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Arkansas Moves to Revise Legislation as Concerns of Religion and Gay Rights Intensify

4 hours agoNews : NYTimes: News

Besides asking for the bill to be recalled and amended, Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas said he was considering issuing an executive order “protecting against discrimination” within the state government.

Department of Immigration vows amends after G20 data leak

Red-faced department to set up external accountability task force following embarassing revelations.

ARKANSAS: Senate Approves Amended RFRA "Nearly Identical" To Fed Version

5 hours agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

Via Arkansas Online: The Arkansas Senate on Wednesday night approved transmitting two amended existing bills to the House that add language that mirrors the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Senate Bills 229 and 975 as amended...Show More Summary

Former I.R.S. Official Won’t Be Charged for Refusing to Testify

6 hours agoNews : NYTimes: News

Federal prosecutors said they did not agree with House Republicans’ claims that Lois Lerner had waived her Fifth Amendment right to not incriminate herself at hearings on the agency’s treatment of conservative groups.

Arkansas Legislators Amend Controversial Religious Freedom Bill

7 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

Arkansas legislators offered amendments to the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act on Wednesday, revising the controversial legislation to resemble the federal RFRA. The state senate's judiciary committee passed an amended version of the bill hours after Arkansas Gov. Show More Summary

Despite Amending The Bill, Montana Democrats Still Oppose Pro-Second Amendment Referendum

Any ardent supporter of the Second Amendment will surely like what’s being considered for a referendum in Montana. If a resident feels his, or...

Justice Department Won't Charge IRS' Lois Lerner With Criminal Contempt

9 hours agoNews : The Two-Way

At issue is whether the former IRS official waived her Fifth Amendment rights when she made an opening statement proclaiming her innocence over the agency's targeting of conservative groups.

Supremes: GPS Trackers Are Form of Search and Seizure

Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic: If the government puts a GPS tracker on you, your car, or any of your personal effects, it counts as a search -- and is therefore protected by the Fourth Amendment. The Supreme Court clarified and affirmed that law on Monday, when it ruled on Torrey Dale Grady v. Show More Summary

IA Radio Host Steve Deace Lashes Out At Pence, IN Republicans After RFRA Press Conference

Iowa radio host and Washington Times columnist Steve Deace strongly criticized Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) after Pence agreed in a press conference to amend Indiana's recently passed Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which would...Show More Summary

Bryan Fischer: Making Christians Serve Gays is a Form of Slavery Outlawed by 13th Amendment - VIDEO

10 hours agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Bryan Fischer came up with a good one on his show today, arguing that Governor Mike Pence, if he gives in to 'Big Gay' on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, will be compelling Christian bakers, photographers, and the like to...

Language of New Proposal for Indiana Anti-Gay 'Religious Liberty' Bill Under Consideration by Mike Pence

10 hours agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

The Indianapolis Star has published a report of the language under consideration for an amended version of the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act (aka the anti-gay 'religious liberty' bill): The measure goes much further than a "preamble" that was proposed...

Women's Reproductive Liberty: A Football in a Match Played By and For Men

Pro-life advocates in Congress recently infected an uncontroversial anti-human trafficking bill that had strong bipartisan support with a contentious amendment that prohibits taypayer-funded abortions. Political pundits argue that Democrats...Show More Summary

Madison Council Votes To Ban Discrimination Against Atheism

11 hours agoNews : The Two-Way

In what's believed to be a first in the United States, the common council of Madison, Wis., has amended the city's equal opportunities ordinance "to add nonreligion as a protected class."

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson sent the RFRA bill back to the legislature to be amended to look just like the longstanding federal RFRA.

"This is a bill that in ordinary times would not be controversial. But these are not ordinary times," he said. He wants Arkansas to be known as "a place of tolerance."“What is important from an Arkansas standpoint is one, we get theShow More Summary

ARKANSAS GOVERNOR FOLDS – Tells Lawmakers to Amend Religious Freedom Bill (Video)

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson announced today that he will not sign the religious freedom bill that sits on his desk and will send it back to lawmakers to amend. His statements took the heat off his state – for now. … Continue reading ?

Black Minister Running ‘Non-Violence’ Group Advocates for Blacks to ‘Use Second Amendment’ Against Cops

An African American reverend and the president of the Georgia chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)–a group founded on non-violence by Martin Luther King, Jr.–is now saying that

Toobin: Hutchinson Full Of ‘Double Talk’

You either favor legislation that permits discrimination or you don’t. You don’t amend it. You get rid of it. The whole point of the bill is to discriminate. CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said this was nothing but “political double-talk.” “There is only one issue going on here, which is whether private businesses should be [...]

MSNBC Welcomes Bigot Sandy Rios To Spew Lies On Indiana RFRA

Bryan Fischer's American Family Association accuses Indiana of amending their "religious freedom" law in order to cave to "Big Gay." Yes. Big Gay. Naturally, one of his hate-mongering foot soldiers, Sandy Rios, appeared on News Nation on MSNBC this morning. Show More Summary

‘Personhood’ Amendment Could Be Considered in Louisiana

A Louisiana Republican pre-filed a bill Tuesday that would call for a constitutional amendment to define life as beginning at conception. The bill is the latest of the so-called personhood measures that have failed time and again inShow More Summary

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