October 22, 2013 |
Tucked into the deeply evangelical corner of southwestern Missouri, the Islamic Society of Joplin's mosque was an oasis for Muslims -- the only mosque within a 50-mile radius. But in August 2012, during Ramadan, the building burned to the ground in an apparent arson fire. It was the second attempt made on the mosque in about a month; activists feared a hate crime, and a team of federal and local investigators couldn't find a suspect. But now, a surprise turn in a different arson case has implicated an Iraq veteran, who officials say confessed over the weekend to burning down the mosque in addition to making attempts on the local Planned Parenthood office.
October 1, 2013 |
If Nancy Reagan ever dropped in on Texas, she would make a foursome: four past and present Republican First Ladies, all married to anti-abortion politicians, and yet who themselves, to varying degrees, support a right to abortion. Anita Perry, wife of the super-duper pro-lifer Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who just signed into law very stringent abortion regulations, let it slip over the weekend that she regards abortion as “a woman's right.” She answered a question at the Texas Tribune festival with an equivocal-sounding response - that she and her husband agree on abortion - but with an eyebrow-raising kicker: It's a “difficult” question, she said, “because I see it as a women's right.
August 14, 2013 |
It's not a typo: The South Central L.A. Tea Party exists, and Jesse Lee Peterson takes a bow for founding it. He's also president and founder of the 23-year-old black bootstraps group Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny, or BOND, and serves as pastor for a nondenominational congregation at its headquarters. As his public pronouncements make clear, he detests Planned Parenthood and legal abortion, welfare and the California-born black holiday Kwanzaa. He used to hold a "national day of repudiation" against Jesse Jackson; he has his doubts about women in high places.
July 12, 2013 |
Capping weeks of divisive protests and political drama, the Texas Senate approved one of the nation's strictest abortion bills in a 19-11 vote, following earlier approval by the state House. The bill now goes to the desk of Gov. Rick Perry, who has pledged to sign it. Passage came during a session that stretched to midnight in the state Capitol in Austin. Before the vote, watched by activists from both sides, lawmakers offered emotional remarks inflected in many cases with religious references.
July 6, 2013 |
Wisconsin this week became the latest state to pass legislation restricting abortions, though opponents of the measure quickly filed suit. The bill, signed Friday by Gov. Scott Walker, would require women to view an ultrasound of the fetus before an abortion. Providers would be required to point out the fetus' features on the ultrasound. In addition, doctors performing the procedure are required to have admitting privileges at a hospital within a 30-mile radius. Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and Affiliated Medical Service, both opponents of the bill, filed a lawsuit in federal court in Madison to block the law from taking effect Monday, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported.
July 2, 2013 |
What would Tami Taylor do? It's a question plenty of us - or at least those of us who'd like to emulate the perfectly coiffed character played by Connie Britton for five seasons on “Friday Night Lights” - ask ourselves on a regular basis. Now, following Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis' historic 13-hour filibuster , it's become a rallying cry for abortion rights advocates. On Monday, Britton announced a collaboration with Planned Parenthood on limited edition T-shirts designed to show opposition to Senate Bill 5 , the proposed legislation that would dramatically restrict access to abortion in the state.