UCLA allows student to thank Jesus at graduation

In Vietnam, teenage daughters sold into sex slavery

Czech church tries again for Prague cathedral taken by communists

ACLU Releases Report On Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor

Senate panel OKs Obama 7th Circuit nominee Hamilton

    Baptist Press:

    “The committee voted 12-7 for David Hamilton’s nomination to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, with all Democratic members in favor and all Republican members in opposition . . .

    Hamilton . . . struck down in 2002 an Indiana law that required a woman to receive in-person counseling 18 hours before undergoing an abortion . . . The Seventh Circuit also reversed a 2005 opinion by Hamilton in which he ruled prayers in the Indiana legislature could not use ‘Christ’s name or title or any other denominational appeal.’”


  • Posted: 06/08/2009
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.bpnews.net

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Evangelical Group Banned From Tulsa Housing Projects, Chapter Leader Says

GOP, 2 Dems flip power balance in NY senate

The Revealing ‘Abortion Rights’ Brief in Sotomayor’s Past

Antiabortion efforts move to the state level

ADF: U.S. Supreme Court should stop ACLU’s attacks on veterans’ memorials

“Tennessee Schools End Censorship Of Gay Educational Web Sites After ACLU Lawsuit”

GOP: American tradition of impartial courts ‘under attack’

ACLU Seeks to Tear Down Another War Memorial Cross; TMLC Files US Supreme Court Brief in Opposition

    Thomas More Law Center: “The Thomas More Law Center, a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, announced today that it has filed a friend of the court brief opposing the ACLU’s campaign to tear down another war memorial cross. At issue is a small cross originally erected on Sunrise Rock in 1934 by the Veterans of Foreign Wars in memory of the dead of all wars. The cross is located in California’s Mojave Desert . . . ”


  • Posted: 06/08/2009
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.thomasmore.org

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UK: Boys as young as 12 to get credit card for condoms

Up to 4000 Conservatives to Descend Upon Amsterdam for World Congress of Families in August

New York: Stand for Marriage Rally

NY: Revolt Imperils Democratic Control of Senate; Marriage a factor?

Three Senators Now Say Sotomayor Will Uphold Roe v. Wade

Judicial ‘Activism’ Isn’t the Issue: Liberals and conservatives both show too much deference to Congress.

Supreme Court Issues Landmark Ruling on Judicial Recusal

    Tony Mauro writes at the National Law Journal: “In a landmark ruling that could affect state judicial elections nationwide, the Supreme Court on Monday ruled that due process requires a state judge to recuse when a party in a case before him or her has had a ‘significant or disproportionate’ influence on placing the judge on the court through a large campaign donation. Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the the 5-4 majority, emphasized the ruling affects only extreme cases like the West Virginia case before him in Caperton v. Massey Coal Co.”


  • Posted: 06/08/2009
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.law.com

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Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court – Sonia Sotomayor – Questionnaire

Justices Thomas, Scalia Report Big Book Earnings for 2008

Is Sotomayor a Judicial Activist? New Studies May Shed Some Light

Washington: “Drive to stop gay partnership law is dividing conservatives”

Court Refuses To Dismiss Challenge To Illinois Drivers License Rules

Next frontier? Polygamists demand multi-sex marriage

Liberty Counsel Files Brief at Supreme Court Supporting World War I Memorial in Mojave Desert

Japan bans ‘sexual torture’ software

NC: Court documents allege sex, drugs at strip club

Lack of due process in English family courts? Parents losing kids due to government adoption quotas?

Poll: “Michigan voters shifting views on gay couples”

“Gay rights” strategy of donor exposure raises privacy concerns

Alaska: “Homosexual agenda runs roughshod over civil liberties”

ACLU talks about Prop. 8, court

Bishop punished for ringing church bells

    OneNewsNow: “But Dale Schowengerdt of the Alliance Defense Fund says a local television station conducted an independent test to see how loud the bells were. ‘A local TV station did a story on it, checked the level, said it was barely above road noise, the sound of road noise — so we’re talking about just normal church bells,’ he points out.

