Notre Dame to demand Operation Rescue stop alumni mailings

Right to Work Foundation Files Lawsuit for Nonunion Worker Forced to Pay Teamster Dues

Senate passes Obama $3.4 trillion budget on party line vote

    Reuters: “The Democratic-controlled U.S. Congress on Wednesday approved a $3.4 trillion compromise budget plan for the 2010 fiscal year, clinching a big victory for President Barack Obama on his 100th day in office but with no Republican support.”


  • Posted: 04/29/2009
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.reuters.com

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Six Ave Maria law students receive fellowships

“Gay adoption before Fla. Legislature, courts”

Montana: Amicus briefs filed in assisted suicide case

Euthanasia will be debated in Scottish Parliament

CBS “Poll: Support For Same Sex Marriage Grows”

U.S. House passes “hate crimes” bill

Justice Thomas Calls “Fairness Doctrine” Unconstitutional

Washington: Judge upholds 4-foot rule at Shoreline strip club

Michigan: Judge closes strip club after alleged lewd activity

FIRE Files Amicus Brief Urging Supreme Court to Hear Student Freedom of Association Case

Montana Fires a Warning Shot over States’ Rights

    CNSNews (AP): “In a bill passed by the Legislature earlier this month, the state is asserting that guns manufactured in Montana and sold in Montana to people who intend to keep their weapons in Montana are exempt from federal gun registration, background check and dealer-licensing rules because no state lines are crossed. That notion is all but certain to be tested in court.”


  • Posted: 04/29/2009
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.cnsnews.com

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Christian Leaders Condemn Hate Crimes Bill

    Human Events: “‘What’s at risk is the ability to preach the Gospel.’ So said Bishop Harry Jackson, standing with other black religious leaders and Republican congressmen at a press conference yesterday. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) led a group of members of Congress and Christian leaders yesterday in denouncing HR 1913, the federal hate crimes legislation that was passed on a straight party line vote out of the House Judiciary Committee late last week.”


  • Posted: 04/29/2009
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.humanevents.com

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Americans United for Life Represents 28 Bipartisan Montana Legislators Arguing Assisted Suicide Not a Right

David French on the Jody Hice Show: E. Mich. Univ. ousts student for not affirming homosexual behavior

NH Senate approves bill to redefine marriage

Mass. “gay rights” group attempts to intimidate supporters of Arkansas adoption measure

California: Parents Excluded from Multisexual Issues in Schools

DC: “Black clergy lead protest against gay marriage”

NY: Topless dancing no more; shootings continue

Minnesota Legislature Defeats Amendments to Stop Taxpayer Funding of Abortions

Beckwith: Don’t Replace Glendon

Walter Williams: Law vs. Moral Values

Missouri House OKs Conscience Amendment for Pharmacies on Morning After Pill

Austin R. Nimocks: Same-sex marriage is not all roses

Mark Steyn: We’re in the fast lane to polygamy

    Macleans: “Claire L’Heureux-Dubé, the former Supreme Court justice, remains confident the drawbridge is firmly up. ‘Marriage is a union of two people, period,’ she said in Quebec the other day. But it used to be a union of one man and one woman, period. And, if that period got kicked down the page to accommodate a comma and a subordinate clause, why shouldn’t it get kicked again? If the sex of the participants is no longer relevant, why should the number be?”


  • Posted: 04/29/2009
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  • Category: Global
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  • Source: www2.macleans.ca

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The man behind Parental Rights Amendment: Farris championed homeschooling, built college, local church

Utah: Woman gets 30 days in jail for texting in court

Snowe, Collins warn GOP to wake up

    The Hill: The blunt reality is that we’re losing another key moderate who has played a key role in the Republican Party … If the Republican Party fully intends to become a majority party in the future, they will clearly have to move from the right toward the middle,” Snowe said.


  • Posted: 04/29/2009
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: thehill.com

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Toomey: Arlen Specter’s betrayal

Morning After Pill for UK School Girls by Text Message: Catholic Secondary School to be Forced to Participate

    LifeSiteNews: “Set to begin in July, the pilot program will apply to six secondary schools in Oxfordshire county, including St. Gregory the Great Catholic school in Oxford. Authorities have informed the schools that there will be no opt-out allowed, claiming that the texting service is ‘outside the governance of the schools’ because it is offered outside of school hours.”


  • Posted: 04/29/2009
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  • Category: Global
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  • Source: www.lifesitenews.com

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Poll sponsored by NH Freedom to Marry Coalition: “N.H. backs same-sex marriage”

NH Senate rejects “transgender rights”

NH Senate votes to legalize medical marijuana

Today: Maine Senate scheduled to consider bill to redefine marriage

Irish Justice Minister Proposes Blasphemy Law

Michigan Civil Rights Commission Opposes Proposed Rule On Niqabs In Court

Parental rights already being lost

LA Times examines college student who films undercover videos at Planned Parenthood

Legal education and ABA accreditation requirements under fire by legal experts

    Meredith Hobbs writes at the Fulton County Daily Report:
    “You’re producing a product that very few people want. Firms have hiring freezes. Why not stop producing the product — or create new markets for what you’re producing?” one lawyer challenged the deans. “You’re like the auto manufacturers who produce a product for which there is no demand.” . . . But Matasar said law schools are hamstrung by requirements of the American Bar Association, which accredits them. For example, law students must have college degrees and must accumulate a certain number of classroom credits to graduate. “Some of the ABA rules do not have an educational reason,” Matasar said. Instead, they exist to keep law professors employed, he said. “It’s guild protection for the union of law professors of America.”


