Victory for academic freedom: “Human Heredity” professor receives $100,000 settlement

Pro-life T-shirt censorship case to go to jury

TN: Judge urges Hawkins officials to seek attorney’s advice on Ten Commandments

    Kingsport Times-News: “The Hawkins County Commission isn’t expected to consider approval of a “Foundations of American Law and Government” display in the new Justice Center at least until its August monthly meeting . . . Hawkins County received a letter dated July 23 from the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation claiming that the proposed display is unconstitutional and violates separation of church and state . . . [Juvenile Court Judge James Taylor] suggested that the commission seek legal advice from County Attorney Jim Phillips regarding the FFRF’s legal claims opposing the plaque. Taylor also suggested that commissioners consult with their constituents and search their own hearts before casting a vote on whether or not to approve the display.”


  • Posted: 07/27/2010
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  • Source: www.timesnews.net

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Pro-life concern at new appointments to Irish Supreme Court

Ireland has EU’s highest birth rate

ME: Portland Planning Board to hear comments on a small mosque

Proposal to add churches sows conflict in Southern Calif. vineyards

Christian counseling student sues to stay in school

Adventists monitoring possible Sunday business-closing law in Europe

“Student claims University tried to force her into accepting gay ‘lifestyles’”

David French: A disappointing ruling in Michigan

U.S. District Court grants EMU summary judgement in Julea Ward case

Kan. medical board files complaint over abortions

Western Climate Initiative offers cap-and-trade

Scotland: Sex offender fails to overturn pornography ban

“Anti-gay EMU social-work student loses appeal”

Canada: “Children of same-sex couples experience their families in different ways”

NYC police to increase mosque patrols during Ramadan holiday for 800,000+ Muslims

Democrats fail to stop filibuster against DISCLOSE act pro-life groups oppose

University of Alabama officials arrest demonstrators for holding pro-life signs on the public campus

Should the filibuster be eliminated?

Sen. Kerry continues push to end ban on “gay” men giving blood

Mexico: Defense of life is not a religious issue, maintains family leader

“Gay illegal immigrant seeks asylum with deportation to Iran pending”

    ABC: “Abdollahi, a 24 year-old Iranian who was raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, came to the U.S. as a child when his parents immigrated to study at a state university. He says he learned of his undocumented status in high school, which is also when he first began identifying as a gay man . . . ‘He’s looking at having to prove greater than 50 percent chance of persecution, a clear probability of persecution,’ said D.C.-based immigration attorney Kimberley Schaefer, who handles asylum cases.”


  • Posted: 07/27/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: abcnews.go.com

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IN: South Bend council puts off “gay rights” ordinance

Study: “Same-sex couples can thrive as adoptive parents”

FL: Webb details new Jacksonville council prayer policy

Haskell County settles Ten Commandments lawsuit

Miss. gov says he’ll sue to block tribe’s casino

ACLU: A Mosque in Maine

    ACLU: “If all goes well, the Portland Masjid and Islamic Center will receive approval tonight for the establishment of a small mosque in Maine’s largest, and most ethnically diverse, city. It is the culmination of a five-year effort, which has included numerous meetings, one federal lawsuit, and an entire re-writing of the city’s zoning rules for places of worship.”


  • Posted: 07/27/2010
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Muslim candidate leads rally in Dearborn for Christian evangelists arrested at Arab Fest

GA: Abortion divides GOP gubernatorial rivals

    News4Jax.com: “Just days into the Republican runoff for governor in Georgia, abortion has emerged as a polarizing issue in a race where social conservatives will hold sway. Karen Handel — on the defensive over a 2005 vote to funnel $425,568 to Planned Parenthood — has been feuding with Georgia Right to Life and has called for the anti-abortion group’s leaders to step down. After attacking Handel’s abortion record, Deal is facing questions of his own 1993 vote as a Democrat in Congress to authorize $500 million in funding for Planned Parenthood.”


  • Posted: 07/27/2010
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  • Source: www.news4jax.com

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AZ: “Meet Josie, 9: No secret she’s transgender”

    Arizona Daily Star: “Josie Claudine Romero was born Joseph Manalang Romero in Colorado in April 2001. Her twin sister died shortly after being born. Though biologically male, “Joey” was diagnosed with a condition called gender identity disorder at the age of 5 by a U.S. military doctor in Japan, where the family was living. By age 6, Joey was Josie . . . Seven children under the age of 12 attend an informal group of Tucson-area ‘gender-variant’ children Josie’s mother organizes. Some of the kids consider themselves transgender and, like Josie, are living as the opposite sex. Others don’t feel comfortable with traditional gender norms and labels.”


