10 months after updated prayer policy, potential for lawsuit looms

Blame game begins after Mass. casino bill failure

DOJ report says child porn on the rise

Lakeland decides prayer continues, but disclaimer added

Russia: Baptist And Jehovah’s Witness worship services raided

“Banning Manning: Why one gay soldier compromised America’s mission”

TN: Rutherford County land use rights for religious institutions to be discussed

CA: “Hindu statesman” to offer prayer at Visalia council meeting

Delays prevent appeal in faith-healing case one year after Dale and Leilani Neumann were convicted

ACLU doesn’t want Boy Scouts meeting in public schools

Mexican drug cartel allegedly puts price on AZ Sheriff’s head

U.S. Chamber doesn’t endorse Kagan

3rd Circuit: PA prison can ban Muslim scarf

MN pastor back in pulpit after homosexual report

UK to push abortion, contraception

What social science does–and doesn’t–know

    Jim Manzi writing at City Journal: “Over many decades, social science has groped toward the goal of applying the experimental method to evaluate its theories for social improvement. Recent developments have made this much more practical, and the experimental revolution is finally reaching social science. The most fundamental lesson that emerges from such experimentation to date is that our scientific ignorance of the human condition remains profound. Despite confidently asserted empirical analysis, persuasive rhetoric, and claims to expertise, very few social-program interventions can be shown in controlled experiments to create real improvement in outcomes of interest.”


  • Posted: 08/02/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.city-journal.org

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Message to Rush Limbaugh: Civil unions are not compatible with conservatism or a free society

Department of Health and Human Services “encourages LGBT-inclusive sex ed”

UK: Labour leader hopeful David Miliband in favor of fully redefining marriage

House Ethics Committee announces charges against Maxine Waters

Islamic feminists storm some barricades

David Cameron writes letter of support to UK “gay community”

    UK Prime Minister David Cameron writing in The Independent: “There’s no single lever we can pull or even collection of measures that we can take to make that happen. The wall of prejudice is also chipped away by high-profile role models, by public celebrations, by a positive approach to diversity. That’s why I am proud that there are now more openly gay MPs in the Conservative Party than any other party. It’s why I wish the upcoming Pride events – today in Leeds, all week in Brighton and on Saturday in Liverpool – every success. And it’s why I congratulate everyone on this list for doing their bit to inspire and change attitudes. This is a country where people can be proud of who they are – and quite right too.”


  • Posted: 08/02/2010
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  • Category: Global: Marriage and Family
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  • Source: www.independent.co.uk

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Chile senator, a socialist, to sponsor bill to redefine marriage

AP surprises with article noting adult stem cell research outpacing embryonic

Adult stem cell research far ahead of embryonic

AZ immigration decision frustrates American people

Temecula Mosque protest elicits response from Council on American-Islamic Relations

    SWRNN: “The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, CAIR-LA, today denounced a planned anti-mosque protest scheduled during a Friday congregational prayer, or ‘Jummah.’ The council called on local officials and interfaith leaders to show support for the Islamic Center of Temecula Valley, the target of the July 30 protest that is believed to be organized by the Southwest Riverside County, SWRC, Tea Party group. The protest is in opposition to a proposal for a new mosque in the area.”


  • Posted: 08/02/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.swrnn.com

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Episcopal committee is working on “gay rite”

SC: Church plans prayer rally

Vatican preparing new document on effects of abortion on women

“The only man who can stop the mosque madness”

UK: Huge rise in 11-year-olds on the pill

Thoughts on the federal district court ruling refusing to dismiss the Virginia health care lawsuit

Split en banc Eleventh Circuit rules child molester’s 17½-year sentence substantively unreasonable

Senate stalling on judges is like an old family feud

New lesbian parenting study makes claims unsupported by the evidence

Adios, Mexico City Policy?

No review of SB 1070 ruling before Nov.

Obama’s remake of U.S. courts bogged down by Republican delays in Senate

Obama backs International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission at U.N.

