pursuit of truth. If God is truth and the Source of truth, then the study of astronomy, or quantum physics, or microbiology can be a glimpse – however minuscule – of the God who set in motion the magnificent reality that science reveals.
That position would not be much of a revelation to so many of the world's greatest scientists who have believed in God. But can we go further, and argue that there should also therefore be a connection between morality that is legitimately grounded in God's Word, and science? more >>
The United States Department of Education has invited representatives from the atheist community to be part of its upcoming interfaith meeting in Washington, D.C.
Members of the Secular Student Alliance will be part of the Education Department's "President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge National Gathering," to be held at Georgetown University.
Jesse Galef, spokesperson for the Secular Student Alliance, said in a statement released Wednesday that they were "honored" by the invitation. more >>