PA: ACLU asks Mayor Thompson to stop praying with employees

Over 10,000 Unite for Ending Abortion Initiative

Abused staffers net nearly $1M a year at taxpayer expense

    Politico: “Taxpayers have paid out nearly $1 million per year in settlements to congressional employees who have been harassed or otherwise treated badly by their political bosses over the past 14 years, according to records from the Office of Compliance.”


  • Posted: 07/13/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.politico.com

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Judge to hear arguments on new Nebraska abortion law

Prop 8 ruling could impact religious freedoms

Abortion, Other Issues Likely To Delay Action On Defense Bill In Senate

Suit Challenges Christian Prayer At Florida City Council Meetings

Obama Administration OKs First Tax-Funded Abortions Under Health Care Law

NY Congressman Raises Questions about Ground Zero Mosque

OK: Illegal Immigration ban OK expected

Candidate and Supporters Sue Virginia For Violating First Amendment Right To Circulate and Sign Candidate Petitions

    “On Tuesday, Herb Lux, an independent candidate for the United States House of Representatives in Virginia’s Seventh Congressional District, and three of his supporters sued Virginia to protect their right to circulate and sign a candidate petition in support of Herb Lux’s candidacy. The State Board of Elections rejected a majority of Mr. Lux’s petitions and refused to certify him for the ballot, citing a Virginia law that requires petition circulators to be residents of the congressional district . . . ”


  • Posted: 07/13/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty

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Excerpts from proposed Helena, Montana sex indoctrination curriculum

10th Circuit rules in favor of Tulsa Catholic Diocese in Title VII suit

Judge Will Hear Government’s Motion to Dismiss Lawsuit Challenging the Federal “Hate Crimes” Act

FCC indecency rule struck down by appeals court

Spanish archbishop calls for civil disobedience of new abortion law

“Calif. Community College Should Not Impose Religion at Public Events, Americans United Tells Appeals Court”

ACLU, Internet groups sue Mass. over obscenity law that covers IMs, text messages, e-mail

Backlash grows vs. full-body scanners: Fliers worry about privacy, health risks

    USA Today: “Opposition to new full-body imaging machines to screen passengers and the government’s deployment of them at most major airports is growing. Many frequent fliers complain they’re time-consuming or invade their privacy . . . The machines — dubbed by some fliers as virtual strip searches — were installed at many airports in March after a Christmas Day airline bombing attempt.”


  • Posted: 07/13/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.usatoday.com

“They So Despise Her Politics” – Do Conservative Faculty Candidates Get a Fair Shake?

    Peter Wood and Ashley Thorne write at the National Association of Scholars: “Teresa Wagner, a lawyer and former adjunct professor of law at George Mason, applied unsuccessfully in 2006 for a position as a full-time writing instructor at the University of Iowa College of Law. She was already employed at the College in a part-time position. Wagner believes that she was denied the appointment on political grounds. Like Moyar she is a Republican. She was also outspoken in her advocacy of some conservative positions. None of this seemed to matter in a variety of professional positions she held before applying for the Iowa opening, and in fact Wagner seemed to pass through two rounds of interviews at the law school with flying colors. At that point, however, her appointment was blocked and the position was instead granted to an individual who had never practiced law or published, and who professed to ‘hate’ Republicans and “right wingers.’ . . . ”


  • Posted: 07/13/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.nas.org

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Too Rich to Live?

The case for .kids domain

    Jonah Goldberg and Nick Schulz write at EducationNews.org: “A .kids domain would be strictly reserved for material appropriate for minors 18 years and under. Across the country, schools are removing vending machines that contain sugary sodas on the grounds that kids should be kept clear of anything that might contribute to the obesity epidemic.” | The authors also have this article at National Review: Gated or X-Rated? : ”Right now, there are many ‘top-level domains’ — .com, .org, .biz, .gov, .edu., etc. We propose the creation of a .kids domain that would be strictly reserved for material appropriate for minors 18 years and under. Most sites would probably be able to mirror themselves on a .kids domain with little to no extra effort. Most corporations, schools, and other organizations have perfectly harmless material that kids and teens can view without causing their parents to stay up at night.”


