AU touts use of financial threats to cow school districts

How Did You Get Hooked On Porn in the First Place?

    Mark Castleman writes at Candeo: Pornography addiction creates a great deal of shame, despair and self-loathing. After repeatedly trying and failing to implement the common advice “Why don’t you just stop looking at it,” many caught in the pornography trap feel hopeless—“I guess I’m just basically evil-minded and weak, a pervert and a freak.” Most don’t understand the specific processes that have developed their addiction over time. Learning there is a “logical explanation” for their condition goes a long way in relieving shame and hopelessness. Perhaps some of the following insights will help you better understand “how you got here:”


  • Posted: 06/22/2009
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: candeocan.com

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Supreme Court rules parents can seek reimbursement for private ed. under IDEA

    SCOTUS: “Today, the Supreme Court held that parents of disabled children can seek reimbursement for private education expenses regardless whether their child had previously received special-education services from a public school. By a vote of six to three, the Court held that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) authorizes reimbursement whenever a public school fails to make a free appropriate public education (FAPE) available to a disabled child.”

    Forest Grove School District v. T.A, No. 08-305


  • Posted: 06/22/2009
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.supremecourtus.gov

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Catholic-Islamic talks: Muslims unable to accept freedom of conscience

    AsiaNews.it: Card Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, said an “atmosphere of great trust” is emerging in the ongoing Christian-Muslim dialogue despite the fact that in some countries the right to change religion is not guaranteed and that in Saudi Arabia there is no opening in relation to the right to have a place of worship in that country . . . “Serious problems” do remain however. “Even the most open-minded Muslim leaders are unable to get their fellow Muslims to accept that people have a right to change religion in accordance with their conscience,” said the cardinal.


  • Posted: 06/22/2009
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  • Category: Global
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  • Source: www.asianews.it

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Poland Follows Lithuania in Considering Law to Protect Youth from Promotion of Homosexuality

Alberta Finance Minister Praised, Vilified for Saying Stay-at-Home Parent Important for Raising Children

    LifeSiteNews: “The Alberta Finance Minister, Iris Evans, a member of the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta, has come under fire from the leader of the Liberal government after telling the Economic Club of Canada on Wednesday morning that having one parent stay at home is important for raising children well.”


  • Posted: 06/22/2009
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  • Category: Global
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  • Source: www.lifesitenews.com

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Two Released after Being Arrested in Vancouver for Protesting Bubble-Zone Law Released

Undercover Videos Prompt Tennessee Lawmakers to End Preferential Treatment for Planned Parenthood

Senate Republicans: Little Reason to Oppose Sotomayor, Pro-Life Groups Disagree

Founding Fathers: Our revolutionary leaders wanted the best from their children.

    “Judged by today’s psychological standards, these 18th century fathers sound harsh and unfeeling. Yet to see the Founding Fathers as flesh-and-blood dads, to glimpse their struggles to rear their children at a time of grave uncertainty and peril, is to appreciate their service and sacrifice anew.”


  • Posted: 06/22/2009
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: online.wsj.com

Get Back in the Closet

LI Catholics side with Murphy on same-sex marriage

Labor unions, Catholic hospitals to end conflict

    AP: “Labor unions and Catholic leaders have reached an agreement designed to end years of bitter hostilities that often surrounded union efforts to organize workers at Catholic hospitals.”


  • Posted: 06/22/2009
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: hosted.ap.org

Sen. Dodd Endorses Marriage Redefinition

Court Takes Commerce Clause Case

DC Voters: Let Us Vote on Marriage

    Heritage Foundation Blog: According to Brian Raum, Senior Legal Counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund, “Marriage didn’t violate the Human Rights Act when the HRA passed 32 years ago, and it doesn’t now. That is simply a political argument meant to prevent the people from voting.” Raum states that “[m]arriage pre-existed the Human Rights Act by centuries in the district. They have co-existed for a generation without conflict . . . . The HRA has never required the redefinition of marriage or the recognition of non-marriages. Opponents of the referendum have twisted a law to impose their agenda without the people’s consent.”


  • Posted: 06/22/2009
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  • Category: Uncategorized
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  • Source: blog.heritage.org

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Court: Calif. library can’t ban meetings it labels ‘religious services’

South Africa’s Rape Crisis: 1 in 4 Men Say They’ve Done It

    TIME: “South Africans received a horrifying measure of just how bad their country’s rape crisis is with the release this week of a study in which more than a quarter of men admitted to having raped, and 46% of those said that they had raped more than once.”


