Virginia: McDonnell expands lead in polling despite thesis attack

Documentary Follows Post-Abortive Women

Abortion Stigma Affects Doctors’ Training And Choices

Court orders Christian child into government education

    WorldNetDaily: “A 10-year-old homeschool girl described as ‘well liked, social and interactive with her peers, academically promising and intellectually at or superior to grade level’ has been told by a New Hampshire court official to attend a government school because she was too ‘vigorous’ in defense of her Christian faith . . . ‘Parents have a fundamental right to make educational choices for their children. In this case specifically, the court is illegitimately altering a method of education that the court itself admits is working,’ said ADF-allied attorney John Anthony Simmons of Hampton.”


  • Posted: 09/03/2009
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  • Source: www.wnd.com

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New Hampshire court orders home-schooled girl into public school

    Christian Examiner: “The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) has asked a New Hampshire court to reconsider its decision to order a 10-year-old homeschooled girl into public school . . . ‘The New Hampshire Supreme Court itself has specifically declared, “Home education is an enduring American tradition and right,”‘ said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Mike Johnson. ‘There is clearly and without question no legitimate legal basis for the court’s decision, and we trust it will reconsider its conclusions.’”


  • Posted: 09/03/2009
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  • Source: www.christianexaminer.com

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Another Pro-Life day of students solidarity draws attention to abortion

    LifeNews: “Students in all 50 states and from nations across the world are eagerly awaiting the next Pro-Life Day of Student Solidarity. Sponsored by the pro-life youth organization Stand True, the ironic day gives students a chance to tape their mouths shut to speak up for unborn children who can’t speak for themselves . . . Over the past few years many schools have tried to stop students from participating and quash their First Amendment rights. Every year, attorneys from the Alliance Defense Fund defend these students and file lawsuits to protect their rights.”


  • Posted: 09/03/2009
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: www.lifenews.com

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New Zealand: “Judge: Time to let gay couples adopt”

Angry parents suing California schools over mandatory “gay-friendly” classes

NC: New Sex Ed Law Implementation Underway

Students Borrow More Than Ever for College

Big Pharma Paying Doctors to Promote Drugs, But What About Politicans?

    Findlaw: “While much of yesterday’s news regarding the Pfizer fines concentrated on ‘off-label’ marketing, the other area of large concern in the Pfizer case was its payment of doctors to promote and prescribe a whole host of drugs. As discussed in a recent New York Times article, pharmaceutical companies often pay doctors to speak about their drugs, or sponsor continuing medical education events which incorporate promotion of specific drugs.”


  • Posted: 09/03/2009
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: commonlaw.findlaw.com

From home schooling to “unschooling”

Originalism and the 14th Amendmenet

    Professor Kurt Lash writing at PrawfsBlawg: “In terms of the Fourteenth Amendment. An originalist investigation of the Privileges or Immunities Clause would look for patterns of usage regarding the words and phrases of the Clause, beginning with how those words and phrases were understood in the years leading up to the Civil War. This would inform the likely understanding of those words by the members of the Thirty-Ninth Congress who proposed the text, and the members of the public who ratified the text. My next post will begin this investigation.”


  • Posted: 09/03/2009
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: prawfsblawg.blogs.com

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Bob Casey Claims No Abortion Funding in Senate Health Care Bill, Draws Rebuke

The Decider

Web Simulcast: “Keeping Faith and Looking Forward: A Discussion on Constitutional Interpretation”

    The Constitution Society is sponsoring this simulcast: “On Wednesday, September 16, ACS will host a web-based simulcast from UC Berkeley School of Law on the Constitution and methods of interpretation that apply the text and broad principles to the changing needs and conditions of our society. Panelists will discuss how best to apply our founding document and the future of constitutional law. At the center of this discussion will be three recent publications on constitutional interpretation: Keeping Faith with the Constitution, It is a Constitution We Are Expounding, and The Constitution in 2020. These books have been highlighted in news stories in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and on National Public Radio.” Several well known law professors are panelists.


