Labor Dept. to order businesses to give “gay employees equal treatment”

Back to the roots: The Founders and the separation of church and state

    John Rossomando writing at Inside Catholic: “Following Queen Elizabeth I’s reestablishment of the Anglican Church in 1560, Parliament and the queen were made the ultimate source of religious dogma in England. Where the Roman Catholic clergy and bishops had previously decided matters of religion, secular leaders of the House of Commons and House of Lords mandated by law which articles of faith were to be believed by the queen’s subjects and which were to be considered illegal. As a result, Catholics and non-conforming Protestants suffered tremendous persecutions in England because of their refusal to submit to the Anglican church. This state of affairs continued throughout the colonial period and into the Americas, where each colony — except Pennsylvania and New York — had its own state church. This was a problem the Founding Fathers knew they had to change, and so they made it impossible for the new government to decide matters of religious dogma by prohibiting the creation of a state religion.”


  • Posted: 06/21/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: insidecatholic.com

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Retired Bishop: Biden’s Kenya Constitution Support ‘Invites Canonical Censure’

    ‘Perhaps God, who knows whether or not Biden’s brain was permanently damaged by his brain surgery, will not judge him too harshly, but the Church, which does not have that kind of knowledge should certainly speak out and reprimand him.’


  • Posted: 06/21/2010
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: www.lifesitenews.com

Dating for a decade? Young adults aren’t rushing marriage

    USA Today: “The world has changed so drastically that experts say today’s young adults have a lot to ponder, much more than decades ago. More education has meant delayed financial independence, which is a major reason young adults say they aren’t making their relationships official. Other reasons: Sex before marriage is widespread; two-thirds live together before saying “I do.” And there’s a whole world of other potential partners yet to meet . . . ”


  • Posted: 06/21/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.usatoday.com

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President uses Father’s Day to promote radical homosexual agenda says American Family Association President Tim Wildmon

NY: Abortion Supporters Squabble Over Bill

Muslim group says FBI still on Nevada prayer case

Joe Martins: Blood battle revisited: Other schools follow San Jose State University’s dubious lead

Tel Aviv schools may teach class on homophobia

NJ: Lakewood Township private schools push vouchers

    Asbury Park Press: “Barely any of Lakewood’s public school students will see a voucher; and still, ‘This piece of legislation will help us more than any other town,’ according to Republican state Sen. Robert Singer, who is also a Lakewood committeeman. … In Lakewood, private school students outnumber their public school counterparts four to one — a unique situation enhanced by the fact that they also comprise up to 20 percent of all low-income private school students in the state, far more than any other municipality, according to the latest U.S. Census data. Match that population with an inconspicuous addendum to the bill that reserves 25 percent of the $360 million in school vouchers for low-income students already in private schools, and Lakewood actually stands to win big.”


  • Posted: 06/21/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.app.com

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Philippines: Sex education draws lawsuit

Nepal bans school book after Muslim outcry

Preston BNP activist cleared over anti-Muslim leaflets

Quebec to appeal Catholic school exemption from ethics course

Netherlands cops may pose as religious Jews

UK toddler killer charged with child porn offenses

Love is not enough to keep a marriage, study finds

Over 1,000 EU officials earn more than David Cameron

UK: Council drops prayers for poetry readings

Australia: Christian voters put Rudd, Abbott to the test

Mississippi Lesbian Banned From Prom But Invited to White House

Planned mosque near NY’s Ground Zero sparks debate

    Reutershttp://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE65K5Y720100621?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&rpc=22&sp=true: “Plans for mosques in New York’s Brooklyn and Staten Island boroughs also are hitting opposition, with neighbors worried about potential extremism. ‘In the beginning, it will be peaceful, but we just don’t know what they will be taught there and that bothers us,’ said Alex Davidson, 62, a repair man who lives near the proposed Brooklyn mosque. He said: “If you look at the statistics, most terrorists are Muslim.’”


  • Posted: 06/21/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.reuters.com

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“I love my kids so much that I didn’t have them.”

Vt Supreme Court to hear lesbian custody appeal

“As midterms near, gay rights activists press same-sex marriage issue”

Liverpool primary school bans “cartoon porn” sex education DVD

NY’s Kingsborough Comm. College finds another way to restrict student speech

Irish gov’t must introduce legislation recognizing “transgendered” status

Obama Fatherhood Proclamation Mentions Families with ‘Two Fathers’

MN: All candidates, except Tom Emmer, support same-sex “marriage”

Sex offender asks N.H. high court to OK church attendance

Morals & the servile mind: On the diminishing moral life of our democratic age.

    Kenneth Minogue writes at the New Criterion: “The fate of the Romans under Tiberius, who followed Augustus, was alarming beyond anything even imaginable in our time, but we should not forget the broader lesson: that over long stretches of time, the moral changes that take place only become evident in the light of some unexpected crisis. It is a lesson that ought to make us wary of our easy-going and liberated ways. Our world is infinitely benign, and we are in no immediate danger of falling into the distractions and treacheries that afflicted the early days of Rome under the Principate. But we should never forget that moral change never ceases, and it takes place below, and often deeply below, the surface of a culture.”

    Hat tip: Todd Zywiki at the Volokh Conspiracy


  • Posted: 06/21/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.newcriterion.com

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UK: “Inside the Muslim Eton: 20 hour days starting at 3.45am with the aim of producing Muslim elite of leaders”

Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project

FRC Event: “The Roots of Demographic Winter and the Global Economic Crisis”

Push for “comprehensive sex ed” in North Dakota

Ghana: Minority Leader calls for criminalization of abortion

Biden Promises Kenya ‘Money to Flow’ if Pro-Abort Constitution Passes

Nazi salute case to help define free speech limits

President Obama launches next phase in fatherhood efforts with The President’s Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative

    White House: “Today, President Obama spoke in Washington, D.C. to discuss the importance of responsible fatherhood and mentoring to build healthy families and communities. At the event, the President announced the next steps in his longstanding agenda on fatherhood and personal responsibility: The President’s Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative. The Initiative will continue the President’s effort to impact father absence in America through partnerships with fatherhood and family-serving groups and role models around the country.”


