Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal issued an executive order on Monday calling for the immediate revision of the state's rules that determine the eligibility of rape and sexual assault victims looking for state-compensation for medical charges directly relating to their assaults. Jindal called for an end to double victimization of Louisiana rape victims who are often billed thousands of dollars from hospitals for health exams and tests.
Jindal issued his orders in the hours following a tense meeting of Louisiana state lawmakers and state health officials on Monday that addressed the state's Victims Reparations Fund. The governor's orders demand that the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement reconstruct its rules to better protect sexual assault victims. The state currently requires conditional circumstances for victims to qualify for medical cost compensation through the fund, which prevents many victims from being eligible to receive the funding, leaving them with large personal debts.
"We should not be victimizing people twice with hefty bills or uncomfortable investigations," Jindal's spokesperson Shannon Bates said. "Sexual assault is a heinous crime that causes a tremendous amount of suffering and we want to do everything we can to protect the victims of these terrible acts." more >>
Calling the move a "political witch hunt" and "politics at its worst" Christian Republican Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard, 52, was indicted and charged with 23 felony corruption counts by a grand jury Monday including using his office for personal gain and soliciting things of value.
The powerful leader in the state Republican Party, who spearheaded a Republican takeover of Alabama's state legislature in 2010 was charged after an investigation that went on for more than a year, according to al.com. He was booked at the Lee County Jail Monday afternoon and now faces a maximum penalty of two to 20 years imprisonment and as much as $30,000 in fines for each count if he is convicted.
The married father of two who, along with his wife Dr. Susan Hubbard, is an active member of the Auburn United Methodist Church, assured his constituents in a video message posted on his Facebook page late Monday that it was nothing more than "political persecution" and declared that he would be "sleeping well tonight." more >>
Tavis Smiley raised a lot of eyebrows this weekend when he spoke on ABC-TV's "This Week" news show, hosted by George Stephanopoulos. Smiley pointed to double-digit unemployment in the Black community under President Obama and said: "If you're Black or Brown, other than saving the Democrats' hide, what inspires you to go out and vote?"
Economic empowerment for minority families is surely a vital issue, a hardy perennial in off-year elections. But it's not the only issue. Minority voters have always been concerned with Civil Rights. And this year is no exception.
In Houston, Texas, we have seen a bizarre twist on traditional Civil Rights play out. The Mayor of Houston, Annise Parker, has been waging an uncivil war on people who oppose the far-reaching homosexual rights ordinance she powered through the City Council. That ordinance was widely criticized by Houston lay people and pastors, It would endanger protected Civil Rights already covered by the First Amendment, i.e., freedom of religion, critics of Mayor Parker's ordinance said. more >>
Two Christian ministers who own an Idaho wedding chapel were told they had to either perform same-sex weddings or face jail time and up to a $1,000 fine, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court.
Alliance Defending Freedom is representing Donald and Evelyn Knapp, ordained ministers who own the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Coeur d'Alene.
"Right now they are at risk of being prosecuted," their ADF attorney, Jeremy Tedesco, told me. "The threat of enforcement is more than just credible." more >>
While Texas Pastors are ordered to turn their sermons over to this out-of-control openly gay Houston mayor, has anyone considered that the verdict has already been laid down by the Living God?
(24) Therefore God gave them over inn the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another more >>
For Republicans looking to seize control of the Senate come midterm elections next month, Karlyn Bowman, senior fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, says the odds are in their favor as Democrats face an uphill battle mobilizing black voters.
"I'm not in the prediction business," Bowman declared in a clinical tone when asked to sum-up what the election data is showing during an interview with The Christian Post on Monday.
"I just look at how people vote and what that tells me, clearly, they (Democrats) are very vulnerable in terms of that (Senate) contest overall," she continued. more >>