The Supreme Court has just created an aristocracy of the religious, who now can plausibly demand the right to defy almost any law. The Court has sometimes been willing to accommodate conscientious objectors, but its earlier decisions were nothing like what it has now done. By the Court’s logic, human sacrifice now presents a hard case, with a colorable argument for its protection. Tandon v. Newsom was a 5-4 decision against California's COVID-19 order limiting more than three households from gathering in homes. The Court declared that laws can’t be applied to religious objectors so long as the state “treats some comparable secular activities more favorably.” Some regard this as a de facto return to the old rule, in effect from 1963 to 1990, that religious conscientious objectors have a right to accommodation where that’s reasonably possible. What the Court has announced, however, is far more extravagant: a right to nullify even the most urgent laws. The Court declares … [Read more...] about The Supreme Court creates a new religious aristocracy
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Kindly Share This Story: By Omenesa Oruma Akomolafe “For goodness sake, where are you?” This is with a vibrato in my voice. I was peeved to the core. The whole room stood still. People were staring at me. My husband had gone off to some room for his business, but I was stuck waiting on him. I went through hell and high water to find our dog who was in the building with us, and he wasn’t on a leech. There was also a church service going on in this building, which I’d liked to be a part of, but I was torn between the service, looking for the dog, capturing the dog, and then finally being able to. make a phone call to my husband, since I didn’t know what room he was in. I was tired and I wanted to go home. “So where are you?” He responded calmly and didn’t match my frequency. I felt embarrassed, and tried to play off my bad behavior in public, but the damage had already been done. I had yelled at my husband. I had disrespected him. I disrespected him … [Read more...] about How not to talk to your husband
GameStop Corp's George Sherman will step down as chief executive officer in the biggest shakeup at the video game retailer, giving top shareholder Ryan Cohen more control as he leads the company's shift to e-commerce. The company's shares, which were at the heart of a Reddit-driven trading frenzy, jumped 9% in premarket trade on Monday after GameStop said Sherman would resign on or before July 31 and that it had started looking for a successor. Reuters had earlier reported that GameStop's board was working with an executive headhunter on the CEO search and that its directors had spoken to potential candidates from gaming, e-commerce and technology sectors. GameStop also said Sherman had refused to receive compensation for his role as a director, both before and after separation date, and had agreed to cancel his 2020 performance-vested restricted stock award. (https://bit.ly/3sx8AYa) Sherman has already forfeited more than 587,000 shares for failing to meet his performance … [Read more...] about GameStop CEO George Sherman to step down
President Vladimir Putin has touted Sputnik V as "the best vaccine in the world," and the Russian media have regularly touted the vaccine's record exports abroad. However, is it actually a safe and effective inoculation against COVID-19? DW tries to separate the facts from the propaganda. What is Sputnik V? Developed by the state-run Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow and financed by the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), Gam-COVID-Vac is a viral vector vaccine , similar to those developed by AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson (J&J). Vector vaccines are easier to manage than mRNA vaccines, which need to be stored at very low temperatures. In a vector vaccine, harmless viruses, such as inactive cold viruses, deliver the genetic code for spike proteins — which the SARS-CoV-2 pathogen uses to attach itself to human cells — into the body. The body of a vaccinated person will recognize them as alien substances and react by … [Read more...] about Fact check: How effective is the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine?
The British government should not deny the Scottish people a referendum on whether Scotland should remain part of the United Kingdom, if it becomes clear most people want such a vote to be held, a former Downing Street adviser has warned. Ciaran Martin, who led the UK's National Cyber Security Centre and who was constitution director in the government's Cabinet Office between 2011 and 2014, said in a report issued on Tuesday it would be disastrous for London to force a member nation to stay in the union. Martin, who was the UK government's lead negotiator in the run-up to the 2014 referendum on Scottish independence, said it is paramount that the union between England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales be "based on consent" and not "based on the force of law". He added that former prime minister David Cameron faced a similar situation a decade ago to the one confronting Prime Minister Boris Johnson now, after nationalists won elections in Scotland and demanded a referendum. … [Read more...] about Consent is ‘paramount’ factor for union