An article in The New York Times titled "Basic Religion Test Stumps Many Americans," noted that "Americans are by all measures a deeply religious people, but they are also deeply ignorant about religion."
To understand and have an informed opinion on many current events, one must know the basics about different religions. To be able to have a stance on a subject and have plausible feelings toward it, one must be educated in what drives it to happen.
The Food and Drug Administration approved a new prescription drug Aug. 13 that will allow women to take a pill up to five days after sex to prevent pregnancy.
Plan C is an emergency contraceptive pill that works more effectively than Plan B, the most-used emergency contraceptive, because it has different ingredients and allows a longer window of time that it can be effective.
Women who use Plan C would be able to reap the same benefits of taking it on the fifth day as they would on the first.
In most states, teenagers younger than 18 can be punished with serious consequences, including being charged with felony production of child pornography and having to register as a sex offender, for "sexting" to other teenagers. Sexting is identified as sending risque messages or photos of themselves via computer or cell phone. According to The New York Times article "Rethinking Sex Offender Laws for Youth Texting," lawyers and legislators in various states are now trying to lessen the punishment for teenagers guilty of sexting, and I agree with them 100 percent.
The Clean Water Act was created and put into action in 1972 to regulate and prevent companies from dumping illegal and dangerous substances into lakes that could eventually become tap water in homes and restaurants. According to an article in The New York Times, the Supreme Court has left uncertain which waterways are protected by the law; therefore, thousands of the nation's largest water polluters are declaring that the law no longer applies to them. This is dangerous and a problem for numerous reasons.
When I thought of Josh Howard, the first thing that used to come to my mind was a rising star with extreme potential to be one of the best basketball players in the NBA. Recently, however, Howard has been rapidly losing the respect I once had for him. Up until a few months ago I would have said that Howard was one of my favorite basketball players in the NBA, but he has shattered that image by pulling the last straw and insulting something so precious to most Americans: the national anthem.