Albert Mohler: Why the creation-evolution debate is so important

    Albert Mohler writing in The Christian Post: “I am willing to accept the authority of science on any number of issues. I am fundamentally agnostic about a host of other scientific concerns – but not where the fundamental truth of the Gospel and the clear teachings of the Bible are at stake. As I have stated repeatedly, I accept without hesitation the fact that the world indeed looks old. Armed with naturalistic assumptions, I would almost assuredly come to the same conclusions as BioLogos and the evolutionary establishment, or I would at least find evolutionary arguments credible. But the most basic issue is, and has always been, that of worldview and basic presuppositions. The entire intellectual enterprise of evolution is based on naturalistic assumptions, and I do not share those presuppositions.”


  • Posted: 01/10/2011
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.christianpost.com

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Canada: Constitutional reference case on polygamy will go down to the wire

Fla., Ky., Neb., bills would restrict abortion access, insurance coverage

Saskatchewan court: Commissioners cannot refuse same sex weddings

UK: Catholic schools feel under attack from political critics

RIM ordered to block porn sites in Indonesia

New York religious communities step up to reduce abortion

Independent commission to continue work on government’s televangelist review

University of Kentucky prepares for trial on religious discrimination charge

Mexican bishop emphasizes importance of religious freedom

Paul Gottfried: Dick Morris’s New Right

    Paul Gottfriend writing in The American Conservative: “Morris and other ‘conservative’ commentators have pushed the established Right leftward on social issues, while brandishing a sword against those with more modest foreign-policy goals . . . The neoconservatives have backed the Religious Right for tactical reasons, because it helps put wind in their sails . . . The problem is that the neoconservatives, who hold the purse strings with their access to corporate wealth, have never cared much for those socially conservative positions they’ve pay-rolled. And now the support for them is drying up . . . Even more significantly, the neoconservatives and their dependents are making a U-turn on gay issues.”


  • Posted: 01/10/2011
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.amconmag.com

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New Zealand: McDonald’s under fire for blocking websites advocating homosexual behavior

David French: Judge John Roll

State Dept modifies gender-neutral parentage stance

    “Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has ordered the State Department to amend a bureaucratic change that would have replaced the terms ‘mother’ and ‘father’ with the gender-neutral term ‘parent’ in reports of overseas births.”


  • Posted: 01/10/2011
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: www.google.com

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Australia: Parents want right to choose their child’s gender

Artist Damien Hirst offends bereaved parents by using baby’s skull for “disturbing” new work

Former porn actress to men: Stop looking at porn or you will destroy your life

    LifeSiteNews: “Jennifer Case left the sex industry three years ago by the grace of God, she says, and her message to men is very clear: ‘There is a real person on the other side of the images you are seeing, and you are destroying her life and the lives of her children.’”


  • Posted: 01/10/2011
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.lifesitenews.com

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In Iran, “scores of Christians” were arrested Dec. 25

Palm Beach State College agrees to lift literature distribution ban while ADF lawsuit proceeds

Outsiders trying to install Muslim in power in Ivory Coast

Lost religious liberty around the world

Why thinking gov’t should exclude religion is wrong

IN: Wabash courthouse nativity scene at center of debate

Washington Post: End this war on judges

    Washington Post: “For more than 200 years, a safety barrier has protected our nation’s courts and our democracy. No matter how controversial the case or unpopular the ruling, no state or federal judge has been impeached for an opinion issued from the bench . . . Impeachments of judges were not designed as a tool for this kind of political disagreement, and the reason is essential to our democracy. If courts can’t make tough calls, they won’t be able to uphold the Constitution and protect our rights.”


  • Posted: 01/10/2011
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.washingtonpost.com

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Iowa: Upmeyer says no decision on justice impeachment

Rebecca Hagelin: Women at risk donating eggs

Iowa Dems will shut down House to stop judicial impeachment

Rebecca Hagelin: Women at risk donating eggs

Ed Whelan on Judge Reinhardt’s non-recusal in Prop. 8 case

Book Review: The Fetal Position: A Rational Approach to the Abortion Issue

Prop. 8 legal battle has implications for all ballot measures

Is law school a losing game?

