Obama names Suzan Johnson Cook religious freedom ambassador

Reformed Church Agrees to Discuss ELCA’s Pro-Gay Actions

    Christian Post: “The Reformed Church in America adopted a resolution expressing ‘concern’ over the Evangelical Lutheran Church’s controversial action to allow partnered homosexuals to be on the clergy roster . . . The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod – the second largest Lutheran church body after the ELCA – is reconsidering its cooperative relationship with its sister Lutheran denomination. RCA leaders, however, have voted to dialogue more with the ELCA on the pro-gay actions . . . ”


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House Democrats’ Delay on Passing Spending Bills Could Allow Abortion Funding

Atheism equips itself to fight in Denmark

Dems block GOP effort to roll back health mandate

D.C.: “Gay marriage? Check. Now legalized prostitution?”

Nightmare vision for Europe as EU chief warns ‘democracy could disappear’ in Greece, Spain and Portugal

Ghana: Gov’t minister defends introduction of Christian Religious Studies

Young Florida woman chooses baby’s life over her own

Catholic University’s next president: Boston law school dean

Philadelphia: “Scouts should confront anti-gay rule”

GOP to force vote on health reform repeal

NY: Senate Dems press no-fault divorce, other marriage bills

MN: Hennepin County seeks out of same-sex “marriage” lawsuit

NY: Court and DOJ order 6 votes for each voter

    ” . . . Federal Judge Stephen Robinson said that violated the Voting Rights Act, and he approved a remedy suggested by village officials: a system called cumulative voting, in which residents get six votes each to apportion as they wish among the candidates . . . ”


  • Posted: 06/15/2010
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Study: Campaigns on same-sex “marriage” ballot measures fail to move voters

Report to look at poll accuracy in same-sex “marriage” fights

Australia’s Tasmania House of Assembly denies Hindu opening prayer request

Uzbekistan: Samarkand – city of closed Protestant churches

Health Care’s Roe v. Wade Challenge

PA: Diocese of Scranton receives tax assessments on 4 former Hazle Township worship sites

    Standard Speaker: “The Diocese of Scranton has received property tax assessment notices on four vacant church properties in Hazle Township. . . . The diocese on June 2 filed an appeal in Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas objecting to the proposed taxation of vacant church property. The appeal also disputes the assessed valuation. . . . State law limits tax exemption on churches to ‘actual places of regularly stated religious worship’ and the grounds on which those houses of worship stand.”


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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: standardspeaker.com

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President bowing to unions in failing to waive Jones Act in Gulf cleanup

    Fox News: “Cause this is a big thing for unions,” Carafano said. “The unions see it as … protecting jobs. They hate when the Jones Act gets waived, and they pound on politicians when they do that. So … are we giving in to unions and not doing everything we can, or is there some kind of impediment that we don’t know about?


  • Posted: 06/15/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: liveshots.blogs.foxnews.com

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Paris bans “anti-Islamisation” pork-and-wine street party

Muslim hijab to be allowed in Norwegian courts

Time to lift monopolistic barriers to entering the legal profession?

KY: Religious billboards spark dispute

Spanish move toward restricting burqa

Petition launched against Pakistani blasphemy law

“Spanish clinic probed for offering to cure gays”

Western nations slam Iran over human rights record

UK: Govt affirms importance of NHS chaplains’ work

London Mayor blasts campaign to end council’s prayers

Daniel Blomberg: Breaking the military’s moral compass just when it’s needed most

Record number of LGBT staff in Obama administration

“Test your LGBT IQ Test your LGBT IQ” The Status of 25 Bills Pending in Congress

“German court: Gay marriage is only ‘partnership’”

State “kidnapping” of Swedish home-schooler prompts international outcry

Pelosi: No ENDA vote until after ‘Don’t Ask’ repeal

Fellow law school deans embrace Kagan for court

“Gay rights and religious liberties” at Bloggingheads.tv

FDA Calls New Abortion Drug Ella, Billed as Morning After Pill, Safe for Women

Somali Islamists kill two for watching World Cup

World makes progress against slavery, but 13 nations lag

Eighty-Ninety percent of 18-24 year-olds in Philadelphia ineligible for military service

Sponsor system ‘gateway to human trafficking’

No longer banned in Boston: Church allowed to put Bible back into vacation Bible school

Justice nominee defends record before Senate panel

Prop. 8 judge wants a discussion of ‘choice’ in sexual orientation

OIF offers assistance to libraries receiving ADF letters on meeting room policies

UW abortionist Dutton leaving, documents show

Personhood Nevada Denied Right to Circulate Petition; Prepares for 2012

Phyllis Schlafly: Social Issues vs. Fiscal Issues

WI: Judge Wins Right to Join Democratic Party

Joe Martins: How to spot a speech code

“Indiana takes new approach to eliminating abortion access”

Wisconsin abortionist at center of late-term abortion plan retreats to Harvard

University of Wisconsin doctor involved in building new abortion center leaves

NCA appeals court ruling on religious texts

A School Prays for Help: Towns Tap Businesses, Churches to Shore Up Budgets

    Wall Street Journal: When his budget for pencils, paper, and other essential supplies was cut by a third this school year, the principal of Combee Elementary School worried children would suffer. Then, a local church stepped in and “adopted” the school. The First Baptist Church at the Mall stocked a resource room with $5,000 worth of supplies. It now caters spaghetti dinners at evening school events, buys sneakers for poor students, and sends in math and English tutors. The principal is delighted. So are church pastors. ‘We have inroads into public schools that we had not had before,’ says Pastor Dave McClamma. ‘By befriending the students, we have the opportunity to visit homes to talk to parents about Jesus Christ.’”


