Vote postponed, Senate Dems still 2 votes shy of normalizing homosexual behavior in the military

China declares Christian “house churches” a “cult”

Netherlands: “Test tube law discriminates against lesbians”

UK: Christian B&B owners sued for discrimination against same-sex couple

In Africa, homosexuality emerging as hot-button issue

Salt Lake City School Board passes gender, orientation policy

Sexually oriented business regulations tightened in Mooresville, NC

China counters Nobel Peace Prize with Confucius Peace Prize

Expert cautions about legalizing polygamy in British Columbia

Senate to take up DADT tonight; procedural measure expected to fail

    MSNBC: “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will ‘likely’ force a procedural vote late this afternoon to take up a bill that contains the repeal of the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy. But Democrats are unlikely to get the 60 votes they need to start debate on the Defense Authorization measure that addresses the 17-year old ban on gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.”

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MO pro-life bill protects pharmacists’ conscience rights

Dallas church launches website to report business Grinches

OH: Judge rules against Planned Parenthood in “informed consent” case

Pigford II: Obama to sign bill awarding payments to black farmers: justice or “fraud”?

Ireland OK’d as chief justice of Mass. Supreme Judicial Court

Five-year report on intolerance against Christians in Europe released

Parental notification in Illinois: Will minors finally be protected?

Canadian Supreme Court weighs idea of free speech on Internet; liability of posting hyperlink considered

Azerbaijan plans to increase fines for violations of legislation on freedom of religion

Cal. governor names new South Bay judges

Anti-bullying bills before Texas legislators

Poll: Half of Britons say Jesus’ birth is relevant to their Christmas

Walter E. Williams: Moral or immoral government

MT: GOP lawmakers to introduce pro-life bills

Law school accreditation process is grueling

Senate to vote today on defense bill with pro-abortion language

Law Review: What is Marriage?

    Sherif Girgis, Robert George, and Ryan T. Anderson, What is Marriage? (December 8, 2010). Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy 34.1 (Winter 2010): 245-287 . Available at SSRN:

    “In the article, we argue that as a moral reality, marriage is the union of a man and a woman who make a permanent and exclusive commitment to each other of the type that is naturally fulfilled by bearing and rearing children together, and renewed by acts that constitute the behavioral part of the process of reproduction. We further argue that there are decisive principled as well as prudential reasons for the state to enshrine this understanding of marriage in its positive law, and to resist the call to recognize as marriages the sexual unions of same-sex partners.

    Besides making this positive argument for our position and raising several objections to the view that same-sex unions should be recognized, we address what we consider the strongest philosophical objections to our view of the nature of marriage, as well as more pragmatic concerns about the point or consequences of implementing it as a policy.”

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Americans like “Merry Christmas” more but say it less

FedSoc Event: Does the Constitution require same-sex “marriage”?

University of Delaware starts the new law school process

Iowa faces new abortion battle

Media spotlight welcome on “retreat from marriage”

Study: Why married men are less antisocial

    TIME / Healthland: “S. Alexandra Burt, a behavioral geneticist at Michigan State University, looked at 289 genetically identical male twins to ascertain what difference getting hitched made to these otherwise very similar men. ‘Our results indicate that the reduced rate of antisocial behavior in married men is more complicated than we previously thought,’ said Burt. ‘Marriage is generally good for men, at least in terms of reducing antisocial behavior, but the data also indicates that it’s not random who enters into the state of marriage.’” Abstract is here.

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NJ ‘Choose Life’ plates on road to revival

Evanston, IL could scale back church zoning ordinance

New South Wales: Unclear if ethics classes to be taught in Great Lakes

Ontario school board votes in favor of distributing bibles

Germany experiments with training, certifying imams who interpret Europe for immigrants

Palestinian Authority jails atheist “for his own good”

ACLU in Tennessee warns schools across state about holiday celebrations

Jeff Jacoby: The “Islamophobia” myth

Malaysia minister rejects call to end child marriage

India: Church to study laws restricting religious conversion

Boca Raton under fire for menorah display

Panel studying Catholic education may change the look of schools

    Delco Daily Times: “At a press conference Tuesday afternoon, [Cardinal Rigali] noted that changing demographics, declining enrollment and rising costs have contributed to the struggle of keeping Catholic education alive . . . ‘We’re going to map out a long-range plan to sustain the system we have,’ said Quindlen. ‘It doesn’t mean we’re going to sustain every school. It could mean consolidation, it could mean regionalization, it could mean closing some schools.’”

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NJ: Millburn residents fight construction of synagogue in residential neighborhood

Islamist group says it bombed Indian holy site

Rowan Williams: Stop taking “Christ” out of “Christmas”

NC school board adds Christmas, Good Friday to calendar

NY: Open flame policies prompt mixed reactions by religious students

Bob Barr: Anti-church killjoys target high school graduations

Canada: Ex-Bountiful members speak out against polygamy

New Muslim organization set up in Russia

OR: Religious clothing policy offered for schools

Oliver North: DADT repeal would have devastating effects

Vander Plaats calls for resignation of remaining 4 Iowa justices

7th Circuit hears oral arguments in Day of Prayer appeal

In Peru, “historic” religious liberty legislation passes

OECD condemns British education which is now inferior to Estonia’s

Father-in-law of disfigured Afghan teen arrested

Democrat Dayton poised to become Minn. gov. elect

Republican concedes in NY race for US House seat

TODAY: Senate to vote on normalization of homosexual behavior in the military

Senate convicts La. judge on impeachment charges

IN: Group challenges courthouse nativity scene

William Brennan and the creation of a right to abortion

SCOTUS argument preview: Assessing an Arizona immigration law

Update on homeschooling father jailed by Swedish gov’t

Americans no longer think the U.S. economy is No. 1

HIV-positive porn performer speaks out

Christian flag flap ongoing in N.C. town

Federal Appeals Court hears case against CA marriage amendment

Court panel hears oral arguments in appeal on same-sex “marriage” ruling