CA: Port Hueneme council approves ‘In God We Trust’ motto for City Hall

FFRF contests tax exempt status of church property to be used as charter school

Jordan Ballor: On Blue Laws and Black Friday

    Jordan Ballor at ActonInstitute PowerBlog: In this week’s Acton Commentary, “Blue Laws and Black Friday,” I argue that the increasing encroachment of commercial activity into holidays like Thanksgiving are best seen as questions of morality and the limits of the economic sphere of existence. The remedy for such issues is best sought at the level of relationship (between consumer and retailer, for instance, as well as employer and employee) rather than at the level of legal remedy, as in the case of blue laws.

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New Jersey hospital asks judge for permission to break law | Greeley Gazette

Unwitting father sues fertility clinic after his girlfriend ‘stole his sperm and got pregnant with twins via IVF’

Irish nominee to EU court rejected over debt error

“Belt-whipping Texas judge suspended: Sign of shift on corporal punishment?” | Christian Science Monitor

Bangladesh: Polygamy costlier in Chittagong

San Jose Articles Used to Block Right to Abortion in Uruguay

WSJ Opinion Video: China’s Disappearing Dissidents

Martin Cothran: A Response to Rush Limbaugh on Classical Education

ADF: Polygamy, polyamory fail at B.C. Supreme Court

Personhood amendment proposed in Wisconsin

Nigeria: Abortions, Prostitution prove fitness for marriage?

RI Supreme Court won’t take up pension case

Justices pave way for possible showdown between Los Altos school district and Bullis Charter

Astounding Video Depicts Unborn Baby’s Full Development

The return of France’s polygamous Muslim butcher

RI ACLU says only 39 couples have obtained civil unions since state passed new law

Texas Judge William Adams suspended over beating video

UK: Anger after Red Cross shop refuses to sell Bible due to “religious neutrality”

Library denies permission for nativity scene

Yemen’s Saleh signs deal handing over power

Baby Jesus stolen from nativity scene in Chambersburg, Pa.

Alberta: Nativity pilfered in Bow Island

FL: School Board to seek preliminary injunction against pastor leading flagpole prayers

7 arrested on hate crime charges in Amish hair-cutting case

“Anti-abortion Democrats push for wider exceptions to contraceptive coverage” | The Washington Post

Australia: Evangelical church’s stance on homosexuality: Tolerance or selling out Christ?

Universities move to block their names from new .xxx online domain

NC city will revise rules after abortion foes sue

San Francisco archdiocese wins legal battle on property tax

Situation worsening for Christians in Baghdad

What’s Behind the Dramatic Decline in Youth Employment?

    NCPA Policy Digest: Since the beginning of the recent recession, the employment-population ratio for high-school age youth (16-17 years old) has fallen by nearly a third, to its lowest level ever. However, this recession has exacerbated a longer-run downward trend that actually began in the 1990s and accelerated in the early 2000s. Given the longevity of this trend, it is a mistake to assert that current levels of teenage unemployment are due largely to the recent recession, as this appears not to be the case, says researcher Christopher L. Smith.

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Pro-life group runs pro-adoption ads at time when 40% of unplanned babies aborted

Fatherless: New documentary questions morality of anonymous sperm donation industry

Syphilis rates soar 134% among homosexual black men, fall among general population The U.S. Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) most recent data on the spread of sexually transmitted diseases reveals that among homosexual black men the syphilis rates rose a staggering 134% between 2009 and 2010. During the same time frame, syphilis rates among the general population fell by 1.6%.

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Bank of America, Cisco back down after firing traditional marriage supporter

FFRF protests NC sheriff’s ad

FFRF contests Calif. pastor’s political endorsements

TX: Crosses removed from A&M tower

Maldives Government Shuts Down Sufi Blog

Court Upholds Denial of Use Permit To Virginia Church for Disabled School

India: Protestant pastor arrested for ‘forced conversion’ of Muslims

San Juan Capistrano Backpedals From Bible Study Shutdown | Pacific Justice Institute

‘Street preachers’ file lawsuit for access to Duluth holiday lighting display | Duluth News Tribune

Gary McCaleb: For the Human Rights Campaign, Diversity Is Not Enough

Texas Couple Fined $7,000 for Posting Sign in Yard

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Collective Bargaining Weakens Cities

    Robert Costrell at the Wall Street Journal (via Google): In the heated debates over government collective bargaining, a simple fact is often lost: Benefits for teachers and municipal workers are often more expensive than they are for state employees, let alone for workers in private business. The disparity between runaway local costs and more restrained state benefits is the key rationale—often misunderstood—for the efforts of Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Ohio and other states to limit local collective bargaining over benefits.

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Justice Department sues Utah over immigration law

“Denmark to approve gay weddings in church”

New find sheds light on ancient site in Jerusalem

Israel girding for possible trouble for Egypt pact

Illegal immigrants suspected in 30 border fires in Arizona

Justice accused of withholding records on Kagan’s role in healthcare defense