Category Archive for: culture

Trump signs law to punish websites for trafficking

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed legislation aimed at penalizing website operators that facilitate online sex trafficking and chipping away at a legal protection for the technology industry. The law is intended to make it easier for state prosecutors and sex-trafficking victims to sue social media networks, advertisers and others that kept exploitative material…Read More

Oklahoman: Dueling faith campaigns focus on abortion

In a Bible Belt state known for its anti-abortion leanings, billboards touting a faith-based abortion-rights message may cause more than one Oklahoma motorist to do a double take. “People of faith love those who have abortions” and “God loves those who have abortions” are messages featured on eight billboards from a new Oklahoma Call for…Read More

Cannabis Activists Allege Fake Petition Numbers

The campaign gathering signatures to put recreational marijuana on the ballot grossly inflated its totals in the weeks before turning them over to state officials, a former Green the Vote board member said Monday. Dody Sullivan, who said she left the organization a week ago, said the signature count for State Question 797 on July…Read More

Nov. Ballot: New Petition Pushes for Recreational Marijuana

Amid efforts to establish a new medical marijuana industry in Oklahoma, activists want to enshrine the right to use marijuana — both for medical purposes and recreationally — in the state constitution. Green the Vote, headed by Tulsan Isaac Caviness, is promoting two state questions — 796 and 797 — of which it filed notice…Read More

Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk: The Smoke over Medical Marijuana

A comprehensive 2015 scientific review found medical marijuana to be useful only for a small number of medical conditions. Writing in the Journal of the American Medical Association, an international team of researchers found scant evidence to support broad claims for the drug’s effectiveness. Although clinical trials showed that chronic neuropathic pain and cancer-related pain could…Read More

Study: Catholic School Correlates With Students’ Self-control

Catholic elementary school students, regardless of race, sex, or socioeconomic status, have more self-control and self-discipline than their peers enrolled in either public schools or non-Catholic private schools, a recent study by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute found. The study examined two surveys of the behavior of thousands of elementary school students enrolled in public,…Read More

Catholic Conference Joins Coalition Against SQ788

A coalition of medical professionals, law enforcement officials, business leaders and members of the faith community filed papers Tuesday with Oklahoma’s Ethics Commission to formally oppose State Question 788 in hopes of defeating it. The name of this new coalition is ‘SQ 788 is Not Medical.’ Organizations signing on include the Oklahoma Medical Association, Catholic…Read More