ADF update on federal Prop 8 trial: Day 2

    ADF Attorney Dale Schowengerdt writing at the Christian Post: “[P]erhaps the most striking change that Professor Cott noted is that marriage has evolved from a child-focused institution to an adult-focused institution . . . Professor Cott couldn’t deny that [raising children] has historically been a major purpose of marriage. But she says that marriage has evolved such that it is now more about making adults stable in their own relationships with each other. A major difference indeed-and one that will prove to be one of the defining themes of the trial . . . David Thompson of Cooper and Kirk conducted what was a masterful and very entertaining cross-examination of Professor Cott. If we put the opposing counsel on truth serum, they’d no doubt admit that the David’s cross-examination was very damaging to them. First, he showed that Professor Cott is essentially an advocate for same-sex “marriage” (rather than a neutral academic). He also showed that she has radical views on marriage.”


  • Posted: 01/13/2010
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: www.christianpost.com

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Conservative Groups to Rally for Inclusion of American Exceptionalism in State History Curriculum Standards

Mexico church faces violent reaction for defending marriage

Law School Overselling

“US Human Rights Commission To Hold Hearings on Ugandan Anti-Gay Bill”

Austria Approves Over-the-Counter Morning-After Pill

Anti-sexting campaigns heat up

UK party leader says faith schools must teach homosexuality is “normal and harmless”

Archbishop Niederauer responds to Pelosi’s Newsweek interview: Free will does not justify evil

Lithuania: Backs Italy against EU court in crucifix dispute

UK: Petition raises concern about Equality Bill and religious freedom

DADT Repeal: Dems Move Forward With Plans

Taxpayers only win 14% of suits versus IRS, family status among most litigated issues

Indonesia: Denial of religious freedom brings Christians to human rights commission

Emigration the norm for Iraqi Christians

Seating Mass. Senate winner could be delayed

Dutch Lawmaker Tries to Avoid Hate Speech Charges Stemming From Portrayal of Islam in His Movie

GOP Senate Leader Says U.S. Commanders in Afghanistan ‘Confused’ about How To Handle Captured Terrorists Now That Some Are Tried as Civilians

Albert Mohler Radio: Pornography and the Male Brain: What’s Really Going On?

    Rev. Albert Mohler of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary has posted this broadcast with Dr. William M. Struthers, a Professor of Psychology of Wheaton College who has authored the book: Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain.

    The program summary:

    Pornography has permeated our society at every level. From public mediums like periodicals and films, to personal mediums like computers and phones, there is no escaping constant access to this terrible and oppressive sin. While the conversation on limiting access is common and important, careful attention needs to be placed on the effects of pornography on the physical nature of the person. While this problem pertains to all people, it is particularly sensitive when addressing men’s sin struggles. On today’s program, Dr. Mohler speaks with scientist and author William M. Struthers, about his new book on the effects pornography on the male brain. Though this sin can have devastating consequences, the Lord Jesus Christ offers real hope and forgiveness to those who are seeking freedom.


  • Posted: 01/13/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.albertmohler.com

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Texas churches apparently torched

Texas Debates How History Should Be Taught in Schools

U.S. Supreme Court says no TV coverage of Prop. 8 Trial

30 Chinese House Church Leaders Detained, Says Rights Group

Frank: It Doesn’t Matter What the Pentagon Wants, We Have Votes to Repeal DADT

Ohio: Charter school advocates say growth limits hurt their chance at federal funds

California: No invocations for HUSD school board for now

    Hesperia Star: “The Hesperia Unified School District won’t be opening school board meetings with a prayer in the immediate future . . . In July, the conservative Christian non-profit Alliance Defend Fund sent the district a legal opinion on the legality of government agencies holding invocations and included their template for an invocation process that would pass legal muster . . . The ACLU warned the district would face ‘a strong likelihood of being sued’ if it went ahead with the ADF’s proposed invocation policy, with potential plaintiff’s attorney fees in the hundreds of thousands of dollars if the district lost. On Monday night, the HUSD school board was scheduled to vote on the invocation policy — and blinked.”


  • Posted: 01/13/2010
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: www.hesperiastar.com

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Greg Baylor: American Philosophical Association and Christ-centered colleges

Religious freedom does not exist in Egypt, says Coptic lawyer

    EWTN: “In the wake of the Christmas Eve shootings of Egyptian Coptic Christians by a group of Muslims, Coptic attorney Caroline Doss has planned a rally at the United Nations in protest, telling CNA that religious freedom ‘does not exist’ in Egypt. ‘Technically speaking, the Constitution does allow freedom of religion but practically speaking it does not exist,’ she said Tuesday. ‘There is a huge difference between the way the laws are applied to Christians and Muslims in Egypt.’”


  • Posted: 01/13/2010
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.ewtn.com

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UK: Catholic Church backs Tories’ “free schools”

Do Three People Have a Right to Marry Each Other?

