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War Veterans to Issue Nazi Boycott Seals

Jewish war veterans at a state convention here heartily approved the steps being taken by the national administration of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States to institute a boycott against all German-made goods as a retaliatory measure against Hitler and the Nazis.

J. George Fredman, of Jersey City, commander-in-chief of the Veterans, in a spirited address to the convention, declared that “pussyfooting must cease and American Jewry must take steps to vigorously combat the Nazi persecutors.” He announced that placards and special seals—the latter similar to Christmas seals—bearing the inscription: “For Humanity’s Sake, Boycott German Goods”, will be ready for coast to coast distribution, within a few days.

Fredman also declared that the Veterans’ administration did not favor participation in the proposed May 10 protest demonstrations, rather adhering to the viewpoint that an international boycott would be the only effective medium for fighting Hitlerism.

Announcement was made at the convention that the Veterans would hold their annual national encampment in Atlantic City over the Fourth of July week-end. Herman W. Brams, Newark lawyer, was reelected state commander.

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Canadian police issue arrest warrant for anti-Semitic imam

Police in Montreal, Canada, have issued an arrest warrant for a Palestinian-Jordanian imam accusing him of willful promotion of hatred, following speeches that demonize Jews and use the Quran to call for their destruction.

The warrant follows a probe by Montreal police’s hate crimes squad, after a complaint by B’nai Brith Canada about a December speech at the Dar al-Arkam mosque during which Muhammad bin Musa al Nasrdescribed Jews as “the most evil of mankind” and as “human demons.”

The imam then quoted from the Quran, saying at “the end of time … the stone and the tree will say: ‘Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me – come and kill him!’”

The mosque allowed the West Bank-born imam, a prominent member of the hard-line Salafist movement in Jordan, where he lectures at the al-Ahliyya University in Amman, to deliver more than a dozen other speeches as well.

Michael Mostyn, the CEO of B’nai Brith Canada, told the Montreal Gazette, “Today, the Jewish community of Montreal can sleep safer, knowing that there is a price to pay for inciting violence against our community.

CEO of B’nai Brith Canada Michael Mostyn (courtesy)

“This incident and others like it demonstrate that anti-Semitism, especially in the guise of religion, remains a serious problem in Canada today.”

Bnai Brith has called for the extradition of the imam, whom it believes is in Jordan, although his precise whereabouts are not known.

While several Muslim groups have condemned the speech, the Dar al- Arkam mosque has not removed the original Arabic version from its YouTube channel, nor has it apologized, the Gazette said.

The complaint against Nasr was the second against a Montreal imam.

A video released in March by the Middle East Media Research Institute showed Sheikh Wael Al-Ghitawi in November 2014 delivering a sermon at the Al Andalous Islamic Center in the St. Laurent borough against the “people who slayed the prophets, shed their blood, and cursed the Lord …”

In February, a video from August 2014 released on YouTube showed a different imam from the mosque calling on Allah to “destroy the accursed Jews” and that they be killed “one by one.”

Montreal’s hate crimes unit is also reportedly looking to question a local rapper, Jonathan Azaziah (aka Madd Cold), who — according to B’nai Brith — uses his music to promote anti-Semitism.

Among Azaziah’s songs is one called “Death to Israel,” and another titled “Overthrow the Saudis.”

“We are pleased that the Montreal Hate Crimes Unit is taking this matter very seriously,” said B’nai Brith’s Mostyn.

“Azaziah has not only proclaimed his desire to murder Jews but encourages others to do the same. This is perhaps the most clear-cut case of incitement to violence against the Jewish people in Canada that we have seen in a long time.”

Saudi Arabia, allies issue Qatar-linked terror blacklist

Saudi Arabia and allies, which have cut ties with Doha, on Friday issued a list of individuals and entities they say are linked to Qatar over terrorism links.

The list of 59 figures and 12 entities includes the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood Yousef al-Qaradawi. It did not appear to include any Hamas-linked leaders or organizations.