  • Posted: 06/22/2009
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  • Category: Global
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  • Source: www.time.com

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Spain’s Catholic Church fights Socialists’ abortion law reforms

UK: Senior judge calls for action to stop “epidemic” of family breakdown

    CCFON reports: “He suggested that such commission should establish marriage as the ‘gold standard’ for relationships and put an end to the constant games of ‘musical relationships’ or ‘pass the partner’ which can scar children for life.”


  • Posted: 06/22/2009
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  • Category: Global
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  • Source: www.ccfon.org

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NJ: Proposed porn shop legislation could help Fairfield

PA: Local Lutherans reject proposal on same-sex relationships

New Jersey: Marriage is now the “key issue” for Corzine

Texas: “Girl, 14, sued by club that hired her to strip”

Police raid Ohio bar, find 14-year-old topless performer

Michigan: Warren prayer booth under fire

Arizona: Safeway stores pushing homosexual agenda

UK: Catholic charity drops adoptions over “gay rights” law

“Will Florida recognize same-sex adoptions from other states?”

Connecticut governor will comply with redefinition of marriage

Oran P. Smith: Children fare best with a mother and father

Michigan: “Road to civil unions starts with Prop 2″

Texas governor vetoes bill increasing CPS power

Florida: Schools’ legal fees top $450,000 in prayer suit

“Prayer Station” Inside City Hall Is Questioned

National Catholic Register: Home-School Reasons

Christians cannot pass out leaflets at “Arab festival”

Religion is irreplaceable

    HE Baber writing in The Guardian: “What once was religion has already been parcelled out to a variety of different institutions and agents – metaphysics and ethics to philosophers, wisdom literature to self-help gurus, pastoral counselling to therapists, and charity to secular non-profits and the welfare state. Science explains natural phenomena and technology provides a means for controlling them.”


  • Posted: 06/22/2009
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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NY teen chooses religion over graduation

Blackboard Pulpit – Encouraging the spread of charter schools

    EducationNews.org: “AN ESTIMATED 365,000 students are on waiting lists to get into charter schools. More than half of all charter schools across the country report having to disappoint parents who want their children in better schools. Yet many states, for reasons that have nothing to do with sound educational policy, discourage or even forbid the growth of charters. It’s a ridiculous situation, and we hope that Education Secretary Arne Duncan is serious about not rewarding states hostile to charter schools.”


  • Posted: 06/22/2009
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: ednews.org

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Religion heats debate for new Florida turnpike interchange

Study: “Two thirds of teenagers don’t believe in God”

    The Telegraph reports: “Teenagers say family, friends, money, music and even reality television are more important than religion. It also emerged six out of ten 10 children (59 per cent) believe that religion “has a negative influence on the world”. The survey also shows that half of teenagers have never prayed and 16 per cent have never been to church. The study of 1,000 teenagers aged 13 to 18 was carried out by Penguin to mark this week’s publication of controversial novel ‘Killing God’ by Kevin Brooks.”


  • Posted: 06/22/2009
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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Childless on Father’s Day: Abortion clinics scapegoat dads

Can science and religion co-exist in harmony?

    Pew Forum: “I think we need only go back before Darwin and see what theologians thought about Genesis to have a better conversation about this. Go back all the way to Augustine in 400 A.D. Augustine is writing here specifically about Genesis: ‘In matters that are so obscure and far beyond our vision, we find in Holy Scripture passages which can be interpreted in very different ways without prejudice to the faith we have received. In such cases, we should not rush in headlong and so firmly take our stand on one side that, if further progress in the search for truth justly undermines this position, we too fall with it.’”


  • Posted: 06/22/2009
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: pewresearch.org

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Is government health care constitutional?

Pro-lifers gear up for battle under pro-abortion regime

Sotomayor worse than Souter on abortion “rights”

Planned Parenthood: “The profitable non-profit”

Ken Connor: Reviving States’ Rights

    Ken Connor writes at CNSNews: “The states must not shy away from their constitutional responsibility to defend themselves from this federal onslaught. Moreover, individual citizens have a role to play in educating themselves about the republican model of our federalist system so that they can participate in a meaningful public discussion about the proper relationship between the central government and the states. If we don’t have this conversation, and soon, we might as well say goodbye to the United States of America and embrace our country for what it’s fast becoming: the United State.”


