Piero Tozzi on Currents: Forced abortion at Mount Sinai hospital

ADF Allied Attorney Success Stories: June 2010

Abortion Drug Has Killed 29 Women, European Maker Tells Italy’s Government

OK – Teens Branded Sex Offenders

National Right to Life Committee Urges U.S. House to Reject ‘Disclose Act’ as ‘Unprincipled, Unconstitutional’ Political Attack

CWA to Testify at FDA Hearing on Abortion Drug

Is New York Ready for No-Fault Divorce?

“Gay and lesbian couples in Arizona can get many of the same rights as straight couples—but the process is expensive”

    Mari Herreras writes at Tucson Weekly: “Gummere says that when couples come into her office, she recommends different packages of documents, depending on the couple: Are they just in the beginning of their relationship? Is it long-term? Do they have, or want to have, children together? . . . A domestic partnership agreement lays out what property and belongings are shared by the couple, and who gets what if they separate . . . ”


  • Posted: 06/16/2010
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Closing arguments for historic Proposition 8 trial begin today

Congress looking into crackdown on Christians in Morocco

Proposition 8 closing arguments to begin in San Francisco

Prop. 8 closing arguments: Battling definitions of marriage

PA: Ex-student sues district for seizing her nude pics

    Philadelphia Inquirer: “[A] recent graduate in northeastern Pennsylvania has filed a federal law suit claiming her former high school principal seized her cell phone and turned it over to prosecutors when he found ‘explicit’ photographs of her on it. . . . The former student – who was never charged with any crime – claims she was subject to unreasonable search and seizure, invasion of privacy, and that her First Amendment right to free expression was violated. by the American Civil Liberties Union. The suit was filed Thursday on behalf of the former student, identified as N.N., by the American Civil Liberties Union.” | For more on the initial case, see these two ADF Alliance Alert case tags: http://www.alliancealert.org/tag/zz-miller-v-skumanick/ | http://www.alliancealert.org/tag/zz-miller-v-mitchell/


  • Posted: 06/16/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.philly.com

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Alameda County, CA: Transgender woman leads race for judge

Family of 17-Year-Old Somali Girl Abuses Her for Leaving Islam

The Constitution and Souter: Let’s hope Kagan feels otherwise

    David B. Rivkin Jr. and Lee A. Casey write at USA Today: “In fact, former Justice David Souter set the discussion in motion last month in a Harvard commencement address — arguing that seeking to resolve difficult constitutional questions based on an honest effort to construe that document’s words (whether broadly or narrowly) “has only a tenuous connection to reality” and leads to bad decisions. Souter’s candor is commendable but also genuinely troubling — the practical equivalent of a retired cardinal announcing that religion is an opiate for the masses . . . ”


  • Posted: 06/16/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.usatoday.com

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ACLU sues federal government for alleged discrimination against Muslim man

New Zealand: Sikh Council plans legal action over turban ban

NV: Lyon County school board to reconsider sex ed curriculum

Canada: Court asked to weigh “gay rights” and blood policy

    The Globe and Mail: “Canadian Blood Services (CBS) is suing Kyle Freeman, a sexually active gay man, for lying about his sexual history in order to donate blood. Mr. Freeman is counter-suing, saying the policy is discriminatory. If the judge rules that the Charter of Rights and Freedoms applies to CBS, and the policy restricts the rights of gay men, the service will have to change it. All public policies fall under the jurisdiction of the Charter, but CBS argues that as a non-government agency, the Charter does not apply. Mr. Freeman and his lawyers maintain it does. While the Charter ensures the right to equality, it also allows the federal government to limit rights where it is demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society. In the case of Freeman versus CBS, these two provisions clash.”


  • Posted: 06/16/2010
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  • Category: Global: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.theglobeandmail.com

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UK: Christian couple “not bitter towards Muslim accuser”

First, China. Next: the Great Firewall of… Australia?

Over 800 Rabbis Urge Filibuster to Prevent Homosexualization of the Military

So. Baptists Adopt Major Changes to Tackle ‘Lostness’

    Christian Post: “After nearly two hours of debate, Southern Baptists on Tuesday overwhelmingly adopted major changes to tackle shrinking membership and to penetrate the ‘lostness’ of the world . . . ‘We are at a critical point, with an aging and declining membership, and I think this whole conversation is birthed because Southern Baptists want to be faithful in evangelism and church planting for decades to come.’ . . .”


  • Posted: 06/16/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.christianpost.com

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Bryant Wright Named New SBC President

    Christian Post: “Atlanta-area pastor Bryant Wright was elected Tuesday to serve as the new president of the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in the country . . . After his election, he said he wants to see every Southern Baptist pastor and church take at least one mission trip and experience what it’s like to be in another culture, sharing the Gospel, according to Florida Baptist Witness.”


  • Posted: 06/16/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.christianpost.com

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Malawi: Christian sect in measles vaccine standoff

UK: Home Secretary announces LGBT policies

India: Pressure builds to send “child goddess” to school

Law Review: The Right to Life between Absolute and Proportional Protection

    Kai Möller, The Right to Life between Absolute and Proportional Protection (June 4, 2010). LSE Legal Studies Working Paper No. 13/2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1620377

    “One of the puzzles of human and constitutional rights law is whether there are any rights which are absolute. The question is important not only for practical purposes but also for the theory of human and constitutional rights: an absolute right presents a departure from what is now the ‘default’ in constitutional and human rights law around the world, namely the proportionality approach according to which an interference with a right is justified if it serves a legitimate goal and is proportionate to that goal. This paper tries to shed some light on the issue by focusing on the right to life. It proceeds by first presenting an account of the leading case in this area, namely the judgment of the German Federal Constitutional Court in the Aviation Security Act case, where the Court held that shooting down an airplane which was likely to be used as a terrorist weapon was a violation of the right to life in conjunction with the human dignity of the innocent passengers aboard. It then offers a few thoughts on the Court’s reasoning, specifically with regard to what it has to say about the idea of absolute rights. Having concluded that the judgment offers little help in illuminating this problem, it presents some approaches to absolute rights from moral philosophy and applies them to human and constitutional rights law. The conclusion is that the right to life will under certain circumstances be absolute or near-absolute, but that these circumstances occur less frequently than is sometimes assumed.”


