McConnell to leave Tenth Circuit, join Stanford Law faculty

Oregon sex indoctrination bill gets Senate committee approval

UK: Artists object as hospital bans pictures of churches

University of Chicago Faculty Blog hosts discussion of civil unions in Illinois

Governor limited in choices for AZ Supreme Court

Greek court rules first same-sex “weddings” invalid

“An openly gay justice for the Supreme Court?”

Maine House votes to redefine marriage

Viewing adult-themed TV tied to earlier sex for teens

Ezra Levant: “How I beat Canada’s ‘human rights’ censors”

    Ezra Levant writing in Reason Magazine: “The Internet may also spell the beginning of the end for the HRCs of the world. In the days after my meeting with McGovern, I began to blog about human rights commissions and free speech, encouraged by my worldwide support. EzraLevant.com became one of the five most popular political blogs in Canada, according to the statistics on Alexa.com. The Internet support, which soon crossed over into the mainstream media, reassured me that I was the ‘normal’ one—that free speech was normal, that resisting government nosiness was normal—and that it was the HRCs and the Syed Soharwardys who were affronts to our Western values.”


  • Posted: 05/05/2009
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  • Category: Global
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  • Source: www.reason.com

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Frontrunner for Supreme Court believes Constitution grows ‘with the times’

“The damage done by the sex industry”

“Until death or our term, do us part”: A new angle to redefine marriage

    “We have fixed-term contracts for the buying of property, cars and insurance, but there is only one contract available for marriage and it is for life. … Is it time to consider introducing fixed-term marriage contracts?”


  • Posted: 05/05/2009
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: washingtontimes.com

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Montana assisted suicide decision under review

“Perez Hilton Sends DMCA Takedown Over Anti-Gay-Marriage Ad”

Slovak pro-lifers filed suit after police clamp-down

    Christian Telegraph: “Christians and other pro-life advocates should not be discriminated against and silenced for expressing their beliefs and making people aware of the truth,” said Europe-based ADF Legal Counsel Roger Kiska, co-counsel in the case. “Apparently, the police decided that they didn’t want people to be faced with the unexaggerated reality of what abortion looks like. The signs were completely legal and simply displayed various images of human atrocities, including what goes on behind closed doors in abortuaries around the world.” “Americans should not imagine that this type of government speech control only occurs overseas,” Kiska added. “ADF fights these types of battles in the U.S. all the time. But if the Constitutional Court in the Slovak Republic rules this police intervention legal, it will be yet another ruling that activist judges could point to in the future as a sort of precedent that U.S. courts should follow.”


  • Posted: 05/05/2009
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  • Category: Uncategorized
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  • Source: www.christiantelegraph.com

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The Supreme Court Upholds the FCC’s Policy on “Fleeting Expletives”

If GOP abandoned Christian Right, “their party would crumble”

Thomas Sowell: “Empathy” versus law

Massachusetts abortion-free speech buffer zone gets appeals court hearing

The ELCA’s Widening Chasm Over Homosexuality

    Christian Post: “It appears that the ELCA may have underestimated the true cost to pursuing this particular social justice agenda. 7 years is a long time to fight in a Church about homosexuality, no matter what side you are on. The damage already done may be irreversible. Few congregations can survive such a church fight, and even if they do, their success in the long-run is often in doubt.”


  • Posted: 05/05/2009
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: christianpost.com

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“California Gay Marriage Backers Poised to Try Again in 2010″

SC AG threatens Craigslist with prosecution

Male ‘contraceptive jab’ closer: Enormous moral and social implications

ACLU: “End the Unauthorized Sterilization of Adults with Disabilities under Guardianship – SUPPORT HB 2290″

    The ACLU of Illinois has issued this press release: “Our country has a long and shameful history of allowing the involuntary sterilization of people with disabilities, depriving them of their rights to privacy and bodily integrity, and to make their own decisions about whether or not to become a parent. A majority of states have enacted legislation to provide protections for people in guardianship relationships. Illinois needs to join that group. For that reason, we’re supporting House Bill 2290.”


