Malaysia: Non-Muslim woman lawyer challenges religious council decision

Alan E. Sears: Why is the old rugged cross so ragged on?

    ADF President and CEO Alan E. Sears writing at the Christian Post:  ”Which brings us back to that curious thing about those who would cut down crosses, cover them in boxes, and sue to have them removed from even the remotest of public places. They don’t really take exception to religious expression, so much as real offense at what a cross represents. And that’s especially interesting, because what the cross traditionally represents – a godly Life, a sacrificial Death, selfless love, redeeming faith – are noble things.  Why is it so absolutely vital to so many that the symbol of these ideals be removed from our public life? Why is it so crucial that people who don’t believe are never reminded of the One they don’t believe in? Just how fragile is their atheism that it demands not just elimination of any trace of belief, but the dismantling of our most essential freedoms of faith and self-expression?”


  • Posted: 06/07/2010
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: www.christianpost.com

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Russia: New national holiday irks non-Orthodox faiths

Islamic finance in Russia

Canada: Guelph councillors ready to approve Sikh temple

    Guelph Mercury: “Guelph mayor Karen Farbridge and all 12 city councillors were polled over the weekend in an effort to forecast the outcome of tonight’s vote on an application for a zoning bylaw amendment for 410 Clair Road East, the proposed site of a Sikh temple that would not exceed 1,972 square metres of gross floor area. The building is proposed to be 11.2 metres in height, with an initial dome of 6.3 metres. The proposed building’s capacity is just over 700.”


  • Posted: 06/07/2010
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: news.guelphmercury.com

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Australia: Catholics want both ethics, religious classes

TN: Supreme Court considers changes to lawyer rules

Conn. school board to revote on church graduation

Don’t change “don’t ask, don’t tell” chaplains say

Study: 1/3 of kids have viewed porn by the time they’re 10

    NY Daily News: “One third of children age 10 and younger have access to online porn, and more than 8 in 10 teens regularly view hardcore pictures on their home computers, according to a British survey reported in the Daily Mail . . . ‘There is compelling evidence that pornography has negative effects on individuals and communities,” sociologist Michael Flood, who spoke with hundreds of young people for the survey, told Psychologies magazine. ‘Porn shows sex in unrealistic ways and fails to address intimacy, love, connection or romance. It doesn’t mean every young person is gong out to rape somebody but it increases that likelihood.’”


  • Posted: 06/07/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.nydailynews.com

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The Judicial-Confirmation War Moves Up to Rhode Island

    Wall Street Journal: “The dustup concerns a nominee named Jack McConnell (pictured), a plaintiffs’ lawyer at Motley Rice up in Rhode Island. Earlier this spring, President Obama nominated McConnell to a seat on the federal bench for the District of Rhode Island. It didn’t take long for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to throw up a red flag on McConnell, citing two main points: that he will make between $2.5 million and $3.1 million every year though 2024 in deferred pay for his legal work, which partly derives from his participation in the $264-billion settlement reached between states and tobacco firms in 1998 . . . ”


  • Posted: 06/07/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: blogs.wsj.com

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CA: Some in audience pray aloud as Exeter High School District graduates observe moment of silence

Utah: SUU’s Mormon-themed ad campaign raises questions

IL: Graduations in churches make some groups uneasy

Pennsylvania 13 year old aborts baby with pencil, 30 year old boyfriend buries the baby

South Africa: “Dumped baby still had umbilical cord – police”

Every Google search to be logged and saved for two years under new Euro MP plan

Crist receives abortion ultrasound bill

Russia announces 1.5% rise in birth rate, Medvedev praises large families

Peter Singer: “Should this be the last generation?”

    Peter Singer, Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, writing at the NYT’s Opinionator blog: “Have you ever thought about whether to have a child? If so, what factors entered into your decision? Was it whether having children would be good for you, your partner and others close to the possible child, such as children you may already have, or perhaps your parents? For most people contemplating reproduction, those are the dominant questions. Some may also think about the desirability of adding to the strain that the nearly seven billion people already here are putting on our planet’s environment. But very few ask whether coming into existence is a good thing for the child itself. Most of those who consider that question probably do so because they have some reason to fear that the child’s life would be especially difficult — for example, if they have a family history of a devastating illness, physical or mental, that cannot yet be detected prenatally.” | Via Wesley J. Smith.


