GA: Avondale church shuttered over zoning violations

Investigators: Obama uses Connecticut Soc. Sec. Number

    WorldNetDaily: “Two private investigators working independently are asking why President Obama is using a Social Security number set aside for applicants in Connecticut while there is no record he ever had a mailing address in the state.”


  • Posted: 05/12/2010
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  • Source: www.wnd.com

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“Gay rights central to Elena Kagan fight”

Rush Limbaugh: “State-Run Media is Obsessed with Elena Kagan’s Sexuality”

    Rush Limbaugh Transcript: ” . . . From the first moment the subject of her sexual orientation came up, I’ve been scratching my head. How can that possibly matter on the Democrat side of things? Do we really think that some senator’s gonna ask her? (interruption) You think they’re trying to provoke Republicans in saying something stupid about it? Well, if the Republicans don’t say something stupid about it, what it looks to me like is that the Democrats are the ones that have a problem with it, which is what I don’t understand. The Republicans are running for cover on practically everything here that has to do with Obama. They’re not going to say anything here, certainly none of the Senators. This Wall Street Journal thing is the closest thing the White House has got to, ‘A-ha, a-ha, bigot, homophobe!’ . . . ”


  • Posted: 05/12/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.rushlimbaugh.com

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NY City Council upholds landmark status of west side church

UK: “Trans woman launches legal challenge after being denied breast surgery”

Center for American Progress: An Analysis of Arkansas’s 2008 Battle Over Same-Sex Adoption

UK: “How pro-gay is the new home secretary and minister for equality Theresa May?”

Poll: 1 in 3 Voters Say Kagan Should be Confirmed

“Elena Kagan’s friends: She’s not gay”

    Politico: “Elena Kagan is not a lesbian, one of her best friends told POLITICO Tuesday night, responding to persistent rumors and innuendo about the Supreme Court nominee’s personal life. ‘I’ve known her for most of her adult life and I know she’s straight,’ said Sarah Walzer, Kagan’s roommate in law school and a close friend since then . . . Another friend, former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, a member of Kagan’s social circle at Princeton University, wanted to make the same point as Walzer. ‘I did not go out with her, but other guys did,’ he said in an email Tuesday night. ‘I don’t think it is my place to say more.’”


  • Posted: 05/12/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.politico.com

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MN: Pawlenty says he’ll veto same-sex couples inheritance bill

NARAL endorses Specter opponent

Joe Martins: College of Alameda sets new standard for religious intolerance

NM: “Gay protesters picket Rio Rancho school”

Laura Bush Supports Marriage Redefinition, Abortion

Gates Foundation funds 78 new innovative global health projects, including male contraception

New Zealand University Pro-Life Club Overcomes Discrimination to Gain Official Status

Sasketchewan Court Considers Legislation Protecting Conscience Rights of Marriage Commissioners

Planned Parenthood Endorses Elena Kagan Nomination for Supreme Court

“How President Obama is bringing real education reform to Colorado”

    David Kopel writes at the Volokh Conspiracy: “Today is the final day of the 2010 Colorado legislature, and cautious optimists are looking forward to final passage of Senate Bill 191, a dramatic reform of Colorado’s tenure system for public school teachers. To be precise, after three years, Colorado teachers get a set of ‘due process’ rights, not tenure, but the effect is to make it nearly impossible for ineffective teachers to be fired. Senate Bill 191, sponsored by Denver Democrat and former public school principal Michael Johnston, would change all that . . . ”


  • Posted: 05/12/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: volokh.com

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Mass. Catholic school won’t admit lesbians’ son

Erik Stanley: Pelosi to Catholic Bishops: Talk about politics from the pulpit

EU Commission: Estonia can adopt euro in 2011

Andrew Kern: The Arts of Freedom

    Andrew Kern writes at the Quiddity Blog: A community can be free only to the extent that it remains committed to being free and defending their freedom. When they choose prosperity, security, or even peace over freedom (i.e. when they renounce Patrick Henry’s declamation), they have inevitably forfeited the right to be free. But commitment to freedom has more to do with education than with economics and the military. The extent of a people’s liberty is the extent to which its people have been trained in the arts of freedom. The arts of freedom are what used to be called “the liberal arts” before the term was watered down to an anemic notion of some vague and watery ‘general education.’ . . .


