NY: Federal judge orders Greenburgh to approve Mt. Vernon church’s plans

Judge orders Avondale church re-opened during lawsuit

Why Germany closed radical mosque

Mosques and the Islamization of America

Free-speech battle in mosque war

9th Circuit Judges move quickly on Prop. 8

ERLC urges court to uphold Ariz. school choice

Greg Baylor: “No Christianity please, we’re academics”

FRC: Government of the courts, by the courts, and for the courts?

FDA Approves Ella Drug, Pro-Life Groups Say It’s Untested and Causes Abortions

Oklahoma protects breastfeeding moms

More illegal immigrants getting driver licenses

Thomas More Society again bursts bubble — Chicago drops charges against second “bubble zone” arrestee

Christian author challenges library’s policy banning religious meetings

County clerks ready if same-sex “marriage” ban lifted

Government says Ave Maria School of Law’s financing lags

    Law.com: “Ave Maria School of Law isn’t making the grade when it comes to financial responsibility, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Ave Maria — a Roman Catholic school in Naples, Fla. — was the only law school to receive failing marks on the department’s latest assessment of financial responsibility for nonprofit and for-profit colleges and universities.”

  • Posted: 08/13/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.law.com

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Gingrich, Pawlenty weigh in on campaign to oust Iowa judges

Could Prop 8 case fizzle before reaching Supreme Court?

Poll: 7 in 10 Americans oppose Ground Zero mosque

Sears ignores calls to stop selling porn

Mark M. Trapp: A marriage proposal

    Mark M. Trapp writing in The American Spectator: “I hereby propose the following amendment to the Constitution of the United States: Section 1 Marriage in each of the individual states shall be defined by the elected legislature of that state, or by the people thereof, except that marriage shall not be defined to include more or less than two persons. A union between one man and one woman, otherwise valid under state law, shall be recognized as a marriage by all states, territories and possessions of the United States. Section 2 Neither the Full Faith and Credit Clause nor any other provision of this Constitution, or any state constitution, or federal or state law, shall be construed to compel any state, territory or possession of the United States to recognize any marriage, or to confer any benefits, rights, privileges or immunities on any persons married in any other state, territory, possession or foreign country, except a union between one man and one woman.”

  • Posted: 08/13/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: spectator.org

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“Judge doubts gay marriage ban’s backers can appeal” – Dale Carpenter comments

Obama Administration clears itself on illegally lobbying for abortion in Kenya

Dr. Jim Garlow: Losses and consequences – the Cal. marriage ruling

China: Pastor Wang Dao interrogated and released; Liangren church forced to move again

ADF backs up Boy Scouts

Alan Sears on Focus on the Family Radio Broadcast

The problem with billionaire philanthropists

Fox News poll: Same-sex “marriage,” immigration, WikiLeaks

Tim Wildmon: A biased ruling on “gay marriage” in California

Singapore launches “dating campaign” to counter low birth rate

Malaysian state introduces Islamic currency

The perils of “wannabe cool” Christianity

    Wall Street Journal: “Recent statistics have shown an increasing exodus of young people from churches, especially after they leave home and live on their own. In a 2007 study, Lifeway Research determined that 70% of young Protestant adults between 18-22 stop attending church regularly. Statistics like these have created something of a mania in recent years . . . Increasingly, the ‘plan’ has taken the form of a total image overhaul, where efforts are made to rebrand Christianity as hip, countercultural, relevant . . . But are these gimmicks really going to bring young people back to church? Is this what people really come to church for? Maybe sex sermons and indie- rock worship music do help in getting people in the door, and maybe even in winning new converts. But what sort of Christianity are they being converted to?”

  • Posted: 08/13/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: online.wsj.com

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McCain says he doesn’t back 14th Amendment change

Questions and answers about BlackBerry objections

Federal appeals court in NY rules against ACORN

“Log Cabin Republicans event to have Texas flair”

Target Stores negotiate with “gay-lesbian group” over disputed political spending

R.R. Reno: Marriage natural and supernatural

    R.R. Reno writing at First Things / First Thoughts: “As many have pointed out, over the last fifty years, the procreative dimension of human sexuality has dropped out of the popular view of the meaning and purpose of sex. In more subtle but equally important ways, decades of ideological assault on gender roles has hidden and diminished the differences between make and female. It’s not surprising, therefore, that with the push for same-sex marriage the male/female difference—so crucial to the way in which the Song of Songs points toward God’s love for us and our yearning love for God—is also dropping out. As the natural signs are obscured, the logic of Judeo-Christian marriage seems more and more not a logic at all, but only an arbitrary dictat of tradition.”

