WSJ: “Gay-Rights Outreach Grows in California”

    Geoffrey A. Fowler writes at the Wall Street Journal: “‘If you learn what works in the Central Valley, you learn what works across the U.S.,’ Ms. McGehee said . . . Sitting in small groups, participants also were taught to make the issue personal, by condensing a narrative of their own experiences as a gay person into two-minute ‘story of self.’ Volunteers also taught how to organize homes and community centers into calling banks, and walked participants through the first steps of making a cold call to a voter . . .”


  • Posted: 04/13/2009
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: online.wsj.com

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‘Catholic’ Georgetown University Follows her Treacherous Sister Notre Dame, Invites Obama to Speak; Pro-Lifers to Protest

    Christian Newswire: “On Tuesday, April 14, from 10:30 a.m. to the end of Mr. Obama’s speech, DC area Pro-life leaders and activists will protest at the entrance to Georgetown University at 37th and O Street. Their presence is to denounce Georgetown, who invited President Obama to speak, knowing the scandal and outrage surrounding his scheduled speech at Notre Dame on May 17 . . . ”


  • Posted: 04/13/2009
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life

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Vermont legislature considers legalizing sexting

‘Sexting’ and its legal ramifications

    The Review: “The biggest problem is how to deal with the legal issues created by this latest technological phenomenon. Detective Walker said a young person who takes a photograph of himself or another minor in the nude, or in a sexually suggestive position or engaging in sexual activity, is guilty of illegal use of a minor in a nudity- oriented material or performance. Sexting the photograph to someone under the age of 18 is another crime – disseminating material harmful to a juvenile.”


  • Posted: 04/13/2009
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.reviewonline.com

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Catholic adoption agencies cut ties with church over “gay equality” laws

UK: Christian charity worker suspended over opposition to “gay rights”

NY: Men’s group works to combat sexually oriented business

West Virginia lawmakers scrap “In God We Trust” license plates

Prayer, ultrasound, marriage license bills stall in Florida

Constitutionality of Wisc. gov’s “domestic partner registry” in question

Study: Sex Selection Abortions are major problem in China

    Michael Foust writes at the Baptist Press: “Chinese males under the age of 20 outnumbered females of that same age range by more than 32 million in 2005, due in large part to the government’s one-child policy and its citizens’ use of sex-selection abortion and even abandonment, according to a new study in the British Medical Journal.”


  • Posted: 04/13/2009
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  • Category: Global
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  • Source: www.bpnews.net

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Andrew Koppleman: “The surprisingly quick triumph of the same-sex marriage movement”

Polls: “Young Voters, the GOP, and Gay Marriage”

Romania weighs decriminalizing consensual incest

Focus on the Family Unveils True Tolerance Web site

    Citizen Link: “Through TrueTolerance.org, parents can give professionally packaged information to school officials with an e-mail. The Web site is filled with information from legal experts, examples of pro-gay lesson plans that cross the line and fact-based counterpoints to the one-sided messages gay-advocacy groups frequently give public schools.”


  • Posted: 04/13/2009
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.citizenlink.org

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Missouri: Sexually oriented bookstore seeks restraining order against Crystal City

Missouri sexually oriented business ruling could trigger Supreme Court review

Some argue D.C. should push for same sex “marriage” before elections next year

Dr. Laura on Larry King: Condemns Palin family out of wedlock birth and sexting; approves same sex relationships

Steve Aden on the Jody Hice Show: The Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act

Univ. of Maryland to keep commencement prayer

The dark side of Dubai

Prominent Pro-Family Activist Julio Severo Flees Brazil to Escape Charges of “Homophobia”

Caroline Kennedy Reportedly Rejected as Potential Vatican Ambassador Over Abortion

Presumed Dead: Politics is driving the destruction of the District’s school voucher program.

    Washington Post: “Education Secretary Arne Duncan has decided not to admit any new students to the D.C. voucher program, which allows low-income children to attend private schools. The abrupt decision — made a week after 200 families had been told that their children were being awarded scholarships for the coming fall — comes despite a new study showing some initial good results for students in the program and before the Senate has had a chance to hold promised hearings. For all the talk about putting children first, it’s clear that the special interests that have long opposed vouchers are getting their way.”


  • Posted: 04/13/2009
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.washingtonpost.com

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ADF attorneys seek to defend Calif., federal definitions of marriage

ACLU tries to ban Easter cross in PA

Q&A: On E.D. Hirsch Jr. and Cultural Literacy

    The Grove City College Center for Vision and Values provides this Q&A on E.D. Hirsch, Jr.: In this latest edition, Dr. Paul Kengor, the executive director of the Center, interviews Dr. Jason R. Edwards, a research fellow with the Center …


  • Posted: 04/13/2009
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.visandvals.org

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Cal. court OKs out-of-state birth certificate change for non-resident “transgender”

Massachusetts Republican Party Chairman Says Party Will Not Oppose Homosexual Marriage

Alabama Rep. Bachus Says 17 House Members Are Socialists

Obama hosts a Seder: Who was invited?

Humanists file appeal in Presidential Inaugural challenge to “so help me God”

Developments In Obama’s Faith Based Partnerships Program

China releases first human rights action plan

The Vermont Legislature, Inventor of the “Civil Union,” Grants Full Marriage Rights to Same-Sex Couples: Why It Decided Civil Unions Were Not Sufficient to Ensure Equality

Will WI Supreme Court uphold the will of the people on Marriage?