  • Posted: 06/21/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.whitehouse.gov

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Presidential Proclamation–Father’s Day

David French: Arab money trumps diversity

Tocqueville Meets the Speech Police

Tom McClusky: How Mitch Daniels Can Be The Most Pro-Life, and Fiscally Conservative Too

Missouri Could Be 5th State to Opt Out of Abortion Funding Under Health Care

Conservative Spotlight: Americans United for Life

Thomas Fleming on abortion: An argument from rationality

    Thomas Fleming writing at Chronicles: “Most modern schools of philosophy base morality on the principles of reason, and the principal accounts of moral development emphasize growth in moral reasoning rather than moral behavior.To be a human person in this sense would mean that an individual is conscious of his own existence and capable of making rational decisions, including the decision to remain alive. On this reasoning Michael Tooley concludes that infants, born and unborn, are not persons and do not possess a right to life; mature higher mammals, on the other hand, may well be persons. Some animal rights advocates have reached the same conclusions: It is wrong to kill elephants and primates but not human babies.”


  • Posted: 06/21/2010
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: www.chroniclesmagazine.org

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Sperm donation: The US regulatory vacuum and its ethical ramifications

Hijacking the marriage debate: Loving v. Virginia is about the unconstitutionality of racial classifications — not the articulation of a radical new understanding of marriage.

Time to Stand Up to the National Standards Agenda

    Heritage Foundation The Foundry: “National standards would also further remove parents from their children’s education. Instead of being able to petition their local school boards or state leaders for changes in academic content, parents would have to lobby bureaucrats in Washington, DC, if they wish to see changes in what their child is learning. This is perhaps the most worrisome part of the shift toward national standards. If imposed, parents and taxpayers will no longer be able to retain one of their most significant tools for education reform: the power to shape their schools’ academic content, standards, and testing.”


  • Posted: 06/21/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: blog.heritage.org

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MI: 4 missionaries arrested at Dearborn Arab festival

Supreme Court Bingo predicts the author of the CLS opinion

Sunday declared “Statewide Day of Prayer” in LA

    KSLA: SR 145 states that ‘citizens are urged to pray for a solution to this crisis, each according to his or her own faith, to pray for God’s continued guidance and protection and to join in the observance of a day of prayer, seeking God’s blessings upon both our state and nation.’  Click here to review the complete text of Senate Resolution 145.”


  • Posted: 06/21/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty

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Blackstone Legal Fellowship

RLUIPA Lawsuit Filed By Hasidic Group Against New York Village

USCIRF Urges Obama To Publicly Raise Human Rights Concerns With Russian Leader

America’s Road to Serfdom

Planned Parenthood’s missing millions: New GAO report reveals disturbing financial discrepancies

Raul Castro suits up for Vatican envoy in Havana

Bork to publicly oppose Kagan for Supreme Court

Judge to hear bid to overturn halt on drilling

    AP: “Several oil service companies are asking a federal judge to block the Interior Department from enforcing a six-month moratorium on new deepwater drilling projects in the Gulf of Mexico.”


  • Posted: 06/21/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: news.findlaw.com

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Reflections on the Trial Challenging California’s Proposition 8, the Ban on Same-Sex-Marriage

Top Senate Republican Leaves Door Open to Potential Elena Kagan Filibuster

Sticking to tradition – ACLU or not

Idaho school battle over Bible ongoing

Pulpits petrified of politics

    “While I thank God for the patriot pastors like those who have signed our Pastors’ Declaration of Godly Citizenship and those like Wayne Williams, pastor of Liberty Baptist Tabernacle in Rapid City, S.D. (“Pastor tests IRS by endorsing candidate”), and hundreds of others joining Alliance Defense Fund’s Free The Church project – they are still a minority. . . . The bottom line is that the pulpits of this nation had better get back to the business of preaching the undiluted, uncompromised word of God as applied to all vital current issues and then demand that Christians vote those principles.” (Dave Welch writing at World Net Daily)


  • Posted: 06/21/2010
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: www.wnd.com

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About Benjamin Bull

    Benjamin W. Bull, serves with Alliance Defending Freedom as chief counsel, executive vice-president, and executive director of ADF-Global. He oversees all global activities for Alliance Defending Freedom primarily from its headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.A., and currently practices exclusively in the areas of international human rights and American constitutional law. As executive director of Alliance Defending Freedom-Global, Bull coordinates efforts to proactively stop harmful legal precedents abroad before they can adversely impact U.S. courts. He joined Alliance Defending Freedom in 2001 and is an active member of the bars of Arizona, Virginia, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Bull has practiced law since 1975 and obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina Law Center.


  • Posted: 06/21/2010
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  • Category: Uncategorized

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Sexual predator treatment squeezes state budgets, per capita annual cost often exceeds Ivy League education

    AP: “A nationwide Associated Press analysis found that the 20 states with civil commitment laws will spend nearly $500 million this year alone to lock up and treat 5,200 offenders. The annual costs per offender topped out at $175,000 in New York and $173,000 in California, and averaged $96,000 a year, about double what it would cost to send them to an Ivy League university . . . ”


  • Posted: 06/21/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: hosted.ap.org

Louisiana Passes Religious Freedom Act