Stifling Campus Speech

ABA Effort to Add Outcomes to Accreditation Standards Roils Law Deans

“Wis. Presbytery Approves Ordination of Openly Gay Man”

Obama’s Plan for Health Bill includes abortion funding

Isle of Man to consider civil partnership bill

Louisiana to appeal “gay adoption” ruling

    “A top state lawyer has confirmed that Attorney General Buddy Caldwell almost certainly will appeal a federal appeals court order requiring that Louisiana issue an amended birth certificate listing as parents two out-of-state men who, through a New York court, adopted a child born in Shreveport.”


  • Posted: 02/22/2010
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: www.nola.com

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SC: Budget proposal would end state abortion coverage

Idaho: Health workers’ conscience rights proposal moves forward

Federal court extends Citizens United; Enjoins San Diego law restricting corporate contributions

Utah: Bill to change sex education dead on arrival

Mexicans seek 50,000 signatures to stop same-sex “marriage”

Va. Episcopalians narrowly vote not to recognize same-sex “marriage”

Opposition grows to India “gay sex” ruling

Pakistani Christian beaten for refusing to convert to Islam

Maine ethics panel to take up National Organization for Marriage donor list controversy

MI: Group tells commission about opposition to Planned Parenthood

Nearly Half of WV Senate Sponsors Marriage Protection Amendment

Marijuana use by seniors goes up as boomers age

    AP: “The rise was most dramatic among 55- to 59-year-olds, whose reported marijuana use more than tripled from 1.6 percent in 2002 to 5.1 percent. Observers expect further increases as 78 million boomers born between 1945 and 1964 age . . . ”


  • Posted: 02/22/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: hosted.ap.org

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“Gay Soldiers Don’t Cause Disruption, Study Says”

Marriage more stable than cohabitation, research finds

    Christianity Today: “Cohabitation is a less stable form of relationship today than it was 15 years ago and particularly for couples with children, says relationships charity The Jubilee Centre . . . Yet the analysis also showed that cohabitation does not serve as a ‘trial marriage’ but instead increases the odds of divorce.”


  • Posted: 02/22/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.christiantoday.com

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Fla. Rep. Charles Van Zant seeks ban on abortion

Why is Shirley Dobson Smiling? A federal lawsuit can’t shake her faith in religious liberty

Virginia: Christian Leaders Rally to De-Fund Abortion Provider

UK: Choice threatened by Whitehall sex ed grab

Historical Display Goes Up in Sumter County, Georgia

Americans United Asks IRS To Investigate Partisan Politicking At Liberty University

University of Wisconsin documents reveal taxpayer funding of abortion, in potential violation of state law

Union moves to represent airport screeners

    AP: “The nation’s largest federal employee union is moving ahead with efforts to represent about 40,000 airport screeners even though the government has not given them collective bargaining rights.”


  • Posted: 02/22/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: hosted.ap.org

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Researchers Want NIH Stem-Cell Guidelines Changed to Protect Pro-Lifers

Disagree with the admiral on open homosexual behavior in the military No way!

Senate GOP: Dems lack votes to use partisan tactic on health reform

Nebraska legislature considers statewide regulation of sexually oriented businesses

    Family First has issued an email update that reports:

    As of now, there is no state standard for these businesses. Sen. Mark Christensen of Imperial, Nebraska – District 44 introduced and priotitized LB 443.

    This bill would place statewide regulations on sexually oriented bookstores and strip clubs and would do the following:

    • Require S.O.B.’s to close between midnight and 8 a.m.
    • Prohibit full nudity
    • Adopt a “No Touch” policy between dancers and patrons.
    • Ban minors from visiting S.O.B.’s
    • Requires that any S.O.B.’s be located at least 1,000 feet (approximately 1/5 mile) away from any school, daycare, playground, residence or church.

    More information here.


  • Posted: 02/22/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous

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NY high school cancels burgeoning Christian club, lets 60 others remain

Canada: “How to Respond to Teachers Pushing Pro-Gay Curriculum: Family Group Advises Parents”

Health Backlash in the States

Uzbekistan: Baptists removed from posts, forced to pay massive fines

    Forum 18: “Uzbekistan continues to attack the country’s registered Baptist Union, local Baptists have told Forum 18 News Service. One Baptist, Valery Konovalov, has been forced to pay a fine imposed in his absence, after he was forced to appear as a witness in the trial of three leaders of the Baptist Union. The three have themselves been forced to pay what the same court claimed was unpaid tax and two were removed from their posts.”


  • Posted: 02/22/2010
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.forum18.org

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Abortion has become ‘plague’ in Mexico City, acknowledges government

‘Choose Life’ license plate trend gaining

Victory for NC bishops as state abandons plan to compare pro-life laws to segregation

Nebraska: State could reshape abortion policy

“When the Salvation Army enlists in the government”

Why “freedom of worship” is not enough

Head of White House Faith Based Office Outlines Its Goals

Utah: Summum wants its Seven Aphorisms to join Ten Commandments in city park.