On Tuesday, Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Qatar must stop supporting terrorist groups like Gaza-based terror organization Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, and urged the Gulf state, facing regional isolation, to change its policies.

“This list is connected to Qatar and serves suspicious agendas in an indication of the duality of Qatar policies,” said the statement early Friday from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain.

In this Feb. 6, 2012 photo, then-Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, center, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, left, and then-Hamas leader, Khaled Mashaal, arrive to sign an agreement in Doha, Qatar. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal)

It shows that Qatar “announces fighting terrorism on one hand and finances and supports and hosts different terrorist organizations on the other hand,” they said.

The list, however, contains at least two names already designated internationally as terrorist financiers, and against whom Qatar took action, according to a previous US Department of State report.

Those two, Sa’d al-Ka’bi and Abd al-Latif al-Kawari, are among dozens of individuals and entities named Friday by Saudi Arabia and its three allies.

“The four countries agreed on categorizing 59 persons and 12 entities in their list of terrorism,” they said affirming “that they won’t be lenient in pursuing” such persons and groups.

Along with Qataris, many on the list are individuals and groups from Egypt, Bahrain and Libya.

In severing diplomatic ties with its Gulf neighbor on Monday, Riyadh accused Doha of supporting groups including some backed by Iran.

It accused Doha of harboring “terrorist and sectarian groups that aim to destabilize the region including the Muslim Brotherhood, Daesh (the Islamic State group) and Al-Qaeda.”

Riyadh has itself faced accusations of tolerating or even supporting extremists, in particular after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

In its latest Country Reports on Terrorism, the US State Department said Qatar in 2015 froze assets and imposed travel bans on Ka’bi and Kawari, both of whom are Qatari citizens.

“Despite these efforts, entities and individuals within Qatar continue to serve as a source of financial support for terrorist and violent extremist groups, particularly regional Al-Qaeda affiliates such as the Nusrah Front,” the State Department said.

“Qatar has made efforts to prosecute significant terrorist financiers.”

SAUDI ARABIA AND ISRAEL ISSUE TWIN WARNINGS ON IRAN

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Iran-News/Saudi-Arabia-Israel-present-de-facto-united-front-against-Iran-481996

 

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir each highlighted Iran as the main threat to regional stability on Sunday at the Munich Security Conference but fell short of saying they would cooperate to thwart Tehran.

Highlighting the extent to which the two countries’ views of Iran concur, each speaker cast Iran as a threat to the existence of his country; said the 2015 nuclear agreement had not moderated its behavior; and called for a tough international role – including economic pressure – to confront the Islamic Republic’s ambitions.

 

But Saudi Arabia retained its caution about being identified with Israel. While Liberman called for an alliance with Sunni states, Jubeir did not directly respond when asked if he envisions a coalition with Israel against Tehran.

Jubeir, who spoke after Liberman and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlet Cavusoglu, pointedly rejected a new Iranian call for a dialogue with Sunni Arab Gulf states, telling the conference that the Islamic Republic is trying to “upend the order” in the Middle East and seeks the destruction of Saudi Arabia.

“The Iranians speak of wanting to turn a new page, wanting to look forward, not backward. This is great, but what about the present?” he asked. “We can’t ignore what they are doing in the region.

We can’t ignore their constitution which calls for the export of the revolution. How can one deal with a nation whose intent is to destroy us?” Liberman, meanwhile, accused Iran of trying to undermine Saudi Arabia and termed Maj.-Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force, “the No.

1 terrorist in the world.”

“If you ask me, ‘What is the biggest news in the Middle East?’ I think that [for] the first time since 1948 the moderate Arab world, Sunni world, understands that the biggest threat for them is not Israel, not Jews and not Zionism, but Iran and Iranian proxies,” Liberman said, pointing to Hezbollah in Lebanon, Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip and the Houthi militia in Yemen.

