Parents stopped from forcing Texas teen to have abortion

Do churches violate the tax code by speaking out on judicial retention votes?

Advocates speak out against abortion in Pasadena

PA: Newborn child taken away because of a bagel

Republicans pledge to oppose normalization of homosexual behavior in the military

Iowa Justice Cady defends same-sex “marriage” decision

Average student debt increases

In the military, racial integration and sexual liberation are not the same thing

    Peter Sprigg writing at the FRC Blog: “Homosexuality is a behavioral characteristic; being black is a superficial matter of skin color. The racial integration of the military was successful precisely because it proved that the behavior of black soldiers did not differ from that of whites. But with homosexuality, a difference in behavior is what defines the issue. Do not be fooled by vague references to ‘sexual orientation”’ as though it were an innate characteristic—what homosexual activists now seek is the right to continue engaging in homosexual acts while in the military.”


  • Posted: 10/22/2010
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  • Source: www.frcblog.com

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Australia: Abortion clinic raided after Hep C infections

CO: Editorial urges school district to drop rosary case

FRC fears Iowa marriage ruling sets precedent

Finland: Supreme Court fines male pastor fined for refusing to work with female pastor

Canada: “Fate of banned anti-gay activist rests with judge”

Florida AG: No appeal to keep same-sex adoption ban

Polish bishops debate discipline for Catholic lawmakers who support in vitro fertilization

Former Muslim: Mullahs, imams coming to Christ in West Africa

Church of Ireland bishop: protect religious freedom

UK: Christian BA worker takes cross case to Europe

Kenya: Christian colleges use discriminatory criteria (acc. to new Constitution) in admitting new students

Indonesia: Buddhist statue draws Islamists’ ire

CT: Churches exempt from some employment laws

Historic Conn. town says synagogue might be too revolutionary

Expelled Christians remain separated from Moroccan foster kids

Louisiana: Livingston Parish’s Halloween switch criticized by ACLU

MT: Helena school board OK’s revised sex education plan

Plaintiffs’ attorney questions Tenn. mosque intent

USCIRF: 8 nations, including Russia, failing religious liberty pledge

TIME: “Why you’re gay: A new study shows why boy rats like other boy rats”

    John Cloud writing at TIME / Healthland: “The authors of the new study — psychologist Cynthia de Medeiros of the University of Toronto and four colleagues — followed a group of 88 rats after they were born. Rats live only about two or three years, so it was possible for the researchers to track their sexual development from birth to death. Here’s the news: boy rats who have more sisters are less reliable heterosexuals than boy rats who have fewer sisters. That’s not to say having a sister makes you gay, but the boy rats with lots of sisters were significantly less interested than other boy rats in mounting girl rats.”

    Does the study say anything like what TIME’s headline claims? Does it say anything about “less reliable heterosexuals?” See abstract below:

    Deconstructing Early Life Experiences: Distinguishing the Contributions of Prenatal and Postnatal Factors to Adult Male Sexual Behavior in the Rat
    Cynthia B. de Medeiros, Stephanie L. Rees, Maheleth Llinas, Alison S. Fleming, David Crews

    “In rodents, a pup’s experiences in utero and during postnatal development shape its sexual behavior as an adult and how it is perceived by potential mates. We show that the male rat’s sexuality is primarily influenced by the postnatal sex ratio of its litter, but not by the litter’s prenatal intrauterine sex ratio or the behavior of its mother. Pups from litters with differing prenatal sex ratios were divided into litters with differing postnatal sex ratios. We found that males raised in a female-biased litter exhibited less mounting than males raised in either a male-biased litter or one with an equal sex ratio, and were less attractive to sexually receptive females, eliciting fewer soliciting behaviors, such as hop-darts, and fewer lordosis behaviors. However, the number of intromissions and ejaculations did not differ across groups, which suggests that males from female-biased litters mate as efficiently as males raised in other sex ratios, but do not require as many mounts to do so. The reported differences in sexual behavior did not vary with the quality of maternal behavior or with sexual experience in adulthood.”


