Pastors ready for third-annual Pulpit Freedom Sunday on Sept. 26

Del. Rep. Castle mulls write-in Senate campaign

Democrats push Goodwin Liu, other controversial nominees out of committee

Study breaks down divorce rates by occupation

Prenups more popular, especially among women

Philadelphia to become largest US city with casino

America’s one-child policy

IA: Judge says strip club can open immediately

Americans vote on the Supreme Court

Army must cancel evangelistic event at Fort Bragg, says Americans United

MN: Corporations Appeal Decision Upholding Bans on Their Political Speech

    Specifically, MCCL and the other corporations want to spend general treasury dollars to run advertisements for candidates they support. But Minnesota law won’t let them. Instead, Minnesota requires them to set up a separate fund to pay for advertisements, and requires that fund to comply with lots of registration, record-keeping, and reporting requirements just to engage in its political speech. But the Supreme Court has said in other cases that corporations have the right to pay for their political speech with general treasury dollars, and they cannot be forced to set up separate funds or to comply with requirements like Minnesota imposes.


  • Posted: 09/23/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty

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Texas sues feds over $830M in education aid

Law Review: Canadian Church Sanctuary and the Rule of Law

    Sean Rehaag, Bordering on Legality: Canadian Church Sanctuary and the Rule of Law (September 22, 2010). Refuge, Vol. 26, No. 1, p. 43, 2009. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1681043

    “This paper examines church sanctuary incidents in Canada involving unsuccessful refugee claimants seeking to avoid deportation. The author contends that when faith-based communities develop formal screening mechanisms to determine who among the many that request it is accorded sanctuary, they apply similar norms and procedures as those found in Canada’s official refugee determination process.

    The author argues that although sanctuary practices are often criticized as a form of civil disobedience that poses a threat to the rule of law, it is also possible to understand sanctuary practices as a means through which faith-based communities prevent the state from violiating both Canadian and international refugee law, thereby upholding rule-of-law norms.”


  • Posted: 09/23/2010
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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Law Review: Applying a Rational Approach to Judicial Independence and Accountability on Contemporary Issues

    Thomas Tinkham, Applying a Rational Approach to Judicial Independence and Accountability on Contemporary Issues (September 22, 2010). William Mitchell Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2010-17. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1681100

    “This article begins with a review of the purposes of judicial independence and judicial responsibility. It demonstrates that judicial independence is not adversely imparted and judicial responsibility is improved by public judicial evaluation, distribution, judicial performance data and acceptance of critical comment on decisions. The article explores the primary criticisms of judicial elections and concludes that these criticisms can be best met, not by abolishing judicial elections but by providing better data on judicial performance, encouraging candidates to disclose their general positions on major issues and requiring recusal of judges financially involved with parties on accepting election contributions from parties or their lawyers.”


  • Posted: 09/23/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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Chris Christie aborts Planned Parenthood, but state-funded abortion continues

Same-sex “marriage” gets financial boost from Wall Street led by “Republicans”

Fla. judge blocks GOP quest for Crist refunds

NJ: Point Beach Council mulls alternatives to prayer

CO: Church’s effort to collect $1.5M from Pitkin County fails

Unvaccinated Ind. kids barred from classes

Porn creates devastating emotions in most women

    Mormon Times: “For women who learn their husbands have a pornography problem, emotions come rushing in, sometimes out of the blue and other times as an explanation for behavior that was never adequately explained . . . Research shows the majority of people grappling with Internet porn are married heterosexual men with an average age of 38, according to Jill Manning, a researcher and author who has examined the impact of pornography on marital relationships. ‘The majority of spouses impacted by this problem are women,’ she said.”


  • Posted: 09/23/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family

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Indonesia: Setara makes case to revise “discriminatory” house of worship rules

Malaysian tribe wins damages for church demolition

WA: Muslim inmates suing Pierce County Jail

N.Y. Judge’s second bid to retry child pornography case rebuffed by 2nd Circuit

FRC hosts symposium on relationship between economic and social conservatism

Moscow: Muslims may end up praying in churches?

Governors for abstinence education

European nations reject ban on deep-sea drilling, Norwegian affluence based on it

Administration asks faith groups to do outreach on healthcare law

    Politico Pulse: “With health reform’s popularity steadily slipping, top administration officials turned to faith-based groups that supported the law to do their part explaining it. On an hour-long conference call Tuesday, they outlined the Patients’ Bill of Rights and asked faith-based and community groups to get the word out on the new provisions. ‘I wanted to have this call because we have a big day coming up, the six-month anniversary of health reform’s passage,’ President Obama told leaders on the conference call, hosted through Health and Human Services’ Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.”


  • Posted: 09/23/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.politico.com

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“Pledge to America” unveiled by Republicans (text and more)

Robert George: Uniting social and economic conservatives

    Robert George writing at American Principles Project: “My thesis is straightforward: basic shared principles should lead serious social conservatives to become economic conservatives as well. And those same principles should lead serious economic conservatives to become social conservatives at the same time. Sound conservatism, as a matter of principle and not mere pragmatism, will honor limited government, restrain spending, and provide honest money and low taxes—while at the same time upholding the sanctity of human life in all stages and conditions; the dignity of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife; and protect the innocence of children.”


  • Posted: 09/23/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.americanprinciplesproject.org

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Number of unmarried, live-in couples jumps 13% in 2010

Abortion an issue among women in Senate races

At the U.N., Turkey asserts intention to become leading Islamic power with close ties to Iran

CA: Transitional kindergarten is a bad idea

    Katrina Trinko writing at National Review Online: “California, thanks to a bill that’s awaiting Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s signature, may be about to launch a program to provide ‘transitional kindergarten.’ The program seems harmless enough: It’s just a year of pre-kindergarten education available to children whose fifth birthday occurs in the fall . . . The evidence shows that government-funded, large-scale early-education programs fail to deliver long-term educational benefits. If Californians introduce transitional kindergarten, they might provide a great free day care for parents, but they’re kidding themselves if they expect any higher test scores in the future.”


