Olympic College to revise free speech policy

Australia: Senators lend support to euthanasia debate

Imam unmoved by Saudi criticism of NYC mosque

Court refuses to stop MN corporate political spending disclosure law

Mass. court approves sale of Caritas hospitals; deal likely to close within a month

    Boston Herald: “Caritas Christi Health Care expects to close its $895 million sale to New York private-equity firm Cerberus Capital Management within a month following today’s final regulatory approval from the Supreme Judicial Court. Associate Justice Francis Spina’s declaratory judgment allows the Boston-based chain of six Catholic hospitals to convert to a for-profit business – the state’s largest for-profit hospital chain – under a new Cerberus affiliate called Steward Health Care System.”


  • Posted: 10/29/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.bostonherald.com

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Swiss parish condom campaign not church sponsored

EU Parliament rejects coercive abortion/sterilization funding

Countries slam attempts to create new “right” to sexual education at UN

Canada: Ex-bureaucrat fights to keep quarter-century-old “gay rights” case alive

Mass. chief justice to delay retirement

UK: Teach Christian history in our schools, says bishop

    Michael Nazir-Ali writing in Standpoint Magazine: “We must ensure that the teaching of history is not just about a number of significant events and personalities and that there should be a connected narrative. But how is this to be achieved and what is the ‘golden chain of harmony’ that can provide the connection? Surely, this has to do with a world-view that underlies the emergence of characteristically British institutions and values: the Constitution itself (‘the Queen in Parliament under God’); a concern for the poor; a social security net, based on the parish church, which goes back to the 16th century; and personal liberties as enshrined in the Magna Carta. The world-view that made these fundamental national building-blocks is the Judaeo-Christian tradition of the Bible.”


  • Posted: 10/29/2010
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.standpointmag.co.uk

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UK: MP calls for introduction of abortion counseling

UK: Bibles burned, hymnbooks slashed in Bradford attack

UK: Concern as Durex sponsors school sex education survey

Christian convert from Indonesia granted asylum in U.S.

Vander Plaats predicts “clean sweep” of Iowa judges

Joel Oster: Michigan woman facing federal investigation for seeking a Christian roommate

Is there confusion regarding the phrase “separation of church and state?”

Casey Mattox: FIRE gives UVA green light for student speech

Texas parents retreat, won’t force daughter to have abortion

Malaysia women group gets to keep “Islam” in name

IL: County Board may put Ten Commandments monument to popular vote

Muslim group wants Delta investigation of religious profiling claims

The persuasiveness of natural law

    John Creech writing at The Imaginative Conservative: “This past Wednesday night, Dr. Robert George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideas and Institutions at Princeton University, gave the keynote address at the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston’s annual Red Mass . . . According to Dr. George, natural law theory provides a persuasive alternative to other theories because it can explain two features of human action and experience that other theories, such as utilitarianism and biological determinism, not only cannot explain, but dismiss as mere illusions. Natural law can also account for the fact that most of us act ‘as if’ there are morally binding, objective and universal principles of human conduct, even if we do not believe such principles exist.”


  • Posted: 10/29/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.imaginativeconservative.org

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Bill Whittle on natural law

Retired chaplains warn against DADT repeal

    Washington Post: “Dozens of retired military chaplains say that serving both God and the U.S. armed forces will become impossible for chaplains whose faiths consider homosexuality a sin if the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy is thrown out. If a chaplain preaches against homosexuality, he could conceivably be disciplined as a bigot under the military’s nondiscrimination policy, the retired chaplains say. The Pentagon, however, says chaplains’ religious beliefs and their need to express them will be respected.”


  • Posted: 10/29/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.washingtonpost.com

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India: Gov’t bars prayers in Jamia Masjid

Holy site sparks row between Israel and UN

Sexual orientation in advertising now prohibited in Lithuania

Tension over Europe’s “gay rights” role

Euro Commission requests Czech Republic to comply with EU gender equality rules

Catholic schools cannot refuse to hire “gay” teachers, says European Commission

IN: South Bend Common Council defeats “gay rights” measure

Poll: South Dakotans divided over civil unions

Green Bay City Council to consider support for WI Family Action’s suit against domestic partner registry

Sandra Day O’Connor v. the People

“Gay-straight” clubs targeted in Washington County, UT school board race

Congressman criticizes conviction of six Catholics in Vietnam as “sham court”

Kings County, NY: New task force to protect “gay and lesbian community”

    EmpireStateNews.net: “Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes today announced the creation of a Hate Crimes Task Force in his office to counter the violence perpetrated against members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. The Task Force was set up due to the high rate of hate crimes in the community and is designed to protect victims by giving them an outlet to report crimes and seek advocacy.”


  • Posted: 10/29/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.empirestatenews.net

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Pledge of Allegiance an issue again

Pentagon poll: “Most troops wouldn’t oppose serving with gays”

White House praises Sotomayor after Tribe’s slap leaks

Battle for baby’s life won by ADF-allied attorneys

Can states keep kids from violent video games?

