Kevin Theriot: Top Legal Issues That Concern Churches – Issue #8 Security

Italian Church Criticizes ‘Licentious Conduct’ of the Elite

Michigan lawmakers approve abortion procedure ban

Saudi king overturns verdict against woman driver

En Banc 5th Circuit: Student-to-Student Religious Speech In School Protected By 1st Amendment

    Yesterday, in a complicated series of eight opinions from 16 judges spanning 100 pages, a majority of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, sitting en banc, held that Plano, Texas school principals had qualified immunity in a lawsuit charging them with restricting elementary school students’ distribution of religious literature because the law was not clearly established. A separate majority of the court held that the principals’ actions were unconstitutional.

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Police: Stripper bus for Lions game may be illegal

Ireland: Muslims say they cannot get into schools

Pravda: British Muslims unwilling to integrate into British society

UK: Foreign Secretary calls on Iran to overturn Iranian Church leader’s death sentence

UK: Judge rejects bid to end ‘conscious’ woman’s life

MN: “Anoka Hennepin teachers test requires affirmation of anti-LGBT policy”

European Parliament condemns daily violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity

NFL bans discrimination against players based on sexual orientation

Rights Clash as Town Clerk Rejects Her Role in Gay Marriages

ACLU Challenges Nevada Religion Requirement to Conduct Marriages

Judge lets key parts of Ala. immigration law stand

Illinois Law acknowledges pattern of reporting inaccurate data

Teacher Placed on Administrative Leave for Punishing Christian Student

Planned Parenthood wrong in denials of financial improprieties, notes Americans United for Life

Planned Parenthood Turns to Hogan Lovells for Congressional Probe

Alabama: Prayer is offered from the stands

Canada: Condom sabotage leads to sex assault conviction

Abortion foes criticize GOP allies for failing to uphold cloning ban

Ohio Senate OKs bill revising process for consent under abortion law

Australia: Protesters target Gillard in Melbourne

Nigeria: Marriage Bill Passes 2nd Reading in the Senate

Visiting attorneys debate gay marriage at School of Law event

“U.S. attitudes on homosexuality shifting” The National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago says in addition to growing numbers of Americans who now approve of same-sex marriage, there is overwhelming support for basic civil liberties and freedom of expression for gays and lesbians, a university release said Wednesday.

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CA court puts Prop. 8 trial videos back on hold

26 states file Supreme Court health care appeal

Utah breaking down school’s ‘four-walls model’

Probe May Find More Medicaid Fraud at Planned Parenthood

New Project Defends Those Who Defend Marriage | Daily News |

Bill Bans China’s Population Controllers From U.S. Entry

Iranian Pastor Faces Execution For Refusing To Recant Christian Faith

38 Ways to Make a Baby

Comment Period on Conscience Regulations Ends September 30

Pakistan Punjab: armed Muslims rape a Christian, a “common practice”

Chinese Banks Close to Collapse. Fears of zero growth

Cardinal Zen: Beijing National Education a form of “brainwashing”

Iraqi envoy: Christians are right to worry about ‘Arab Spring’ uprisings

Poll: Cain has positive image, but unknown to half of GOP

House GOP wants to cash out dollar bill, Mass. Senators oppose to protect special interest

    The Hill: Schweikert said his bill would save billions of dollars over the next few decades by transitioning to a dollar coin in four years, or as soon as $600 million worth of dollar coins are in circulation. Schweikert said 3 billion paper dollars are shredded every year, and the constant need to destroy these dollars and create new ones is a cost the government can no longer bear.

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9th Circuit panel backs law against unauthorized wearing of military medals

Supreme Court Review Sought In Two Cases

Vanderbilt University: Statement on non-discrimination policy and student groups

NM: Commission Debates Public Ceremonies In Places Of Worship

Commentator breaks Australian discrimination law

Swiss consider new limits on wearing veils

Administration Invites Supreme Court Review of Individual Mandate

AWR Hawkins: The Man in the Middle Puts George W. Bush in the Forefront – An Insider Account of Faith and Politics

    AWR Hawkins at Townhall : All these things and more were brought to the forefront of my mind as I recently read a book by my friend Timothy S. Goeglein, titled “The Man in the Middle: An Insider Account of Faith and Politics in the George W. Bush Era” (released September 15, 2011). Because Tim served as deputy director of the White House Office of Public Liaison in the Bush administration for nearly eight years, he saw the president from an angle untainted by the mainstream media’s reports, the Democrat’s attacks, and our jihad-driven enemy’s propaganda.

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“Gay Marriage and Religious Freedom”

The pulpit & politics

Stable tax rate means tight budget

Judge declares Salmon Days ‘expression areas’ unconstitutional

    The Issaquah Press: Attorneys from the Alliance Defense Fund, a legal advocacy group based in Scottsdale, Ariz., represented Ascherl in federal court. “Christians shouldn’t be threatened with arrest and quarantined in isolated ‘expression areas’ when they want to share their beliefs,” Alliance Defense Fund Senior Counsel Nate Kellum said in a statement. “The federal judge did the right thing by halting the enforcement of a city ordinance that effectively censors anyone who wishes to express his or her beliefs through the distribution of literature. That violates the constitutionally protected right to free speech in public areas at a free event that’s open to everyone.”

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Group will defend any students prevented from ‘See You at the Pole’ participation

Minn. Pastor Cautiously Maneuvers IRS Guidelines to Support Bachmann

State Lawmakers Pump Up Pensions – Their Own

    NCPA Policy Digest: More than 4,100 legislators in 33 states are positioned to benefit from special retirement laws that they and their predecessors have enacted to boost their pensions by up to $100,000 a year, a USA Today investigation found. Even as legislators cut basic state services and slash benefits for police, teachers and other workers, they have preserved pension laws that grant themselves perks unavailable to voters they serve or workers they direct.

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The Barna Group: Six Reasons Young Christians Leave Church

Spiegel: Obama’s Euro-Crisis Lecture Is ‘Pitiful and Sad’

Florida will likely hold Jan. primary, threatening presidential calendar

CA: Cross removal in Julian sparked by two complaints

Health insurance costs deal blow to Obama – up 9% in one year

Mats Tunehag: “Remove the cross from the Swiss flag!”