  • Posted: 05/12/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: quidditycirce.wordpress.com

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Liberty Counsel Helps Restore Prayer to Senior Center in Georgia

Cartel Papers Show Bribes to Mexican Authorities

French parliament lays groundwork for veil ban

AZ: Gov. Brewer has signed 12 pro-family bills into law

Another European prosecution for insulting religion

Harvard Political Review: “Is Godless Great?”

    Sarah Harland-Logan writing at Harvard Political Review: “Despite its many achievements, particularly in the last half-century, secularism remains a controversial subject in the American public sphere. Hunter Baker, a professor at Houston Baptist University and the author of The End of Secularism, told the HPR that secularists’ goal of removing religion from the arena of political decision-making is problematic. Baker said that ‘individuals bring their religious beliefs to the public square because they have integrity.’ Baker argued that, since the great majority of Americans are still Christians, it is inevitable, and even desirable, that politicians will ‘want to provide their real basis for a stand they take, rather than formulate a false one that meets some secular language requirement.’” | At First Things, Hunter Baker provides the full text of his email exchange with Harland-Logan.


  • Posted: 05/12/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: hpronline.org

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Two Spots Open for NRLC Summer Academy Program

    NRLC: “Summer at the National Right to Life office offers a refreshing change of pace with the arrival of a number of college students to participate in the NRLC internship and Academy programs. Different than a normal internship, the National Right to Life Academy is an intensive summer training course for college students in the right to life movement and issues. Students delve into the history and philosophy of the Movement, as well as seriously studying the various policy proposals and arguments related to each pro-life issue, from abortion the denial of lifesaving medial treatment . . . Another Academy alumnus has been accepted to the Blackstone Legal Fellowship, sponsored by the Alliance Defense Fund. The network of Academy alumni is a fresh source of vitality for a movement whose greatest strength may be its faithful endurance . . . ”


  • Posted: 05/12/2010
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: www.nrlc.org

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Abortion reporting bill passes Oklahoma Senate

Pennsylvania Kids Deserve School Choice: Bad public schools hurt poor and rural children the most.

    Anthony Hardy Williams writes at the Wall Street Journal full access via Google: “Under President Obama’s new $4.35 billion Race to the Top program, states can compete for funds by creating programs that improve the quality of their schools. The idea of rewarding school reform initiatives is good, but one-time grants from the federal government will not improve our public education system by itself . . . Pennsylvania should adopt reform based on the same premise as the Race to the Top initiative: that competition for taxpayer dollars improves the quality of education. School choice means supporting the full menu of educational options . . . ”


  • Posted: 05/12/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family

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Kagan Says ‘Governmental Motive’ is Proper Focus in First Amendment Cases, Backs Limits on Speech That Can ‘Harm’

Obama sets focus on centrists as GOP seeks to hold line on Elena Kagan

ACLU says Pa. police cite hundreds for cursing

New York’s Highest Court Recognizes A Lesbian Co-Parent’s Rights, But Affirms an Unpopular Precedent: Part One in a Two-Part Series of Columns

    Findlaw: “While this ruling is ultimately supportive of lesbian co-parenting rights, it is narrowly drawn to recognize such rights only when the couple involved is part of a formal, recognized relationship such as a civil union or same-sex marriage. In so limiting the protection its ruling afforded, the court rejected an argument for broader recognition of so-called ‘functional parents’ – those who participate in crucial aspects of parenting without the benefit of a formal status vis-à-vis the child’s other parent or the child. Instead, the court reaffirmed its unpopular 1991 ruling in Matter of Alison D. v. Virginia M., in which it held that only a child’s biological or adoptive parent could seek visitation against the wishes of a fit custodial parent.”


