Kenya court rules Islamic courts are illegal

Lambda Legal joins Philadelphia in suit versus Boy Scouts

Americans United for Life seeks Kagan hearing delay

Dispute about Prague’s cathedral ends, Klaus, Duka sign agreement

Law and family in Malaysia

NY: ACLJ joins school rosary case

UK: No charges in West Yorkshire assisted death case

Finland: Raseborg school forced to back down on Muslim scarf ban

European Parliament blasts religious intolerance in Pakistan

Pornography harms briefing: What Congress can do to enforce existing laws

Malta: “Church: Cohabiting couples cannot receive Communion”

Baby Gap: Germany’s Birth Rate Hits Historic Low

Landmark Status Could Stop Mosque Near Ground Zero

Obama’s Nominee to Run Medicare: ‘Please Don’t Put Your Faith in Market Forces’

Second Wave of Deportations Hits Foreign Christians in Morocco

“Kids caught in gay splits: Inseminated mother disputes ex-partner’s shared custody”

Jordan Lorence: Supreme Court grants review in major school choice case from Arizona

U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear Ariz. school choice suit

Is pornography bad for its consumers?

    “Wendy Maltz persuasively argues in the Psychotherapy Networker (a respected professional journal) that porn is bad for its consumers as well. Maltz decades ago used to recommend pornography to her clients. She now, together with many other analysts, has concluded that pornography distorts human relationships in very serious ways. It is a major cause of divorce and relationship difficulties. Maltz describes it as a cousin to sexual abuse.”


  • Posted: 05/24/2010
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White House bribed candidate to stay out of Penn. Senate race?

ACLU Attacks Texas Sheriff for Refusing to Drive Inmate for Abortion

White House and Congressional Dems scheming to normalize homosexual behavior in the military

How Senate Republican contenders stack up against Boxer – abortion and more

    Mercury News: “Sen. Barbara Boxer, a polarizing Democrat whose approval ratings rarely have topped 50 percent even in the best of times. But if the opportunity appears ripe for a Republican takeover of a seat Boxer has held for almost two decades, less clear is which GOP candidate has the best chance of pulling it off. Is it former congressman Tom Campbell, whose stance favoring abortion rights would deprive Boxer of an issue she’s used to batter past GOP opponents? Or would Carly Fiorina — the first female after a succession of male opponents that Boxer has dismantled — give the senator the biggest fits? And then there’s conservative state Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, a favorite of party activists, who may be best able to harness ‘tea party’ anger at Washington . . . ”


  • Posted: 05/24/2010
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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Salt Lake County to get its first “openly gay” councilman?

NY: “Andrew Cuomo’s marriage equality battle cry”

Naples, Fla. Planned Parenthood patient transported to hospital

Iowa: Fate of abortion and marriage depend on November election

Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry Vetoes Pro-Life Bill for Better Abortion Reporting

Iowa: Three candidates who want to be Governor talk about same-sex adoptions

Prop. 8 defenders oppose televising closing arguments in historic trial

Freedom of Speech vs. Workplace Harassment Law — A Big Free Speech Win in the Ninth Circuit

Seminar: An international “pushback” against assisted suicide

Casey Mattox: Some schools are NOT waiting on CLS v Martinez

CT: Enfield church graduation battle heads to federal court

Gallup: 44% of Americans favor legal recognition of same-sex “marriage”

Why sharia is incompatible with Western law

    David P. Goldman (“Spengler”) writing at Asia Times Online: “More than the Koran’s sanction of wife-beating, the legal grounds on which the Koran sanctions it reveals an impassable gulf between Islamic and Western law. The sovereign grants inalienable rights to every individual in Western society, of which protection from violence is foremost. Every individual stands in direct relation to the state, which wields a monopoly of violence. Islam’s legal system is radically different: the father is a ‘governor’ or ‘administrator’ of the family, that is, a little sovereign within his domestic realm . . . ”

    Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights . . . ”


  • Posted: 05/24/2010
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  • Category: Global: Bench and Bar
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  • Source: www.atimes.com

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Mosque pray-ins against segregation of sexes are springing up

    Washington Post: “For weeks, they had planned for this moment, to stand behind the men in the main prayer hall of the Falls Church mosque as an act of protest. Usually, women at the mosque pray in segregated spaces away from the men, but these women, who came from outside the Dar al-Hijrah community, wanted to make a point.”