  • Posted: 07/27/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: azstarnet.com

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U.K. embryo authority to be terminated

Iranian Christian convert granted asylum in U.S.

National pro-life leaders to confront Catholic hospital with abortionist on staff

Personhood Colorado announces Amendment 62 campaign strategy

“No leverage” in Newt Gingrich’s Ground Zero mosque argument

Robert George: God and Gettysburg

Pornography and women

    Marcia Segelstein writing at OneNewsNow: “[W]hile most people may think of men when they picture purveyors of pornography, women are joining their ranks in droves. A big part of the problem – for both men and women – is the easy accessibility of porn. Thanks to the Internet, it’s not even necessary to leave your house. Anonymity feeds temptation. A survey conducted in 2003 by Today’s Christian Woman found that one out of every six women, including Christians, admits struggling with an addiction to pornography.”


  • Posted: 07/27/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.onenewsnow.com

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Creativity, the last American skill

    Education News: “According to a recent Newsweek article titled ‘The Creativity Crisis,’ research shows that American creativity is declining for the first time. If this trend continues, the nation’s economic and national security will be at risk . . . Dr. Kyung Hee Kim, assistant professor of education at the College of William & Mary, analyzed the data and found that American creativity scores began to fall in 1990 after having risen steadily for decades. And they have been falling significantly ever since. The reasons why are not clear.”


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  • Source: www.educationnews.org

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House Democrats refuse hearing on pro-rationing Obama czar Donald Berwick

Judge debates government during closing arguments on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

“America’s gay buying power projected at $743 billion in 2010″

Levin: Senate to take up “Don’t Ask” in September

DoD needs completed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” surveys

Spanish television network fined €100,000 for criticizing homosexuality

Mothers to show Congress babies saved from abortions to help pregnancy centers

12 Muslims fined for Malaysia Hindu temple protest

Thorny Issue: “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

Dr. Kenneth Howell update

“Remediation” required for graduate student who voices opinion on same-sex behavior

Court: Professor has free-speech rights

SC: Woodruff council holds firm on prayers

    Herald-Journal: “Officials from Spartanburg County and the cities of Woodruff and Aiken spent part of the afternoon discussing the matter with state Attorney General Henry McMaster and numerous attorneys aligned with the Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian organization, either in person or via conference call. … McMaster offered counsel after the Madison, Wis.-based Freedom From Religion Foundation sent letters to Spartanburg County Council and city councils in Woodruff and Aiken expressing concern over their respective policies regarding prayer in public meetings — and asking each to end the practice of praying at meetings. … The Freedom From Religion Foundation also told Woodruff leaders in a letter that the city must immediately remove the cross from its city seal.”


  • Posted: 07/27/2010
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: www.goupstate.com

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“Student sues university for right to be homophobic”

APA Task Force on Sexual Orientation-Science, Diversity, and Ethicality

    A Symposium Not to Be Missed at APA in San Diego in 2010! Scholars, Dr. Stanton L. Jones (Wheaton College), Dr. Christopher H. Rosik (Link Care/Fresno Pacific University) and Dr. Richard N. Williams (Brigham Young University) will review APA’s Task Force report on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation for its scientific rigor and “even-handedness,” its adherence to highest standards of ethicality and its sensitivity to diversity, especially religious diversity.


  • Posted: 07/27/2010
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Lawsuit claims school bias on Christian views

Augusta State University allegedly forces student to change beliefs

Stanley Fish: Is religion special?

Georgia University tells student to lose religion, lawsuit claims

Marriages up, divorces down in Iowa

Law Review: The Use of Legal Scholarship by the Federal Courts of Appeals: An Empirical Study

    Schwartz, David L. and Petherbridge, Lee, The Use of Legal Scholarship by the Federal Courts of Appeals: An Empirical Study (July 15, 2010). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1640681

    hief Justice Roberts recently explained that he does not pay much attention to law review articles, reportedly stating that they are not “particularly helpful for practitioners and judges.” Chief Justice Roberts’s criticism echoes that made by other judges, some of whom, like Judge Harry Edwards, have been much more strident in the contention that legal scholarship is largely unhelpful to practitioners and judges. Perhaps inspired by criticisms like those leveled by Chief Justice Roberts and Judge Edwards, legal scholars have sought to investigate the relevance of legal scholarship to courts and practitioners using a variety of means. One avenue of investigation has been empirical, where several studies, using different, and sometimes ambiguous, methodologies have observed a decrease in citation to legal scholarship and interpreted the observation to mean that legal scholarship has lost relevance to courts and practitioners.

