Bishop Gene Robinson: “How religion is killing our most vulnerable youth”

    Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson writing at The Huffington Post: “An increasingly popular bumper sticker reads, ‘Guns Don’t Kill People — RELIGION Kills People!’ In light of recent events I would add religion kills young people: gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender young people . . . Despite the progress we’re making on achieving equality under the law and acceptance in society for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people, why this rash of bullying, paired with self-loathing, ending in suicide? With humility and heartfelt repentance I assert that religion — and its general rejection of homosexuality — plays a crucial role in this crisis.”


  • Posted: 10/18/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.huffingtonpost.com

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Atheism is becoming the new religion, evangelicals warned

University of Wisconsin La Crosse sees abortion backers vandalize pro-life display

Do American public school students and employees sacrifice all religious rights?

Kent church to convert to Catholicism over women and homosexual bishops row

Supreme Court to hear Ashcroft appeal of US Muslim’s detention

Federal judge says he’ll rule on Virginia’s health care challenge by Jan. 1

Industrial production falls 0.2 percent in Sept.

    Tampa Bay Online (AP): “Industrial production fell in September for the first time since the recession ended, as weak consumer demand led factories to pull back. The Federal Reserve reports that output at the nation’s factories, mines and utilities dropped 0.2 percent last month.”


  • Posted: 10/18/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: hosted.ap.org

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CO: Planned Parenthood says Scott Walker tried to pass a bill to allow pharmacists block women’s access to birth control

How do you protect religious freedom where religion is not valued?

The irresponsibility of law schools

Planned Parenthood admits defeat: No abortion as a human right in UN Summit document

Judge says she’s inclined to reject govt request to stay DADT ruling

Vatican’s Chief Justice: Catholic politicians who support abortion or same-sex “marriage” must publicly repent

Evangelical and Catholic immigration proponents push back against same-sex benefits

CO: “Politics of homosexuality flare in 2010 campaign”

IRS should investigate MN church for electioneering, says Americans United

UK: Councils urged to avoid tax breaks for Scientology

National Review Online: What the Wilders trial means

New Jersey environmental officials challenge Jewish ritual burial of holy objects

Charles J. Chaput: Religious liberty as the foundation of human liberty

    Text of remarks Archbishop Charles Chaput delivered during a tri-diocesan catechetical congress in Victoria, British Columbia, on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 15 and 16, 2010: “[John Courtney] Murray saw that religious freedom is humanity’s first and most basic freedom . . . And any attempt to suppress the right of people to worship, preach, teach, practice, organize and peacefully engage society because of their belief in God is an attack on the cornerstone of human dignity . . . Canadian and American Christians often have trouble understanding the brutality of anti-religious repression or serious religious discrimination. It’s not part of our national heritage. But many millions of Christians are now being persecuted or harassed for their faith around the world. We need to pray for them. And we also need to pray for ourselves. Because we’re not as securely free as we might like to think.”


  • Posted: 10/18/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.archden.org

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NY Catholic bishops: Right to life outweighs other concerns in voting

Christian in Bhutan imprisoned for showing film on Christ

Killings in Nigeria are linked to Islamic sect

Lawyer: Octuplets’ mom implanted with 12 embryos

Fox host apologizes for comment on Muslims

MS: “ACLU sues Sheriff’s Department on behalf of corrections officer fired for being gay”

Bishops: Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church must take clear position on homosexuality

Federal judge may rule on DADT

United Arab Emirates: “Islamic court: OK to beat wife if no marks left”

Fraud found rampant in Afghan vote, quarter of ballots to be disqualified

Court: San Diego wronged firefighters

Christianity: First line of Defense for the West?

    Abraham H. Miller writing at Pajamas Media: “So, my intolerant, leftist friends, here is an inescapable reality to consider: no one stopped the spread of a virulent, hateful ideology with nothing. No one is going to charge a machine gun nest in the name of multiculturalism . . . The one solid, inescapable organizing principle that stands as the bulwark against radical Islam is Christianity. I don’t mean the ultra-left pablum Christianity of the mainstream, empty-church Protestant denominations that reinvented Jesus as metaphor. No, I mean a fundamentalist God-fearing Christianity that understands who and what the enemy is, and possesses the moral clarity to understand the difference between good and evil.”


  • Posted: 10/18/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: pajamasmedia.com

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Dutch Muslims want anti-Islam lawmaker convicted

NC: New Hanover commissioners support sectarian prayer in General Assembly

LifeNews.com Pro-Life 2010 Congressional Election Guide

Justice Alito will not attend State of the Union address

Health care abortion provision places Dems in crosshairs

Pro-life students nationwide take vow of silence tomorrow to highlight abortion

Deal Hudson: Why it’s absurd to deny Obama’s health care bill contains abortion funding

    Deal Hudson writing at LifeNews: “The evidence supporting the SBA List is undeniable. In addition to the witness of Driehaus himself (and Stupak), there are the multiple provisions of the legislation itself that authorize the funding of abortions. The best summary is found in the affidavit submitted for last week’s meeting of the Ohio Elections Commission by Douglas Johnson, legislative director of National Right to Life. As Johnson points out in his affidavit, the provisions of the Senate version of the bill, ultimately signed into law, contained many of the same abortion funding mechanisms that the Stupak-Pitts amendment of the House bill removed. (There were new, additional problems in the Senate bill.)”


