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Religious exemptions are gutting civil rights protections, advocacy groups warn
The Trump administration's expansion of religious exemptions is undermining civil rights protections and codifying discrimination against marginalized groups — particularly LGBTQ people — according to a report released Monday by three research and advocacy groups.
Using a combination of new rules, legal interventions and newly created divisions, the departments of Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Justice, Labor and State have all taken steps to advance "religious liberty," often at the expense of LGBTQ rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Center for American Progress and the Movement Advancement Project argue in their report.
The proposed rules — from the departments of Justice, Health and Human Services, Labor, Housing and Urban Development, Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, Agriculture and Education, along with the U.S. Agency for International Development — would undo several Obama-era regulations, including those that require federally funded religious organizations to inform beneficiaries about certain rights.
For example, if a homeless LGBTQ teen sought help from a faith-based provider and the provider was not accepting of the teen's sexual orientation or gender identity, the provider would no longer have to inform the teen under the new rule about alternative providers that may be more accepting.
"These rules would be harmful to LGBTQ people, women, religious minorities and others during the best of times, but they're particularly unconscionable during a public health crisis when even more people than usual are relying on social services," said Rachel Laser, president of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, which was not involved with Monday's report.
Jonathan Schmitz Killed A Man For Revealing A Crush On Him On TV — Where Is He Now?
Michigan man Jonathan Schmitz, then 24, was invited onto “The Jenny Jones Show” in 1995. "The Jenny Jones Show" began in 1991 as a traditional talk show where serious topics were discussed, but by 1993 it transformed into something more like "Maury" and "The Jerry Springer Show." The show's segments began ranging from paternity tests to out-of-control teens to secret crush reveals.
During the taping of this particular episode, which was entitled “Same Sex Secret Crushes,” Schmitz's acquaintance Scott Amedure, 32, revealed his crush on him while also describing details of his sexual fantasies about him. While Schmitz appeared to be a good sport about it ?— he was mostly smiling and laughing ?— he was deeply humiliated. At points, he covered his face with his hands; he also turned to Amedure and the female friend who brought him on the show and said, “You lied to me.” His father had made multiple homophobic statements in the past and Schmitz seemingly feared being perceived as gay, as the docuseries points out.
Investigators refuse to drop murder charges against three Russian sisters who killed their 'rapist' father while he slept despite prosecutors calling it self-defence
Teenage girls who were raped while out for a walk during Russia's lockdown are threatened with FINES for breaking coronavirus restrictions
Dallas Boy, 6, Found Tied Up in Dark, Locked Shed as Grandmother and Boyfriend Are Arrested
Conn. Man Allegedly Admits to Beating Teen Nephew to Death, Dumping Body in Lake
Videos show daytime shootings on Charlotte streets. ‘This is as real as it gets,’ official says
Marshalltown teenager shot by officer during altercation
California high school basketball coach arrested on suspicion of sex crimes with a minor
CPD Sex Crimes Division working to identify suspect in surveillance footage
Anti-LGBTQ+ Boosie Hired Sex Worker to 'Prepare' Pre-Teens
Rapper Boosie Badazz is causing an uproar on social media after revealing he once hired a sex worker to give oral sex to his son and nephews when they were 12 and 13 years old.
“I’m training these boys right,” he said in an Instagram Live video yesterday. “Ask any of my nephews, ask any of them, ask my son. Yeah, when they was 12, 13, they got head. Yeah, that’s how it’s supposed to be. Hell yeah, I got my fucking son dick sucked.”
NEWS HEADLINES: Surveillance Videos Show Ahmaud Arbery Trespassed Into Man’s Home Before Shooting
Newly released surveillance videos show Ahmaud Arbery trespassed into a home — which the homeowner says was robbed of $2,500 worth of fishing gear earlier this year — before running away down the street after a neighbor called 911.
Arbery can be seen walking down the street — not jogging — then stopping on homeowner Larry English’s lawn and looking around. After seeing no one was in the area, he then trespassed into the house at around 2:09 p.m. on the timestamp, which is actually most likely around 1:08 p.m as police said the first neighbor to call 911 did so at 1:08 p.m. Arbery is seen exiting the building around 5 minutes later and took off running or “jogging” after 911 had been called on him (possibly by the onlooking man who is seen standing next to a tree across the street that appears to be holding a phone up to his left ear and likely would have been in Arbery’s view).