  • Posted: 10/22/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family

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Michigan woman faces civil rights complaint for seeking a Christian roommate

Civil rights complaint filed over roommate ad

“The year in sanity: Judge Vaughn Walker”

Black Panthers case reveals deep divisions at DOJ: Should law be enforced without regard to race?

John Yoo: Repeal the 17th Amendment?

    John Yoo writing at Ricochet: “There’s a lot of truth to the argument that the enactment of the 17th Amendment undermined federalism. State legislatures have a greater institutional incentive to protect federalism than do the people of a state . . . The problem is that there is no point to trying to fix this problem — an effort to amend the Constitution will be fruitless. It requires two-thirds of the Congress and three-quarters of the states.”


  • Posted: 10/22/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: ricochet.com

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IA: “Justices don’t have the right to redefine our marriage laws”

    Letter to the editor of The Daily Nonpareil (Council Bluffs, IA) by Steve Meidlinger: “I’m not at all hesitant to tell you I feel my right to vote has been usurped by Senator Mike Gronstal and three activist Judges on our Iowa Supreme Court. We, the people, have every right to be heard this most important issue of our time. We are being held hostage by politicians like Mike Gronstal who has been diligently working with activist homosexual groups from outside the state in an effort to affect our Iowa state laws on marriage. We are being told we don’t deserve to voice our opinion on this one of the most important moral issues of our time.”


  • Posted: 10/22/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.southwestiowanews.com

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French Senate OKs retirement reform in tense vote

Pro-abort org inciting physicians to commit criminal acts in N. Ireland

Body parts for sale on internet by controversial anatomist Gunther von Hagens

Gerson on America as (not) a Christian nation

Video: Chinese man describes wife’s forced abortion by gov’t officials

Canada: Newborn saved from dumpster by man who later finds out he’s the father

Orthodox Jewish arbitrations, Islamic arbitrations, and discrimination against witnesses based on sex or religion

    Eugene Volokh writing at The Volokh Conspiracy: “[A]rbitration decisions in ordinary commercial disputes, church employment disputes, disputes about property settlement in a divorce, and the like would largely be enforceable. That’s already done for Christian and Jewish arbitration; under American law, it should equally be so as to Islamic arbitration. But there is one potential difficulty, I think, and it’s one that potentially applies to Orthodox Jewish arbitrations as well as to Islamic arbitrations: The application of procedural rules that discriminate against witnesses based on their sex, religion, or ethnicity.”


  • Posted: 10/22/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: volokh.com

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Canadian Supreme Court grants “public interest” protection for press sources

Film review: The myth of charter schools

    Diane Ravitch writing at The New York Review of Books: “Davis Guggenheim’s Waiting for ‘Superman’ . . . arrived in late September with the biggest publicity splash I have ever seen for a documentary . . . The message of these films has become alarmingly familiar: American public education is a failed enterprise. The problem is not money. Public schools already spend too much. Test scores are low because there are so many bad teachers, whose jobs are protected by powerful unions . . . The movie asserts a central thesis in today’s school reform discussion: the idea that teachers are the most important factor determining student achievement. But this proposition is false.”


  • Posted: 10/22/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.nybooks.com

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Linda Greenhouse: Calling John Roberts

Philosophers debate abortion at Princeton conference as baby in audience cries

    Terrence McKeegan, J.D. writing at LifeNews: “‘An infant has no moral status because he is not self-aware,’ said Peter Singer, a professor of bioethics. Singer argued this point at an historic [conference] he co-organized at Princeton University last weekend, seeking new dialogue on the heated issue of abortion . . . The headline panel featured two heavyweight Australian philosophers – Singer, a bioethics professor at Princeton, and John Finnis, a professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Oxford. The two debated the ‘Moral Status of the Fetus.’”


