Kenneth Catto

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Wal-Mart’s new labor disgrace: How it’s trying to weasel its way out of hundreds of millions in damages

The retailer owes its workers in excess of $150 million, and it’s doing everything in its power to escape payment<p>Walmart employees have over $187 in damages they can collect from a successful wage theft lawsuit, but the company is arguing that each victim should get their own lawyer.<br>At the end of …

Arkansas Governor Asks Lawmakers To Rework Religious Liberty Bill

Critics say the bill, like another recently passed in Indiana, will make it easier to discriminate against gays and lesbians. The bill has generated strong opposition from the business community.<p>Transcript<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:<p>Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson wants his state's legislature to rewrite …

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What's Changed Since The First Religious Liberty Law Was Passed In 1993?

When the first Religious Freedom Restoration Act passed, the vote in Congress was nearly unanimous — it was a bipartisan love fest. We examine how religious freedom laws have become so controversial.<p>Transcript<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:<p>Defenders of religious freedom acts like the one that passed in …

Religion

The right’s “freedom” meltdown: Why GOP still doesn’t get what liberty actually means

From bigotry in Indiana to the hell of raising a child on minimum wage, the right doesn’t understand real freedom<p>When liberals and Democrats suffer an especially bitter political defeat, the loss is usually followed by a round or two of finger-pointing, self-flagellation and near-existential dread. …

Indiana’s highway to hell: Welcome to the sick new corporate order

“Religious freedom” isn’t the only Indiana horror show. Here’s how big business gets richer at everyone’s expense<p>The Indiana Toll Road begins at the Illinois border, just west of Hammond, and runs past a series of cities which have been hard-hit by the collapse of American manufacturing. They …

Penn Jillette ridicules supporters of anti-gay Indiana law: You’re not being forced to “engage in gay sex”

“There is more to gay sex than cake and flowers”<p>Comedian Penn Jillette may be an avid libertarian, but when it comes to anti-gay discrimination, his pro-gay views win out over the libertarian instinct to leave the market to its whims.<p>Appearing on a CNN panel last night to weigh in on an Indiana law …

Silicon Valley flexes political muscle in new US culture war over anti-gay laws

Apple CEO Tim Cook set off an unprecedented backlash against ‘religious freedom’ laws this week, and showed why Republicans can no longer stay silent on civil rights<p>Business and technology leaders have pushed their way to the forefront of the new US culture wars this week - forcing social …

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Arkansas, Indiana enact fixes to measures seen as targeting gays | Reuters

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - Indiana and Arkansas revised on Thursday new religious freedom acts that had drawn criticism from rights groups and U.S. companies that assailed them as discriminatory against gays.<p>Demonstrators gather at Monument Circle to protest a controversial religious freedom …

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Anti-LGBT Indiana pizza shop closes indefinitely amidst protest

Memories Pizza has faced trolling and protests after showing support for Indiana’s controversial RFRA<p>The owners of a small-town pizza shop who showed support for Indiana's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act have announced that they will be closing indefinitely, after facing mounting …

“Christians are targets”: Bill O’Reilly compares opponents of IN’s religious freedom law to terrorists

O’Reilly provided his valuable analysis on “Fox & Friends” on Thursday morning<p>On Thursday morning's edition of Fox News' "Fox & Friends," the hosts spoke with Bill O'Reilly via telephone about Indiana's discriminatory "religious freedom" law that would essentially allow businesses to refuse to …

Here's the fix that Indiana is making to its controversial 'religious freedom' law

The Indianapolis Star reported Thursday that Indiana's Republican leaders would announce a legislative proposal to grant "new protections for LGBT customers, employees, and tenants." Critics said the original law, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, paved the way for businesses to discriminate …

Indiana governor approves changes to religious freedom law

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has approved changes to new law that sparked boycotts of the state amid fears that it would allow discrimination against lesbians and gays.<p>Pence had asked lawmakers to clarify language in the religious objections law earlier this week as businesses canceled conventions and …

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Tons of people are donating money in support of the Indiana pizza place that won't deliver pizzas to gay weddings

The owners of Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana told local news they would refuse to serve pizza at a gay wedding, sparking backlash against a business that proudly boasted its right to discriminate (though its owners believe it's not discrimination) thanks to the newly passed Religious Freedom …