North Carolina Deputy Fired, Charged After Leading White Mob To Black Teen's Home
Southern Charm's Kathryn Dennis Apologizes for Racially
Trucker Accused Of Murdering 3 Women In 1990s, Including Two Who Were Pregnant
Wis. Boy, 5, and Sister, 3, Found Dead in Feb. from 'Intentional' Injuries — But No Arrests Yet
Ohio State to pay $41 million to settle sex abuse lawsuits naming former wrestling team doctor
Documents: Federal agents engaged in sex acts with victims
PICTURED: The 18 members of a 'mob' who 'ambushed and tried to kill a New Jersey state police detective when he was investigating a home invasion'
Police searching for Brooklyn man who groped 7 women in 3 hours
BEDFORD-STUYVESANT, Brooklyn (WABC) -- Authorities are searching for a serial groper responsible for several incidents on Friday.
Police say the male suspect approached several women in a three-and-a-half-hour period between 8:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. in Bedford Stuyvesant.
All of the victims were approached while they were walking on the street, authorities say.
SEE IT: Bronx robbers try to grab woman’s phone, shove her to the ground
‘It makes people feel unsafe’: Brooklyn serial groper suspect says in apology — after he’s caught
Man Charged with Killing Teen Who Chased His Son Through Ashburn: Prosecutors
Suspect In Saturday Shooting Arrested; Money At Root Of Dispute
Louisiana police officer faces rape charge after being accused of coercing sex during speeding stop
Woman Robbed at Gunpoint in Naperville Motel Room
Married couple, 85 and 86, shot dead at Delaware veterans cemetery
Bumping into each other outside Brooklyn housing project leads to beatdown
Missouri man poses as teenage girl on social media to solicit sex photos from kids: Police
Woman arrested after calling cops to report fire in her crotch
An Ohio woman was placed under arrest after reportedly calling 911 to ask for help extinguishing a fire in her crotch.
Katrina Morgan, 50, called the cops in Port Clinton at about 10 p.m. Saturday, to allegedly falsely report her “pussy” ablaze, the Port Clinton News-Herald reported.
Morgan asked the cops if the fire department’s “hose is working” and said, “I need somebody to come put it out with their hose,” according to the outlet.
SWAT team arrests armed ‘vigilantes’ defying lockdown in Texas bar
Florida Man Accused Of Rape, Torture, And Murder In 35-Year-Old Los Angeles Cold Case
Man Charged In Missing Ex-Girlfriend's Murder Allegedly Impersonated Her Over Text For Months
Alabama Teacher Charged in Hunting Death of 11-Year-Old Boy
'I Don't Remember Anything,' Alleged Family Killer Tells Relative In Newly Released Jailhouse Call
22-year-old Twitter employee dies after being shot in San Francisco's Mission District after he went to pick up take-out
Brothers offered a ride to four teenage girls 'before plying them with drugs and raping three of them'
Two brothers from New Jersey have been arrested after giving a ride to a group of teenage girls before then offering them a host of drugs and then allegedly raping them.
The group of four girls from Millstone, New Jersey were walking in the early hours of April 22 when Wilson, 21, and his brother Wilfrid Cesaire, 28, both from Asbury Park, pulled over to the side of the road and invited the juveniles into their car.
At least three of them were sexually assaulted, police say.
North Carolina Mom Kills 4-Year-Old Stepson With Plastic Bag, Then Murders Husband Decades Later
How Camcorder Footage Exposed a Famed New York City Cantor’s Shocking Child Sexual Abuse
Man Allegedly Killed Girlfriend And Her Two Sons, Then Dumped Them In The Desert
Man killed in midday Uptown shootout was targeting rival gang members: prosecutors
'Giving' Utah Mom in Training to Become Nurse Is Killed in Murder-Suicide: 'Great Mother'
Santa Rosa Man Suspected In Stabbing During Fight Over Stolen Bike
Calif. Cops Arrest and Release Man Three Times in One Day Thanks to State Bail Ban
‘I realized I’m probably gonna die': Upper East Side woman says she was trying to help out roommate who stabbed her for criticizing drinking during coronavirus lockdown
Family Dollar security guard shot to death after telling shopper to wear mask
Inside the twisted world of ‘rapist’ designer Peter Nygard: book
Peter Nygard, the flamboyant Canadian fashion mogul, built a nearly billion-dollar fortune hawking slacks and blouses at Sears, Walmart and his own store in Times Square. Known as a hard-partying Peter Pan, the man Forbes dubbed “The Polyester Phenom” was often surrounded by young women and threw legendary parties at his homes in the Bahamas and Los Angeles.
