In the wake of the murder of two New York City police officers and a national debate about policing, the National Fraternal Order of Police is asking for the Congressional hate crimes statute to be expanded to include crimes against police officers. The union has more than 300,000 members.
Violence against police officers that is motivated by anti-police bias should be prosecuted as a hate crime, the nation's largest police union is arguing in a letter to President Barack Obama and Congressional leaders this week. read more
A transgender teen in Ohio who told her religious parents she wanted to live as a girl -- and was told they wouldn't allow it -- died when she was struck by a tractor-trailer at 2:15 a.m. on Interstate 71 early Sunday. Authorities believe it was a suicide. Leelah Alcorn posted a suicide note on her Tumblr site set to go public after her death. She wrote, "When I was 16 I realized that my parents would never come around, and that I would have to wait until I was 18 to start any sort of transitioning treatment, which absolutely broke my heart. The longer you wait, the harder it is to transition. I felt hopeless, that I was just going to look like a man in drag for the rest of my life. On my 16th birthday, when I didn't receive consent from my parents to start transitioning, I cried myself to sleep. ... Either I live the rest of my life as a lonely man who wishes he were a woman or I live my life as a lonelier woman who hates herself. There?s no winning." read more
The suicide of a transgender teen is catching national attention in part because of a suicide note she left behind online. Leelah Alcorn, 17, of Kings Mills, Ohio, was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer on I-71 about 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, according to local media.
Posthumous posts started to appear on her Tumblr page, titled "Lazer Princess," including her suicide note and a post apologizing to her closest friends. "My death needs to mean something," she wrote. "My death needs to be counted in the number of transgender people who commit suicide this year. I want someone to look at that number and say Fix society. Please." read more
Being a disciple of Jesus is a lifelong journey towards conforming ourselves to the image and way of life that Jesus taught. I have compiled a list of 4 clear teachings of Jesus that most of us who exist within Evangelicalism have either never heard, refuse to acknowledge, or believe the exact opposite of: 1) Jesus, not the Bible, is God's living and active Word that brings life; 2) The only way to enter the Kingdom of Heaven is through doing the will of God; 3) Condemnation isn't Jesus' style; 4) You're supposed to sacrifice yourself and speak words of blessings for those you disagree with the most.
5 Reasons to Refuse Search (Even if you think you've got nothing to hide: 1) It's your constitutional right; 2) Refusing a search protects you if you end up in court; 3) Saying "no" can prevent a search altogether; 4) Searches can waste your time and damage your property; 5) You never know what they'll find.
You have the right to refuse random police searches anywhere and anytime, so long as you aren't crossing a border checkpoint or entering a secure facility like an airport. If you refuse a search [& contraband is found], the officer will have to prove in court that there was probable cause to do a warrantless search. If you remain calm and say no, there's a good chance police will back down, because it's a waste of time to do searches that won't hold up in court. read more