  • Posted: 08/13/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.firstthings.com

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The choice of children: The logic of same-sex “marriage” and abortion

    Matthew Lee Anderson writing at First Things / First Thoughts: “[T]he complex relationship of procreation, gender differences, and reproductive impulses that is heterosexual marriage exists ‘pre-politically.’ It is a relationship that only needs a man and a woman to exist, without any need for the surrounding society or its institutions, even while they might be interested in it. The same, I suggest, cannot be said for gay marriage. It’s tempting to respond to Douthat by suggesting that the possibility of gay adoption resolves the ‘thickness’ objection by introducing children into the equation. But that ignores the structural difference between gay unions and heterosexual unions. The former necessarily depend upon some third party for the introduction of children, either through adoption, artificial insemination, or some other method.”

  • Posted: 08/13/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.firstthings.com

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Liberty Counsel files response to ACLU lawsuit against Personhood Mississippi Ballot initiative

IN: Supporters OK with abortion law ruling

Stephen J. Heaney: A marriage tail

Lesbian cadet quits West Point, cites “don’t ask”

US Muslims prep for Islamic holiday – around 9/11

Court rules to allow Belgian clergy abuse inquires

“Judge doubts gay marriage ban’s backers can appeal”

“Christian legal group defies ABA on gay marriage”

Indiana: Court issues ruling on Fort Wayne abortion law, pro-lifers say victory

What’s next for Proposition 8 case?

Scotland: Students criticise appointment of Roger Scruton for views on homosexuality

State officials step aside for Prop. 8′s demise

Attorneys: Calif. voters losers in Prop. 8 ruling

Judge: Prop. 8 backers might not have legal standing to appeal

Prop. 8 judge lifts stay, but same-sex “marriages” still on hold

Supreme Court Clerk hiring watch: Justice Kagan’s clerks

    Above the Law: “Not surprisingly, the former dean of Harvard Law School bleeds Crimson. At least two of Justice Kagan’s four clerks are HLS graduates. One is a graduate of Yale Law School (the alma mater of Justice Kagan’s late father). (We’re still waiting for the name and law school of the fourth clerk.) . . . We’ve learned the name of the fourth Kagan clerk. She’s also a Harvard Law grad, leaving Justice Kagan with three out of four clerks from HLS.”

  • Posted: 08/13/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: abovethelaw.com

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CT: Muslims seek to censor Gospel of Christ

Judge acquits young mother charged with blasphemy in Pakistan

Chicago teachers union refuses to give up 4 percent raises

Court: Mt Rushmore rules unconstitutional

Judge says gay marriages can start in California; gives opponents time to appeal Proposition 8 ruling

    Mercury News: “Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the UC Irvine law school, agreed with Walker’s conclusion that without the state defending the law, gay marriage foes may not have the right to appeal on their own . . . ikram Amar, a UC Davis law professor, disagreed, and said Walker may have botched the trial by allowing the Proposition 8 campaign to defend the state law if they didn’t have the legal right to do so. He said that could allow the 9th Circuit to duck the main issue altogether and ship the case back to Walker to start over . . . Proposition 8 lawyers say they have the right to defend the ban. Imperial County, where voters overwhelmingly backed the gay marriage ban, also is asking the 9th Circuit to allow it to appeal the ruling. ‘Just because state officials have refused to defend the law of the people they represent doesn’t mean that the people must be governed by the radical ideas of one judge in San Francisco,’ said [Jim Campbell], a lawyer for the Alliance Defense Fund.”

  • Posted: 08/13/2010
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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Federal judge denies motion to stay Calif. marriage ruling

Calif. judge lifts stay, permits “gays” to marry Aug. 18

“Rush Limbaugh: The First Amendment, zoning laws and the Ground Zero mosque”

“Same-sex marriages to resume in California on Wednesday”

First a victory, now a war

David Hacker: Will Lopez v. Candaele forecast the Ninth Circuit’s view of Prop 8?

“American Bar Association calls for homosexual marriage nationwide”

Judge says “gay marriages” can resume

“Gay couples disappointed as judge delays weddings”

“Gay marriages may resume in California next week, judge rules”

IN: Abortion doc wins injunction in privacy feud

Judge: Prop. 8 lifts Wednesday

Alan E. Sears: Prop 8 case has implications for all Americans