“Anti-bias” language given final OK by NC State Bar

D.C. mulls anti-bullying law

Arizona abortion rules expected to take effect Monday

Abortion rate continues to drop in Washington

Washington Senate Poll: Dino Rossi leads Murray

Muslim man told Skype divorce joke stands

To choose or not to choose: That’s the U.S. Supreme Court’s question Wednesday

NRLC offers updated affidavit on abortion subsidies in Obama health law

Proposal for national panels to oversee Islamic financial instruments draws criticism

Philippines: Tourist guide Celdran pleads not guilty to “offending religious feelings”

Texas court upholds biblically-based mediation agreement

Denver judge rejects suit against Day of Prayer

The Soros empire

Judge’s unusual order revives law firm diversity issue

    Law.com: “A stir recently erupted in the securities class action bar after Baer issued an order in a case against Gildan Activewear Inc., directing two of the largest firms in the field, Labaton Sucharow and Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd, to ‘make every effort’ to put at least one woman and one minority lawyer on the case . . . In a follow up order last Friday in In re Gildan Activewear Inc. Securities Litigation, 08 cv 5048, Baer said his initial order ‘was not intended to be critical in any way’ of how the two firms promote diversity or prosecute and staff a case. But he said the diversity considerations ‘were goals I would urge be met in similar cases that come before me.’”


  • Posted: 10/29/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.law.com

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University of Virginia eliminates all speech codes, earning FIRE’s “green light” rating

Gallup: Religious Americans enjoy higher wellbeing

    Gallup: “A new analysis of more than 550,000 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index interviews conducted over the last year and a half finds that Americans who are the most religious also have the highest levels of wellbeing. The statistically significant relationship between religiousness and wellbeing holds up after controlling for numerous demographic variables. Higher levels of healthy behaviors, life evaluation, work environment perceptions, and emotional health affect religious Americans’ high wellbeing.”


  • Posted: 10/29/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.gallup.com

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41% of non-Christian AF cadets cite proselytizing

Uzbekistan: “Anti-terror” raid on Protestant worship, beatings, and fines

Is Siberian court presenting Islam as extremist?

Injunction granted to permit elementary student’s distribution of church flyers to classmates

“ACLU asks AR Supreme Court to uphold ruling striking down parenting ban”

Austin Ruse: Pro-life naïfs in the big city

    Austin Ruse writing at The Catholic Thing: “It’s a story older than literature. Young naïfs come from the provinces only to have their pockets picked by big city denizens. This is at least part of the story of the ‘Open Minds, Open Hearts and Fair Minded Words’ conference on abortion that took place a few weekends ago at Princeton. Abortion advocates came with a great deal of confidence and a clear agenda. Many of the pro-lifers came with little more than good will, not a little embarrassment, and in many cases an incomplete ability to articulate the pro-life position.”


  • Posted: 10/29/2010
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: www.thecatholicthing.org

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Appeals courts criticize child porn sentencing guidelines

Law Review: Judging Women

    Stephen J. Choi, G. Mitu Gulati, Mirya R. Holman, and Eric A. Posner, Judging Women (September 28, 2009). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1479724

    “Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s assertion that female judges might be ‘better’ than male judges has generated accusations of sexism and potential bias. An equally controversial claim is that male judges are better than female judges because the latter have benefited from affirmative action. These claims are susceptible to empirical analysis. Primarily using a dataset of all the state high court judges in 1998-2000, we estimate three measures of judicial output: opinion production, outside state citations, and co-partisan disagreements. We find that the male and female judges perform at about the same level. Roughly similar findings show up in data from the U.S. Court of Appeals and the federal district courts.”


  • Posted: 10/29/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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Abortion, conscience, and doctors

    Christopher Kaczor, Professor of Philosophy at Loyola Marymount, writing at Public Discourse: “Our current law protecting conscience should remain in place and receive robust defense not least because it helps to ensure a more ethnically diverse medical profession in addition to facilitating greater ideological diversity in the field . . . The current law protects the autonomy of physicians, making the profession generally more attractive. The current law also provides greater access to non-controversial health care for all people. If all Catholic hospitals and pro-life physicians are forced to choose between performing abortions and no longer providing any services, many of them will simply shut down.”


  • Posted: 10/29/2010
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: www.thepublicdiscourse.com

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The culture of poverty or the poverty of culture?

RLUIPA argument preview: Reach of Congress’s powers: SCOTUSblog

Man accused of threatening religious workers

TN: Attorney tells Hamilton County School Board to “stay neutral” on prayer

Experts: Religious freedom missing from national security strategy

    Christian Post: “Inboden says America is missing another opportunity to declare religious freedom’s importance in its national security policy. The 2010 National Security Strategy, detailing America’s plans to combat national security threats, does not mention religious freedom. In a section entitled, ‘Values,’ the document states, ‘The United States supports the expansion of democracy and human rights abroad because governments that up hold these values are more just, peaceful and legitimate.’ The document does mention the freedom to worship, but doesn’t integrate the subject of religious freedom into the definition of a democracy and human rights abroad.”


  • Posted: 10/29/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.christianpost.com

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Arizona beheading raises fears of drug violence