Legislation Attacking Abstinence Rejected in Texas House

Congress: Update on bill promoting homosexuality/abortion abroad

Federal domestic partner benefits legislation is reintroduced in both houses of Congress

Blackstone Fellow wins Embryo Law Essay Competition

Homosexual Advocacy Group Accuses Maine Diocese of Violating Tax Law

Why Homosexual Behavior Is More like Consensual Incest and Polyamory than Race or Gender – Part 1

    Robert A. J. Gagnon writes at the Christian Post: “The problem is that the analogy to race and gender doesn’t work well. Race and gender are 100% heritable, absolutely immutable, and primarily non-behavioral conditions of life, and therefore, intrinsically benign. Homosexuality and transsexuality are none of these things. While there probably are some biological risk factors for some homosexual development and even transgenderism, science has failed to establish that homosexuality and transsexuality develop deterministically like race and gender. Even the Kinsey Institute has acknowledged that at least one shift in the Kinsey spectrum of 0 to 6 is the norm over the course of life for those who identity as homosexual (75%). Most importantly, unlike race and gender, homosexuality and transsexuality are in the first instance impulses to engage in behavior that is structurally discordant with embodied existence (as male and female). They are therefore not intrinsically benign conditions.”


  • Posted: 05/21/2009
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.christianpost.com

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Male Judges Advise Women Lawyers to Lose the Distracting ‘Ally McBeal’ Look

    ABA Journal: After laughter erupted, Bankruptcy Judge Benjamin Goldgar of Chicago offered that the matter needs to be addressed because it is “a huge problem.” He said sometimes he wishes he could tell the female lawyer before him, “I’d really like to pay attention to your argument.”


  • Posted: 05/21/2009
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.abajournal.com

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“Republicans to Lynch: Veto gay marriage bill, focus on budget”

The National Press Club Johnson Amendment debate: Free Speech in the Pulpit

“Is Homophobia the New Anti-Semitism?”

    Michelle Goldberg writing at American Prospect: “Meanwhile, just as the gay-rights movement has been globalized, so has the religious opposition. ‘There are currently two major sources of homophobic thought globally,’ says Hossein Alizadeh, the Iranian-born communications coordinator of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. ‘One is primarily Christian conservative movements that are mainly based in the United States. We see a lot of that fitting into the hatred and violence in Africa, the missionaries that go into different African countries and bring with them the message of hate. The second is Islamic fundamentalism.’”


  • Posted: 05/21/2009
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  • Category: Global
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  • Source: prospect.org

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The Orthodox Jewish view of abortion

    David P. Goldman writes at Spengler, a First Things blog: “Unlike the Catholic position, which proceeds from natural theology, the Jewish position emerges from the legal consideration of the human person, which requires the community to establish a distinction—and that distinction is the event of birth, the physical separation of the baby from its mother’s body. Rabbi Sacks emphasized that the Jewish and Catholic positions converge on nearly the same result, with the only distinction being abortion to save the mother’s life.”


  • Posted: 05/21/2009
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: www.firstthings.com

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Iowa: “Students say club permission slips unfairly target Gay-Straight Alliance”

Washington: Planned Parenthood undergoes leadership changes, audit

Montana pro-lifers launch initiative to ban abortion

Colorado Governor OKs “gay benefits”

Canada: Alberta stands by “controversial” parental rights clause

Teacher satisfaction: Public vs. private education

UK: Law ‘will force churches to employ gay staff’

MA: Middleton voters defeat SOB bylaw

Sex indoctrination amendment fails in deliberation over Texas House bill

Oklahoma stem cell research gets $5.5M

A proposal to redress the imbalance between state and federal power

    Randy Barnett writing at Forbes: “I decided to draft a Bill of Federalism consisting of 10 amendments devised to restore the balance between state and federal power as well as the original meaning of the Constitution. By identifying 10 separate amendments, a coalition can be formed from people who support different constitutional reform measures that could not be combined into a single amendment. At the same time, opposition to any one provision cannot be used to sink the whole proposal.”


  • Posted: 05/21/2009
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.forbes.com

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“Controversial protest by radical gay group now subject of federal lawsuit”

    Todd A. Heywood, writing at PrideSource: “Members of the radical anarchist group Bash Back! Lansing have been served with court orders in a federal lawsuit brought against them for their participation in a Nov. 9 protest in the evangelical Lansing Church Mount Hope Church . . . The suit was brought by the Alliance Defense Fund of Arizona.”


  • Posted: 05/21/2009
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  • Category: Uncategorized
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  • Source: www.pridesource.com

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Craigslist-related bust nets New Yorkers

NH: “Votes may come today on altered gay marriage bill”

“The battle over benefits for same-sex spouses”

Bill to create special COGIC license plate tabled until next year

French Government Agency Combatting Cults Releases Report

ACLU threatens to sue Cal. school over parental consent requirement for student’s Harvey Milk report

Legislation Would Protect Kids from Morning-After Pill

Thousands of NY Christians Protest Marriage Redefinition

    There are 32 Democrats in the state senate. However, several, including pentecostal pastor Diaz, have stated they will vote against the same-sex marriage bill. Diaz says there are another six Democrats in the state senate who will not support the bill . . .


  • Posted: 05/21/2009
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: www.christianpost.com

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Wisconsin: Defense calls no witnesses in prayer death trial

Aren’t all violent crimes ‘hate’ crimes?

Louisiana: Kenner moves to crack down on sex businesses

Arizona: County Attorney calls on abortion clinics to report statutory rape

    The Lighthouse Blog has posted a press release from the office of Maricopa County (AZ) Attorney Andrew Thomas: “In response to recent events at local Planned Parenthood clinics, County Attorney Andrew Thomas is publicly calling on Planned Parenthood to report sexual abuse of minors to law enforcement and to train and instruct all staff members to do so. Thomas has taken this action after an adult, posing as a 15-year-old impregnated by a much-older adult, visited two Planned Parenthood clinics and was offered an abortion for a fee at both facilities. The encounters with Planned Parenthood were videotaped at two Phoenix Planned Parenthood Offices.”


  • Posted: 05/21/2009
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: lighthouseblog.blogs.com

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Separationism to the Extreme: The Mt. Soledad Cross and the Ninth Circuit’s Crusade to Burden the Free Exercise Clause

    William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal: “Though it may appear the court’s disposition in the cross controversy was a clear matter of reinforcing the wall separating church and state, the ancillary issue implicating federal free exercise rights was mistreated by the court. Although the Ninth Circuit rested its separationist-favoring decisions on the California Constitution, the California Supreme Court has interpreted the state’s highest law in a far less stringent manner, affording more objective treatment to religious practice. Furthermore, in relying solely on state law and refusing to treat the federal issue, the court failed to properly consider the ramification of its decision on the federally protected right to the free exercise of religion.”


  • Posted: 05/21/2009
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  • Category: Religious Liberty

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What the Doctor Ordered: Balancing Religion and Patient Rights in U.S. Pharmacies

    Kentucky Law Journal: “Part I of this Note begins with a discussion of the recent controversy pertaining to the delicate balance of a woman’s right to privacy with a pharmacist’s right to free exercise of religion. Next, Part II focuses on the rights of privacy and autonomy afforded these women as citizens of the United States. Part III considers the rights of pharmacists and the impact of mandatory dispensation laws on these rights. Finally, Part IV proposes a workable solution to balance the protected interests of women and pharmacists alike.”


  • Posted: 05/21/2009
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  • Category: Religious Liberty

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