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  • Category: Religious Liberty

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Egypt drafting new marriage law after court upsets Coptic Church rules

Will the will of Calif. voters on marriage stand?

Greece May Drop Religious Oath Requirements

Mom’s Full-Time Work Tied to Childhood Obesity

    NCPA Policy Digest: “In a study of more than 8,500 adults in the United Kingdom (UK) followed since their birth in 1958, researchers found that the study participants’ young children were 50 percent more likely to be overweight or obese than they themselves had been back in the 1960s. When the researchers looked at factors that could be associated with the trend, they found that mothers’ full-time employment, which was more common in the younger generation, appeared to be one, says Reuters. ”


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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.ncpa.org

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America’s Municipal Debt Racket

    NCPA Policy Digest: “New Jersey officials recently celebrated the selection of the new stadium in the Meadowlands sports complex as the site of the 2014 Super Bowl. Absent from the festivities was any sense of the burden the complex has become for taxpayers, says Steven Malanga, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute . . . ”


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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.ncpa.org

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Georgetown Supreme Court Institute seeking Deputy Director

China and other countries buy US Treasury debt

“German seeks homosexual marriage recognition”

White House: Obama ready to seize claims process

    AP: “President Barack Obama is poised to seize the handling of oil spill damage claims from BP, his chief spokesman said Tuesday, as Obama sought to reassure people he’s up to the enormous challenge of helping them recover from the environmental disaster. He will outline his specific plans and expectations in a prime-time Oval Office speech . . . ”


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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: hosted.ap.org

Bill would modify Michigan abortion ultrasound law

The Parent Trap: Paternal Rights and Abortion

Law Review: Educational Choice and the Regulation of Religious Institutions

    Steven Menashi, Toward a “More Enlightened and Tolerant View”: Educational Choice and the Regulation of Religious Institutions. NYU Annual Survey of American Law, Vol. 66, No. 1, p. 31, 2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1592586

    “Since the Supreme Court upheld the inclusion of religious schools in publicly funded school choice programs, the question of the extent to which states may regulate the schools that participate in such programs remains unsettled. The question is important because state regulation may implicate issues of religious belief and practice that have traditionally been outside state control. Indeed, many legal scholars have endorsed such regulation in order to bring religious institutions into line with majoritarian norms. This Article argues that those activists and legal scholars who advocate public regulation of religious schools through school choice programs ignore the serious constitutional obstacles to such regulation. Even the modest regulations that already apply to religious schools in the nation’s two choice programs that include such schools lack a compelling justification that outweighs the infringement of First Amendment rights. The First Amendment establishes a right of religious institutions to remain free of government oversight and prohibits the government from involving itself in ecclesiastical questions reserved to religious institutions. Even if a religious institution consents to government oversight, an ‘excessive entanglement’ will nevertheless render such oversight unconstitutional. Moreover, if a regulation, had it been imposed directly, would violate the school’s rights under the First Amendment, it would represent an unconstitutional condition when pressed indirectly. Because a school choice program that aims to promote educational pluralism resembles a limited public forum, the state may not discriminate on the basis of viewpoint by imposing regulations that exclude certain types of religious belief and practice. Ultimately, while the government need not empower parents to choose educational alternatives with vouchers, if a state does establish such a program it may not police those alternatives in ways that implicate religious expression.”


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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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Law Review: The Lemon Test and the Pursuit of a Statute’s Secular Purpose

    Josh Blackman, This Lemon Comes as a Lemon. The Lemon Test and the Pursuit of a Statute’s Secular Purpose (January 17, 2009). George Mason University Civil Rights Law Journal (CRLJ), Vol. 20, 2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1329343

    “Forging a novel research trail, this article chronicles every case in which the Supreme Court has struck down a statute for violating the purpose prong, and dissects the methodology the Court used to divine purpose. Based on this inquiry, I conclude that the Supreme Court has not taken a principled approach to interpreting these sources, and as a result, the purpose prong consistently yields inconsistent results, and allows savvy politicians to manipulate the record to avoid Establishment Clause challenges.

    For these reasons, I propose two modest proposals to the purpose prong. First, I recommend that judges follow the Lemon test, and actually focus on the purpose of the statute in question, rather than some metaphysical and largely unknowable purpose of the legislature. Second, I seek to replace the ‘objective observer’ standard announced in McCreary with an original public meaning analysis. These two suggestions will allow courts to engage in a more robust establishment clause jurisprudence, and further the purpose of the Lemon test in rooting out excessive entanglement of religion in government, and keeping the wall between church and state high, impregnable, and resolute. Much like the proverbial wolf who comes not in sheep’s clothing, but in wolf’s clothes, this lemon comes as a lemon.”


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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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Law Review: Restrictive Regulation of Abortion and the Right to Health

    Restrictive Regulation of Abortion and the Right to Health
    Ronli Sifris, 18 Med. L. Rev. 185 (2010)

    “Part II of this article positions the right to health in the context of the other human rights, which may be invoked to protect a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy. Part III discusses the right to health in international law, specifically considering the right to reproductive health. In Part IV, I develop the argument that restricting access to abortion violates the right to health given the consequential damage to both physical and mental health and, further, violates the anti-discrimination principle, which is an integral component of the right to health.”


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  • Category: Sanctity of Life

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