SD: Sturgis residents riled up over sexually oriented business rumor

TX: San Marcos school district ditches “abstinence-only”

MT: Helena School Board “sex ed” decision pushed back

Recall effort against WI “sex ed” prosecutor fails

Wichita Council debates prayer before meetings

Pakistan: Police release two Christians accused of blasphemy

FFRF complains to prayerful South Carolina boards

UK: Husband jailed over attempted “mercy killing”

UK: Paralysed man asks High Court for right to be killed

UK: Labour repeats call for “sex education” for 5-year-olds

“Chilean homosexual couple asks to be married in Argentina”

Eugene Volokh: Now there’s a commitment to state, rather than federal, authority

    The Volokh Conspiracy: “A reader points out that Justice Thomas has at least three former clerks who are now Justices on state Supreme Courts: Justice Eid in Colorado, Justice Stras in Minnesota, and now Justice Lee in Utah. And Justice Thomas is of course the U.S. Supreme Court Justice who has the broadest view of the structural constitutional restraints on federal power (ones that leave states to regulate or not regulate, free of federal interference). Coincidence? Or is it just that he and I don’t know about other Justices who have had this many clerks on state supreme courts?”


  • Posted: 07/20/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: volokh.com

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Documents show media plotting to kill stories about Rev. Jeremiah Wright

    The Daily Caller: “The crisis reached a howling pitch in mid-April, 2008, at an ABC News debate moderated by Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos. Gibson asked Obama why it had taken him so long – nearly a year since Wright’s remarks became public – to dissociate himself from them. Stephanopoulos asked, ‘Do you think Reverend Wright loves America as much as you do?’ … Watching this all at home were members of Journolist, a listserv comprised of several hundred liberal journalists, as well as like-minded professors and activists. The tough questioning from the ABC anchors left many of them outraged. … In one instance, Spencer Ackerman of the Washington Independent urged his colleagues to deflect attention from Obama’s relationship with Wright by changing the subject. Pick one of Obama’s conservative critics, Ackerman wrote, ‘Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists.’” | The Daily Caller rounds up responses to its story.

    James Taranto writing in The Wall Street Journal: “What Ackerman proposed was to carry out a political dirty trick in order to suppress the news and thereby aid a candidate for public office. That’s about as unethical as journalism can get.”


  • Posted: 07/20/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: online.wsj.com

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Study: “47% of gay couples have sex agreements, only 45% monogomous”

    LifeSiteNews: “Forty-seven percent of gay couples in a recently published study said that they had ‘sex agreements’ with their partners, which clarify how often and in what circumstances they are permitted to have sex with others. Only 45% said that their relationships were monogamous, while another 8% disagreed about whether their relationship was ‘open’ or exclusive, according to an ongoing study by the Center or Research on Gender & Sexuality at San Francisco State University.”

    The Gay Couples Study
    Principal Investigator: Colleen Hoff, PhD
    Center for Research on Gender and Sexuality


  • Posted: 07/20/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family

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Singapore: New guidelines on use of commercial properties for religious activities

Calls for “urgent” security review follow fatal attack on Christians in Nigeria

Spanish parliament rejects banning burqas in public

Sen. Tom Coburn: By her own words, Kagan will violate her oath

Argentinean bishop: Consequences of same-sex “marriage” will soon come to light

KY: “Gay candidate declines to seek funds from national gay group”

    Lexington Herald-Leader: “Matthew Vanderpool, an openly gay candidate for a state House seat in Fayette County, has decided not to accept or pursue about $15,000 in campaign funds from [the Victory Fund] that provides financial and campaign support to gay and lesbian political candidates. … ‘I have no “gay agenda.” My goal is to serve the people in the House District 45 without prejudice, arbitrarily dismissing no one because of their race, sex, nation, origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, political party affiliation, personal or professional beliefs.’”


  • Posted: 07/20/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: bluegrasspolitics.bloginky.com

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Heterosexual marriage is society’s bedrock

    Bill Muehlenberg, secretary of the Family Council of Victoria, writing in The Australian: “Marriage is a universal and historical institution which serves tremendous social purposes. It regulates human sexuality, and it procures the wellbeing of any offspring from the sexual union. Thus it is not a mere private matter, but a vitally important social institution. Governments have an overwhelming interest in heterosexual marriage. They have no reason to confer special rights and privileges on other types of sexual relationships. People are free to engage in those relationships, but they cannot expect to see their relationships elevated to that of heterosexual marriage.”


  • Posted: 07/20/2010
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  • Category: Global: Marriage and Family
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  • Source: www.theaustralian.com.au

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Talks on forming new Dutch govt collapse

FL: Kissimmee residents to vote on “In God We Trust” motto

    Central Florida News 13: “The city of Kissimmee could soon get a new motto. The proposal is on the Aug. 24 ballot. … One of those ideas is to make Kissimmee’s new logo ‘In God We Trust.’ It’s a proposal other commissioners initially supported. … But then came the controversy. Otero said he wanted the logo to help promote American values, but not current liberal views like gay marriage and abortion.”


