FROM Jason Torpy
Can You Serve in the Military without Serving God? "God and Country" is a familiar phrase in the US military. But what about service members who don't believe in God? Last month, the Army said soldiers could formerly designate themselves as "humanists." But the Navy has just denied the application of a "humanist" chaplain. That's one victory and one loss for Jason Torpy, a graduate of West Point who served in Iraq in 2003 and 2004. Now he's the full-time President of the Military Association of Atheists & Freethinkers .
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?