    The study reported here examines the hypothesis that legal scholarship has lost relevance to courts. Using an original dataset that is substantially more comprehensive than previous studies and empirical techniques, it examines citation to legal scholarship by the United States circuit courts of appeals over the last 59 years. It finds a rather surprising result. Contrary to the claims of Justice Roberts and Judge Edwards, and contrary to the results of prior studies, this study finds that over the last 59 years – and particularly over the last 20 years – there has been a marked increase in the frequency of citation to legal scholarship in the reported opinions of the circuit courts of appeals. Using empirical and theoretical methods, this study also considers explanations for courts’ increased use of legal scholarship.


  • Posted: 07/27/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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What next after Citizens United?

Small Steps Toward Justice: A Review of Clark Forsythe’s Politics for the Greatest Good

Tennessee Lt. Gov. Questions Freedom of Religion For Islam

Canadian Appellate Court Opens Door To Refugee Status For U.S. Conscientious Objector to Iraq War

4th Circuit rules on Virginia statute prohibiting publication of social security numbers

    Ostergren v. Cuccinelli, Nos. 09-1723, 09-1796 (4th Cir. July 26, 2010) (Google Viewer)

    Findlaw Summary: “In a First Amendment challenge to Virginia’s Personal Information Privacy Act, which prohibits intentionally communicating another individual’s social security number to the general public, judgment of the district court is affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded where: 1) the First Amendment does reach plaintiff’s publication of Virginia land records containing unredacted SSNs; 2) district court’s August 22, 2008 decision is affirmed as enforcing section 59.1-443.2 against plaintiff for the Virginia land records posted on her website would violate the First Amendment as Virginia’s failure to redact SSNs before placing land records online means that barring plaintiff’s protected speech would not be narrowly tailored to Virginia’s interest in protecting individual privacy; 3) there is a lack of jurisdiction to consider whether the First Amendment prohibits Virginia from enforcing section 59.1-443.2 against plaintiff for publishing non-Virginia public records containing unredacted SSNs; and 4) district court’s June 2, 2009 decision entering a permanent injunction is reversed as the district court abused its discretion by not tailoring the scope of the remedy to fit the nature and extent of the constitutional violation.”


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Republicans and the U.S. Chamber target new tax-reporting rule in health law

    The Hill: “Under the Democrats’ new healthcare reform bill, companies, nonprofits and government offices are required to file 1099 forms with the IRS when goods purchased from another business exceed $600 in a year. Under previous law, the reporting requirement pertained only to services exceeding that amount.”


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Law Review: State Religious Freedom Restoration Acts as a Solution to the Free Exercise Problem of Religiously Based Refusals to Administer Health Care

    State Religious Freedom Restoration Acts as a Solution to the Free Exercise Problem of Religiously Based Refusals to Administer Health Care
    Kelleen Patricia Forlizzi, 44 New Eng. L. Rev. 387 (2010)

    “This Note advocates for the adoption of individual state religious freedom restoration acts (RFRAs) to reinstate the strict scrutiny standard for all laws restricting religious activity. State RFRAs represent a viable alternative to the current methodology for analyzing free exercise claims in the context of religiously based refusals to administer health care. The enactment of these statutes will afford medical professionals the chance to keep their jobs while remaining true to their religious beliefs, as well as balance the scales between the free exercise of religion and the equal protection rights of patients.”


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Law Review: Potential Challenges to State-enforced Hospital Limitations on Childbirth Options

    In the Manner Prescribed by the State: Potential Challenges to State-enforced Hospital Limitations on Childbirth Options
    Krista Stone-Manista, 16 Cardozo J.L. & Gender 469 (2010)

    “In recent decades, advances in medical technology have given pregnant women and their doctors an unprecedented level of information about, and control over, the course of a pregnancy. As a result, women and their physicians may make thousands of decisions over the course of the nine-month gestational period, determining everything from the method of conception to the method of delivery. This transformation of reproduction, including labor and delivery, from a natural, woman-centered process to a medical journey is frequently referred to as the ‘medicalization of childbirth.’ This medicalization poses a host of moral, ethical, medical, and legal problems that arise when a woman’s desires concerning the time, place, and manner of her labor and delivery do not mesh with the recommendations and advice of her doctors. One type of desired delivery that often brings patients and obstetricians into conflict is when a woman wishes to deliver via vaginal birth after having delivered one or more previous children via cesarean section, a process popularly referred to as ‘VBAC.’”


  • Posted: 07/27/2010
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