1. ICYMI: Trump EO Receives Mixed Reviews
As Faithwire reported, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday dealing with religious liberty and the First Amendment. The measure received mixed reviews, and, even among Christians, there were some fans, and some haters.
— FRC (@FRCdc) May 4, 2017
Church leaders welcome Trump’s religious freedom order https://t.co/0bsW1JijAj
— Catholic Herald (@CatholicHerald) May 4, 2017
Priests for Life praises executive order that addresses battle against HHS mandate https://t.co/jX6rxQNrDC
— Fr. Frank Pavone (@frfrankpavone) May 4, 2017
The religious liberty executive order is meaningless. No substantive protections for conscience. A betrayal. Ivanka and Jared won. We lost. https://t.co/Xn94KWTKPX
— Robert P. George (@McCormickProf) May 4, 2017
— Ryan T. Anderson (@RyanTAnd) May 4, 2017
Today's executive order is so toothless it actually earns those overused scare quotes around "religious liberty."
— Nate Madden (@NateMaddenCR) May 4, 2017
This was not a particularly good day for the Catholic case for Trump.
— Ross Douthat (@DouthatNYT) May 5, 2017
2. Unemployment Rate Hits 10-Year Low
The April jobs report was released Friday morning, revealing a dramatic increase in jobs added, and a markedly low unemployment rate. Last month, 211,000 jobs were added to the economy, and the unemployment rate dropped to 4.4 percent, compared to 4.5 percent in March. The April unemployment rate marks the lowest in more than 10 years.
3. ‘Blind Side’ Subject Michael Oher Accused of Assaulting Uber Driver
Carolina Panthers offensive lineman Michael Oher, whose unlikely rise to success inspired the film, “The Blind Side,” was accused this week of assaulting an Uber driver in Nashville, Tennessee, Fox News reported.
According to police, the Uber driver claims the altercation happened April 14, while he was giving Oher and four of his friends a ride in Nashville.
The driver told police that he put his hand on Oher’s face before the lineman knocked him to the ground and kicked him in the leg. Oher, 30, was cited for misdemeanor assault, and will appear in court for booking on May 8.
4. FBI Report Finds Pattern of “De-Policing” in the Wake of Anti-Cop Shootings
A disturbing new report released by the FBI this week shows a pattern of “de-policing” in cities across the country, The Washington Times reported. The alarming trend is presumably the result of an increasingly anti-cop sentiment that has fueled multiple police shootings over the past year.
“Assailant Study — Mindsets and Behaviors” claims that social justice movements like Black Lives Matter have “made it socially acceptable to challenge and discredit the actions of law enforcement.”
“Departments — and individual officers — have increasingly made the decision to stop engaging in proactive policing,” the report by the FBI Office of Partner Engagement states.
5. California Lawmakers Seek to Blacklist Businesses Helping With Border Wall
California lawmakers have created a bill that, if passed, would require businesses to disclose if they are involved in constructing the U.S. Mexico border wall, KVOR-TV reported. The proposed law seeks to establish an ultimatum for such businesses: Don’t build the wall or prepare to be blacklisted. By banning state-issued contracts for companies who contribute in any way to the wall’s constructions, the bill is another step in the push to establish California as a “sanctuary state.”
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