WASHINGTON — Respect for the worth and dignity of every human being, a Christian value held in common by liberals and conservatives alike, is helping to unite a broad coalition in favor of criminal justice reforms, such as limits on solitary confinement, Rev. Ron Stief, executive director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, explained.
"Conservatives and progressives are coming together," Stief said, due, in part, to their "universally held Christian values [to] respect the personhood of individuals." The current prison system, he added, "does not see [prisoners] as persons." more >>
A Michigan mayor has announced that his office will distribute "In God We Trust" posters after losing a court battle wherein he must allow an atheist group to set up a "Reason Station" at a public facility.
Warren Mayor James Fouts said earlier this week that he'll join the movement to advance the national motto, which is found on U.S. currency and some government buildings.
The announcement comes one month after Warren was compelled to have a "reason station" placed at the publicly operated Warren Civic Center. more >>
ARLINGTON, Va. – A gathering of various Christian groups Tuesday focused on the need to offer legal religious liberty protection for non-church businesses and nonprofits, with one speaker noting that religious freedom concerns are a "spreading problem."
At the two-day spring meeting of the Common Ground Christian Network, held at Restoration Anglican Church, attendees heard from multiple speakers who talked about legal challenges facing parachurch groups and others. Stanley Carlson-Thies, founder and senior director of the Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance, spoke Tuesday morning about several points regarding religious liberty issues at home versus abroad.
"There are religious freedom concerns popping up all over the place," said Carlson-Thies to those gathered, calling it a "spreading problem." more >>
Hillary Clinton broke her silence on the controversial use of a private email server during her time as Secretary of State on Tuesday.
The likely Democratic presidential contender came under scrutiny last week after it was publicly reported that she had used a private server and email domain during her tenure at the State Department. In response to the controversy continuing into its second week on Tuesday, Clinton held a brief press conference after speaking at the United Nation's Women's Empowerment Principles event in New York.
"There are four things I want the public to know," Clinton said after both thanking the UN for focusing on gender inequality and commenting on a Republican letter to Iran. more >>
Planet Fitness has revoked a Michigan woman's gym membership because she filed a complaint with the company after seeing a man walk into the women's locker room. The national franchise said the woman is now banned from the chain on the grounds that she violated the company's "judgement free" conduct policy.
Yvette Cormier, who was a member at the Midland, Michigan, Planet Fitness location, told CBS affiliate WNEM about how she lost her membership after voicing her safety concerns when a man walked into the women's locker room as she was getting undressed.
"I was stunned and shocked. He totally looked like a man. He was not dressed like a woman at all," Cormier recalled. "This is very unprofessional and very scary." more >>
U.S. Senator from Kentucky and possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul said he is "offended" by defining gay relationships with the term "marriage."
The self-described "libertarian conservative" talked with Fox News' Bret Baier in a Sunday interview about the debate over marriage definition in America.