2381 posts categorized "Legal"

August 17, 2016

Belize sodomy ruling could have sweeping impact in Caribbean

August 12, 2016

Federal Appeals Court Denies Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant Request to Enforce Sweeping Anti-Gay Law

Mike Pence's Anti-Women, Anti-Gay, & Anti-Science Record

August 09, 2016

Trump suggests "2nd Amendment" solution to Hillary picking judges

Please explain to to me what this means other than encouragement of an assassination. He has sunk to a level we have never seen before in a major-party candidate.

August 05, 2016

North Carolina: Appeals Court Refuses Stay On Ruling That Struck Down Racist Voter ID Law

August 04, 2016

Gaps in Melania Trump's immigration story raise questions

As Sue O'Connell, my editor at Bay Windows, says, "Oops."

July 31, 2016

Answering Trump Supporters


Wayne Grudem, a Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies at Phoenix Seminary in Arizona, writes at the conservative website Townhall.com about why he supports Donald Trump. His article, "Why Voting for Donald Trump Is a Morally Good Choice," acknowledges several of Trump's character and behavioral flaws and then says it doesn't matter if the alternative is worse. He goes into a long list of issues on which he claims that Trump is better than Hillary Clinton.

I could not disagree more with Professor Grudem, so here I will respond to several of them. Given the enormous gulf between the candidates with regard to experience and qualifications, this election should not be close. The fact that the race is close should be a stark reminder not to treat the frightening prospect of a Trump presidency as something to dismiss lightly. Perhaps you may find some of my arguments useful in making the case to friends and family members who are sticking with Trump despite his almost daily barrage of appalling statements. Here goes, for what it's worth.

Abortion. I am sick of the religious bullying on this issue. The utter contempt for people making different choices in this area is very disturbing. I am personally troubled by abortion, and think that the ideal situation is for unwanted pregnancies to be prevented through contraception. But the question of whether to continue or end a pregnancy is not my decision. It is up to the woman. You can say a thousand times that this makes me pro-abortion, but that is not true. Respecting people's right to make a different choice than mine does not mean I agree with that choice. The point is that IT IS NONE OF MY BUSINESS.

As for contraception, the Catholic Church, in which I was raised, is stoutly opposed to it. A leading anti-choicer, former senator Rick Santorum, has made it clear that he does not just want to overturn Roe v. Wade, but also Griswold v. Connecticut, which legalized contraception for married couples, and Eisenstadt v. Baird, which did the same for single women. I find it stunning that people in this day and age are willing, much less determined, to mind their neighbors' business in such an intrusive way. The constitutional separation of church and state protects everyone by prohibiting us from imposing our religious dictates on one another.

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July 29, 2016

Federal Appeals Court Overturns NC Voter ID Law

Big news. At this point, the Republicans seem to realize that they can only win elections if they steal them.

Khizr Khan at DNC 2016 slams Trump's Islamophobia

A powerful rebuke of Donald Trump's Islamophobia by the father of U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan, who died in service to this country.

July 28, 2016

Chelsea Clinton: 'Ex-gay' therapy worst part of GOP convention

July 20, 2016

Look at the company gay Republicans are keeping

Pamela Geller? Geert Wilders? Fine company you are keeping, Chris Barron.

Kirchick: If Trump wins, a coup isn't impossible here in the U.S.

I am appalled to say this, but I entirely agree with Jamie Kirchick, who by the way is not just a conservative, but an outspoken one.

July 14, 2016

Cleveland OKs pro-trans resolution in week before GOP convention

July 13, 2016

July 4 shooting leaves trans woman on life support

Commentary: Racially biased policing poisons America

LGBT rights vs. 'religious freedom' on full display at hearing

More on Tuesday's anti-gay FADA hearing on Capitol Hill.

Barney Frank testifies against anti-gay 'religious freedom' bill

A fine performance by the former congressman at yesterday's disgraceful hearing on the anti-LGBT, so-called First Amendment Defense Act, which is simply a continued attack on gay families waged under a new (and false) banner.

