silence from the christian hypocrites calling themselves counter jihads. first they deny treatments to women
LANSING (WWJ) – Can doctors and emergency medical technicians legally refuse to give life savingassistance to a gay person, if the caregiver doesn’t believe in the gay lifestyle? That question is being debated in the Michigan Legislature.
“Talk about controversy,” said WWJ Legal AnalystCharlie Langton. “Wow.”
Legislation known as the Michigan Religious Freedom Restoration Act essentially states that people do not have to perform an act that would violate their sincerely held religious beliefs.
“For example, a Christian doctor who does not believe in a gay lifestyle, would not have to treat a gay patient,” Langton said. “Or perhaps, a Jewish butcher would not have to handle non-Kosher meat.”
Opponents say the bill, which is modeled after a federal law upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, creates a license to discriminate. Critics say extreme cases may unfairly deny people basic rights.
House Speaker Jase Bolger, who sponsored the bill, said the intention is to shield people who are being forced by the government to violate their deeply held religious beliefs.
“The individual must show they have a sincerely held religious belief that has been substantially burdened,” Bolger said in a statement. “This bill is not a license to discriminate; the courts have already demonstrated for decades that wild claims will not be supported.”
The bill passed the Michigan House by a 59-50 vote earlier this month and is now headed to the Senate for consideration.
“These bills are about the individual freedoms and rights that our country was founded on,” Rep. Greg MacMaster, who voted for the bill, said in a statement. “Michigan residents simply need the reassurance that they can practice their faith without the fear of being harassed or sued, or their businesses threatened by government action.”
WWJ Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick said if Senators want to act on the bill, they’ll have to do it quick — including Thursday, there are only five legislative days left before the end of the year.
“We don’t know if this is going to happen, but it is clearly on the agenda,” he said.
If Senators fail to act, the bill dies and must be reintroduced in the next two-year session.
At least 19 states have approved laws mirroring the federal law, which prohibits the government from imposing a substantial burden on the exercise of religion for anything other than a compelling government interest pursued in the least restrictive way, according to the Associated Press
The community gathered Friday to say goodbye to Zahra Mohamoud Abdille, 43, and her two sons, Faris Abdille, 13, and Zain Abdille, 8.
A funeral service was held at the Khalid Bin Al-Walid Mosque on Bethridge Road on Friday afternoon.
The mother and her sons were found dead Saturday in their Thorncliffe Park apartment, though police have not said how they died.
The family’s husband and father, Yusuf Osman Abdille, 50, was found dead earlier that day after falling onto the Don Valley Parkway.
Earlier this week, it was revealed Zahra had tried to flee the violent relationship, moving her sons to a women’s shelter for three weeks in July 2013.
A candlelight vigil for the family was held on Tuesday night.
Zahra Abdille, 43, came to Canada in the late 1990s and married Yusuf in Toronto in 1997. Friends say she learned English and graduated from the Adult Learning Centre on the Danforth before becoming a nurse practitioner at Toronto Public Health.
The school the kids went to has been featured here before:
Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal and movie producer Scott Rudin mocked President Obama’s race in embarrassing emails — the latest to be released in a hack of Sony Pictures.
Before Pascal attended a fundraising breakfast hosted by DreamWorks’ Jeffrey Katzenberg with Obama in November 2013, she emailed Rudin for ideas about what she should ask the commander-in-chief, Buzzfeed reported.
“What should I ask the president at this stupid Jeffrey breakfast?” she emailed.
Rudin responded: “Would he like to finance some movies.”
Pascal: “I doubt it. Should I ask him if he liked DJANGO?”
The 2012 Quentin Tarantino movie “Django Unchained” was about slavery in the antebellum South.
Rudin: “12 YEARS.”
The 2013 Academy Award winner “12 Years a Slave” depicted the abuse suffered by a free black man forced into slavery.
Pascal guessed Obama had a preference for movies by or starring African-Americans. “Or the butler. Or think like a man? [sic]”
Rudin: “Ride-along. I bet he likes Kevin Hart.”
Later, Obama didn’t express a preference for the films Rudin and Pascal discussed, telling Hollywood execs, “Believe it or not, entertainment is part of our American diplomacy,” Buzzfeed reported.
Pascal gave $5,000 to Obama’s re-election campaign and made out a check for $30,800 to the Democratic National Committee, according to OpenSecrets.
A Sony spokesperson declined comment and Rudin did not respond to BuzzFeed News for comment.
The latest imbroglio comes after it emerged that Rudin referred to Angelina Jolie as “a minimally talented spoiled brat” in emails about who would direct her remake of the film flop “Cleopatra.”
The hackers have been exposing some of the real-life scratching and snarling behind Hollywood’s red-carpet air kisses.
On Thursday, Rudin issued an apology.
“Private emails between friends and colleagues written in haste and without much thought or sensitivity, even when the content of them is meant to be in jest, can result in offense where none was intended,” he told Deadline.
The 32-year-old man who was shot five times after allegedly stabbing a Cañon City Police Department officer made “Islamic-type statements” prior to the incident, according to the CCPD.
At a press conference at the police department Monday, CCPD Chief Paul Schultz said a welfare check was conducted Friday by the Fremont County Sheriff’s office on Hudson Taylor Clark because he was “acting unusual.”
“When he was contacted by the Fremont County deputy (Friday), he was saying ‘Dear God please forgive the disbelievers. Praise be to Allah,'” he said.
According to the chief of police, the suspect’s family informed law enforcement about the multiple “jihadist websites” the suspect visited.
Schultz said he didn’t know what those particular web addresses were.
At about 2 p.m. Saturday, the suspect’s family told law enforcement that they were worried because Clark left his residence in Penrose and said he wasn’t going to return. They also said Clark was mentally disturbed, had been working out a great deal during the last two months and recently had broken up with his girlfriend.
At about 3:30 p.m., he allegedly robbed Victory Defense, a police supply store.
“At that point in time, Mr. Clark walked inside the store and he shoplifted a 9mm handgun and put it inside his waistband, walked out the back door,” Schultz said.
Schultz said there’s surveillance video footage of Clark exiting the store with the gun.
BIRMINGHAM, England — As a Sikh and second-generation Briton running a public school made up mostly of Muslim students, Balwant Bains was at the center of the issues facing multicultural Britain, including the perennial question of balancing religious precepts and cultural identity against assimilation.
But in January, Mr. Bains stepped down as the principal of the Saltley School and Specialist Science College, saying he could no longer do the job in the face of relentless criticism from the Muslim-dominated school board. It had pressed him, unsuccessfully, to replace some courses with Islamic and Arabic studies, segregate girls and boys and drop a citizenship class on tolerance and democracy in Britain.
“I suppose I was a threat, giving these children more British values, for them to be integrated into society,” Mr. Bains said in his first interview since the controversy over his departure.