ACLU asks Chesterfield to steer clear of Bible course

North Dakota Approves Petition for Abortion Decapitation, Skull Crushing Ban

Louisiana House Approves Bill to Opt Out of Some Health Care Abortion Funding

Oklahoma Governor Henry vetoes two abortion bills, possibility of legislative override

CT: Christian Law Center Offers Legal Help To Enfield Board Of Education

    Hartford Courant: “‘I’ve been hired to advise the board on any issues that arise in this case, and that includes advising on how to handle any suit that may come from the ACLU or Americans United [for Separation of Church and State],” Vincent McCarthy, senior northeast counsel for the ACLJ, said Thursday. “We’re preparing in the event that we can settle or in the event that a suit is filed.’ The civil liberties union and Americans United threatened in November to sue the school district if it continued with its plans to hold high school graduation ceremonies at First Cathedral in Bloomfield.”


  • Posted: 04/23/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.courant.com

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Military’s health care costs booming

    USA Today: “Military health care spending is rising twice as fast as the nation’s overall health care costs, consuming a larger chunk of the defense budget as the Pentagon struggles to pay for two wars, military budget figures show . . .”


  • Posted: 04/23/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.usatoday.com

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MI: Senate passes bill to restrict embryonic research

Driver wearing Islamic face veil fined in France

San Francisco archdiocese files suit over $21.7M property tax bill

Bar Leaders Ask Congress To Boost LSC Funding

    Blog of the Legal Times: “The presidents of 61 state and territorial bar associations and their counterparts at five national bar associations have sent a letter to Congress asking for increased funding for the Legal Services Corp. The April 20 letter urges the lawmakers to add at least $15 million in new funds, raising the LSC budget to a minimum of $435 million . . .”


  • Posted: 04/23/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: legaltimes.typepad.com

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Arab Emirates: Sharjah couples urged to legalise their status as police clamp down

Saudi court lets bride, 12, divorce 80-yr-old hubby

Arizona governor signs immigration law; foes promise fight

David French: The anatomy of a smear

The Pornography Plague

    William E. May writes at the Culture of Life Foundation:  ”The April 10, 2010 bulletin of iMAPP Marriage News [1] highlighted this issue. It focused on the Witherspoon Foundation’s recent conference and book, The Social Costs of Pornography.[2] After summing up Marriage News’s report of the Witherspoon Foundation’s conference and book on the social costs of pornography, I will present the masterful analysis of pornography and ‘pornovision’ offered by a prominent philosopher/theologian during the last quarter of the 20th century, namely, Karol Wojtyla, better known as Pope John Paul II.”


  • Posted: 04/23/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: culture-of-life.org

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What’s happened to the UK’s population?

Philadelphia: Center City race has candidate ‘outed’ as straight

FL: Controversy over Muslim’s nomination to Jacksonville Human Rights Commission

Democrats Aim to Tap Populist Anger in High-Court Fight

Vatican UN rep discusses “defamation of religion” resolution

Labour call to sack Tory Julian Lewis over “gay” remarks

Potential Supreme Court pick Garland could find foes on left

The rise and fall of Spanish “super-judge” Baltasar Garzón

Kevin Keller debuts as first “openly gay” character in Archie’s Veronica Comics

Web, religious freedom on agenda as US-China rights dialogue resumes

ND: Proposal aims to lift “burdens” off religion

The Birth-Control Riddle: Fifty Years After the Pill’s Debut, Almost Half of Pregnancies in the U.S. Are Unplanned

    Wall Street Journal: “Yet despite all these options, the rates of unplanned pregnancies remain high: Almost half of all pregnancies in the U.S.—some 3.1 million a year—are unintended, according to the most recent government survey, from 2001. One out of every two American women aged 15 to 44 has at least one unplanned pregnancy in her lifetime. Among unmarried women in their 20s, seven out of 10 pregnancies are unplanned.
    An updated version of those numbers from the 2006 National Survey of Family Growth is expected to be released next month. But population experts don’t anticipate much change; the rate of unplanned pregnancy was the same in 1994, and smaller studies have found that even newer birth-control methods haven’t made much of a dent . . .” (The article contains several charts)


  • Posted: 04/23/2010
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: online.wsj.com

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Canadian FLDS Leader Denied Advance of Legal Fees In B.C. Polygamy Reference

Korea’s Supreme Court Says Private Mission School Must Respect Students’ Religious Rights

Kentucky High Court Voids Funding of Pharmacy Building, Scholarships At Baptist University

Canadian legislation would require judges to speak French and English without interpreter

