Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
ADF Attorney Matt Bowman at LifeNews: If you thought the Obama mandate of abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and sterilization raised a furor for attacking the rights of conscience our Founding Fathers sought to protect via the First Amendment, you’ll really enjoy what is coming soon. The prestigious Journal of Medical Ethics has just given us a sneak-peek into what ObamaCare will surely be mandating in the not-too-distant future.
The Ohio Liberty Council today announced that it would refuse to comply with an IRS request for information concerning the organization’s application for non-profit status which has been delayed for the past 18 months.
BBC: Muslim and Jewish groups have reacted with dismay after French PM Francois Fillon suggested the religious slaughter of animals was out of date.
ABC: Kirk Cameron is fighting back against the “hate speech” he feels he’s endured since calling homosexuality “unnatural,” “detrimental,” and “ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization” during a Friday appearance on “Piers Morgan Tonight” to promote his new film, “Monumental.”
NC Register: A bill that ensures that faith-based adoption agencies in the state of Virginia won’t be forced to place children in households led by same-sex couples has passed both houses of the General Assembly and is heading to the desk of Gov. Robert McDonnell, a supporter of the legislation, who is expected to sign it soon.
Star Phoenix: City councillors have endorsed a new adult services bylaw aimed at regulating parts of Saskatoon’s sex-trade industry by issuing business licences to escorts and escort agencies.
LifeNews: Right to Life of Michigan has released a new report documenting abortion clinic abuses and finding that abortion businesses across the state are in violation of dozens of state laws.
CBS: Actor Kirk Cameron has come under fire following comments he made against homosexuality and gay marriage last week, which sparked reactions from his former TV family and other stars. . .
Denise J. Hunnell at LifeSiteNews: Let us consider two excerpts, and see if we can determine which comes from the realm of fiction, and which comes from the field of modern ethics.
Albert Mohler, Jr.: Something deadly this way comes: the insatiable appetite of the Culture of Death
Albert Mohler, Jr. at LifeSiteNews: From the beginning of the controversy over abortion, this supposedly bright line of the moment of birth has been unstable. Abortion rights activists have even opposed efforts to restrict the gruesome reality known as partial-birth abortions. The moment of birth has never been the bright line of safety that the defenders of abortion have claimed.
Washington Times: In the simmering battle over abortion and mental-health problems, a reproductive-health organization says a published study linking the two has been “decisively debunked,” while the lead author of the study says her findings still stand.
Christian Institute: The Welsh Government is being urged to restore prayers to council meetings following a similar move in England.
Christian Institute: Archbishop Vincent Nichols – the head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales – has written a letter to be read out in 2,500 churches this weekend.
KOB.com: A Gallup teen says she was kicked out of middle school then publicly humiliated by the school’s director and counselor because she was pregnant.
One News Now: California attorney expects opponents of traditional marriage to lose in The Golden State if the Proposition 8 case is heard by the full panel of judges on a federal appeals court.
Sacramento Bee: There’s even loose talk of putting off votes as long as possible, in hopes that Obama loses in November and the seats can be filled by a Republican president. That’s absurd.
Gizmodo.com: For all the perceived problems and strife marriage can bring, there have to be some upsides. Here’s one: if you’re married, you’re over three times more likely to survive heart surgery than someone who’s single.
“Gay marriage is now the issue through which the elite advertises its superiority over the redneck masses”
Brendan O’Neill at the Telegraph: This is the reason gay marriage has become so central to modern political debate in America and Britain, despite there being almost no societal drive or urge behind it – because it lends itself brilliantly to expressions of a very elitist sensibility. It allows the upper echelons of society both to distance themselves from the old and the thick and to advertise their own mental, cultural and moral superiority.
Times Record News: Proponents of gay marriage, who traditionally frame the cause as a matter of equality and civil rights, are increasingly invoking something else: family. And the tactic seems to be working.
Rabbi Adam Jacobs at Townhall: It was for that reason that I found the headline of an article from the Telegraph dated March 2 to be so jarring. It was entitled “Killing babies no different from abortion, experts say.” Ah, you see, they are experts — medical ethicists associated with Oxford University, no less — so there’s really no reason to get too worked up about it. As they correctly point out, the only real difference between a late-term fetus and a newborn child is its location!
Politico: Donald Trump blasted George Will Monday for suggesting recently that the Republican Party should give up on winning the White House in 2012, calling the conservative columnist “a totally overrated fool.”
Community values matter: Mila Means aims to succeed Tiller in Wichita, but pro-lifers have thwarted her
LA Times: Since Tiller’s slaying, there have been other halting attempts to bring abortion providers to Wichita. One doctor even agreed but then backed out, spooked by the climate.
Reuters: A controversial measure requiring women to wait 24 hours before undergoing an abortion stalled on Monday in the Florida Senate, virtually ending the possibility of its passage before lawmakers adjourn later this week.
Detroit Free Press: With polls showing Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum in a dead heat in Ohio for today’s primary, the Buckeye State has become a central battleground in the bigger GOP war pitting social conservatives and blue-collar voters against establishment, fiscally minded Republicans.
Liberty Counsel announced today a new partnership with the pro-life organization, Personhood USA. This partnership will enable both Liberty Counsel and Personhood USA to be more effective in advocating for the passage of personhood legislation and state initiatives for constitutional amendments in states across the country.
ADF Attorney Steve Aden at Townhall: What’s strange is that these same people have no ethical qualms about allowing an abortionist’s scalpels and vacuum devices to be inserted into a woman as her baby is literally ripped from the womb limb by limb. And they apparently feel no angst over a pre-born child being injected with medicine that stops his or her heart so that labor can be induced and the stillborn child can be disposed of in a trash can (or a dumpster) in much the same way one would dispose of a banana peel or moldy bread.
Wasington Post: Student loan debt stands at $870 billion nationally, surpassing the nation’s outstanding balance on auto loans ($730 billion) and credit cards ($693 billion) . . .
Washington Post: Afghanistan’s president on Tuesday endorsed a “code of conduct” issued by an influential council of clerics that activists say represents a giant step backward for women’s rights in the country.
Fox News: Members of an Islamic coalition stood in front of police headquarters with signs Monday to support the New York Police Department’s aggressive counterterrorism efforts, saying the agency is doing what is necessary to protect the city — and Muslims.
Christian Science Monitor: Conservatives see ‘media-generated histrionic’ over vulgar comments Rush Limbaugh made about law school student Sandra Fluke. Liberals see a ripe opportunity to pin wings of GOP candidates to the wall.
LifeSiteNews: Jill Recknell is mourning the loss of her grandson, despite the fact that he is alive and well. It’s just that, according to five-year-old Zach Avery and his parents, he’s not her grandson anymore. He’s her granddaughter
LifeNews: Lisa Murkowski, the pro-abortion Republican senator from Alaska, says she now regrets casting her vote last week for the Blunt Amendment.
LifeNews: The new Obama mandate that requires religious groups to pay for birth control and drugs that may cause abortions for their employees could result in fines as much as $2,000 per employee or $100 each day if they refuse to comply.
USCCB letter by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, dated March 2, 2012: Brothers, we know so very well that religious freedom is our heritage, our legacy and our firm belief, both as loyal Catholics and Americans. There have been many threats to religious freedom over the decades and years, but these often came from without. This one sadly comes from within. As our ancestors did with previous threats, we will tirelessly defend the timeless and enduring truth of religious freedom. I look forward to our upcoming Administrative Board Meeting and our June Plenary Assembly when we will have the chance to discuss together these important issues and our way forward in addressing them. And I renew my thanks to you for your tremendous, fraternal support and your welcome observations in this critical effort to protect our religious freedom.
WRAL.com: A federal judge is approving a settlement after anti-abortion protesters claimed a Jacksonville city ordinance violates free-speech rights by giving police too much leeway in deciding where and when demonstrations are allowed.
Washington Post: The Virginia Senate approved a bill Monday that would allow expectant parents to sue over the wrongful death of a fetus.
Phyliss Schlafly at Townhall: Contrary to politicians who want to call a truce about social issues, there is absolutely no way to separate social and fiscal issues; they are locked in a tight political embrace. Politicians who say we can ignore social issues or avoid talking about them, are really saying that they have no plan to cut federal spending and the growing national debt.
Religion Clause Blog: In Lefemine v. Wideman, (4th Cir., March 5, 2012), the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals held that Greenwood County Sheriff’s Department officials had qualified immunity as to damage claims against them by an anti-abortion organization, Columbia Christians for Life.
