RI House to hold marriage hearing next week

Hawaii Senate passes civil unions

Tea Party Caucus silent on abortion funding

Arkansas Senate votes to exclude abortion coverage from Obamacare exchanges

GA: Bill filed to ban abortions after 20 weeks

Canada: Giving new meaning to “nanny state”

Wyoming Senate advances marriage amendment

DADT repeal plan requires no major policy overhaul

    “The department will not offer changes in its standards of conduct, expressions of religious beliefs, military benefits, medical policies or duty assignments.”


  • Posted: 01/28/2011
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e-divorces on rise in Australia

Book review: What does it mean to be a Christian in the late modern world?

    Richard Gamble reviews To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World, James Davison Hunter, Oxford University Press, 368 pages: “Sociologist James Davison Hunter . . . takes up the question of what Christian faithfulness ought to look like in 21st-century America.Hunter’s alternative model of social change foregrounds the role played by institutions, top-down leadership, and well-financed networks of elites operating at the centers of ‘cultural production’ . . . Hunter summons Christians to a more comprehensive application of the Great Commission that, while still carrying them into ‘all the world,’ will reach beyond geography to include every institution: the arts, sciences, media, politics, education, entertainment, social welfare, and more.”


  • Posted: 01/28/2011
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.amconmag.com

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Germany: Court ruling could mean equal adoption rights for “gay” couples

India: Bill seeks to regulate surrogacy

Reproductive technologies creating a new stolen generation

Jeremiah G. Dys: Parents need way to grieve

Reps. Issa and Gowdy: Do the right thing, right now, on D.C. Opportunity Scholarships

Sweden is a model for American school choice options

Obama to push gun-control measures

D.C. strip club has ties to gangster legend

Tyler Clementi Act a serious threat to free speech

UK: Islamists establish a bridgehead in Parliament; MP and peer resign

Pakistan: Preparing a terrorist attack to eliminate Catholic Minister Bhatti

“Gay” Ugandan Brenda Namigadde loses UK court appeal

Sweden’s national library seeks guidance on child porn

Canada: School board passes “anti-homophobia” policy

Pentagon Briefing on DADT repeal implementation at 2:15 p.m

9th Circuit reinstates city’s adult bookstore ordinance

Obama says he will not refight battle over healthcare law

Student sues University of Idaho over firearms ban

Bill aimed at protecting South Carolina from foreign law introduced

Islamists march, police teargas Tunis protesters

TN: Parents, community leaders against Planned Parenthood in Knox County Schools

UK: IVF and abortion claim similar number of women’s lives a year

UK abortion provider asks court to allow abortion drugs to be taken at home

Indian court: Gov’t subsidy for Haj, other pilgrimages not unconstitutional

UK: More charities, parents, religious groups applying to open “free schools”

“SPLC and rights groups urge MN school district to restore LGBT students’ rights”

Hearing set on Maryland marriage bill

Lee to join Hatch on Judiciary Committee

UK MP: The sexualization of our children in the name of marketing need to be tackled

France: Constitutional Court upholds marriage between a man and a woman

British appellate court says EU employment discrimination directives do not cover volunteers

Bill would create special envoy for religious minorities in Near East and South Central Asia

Suit charges religious discrimination in closing of Facebook account

New Black Panther Party case: The facts are in

Egyptians brace for Friday protests as internet, messaging disrupted

Monroe County, NY wants condoms in high schools

CA: Planned Parenthood aims to open clinic in Redwood City

Egypt arrests Muslim Brotherhood leaders

City attorney wants Seattle strip club near school shut down

Woman who had abortion finds fault with positive abortion study

Chick-fil-A removed from IU South Bend campus for marriage seminar catering

Dad: Ex-wife too religiously extreme for son

Virginia lawmakers battle human trafficking

Customs agents: Sex trafficking major problem in Georgia

Canada: Both sides of polygamy debate fear the law

Court date set for appeal over Ark. adoption law

UK: Three more charged with stirring up “homophobic” hatred

Yakima, WA: Attorney for strip club awaits City’s response

Michael J. New: Repealing health care is job #1 for pro-lifers

    Michael J. New writing at Public Discourse: “Unfortunately, amidst all this sunny news, one development from 2010 has the ability to undermine much of the hard fought progress the pro-life movement has made since the Roe v. Wade decision. That is, of course, this last spring’s passage of Obamacare. The danger that Obamacare poses to the pro-life movement is twofold. First, if abortion is listed as a federal health benefit, that could easily nullify or weaken a number of important state level pro-life laws including parental involvement laws, waiting periods, and informed consent laws. Second, Obamacare provides federal funds to insurance plans which cover abortion.”


