Dutch euthanasia cases up 13 per cent last year

Memorial cross exposes Poland’s religious divide

Israel: Troops arrest Jews who tried to pray at Jericho mosque

Santa Clara mosque seeks to install minaret

Terrorism charges filed against Indonesian cleric

In Montana, a fight over separation of church and fairgrounds

Christian prisoner entitled to seek monetary damages for violation of his religious rights, says ACLU

Conservative Congressmen take stand against federal judge’s marriage ruling

FEC sued for not explaining decisions

    Blog of LegalTimes: “Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) charges that the FEC has demonstrated a pattern and practice in the last two years of dismissing complaints because the Republican and Democratic commissioners divide 3-3, particularly in controversial cases. The agency frequently fails to provide a rationale for its decisions before the 60 days allowed by federal law for an appeal challenging the dismissals, the suit says.”


  • Posted: 08/11/2010
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  • Source: legaltimes.typepad.com

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CA: Superintendent defends Christian school’s decision to fire on basis of faith

MN: Duluth planning commission recommends strip club restrictions

San Francisco unions sue over Proposition B

London: Council worker loses case over God remarks

IL: Marion mulling Ten Commandments monument

Irish Planned Parenthood affiliate receives as much as 55 % of funding from taxpayer

Why no one under 30 answers your voicemail

    DiversityInc: “This is the first time in American history that four different generations are working side-by-side in the workplace, bringing their own values, goals and communication approaches to the workplace. What’s the biggest difference between Generation Y (born between 1980 and 2000) and baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1964)? And how do those in Generation X/millennials (born between 1965 and 1979) fit in?”


  • Posted: 08/11/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.diversityinc.com

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World Council of Churches to host Muslim-Christian dialogue

Choosing to deceive one’s self about abortion

    Judie Brown writing at Renew America: “There is a growing body of evidence that, clinically, abortion has serious consequences. It is further becoming obvious that abortion has ingrained in the culture an attitude toward others that invites all manner of violence. Perhaps part of the reason for this is society’s denial that abortion kills people. The current issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology published a fascinating study regarding the various causes of premature birth. Among those causes, Professor Jay D. Iams of Ohio State reports that ‘elective terminations [abortions] in the first and second trimesters are associated with a very small but apparently real increase in the risk of subsequent spontaneous preterm birth (PTB).’”


  • Posted: 08/11/2010
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: www.renewamerica.com

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WA: Court prohibits release of referendum petitions; will consider harassment exception

Sex, marriage and upper class obligation

    Ross Douthat writing at his New York Times blog: “[F]or what it’s worth, here’s what I would ask of America’s highly-educated mass upper class (more than top third of America than the ‘upper half,’ I think): A kind of noblesse oblige on some issues related to sex, at least; on others, a moral reckoning with the cost of the new equilibrium they’ve achieved; and on still others, a willingness to translate some of the more conservative habits they’ve embraced (or partially embraced) in their personal lives into law and public policy . . . What all of these proposals [regarding pornography, abortion, and divorce] have in common is an attempt to wrestle with the cultural costs of separating sex, marriage and procreation. The drive for same-sex marriage, on the other hand, involves an attempt to push that separation to its logical conclusion.”


  • Posted: 08/11/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: douthat.blogs.nytimes.com

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Muslim groups in CT worried at anti-Islam protesters

    Thaindian News: “In Connecticut the Muslim leaders have asked for police protection as the holy month of Ramzan has started. They were scared by the threat issued by a group. They were confronted by a protester group on Friday and after that they are worried about worshiping without obstruction. Reportedly the worshippers were threatened at Bridgeport’s Masjid An-Noor mosque by a group named Operation Save America and the protesters stayed there for an hour. The protesters shouted at the Muslim worshippers with a bullhorn. The protest by the group has made the Muslims in Connecticut alarmed.”


  • Posted: 08/11/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.thaindian.com

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Half of Democrats favor punishing soldiers who oppose homosexuality, survey finds

India steps up demands for BlackBerry access

UK: Labour’s attack on Christian liberties

    Dr. Martin Parsons writing at Conservative Home: “In the 2-3 years before the general election there was a significant move of practising Christians away from Labour and renewed interest in the Conservatives. However, as we will see later in this series of articles during the election itself the Conservative Party failed to seal the deal with many committed Christians . . . As to whether the perception Christians have is well grounded I would simply ask you to reflect carefully and sensitively on the examples below, which represent just a small sample of the sort of discrimination and exclusion from public life that Christians have faced as a result of legislation passed by the Labour government.”


  • Posted: 08/11/2010
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: conservativehome.blogs.com

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Jennifer Aniston: You don’t need a man to have a baby

Battle for Washington Supreme Court seat rallies LGBT, pro-abortion interests

5th Circuit will hear ACLU’s arguments about single-gender classes

Americans United, allies commend House Resolution on Texas School Board’s social studies standards

Kelly Shackelford on Federalist No. 72 and the Office of the Executive

Turkey: Why state interference in the election of Chief Rabbi, Greek Orthodox and Armenian Patriarchs?

