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Volume 89 (Fall 2017 - Spring 2018)

Justice Dept. Sides With Baker in Supreme Court Case

Justice Dept Baker Supreme CourtThe Department of Justice made its support for Colorado baker Jack Phillips apparent, by filing a brief in support of his case that his religious beliefs prevent him from making cakes for same-sex couples on Sept. 7.

What started as a dispute of discrimination and intolerance back in 2012 when Phillips refused to create a wedding cake for Charlie Craig and David Mullins has now turned into a nationwide spectacle as the case heads for the Supreme Court to be heard before the end of its 2017 term. As this five-year case reaches an ultimate conclusion this year, it falls upon the people to determine what effects this historical ruling will have.

This decision comes on the coattail of Obergefell v Hodges, which rulted that “those who adhere to religious doctrines may continue to advocate...that, by divine precepts, same-sex marriage should not be condoned” according the The Economist.

“Part of the marriage equality ruling is how it fits into society”, says Dr. Kenneth Mitchell, a professor of Political Science. “Many different specific cases can arise from one issue, so sometimes we need more clarification from the Supreme Court.”

Dr. Mitchell views the issue as a sociological one, and is a byproduct of the original 2014 case that made same-sex marriage legal in the first place.

“It’s past precedent, in a way”, he adds, “If you want marriage equality to be strengthened, it has to be tested.”

This goes both ways; this will not only affect the rulings and particulars of marriage equality, but religious freedom in the U.S. as well. This will be a landmark case for either side, with the ruling determining the future of both issues.

“You’ve kind of got to kick a law to see how strong it is” Mitchell said.

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Unanimous Vote to Impose Sanctions on North Korea

Unanimous Vote Sanctions North KoreaThe United Nations (UN) Security Council voted to enforce new sanctions against North Korea on Monday, Sept. 11th.

President Trump’s top diplomat, Ambassador Nikki Haley, said these are “by far the strongest measures ever imposed [on North Korea].”

“This will cut deep,” Ambassador Nikki Haley said after a unanimous vote to impose new sanctions on North Korea, following their latest nuclear test, the Washington Examiner reported.

The package of sanctions targets North Korea’s imports of oil and textiles, as well as its ability to profit from forced laborers overseas. The Security Council has imposed limits on inbound oil supplies and more comprehensive inspections of cargo-ships going in and out of North Korean ports.

These measures will deprive North Korea $1.3 billion annually, according to Ambassador Haley. In addition, she reminds the regime and its allies—such as Russia and China—the U.S. government has no intent to overthrow North Korea.

 “We are not looking for war,” Haley stressed, “The North Korean regime has not yet passed the point of no return.

If it agrees to stop its nuclear program, it can reclaim its future. If it proves it can live in peace, the world will live in peace with it. On the other hand, if North Korea continues its dangerous path, we will continue with future pressures. The choice is theirs.”

“The [North Korean] regime is not suicidal,” Dr. DeRosa, a Monmouth professor, states. “It wants very badly to survive. The USA and its allies can continue to contain [the regime] even as it acquires more nuclear weapons.”

“[The sanctions] are worth a try,” DeRosa says, “but [Kim Jung-un’s] regime believes having nuclear weapons will make it more secure, and they will do their best to continue their program despite sanctions.”

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University President and Professors Take Stand Against Hatred and Bigotry

Dear students, friends and colleagues:

Our shared commitment to building a community of mutual caring and respect, diversity, and integrity does not stop when classes are finished, or take a pause before the new academic year begins.

The sad and shocking events in Charlottesville, Va., this past weekend are a stark reminder that our educational mission is vi-tal, and perhaps more important than ever, to extinguish bigotry and violence, and to affect positive change in the world.

As an academic enterprise based on exploration of diverse thought, we must balance freedom of expression with an active commitment to ensuring a safe and inclusive environment for every individual, without exception.

As we prepare to come together on campus in just a few short weeks, I know you will join me in condemning hatred, bigotry, and violence in all forms as well as offering support to those who may be feeling vulnerable. I look forward to working with all of you to ensure a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming campus for all.

Sincerely,

Grey J. Dimenna, Esq. President

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Faculty Tweets Go Viral Following Charlottesville Protests

University Professor Creates Viral Tweets on Charlottesville


Faculty Tweets 1The Dean of Monmouth University’s Honors School, Dr. Walter Greason, wrote a series of tweets following the protests in Charlottesville, VA on Aug. 12, that immediately went viral, attracting the attention of several news outlets.

The New York Times reports that the tragedy ensued after the white supremacist-led “Unite the Right” rally that took place in Charlottesville during the second week of August. After city officials announced that they would remove a statue of Confederate leader Robert E. Lee, white supremacists gathered and were met by counter protesters. The tensions escalated between the two groups, and one of the “Unite the Right” attendees James Alex Fields, Jr. drove his car through the counter protesters, killing one woman. Between the clashes themselves and the car attack, 34 other protesters were injured.

“[The statue] was basically a rallying point for white supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, and neo-Confederate forces,” said Greason, “[The rally] wasn’t just about the statue, but it was about the principles of white supremacy being defended and reasserted in the United States.”

In the day following the live coverage of the violence, Greason decided to analyze the situation by explaining the underlying reasons why a horror like this would occur. He noted that many were quick to reject the “Unite the Right” movement and distance themselves from it online, and took issue with the fact that events like what happened in Charlottesville are all too common in the US.

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Jeff Sessions Announces DACA Reconsideration

Jeff Sessions DACA ReconsiderationAttorney-General Jeff Sessions announced that President Trump will be rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an executive order established under the Obama Administration, on September 5th. 

In 2012, former President Barack Obama announced that he would be temporarily providing the renewable two-year grace period to individuals who have entered the country illegally as minors, typically through their parents. 

Much contention already surrounded DACA prior to President Trump’s rescission.

In November 2014, former-President Obama attempted to expand DACA and establish the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA). Texas, along with 25 other states, sued the United States federal government in response soon thereafter. 

In 2015, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals blocked then-President Obama’s series of executive orders with a 2-1 vote in Texas v. United States— sustaining a lower court’s injunction against the two programs, The Atlantic reported. In response to these rulings, the United States Department of Homeland Security rescinded the DACA expansion on June 16, 2017.

Many still questioned the prospect of DACA if it were to be appealed to the United States Supreme Court, considering the precariousness of the executive order. 

Much of the criticism surrounding DACA—both when it was established and today—was not so much what former-President Obama did, but rather how he did it. Presidential executive orders can sometimes stir controversy.

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