Portugal’s same-sex “marriage” law takes effect next week

“South Florida city will define family with gay rights in mind”

“UN urges anti-gay law reform in Africa”

Argentine Senate begins marriage debate

“As gay marriage heads back to court, political proponents are split”

A list of Okla. abortion laws passed in 2010

Albania’s Muslim community sues journalist who called for ban on Islam

UK Communities Secretary: Freedom to pray at council meetings should continue

CA: Ontario council eyes ‘In God we trust’ for seal

Magistrate upholds steel-wheel ban in Iowa

Women in Italy to be offered €4,500 to not have abortions

Singapore: Tighter reins or separate rules for religious charities?

    Today: “Two years ago, some churches raised a debate on whether religious charities should be regulated separately from other charities. While their wishes were denied then – and churches and temples continue to be regulated under the Commissioner of Charities office today – the latest investigations into alleged misuse of funds at City Harvest Church has put the spotlight back on how the religious charities sector should be regulated.”


  • Posted: 06/01/2010
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.todayonline.com

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Liberty Counsel Files Injunction Against Santa Rosa Schools Over Religious Expression

Christians Wary of Human Trafficking ahead of World Cup

“McDonald’s targets gay customers with ‘come as you are’ ad on French TV”

Opposition to abortion on the rise in Mexico, writes journalist

Afghanistan suspends Christian aid groups

Hong Kong’s Protestant churches blooming

Iraq’s Supreme Court approves Christian seats in Parliament

HRC: Celebrating Sen. Ben Nelson’s DADT Repeal Vote

    HRC Back Story Blog: “The past two weeks in Nebraska have been nothing short of amazing. Dozens of dedicated Nebraskan volunteers stepped up their energy to mobilize our supporters and supplement our veterans’ lobbying to repeal DADT. After nearly three months of intense efforts on the ground in Nebraska, we succeeded in earning Senator Ben Nelson’s decisive vote on the Senate Armed Services Committee to clear the way to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” this year! . . . ”


  • Posted: 06/01/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous

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Ross Douthat: The birds and the bees (via the fertility clinic)

    Ross Douthat writing in the New York Times: “About a million American adults, if not more, are the biological children of sperm donors. Not surprisingly, these Americans have a complicated relationship to the reproductive marketplace that made their existence possible. Their inner lives are the subject of a fascinating study from the Institute for American Values, based on a survey of younger adults, ages 18 to 45, who were conceived through sperm donation. The authors — Elizabeth Marquardt, Norval Glenn and Karen Clark — depict a population that’s at once grateful to the fertility industry and uneasy about the way they were conceived, supportive of assisted fertility but haunted by the feeling of being a bought-and-paid-for child.”


  • Posted: 06/01/2010
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: www.nytimes.com

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Montana Personhood Amendment backers trying again for ballot vote

Tongue-tied on North Korea, China Blasts Israel

LA Times: Giving to religious schools

White House Supports UN Stance on Gaza Convoy Raid

My Take: Ending ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ would undermine religious liberty

ACLJ to Appeal Federal Court Ruling Declaring Church Site for Graduation in CT Unconstitutional

Russian Church calls for tougher abortion laws

Nevada Right to Life PAC Joins Pro-Life Groups for Senate Candidate Sue Lowden

After Unanimous Anti-Life Vote: Not Even One Pro-Life Pol in Quebec?

“Evangelicals Launch Effort to ‘Reduce Abortions,’ Float Contraceptive Advocacy”

Spain’s Conservatives File Lawsuit to Stop New Pro-Abortion Law From Starting

Iowa: Same-sex “marriage” opponents release letter, petition

Alberta’s teachers brace for parental rights law

Ireland: Groups call for action on child porn

Namibia: HIV women sue over forced sterilization

State Attorneys General Argue that Non-Media Speakers Should Get Less First Amendment Protection than Media Speakers

Lesbian U.S. Attorney confirmed

‘Don’t ask’ deal’s unlikely activist

FDA Urged to Reject Dangerous Over-The-Counter Abortion Drug

Head of Marxist-led institute joins Obama team

    World Net Daily: “The policy director at a George Soros-funded, Marxist-founded organization calling itself Free Press has just taken a key State Department position, WND has learned. Free Press Policy Director Ben Scott has been named a policy adviser for innovation at the State Department . . . ”


  • Posted: 06/01/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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Placing the blame as students are buried in debt

Law Review: The marginalization of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Canadian child custody cases

    Dr. S. Magnet and Heather Ann Hillsburg, Protecting Children’s ‘Best Interests’: Mature Minors, Faith and Canadian Jurisprudence (April 13, 2010). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1589208

