In the middle of the 20th century, Sri Lanka had a level of mutual respect and even friendship between its majority and minority communities that was rightly held up to the world as a model. Yet this situation degenerated over the years into polarization and violence that escalated into a civil war that lasted for decades, with unspeakable atrocities on both sides.
A federal judge has temporarily blocked a state law that would close down Mississippi’s only abortion clinic, meaning that for the time being the clinic can continue to operate. The law requires that anyone performing an abortion in a clinic be a licensed Ob-Gyn medical doctor, with professional privileges allowing them to admit patients to a local hospital. Lack of such a doctor at the Jackson Women’s Health Organization in Jackson, Mississippi, threatened its closure, until the judge stepped in on July 1 to keep the facility open.
JBS CEO Art Thompson's video news update for July 16-22, 2012.
Joe Paterno, the late storied football coach at Penn State, lied when he told a grand jury that he did not know about a report that his defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky molested a boy in 1998, according to the report published by investigators who studied all the evidence at the request of the university.
Former FBI Director Louis Freeh, whose law firm compiled the report, said top officials at the university knew of Sandusky’s crimes and did nothing to stop them. Their refusal to act in 1998 and afterward permitted Sandusky to wage a campaign of sexual terror on nearly a dozen boys.
A Phoenix pastor who was fined over $12,000 and sentenced to 60 day in jail after he refused to close down a Bible study at his home began his incarceration July 9. The Rev. Michael Salman's conflict with the city of Phoenix began in 2008 when he was ordered to comply with code requirements for a church after his neighbors began complaining about a weekly Bible study he held on his property. According to the Phoenix New Times, up to 50 people would gather at a gazebo in Salman’s backyard, which prompted the city to call the gathering a church and cite him for several zoning and fire-code violations, ultimately slapping him with the fine and jail time. Additionally, he was told he could have not more than a dozen people on his property at one time.
The unborn are now a little safer in Liechtenstein. Voters have upheld the right of Crown Prince Alois Philipp Maria of the Central European principality to veto referenda passed by voters — a right that was threatened after he promised to veto a referendum to legalize abortion.
Google, which in June banned guns and ammunition from its online shopping site as unsafe for families, announced the launch of its "Legalize Love“ campaign July 7 to pressure countries that either do not recognize “gay rights” or outlaw homosexual behavior altogether to change their laws.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is under heavy fire after an investigation by the Population Research Institute (PRI) showed yet again that the UN is working with the communist dictatorship ruling mainland China to enforce its barbaric “one-child” policy — complete with forced abortions, involuntary sterilization, kidnapping of “illegal” children, and other brutal tactics. The evidence of UN complicity in the atrocious human rights violations is undeniable, according to PRI President Steven Mosher, who said U.S. taxpayers should permanently defund the global anti-population agency.
Citing his pro-life beliefs, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, became the latest political leader to slam the current “war on drugs” as a “failure.” Instead of putting illegal-drug users in prison, first-time non-violent offenders should be sentenced to mandatory treatment and rehabilitation programs, the GOP governor argued during a speech at the Brookings Institution this week.
The Hartford Courant and other media have reported that Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) has expelled Alexandra Pennell, and now the unhappy college girl faces eight felonies and 17 misdemeanors. Although Pennell pleaded not guilty, police caught her on tape and she confessed to her roommate, the newspaper reported. Staging hate crimes is now a common occurrence. In May, for instance, police in Colorado arrested a pair of lesbians for staging a phony hate crime at their home.