Homeschooling to be criminalized in Sweden

VA: Some skip Islamic prayer in House

MA: “Jail for dissing gays pulled after publicity”

Texas approves curriculum revised by conservatives

    New York Times: “After three days of turbulent meetings, the Texas Board of Education on Friday voted to approve a social studies curriculum that will put a conservative stamp on history and economics textbooks, stressing the role of Christianity in American history and presenting Republican political philosophies in a more positive light. The vote was 11 to 4, with 10 Republicans and one Democrat voting for the curriculum, and four Democrats voting against.”


  • Posted: 03/12/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.nytimes.com

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Academic Freedom File interview with Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse

Gallup: “Generational differences on abortion narrow”

    Gallup: “Gallup analysis of U.S. public opinion trends on abortion shows that generational differences in support for broadly legal abortion have diminished over the past decade. In the mid-1970s, when Gallup started polling on the issue, adults aged 18 to 29 and 30 to 49 were the most supportive of legal abortion under any circumstances, and those 65 and older the least, with 50- to 64-year-olds falling in between. That pattern continued through the late 1990s. Since 2000, however, all age groups with the exception of seniors have shown similar levels of support for broadly legal abortion.”


  • Posted: 03/12/2010
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: www.gallup.com

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Dems seek agreement, quick vote on health care

Attorney General failed to give legal briefs to Senate

PA: West Shore to pay $16K in legal fees in pro-life T-shirt case

Teacher in Belgium wins right to wear veil in class

Indiana council nixes problematic ordinance

No same-sex “marriages” in Fiji

Another city outlaws home Bible studies

“Gay rights and pro-life: Two divergent movements”

    Michael Gerson writing in The Washington Post: “Just 20 years ago, opposition to abortion and opposition to homosexual rights seemed to overlap entirely. They appeared to be expressions of the same traditionalist moral framework, destined to succeed or fail together as twin pillars of the culture war. But in the years since, the fortunes of these two social stands have dramatically diverged. A May 2009 Gallup poll found that more Americans, for the first time, describe themselves as ‘pro-life’ than ‘pro-choice.’ A February CNN-Time poll found that half of Americans, for the first time, believe that homosexuality is ‘not a moral issue.’ This divergence says something about successful social movements in America.”


  • Posted: 03/12/2010
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: www.washingtonpost.com

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Court of a peal: Driven bats by the belfry

Salon Commentary: “Banning race-based abortions is wrong”

    Tracy Clark-Flory writes at Salon: “Last week, I wrote about how the Endangered Species Project, which is backed in part by Georgia Right to Life, alleges a “black genocide” at the hands of Planned Parenthood and uses African-American babies as anti-abortion propaganda. Both the bill and the ad campaign are built on the same false premise: That the higher abortion rate in the African-American community is the result of a racist conspiracy by medical providers and pro-choice activists . . . ”


  • Posted: 03/12/2010
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: www.salon.com

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MA Senate OK’s bill to curtail bullying

China says Google free to leave or stay+

CO: “Gay-rights luncheon draws Republicans to table”

U.S. Census Bureau Changes Its Interpretation of DOMA To Allow Same-Sex Couples to Self-Identify as ‘Married’

Christians Refuse to Allow Officials to Close Church in Indonesia

Nigerian Women Carry Bibles, Protest Massacre

“High divorce rates and teen pregnancy are worse in conservative states than liberal states”

Former Co-Chair of Obama National LGBT Leadership Council: We don’t want tolerance, we want acceptance

    “So, why do I constantly see arguments in the LGBT press extolling tolerance of us from the larger community or suggestions that we should be tolerated? What I want, and I hope the community at large wants, is acceptance. That’s right, approval and respect of my sexual orientation. Acceptance says a lot more about what we want to achieve as a movement. We want our enemies and detractors to accept that we exist, accept that our sexual orientation is not changeable, accept that we have loving relationships and accept that we too are normal . . . ”


  • Posted: 03/12/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty

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Embryonic stem cell research bill introduced in House

MN: Islamic charter school families seek to join legal fight over religion at school

Georgia Taking Lead in Interstate Insurance Laws

    NCPA Policy Digest: “Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue (R) is showing the way on how states can implement cross-state selling of individual health insurance, says Ronald E. Bachman, a senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis. States can voluntarily enter into reciprocity agreements with like-minded states. Together they can create a multi-state market attractive to insurers selling new lower cost comprehensive products . . . ”


  • Posted: 03/12/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.ncpa.org

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Virginia legislators drop bill restricting pregnancy centers, praise them instead

Ariz. town: No church meetings at home. Period.