    “Jehovah’s Witnesses are consistently marginalized within the Canadian legal system. This discrimination is particularly noticeable in cases involving children such as child custody battles, as well as in the language used at law to describe the Witness religion. Children are characterized at law as ‘choosing’ mainstream religion, whereas Witness elders “coerce”, “force” or “inculcate” children into a religion that will ultimately harm them. The biases within this language played a key role in the 2009 A.C. v. Manitoba decision. In this case, the court rules that a 15 year-old girl suffering from Crohn’s disease was ordered to undergo a blood transfusion against her will. The court grounded its decision in sections 25(8) and 25(9) of the Canadian child and family services act, stipulating that a child could be subjected to medial treatment that doctors deemed to be in their ‘best interests’, and that a child under the age of 16, unless deemed to be a mature minor by psychiatrists, could not make their own medical decisions. While psychiatrists decided that A.C. was a mature minor, the court overruled these findings. A.C. challenged the decision on the grounds that sections 25(8) and 25(9) of the Child and Family Services were arbitrary and discriminatory, but was ultimately forced to undergo a blood transfusion.”


  • Posted: 06/01/2010
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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Catholics in Iran: A community at risk of extinction?

    Zenit: “As Christians flee in great numbers from Iran, for both political and religious reasons, the country’s Christian community is at real risk of extinction, says journalist and observer of Middle Eastern Churches, Camille Eid . . . ‘Let me say that the political pressure is upon both Non-Muslims and Muslims, but Christians are twice under pressure because you have the political facet of the regime that is questioned by the majority of the Iranian people and on top of that you have the religious pressure for the Non-Muslims, because they feel that their freedom is curtailed. That is why there is this massive flight and in fact there is a real risk of the disappearance, of an extinction of Christianity in Iran.’”


  • Posted: 06/01/2010
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.zenit.org

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“Russian Church supports ban on gay pride parade”

Jewish community of Russia doesn’t oppose democratic rights: But “gays” insist on parading private matters, normal people don’t

‘Pieces of Eight’: The Constitution and the Dollar

    Seth Lipsky writes at the Wall Street Journal full access via Google:  ”Vieira believes the Federal Reserve is unconstitutional on, among other points, the same grounds that FDR’s National Recovery Administration was found unconstitutional—namely that Congress had delegated too much of its own law-making responsibilities. He is less harsh toward Fed officials. ‘I don’t basically attribute either greed, stupidity or evil to these people,’ who are ‘caught up in this extraordinarily difficult position,’ he says. But Mr. Vieira believes the federal government has gone way past what would have been red lines for the Founders—and that we are now in a ‘race against time’ over ‘which happens first, the crisis or the reform.’ He finds himself in an isolated spot. Those who want to secede from the Union don’t call him, he says, because “I’m against secession.’ Nor do the paper money people, because ‘I point out that paper money is absolutely unconstitutional.” The gold standard people don’t call, “because I point out that the constitutional standard is silver.’”


  • Posted: 06/01/2010
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  • Source: news.google.com

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Chinese hiding three million babies a year

    Telegraph: “Since 1978, China’s government has limited each couple to one child in a bid to stem the growth of the world’s largest population. To police the law, neighbourhood committees keep a close eye out for any pregnancies, and Family Planning officials have the power to force women to have abortions and sterilisations, as well as to monitor their contraception . . . Examining China’s census figures, Mr Liang came across discrepancies that proved the subterfuge. ‘In 1990, the national census recorded 23 million births. But by the 2000 census, there were 26 million ten-year-old children, an increase of three million,’ he said. ‘Normally, you would expect there to be fewer ten-year-olds than newborns, because of infant mortality,’ he added.”


  • Posted: 06/01/2010
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  • Category: Global: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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“None so Blind” commentary on the “NY Times: Prospective Catholic Priests Face Sexuality Hurdles”

    Diogenes writes at Catholic Culture: “The challenge for American seminary rectors, the New York Times tells us, is ‘deciding whether gay applicants should be denied admission under complex recent guidelines from the Vatican that do not explicitly bar all gay candidates but would exclude most of them, even some who are celibate.’ . . . The New York Times says that the confusion can be traced to the complexity of the Vatican’s instructions. Yet ordinary readers, skimming those same instructions, get a clear picture. So why the confusion? Mark Jordan, a frequent critic of Church teaching on homosexuality, gives away the game: ‘And not the least irony here,” he added, “is that these new regulations are being enforced in many cases by seminary directors who are themselves gay.’”


