This past week, following the nation's celebration of the birthday of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the U.S. Supreme Court heard an important case related to landmark law enacted during the civil rights era – the Fair Housing Law of 1968.
This case highlights how some policies that followed civil rights era legislation – in this case government low-income housing projects – actually have hurt the very communities they were supposed to help.
The Court heard arguments in the case Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v The Inclusive Communities Project, a non-profit defining itself as for "thriving racially and economically inclusive communities." more >>
While appearing at a hunting and outdoors trade show in Las Vegas on Thursday, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin declined to comment on current hot-button political issues but sent the clear message to Republican leadership in Congress that they need to go on the "offensive" with the new majority they have in both houses.
After promoting her outdoor-themed reality show "Amazing America" at the SHOT Show (Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show), the 50-year-old former vice presidential candidate told The Blaze that Republicans in Congress need to start acting like they actually have the majority and urged GOP Congress members to stop playing "defense."
"I'm not going to talk politics except to say the GOP had better go on offense," Palin asserted. "Man, they are not going to win a game on defense. Being in the majority there in D.C. — we're blowing it if we just bend our back." more >>
Boston Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley has said that American women have shown they are more pro-life than men, who sometimes attempt to force them into having abortions. O'Malley vowed that the Catholic Church will continue its fight against abortion, and predicted that it "shall overcome" in the cultural battle.
"The church cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for a better world," O'Malley said at the opening mass of the National Prayer Vigil for Life, Catholic News Service reported.
"In our country, people have come together in the fight to overcome racism" and other social ills, he added. more >>
I was recently interviewed by a Hillsdale College journalism student on the debate in Michigan over whether its state Republican Party will "inevitably" adopt same-sex marriage. Given that this is a question often trotted out to end the debate, here's how I answered the question, which I hope you'll find helpful when discussing with friends and colleagues.
Commenting as an outsider on Michigan's political dynamics, it looks like trends there are quite similar to trends happening across the country when it comes to the GOP's youth revolt on traditional marriage.
First, as to the language of the "inevitability" of the GOP's adoption of same-sex marriage, I think it's a mistake for conservatives to employ language or ideas that have typically been sacred real estate for liberals. Conservatives should not concede to the "inevitability" of any argument, much less an argument built on metaphysical fictions like same-sex marriage. "Inevitability" implies that blind, impersonal forces propel history forward, which simply isn't true. Movements and ideas are predicated on the participation of people joined to them. People aren't impersonal; they're moral actors with a conscience that can be convinced that faddish ideologies aren't consistent or aren't socially prudent. Activists always consider their ideas "inevitable," that is, until they're brushed back by principled argument. The popularity of such movements to legalize same-sex marriage are built around peer pressure—that you don't want to be a repressive troglodyte or compared to the KKK. Conservatives ought to be more principled and shrewd than to accept the categories of debate that devolve into name-calling and rhetorical flourishes. more >>
And yet our "leaders" can't quite seem to muster up even that level of faux backbone. The House bailed on a late-term abortion ban? Really?
In a vote where lives were at stake — a vote with the overwhelming majority of the public behind them – the House GOP blinked. They blinked in the face of . . . what? Angry columns from Jezebel or the HuffPo? Cold feet from a handful of members?
If you are a Republican office holder, and you find yourself incapable of making the public case for a late-term abortion ban — for banning procedures that dismember living children who feel every agonizing tear of their flesh — then resign. Please. I can assure you that there are thousands of conservatives in your district who can make that case and would be eager to make that case. more >>
The death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud at 90 years of age early Friday is being mourned by thousands of gatherers in Riyadh. U.S. President Barack Obama praised the leader for his "enduring contribution" in the search for peace, though Saudi Arabia remains a country with one of the worst religious freedom records in the world.
"We will, with God's will and power, adhere to the straight path this country followed since its establishment by King Abdulaziz and his sons after him, and will not deviate at all from it, since our constitution is the book of Allah (Quran) and the teachings of prophet Mohammed," said his brother, 79-year-old Salman bin Abdulaziz, who has been appointed as successor to the throne.
CNN noted that Abdullah had been suffering for weeks from pneumonia, though the royal court has not yet released an exact cause for his death. Funeral services for the king are to be held later on Friday at Riyadh's Imam Turki Bin Abdullah Grand Mosque. more >>