Wyo.’s chief federal judge to retire next year

IL: Atheist sues cross landmark over state grant

Legal commentary on today’s Cal. marriage stay order

Immigration court backlogs continue to climb

“Judge blocks release of petition signers’ names in gay rights case”

IL: Green Party candidate for Treasurer wants to shutter law schools

Frank Turek: “Top ten gay marriage false facts Part 1″

“Professor claims NY college favored gays over him”

Sperm-donors’ kids seek more rights, want to end anonymous sperm donation

Fiorina widens lead over Boxer

Barack Obama’s image in Kenya tarnished by abortion battle

Russian dairy to fire women who have abortions

UNC changes health insurance over abortion

Goldwater Institute files lawsuit against federal health care bill

Federal court: Critical aspects of patient safety law in Allen County, Ind. can go into effect

Defenders of Calif. marriage amendment will appeal judge’s decision on motion for stay

“Judge keeps gay marriages in California on hold”

Center for Reproductive Rights granted TRO in challenge to Louisiana abortion restrictions

Benedictine monks suing state over casket sales

Bus tour opposing abortion in health care raises ire of “pro-life” Democrats

Arizona to appeal ruling on same-sex health benefits

ADF rebuts ACLU demand that Colo. school district exclude Boy Scouts

“Judge ready to rule on gay marriage stay in California”

Heritage Foundation Prop 8 ruling round up – more experts find Walker’s opinion unpersuasive

Federal court tosses out Mount Rushmore rules on grounds of free speech

Polygamist leader may face tougher case in Texas

Poland’s religious right digs in heels over cross

Moscow concerned about future of Serb shrines in Kosovo

Afghan clerics seek return to strict Islamic law

UK: St Luke’s Church bid to run Camden’s first “free school”

Over 23 million Christians in China, official survey shows

Pastor loses battle with Seventh-Day Adventists

Indonesia and religious violence

Prospects of religious freedom appear grim in Islamic Maldives

NRO interview with Bill Bennet: Taking the sex out of texting

    National Review Online: “National Review Online’s Kathryn Jean Lopez talked to Bennett about this private-sector effort to help families . . . KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ: Shouldn’t parents know who is texting their children, and what the communications are about? WILLIAM J. BENNETT: On the first part, absolutely. On the second, yes, in ugly or bad cases. A key thing about allowing children to text and have smartphones is for parents to have a conversation with their children first — a very serious conversation. MouseMail and other products for older children require such a conversation and enhance it.”


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UK: Did the Conservative Party alienate Christian voters at the election?

John W. Whitehead: Why conservative Christians “should rethink their blame game” on decline of marriage

    John W. Whitehead writing at The Huffington Post: “There can be no easy fix for these problems. Certainly, there are no legislative or governmental solutions, and fighting gay marriage isn’t going to do it. Morality and the decline of the family have become convenient platforms for those on both sides of the political aisle. Having reduced the very real problems plaguing America’s families to soundbites bandied about in the quest for political dominance, today’s politicians, gay rights activists and traditional marriage activists are not providing a lasting solution to the marriage meltdown. The solution, if there is one, is to be found where the problems start: with each man, woman and child taking responsibility for keeping their family together. So let’s forget about politics. Forget about the debates over who gets to marry whom. Instead, let’s look around at what’s left of our neighborhoods, our communities and our families, and put our children first.”


  • Posted: 08/12/2010
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  • Source: www.huffingtonpost.com

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Hispanic media turn on President Obama

    Politico: “Univision’s Jorge Ramos, an anchor on the nation’s largest Spanish-language television network, says Obama broke his promise to produce an immigration reform bill within a year of taking office. And Latinos are tired of the speeches, disillusioned by the lack of White House leadership and distrustful of the president, Ramos told POLITICO.”


  • Posted: 08/12/2010
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  • Source: www.politico.com

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Truth stranger than fiction: Christian author can’t discuss book at Tenn. library

Cash strapped Scots council is still funding gay festival

UK: Gov’t to expand promotion of abortions abroad

Adventures in hiring and not hiring at Marquette and Seton Hall

    Catholic World Report: “Marquette University’s decision to withdraw an administrative appointment to an openly lesbian faculty member whose publications have denigrated Catholic teachings on marriage, sexuality, and the family gave faithful Catholics a glimmer of hope that those running Catholic colleges are beginning to notice the problems there . . . Though Seton Hall officials deny it, strong resistance from some on the faculty to hiring an orthodox Catholic to lead the school had an impact on the outcome. Still, that an orthodox candidate even made it that far is noteworthy in today’s climate.”


