Utah court says e-signatures acceptable for ballot petitions

Obama promises to push on “gay rights” issues

CNN conducts sympathetic interview of another homosexual teen activist

White House to appeal ruling against drilling ban

FL: Charter school gives city a Friday deadline to grant approval

“Gay men’s bilateral brains better at remembering faces: York U study”

    Science Blog: “The study, published in the journal, Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition, examined the influence of gender, sexual orientation and whether we’re right-or-left-handed on our ability to recognize faces. It found that when memorizing and discriminating between faces, homosexual men show patterns of bilaterality — the usage of both sides of the brain — similar to heterosexual women. Heterosexual men tend to favour the right hemisphere for such tasks.”


  • Posted: 06/22/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: scienceblog.com

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Pro-lifers pressure Planned Parenthood over funding

“NY bill would allow married gay couples to file jointly”

Argentina: Same-sex “marriage” debate continues in Senate

Ohio expands some domestic partner benefits

Hillary Clinton: Remarks at an event celebrating LGBT Month

    “[T]he purpose of this occasion is to recognize with gratitude the contributions made by LGBT members of the State Department family every single day. We celebrate the progress that is being made here in our own country toward advancing the rights of LGBT Americans, and we recognize that there is still a lot of work to be done but that we are moving together in the right direction. And we reaffirm our commitment to protect and advance the rights of all human beings, as Cheryl just said, of members of the LGBT community around the world.”


  • Posted: 06/22/2010
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: www.state.gov

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SC: Street preachers to plead case for free speech in court

TX: McLennan commissioners OK pledge, consider options for meeting prayer

Rolling Hills Covenant Church to propose scaled-down expansion plan

    The Daily Breeze: “Years after one of the South Bay’s largest churches roiled its neighbors in a failed attempt to grow even bigger, Rolling Hills Covenant Church is putting forward a new expansion plan. … After years of repeated late-night meetings, and amid passionate outcry from neighbors and threats of litigation from the church, the plan was scaled back. It failed to gain City Council approval, nonetheless. Now the church is hoping simply to get the go-ahead for more Sunday-school classrooms and executive offices, among other improvements. The expansion is a modest 16,000-square-foot addition to the nearly 64,000-square-foot existing campus.”


  • Posted: 06/22/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.dailybreeze.com

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FFRF objects to Michigan county praying in Jesus’ name

Indonesia church calls closure unconstitutional in court

Praying with the office chaplain

    Wall Street Journal: “A growing number of companies are offering the services of chaplains in the workplace. Managers say many employees who wouldn’t think of calling a therapist or an employee-assistance program will willingly turn to a chaplain. Executives at Tyson Foods Inc., which employs 120 chaplains serving a work force of 117,000, say they believe the service reduces turnover. Other companies contract with chaplain-placement services to handle workplace disruptions that managers can’t.”


  • Posted: 06/22/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: online.wsj.com

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Erik Stanley: Pulpit freedom in America’s infancy

Christian Child Abducted, Forced into Bonded Labor in Pakistan

“Gay rights group hits Mike Huckabee”

Polygamist group member convicted in West Texas

Charter of Rights set to be introduced in Tasmanian Parliament

CNN premieres “Gary And Tony Have A Baby” on June 24

India plans tough controls on fertility clinics

    Financial Times: “Over the last few years, India has emerged as a big hub for infertile Western couples seeking young women willing to serve as surrogate mothers for their babies. … Yet the largely unregulated business has generated many concerns, including worries about practices that could risk the surrogate mothers’ health. Indian is now planning a draft law to clean up an industry which has been limited only by the ethics of local doctors – many willing to go to great lengths and push the young surrogates hard – to satisfy their affluent customers’ demands.”


  • Posted: 06/22/2010
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  • Category: Global: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: blogs.ft.com

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Tasmania: New bid to legalize voluntary euthanasia

“Religious Schools And Bias: America Must Not Vouch For Parochial Discrimination”

Former SGs Endorse Kagan for Supreme Court

Texas GOP platform: criminalize gay marriage and ban sodomy, outlaw strip clubs and pornography

Prosecutors Using Broad Definition of Hate Crimes

ACLU: “Unequal Access to Citizenship for Muslims”

    ACLU: “For many immigrants in this country, the chance to take the oath of allegiance to the United States and become sworn in as a U.S. citizen is a moment they dream about and work years to achieve. But for Tarek Hamdi and many other Muslim immigrants around the country, the dream is tarnished by racial and religious discrimination in the naturalization process . . . ”


  • Posted: 06/22/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.aclu.org

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Why Should Law Schools Give Away Better Grades When They Can Sell Them Instead?

Irish Politicians to Catholic Church: You Have No Business in Public Debate

A.L.L. Joins International Call for Ban on In Vitro Technologies

Mexico asks court to reject Ariz. immigration law

Andrea Bocelli Confirms: He’s Not Merely Anti-Abortion, he’s “For Life”

Thomas More Law Center Represents Four Christian Missionaries Arrested at Arab Festival in Dearborn

    Thomas More Law Center: “These Christian missionaries were exercising their Constitutional rights to free speech and the free exercise of religion, but apparently the Constitution carries little weight in Dearborn, where the Muslim population seems to dominate the political apparatus. It’s apparent that these arrests were a retaliatory action over the embarrassing video of the strong arm tactics used last year by Festival Security Guards.  This time, the first thing police officers did before making the arrests was to confiscate the video cameras in order to prevent a recording of what was actually happening.”


