Trooper Fired for Proselytizing On the Job Gets Public Support: “I Wish Other Officers Would Do That!”

Lots of people in Connersville, Indiana, are upset or puzzled about the firing of police officer Brian Hamilton. A 14-year veteran of the force, Hamilton was kicked out after he wouldn’t stop preaching the gospel to people he pulled over for alleged traffic infractions.

Even after his superiors told him to stop because he was clearly violating citizens’ First and Fourth Amendment rights, Hamilton went right back to giving unsuspecting motorists his Jesus schtick.

Says one woman interviewed by WRTV, the local ABC channel:

I wish other officers would do that. Maybe it might touch my kids’ heart that they would [get to] church and give their heart to God.”

The interviewer then asks, not unreasonably, whether that should be the role of a police officer. And she responds, without even letting him finish,

“It should be the role of anybody.”


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Bombshell: Prosecutors Say Dennis Hastert, Defender of Family Values, Sexually Abused Four Boys

Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, an evangelical Christian, got in trouble with the law a year ago over suspicious banking transactions. Investigators found that Hastert had withdrawn almost a million dollars from his accounts in increments of just under $10,000, in an apparent attempt to dodge banks’ reporting requirements.

Where did all that cash go? Hastert was paying hush money to “compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct,” in the tantalizing words of the eventual indictment. He also lied to the FBI about the withdrawals. The word “misconduct” referred to an unnamed person, wronged by Hastert, in Yorkville, Illinois, where the family-values politician had been a high school teacher for 16 years.

When you read the latest bombshell in the case, below, keep in mind that Hastert was part of the Congressional posse that impeached President Bill Clinton for trying to conceal a consensual blowjob involving an adult partner; and that Hastert was consistently at the forefront of the “family values” crowd that aggressively fought same-sex marriage and other gay-rights issues.


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Canada Shuts Down Its Office of Religious Freedom

I wanted to render that headline as

Canada Shuts Down Its Office of Religious Freedom; Mississippi Vows To Invade

… but so far America’s poorest and second-most-religious state hasn’t made a move on our northern neighbors. We’ll keep you posted.

The first part is true, though:

Canada’s Office of Religious Freedom was effectively shut down last month after that country’s new liberal government decided not to renew the mandate of the office.


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How Do Islamic Extremists Turn Captives Into Suicide Bombers? With Promises of Food and Paradise

“Do you want to follow Christ, or do you want to be a Muslim?”

If you’re a Christian captive of Boko Haram, the Nigerian terrorist group, the path to staying alive is to become a Muslim; choosing to stay a Christian might mean a bullet to the head. But, initially unbeknownst to the women and girls thus converted, staying alive may not be not in the cards for very long. Many of them are indoctrinated in jihad, and trained to become suicide bombers.

It’s difficult to imagine the psychological mechanisms that would make such an intended transformation successful. Is it Stockholm Syndrome? It’s one thing to begin identifying with your captors, and another (I would think) to go and indiscriminately kill members of the very social and cultural group in which you grew up.


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Obituaries of Russian LGBT People Can Hold Heartbreaking Clues About Why They Died

When a reasonably prominent Russian man dies in a crime, writes Masha Gessen in the New York Times, there can be a certain art to reading the victim’s obituaries. If they mention that he was found murdered in his own home, and there was no sign of a break-in, that can be code for something disturbing.

When this happens to someone well-known enough to warrant numerous written remembrances, the writers usually refer not to a killing but to a “tragic death” — as though it were not a criminal but a personal trait that caused the person’s demise. What they mean is that the deceased was gay and apparently died at the hands of someone he brought home.


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