  • Posted: 05/05/2009
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life

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Obama Admin Terrorism Dictionary Calls Pro-Life Advocates Violent, Racist

‘People’s Veto’ hopes to preserve marriage in Maine

U.S. military destroys soldier’s Bibles

Man stoned to death in Iran for adultery: judiciary

Bush ‘Day of Prayer’ tradition to end with Obama

Richard F. Duncan: Supreme Court benchmarks

    Law Professor Richard F. Duncan writes at the Washington Times: “Non-originalists believe that the Constitution’s meaning is not limited to what the Framers intended; rather, the meaning and application of constitutional provisions should evolve by interpretation.” Is this really a theory of evolution? Or is it more honestly a theory of creation? How does the Constitution “evolve” into a new species in so brief a time? Surely, the sudden appearance of new constitutional rules in the fossil record is best explained by a theory of intelligent design, of Creation, if you please, by shifting Supreme Court majorities.


  • Posted: 05/05/2009
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.washingtontimes.com

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DC Council votes to redefine marriage

Pennsylvania: Claims By Church Founder Against City Employees Dismissed

Maine House begins marriage debate

Hungary: Socialists to push constitutional amendment on hate speech

“Al Jazeera Video Shows U.S. Soldiers Who Want To Proselytize In Afghanistan”

White House Has “Tight Timeline” For Court Pick

Michael Savage banned from UK

Oregon: City accused of promoting Christianity

NC: Last filings in prayer suit expected Monday

    Winston-Salem Journal: Several residents sued the county [for] . . . allowing prayer-givers to include references to Christ in the prayers given before meetings of the county board. The county’s defense is being handled by the Alliance Defense Fund, which is handling court costs under an agreement with the county. “We have not been advised of a date for an oral argument,” said Michael Johnson, the ADF attorney representing the county. “My suspicion is that there may not be one.” . . . “We remain confident in the merits of the case,” Johnson said. “The board has acknowledged respect for the diversity of religious denominations. (There is) no ulterior motive to establish Christianity or disparage others.”


  • Posted: 05/05/2009
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: www2.journalnow.com

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To Strict Scrutiny and Beyond! Interpreting California’s Free Exercise Clause

    Southwestern Law Review: “[T]his article proposes a radical reinterpretation of the California Free Exercise Clause. Under the text of the California constitution, courts should hold that a statute infringing on the free exercise of religion is unconstitutional, unless the religious act proscribed is licentious, or the infringement is necessary to uphold the peace or safety of the state.”


  • Posted: 05/05/2009
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  • Category: Religious Liberty

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Religious Expression and the Penal Institution: The Role of Damages in RLUIPA Enforcement

    Missouri Law Review: “This Summary focuses on RLUIPA’s institutionalized persons provision and whether, under its remedial provision, an inmate plaintiff can receive compensatory damages. First, this Summary looks at key decisions dealing with the availability of compensatory damages in individual and official capacity claims under RLUIPA. The second component of the Summary analyzes a recent Eighth Circuit decision on the issue of damages as it relates to RLUIPA. This Summary then evaluates the case law on this issue, discussing the policy reasons for and against allowing compensatory damages. Lastly, the discussion concludes that the Eighth Circuit should prohibit institutionalized persons from obtaining compensatory relief.”


  • Posted: 05/05/2009
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  • Category: Religious Liberty

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“Not required to provide bailout money to the abortion industry”

    California Catholic Daily: “Local governments are not required to provide bailout money to the abortion industry,” said ADF senior legal counsel Steven H. Aden in a statement released by ADF. “Taxpayers should not be required to foot the bill for the activities of groups which perform or promote abortions. The Orange County policy is perfectly consistent with similar federal restrictions and does not violate any state or federal laws.” In a letter to the board of supervisors, ADF noted, “case law provides the Board with a clearly constitutional path to restrict the use of… funds to preclude any connection to the provision or promotion of abortion.”


