White House criticized for “politicizing” faith-based office

Americans United asks IRS to investigate Florida church whose pastor endorsed slate of candidates

Schools, stipends trigger Israeli religious battle

    Daily Times: “Israel has maintained a shaky alliance with its ultra-Orthodox Jewish minority that allowed most religious men to avoid military service, attend separate schools and get paid by the state to study the Bible instead of entering the work force . . . The vitriolic debate has created the first serious threat to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s governing coalition. His ultra-Orthodox partners are threatening to topple the government if subsidies to their constituents are cut. The dispute goes far beyond money, touching on the character of the Jewish state in a modern world and the ultra-Orthodox community’s place in it.”


  • Posted: 10/28/2010
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.dailytimes.com.pk

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Coalition asks Senate to pass bill allowing cameras to broadcast Supreme Court arguments

    ACLU Press Release: “A coalition of public interest advocates led by the American Civil Liberties Union, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and the Alliance for Justice sent a letter to the Senate today urging action on a bill that would allow television coverage of open Supreme Court proceedings. In the letter, the groups argue that broadcasting Supreme Court arguments would lead Americans to have a greater understanding of the justice system and the government overall. The bill, S. 446, was introduced by Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA) early last year and was passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee in June on a bipartisan vote of approval.”


  • Posted: 10/28/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.aclu.org

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What about IVF? The embryo technology that evangelicals don’t oppose

President’s “evolution” on marriage wasn’t intelligently designed

    FRC Action: “[W]hen the President sat in the White House yesterday with liberal bloggers, he seemed perfectly comfortable ceding more ground on marriage. To soothe some hurt feelings that he hasn’t done enough for homosexuals, the President tried to please his base. Asked about his position on same-sex ‘marriage,’ the President Obama responded, ‘…[A]ttitudes evolve,’ he insisted, ‘including mine.’ He stopped short of supporting gay “marriage” but hinted that a public endorsement might not be far off. ‘The one thing I will say today,” the President said, “is I think it’s pretty clear where the [trends] are going.’”


  • Posted: 10/28/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.frcaction.org

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Canada: Test-tube parenthood on trial

Pope says bishops must educate faithful to vote against abortion

Servicemembers United video: “The path forward on DADT during lame duck”

Tenn. students keep up prayer at school despite ban

The poor’s good marriages

Laurence Tribe’s letter to Obama: Sotomayor “not nearly as smart as she thinks she is”

David Hacker: U.S. Department of Education sends conflicting messages about speech

Only a tiny percentage of eggs or embryos in IVF process will become babies

Utah: Cedar City holds off on approving sexual orientation discrimination ordinances

Cuba set to open new seminary; first religious building built in half a century

Daniel Henninger: The rage against Citizens United

WI: Kleefisch apologizes for same-sex “marriage” comment

NC State Bar panel backs anti-bias language

Yale Dean Gentry to students: “consensual sex can be glorious”

Teacher’s union, other groups urge Prop. 8 overturn, ignoring members’ views

AZ: Are mega-churches and retreats abusing the system in Yavapai County?

Washington Blade: “Gay candidates poised for victory in D.C. council, MD races”

Stanford University opens new stem cell building, bucking federal restrictions

Gender-neutral housing continues to spread

Illinois soldiers wait for ballots; prisoners get hand delivery

Boehner: GOP “won’t compromise” on pro-abortion health care

Islamists accuse Egypt’s Christians of behaving like . . . Islamists?

Even top schools struggle under federal testing standards

UK: Pupils from elite schools secure one in ten Oxford places

Justice O’Connor, Nevadans for Qualified Judges spar over robocalls

    Politico: “O’Connor did not indicate what she did to authorize the group to do with her recording. The group did not identify who gave it permission to use O’Connor’s voice or what convinced them that it was OK to do so in automated phone calls. The group, which is backing a ballot measure to do away with judicial elections in Arizona, has blamed a programming glitch for the late-night calls and said no more robocalls are planned . . . Whelan, a longtime critic of O’Connor, has not been dissuaded [from his opinion that O'Connor's involvement runs afoul of ethics rules].”