Israel has not seen more moderate behavior from Iran since it signed the nuclear deal with world powers, the defense minister said. To the contrary, he stated, Israel has seen a competition organized in Tehran for the best Holocaust denial cartoon, with a prize of $50,000; parades in Tehran featuring ballistic missiles with Hebrew inscriptions reading “Israel must be wiped out;” a State Department report finding that Iran is the No. 1 state sponsor of terrorism in the world; Iranian development of ballistic missiles in violation of UN Security Council Resolution 2231; the persecution of Iran’s ethnic and religious minorities; and 600 executions in 2016, often with little or no due process.

The defense minister said the Iran nuclear deal was “an attempt to avoid reality” and a “copy paste” of the nuclear agreements with North Korea that have yielded similar results.

He called for world powers to enforce a tough policy of economic pressure and follow through on UN resolutions, such as in the case of Iran carrying out ballistic-missile tests.

The Iranians aim to “undermine stability in every country in the Middle East… their main destination at the end of the day is Saudi Arabia,” Liberman said, adding that Bahrain was also in Tehran’s crosshairs.

Jubeir termed Tehran “rampant in its support of terrorism and interference in the affairs of other countries.’’ “When we look at the region, we see the challenge emanating from Iran, which remains the biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world,” he said. Iran does not believe in the principles of good neighborliness or noninterference in the affairs of others, he continued. “We see a state sponsor of terrorism determined to upend the order of the Middle East.”

Jubeir’s comments came after Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif, addressing the conference earlier, struck a conciliatory tone toward Gulf states, saying: “We have to address common problems and perceptions that have given rise to anxieties and the level of violence in the region.”

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani traveled last week to Oman and Kuwait to try to improve relations.

But Jubeir was skeptical of this. “We’re looking for actions, not words. Saying things is one thing and doing something else is another. Sending ballistic missiles to the Houthis [in Yemen] are actions, sending weapons in violation of Security Council resolutions to the Houthis is an action, sending Shi’a militias to fight in support of [President Bashar] Assad in action. When you plant terror cells in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia and other places, that’s action. And action is more important than words.”

Jubeir said there needs to be a change in the nature of the Iranian state. “Until and unless Iran changes its behavior its outlook and the principles upon which the Iranian state is based, it will be very difficult to deal with not just for Saudi Arabia but for other countries. We’re hopeful Iran will change. We respect Iran’s culture and the Iranian people, it’s a great civilization and it is our neighbor, but it takes two to have a good relationship.

“For 35 years, we’ve extended our arm in friendship to the Iranians, and for 35 years we’ve gotten death and destruction in return.

This cannot continue,” the Saudi foreign minister said.

“With the world increasingly realizing the nature of the Iranian regime, we hope enough pressure can be brought to bear to bring an end to Iran’s behavior,” he said.

Jubeir said an assertive American role is vital to confronting the Islamic Republic’s ambitions. “The Iranians must understand that acting the way they have for the past 35 years is not acceptable and that the world will not let them get away with what is literally murder. When they do understand this, their behavior will change.”

He stressed, though, that “so far, we haven’t seen a change. The Iranians have violated the ballistic missile accords, the Iranians have stepped up the tempo of their mischief during the negotiations [for the nuclear accord] and continue to step it up after the agreement was signed. This notion that an agreement will cause Iran to change its behavior is something we don’t see reflected in the facts.

“I think they’re very rational and know where the redlines are if they’re drawn clearly,” Jubeir said. “The world must make clear certain behavior won’t be tolerated and that there will be consequences in tune with what the violations are.”

Asked how Iran’s aggression can be blocked, Jubeir responded: “There could be virtual containment denying access to the banking system and trade, travel, [and there could be] other ways of imposing sanctions, not necessarily building a wall or having troops around it.”

Jubeir said Saudi Arabia is willing to help achieve a resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

“We know what a settlement will look like, you just need political will for it. My country stands ready together with other Arab countries to see how we can promote that.”

