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  • Posted: 01/25/2010
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  • Category: ADF in the News

Ex-Relief Worker: Christians Credited, Blamed for U.S. Deeds

India: US consulate tightens visa processing norms for surrogacy

D.C. Circuit Approves Internet Ban on Defendants Who Use the Web to Victimize Children

Washington: Abortion Groups Attack Faith-Based Charities Providing Support to Pregnant Women

Lawyers for plaintiffs rest case in Prop. 8 case

“Jury hears ‘abortion’ at provider’s slaying trial”

Mo. AG backs plan to let child porn victims sue

ECLJ to the UN: Egypt must legalize conversion from Islam to Christianity

Two Protestant churches burnt in Indonesia

McDonald’s apologizes to Singapore for removing pig from Zodiac

The Fort Hood Report: Why no mention of Islam?

    Time: “The U.S. military’s just-released report into the Fort Hood shootings spends 86 pages detailing various slipups by Army officers but not once mentions Major Nidal Hasan by name or even discusses whether the killings may have had anything to do with the suspect’s view of his Muslim faith. And as Congress opens two days of hearings on Wednesday into the Pentagon probe of the Nov. 5 attack that left 13 dead, lawmakers want explanations for that omission.”


  • Posted: 01/25/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.time.com

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Muslims have no monopoly over “Allah”

Indiana: Legislative committees to take up sexting bills Tuesday

NC: Strip club would violate Mount Airy zoning

PA: Sexting is no felony, bill says

Judge extends lesbian custody suit, finds Lisa Miller in contempt of court

Teens turn to new options for birth control

Phoenix Diocese pushes to make stronger marriage bonds

UK: Lords defeat gov’t over church staff

Iowa: Legislator, religious group team up for “Christian education” series at Capitol

Moscow mayor calls ‘gay pride’ march ‘Satanic’

Why is National Cancer Institute Covering up Link?: Abortion Breast Cancer Coalition Letter to Congress

March for Life: Pro-Life Strength Grows in Congress and Coming Election

Brazilian President Seeks to Secure Abortion as “Right,” Ban Crucifixes in Government Buildings

South Dakota Right to Know abortion bill gets backing from pro-life legal group

Islamists new weapon: Libel law

    FrumForum: “Libel suits are not normally associated with national security, but a case the Texas Supreme Court ruled on January 15 carries just such implications. The suit against internet journalist Joe Kaufman is a prime example of how libel law can be manipulated to stifle dissemination of information about terrorism and radical Islam. . . . [T]he lawsuit fits a growing pattern of Islamists exploiting libel law to silence critics . . . ”


  • Posted: 01/25/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.frumforum.com

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Abortion and ideology

    Raymond Dennehy, writing at Ignatius Press: “A survey of the justifications advanced by scientists, philosophers, and other members of the elite class, such as judges, to justify the legalization of induced abortion reveals that they have abandoned rational inquiry in favor of ideology. For although their arguments have the trappings of the objectivity of scientific method and other marks of rational inquiry, it is clear that they subvert reason and manipulate evidence to actualize an ideal that they perceive to be above all rational criticism. This enslavement to ideology is but a reenactment of what happened in Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia to the detriment of science and philosophy, not to mention the degradation of human life.”


  • Posted: 01/25/2010
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: ignatiusinsight.com

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Hundreds of Thousands Join 37th March for Life

Status of Pro-Abortion Health Care Bill Uncertain as Senate, House Democrats Meet

Public Employee Unions Are Sinking California

    Wall Street Journal: “Approximately 85% of the state’s 235,000 employees (not including higher education employees) are unionized. As the governor noted during his $83 billion budget roll-out, over the past decade pension costs for public employees increased 2,000%. State revenues increased only 24% over the same period. A Schwarzenegger adviser wrote in the San Jose Mercury News in the past few days that, “This year alone, $3 billion was diverted to pension costs from other programs.” There are now more than 15,000 government retirees statewide who receive pensions that exceed $100,000 a year, according to the California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility . . . ”


  • Posted: 01/25/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: online.wsj.com

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Deluged with Clerkship Apps, Some Federal Judges Don’t Look at All of Them

ACLU: “Schoolyard Equality” in Rapid City, SD

    ACLU: “Extremist rhetoric was in full force as they made their arguments against protecting LGBT students and staff in one of the largest school districts in South Dakota. But the story doesn’t end there. The ACLU of South Dakota and Equality South Dakota rallied our supporters, asking them to contact their school board members with accurate information instead of the tired old rhetoric of those who oppose the rights of LGBT citizens.”


