100 Polish Scientists Condemn In Vitro Fertilization

Doug Napier on AFA Radio: The Prop. 8 Trial

Skewed China birth rate to leave 24 mln men single

Liveblogs and Reports on the Prop 8 Trial

TIME: “Europe’s Gay Leaders: Out at The Top”

BBC at the forefront of the new atheism and driving religion to the margins, says radio presenter

Sarah Palin ‘thrilled’ to take Fox News job

“Rendell: gay marriage not likely in PA”

Protest outside federal marriage trial in SF

Protestant church burned in Algeria

Supreme Court rejects appeal in child pornography case

Insurance companies have financial interest to choose abortions over births?

Croatian socialist wins presidential election

Jennifer Lopez Down on In Vitro – So Why is IVF Contrary to Pro-Life Values

Kan. judge allows defendant in Tiller killing to argue he acted to save babies

Indiana Rep. Brad Ellsworth Prompts Concern He May Flinch on Abortion Funding

Malaysia: 6 Muslim NGOs offer to help protect churches

Obama TSA Nominee Erroll Southers Calls Pro-Life Advocates Terrorists in Video

American Right to Life questions Ron Paul’s pro-life credentials

    Earned Media: “American Right To Life Action, the political 527 group which claims responsibility for derailing Mitt Romney’s presidential hopes in 2008 in Iowa and South Carolina, is now targeting U.S. Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) . . . ‘Ron Paul is pro-choice, state by state,’ says the report. Paul claims that a state has the right to decide if abortion will be legal, and his ‘pro-life profile’ compares that unfavorably to other pro-choice positions. Birkey asks, ‘Should a state have the right to allow slavery? Pro-lifers will be shocked to see Paul’s actual record.’”

  • Posted: 01/11/2010
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: www.earnedmedia.org

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Network effects: Liberals and conservatives in the academy

    Professor Stephen M. Bainbridge writing at his blog: “The real culprit is the law school hiring process . . . In most cases, a candidate’s best chance of surviving the winnowing process is for someone on the committee to become the candidate’s champion. The champion will pull the candidate’s resume out of the slush pile and make sure it gets flagged for close review. Because most law schools lack a critical mass of libertarian and conservative faculty members, however, there is nobody predisposed to pulling conservative candidates’ AALS forms out of the slush pile (and a fair number of folks inclined, whether consciously or subconsciously, to bury them). Applicants with conservative lines on their resume — an Olin fellowship, Federalist Society membership, or, heaven help you, a Scalia clerkship — thus tend to be passed over no matter how sterling the rest of their credentials may be . . . It may not be deliberate bias, but there still is a disparate impact.”

  • Posted: 01/11/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.professorbainbridge.com

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Austin Ruse: A rare United Nations victory

    Austin Ruse writing at The Catholic Thing: “In what has become an ongoing skirmish over homosexual rights, the United Nations General Assembly two weeks ago narrowly rejected a reference to a controversial re-writing of a foundational human rights treaty . . . Here are just a few problems with this latest front established by the homosexual internationale . . . Though the vote was close, 76-72, there is nonetheless a solid bloc of states at the United Nations who are willing to stand up to elite opprobrium and reject the homosexual agenda. The bad news is that the effort to stop this nonsense is being led almost exclusively by Arab and Muslim states, while largely Catholic countries are voting on the other side.”

  • Posted: 01/11/2010
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  • Category: Global: Marriage and Family
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  • Source: www.thecatholicthing.org

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UK: Catholic ban on women priests “illegal under Harriet Harman equality bill”

Surrogacy threatens family, sanctity of life, and the dignity of women as NJ case demonstrates

Utah: “Legislature may let SLC’s gay-rights measures stand”

Hillary Clinton: “Rededicating ourselves to the global efforts to improve reproductive health”

Google denies censoring anti-Islam search suggestions

Here comes the super judge – ‘universal jurisdiction’ claims

Ross Douthat: Let’s talk about faith

    Ross Douthat writing in the New York Times: “Liberal democracy offers religious believers a bargain. Accept, as a price of citizenship, that you may never impose your convictions on your neighbor, or use state power to compel belief. In return, you will be free to practice your own faith as you see fit — and free, as well, to compete with other believers (and nonbelievers) in the marketplace of ideas. That’s the theory. In practice, the admirable principle that nobody should be persecuted for their beliefs often blurs into the more illiberal idea that nobody should ever publicly criticize another religion. Or champion one’s own faith as an alternative. Or say anything whatsoever about religion, outside the privacy of church, synagogue or home.”

