CA: Millions in Planned Parenthood funding on budget chopping block?

Stanley Fish on Arizona’s ethnic studies bill

    Stanley Fish writing in the New York Times | Opinionator: “The Social Justice Education Project means what its title says: students are to be brought to see what the prevailing orthodoxy labors to occlude so that they can join the effort to topple it. To this end the Department of Mexican American Studies (I quote again from its Web site) pledges to ‘work toward the invoking of a critical consciousness within each and every student’ and ‘promote and advocate for social and educational transformation.’ . . . [AZ House Bill 2281, however] tendentiously, and without support either of argument or evidence, affirms a relationship between critically questioning the ideology of individual rights — and make no mistake, it is an ideology — and the production of racism and hatred.”


  • Posted: 05/17/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com

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FL: Doctor’s contract cancelled for praying with inmates

The Teachers’ Unions’ Last Stand

FL: Experts say city of Tampa violated zoning for Scientologists

    10 Connects: “Ybor Square, which houses the Spaghetti Warehouse and Creative Loafing newspaper, is owned by the Church of Scientology. As a religious building, the church will be exempt from paying almost $75,000 in property taxes . . . Pardo [head of the Ybor Community Development District] says he is also worried about the Scientologists taking up the limited parking spaces in the district. But the biggest question is how the Scientologists got approval from the city and zoning administrator Catherine Coyle, because places of religious assembly are prohibited in that part of Ybor City.”


  • Posted: 05/17/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.wtsp.com

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CBC commissions study of its own bias amidst “culture war” controversy

Why is US debt situation worse than Greece’s?

Sen. Sessions talks about Kagan nomination to U.S. Supreme Court

“Austrians seek right to partnership created for gays”

Against Judicial Supremacy

    Robert F. Nagel writes at National Review: “We shouldn’t rely on the Supreme Court to enforce the Constitution . . . In 2005, the Supreme Court determined that the government’s condemnation of a perfectly respectable private home for purposes of a sale to a private developer was for a ‘public use’ and, therefore, constitutional. This decision was widely derided as an abdication of judicial responsibility. But in just the next two years, legislatures in 42 states reformed their laws to protect against such outrages. This kind of vigorous political action is a model for how conservatives should defend constitutional values.”


  • Posted: 05/17/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar

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FL: As AG, Aronberg would not defend state’s “immoral” ban on same-sex adoptions

“Argentine Senate begins gay marriage debate Tuesday”

Travis Barham: A Paul Harvey moment for Mohave Community College

NC: “Mayor adds prayer to City Council agenda”

“HIV among gay, bisexual men at alarming highs in Asia”

Brutal attacks prompt call for protection of Pakistan’s Christian minority

Home of Swedish Muhammad cartoonist attacked

Americans Under 30 Most Likely to Take Uncompromising Stand for Right to Life, Says Gallup Poll

Phoenix Catholic hospital defends abortion that took place there; bishop warns of excommunication

    Catholic Culture: “The Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, released the following statement today in response to the acknowledgement by officials at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center to the media that an unborn child was killed several months ago at St. Joseph’s through a direct abortion:  ’I am gravely concerned by the fact that an abortion was performed several months ago in a Catholic hospital in this Diocese. I am further concerned by the hospital’s statement that the termination of a human life was necessary to treat the mother’s underlying medical condition . . . ‘”


  • Posted: 05/17/2010
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: www.catholicculture.org

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“Eastern Europe scores badly on gay rights”

TN: Abortion opponents use health-care law to fight for state coverage limits

“HIV among gay, bisexual men at alarming highs in Asia”

“New York City clerk’s offices will soon conduct civil ceremonies for gay couples”

Canada: Criminal case alarms “gay community”

Canada: “Statement from Catholic cardinal about abortion and rape causes uproar”

Portugal’s President Ratifies “Same-Sex Marriage” Law

Greg Baylor: Harvard, Hastings, and Andre Agassi

Church of England is losing faith in the BBC, says bishop

Titles of Nobility in America: “Do Law Schools Seek ‘Exciting’ and ‘Diverse’ Students?”

