SD voters reject marijuana measure

9th Circuit: Prop 8 reply brief makes strong case for marriage

Tea party favorite Rand Paul wins Senate in Ky.

FFRF mulls appeal of Colorado Day of Prayer loss

N.C. city officials try to resolve Christian flag conflict

Vatican envoy implores UN to recognize bias, threats against Christians

Switzerland: Christians, Muslims gather to build a common future

OH: ACLU urges elections officials to keep Delaware County polls open later

Kenya: “Polygamy is one thing, marrying sisters is another”

OH: Shelby ordinance to allow prayer fails by tie-breaking vote

Coalition of KS school districts sues state over education funding

Virginia’s worst university speech code? George Mason University

US to spend $200 mn a day on Obama’s Mumbai visit

King City Council approves decision for Christian flag

Supreme Court weighs tax credits for AZ school choice program

NM: Lesbian custody case may trigger legislation to define “parent”

Switzerland: Doctor on trial for assisted suicide

Australia’s Green leader raps Catholic stand against euthanasia

Obama Admin threatens Catholic colleges on birth control, abortion

Damaging words cost pastor his pulpit but land him big bucks

    The ABA Journal: “A jury agreed and awarded Tubra $355,000 in damages after it found officials falsely accused him of stealing from the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel in Vernonia, Ore.The judge differed with the jurors, though, and threw out the award. Following overwhelming precedent, he ruled that the First Amendment deprived the court of jurisdiction over the church and Tubra’s defamation claim against it.” John Elwood comments at the Volokh Conspiracy on Cook v. Tubra.


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Wisconsin family planning program expands

NSW, Australia: Bid for ethics class to replace religious studies

Malta: Students “abused” with teaching on contraception

NC: Republicans sue Board of Elections over voting machines

Turkey reinstates YouTube ban

UK: Lesbian couple vow to take battle for same-sex “marriage” to court

Israeli students rally against stipends for Orthodox

Polygamist member on trial in San Angelo, TX

MS: Pastors contest lifting Sunday liquor bans

Muslims in Bangladesh beat, deprive Christians of work

Curbs on Friday prayers in India is anti-Muslim policy: Islamic body

Teacher: Calif. district retaliated after Christian materials questioned

New study confirms overwhelming death rate of IVF human embryos

Louisiana: Biblical elective sought for Caddo schools

UK: Bishops slam equality laws in foster care ban case

Pakistan Ahmadi man forcibly exhumed in Lahore

Cuba Catholics to open first new seminary in decades

Artificial insemination allows British women in their 50s to have babies

Maryland: Baptist school battle goes to trial

Will Iowa hold “rogue” judges accountable?

Civil “rights” gained on the backs of little children

Homeownership stays at lowest level in a decade

Law Dean at The Huffington Post: “When LGBT teens face bullying at home, too”

At odds with the U.S., Pakistan deepens ties with China

9th Circuit judge questions Justice Department’s lawsuit against Arizona immigration law

    Washington Post: “[Judge John T. Noonan Jr.] took aim at the core of the Justice Department’s argument . . .  ’I've read your brief, I’ve read the District Court opinion, I’ve heard your interchange with my two colleagues, and I don’t understand your argument,’ Noonan told deputy solicitor general Edwin S. Kneedler. ‘We are dependent as a court on counsel being responsive. . . . You keep saying the problem is that a state officer is told to do something. That’s not a matter of preemption. . . . I would think the proper thing to do is to concede that this is a point where you don’t have an argument.’”

    Oral arguments can be viewed on YouTube.


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Phyllis Schlafly: Gov’t trampling on constitutional rights of parents

SC: Nonprofit sets up in school to provide sex ed, birth control

China aims to chart shifting population

Justice, denied: A politicized and/or incompetent DOJ?

Stanley Fish: Religion and the liberal state once again

    Stanley Fish writing at The New York Times / Opinionator: “Liberalism is the name of an enlightenment theory of government characterized by an emphasis on procedural rather than substantive rights: the law protects individual free choice and is not skewed in the direction of some choices or biased against others; the laws framed by the liberal state are, or should be, neutral between competing visions of the good and the good life . . . The key distinction underlying classical liberalism is the distinction between the private and the public. This distinction allows the sphere of political deliberation to be insulated from the intractable oppositions that immediately surface when religious viewpoints are put on the table. Liberalism tells us that religious viewpoints should be confined to the home, the heart, the place of worship and the personal relationship between oneself and one’s God.”


