Houston Mayor Annise Parker has announced that she will withdraw the subpoenas against five pastors who have spoken out against the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, an LGBT city ordinance that some opponents claim would allow men to use women's public restrooms.
"After much contemplation and discussion, I am directing the city legal department to withdraw the subpoenas issued to the five Houston pastors who delivered the petitions, the anti-HERO petitions, to the city of Houston and who indicated that they were responsible for the overall petition effort," Parker said during Wednesday's press conference.
"It is extremely important to me to protect our equal rights ordinance from repeal, and it is extremely important to me to make sure that every Houstonian knows that their lives are valid and protected and acknowledged," added Parker, who's the city's first openly-gay mayor. more >>
A federal court in Florida granted a Catholic academic institution injunctive relief from having to pay fines for refusing to comply with the federal government's birth control mandate.
The U.S. District Court Fort Myers Division ruled Tuesday that Ave Maria University will be granted a motion to be temporarily exempted from the Health and Human Services Department's mandate.
"Upon consideration of the record, the submissions of the parties, and the relevant law, it is the Court's conclusion that Ave Maria's motion for preliminary injunction should be granted," read the Court's ruling. more >>
Let me begin by plainly stating my biases. I like and admire the Palins. My wife has worked with Bristol for years (she edits the Patheos Faith and Family Channel, where Bristol blogs), she collaborated with Sarah on her most recent book, and I have successfully represented Bristol in free-speech litigation. We Frenches share the Palins' political, cultural, and religious values, and we're proud to call them friends. Even amongst fellow conservatives, I can think of few people who are more unfairly misjudged and maligned. It's as if the avalanche of leftist hate has consciously or unconsciously negatively impacted even those who would otherwise be their friends and supporters.
So, with that as background, it was particularly infuriating to watch CNN's Carol Costello maliciously celebrate audio of a distraught and injured Bristol Palin, a young woman taped in the immediate aftermath of an unquestionably traumatic event. It was infuriating, but it was also instructive, a reminder that to some on the left (including Carol Costello herself) outrage over an issue — in this case, violence against women — takes a backseat to hatred of a political opponent. In the hierarchy of values, demeaning, mocking, and discrediting the wrong kind of person trumps even the most basic expressions of human sympathy in the face of obvious pain and suffering.
Here's the lesson we have to learn again and again: For all too many on the left, their feelings are the true reverse of Sally Field's famous Oscar speech. They hate us. They really, really hate us. And that hate burns with greater ferocity than does their love for peace or safety or security for their fellow citizens. And for conservative women or for black or Latino conservatives, the hatred burns especially hot. more >>
Apparently, there's a manual on "how to act black" floating around among black Americans and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is guilty of not reading it. In the spirit of full disclosure, neither have I. This hate is leveled by blacks towards other blacks, who speak standard, not broken, English and are or either aspire to be educated and successful.
Wilson's "blackish" backlash was reported by Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman, who said he spoke with some of the Seahawks' black players who whined Wilson didn't act black enough and was too chummy with the team's management. Sounds like jealousy to me. Charles Barkley responded to this nonsense in a radio interview.
"Unfortunately, as I tell my white friends, we as black people, we're never going to be successful not because of white people but because of other black people. When you're black, you have to deal with so much crap in your life from other black people." more >>
Control of the U.S. Senate is up for grabs on Nov. 4, and illegal voters may tip the balance. Estimates are that more than 14 percent of non-citizens were registered to vote in the elections of 2008 and 2010, and that could now easily exceed the margin of victory in many tight Senate races.
Democrats typically win more than 80 percent of the votes cast by non-citizens, so votes cast by non-citizens produce a net bonanza of additional votes for Democrats. Democrat Al Franken won a Republican U.S. Senate seat in Minnesota by a margin of only 312 votes in 2008, and with the immense power of incumbency he is expected to cruise to reelection this time.
New non-partisan research by professors at Old Dominion University uncovered the shocking amount of voting by non-citizens, as published by the Washington Post last Friday. Their work did not choose sides in the debate over whether non-citizens should be allowed to vote, which Congress has already answered in the negative by sensibly limiting voting in federal elections to only American citizens. more >>
The West African countries hardest hit by the Ebola virus outbreak have called Australia's recently imposed travel ban "discriminatory," arguing that it will not help in the fight against the epidemic. The U.S. meanwhile continues debating its own response, with the State Department denying that it's considering plans to bring over non-citizens for Ebola treatment.
Australia's ban on visas for citizens of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea was the first of its kind by a developed nation, Reuters reported on Wednesday. The move has been called draconian by Sierra Leone, and criticized by the U.N. for potentially discouraging vital relief work.
"It is discriminatory in that ... it is not [going] after Ebola but rather it is ... against the 24 million citizens of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea," Sierra Leone Information Minister Alpha Kanu said. "Certainly, it is not the right way to go." more >>