Idaho: Lawsuit to continue whatever NCA’s fate

Ruling coming today on whether evangelist can hand out Bibles at Pride fest

Daniel Blomberg: How harming the military will harm America

    ADF Attorney Daniel Blomberg writing at Speak Up Movement / Church: “So what if Congress forces the military makes homosexual behavior normal? Isn’t that just a military issue? Why should average Americans care at all? Because this change will change America. Why is that? For at least two reasons. First, the military is a repository of American culture—it reflects, in a single institution, many of the highest values our society respects. … [T]he second point: perhaps the only institution more deeply respected and widely recognized as the training ground for inculcating societal values than the military is marriage. And normalizing homosexual conduct in the military will not only—as an ACLU attorney recently stated—be a cultural precursor to normalizing homosexual ‘marriage,’ it will actually create the perfect storm for destroying the primary federal law protecting marriage—the Defense of Marriage Act (‘DOMA’).”


  • Posted: 06/24/2010
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: blog.speakupmovement.org

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“Freedom of worship”: New religious freedom rhetoric within the Obama administration draws concern

ACLU of Kentucky challenges campaign contribution limits

    ACLU of Kentucky: “The ACLU of Kentucky today filed suit in federal court onbehalf of two plaintiffs challenging Kentucky’s $100 limit on campaigncontributions in school board elections. The law prevents individuals from contributing more than $100 to anycandidate for school board. The ACLU argues that the contribution limit violates donors’right to free speech, in that it impermissibly restricts their ability tocontribute financial resources to their chosen candidate.”


  • Posted: 06/24/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: aclu-ky.org

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Supreme Court speaks with divided tongue: Doe v. Reed

    New York Law School Professor Arthur S. Leonard analyzes Doe v. Reed, No. 09-559 (U.S. June 24, 2010) at LeonardLink: “My quick summary – Concur by Sotomayor with Ginsburg and Stevens – it should be difficult for plaintiffs to keep the names confidential; Concur by Alito – it should be easy for the plaintiffs to keep the names confidential; Concur by Stevens and Breyer – it should be difficult for plaintiffs to keep the names confidential; Concur by Scalia – originalist view of the First Amendment and characterization of petition signers as actually being involved in ‘legislating’ means there is only a weak First Amendment interest, if any, in keeping these names confidential. So Scalia is sees no problem with the statute, as such, and is very unfavorably disposed to the second claim. Dissent by Thomas – Strong First Amendment protection for privacy of petition signers, so statute violates the First Amendment. Interesting to see Thomas and Scalia sharply split.


  • Posted: 06/24/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: newyorklawschool.typepad.com

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US bishops back Olmsted in Arizona abortion drama

850 Orthodox Rabbis: Kagan not kosher for any court, threatens Jewish security

Preachers too timid when preaching on giving, says report

Divorce law in early days: a whole lot different

    Metropolitan News-Enterprise: “‘The marriage relation is the foundation of all society, and is not to be severed on slight ground or for trivial causes. The policy of the law, therefore, is against granting divorces.’ That pronouncement came in a 1902 California Supreme Court opinion. … Nowadays, by contrast, a marriage is thought of by many as a transitory state in one’s life journey, with marital vows being but a tentative statement of present intent. The posture of the law with respect to divorce has been since the advent of a ‘no-fault’ system in 1970: ‘You want it, you got it.’”


  • Posted: 06/24/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.metnews.com

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CWA: The DISCLOSE Act is the work of tyrants

Michael New: Defunding Guttmacher

    Michael News writing at The Corner: “The Government Accounting Office (GAO) just put out a report on Planned Parenthood and other organizations that support legal abortion, and the report has been getting a lot of attention from conservative and Christian media outlets. … One aspect of the study that hasn’t received enough attention is the amount of federal funding received by the Guttmacher Institute, which was, up until recently, Planned Parenthood’s research arm. The GAO report indicates that it received $12.7 million from the federal government between 2002 and 2009 — a large sum for a non-profit think tank.”