July 11, 2016

"Everyone kept saying, 'Why are you arresting him?'" DeRay Mckesson released from Baton Rouge jail.

July 06, 2016

Chelsea Manning hospitalized after reported suicide attempt

Chelsea Manning violated the Espionage Act. She released vast numbers of documents in a reckless fashion. That being said, it does not justify abuse of a prisoner. Those who say that appropriate transgender healthcare should be withheld as punishment are damnably wrong. I hope that Manning will get the care that any prisoner deserves, as well as respect for her gender identity. Healthcare is a right; its denial is not a legitimate part of punishment.

Gaping injustice and grief in Baton Rouge

Have you had occasion in your life to sob uncontrollably? Do you remember the raw grief and the sense of being lost, the free fall of despair? Were you 15 years old and facing TV cameras as Cameron Sterling was in Baton Rouge? His father Alton was shot multiple times point blank while already restrained. It is too awful for words; yet the heartbreaking video of Cameron's grief may be the only way to touch the humanity of some people. 61 years ago, Emmett Till's mother was faced with the awful decision of whether to have a closed casket or to open it and allow photographers to capture the horror. "I want them to see what they did to my son," she said. It is natural to want to grieve in private. Once again, a family reeling from the devastation of brutal injustice has found the courage to allow the cameras in. We are too good at distancing; we need to be confronted by the barbarity done in our name. But oh, for a child to have to bear that burden. I hope Cameron at least gets some sense of the countless strangers who longed to hold him as he shook. But he wants his father back, and we cannot give that to him. We must do more than cry in sympathy. We must make this stop.

Below, the horrific video of this point-blank killing of Alton Sterling while he was restrained. All cops are not monsters. But we have a terrible and recurring problem, and a big part of it is a refusal by people all along the chain of justice, including juries, to hold racist, murderous officers accountable. We have got to find a way to change this. But at least we can make some noise. Joan E. Biren writes: "Let the BATON ROUGE PD (@BRPD) know what you think. I did."
PHONE: (225) 389-2000
EMAIL: brpdinfo@brgov.com

Note: After he was shot, Sterling was mortally wounded but not dead. He died subsequently.

July 05, 2016

Video: FBI Director Comey recommends no charges against Hillary Clinton

Naturally, Trump quickly said it's rigged. Yawn.

July 02, 2016

North Carolina governor protects HB2 bill with $500,000 taken from disaster relief fund

July 01, 2016

Federal judge strikes down MS so-called "religious freedom" law

Bravo to Judge Reeves, and congrats to Robbie Kaplan.

June 30, 2016

Pentagon lifts trans military ban

Another historic advance from the Obama administration.

June 28, 2016

The 2016 anti-LGBT March for Marriage was a complete flop

North Carolina Republicans want trans people to literally show their papers at the bathroom door

All these desperate fear mongers are doing is exposing and diminishing themselves.

June 27, 2016

Congresswoman Norton fights for D.C. abortion services

Breaking: Federal Judge Rules Clerks Cannot Cite Religion to Recuse From Issuing Marriage Licenses

The Daily Mail is now claiming gay marriage caused #Brexit

June 22, 2016

Democrats Try Again to Lift FDA Blood Donor Ban for Gays

Hastert Heads to Prison: 15 months in hush-money scheme that revealed past sex abuse

John Oliver's brilliant take on #Brexit

The song at the end is especially endearing.

Hateful pastor who lauded Orlando shooting asked by landlord to move out

The so-called Christian pastor who celebrated and encouraged anti-gay mass murder loses his lease.

Sir @IanMcKellen supports #VoteRemain on #Brexit

I am happy to discover that Sirina agrees with me in opposing Brexit.

Rep. Steve King's inverted worldview

On standards of intrusiveness

Dems stage House floor sit-in to call for gun safety vote after Orlando shooting

I have been watching the Democrats' sit-in on Periscope. A fascinating moment.

June 09, 2016

Cuba same-sex marriage campaign gains traction

Federal judge permanently bars Alabama from blocking gay marriage

June 02, 2016

Pro-transgender bathroom bill passes in Massachusetts - Republican governor expected to sign