  • Posted: 01/25/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.aclu.org

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French call for veil ban in public buildings

Activists see threat to Roe precedent in campaign finance decision

UK Schools secretary: Faith schools should be forced to teach that homosexuality is normal and harmless

Video: Pastors say Prop. 8 could lead to polygamy

Poverty rate hits 17.5 percent in Nashville

    Tennessean: “A study released last week by the nonprofit Brookings Institution says that while times are tough all over, Nashville has fared worse than the suburbs that surround it. The city of Nashville added about 32,110 people living below the poverty line between 2000 and 2008, a gain of 4.2 percentage points, reaching 17.5 percent of the city’s population.”


  • Posted: 01/25/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.tennessean.com

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AZ: State board to vote on new charter schools

Prop. 8 Trial Court Transcripts Online

AZ: Hayworth to challenge McCain

“Ask Obama about Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

    Wall Street Journal: “Gay Americans have been among the president’s most ardent supporters. Their enthusiasm, and that of their families and friends, could be crucial in this year’s elections. The president’s action—or inaction—on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell will be noticed. An increasingly frustrated bloc of gay voters—angry over marriage setbacks in California, Maine, New Jersey and New York and emboldened by Ted Olson’s and David Boies’s high-profile effort to declare unconstitutional laws that prohibit gay marriage—are growing impatient for equality. As Mr. Olson said in federal district court in San Francisco recently, discriminatory laws serve only to ‘label gay and lesbian persons as different, inferior, unequal and disfavored.’”


  • Posted: 01/25/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: online.wsj.com

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Book Review: The gift of the West

    Robert Louis Wilken reviews The Forge of Christendom: The End of Days and the Epic Rise of the West by Tom Holland at First Things: “Although Gregory VII is not as well known as the reformers of the sixteenth century or the philosophes of the eighteenth century, a case can be made that Gregory’s studied rebuff of royal power in ecclesiastical affairs worked far greater changes in European political and religious life than did the upheavals of the Reformation or the Enlightenment . . . Holland’s central point is well taken. Something genuinely novel did come out of the medieval conflict between pope and king, and the initiative came from the Church’s leaders and thinkers, not Europe’s temporal rulers. Gregory VII was the bearer of a tradition that reached back to the gospels (‘Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s’), to Ambrose and Augustine, and to Pope Gelasius, who said that the ‘two principles’ that give order to the world—political authority and spiritual authority—were distinct.”


  • Posted: 01/25/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.firstthings.com

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Federal Court Has Become the New Feelings Forum

    Debra J. Saunders writes at Townhall: “That’s another way of saying that the law isn’t as important as feelings in this trial. Feelings rule — and not just because the measure’s foes somehow believe that Californians haven’t been taught enough about gay people. Anti-8 attorneys have chosen to argue that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional in light of a 1996 U.S. Supreme Court decision that overturned a Colorado ban on gay-rights measures because it was motivated by animus toward homosexuals. If they can convince Walker that the Proposition 8 people are haters, he may overturn the will of the majority of California voters . . . ”


  • Posted: 01/25/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: townhall.com

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The Economist: “Leviathan stirs again”

    The Economist: “Today big government is back with a vengeance: not just as a brute fact, but as a vigorous ideology. Britain’s public spending is set to exceed 50% of GDP (see chart 1). America’s financial capital has shifted from New York to Washington, DC, and the government has been trying to extend its control over the health-care industry. Huge state-run companies such as Gazprom and PetroChina are on the march. Nicolas Sarkozy, having run for office as a French Margaret Thatcher, now argues that the main feature of the credit crisis is ‘the return of the state, the end of the ideology of public powerlessness.’”


  • Posted: 01/25/2010
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  • Category: Global: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.economist.com

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Think campus censorship disappeared in the 1990s? Guess again

    Greg Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), writing at Reason Magazine: “With so many examples of censorship and administrative bullying, a generation of students is getting four years of dangerously wrongheaded lessons about both their own rights and the importance of respecting the rights of others. Diligently applying the lessons they are taught, students are increasingly turning on each other, and trying to silence fellow students who offend them. With schools bulldozing free speech in brazen defiance of legal precedent, and with authoritarian restrictions surrounding students from kindergarten through graduate school, how can we expect them to learn anything else?”


