Arizona Governor Jan Brewer disappointed some members of the conservative Christian community when she vetoed SB 1062 on Wednesday night, which proponents argued would better protect religious freedom interests, while opponents claimed would make it easier to discriminate against the LGBT community.
It is unclear the extent to which Brewer's own Christian faith might have played a role in her decision to kill the bill, though it is likely she talked to God about it. A New York Times story from 2010 stated that "before announcing big decisions [Brewer] often mentions that she prayed over them."
"I firmly believe that God has placed me in this powerful position of Arizona's governor to help guide our state through the difficulties that we are currently facing," she told a meeting of Lutheran pastors in September 2009. more >>
A local business owner in Gilbert, Ariz., has received numerous hate emails for her support of S.B. 1062, a religious freedom bill that has been lambasted as "anti-gay" by media outlets.
"Die you ----. And I hope your children die too. You hateful ---- demon," the email declared. "We're not going to reveal the words other than to say they were extremely vile and derogatory terms that have no place in public discourse," said Joe La Rue, legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom. The family contacted ADF, which then reviewed the emails and determined that they are authentic, La Rue told The Christian Post in an interview on Thursday. He also mentioned that ADF and other groups have received similar threats.
La Rue explained that in "the early days" when Senate Bill 1062 was being debated in the Arizona State House and State Senate, many business owners voiced their support of the bill – which was vetoed by Gov. Jan Brewer this week. The business owners wanted to defend their faith and the beliefs of their employees from government discrimination, the lawyer said. Furthermore, some insisted that the bill would draw further business to Arizona because people want to do business in a state that respects religious freedom. more >>
President Barack Obama announced Thursday the strategy behind his administration's "My Brother's Keeper" initiative that aims to close the achievement gap for black and Hispanic youth by ensuring they receive education and job opportunities so that they can reach their full potential in life.
Obama remarked that in the 50 years after Martin Luther King Jr. shared his dream for America's children, the advancement of "the average black and brown child in this country lags behind, by almost every measure, and is worse for boys and young men."
"If you're African American, there's a one-in-two chance that you grew up without a father in your house. If you're Latino, you have a one-in-four chance," Obama added, noting that fewer black and Latino men are participating in the labor force, which is leading to higher unemployment and poverty rates. more >>
Ten Christian leaders sent a Wednesday letter to President Barack Obama, thanking him for his National Prayer Breakfast speech in which he called for expanding religious freedom abroad. They also urged him to pay greater attention to his own policies that are infringing upon the religious freedom of his own citizens.
"As religious leaders we write to express our appreciation to you for lifting up the issue of international religious liberty in your recent address at the National Prayer Breakfast," they wrote.
The letter specifically thanks Obama for mentioning prisoners Saeed Abedini and Kenneth Bae, and for announcing that he will soon name a new ambassador at large for International Religious Freedom. more >>
Texas State Senator Dan Patrick (R), who is also running for lieutenant governor, accidentally endorsed gay marriage on Twitter Wednesday.
"MARRIAGE= ONE MAN & ONE MAN. Enough of these activist judges. FAVORITE if you agree. I know the silent majority out there is with us!" Patrick's official twitter account, @DanPatrick, tweeted. Patrick was responding to U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia's decision to strike down Texas' ban on gay marriage as unconstitutional. Earlier, he tweeted a campaign promise: "as Lieutenant Governor I'll fight activist judges and defend our traditional Texas values."
Ten minutes after posting the typo tweet, Patrick's account deleted it and replaced it with an accurate statement of the state senator's beliefs. In those ten minutes, however, the typo tweet found 29 retweets and 28 favorites. more >>
A bill meant to ban abortions for fetuses capable of feeling pain has passed a South Carolina House of Representatives committee.
H. 4223 was passed by the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday and will soon go before the full House for debate.
Known also as the "South Carolina Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act," the proposed legislation would ban most abortions after 20 weeks due to some indications that this is when the typical fetus can feel pain. more >>