  • Posted: 04/29/2009
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.law.com

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Specter’s Party Switch Creates Little Clarity for Judicial, DOJ Nominees

High Court Upholds FCC’s Right to Fine ‘Fleeting Expletives’

    CNSNews carries this lengthy report on yesterday’s FCC ruling. It quotes several ADF allies and includes this: Pat Trueman, legal counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, said the question is sure to come back to the Supreme Court. “All the court looked at today was whether the FCC followed proper administrative procedure under the Administrative Procedures Act in changing how it is enforcing indecency law,” said Trueman, who is an expert on both indecency and obscenity laws. But Trueman said he is concerned that high court may nullify its opinion of 30 years ago that laws against indecent broadcasting are constitutional – thanks in large part to conservative justice Clarence Thomas, who sided with the majority in Tuesday’s decision.


  • Posted: 04/29/2009
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: www.cnsnews.com

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Fred Barnes: What Specter’s Defection Means

McConnell: Specter defection a ‘threat to the country’

Church continues 4-year battle for meeting place

Orange Co. Supervisors reinstate Planned Parenthood contract

    OC Register: “A lawyer from the Alliance Defense Fund told supervisors during public comments that the organization would defend the county in court for free if their decision is challenged. ‘To clearly say that county tax payers should not be paying for abortion or abortion advocacy … you have the right to do that under the law’ the attorney, Craig Alexander, said.” The Orange County Board of Supervisors reinstated a contract with Planned Parenthood, but passed a new policy that would restrict funding to Planned Parenthood in the future. ADF sent the Board a letter indicating that it would defend the future policy if Planned Parenthood challenges it in court.


  • Posted: 04/29/2009
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: healthyliving.freedomblogging.com

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Body of Polish man beheaded in Pakistan returned

“Transsexual wins $500,000 lawsuit”

A Legal Doctrine for the Starter Marriage

    “Marriage is in a state of flux. The traditional concept of marriage in American society is changing. ‘To have and to hold, till death do us part,’ does not have the same meaning as it used to. Today, divorce is commonplace. Further, a divorce is much easier to get with the advent of the no-fault-divorce regime. Thus, a recent pattern has emerged with “Generation-X”–the ‘starter marriage.’ Starter marriage is a term that has been surfacing in pop culture and newspapers in the last several years. Starter marriages typically begin when the parties are in their early-to-middle twenties, are of short duration, are usually two to five years in length, and usually do not involve children. In the year 2000, four-million couples between the ages of twenty and thirty-four divorced in the United States.”


  • Posted: 04/29/2009
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  • Category: Marriage & Family

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School’s Use of Books Depicting Same-Sex Couples Does Not Violate Parents’ Constitutional Rights

    Suffolk University Law Review: “The First Amendment protects the free exercise of religion, while the Fourteenth Amendment protects, among other rights, parents’ rights to direct the upbringing of their children. In Parker v. Hurley, two families claimed that their children’s public school violated the parents’ and children’s First and Fourteenth Amendment rights by using books depicting gay couples and by refusing to allow the parents to exempt their children from discussion of the books. In affirming the district court’s dismissal of the parents’ complaint, the First Circuit correctly held that the parents’ and children’s claims were constitutionally insignificant because the school’s policy did not burden either their free exercise or substantive due process rights. The court’s reasoning, however, focused too much on the young age of the students instead of relying solely on First Circuit precedent. By doing so, the court cast doubt on what appeared to be controlling First Circuit precedent.”


  • Posted: 04/29/2009
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  • Category: Religious Liberty

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Expert Testimony Not Required to Distinguish Pornographic Images of Real Children from Virtual Children

    Suffolk University Law Review: “Although producing virtual child pornography indistinguishable from real child pornography may be a technical possibility, the First Circuit properly allowed a lay person to determine whether an image is real or virtual. Wilder posited that computer-generated images might not be distinguishable from real images, but presented no evidence either supporting this claim or asserting that the images on his computer were in fact virtual in origin. While experts disagree about the degree of availability or prevalence of virtual child pornography on the Internet, the circuits that have considered the issue agree that fact-finders are capable of determining whether an image represents a real child without technical expert testimony.”


  • Posted: 04/29/2009
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Skirting the Line: Restricting Online Pedophilic Guides Within the Confines of the First Amendment

    Seattle University Law Review: “Part II of this Comment explores the psychological make-up of a pedophile by introducing the diagnostic criteria of pedophilia and by examining lengths to which pedophiles will go to find children. This Part also describes the danger created by websites with seemingly innocuous images and writings, explaining how these websites enable and validate pedophilia.”


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