A bill that aimed to ban sexual orientation change therapy for minors in the Commonwealth of Virginia was defeated in committee.
House Bill 1135 was recently defeated in a House of Delegates subcommittee of the Committee on Health Welfare and Institutions.
A coffee shop modeled after Starbucks but with the word "Dumb" in front of it was shut down Monday by the health inspector just days after opening.
"Dumb Starbucks Coffee" was a publicity stunt that offered free coffee while taking a jab at the multi-million dollar Seattle-based coffee company. While it seems like an infringement of rights, the comedian behind "Dumb Starbucks insisted it was a "work of parody art," and therefore protected from lawsuits under free speech. However, before the real Starbucks could call their lawyers, Los Angeles County health inspectors shut down "Dumb Starbucks" four days after opening for operating without a valid permit.
The fake coffee shop opened in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles and featured an uncanny sign featuring Starbucks' famous logo- but the sign included "Dumb" on it. more >>
While two polygamist families are attempting to prove critics wrong and convince people that they live a normal lifestyle, at least one former polygamist wife is speaking out against the practice. The state of Utah recently ruled that a law against cohabitation was a violation of the First Amendment's right to freedom of religion, allowing polygamist families more freedom.
Marion Munn was part of a plural marriage for 18 years after converting to Mormon fundamentalism. Munn was not happy with the arrangement and is now speaking out about the dangers of the polygamist lifestyle.
"The only way that I can explain it is like living with adultery on a daily basis, and having the woman come home. On top of that you have to smile and pretend that everything's okay because that's part of the culture too. So for me going into it, I didn't personally want to live it, but I felt compelled to as a matter of faith," Munn told Daily Mail. more >>
The sons of Martin Luther King Jr., acting as representatives of his estate, are suing their sister so that she will hand over the civil rights leader's Bible and Nobel Peace Prize medal, which she says her brothers want to sell.
Bernice King, CEO of The King Center, said during a press conference Thursday that her brothers, Martin Luther King III and Dexter King, want to sell the Bible and medal despite her belief that her father would not have wanted them to do so, according to video posted to the USA Today website.
"I take this strong position for my father, because daddy is not here to say himself, 'My Bible and my medals are never to be sold,'" she said. more >>
Dylan Farrow has received a lot of backlash in the wake of her open letter to The New York Times, detailing what she says happened between her and her adoptive father Woody Allen. Now she is speaking out to address her critics and says she hopes that coming forward has helped at least one person.
"It took all of my strength and all of my emotional fortitude to do what I did this week in the hope that it would put the truth out there. That is my only ammunition. I don't have money or publicists or limos or fancy apartments in Manhattan. All I have is the truth and that is all I put out there," Farrow told People.
Farrow has received criticism from actress Cate Blanchett, actor Charlie Sheen, and even her own brother, Moses, who said that his sister was brainwashed by her mother, Mia. Moses came forward to defend Allen and adamantly said that nothing happened between Allen and Dylan. That, of course, comes in opposition to the stance taken by Dylan's other brother, Ronan, who has been one of her biggest supporters. more >>
A Texas high school student came up with a T-shirt design to help his classmates express their faith after a teacher was forced to remove a poster with a Christian message from her classroom.
Cameron Franks, a senior at Rusk High School, says he was "torn up inside" after learning that the poster, which has a cross containing the text of Romans 1:16 on it, had been taken down. The teacher was asked to remove the sign after the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin-based organization that promotes the separation of church and state, sent a letter of complaint to the Rusk Independent School District (RISD).
Scott Davis, superintendent of RISD, told KTRE that "a teacher acting in that manner is in violation of the establishment clause" of the First Amendment. Davis also said, however, that he appreciates the positive way in which Franks has responded. more >>