  • Posted: 06/07/2010
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com

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“Hospitals nationwide poised to add LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination policies”

    Human Rights Campaign: “Kaiser Permanente – one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit health providers – updated its Patients’ Bill of Rights to fully protect LGBT patients and their families from discrimination. These changes, which took effect in Kaiser Permanente’s network of 36 hospitals today, make Kaiser Permanente the first large health network to have a fully inclusive non-discrimination policy for LGBT people. They are also the first health network to achieve Top Performer status in the HRC Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index (HEI).”


  • Posted: 06/07/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous

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“Kids of lesbians have fewer behavioral problems, study suggests”

“Portugal lesbian couple in nation’s first gay marriage”

Connecticut court rejects physicians demands to assist “suicide”

    Blick v. Office of the Div. of Criminal Justice, No. CV-09-5033392 (Conn. Super. Ct, June 1, 2010)

    Excerpts:

    This is an action for declaratory and injunctive relief by two connecticut physicians who ask this court to allow them to engage in physician-assisted suicide. Specifically, the physicians ask this court to order the defendant State’s Attorneys not to prosecute them, or any other physician, for manslaughter under Connecticut General Statutes §53a-56 if they provide “aid in dying” by prescribing letahl medication to competent, terminally ill patients to enable those patients to kill themselves.

    Connecticut General Statutes §53a-56(a) provides that “[a] person is guilty of manslaughter in the second degree when . . . (2) he intentionally causes or aids another person, other than by force duress or deception to commit suicide.”

    The defendants have moved to dismiss the action . . . The case is hereby dismissed because it is barred by the doctrine of sovereign immunity and, as state above, it presents a nonjusticiable claim, one which must be decided by the Connecticut legislature, and not by the court . . . .


  • Posted: 06/07/2010
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life

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Kagan Nomination Not Stopping Other Nominees

Obama Administration to Spend $125M to Defend Pro-Abortion Health Care Law

Famed Blind Singer Andrea Boccelli Reveals, He Was Almost Aborted

Sister Keehan Off Prestigious Hospital Board over Obamacare Fallout

    LifeSiteNews: “Sister Carol Keehan, President of the US Catholic Health Association, has been pressured off the prestigious Holy Family Hospital Foundation board over her support for the federal health care bill. Sr. Keehan, in opposition to the United States bishops, was a key supporter of the abortion-expanding bill – so much so that she was given one of the 21 ceremonial pens President Obama used to sign the measure into law.”


  • Posted: 06/07/2010
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: www.lifesitenews.com

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Judicial Expert: Memo Makes it Clear Elena Kagan Would Back Roe, Abortion

OH: Chillicothe city merchants, community members want tighter rules on adult businesses

Canada: “Church reconciles with gay altar server”

    The Toronto Star: “As the organ backed a spirited choir, a gay man carried the Eucharist down the aisle of a troubled church to the altar — an altar at which he can no longer serve. It was a sign of reconciliation between a celibate but openly gay man, and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Peterborough, which he had earlier taken to the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal over allegations that his rights were trampled by a bishop and 12 parishioners whose actions, he said, led to his removal from his voluntary role as an altar server at St. Michael’s Parish of Cobourg.”


  • Posted: 06/07/2010
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.thestar.com

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No Md. employees enroll same-sex spouses for health benefits

Canada: Denying death payment to single soldiers’ families discriminatory, family claims

Specialist for NASA mission demoted, threatened with termination for sharing views on intelligent design

Under the U.S. Supreme Court: Kagan headed for OK Corral

CT School Bd Votes Not to Fight Judge’s Ruling to Bar Graduation in Megachurch

Divorced bishops to be permitted for first time by Church of England

The Blankest Slate

    Ed Whelan writes at National Review: In sum, Kagan, in an exercise of cheap moral posturing, elevated her ideological commitment on gay rights above what Congress, acting on the advice of military leaders, had determined best served the interests of national security. She directed her verbal fire entirely at the military, not at the politicians who in fact bore ultimate responsibility for Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. In the midst of war, she violated federal law by treating military recruiters worse than she treated the elite law firms that were donating their legal services to anti-American terrorists and suspected terrorists. As Peter Beinart, the liberal former editor of The New Republic, has put it, barring military recruiters from the jobs office amounted to “a statement of national estrangement,” of Kagan’s “alienating [her]self from the country.”