  • Posted: 06/24/2010
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: corner.nationalreview.com

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“Report: Young Evangelicals, progressives have connection points”

Top Democrats won’t say if Kagan should justify abortion views

Idaho to shut school involved in Bible controversy

U.S. jobs depend on China revaluing its currency now

Pre-abortion counseling should include questions on abuse and coercion say post-abortive women

House approves campaign finance bill in 219-206 vote

GOP, conservatives reveal arguments against Kagan

ABA gives Kagan highest rating for judicial nominees

Australia: Same-sex adoption bill introduced in New South Wales

UK: Religious programs squeezed by broadcasters

England: Lord Mayor of Leicester bans prayers before council meetings

Bork’s revenge: Today’s partisan Supreme Court is an unintended consequence of Roe v. Wade

Iceland set to legalize same-sex “marriage” this weekend

Spain: 3412 same-sex “marriages” in 2009

ECHR rules that states are not obliged to allow same-sex “marriage”

Obama’s New World Order manifesto

No-fault divorce: Let’s call the whole thing off

Study: How divorce spreads

    Rose McDermott, Nicholas A. Christakis, and James H. Fowler, Breaking Up is Hard to Do, Unless Everyone Else is Doing it Too: Social Network Effects on Divorce in a Longitudinal Sample Followed for 32 Years (October 18, 2009). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1490708

    “Divorce is the dissolution of a social tie, but it is also possible that attitudes about divorce flow across social ties. To explore how social networks influence divorce and vice versa, we utilize a longitudinal data set from the long-running Framingham Heart Study. We find that divorce can spread between friends, siblings, and coworkers, and there are clusters of divorcees that extend two degrees of separation in the network. We also find that popular people are less likely to get divorced, divorcees have denser social networks, and they are much more likely to remarry other divorcees. Interestingly, we do not find that the presence of children influences the likelihood of divorce, but we do find that each child reduces the susceptibility to being influenced by peers who get divorced. Overall, the results suggest that attending to the health of one’s friends’ marriages serves to support and enhance the durability of one’s own relationship, and that, from a policy perspective, divorce should be understood as a collective phenomenon that extends far beyond those directly affected.”

    Via Ross Douthat.


  • Posted: 06/24/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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Cohabitation and children outside marriage linked to higher probability of breakups: Aussie study

It costs $222,360 to raise a child

USCCB Committee on Doctrine: The Distinction Between Direct Abortion and Legitimate Medical Procedures

    USCCB: “Direct abortion is never morally permissible. One may never directly kill an innocent human being, no matter what the reason. By contrast, in some situations, it may be permissible to perform a medical procedure on a pregnant woman that directly treats a serious health problem but that also has a secondary effect that leads to the death of the developing child.”


  • Posted: 06/24/2010
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: docs.google.com

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Now, dad feels as stressed as mom

GOP lawmakers echo Beck’s claims against Soros

    The Hill: “Reps. Dan Burton (R-Ind) and Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) questioned whether Soros, who backs a number of liberal causes and Democratic candidates for office, had invested in a Brazilian oil company, Petrobras, with the knowledge that President Barack Obama might temporarily ban deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.”


  • Posted: 06/24/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: thehill.com

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Wisconsin Court: Former homosexual partner not a legal parent under state law

“Salazar’s ban is Soros’ bonanza”

CWA: Kagan is a liberal political soldier, not an impartial jurist

MA school district under fire for condom policy

Goldman Sachs sold $250 million of BP stock before spill

Judge refuses to delay ruling on Gulf drilling ban

Congress votes this afternoon on grassroots muzzle, “DISCLOSE Act”

Richard Dawkins interested in setting up “atheist free school”

    Telegraph: “The author of The God Delusion, who has previously described religious education provided by faith schools as a form of child abuse, said he would want pupils to be taught to be skeptical and to appreciate the value of evidence rather than receive ‘indoctrination’ about atheism. He also said that his ‘free-thinking school’ would provide lessons about the gods of ancient Greece and Norse legend, and would treat the Bible as a work of literature rather than a basis for morality.”


