Ferguson, Missouri, city manager John Shaw resigned from his position on Tuesday and is the latest in a series of resignations and firings in the town that was found guilty of severe racial discrimination by the Department of Justice.
He had been appointed city manager since 2007 and was given authority to hire, fire and appoint employees as well as to oversee the annual budget. Shaw had more authority than Mayor James Knowles and was slammed by the DOJ report, though he denied that he had ordered any employees to violate civil or constitutional rights of Ferguson residents.
"While I certainly respect the work that the DOJ recently performed in their investigation and report on the City of Ferguson, I must state clearly that my office has never instructed the police department to target African-Americans, nor falsify charges to administer fines, nor heap abuses on the backs of the poor," Shaw said in a statement released to the public. "Any inferences of that kind from the report are simply false." more >>
A Michigan mayor has announced that his office will distribute "In God We Trust" posters after losing a court battle wherein he must allow an atheist group to set up a "Reason Station" at a public facility.
Warren Mayor James Fouts said earlier this week that he'll join the movement to advance the national motto, which is found on U.S. currency and some government buildings.
The announcement comes one month after Warren was compelled to have a "reason station" placed at the publicly operated Warren Civic Center. more >>
As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to consider whether to overturn the marriage laws of all the states—as some activist federal judges have already done in some of the states--conservatives are naturally calling for judicial restraint. We must warn the court against another exercise of "raw judicial power" like that handed down with its infamous 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling. That cruel and unjust ruling is viewed as illegitimate by tens of millions of Americans. Young people, especially, are turning against abortion-on-demand. We see this in every pro-life march. And this public outcry is being translated into a bumper crop of pro-life legislation bubbling up in state legislatures.
The lethal Roe v. Wade ruling did serious harm to the Supreme Court's reputation. Now, the Court may once again overstep its authority. The justices are being asked not merely to redefine marriage, but to end it. That is because once marriage is no longer recognized as the union of one man and one woman, there is no legal or logical stopping point.
The radical theorists who signed on to www.beyondmarriage.org know this. That's why they want to rip marriage from its traditional place in society and replace it with a fluid and ever-changing set of relationships. These radicals say in their "Beyond Marriage" manifesto that any number of consenting adults should have legal custody of any number of children. more >>
The Gates-Funded Collaborative for Student Success rolled out pro-Common Core print and radio ads in Iowa last week and they are launching TV ads this week.
One would think that as in other states where Bill Gates has poured money into Common Core advocacy he was trying to stop a repeal effort. In Iowa, however, Common Core bills have been dead on arrival in subcommittee both in the Republican-led House and Democrat-led Senate the past two sessions. In both chambers leadership has resisted making the standards a priority, and subcommittee assignments for the bills guarantee they won't see the light of day.
So it seems like this would be a colossal waste of money except they are not trying to impact what is going on at the Iowa Statehouse. They want to impact the Iowa Caucus. more >>
ARLINGTON, Va. – A gathering of various Christian groups Tuesday focused on the need to offer legal religious liberty protection for non-church businesses and nonprofits, with one speaker noting that religious freedom concerns are a "spreading problem."
At the two-day spring meeting of the Common Ground Christian Network, held at Restoration Anglican Church, attendees heard from multiple speakers who talked about legal challenges facing parachurch groups and others. Stanley Carlson-Thies, founder and senior director of the Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance, spoke Tuesday morning about several points regarding religious liberty issues at home versus abroad.
"There are religious freedom concerns popping up all over the place," said Carlson-Thies to those gathered, calling it a "spreading problem." more >>
Hillary Clinton broke her silence on the controversial use of a private email server during her time as Secretary of State on Tuesday.
The likely Democratic presidential contender came under scrutiny last week after it was publicly reported that she had used a private server and email domain during her tenure at the State Department. In response to the controversy continuing into its second week on Tuesday, Clinton held a brief press conference after speaking at the United Nation's Women's Empowerment Principles event in New York.
"There are four things I want the public to know," Clinton said after both thanking the UN for focusing on gender inequality and commenting on a Republican letter to Iran. more >>