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California governor signs physician assisted suicide bill

California Gov. Jerry Brown meets with board members of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California in Los Angeles, June 9, 2015 (Credit: AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)Former Jesuit seminary student and current Governor of California Jerry Brown signed the End of Life Option Act into law on Monday, thus allowing physician assisted suicide. Permitting physicians to provide lethal prescriptions to mentally competent adults, this new law will allow those who have been diagnosed with some type of terminal illness to commit suicide within the next six months with the help of a physician. The law will take effect ninety days after the Legislature adjourns its special session on healthcare, sometime between November and January.

In his personal statement concerning his signing, Governor Brown wrote this "is not an ordinary bill because it deals with life and death." Considering the "theological and religious perspectives," Brown found that "the crux of the matter is whether the state of California should continue to make it a crime for a dying person to end his life, no matter how great his pain or suffering."

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Oregon gunman singled out Christians

 Kristen Sterner, left, and Carrissa Welding, both students at Umpqua Community College, embrace each other during a candlelight vigil for those killed during a shooting at the college, Roseburg, Oregon, October 1, 2015 (Credit: AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Tragedy has struck an American college campus again. And religion seems to be a significant part of the story.

Shots rang out at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon on October 1 at 10:38 AM local time. A gunman has killed 10 and wounded seven others, three of whom are in critical condition.

(Note: the Oregon sheriff later told reporters, "I will not name the shooter. I will not give him the credit he probably sought prior to this horrific and cowardly act." I agree, and will not name the shooter in this article.)

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Is Islam compatible with American democracy?

American Muslim girl with US flag painted on her face (Credit: Mangagirl3535 via DeviantArt)On September 20, 2015, Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson was interviewed on Meet the Press. Chuck Todd asked him, "Should a president's faith matter?" He replied, "Well, I guess it depends on what that faith is. If it's inconsistent with the values and principles of America, then of course it should matter. But if it fits within the realm of America and consistent with the Constitution, no problem."

Todd then asked, "So do you believe that Islam is consistent with the Constitution?" Carson replied, "No, I don't, I do not. . . . I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that."i

A week later, he was interviewed by CNN's Jake Tapper.ii When asked to clarify his earlier remarks, Carson stated: "I would have problems with somebody who embraced all the doctrines associated with Islam. If they're not willing to reject shari'a and all the portions of it that are talked about in the Qur'an, if they're not willing to reject that and subject that to American values and the Constitution, then of course I wouldn't."

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