  • Posted: 06/24/2010
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  • Category: Global: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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Polls show Kagan’s support doesn’t run deep

Conference: Shi’i Eschatology and the Iranian Vision

    Ethics and Public Policy Center: “According to Dr. Timothy Furnish, while many Muslims in the Islamic Republic of Iran prepare for the return of the Mahdi, the prophesied redeemer of Islam, many in the international community worry that Islamic extremists will use the acquisition of nuclear bombs or other weapons of mass destruction to “hot-wire the apocalypse.” Dr. Furnish holds a Ph.D for Islamic history and is a leading expert on Muslim eschatology. He suggests that perhaps Mahdism is really being utilized as a tool to summon the extra-Shi`i Islamic world to join Tehran in its bid for Islamic world leadership. He will offer his insights on this timely topic followed by a panel discussion with EPPC Senior Fellow and former Senator Rick Santorum, Professor Cynthia Ayers of the U.S. Army War College, and Dr. Michael Ledeen, a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.”


  • Posted: 06/24/2010
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  • Category: Global: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.eppc.org

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Irvine community and Jewish groups react to Muslim Student Union suspension

    Reut Cohen writing at Pajamas Media: “UCI’s administration made an unprecedented decision to suspend the MSU for a full year. The decision was made after a school investigation found that the organization planned disruptions during a February speech by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren. The decision to suspend the group was not so much about the fact that the MSU disrupted a speech, but that the group later lied about its intentions and actions. … The move to suspend the MSU over this recent incident has been welcomed by some in both the UC and wider Jewish communities.”


  • Posted: 06/24/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: pajamasmedia.com

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North Korea threatens harsher punishment for US detainee

Christian students sue high school for discrimination against pro-life messages

Top Republican: Filibuster of pro-abortion Elena Kagan still possible

New survey reveals high school students’ views on American citizenship

    Education News: “A new nationwide survey of nearly 3,000 high school students, released today by the Bill of Rights Institute, Arlington, VA, provides a glimpse into what the nation’s future leaders think about American citizenship: what civic values they admire, who their political heroes are, and which of our Founding documents inspire them the most. … 2. WHO ARE THEIR HEROES, PAST AND PRESENT? Making the top five list, in order, were Thomas Jefferson (18 percent), Abraham Lincoln (14 percent), Martin Luther King, Jr. (12 percent), George Washington (10 percent) and Thomas Paine (9 percent).”


  • Posted: 06/24/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.educationnews.org

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The real “L” word — laboratory

    ADF Attorney Austin R. Nimocks writing at The Christian Post’s Advancing Religious Liberty blog: “‘I felt like, being a part of this project, that the message was really greater than my relationship is.’ These are the words of Nikki, one of the star characters of Showtime’s new series, The Real L Word, and she is 100 percent correct in her sentiments. While seeking to glorify homosexual behavior and same-sex relationships, The Real L Word provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse into today’s equivalent of Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory. The monster being created? Making our children virtual lab rats through the intentional creation of more and more fatherless families. That’s a message that is quite disturbing. … [T]hese very young kids, when they need a father figure the most, will be subjected to their mother’s new same-sex partner who, as part of her rationale for participating in the show, wants to ‘break stereotypes . . . The bottom line is this–heterosexual sex makes babies, society needs babies, and babies need their mothers and fathers.’”


  • Posted: 06/24/2010
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: www.christianpost.com

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Ban of evangelist at Pride festival is sought

Rasmussen: 48% See Government Today As A Threat to Individual Rights

MN: Fired Prison Chaplain States Valid 1st Amendment Claim

Canada: Proms for LGBT students growing into social phenomenon

Tokyo sees rise in “divorce ceremonies”

Study: Disease risk higher for swingers than prostitutes

    Reuters: “Scientists studying swingers — straight couples who regularly swap sexual partners and indulge in group sex at organized meeting — say they have higher rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) than prostitutes. Dutch researchers publishing their work in the British Medical Journal . . . ”


  • Posted: 06/24/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.reuters.com

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Portland doctor plans house where terminally ill can kill themselves

AP omits Islamic identity of youths that stoned Jewish dance group and shouted “Juden Raus’ in Germany

Should Elementary Schools Give Condoms to Students?

Supreme Court issues 7 opinions, CLS v. Martinez expected on Monday

Supreme Court upholds Washington signature disclosure requirement for referendums, BUT