India: Court bars government funding for Islamic financial institution in Kerala

“New Macedonian rights law fails to protect gays”

Canada: McGill University forces pro-life club to accept special restrictions

OH: Berea approves zoning for “adult entertainment businesses”

    Sun News: “The city approved legislation that some neighboring municipalities had on their books for more than nine years. City Council approved measures that created an adult-oriented business chapter in its codified ordinances, renamed a district that would allow such enterprises to locate and another explaining what is permissible within the new West Bagley Road Commercial District.”


  • Posted: 04/08/2010
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  • Source: blog.cleveland.com

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New Brunswick anti-abortion activist jailed for refusing to file tax returns

TX: Austin crisis pregnancy centers must post disclaimers

Venezuela: Group says jailing of judge attacks judicial freedom

UK: Nurse loses battle over crucifix

Kansas abortions fall by 11%

Oil could give kiss of death to “recovery”

    Financial Times: “Olivier Jakob, of Swiss consultant Petromatrix, said in a note that the “recovery of 2009 was fuelled with crude oil at $62 a barrel, not at $90 a barrel or $100 a barrel. We fear that the latest run on WTI will be the kiss of death for a global economy that was trying to avoid the possibility of a double-dip recession.”


  • Posted: 04/08/2010
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  • Source: www.ft.com

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ADF reminds colleges & universities of their free speech obligations

Alberta: “Anti-gay letter isn’t human rights case: minister”

Senate of Berlin resolution on same-sex “marriage”

Kansas Late-Term Abortion Bill Awaiting Governor’s Signature

Portugal’s Constitutional Court OKs same-sex “marriage”

Anti-abortion activists seek new definition of ‘personhood,’ state by state

PA: Man forces girlfriend to have an unwanted abortion; charged with murder

NYC Wins a Round in Continuing Battle Against Businesses That Sell Sexually-Oriented Matter

    Leonard Link: “A new chapter has been written in the long-running saga of the battle between New York City and proprietors of establishments that sell sexually-related materials, as New York County Supreme Court Justice Lewis York ruled on March 29 that the City had met its “light burden” of showing that the bookstores and video stores operated by the plaintiffs are “adult establishments” subject to a 1995 amendment to the City’s Zoning Resolution (as amended in 2001) sharply restricting the location of such establishments, even though the owners had taken steps to alter their establishments in an attempt to continue operating in their existing locations. For the People Theatres of NY, Inc. v. City of New York, 2010 N.Y. Slip Op. 20108 (Sup.Ct., N.Y. Co., March 29, 2010) . . . ”


  • Posted: 04/08/2010
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  • Source: newyorklawschool.typepad.com

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Texas, Minn. Govs Declare April 2010 as Abortion Recovery Month

UK: David Cameron pledges to review abortion, euthanasia laws

“Abortion and gay marriage new hot-button issues in Mexico”

Webinar by Richard Hammar: What Churches and Pastors Must Know about Reporting Child Abus

Casey Mattox: The (many more than) seven things you can’t say on campus

Sen. Scott Brown to play key role in battle over military approval of homosexual behavior

“Ted Olson: Prop 8 Challenge Could Have Global Impact”

Using the Bible in Public Schools: A Violation of the Separation of Church and State?

    Thomas Bradwell writes at Associated Content: “The goal of the establishment clause is to avoid a state sanctioned church, like the Church of England, and to ensure that members of the new democracy would be afforded the opportunity to worship as they wish without political persecution. This concept is far different than the modern practice of freedom from religion embraced by opponents of teaching Biblical literature in public schools. All of the above leads me to the conclusion that this argument is not centered on constitutional principle; rather it is actually the expression of anti-religious bias . . . ”


  • Posted: 04/08/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.associatedcontent.com

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ACLU goes to Ark. court challenging law barring unmarried couples from adopting, fostering

Canada: Smoking cannabis a religious right, court told

    Toronto Star: “In a constitutional challenge to Canada’s drug laws, however, the two men argue that the cannabis plant is sacred to their religion, the Assembly of the Church of the Universe (COU), which claims about 35 active ministers and 4,000 members across Canada. . . . The defendants are asking Ontario Superior Court Justice Thea Herman to rule that Canada’s Controlled Drugs and Substances Act has no force or effect with regards to cannabis because it infringes on their freedom of religion.”


  • Posted: 04/08/2010
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.thestar.com

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NC: West Jefferson voices concerns about sexually-oriented businesses

ADF to five universities: ‘Speech codes’ give officials too much latitude to define ‘offensive’ conduct

Cops: Wiccan listed victim as ‘sacrifice’ in phone

    AP: “A self-described Wiccan had a man’s phone number programmed in her cell phone under the word ‘sacrifice’ before she stabbed him to death, then claimed he had tried to rape her, authorities said Thursday.”