  • Posted: 10/28/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.politico.com

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Faith without reason: Review of “The Closing of the Muslim Mind”

    At The American Spectator, Matthew Kenefick reviews The Closing of the Muslim Mind: How Intellectual Suicide Created the Modern Islamist Crisis by Robert R. Reilly: “Reilly argues that ‘the denigration of reason and the primacy of force that developed within Islamic thinking after the suppression of the Mu’tazilites are what have produced the dismissal of dialogue.’ Bin Laden quoted his spiritual godfather Abdullah Azzam in a November 2001 video released after 9/11: ‘Terrorism is an obligation in Allah’s religion.’ Reilly’s analysis is that ‘the restoration of the status of reason is the only antidote to the spiritual pathology behind this remark; it is also the only foundation in which real dialogue can begin — dialogue within Islam among its contending factions, and between Islam and the West.’”


  • Posted: 10/28/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: spectator.org

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Culture matters more than politics

    R.R. Reno writing at First Things / On The Square: “Today as we shift toward a seemingly ever-increasing interest in the machinery of partisan politics, we’re becoming Marxists by default. Marx held that economic realities are fundamental, and questions of culture are epiphenomenal . . . Not every controversial political issue boils down to economics (though it’s amazing how much passion gets invested in whether the top marginal rate is 35% or 39%). The question of who controls the Supreme Courts also looms large. Yet across the board we assume that politics is about power—getting it and wielding it. The question, asked by Plato and Aristotle, as well as Augustine and Aquinas, ‘What is politics for?’ is irrelevant, and indeed uninteresting.”


  • Posted: 10/28/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.firstthings.com

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Persecution in Burma caught on camera

Cert. petition filed on scope of the ministerial exception

Sex.com sold for $13 million

Andy McCarthy: Retired O’Connor still making trouble

UK: “Mohammed” is the top boys’ name because Muslims are becoming more religious, not because there are more Muslims

Is it true that “1 in 10 teens has had a same-sex partner”?

    Kevin DeYoung writing at The Gospel Coalition: “The only problem with this revelation is that it’s false . . . AOL speaks of 1 in 10 teens; the original article concludes 9.3% of sexually active adolescents reported a same-sex partner. There’s a big difference . . . What’s true is that around 4% of teens in New York who filled out a public health survey reported a same-sex experience, and that a not insignificant number of those experiences were forced in some way.”


  • Posted: 10/28/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: thegospelcoalition.org

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Progressive bloggers’ Q and A with the President about DADT and same-sex “marriage”

Ind. parents told drop disabled kids at shelters

FFRF wants prayer discontinued at Rowlett, TX council meetings

Hail the American work ethic

    Rasmussen Reports: “Americans work. They value work. They respect it . . . An Italian friend (a leftist, actually) once asked me, ‘Why do the Rockefellers work?’ Because they want to make their mark in society, I responded, to which he shook his head. The idea of working if one doesn’t need the money amazed him. But it’s impossible, I think, to support the dignity of the worker and not the dignity of work.”


  • Posted: 10/28/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.rasmussenreports.com

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GA: Employees fired and evicted for being “too religious” should get day in court

65% favor getting rid of entire Congress and starting over

Chinese computer trumps US one as world’s fastest

Invisible dads: $3.3 billion fertility industry is creating a huge number of fatherless children

    “An estimated 30,000-60,000 children are born each year through sperm donation—the product of a $3.3 billion fertility industry that does not have to keep strict records of births, reveal donor names, or regulate the number of children one sperm donor creates. For Stewart and other donor­conceived children, never knowing their fathers has created a crisis of identity.”


