Wyoming, nine other states say same-sex “marriage” not a fundamental right in Perry filing

Assisted suicide ad banned in Canada

Equality California ads target Whitman, Cooley on Prop. 8

Rep. Splaine fears NH repeal of same-sex “marriage”

Washington Supreme Court upholds Internet gambling ban

    The Olympian: “In a unanimous ruling issued this morning, the Washington state Supreme Court denied a challenge to the state ban on Internet gambling. Two lower state courts came to the same conclusion . . . Justice Richard Sanders wrote the 9-0 opinion which is posted here. Seattle lawyer Lee Rousso, who the court said had played poker online, ad challenged the state law on grounds it violated a part of the federal commerce clause governing interstate business.”


  • Posted: 09/24/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.theolympian.com

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“In God We Trust” to be displayed in Chino Hills, CA city hall

    OneNewsNow: “A California city voted 4-0 this week in favor of displaying the national motto in its city hall. With the help of Mayor Bill Kruger, Chino Hills will proudly display the words “In God We Trust” on a wall behind the council dais. The aluminum lettering will soon be on display in the octagonal room that seats about 100 people, so an audience facing council members will be able to see the motto. Kruger says this is something he has wanted to do for a long time.”


  • Posted: 09/24/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.onenewsnow.com

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MI: FFRF targets Dearborn, Troy for meeting prayers

Contrary to erroneous reports, NJ abortion clinics still open

WA: Air Force ordered to reinstate officer ousted by DADT

Texas ed board adopts resolution limiting references to Islam in textbooks

With federal support, number of charter schools grows across California

IN: “Group for gay teens sues over denial of license plate”

Phoenix congregation leaves Lutheran Church over “gay ministers”

Christian human rights group urges Indonesia to protect religious freedom

Most Britons still identify as Christian

Australian Greens press to legalize euthanasia

France bans plastinated body exhibits

    BioEdge: “France has become the first country to ban the controversial Our Body exhibits, which displays plastinated corpses stripped of their skin in grotesque poses.
The Cour de Cassion, the nation’s highest judicial authority, has ruled that ‘the exposure of corpses for commercial purposes’ violates the Civil Code, which states that ‘the remains of deceased persons should be treated with respect, dignity and decency.’”


  • Posted: 09/24/2010
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  • Category: Global: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: www.bioedge.org

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Turkey warns Germany of turning integration into assimilation

NC: Construction firm settles religious discrimination case

Bulgarian protesters demand compulsory religious classes

Fort Bragg will go ahead with Christian rally

Do abortions cause depression?

CA: Muslims reject SFPD surveillance program

    The Bay Citizen: “The Commission held hearings at which some 100 members of the local community testified. Many said that Muslims are under a constant state of surveillance in the Bay Area. The hearings were prompted in part by Police Chief George Gascon’s plan to resume an intelligence-gathering operation that was halted under pressure from civil liberties groups in 1993. Those who attended also raised concerns about the police department’s continued collaboration with federal authorities.”


  • Posted: 09/24/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.baycitizen.org

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Waynesboro, VA company accused of rasta-hair discrimination by EEOC

Harvard links ROTC return to end of DADT

Senior Egyptian bishop in hot water over Koran statement

UK: Catholic school “could be run by mosque”

“Germany will become Islamic state, says Chancellor Merkel”

NAACP leaders reach out to advocates of homosexuality

White House assures skeptics on DADT: “we’re going to get that done this year”

DADT debate is about sexual conduct not identity

Heritage Foundation: Nanny state goes to college

Brent Bozell: Polymorphous propaganda

    Brent Bozell writing at Townhall: “The sexual revolution always seems to have another frontier . . . HBO started the normalization of polygamy with its drama ‘Big Love,’ but TLC is openly pushing for the walls of judgment to come falling down. Its slogan for the show is ‘Rethink love. Rethink marriage. Rethink family reality’ . . . This isn’t the only TLC show to promote the ‘poly’ — yup, the hip new word — lifestyle. They also aired a series this summer called ‘Strange Sex,’ which also had a plot about ‘polyamory,’ which is described as ‘consensual, responsible non-monogamy.’ TLC started as the Learning Channel; it’s fast becoming the Libertine Channel.”


  • Posted: 09/24/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: townhall.com

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Pat Buchanan: Equality or freedom?