    Related posts on Wiccan including efforts to promote it at the Air Force Academy


  • Posted: 04/08/2010
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  • Source: hosted.ap.org

China’s Censors Tackle and Trip Over the Internet

    NY Times: “The one constant is its growing importance. Censorship used to be the sleepy province of the Communist Party’s central propaganda department, whose main task was to tell editors what and what not to print or broadcast. In the new networked China, censorship is a major growth industry, overseen — and fought over — by no fewer than 14 government ministries . . . That’s not all. Not content merely to block dissonant views, the government increasingly employs agents to peddle its views online, in the guise of impartial bloggers and chat-room denizens.”


  • Posted: 04/08/2010
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.nytimes.com

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David French on the Frank Pastore Show: CLS v. Martinez at the U.S. Supreme Court

China: Beyond Communist rule and capitalist change, what’s the real story?

Health care reform information for your family

Christian students claim CA law school discriminated against group when it denied student funding

U.S. Denying Entry Visas to People Who Work on Israel’s Dimona Nuclear Reactor?

    Eugene Volokh writing at the Volokh Conspiracy and quoting JoshuaPundit: “NRG/Maariv (Hebrew link only, sorry) reported today that the Israeli government was stunned when every nuclear technician at Israel’s Dimona reactor who had submitted visa requests to visit the United States for ongoing university education in Physics, Chemistry and Nuclear Engineering had their visa applications summarily rejected, specifically because of their association with the Dimona reactor. This is a new policy decision of the Obama administration . . . ”


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  • Source: volokh.com

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Massachusetts’ Short-Term Customers Boosting Health Costs

Beijing Prof Fired for Having Second Baby

European Court of Human Rights (ECHR): Austrian law restricting in vitro fertilization violates European Convention on Human Rights

U.S. Medical Society Sues to Overturn ObamaCare

    LifeSiteNews: “The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) has filed a lawsuit against the newly enacted health care bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), making them the first U.S. medical society to take legal action against the sweeping health care overhaul . . . ‘If the PPACA goes unchallenged, then it spells the end of freedom in medicine as we know it,’ said Jane Orient, M.D., the Executive Director of AAPS. ‘Courts should not allow this massive intrusion into the practice of medicine and the rights of patients.’”


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Several States Looking at Banning Abortion Funding Under New Health Care Law

CA: Ministerial Exception Precludes Wage and Hour Suit Against Scientology

Kenyan church leaders withhold support of country’s draft constitution

Roberts: Lack of consensus in decisions reflects Supreme Court’s inability to compromise

Chief Justice Roberts on Obama, Justice Stevens, Law Reviews, More

Robert Knight: Radicals to rule us all

Census Bureau concerned about head count problems

    AP: “As the U.S. census nears its final stages, the government is preparing for possible debacles that could derail its $15 billion head count, from mass identity theft and lawsuits to homeowners who refuse to answer their doors.”


  • Posted: 04/08/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: hosted.ap.org

“Philippine Supreme Court allows gay party in polls”

Atheists’ Suit Against Ministers’ Housing Allowance Lands in Federal Appeals Court

Imprisoned Chinese activist seeks medical parole

Vulnerable Democrats are tiptoeing on health care

Crist set to expand gambling in Florida

Pope Appoints ‘Strong’ Pro-Life Advocate to Los Angeles Position

Rick Garnett: Religious Liberty, Church Autonomy, and the Structure of Freedom

    Richard W. Garnett, Religious Liberty, Church Autonomy, and the Structure of Freedom (2010). CHRISTIANITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS: AN INTRODUCTION, John Witte, Jr. and Frank S. Alexander eds., pp. 226-238, Cambridge University Press, 2010; Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper No. 10-10. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1585191

    “This chapter considers both the content of religious freedom and the ways it is protected and promoted. It proposes, first, that the ‘right to freedom of religion’ belongs not only to individuals, but also to institutions, associations, communities, and congregations. Just as every person has the right to seek religious truth and to cling to it when it is found, religious communities have the right to hold and teach their own doctrines; just as every person ought to be free from official coercion when it comes to religious practices or professions, religious institutions are entitled to govern themselves, and to exercise appropriate authority, free from official interference; just as every person has the right to select the religious teachings he will embrace, churches have the right to select the ministers they will ordain.”


  • Posted: 04/08/2010
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Census Bureau Tells Same-Sex Couples to Check ‘Married’