FRC Speaks Out Against Opening of LeRoy Carhart’s Maryland Late-Term Abortion Facility

Televised Prop 8 fight reaches next judicial rung

Proposition 8 Litigation: Jim Campbell on CBS 5 and ABC 7

USCCB: Religious Leaders Voice Shared Commitment to Protect Marriage

    USCCB: “Leaders of some of the largest religious communities in the United States have come together to express their commitment toward the protection of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. In an open letter released today, entitled “The Protection of Marriage: A Shared Commitment,” leaders from Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Evangelical, Jewish, Lutheran, Mormon, Orthodox, Pentecostal and Sikh communities in the United States affirmed the importance of preserving marriage’s unique meaning.”


  • Posted: 12/06/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.usccb.org

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CBS: Judges Hint They’ll Support Ruling Against Prop. 8

Commission Nominates Nine Lawyers for D.C. Superior Court Vacancies

FBI warns Barbie doll could be used for child porn

Attorneys Wrestle for Halt on Embryonic Stem Cell Funding

NY-1 Update: Judge Reviewing Ballots, GOP Suspects Illegal Voting by Dems

Jesse Jackson supports marriage redefinition

Liberty Counsel: Wachovia Policy Now Allows Christmas Trees

California chief justice views Iowa vote as reason for change

Swedish Government Jails Homeschool Father

Judges question whether Prop 8 proponents have legal standing

Pakistan minister condemns reward for killing Christian woman

2 More Christians Killed in Baghdad

365gay.com: “Study finds that family acceptance could save LGBT youths”

Jordan Lorence: “Popping the Question: Will the Ninth Circuit Ask Why We Have Marriage in the First Place?”

The Growing Aversion to Abortion

Canada: Polygamy an issue for immigration officials

Stacked deck? Most overturned judge in country won’t step down despite conflict, to hear Prop 8 appeal today

EU justice ministers propose European divorce regulation

Ted Turner calls for global one-child policy like China’s

New Zealand Court: Doctors Don’t Have to Suggest Abortions

Maryland: Carhart Faces Pro-Life Protestors as Late Abortions Begin

Pakistan: terrorists issue fatwa against Catholic cabinet minister

Unmarried With Kids: A Shift In The Working Class

    NPR: “The path to adulthood used to be clear — love, marriage, baby carriage — and no one embodied that more than America’s working class. But today, for those with only a high school education, that order no longer holds; in fact, a new study suggests that marriage is foundering in Middle America.”


  • Posted: 12/06/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.npr.org

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Ross Douthat: The Changing Culture War

    Ross Douthat writes at the NY Times: “This week, the National Marriage Project is releasing a study charting the decline of the two-parent family among what it calls the “moderately educated middle”. . . This means that a culture war that’s often seen as a clash between liberal elites and a conservative middle America looks more and more like a conflict within the educated class.”


  • Posted: 12/06/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.nytimes.com

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Marriage: Marginalized in the Middle

International court investigating North Korea

American Freedom and Religious Morality

Iowa Justice defends heavily politicized Justice selection process

George Will: The case for engaged justices

    George Will writes at the Washington Post: “There is,” Willett explains, “a profound difference between an activist judge and an engaged judge.” The former creates rights not specified or implied by the Constitution. The latter defends rights the Framers actually placed there and prevents the elected branches from usurping the judiciary’s duty to declare what the Constitution means. Let us hope the Supreme Court justices are engaged when considering the insurance mandate.


  • Posted: 12/06/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.washingtonpost.com

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TX: Chase Bank backpedals after Christmas tree backlash

Christian ‘hemorrhage’ increases in Iraq

    Baptist Press: “Iraqi Christians may blend into the ebb and flow of life in the troubled country, but in their churches they have continued to be targets of extremists, most recently an al-Qaida-related group, the Islamic State of Iraq. The persecution has resulted in many Iraqi Christians facing the decision of whether to flee their homeland with their families or stay and likely face severe consequences. Church leaders in Iraq and worldwide are voicing concerns that this may nail the coffin shut on Christian presence in the nation.”


