Legislative Prayer, Marines Get Plane Seat, and Netflix Wins: In Other News
Today, the Supreme Court hears the landmark case about regulating legislative prayer, and the justices seem ... skeptical. As Bustle reported earlier this week:
Some say the ruling for Greece v. Galloway is already predetermined by a case decided decades ago, when the court ruled in Marsh v. Chambers that Nebraska didn’t violate the establishment clause by employing a Presbyterian minister for its own legislature. In that case, the court referred back to the long history of the chaplain’s role in the state legislature. But in Greece, the tradition only started in 1999; before that, town meetings opened with a moment of silence...Justice Anthony Kennedy, dissented in an earlier ruling that found nativity displays unconstitutional. More likely than not, he’ll be the deciding vote in this case.
A decision is expected in the spring.
Zambia's first lady has come out against LGBT discrimination in her country. “Silence around issues of men who have sex with men should be stopped and no one should be discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation,” Kaseba-Saba said. “Rather, we should address reproductive health issues around this issue.” As Buzzfeed notes, her progressive stance is a surprise, considering the country's track-record.
...this year has seen a rapid deterioration of LGBT rights in the country, with arrests of men on sodomy charges and the prosecution of activist Paul Kasonkomona for calling for the decriminalization of homosexuality during a television appearance. Recently there has also been a waving of outings of LGBT people by Zambian tabloids.
As Starbucks announced that it will be hiring 10,000 veterans over the next five years, seven equally-selfless rich people gave up their first class seats to Marines returning on a flight from Afghanistan. So ... that war was totally worth it, right?
Greenbrier, Tennessee Mayor Billy Wilson was arrested Monday and charged with theft for stealing money from the city’s Toys for Tots charity.
A new app promises to help patients detect whether they need to go get tested for strep throat.
A new dinosaur dubbed the "King of Gore" was revealed at the Natural History Museum.
Blockbuster — and with it, your childhood — is officially no more. The last 300 stores are slated to close by early January. Netflix is probably amused.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has a handy list of the whitest jobs in America:
And finally, let's not let another year go by without enjoying this cruel prank: