ACLU Speaks Out Against Virginia Abortion Regulations

“Iowa Evangelicals Divided Over Caucus Endorsement” | NYTimes.com

Gingrich vows support for marriage amendment

ABA gives ground on law schools’ graduate jobs data reporting

Study: Two-fifths of high school graduates are unprepared for college or the workforce

Kevin Theriot: Secretary of State Says Homosexual Behavior Trumps Religious Freedom | Speak Up Movement Church Blog

Jordan Lorence: NYC Pastors Join With NYC Council members to Repeal Ban on Worship Services in Public Schools | Speak Up Movement Church Blog

David J. Hacker: 30 Years Later, Don’t Forget Widmar | Speak Up Movement U. Blog

Michael J. Norton: Is Planned Parenthood On The Ropes?

Religious persecution on the rise in Syria

N.J. bill allowing same-day marriage pushes forward

UK: Children aged 5 set to learn about “transgender equality” in schools

UK: Lords set to vote on civil partnerships in churches

UK: Monarchy changes do ‘raise questions’ about C of E head

Burka ban: No more face-covering when new Canadians take oath of citizenship

UK: Forced marriage victims could number 8,000 as ministers plan to make it illegal

Penn Pressures LifeNews to Cut Story on Abortion-Breast Cancer

Pastors Double-Dare the IRS | Christianity Today

Chuck Colson: Religious Liberty Held Hostage

Can You Plant a Church in a School? | Engage Family Minute

UK: Parents claim link between flu vaccine and narcolepsy

Google chairman says online piracy bill would ‘criminalize’ and break the Internet

7th Circuit strikes down part of Wisconsin election law

“LGBT employees welcome at big banks and law firms, report says”

OR: Prineville Nativity Organizer Puzzled by Protest

“An act of good faith: The Union’s meditation room shows inclusivity and responsiveness”

DNC Chair Denies Unemployment Has Gone Up Under Obama

Romney’s record on judicial and legal appointments

Nate Kellum: Don’t Mess with Texas (at Christmas) | Townhall

US, Muslim governments address religious tolerance

Egypt military rulers say parliament won’t be representative after Islamists dominate election

Baghdad: some Christians reduced to dhimmitude

N.Korea warns against Christmas lights near border

Planned Parenthood Opening $16M Abortion Biz in Minnesota

Poll Finds 62% of New Mexico Voters Support Private School Choice

RI Pro-Lifers sue to block Governor’s order mandating abortion coverage

Israel: Netanyahu backs law to ban loudspeakers at mosques

Perry calls for a constitutional amendment on school prayer

Jeff Jacoby: Email Isn’t Killing The Post Office

    Jeff Jacob at Townhall: In the weird logic and language of the American postal system, the key to success was to give the public less for its money. The more things change in Postal World, the more they remain the same. In the 1960s, a stunning 83 percent of the agency’s total budget went to wages and benefits . . . “Labor represents 80 percent of the agency’s expenses, compared with 53 percent at United Parcel Service and 32 percent at FedEx, its two biggest private competitors.”


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East Texas Pastors Organize Nativity Rally

Proposed Constitutional Amendment Would Ban Editorials About Candidates or Ballot Measures by Nearly All Newspapers

Should Florida schools, by law, observe ‘Christmas break’?

Pa. town rejects atheist banner for holiday display

Yale, Harvard, Stanford … UC Irvine?

U. of Georgia: Students push to remove prayer from commencement, met with administration opposition

Evangelicals’ shifting attitudes aid Gingrich

WI: Capitol nativity scene draws criticism, opposing display planned

“Failure to name judge threatens to hamper” 1st Circuit Court of Appeals

Redistricting Orders Throw Texas Politics Into Disarray — Redistricting

    The Texas Tribune: Forget everything. The candidate announcements, the relocations, the decisions not to run again, the who vs. who vs. who and the campaign finance. Poof! With a one-paragraph order on Friday night, the U.S. Supreme Court froze the Texas congressional and legislative elections and replaced pre-holiday candidate filings, politicking and fundraising with uncertainty and chaos.


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The Next Roe v. Wade?: Jennie McCormack’s Abortion Battle

IN: Diocese won auction over Family Dollar

Kagan recuses from Arizona immigration case

DOMA and Its Discontents

PA: Condo Owners Miffed By Removal Of Virgin Mary Statue

Advocates call on Obama to make a recess appointment for consumer agency nominee

Alan E. Sears: When the Three R’s Stand For “Rescinding the Rights of the Religious” | Townhall

Obama Admin Blocks Texas’ De-Funding of Planned Parenthood

Group files initiative to legalize Arizona casinos

Alan E. Sears: Chasing Death | Townhall

Access not equal in Big Apple | One News Now

Alan E. Sears: Our First Liberty | American Thinker

Earlier Court Date for Pro-Life Nurses Fighting Involvement in Abortions | NRL News

The Bronx Breakdown: Cabrera Stands Up for Church in Schools, Bagel Larry’s Free, the Hoops Massacre of the Bronx and More | Norwood News

AR: Nativity scene causes controversy | Paragould Daily Press

Congressman Introduces Bill to Ban Sex- and Race-based Abortions | The New American

Backlash for Lowe’s as ads pulled from Muslim show

America’s Public Sector Union Dilemma

    NCPA Policy Digest: Responding to budgetary issues and this public criticism, cash-strapped governments in many states are considering ways to reduce the costs associated with public unions. In doing so, the stark contrasts between the public sector and private sector in unionization become clear as many question what the true costs of unions are, says Lee E. Ohanian, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution.


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Tiniest babies are growing up healthy despite odds

    It addresses a question that was hotly debated when Madeline was born 22 years ago, remains hot now – and still has no answer: “What is the real age of viability? No one knows,” said Dr. Stephen Welty, neonatology chief at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.


  • Posted: 12/12/2011
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: hosted.ap.org

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Philippine Supreme Court Justice impeached

Supreme Court agrees to hear Arizona immigration case & order list

The day Europe lost patience with Britain

UN Calls For “International Climate Court of Justice” would force western nations to pay “climate debt”

Legal Periodical: Marriage Inequality: Religious Exemptions and the Production of Sexual Orientation Discrimination

    NeJaime, Douglas, Marriage Inequality: Religious Exemptions and the Production of Sexual Orientation Discrimination (December 7, 2011). California Law Review, Forthcoming; Loyola-LA Legal Studies Paper No. 2011-46. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1969560

    As more states consider marriage recognition for same-sex couples, attention turns to the conflict between marriage equality and religious liberty. Legal scholars are contributing substantially to the debate, generating a robust academic literature and writing directly to state lawmakers urging them to include a “marriage conscience protection,” containing a series of religious exemptions, in marriage legislation. Yet the intense scrutiny of religious freedom specifically in the context of same-sex marriage obscures the root of the conflict. At stake is the relational enactment of sexual orientation; same-sex relationships constitute lesbian and gay identity, and religious objections arise largely in response to such relationships. Same-sex marriage is merely one form of sexual orientation identity enactment, and religious objections to same-sex marriage are merely a subset of objections to sexual orientation equality. By exposing the connections between same-sex relationships and lesbian and gay identity, this Article argues for an antidiscrimination regime that includes same-sex relationships more comprehensively; in doing so, it resists the use of marriage as antidiscrimination, both for same-sex couples and religious objectors. Yet even as the “marriage conscience protection” proposed by religious liberty scholars misapprehends the basis of the underlying conflict, its sweeping language threatens to reach into the antidiscrimination domain and target lesbians and gay men based not primarily on their marriages but instead more generally on their same-sex relationships. By permitting religious organizations, as well as some employers, property owners, and small businesses, to discriminate against same-sex couples throughout the course of the couples’ married lives in situations far removed from marriage itself, the “marriage conscience protection” may have unintended consequences that would threaten substantial progress made in antidiscrimination law. Worse yet, using the term “marriage conscience protection” to label instances of discrimination against same-sex relationships would hide an increasing amount of sexual orientation discrimination that antidiscrimination law is just beginning to address.


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