  • Posted: 01/28/2011
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life

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Restricted areas: Some Christians and others are taking stands against university speech codes

Cop’s right to protect gospel preachers asserted in court

Legal Periodical: A Delayed Opportunity for the Indigenization of Islamic Legal Rulings

    Faisal Kutty, The Myth and Reality of “Shari’a” Courts in Canada: A Delayed Opportunity for the Indigenization of Islamic Legal Rulings (January 26, 2011). Univ. of St. Thomas Law Journal, Vol. 7, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1749046

    “The Ontario government’s passage of the Family Statute Law Amendment Act, 2005 ostensibly precluding the enforcement of faith-based decisions issued by arbitration panels pursuant to the Arbitrations Act, 1991, in the area of family law, brought to the fore a debate that has been raging in liberal democracies for some time.

    Those opposed to allowing the use of religious principles in resolving family disputes using the Arbitrations Act, 1991, raised some legitimate concerns about gender rights within religious communities. They also questioned the role of religion in secular society and opposed what they saw as privatization of the legal system. Opponents contended that religious groups should be able to govern their lives according to their conscience within the parameters of law if the constitutional right to freedom of religion and association is to have any real value. Consenting and informed adults, they argued, must be able to make religious choices even if others do not believe these are “correct” choices.

    The issues, of course, transcend dispute resolution and tug at fundamental tensions surrounding multiculturalism and national identity, the limits of accommodation and legal pluralism within a liberal democracy and the separation of church and state. I argue that Ontario lost a timely opportunity to devise a way to balance these competing rights and interests in a manner that respects all parties and protects the vulnerable.

    The controversy was a prime case to examine whether Islamic law and liberal democracy can co-exist within a liberal constitutional framework. Moreover, I also argue that Ontario also delayed an opportunity to indigenize or Canadianize Islamic law rulings in a manner that would help in the integration process of its Muslim citizens.”


  • Posted: 01/28/2011
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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Legal Periodical: The Criminalization of HIV/AIDS Transmission Through Sexual Contact in the Canadian Context

    Marco Fanara, The Criminalization of HIV/AIDS Transmission Through Sexual Contact in the Canadian Context (June 3, 2010). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1748509

    “This paper is not intended to present a ‘shock and awe’ reflection the criminalization of the transmission of HIV/AIDS through sexual contact in Canada, rather the objective is to present you, the reader, be you an academic, legal scholar, advocate or everyday concerned citizen HIV positive or negative, with a clear, logical, albeit brief, pragmatic introduction into the arguments surrounding criminalization and why it is not the best legal and/or public health approach to preventing the transmission of HIV/AIDS through sexual contact. To begin, a brief overview of the current Canadian laws being used to prosecute the transmission of HIV/AIDS will be presented, followed by objectives of sentencing and the various legal arguments often referred to justify to criminalization. Next, arguments against criminalization, from both the public health and legalistic perspective, will be presented. In closing, alternatives to criminalization will be suggested.”


  • Posted: 01/28/2011
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  • Category: Global: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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Legal Periodical: The Law of Religious Liberty in a Tolerant Society

    Brian Leiter, The Law of Religious Liberty in a Tolerant Society (January 25, 2011). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1748699

    “This is a draft of the final chapter of my forthcoming book WHY TOLERATE RELIGION? Earlier versions of material in the first part of the book appear on SSRN as ‘Why Tolerate Religion?’ (Constitutional Commentary, 2008) and ‘Foundations of Religious Liberty: Toleration or Respect?’ (San Diego Law Review, 2010) (the account of religion has changed somewhat since these two papers). The two main conclusions from earlier in the book that are presupposed in this draft chapter are that: (1) the moral value of liberty of conscience is not specific to claims of ‘religious’ conscience; and (2) there are claims of conscience that are not ‘religious’ in character (however precisely religion is understood). ‘Principled toleration’ requires that a dominant group, with the means to stamp out or repress disfavored beliefs of others, nonetheless recognize that there are good moral reasons to permit such beliefs to be held and expressed (subject to the limits imposed by the Harm Principle). The draft chapter explores the question: what should become of the law of religious liberty in light of these conclusions? Should we opt for a scheme of universal exemptions for claims of conscience, or are there reasons to think that no exemptions for claims of conscience, religious or otherwise, are justified? The relation between toleration and religious establishment is also discussed.”


  • Posted: 01/28/2011
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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