  • Posted: 06/22/2009
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  • Source: www.cnsnews.com

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Robert C. Post named Yale Law’s new dean

Connecticut church closing marks a trend

Spiritual Profile of Homosexual Adults Provides Surprising Insights

    Barna Group: “The gay and lesbian population, which constitutes about 3% of adults, has garnered national attention in the past several years thanks to issues like gay marriage, gay adoption, and other gay rights conflicts. In the wake of those controversies and the spotlight aimed at gays, Americans have developed numerous assumptions about the lives of the homosexual population. A new survey by the Barna Group explores the spiritual life of gay and lesbian individuals, providing some surprising results. Out of the 20 faith-oriented attributes examined in the Barna study, there were just a few in which there were no significant differences between the heterosexual and homosexual populations.”


  • Posted: 06/22/2009
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.barna.org

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Yuval Levin: “The Confused Congresswoman”

    Yuval Levin writing in The New Atlantis: “At no point does DeGette seem to believe that there are any genuine ethical questions at issue in the debates over stem-cell research, abortion, and other reproductive issues. ‘Over time, I realized that the politicization of science by the Republicans and the religious right was at its most insidious over any issue relating to human reproduction,’ she writes. ‘This brought me to the inevitable conclusion that too many of our elected officials are simply incapable of thinking rationally about sex. I could think of no other explanation.’”


  • Posted: 06/22/2009
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: www.thenewatlantis.com

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Liberty Counsel Asks Navy To Reverse Prohibition of Religious Speech on Website

Cincinnati group may join foes of Cleveland registry

Sentence upheld in child pornography case

Wright State University agrees to recognize Christian student group

Sen. Lieberman: An Opportunity That Works For D.C. Schoolchildren

    Sen. Joe Lieberman writes at the Washington Post: “We should continue our strategy of meeting the District’s educational challenges on three fronts: by funding public schools, public charter schools and opportunity scholarships. Congress should act quickly to pass legislation to support full reauthorization of the program and provide certainty to economically disadvantaged students. There are low-income children in the District who can’t wait for their local schools to turn around. Without programs such as this one, their opportunity will be lost forever.”


  • Posted: 06/22/2009
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.washingtonpost.com

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FBI Files Show Wide Deep Throat Investigation

    TIME: “Newly released FBI files show agents across the country and at the highest level of the agency investigated ‘Deep Throat’ — the 1972 porn movie, not the shadowy Watergate figure — in a vain attempt to roll back what became a cultural shift toward more permissive entertainment.”


  • Posted: 06/22/2009
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.time.com

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Sarkozy says burqas are ‘not welcome’ in France

NY: Paterson Orders Special Senate Session

    WCBSTV.com: “While the governor can’t force senators to vote on or debate bills, the state constitution grants him the power to call a special legislative session – and experts say he can even keep the senators in the state house with the help of state police.”


  • Posted: 06/22/2009
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: wcbstv.com

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Eastern Pennsylvania Citizens Against Gambling appeal slots ruling

Jeremiah Dys: Marriage Protects Society

Sonia Sotomayor’s Mortgage Policy Wrecked America

    BusinessInsider.com: “Sonia Sotomayor, Barack Obama’s nominee for a seat on the Supreme Court, served on the board of a New York State agency charged with providing discounted mortgages to middle and low income homebuyers from 1987 to 1992. During the time, she was a consistent advocate of pushing the agency to provide more mortgages to low-income home buyers. In short, she advocated the kind of aggressive lending practices that helped create the mortgage meltdown.”


  • Posted: 06/22/2009
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.businessinsider.com

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The Hand is Invisible, Nature Knows Best, and Justice is Blind: Markets, Ecosystems, Legal Instrumentalism, and the Natural Law of Systems

    Tulsa Law Review: “In this article, I argue that legal instrumentalism is inconsistent with the nature of dynamic systems, and in particular ecosystems and markets. The notion of dictating particular ecological or economic ends conflicts with the natural behavior of these systems and their immutable rules. Ecosystems and markets may be interfered with, but the nature of their processes cannot be altered. The idea of dictating specific ecological or economic results is inconsistent with the way they behave. The appropriate role for law is to set generally applicable boundaries within which markets operate, and to establish generally applicable limits on the degree to which human actions encroach upon ecosystems. Its proper mandate is to protect these systems from manipulation rather than to seek to manipulate them.”


  • Posted: 06/22/2009
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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Marriage as a Message: Same-Sex Couples and the Rhetoric of Accidental Procreation

    Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities: “We conclude that marriage has sometimes been used to channel male heterosexuality into reproduction, but to argue that this goal is the sine qua non of marriage is to vastly oversimplify its history in both law and culture. We then undertake a genealogy of the accidental procreation argument and speculate about its possible effects on the institution of marriage. We suggest that if courts continue to insist upon a definition of marriage that is so distinct from the actual practice of the institution, the law may actually be less and less influential in regulating intimate behavior.”


  • Posted: 06/22/2009
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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