Unborn twins interact with each other as early as 14 weeks

    LifeSiteNews: “Unborn twin babies socialize as early as week 14 of gestation, a new study has shown. Italian researcher Dr. Umberto Castiello of the University of Padova and associates used an advanced method of ultrasonography, which enables the movements of the babies to be recorded over time in 3D, to study five pairs of twins from a sample of low-risk pregnant women attending the Institute of Child Health I.R.C.C.S. Burlo Garofolo.”


  • Posted: 01/12/2011
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: www.lifesitenews.com

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“Catholic Marquette U welcomes pro-abort, pro-gay former Sen. Feingold as visiting prof”

Housing market slips into depression territory

    CNBC: “In the past few years, we’ve all been careful to choose our words carefully, not calling it a recession until it fit the technical definition and avoiding any inappropriate use of the ‘D’ word — Depression. Things were bad but the broader economy never reached Depression territory. The housing market, on the other hand, just crossed that threshold.”


  • Posted: 01/12/2011
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.cnbc.com

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Religious themes permeate Kansas inauguration

Virginia rally to urge governor to enforce new abortion clinic regulations

NJ: Officials not fazed by prayer ruling

OR: Prineville nativity gets lots of support

Cardinal George: Marriage redefinition advocates are arguing with “Mother Nature”

    Windy City Media Group: “The Catholic spiritual leader of Chicago visited Boston College recently, where a doctoral student pressed Cardinal Francis George about the Church’s recent opposition to civil-unions legislation recently passed by the Illinois General Assembly. George told student John Falcone his ‘argument was not with Mother Church but with Mother Nature,’ adding that anyone who advocates same-sex marriage or its equivalent ‘has lost touch with the common understanding of the human race.’”


  • Posted: 01/12/2011
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  • Category: Marriage & Family

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Canada: Polygamy survivor takes the stand

Feds tells Manhattan College it’s not Catholic enough

Cato Institute: “Marriage against the State: Toward a new view of civil marriage”

    Jason Kuznicki writing at the Cato Institute: “As U.S. courts have repeatedly declared, marriage is fundamentally a private, individual right. One implication of this view, clear but not always consistently applied, is that the federal role in marriage should be to get out of the way. When it cannot, it should behave in predictable, orderly, and low-cost ways so that individuals may conduct their family and private lives as they think best. When the federal government must act in this area, it should do so only with a view toward preserving individual rights. This paper considers federal marriage policy in a new light by suggesting that some, though far from all, of the federal provisions governing marriage may be understood as protections of this kind, or as guarantees of individual responsibility, as in the case of children. When marriage acts in such a way, it merits federal recognition, but not otherwise.”


  • Posted: 01/12/2011
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.cato.org

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David French: Second student files complaint as Vanderbilt spins

Hundreds of Christians demonstrate on Cairo’s edge

FRC urges health advisory panel to protect conscience rights, oppose mandates for abortifacients in Obamacare

Hawaii: Senators recommend halt to floor session invocations

ACLJ seeks injunction to halt mosque near Ground Zero

In Pakistan, tolerance shrinks

Ballot proposal to ban abortion in Alaska ruled unconstitutional

Nursing student fights school policy requiring abortion pledge

How to cut $100 billion without really crying

    Business Week: “Boehner is going to win this one. Government spending has surged so much in the past two years that cutting $100 billion is a piece of cake . . . The Heritage Foundation’s Brian Riedl came up with an ambitious plan for cutting $343 billion in spending. I’ll shoot for one-third of that target, with the added goal of avoiding some of his proposals — such as reducing Pell Grants and eliminating homeland-security funding to states — that would be most likely to lead to wailing in the echoing halls of the Capitol complex.”


  • Posted: 01/12/2011
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.businessweek.com

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Energy should be job one for the new Congress

    Energy Tribune: “Our economy was built on and our lifestyles depend upon relatively inexpensive, abundant, reliable sources of energy. Looking just at the fossil fuels oil and natural gas, they are critical for transportation and, increasingly for electricity, but they also serve as feedstock for plastics, pharmaceuticals, fertilizers, lubricants and construction materials. With this in mind, here are a couple of steps Congress could take to improve the reliability and reduce the costs of energy.”