    Schowengerdt admits the sentence surprised him. ‘The judge let them ring the bells twice on Sunday and certain other religious days, like Easter and Christmas,’ he notes. ‘[But] if somebody makes a mistake and the church bells go off at some other time, he’ll spend the ten days in jail.’”


  • Posted: 06/08/2009
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  • Category: Uncategorized
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  • Source: www.onenewsnow.com

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Students, legal groups stand against anti-religious court order

Minn. regulators drop bid to block online gambling

UK: Poll finds 57% think faith schools are divisive

President’s Faith-Based Council Holds Its First Official Meeting; Abortion added to the agenda

Swiss Senate Urges Defeat of Ban on Minarets

Repressive new Religion Law and new punishments enter into force

    Forum 18: “Azerbaijan’s repressive new Religion Law, and amendments to both the Criminal Code and the Administrative Code came into force on 31 May, Forum 18 has learned. New ‘offences’ – such as more severe censorship – and new punishments are introduced for religious activities and organisations the government does not like. All registered religious organisations must re-register by 1 January 2010, the third time re-registration has been demanded in less than twenty years.”

    Hat tip: Religion Clause Blog


  • Posted: 06/08/2009
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  • Category: Global
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  • Source: www.forum18.org

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Ministry for Finance seizes Church funds. Holy See-Israeli negotiations at stake

    AsiaNews.IT: Only weeks after Benedict XVI’s visit to Israel, Tax Chief Yehezkel Abrahamoff, has seized church funds to force ecclesial institutions to pay tax, instead of waiting for the outcome of negotiations on the fiscal statute of the Church in Israel. A personal initiative or a change in the policy of the Netanyahu government? Possibile problems for schools and hospitals.

    Hat tip: Religion Clause Blog


  • Posted: 06/08/2009
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  • Category: Global
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  • Source: www.asianews.it

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Battle heats up: ACLU working to silence abstinence advocates in California public schools

Alaska: Revised Sexual Orientation Ordinance

Sotomayor Failed to Disclose to Senate Memo in Which She Argued Death Penalty Is ‘Racist’

ACLU threatens, students still recite prayer

Court sentences bishop for ringing church bells

    Drew Zahn reports at WorldNetDaily: “‘It’s ridiculous to be sentenced to jail and probation for doing what churches have traditionally done throughout history,’ said a statement from Erik Stanley, senior legal counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund, which has been retained by Painter. ‘Christians shouldn’t be punished for exercising their faith publicly.’”


  • Posted: 06/08/2009
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  • Source: worldnetdaily.com

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Conservatives score wins in EU parliament voting

Fla. school district agrees to grant Christian clubs equal treatment

Georgia lawyers pursue family values vision with abortion case

    Andy Peters reports at Law.com:

    Little and Crumly took the case on contingency and are seeking unspecified punitive damages against the clinic. They’ve also been promised funds to finance discovery from an Arizona nonprofit group, the Alliance Defense Fund, that supports litigation opposing abortion rights and same-sex marriage.

    The two Atlanta lawyers already have taken advantage of training offered by the ADF. ADF provides a free, week-long seminar called the National Litigation Academy to lawyers who want to learn more about how to handle religious liberties litigation. According to the ADF Web site, the academy trains lawyers to “battle the radical homosexual legal agenda, defend parental rights, uphold the sanctity of human life and protect religious freedom.” About three years ago, Crumly and Little attended the academy.

    More information: ADF National Litigation Academy


  • Posted: 06/08/2009
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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Proposition 8 battle heads to two new fronts

Catholic Answers sues IRS, alleging ‘intimidation’ on political issues

“Ads pulled over radio hosts’ transgender remarks”

“Gay rights activist calls for march on Washington”

China requires PCs to come with anti-porn software

Gallup: “Conservatives Shift in Favor of Openly Gay Service Members”

Court steers clear of Ariz. ski resort dispute

U.S. Supreme Court won’t hear case of man with porn on computer

U.S. Supreme Court rejects challenge to ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

Australia: Gender test spurs abortion fears

Applying Lawrence: Teenagers and the Crime Against Nature

Remaking the United States Supreme Court in the Courts’ of Appeals Image