  • Posted: 05/05/2009
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  • Category: Uncategorized
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  • Source: www.calcatholic.com

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Tough Pill to Swallow: Whether Catholic Institutions Are Obligated Under Title VII to Cover Their Employees’ Prescription Contraceptives

    University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class: “In the last decade, many employers around the United States have felt an ever-increasing push by their employees to adopt group health plans that would provide coverage for prescription birth control. The exclusion of such birth control on health plans went largely unnoticed for years, and it wasn’t until a significant number of insurance plans decided to cover male “potency drugs” in the mid-1990s that interest groups became inspired to fight for female contraceptive coverage. It was not long before state legislatures responded favorably to this movement by enacting laws that required the inclusion of contraceptive drugs and devices in all comprehensive prescription drug plans. In the past ten years, over twenty-six states passed bills requiring insurance providers to cover prescription birth control.”


  • Posted: 05/05/2009
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  • Category: Religious Liberty

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Getting Beyond Religion as Science: “Unstifling” Worldview Formation in American Public Education

    Washington and Lee Law Review: “This Article proposes a solution to the ‘religion as science’ wars in American public schools, as well as to the failure of those schools not only to prepare American youths to understand and participate in this vital debate, but also to make informed and thoughtful decisions regarding their own worldviews. Due to confusion about applicable Establishment Clause law or otherwise, most public schools fail to educate students about the important role of religion in our society, including religious perspectives on the most fundamental question regarding our existence–the nature of our origins. The solution proposed herein is one that some, including presidential candidates, have suggested, but no one has articulated how and whether it can be legally done: Teaching a basic philosophy of origins course that is geared to upper level high school students that teaches and explores various origins accounts from both scientific and religious perspectives.”


  • Posted: 05/05/2009
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  • Category: Religious Liberty

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Conservatives Back Spurned Judicial Candidate for Senate Judiciary Committee

A Cross to Bear: The Need to Weigh Context in Determining the Constitutionality of Religious Symbols on Public Land

    University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class: “In Buono v. Kempthorne, the Ninth Circuit considered whether a legislatively prescribed transfer of public land to private hands violated the district court’s injunction prohibiting the display of a Latin cross on that public land. The court concluded that the situation surrounding the land transfer constituted an unusual circumstance, removing the exchange from the ordinary rule that land transfers are a legitimate and effective way of negating an Establishment Clause violation.”


  • Posted: 05/05/2009
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  • Category: Religious Liberty

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Of Guns, Abortions, and the Unraveling Rule of Law

    Virginia Law Review: “Part I critiques Roe and Heller for recognizing a substantive right grounded in an ambiguous constitutional text. Part II argues that Roe did, and Heller will, lead the Court into a dense political thicket that it would do best to avoid. Part III discusses legislative and judicial competence, and argues that legislatures are better positioned to address the tough issues surrounding gun and abortion rights. Part IV contends that both Heller and Roe rejected the principles of federalism that conservatives ought to cherish.”


  • Posted: 05/05/2009
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  • Category: Bench & Bar

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Gonzales v. Carhart: No Limits to What Congress May Now “Find”

    University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class: “However, even under the most deferential standard, which requires that Congress draw reasonable inferences based on substantial evidence, the Gonzales Court failed to recognize that, according to the Congressional Record itself, the medical consensus Congress used to justify the lack of a health exception simply does not exist. As a result, the Court allowed Congress to create a law that ignores Court precedent and infringes on the power of the judicial branch as established in Marbury v. Madison.”


  • Posted: 05/05/2009
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life

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Former Fla. House Speaker will seek US Senate seat

Child Welfare and Future Persons

Embryo Exchanges and Adoption Tax Credits

“Russian gays want parade before Eurovision final”

School Choice for the Few: The new do-as-I-say double standard.