  • Posted: 05/24/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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Oklahoma Attorney General Nominee Vows to Sue U.S. Over Illegal Immigration

Patriarch Kirill: Russian Church doesn’t strive to become the Church of state

Indonesia: Islamic authorities shut down church

Britain to supply contraceptives to Ugandan women

UK: 11-year-olds set to debate rape, prostitution and porn

Scientists: Synthetic cell is not a new form of life

Lawmakers divided on ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ as votes near

Erik Stanley: Freedom of religion – don’t ever take it for granted

Catholic nurse’s suits allege abortion violated her rights

Rules punish pro-life clinics

Cortman: No reason to censor religious books

Limited services pregnancy center sues county over truth in advertising law

Md. agencies kick off benefits enrollment for same-sex couples

SD: Pastors divided over Howie’s pulpit challenge

Candi Cushman warns parents about deceptive “safe schools” programs

Suit challenges regulations hitting crisis pregnancy centers

PA: “New system to track student data from preschool to career”

UK bans doctor who linked autism to vaccine

Survey shows young Britons don’t know Cromwell

Texas Board of Education Adopts More Conservative Social Studies Curriculum

Court Says Challenge To Tax Code Parsonage Allowance Can Move Forward

California Reacting To New Texas Textbook Changes

Israelis to Protest Bar Mitzvah of Rahm Emanuel’s Son

GOP wins House seat in Obama’s home district

    AP: “Republicans cited Rep.-elect Charles Djou’s victory for a seat long out of their reach as evidence of steadily increasing election-year strength, but Democrats said Sunday the winner’s 40-percent vote share portends a short stay in Congress for him and predicts nothing about the fall.”


  • Posted: 05/24/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: hosted.ap.org

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With death sentences, Iran seeks to cow opposition

Supreme Court to review Texan’s death row case

U.S. Supreme Court to hear school-choice and RLUIPA cases

Law Review: Religious Freedom in Indonesia Before and after Constitutional Amendments

    Mohamad Mova Al ‘Afghani, Religious Freedom in Indonesia Before and after Constitutional Amendments (April 10, 2010). CRITICAL THINKERS FOR ISLAMIC REFORM, Brainbow Press, 2009. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1587256

    “The Indonesian Constitution is very unique in terms of its relation between religion and the state. It is stated there that that the state is based ‘…on the belief in the One and Supreme God’ but at the same time, it never explicitly mentioned the name of any established religion in the world. Historical interpretation into the constitutional drafting process and revelation from the founding fathers on their understanding of ‘God’ and religion reveals that the Constitution is neutral with respect to religions. However, the Constitution does prefer a theistic worldview over the non theist. The consequences for this is that the state may provide financial and other supports to the followers of religions (provide for positive discrimination) but must not interfere with the freedom of followers of any other worldviews in professing their beliefs. Recent amendment to the Constitution reinforces this neutral stance. This would have a significant impact on the constitutionality of blasphemy laws.”


  • Posted: 05/24/2010
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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Law Review: “Dignity, Legal Pluralism, and Same-Sex Marriage”

    Jeff Redding, Dignity, Legal Pluralism, and Same-Sex Marriage (May 22, 2010). Brooklyn Law Review, Vol. 75, 2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1613370

    “This Article aims to contribute to the radical re-thinking of family law that is on-going in the contemporary United States by analyzing recent U.S. developments with respect to same-sex marriage from a transnational perspective. In doing so, this Article argues against the odd and overstated quality of recent American state court discussions concerning the necessary relationship between dignity and family law pluralism. These discussions, and the conclusions that they have given rise to, have resulted not only in the erasure of profound and enviable gay and lesbian legal achievements – ‘domestic partnerships,’ ‘civil unions,’ and the like – but also to a severe backlash in the form of Proposition 8 and similar state ballot initiatives.”


  • Posted: 05/24/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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Law Review: Constitutional Visions of Contemporary Islamists

    Kristen Stilt, How is Islam the Solution?: Constitutional Visions of Contemporary Islamists (May 20, 2010). Texas International Law Journal, Forthcoming; Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 10-22. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1612482

    “This Article uses documents issued by the Muslim Brotherhood, in particular the lengthy 2007 ‘Political Party’ Platform, and personal interviews with Brotherhood leadership to examine the group’s specific goals and beliefs for the place of religion within the structure of the Egyptian legal system. While many important angles need to be explored, I focus on one topic that has drawn the most attention to the Brotherhood, the place of religion in the state, or religion defined and enforced by state institutions. I show that the Brotherhood carefully acknowledges the existing constitutional structure and jurisprudence on the position of Islam in the state, it also significantly expresses a desire to expand the place of Islam, constructed around and built upon the existing system.”


  • Posted: 05/24/2010
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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