  • Posted: 05/12/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: writ.news.findlaw.com

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Washington State high court rules in favor of library filters

Travis Barham: To pray or not to pray: Colleges are not high schools

Veterans group vows to rebuild Mojave Desert Cross

Erik Stanley: Christian preacher arrested for saying that homosexual behavior is a sin

Health reform law reignites debate over health worker “conscience” protections

NJ: Don’t kill the New Providence Christmas Walk

GOP favoring Tampa over Salt Lake City for 2012 convention, Phoenix ditched over immigration law

GOP wants Clinton-era papers on Kagan

Kagan’s predecessor laid groundwork for her success at Harvard Law

    Wall Street Journal: “Ms. Kagan’s six years as Harvard law dean form one of her most important credentials for the Supreme Court post, as President Barack Obama made clear when he nominated her Monday . . . But the case for Ms. Kagan as the primary healer on the once-divided campus is sometimes overstated. Much of the work to defuse the bitter atmosphere, which included ideologically driven standoffs over whom to hire, took place under Ms. Kagan’s predecessor, Robert Clark, dean for 14 years. He calmed tensions and expanded the faculty.”


  • Posted: 05/12/2010
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  • Source: online.wsj.com

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Elena Kagan White House “Interview” Riles Reporters

WSJ: Photo of Kagan is not lesbian innuendo

Police: Fetus In Restroom An ‘Unattended Death’

Transgenders win discrimination tiff with American Eagle Outfitters, AG Andrew Cuomo forces changes

    NY Daily News: “It just got a little easier for a transgender person to work at American Eagle Outfitters – at least on paper. Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has forced the flannel and khaki outpost to make some changes, including nixing a rule about employee ‘personal appearance’ that banned men from wearing women’s clothing and ladies from dressing as guys . . . ”


  • Posted: 05/12/2010
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  • Source: www.nydailynews.com

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Jeb Bush Sees Rising Star in Wisconsin Governor’s Race

    ABC: “Wisconsin Republicans have yet to nominate a candidate for governor. Indeed, the state’s primary is not until Sept. 14. But two national GOP heavyweights — former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich — are bullish on the prospects of Scott Walker, the self-described, brown-bag-packing county executive of Milwaukee.”


  • Posted: 05/12/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: abcnews.go.com

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ADF attorneys available to media after hearing over free speech censorship at national parks

GOP: WV congressman’s ouster referendum on Obama, pro-lifers play key role

Law Review: Recognition of Non-Biological, Non-Adoptive Parents in Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, and Utah

    Recognition of Non-Biological, Non-Adoptive Parents in Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, and Utah: A De Facto Doctrine to Protect the Best Interests of the Child
    D’Arcy L. Reinhard, 13 J. Gender Race & Just. 441 (2010)

    “It is in the best interests of a child to continue a relationship with a NBNA [non-biological, non-adoptive] parent if the homosexual couple breaks up. In the four states examined in this Note–Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, and Utah–the only way to secure that relationship is through the state courts. NBNA parents need standing to bring child visitation cases in those courts. Plaintiffs can find a basis for standing in the unique statutes and case law of each of these four states. The courts in these four states should adopt a standard test to determine if an individual NBNA parent qualifies for standing.”


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Law Review: Are “hate crime” laws in Australia achieving their goals?

    Gail F. Mason, Hate Crime Laws in Australia: Are They Achieving Their Goals? (May, 06 2010). Criminal Law Journal, Vol. 33, No. 6, pp. 326-340, 2009; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 10/46. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1601624

    “A number of common law countries have introduced legislation designed to respond to the problem of prejudice-related crime, commonly referred to as ‘hate crime’ law. This article examines recent developments in hate crime law in Australia. It outlines the general purpose of these laws and provides an overview of three different models: the penalty enhancement model; the sentence aggravation model; and the substantive offence model. Against this background, the article analyses several reported decisions under the sentence aggravation provisions that have operated in New South Wales since 2003 (s21A(2)(h) Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999). Four issues of significance emerge: whether the provisions apply to individual forms of hatred; whether intra-group conflict is covered; whether criminal conduct influenced by racial stereotypes comes within the ambit of the applicable motive test; and the question of which groups should be protected under the legislation. In terms of the last issue, the article argues that the recent decision of the NSWCCA in Dunn v R to include paedophiles as a protected group under s21A(2)(h) does little to further the social justice goals of hate crime laws.”


  • Posted: 05/12/2010
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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