A federal court upheld New York City's ban on religious services in public-school buildings in a 2-1 ruling on Thursday, but Mayor Bill de Blasio signaled that he may change the Department of Education's policy.
The Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision marked the latest twist in a legal battle that began in 1995 when a small Bronx church first tried to secure space to hold weekend services in its local public school.
The ruling reversed a lower-court decision that had said the city couldn't prohibit church services in school buildings. No immediate action will be taken to force out dozens of churches that currently worship in Department of Education properties while the plaintiff, the Bronx Household of Faith, plans its appeal, lawyers for the church said.
Mr. de Blasio, in remarks on Thursday, suggested he disagreed with his predecessors' ban on churches in schools. The churches pay a small fee, like other community groups, to use the buildings when school isn't in session.Read full story on online.wsj.com
On Thursday, Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich resigned thanks to pressure by both the company infrastructure and the left over a $1,000 donation he made to Proposition 8, a 2008 ballot initiative that would have enshrined traditional marriage as the standard for state marriage in California.The firing followed a campaign against Eich by dating website OKCupid, in which OKCupid blocked Mozilla users from visiting their website, instead directing them to a message declaring:
Hello, there, Mozilla Firefox user. Pardon this interruption of your OKCupid experience. Mozilla’s new CEO, Brendan Eich, is an opponent of equal rights for gay couples. We would therefore prefer that our users not use Mozilla software to access OKCupid… If individuals like Mr. Eich had their way, then roughly 8% of the relationships we’ve worked so hard to bring about would be illegal…Those who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame, and frustration are our enemies, and we wish them nothing but failure.”Mozilla and Eich have never discriminated against gay couples. Mozilla’s firing of Eich, however, represents discrimination on the basis of conservative philosophy. That is the case being made by conservative anti-media activist group TruthRevolt.org, led by Breitbart News senior editor-at-large Ben Shapiro. On Thursday evening, TruthRevolt.org launched a petition urging Americans to stop using Mozilla, as well as a Facebook page. Read full story on breitbart.com
A federal appeals panel ruled on Thursday that New York City can bar religious groups from holding services in schools, reversing a lower-court decision that had opened the door to such worship in school facilities.
The latest decision, coming in a tortured legal battle that has lasted almost two decades, was seen as significant because it addressed a further challenge by the religious groups, in which they claimed that the city’s policy violated their religious liberty rights.
But Judge Pierre N. Leval, writing for a 2-1 majority of the panel, said that the city’s ban “was consistent with its Constitutional duties,” and that it did not violate the groups’ right to free exercise of religion, nor did it compel the city to make decisions that constituted “excessive entanglement with religion.”
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Possible ‘extremist involvement’ probed in Fort Hood shooting spree Possible ‘extremist involvement’ probed in Fort Hood shooting spree
Authorities on Thursday were still investigating why an Iraq War veteran shot and killed three people and wounded 16 others at Texas’ Fort Hood before committing suicide — and have not ruled out terrorism.
“We’re going to keep an open mind. … Possible extremist involvement is still being looked at very, very carefully,” Army Secretary John McHugh told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday.
Authorities said gunman Ivan Lopez, 34, enlisted in the Army in 2008 and served four months in Iraq but never saw combat and was not wounded in action, but was still being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder.Read full story on foxnews.com
FORT HOOD, Texas — An Iraq War veteran being treated for mental illness opened fire Wednesday on fellow service members at the Fort Hood military base, killing three people and wounding 16 before committing suicide at the same post where more than a dozen people were slain in a 2009 attack, authorities said.
The shooter apparently walked into a building and began firing a .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol. He then got into a vehicle and continued firing before entering another building.
He was eventually confronted by military police in a parking lot. As he came within 20 feet of an officer, the gunman put his hands up but then reached under his jacket and pulled out his gun. The officer drew her own weapon, and the suspect put his gun to his head and pulled the trigger a final time, according to Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley, senior officer on the base.Read full story on nypost.com
Russian forces on Ukraine's border could carry out an "incursion" into the country and accomplish their objectives in three to five days, NATO's top military commander said Wednesday.
Philip Breedlove, NATO's supreme allied commander for Europe, said its members spotted signs of movement by a small part of the Russian force overnight but no indication that it was withdrawing, Reuters reported.
The four-star U.S. Air Force general has been ordered to devise plans to provide visible reassurance to alliance countries in Central and Eastern Europe that other NATO nations are ready to help protect them on land, air and at sea.
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