Daily Archives: Feb. 14, 2013

You may be in a dark spiritual area if …

Twitter has had fun with a Christian group’s call for prayers for “dark spiritual areas” of north Johnson County, Lawrence, Kansas City, Kan., and southeast Kansas – areas that just happen to be represented by Democratic legislators at the Statehouse. “Are you represented by a Republican? Is everyone you know evangelical? If the answer is no, you might be in a #darkspiritualarea,” one person tweeted. “They should have signs, like in school zones: ‘Entering #darkspiritualarea, proceed with caution,’” another wrote. The state director of the Capitol Commission, which teaches Bible studies for lawmakers, claimed the prayer request was really about economically struggling areas of the state, though he couldn’t explain why Lawrence was included in the list. The group also called for prayer for the judicial system and to ask God “to provide wisdom for restructuring the Kansas selection process.” How about asking for the wisdom to not mix religion and politics?

Gates agrees with need for oversight on drones

Former Defense Secretary and CIA chief Robert Gates supports having a special court review drone strikes against Americans linked to al-Qaida. “I think that the rules and the practices that the Obama administration has followed are quite stringent and are not being abused,” the Wichita native said. “But who is to say about a future president?”

Roberts, Moran split on domestic-violence bill

When reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act passed the Senate Tuesday on a 78-22 vote, Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., voted for it (unlike last year) while Sen. Pat Roberts (in photo), R-Kan., was among the 22 Republicans on the “no” side. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., also voted against it, citing “new provisions that could have potentially adverse consequences” related to funding of sexual-assault programs and prosecution of non-Indians by tribal governments. Joan Wagnon, chairwoman of the Kansas Democratic Party, criticized Roberts for putting “partisan politics before victims’ safety.” The House, where last year’s reauthorization effort stalled, is expected to take up VAWA in the coming weeks.