A human rights group has decried Saudi Arabia's new sweeping set of laws aimed at counter-terrorism, arguing that they greatly stunt any religious or political expression that appears to criticize the government or Islam.
The new laws, approved by Saudi King Abdullah, calls for prison sentences of three to 20 years for any form of terrorist activity, defined as "calling for atheist thought in any form, or calling into question the fundamentals of the Islamic religion on which this country is based."
The new list of decrees also defines the Muslim Brotherhood and some al-Qaeda factions as terrorist organizations. more >>
A World Vision board member has resigned from her position following the humanitarian organization's reversal on a policy that would have allowed people who are in legal same-sex marriages to be employed.
Jacquelline Fuller, director of corporate giving for Google Inc. said in a statement that she remained supportive of the organization's decision, but would not stay on their board due to its HR policy.
"I am a huge fan of the work World Vision does around the world to help the poorest of the poor, however, I resigned as a board member as on Friday as I disagreed with the decision to exclude gay employees who marry," she wrote. more >>
A Colorado-based family values organization will be holding a nationwide event focused on high school students discussing matters of Christian faith and morality.
Known as the Day of Dialogue, the event will take place next Thursday with the hopes of having Christian teenagers engage in conversation with non-like-minded friends on these issues.
Candi Cushman, education analyst for Focus on the Family, told The Christian Post that the Day of Dialogue is meant to counter one-sided presentations of social issues. more >>
Georgia based Chick-fil-A, whose owners have taken criticism for their biblical views and stance on traditional marriage, have once again secured the top stop as the nations leading chicken chain by beating out KFC. And to top it off, Chick-fil-A did it with half the stores (1,775 to 4,491).
Is this simply better business practices? I think we might be looking at a blessing from God.
From a financial perspective, Chick-fil-A registered sales of over $5 billion, compared to KFC's $4.2 billion. But the question remains, how can a privately held chain whose advertising budget is much smaller out perform a sixty-something year-old chain owned by a food conglomerate? more >>
A 5-year-old wanting to pray over her lunch while at an Oviedo, Fla. school was allegedly prevented from doing so by the lunch monitor. The family of the girl has posted a video to YouTube, with her telling her story in order to bring awareness to the situation. The school has insisted that the little girl does have the right to pray, as does every student in the school.
"The lunch teacher said, 'You're not allowed to pray,'" Gabriella Perez said in the YouTube video. "I said, 'It's good to pray.' I tried to pray but I couldn't because I was caught again. She said, 'It's not good.'"
Gabriella said that the monitor stopped her when she bowed her head to pray over her lunch, which is a family tradition. Her parents, Kathy and Marcos, fully believe their daughter's story, even though the principal of the school said she could not find anyone to verify Gabriella's story. more >>
In the case of the taxi monopoly, much of that governmental "regulating cost" takes the form of bribing, donating to and taking care of the politicians who protect it.
I was just out of grad school, broke, and working in New York City. Buddies and I split a Brooklyn apartment where we spent 5 hours a night sleeping. Everything in New York is expensive, particularly cabs.
We used gypsy cabs to take us home late at night. Traditional Yellow Cabs would usually not go to Brooklyn, and if they did the fare was twice the rate of our guy, Raul. His motto was, "We will go anywhere; we ain't yellow." more >>