Planned Parenthood’s abortion total rises

“Same-sex couples may feel pressure to raise heterosexual kids”

Brazilian pastor threatened by gov’t for opposing pro-abortion policies

Illinois: Plan Commission votes against rooming house for Orthodox campus group

Planning to burn a Koran = $200,000 bill from the gov’t for policing costs?

    Gainesville Sun: “The cost of policing the Dove World Outreach Center for the planned Quran burning that never happened is expected to come to about $100,000 each for the Gainesville Police Department and the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, officials say. And Gainesville City Manager Russ Blackburn said the city intends to present a bill for the costs to the church’s senior pastor, Terry Jones.”

    Eugene Volokh comments: “Except that charging people money for extra policing, because of a fear that thugs would react violently to their speech, is unconstitutional, see Forsyth County v. Nationalist Movement (1992).”


  • Posted: 09/17/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: volokh.com

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Ave Maria will cooperate with Law School Transparency project

Raheel Raza at the United Nations: Muslims more free in West than in Islamic countries

Motion for rehearing filed in Texas same-sex divorce case

German Foreign Minister enters civil partnership

UK: Pair convicted of running illegal fertility company

9th Circuit dismisses “ask God what your grade is” case on standing grounds

Pope at Westminster: Religion in the public square, Thomas More’s trial is still before us

    And yet the fundamental questions at stake in Thomas More’s trial continue to present themselves in ever-changing terms as new social conditions emerge. Each generation, as it seeks to advance the common good, must ask anew: what are the requirements that governments may reasonably impose upon citizens, and how far do they extend? By appeal to what authority can moral dilemmas be resolved? These questions take us directly to the ethical foundations of civil discourse.


  • Posted: 09/17/2010
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  • Category: Featured

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MT: Bozeman expected to adopt resolution supporting “gay rights” suit

Turkish referendum: Neo-Ottomans victorious

    Srdja Trifkovic writing at Chronicles: “Over the past eight years, Prime Minister Rejep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Islamist government and his AKP (Justice and Development Party) have been successful in undermining Mustafa Kemal’s legacy and the character of the state founded upon that legacy. What remained, until last Sunday’s referendum, was an increasingly empty shell of constitutional secularism . . . [O]n September 12 . . . Turkey’s voters approved, by a large margin, a 26-article package which will end the Army’s role as the guardian of secularism. On current form, there is but little doubt that Erdoğan will be reelected with a simple majority when he calls the general election next spring.”


  • Posted: 09/17/2010
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.chroniclesmagazine.org

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NC: King Christian flag fight not over

Dubai: Woman fights to ban music during call to prayer

White House bypasses Senate, avoids confirmation fight for consumer czar, NOW applauds

    ABC: “President Obama today selected Elizabeth Warren, who’s idolized by liberals but loathed by financial executives, to help create the controversial new consumer protection agency she first proposed several years ago . . . The president’s decision, first reported by ABC News’ Jake Tapper, will give Warren an important role in creation of the bureau, but will avoid a confirmation fight in the Senate, a political maneuver that has upset lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle.”


  • Posted: 09/17/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: abcnews.go.com

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Mexico to U.S.: Promise of a better life leads to the nightmare of sexual slavery

    CNN: “According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), the United Nations agency that monitors employment, standards, and social protection issues, there are about 12.3 million victims of human trafficking around the world . . . Several cases have been successfully prosecuted in states, including Georgia and New York, against prostitution rings that operate in the same way. They lure women in Mexico with promises of a good job only to be forced into sexual slavery once here . . . ‘They were brought in with romantic promises, with job promises, young girls, from a certain state of Mexico, brought up, smuggled in, immediately forced into prostitution,’ [Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agent Brock Nicholson] said.”


  • Posted: 09/17/2010
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  • Category: Global: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: articles.cnn.com

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More veteran chaplains express grave religious liberty concerns over homosexual agenda in military

AK: Pro Abort Lisa Murkowski to run a write-in campaign

Austrian Economics: A Primer

    Eamonn Butler: “Austrian School economists gave us the ideas of marginal utility, opportunity cost, and the importance of time and ignorance in shaping human choices and the markets, prices and production systems that stem from them. ‘Austrian’ economics has revolutionised our understanding of what money is, why economic booms invariably turn to damaging busts, why government intervention in the economy is a mistake, the importance of time and information in economic decision-making, the crucial role of entrepreneurship, and how much economic policy is just plain wrong.”


