NC Supreme Court and Minnesota Court of Appeals on second-parent adoptions

UK court strikes down forced-marriage law

Malta: Attorney General appeals in “transsexual marriage” case

Report cites abuses from China’s one-child rule

Ireland: Abortion rate will rise if legalized

Ark Encounter park get preliminary OK from Kentucky tourism board

FFRF objects to cross atop Tenn. public library

Lieberman sees a next step for “same-sex rights” in gov’t

Veterans of Foreign Wars warns that DADT repeal could end all-volunteer military

EHCR ruling won’t impact Malta abortion restrictions, judge says

Time for CA bishops to follow Phoenix bishop’s example?

Ireland: Terminally ill woman refused abortion in Cork hospital

Harvard, Yale open up to ROTC plans after DADT vote

Same-sex couple adoption ruled invalid in North Carolina

Judge Bernice Donald nominated to 6th Circuit

Obama names seven to U.S. District Courts

Spain: Party leader Rajoy softens stance on same-sex “marriage”

UK: ECHR same-sex “marriage” legal challenge bid stalled by paperwork

KS: Two churches battle mission “driveway” tax

ACLU says no Merry Christmas for Nevada school?

Concern and uncertainty: Religious liberty questions after DADT repeal

Erik Stanley: Kansas town sued for taxing church attendance

Alan Sears: In Wisconsin, a victory for life and conscience

Author of pedophilia guide on his way to Fla. jail

WA: Display of Nativity scene approved for Capitol grounds in Olympia

Obamacare, the Constitution, and the original meaning of the Commerce Clause

$1.5M offer made for disputed Philly Boy Scouts HQ

Suspected Rome bomb contained no explosive

FCC says gov’t has power to regulate Internet traffic

Graham: GOP to blame for “capitulation of dramatic proportions” in lame-duck

Belgium: Court rules boy had the right to be the object of an abortion

    E. Christian Brugger writes at the Culture of Life Foundation: “The bioethics website BioEdge (www.bioedge.org) just reported that an appeal’s court in Belgium recently upheld a similar suit brought by parents against doctors on behalf of their disabled son. The Court of Appeal of Brussels ruled that because of a faulty prenatal diagnosis, which led to a disabled boy being born, the doctors ‘have injured [the boy’s] certain and legitimate interest in being the object of a therapeutic abortion.’ In other words, the boy had a right to be killed through abortion, and that right was violated when, because of the doctors’ misdiagnosis, he was born alive.”


  • Posted: 12/21/2010
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  • Category: Global: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: culture-of-life.org

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Continuing resolution sets up battle on DC abortion funding

23% fail military entrance exam

Spain: Muslim student files complaint against teacher for talking about ham

    Pajamas Media: “Consider the case of the student at the Menéndez Tolosa school in Cadiz who this week asked his geography teacher to stop discussing ham in class because it was disrespctful to him as a Muslim. It should be noted that the teacher, José Reyes Fernández, was not mocking the Koran’s prohibition against eating ham. What was so offensive to the student was Fernández’s use of the Granada town of Trevélez as an example of a cold moutain climate conducive to the curings of hams.”


  • Posted: 12/21/2010
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: pajamasmedia.com

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Stanley Kurtz: Obama, pragmatic socialist

    Stanley Kurtz writing at National Review Online: Obama could easily have confessed his youthful radicalism and explained how he’d come to abandon it. As a man with national ambitions, we might have expected him to do so. Instead, Obama has consistently identified himself with a profession, community organizing, he knew to be quietly socialist . . . As I show in Radical-in-Chief, the young Obama was no hack, but a committed, hard-core Marxist. He didn’t fool his organizing mentors into believing that he shared their views; rather, those mentors taught him how to do socialism the pragmatic way, the sellable way, the Lawrence O’Donnell way.”


  • Posted: 12/21/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.nationalreview.com

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DADT and Left-wing intellectual bigotry

2nd Circuit is back in Democrats’ hands

After fall of “don’t ask,” pushing for “I do”

Rasmussen: Voters give mixed marks to influence of religion on gov’t policy

Proposed federal rule would promote unions

    Associated Press: “Most private employers would have to display posters informing workers about their right to form a union under a proposed federal rule that is bound to please unions and draw the ire of companies trying to resist labor organizers.”


