Ah, Reinhardt

More than 500 Iraqi Christian families flee to Kurdish north

Proposed Texas law would make sexting by minors a misdemeanor

Dem state lawmakers defecting to GOP post-election

    Associated Press: “Staggering Election Day losses are not the Democratic Party’s final indignity this year. At least 13 state lawmakers in five states have defected to Republican ranks since the Nov. 2 election, adding to already huge GOP gains in state legislatures. And that number could grow as next year’s legislative sessions draw near.”


  • Posted: 11/29/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: hosted.ap.org

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Florida school bans Christmas colors

Netherlands: Substitute teacher sent home because of headscarf

Ireland: State may breach rights over religious class opt-out

7th Circuit rules for splinter Baha’i group

Apple pulls Manhattan Declaration from App Store: Opposition to marriage redefinition is hate speech?

Judge issues injunction against Okla. sharia amendment

Moscow Patriarchate expects future reports of the US Department of State will be more objective

    Interfax: “The USA Department of State report on religious freedom in Russia for 2010 lacks objectivity and analytical depth, the Russian Church believes. ‘I’d like to wish that in the future the report will have truly equal, friendly attitude to various religious organizations and will avoid selectiveness so that religious situation is reflected more fully,’ deputy head of the synodal Department for External Church Relations Hegumen Philipp (Ryabykh) said in his interview with Interfax-Religion.”


  • Posted: 11/29/2010
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.interfax-religion.com

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Russian MP suggests legalizing religious sacrament of marriage

Muscovites protest against construction of new Orthodox churches

Judge rejects MN Family Council bid in marriage lawsuit

Health law faces threat of undercut from courts

MI: Lansing man who burned Quran not charged after turning himself in

UK: Lesbian couple to demand marriage redefinition

Examining polygamy in Canada

Polygamy falls short of “celestial” promise

Another Chicago mayoral candidate supports state bill for civil unions

NC: GOP to tackle budget first, then social issues

Australia: Greens leader will not “marry” partner

Iowa GOP: Focus on spending, jobs in Legislature

Manhattan Declaration disappears from Apple’s App Store

Pope on homosexuality among priests: “one of the miseries of the Church”

Canada: “Lunatic” transgender bill could pass next week, warns pro-family leader

Nebraska abortion clinic still possible

Pat Buchanan: Why are we still in Korea?

At least 10 bishops skip national collection for U.S. bishop’s social justice arm

European Court to decide if German woman has assisted suicide “right”

FRC Event: Are young Evangelicals a lost cause in the culture wars?

    Family Research Council: “Much has been said, within Christian circles and without, about the shift of younger evangelicals away from the cultural battles of the last generation. To many in the older generation, this is a sign of ungratefulness and/or unorthodoxy. To many in the younger generation, the agenda they’ve inherited is too limited and lacks constructiveness. What does the future hold for Christian conservatism? Is the concern simply over-hyped? John, a young evangelical, will offer a quick mapping of the diverse expressions of young evangelicalism, a brief analysis of the perceived divide, and constructive ideas for re-connecting the generations towards meaningful causes.”


  • Posted: 11/29/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.frc.org

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ACOG again denies conscience rights of doctors on abortion

Survey: 300 “doctors” do late abortions, 140 when baby feels pain

Congress GOP leaders to meet with governors

Who needs marriage? Kids do

Albert Mohler: Who needs marriage?

Obama proposes pay freeze for federal workers

Muslim Brotherhood face collapse in Egypt poll

Martin Parsons: Stopping the spread of sharia is central to countering radicalization

Cancun climate change summit: scientists call for rationing in developed world

    Telegraph: “In a series of papers published by the Royal Society, physicists and chemists from some of world’s most respected scientific institutions, including Oxford University and the Met Office, agreed that current plans to tackle global warming are not enough . . . In one paper Professor Kevin Anderson, Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, said the only way to reduce global emissions enough, while allowing the poor nations to continue to grow, is to halt economic growth in the rich world over the next twenty years.”


  • Posted: 11/29/2010
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  • Category: Global: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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United States sees 53 million abortions since Roe in 1973

Extraordinary powers granted to European police

Obama: I pray every night, read the Bible

    The Hill: “Praying and reading the Bible are part of his everyday life, President Obama said in a wide-ranging interview broadcast Friday. Speaking with Barbara Walters, Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama also described how they involve their daughters in daily prayer.”


