Abigail Whittington

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The Fate of Dylann Roof

From the Thursday edition of Morning Jolt:<p><b>Fry Dylann Roof.</b><p>In <i>USA Today,</i> Melinda Henneberger warns that the decision on whether to give Charleston mass …

Mental Disorders

Ohio Supreme Court delays serial killer's execution date

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has agreed to delay the execution date for a Cleveland man convicted of killing 11 women and hiding the remains in and around his home.<p>The court on Thursday granted the request from attorneys for serial killer Anthony Sowell (SOH'-wehl).<p>The execution had …

Charlotte under state of emergency in 2nd night of protests

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in Charlotte tried to quell public anger Wednesday after a police officer shot a black man, but a dusk prayer …

Law Enforcement

Judge: Doctors Have “Religious Freedom” to Refuse to Treat Trans Patients, Women Who’ve Had Abortions

In the waning hours of 2016, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor unleashed a bizarre ruling that fundamentally alters the balance between medical …

Resisting Trump Is Not Enough

If we don’t build an alternative movement, our defensive struggles could enhance Trump’s popularity rather than to diminish it.<p>Many progressives are in a major defensive crouch. We’re all about resisting everything Trump does, no matter what. We should stop his appointments, decry his PR efforts on …

Governments shut down the internet more than 50 times in 2016

Governments around the world enacted internet shutdowns over 50 times in the last year, according to a report focusing on the impact of such …

Students rally to support gay teacher fired from Catholic school

Students rallied Thursday at St. Lucy's Priory High School in Glendora to support a gay teacher who was fired after he married his partner.<p>Ken Bencomo, 45, of Rancho Cucamonga, was fired from his teaching position at the Catholic girls school after photos of his wedding to partner Christopher …

Human rights are under threat – just when we need them most | Charles Falconer

If, as Theresa May wants, the UK leaves the European convention on human rights, it will be a green light for despots and a disaster for ordinary people<p>There is one almighty fight coming, and it’ll be about human rights in the UK. Those who want to protect our national and international commitment …

Where does human trafficking happen? Right in front of you

<b>* Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.</b><p>"We need to make sure the trafficker gets the …

Human Trafficking

What is female genital mutilation, and why is it such a big problem?

Today marks the White House's twelfth annual day of zero tolerance for female genital mutilation.<p>Here are seven facts to know.<p>Why female genital mutilation happens<p>Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a surgery that intentionally alters the female genital organs of young girls for non-medical reasons. …

What does the ‘right to refuse service’ really mean?

Somewhere out there in the U.S., you may have seen a sign hanging in a window that reads, “We reserve the right to refuse service.”<p>The public …

Obama Signs First Anti-Persecution Legislation Protecting Atheists

Freedom of religion, as humanist groups often claim, also means freedom <i>from</i> religion. While not debated and publicized (and, frankly, griped over) as …

Blogging Tips: 5 Resolutions to Make for Your Blog This Year

The world of blogging moves fast. From social media trends to SEO algorithm changes, bloggers have to keep up. <b>That’s why it’s smart to re-evaluate</b> …

Marketing

New Orleans ends 2016 with 175 murders, most since 2012 | NOLA.com

New Orleans' murder tally climbed for the second year in a row in 2016, ending at 175. It was the city's highest body count since 193 people were …

Green Party challenges Religious Freedom

Green Party challenges Religious Freedom<p>Media Release Monday 2nd January 2017<p>In defence of Bishop Brian Tamaki and freedom of speech Right to Life …

Pope tells bishops to have zero tolerance for sexual abuse

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis has told bishops around the world they must adhere to a policy of zero tolerance for clergy who sexually abuse children and begged forgiveness for “a sin that shames us”.<p>Pope Francis leads a mass on New Year's Day at Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican …

Religious freedom is a constitutional right, not an infringement on Christianity

In his Dec. 22 op-ed, “Happy holidays, Donald,” E.J. Dionne Jr. summed up the current Christmas spirit very well while pointing out the inconsistencies of certain people. Many Christians, whose faith is based on the New Testament, which preaches love and forgiveness, choose to follow the Old …