  • Posted: 07/13/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family

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Lindsey Graham May Support Kagan for Supreme Court Despite Abortion Views

Kagan May Not Recuse Herself From Case on Pro-Abortion Health Care

Porn Producer Fighting Rare Obscenity Case

    National Law Journal (Law.com): “At the annual Adult Video News Awards in Las Vegas in January 2008, Stagliano produced an erotic dance that his lawyers say condemned criminalizing erotic images and warned of government monitoring of private use of the Internet. Now, Stagliano is just trying to stay out of prison. Stagliano and two of his companies were indicted in federal district court in Washington in April 2008 on seven counts of distributing obscene, sexually graphic videos that U.S. Justice Department prosecutors allege have no artistic or scientific value and cut against the community standard of what is acceptable. He faces up to 32 years behind bars if convicted . . . ”


  • Posted: 07/13/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.law.com

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Muslim Woman Sues NJ Medical Center For Religious Discrimination

Prayer Over Co-Worker’s Cubicle May Need To Be Accommodated Under Title VII

Court tosses part of Conn. campaign funding law

So-called “conservative” UK government keeps Michael Savage on banned list

Sen. Orrin G. Hatch: The Case against Confirmation

Louisiana tightens up abortion laws

Media’s task: Making the bizarre appear ordinary

French parliament approves ban on face veils

ABA to Consider Abortion Measure and Measure to Redefine Marriage

“GOP gay group challenges gays in military policy”

The Obama Tax and Spend Threat to Economic Recovery

Marriage and the Reign of Judges

Cal Thomas: Law and Marriage

University of Illinois Instructor Fired Over Catholic Beliefs

    Fox News (AP): “The University of Illinois has fired an adjunct professor who taught courses on Catholicism after a student accused the instructor of engaging in hate speech by saying he agrees with the church’s teaching that homosexual sex is immoral . . . Patricia Gibson, an attorney and chancellor of the diocese, said Howell was let go because he could no longer teach at the university. ‘We are very concerned and very distressed by what we understand is the situation from Dr. Howell,’ she said. The diocese hopes to discuss the situation with someone at the university, she said. A Christian legal defense group, The Alliance Defense Fund, said it is considering helping Howell.”


  • Posted: 07/13/2010
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: www.foxnews.com

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UI administrators ask committee to examine academic freedom over issue of fired professor

    News-Gazette.com: “‘Teaching a student about the tenets of a religion is one thing,’ the student wrote in the e-mail. “Declaring that homosexual acts violate the natural laws of man is another.” . . . Hogan and Easter said Monday the senate may want to review the agreement between the Department of Religion and the Newman Center . . . ‘My understanding is that there have been longstanding questions about this relationship,’ said Professor Nicholas Burbules, professor of educational policy studies and a member of the Senate Council. . . . Burbules, who was a religious studies major at Grinnell College in Iowa, said ‘a religious studies program is not a seminary. There’s a difference between teaching about religion and teaching religion.’ He said the case isn’t ‘just about one e-mail or the issue of homosexuality. ‘My understanding is this line has been crossed a long time ago, and repeatedly. This email was kind of a last straw,’ Burbules said . . . ”


  • Posted: 07/13/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.news-gazette.com

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Legal fund calls on University of Illinois to reinstate Catholic professor

    CNA: “Travis Barham, litigation staff counsel for the ADF Center for Academic Freedom, wrote a letter on July 12 to several officials at the University of Illinois, including the president, the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the head of the religion department. ‘In relieving Dr. Howell of his teaching responsibilities, the University is firing him for teaching Catholic doctrine in a class about Catholic doctrine,’ Barham said. He noted that ‘the University’s only reason for removing Dr. Howell is that other students, faculty, and staff disliked his speech.’ However, he continued, the First Amendment ‘exists precisely to protect controversial ideas from being silenced’ and ‘affords broad protection for a professor’s speech in the classroom.’”


  • Posted: 07/13/2010
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Election milestone: Both parties foresee GOP retaking House in Nov election

White House, left wing media paints Tea Party Movement, Rand Paul as racist

“Pentagon: Gay Soldier Survey Won’t Lead to Segregation”