But it all came to a halt in February when the FBI raided Nygard’s Manhattan office. The bust came just a week after 10 unidentified women filed a federal lawsuit accusing the 78-year-old of a “decades-long sex-trafficking scheme” in which he “recruited, lured, and enticed young, impressionable and often impoverished children and women, with cash payments and false promises of lucrative modeling opportunities” — only to, allegedly, sexually assault and rape them. On April 22, 36 more women joined a class-action complaint against Nygard.
Seven high-risk sex offenders — 'the most dangerous kind of criminal' — released early in California over coronavirus
The Orange County District Attorney's Office warned residents that seven high-risk sex offenders have been released months early as part of the efforts in California to slow the spread of the coronavirus in jails, KCBS-TV reported.
"These kinds of high-risk sex offenders are the most dangerous kind of criminal and the most likely to re-offend," Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said in a news release. "They are doing everything they can to avoid detection by the parole officers assigned to monitor them so they can potentially commit additional sex offenses. These are not the kind of people who should be getting a break."
The sex offenders — convicted of crimes ranging from indecent exposure and sexual battery to child molestation — were released beginning April 7, many of them spending just days behind bars instead of the six months required by law for registered sex offenders who violate parole by removing or disabling GPS monitors.
"It is not the Court's responsibility to control the jail population by releasing these dangerous criminals back into our communities," Spitzer said. "The residents of Orange County deserve to have the peace of mind that registered sex offenders are being held accountable and not just let out the front door of a jail by a court commissioner who refuses to follow the law."
A cult leader held ex-gay torture sessions in her home. A former follower came back with a gun.
Indiana postal worker may have been fatally shot over delayed stimulus check
Heavily tattooed Florida man allegedly abducted, drugged, beat woman in camper
Ariz. Mom Was Seen 'Screaming for Help' Before Being Found Dead — as 4 Women Are Arrested
'Tragic Beyond Words': Texas Mom Allegedly Murders Her Children After Losing Custody, Then Kills Herself
Man left with fractured face in ‘transphobic or homophobic’ London tube attack
Man Thought He Was Arranging A Casual Hookup, But Ended Up Being Shot By Woman And Her Boyfriend, Cops Say
Ex-NFL Linebacker Telvin Smith Accused Of Having Sex With Underage Girl
Teen Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter in Frederick Fair Attack
Women who dare dissent targeted for abuse by Yemen's rebels
Samera al-Huri’s fellow activists were disappearing, one by one. When she asked their families, each gave the same cryptic reply: “She’s traveling.” A few of the women re-emerged. But they seemed broken and refused to say where they had been for months.
Al-Huri soon found out.
A dozen officers from the Houthi rebels who control northern Yemen snatched her from her home in the capital, Sanaa, at dawn.
They took her to the basement of a converted school, its filthy cells filled with female detainees. Interrogators beat her bloody, gave her electrical shocks and, as psychological torture, scheduled her execution only to call it off last-minute.
Women who dare dissent, or even enter the public sphere, have become targets in an escalating crackdown by the Houthis.
Activists and former detainees described to The Associated Press a network of secret detention facilities where they are tortured and sometimes raped. Taiz Street, a main avenue in Sanaa, is dotted with several of them, hidden inside private villas and the school where al-Huri was held.
Indian woman gang raped after quarantined alone in school: police
An Indian woman was allegedly gang raped in a school in the desert state of Rajasthan where she had been quarantined for a night by the police amid the nationwide coronavirus lockdown, a police official said on Sunday.
The incident occurred last week when the victim, a daily wage earner, sought shelter at a police station after walking alone for miles and losing the way to her native village.
In the absence of a quarantine centre, local police housed her for the night in a school building, where she was allegedly raped by three men.
