When the rights of any person are stripped away by law and the church, all suffer. People who identify as sexual and gender minorities in Uganda will be martyred and we will later ask why we did nothing.
With every revelation he made last year, Snowden proved himself a person fighting for our democratic way of life at enormous personal risk, not a spy but a patriot. The U.S. Constitution should protect citizens who say the government has gone too far in trampling people's constitutional rights.
It's disappointing that immigration reform is delayed until at least 2014. But delay does not mean defeat. Immigration reforms have been passed in election years before, and if political ideology and political self-interest play any role, it can happen again.
Kathleen Brown was on her third campaign manager, and things weren't going well. She had begun as the toast of the East Coast-based national media, with a big lead in the polls over incumbent California Republican Governor Pete Wilson.
I support gay rights. Same-sex couples should have all the rights of heterosexual couples, and discrimination of any type must not be tolerated. But the marriage equality movement's desire for same-sex couples to be included in immigration reform is a recipe for disaster.
The Republican Party is at a crossroads. It could modernize some of its positions and attitudes, in a bid to stay relevant to national politics in 21st century America. Or it could shrink to becoming a party of the South, the Plains, and a dwindling portion of the Mountain West.
Some knee-jerk immigration advocates would have the American public believe that nothing less than a speedy "path to citizenship" for 11 million illegal immigrants is the only just and humane solution to our dysfunctional immigration system. Nonsense.