  • Posted: 07/20/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.cfnews13.com

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Indonesia: Constitutional Court to hear request to beef up porn law

UK: Lib Dem leader predicts marriage redefinition before next general election

VA: Loudoun “War on Christmas” issue makes for strange allies

Georgia to vote on personhood today

Personhood in Montana delayed, not defeated

CA State Senator Roy Ashburn: “My journey, my party and LGBT rights”

    CA State Sen. Roy Ashburn writing at Gay Politics: “I should begin with an apology. I am sincerely sorry for the votes I cast and the actions I took that harmed lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people . . . For nearly 26 years, the voters in my area of California trusted me as their elected representative. I look back now knowing there is so much more I could have done to inform the public about LGBT people and to fight for equal rights under the law. Regrettably and selfishly, I took another path in my life and political career—I chose to conceal who I truly am and to then actually vote against the best interests of people like me. All this was done because I was afraid–terrified, really–that somehow I would be revealed as gay.”


  • Posted: 07/20/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.gaypolitics.com

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“LGBT representation in Congress could double”

“Mom/Not Mom/Aunt”

“No gay voice in new Zimbabwe constitution: Mugabe”

PA: Towns fill state void on “gay rights”

Same-sex “marriage” inches toward High Court

Laid-off attorneys search for work far outside traditional law firms

    Jonnelle Marte writing in the Wall Street Journal: “Facing a tough job market, many lawyers struggling to find work . . . are re-examining their roles and testing the waters in other fields. Some are attempting to stay in the industry by taking temporary work as contract lawyers—low-profile, lower-paying positions that often involve more routine work, according to consultants and industry experts. Others are becoming accountants, consultants or teachers. … The portion of law-school graduates who held jobs that required a law degree and passing the bar exam shrunk to 71% for the class of 2009, from 75% for the class of 2008, according to a survey by the National Association for Law Placement.”


  • Posted: 07/20/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: online.wsj.com

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Utah law professor says free speech protections should be loosened for religious extremism

    Deseret News: “University of Utah law professor Amos N. Guiora proclaimed Friday that free-speech protections of religious gatherings need to be considerably loosened for the war on terrorism to succeed. … [According to Guiora] law enforcement agencies must monitor what is said in places of worship such as mosques or synagogues when and if authorities have reason to believe that a religious leader is inciting followers to commit acts of terroristic violence.”


  • Posted: 07/20/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.deseretnews.com

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Argentine justice of peace refuses to marry homosexuals

China satisfied with Google search engine tweak

Is divorce contagious?

Today, showdown at the State House in Trenton over marriage

Calif pro-union law struck down by appeals court

“The dangers of seeing America as a ‘Christian nation’”

UK: The conservative ban on Michael Savage

SCOTUSblog: October arguments, day by day

Federalist Society: Doe v. Reed – Post-decision SCOTUScast

Scotland: “Allow us full marriage, demand gays”

Shaky 51% support same-sex “marriage,” Field poll finds

SCOTUS Live Blog of Kagan Nomination in Senate Judiciary Today

Is DOMA — the Defense of Marriage Act — Valid? Part II

Senate Judiciary Committee OKs Elena Kagan for Supreme Court

Media Matters presents false picture of Kagan’s partial-birth abortion promotion

RI: ACLU wants school prayer banner removed

NJ: Same-sex “marriage” rallies, pro and con, planned today

“Mississippi school agrees to revise policy and pay damages to lesbian teenager denied chance to attend prom”

    ACLU: “Itawamba County School District officials agreed to have a judgment entered against them in the case of a recent high school graduate who sued her school for canceling the prom rather than let her attend with her girlfriend. The agreement ends a precedent-setting lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of 18-year-old Constance McMillen, who suffered humiliation and harassment after parents, students and school officials executed a cruel plan to put on a ‘decoy’ prom for her while the rest of her classmates were at a private prom 30 miles away.”


  • Posted: 07/20/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family

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Washington Times: Strange Graham-Kagan dance

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, a yes for Kagan

North Korea reportedly executes former official

West Virginia gov to seek US Senate seat

Thousands support Catholic prof fired for explaining church teaching on homosexuality

Planned Parenthood staffer caught on tape, misleads woman on abortion

Pro-life advocates mount last-ditch effort to oppose Kagan

Kevin Theriot: Church criticized for teaching religious heritage

Faith leaders accuse EU of discrimination over compulsory labeling of halal foods

    The Independent: “Jewish and Muslim leaders have accused the European Union of ‘naked discrimination’ by ordering the compulsory labelling of all kosher and halal meat. An advisory group of imams and rabbis at the Office of the Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks, said it was wrong to single out meat acceptable to some communities while not requiring the identification of conventional methods of slaughter. MEPs voted overwhelmingly by 559 to 54 in favour of labelling meat from slaughterhouses that do not practise stunning, to inform secular consumers or those concerned with animal welfare how the animal died.”


  • Posted: 07/20/2010
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.independent.co.uk

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Irish parliament seeks greater EU scrutiny powers

Brussels pushes to enforce EU “Miranda Rights”

School group stopped from praying outside Supreme Court

Possible ultimatum for NC attorneys

Supreme Court police told school teacher it’s “definitely contrary to the law” to pray on Supreme Court steps, says ADF

Breakup of prayer group outside Supreme Court prompts legal complaint, investigation

Church teaching unwelcome, even in Catholicism class

Obama retreats from “religious freedom” to “freedom of worship”

“DC upholds same sex marriage”

DC Conservatives take next step to ensure their right to vote on “gay marriage”

ADF honors allied attorneys for selfless service