Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Matt Bowman regarding Thursday’s decision by the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit to review a three-judge panel’s decision in Centro Tepeyac v. Montgomery County and Greater Baltimore Center for Pregnancy Concerns v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore.
Christian Newswire: Bill Keller, the world’s leading Internet Evangelist and the founder of LivePrayer.com, with over 2.4 million subscribers worldwide reading the Daily Devotional he has written every morning for 13 years on the issues of the day from a Biblcial worldview, is planning to file a $100 million defamation lawsuit against the Southern Poverty Law Center for labeling him and his ministry as a “hate group.”
CNSNews: The map and SPLC listing of “hate organizations” equates groups such as the Family Research Council, which promotes the traditional Christian view of marriage and sexuality, with racist groups that violate Christian teaching on human dignity.
National Review: That the SPLC cannot distinguish between a traditional-family organization and the guys in the white sheets and swastika armbands says a great deal about that organization’s intellectual depth, which is measured in millimeters. Organized homosexuality’s relentless crusade to align itself with the civil-rights movement of the 1960s is on the face of it absurd — such insults as homosexuals have suffered in this country do not include chattel slavery — but the SPLC has been happy to play along, in the course of the past decade or so transforming itself from a watchdog on extremism to a peddler of liberal pieties.
Washington Blade: The Associated Press reported at around 10:24 pm on Tuesday evening that Mark Pocan, who’s gay and a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, won the Democratic nomination. His main opponent in the primary was Kelda Helen Roys, a fellow Assembly member.
AP on NECN.com: An atheist group has asked the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga to discontinue Christian prayers before football games.
NPR (includes audio): Advocates say a public prayer amendment to the Missouri state constitution will strengthen the right to pray in public. But critics say it’ll marginalize non-Christians. Guest host Jacki Lyden talks with Missouri State Rep. Mike McGhee who sponsored the initiative, and the Anti-Defamation League’s Karen Aroesty, who opposes it.
Wesley J. Smith at First Things: In any event, the more I thought about the article in the Journal of Medical Ethics that castigates religious parents who resist pulling the plug, the more I saw that it exemplified how bioethics has become the point of the spear. So, I took to the pages of the Daily Caller. First, I note that the media took up the call. From, “Attacking Religious Parents for Refusing to Pull the Plug:” . . .
Catholic Culture: Communist officials compelled Catholics in a south-central Vietnamese village to remove the altar, tabernacle, cross, and Marian image from a Catholic chapel.
Turtle Bay and Beyond: A report in the BBC quoted Arie Nieuwenhuijzen Kruseman, head of the Royal Dutch Medical Association saying that British doctors euthanize patients despite it being illegal in the UK. These comments came after the UK High Court ruled for a second time against its legalization.
Barnabas Fund: On 9 August, a senior pastor and his wife were set upon by a mob of around 40 men, accompanied by five Buddhist monks and the assistant secretary of the local government authority.
Christian Institute: A Christian radio station has been given the go-ahead to appeal a court decision which upheld a ban on an advert asking Christians whether they are being sidelined at work. In its decision to grant the appeal, the court said the radio station’s case is “Arguable and important”.
AP on Boston Globe: Carroll Conley Jr. from the Christian Civic League says ‘‘senseless violence’’ will likely continue as gay marriage opponents are referred to as ‘‘hate groups or bigots.’’ The league is one of the groups fighting a proposal that would legalize gay marriage in Maine.
One News: With the Commission on Presidential Debates announcing the moderators for the 2012 presidential and vice presidential debates, a media analyst says the selected moderators compose an “all-star” lineup of the liberal left.
One News Now: Kevin Theriot of Alliance Defending Freedom says the government is attempting to avoid Louisiana College’s contention that Christian employers should not be forced to abandon their beliefs. “People of faith shouldn’t be discriminated against when they go into the business world,” he protests. “They certainly shouldn’t be punished for incorporating their religious convictions into their business, and that’s certainly true of a Christian college like Louisiana College.”
Operation Rescue at Opposing Views: An ambulance arrived at the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Boise, Idaho, this afternoon and transported a woman to St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise where she was admitted to the Emergency Room. The cause of the medical emergency and condition of the woman is currently unknown; however, activists confirm that abortions were performed today at that Planned Parenthood facility.
The Florida Times Union: The federal government has sued Florida’s Department of Corrections for not offering kosher meals to all prison inmates.
Brian Perry at Madison County Journal: In 2008, former Democratic Governor Ronnie Musgrove was running for the U.S. Senate and opposed gay-marriage even as the Mississippi Democratic Party shifted its platform position on marriage. Mississippi Democrats removed their platform plank that said, “Marriage: We believe in the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman.” The new platform was silent on marriage. But Musgrove was not silent. At one campaign stop in the Democratic Delta he said, “I’m very conservative. I am pro-life, anti-gay marriage. And again, that’s my personal belief, but I think it’s also very representative of Mississippi.” Musgrove was correct; his position was very representative of Mississippi. So, will marriage estrange Mississippi Democrats from their national party and candidates?
