Last week, the U.S.Commission on International Religious Freedom issued a press release announcing the recent appointment of Gayle Conelly Manchin as a member of the Commission.  She was appointed on April 19 by Senate Democratic Leader Charles E. Schumer.  Manchin, who is the wife of West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, has previously served as a member of the West Virginia State Board of Education and director of AmeriCorps Promise Fellows in West Virginia.  She was West Virginia’s First Lady from 2005- 2010.

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Wylie appeared before the Senate judiciary committee, expressing concern about true informed consent when it comes to social platforms 6.16pm BST Thanks for joining us for our live coverage of Christopher Wylie’s appearance before the Senate judiciary committee. For close observers of the Cambridge Analytica story, there was little new information disclosed in this hearing. Since going public in the Observer in March, Wylie has spoken to numerous media outlets and testified to Parliament, so much of what he said today was familiar. 6.01pm BST And we’re done! Tillis closes out by entering articles about the Obama campaigns use of data into the record. Continue reading…

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/live/2018/may/16/christopher-wylie-cambridge-analytica-testifies-us-senate-live

As reported by AP, last week both the Kansas an the Oklahoma legislatures  approved bills allowing faith-based social service agencies to provide adoption services consistent with their religious beliefs. Wichita Eagle had this report on Kansas SB 284 (legislative history) (full text):A bill that ensures faith-based adoption agencies can turn away gay and lesbian couples based on religious beliefs will be signed into law by Gov. Jeff Colyer….The Senate approved the bill 24-15 at 1:51 a.m. Friday after the House passed it Thursday night, 63-58. The bill had been dormant for weeks before lawmakers revived and passed it in a matter of hours….The bill doesn’t apply to organizations that contract directly with DCF [Kansas Department of Chidren and Families], allowing DCF to prohibit discrimination in placements. Agencies that refuse to place children with LGBT couples can continue to receive reimbursement from the state if they are making placements on behalf of a DCF contractor.The Oklahoma bill, SB 1140 (legislative history) (full text) covers both adoption and foster care placement by agencies that act in accordance with their

This week, the Oklahoma legislature sent two bills to Gov. Mary Fallin for her signature.  HB 2177 authorizes the display of the Ten Commandments and other historical documents on public property.  The bill (full text) provides in part:Every county, municipality, city, town, school or any other political subdivision is authorized to display, in its public buildings and on its grounds, replicas of historical documents including, but not limited to, the Ten Commandments, Magna Carta, Mayflower Compact, Declaration of Independence, United States Constitution, Bill of Rights, Oklahoma Constitution and other historically significant documents in the form of statues, monuments, memorials, tablets or any other display that respects the dignity and solemnity of such documents. Such documents shall be displayed in a manner consistent with the context of other documents contained in such display.In 2015, the Oklahoma Supreme Court held that a Ten Commandments monument on the statehouse grounds violates the Oklahoma Constitution. (See prior posting.)The legislature also sent the Governor HB2632. The bill (full text) gives Oklahomans the same right in places of worship that they now have in homes and businesses to resist intruders by the use of deadly force. Tulsa World reports on the legislature’s actions.

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