  • Posted: 06/07/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: article.nationalreview.com

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“U.N. committee moves to keep out gay-lesbian NGO”

Saudi Plaintiffs Say Their Government Is Violating Islamic Law By Mixing Genders

“A gay Catholic voice against same-sex marriage”

    New York Times: “It is common, this freshman urge for self-invention. The football player tries his hand at poetry; the classical violinist fiddles in a bluegrass band. But Ms. Tushnet — whose parents, Mark Tushnet and Elizabeth Alexander, are a well-known liberal Harvard law professor and a former American Civil Liberties Union lawyer, respectively — did not imagine that she would become a Roman Catholic, nor that 10 years after graduation, her voice, on her blog and in numerous articles, would be one of the most surprising raised against same-sex marriage.” | Eve Tushnet’s blog


  • Posted: 06/07/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.nytimes.com

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Thomas Fleming on abortion: Children are the property of God and stewardship belongs to parents

    Thomas Fleming writing at Chronicles: “The obvious solution is to fall back on the ancient view. Children are the gift and property of God, but the stewardship belongs to the parents and not to social workers. The implication would be that instead of trying to beef up abortion laws in general, Christians should focus on some specific targets. If one parent has the right to terminate a pregnancy, why should not the other parents have at least a veto power. Court rulings and laws that legalize abortions for minor daughters or at least facilitate them are unpopular and could be overturned. Re-empowering parents, then, is a more important objective than any attempt to strengthen the state’s control over life and over families.” | This article is the second part of Fleming’s discussion: Conservative Credo IV: Abortion


  • Posted: 06/07/2010
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: www.chroniclesmagazine.org

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Justice Thomas and the state bench: The new Supreme Court feeders?

UK outsources its laws to the EU

Joe Martins: Trinity University’s diploma battle continues

AK Supreme Court supports pro-life petition

IN: County is offered counsel in doc’s suit

IN: Christian law group may defend Allen Co. from suit

DOJ: UW may be improperly paying for abortion training

Titles of Nobility in America: Elena Kagan and the Return to Feudalism

High court turns down No Child Left Behind case

George F. Will: “Waltzing with teacher unions: Guess who pays piper?”

    Houston Chronicle: “For the past hundred years, with rare and short exceptions and after controlling for inflation, public schools have had both more money and more employees per student in each succeeding year.” Indeed, public schools have been so insulated from economic downturns that “there have been 11 periods during which GDP declined but mean total real per-pupil revenues still increased.”


  • Posted: 06/07/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.chron.com

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Black leaders leaving Dallas schools along with students

Pro-lifers protest birth control

Election spooks lawmakers, curbs Congress spending

Egypt to strip men married to Israelis of citizenship

UK: Schools failing to teach children the core beliefs of Christianity, says Ofsted

Florida Passes Law to Protect First Amendment Rights in Public Schools

U.S.’s $13 Trillion Debt Poised to Overtake GDP: Chart of Day

Law Review: Legal Pluralism, Religious Adjudication and the State

    Adam S. Hofri-Winogradow, A Plurality of Discontent: Legal Pluralism, Religious Adjudication and the State (March 1, 2010). Journal of Law and Religion, Vol. 26, No. 1, pp. 101-133, 2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1561463

    “Can a modern state provide its citizens with a just and stable legal order while adopting religious normativities as part of its law? While dispute resolution according to some type of religious law is available in nearly every jurisdiction, it is Muslim-majority jurisdictions, as well as the only Jewish-majority jurisdiction, Israel, that explicitly adopt religious normativities as parts of their positive law. After discussing the different ways in which state legal systems may be made to apply religious normativities, the article concludes that such an integrationist approach leads not only to injustice, but also to continuous instability. To illustrate this conclusion by way of example, I describe the recent expansion of non-state religious adjudication in Israel.”


  • Posted: 06/07/2010
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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