Uganda has voted in favor of a bill that would make "aggravated homosexuality," including repeated gay acts, punishable by life imprisonment, and threaten jail for those who fail to report gay people.
While homosexuality was already illegal in Uganda, MP David Bahati, who was behind the bill, sought to strengthen existing laws.
"This is victory for Uganda. I am glad the parliament has voted against evil," said Bahati, according to AFP news agency. "Because we are a God-fearing nation, we value life in a holistic way. It is because of those values that members of parliament passed this bill regardless of what the outside world thinks." more >>
U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon found that the National Security Agency (NSA) program which collects information on nearly all telephone calls made to, from, or within the United States is likely unconstitutional. Activists welcomed this decision as a step toward clearing up the "third party doctrine" and securing privacy for Americans in the digital age.
"If we don't roll back" the government's power to collect personal data, "the Fourth Amendment is going to be a hollow protection," Julian Sanchez, a research fellow at the Cato Institute, told The Christian Post on Tuesday. Sanchez explained the companies want to assure customers "that using online services doesn't mean you've handed the government your diary."
Judge Leon did not issue a final ruling on the case Monday. "Acting on a lawsuit brought by conservative legal activist Larry Klayman, Leon issued a preliminary injunction barring the NSA from collecting so-called metadata pertaining to the Verizon accounts of Klayman and one of his clients," Politico reported. Leon waived the injunction, however, allowing the NSA program to continue until a higher court ruled on it. more >>
Lawyers in China are currently partaking in a hunger strike to protest being blocked by the government's Communist officials from visiting a Christian pastor who is currently being detained by authorities. The lawyers argue that the police are violating state law by preventing them from accessing their clients.
Fifteen lawyers started their hunger fast Thursday to protest the pastor's detainment and have said that they will not stop the strike until they are able to see their client. The lawyers traveled to Nanle county in Henan to visit detained pastor Zhang Shaojie, the leader of a government-approved Christian church who was recently detained along with other church leaders under vague charges of obstructing government business. Two of Zhang's lawyers, Xia Jun and Liu Weiguo, told the Associated Press that they believe their client was arrested for resisting the attempts of the state to seize his church property.
"We strongly believe that this is a clear case of persecution of a religious group," Liu said in a phone interview with AP. more >>
North Korean media reported Thursday that the "worse than a dog" uncle of Kim Jong Un has been executed, describing him as a traitor who tried to overthrow the oppressive government.
State media announced Thursday that the leader's uncle, Jang Song Thaek, who had previously been considered a very powerful figure in North Korean government, was executed after "attempting to overthrow the state by all sorts of intrigues and despicable methods with a wild ambition to grab the supreme power of our party and state." The report announcing Jang's death called him a "traitor to the nation," "worse than a dog" and "despicable human scum."
Earlier this week, state media had announced that Jang had been removed from his position as No. 2 in the country after he allegedly participated in criminal acts including corruption, gambling, womanizing, and drug use while visiting a foreign country. He was also accused of abusing his power. Jang was married to Kim's aunt, Kim Kyong Hui, the younger sister of previous leader Kim Jong Il. more >>
WASHINGTON - The spouse of imprisoned Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini has expressed support for sanctions on Iran as part of negotiations to free her husband and other prisoners of conscience held in the Islamic Republic.
Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of Pastor Abedini, told The Christian Post while serving as a witness at a Congressional hearing Thursday morning that she would "actually approve and be supportive" of sanctions.
"They've asked what if there was an increase in sanctions. I don't think things could get any worse for my husband with increased sanctions," said Abedini. more >>
In the United States of America, whenever a cause wants to garner national awareness, it often attempts to do so by staging an event in Washington, DC.
Indeed, one of the many hazards of driving in the District of Columbia is simply never knowing when a road will be blocked off so that a large group of people with signs, flags, and chants can cross.
Although plenty of protests, rallies, and demonstrations have seen immense success, getting a certain number of people at a given place for a given event is never guaranteed. more >>