Day: May 27, 2015

Nebraska: Governor’s veto overturned, death penalty abolished

Nebraska: Governor’s veto overturned, death penalty abolished

Nebraska’s lawmakers have made it clear to Governor Pete Ricketts: The death penalty is abolished. In a 30-19 vote (30 was needed for the overturn), Ricketts’ veto of the legislature’s first vote to abolish the death penalty and replace it with life imprisonment was overturned. This is not the first time Nebraska has been in conflict […]

Americans trending more liberal on questions of moral acceptability

Americans trending more liberal on questions of moral acceptability

Americans are moving left on the liberal/conservative spectrum when it comes to moral questions, by sizable growth in percentage points between 2001 and 2015, according to a Gallup poll announced yesterday. Gay and lesbian relations showed the largest increase in Americans seeing them as morally acceptable, a jump of 23 percentage points from 40 percent […]

Taking the veil in France: Racism or secularism? Liberation or imprisonment?

Taking the veil in France: Racism or secularism? Liberation or imprisonment?

The effects of French laws passed in 2004 and 2011 banning veils worn by Muslim women, as well as other public dress expressing religious views, seem to be snowballing in ways that are restrictive rather than freeing, and conducive to anti-Muslim action ranging from community enforcement and proposal of legislation: Mainstream politicians continue to push […]