Gov. Brown signs controversial assisted-suicide bill
Caught between conflicting moral arguments, Gov. Jerry Brown, a former Jesuit seminary student, signed a measure Monday allowing physicians to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients who want to hasten their deaths.
Brown appeared to struggle in deciding whether to approve the bill, whose opponents included the Catholic Church.
“In the end, I was left to reflect on what I would want in the face of my own death,” Brown wrote in a signing message. “I do not know what I would do if I were dying in prolonged and excruciating pain. I am certain, however, that it would be a comfort to be able to consider the options afforded by this bill. And I wouldn’t deny that right to others.”...
Our Deepening Love Affair With Death
Suicide Is Cool As Long as You’re Sure
#YesIAmAChristian goes viral following Oregon mass shooting
...Ana Boylan, one of the injured students, told family members she and others played dead on the floor of their classroom, the Los Angeles Times reported.
She heard the gunman ask students to rise and state their religion.
Others have said that students who said they were Christians were shot again...
Three Christians Arrested in India and Accused of Converting Locals
ISIS thugs crucify Christian boy aged 12 after slicing off fingertips in front of his father
ISIS executes 12 Christians—including boy and 2 women who were raped in public and beheaded—for refusing to renounce Jesus
Violent attacks against Christians in Bangui leave hundreds dead
Sectarian violence has broken out in Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR), claiming between 100-200 lives.
Violence broke out on 26 September after the body of a young Muslim man was found in Bangui, leading to retributive attacks by Muslims against Christians, Christian Solidarity Worldwide reports...
Archaeologist Believes Remains of Sodom’s Fiery Destruction Have Been Found
...As the researchers work to piece together the clues, Collins says his team has identified a distinct layer of ash at the site that dates back to the Middle Bronze period. The ash could be evidence of a fiery destruction, much like the one described in Genesis 19. Pottery shards that were exposed to extremely high temperature levels have been recovered from the site—another potential indication of a fiery disaster.
Is Tall el-Hammam indeed Sodom? Collins is increasingly confident that it is...
Why Palmyra Should Matter to the West
...The Romans often behaved in a barbaric way — for example, by reducing Palmyra to a ruin — but they were not barbarians. The Islamists of the new Caliphate glory in their barbarism. They also have a growing number of admirers and apologists here. Once Isis has finished with Palmyra, the media caravan will move on to another oasis of death, with a new horror show to fill our screens. But the voyeuristic atrocities we are witnessing in Syria and Iraq are a foretaste of what the future has in store for the West — including Britain — unless we act now...
Sowell: Charlatans and Sheep
...Whenever some group is not equally represented in some institution or activity, the automatic response in some quarters is to assume that someone has prevented equality of outcomes.
This preconception of equal outcomes requires not one speck of evidence, and defies mountains of evidence to the contrary. Even in activities where individual performances are what determine outcomes, and those performances are easily measured objectively, there is seldom anything resembling equal representation...
Florida candidate for U.S. Senate admits to sacrificing goat, drinking its blood
..."I did sacrifice a goat. I know that's probably a quibble in the mind of most Americans," he said. "I sacrificed an animal to the god of the wilderness ... Yes, I drank the goat's blood."...