Muslim call to prayer “banned” in Tajik city ahead of Ramadan

Imperial County appeals Proposition 8 ruling to 9th Circuit

The Bible and birth control

Homosexual “marriage” advocates seek to destroy matrimony and society itself: Cardinal Archbishop of Mexico City

Mexican Supreme Court imposes homosexual “marriage” on entire country

Newly identified corporate supporters of Planned Parenthood named

Leondra Kruger named Acting Principal Deputy Solicitor General

Appointment for Solicitor General not expected soon

    How Appealing Extra: “The White House is not likely to rush into appointing a permanent successor to Elena Kagan as solicitor general after her elevation to the U.S. Supreme Court, according to legal sources in Washington . . . The lack of quick action on appointing a permanent successor means acting solicitor general Neal Katyal, one of two frontrunners for the position, will probably remain in his current capacity well into the court’s October 2010 term.”


  • Posted: 08/11/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: pda-appellateblog.blogspot.com

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57% of likely voters describe Democratic Congressional agenda as extreme

Terry Jeffrey: Judge Walker v. the laws of nature and nature’s God

Arizona sheriffs call ICE chief’s visit a “stunt”

Maggie Gallagher answers three questions

Handel concedes race for GOP Ga. gov nomination

Texas AG: No opinion on same-sex “marriage” licenses

Vatican rejects resignations of 2 Dublin bishops

Philippine Muslim terrorists brace for war

Costa Rica court blocks civil union referendum

Phoenix bishop: Is marriage a “hang up” or God’s plan?

    Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted writing in The Catholic Sun: “The misguided decision of Judge Vaughn Walker, striking down as unconstitutional the California Marriage Law called Proposition 8, cannot be passed over in silence . . . We have great need to rediscover the good news of God’s plan for marriage; and we need to resist in the public square all efforts to label this plan as a ‘hang up’ of the past. Labeling homosexual ‘marriage’ as ‘a right’ is not an enlightened idea of the 21st century. It is a novel form of a resurrected falsehood from more than 2,000 years ago. It will not stand the test of time, just as it cannot withstand popular opinion now.”


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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.catholicsun.org

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America is “bankrupt Mickey Mouse economy”: CIO

    CNBC: “America is a ‘Mickey Mouse economy’ that is technically bankrupt, according to Jochen Wermuth, the Chief Investment Officer (CIO) and managing partner at Wermuth Asset Management. ‘America today looks like Russia in 1998. Consumers, companies and the government are all highly indebted. America as a result is a bankrupt Mickey Mouse economy,’ Wermuth told CNBC.”


  • Posted: 08/11/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.cnbc.com

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Californians’ income falls for first time since WWII

    The Sacramento Bee: “Government statisticians have put a number on Californians’ paycheck pain last year: about $40 billion. The federal Bureau of Economic Analysis said personal incomes of Golden State workers fell by that amount in 2009 compared with the previous year – the state’s first year-to-year decline since World War II.”


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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.sacbee.com

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Congressman calls vote on $26 billion jobs bill a sign “we’re not bankrupting the country fast enough”

GA: HSLDA says extra form unauthorized

Joel Oster: Americans United for Separation of Church and State exposed!

National Catholic Bioethics Center: Judge Walker’s opinion on Prop 8

Canada: “Gay man wins refugee status”

Ft. Wayne schools ending Bible program

Prayer on solid ground in South Carolina

Louisiana College announces new law school

Free-speech right covers national parks

God and country are banned in Washington

Pro-lifers appeal to Gov. Christie to intervene on behalf of “Choose Life” plates

Likely voters support “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

A pro-life woman for the Senate

Louisiana College announces new law school to be located in Shreveport

Michael Medved: “Gay Marriage Myths and Truth”

    “The decision by federal judge Vaughan Walker to invalidate California’s Proposition 8 both recycles and revives some of the tired, misleading clichés regarding the same sex marriage controversy. These distortions demand direct, concise correction and rebuttal.”


  • Posted: 08/11/2010
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  • Category: Featured

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ADF continues fight to stop ‘two hours of free speech per week’ policy at SLU

Gary McCaleb: “Federalist No. 76 – The Appointing Power of the Executive, From the New York Packet (Hamilton)”

    ADF attorney Gary McCaleb is a guest blogger at the Constituting America Blog: “Federalist No. 76 recognizes that every government needs a stable of civil servants, who in turn must be secured for service with reasonable dispatch and with some assurance of quality. The paper plays off a consistent theme of our founding era—to balance each grant of authority (and concomitant power) with some restraint on the authority. In a nutshell, Hamilton takes the familiar balancing of powers among the executive, judicial, and legislative branches down a notch as he considers how to expeditiously staff the government with high quality persons, while restraining the appointment power lest it be used by the President to untoward ends. ”


  • Posted: 08/11/2010
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: constitutingamerica.org

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WV: Marriage a Key Issue in Senate Race

UK: Students hit out at Prof’s views about homosexuality