Provincial Court to rule on freedom of speech case at University of Calgary

Ohio: Court stays out of Driehaus election billboard spat

Muslims seize Christian chapel in Pakistan

    Fides: “On October 19, the Chapel was illegally occupied by force by a group of over 20 people who broke into the building and shut themselves inside: they are Muslim faithful who, with the support of some local politicians, are claiming ownership of the building, based on records that Christians consider artifacts. The group has occupied the chapel and, according to information sent to Fides, they intend to seize and sell the building to obtain several million rupees.”


  • Posted: 10/25/2010
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.fides.org

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“Feingold’s position on abortion disgusting”

One in ten teens has same-sex partners: study

NY judge rejects NOM challenge to election laws

Scotland: Closed “gay centre” is probed by police over finances

“Pink parenting boom in London as more same-sex couples adopt children”

Australia: Labor MP backs marriage redefinition

UK: “Action needed” on multiple teenage abortions

Global contraceptives market is projected to reach $17.2 billion by 2015

National Cancer Institute researcher admits abortion-breast cancer link true

Same-sex “marriage” foes back push to oust Iowa justices

Congo: Bill would set imprisonment and fines for homosexuals

Sexualization of school-aged girls harms women of all ages, expert says

Texas teen nearly forced by parents into abortion

NJ weighs new bullying laws after Rutgers suicide

AK judge orders Miller documents released

Some “Sesame Street” viewers sense a “gay-friendly” vibe

Attempts by abortion clinic to stop prayer and pro-life speech on public sidewalk foiled

Protests persist following removal of “Christian flag” in N.C. city

New Hampshire newspaper refuses same-sex “marriage” notices

Santa Monica, CA talks equal benefits for same-sex couples

India: Divorce pleas cite “gay” relations more frequently than ever

EU progress report to criticize Macedonian reform

IN: South Bend Common Council set to vote on “gay rights” measure

New UN special rapporteur on religion criticizes Chinese regime

“Gay groups train fire on opposition”

New Zealand Jewish leaders warn against kosher slaughter ban

Eastern Islam and the “clash of civilizations”

Muslim religious demands on French state schools rising

Mass. bishops urge Catholics to vote

The individualistic American law of religious exemptions

    Eugene Volokh writing at The Volokh Conspiracy: “The right to a religious exemption belongs to a particular religious believer because of his religious beliefs, whatever they might be. The right does not belong to a religious group (setting aside certain religious associational rights that are not relevant here), nor does it belong to a person by virtue of his membership in a group. As a result, small sects, minority groups within sects, and even idiosyncratic religious believers are as protected as large sects. One doesn’t need a note from one’s priest to prevail in a religious exemption case.”


  • Posted: 10/25/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: volokh.com

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Peter Kreeft to debate Robert Spencer on Islam at NH college

    The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts: “On Thursday, November 4 at 8:00pm, the Edmund Campion Debate Society presents Dr. Peter Kreeft and Mr. Robert Spencer on ‘Resolved: That the Only Good Muslim is a Bad Muslim.’ Speaking in the affirmative will be Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch, frequent guest on FoxNews, ABC, BBC, and many other media, and author of nine books on Islam, including The New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad . . . Speaking in the negative will be Dr. Peter Kreeft of the philosophy department at Boston College, author of more than 45 books, including the recently released Between Allah and Jesus: What Christians Can Learn from Muslims. One of Mr. Spencer’s former teachers, Dr. Kreeft will argue that Catholics and Muslims belong to sister, Abrahamic faiths, and should cooperate to resist the secularization and moral decay that prevail in the postmodern, post-Christian West.”


  • Posted: 10/25/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.thomasmorecollege.edu

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Pakistan abortion hotline sparks controversy

Russia’s Orthodox Church defends moral principles

“Gay and straight couples to challenge UK marriage equality ban”

Nancy Pearcey: Should secularism be taught in public schools?