Liberman said that two states with population exchanges is the only solution to the conflict.

“My vision and goal is, without a doubt, the twostate solution,” he said. “I believe that we must ensure Israel remains a Jewish state.

The basic solution must include a land swap and a population swap. There are a lot of misunderstandings.”

The defense minister said “it made no sense” to have a homogeneous Palestinian state and a binational State of Israel.

“The biggest problem is that we are willing for them to have a Palestinian state without a single Jew in it, but in Israel, 20% of our population will be Arabs. We cannot create two states this way,” he said.

MK Yousef Jabareen (Joint List) criticized Liberman’s statement, saying Arab towns of Israel are populated by natives of the land and cannot be compared to the “illegal and immoral settlements in the occupied territories.

“Liberman is continuing his delegitimization campaign against the Arab minority, treating us like merchandise,” Jabareen said.

Islamists Issue Ultimatum to German Women: Rapes WILL CONTINUE if you do not Comply

A Muslim group is coming out issuing an ultimatum to the women of Germany, telling them if they do not comply, that they will continue to be raped by Muslim refugees. Following the Cologne sex-attack spree over New Years, the group MuslimStern, who has 20,000 Facebook followers, told women that it is THEIR fault they are being raped, since they are dressing in a manner that Muslim men are not accustomed to. Hilariously comparing themselves to animals who cannot control their sexual urges they stated:

“You cannot expect to chuck a naked antelope in front of a lion and not expect it to react. It is mind boggling that with so much time spent teaching children about sex at school, they completely forget to pass on this basic biological fact.”

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“It is amazing that is taught in biology class so much about the mating and sexual behavior of living things, but these rules are completely ignored in everyday life.”

The Muslim hate-group whose stated mission is to “highlight the way the media was using the incidents to promote racism against minorities,” went on to urge the German government to ban alcohol across the country, if they expect further rapes to be prevented.

“Some women should think about whether it is wise to lightly dressed and drunk, to go between hordes of drunken men.”

They went on to suggest that German women should dress like the Mother Mary, not Lady Gaga, if they wish to prevent future attacks.

This isn’t the only group of Muslims who share these ass-backwards sentiments.  Cologne’s Muslim preacher Imam Sami Abu-Yusuf blamed women for being victims over New Years due to the fact that they wore perfume, as if they welcomed the attackers through their alluring scent. He further went on to blame alcohol, saying that it had taken away the refugees’ inhibitions.

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Imam Sami Abu-Yusuf

As the Daily Mail reported:

Mr Yusuf had earlier told Russian TV women only had themselves to blame for being assaulted because of the way they dressed. When asked why the attacks had happened he told REN TV: ‘One of the reasons is the way the women were dressed. If they just wear light clothing and put on perfume, then things like this will happen.’

After the comments local Green MP Volker Beck complained to police about the comments saying it was incitement to carry out crime.

As the controversy raged over the remarks, a reporter from the Cologne Express asked him to qualify his statements, and reported that he laughed when asked if he really believed that women were responsible for the attacks they suffered.

This is the rape culture that these refugees are bringing to these European countries. No longer do women have the right to not be assaulted in the streets, but now it is suddenly the fault of the victims for alluring the attackers who had no choice, but to follow their “biological response” and rape these women.

Samsung has quietly fixed the Galaxy Note 5’s Pengate issue

According to new teardowns, Samsung has solved a design issue with the Galaxy Note 5 that caused the S Pen to jam inside its holster when inserted backwards.

