When you’re locked up in jail and the days are dragging on, sometimes you just want something good to read. A novel, a newspaper, or maybe a magazine — just about anything will do. But up until recently, at least, if you were doing time in South Carolina’s Berkeley County Detention Center, about the only thing you would be reading is letters from home— or the Bible.
An appeals court has overturned a federal judge’s decision that the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional and has ordered the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging the President’s right to proclaim the annual observance. As reported by the Associated Press, “A three-judge panel of the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the Madison, Wis.-based Freedom From Religion Foundation did not have standing to sue because while they disagree with the president’s proclamation, it has not caused them any harm.”
On March 30, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y., picture, left) and 15 co-sponsors (including Republican leaders) introduced S. 679, the “Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act.” The measure would remove the “advice and consent” requirement for many executive branch appointments, giving the President unchecked power to fill key administration positions.
Under the guise of environmentalism, Boston is considering the installation of thermal imaging cameras throughout the city for the stated purpose of determining the energy efficiency of individual homes. However, the cameras also have the capability of showing activity within the homes of Boston residents, raising privacy concerns.
The Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on April 6 that a professor at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington can sue the school for not promoting him to full professor status because of the conservative Christian views he expressed in speeches and writing.