  • Posted: 09/17/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.insideronline.org

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Marriage is the most effective weapon against childhood poverty

    “Since marital decline drives up child poverty and welfare dependence, and since the poor aspire to healthy marriage but lack the norms, understanding, and skills to achieve it, it is reasonable for government to take active steps to strengthen marriage. Just as government discourages youth from dropping out of school, it should provide information that will help people to form and maintain healthy marriages and delay childbearing until they are married and economically stable. In particular, clarifying the severe shortcomings of the ‘child first, marriage later’ philosophy to potential parents in lower-income communities should be a priority.”


  • Posted: 09/17/2010
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: www.heritage.org

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New Republic: National media persistently underestimates the role of abortion in “right-wing” politics

    Ed Kilgore writing at The New Republic: “Perhaps because the national media tend to be secular, we are persistently underestimating the role that abortion plays in right-wing politics. Yet it is key to understanding some of the zealous opposition that caused GOP primary voters to overthrow Mike Castle [in Delaware]. Unless you are an aficionado of conservative blogs, you probably didn’t notice the deep opposition that many on the right were taking to Castle’s pro-choice views . . . Even if . . . many conservative voters now think of climate change legislation as a serious threat to American freedom, it is worth remembering that the [right-to-life] movement considers abortion analogous to the Holocaust, and pro-choice pols to be enablers of monstrous evil–at worst conscious advocates of genocide.” Via In Medias Res.


  • Posted: 09/17/2010
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: www.tnr.com

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New TLC series aims to end “discrimination” against polygamy

Ballot box: More pro-life primary victories in New York

New poll finds Americans continue to oppose tax funding embryonic stem cell research

Mike Huckabee has pro-life litmus test, takes on Republicans on social issues “truce”

Breyer clarifies earlier remarks, suggests Koran-burning is constitutional

Can DC police enforce property rights of Muslims who segregate women?

Christine O’Donnell raises over $1 million in less than 3 days, media tries to portray her as crackpot

Pat Buchanan: Rockefeller Republicans

    Pat Buchanan writing at Townhall: “To the Republican establishment, tea party people are field hands. Their labors are to be recognized and rewarded, but they are to stay off the porch and not presume to sit at the master’s table. And what O’Donnell did, with her amazing victory, is to imperil that establishment’s return to power. That is why these Republicans went ballistic. O’Donnell’s conservative convictions and Castle’s social liberalism mean nothing to them. They are about power and all that goes with it.”


  • Posted: 09/17/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: townhall.com

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Mona Charen: DC voters betray their kids

Appeals court: Once al-Qaida, always al-Qaida?

    Associated Press: “Appeals court judges deciding whether to release a Guantanamo Bay detainee are asking: If once an al-Qaida member, always an al-Qaida member? . . . Salahi admitted he joined al-Qaida in the early 1990s to oppose communists in Afghanistan. But he says he stopped fighting for the organization before it turned against the United States.”


  • Posted: 09/17/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: hosted.ap.org

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4th Circuit becomes new front in battle over judges

Pence urges activists to “demand” social conservatism from GOP

Teachers’ unions working overtime to hinder reform of DC public schools

Perkins presses Cornyn on “gay” GOP event

“Maryland could see 7 gay, lesbian state legislators”

Nicaraguan legislation seeks to legalize abortion, protect “sexual orientation”

Fraud, corruption and Taliban threats dim outlook for Afghan poll

Moscow “gay pride” parade organizer Alexeyev found in Minsk

Forbes will rank law schools based on job results, Northwestern reveals

    ABA Journal: “TaxProf Blog alluded to new law school rankings by Forbes in an Aug. 19 post, saying the magazine reportedly will rank schools for their ‘return on investment.’ The Northwestern letter, published on the Law School Transparency website, confirms the Forbes survey and says the magazine is seeking information similar to that requested by the transparency group.”


  • Posted: 09/17/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.abajournal.com

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Justice Clarence Thomas to visit University of Tennessee

GA: “Abandon age-old animosities” when Clarence Thomas appears for courthouse dedication

    The Augusta Chronicle: “Those who oppose Thomas’ appearance [at the dedication of Augusta's new Judicial Center and Judge John H. Ruffin Jr. Courthouse] cite his position on affirmative action, which he opposes. They say the man whom the new courthouse will be named after, the late Judge John H. Ruffin Jr., would oppose Thomas’ appearance at the dedication . . . It’s time to stop shunning the man because he’s a black conservative. Blacks fought too hard and too long for the right to have a seat at the lunch counter to deny one of their own a seat of power because he believes differently than others.”


  • Posted: 09/17/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: chronicle.augusta.com

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FL: Muslim candidate for state House tackles religion issue head-on

KY: ACLU to represent man in Muslim worship center case

NH Supreme Court: sex offender can’t attend church even with chaperone

TN: Lawsuit filed to stop Mosque as supporters speak up

Islamic affirmative action: Why America is rejecting the liberal left’s response to 9/11.