    Nancy Pearcey writing at The Washington Post / On Faith: “Postmodernism also explains the dictates of political correctness that permeate the classroom today. Speech codes derive from the idea that individuals are products of social forces–race, class, gender, sexual orientation . . . In public schools, secular ideas are treated as objective, unbiased, and suitable for the classroom, while religious ideas are treated as strictly personal and private. Ironically, this would rule out of bounds the worldview that inspired the American Founders, who maintained that human rights are ‘endowed’ by the Creator.”


  • Posted: 10/25/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: onfaith.washingtonpost.com

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Military archbishop describes dangers of altering DADT

Video: “Voting during church services in Iowa raises separation concerns”

CA: Santee City Council political invocation draws interest, opposition

Malaysia: Stern action against raising religious, racial issues in Batu Sapi election campaign

David French responds to criticism of “Christianity, stigma, and suicide” column

The secret war over England’s schools

Illinois League of Women Voters official: Pledge of Allegiance demand “phony patriotism”

“Activists: Mormon beliefs factor in LGBT struggles”

Key tax breaks at risk as panel looks at cuts – mortgage, child tax credits

TN: Prayer at football games continues at some schools

FL: Liberty Counsel files complaint in school prayer case

Lambda Legal releases tax guide following IRS acknowledgment of California’s same-sex couples

White House invites HIV-positive retiree who was evicted from assisted living to attend meeting

    Lambda Legal: “Lambda Legal client Dr. Robert Franke, who was evicted from a Little Rock, Arkansas, assisted living facility because he has HIV, has been invited by the White House to participate this week in a conference on HIV and aging. Dr. Franke, a retired educator and former minister, will attend the meeting with his daughter, Sara Bowling, and Lambda Legal HIV Project Staff Attorney Scott Schoettes. Schoettes will speak on a panel addressing issues likely to affect seniors living with HIV.”


  • Posted: 10/25/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous

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Americans say serving the needy is Christianity’s biggest contribution to society

    Barna Group: “Most Americans believe that the Christian faith has made positive contributions to American society during the past few years. A new nationwide survey from The Barna Group reveals that most of those contributions fall into one of three categories. Surprisingly, the survey also discovered that Americans are even more likely to identify negative contributions to society by Christianity in recent years.”


  • Posted: 10/25/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.barna.org

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Canada: Court case seeks to strip sperm donors’ anonymity

Tax exempt status of prayer breakfast sponsor challenged

Tony Blair’s sister-in-law converts to Islam; says she hopes it changes Blair’s views

Supreme Court review sought in pastor’s defamation claim against church

Does trucking company have a legal duty to accommodate Muslim employee’s religious objections to transporting alcohol or tobacco?

Rep. DeFazio investigating impeachment of Chief Justice Roberts

Washington Post confirms politics comes before justice at Obama DOJ

Catholic bloggers aim to purge dissenters

    Associated Press: “Pressure is on to change the Roman Catholic Church in America, but it’s not coming from the usual liberal suspects. A new breed of theological conservatives has taken to blogs and YouTube to say the church isn’t Catholic enough.”


  • Posted: 10/25/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: hosted.ap.org

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Serbia takes step toward EU membership

Italy town says no to miniskirts that are too mini

Swiss Catholics split over condom distribution

NYT: “A few transgender candidates seem in line for victories”

Cities weigh letting noncitizens vote

Church bulletin board police

“SWF seeks Christian roommate”

    The Observatorium: “In Grand Rapids, Michigan, a single, 31-year-old woman named Tricia posted a request on her church’s bulletin board seeking a roommate. Now she’s in trouble from the Michigan Department of Civil Rights for violating the Fair Housing Act by ‘discriminating against those of other faiths’ . . . The Alliance Defense Fund is on the case, pointing out that the FHA is directed at landlords, housing management services, and the like, and that Tricia is none of those – she’s simply a single woman looking for someone to share housing expenses.” | ADF News Release


  • Posted: 10/25/2010
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  • Category: Uncategorized
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  • Source: theobservatorium.blogspot.com

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Omaha, NE braces for “gay rights” debate

Study: Black parishioners encountering political info at church

Religion professor back in University of Illinois classroom

Wayne Grudem: Pastors, not the government, should decide when they can speak about candidates from the pulpit