Top 9th Circuit Judge, Judicial Conference Tangle Over Video at Proposition 8 Trial

Jennifer Roback Morse: The Prop 8 trial and the new theory of politics

    Jennifer Roback Morse writing at the Ruth Institute Blog: “[T]he original (and real) Civil Rights movement succeeded because people were really persuaded that race is an irrelevant characteristic for full participation in the political, economic and civic life of the nation. By contrast, no one can seriously maintain that marriage is a necessary condition for participation in civic life, or that an unmarried person is a second class citizen in any meaningful sense. No one can believe that individuals with same sex attraction are unable to participate in the economic, political and civic life of this country, with or without the redefinition of marriage. The vast majority of Americans are persuaded that sex is in fact relevant to marriage and its purposes. They believe that marriage without gender or sex is an institution without purpose or meaning. This is why so many people are reluctant to strip sexual differentiation from the legal institution of marriage. The American public is persuaded that the demands of fairness and decency are satisfied by legal provisions that solve the practical problems same sex couple may face.”


  • Posted: 01/13/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.ruthblog.org

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Utah Congressman wants D.C. residents to vote on marriage

China paper splashes nation’s “first gay marriage”

    AFP: “State press splashed a front-page photo of China’s first publicly ‘married’ gay couple on Wednesday — the latest sign of new openness about homosexuality in a country where it has long been taboo . . . Zeng Anquan, 45, and Pan Wenjie, 27, tied the knot at a gay bar in the southwestern city of Chengdu, the paper said, calling it ‘the first such public event in the country.’ Homosexuality remains a sensitive issue in China. It was officially considered a form of mental illness as recently as 2001. Same-sex marriages or civil unions have no legal basis.”


  • Posted: 01/13/2010
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  • Category: Global: Marriage and Family
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  • Source: www.google.com

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Iowa: Culver skirts “gay marriage” at Capitol while unveiling priorities

NJ Senate President: “Mistake not to vote on gay marriage”

U.S. High Court Struggles With Child Custody, Sex Offender Cases

Expert Battle Comes Early in Proposition 8 Case

Del. gambling commission opposes new casinos

NH adultery law may be repealed

Prop 8 attorneys make case for democratic rights

Quirky Judge Presides in “Gay-Marriage” Case

Rabbi Seeks Army Waiver of Beard Policy To Become Chaplain

“MIM paper shows that online exposure to adult pornography adversely affects children’s sexual behavior and attitudes”

White House Faith-Based Task Force Debates Religious Symbols In Funded Programs

Bankruptcy Judge Orders Trial On Whether Parish Assets Are Shielded From Diocese Creditors

UK: Victory for 600-strong London Church in Lambeth Council “noise” Battle

Dems, labor pour cash into “Kennedy seat”

Marriage on trial

2nd Circuit: Preacher’s rights not violated

Dale Schowengerdt: ADF comments on first day of Federal Prop. 8 trial

Same-sex “marriage” case, day 2: History lessons

Stimulus Watch: White House changes job-count rule

Fiji regime bans church conference until 2014

Update: Charter Schools eliminated from Kentucky legislation

Andy Pugno Update on Prop. 8 Litigation: Second Day of Trial is Positive for Defense

Judge to rethink jury selection in abortion case

Body art and deviant behavior: Study finds link between multiple tattoos, piercings and trouble

    Chicago Tribune: “Here’s a new aphorism: ‘The more body art you have, the more likely you are to be involved in deviance.’ So says Jerome Koch, a sociologist with Texas Tech University’s “Body Art Team” — true moniker — which surveyed 1,753 students at four colleges and found a correlation between multiple tattoos or piercings and “deviant behavior.”


  • Posted: 01/13/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.chicagotribune.com

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Jeremiah G. Dys: Let people vote on how to define a ‘marriage’

    Jeremiah G. Dys of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia writes at Journal-News.net: “. . . the 2010 legislative session is set to begin, and our leaders have failed to advance a legitimate reason not to let the people vote on the definition of marriage . . . lawmakers who appear to be holding the democratic process hostage would do well to remember Article II, Section 2-2 of West Virginia’s Constitution, ‘The powers of government reside in all the citizens of the state, and can be rightfully exercised only in accordance with their will and appointment.’ In short, a lawmaker’s answer to this critical question must be, ‘Let the people vote.’”


  • Posted: 01/13/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: journal-news.net

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Google Threat Jolts Chinese Internet Industry

Google threatens to leave China after attacks on activists’ e-mail

Law Review: Why Teaching Islam in U.S. Foreign Detention Facilities Violates the Establishment Clause

    House of Wisdom or a House of Cards? Why Teaching Islam in U.S. Foreign Detention Facilities Violates the Establishment Clause
    Scott Thompson, 88 Neb. L. Rev. 341 (2009)

    “In an attempt to erase Islamic-fundamentalist sentiments held by detainees apprehended in the course of the ‘war on terror,’ the United States government has been teaching and preaching a more moderate version of the Qur’an and Islam to detainees in Iraq. One such detention program in Iraq has been dubbed the House of Wisdom. But the wisdom of such a practice is highly suspect– both because it likely runs afoul of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment and because it may be doing more harm than good to the American effort to defuse Islamic-extremism and anti-American sentiment. This Article examines the current practice of promoting the ‘true’ meaning of Islam in detention centers for its legal legitimacy and uses the program as a lens to evaluate the extraterritorial reach of the Establishment Clause.”


  • Posted: 01/13/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty

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Law Review: When Children Become Child Pornographers and the Lolita Effect Undermines the Law