New DC mayor promises to restore faith council

NYC YMCA gives Santa the boot — represents Christmas too much

Ill. officials waiting for civil union rules

Minnesota: State lawyer seeks dismissal of same-sex “marriage” suit

Congressional panel: Let women serve in combat roles

Same-sex couples seek pretrial judgment in suit against state of Montana

ADF offers Tenn. schools free defense against ACLU Christmas threat

Brazil same sex couples entitled to same pension benefits

Australian HIV study: Worrying trend among men engaging homosexual behavior

Philippines: “Lawmaker pushes for more gay rights”

Assembling the global baby

Islamic Algeria hails religious freedom at restored Catholic church

Adventists of the Seventh Day detained in Azerbaijan

Reid gets votes he needs to advance $858B tax package

Malta: Bill would simplify sex-change registrations

Vatican spokesman denounces Europe’s intolerance of Christians

Zenit: New marriage report finds worrying trends

First Latina, openly “gay” Colorado Supreme Court Justice

Why are the media fixated on condoms?

    Janet E. Smith writing at Zenit: “The media are obsessed with the issue of the Catholic Church and condoms because they seem to believe that condoms are the solution to preventing the transmission of the HIV. Might it be time they began to think about other organizations, such as themselves, that might bear some responsibility? Who can deny that if people were living by the Church’s teaching on sexuality, if people were having only married heterosexual sex, there would be no problem with the HIV (and a host of other problems)?”

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CA Senate Bill would ensure school students know “historical contributions of . . . LGBT people”

En Banc 9th Circuit refuses to create test for who is covered by the ministerial exception

Study disputes link between abortion and mental health problems

NY Times: “Poland, bastion of religion, sees rise in secularism”

Obama Admin suggests more embryonic stem cell funding

Rockford, Illinois abortion center threatens pro-life advocates

WI: Teachers unions often resist school reforms

“Cultural defenses” and incest

Guam: Informed consent on abortion bill vetoed, along with 3 other measures

Sen. Sessions: Supreme Court won’t overthrow DADT

Six themes emerge from Barna Group Research in 2010

    Barna Group: “1. The Christian Church is becoming less theologically literate . . . 2. Christians are becoming more ingrown and less outreach-oriented . . . 3. Growing numbers of people are less interested in spiritual principles and more desirous of learning pragmatic solutions for life . . . 4. Among Christians, interest in participating in community action is escalating . . . 5. The postmodern insistence on tolerance is winning over the Christian Church . . . 6. The influence of Christianity on culture and individual lives is largely invisible.”

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UK: Teacher in despair over lack of classroom discipline appeals to the Education Secretary

    Daily Mail: “Let me give you an example of what it’s like to teach children in the bottom set at Key Stage 3 level (those aged between 11 and 14) at a bog-standard comprehensive school, not in some inner-city hellhole, but in one of the leafier suburbs of a town in the Midlands. Last month, an 11-year-old boy walked late into my class and proceeded to disrupt it so badly that I could not teach. He threw pencils at his classmates, called out when I asked him not to, refused to work and disrupted all the other pupils until finally I had to have him removed from the classroom because he called me a ‘f****** cow.’”

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What killed Europe?

    Guy Milliere writing at Hudson New York: “There are no political alternatives here: in every European country, political parties fall into one of two camps:Protest Movements that foment and channel discontent and resentment though they have no chance to prevail in national elections; and Incumbent Establishment Parties that offer only statism, political interventionism, redistribution and stagnation. Even if an elected politician actually did try to move in an encouraging new direction, his efforts would be quickly squelched: Europe’s key decisions are now made in technocratic and bureaucratic spheres where voters have no sway.”

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Jordan: Role in Afghanistan to help Muslims

New South Wales, Australia to ban overseas surrogacy

Abortion causing huge gender imbalance in Vietnam, UN admits

Obamacare: Study finds 40% of doctors may quit

Cantor calls for direct appeal to Supreme Court on ObamaCare

Who is the harbinger of our culture? Hopefully not Canada

Kagan says “steep learning curve” on Supreme Court

Holder reassures Muslims of DOJ’s anti-bias focus

NH parents object to book that calls Jesus vagrant

Discharged “gay” veterans sue for reinstatement

FPCWV thanks Sen. Manchin for vote against open homosexual behavior, abortion clinics in military

SWAN and ACLU file suit seeking military sexual trauma records withheld by gov’t

Video of Rick Santorum and Hadley Arkes at Thomas More College: Natural law and the Catholic statesman in 21st century America

PA: “Sex-ed change troubles parents”

MI: Plymouth-Canton will allow fourth-grader to wear religious dagger

Don’t let the Grinch steal Christmas

    Nathan A. Adams writing at Patheos: “Consequently, every year at this time, secular and other opponents emerge in Grinch-like fashion to put an end to the most religious of the displays, celebrations, story-telling, and caroling on public property. The time is past due for the courts to dismiss these cases and send the “Grinch” packing: 1) to the extent any private displays or celebrations are allowed on public property and 2) as a natural reflection of the cultural importance Americans assign to these holidays.”

  • Posted: 12/13/2010
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Turkish minister unveils draft of new religious classes curriculum

German schools embrace Islam

Michael Dorf: Viewer’s guide to the oral argument in the Prop 8 case

Iowa Planned Parenthood merger could lead to increased abortions

Aasia Bibi blasphemy case a symbol of Pakistan’s religious intolerance

UK: Hotel owners barred “gay” couple on religious grounds, court told

Embattled Indonesian Christians seek protection

Religious group protests holiday display in Florida

Pakistan: Religious parties threatens to launch movement against gov’t

When will Black churches start their own schools?

Britain may forbid visit by Florida Koran pastor

Stockholm bomber seen as radical by UK Muslims

More Christians flee Iraq after new violence

Swedish dilemma after terror attacks: Security vs. liberty

ADF comment on Va. “ObamaCare” decision

Knight: Ruling elites wage war on morality

Judge Rules Pro-Abortion ObamaCare Law Unconstitutional

NJ: Chanukah battle for freedom of religion continues

Bruce Bialosky: Yes, ObamaCare still worse than you thought

    Bruce Bialosky writing at Townhall: “The NCPA identifies 159 new federal agencies in which bureaucrats define what medical care you may or may not receive. But is that true? The U.S. Chamber of Commerce states there are 183 new federal agencies. It’s perverse enough that all these agencies are being created. But if two reputable organizations can analyze this legislation and still disagree on how much bureaucracy springs from its pages, what hope will we ever have to survive this mind-warped beast?”

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Maryland: About 600 protest at abortion clinic

European Court to rule on Irish abortion laws

IN: Brookville citizens hold rally in support of nativity scene

Readers to Staten Island authorities: Leave Baby Jesus alone

Montana: ACLU to pursue suit for same-sex couples

ACLU may fight Wyoming medical marijuana ban