Green Party seen as major victor in Australian elections

    MercatorNet: “Expectations of stable majority government in Australia have been scuppered by a remarkable ‘Greenslide’ in Saturday’s national election. Neither the Labor government nor the conservative coalition won a clear majority, so it is not clear who will be leading the country – the incumbent Labor Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, or the Liberal leader Tony Abbott . . . If there is an intellectual inspiration for the movement, it is the Australian philosopher Peter Singer, a theorist for the animal rights movement and a radical utilitarian who supports voluntary euthanasia and infanticide for disabled infants. Singer was one of the founding members of the national Greens and in 1996 he even ran unsuccessfully for the Senate as a Green candidate. He co-authored a book on the Green movement with Bob Brown.”


  • Posted: 08/24/2010
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  • Category: Global: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.mercatornet.com

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Anti-conversion law sparked violence in Orissa, archbishop charges

ACLU questions school district gathering at church

Obama Admin will appeal ruling against forcing embryonic stem cell funding

Russia: “Gay activists take Mitvol to Euro courts”

Shocking stem cell decision

    Russell Korobkin writing at The Volokh Conspiracy: “Judge Lamberth surprisingly interpreted Dickey-Wicker to prevent the use of tax dollars to support researchers who do any work using hESC lines as an input. One might at least plausibly argue for this result based on the principle that underlies Dickey-Wicker: that is, if Congress’ goal is to avoid dirtying the federal government’s hands with complicity in the destruction of embryos, perhaps research that relies on embryo destruction somewhere upstream should be ineligible for funding. But Lamberth claims that his result is supported by the unambiguous language of the Amendment. I find this argument utterly unconvincing.”


  • Posted: 08/24/2010
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: volokh.com

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William Murchison: Secularism and the mosque flap

    William Murchison writing at Chronicles: “The general comparability of all religions is the narrative that informs support for the New York City mosque—as, to tell the truth, it informs support for the mosques now springing up through once-Christian Europe. The necessity of throwing back that narrative isn’t the only reason most Americans reject the idea of admitting Islamic symbols and practice to the neighborhood of the 9/11 outrage. It’s a reason that works, even so. A Muslim need not believe in the truth of Christianity, but secular commitment to “diversity”—a commitment certain oddball bishops and theologians appear to support—undermines the American understanding of national identity.”


  • Posted: 08/24/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.chroniclesmagazine.org

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MN: St. Cloud school district panel will review policy on religious activities

    St. Cloud Times: “A policy that lays out what religious activities are appropriate in St. Cloud public schools will get a review from a community task force this year. Superintendent Bruce Watkins said he expects to announce plans for the task force Thursday during his report to the school board. The task force would be broad-based and have 10-20 members. It would review current practice in the schools, review what other districts are doing and examine if the policy meets the legal rights of all residents.”


  • Posted: 08/24/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.sctimes.com

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Virginia AG: Holiday displays, religious or otherwise, are allowed on public property

TN: Citing lack of support, proposed Memphis anti-discrimination ordinance withdrawn

KY: Mayfield mosque proposal up for vote

Zimbabwe: Apostolic sect says no to immunisation

Europe undergoing revolution of religious culture

“Marines don’t want to share rooms with gays: general”

The Fox News connection to Ground Zero mosque

VA: Faith groups attack McDonnell’s liquor store plan

Homeschooling: The fastest-growing form of education in the U.S.

White House will look for “avenues” to circumvent block of embryonic stem cell studies

VA: Cuccinelli’s abortion opinion prompts review

    The Roanoke Times: “Cuccinelli concluded that two state regulatory boards already have the authority to issue regulations governing abortion facilities and providers of first-trimester abortions . . . [Gov. Bob McDonnell] spokesman Tucker Martin said the administration will review Cuccinelli’s opinion before making any decisions, but made the governor’s stance clear. ‘The governor is a long-standing supporter of ensuring that abortion clinics, and their medical personnel, are treated equally with other outpatient surgical hospitals by the commonwealth to ensure services are provided in a safe manner,’ Martin said.”


  • Posted: 08/24/2010
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: www.roanoke.com

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“Traditional marriage already dead”

Chicago “bubble zone” case burst for the third time

Maine governor’s nominees up for Senate votes

“Evangelical Left icon Jim Wallis finally admits to dollars from billionaire leftist George Soros”

Senators push back on storing naked security images

Neb. prosecutors, funeral protester reach deal

Janine Turner: Federalist Paper No. 85

SC attorney general: New ‘I Believe’ license plates are legal

“The Pope is not a pedicurist”

Militant Islam versus the West

    Steve Jalsevac writing at LifeSiteNews: “Militant Islam’s rapidly growing influence within Western democratic nations has become a worrisome issue . . . Most Westerners do not realize Islam is not only a religious belief system, but also one that demands an all encompassing Islamic form of government and, in some Islamic societies, harshly enforced rules for daily living and thought . . . LifeSiteNews does not necessarily endorse all of these information items, but we hope they will spark readers to consider the implications of the likely large future role of Islamism in their lives.”


