Patricia Sadowski, née Taylor, could never have foreseen that some 30 years after their divorce, her ex-husband would murder a guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum before being shot himself. But some hints came early.
Although most groups promoting so-called “ex-gay” or “reparative” therapy describe themselves as Christian, several approach their attempts to turn gay people into heterosexuals from other faith perspectives.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz., complained about a supposed “blackout” on news of his investigation into the validity of President Obama’s birth certificate. He finally got the media coverage he craved — though hardly to a tune of his liking.
Avoiding controversy was the stated aim when Lowe’s, the home improvement giant, bowed to pressure from a Florida evangelical group and pulled its commercials from a TV reality show that makes Muslims look like ordinary Americans rather than terrorists.
The swelling “sovereign citizens” movement lost a leader when LeRoy M. Schweitzer, 73, died of apparently natural causes at the federal supermax prison in Florence, Colo., on Sept. 20. He was serving a 22-year sentence for crimes related to the longest police standoff in U.S. history.
Anti-Muslim hate crimes soared by 50% in 2010, skyrocketing over 2009 levels in a year marked by the incendiary rhetoric of Islam-bashing politicians and activists, especially over the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” in New York City.
In the first case of its kind, a federal grand jury in Cleveland on Dec. 20 indicted 12 Amish people on hate crime charges for cutting the hair and beards of other Amish men and women, a form of religious degradation they allegedly viewed as punishment.