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  • Source: opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com

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Iraq’s Christians mourn, bury their dead

“Berlusconi: Better to love women than gays”

Dennis Prager: Why I now vote party, not individual

    Dennis Prager writing at Townhall: “For better or for worse, the notion of voting for the candidate rather than the party is now mostly naive idealism. The Democratic Party is now fully left-wing, and is simply the American version of any European Social Democratic party. It is the party of ever-expanding government. (The Republican Party, in contrast, is — at long last — the party of small government.)”


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  • Source: townhall.com

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The duty to defend our nation’s laws

BYU conference on the impact of same-sex “marriage” on public education

UK: “The five-day-after pill: New emergency contraceptive being sold online with no checks”

Prayer under fire in North Carolina

Iraqi police commander held in church attack

ADF takes on, wins abortion battle

“An update on church-state separation”

    Rev. Dr. Charles P. McGathy writing at The Winding Labyrinth: “Our [Baptist] faith is founded upon the notion that there should be religious freedom for all people and that the separation of church and state is a biblical principle supported by Jesus . . . [Alan Sears] who heads up the Alliance Defense Fund has actually advocated the removal of a wall of separation between church and government. He has said, ‘One by one more and more bricks that make up the artificial “wall of separation” between church and state are being removed, and Christians are once again being allowed to exercise their constitutional right to equal access to public facilities and funding.’ Surely John Leland would be turning in his grave . . .”


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  • Source: revlaurabarclay.blogspot.com

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Fed’s “QE2″ risks currency wars and the end of dollar hegemony

    London Telegraph: “As the US Federal Reserve meets today to decide whether its next blast of quantitative easing should be $1 trillion or a more cautious $500bn, it does so knowing that China and the emerging world view the policy as an attempt to drive down the dollar.”


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Study surveys same-sex households

Support for United Federation of Teachers eroding as once-mighty union forced to make concessions

The relationship between the 17th Amendment and other parts of the Constitution

    Todd Zywicki writing at The Volokh Conspiracy: “Several commenters on my post that I have a new article on the 17th Amendment in National Review argued that rather than repealing the 17th Amendment they instead would prefer more vigorous enforcement of the Commerce Clause and 10th Amendments, which would (they presumably would argue) bring about many of the same benefits without offsetting costs. This is certainly a reasonable position and actually raises some interesting issues in its own right.”


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  • Source: volokh.com

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Kathryn Jean Lopez: Can enough tea tear down this false wall?

    Kathryn Jean Lopez writing at National Review Online: “The fear of God takes on a whole new meaning this time of year. Folks on the right of the political spectrum want to create a religious state, you know. We want to tear down the wall between church and state . . . Of course, as every U.S.-history grad student (hopefully) knows, that ‘wall of separation’ we hear so much about was not in the U.S. Constitution — and still isn’t . . . Furthermore, can the party of former altar boy Joe Biden stop pretending it keeps a hermetically sealed wall between religion and politics?”


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  • Source: www.nationalreview.com

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Jewish-Arab relations in Israel hit boiling point

Judge orders Ugandan paper to stop publishing “gay lists”

Canadian preacher’s rights infringed by Calgary’s limits on use of parks

Deroy Murdock: The GOP idea factory

    Deroy Murdock writing at National Review Online: “Whether or not the GOP wins the U.S. Senate, several Republican contenders for the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body hope to promote some rather unique proposals. Republicans are running on such ideas as repealing Obamacare, curbing federal spending, and making permanent the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts. Those are all fine concepts, but several candidates have gone beyond the old perennials to promote good, less-familiar ideas.”


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  • Source: www.nationalreview.com

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Calif. pushes to uphold ban on violent video games

MI: Salvation Temple Church sues Hazel Park over zoning approval denial

New Kansas Supreme Court Justice

SCOTUS Blog: “Military gay ban continues”