  • Posted: 10/28/2010
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: www.worldmag.com

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Shelby Steele: A referendum on the Redeemer

Surgeon: “Freeze ovaries for childbirth in later life”

Feds arrest N.Va. Islamist in D.C. Metro bomb plot

Michael Barone: Public employee unions funnel public money to Dems

    Michael Barone writing at Townhall: “Who is the largest single political contributor in the 2010 campaign cycle? . . . The real answer is AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. The union’s president, Gerald McEntee, reports proudly that AFSCME will be contributing $87,500,000 in this cycle, entirely or almost entirely to Democrats. ‘We’re spending big,’ he told The Wall Street Journal. ‘And we’re damn happy it’s big.’”


  • Posted: 10/28/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: townhall.com

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AZ group accused of massive voter fraud is offshoot of SEIU

Saudi prince backs moving planned NYC mosque

Thomas Sowell: Forgetting the Constitution

    Thomas Sowell writing at National Review Online: “One of the brassiest of the brass oldies is the notion that the Constitution creates a ‘wall of separation’ between church and state. This false notion has been so widely accepted that people who tell the truth get laughed at and mocked . . . According to the New York Times, ‘[O'Donnell's question] drew gasps and laughter’ from this audience of professors and law students who are elites-in-waiting . . . There was no mystery about what ‘an establishment of religion’ meant when that phrase was put into the Constitution. It was not an open-ended invitation to judges to decide what role religion should play in American society or in American government.”


  • Posted: 10/28/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.nationalreview.com

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Fiorina released from hospital, will resume campaign Thursday

    The Hill: “California GOP Senate nominee Carly Fiorina was released from the hospital Wednesday after a one-night stay related to her battle with cancer. Fiorina was admitted to the hospital Tuesday after she developed an infection resulting from the reconstructive surgery from breast cancer. The former HP CEO was previously treated for the cancer and remains free of the disease.”


  • Posted: 10/28/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: thehill.com

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Pornography still an ignored social ill

Sex Education or Indoctrination? The Obama war on science

Obama administration launches a sex-ed program

Somali Islamists execute 2 girls; town horrified

Obamacare unpopular in key House districts

    Wall Street Journal: “A majority of likely voters in the most competitive House districts support repealing the Democrats’ health overhaul, according to recent polling data. The figures are one of the sharpest signals yet that Democrats are unlikely to translate their signature legislative achievement into success inside the voting booth. The health bill passed in March is particularly unpopular in the districts that matter most in the Republicans’ effort to retake the House.”


  • Posted: 10/28/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: online.wsj.com

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A closer look at higher education

British appeals court says teaching order not vicariously liable for abuse of students

“St. Paul, MN City Council project raises church-state concerns”

WRAP week: fighting pornography proliferation

MO: Amish elders plead guilty to violating child abuse reporting requirement

Nevadans to Reid: Stop! Thief!

Michael Stokes Paulsen: Where in the Constitution is “Separation of Church and State”?

    Michael Stokes Paulsen writing at Public Discourse: “The correct understanding of the First Amendment is not that it forbids contact—and even voluntary cooperation—between church and state. Rather, it protects private religious liberty, but does so in two complementary ways. In a nutshell, government may neither compel nor prohibit religious exercise. The Establishment Clause side of the coin says that government may not prescribe religious exercise; the Free Exercise side says that government may not proscribe, disfavor or otherwise punish or prevent religious exercise voluntarily chosen by the people. But the two phrases are two sides of the same coin.”


  • Posted: 10/28/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.thepublicdiscourse.com

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Obama regulations threaten colleges

    Washington Times: “Within weeks, the federal government, through the Department of Education, will have the regulations in place to control potentially what’s taught in our nation’s private colleges and universities . . . The new regulations, to be finalized Nov. 1, will mandate that America’s private higher-education institutions must follow new federal guidelines in order to be accredited. Also at stake is whether those private institutions could accept students with government loans or grants.”


  • Posted: 10/28/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.washingtontimes.com

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European airlines say US security goes overboard

Obama “annoying both sides of an equality debate simultaneously”

Kansas Supreme Court justice Carol Beier writes troubling pro-abortion ruling

Want a Christian roomie? Just don’t tell anyone

Sweden: $3,000 fine announced for homeschooling