Religion Clause Blog: Plaintiff is Ron Nollner, a former Nashville Metro councilman, who, with his wife, was sent to India to oversee construction of an office building for the International Mission Board. Nollner says he was fired when he complained about illegal and unsafe building practices and reported that the builder and the architect were paying bribes to obtain approvals to complete the building.
Charlie Butts at One News Now: William Becker of the Los Angeles-based Becker Law Firm is an Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) ally representing Coppedge. He says JPL’s action is illegal discrimination. “Employees shouldn’t be threatened with termination and punished for sharing their opinion with willing co-workers just because the view being shared doesn’t fit the prevailing view in the workplace,” Becker contends. “Mr. Coppedge has always maintained that intelligent design is a scientific theory, but JPL has illegally discriminated against him on the basis of what it deems to be ‘religion.’”
Mark W. Leach at Public Discourse: The challenge in preventing abortion of Down syndrome fetuses is not convincing mothers that their child is a human being with a right to life, but of assuring expectant mothers there will be support for their children after they are born.
One News Now: “Despite all the clear evidence that the group clearly has a religious mission … purpose, and goals and is a religious group, [the school says] Well, you’re not religious. You don’t get the benefits of recognition and the benefit everybody else has on campus, which is to restrict their members and leaders to students who agree with their beliefs,” he details.
Clay Today Online: Two attorneys who represent Florida school districts dealing with prayer-related litigation say the Clay County School District is generally on track with its current policies that control public access to school property.
HeraldOnline.com: South Carolina senators will consider creating a State Day of Prayer to coincide with the national one.
ADF Attorney Catherine Foster at Townhall: In the most recent edition of the Journal of Medical Ethics, two ethicists argue that we ought to be able to kill our children after their birth, after we have gotten the chance to hold them in our arms and take family photos. Why?—For the simple reason that we are able to kill them before their birth via abortion.
The New American: ADF Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco said that the university appeared to be giving itself the sole authority to determine which student groups are religious and which are not. “Saying that a Christian club isn’t religious is flatly absurd,” he said, “especially when the university has granted its belief-based exception to numerous other clubs.”
National Catholic Register: In response to the failed vote, Alliance Defense Fund’s legal counsel, Matt Bowman, said, “The government cannot tell Americans that certain parts of their faith are not important enough to practice. People of faith are explicitly protected by the Constitution and federal law from such radical state invasions of conscience. The Blunt/Fortenberry Amendment was a necessary measure to begin to restore the religious liberties of Americans that Obamacare has trampled on with its assumption of unlimited bureaucratic power. Every vote for religious freedom should be unanimous, but, tragically, our fundamental freedoms didn’t seem to matter to enough senators.”
AP: Popular former independent Maine Gov. Angus King says he’s going to run for the U.S. Senate seat left open by Republican Olympia Snowe’s surprise decision not to seek a fourth term.
Cathy Ruse at the Wall Street Journal: Because at the end of the day this is not about coverage of a medical condition. Ms. Fluke’s crusade for reproductive justice is simply a demand that a Catholic institution pay for drugs that make it possible for her to have sex without getting pregnant. It’s nothing grander or nobler than that. Georgetown’s refusal to do so does not mean she has to have less sex, only that she has to take financial responsibility for it herself.
Laura MacCleery of the Center for Reproductive Rights at the Hill: Moreover, the lawsuits brought by the Becket Fund and the Alliance Defense Fund are premature, and will very likely be dismissed until a new rule is completed.
The Hill: If the party is to grow, it needs to increase its reliance on the Southwest, where Democrats see opportunities in the fast-growing Hispanic population turned off by much of the GOP’s rhetoric on immigration — especially in Arizona, where an illegal immigration crackdown has driven a wedge through the electorate.
AP: Minnesota’s largest school district on Monday voted to settle a pair of lawsuits over a policy that was criticized for failing to protect gay students from bullying.
Jurist: Israel’s Ramat Gan Family Court ruled Sunday that a lesbian couple can both be recognized as mothers of a child they had together. The women received permission from the Health Ministry [official website] in 2006 to conceive the child by fertilizing one woman’s egg with the sperm of an anonymous donor and implanting the embryo in the other woman’s uterus.