WASHINGTON – The Republican Party should not abandon social issues on the campaign trail, conservatives at the Values Voter Summit argued.
Rick Santorum, former Republican U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, spoke to a large crowd at the Regency Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel on Friday afternoon.
The former Republican presidential primary candidate told those gathered at the conservative summit that the GOP should not "play defense" on social issues like abortion and gay marriage. more >>
The center of the Roman Catholic Church has put a defrocked archbishop under house arrest, pending his criminal trial over accusations of sexual abuse.
Vatican City officials placed 66-year-old Jozef Wesolowski, former ambassador of the Holy See and archbishop, under house arrest due to the city-state lacking a proper jailhouse.
"It is the first time the Vatican will hold a criminal trial on charges of child sexual abuse, and it comes as Pope Francis has been trying to set a new tone of rigorous attention in the long-running abuse scandal," reported the New York Times. more >>
The ACLU of Arizona is suing their state over a "revenge porn" law, arguing that it violates freedom of speech.
The law signed by Republican Gov. Jan Brewer in April seeks to criminalize anyone who engages in the "unlawful distribution of private images."
Filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona on Tuesday, the lawsuit was brought on behalf of several artists, book stores, and others who take issue with the law. more >>
A New Jersey high school student and her family have entered the ongoing legal battle over a lawsuit by an atheist group seeking to remove "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance.
Samantha Jones, a senior at Highland Regional High School in Blackwood, and her family filed an official response to a lawsuit by the American Humanist Association.
A T-shirt in the SM Supermall in the Philippines has been pulled by the mall's operators after causing an outrage with its slogan: "It's Not Rape, It's a Snuggle With a Struggle."
Writer Karen Kunawicz from Louisiana was the one who noticed the shirt, took a photo, and posted it to her Facebook page. It was immediately shared with other social media users and stirred discussion from an outraged public.
"Really SM Department Store? In the boy's section?" Kunawicz captioned the photo. "SM – the same mall that has the daily angelus and refused to show Tim Burton's 'Sweeney Todd' in the cinemas? Boys listen to Tita Karen – if a girl says NO and pushes you away, just err on the side of caution, she likely means NO. And go watch 'Sweeney Todd.'" more >>
Openly Secular, a non-theist organization, has added two new high-profile members to its coalition and released a new trailer encouraging others to come forward.
Former Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank and former NFL star Chris Kluwe are the most recent high-profile persons to come forward and speak out about discrimination against atheists, agnostics, and humanists.
"It's important for secularists to be vocal about who they are … in a truly functional society, in a stable society, everyone is afforded the same freedom to be who they are no matter what that is as long as it doesn't infringe upon the rights of other people to be who they are," Kluwe said in a video published by the organization's site. "If you want to enjoy your own beliefs, then you have to fight for everyone else's beliefs just as hard, because if you don't, someday you might be on the other side of that line and you're not going to be very happy when that day comes." more >>