Northern Ireland has entered into its annual “marching season,” which culminates on July 12, commemorating the victory of Protestant William of Orange over Catholic James II in 1690 when the Battle of the Boyne was fought on the east coast of Ireland near Drogheda in County Louth.
Harrison, Ark., was again the center of local and national attention when a racially charged billboard was erected with a white girl holding a dog pictured and stating, "It's not Racist to (Heart) Your People."
It lists a "White Pride Radio" website, which leads to Ku Klux Klan information. The KKK is a national hate group that promotes white supremacy and has targeted blacks, immigrants, Catholics and Jews.
A coalition of critics is urging Obama to drop the practice of permitting religious groups to hire and fire based on a person's faith when they receive federal money.
When I heard about the law proposed in Arizona that would have used “religious freedom” as an excuse to legalize discrimination against LGBT (and potentially others), I was stunned. I applaud Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona for vetoing the bill.
What appalled me most, however, was the fact that the Arizona Catholic Conference supported the bill! In fact, their website is crowded with legislative updates on the work they did to pass the legislation, and their lament that it was vetoed.