Hung Parliament possible as UK polls tighten

UK: Court bars British National Party from taking new members

‘Hands off Mexico!’ International Coalition tells United Nations

GA: Senate panel advances legislation to crack down on illicit massage parlors

    macon.com: “Senate Bill 364 passed the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously, and Staton, R-Macon, said he hopes to see the bill before the full Senate next week, or the week after. The bill strengthens current massage laws on several fronts, and makes it clear that local governments can regulate parlors and spas.”

    SB 364: Massage Therapist; conviction for sexual offense; license suspended for certain time periods; penalties


  • Posted: 03/12/2010
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Study Finds Unborn Babies Respond to Mother’s Mood

    LifeSiteNews: “Scientists have discovered that unborn babies respond to their mother’s mood while she is watching a movie, becoming quiet and still if the film is sad and very lively if the film is happy. Dr. Kazuyuki Shinohara and colleagues in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior of Nagasaki University in Japan showed 10 pregnant volunteers . . . ”


  • Posted: 03/12/2010
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: www.lifesitenews.com

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Unclear whether House has the votes to pass “healthcare” debacle

“Peaceful and private” – Montana’s Supreme Court rules on assisted suicide

Obama sidelining religious freedom?

    Washington Post, Georgetown / On Faith: “Almost 14 months into the Obama presidency, the ambassador at large for international religious freedom — a position mandated by the International Religious Freedom Act — has not been named, even though other positions of less weight and importance to our national interests have long been filled . . . Other new Obama foreign policy initiatives, from outreach to Muslim communities to the normalization of gay rights in international law, are getting serious policy attention and resources. But religious freedom — which enjoys broad support among the American people and can contribute both to justice and national security — is, in effect, being sidelined.”


  • Posted: 03/12/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: newsweek.washingtonpost.com

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Government, civil society, and religious freedom

Nigerians recount night of their bloody revenge

SJSU students, faculty weigh in on Proposition 8

Will “Pro-Life Democrats” Be Pro-Life or Democrat?

The defense of marriage in America

Reinhardt Stands Alone on 9th Circuit’s Pledge of Allegiance ‘Under God’ Ruling

3rd Circuit Asked to Clarify Student Internet Speech Cases

D.C. Circuit Won’t Reconsider Anti-Protester Ruling

    Blog of the Legal Times: “In its March 11 order, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit let stand a ruling from November, in which a three-judge panel found that police had the right to arrest an entire group of marchers once some members of the crowd began to riot, even if officers never ordered the crowd to disperse.”

    The earlier panel ruling: Carr v. D.C., No. 08-7083 (D.C. Cir. Nov. 20, 2009)


  • Posted: 03/12/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: legaltimes.typepad.com

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WI: Lawsuit Challenges Zoning Refusal For Bible Camp

Recovering Sight after Scientism

    Edward Feser writes at Public Discourse: “Seeing that scientism is unsustainable, we must embrace a return to philosophy. The second article in a two-part series. As I argued in part I, scientism—the view that all real knowledge is scientific knowledge—is either self-refuting or trivial. Moreover, consistently pursued, it leads to the ‘eliminative materialist’ position that the human mind itself is a fiction—that there are no such things as thinking, perceiving, willing, desiring, and so forth. This position is not only incoherent, but undermines the very possibility of science itself—the very thing scientism claims to champion.”


  • Posted: 03/12/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.thepublicdiscourse.com

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Draft K-12 Common Core State Standards Available for Comment

Ninth Circuit: Pledge of Allegiance constitutional

GOP backs ‘don’t ask’ advocate

    Washington Times: “House Minority Whip Eric Cantor and Rep. Roy Blunt, Missouri Republican, said they worried that a ‘new litmus test’ was created in the wake of the Air Force’s decision to retract the long-standing invitation to Mr. Perkins – a former Marine and an ordained minister – to speak at a prayer luncheon because his views were ‘incompatible’ with those of military personnel who answer to Mr. Obama. The lawmakers explained their case in a letter to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates obtained by The Washington Times.”


  • Posted: 03/12/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: washingtontimes.com

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California Board Still Wants Teacher to Remove ‘God’ Banners

Texas State Board Rejects Teaching About Establishment Clause

Indiana court rejects Presbyterian Church (USA) property claim

No .xxx yet: Internet agency delays porn decision

“A nasty attempt to coerce Danish newspapers into apologizing for the cartoons of Mohammed”

Abortion provision stays in health bill: House Leaders will try to “peel off” Stupak pro-life allies

The will to fix Senate rules (Sen. Tom Udall)

    Sen Tom Udall (D-NM) writes at the Hill: “Article I, Section 5 of the Constitution states, ‘Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings…’ And at the beginning of the 112th Congress I will call on the Senate to exercise its constitutional responsibility to adopt its rules of procedure by a simple majority vote.”


  • Posted: 03/12/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: thehill.com

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