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  • Source: catholicworldreport.com

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Pro-life group urges boycott of Urban Outfitters condom sales

WI: Contraception coverage collides with Catholic Church

Statement by the President on Ramadan

Muslims turn to smartphone apps for spiritual help

    The Globe and Mail: “The most ancient traditions of Islam are going high-tech, with a slew of modern offerings for those observing the holy month of Ramadan, which began Wednesday. Cellphone applications such as ‘iPray’ or ‘iQuran’ offer a beeping reminder of requisite prayer times, while the ‘Find Mecca’ and ‘Mosque Finder’ programs help the Muslim traveller in an unfamiliar city find the nearest place to pray.”


  • Posted: 08/12/2010
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  • Source: www.theglobeandmail.com

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Vander Plaats touts campaign to oust Iowa justices over marriage ruling

Beck tells O’Reilly that he doesn’t oppose same-sex “marriage”

Imam leading efforts to build Ground Zero mosque will be State Department Speaker in Middle East

David Aikman: Mosque issue not about freedom of religion

    David Aikman writing at OneNewsNow: “It is as absurd to claim that the issue is one of First Amendment religious freedom as it would be to make the same argument if a Japanese group wanted to erect a Shinto shrine within yards of the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor . . . No, the issue is one of decency and good taste. Of course, there are many Muslims both in America and overseas who were horrified by the events of 9/11. Nevertheless, the terror that day was carried out by devout Muslims who thought they were pleasing Allah and whose hatred of freedom and everything the U.S. stands for prompted them to act.”


  • Posted: 08/12/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.onenewsnow.com

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Saudis to unveil world’s largest clock

Christian conservative leader calls for no more mosques in U.S.

CA: Same-sex couples lining up at City Hall

Islam’s “virtual battle”

Couples who share religious practices tend to be happier than those who don’t, study says

AZ ACLU protests “Internet kill switch”

14th Amendment: Is birthright citizenship really in the Constitution?

    Christian Science Monitor: “The key phrase here is ‘subject to the jurisdiction thereof,’ say some experts. Illegal immigrants are not subject to US jurisdiction, in the sense that they cannot be drafted into the US military or tried for treason against the US, said John Eastman, a professor at the Chapman University School of Law, in a media conference call Monday. Their children would share that status, via citizenship in their parents’ nation or nations of birth – and so would not be eligible for a US passport, even if born on US soil, according to Dr. Eastman.”


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  • Source: www.csmonitor.com

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Ed Whelan: Judge Walker and supposed lack of “evidence” of marriage’s procreative purpose

Wisconsin Senate: Johnson (R) 47%, Feingold (D) 46%

Hong Kong transgender woman fights marriage ban

NY gov says Islamic group won’t relocate mosque

Estimate: 1 US kid in 15 born to an illegal immigrant

Victor Davis Hanson: Everyone a bigot?

Billions in bailout ended up in oversea banks

Steven H. Aden on Federalist No. 77: The appointing power

EMU defends counseling student’s dismissal

    PrideSource: “Ward’s counsel, the Alliance Defense Fund, which represents religious cases throughout the country, refused Between The Lines’ request for an interview. However, in a press release they stated their belief that, ‘(The remediation plan’s) purpose was to help her “see the error of her ways” and change her “belief system” as it relates to counseling about homosexual relationships.’ David Kaplan, chief professional officer for the American Counseling Association – the organization that provides the Code of Ethics to which Eastern’s program follows – disagreed that Eastern had any intention to change Ward’s beliefs, but instead handled the situation appropriately by allowing her an opportunity to be trained.”


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Southeastern Louisiana University “free speech” policy ruling appealed

David French: Please, deal with the evidence

Plaintiffs drop lawsuit against Vatican

At-risk religious lands being preserved nationwide

    Associated Press: “Deals to buy religious land, or its development rights, are being made with the help of conservationists from Washington state to Colorado and New Jersey. In a tough economy, such land is a tempting asset for churches and religious orders to trade for solvency. But many are choosing to conserve it, sometimes for less money than private developers would offer.”


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  • Source: www.google.com

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American Bar Association adopts resolution affirming same-sex “marriage”

Judge to rule on Prop. 8 stay status on Thursday morning

How to stop the tyrannical judiciary

    Ben Shapiro writes at Townhall: “Alexander Hamilton answered that if judges “should be disposed to exercise WILL instead of JUDGMENT … [that] would prove that there ought to be no judges distinct from that [legislative] body.” In other words, the legislature could trump the judiciary just as easily as the judiciary could issue rulings trumping the legislature. It’s time for the legislature to trump the judiciary. A simple, two-step process would do it. First, Congress need only invoke its power over appellate jurisdiction and remove it for all federal cases involving issues such as abortion, same-sex marriage and immigration — in fact, Congress has already limited federal judicial jurisdiction in certain immigration cases. When the courts declare such legislation unconstitutional, Congress can simply ignore them or defund the courts accordingly.”


  • Posted: 08/12/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: townhall.com

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