    New York Times: “In reality, and based on every other source of information, Mr. Wallerstein and a generation of J.D.’s face the grimmest job market in decades. Since 2008, some 15,000 attorney and legal-staff jobs at large firms have vanished, according to a Northwestern Law study. Associates have been laid off, partners nudged out the door and recruitment programs have been scaled back or eliminated.”


  • Posted: 01/10/2011
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.nytimes.com

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Wisc. Sen. Johnson opposes White House judge nominations

Pakistan’s police and army: How many enemies within?

Mexican police find 14 headless bodies in possible cartel execution

KY: Senate passes historic charter school bill

Lutheran university entitled to Title VII exemption for religious hiring; exemption cannot be waived

Referee concludes that Ohio science teacher repeatedly violated Establishment Clause

NH high court hears arguments in home schooling case

Cert. denied in RLUIPA prisoner free exercise case

High court turns away appeal from “birther” leader

Knights of Columbus mourns death of Judge John Roll in AZ shooting

    LifeNews: “The Knights of Columbus, a prominent Catholic group know for its pro-life work, is today mourning the death of one of the victims of the Arizona shooting Saturday . . . Roll had been a member of the Knights of Columbus for 24 years and members of the Fourth Degree will provide an honor guard at his funeral next week.”


  • Posted: 01/10/2011
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.lifenews.com

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Nigeria: Policeman guarding a church is killed

Pope: Pakistan, others, must protect Christians

Kyle Olson: Teacher’s union claims member’s scalp in Mich.

Rasmussen: Support for public employee unions declines

Paul Jacob: The sky will fall if the ceiling won’t rise?

    Paul Jacob writing at Townhall: “To economist John Lott, the current push for a quick increase in the debt level is yet another example of the Obama administration’s ‘overused tactic of claiming crises to push legislation.’ Lott explains that Congress has voted not to raise the debt ceiling before, numerous times, and that a default is not an immediate outcome of the federal government’s credit card being removed from its wallet.”


  • Posted: 01/10/2011
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: townhall.com

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Court refuses to overturn bulletproof vest law; dissent on Commerce power

    Associated Press: “The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a challenge against a federal law making it illegal for criminals to own bulletproof vests. The appeal had questioned Congress’ lawmaking ability under the Commerce Clause . . . Justice Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia said they would have heard the case.”

    SCOTUSblog: “Two Justices of the Supreme Court, in a dissent that may reveal a new division in the Court over Congress’s power to pass legislation under the Commerce Clause, on Monday accused the Court majority of silently accepting ‘the nullification’ of the Court’s recent rulings on that power — especially, the decision in 1995 in Lopez v. U.S.” | SCOTUSblog case page for Alderman v. United States.


  • Posted: 01/10/2011
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  • Category: Bench & Bar

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NY Bar 2011 legislative priorities include marriage redefinition

Court rejects case of US baby sent to Mexico

Matt Bowman: Prayers for our brother, Judge John Roll

    ADF attorney Matt Bowman writing at CatholicVote.org: “Judge Roll hired me in 2003 fresh out of the first class of Ave Maria School of Law to work in his chambers as a law clerk. I found him among the judges I applied to work for because he listed Knights of Columbus in his biography . . . For what it’s worth, I believe Judge Roll displayed literally heroic virtue in his serving of God in his profession and his consistent, daily display of care and courtesy for the value of every person he encountered. Judge Roll lived his life’s vocation in a way truly worthy of comparison to Saint Thomas More’s daily example.”


  • Posted: 01/10/2011
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: www.catholicvote.org

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Dem planning bill that would outlaw threatening lawmakers

Why teacher pensions don’t work

    Joel Klein writing in the Wall Street Journal [full text via Google News]: “We live in a funny world. Bernie Madoff pretended he was getting 8% returns on his clients’ investments—and he’s in jail for running a Ponzi scheme. But in the public sector that kind of make-believe is common. As former chancellor of the New York City public schools, I learned that one of the options the city pension plan offered teachers and administrators guaranteed an 8.25% return, regardless of what the investments actually earned in the market . . . Whether the investment returns are there or not, defined-benefit pensions require the government to pay retirees a predetermined amount for life.”