  • Posted: 12/06/2010
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.bpnews.net

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Proposition 8 reaches next hurdle

Oakland Tribune: Proposition 8 case reaches historic stage

Christian Post: Prop. 8 Appeal Goes Before Federal Court

Swedish government’s 18-month-long seizure of 9-year-old boy pushing parents to emotional brink

9th Circuit Court to hear Prop 8 arguments

The Family Foundation Continues to Ally Itself With Hate Groups

‘Gender-neutral’ Dorm Roommates Latest Trend

The Prop. 8 show

Family Policy Council of W.Va. ally listed as hate group

Cherokee fight over graduations at churches could spread across metro Atlanta

Emergency Injunction Sought in Federal Court to Stop Harassment of Hispanic Church in Burbank, Illinois

Rasmussen: Most Say Obama Offshore Ban Will Hurt Economy

WSJ: “Ban on Gay Marriage Heads To Court in California, Again”

Is It Constitutional for New York to Criminalize Clergy’s Performing Wedding With No Civil License For Couples?

19 Facts About The Deindustrialization Of America That Will Blow Your Mind

    This disturbing report is being widely circulated on the Internet and via email. It appears that the Economic Collapse Blog may be the source of the information. If any readers learn otherwise, please let us know.  Here is an excerpt: ”Tens of thousands of factories have left the United States in the past decade alone. Millions upon millions of manufacturing jobs have been lost in the same time period. The United States has become a nation that consumes everything in sight and yet produces increasingly little . . . The following are 19 facts about the deindustrialization of America that will blow your mind….”


  • Posted: 12/06/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous

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NY Mag: Proposition 8 Hearings Scheduled for Today

One News Now: Prop. 8 – all eyes on Ninth Circuit panel

Mich. town allows church to occupy property in wake of lawsuit

Canadian Court Rules Against Break-Away Anglican Parishes

Mosque infiltration feeds Muslims’ distrust of FBI

Jehovah’s Witness member goes on trial in Russia

Pro-Life Group Worries “Death Panels” Added Back to ObamaCare

The Moral Frontiers of Stem Cell Research

California’s Proposition 8 appeal (Part 2)

Passive Observers, Passive Displays, and the Establishment Clause

    Mark Strasser, Passive Observers, Passive Displays, and the Establishment Clause, 14 Lewis & Clark Rev. 1123 (2010); Online at: http://www.lclark.edu/livewhale/download/?id=5620

    This Article examines jurisprudence surrounding state action, and when that action does and does not violate the Establishment Clause. Division within the Court regarding what constitutes a “passive” state practice has complicated Establishment Clause analyses for lower courts, as evidenced by the chaotic case law on the issue. Because the Court has advanced very little clear guidance on Establishment Clause standards, lower courts issue widely varying opinions and reasoning on the matter, as explored by this Article.


  • Posted: 12/06/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.lclark.edu

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Law Review: The Image of God: Rights, Reason, and Order

    Waldron, Jeremy, The Image of God: Rights, Reason, and Order (November 30, 2010). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1718054

    The idea that humans are created in the image of God is often cited as a foundation for human rights theory. In this paper, this use of imago dei is surveyed, and while the paper is basically favorable to this foundation, it draws attention to some difficulties (both theological and practical) that using imago dei as a foundation for human rights may involve. Also it explores the suggestion that the image of God idea may be more apt as a foundation for some rights rather than others. Its use in relation to political rights is specifically explored. The moral of the discussion is that foundations do make a difference. We should not expect that, if we simply nail this idea onto the underside of a body of human rights theory as a foundation, everything in the theory will remain as it is.


  • Posted: 12/06/2010
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life

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Christianity arguably the most persecuted religion in the world

    “Between 200 million and 230 million of them face daily threats of murder, beating, imprisonment and torture, and a further 350 to 400 million encounter discrimination in areas such as jobs and housing. A conservative estimate of the number of Christians killed for their faith each year is somewhere around 150,000.”


  • Posted: 12/06/2010
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: www.thestar.com

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