  • Posted: 01/11/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.nytimes.com

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Pope says “gay marriage” threat to creation

Catholic Bishops Activate 19,000 Churches to Stop Abortion in Health Care

“Advocates push to protect gay workers’ rights”

Utah County Will Balance Budget By Police Fee, Including On Churches

High Court To Weigh Overseas Custody Battle

Louisiana: Chief justice of state Supreme Court suffers stroke

Literal Belief In Bible Becomes Issue In Alabama Gubernatorial Primary

Penna Dexter: Marriage is worth protecting

“Battle over gay marriage reaches federal court”

Many Issues of Religon and Human Rights Remain In Latest Kenya Draft Constitution

“Marriage” in California: A never-ending legal battle

Study Shows Faith-Based Initiative Increased Interest, But Not Social Services By Congregations

Pennsylvania Court Rejects Catholic Day Care’s Challenge To Licensing Rules

IRS Updates Procedures For Obtaining Non-Profit Determinations

Court blocks taping of “gay marriage” trial

“Family snapshot: Federal trial’s stakes for one gay couple”

Push to make same-sex “marriage” law of the land hits fast track

Prop. 8 federal case opens in S.F. today

Ted Olson to make opening statement in Prop. 8 trial

Theodore B. Olson: “The conservative case for gay marriage”

Same-sex “marriage” set for big day in federal court

NY Times: Two ideological foes unite to overturn Proposition 8

Trial over Proposition 8 set to make history

Elected officials bail on U.S. marriage law

Democracy at stake in Prop. 8 trial

Churches called to promote religious freedom of students

Judge delays start of Kansas abortion trial

U.S. Supreme Court puts broadcast of Prop. 8 trial on hold, for now

“America was founded as a Christian nation”

Bad reason and the “Manhattan Declaration”

    R.J. Snell writing at The Public Discourse: “[M]ore noteworthy are objections [to the Manhattan Doctrine] rising from a camp one might expect to agree with the document: namely, a certain kind of conservative Protestant, often, although not always, of a strongly Calvinistic tendency . . . The notion that the natural law forgets sin and thus depreciates the necessity of Christ and the supremacy of Scripture is an old one, to be sure, and is a common objection raised against the ethics and theology of Thomas Aquinas by this same group of Protestants.”

  • Posted: 01/11/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.thepublicdiscourse.com

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Rally Protests Planned Parenthood’s Racial Genocide on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Marriage trial starts in Calif.

Pakistani couple kills baby in sacrificial ritual

Supreme Court rejects school dress code challenge

China becomes biggest exporter, edging out Germany

China banks eclipse US rivals

China Ends U.S.’s Reign as Largest Auto Market

Law Review: Ceremonial Deism and the Reasonable Religious Outsider

    Caroline Mala Corbin, Ceremonial Deism and the Reasonable Religious Outsider (January 4, 2010). UCLA Law Review, Vol. 57. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1531312

    “The supposedly objective reasonable person too often equates to a reasonable Christian. Furthermore, just as men might find harmless comments that women would find offensive, certain invocations of God may seem acceptable to Christians that non-Christians would find alienating because of their status as religious outsiders. Finally, reliance on this norm perpetuates Christian privilege rather than ensures religious liberty and equality for all. Consequently, the constitutionally of ceremonial deism should evaluated from perspective of a reasonable religious outsider.”

  • Posted: 01/11/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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Law Review: Definition of Religion: Honest Conviction in a Predominantly Non-Secular Subject Matter

Law Review: The Muslim-Majority Character of Israeli Constitutional Law

    Adam S. Hofri-Winogradow, The Muslim-Majority Character of Israeli Constitutional Law (December 10, 2009). Middle East Law and Governance, Vol. 2, No. 2, February 2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1521605

    “This article offers a novel interpretation of Israel’s constitutional discourse. It is well-known that despite its Jewish majority, Israel orders marriage and divorce in a manner similar to that prevalent in most Muslim-majority countries: by granting the traditional religious community courts of the various religious groups which make up its population exclusive jurisdiction over community members’ matters of marriage and divorce. What is less well known is that Israel’s constitutional discourse, too, fits a pattern common in Muslim-majority jurisdictions, in espousing a double commitment to both a religion – in Israel’s case, – Judaism – and human rights.”

  • Posted: 01/11/2010
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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Law Review: The German Experience of Religious Freedom Under a Bill of Rights

    Cornelia Koch, Classroom Crucifixes, Teacher Headscarves, Faith Healers and More – The German Experience of Religious Freedom Under a Bill of Rights (August 13, 2009). U. of Adelaide Law Research. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1521307

    “As part of the current debate in Australia on the adoption of a bill or charter of rights, the experience of other countries is informative. The German Constitution contains a comprehensive catalogue of rights and freedoms. This includes principles protecting religious freedom, most importantly article 4, which declares ‘inviolable’ the ‘freedom of faith, of conscience, and freedom to profess a religion or a particular philosophy’. It also guarantees the ‘undisturbed practice of religion’. Should Australia opt to adopt a charter of rights in any form, it is highly likely that this instrument will contain some protection of cultural and religious freedom. While initially an Australian charter would not be constitutionally entrenched, a comparison with Germany is still helpful because it can be expected that issues encountered under a constitutional charter also arise under a legislative one. The German experience provides examples of the type of social controversies which the courts are called on to decide in relation to the protection of religious freedom.”

  • Posted: 01/11/2010
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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