The U.S. Department of the Interior says that people who visit America's national parks or national park lands are free to use restrooms and changing rooms consistent with their gender identity.
As the topic of transgender bathrooms rights has become a national issue in the wake of a law passed in North Carolina earlier this year that requires individuals to use state-run bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their biological sex, The Daily Signal reached out to the Interior Department to learn the agency's position on transgender bathroom use at national parks.
As there are as many as 14 National Park Service-operated parks, trails, battlefields, memorials, areas, sites and protected seashores in North Carolina, a Department of the Interior spokesman assured the media outlet that bathrooms, showers and changing areas at all National Park Service sites are open to individuals on the basis of their gender identity. more >>
Prominent feminist and pro-abortion activist Kathleen Sloan says that laws designed to protect people on the basis of gender identity are "harmful to women" because they help obscure the sex-based oppression that women have faced for thousands of years in patriarchal societies.
Sloan, a former board member of the pro-choice National Organization for Women, penned an op-ed published by Delaware Online that criticizes a bill introduced in the Delaware senate that would make "gender identity" a protected class under the state's constitution.
As transgender rights have come into the national focus in the last few months thanks to a North Carolina law requiring people to use state-run bathrooms consistent with their biological sex and an Obama administration guidance urging all public schools to allow students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity, Sloan wrote that the Delaware bill gives her "an ideal opportunity to explore the larger context in which" the gender identity push is "harmful to women and girls." more >>
In response to my open letter to Isaac Archuleta, who describes himself as a bisexual Christian, Richard S. posted a lengthy comment on my personal Facebook page, including this statement: "The logical conclusion to your theology (gays can change and if they don't it must be because they don't have faith or are deceived) is extremely damaging to the souls of gay people. That was the point of Isaac's letter. No amount of nice words will erase the damage. Only honest reconsideration of your theology will bring healing. Please don't discount/deny the faith of your gay brothers and sisters. They have much to contribute to the church."
Of course, Richard has completely misstated what conservative Christians believe (we don't say or believe that if gays don't change "it must be because they don't have faith or are deceived"), just as other parts of his comment (not quoted here) were also based on serious misunderstandings.
But that is secondary to the bigger issue, and Richard is one of many who are telling serious Bible believers that, "Only honest reconsideration of your theology will bring healing." more >>
Texas megachurch Pastor Robert Jeffress slammed Monday's Supreme Court decision to strike down a Texas law on health standards within the abortion industry by arguing that organizations such as Planned Parenthood put profit before women and do not care about their safety.
"Three years ago I stood on the steps of the Capitol with our now Governor Greg Abbott urging for the passage of this bill, and I think this is a sad day not only for the state of Texas, but for women," Jeffress said on Fox News after the Supreme Court voted 5-3 to strike down key components of Texas's House Bill 2 that required abortion clinics to have sterilized surgical facilities and abortionists to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.
"Look, all this bill did was ask that abortion providers have at least the same standards as surgical centers," he added. more >>
Twin brothers loyal to the Islamic State brutally stabbed their parents and older brother Friday because they were trying to stop them from joining the radical terrorist group.
According to multiple media reports, radicalized 20-year-old twin brothers, Khalid and Saleh Al Areeni, stabbed their mother, father and brother early last Friday morning in Riyadh, Saudia Arabia.
The twins' 67-year-old mother, Haila Al Areeni, died after being stabbed several times. After they killed their mother, they stabbed their father and brother, Sulaiman. Both were left critically wounded and were later taken to a nearby hospital where they are being treated. more >>
The Eight-Member U.S. Supreme Court struck down two key parts of Texas' controversial abortion facility regulation legislation, commonly known as HB 2.
In a 5-3 decision, the highest court in the land concluded that the Texas' law's demand that abortion providers have hospital admitting privileges and that clinics be regulated as surgical centers violated the U.S. Constitution.
Justice Stephen Breyer authored the majority opinion, being joined by Justices Anthony Kennedy, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito dissented. more >>