  • Posted: 06/22/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.thomasmore.org

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First Amendment clash brewing over “Gay Pride Festival” in Minneapolis

Joe Martins: Faculty members look to universities to protect academic freedom

Republicans May Boycott Kagan Supreme Court Hearings Over Lack of Documents

“Holder leads celebration of gay rights in Justice Department ceremony”

Southern Baptists Convention fighting ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ repeal

“What’s ahead for same-sex marriage?”

Alliance Defense Fund to defend Rapid City church in political endorsement case

Bible battle in Idaho school continues

President Obama’s Homosexual Benefits Order Ignores the Law and the Constitution

Slave Master: How pornography drugs and changes your brain

Dallas: DART board set to adopt gender-identity policy

    Dallas Morning News: “DART board members appear likely today to change the wording of the agency’s proposed nondiscrimination policy to explicitly prohibit employment decisions based on gender identity. It takes two votes to change a board policy, and last week members voted 11-2 to adopt protections for transgender employees – but only after a last-minute wording change created a loophole that some say is large enough to gut the new protections altogether.”


  • Posted: 06/22/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.dallasnews.com

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Judge block Gulf offshore drilling moratorium

New York’s Legislature Is on the Brink of Adopting True No-Fault Divorce: What the Change Would Mean for Unhappy Couples

    Findlaw (AP): “Last week, however, the New York Senate passed a divorce reform bill, by a vote of 32-27, which would dramatically reform the law. Senate Bill 3890 would allow divorce based on the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage, regardless of whether either party had committed a particular kind of marital fault . . . In this column, I’ll explain what changes the bill would bring about, what problems it will hopefully remedy, and whether there are likely to be any adverse consequences of the new law.”


  • Posted: 06/22/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: writ.news.findlaw.com

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Kagan sought secrecy in 4 of 5 open gov’t cases

Study Confirms Abortion Triples Breast Cancer Risk Among Sri Lanka Women

    Life News: “A new study coming from researchers in Sri Lanka finds women who had abortions more than triple their breast cancer risk compared with wome who carry their pregnancy to term. The study was published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology and found a 3.42 odds ratio against women having abortions compared with those who kept their baby.”

    De Silva M, Senarath U, Gunatilake M, Lokuhetty D. Prolonged breastfeeding reduces risk of breast cancer in Sri Lankan women: a case-control study. Cancer Epidemiol 2010;34(3):267-73. Abstract available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20338838


  • Posted: 06/22/2010
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life

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Breaking Deadlocks, Senate Confirms a Herd of Nominees

Nebraska: ACLU Promises Fight on Immigration Vote

Is Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan an Ex-Gay?

As Missouri weighs curbs on clubs, opponents stress it’s a job in tough times

“Gay Men Only?”

Healthcare, abortion, and the call of conscience

    Christopher O. Tollefsen writing at Public Discourse: “While there is a clear danger that pro-lifers will not have available to them health-care plans that cover all their most important needs (an injustice to pro-lifers), there should be no danger that pro-lifers will be forced to pay into the abortion pool, or forced to allow their dollars to be used for abortions. Pro-life citizens will continue to work for rectification of PPACA (for example, by supporting HR 5111, which attempts to correct many of the current legislation’s inadequacies), but they must not, pending such rectification, adopt any plan with PPACA’s segregated funding for abortion, lest they truly adopt a double standard regarding the unborn.”


  • Posted: 06/22/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.thepublicdiscourse.com

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WA: Vancouver City Council to vote on free speech gatherings

    The Columbian: “Citizen and politician passions were first stirred several months ago, when city staff presented a new comprehensive special-events ordinance that would cover policy and procedure for all city events, including parades, block parties and other large gatherings. The ordinance included a clause regarding ‘expressive activities’ — generally defined as those involving political, religious or other right-to-assemble issues. Based on language used in other Washington cities, Vancouver was going to require that for events with more than 100 people, organizers would have to get a permit at least seven days in advance, along with insurance. Exceptions would be granted for short notice or an inability to pay for insurance.”


  • Posted: 06/22/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.columbian.com

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Israeli court overturns ultra-Orthodox jail sentences

MI: Two crosses taken down within a day of each other

EU votes for non-stunned meat labeling

Jordan Lorence: The trial on marriage in California already took place–with the voters

“Community College still limits students’ free speech on gay marriage!”

Christian deportation “sets dangerous precedent”

Religious liberty sees victories in Louisiana and Massachusetts

Obama’s Father’s Day Proclamation highlights homosexual debate

Pension rules allow educators to double dip

    NCPA: “A taxpayer-funded state pension system encourages career teachers and administrators to retire in their 50s, tap the fund and return to work, says the Columbus Dispatch. If the educators don’t retire at that relatively young age after 30 years of service, they are likely to receive far less income in both their working careers and retirement. And much is at stake — for both educators and taxpayers . . . ”


  • Posted: 06/22/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.ncpa.org

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Obama slowly puts his mark on federal courts

Court Upholds Texas Rejection of Graduate Program In Creation Science

Michigan High Court Rejects Catholic School’s Zoning Appeal

Steep increases in Individual Health Insurance Premiums

    ABC: “People who buy their own health insurance have been hit lately with premium hikes that far exceed increases in premiums for employer-sponsored coverage, according to a new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation.”


  • Posted: 06/22/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous

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Thomas Sowell: Is U.S. Now On Slippery Slope To Tyranny?