TX: Liberty Institute says ‘stop rewriting history’

When Justices Become Super-Legislators, Confirmations Must Become Political

    Carol Platt Liebau writes at Townhall: “So what explains the fact that only now are Republicans starting to oppose Democrat nominees with the same political vigor that’s long characterized the Democrats’ response to Republican presidents? Part of it may be because Republicans have finally realized that if all their presidents’ nominees are labeled as ‘extremists’ and dragged through the mud – yet they themselves continue to tip their hats and nod politely to left-of-center nominees – the result will be a definition of ‘mainstream’ jurisprudence that falls ever farther to the left on the political continuum. But there’s more to it than that . . . ”


  • Posted: 05/17/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: townhall.com

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Andrew Sullivan: Answer the lesbian question, Ms Legal Eagle

Kagan campaigns for Supreme Court job

Canada: New book suggests Tories pushing Christian agenda

Hawaii governor says bill’s civil unions may be same-sex “marriage”

6th Circuit Denies Motions To File Amicus Briefs In Ministerial Exception Rehearing Bid

Arizona Governor Signs Bill Giving New Religious Land Use Protections

Holder Testifies About Religious-Based Hiring By Funded Faith-Based Groups

Shakeup at Wikipedia in wake of porn purge

“Europe must combat homophobia”

Belarus: Minsk police disperse banned “gay rally”

MN: Pawlenty vetoes same-sex couples inheritance bill

Chinese educators in America

    Chester E. Finn Jr. writing at National Review Online: “Are we in the early stages of outsourcing our education system to the same country to which we’ve surrendered our manufacturing sector and entrusted our national debt? That’s probably too dire, at least for now, but the Chinese education ministry has been extending its tentacles worldwide, from the 550 higher-ed programs (‘Confucius Institutes’) already operating in 90 countries (including almost 70 on American shores) to the newer but no less worrisome K–12 language programs that are taking the U.S. by storm. One of Beijing’s chief U.S. partners in this venture, the Asia Society, has already opened 20 pilot sites in American public schools and seeks to launch 80 more by fall 2011. Some districts and states — notably North Carolina — are working directly with the Chinese government, while still more districts are turning to their local-university-based Confucius Institutes to get started.”


  • Posted: 05/17/2010
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  • Category: Global: Marriage and Family
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  • Source: article.nationalreview.com

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So much for Europe’s superiority

Homosexual Rainbow Sash Movement Threatens to Disrupt Pentecost Mass, Confront Cardinal George

    Catholic Online: “On Pentecost Sunday, May 23, 2010, members of a Homosexual Equivalency Activist Movement which calls itself the ‘Rainbow Sash’ have announced their plans to attempt to disrupt the celebration of the Holy Mass throughout the Nation.They have specifically announced their intention to openly confront one of the great Churchmen of the United States, the Archbishop of Chicago and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Francis Cardinal George, OMI.”


  • Posted: 05/17/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.catholic.org

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GOP filibuster unlikely on Kagan nomination

Doug Napier on the Bott Radio Network: Senior Citizens mealtime prayer prohibited

Titles of Nobility in America: “Why elites do belong on the Supreme Court”

    Christopher Edley Jr., dean of the School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley, writing in the Washington Post: “The gatekeeper power of such institutions is why it was so important to desegregate them (using affirmative action, among other tools) and why virtually all leaders of great universities talk about diversity and access. For about 40 years now, all the top law schools have tried to pick students who are not just brilliant but who have the potential to be outstanding leaders from and for all of America’s communities. Today, “elite” doesn’t carry the old-boy, classist, midcentury sense. In fact, law schools strive for an elitism that is quite democratic in comparison with many other fields. As at Yale and Harvard, we at Berkeley seek to build a campus community that is as exciting and diverse as our nation.”


  • Posted: 05/17/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.washingtonpost.com

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“Same sex, different marriage”

Mary Eberstadt: The weight of smut

Almost Half of Deaths in Kids Under 5 Occur in 5 Countries

Sex will not be used to have babies in just 10 years, as couples turn to IVF

Pelosi changes tune from 2004 on Bishops’ involvement in politics

Two things come to light about Obamacare

“Should we ask if Supreme Court nominee is gay?”

‘Reproductive rights’ missing from U.N. treaties?

SD: Pastors urged to endorse candidates

U.S. birth rate drops below replacement level

R.I. district to rehire fired teachers

Hobbling Charter Schools: They often lack the freedom they’ve been promised.

Bill could ENDA Democrats’ congressional careers

Nevada Joins 18 Other States in Lawsuit against Health Care Reform Law

AP-GfK Poll: Only a third want own lawmakers back

Calif. penal code pertaining to immigration similar to Ariz.’s SB 1070

    Kerry Picket writes at the Washington Times: “. . . the California Penal Code actually requires that every law enforcement agency in the state shall ‘fully cooperate with the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service regarding any person who is arrested if he or she is suspected of being present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws.’ Below is a copy of section 834b of the California Penal Code that deals with immigration law enforcement at the local level.”


  • Posted: 05/17/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.washingtontimes.com

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On Speech, Kagan Leaned Toward Conservatives