  • Posted: 09/03/2009
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.acslaw.org

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Harry R. Jackson, Jr.: Defending Marriage in Troubled Times

Legal Scholars React to UN Committee’s Homosexual Rights Recommendation

Canadian Court Rejects Challenge To Quebec’s New Religious Survey Courses

Roman Catholic Cardinal Defends Presiding Over Kennedy’s Funeral

Religious Peyote Exemption Does Not Invalidate Federal Drug Laws

Illinois: Traditional values group sues Holiday Inn

Montana Attorney General Approves Language for Personhood-Abortion Ballot Prop

Vermont teen gets jail in “sexting” case

Brazilian Cardinal: Church-state separation becoming repression

    ZENIT: “The separation of Church and state should not mean the repression of religious ideas and public manifestations, says the archbishop of São Paolo. Cardinal Odilo Scherer affirmed this in an articles in the archdiocesan newspaper in which he responds to an initiative proposed July 31 to remove religious symbols from public buildings in the city.”


  • Posted: 09/03/2009
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  • Category: Global
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  • Source: www.zenit.org

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Berlin UNFPA conference calls for more “reproductive rights” advocacy

Church bells have a friend in Alliance Defense Fund

The “divided house” in New Hampshire home school ruling

Idaho: “Religious text” issue stalls school’s opening

    OneNewsNow: “Nampa Classical Academy is set to open its doors for the first time in a few days; however, the school’s curriculum has been rejected by the Idaho Public Charter School Commission . . . ‘Well, it’s interesting. Originally the focus was on prohibiting the use of the Bible, but then the defendants opened that up to exclude what they considered to be all religious documents and texts from the public school curriculum and from the classroom itself, which not only includes the teachers, but it also includes the students,’ [David] Cortman explains.”


  • Posted: 09/03/2009
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  • Category: Uncategorized
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  • Source: www.onenewsnow.com

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Texas A&M University recognizes club as uniquely Christian

Lawsuit challenges state ban on Bible

    WorldNetDaily: “‘The Bible shouldn’t be singled out for censorship in public schools, especially since the U.S. Supreme Court has consistently held that it is entirely constitutional for it to be studied objectively as an educational resource,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel David Cortman. ‘The commission is basing its determination to revoke the charter on its mistaken interpretation of the state constitution’s establishment clause. The authors of the Idaho Constitution clearly understood that history cannot be adequately taught without reference to significant religious texts. The commission’s interpretation is quite obviously not what constitution’s authors intended.’”


  • Posted: 09/03/2009
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  • Source: www.wnd.com

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Lawsuit seeks to keep Bible in Idaho charter school

Montana Supreme Court holds hearing on case to allow assisted suicide

August 2009 Marriage Law Digest Online

Focus on the Family Sends Letter to Congress Opposing ENDA

Ted Kennedy Praised by Cardinals, Martino Steps Down

Congressman warns of dictatorship- freedom at risk

TIME: Was an Anti-Abortion Bishop Too Outspoken?

Constitutionalism and Secularism: The Need for Public Reason

The Power of Symbols and Symbols as Power: Secularism and Religion as Guarantors of Cultural Convergence

    The Power of Symbols and Symbols as Power: Secularism and Religion as Guarantors of Cultural Convergence
    Susanna Mancini, 30 Cardozo L. Rev. 2629 (2009)

    “In the following pages, I will analyze cases decided and laws adopted in various jurisdictions with sharply different models for managing the relationship between the state and religion: Italy, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom. I will also consider the case law of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), which is invested with the task of striking a balance between unity and diversity in 47 nations with deeply divergent constitutional traditions. Despite the differences among all of these systems, all cases rely more or less explicitly on a dichotomous construction of the relationship between Christianity and Islam, according to which the former–to be sure in a secularized form–is projected as a central component of Western civilization, while the latter is cast as a threatening ‘other.’”


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  • Category: Global

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