Al Arabiya: Tunisian Salafis are stoking fears of a rising Islamist tide after the hardliners disrupted a string of cultural events they deemed un-Islamic, culminating in an attack that left five people wounded.
Sun Times: Evergreen Park Cemetery is home to about 500 Muslim graves, and the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago said some of those graves were covered in graffiti.
Matthew D. Wright at Public Discourse: Michael Rosen’s effort to clarify the history and meaning of dignity ignores Christianity’s important philosophical contributions.
Washington Examiner: But Clinton, exhausted from four years of international travel and diplomacy, shrugged off the suggestion to lay the groundwork for her own 2016 bid with her husband at her side, according to author Ed Klein.
AP: The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit claiming a Wood County middle school’s single-gender classes violate federal law.
AP: A jury on Thursday awarded a gay University of Michigan student body president $4.5 million in his lawsuit against a former Michigan assistant attorney general who posted about him in an anti-gay blog.
Religion Clause Blog: As reported by the St. Paul Pioneer Press and by MinnLawyer Blog, the Minnesota Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility on Wednesday filed with the Minnesota Supreme Court a petition seeking suspension from practice of attorney Rebekah Nett. The petition alleges a pattern of bad faith litigation and reckless and harassing statements.
his weekend the New York Times weighed in to defend Justice Wiggins. According to the Times, Republicans are “stoking intolerance and further politicizing a retention election meant to weed out incompetent or corrupt judges.” The paper’s editors apparently forgot to read the Iowa Constitution, which does not guarantee a right to gay marriage. On the other hand, the accountability mechanism that the Times deplores, the retention election, appears explicitly in the text of Article V, Section 17 . . .
Religion Clause Blog: A jury in a California state trial court this week awarded $1.2 million in compensatory damages and over $400,000 in punitive damages to members of the Friends of Israel Defense Forces for violation of the anti-discrimination provisions of California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act by a hotel at which the group was holding an event.
Linda Chavez at Townhall: But beyond these questions about conservatives’ objections, a final one seems to me the most compelling. Conservatives often invoke the principle that no one should be held accountable for wrongdoing that occurred in the past and in which the person in question played no role. We oppose reparations for slavery on this basis, as we do most forms of affirmative action. So, too, should we oppose a punitive policy that forces nearly two million young people to choose between continuing living in the shadows, unable to work, or leaving the country they’ve come to know and love.
Tommaso Virgili at the Legal Project: The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), a supranational tribunal based in Strasbourg, France, which was set up in the framework of the Council of Europe, is increasingly determining important speech cases involving Islam-related topics. This Court’s jurisdiction covers alleged violations of human rights, as enshrined in the European Convention of Human Rights, by the states-parties. Unlike cases in a European nation’s courts, a case before this court may be triggered either by individuals, provided that the latter have exhausted their domestic remedies, or by another state acting as a party. Technically, the ECHR is empowered to grant individuals more protection than they are legally entitled to enjoy based on their own states’ laws.
Nathan A. Cherry at the Engage Family Blog: My complaint begins with very liberal supporters of same-sex “marriage” that say “Jesus never said anything about it” and therefore justify homosexuality. But that is only the start of the complaint, because let’s face it, liberal and lost homosexual advocates will use absolutely anything they can to drum up support for their cause. The biggest part of my complaint is that some Christians are buying into this notion and starting to repeat the rhetoric verbatim to justify their own support for same-sex “marriage.”
AP: Israel’s existence is an “insult to all humanity,” Iran’s president said Friday in one of his sharpest attacks yet against the Jewish state, as Israel openly debates whether to attack Iran over its nuclear program.
The Hill: Two polls released Thursday reveal a tight race for the Senate in Indiana, with Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly and Republican State Treasurer Richard Mourdock essentially polling neck and neck.
Jim Hochberg at the Honolulu Star Advertiser (subscription only): Why is government in the marriage business? A federal judge answered that question Aug. 8 consistently with how it’s long been answered: Government can “rationally conclude that, other things being equal, it is best for children to be raised by a parent of each sex.” . . .
CNSNews: The money the U.S. government owes to foreign entities rose to a record $5.2923 trillion in June, according to data released by the U.S. Treasury Wednesday afternoon.
Christian Science Monitor: Germany’s conservative coalition is pushing to pay moms who stay home to care for children ages 1 to 3. Opposition parties are outraged, calling the plan an antiquated take on family politics.
Telegraph: Professor Julian Savulescu said that creating so-called designer babies could be considered a “moral obligation” as it makes them grow up into “ethically better children”.
AP on MyWay: A Pennsylvania woman whose autistic adult son was not recommended for a heart transplant because of his illness and the complexity of the process, among other factors, said she wants to bring more attention to the decision-making process so that those with ailments or disabilities are not passed over without careful consideration.