    James Taranto writing in The Wall Street Journal: “The real problem here is that the liberal elite has responded to 9/11 in a totally inappropriate way. When the only tool you have is a hammer, the cliché goes, every problem looks like a nail. To American liberals, every problem looks like the civil rights struggle, the original one of which was their last real moral, cultural and governmental success. That is why the liberal elite sees 9/11 less as a national security challenge than as an imperative for a kind of affirmative action aimed at ensuring that ‘inclusiveness’ extends to Muslims . . . But whereas white Americans collectively had a great deal to atone for in their historical treatment of blacks, it is perverse and offensive to suggest that 9/11 leaves Americans with an obligation to atone to Muslims.”


  • Posted: 09/17/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: online.wsj.com

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Carson Holloway: The sources of liberal intolerance

Bullying and discrimination against students on religious and other grounds banned by new NY law

Ed Meese: Constitution Day and the perilous future

    Ed Meese writing at The Heritage Foundation / The Foundry: “There are two different warring camps within our society, and the ongoing battle between those camps has been graphically illustrated in recent primary elections and by the vicious fight over the nationalization of our healthcare system. On one side are those of us, including the members of the Tea Party movement, who work hard to support their families, who love their country, and who understand and revere a document that has stood firm for 223 years to guide us . . . That other camp is made up of politicians who recognize no limits on their power, their liberal activist allies in the judiciary, and members of the media, Hollywood, and academia, who have been stretching, bending, and chipping away at the Constitution for decades.”


  • Posted: 09/17/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: blog.heritage.org

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Rep. Mike Rogers: Make assessments of “don’t ask, don’t tell” before repealing

Reid plans lame-duck finish for defense bill, Republicans gripe

New Contract With America nearly done; candidates won’t sign it

    The Hill: “Republicans will not sign the new ‘Contract with America,’ and GOP candidates won’t be invited to the document’s unveiling, unlike in 1994 . . . because the new Contract is being pushed as a governing effort rather than an electoral one . . . Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who is playing a leading role in the formulation of the Contract, said, ‘This is a government document. We’re writing these bills now. Candidates are out campaigning. This is about legislation — doing it right now.’”


  • Posted: 09/17/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: thehill.com

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FRC: Today! Live webcast from the 2010 Values Voter Summit

Japan’s new foreign minister gets tough on China

Gangs riot in Pakistani city after Taliban critic murdered in London

Marriage definition is central to the meaning of conservatism

Pope’s visit: “Science cannot explain human existence”

    Guardian: “Speaking at St Mary’s University College in Strawberry Hill, south-west London, Benedict told an audience of religious leaders from different faiths that the human and natural sciences provided us with an ‘invaluable understanding’ of aspects of our existence. But he said science could not satisfy the ‘fundamental’ question about why we exist. ‘They cannot satisfy the deepest longings of the human heart, they cannot fully explain to us our origin and our destiny, why and for what purpose we exist, nor indeed can they provide us with an exhaustive answer to the question “Why is there something rather than nothing?”‘”


  • Posted: 09/17/2010
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Lost decade for family income

The World from Berlin: “Obama has underestimated the frustration in the country”

Wall Street “casino” spooks small American investors

    Breitbart (AFP): “‘Wall Street is, in my view, a bunch of greedy people who control a lot of money with large investment companies who can manipulate the market,’ he says. ‘I don’t have that ability, I am at the mercy of these people and with their automatic trading and the other things they can take advantage of, I don’t know what can happen to the market because, you know, it can happen in milliseconds with the automatic trading,’ he said.”


  • Posted: 09/17/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.breitbart.com

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Brian Raum: Next battle coming in marriage war; Fox News what happened to ‘fair and balanced’?

Three-judge panel asks for oral arguments on stem cell ban

Free-speech ruling gives U.S. parks, Justice pause

Australia: Ban on uncovered shoulders and thighs at municipal pool for Ramadan event next year

Obama v. Breyer v. Breyer on Quran burning and the law

    Politico: “In interviews this week as part of a book tour, Breyer at first seemed to raise doubts about whether Quran burning would be protected — comparing it to shouting fire in a crowded theater and saying the court might have to work its way through such issues in the future. However, last night on CNN he came closer to asserting a right to burn the Quran. Breyer compared it to flag burning, which the Supreme Court has ruled to be constitutionally protected.”


  • Posted: 09/17/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.politico.com

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Kilbride to be new Illinois Supreme Court chief justice

Catholic bishops preparing to defend marriage in Minnesota

Pope visit: Five suspected Islamist terrorists arrested over assassination plot