The Backlash Against Discrimination and the GOP's 'Indiana' Problem

The powerful grassroots backlash against Indiana's anti-gay "religious freedom" law is yielding results and inspiring hope. Right-wing supporters of the law were seemingly caught unawares by a grassroots response that's put them on the defensive.<p>On Monday, the Georgia House Judiciary Committee …

B for Bigotry

Even as national outrage over Indiana's "right-to-discriminate" law continues to escalate, yet another GOP-controlled statehouse has passed a so-called "religious freedom restoration act." Meanwhile, a red-faced Indiana legislature scrambles to "clarify" its shameful new law.<p>Despite some Arkansas …

Indiana's religious freedom law was inspired by Native Americans' right to smoke peyote

That year, Congress enacted the Religious Freedom Restoration Act as a liberal response to an unusual Supreme Court case concerning Native Americans' right to smoke peyote, an activity closely tied to their religious beliefs.<p>In Employment Division v. Smith, two Native Americans in Oregon, who …

Southern Baptist Minister: Religious Liberty Law Permits Denial Of Some Services

Indiana's religious freedom law is the subject of national debate, and for many its wording is a problem. Steve Inskeep talks to the Rev. Tim Overton of Muncie, who is in favor of the measure.<p>Transcript<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:<p>Let's ask what Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act really …

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Religious Freedom or Discrimination?

For the past several days, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has found himself at the center of a political firestorm over his state's adoption of a new Religious Freedom Restoration Act.<p>Many people, including many in the faith community, believe that Indiana's law went too far, because it could have opened …

The right’s ridiculous new terror: How Mike Huckabee and others are fighting “homofascism”

As the controversy in Indiana continues, right-wing politicians and media figures think freedom itself is at stake<p>Earlier today, I spent a good chunk of time combing through the right-wing media. I was hoping to get a handle on how the conservative movement was responding to the nationwide backlash …

What Would Rand Paul Do About A Discriminatory Indiana Pizza Shop?

What's the public to do, in a world where the state allows a private business owner to discriminate against the LGBT community? In the minds of those who create and support such laws, the public is probably just supposed to sit back and endure the poke in the eye.<p>But what if the overarching …

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder: I'd veto a bill like Indiana's

Amid a nationwide firestorm over so-called religious freedom bills, Michigan’s Republican governor is taking cover.<p>Rick Snyder told the Detroit Free Press on Thursday that he would veto a bill like Indiana’s if it made its way through the state Legislature.<p>“Given all the events that are happening …

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Indiana legislature approves religion bill changes | Reuters

(Reuters) - Indiana’s General Assembly on Thursday approved revisions to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which critic had said targeted gays.<p>Indiana representatives voted 66-30 and senators 34-16 to approve the changes to the act, which was signed into law last week by Republican Governor …

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The Republican Party is being torn apart by the 'religious freedom' debate

The protests and condemnations from gay rights advocates were probably expected. What was stunning, however, was the outrage within the GOP ranks and traditionally conservative groups.<p>The Republican mayor of Indianapolis bashed the bill, for example, and Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Illinois) went as far as …

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson Signs Amended Religious Freedom Bill

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) signed a revised version of the state's Religious Freedom Reformation Act on Thursday, one day after refusing to sign an earlier version of the bill over concerns about discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.<p>Earlier Thursday, the …

Pat Robertson on Indiana law: Gay wedding cakes are a gateway to “bestiality”

Also, Robertson wants those revolting against the bigoted pizza shop to realize that gay people don’t want pizzas<p>Careful: sizzling hot take from televangelist Pat Robertson on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act coming through.<p>After a Yelp revolt against the family-owned pizza shop drove the …

Walker: Indiana Law Outrage From People "Chronically Looking For Ways To Be Upset About Things"

And is asked about what would happen to a baker in Wisconsin who didn't want to make a cake for a same-sex wedding.<p>Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday much of the outrage over Indiana's new Religious Freedom Restoration Act comes from "people who are chronically looking for ways to be upset …

LGBTQI

15 states urge Supreme Court to uphold gay marriage bans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight states where same-sex couples can marry are among 15 states urging the Supreme Court to uphold gay marriage bans and leave …

LGBTQI

Mike Pence Signs Revised Indiana 'Religious Freedom' Law

WASHINGTON -- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) signed a revised version of a "religious freedom" law Thursday, hoping to quiet national criticism that the original law would have allowed businesses to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.<p>"Over the past week this law …