    William McGurn writes at the Wall Street Journal: “Some hypocrisies are apparently more equal than others. If, for example, you are a politician who preaches ‘traditional values’ and you get caught in a hotel with a woman who is not your wife, the press is going to have a field day with your tartuffery. If, however, you are a pol who piously tells inner-city families that public schools are the answer — and you do this while safely ensconcing your own kids in some private haven — the press corps mostly winks. Tomorrow afternoon at 1 o’clock in Washington, we’ll learn if anything has changed. Two groups — D.C. Children First and D.C. Parents for School Choice — are holding a rally at Freedom Plaza, just across from the offices of the city government . . . ”


  • Posted: 05/05/2009
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: online.wsj.com

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Predicting the death of Islam: The Crisis of Islamic Civilization

    David P. Goldman has this review in the Asia Times of the book: The Crisis of Islamic Civilization by Ali A Allawi (Yale University Press: New Haven, 2009). ISBN-10: 0300139314. Price US$27.50, 304 pages. The review begins: “A grim assessment of Islam’s survival prospects concludes this book-length essay by a prominent Iraqi politician who recently served as minister of defense and finance in the American-backed Iraqi government. Unless Muslims can restore Islam as a “complete way of life” embracing the public as well as the private sphere . . . ”


  • Posted: 05/05/2009
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.atimes.com

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Push is on for national academic standards

    NWANews.com: “An effort is gaining momentum to establish common academic standards for the nation’s elementary, middle, junior high and high schools. If events occur as planned by the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association’s Center for Best Practices, the states could see by the end of this summer a common set of standards for math and English/language arts in kindergarten through 12th grades.”


  • Posted: 05/05/2009
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.nwarktimes.com

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The Racist Origins of U.S. Family-Planning Policy

    Daniel Patrick Maloney writes at Public Discourse: “The senators who originally designed our family planning policies believed that the mostly black welfare population was incurably lazy, promiscuous, intellectually substandard, and a burden on public schools, and, moreover, that they probably would remain so indefinitely. Birth control, therefore, was in their eyes a way to reduce the number of these undesirable people. This article is the second installment in a three-part series.”


  • Posted: 05/05/2009
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: www.thepublicdiscourse.com

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Christian Group Defends National Day of Prayer

    Christian Post: “Americans shouldn’t be forced to abandon their religious heritage simply to appease someone’s political agenda,’ said Alliance Defense Fund chief counsel Benjamin Bull. “The U.S. Supreme Court has acknowledged that public prayer is ‘deeply embedded in the history and tradition of this country,’” he continued. “The National Day of Prayer has been a part of that. That is why ADF attorneys stand ready to defend the right of millions of Americans who wish to join together in prayer on May 1 without fear of legal attack from those who seek to silence their constitutional right to pray.”


  • Posted: 05/05/2009
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: www.christianpost.com

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ADF joins in Montana battle against euthanasia

    One News Now: Last week, ADF filed a friend-of-the-court brief in State of Montana v. Baxter, representing several groups, including the Family Research Council, and numerous Montana physicians. Steven Aden, senior legal counsel with ADF, explains their argument. “Under the Hippocratic Oath, doctors are licensed to heal, not to kill,” says the ADF attorney. “It should seem obvious, but the law should never allow private individuals to poison one another.


  • Posted: 05/05/2009
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  • Category: Uncategorized
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  • Source: www.onenewsnow.com

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Michiganians mine bodies for cash to make ends meet

    Detroit News: “As Michigan’s economy continues to suffer, people are offering themselves up as medical guinea pigs for a quick buck to make ends meet. Some are selling plasma, others their hair for hundreds on the Internet, while others take the more extreme road by wanting to sell their eggs or participate in medical studies in exchange for payment and free medical exams.”


  • Posted: 05/05/2009
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: www.detnews.com

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