State files brief defending new Neb. abortion law

Federal Court Rules in Favor of Transgender Woman Represented by Lambda Legal After She Was Fired By Georgia General Assembly

Pentagon at odds with homosexual groups

“White House silent on Mass. gay marriage ruling”

“Berlin: push for gay marriage”

ADF vows to continue fight against attempts of judges to radically redefine marriage at state and federal level

US Joins Britain, Netherlands, UN to Support ‘Gay Pride’ in Peru

Mexico’s Falling Birth Rate Threatens Future: Psychologist

France: The homosexual adoption soon debated in the Constitutional Council

“PCUSA delegates OK gay clergy, table marriage proposal”

Liberty Institute Files Brief Supporting National Day of Prayer, Alliance of Top State and National Policy Leaders Demands Reversal of Revisionist Opinion

American Psychiatric Association to Hawaii Legislature: Keep Trying for Civil Unions

“Adult store preparing to conquer Columbus: Cleveland chain wants to put three boutiques in area by end of 2011″

Buffett Billions Padding “Charitable” Abortion Advocacy

RAND study: Legalizing marijuana will increase use. Is this what parents want for their kids?

Justice Ginsburg Eager for Kagan’s Arrival

Hadley Arkes: Judge Tauro Does DOMA

“Unions Outspending Corporations on Campaign Ads”

    Eugene Volokh writes at the Volokh Conspiracy: “The Washington Post reports on the post–Citizens United spending: ‘So far this year, $24.7 million in independent spending has been reported to the Federal Election Commission, campaign filings show. Unions have spent $9.7 million (or 39 percent of the total), compared with $6.4 million (26 percent) spent by individuals and $3.4 million spent by corporations.’ . . . ”


  • Posted: 07/09/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: volokh.com

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Whole federal regulatory infrastructure and Obamacare endangered by radical Federal DOMA ruling?

Groups back judge on prayer

Finding Former Lesbian Partners Were Family Members, Brooklyn Judge Dismisses Petition to Reclaim Apartment After Split-Up

    Leonard Link: “New York City Civil Court Judge Laurie L. Lau ruled on June 2 that the owner of a four-apartment building in Brooklyn could not treat her former same-sex partner as a mere “licensee” who could be forced to vacate the apartment in which they had lived together at the owner’s option, since they were “family” members under the precedent of the 1989 New York Court of Appeals decision, Braschi v. Stahl Associates. Phelps v. Ray-Chaudhuri, No. 54177/10 (N.Y.City Civ. Ct., Kings Co., June 2, 2010) (NYLJ, 7/8/2010, p. 29).”


  • Posted: 07/09/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: newyorklawschool.typepad.com

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YouTube Channel Launched in War on Illegal Pornography

NBC to change ‘Today’ wedding contest after homosexual protests

Pink News in the UK: “Lesbian and gay lawyers ‘deterred from becoming judges’”

Moscow curators face 3 years in prison for mocking Christ

    Google News (AP): “One painting depicted Jesus Christ as Mickey Mouse, another as Vladimir Lenin. The 2007 exhibit was part of an effort to fight censorship of the arts, but the Russian Orthodox Church was horrified. Now, after a 14-month trial, the two prominent Moscow art curators who put on the show are facing the prospect of three years in prison. Artists and rights activists have appealed to the Kremlin to put a stop to the prosecution of Yury Samodurov and Andrei Yerofeyev, warning of a return to Soviet-era cultural censorship with the rules now dictated by a conservative and politically powerful church . . . ”


  • Posted: 07/09/2010
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty

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Iran imposes media blackout over stoning sentence woman

NC: House Passes Video Gambling Ban

Graham criticizes Obama suit against Ariz. immigration law

Judge Roy Moore and Foundation for Moral Law File Brief Asking Appeals Court to Uphold National Day of Prayer

Cal. Federal judge rules on legal standard in “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” litigation

July 12 Arraignment of Four Christian Missionaries Arrested at the Dearborn, Michigan Arab Festival

