NPR axes Christian radio programs

Tennessee’s jihad against homeschoolers

Abortion Abroad: Western family-planning advocates have global ambitions.

LAT minimizes child abuse, more bothered by ‘Conservatives’

    Newsbusters: “Yet, rather than directing any real outrage at Planned Parenthood for concealing the despicable crimes of statutory rape and child abuse, the Times seemed more perturbed at the “conservative” personalities behind Rose and her efforts . . . David French, an attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund … appeared at [Rose's] side during an interview with conservative TV talk-show host Bill O’Reilly . . . ”


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Former Laetare Medalist Judge John T. Noonan to deliver address at Notre Dame’s Commencement

Colorado Enacts Designated Beneficiary Agreement Law for Unmarried Couples

    Leonard Link: “. . . the Colorado legislature and Governor Bill Ritter have enacted the Colorado Designated Beneficiary Agreement Act, HB 09-1260, which will provide a legal status accompanied by a list of legal rights and benefits for unmarried couples (both same-sex and different-sex). The measure, which adds a new Article 22 to Title 15 of the Colorado Revised Statutes, takes effect on July 1, 2009.”


  • Posted: 04/30/2009
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: newyorklawschool.typepad.com

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Man shot outside Tucson strip club

New Report: School Choice in Indiana Would Help Families, Provide Long-term Savings for Taxpayers.

14-year-old Christian girl raped and forced to convert to Islam

“United Methodist Court Rejects Gay Marriage Resolution”

    Christian Post: “The United Methodist Church’s top court recently ruled that clergy, both active and retired, cannot perform same-sex marriages or civil unions. Performing such services is ‘a chargeable offense,’ Bishop Beverly J. Shamana ruled last Friday. UMC’s Judicial Council affirmed her decision.”


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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: christianpost.com

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Pro-Lifers to Deliver ‘Blood Covered’ Dolls in Baby Carriages While Notre Dame Trustees Meet

Minnesota Orders Internet Providers to Bar Online Gambling Sites

Woman cited with owning adult-store without license

ACLU Lawsuit Challenges Government Ability To Freeze Charity’s Assets And Designate It As Terrorist Without Due Process

St. Charles Pharmacist Files Religious Discrimination Suit Against Target

Maine Senate approves marriage redefinition bill; refuses to allow the people to vote

ACLU suing North Coventry

“Gay couples keep Iowa’s border counties busy”

Washington Post: Confirm Dawn Johnsen

Forced abortions shake up China wombs-for-rent industry

Texas House could vote soon on bill to lower penalties for infanticide

S.Korea lifts ban on stem cell research

“Gays In The Military Should Be Allowed To Come Out, U.S. Voters Tell Quinnipiac University National Poll; Key Is Belief That Being Gay Is By Choice Or By Birth”

New fight brews over UN treaty on children’s rights

Obama/Clinton Position on Family Planning and Abortion Violates Cairo Agreement

TN: ACLU delays lawsuit over LGBT web access in schools

Islamic Scholars Wrestle With Death-For-Apostasy Issue

Protecting Medical Professionals Who Morally Oppose Abortion Is ‘Short-sighted,’ Democratic Senator Says

    CNSNews: “I want you to know I am going to keep fighting for a reversal of that HHS provider-refusal regulation,” Murray said. “It’s so important. It’s so short-sighted. You know, when we have 45 million Americans who are underserved and women and families are already struggling to access basic health care, it’s just wrong to make access to health care even more difficult,” she added.


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First 300,000 Petition Signatures Delivered to Notre Dame Board Members, Fr. Jenkins

Joel Oster on the Jody Hice Show: Kansas pastor arrested for sharing his faith

Abortion Law ‘Not the Highest Legislative Priority’ for Obama

A Primer on Human Sexuality…

    William E. May writes at the Culture of Life Foundation: “Genital union between unmarried men and women does not, in truth, unite two irreplaceable and non-substitutable persons, because unmarried men and women are unmarried precisely because they have refused to ‘give’ themselves unconditionally to each other and to make each other irreplaceable and non-substitutable in their lives. Such genital union simply joins two individuals who are in principle replaceable, substitutable, disposable and in no way unites two irreplaceable and non-substitutable, non-disposable persons. Such union is unworthy of human persons made in the image and likeness of God and called to give themselves away to others in love, in the sincere gift of themselves.”


  • Posted: 04/30/2009
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: culture-of-life.org

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Misdemeanor Courts a Waste of Time and Money, Says Defense Lawyers Group

Christian student booted for not embracing homosexuality

    Christian Examiner: “‘Christian students shouldn’t be penalized for holding to their beliefs,’ said ADF Senior Counsel David French. ‘When a public university has a prerequisite of affirming homosexual behavior as morally good in order to obtain a degree, the school is stepping over the legal line. Julea did the responsible thing and followed her supervising professor’s advice to have the client referred to a counselor who did not have a conscience issue with the very matter to be discussed in counseling.’”