  • Posted: 08/24/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.lifesitenews.com

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Life Legal Defense Foundation gets loitering charges against sidewalk counselor dismissed

Law school graduates are hungry with rage

Obama mulls options after stem cell plan blocked

Harvard divestiture undermines U.S. ally, Israel

“Gay couple challenges Wyoming’s marriage law”

“Calif. legislature approves removing gay ‘cure’ language”

    365 Gay: “The California State Senate passed a bill on Monday that would repeal a section of the California Welfare and Institutions code that instructs the State Department of Mental Health to conduct research into the ’causes and cures of homosexuality,’ with the implication that lesbian, gay, and bisexual Californians are sexual deviants, potential sex offenders and a threat to children.”


  • Posted: 08/24/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous

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Women on Law Review: A Gender Diversity Report

    Women on Law Review: A Gender Diversity Report (Google Viewer): “Ms. JD collected self-reported gender diversity data from general interest law reviews at the 2009 U.S. News ‘Top 50′ law schools for the 2008-2010 academic years. The results show that while overall percentages of women members of these law journals (44.3%) and women in leadership positions (46.2%) correlates strongly to the number of women awarded law degrees during the same time period (45.7% in 2008), the number of women editors-in-chief is disproportionately low (33%). Whether a school appeared in the top or bottom half of the U.S. News ranking had no significant impact on these numbers.”


  • Posted: 08/24/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: ms-jd.org

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CA candidates Meg Whitman says she would defend Proposition 8

Ireland: Protesters demand same-sex “marriage”

Howard Friedman v. Marci Hamilton on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act

“Catholic” group gearing up to challenge Church teaching on homosexuality

L.A. Unified’s cold shoulder to charter schools

Carter heads to N. Korea to seek release of Boston man

Court rules World Vision can require employees to be Christians

Who owns your dead son’s brain?

NY Times: U.S. judge rules against Obama’s stem cell policy

Eric Holder files politically motivated suit against pro-lifers

Heritage Foundation: Getting our China priorities straight

TX: San Juan teen randomly kidnapped, found in Reynosa, Mexico

Muslim men attack Somali church leader in Ethiopia

Boston Globe asks restrictions on sale of archdiocesan health-care system

Iraqi bishop says U.S. betrayed country, Christians suffer most

    “The Americans leave behind ‘an Iraq worse off than the one they found seven years ago,’ said Warduni, who’s widely regarded as the most charismatic voice among the Iraqi bishops . . . . Now there’s only rubble. We’ve become targets, we’re afraid to even leave the house. The situation is worse for everyone, but especially for us Christians. The withdrawal of the United States is a disastrous flight from responsibility . . . ”


  • Posted: 08/24/2010
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: ncronline.org

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CMA physicians and others gain injunction against embryo destruction to protect “real cures for real patients”

Obama stem cell regulations temporarily blocked

Groups behind Obama embryonic stem cell research lawsuit applaud decision

Greg Baylor: Update on CLS v. Hastings

David French: How to repeal the First Amendment . . .

Federal district court enjoins the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its National Institutes of Health (NIH) from unlawfully funding research involving the destruction of living human embryos

Reason: The stem cell war heats up again

Judge blocks Obama’s embryonic stem cell research policy

“Stem cells, politics and the law” — the politics of “legal” standing

Judge deals biotech blow over stem cells

Judge’s ruling ties up funding for stem-cell research

CBN: Federal judge blocks stem cell guidelines

Idaho: Board takes revenge, closes charter school

WI: State violating voter-approved amendment

UK: Binge drinking is fuelling abortions and promiscuity

Court halts president’s stem cell expansion

Federal judge blocks federal funding of embryonic stem cell research

Pa. Supreme Court: Legal guardians can’t pull plug on mentally disabled

Halt to U.S. stem cell funding may thwart search for new cures

CNA: Pro-life groups laud decision to block embryonic stem cell research

US court blocks federal funding for stem cell research

Judge forces Obama Admin to stop funding embryonic stem cell research

Judge blocks embryonic stem-cell research funding