A police captain in Tulsa, Oklahoma has filed a federal lawsuit after refusing to attend an “outreach” event at a local mosque when ordered by his superiors. He was reassigned by the police department, and is being investigated for refusing a direct order. His lawsuit is based on the First Amendment, and he says that the police department cannot order him to attend an event that violates his religious beliefs, nor require him to enter a mosque except on a police call as a part of his duties.
In other news, there’s Libya. And Algeria. And Bahrain. And Saudi Arabia. And Jordan. And Egypt. And Morocco. And Libya again.
Col. Ghedaffi continues to cling to power, and remains defiant. The eastern third of Libya is said to be almost entirely in rebel hands. Various estimates place the death toll so far between 1,000 and 10,000 people. The European border agency Frontex is expecting a flood of refugees in the coming weeks, with estimates ranging from 500,000 to 1.5 million. The flow of oil from Libya to Italy has been cut off, but the Italian government says it has other sources of supply.
In related news, protest demonstrations inspired by those in the Middle East have been mounted in three North Korean cities.
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