  • Posted: 01/25/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: reason.com

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Prop 8 on trial: “Bourgeois moonbats plead sanity”

    Big Hollywood: “Children are pawns in the Leftist strategy of social deconstruction and dominance. As Prop 8 attorney Brian Raum revealed during his cross-examination of Ms. Zia, the Sapphic scribe had previously described marriage as a ‘patriarchal institution,’ stating in print that she and her partner had only married in 2004 to defy the ‘fundamentalist, warmongering regime in Washington’ . . . At one point, Boies asked Zarrillo why he and Mr. Katami hadn’t had kids. ‘Paul and I believe an important step for us to have children is to be married,’ Zarrillo replied. That’s certainly a noble sentiment. But Boies’s defiant use of the verb ‘to have’ with regard to gay couples and children begs a question we’re not allowed to ask: exactly how do gay couples ‘have’ children? Why not use the more appropriate verb ‘adopt,’ or ‘raise,’ or ‘have a surrogate child?’”


  • Posted: 01/25/2010
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: bighollywood.breitbart.com

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Pennsylvania school changes policy after targeting pro-life student’s shirt

Wisconsin abortion facility at Madison Surgery Center taking awhile to set up

ADF update on Prop 8 trial: Day 9

    ADF Senior Legal Counsel Austin R. Nimocks writing in The Christian Post: “The testimony Friday all came in the form of a single witness: Dr. Gregory M. Herek, an expert in psychology from the University of California at Davis. He was called as the plaintiffs’ final witness in a futile effort to demonstrate that the concept of ‘sexual orientation’ is immutable and no different from race or sex. The plaintiffs made quick work of Dr. Herek, asking him questions for less than two hours, and in no way establishing what they sought to establish. In fact, through Dr. Herek, they established quite the opposite-that the idea of ‘sexual orientation’ has no clear or universal understanding or definition, but rather involves varying and fluid concepts of identity, desire, and behavior. In other words, ‘sexual orientation’ is, in no way, like a person’s race or sex.”


  • Posted: 01/25/2010
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: www.christianpost.com

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College defends prof who mocked Christians

Baptist Press Prop 8 summary, Day 8: Chinese religious leader criticized for views

    Baptist Press: Each day during the trial Baptist Press will post a blog entry from someone in the courtroom. Following is commentary on day eight of the trial from Austin R. Nimocks, senior counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, who writes about the controversy about Tim but also about other portions of Thursday’s trial (ADF supports Prop 8) . . . ‘Before leaving the witness stand, Dr. Segura made an astounding statement. One of his opinions was that the “gay and lesbian community” possessed no “reliable allies” in the political world. This includes, in his opinion, President Obama, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Rep. Barney Frank, and others whom he dismisses as not being true political allies of those who want to redefine marriage.’”


  • Posted: 01/25/2010
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: www.sbcbaptistpress.org

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A Q&A with The Recorder’s Prop 8 courtroom reporter

Research reveals ‘sexting’ stats

Italian Judge Removed In Dispute Over Crucifixes In Courtrooms

ADF files brief asking court to affirm personhood of preborn children

Steven H. Aden: In the battle for liberty, the left has a lot of conscience objectors

Ban on Burqa Debated In France, Britain

Scientists using selective temperature data, skeptics say

Christians In Nigerian City Charge Military With Genocide

Class War: How Public Servants Became Our Masters

    NCPA: “Government employees have turned themselves into a coddled class that lives better than its private-sector counterpart, and with more impunity. In effect, the public’s servants have become our masters, says Steven Greenhut, a columnists with the Orange County Register . . . ”


  • Posted: 01/25/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.ncpa.org

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Charter School Demand Continues to Rise

    NCPA: “Parents are demanding more public charter schools according an annual survey conducted by the Center for Education Reform. While demand grew by 21 percent over the last year, there aren’t enough charters to meet demand, often due to legislatively imposed caps. For every public charter school in the country, there are 239 students denied the opportunity to attend . . . ”


  • Posted: 01/25/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.ncpa.org

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Government Unions Win, You Lose

China Rebukes U.S. Calls to Investigate Hacking

America’s long term economic prosperity tied to pro-life policies

A., B. & C. v. Ireland: Europe’s Roe v. Wade?