Joe Infranco: President Barack Obama warped and twisted science with embryonic stem cell order

LA Court throws out religious court’s ruling

NY: Court Orders Discovery On Equal Access Act Claim

Faith of our Fathers: Were the Founders “Post-Christian”?

    Taki’s Magazine: “As the Preamble to the Bill of Rights shows, the entire purpose of the Bill of Rights was further to delineate the limits on federal authority, because Antifederalists insisted that the unamended Constitution had not made those limits clear enough. The phrase “respecting an establishment of” was chose instead of “establishing” because the former could be read as banning congressional disestablishment of states’ established churches, as well as congressional attempts to establish a national church.”


  • Posted: 04/13/2009
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.takimag.com

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EU directive to combat discrimination would gut religious freedom

Sikh Group Wants Army To Accommodate Turbans, Unshorn Hair and Beards

Conscience vs. Conscience

A Time for Hope: The Prospects for American Law

    ISI Books: “Judges do not make the law, in other words, though that timeworn phrase is often used by those who ostensibly support Judge Bok’s perspective but cannot see the implications of its meaning. For Judge Bork is arguing for a deep level of legal discipline by judges. There is no “higher law” in the Constitution that can allow judges to pick and choose among their favorite moral principles to decide cases in defiance of the text and structure of the Constitution itself or in furtherance of an agenda of “living constitutionalism.”


  • Posted: 04/13/2009
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.firstprinciplesjournal.com

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“Faith Groups Increasingly Lose Gay Rights Fights”

Students Encouraged to Skip School on ‘Day of Silence’

Getting the wrong idea at EMU

    Michigan Daily: “Ward was then brought under review. A panel of professors questioned her on a number of other issues, including abortion and extra-marital sex, and she said she would still feel comfortable being able to discuss those issues with clients. The panel ruled that Ward was in violation of the code and the university dismissed her. On April 2, the Alliance Defense Fund Center for Academic Freedom filed suit against EMU on behalf of Ward, claiming that the university had violated Ward’s First and Fourteenth Amendment rights.”


  • Posted: 04/13/2009
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  • Category: Uncategorized
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  • Source: www.michigandaily.com

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Ex-grad student counselor sues EMU

Ohio: Groups take sides in adoption dispute

Defining moments in marriage

Bench press: Obama begins to “remake” federal courts

SCOTUS Petitions to Watch: Jury consultation of Bible during sentencing

      SCOTUS Blog’s latest listing of Petitions to Watch includes this case:  Docket: 08-833 Title:  Oliver v. Quarterman Issue:  Does juror consultation of the Bible during sentencing deliberations  deprive a defendant of Sixth Amendment rights and what standard of proof should apply in …


  • Posted: 04/13/2009
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.scotusblog.com

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Ethical questions over harvesting dead son’s sperm

Ginsburg Shares Views on Influence of Foreign Law on Her Court, and Vice Versa

Woman’s Bid to Assert Same-Sex Parental Rights Fails under NY Law

Map tracks national battle to defend “choose life” plates: ADF preps for another hearing in NJ

Insane NY cell phone taxes up to 33% are structured to hit families hardest

Minnesota: State’s high court may not be the last word in recount

Religious Liberties: Nondiscrimination Rules and Religious Associational Freedom

    Engage: “Governments are applying rules banning “discrimination” on the basis of religion and “sexual orientation” to religious groups with increasing frequency. As interpreted by the courts, the extent to which the Constitution protects the freedom of religious groups to associate around shared religious commitments is not entirely settled. We believe, however, that a proper regard for religious liberty should move government to exempt religious organizations from such nondiscrimination rules. When government subordinates religious freedom to other public policy objectives, courts should—and must—find violations of the Constitution.”


  • Posted: 04/13/2009
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.fed-soc.org

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“Intimately Linked”: Examining Religious Protection for Student Expressions of Sexual Abstinence

Abandonment and Reconciliation: Addressing Political and Common Law Objections to Fetal Homicide Laws

    Duke Law Journal: “This Note explores a variety of fetal homicide laws that states have adopted, demonstrating that popular opinion has shifted toward recognizing this crime. It then directly confronts the objections that have prevented other states from adopting such laws: it first reviews the literature suggesting that the born-alive rule should be abandoned, as it is an obsolete evidentiary standard; it then argues that constitutionally protected reproductive liberties can be reconciled with, and in fact augmented by, punishing the killing of a fetus as a homicide.”


  • Posted: 04/13/2009
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: www.law.duke.edu

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Gonzales, Casey, and the Viability Rule

    Northwestern University Law Review: “This Essay argues that the Supreme Court has an unmet obligation to account for the significance accorded to fetal viability in its abortion jurisprudence. Neither Roe nor Casey provided a constitutional justification for the viability rule, and Gonzales makes such a justification even harder to envision. Under the reasoning of Casey, if the Court cannot offer a principled constitutional rationale for requiring the ability to survive ex utero as a condition for state protection, then the Court should abandon the viability rule as an illegitimate and arbitrary line, inappropriate for judicial imposition.”


  • Posted: 04/13/2009
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: www.law.northwestern.edu

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The Struggle to Balance the Consumer’s Right to Access Contraception and the Pharmacist’s Right of Conscience