  • Posted: 10/18/2010
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: www.lifenews.com

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Doug Giles: Why pastors punt on political issues

    Doug Giles writing at Townhall: “Now, given the upcoming 11/2 elections and that the culture-dividing issues are more obvious than Joan Rivers’ last lip implants, it is mind-boggling to me that many ministers are mute or side with parties, policies and principles that are antithetical to the Christian worldview. So, why does a large segment of the clergy run from these mondo issues and duties? Herewith are my 10 reasons why pastors punt on political issues and thus aid and abet evil.”


  • Posted: 10/18/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: townhall.com

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Republicans plan January takedowns of Obama’s “czars”

Boulder County seeks high court review of Rocky Mountain Christian Church case

CLS 2010 National Conference October 21-24

    Christian Legal Society 2010 National Conference

    You are invited to join hundreds of attorneys, law students, other law professionals and their families at CLS’s 2010 National Conference. The conference planning team has lifted the bar significantly this year, giving special attention to both spiritual formation and professional development.

    With extraordinary support from Campus Crusade for Christ’s (CCC) legal ministries group and other generous sponsors, CLS has held down costs for attendees despite enhanced programming. Of particular note: carefully planned children’s activities led by experienced CCC staff will make this a great time for the entire family. We encourage you both to attend and to sponsor a law student for a truly outstanding time of fellowship, fun, and professional growth. We hope to see you there!


  • Posted: 10/18/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.cvent.com

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In China, even the Premier is censored

Islamic public school threatens and intimidates witnesses in ACLU lawsuit

Big government’s government union firewall

R.J. Snell: Marriage and the law of tradition

Obama murdered Medicare

    Thomas R. Saving and John C. Goodman writing in The Washington Times: “The health care reform law enacted in spring will have a devastating impact on elderly and disabled Medicare enrollees if its provisions are not substantially changed. The law creates a new mechanism to reduce the rate of increase in Medicare payments to doctors and hospitals. As a result, Medicare payments will fall below Medicaid rates before the end of this decade, and they will fall increasingly behind the rates paid by all other payers in succeeding decades.”


  • Posted: 10/18/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.washingtontimes.com

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Merkel says German multicultural society has failed

Britain attempts to block Europe’s maternity rights plans

Amnesty for same-sex couples?

    Mark Tooley writing at The American Spectator: “Liberal Democratic Senators Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Patrick Leahy of Vermont introduced their ‘Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act’ on September 29 . . . It also includes a ‘Uniting American Families Act’ (UAFA) allowing ‘permanent partners’ of U.S. citizens, which seems to mean same-sex couples, to obtain U.S. residency . . . Speaking for the Catholic bishops, who typically support liberalized immigration, Bishop John Wester of Salt Lake City reportedly wrote Senator Menendez explaining ‘that a controversial provision, which would confer marriage-like immigration benefits to same-sex couples,’ would ‘preclude the U.S. bishops from supporting’ it as introduced.”


  • Posted: 10/18/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: spectator.org

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SCOTUSblog Petition to Watch: SpeechNow.org v. FEC

Log Cabin Republicans oppose delay of DADT ruling

Octomom fertility doc’s license hearing begins

In state races, marriage redefinition resurfaces as issue

Looking closely at what White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said about DADT

    Althouse: “Gibbs doesn’t say whether Obama thinks the law is unconstitutional . . . If the statute is unconstitutional, the courts should declare it a nullity. If the President think the process is repeal by Congress, then he must think the act is constitutional. Right? . . . ‘MR. GREGORY: But does he believe it’s unconstitutional? . . . MR. GIBBS: You know, David, he thinks it’s discriminatory and it’s unjust and most of all it harms our national security. It’s…’”


  • Posted: 10/18/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: althouse.blogspot.com

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Social conservatives offer lukewarm support of would-be Speaker Boehner

“Appeals court dismisses Cleveland gay registry challenge”

Appeals court rules in favor of San Diego firefighters forced to participate in “gay pride” parade

Court sides with California firefighters forced to participate in “gay pride parade”

Academic freedom verdict at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Court upholds Pride Parade firefighters verdict

Phoenix diocese forges ahead with Manhattan Declaration seminar

Calif. school district disciplines a principal; says his prayer breakfast violated Constitution

China’s holdings of Treasury debt rises in August

Vermont DMV accepts John 3:16

Calif. principal disciplined for endorsing prayer breakfast

MN: Pastors to defy IRS with endorsements

School moment of silence law reinstated in Illinois

David Hacker: Canadian universities continue their purge of pro-life speech by students

Group: White House’s maneuvers contradictory

Justice Department abandons free speech appeal but keeps trucking with DADT

Servicemembers United, comparing apples and oranges

Principal punished for endorsing prayer breakfast