  • Posted: 06/16/2010
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  • Category: Global: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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Maggie Gallagher: Olson applauded for advocating tyranny – abrogation of the core right to vote

GAO reports close to $1 Billion in Taxpayer Dollars Spent by Abortion Advocates

Maggie Gallagher: Ted Olson’s Answers to Judge’s Question About Religion is an Assault on Free Society

Proposition 8 supporters argue 18,000 same-sex “marriages” should not be recognized

Wisconsin Pro-Life Group Concerned Telemed Abortions Coming There

Louisiana: Abortion ultrasound bills wins final legislative approval

Capitol Hill briefing on pornography reveals brutal, addictive nature of today’s internet porn

Cuba, Vatican say talks on dissidents continuing

Norway: “I’ve become an enemy of the people for speaking the truth about Islam”

Portion of Arizona National Park virtually closed, abdicated to Mexican drug traffickers

“Gay rights group: ‘Maryland is Next!’”

Have the Feds gone soft on porn?

    (Warning graphic images, descriptions, and language)

    Stephanie Mencimer writing at Mother Jones: “On Tuesday, a group of anti-porn activists and scholars arrived on Capitol Hill to brief members of Congress and their staffs and to call for beefed-up federal enforcement of obscenity laws. . . . Christian-right groups have been complaining about porn forever, of course, and Trueman, a lawyer with the anti-gay Alliance Defense Fund, falls within that camp. But technology has made the right’s argument far more compelling, as the Internet has brought pornography to a far bigger and more vulnerable audience than ever before. . . . [A]ccording to Trueman, much of the explicit material found on the Internet these days isn’t protected speech but obscenity, which is prosecutable.”


  • Posted: 06/16/2010
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  • Category: ADF in the News

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A refreshing dose of honesty, Chris Christie: The Day of reckoning is here! Standing today, for our children tomorrow

Does IVF Promote Objectification of Unborn Life?

The Liberal Mythology of the “Activist” Supreme Court

Orissa, India: More Anti-Christian Persecution. Hindu Extremists Torture Christian

France: Paris bans sausage/wine party over Muslim concerns

UK: “Into the jaws of hate: Soldiers’ parade marred by Muslim extremists and far-Right”

India: “Hindu extremist arrested: new hope in Orissa?”

ACLU attempts to bluff Montana State University over prayers – ADF steps in!

Prop 8 supporters want people’s vote respected

Jordan Lorence: Elena Kagan and Mrs. Smith

Joe Martins: It’s about time: UC-Irvine defends free speech by disciplining hecklers

One more milestone in the Prop. 8 saga

Rasmussen Poll: 80% Rate A Two-Parent Home Very Important for Children

Pakistani bishop warns of prospect of dhimmitude

    Catholic Culture: “. . . there are these Islamic groups who would like to see Pakistan become a purely Islamic state. If Pakistan becomes a purely Islamic state with all Islamic laws, which we don’t have now– we only have some Islamic laws– if we have all the Islamic laws, then it means that as non-Muslims we would be something like second class citizens . . . ”


  • Posted: 06/16/2010
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty

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Christians must rise to the challenge of Islam, says Italian cardinal

    Catholic Culture: “The murder of Bishop Luigi Padovese in Turkey is a reminder of the dangers facing Christians in Turkey and elsewhere in Europe, said Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi at a Mass for the slain prelate in his native Milan. Cardinal Tettamanzi said that Italian Catholics need “to heed the cry—or better, the lament” from Turkey after the death of Bishop Padovese . . . ”


  • Posted: 06/16/2010
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty

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Is America still free? California marriage case is key test

Capital serves humans, not vice versa, Pope reminds European bankers

MA: City lifts ban on Bible program

Prop. 8 spending found to have swayed no voters

Banning text deemed “religious” in Idaho schools gets challenged

SD: Pastor tests IRS by endorsing candidate

Key Calif. “gay marriage” trial drawing to a close

California’s Marriage Battle Heads for the Judge

IVF Abuse Illustrates Urgent Need For Developing Culture of Self Restraint

Majority of Brazilians Oppose Homosexual Adoption Despite Supreme Court Ruling: Poll

GOP House Leader Asks Obama: ‘What Happened to that Abortion Executive Order?’

Push for court diversity hits snag: Partisan rancor ties up action on Obama nominees

    USA Today: “President Obama came into office determined to stop the rightward shift of the federal courts — after eight years of appointments by President Bush — and to add more diversity to the bench. So far he is setting records for the number of women and minorities nominated to lifetime appointments. Nearly half of the 73 candidates he has tapped for the bench have been women. In all, 25% have been African Americans, 10% Hispanics and 11% Asian Americans.”


  • Posted: 06/16/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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Maryland: State publishes new rules for campaigning at transit stations

ACLU: State Parks To Suspend ‘Free Speech’ Law

Norwegian Judges Can Wear Religious Clothing

Closing arguments set in Calif. marriage trial

U.S. House holds hearing Thursday on Morocco’s deportation of Christians