A few weeks after Samsung launched the fifth incarnation of its Galaxy Note phablet series, the tech blogosphere was buzzing with a new catchphrase: Pengate.
The problem with the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 as the manufacturer initially launched it was that, although the user manual states that the S Pen should be inserted with the nib pointed forward, there was nothing preventing users from inserting the S-Pen the other way around.
Unfortunately for some users, whenever the S Pen was inserted backwards, it jammed in its holster. Pulling too hard on the pen to remove did not accomplish the desired result, as this brute force approach busts the pen detection mechanism. In the meantime, some inventive people found out ways to remove an erroneously-inserted S Pen without permanently damaging the Galaxy Note 5.
When confronted with the matter, Samsung refused to take the blame for what many considered to be a design slip, pointing frustrated customers to the user manual. As it turns out, however, newer revisions of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 come with a slightly modified pen detection mechanism, one that won’t break off as easily.
The photo that we’ve attached to the side compares two different Galaxy Note 5 revisions, and the modifications are clearly visible. The old (pointy) pen detection mechanism is shown to the right. The revised mechanism, shown in the left, can now move in both ways without jamming the S Pen in its holster. As a side note, there’s no way of telling which revision you’ve got without tearing down the phablet, meaning that you’ll still want to insert the pen with the nib pointing forward.

Solving Palestinian issue could ‘change face of region,’ Sissi says

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Resolving the Palestinian question could transform the Middle East, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said Saturday.

In a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press Saturday night, Sissi also said that Syria should not be divided after its civil war, that the Egyptian military needs to be “augmented” to defeat terrorists fighting in the Sinai and Western Desert, and that efforts should be renewed to solve the Palestinian issue and expand Egypt’s nearly 40-year-peace with Israel to include more Arab countries.

Solving the Palestinian issue could “change the face of the region and … bring about enormous improvement to the situation. … I’m optimistic by nature and I say that there is a great opportunity,” he said.

Speaking a day after his government defended its crackdown in Islamists in the Sinai peninsula and Gaza Strip, Sissi said that the Mideast region needs to cooperate to defeat a worsening terrorist threat that has led to a “ferocious war” in Egypt and created the danger of some countries “sliding into failure.”

The 60-year-old former military chief, who ran for president and assumed office in 2014 after the army ousted his predecessor Mohammed Morsi the year before, spoke with AP at a New York hotel on Saturday night after he addressed a UN summit that adopted new development goals for the next 15 years.

He will also attend the annual ministerial meeting of the General Assembly at UN headquarters that begins Monday.

Just days after pardoning and releasing two jailed Al-Jazeera English journalists in Cairo, Sissi said he is open to clemency to other journalists who have been tried and convicted in absentia. But he said he would only act within his powers as president and would also respect the prerogatives of Egypt’s judiciary.

“Rest assured that we are always keen on sorting out issues and problems, especially those that relate to journalists and to the media personnel,” he added.

Sissi, speaking through a translator, said that regional security is in “its most vulnerable state.”

Smoke rises in Egypt’s northern Sinai, as seen from the border of the Gaza Strip, amid fierce clashes between government forces and Islamic State-affiliated gunmen on July 1, 2015. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)
Smoke rises in Egypt’s northern Sinai, as seen from the border of the Gaza Strip, amid fierce clashes between government forces and Islamic State-affiliated gunmen on July 1, 2015. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

“Let it suffice to look at the map and find countries that are suffering from failure. There is an increase in the extremist groups. There is the problem of the refugees that are flowing into Europe. With all that in mind, we can sense how difficult and how complicated” the challenge is, he said.

“I don’t want to say we are late in doing what we should have done, but (defeating the threat will require) a lot of effort, and not only a lot of effort but as a matter of fact it entails a good amount of understanding and cooperation from every country … to restore the countries that are now sliding into this vicious cycle of failure.”

In that vein, the Egyptian leader cited what he called an “improving” relationship with the United States. Ties are “strategic and stable,” he said.

It has been a tumultuous period in Egypt. Longtime leader Hosni Mubarak was ousted in 2011 in the Arab Spring revolt that eventually led to the installation of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Morsi as Egypt’s first popularly elected president; he then was tuned out by the military amid another popular uprising.

“The last two years were a real test of the endurance and strength” of the ties with the US, Sissi said.