  • Posted: 09/23/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.nationalreview.com

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The sharia-compliant American left

    George Neumayr writing at The American Spectator: “Vladimir Lenin said that westerners too dumb to recognize his plans to ‘hang them’ would ‘sell me the rope — on credit.’ And they did, engaging in decades of excuse-making for Communist totalitarianism. But without the Soviets around, the American left needed new anti-western totalitarians to mollify, and the leaders of militant Islam satisfied that itch . . . Communism’s useful idiots sold Lenin and his successors the rope to hang them. Islam’s apologists will not only sell the jihadists the rope to hang westerners but will acquit them through Sharia law after they do.”


  • Posted: 09/23/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: spectator.org

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Wesley J. Smith: Federal funding for human cloning?

CDC study: 1 in 5 urban “gay and bisexual” men have HIV

    “A government study found one in five sexually active urban gay and bisexual men is infected with HIV, and nearly half of those infected don’t know they have the disease.”


  • Posted: 09/23/2010
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  • Category: Featured

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UK: “Gay” population much lower than believed, first official figures show

UK under Shariah? 6 arrested for burning Koran on YouTube

India’s Supreme Court delays ruling on Hindu-Muslim religious site dispute

Sex ed will increase abortions

KY: ACLU asks Mayfield to reconsider mosque rejection

ACLU: “New map illustrates widespread anti-mosque activity”

Dept. of Ed reg. would put private colleges under gov’t control?

Larry Elder: Australian Muslim cleric calls for beheading – who cares?

Culture of death besieging Latin America – LifeSiteNews launches Spanish edition

Microbiologist: Hundreds of studies confirm abortion-breast cancer link

Dahlia Lithwick: It’s “weird” for a Senator to consider the constitutionality of legislation

    David Bernstein quotes Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick: ‘O’Donnell explained that “when I go to Washington, D.C., the litmus test by which I cast my vote for every piece of legislation that comes across my desk will be whether or not it is constitutional.” How weird is that, I thought. Isn’t it a court’s job to determine whether or not something is, in fact, constitutional? And isn’t that sort of provided for in, well, the Constitution?’

    And responds: “Senators swear an oath to uphold the Constitution. Of course they are obligated to determine whether a bill they are considering is constitutional. Where did Lithwick get the idea that courts, and only courts, should be concerned with the constitutionality of legislation?”


  • Posted: 09/23/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: volokh.com

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43% say free market is best anti-poverty program

GM resumes political giving

    Wall Street Journal: “General Motors Co. has begun to once again contribute to political campaigns, lifting a self-imposed ban on political spending put in place during the auto maker’s U.S.-financed bankruptcy restructuring last year . . . The beneficiaries include Midwestern lawmakers, mostly Democrats, who have traditionally supported the industry’s legislative agenda on Capitol Hill, including Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.), Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) and Rep. John Dingell (D., Mich.).”


  • Posted: 09/23/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: online.wsj.com

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Polls – New York Senate race: Schumer lead is strong

CWA: “We the People” ignored, again on judges

Former Justice O’Connor wants “to keep cash out of” Nevada courtrooms in push for ballot question

    The Reno Gazette-Journal: “Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor continued her push Wednesday to change the way Nevada selects its district judges and Supreme Court justices. O’Connor, the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, is backing Ballot Question 1, which would end Nevada’s system of electing judges and replace it with a system where judges would first be appointed by the governor after a review by a judicial committee.”


  • Posted: 09/23/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.rgj.com

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New York Times: An extreme judicial blockade

Value of college degree is growing, study says

More on the Starr-Chemerinsky pre-emption brief in vaccinations litigation

    Law.com: “A brief filed in a major upcoming pre-emption case makes a single point about the meaning of federalism and how Congress must speak clearly if it seeks to pre-empt states from an area of regulation . . . Kenneth Starr and Erwin Chemerinsky . . . joined together for the amicus filing in Bruesewitz v. Wyeth, which asks whether federal vaccine law pre-empts certain design defect claims against vaccine manufacturers in state courts . . . Their brief argues that the robust role for states under the concept of federalism requires Congress to give evidence of a ‘clear and manifest pre-emptive purpose’ when it seeks to take over a field of regulation from states.”


  • Posted: 09/23/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.law.com

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Teacher survey shows educators sentiments are far cry from union stances

    EducationNews.org: “Today the Association of American Educators (AAE), the largest national non-union teachers’ association, released its annual member survey about key education issues. Survey results showed distinct differences in opinion with teacher labor unions, particularly with regard to teacher evaluations, tenure, accountability, and compensation.”


  • Posted: 09/23/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.educationnews.org

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ADF still defending roadside crosses

NJ: Millburn library responds to First Amendment challenge from religious group

Prop. 8 backers criticize judge in appeal briefs

Kevin Theriot: Religious freedom and death

Obama heckled on AIDS, homosexual demands at fundraiser

New GOP “Pledge to America” Calls for Tax-Funded Abortion Ban, HCR Repeal

Abortion an issue in Senate races

Philippine Muslim rebels drop independence demand

UN chief warns of growing political polarization

CNN Poll: 15% of Delaware GOP voters support Democrat Senate Candidate

UK: Queen surrenders control of finances to the government

France slammed by new strikes because retirement age raised

Vatican responds to money laundering probe