  • Posted: 01/10/2011
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  • Category: Miscellaneous

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The Constitution: Not just for courts

    Neomi Rao, assistant professor at George Mason Law School, writing in the Wall Street Journal: “So who, precisely, is supposed to protect the Constitution? Article VI provides that all of our elected and appointed officials in both federal and state government ‘shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution’ . . . Contrary to popular belief, and the beliefs of some lawyer-congressmen, the Supreme Court does not maintain a monopoly on constitutional interpretation.”


  • Posted: 01/10/2011
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: online.wsj.com

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Report: Figures and facts about the recent and growing concern of intolerance and discrimination against Christians in Europe

Glenn Reynolds: The Arizona tragedy and the politics of blood libel

    Glenn Reynolds writing in the Wall Street Journal: “To be clear, if you’re using this event to criticize the ‘rhetoric’ of Mrs. Palin or others with whom you disagree, then you’re either: (a) asserting a connection between the ‘rhetoric’ and the shooting, which based on evidence to date would be what we call a vicious lie; or (b) you’re not, in which case you’re just seizing on a tragedy to try to score unrelated political points, which is contemptible. Which is it?”


  • Posted: 01/10/2011
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: online.wsj.com

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Boehner postpones abortion, health care votes after Giffords shooting

2nd Circuit ruling opens the door to more nudity

Fox News: Arizona mourns death of beloved federal judge

WSJ: Judge remembered as fair-minded

LifeNews: After Giffords shooting, blame game begins on abortion

Victim Profile: John Roll, 63, Arizona federal judge

WSJ: Family, colleagues grieve for judge

Erik Stanley: Christian school sues for right to use its own building

In mourning

Casey Mattox: The First Amendment says: “War Eagle!”

Statement from ADF on tragic death of Chief Judge John Roll: Comments of ADF President, CEO, and General Counsel Alan Sears

David French: Three irreconcilable majorities

    ADF attorney David French writing at Patheos: “Here’s a prediction: The new congress will land in Washington and discover the same reality that faced their ‘revolutionary’ predecessors, pass budgets that don’t differ dramatically from the budgets that came before, and pray fervently that the mighty American economy pulls their chestnuts out of the fire . . . A majority of Americans do not want to see their own government benefits cut, limited, or eliminated, and since a majority of Americans receive one or more tangible government benefits, the entitlement majority may be the most enduring majority in American politics.”


  • Posted: 01/10/2011
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.patheos.com

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Home schooling: A divorce dispute becomes a religious cause in NH

Statement from ADF on tragic death of Chief Judge John Roll

Legal Periodical: Enforcing the Bill of Rights in the United States

    Lael Daniel Weinberger, Enforcing the Bill of Rights in the United States (January 6, 2011). JURISPRUDENCE OF LIBERTY, pp. 93-113, Suri Ratnapala, Gabriël A. Moens, eds., LexisNexis, 2011 . Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1736343

    “Before the American Civil War, very few U.S. Supreme Court cases dealt with the Bill of Rights. It was not until the 20th century that the courts began to deal extensively with the Bill of Rights, and because of the court enforcement of the rights embodied in that document, the Bill of Rights has come to be the best-known part of the United States Constitution. There have been thousands of cases interpreting and applying the Bill of Rights in the 20th century, and there will undoubtedly be thousands more as our era continues to be permeated with ‘rights talk.’

    This raises two important questions. First, why did Bill of Rights litigation wait a century to really begin to play an important part in American culture? Second, does the upsurge in judicial enforcement of the Bill of Rights indicate a corresponding increase in liberty? This essay examines both of these questions by examining the interplay between personal rights and structural constraints on the federal government throughout American constitutional history.”


  • Posted: 01/10/2011
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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