Since then, Egypt has been fighting an insurgency by militants based in the Sinai who have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, and militants have carried out bombings and shootings against policemen and troops in Cairo and other cities.

Security forces have cracked down hard on Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists. Hundreds of Islamists have been killed and thousands arrested, and Morsi and other Brotherhood leaders have had death sentences issued against them in multiple trials. The trials and the crackdown have brought heavy criticism from human rights groups. Sissi’s government contends the Brotherhood is complicit in violence, a claim the group denies, saying authorities want to crush them as a political opposition.

“The problem with the Muslim Brotherhood is not a problem between the government of Egypt and these people. The real problem is between the Egyptian people and the Muslim Brotherhood,” said Sissi. He added that the Brotherhood has given “a very bad impression” and Egyptians “are not able to forgive and forget.”

The Egyptian military, he said, “has always been a factor for stability” and should be strengthened because it faces “a ferocious war against terrorism and extremism … Increasing the military capability of the Egyptian military means that it can strike a strategic balance” for the region.

Referring to the civil war that has shattered Syria, the president said “we are very keen that Syria remains as a nation and as a state and does not divide into smaller states.”

He warned that the collapse of Syria would mean that all its weapons and equipment would fall into the hands “of the terrorists.” If that happens, he said, the danger will not only hurt Syria but spill over to its neighbors and “will pose a serious threat to the rest of the region, and this is what we fear.”

Asked how extremists could be neutralized, he offered no immediate solution: “This is exactly the dilemma we are talking about.”

Kim Davis’ son Nathan refuses to issue same-sex marriage licenses in Kentucky after mother is jailed

Five of six deputy clerks in Rowan County, Kentucky, agreed Thursday to abide court orders and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The clerks told U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning at the federal courthouse in Ashland that they would issue the licenses after the judge ordered their boss, Rowan County clerk Kim Davis, to be jailed on contempt charges for defying multiple court orders.

Bunning told the six deputy clerks they could either issue marriage licenses or join Davis in jail.

The one deputy who refuse to comply was Davis’ 21-year-old son, Nathan. The judge said he wouldn’t hold Nathan in contempt.

Nathan turned away a gay couple in August while his mother was on vacation. He said the Christian law firm Liberty Counsel had advised the office to continue denying licenses to same-sex couples.

Rowan County Attorney Cecil Watkins said in a Wednesday interview that the deputy clerks were too afraid to disagree with Davis to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

“The takeaways from the Watkins interview are clear. Davis is acting alone in her zealous mission,” wrote Shannon Ragland, of the Kentucky Trial Court Review. “Her conduct has terrorized not just her staff but everyone that works in the courthouse. And all for a foolish mission aided by out-of-state charlatan lawyers trying to raise money for their ‘religious liberty’ mission.”

Davis stopped issuing licenses in June after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Obergefell ruling legalized marriage in all 50 states. She said issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples would violate her religious beliefs.

Clerk Rejects Proposal to Let Deputies Issue Marriage Licenses

ASHLAND, Ky. — A defiant county clerk rejected a proposal that would have allowed her deputies to grant same-sex marriage licenses, hours after she was sent to jail by a federal judge for disobeying a court order.

Through her lawyer, the clerk, Kim Davis of Rowan County, said she would not agree to allow the licenses to be issued under her authority as county clerk. Had she consented, the judge would have considered releasing her from custody.

Five of the six deputies told Judge David L. Bunning of Federal District Court that they would issue the licenses, though some of them said they would do so reluctantly. The lone holdout was Ms. Davis’s son, Nathan.