  • Posted: 01/12/2011
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.energytribune.com

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WV: Justices listen to arguments on gubernatorial succession

Attorney: Court punishes “narrow” religious beliefs

Imperial County supervisors take no action on Prop. 8 case

Hawaii: Civil union supporters optimistic

Daniels urges aggressive Ind. school changes

Montana: Sponsor says unborn child bill not about abortion

Japan: Survey shows rising indifference to sex among male teens, couples

Vote on repeal of pro-abortion Obamacare bill comes next week

D.C. judge blocks release of TSA body scan images

Serbia: Advocates of homosexual behavior push for marriage redefinition

Michael Youssef calls on Hillary Clinton to confront Egyptian gov’t over attacks on Christians

Free ECFA briefing for churches, religious organizations on Grassley accountability, policy report

Religion and region at play in Nigerian election

The rising abortion rate: 3 theories

Chief Justice warns Iowa lawmakers about threat to checks and balances

Raymond Ibrahim: Radical Muslims in America

    Raymond Ibrahim writing at Hudson New York: “The mainstream position, the only one evoked by politicians, both Democrat and Republican, is that all the sacrifices America makes in the Muslim world (Iraq or Afghanistan), will pay off once Muslims discover how wonderful Western ways are, and happily slough off their Islamist veneer, which, as the theory goes, is a product of—you guessed it—a lack of democracy, liberty, prosperity, and freedom of expression. Yet here are American Muslims, immersed in the bounties of the West—and still they turn to violent jihad.”


  • Posted: 01/12/2011
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.hudson-ny.org

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Saskatchewan: “Gay-friendly list of marriage officials may be illegal, too”

PA: Haverford’s gender identity discrimination proposal sparks more debate

Ireland: Jehovah parents lose transfusion ruling

Police capture gunman who killed Coptic Christian on train in Upper Egypt

Religious clashes continue in Nigeria

IA Chief Justice: Court expected uproar over marriage ruling

Archbishop Chaput on Judge John Roll: A life of authentic Catholic witness

    Denver Archbishop Charles J. Chaput: “Roll was devoted to St. Thomas More and kept a biography of the saint on a table near his desk. He liked mentoring young Christian attorneys because he believed their faith gave them a better moral foundation for the vocation of law . . . This life passes. Eternity is forever. We need to act in this world accordingly, with lives of Christian service. Maureen and John Roll shared a life of quiet, powerful, authentic Catholic witness. Please keep them both, and the entire Roll family, in your prayers.”


  • Posted: 01/12/2011
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.archden.org

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SC House Republicans to take on abortion

GOP’s own “Great Society” backfired

SD: Justices question school funding system in hearing

Gateways: Religious Freedom Day, January 16, 2011

Walter E. Williams: What our Constitution permits

PA: Rendell assails proposed school-voucher plan

Rasmussen: Many favor cutting pay, benefits of State employees

L.A. billboards focus on black babies killed in abortion

Report shows contraception failure, 54% used before abortion

TN: Vanderbilt applicant complains over abortion clause

Matthew Sharp: Vermont had no license to censor vanity plates

Heritage Foundation: The gov’t spending threat to economic freedom

Ilya Somin: Supreme Court refuses to hear potentially important Commerce Clause case

Sen. Udall: Reforming the rules of the Senate to restore accountability and reduce gridlock

    Sen. Tom Udall writing in the Harvard Law & Policy Review: “The United States Senate has become a graveyard for good ideas—increasingly crippled by the partisan abuse of the institution’s own rules. Instead of being the chamber of Congress where legislation is carefully debated and serving as an ‘additional impediment . . . against improper acts of legislation,’ the modern Senate too often serves as a brick wall, stifling debate rather than promoting it and disrupting important legislation and nominations for purely partisan reasons. The use of obstructionist procedural tactics such as the filibuster and secret holds has expanded rapidly in recent Congresses, to the point where they are now everyday rather than extraordinary occurrences. Such obstructionist practices, when abused, make a mockery of our representative democracy.”


  • Posted: 01/12/2011
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: hlpronline.com

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NYT: Impeachment as intimidation

CO: 10th Circuit denies media access to prison video admitted during trial

Pakistan court convicts imam and son for blasphemy

Kevin Theriot: Church can work with county to provide affordable housing

Casey Mattox: Vanderbilt University: Pro-lifers need not apply; will Obama admin enforce the law?

Alan Sears: Mount Soledad decision underscores threat to U.S. war memorials

Erik Stanley: Oh Canada! The homosexual agenda steamrolls religious freedom

David Cortman: Isn’t every day “Religious Freedom Day?”

Sunrise Rock Cross litigation becomes even more complicated

Atheist asks Supreme Court to strike down “In God We Trust”

“Nation’s first gay museum opens in San Francisco”

Vanderbilt’s nurse residency application challenged as violating Church Amendment

Does Marriage, or Anything, Have Essential Properties?

    The key is to see that while procreation is the biological good in virtue of which a man and woman’s intercourse unites them in mutual bodily coordination, this bodily union is an aspect of a comprehensive relationship valuable in itself and not just as a means to procreation. So the ancient philosophers saw what our legal tradition has long affirmed: marriage is a procreative relationship, but its intrinsic value remains whether or not children are born as the fruit of the spouses’ union.


  • Posted: 01/12/2011
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“What is Marriage”: Law review article viewed over 50k and downloaded over 24k times

    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.


  • Posted: 01/12/2011
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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61 apply for seat on Iowa Supreme Court