Harry Reid Promises Democrats Will Push Through Pro-Abortion Health Care Bill

Uganda Lawsuit Challenges Polygamy; Government Says It Is Protected Religious Practice

Military leaders face grilling on normalization of open homosexuality

Jewish groups split on CLS v. Martinez

ACLU threatens American way of life

“Donnelly touts dangers of gays in military”

Debate bubbles over pulpit “electioneering”

Will ministers’ housing exemption be erased?

“Wake up, Progressives: The Right is ready to rumble (our side, not so much)”

    AlterNet: “Throughout [CPAC], there were special youth-targeted events. In the exhibit hall, a quick pass yielded a treasure trove of college-focused literature from the likes of the Alliance Defense Fund, Students for Liberty, Young Americans for Liberty, the Young Americans for Freedom, and a very jazzy-looking booklet, complete with CD-ROM, for elders called, ‘Reaching Millennials’ from Focus on the Family Action. If there’s anything I’ve learned from my years of reporting on the right is that they’re in it for the long haul.”


  • Posted: 02/22/2010
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  • Category: Uncategorized

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NC: Plyler pivot of big vote

NJ awards $250K of taxpayer money to “Status is Everything” Campaign

Florida library sued over access issue

DC citizens blocked again on marriage vote

Same-sex ruling upheld by judge

Study on religion finds young adults less affiliated but not less believing

ACLU’s position on religious garb for teachers is counter to its underlying principles

Lieberman to Introduce ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal

Porn addiction destroys relationships, lives

Florida Court Ruling Continues to Drive Christians to the Closet to Pray

    Liberty Counsel: “Following Judge M. Casey Rodgers’ ruling late Friday evening, which denied the request for intervention by Christian Educators Association International (CEAI), Liberty Counsel will file a direct lawsuit against the Santa Rosa School District. When the ACLU originally filed its suit against the District, Liberty Counsel offered to represent the school at no cost, but the offer was rejected. The new District Superintendent, Tim Wryosdick, and the school board attorney decided to cave in to the ACLU’s demands and enter into a consent decree which Judge Rodgers approved . . . ”


  • Posted: 02/22/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.lc.org

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US scientists warn of fraud of stem cell ‘banks’

Law Review: Religious Liberty in British Courts: A Critique and Some Guidance

Law Review: The Rise and Fall of Universal Jurisdiction

    Luc Reydams, The Rise and Fall of Universal Jurisdiction (February 16, 2010). HANDBOOK OF INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL LAW, W. Schabas and N. Bernaz, eds., London: Routledge, 2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1553734

    “The article considers the rise and fall of universal jurisdiction. I begin by revisiting the unique Zeitgeist of the 1990s and by broaching the actors behind the campaign for universal jurisdiction. Then I discuss how these actors, mainly non-governmental organizations, framed the issue and how policy-oriented international lawyers constructed the legal argument. Thereafter I review the (alleged) historical sources of universal jurisdiction and their contemporary (distorted) interpretation. My subsequent examination of post-World War II multilateral treaty practice finds little enthusiasm among states for universal jurisdiction. After that I assess cases of the last fifteen or so years, distinguishing between “hard” cases (in courts) and ‘virtual’ cases (in the media). Next I show in a brief post mortem how a backlash in Africa, the United States, Israel, and China against virtual trials in Europe caused the premature end of universal jurisdiction. In the final section I draw some lessons and ponder its future.”


  • Posted: 02/22/2010
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  • Category: Global: Bench and Bar
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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Law Review: Religious Argument, Free Speech Theory, and Democratic Dynamism

Law Review: Medical Conscience and the Policing of Parenthood

    Richard F. Storrow, Medical Conscience and the Policing of Parenthood (February 19, 2010). William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law, Vol. 16, No. 2, pp. 369-393, 2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1555757

    “This Article explores what medical ethics has to say about physicians who, for sincerely held religious reasons, refuse to treat patients for reasons of sexual orientation or marital status. The issue is explored through the lens of a case recently decided by the California Supreme Court in which infertility physicians refused to help a lesbian couple have a child with the aid of artificial insemination. Through a close examination of the provisions of medical ethics codes and the arguments based on those codes raised in the California case, this Article concludes that medical societies should not support carving out an exception from anti-discrimination laws for physicians who, for reasons of religious conscience, want to express their class-based biases in the clinic.”


  • Posted: 02/22/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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Law Review: Judicial Review of Religious Legal Systems in India and Israel

    Josh Goodman, Divine Judgment: Judicial Review of Religious Legal Systems in India and Israel (Summer 2009). Hastings International and Comparative Law Review, Vol. 32, No. 2, p. 379. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1551608

    “his paper analyzes and compares how two democratic states, India and Israel, incorporate discrete areas of religious law into their secular legal systems. As religion has become an increasingly important political force in India and Israel, both countries have turned to constitutionalism and to civil courts to manage the role of religious law within the democratic system. This development represents the convergence of two global trends: an expansion in the power of courts and the growth of religious politics. This paper examines how the conflict of secular and religious legal norms has played out in the Israeli and Indian civil courts, and draws out lessons from these countries’ experiences with religious legal pluralism.”


  • Posted: 02/22/2010
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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