“Video: PM snubs prayer but backs new gay rights charity”

“Ken Clarke is right – the European court of human rights needs reform”

Suggested Reading (for Law Students and Profs): Open Book: Succeeding on Exams from the First Day of Law School

Poll: Most Virginians support McDonnell, abortion clinic regulations

NH: “Gay marriage repeal advances, bill would allow civil unions”

Ten Commandments up at Narrows High School despite lawsuit

President Obama ‘Moving to Avoid Political Suicide’

    Big Government:
    Those insiders are especially suspicious the Tea Partyers that Barack Obama has fomented; look allot like the Reagan Democrats that Jimmy Carter fomented. After the Carter wipeout; it took Democrats 28 years to regain a veto-proof majority in government. The lock they gained on absolute power in 2008; vanished after just two years. It is the Republicans who increasingly stand poised to capture veto-proof majorities next year that could potentially last for decades.


  • Posted: 09/14/2011
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: biggovernment.com

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Kevin Theriot: Laws Against Defaming Religion: Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

Greg Baylor: Parental Choice in Education Debate at U Colorado Law School

Jordan Lorence: North Carolina Legislature Approves Marriage Amendment

Power struggle behind Iran’s denial that US hikers will be released soon?

Robert Knight: The ACLU — no friend of children

NY: “Behind Turner’s Win: Jewish Voters Opposed to Gay Marriage”

NJ appeals court upholds topless woman’s arrest to uphold important public moral sensibilities

Egyptian Islamist Militants Following Khomeini’s Script

European Court of Human Rights Hears Italian Bioethics Case

German Court: Catholic hospital must rehire divorcee

Christians in China: Is the country in spiritual crisis?

    It is impossible to say how many Christians there are in China today, but no- one denies the numbers are exploding. The government says 25 million, 18 million Protestants and six million Catholics. Independent estimates all agree this is a vast underestimate. A conservative figure is 60 million. There are already more Chinese at church on a Sunday than in the whole of Europe.


  • Posted: 09/14/2011
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Pakistan NCJP report highlights violence and abuses against Pakistan’s minorities

McGuinty Liberals consider expanding taxpayer funding for IVF

Mexican Supreme Court poised to overturn state pro-life amendments on ‘human rights’ grounds

Another priest slain in Colombia

Increase third world ‘family planning’ to deal with overpopulation: Head of UN women’s agency

Terri Schiavo Again: Mild Stroke Leads to Mother’s Starvation

David Brooks: “If It Feels Right”

    NYTimes.com: In most times and in most places, the group was seen to be the essential moral unit. A shared religion defined rules and practices. Cultures structured people’s imaginations and imposed moral disciplines. But now more people are led to assume that the free-floating individual is the essential moral unit. Morality was once revealed, inherited and shared, but now it’s thought of as something that emerges in the privacy of your own heart.


  • Posted: 09/14/2011
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.nytimes.com

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Eurozone crisis could rip EU apart: officials

Rod Dreher: “‘Anti-bullying’ as a pro-gay wedge”

Jacob Sullum: You Say ‘Ponzi Scheme,’ I Say ‘Fraud’

    Jacob Sullum at Townhall: At the Republican presidential debate in Tampa, Fla., on Monday night, Mitt Romney said Rick Perry has needlessly “scared seniors” by calling Social Security “a Ponzi scheme.” Romney, more sensitive to the anxieties of retirees, prefers to say “the American people have been effectively defrauded out of their Social Security” (as he puts it in his 2010 book “No Apology”) because Congress has spent the program’s surplus revenue instead of saving it to pay for future benefits — the sort of crime for which bankers “would go to jail.”


  • Posted: 09/14/2011
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  • Source: townhall.com

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Terry Jeffrey: Authors of Social Security Believed It Was Unconstitutional

Judges asks why Oklahoma’s law on Sharia applies to only one religion

Federal courts to hike records’ fees 25% to .10 per page

State Department Releases Annual Report on International Religious Freedom; Names Countries of Particular Concern

“Testimony: Cain campaign concealed gay aide’s role”

AP/National Constitution Center Poll: “53% say government should legally recognize gay marriage”

GOP coasts to victory in Nevada race

Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz De-Funded in Tennessee

“General foresees muted response to gay ban repeal”

The 2013 Tax Cliff: Business had better enjoy the next 16 months.

    WSJ.com: Mr. Obama said last week that he wants $240 billion in new tax incentives for workers and small business, but the catch is that all of these tax breaks would expire at the end of next year. To pay for all this, White House budget director Jack Lew also proposed $467 billion in new taxes that would begin a mere 16 months from now.


  • Posted: 09/14/2011
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Obama Forces New Hampshire to Fund Planned Parenthood

Obama’s bill makes it illegal to discriminate against unemployed

Alan E. Sears: Christians Face a ‘Freedom Gap’ in Our Culture

VA: Calvary Day School Denied, Lawsuit Continues

    Fredericksburg, VA Patch: The Fredericksburg City Council unanimously voted to deny a special use permit to Calvary Christian Center to operate a day school for mentally disabled children on their premises . . . We’re disappointed in the outcome of the vote,” said Eric Stanley, senior legal counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, a conservative Christian non-profit advocacy group which advocates for religious rights. ADF lawyers are representing Calvary Christian Center in both federal court and at the local level as the church tries to establish the day school. “We were hopeful that the city would agree that that was a resolution of the federal lawsuit and all the other issues, but obviously the city wants to litigate this matter and that’s what we’ll do.” [more . . .]


  • Posted: 09/14/2011
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: fredericksburg.patch.com

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TX: “Final redistricting plan approved”; prayer tabled

    Longview News-Journal: News: Attorney Stephanie Schmitt said in a letter date Aug. 29, “I am writing on behalf of concerned Bowie County resident and taxpayer and other Texas members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation to urge you to discontinue the practice of scheduling Commissioners Court meetings with Prayers.” Schmitt went on to say, “Removing official prayers form government meetings is the only way to ensure that the Commissioners Court is in compliance with the Constitution.” County Judge Sterling Lacy said “we are going to keep doing what we are doing.” If Lacy and the Commissioner’s Court continue to say a prayer before the start of the meeting, Co-President of the Freedom from Religion Foundation Annie Laurie Gaylor said they are prepared to take the county to court . . . Nichols went on to write, “This offer from the Alliance Defense Fund has the potential to save our county and our taxpayers untold amounts of money. This organization specializes in cases of claims of constitutional violations, primarily dealing with “separation of church and state” complaints. I have made multiple efforts to ensure that they are available to us, should we need them and I believe it would be extremely beneficial to our County to take them up on their offer. It is for this reason that I requested this item to be placed on the agenda for today’s meeting.”


  • Posted: 09/14/2011
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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Erik Stanley: What is Pulpit Freedom Sunday All About?

Northern Plains Pastor’s Briefing

NY town clerk may lose job for refusing to issue marriage licenses

Iowa: Houses purchased by school raise questions

Most Pastors Don’t Want IRS Regulating Sermons on Politics

Obama’s Israel policy seen as factor that cost him NY House seat

Legal Periodical: The Unconstitutionality of Supreme Court Recusal Standards