Father in custody after 5-year-old shot self in hand, police say
American Golf Pro and Girlfriend Killed in Mexico, Where They'd Been Quarantining amid Coronavirus
2-Year-Old Pennsylvania Boy Dead After Being Beaten, Sexually Abused By Mother's Boyfriend
Predator, 24, who followed a mother-of-two back to her house then raped her in her hallway as her children listened is jailed for 16 years
Lawsuit against Honolulu school alleges sex abuse by coach
Authorities Searching For Missing Man, His Stepdaughter And Her Boyfriend After Finding Evidence Of ‘Foul Play’
California man guilty of killing 4 in race-related rampage
US landlords are targeting vulnerable tenants to solicit sex in exchange for rent during coronavirus crisis, advocates say
Some landlords are taking advantage of the coronavirus outbreak, soliciting sexual favors in lieu of rent payments from economically vulnerable tenants, according to advocates.
Khara Jabola-Carolus, executive director of the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women, said her office has received more reports of landlords sexually harassing their tenants in the last two weeks than it had in the two years since she started working there.
This includes cases of landlords offering to move in with tenants and sending sexually explicit photos to them after they communicated concerns about paying April rent.
‘If You Leave Me, Can’t Nobody Else Have You’: Arkansas Man Nabbed For Allegedly Strangling Wife To Death
Husband Allegedly Stabs Wife To Death With Their 3 Kids In The Home, Then Goes On The Run
4 South Texas Family Members Including 2-Year-Old, Found Murdered; Suspect In Jail
Little boy found dead in car trunk after mom’s abusive boyfriend beats him to death: Docs
California Twin Sisters Were Killed in Shooting, and Mom's Ex-Boyfriend Is Suspect
Pa. Boy, 7, Dies and Mom Is Charged — and Aunt Says Dad Was Desperately Trying to Get Custody
Boy Found Dead In Trunk Of Woman’s Car Was Her Blind 5-Year-Old Son, Autopsy Confirms
18-Year-Old Man Arrested For Alleged Molestation Of Minor
FREE TO PREY Photography teacher ‘molested two students AFTER she was caught with child abuse pics and allowed to keep her job’
Former CBS Reporter Lara Logan Revisits Terrifying 2011 Rape by Mob in Egypt Amidst $25 Million Lawsuit
Lara Logan is recounting her horrific 2011 rape in Egypt while she was covering the resignation of then-president Hosni Mubarak.
Logan, 49, opened up about the ordeal in an interview with Newsweek on Monday, telling the outlet that she wants to tell her story again as part of a bigger discussion about the media.
“You can’t have a #MeToo movement standing up for women and righting the wrongs of the past but say nothing about a female journalist who was gang-raped and almost died,” she said.
Logan, who was in Cairo at the time working as a journalist for CBS News, said that at first, the crowd she was in seemed “pro-American.”
“Suddenly, our translator turned to me with a look of sheer terror and said, ‘Run, run!’ I felt people grabbing between my legs,” she recalled. “I was quite stunned.”
Disturbed teen killer who lured student, 24, to her home on a dating app before choking him to death with a sex toy cord and whispering softly to him as he died 'should spend four years in youth jail'
Death Sentence Upheld For Man Convicted Of Locking Young Girl In Box And Letting Her Suffocate
Two women charged in Bradford, Ont., human trafficking investigation: police
Ga. Teen Girl on Bike Is Chased and Stabbed to Death, Allegedly by 15-Year-Old in Gang Initiation
A 15-year-old boy will be charged with murder as an adult in connection with the death of a 14-year-old girl.
On Wednesday evening, Marietta Police officers were called after the girl’s boyfriend attempted to find her but couldn’t, according to a press release obtained by PEOPLE.
Janina Valenzuela was on her bike with her boyfriend walking near her when they were allegedly approached by the suspect, who was reportedly armed with a knife, police say.
The pair became separated while attempting to get away from the suspect. Subsequently, the boyfriend searched for Janina for two hours before calling police, he told detectives.
Two Arrested For Murder of Miami-Dade High Schooler During Shoe Robbery: Police
Rihanna is teaming up with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to donate $4.2million to aid domestic violence victims in LA amid the coronavirus lockdown
Rihanna is teaming up with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to donate $4.2million to help domestic violence victims in LA amid the coronavirus lockdown.
According to TMZ, the 32-year-old singer's Clara Lionel Foundation and the Twitter CEO, 43, are sending a $4.2m grant to the Mayor's Fund to help abuse victims .
The donation comes amid reports that more than 90 people are being turned away from domestic violence shelters in LA every week.
The site reports that the money will be able to cover housing, meals and counselling for 90 victims per week for 10 weeks.