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Religion is child abuse: An In-Depth Look at Article 14 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
“Military recruitment tools aimed at youth under 18, including Pentagon-produced video games, military training corps, and databases of students’ personal information, have no place in America’s schools,” said Jennifer Turner of the ACLU Human Rights Project.
“A Houston restaurant operator was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison Monday for his role in a sex trafficking ring that lured women and girls from Central America and Mexico and forced them into prostitution.”
Ee Chin Kai pleaded innocent in a court in southern Malaysia on Monday to two charges of bringing in the 27-year-old women and exploiting them to work as prostitutes, said Ee’s lawyer, Noordin Hussin . . .
This is the House of Yahweh: a different, even darker sect that the state has been investigating for years. Authorities in February charged the group’s 73-year-old leader with performing polygamous weddings and forcing about 40 children — some as young as 11 — to work jobs at his 44-acre compound.
But ever since the chief judge sued the state legislature for a pay raise, a number of the state’s jurists have been recusing themselves from hearing cases involving state lawmakers and the law firms that many are affiliated with. Now the state Commission on Judicial Conduct has, in effect, told the judges to knock it off, according to the New York Daily News.
For the few Assembly Republicans who ultimately supported the bill, the vote was potentially far more risky: a public break with their own party on an issue that at the time was still considered in some quarters to be radioactive, potentially even career-killing.
A California bill proposing a 25 percent tax on revenues from adult entertainment would do little to ease the state’s budget shortfall and would cost the state money by encouraging its pornography industry to move, opponents said on Monday as lawmakers reviewed the bill . . .
A Muslim high school student’s intolerance for a service dog needed by a student teacher with a disability has reportedly prompted the student teacher to abandon the last 10 hours of his scheduled assignment at Technical High School in St. Cloud, Minn.
Operation Rescue has obtained court records, which were unsealed last week, that show Attorney General Stephen Six actively undermined District Attorney Phill Kline’s prosecution of 107 criminal charges against Planned Parenthood.
The Religion Clause Blog reports: Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari in St. John’s United Church v. Chicago, IL, (Docket No. 07-1127) (Order List). In the case, the 7th Circuit had rejected a challenge to Chicago’s use of eminent …
College-age and 20-something Christians may be leaving the GOP, but only 5 percent of young evangelicals have joined the Democrats, according to the Pew survey. The other 10 percent are wandering the political wilderness, somewhere between “independent” and “unaffiliated.” . . .
Borden v. East Brunswick School District: Clarifying First Amendment Jurisprudence in the Public School Context
When does a public school employee cross the line between acceptable “supervision” of student prayer sessions and impermissible “participation?” Is the line crossed if a high school football coach takes a knee and silently bows his head with his players as they pray before taking the field? According to the District Court for the District of New Jersey, the answer is no.
Christian Horizons, the non-profit, Christian charitable organization has dropped its requirement that employees sign their basic morality statement, in compliance with the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal’s ruling against them.
“If you literally believe in a literal hell where you are going to burn and fry and be in excruciating pain not just for a moment but for eternity because you’re a gay person, then how do you go to psychotherapy in which somebody like me would be telling you that to have a happy life, in this life, you need to learn to accept who you are?” he asks . . .
“Just over half of 88 hospitals got top marks under a new rating system created by two national gay-rights organizations which hope the standards will result in more compassionate treatment of gay and lesbian patients.”
“The White House is being realistic knowing that it’s the end of the [presidential] term, and they are not going to get their people,” says Carl Tobias, a University of Richmond Law School professor. “Maybe it’s better to get somebody than nobody.”
It’s tough to run a college these days. It’s tougher still when you set high standards. And it’s toughest of all when those standards reflect an Ozzie and Harriet morality in a Sarah Jessica Parker world.