Ohio Religious Conservatives Look to Challenge Roe v. Wade with “Heartbeat” Abortion Ban

The Columbus Dispatch reports that the Ohio House Health and Aging Committee passed an abortion ban that would ban the procedure whenever a fetal heartbeat is detected — as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. The bill contains language to account for situations that would endanger a pregnant woman’s life, but makes no exception for rape or incest victims.



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Fox News Hosts, 48 Hours After Saying Obama Lacks Religiosity, Bemoan How He Quoted Bible Verse in Major Speech

On November 20, President Obama spoke about his immigration policy changes. During the address, he referenced the Bible, saying specifically, “Scripture tells us that we shall not oppress a stranger, for we know the heart of a stranger — we were strangers once, too.” (This injunction is found numerous times in the Bible, in Exodus 22:21, Deuteronomy 10:19, Exodus 23:9, and Leviticus 19:34.)

The hosts of Fox & Friends were particularly incensed — not at the policy in this case, so much as the President’s audacity to quote the Bible. The criticism ranged from the bizarre to the hilarious.



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Egyptian Preacher/Doctor Acquitted After 12-Year-Old Patient Died During Alleged Genital Mutilation

Last summer, a botched operation took the life of a 12-year-old Egyptian girl by the name of Sohair al-Bata’a. The man responsible has nothing to worry about professionally or legally, though.

The first doctor to be brought to trial in Egypt on charges of female genital mutilation (FGM) has been acquitted, crushing hopes that the landmark verdict would discourage Egyptian doctors from conducting the endemic practice. Raslan Fadl, a doctor and Islamic preacher in the village of Agga, northern Egypt, was acquitted of mutilating Sohair al-Bata’a in June 2013. …

Sohair’s father, Mohamed al-Bata’a, was also acquitted of responsibility. Police and health officials testified that the child’s parents had admitted taking their daughter to Fadl’s clinic for the procedure.



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Texas Board of Education Approves Textbooks That Say Moses Influenced the Writing of the Constitution

Just days after the Texas State Board of Education decided to delay a vote to approve textbooks full of revisionist history, they went ahead and voted to approve them. It was a 10-5 vote down party lines. (You can guess which party the 10 belong to.)

While some of the most egregious problems were removed from the adopted textbooks, not everything was fixed. The Texas Freedom Network points out:

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Maryland City Council Member Won’t Take Oath on Bible Because That’s Not What She Was Elected to Uphold

Jessica Fitzwater (below) just won a seat on the Frederick County Council in Maryland, and I already have reason to like her. On December 1, when she takes the oath of office, she won’t be swearing in on a Bible:



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