New Law Expands Florida Tax Credit School Voucher Program

Despite detrimental redefinitions, economist remains optimistic about future of marriage

    U. of Dallas News: “In [Jennifer Roeback] Morse’s opinion, the legalization of no-fault divorce is the most destructive redefinition of marriage. ‘No-fault divorce takes away the permanence feature of marriage,’ Morse said. ‘Legally speaking, you do not have a binding contract.’ People now approach marriage with a different mentality, knowing that it is not necessarily permanent. Through the spread of contraceptive technology, marriage has been redefined in a second way. ‘We have removed the idea of childbearing being central to marriage,’ said Morse. ‘It has turned sexual activity into a sterile recreational activity.’”


  • Posted: 04/23/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: media.www.udallasnews.com

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GOP ramps up attacks on SEC over porn surfing

“Can a Public Law School Constitutionally Require a Christian Student Group Not to Exclude Non-Christians and Gay Persons? The Supreme Court Will Decide”

    Vikram David Amar and Alan Brownstein write at Findlaw: “In this column, we discuss an interesting case on which the Supreme Court heard oral argument this week. It concerns student First Amendment rights and a public university’s efforts to combat discrimination and promote diversity. The dispute arose when the Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco (a public law school) refused to grant official recognition to the Hastings chapter of the Christian Legal Society (which we will refer to as “CLS” or “the Society”), a national organization of lawyers and law students devoted to upholding Christian ideals . . . ”


  • Posted: 04/23/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: writ.news.findlaw.com

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Doug Napier on KTVK 3: Save the National Day of Prayer

Democrats set showdown vote on Wall Street bill

Montana group excluded, “too religious”

Alliance Defense Fund sends Nat’l Day of Prayer letters

Legal skirmish colors National Day of Prayer

High Court hears arguments on Christian student group

Mike Johnson on “A Call to Decision”: The Battle for Religious Freedom is Urgent

Vatican will finance adult stem cell research

Jim Daly: A day of prayer for judicial common sense

Obama says Arizona immigration bill ‘misguided’

Two States Drop Gambling Expansion Bills

‘Pro-Life’ Democrats Face Tough Election After Health Care Vote

Government report: New healthcare reform law could lead to higher prices, employers dropping coverage

Arizona immigration bill helps push issue to forefront of Senate

“Not All Gay Sex is Abusive”

    Catholic League: “If a 17-year old guy has sex with an older guy for twenty years, and continues to have sex with him at the age of 38—while he is married with children—is there anyone who would believe his claim that he was sexually abused? The answer is yes: the New York Times would . . . Why would the New York Times try to sell this so-called abuse story with a straight face? For two reasons: it wallows in stories designed to weaken the moral authority of the Catholic Church, and it is so gay-friendly as to be gay-crazy.”


  • Posted: 04/23/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: catholicleague.org

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While economy crumbled, top financial watchdogs at SEC surfed for porn on Internet: memo

Rush Limbaugh: Liberals and the Violence Card

Senior official quits over Amnesty International’s ties to “pro-jihad group”

    Washington Times: “A senior official at Amnesty International quit the human rights group this month after raising an alarm over its ties to a former Guantanamo Bay detainee and what she describes as his pro-jihad group. Gita Sahgal, who headed the gender unit at Amnesty’s office in London, said she was especially worried about Moazzam Begg and Cageprisoners’ support for ‘jihad in self-defense’ and radicals such as Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born Yemeni cleric who is suspected of having ties to al Qaeda.”


  • Posted: 04/23/2010
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  • Category: Global: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.washingtontimes.com

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Law Review: Does the Establishment Clause Permit the Disregard of Devout Catholics?

    Mike Newdow, Question to Justice Scalia: Does the Establishment Clause Permit the Disregard of Devout Catholics? (April 22, 2010). Capital University Law Review, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1594374

    “In June 2005, Justice Antonin Scalia contended that ‘the Establishment Clause…permits the disregard of devout atheists.’ This statement is extraordinary inasmuch as it appears to reverse an inexorable (albeit, at times, wandering) trend toward true equality. Thus, where individuals had previously been treated as less than equal on the basis of race (e.g., Dred Scott v. Sandford), gender (e.g., Bradwell v. State) and national origin (e.g., Korematsu v. United States), those odious decisions are no longer good law. In his McCreary dissent, it seems that Justice Scalia sought motion in the opposite direction: toward overturning equality, in the one constitutional arena where the Supreme Court had not previously proclaimed such a manifest animus toward minorities: religion.”


  • Posted: 04/23/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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