Ms. Davis, a Democrat, had argued that the Supreme Court order that she issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples infringed upon her religious beliefs and liberties. But after a hearing, Judge Bunning said that “her good faith belief is simply not a viable defense,” and ordered Ms. Davis to jail.

video Same-Sex Couple Confronts Kentucky ClerkSEPT. 1, 2015
Kim Davis, the Rowan County clerk of courts, shut her office door after denying a marriage license to a same-sex couple in Morehead, Ky., on Wednesday.Kentucky Clerk Who Said ‘No’ to Gay Couples Won’t Be Alone in CourtSEPT. 2, 2015
Same-sex marriage supporters, left, and opponents, right, faced off Tuesday at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky.Kentucky Clerk Denies Same-Sex Marriage Licenses, Defying CourtSEPT. 1, 2015
Kim Davis, an elected clerk, at work in Rowan County, Ky.Supreme Court Says Kentucky Clerk Must Let Gay Couples Marry AUG. 31, 2015
document Appellate Ruling on Issuing Marriage Licenses to Same-Sex CouplesAUG. 27, 2015
“The court cannot condone the willful disobedience of its lawfully issued order,” said Judge Bunning, who was appointed by President George W. Bush. “If you give people the opportunity to choose which orders they follow, that’s what potentially causes problems.”

“I myself have genuinely held religious beliefs,” the judge said, but “I took an oath.” He noted: “Mrs. Davis took an oath. Oaths mean things.”

The clerk’s stance has put her at the center of political storm that has divided the country.

The White House press secretary, Josh Earnest, said he had not discussed the developments with President Obama. But he said Ms. Davis should not defy the Supreme Court.

“Every public official is subject to the rule of law,” Mr. Earnest said. “No one is above the law. That applies to the president of the United States and it applies to the clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky, as well.”

Rand Paul, the Republican presidential candidate and a senator from Kentucky, said it was “absurd to put someone in jail for exercising their religious liberties.”

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, another Republican candidate, said the jailing of Ms. David “removes all doubt of the criminalization of Christianity in our country.”

“We must defend religious liberty and never surrender to judicial tyranny,” Mr. Huckabee said, adding that “the Supreme Court is not the Supreme branch and it’s certainly not the Supreme Being.”

Judge Bunning’s ruling also drew sharp condemnation from one of Ms. Davis’s lawyers, Roger Gannam.

“Today, for the first time in history, an American citizen has been incarcerated for having the belief of conscience that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, and she’s been ordered to stay there until she’s willing to change her mind, until she’s willing to change her conscience about what that belief is,” he said. “This is unprecedented in American law.”

But a lawyer for the couples who sued, William Sharp, said the ruling signaled that “religious liberty is not a sword with which government, through its employees, may impose particular religious views on others.”
Two couples who had previously been denied licenses by Ms. Davis’s office said they would seek the licenses on Friday.

Earlier Ms. Davis, an Apostolic Christian, tearfully testified that she had not hesitated to follow her religious beliefs and defy the courts. “I didn’t have to think about it,” she said. “There was no choice there.”

Ms. Davis was asked how she defined marriage.

“Marriage is between one man and one woman,” she replied, before a lawyer asked her whether she had “the ability to believe marriage is anything else.”

Ms. Davis offered a terse response: “No.”

Later, one of the women who has unsuccessfully sought a marriage license in Rowan County, April Miller, told Judge Bunning that Ms. Davis’s stand “marginalizes us again.”

Judge Bunning left little doubt about his thinking, and said Ms. Davis’s explanation for disobeying his order was “simply insufficient.”

“It’s not physically impossible for her to issue the licenses,” he said. “She’s choosing not to.”

Lawyers for the same-sex couples seeking licenses had asked Judge Bunning to fine Ms. Davis and not send her to jail, but the judge said he thought that a fine would not be enough to prompt the clerk’s compliance.

The hearing Thursday was the first since the Supreme Court on Monday turned down Ms. Davis’s appeal of an Aug. 12 ruling by Judge Bunning directing her to issue marriage licenses. The justices’ decision was expected to clear the way for same-sex marriages in Rowan County. But on Tuesday, the clerk and her employees again refused to issue licenses in Morehead, the seat of Rowan County.

Within hours lawyers for the couples who had initially sued Ms. Davis asked Judge Bunning to hold her in contempt.