    Pat Buchanan writing at Townhall: “If you would understand why America has lost the dynamism she had in the 1950s and 1960s, consider the new Paycheck Fairness Act passed by the House 256 to 162. The need for such a law, writes Valerie Jarrett, the ranking woman in Barack Obama’s White House, is that ‘working women are still paid only 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man’ . . . The assumption of the Jarrett-backed law is that the sexes are equal in capacity, aptitude, drive and interest, and if there is a disparity in pay, only bigotry can explain it.”


  • Posted: 09/24/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: townhall.com

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Who stands for standing?

“Speech hostile to gays constitutionally unprotected, speech hostile to whites constitutionally protected?”

    Eugene Volokh writing at The Volokh Conspiracy: “James E. Graves, Jr., a Mississippi Supreme Court Justice, has been nominated to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit . . . In 2004, Justice Graves took the view that a judge was not constitutionally protected against being disciplined for saying . . .  that ‘gays and lesbians should be put in some type of mental institute’ . . . But in 2009, Justice Graves took the view that a judge was indeed constitutionally protected against being disciplined for saying . . .  that ‘White folks don’t praise you unless you’re a damn fool,’ and ‘If you have your own mind and know what you’re doing, they [white folks] don’t want you around.’”


  • Posted: 09/24/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: volokh.com

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China steps up efforts to reverse “Brain Drain”

Trend: Christians preach to Muslims, get arrested

DeMint hits “good ol’ boys Senate club” for protecting Murkowski

Thomas F. Farr: Killing the extremist idea that threatens America

    Thomas F. Farr writing at Public Discourse: “Wahhabi teachings have been present in American mosques for decades (they were exported here by our Saudi friends and allies). And yet, American Muslims have seemed relatively immune, certainly in comparison to their counterparts in Western Europe, who have been far more easily radicalized . . . It seems to me that religious freedom remains a vital and highly effective bulwark against the radicalization of American Muslims. Indeed, U.S. foreign policy should be far more interested in advancing religious freedom abroad—especially in the lands of Islam—and American conservatives should be far more assiduous in supporting such a policy.”


  • Posted: 09/24/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.thepublicdiscourse.com

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Ask the Author: Before Roe v. Wade

    Erin Miller writing at SCOTUSblog: “Journalist Linda Greenhouse and law professor Reva Siegel recently teamed up to publish Before Roe v. Wade: Voices that Shaped the Abortion Debate Before the Supreme Court’s Ruling. The book is a compilation of original materials from the political dialogue about abortion leading up to the famous 1973 ruling. The co-authors kindly agreed to answer my questions (below) about their book.”


  • Posted: 09/24/2010
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: www.scotusblog.com

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Christianity Today Political Advocacy Tracker

Pastors to challenge IRS on “Pulpit Freedom Sunday”

9th Circuit declines free-speech case

7 Tennessee pastors will “bait” IRS with pulpit politics

De Pasquale’s Dozen: Dr. Mike Adams

See what has the IRS stopped in its tracks!

President Obama calls pastors to preach health care

General Counsel, Baptist Joint Cmte for Religious Liberty: “Why the campaign for politics in the pulpit is a bad idea”

    K. Hollyn Hollman, General counsel, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, writing at The Huffington Post: “Each year the issue grabs a larger spotlight partly because of a campaign, coordinated by a consortium of attorneys known as the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), to get pulpit endorsements and provoke a fight with the IRS . . . Factually, the campaign rests on a false premise. ADF greatly exaggerates the impact of the current rule, claiming ministers are muzzled . . . Legally, the campaign relies on a flawed theory that is unlikely to succeed. Despite claims to the contrary, tax exemption is not a constitutional right but a reasonable regulation . . . Historically, the campaign incorrectly frames the issue as one of regulatory overreach . . . Ethically, the campaign raises a number of concerns. Should pastors be writing sermons with a purpose of provoking a legal challenge? . . . Practically, the campaign urges unwanted change . . . With all these problems and an asserted interest in promoting religious freedom, it seems a consortium of Christian lawyers could find a greater cause to serve . . . ”


  • Posted: 09/24/2010
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  • Category: ADF in the News

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Pulpit Freedom Sunday coming this weekend

Joel Oster: Double standard? Students learn about Islam during mosque field trip

Pastors to challenge IRS by endorsing candidates

Scientists oppose CA Regents’ motion to intervene embryonic stem cell case

Vorarlberg, Austria: Calls for anonymous abortions rejected

Salzburg: Court dismisses suit over Youth for Life’s election poster parody

Swedish gov’t lacks majority after final count

HIV rates “out of control” among “gay” men in France

Chuck Colson: “Legislated Laryngitis: Silencing the Church”

