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Libyan followers of Ansar al-Shariah Brigades and other Islamic militias hold a demonstration against a film and a cartoon denigrating the Prophet Muhammad in Benghazi. (Associated Press)

Understanding religious liberty and free speech compliant with sharia law

By Bethany Blankley

The diurnal interminable squabbling about First Amendment rights intentionally and ironically ignores the concerted effort to ensure its compliance to sharia law. Published April 20, 2015

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Bishop Robert Finn, of Kansas City, Mo., leaves a meeting at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' annual fall assembly in Baltimore in this Nov. 14, 2011, file photo. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Finn who pleaded guilty to failing to report a suspected priestly child abuser, answering demands of victims to crackdown on bishops who covered up for pedophiles. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Pope Francis OKs resignation of U.S. bishop for not reporting abuse

- Associated Press

Pope Francis on Tuesday accepted the resignation of a U.S. bishop who pleaded guilty to failing to report a suspected priestly child abuser in the first known case of a pope sanctioning bishops for covering up for pedophiles.

Iwo Jima vet, Okinawa survivor wrestle with WWII legacy

- Associated Press

In Norman Baker's mind, the Japanese were fanatical, brutal animals with no respect for life. To Yoshiko Shimabukuro, Americans were long-nosed demons who rained hellfire from the skies before raping and pillaging anything with the worse-than-death fate of crossing their path.

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2006, file photo, Robert H. Schuller poses outside the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, Calif. Schuller, the Southern California televangelist who brought his message of "possibility thinking" to millions, died at age 88 on April 2, 2015. A public memorial will be held outside the glimmering cathedral he built in Southern California on Monday, April 20, 2015. The memorial service is open to the public. The church's campus has been bought by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange.(AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

Rev. Robert Schuller remembered as dreamer, pastor, dad

- Associated Press

Hundreds of people remembered the late televangelist Rev. Robert H. Schuller as a dreamer, upbeat pastor and doting father at a memorial service Monday outside the glimmering cathedral he built in Southern California.

A United Airlines jet blows snow on a runway at O'Hare International Airport, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Chicago. More than 1,100 flights have been canceled at Chicago's airports and snow-covered roads are making travel treacherous. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Researcher denied airline flight after tweet about hacking

- Associated Press

United Airlines stopped a prominent security researcher from boarding a California-bound flight late Saturday, following a social media post by the researcher days earlier suggesting the airline's onboard systems could be hacked.

Email: Affleck asked PBS to not reveal slave-owning ancestor

Associated Press

Ben Affleck requested that the PBS documentary series "Finding Your Roots" not reveal he had a slave-owning ancestor, according to emails published online by whistleblower site WikiLeaks, and the information never appeared on the program.

In this Thursday, April 16, 2015 photo, Beverley Petrunich, co-owner of DoGone Fun, a day care and boarding facility, visits with some of her clients in Chicago. Experts say doggie day care contributed to an epidemic of dog flu in Chicago that is spreading in the Midwest. Petrunich says when the virus emerged in Chicago, her canine clients were hit hard. She consulted with vets, then closed for five days in late March to control the outbreak. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Dog flu outbreak gained foothold at urban doggie day cares

- Associated Press

Many urbanites use doggie day cares while they work long hours. Paying others to exercise their pets, owners can forgo long walks and enjoy guilt-free pooch snuggling in the evenings. While usually a healthy experience for the dogs, the day care environment, with dozens of pets mingling, contributed to an epidemic of dog flu in Chicago that is spreading in the Midwest, experts say.

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The land of the cheerful giver

The Lord loveth a cheerful giver, as the Apostle Paul tells us, and some of the most generous givers are the most cheerful among the faithful, and they live among us in America.

In this April 13, 2015 photo, Kansas Republican Gov. Sam Brownback makes a point during an interview in his office in the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Brownback is preparing to sign welfare legislation restricting how poor families can spend cash assistance from the state. The Republican governor scheduled a Thursday, April 16, 2015, morning signing ceremony at the Statehouse. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

New Kansas rules would limit spending of welfare benefits

- Associated Press

A new Kansas law tells poor families that they can't use cash assistance from the state to attend concerts, get tattoos, see a psychic or buy lingerie. The list of don'ts runs to several dozen items.

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Free-range parents deserve a break

- The Washington Times

Here's what happens when nebby noses poke where they don't belong. A mom and dad in one of America's wealthiest counties are being overscrutinized and threatened with legal action for allowing their children to do what parents have been allowing, indeed encouraging, children to do for generations.

This undated file photo provided by the Maynard family shows Brittany Maynard, a terminally ill woman who decided to end her life early under an Oregon law. She died Nov. 1, 2014. The Catholic Church has called Maynard's decision to die "reprehensible" and said physician-assisted suicide should be condemned. (AP Photo/Maynard Family, File)

Physician-assisted suicide is social contagion

In 2012, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's widow, Victoria Reggie Kennedy, campaigned against physician-assisted suicide in Massachusetts. She pointed out that most people wish for a good death "surrounded by loved ones, perhaps with a doctor and/or clergyman at our bedside." But with physician-assisted suicide, you get "a prescription for up to 100 capsules, dispensed by a pharmacist, taken without medical supervision, followed by death, perhaps alone. That seems harsh and extreme to me."

In December, 2008, President-elect Obama and Education Secretary-designate Arne Duncan, left, mingle at Chicago's Dodge Renaissance Academy. Incoming White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, center, looks on.  (AP Photo)

Obama’s failing grade on education: Contrived crisis, cronyism

By almost all measures that count, the children in Chicago’s public schools performed dismally under the Obama administration – almost 70 percent of 11th graders don’t meet academic standards, the dropout rate in nonselective schools hovers around 50 percent, and violence and chaos abound in what should be a sacred learning environment for the nation’s most precious national resource, our children.