Kagan presents a test for the NRA as court confirmation assured

Elena Kagan on rare path: first a Supreme Court clerk, later a justice

ABA delegates to weigh judicial finance training, same-sex “marriage”

Arizona immigration clash headed for controversial appeals court

The Catholic Church in Cuba

Backing of Geert Wilders’ party is key to new coalition government agreement in Netherlands

Fed chief sees long road back to economic health

Lakeland to decide whether to fight for prayer

Will there be friction between the chief justice and Elena Kagan on the Supreme Court?

    Dahlia Lithwick writing at Slate: “Kagan already has some history at the court. And it didn’t go unremarked by court watchers last term that Kagan’s six outings before the Roberts Court as President Obama’s solicitor general were sometimes uneasy. Some of us suggested that Kagan—who’d never argued a case until she argued the blockbuster Citizens United campaign finance case last September—was still just finding her footing at the court. Others observed that many of the justices, most notably Chief Justice John Roberts, appeared perpetually exasperated by her.”


  • Posted: 08/02/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.slate.com

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Va. health care challenge clears 1st hurdle

Kagan vote approaches, Ginsburg comments on use of foreign law

The enforceability of postnuptial agreements: Massachusetts weighs in, part one in a two-part series

    Joanna L. Grossman writing at FindLaw: “Contracts between husband and wife have always had a tenuous position in American law. Once forbidden, postnuptial agreements now seem to have crept into the realm of enforceable contracts in most states, though they may not always be enforced on the same terms as other types of contracts are. In a recent case, Ansin v. Craven-Ansin, the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) of Massachusetts ruled that an agreement that a husband and wife made after they married, seeking to predetermine the financial consequences of any future divorce, was not against public policy and satisfied the necessary criteria for enforcement.”


  • Posted: 08/02/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: writ.news.findlaw.com

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GA church not allowed to meet on leased property

Illiberal education

Catholic professor reinstated by University of Illinois for fall term

Diocese of Peoria applauds reinstatement of Catholic professor

Prof. Howell reinstated at UI . . . for now

Wow! Teaching Catholicism in Catholicism class allowed

BlackBerry communications too secure for governments seeking to snoop

    Bloomberg: “For RIM, the pioneer in handheld e-mail devices, security is one of the main advantages it touts over competitors. E-mails its customers send are encrypted and sent through RIM’s own servers and network operation centers, with much of the equipment located in Canada. That security has made BlackBerrys popular with companies and government officials including Barack Obama, who kept his BlackBerry after becoming U.S. president. However, the system also makes it harder for governments to monitor BlackBerry communications than messages from other smartphones, which typically travel across the Internet.”


  • Posted: 08/02/2010
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  • Category: Global: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.bloomberg.com

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Law Review: Penumbral Thinking Revisited: Metaphor in Legal Argumentation

    Chris Rideout, Penumbral Thinking Revisited: Metaphor in Legal Argumentation (Fall 2010). Journal of the Association of Legal Writing Directors, Vol. 7, 2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1649879

    “The conceptual soundness of Douglas’s use of the penumbra metaphor in Griswold has been called into question by several earlier authors. It may be that metaphors have some unspoken “rules” for usage and that Douglas violated some of them. This article takes a step in that direction, by revisiting and further exploring some of the ways in which metaphors work. Starting with classical rhetoric, metaphors have traditionally been regarded as a matter of style, but recent research indicates that their role in our understanding of the world lies much deeper. Metaphors work through complex systems of correspondences, involving the mapping of conceptual domains onto each other and relying on the entailments that arise from that mapping. The “rules” for metaphorical usage, then, no doubt run deep as well – into this mapping and its coherence. If such unspoken “rules” for metaphorical usage exist, then Douglas may have violated some of them with his penumbra metaphor – sound as his conceptual use of the metaphor may have been in other respects. Understanding the strengths, and perhaps the shortcomings, of the penumbra metaphor, then, can be a way of learning how to use metaphoric reasoning effectively in legal argument.”


  • Posted: 08/02/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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Academic Freedom scores at U of I; gets smacked at Loyola U