Landrieu to block OMB nominee unless oil drilling ban lifted

Senate again fails to advance campaign finance bill with ‘no’ vote from Snow

“Obama seeks to curb ruling on gays in military”

Law Review: When the Exception Becomes the Rule: Marsh and Sectarian Legislative Prayer Post-Summum

    Scott Gaylord, When the Exception Becomes the Rule: Marsh and Sectarian Legislative Prayer Post-Summum (September 23, 2010). Elon University Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2010-08; University of Cincinnati Law Review, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1681618

    “This Article examines recent developments that undermine the traditional view of Marsh as a limited exception and place Marsh at the center of the Court‟s current view of facially religious government speech. In particular, after analyzing the Court‟s discussions of legislative prayer in Marsh and Allegheny, the Article focuses on the recent flood of challenges to sectarian legislative prayers, comparing the widely divergent conclusions reached by the seven Circuit Courts that have heard such cases. It then explores how the Court‟s 2009 decision in Summum v. Pleasant Grove City provides a new lens through which to interpret Marsh, contending that the Court‟s ‘recently minted’ government speech doctrine (i) is inconsistent with the endorsement test and, in fact, (ii) mandates the Establishment Clause test the Court first developed in Marsh. In the last section, the Article considers the constitutionality of sectarian and nonsectarian legislative prayer in light of Marsh and Summum, arguing that, under this “new” standard, federal, state, and local governments can continue to engage in legislative prayer, even if those prayers contain sectarian references.”


  • Posted: 09/24/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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Law Review: Role of Indian Supreme Court in Protection of Muslim Divorced Women

    Syed Tazkir Inam, Role of Supreme Court in Protection of Muslim Divorced Women (February 24, 2009). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1681527

    “With the passage of time, mankind has clamoured for special privilege and treatment, and societies across the world have looked towards the courts for benevolent interventions. For this purpose sociological jurisprudence has come a long way from being a theoretical stream towards being consulted for mass reforms by the courts. The Supreme Court of India has played a major role, as the final arbiter of the Constitution. In its performance of this role the Supreme court of India has bring about equality and social change, building way for an advanced and modern outlook. The perspective has been entirely societal oriented and therefore ‘social change,’ has been made the focal point. The approach is to analyze the decisions of the Court, as the reflection of its opinion and contribution towards the attainment of this egalitarian objective. Supreme Court has even played a major role in the upliftment of the conditions of women in India through its landmark judgements.”


  • Posted: 09/24/2010
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  • Category: Global: Marriage and Family
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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Law Review: The Civil Versus Common Law Tradition

    Carmine Guerriero, Democracy, Judicial Attitudes and Heterogeneity: The Civil Versus Common Law Tradition (September 21, 2010). Amsterdam Center for Law & Economics Working Paper No. 2010-10. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1681317

    “A key feature of legal systems is the law making institution used to aggregate citizens’ preferences over the harshness of punishment. While under Case law appellate judges’ biases offset one another at the cost of volatility of the law, under Statute law the Legislator chooses certain rules that are biased whenever she favors special interests: i.e., when the preference heterogeneity is sufficiently high and/or the political process sufficiently inefficient. Hence, Case law can be selected only in the last scenario. Instrumental variables estimates based on data from 156 countries, which eventually reformed the transplanted law making rule, con rm this prediction.”


  • Posted: 09/24/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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Law Review: The Book of Judges: The Hebrew Bible’s Federalist Papers

    Geoffrey P. Miller, The Book of Judges: The Hebrew Bible’s Federalist Papers (September 23, 2010). NYU School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 10-66. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1681529

    “This paper continues the analysis of political theory in the Hebrew Bible. This book of Judges evaluates the pros and cons of a confederacy of semi-sovereign tribes, constituted by legal obligations and embodied in three institutions: judges, military leaders, and a tribal assembly. Although the author portrays the leaders of the confederacy as heroes who rescue Israel from distress, his evaluation of the confederacy is negative. He argues that its institutions are not strong enough to reliably deliver the benefits of nationhood – justice, security, prosperity, freedom from oppression, domestic tranquility, and fidelity to God.”


  • Posted: 09/24/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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