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Michael Musser / Biola University The emergence of an underground gay group at Biola University has led to a wide-ranging debate about Christianity and homosexuality. By John Boxley and Ashley Bornancin, NBC News
In response to recent student protests over proposed massive tuition increases, Quebec's Premier Jean Charest is pursuing a law that would shred the civil rights of the citizens of the province, particularly students and unions. Quebec's government proposed to increase tuition by 75 percent and students have responded with a massive strike that has lasted for months. While tuition in Quebec is relatively low, the massive spike would be a shock to many students and would decrease college accessibility and force many more students to go into debt.
Police in Southern California have insisted that the brutal beating death of Shaima Alawadi is an isolated incident, and not a crime motivated by hate. Alawadi was killed after a brutal beating last week in El Cajon, Calif. and the attack has sent shockwaves across the country. At a memorial service this week for the 32-year-old wife and mother of five, Salam Al-Marayati, president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, said it would be irresponsible to jump to conclusions cautioning, “We don’t know if it was a hate crime. We don’t know if it wasn’t a hate crime.” What we do know is that Alawadi 17-year-old daughter Fatima, found a note next to her slain mother’s body that read, “This is my country. Go back to yours, terrorist.”
"American Chimp" by Nathaniel Gold Americans take their rights seriously. But there is a lot of misunderstanding about what actually constitutes a ‘right.’ Religious believers are correct that they have a right to freely express their beliefs. This right is protected under the First Amendment to the US Constitution that prohibits Congress from making any “law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
Let's do a little compare-and-contrast between New Jersey, whose loudmouthed "straight shooting" governor just wasn't man enough to sign a straightforward same-sex marriage bill, and Maryland, where Gov. Martin O'Malley (a politician no one has ever accused of lacking ambition) has not only said he will sign the bill, he called in favors and campaigned hard to get it passed. In other words, he actually expended political capital to accomplish something he thought was right - as opposed to Mr. Chris "Let The Majority Decide The Rights of The Minority" Christie, who only had to sign a bill both houses passed. Remember that.
Police at Occupy Oakland, via Wikimedia Commons Article by Aaron Cynic A new Senate Bill in Georgia is leading the charge in punishing peaceful protest.
Would We Have Drugged Up Einstein? How Anti-Authoritarianism Is Deemed a Mental Health Problem | Personal HealthFebruary 20, 2012 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email.
After more than 40 years of development and extensive use by the military, the United States has set the date when the nation’s airspace will be open for drones. Should you be scared? Short answer: No, but like any new technology, unmanned aerial vehicles have their dark side. Legislation passed by Congress last week gives the Federal Aviation Administration until Sept. 30, 2015, to open the nation’s skies to drones. NEWS: Smart Drone Aircraft Makes Debut Flight The first step comes in 90 days when police, firefighters and other civilian first-response agencies can start flying UAVs weighing no more than 4.4 pounds, provided they meet still-to-be-determined requirements, such as having an operator on the ground within line-of-sight of the drone and flying it at least 400 feet above ground.
When one thinks of prisons and prison life, thoughts often drift to depictions found in Oz or the Wire: full of hard living and sexual, physical, and emotional abuse. However, there is one prison is Norway that has been called the most humane in the world: Halden Prison . Halden Prison opened early in 2010 with a capacity of 252 prisoners.
Ever thought about going out for a night on the town and really turn up the fun but were concerned about how you were going to get home? Did you then wonder if you could just ride your bike up the block to the local tavern and ride it back down after your night of fun? Hopefully this article can answer your questions about whether or not you can be charged with driving under the influence (DUI) for riding a bike drunk. Before I begin, however, let me point out that this article is for informational purposes only.
February 17, 2012, 1:20 PM — Top execs at the SOPA-promoting RIAA said over and over that the process of addressing alleged copyright infringements would be open and fair, not the secret-accusations-in-a-back-room affair most SOPA opponents imagined it would be. All opponents had to go on was the language in the act, which described a process in which those claiming to own copyrights could make accusations to law enforcement agencies, which would go enforce the law without having to validate that the accusations were true or that the accuser actually owned the copyright. That's all silly politics, right? Propaganda. Hating from the pro, hating from the con.
It’s the P in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that seems to trip people up. The idea that when the crisis has passed and you’re ostensibly well and safe, you might still be jumpy and tearful, anxious and withdrawn. What’s the matter with you, anyway? Everything is OK, isn’t it? But post-traumatic stress doesn’t work that way.
It’s a quiet little provision in a meaningful victory for equal rights. On Tuesday, Baltimore County approved measures prohibiting discrimination “on the basis of gender identity and expression and sexual orientation when it comes to housing, employment, public accommodations and financing.” It’s that “public accommodation” part of Bill No. 3-12 that is especially hard-won, and so deeply meaningful. It was just last April that Chrissy Lee Polis, a 22-year-old transgender Baltimore woman, was beaten, kicked, dragged and spit upon by two teenaged girls after trying to enter a McDonald’s ladies room.
Although I praised and vigorously defended President Obama’s choice of Sonia Sotomayor to replace Justice David Souter on the Supreme Court, I argued vehemently against his appointment of Elena Kagan to replace Justice John Paul Stevens.
The Architecture Department at the Royal College of Art had some thought-provoking projects at the work in progress show. Architectural Design Studio 1's exhibition was looking at how a dense and vertical architecture can bring back food production and consumption in the city. Image courtesy André Ford One of the students of the course, André Ford, looked at the intensification of the broiler chicken industry. Each year, the UK raises and kills 800 million chickens or 'broilers' for their meat.