Michael Farris, the chairman and cofounder of the Home School Legal Defense Association, has criticized the biblical patriarchy beliefs of his former HSLDA colleague and Vision Forum founder, Doug Phillips, and said he regrets not speaking out against him sooner.
Michael Farris, an attorney who also founded Patrick Henry College, has expressed remorse for not making it clear sooner that he did not condone Phillips' views.
"There was no way that I could have known that Doug was involved in sexual misconduct, but I knew that he was involved in unscriptural views about women in his teaching," Farris wrote on his Facebook page Tuesday, referring to Phillips' admission last year that he had cheated on his wife. more >>
The roughly two million or so transgendered people in India will be recognized as a third gender following a ruling by India's Supreme Court.
"It is the right of every human being to choose their gender," the Supreme Court said, according to BBC News. The ruling also mandates the government to provide transgender people with quotas in jobs and education in line with other minorities.
Estimates state that there are close to two million transgender people in India, who are often discriminated against and ostracized by the rest of society, forced to live in poverty. more >>
A petition posted on a White House website seeking legal recognition for "non-binary genders" has garnered over 100,000 signatures.
The petition was created in March and has surpassed the 100,000 mark well in advance of its April 20 deadline. With the benchmark reached, according to the Obama administration's "We The People" website, the White House must issue an official response to the petition.
"Legal documents in the United States only recognize 'male' and 'female' as genders, leaving anyone who does not identify as one of these two genders with no option," reads the petition in part. Titled "Legally Recognize Non-Binary Genders," the petition was created by "LS" of Herndon, Va., and placed under the category of civil rights and liberties. As of Monday morning it has more than 101,000 signatures. more >>
The National Organization for Marriage, a nonprofit group that advocates for traditional marriage, is expecting tens of thousands of people from across the United States to join their June "March for Marriage" in Washington to "show the world that the marriage debate isn't over."
Christopher Plante, spokesman for NOM, told The Christian Post that the June 19 march is being held in part "to show the world, the media, members of Congress and the Supreme Court that the marriage debate is not over."
"There is a huge groundswell of popular support, popular belief in traditional marriage. And despite what the polls may say, the reality is the majority of Americans believe marriage is between one man and one woman," said Plante. more >>
The New York Department of Health says it has "vigorously" investigated complaints against 25 licensed abortion clinics in the state since 2005, despite pro-life groups' outcry that 200 continue to go unchecked.
A pro-life nonprofit organization known as the Chiaroscuro Foundation submitted a Freedom of Information Law request to the New York Department of Health on April 11, 2013, to acquire state inspection records of both licensed and unlicensed abortion facilities from as far back as Jan. 1, 2000.
The Chiaroscuro Foundation found that unlicensed abortion clinics had not been inspected in more than 10 years, and among the 25 facilities that are licensed, eight also went unchecked. "A mere 45 inspections were conducted (over more than 10 years' time) and no clinics were inspected on an annual basis." more >>
The U.S. Senate failed to move forward on a gender pay discrimination bill Wednesday as the White House continues to defend its use of a questionable statistic on the gender wage gap.
With all Republicans voting "no," the Paycheck Fairness Act did not get the 60 votes needed to end debate and move the bill to a vote. The bill would have allowed employees to share their salary information with each other and bring civil actions against their employer for gender discrimination.
Republicans objected that they were not allowed to offer any amendments to the bill, including an amendment offered by four female Republicans that would have included provisions against retaliating against workers who inquire about the salaries of their peers. more >>