In a “700 Club” segment that aired last Thursday regarding the political views of Muslim Americans, televangelist Pat Robertson characterized Islam as a violent religion stating, “Islam is not a peaceful religion that wants to coexist. They want to coexist until they can control, dominate, and then if need be destroy.”
Robertson went on, “The fact is that our immigration policy is so skewed to the Middle East and away from Europe that we have introduced these people into our midst and undoubltedly there are terrorist cells all over them."
Robertson’s remarks sparked an immediate outcry from many Muslim Americans, among others, who equivocated the televangelist’s remarks with anti-semitism.
Robertson gained national attention for comments made on the “700 Club” in September 2001 in which he agreed with fellow televangelist Jerry Falwell that the events of 9/11 were the fault of feminists, abortion rights proponents, civil liberties groups, and gays and lesbians. After being thoroughly criticized by religious, political, and community leaders nationwide, Robertson tried to distance himself from the remarks, stating that he did not really understand what Falwell was claiming.
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .