A lawsuit is moving forward against a Washington State florist who refused to supply floral arrangements for a same-sex wedding ceremony based on her religious objection, which could put her at risk of serious financial loss and the loss of her business.
Baronelle Stutzman, who owns and operates Arlene's Flowers in Richland, Washington, is being sued by the Washington State attorney general's office for refusing to supply flowers for a same-sex couple's wedding ceremony. Instead, she referred the couple to another nearby florist who could supply flowers for their wedding.
The attorney general's office filed its lawsuit against Stutzman in 2013, and after the judge who was presiding over the case joined the federal bench, another judge has been appointed to the case and began hearing arguments on the case last week. Judge Alex Ekstrom is expected to set the start of the trial for sometime in the Spring. more >>
WASHINGTON —The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty announced on Tuesday the launch of a new coalition uniting human rights organizations, religious groups, and pro-liberty advocacy groups to pressure state governments to put an end to capital punishment.
The coalition, which has up to 15 national partnering organizations, is named the "90 Million Strong" campaign, which signifies the 33 percent of Americans, according to Gallup polls, who say they oppose the death penalty.
With only 28 states and the District of Columbia not currently using the death penalty, and seven states carrying out the death penalty in 2014, the coalition aims to fully mobilize the "90 million" Americans to lobby state-by-state to get the other states that still actively use the death penalty to halt what they claim are "unfair" and immoral practices. more >>
With the facts in, or the lack of facts, the clear and consistent truth is that Sabrina Rubin Ederly, author of the now-defunct story of the rape of "Jackie" at the University of Virginia is not a journalist, nor are the editors of RS worthy of their titles.
They can best be described as Narrativists; Insistent, ideologically obedient automatons who follow, perpetuate and reinforce select, progressive narratives. Narrativists allow stories to rise through their ranks based on their Narrative Value, and not based on fact.
The Narrative Value is the importance or usefulness of the Narrative based on its ability to reinforce desired memes and preconceptions that are beneficial to select, desired classes and entities, including political parties. more >>
Uber Cab was recently valued at $40 billion for providing a valuable service to Americans. Now if only the company can dodge government interference.
I was just out of grad school, broke, and working in New York City. Four buddies and I split an apartment in Brooklyn before Brooklyn was cool, and we used gypsy cabs to take us home late at night. If traditional Yellow Cabs would even go there, the fares would be twice the rate charged by our guy, Raul. His motto was, "We will go anywhere; we ain't Yellow."
I have always had a soft spot for hard-working immigrants pursuing the American dream. Raul was reliable and affordable. There is nothing more American than a foreign taxi driver. more >>
The impending retirement wave of Baby Boomers and its impact on American society is something that the Center for a Just Society has been discussing for several years. The issue of a rapidly aging society combined with a rapidly shrinking worker base may not be a sexy topic, but it's an extremely important one that will impact society for generations to come. Clive Crook at the Bloomberg Review recently considered this issue from a global perspective in a piece entitled, "Demography is Rewriting Our Economic Destiny."
Crook acknowledges the apparent dullness of the topic but cautions readers to take heed. "It's important," he writes, "to recognize just how powerful a force this shift is going to be." A powerful force, indeed. In a 2012 article on this very topic, I considered the statistics behind America's rapidly changing demographic composition and the impact upon our already strained entitlement programs:
"Here in the USA, we are experiencing the 'graying of America.' The huge cohort of baby boomers is retiring, and the smaller X and Y generations will be forced to shoulder the burden of their end of life costs – the costs of an over-65 population group that is projected to double in size by 2040, while the over-85 age group nearly triples! The attitude of many boomers is summed up by the bumper sticker that proudly proclaims, 'I'm spending my children's inheritance.' Seventy per cent of this burgeoning senior generation will require institutional care, and you can bet they'll be looking to their promised entitlements, and not their savings, to care for them. more >>
Eldest Duggar child, Josh, has given a new interview describing his life in politics and the joy of expecting a fourth child with his wife, Anna.
The Duggar family moved to Washington, D.C. so that Josh could work for the Family Research Council as the executive director of FRC Action. While he does not necessarily rely on the family name or popularity to help in his professional life, Josh noted that he doesn't try to hide who he is.
"People know who our family is, that it's built on strong faith and caring for people," Josh told The Washington Post. "It's been a great fit, it's an extension of who we are. There are perceptions that people have about Washington, and I'll say there is some truth to it — but there are a lot of good people here." more >>