    Thomas More Law Center: “To the jeers and shouts of ‘Allah Akbar’ by the Muslim crowd, the four Christian missionaries were arrested and thrown in jail on June 18, 2010 by Dearborn Police officers at the Annual Arab International Festival held in Dearborn. One of the arrested missionaries was Dr. Nabeel Qureshi, MD, who was engaged in peaceful dialogue with several Muslim youths. The other three missionaries, who were merely videotaping the conversation, had their cameras and other equipment illegally seized before police arrested them as well . . . ”


  • Posted: 07/09/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.thomasmore.org

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29 State AG’s File Amicus Brief Supporting National Day of Prayer

California Episcopal Diocese Sues Another Break-Away Parish

UK: Homosexual cleric blocked from becoming bishop

Landmark ruling would force U.S. to recognize ‘gay marriage’

Newspaper: Kagan’s Support for Infanticide-Abortion Should be “Kiss of Death”

Sweden Tightens Legal Noose on Homeschooling

Abortion doctor details threat: Claims new county law breaches his privacy

House votes to block Net porn on government PCs

    CNet News: “The measure, which arrived in the form of an 111-page amendment sponsored by House Appropriations Chairman David Obey, a Wisconsin Democrat, says on the second-to-last page: ‘None of the funds made available in this act may be used to maintain or establish a computer network unless such network blocks the viewing, downloading, and exchanging of pornography.’ . . .  Patrick Trueman, the former chief of the Justice Department’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section who now does legal work for the conservative Alliance Defense Fund, says the government can easily say that while working on a federal contract, there can be no porn surfing–or even card-playing–because taxpayers have a “right to get their money’s worth from contractors.”


  • Posted: 07/09/2010
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: news.cnet.com

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Faith Under Fire: Chaplains, Service Members in Harm’s Way if Homosexuality Normalized in Military

    Citizen Link:  The Obama administration and the congressional Democrat majority are closer than ever to repealing the 17-year-old “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Policy” policy, which disqualifies gay-identified men and women from openly serving in the armed services . . . ‘Congress, unfortunately, appears to be using the military as a political partisan tool,’ said Daniel Blomerg, litigation counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund . . . The Alliance Defense Fund has expanded its “Speak-Up Movement” website to help raise public awareness on the threat to chaplains, as well as the unintended cultural consequences . . . ”


  • Posted: 07/09/2010
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: www.citizenlink.org

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David Hacker: After Tenure

‘Ideological spectrum’ backs rejected professor

Illinois: Instructor of Catholicism at UI claims loss of job violates academic freedom

    The News-Gazette: “Kenneth Howell was told after the spring semester ended that he would no longer be teaching in the UI’s Department of Religion. The decision came after a student complained about a discussion of homosexuality in the class in which Howell taught that the Catholic Church believes homosexual acts are morally wrong . . . Howell is working with the Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian-based organization that ‘provides the resources that will keep the door open for the spread of the Gospel through the legal defense and advocacy of religious freedom, the sanctity of human life, and traditional family values,’ . . . The Alliance Defense Fund has just begun looking into Howell’s situation, according to a spokesman. Senior counsel David French provided a written statement, saying ‘A university cannot censor professors’ speech – including classroom speech related to the topic of the class – merely because some students find that speech ‘offensive.’ Professors have the freedom to challenge students and to educate them by exposing them to different views. The Alliance Defense Fund is working with Professor Howell because the defense of academic freedom is essential on the university campus.’”


  • Posted: 07/09/2010
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: www.news-gazette.com

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Activist: Islam on the rise, compliments of Obama

The Massachusetts DOMA Rulings—A Summary

ADF files brief in support of National Day of Prayer’s constitutionality

“Presbyterians continue to be divided over gays”

    AP: “Delegates to the Presbyterian church’s convention in Minneapolis voted Thursday for a more liberal policy on gay clergy but decided not to redefine marriage in their church constitution to include same-sex couples. Approval of both measures could have made the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) one of the most gay-friendly major Christian churches in the U.S.”


  • Posted: 07/09/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: hosted.ap.org

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Who Will Investigate the Investigators? Another voter fraud scandal involving the Justice Department.

