Religious beliefs do not give Alabama probate judges license to pick and choose among the various functions their office is authorized to perform, including same-sex marriages. If they feel that there is a conflict between their responsibilities and their conscience, the solution is simple –they should resign. It's the only honorable thing to do.
The Council of Conservative Citizens, a white supremacist group cited by the accused Charleston killer, has a long history of associations with mainstream politicians who’ve given the group legitimacy.
In McKinney, Texas, and across the country, the lines between actual crime and typical adolescent behavior have been blurred to the point where police in many areas seem to recognize no difference whatsoever.
Absent jobs in minority communities, law enforcement reform is unlikely to break the cycle of hopelessness, despair and anger that lead to social disorder and, in turn, more racial polarization and repression.