  • Posted: 12/21/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: hosted.ap.org

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“Gay rights” row breaks out over amended UN resolution

U.S. contributes more than $12.1 million to improve legal services in Afghanistan

Census data offers Republicans the chance to solidify hold on House

Religion plays key role in public square, says Pope

10th Circuit denies petition to rehear Utah Highway Patrol cross case

“Malaysia gay man gets threats”

Kansas town sued for taxing church attendance

DADT lawsuits to remain active

Military will write the rules on repeal of DADT

ACLU submits brief to fight Iowa lawsuit that would derail judicial appointments

Andy McCarthy: America must wake up to threat of sharia

    Andrew C. McCarthy writing in The Washington Examiner: “Islamism is a mainstream ideology to which millions of Muslims — only a bare fraction of whom would ever participate in terrorism — are beholden. Islamists and Muslim terrorists agree on the goal: the implementation of Sharia to strangle individual liberty and foster Islamicized societies. They differ only on methods and pace. Islamists are not moderates even if they don’t kill in order to get their way, and they target not only the West but millions of Muslim moderates everywhere who embrace Enlightenment principles.”


  • Posted: 12/21/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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Stanley Fish on higher education: We’re all Conservatives now

Korea: Christmas tree serves as explosive symbol of the North-South divide

Phoenix diocese strips St. Joseph’s Hospital of Catholic status

Lord Nicholas Windsor: Abortion is Europe’s most pressing issue

    Lord Nicholas Windsor writing at First Things: “Is it still possible then that we can point to anything of any real significance that had been overlooked, anything dangerous smuggled into this new phase of history that has caught us unawares? I would say that this is indeed the case, and I would like to focus especially on a matter and a practice that constitutes the single most grievous moral deficit in contemporary life: the abortion of our unborn children . . . All else that we concern ourselves with in the lives of human beings derives from the inescapable fact that first we must have human lives with which to concern ourselves. By disregarding this self-evident fact of the debt owed immediately to the unborn—which is to be allowed to be born (and let us not forget that all of us might have suffered just the same fate before our birth)—humanity’s deepest instincts are trampled and shattered.”


  • Posted: 12/21/2010
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  • Category: Global: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: www.firstthings.com

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TX Planned Parenthood chapter quits, forced by national to do abortions

Hungary passes law boosting government control over media

Poll: Americans say Christmas a religious day, 92% celebrate it

UK terror plot aimed British landmarks, shopping

Pope sees clergy sex abuse as product of moral relativism

6th Circuit affirms free-speech suit against judge

Long-dead judge sparks a lively tug of war

    News Observer: “James Iredell, one of the first U.S. Supreme Court justices, and father of the state’s 23rd governor, was a prolific letter writer . . . Harvey Wilson Johnson, a Raleigh octogenarian with direct family ties to the 18th-century statesman, has sued the state Department of Cultural Resources and state archives, staking a claim on a collection that contains many of Iredell’s writings and a letter from King George V. Johnson and other Iredell heirs say the manuscripts and papers were lent, not given, to the state a century ago.”


  • Posted: 12/21/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.newsobserver.com

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Homosexual advocates launch new guide to make homosexual “rights” a reality

Dems reach magic number on arms treaty as GOP support builds

Iowa justices to leave office despite state legal challenge

On Palin’s reading list, C.S. Lewis

    Wall Street Journal: “Mrs. Palin is on the right track by giving C.S. Lewis a prominent place on her reading list. Yet Ms. Behar and other Palin critics have dismissed Lewis’s work, forgetting that Lewis was a medieval and renaissance scholar at Oxford and the author of several brilliant Christian apologetics. Ms. Behar’s dismissal of children’s books as less than important makes her a modern-day Eustace, the type of bully who mocks readers of fairy tales as simpletons.”


  • Posted: 12/21/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: online.wsj.com

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Pat Buchanan: Christian rout in the culture war

William McGurn: The Army and the Ivy

Heritage Foundation: It’s time to stop the FCC Internet czars

Afghan sex practices concern U.S., British forces

FFRF objects to sectarian prayers in Tulsa

“Sad day”: Senate passes DADT repeal

“Merry Christmas” banned at Nevada high school

WorldNetDaily: Military ban not over yet

OH: Lake Local appoints legal counsel over values statement