  • Posted: 10/22/2010
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: www.lifenews.com

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Australia: Push for same-sex “marriage” conscience vote

OR: Student-teacher ousted over same-sex “marriage” discussion with 4th grader is back in the classroom

Developmental psychologist on NPR: “There is certainly no gay suicide epidemic”

Video: “Barack Obama video supports gay teenagers”

“Gay” US diplomat presses LGBT issues at int’l conference

St. Petersburg, Russia: Petrogradsky district court rules “gay pride” parade ban illegal

Woman seeks “Christian roommate,” state cites her for discrimination

David French: Christianity, stigma, and suicide

    ADF Attorney David French writing at Patheos: “According to some, the ‘fundamentalist’ or ‘evangelical’ (those terms are often used interchangeably) Christian community has created a ‘cultural climate‘ that stigmatizes gay people. Allegedly, this stigma ‘contribute[s] to the atmosphere‘ that makes suicide more likely . . . But all these contentions run hard against the evidence. Ever since the Stonewall riots, our culture — including large segments of the Body of Christ — has been working quite hard to ‘de-stigmatize’ homosexual behavior . . . As we de-stigmatize homosexuality, the human toll continues to mount. Why? Perhaps because the fundamental problem wasn’t ‘stigma’ in the first place. Perhaps when the problem is sin, de-stigmatizing sin doesn’t actually heal the human heart.” |  At National Review Online / Phi Beta Cons, Robert VerBruggen reponds: “I remain unconvinced, however, that the overall higher rate of suicide for gays is unrelated to stigma . . . If humans don’t naturally process a given behavior as sinful, and yet that behavior is seen as sinful, that’s due to stigma. And thus attributing gay suicide to sin and attributing it to stigma go hand-in-hand.”


  • Posted: 10/22/2010
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  • Category: ADF in the News

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Supreme Court asked to review religious employment case

Christian roommate seeker accused of discrimination

NY: Roman Catholic diocese sues Troy over taxing closed churches

House GOP could force vote on defunding NPR

GOP says compromise not on the agenda if they retake the House

    The Hill: “‘Look, the time to go along and get along is over,’ said Rep. Mike Pence (Ind.), the chairman of the House Republican Conference. ‘House Republicans know that. We’ve taken firm and principled stands against their big government plans throughout this Congress, and we’ve got, if the American people will send them, we’ve got a cavalry of men and women headed to Washington, D.C. that are going to stand with us.’”


  • Posted: 10/22/2010
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  • Source: thehill.com

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Prop. 8 hearing set Dec. 6

Amar and Brownstein: Does it matter that the Constitution never uses the phrase “the separation of church and state”?

    Vikram David Amar and Alan Brownstein writing at FindLaw: “Is it important that the Constitution never uses the phrase ‘the separation of church and state’ in its text? Not really, or more accurately, not nearly as much as some people think. The phrase ‘the separation of church and state’ is a metaphor. It is a shorthand description of a much more complicated interpretation of the constitutional text . . .”


  • Posted: 10/22/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: writ.news.findlaw.com

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Boehner offers plum committees to GOP challengers

NPR cans Juan Williams for addressing reality

Explanation of arguments heard by the Justices last Tuesday in vaccination case

Heritage Foundation: When will our Progressive Corporatism nightmare end?

Egypt’s emboldened press now feeling the backlash

Dutch retrial ordered for Wilders hate speech case; judges dismissed

Germany’s multicultural failure

Should it be illegal to post ad seeking Christian roommate?

IL: Atheist activist says Moment of Silence Act fight is far from over

Roommate hunt turns into civil rights case

Troopers not immune in pro-life suit

Grand Rapids woman accused of civil rights violation for roommate search

Jeremy Dys: That pesky First Amendment also covers Christians

CA: Principal alleges religious discrimination against Goleta Union School District

School prayer ban ignites backlash