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Legal battle over mandatory sex ed in Germany

“American Character, the Remix: How College is Shaping Us Now”

MA: Springfield law may curb strip venues

West Virginia: Segal wants judge off case because of religion

Cal. Supreme Court lets private schools expel lesbians

Britain’s New Equality Bill Published and Introduced Into Commons

Florida: “An eventful encounter at a ‘non-event’ park”

Senate Judiciary Hearing Held On Nominees for Civil Rights Division, Judgeships

ADF offers to defend Orange County policy preventing public funds from subsidizing abortionists

Miss California to campaign against “gay marriage”; New religious liberty ad campaign

Report shows press freedom declines worldwide

Legal battle over mandatory sex ed in Germany

    One News Now: Roger Kiska, an attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund’s European office, explains the Elscheidt’s situation. “The family, the Elscheidt family, believe that this was contrary to their faith,” says Kiska. “They did a lot of research on the governing law in Europe as well as international law coming from the United Nations documents, and they determined that since this was so contrary to their faith and that it would do damage to their ability as parents to raise their children according to that faith, that they would teach their child at home on this issue and only this issue.”


  • Posted: 04/30/2009
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: www.onenewsnow.com

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ADF protects freedom of speech

    Tulsa Beacon: “Freedom of speech is alive again on the campus of The City College of San Francisco thanks to the Alliance Defense Fund. The college arrested an employee of Jews for Jesus, an evangelistic group, for handing out literature (Gospel tracts) on campus ‘without a permit.’ . . . It’s a good thing America has a group like the Alliance Defense Fund.”


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  • Source: www.tulsabeacon.com

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Iowa litigation: “When Religion and Diversity Collide in the Workplace”

    Travelers RM Plus Online: A senior systems engineer filed a lawsuit against his former employer claiming that the employer’s mandatory diversity training course violated his civil rights. The man claims his religion teaches that homosexuality is a sin and that he was terminated for objecting to training that encouraged acceptance of homosexuals. ‘Former Rockwell Collins Employee Sues Company,’ KCRG.com (May 18, 2008). The former employee alleges he was fired because of his religious beliefs and that he suffered loss of pay and benefits as well as emotional distress . . . ”

    Complaint filed by the Rutherford Institute: Meeker v. Rockwell, No. 1:08-cv-59 (N.D. Iowa ____)


  • Posted: 04/30/2009
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.rmplusonline.com

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Is the Glass Half-Full?: Gonzales v. Carhart and the Future of Abortion Jurisprudence

    SSRN: “In Gonzales v. Carhart, 127 S. Ct. 1610 (2007), the Court reversed course from Stenberg v. Carhart, a decision issued just seven years before and, in a 5-4 decision written by Justice Kennedy, upheld the ‘Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003′ (‘the Act’). The question for advocates after Carhart v. Gonzales is how to prevent the case from being extended by those intent on Roe’s destruction. This paper argues that we must start by illuminating the decision’s limitations, and by recognizing and appealing to the aspect of Justice Kennedy that remains a moderating influence on the other four in his Carhart majority.”


  • Posted: 04/30/2009
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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Deliberative Constitutionalism

    Brigham Young University Law Review: “Deliberative constitutionalists propose an account of democracy combining the principles of constitutionalism with those of deliberative democracy, but they have not adequately considered whether deliberative and constitutional ideals are logically compatible. This Article explains how these rival conceptions of democracy can be reconciled.”


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  • Category: Bench & Bar

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Urban Catholic Schools, Social Cohesion, and Land Use

    < ahref="http://ssrn.com/abstract=1395676">Notre Dame Legal Studies: “Catholic elementary schools, and particularly those located in inner cities, are a type of land use that provides positive external effects to their neighborhoods. We will make the theoretical case for the importance of parochial schools not just for the students in them, or even for their families, but for the broader communities. We will show the connection between these theoretical predictions, which draw on the social capital and urban planning literatures, and real neighborhoods in Chicago.”


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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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Michael Stokes Paulsen: The Constitutional Power to Interpret International Law

    Yale Law Journal: “This Essay maintains that, for the United States, the U.S. Constitution is always supreme over international law. To the extent that the regime of international law yields determinate commands in conflict with the Constitution’s commands or assignments of power, international law is, precisely to that extent, unconstitutional. Further, the force of treaties (and executive agreements) to which the U.S. is a party is always subject to the constitutional powers of Congress and the President to supersede or override them as a matter of U.S. domestic law.”


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