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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: thehill.com

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Star Parker: Our leadership in Washington is the problem, not body scanners

    Star Parker writing at Townhall: “Human judgment can never be removed from the equation. We’ve been sold, and we’re buying, the big lie that machines can replace human judgment and responsibility . . . How can we possibly use technology to identify and root out terrorists when the leaders of our country cannot, or refuse to identify with clarity who these individuals are and what they are about?”


  • Posted: 11/29/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: townhall.com

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Ron Sider: Evangelicals need to rethink their response to same-sex “marriage”

Catholic Conference of Ill.: Civil unions bill threatens religious freedom and marriage

The GOP’s education dilemma

Saudi women sue male guardians who stop marriage

Amend while the iron is hot?

9th Circuit announces the three judges who will hear the Prop 8 case next week

Austin Hill: Federally funded Islam?

Supreme Court rejects appeal on Va. alcohol ad ban

Iran Court: Pastor, a Christian convert, to be executed by hanging

White House urged to more faith-based involvement In Health and Development

FL: Apollo Beach neighborhood discriminated against Orthodox Jew, county says

Atheist and Catholic groups compete over holiday displays

UK: Girl arrested for allegedly burning Qur’an

Pakistani court issues stay order against release of a Christian women

When a woman claims to be a man, should the university and the press play along?

Obama should cut the corporate tax rate

Supreme Court to review Ariz. campaign finance law

Muslim orphans caught between Islamic, Western law

Scientists trick cells into switching identities

Oregon Muslim leaders fear retribution after terrorist plot

Egyptians demonstrate after flawed elections

Attitudes on sex and marriage

NC: King to post flag policy on city website

“Focus On The Family saves students’ anti-homosexuality day”

Girl charged for seeking Christian roommate

Lansing church’s attorneys seek documents on 2008 protest

NC: King expected to post flag policy on Net

Lezgetreal: “FIRE attacks Tyler Clementi anti-bullying bill”

Sen. Lindsey Graham: No quick end to `don’t ask, don’t tell’

Law Review: Comparative Originalism

    Comparative Originalism
    Prof. David A. Fontana
    Vol. 88, Issue 1
    Responding to Prof. Jamal Greene, On the Origins of Originalism
    Posted on November 17, 2010
    88 Texas L. Rev. See Also 189

    “In response to Prof. Greene’s article, Prof. Fontana offers analysis from a comparative constitutional law perspective and suggestions for future research on the topic. Prof. Fontana is primarily concerned with Prof. Greene’s comparison of the United States to Canada and Australia. Though Prof. Greene argued that all three countries share similar constitutional systems, Prof. Fontana believes the Canadian and Australian constitutions merely reorganized preexisting institutions, whereas the United States has a nation-creating, revolutionary constitution. Other countries that arose out of revolutionary events, such as certain post-colonial African and Latin American nations, have also fostered many originalist arguments. Prof. Fontana makes a persuasive argument that, when nations predate their constitutions, key cultural and political understandings also predate the constitution, thereby diminishing the importance of originalism.”


  • Posted: 11/29/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.texaslrev.com

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Law Review: Judicial Discretion in Constitutional Cases

    Todd E. Pettys, Judicial Discretion in Constitutional Cases (November 23, 2010). Journal of Law and Politics, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1714029

    “A popular but damaging dichotomy is hindering citizens’ ability to talk intelligently and constructively about the constitutional work of the courts. The “legitimacy dichotomy” holds that, when adjudicating constitutional disputes, judges either obey the sovereign people’s determinate constitutional instructions or illegitimately trump the sovereign people’s value judgments with their own. The legitimacy dichotomy leaves little or no room for the possibility that an array of conflicting interpretations of the Constitution might be reasonably available to a judge; it leaves little or no room, in other words, for judicial discretion. This article begins by examining the legitimacy dichotomy from three different vantage points: evidence which suggests that rhetorical invocations of the legitimacy dichotomy mask more complex beliefs about the role of judicial discretion in constitutional adjudication; Justice Kagan’s critique of the now-famous umpire analogy during her confirmation hearing in June 2010; and the debate between Justice Stevens and Justice Scalia in McDonald v. City of Chicago about the extent to which judges may properly exercise their discretion when adjudicating questions of substantive due process. The article then suggests that law schools are inadvertently encouraging at least some of their students to believe that judges’ discretion is almost entirely unconstrained and that judges often behave as democratically illegitimate actors. Finally, in an effort to provide law students and others with an understanding of constitutional adjudication and of constitutional change that is both descriptively accurate and democratically legitimate, the article draws connections between democratic constitutionalism and judicial discretion, and then offers metaphors for explaining that relationship.”


  • Posted: 11/29/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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