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The Supreme Court of the United States is hearing oral arguments this morning over the constitutionality of a federal law that permits state governments to regulate the carrying of concealed weapons. If it rules against the NRA, that provision could become the law of the land in the United States.
The case will be heard by the court by this summer. The state of Hawaii has attempted to regulate firearms possession in public places by requiring all public, and even some private, firearms carriers to obtain a concealed carry permit from the state, which in theory is an exercise of state power. In practice, however, the law is very unclear and requires that gun carriers do nothing more than show up at an appropriate police department and then wait a set number of days before being allowed to carry their weapons in public. The Hawaii law also provides for a fee, but it does not impose one, and gun carriers who fail to pay can be arrested. (One exception to the fees is that the fee goes to the police department, but that is not mandatory.)
The NRA and its allies have argued that Hawaii's law is unconstitutional because it restricts freedom of association and expression, as well as due process, and that it tramples on the constitutional right to bear arms.
The "Rapture" and "The Last Supper" have been taken down from the internet. According to the Christian Right website LifeSiteNews, the books were removed due to the fact that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has officially declared them "un-Christian" because of a passage in which Jesus said that "every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire."
This is a key passage from Jesus' Gospel in which Jesus said that we are all in need of God's forgiveness and God is going to deliver it to us by "an earthquake" and an " earthquake of tongues." As LifeSiteNews explains, that's just the way God works:
The "Rapture" and "The Last Supper" were published by the fundamentalist Christian publisher Alliance Defending Freedom and have been around for nearly 20 years. While this particular book was not targeted by the anti-gay group the American Family Association, it has been used as a reference by the group. It's important to note that the American Family Association has always taken a stance against LGBT equality, which is why they would not hesitate to use a Bible verse against the Christian community.