Legal experts said it was uncertain how long Ms. Davis could kept in jail.

“Civil contempt is not supposed to be punitive, it’s supposed to coerce the person to obey the judge’s order,” said Adam Winkler, a law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. “Once she promises to obey, or once the judge determines that more jail time will not encourage her to obey, they’ll let her out. But she could be in there for a year, it’s conceivable. Judges really don’t like it when people disobey their order.”

The standoff in Kentucky, many law professors said, is reminiscent of the 1960s civil rights battles, with Ms. Davis in the role of George C. Wallace, the segregationist Alabama governor who stood in the doorway of the University of Alabama to block two black students from registering.

“In a way, she’s out George Wallace-ing George Wallace,” said Howard M. Wasserman, a law professor at Florida International University. “It does now feel like the civil rights era, with people ignoring court orders, taking a stand and being held in contempt.”

Supporters and opponents of Ms. Davis gathered outside the federal courthouse here Thursday hours before court began. One man waved a rainbow flag — a symbol of the gay rights movement — while another clutched a flag that said, “Liberty.”

“We’re supporters of the rule of the law,” said David Wills, a computer programmer from West Virginia who was first in line and said he had arrived at 4 a.m. for a hearing scheduled to begin seven hours later. “It’s just really important to me that people be treated equally, fairly.”
Ms. Davis’s supporters, gathered ahead of a hearing they called critical to protecting religious liberty in Kentucky and elsewhere.

“They’re taking rights away from Christians,” Danny Kinder, a 73-year-old retiree from Morehead, said of the courts. “They’ve overstepped their bounds.”

“I’ve been praying about it, and we just have to turn it over to the Lord,” he said. “She has got to stand for what she believes, and I have to stand for what I believe, and I’m behind her 100 percent.”

Correction: September 3, 2015
Because of an editing error, an earlier version of this article misstated Kim Davis’s political affiliation. She is a Democrat, not a Republican.

Woman Has Baby With Transplanted Ovarian Tissue

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/woman-has-baby-transplanted-ovarian-tissue-n372836

A woman who had her ovarian tissue removed and frozen as a child has given birth to a baby after the tissue was successfully transplanted back into her, enabling her to get pregnant.

The woman, now 27, was only 13 when doctors stored some of her tissue because she was about to have a medical treatment that likely would leave her infertile. It’s the first time tissue was removed from someone so young and ultimately led to the birth of a healthy baby.

Born in the Republic of Congo, the woman was diagnosed with sickle-cell anemia, a serious blood disorder, when she was five. She was not identified by the doctors. At age 11, she and her family moved to Belgium and was so sick her doctors gave her a bone marrow transplant from her brother.

The treatment can severely damage the ovaries so the doctors removed and froze part of her right ovary when she was 13. The girl hadn’t started menstruating but there were other signs she had begun puberty.

First Birth After Ovarian Tissue Transplant

A decade later, doctors grafted four parts of the frozen ovarian tissue onto the young woman’s remaining ovary and the transplanted tissue began growing eggs. More than two years afterward, she became pregnant. Last November, she gave birth to a nearly seven-pound baby boy.

“It was a very happy moment,” said Dr. Isabelle Demeestere, a gynecologist and fertility researcher at Erasmus Hospital in Brussels. “I was most happy for (my patient) because she was afraid if this didn’t work, there would be no other option for her to have a baby.” Demeestere and colleagues reported details of the case in a paper published online Wednesday in the journal, Human Reproduction.

Women who had ovarian tissue removed and transplanted have previously given birth, but to date, none were treated in childhood. The transplanted ovaries have typically only worked for a year or two before being removed, Demeestere said.

Woman Receives Whole Ovary Transplant

“We didn’t know what would happen when you transplant tissue (back) into a patient that is completely immature,” Demeestere said. “But once I saw that she had started ovulating and her hormone profile was normal, I was quite sure she would get pregnant.”