  • Posted: 06/01/2010
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  • Source: www.catholicculture.org

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See what condition “The Condition of Education 2010″ is in

Dennis Prager: “Why Activists Connect Men in Dresses to Same-Sex Marriage”

    Dennis Prager writes at Townhall: “So, then, why the ‘T’ in GLBT? Because the Left seeks to obliterate the distinction between men and women. This distinction is considered to be a social construct. That is why, to this day, despite all the scientific evidence (as if that were needed) proving how different male and female brains are . . . ”


  • Posted: 06/01/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: townhall.com

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The Union Pension Bailout

    NCPA Policy Digest: “Casey is gathering support for his ‘Create Jobs and Save Benefits Act,’ a bailout for union run retirement plans. Similar to House legislation from North Dakota Democrat Earl Pomeroy and Ohio Republican Patrick Tiberi, the bill would transfer tens of billions of dollars worth of retiree liabilities to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, i.e., to taxpayers . . . ”


  • Posted: 06/01/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.ncpa.org

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High Court: Justices to consider ‘funeral protests’ in free-speech case

Senators await Kagan papers from Clinton library

9/11 mosque – the propaganda coup of all time

Law Review: The Case of Legal Reasoning in Jewish and Islamic Traditions

    Joseph E. David, Legal Comparability and Cultural Identity: The Case of Legal Reasoning in Jewish and Islamic Traditions (May 23, 2010). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1613943

    “Comparativism is not only a means for political change, but also a heuristic tool for the legal historian within explanatory contexts. The comparability of the Islamic and Jewish legal systems in the medieval period is a typical case for comparative legal history repeatedly mentioned both by legal historiographers and by scholars of religious studies. Our aim is to examine the comparability of these legal systems in the light of modern comparative theories and methodologies: What makes these legal traditions comparable? Is it the theological proximity, the factual transplantations or perhaps the jurists’ jurisprudential self-understandings? Our test case will be one of the debated topics in legal philosophy at that time – the legitimacy of legal reasoning in interpreting legal sources and analogizing novel cases to known rulings. Our analysis of the attitudes towards this problem and in relation to theological principles and legal theories in the Islamic and Jewish legal context will revalue the applicability of current comparative theories in a pre-modern and non-western scene.”


  • Posted: 06/01/2010
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  • Category: Global: Bench and Bar
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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High Court Nominee Kagan May Get Support From Republicans

Pittsburgh may have to pay attorney fees after losing abortion buffer zone case

New developments against ACLU to save veterans memorials

ACLU’s case against AZ program weak

Kagan’s early influences demanding, activist

Court Dismisses Action Against Diocese For Negligent Hiring and Supervision of Priest

Maldivian Shocks Audience By Announcing He Is Not Muslim; Some Call For Death Sentence

Arizona tax-tuition program goes to Supreme Court

Egypt’s Supreme Administrative Court Overrules Coptic Church On Remarriage Rights

Text of Presidential Proclamation – Memorial Day

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/presidential-proclamation-memorial-day The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release May 28, 2010 Presidential Proclamation–Memorial Day Since our Nation’s founding, America’s sons and daughters have given their lives in service to our country. From Concord and Gettysburg to …


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  • Source: www.whitehouse.gov

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Supreme Court won’t halt Ariz. Clean Elections law

MA: “Strapped towns tax Catholic properties: Church forced to pay for shuttered buildings”

Teacher tenure: Has it outlived its usefulness? Yes

CT: Court Enjoins Holding of Public School Commencement At Christian Church

Philippines tests sex education in public schools

Turkey wants US condemnation of Israeli raid

Equal Rights Amendment Rides Again

    NY Family Research Foundation: “In the early 1970’s, abortion-rights advocates urged passage of an amendment to the US Constitution known as the Equal Right Amendment (ERA). The amendment would have guaranteed equal rights under any federal, state, or local laws regardless of a person’s sex. In 1972, the ERA passed both houses of Congress, yet the ERA ultimately failed to obtain the ratification (approval) of 37 states that is necessary to amend the US Constitution before the June 30, 1982 deadline. Since the measure failed, most people thought this was the end of it, but it isn’t. On July 21, 2009, Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) introduced the ERA in the House of Representatives. Additionally, some states continue to try to pass state-level equal rights amendments. New York is one of those states . . . ”


  • Posted: 06/01/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.nyfrf.org

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NY: “Bathroom Bill” Empowers Predators

    NY Family Research Foundation: Both houses of the New York State Legislature have introduced a bill known as the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA). GENDA is often referred to as the “Bathroom Bill” because it would allow any man who says he feels like a woman trapped in a man’s body access to women’s restrooms, locker rooms, and shower facilities. That name has gotten some traction, causing many advocates in the lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community much consternation.


  • Posted: 06/01/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.nyfrf.org

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