    John Fund writes at WSJ: “As expected, he claimed that Associate Attorney General Thomas Perrelli, an Obama appointee, overruled a unanimous recommendation by six career Justice attorneys for continued prosecution of members of the New Black Panther Party on charges of voter intimidation in an incident I detailed here yesterday. But Mr. Adams leveled an even more explosive charge beyond the Panther case. He testified that last year Deputy Assistant Attorney General Julie Fernandes made a jaw-dropping announcement to attorneys in Justice’s Voting Rights section. She said she would not support any enforcement of a key section of the federal “Motor Voter” law — Section 8, which requires states to periodically purge their voter rolls of dead people, felons, illegal voters and those who have moved out of state.”


  • Posted: 07/09/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: online.wsj.com

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Church of England debates allowing women bishops

Robert K. Vischer: Diversity and Discrimination in the Case of the Christian Legal Society

Travis Barham on KFUO with Roland Lettner: Student rights at graduation ceremonies

Anti-Business Obama

    Heritage Foundation Foundry Blog: The storyline began in The Washington Post, where columnist Fareed Zakaria endeavored to find out why America’s 500 largest nonfinancial companies are sitting on $1.8 trillion in cash, rather than spending it on expansion (which would mean new jobs). Business leaders told Zakaria that it comes down to economic uncertainty surrounding new laws, regulations and taxes; the expansion of federal agencies’ authority; and the unknown implications of Obamacare, financial reform and cap-and-trade. And the kicker? Zakaria notes that most of them had voted for Obama yet all of them now believe he is “at his core, anti-business.”


  • Posted: 07/09/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: blog.heritage.org

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Church: Cuba agrees to free 52 political prisoners

“Legal group: Gays shouldn’t answer Pentagon survey”

Philadelphia Cites Recent U.S. Supreme Court Case in Bid to Overturn Scouts Verdict

Gary Palmer: Kagan Confirmation Tests Republicans’ Will to Fight

    Gary Palmer of the Alabama Policy Institute writes: “Activists such as Elena Kagan have an agenda to restrict our natural rights and force us to conform to the dictates of the government. Whether it is gun control, political speech or our right to decide about our own health care, activist federal judges and justices will take these rights from us when they can get a majority of Supreme Court justices who will go along. When Elena Kagan is confirmed, Americans will be just one Supreme Court justice away from losing some fundamental rights. Many voters are paying close attention to the Kagan confirmation process to see if the Republicans will have the will to fight or whether they will be the same party they tossed out of power in the last two elections.”


  • Posted: 07/09/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: campaign.constantcontact.com

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Google Says China Renews Its Internet License

Corporations Sue Minnesota For Violating First Amendment Right To Make Contributions, Produce Political Ads

National Organization for Marriage Decries Boston Federal Judge’s Decision Striking Down the Defense of Marriage Act

Treasury: China currency undervalued

    WSJ: “China is not manipulating its currency, but it remains undervalued, the Treasury Department said Thursday. Treasury made the announcement in a sensitive report to Congress that had been delayed in April to give China more time to adjust the value of its currency. Lawmakers and business groups argue China keeps the value of its currency artificially low to reduce the price of its exports at the expense of U.S. jobs . . . ”


  • Posted: 07/09/2010
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  • Category: Global: Miscellaneous

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What’s Wrong About ’8: The Mormon Proposition’

    James Turner writes at the Wall Street Journal: “”8: The Mormon Proposition” chronicles the role the church played in enshrining a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in California by supporting the 2008 passage of Proposition 8. As a spotlight on the suffering of same-sex couples and individuals who are rejected by family and church leaders, the film succeeds . . . Indeed, the fact that small minorities—gay and Mormon—can influence public policy through their activism reflects the basic health of our democracy. Thousands of people, many of whom had not previously been politically active, wrote checks, called neighbors and protested at rallies. While such observations are no consolation to California gay couples aspiring to legally marry, Proposition 8 did much to further the most vital political value of all, civic engagement.”


  • Posted: 07/09/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty

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China Stalls U.N. Efforts Against North Korea