A Lousy Procedure, A Messy Judgment: The European Human Rights Court’s Newest Attempt To Fabricate A „right To Abortion“

Britain’s most senior Catholic is named ‘Bigot of the Year’

“Same-sex laws temporarily suspended in Malawi, police ordered not to arrest gay people”

“Former Gov. George Pataki Slams Rabbi’s Comments That Superstorm Sandy Destruction Tied To Gay Marriage Vote”

    NY Daily News: Former Gov. George Paaki ripped an upstate rabbi for making “offensive and disgraceful” comments that described Hurricane Sandy as divine payback for New York legalizing gay marriage. Pataki called on fellow Republican Neil DiCarlo — who is running on the Conservative Party line for a state Senate seat from the Hudson Valley — to denounce the remarks of Rabbi Noson Leiter. DiCarlo opposes gay marriage, and the orthodox rabbi made the statements in support of his third-party candidacy.


  • Posted: 11/05/2012
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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“Iowa vote seen as gay marriage test”

Wash. bar pushing marriage redefinition with fees of objectors | Alliance Defending Freedom

WA: 42 attorneys object to state bar association’s support of Ref. 74, the bar responds

    Seattle Times: In a letter responding to the members, the board’s president said the organization has consistently found that issues like Ref. 74 do affect the practice of law and the administration of justice. It said Keller does not prohibit the bar from taking positions on any issue, but rather forbids it from using mandatory member fees to support such positions. It offered the attorneys the option of deducting from their dues an amount ranging from 98 cents to $6.40 . . . Bellevue attorney Chris Evans, who wrote the letter on behalf of the others, called the board’s endorsement “mission creep.” | The Washington State Bar Response Letter


  • Posted: 11/05/2012
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Making Babies, Just to Make Ends Meet

    Susan Straight at NY Times: Sometimes life is like a fun-house mirror, the glass and then the real thing. I had just watched the TV show “The New Normal,” a comedy about what used to be called untraditional families, for the first time, and the same day I read about Mitt Romney’s son Tagg and his wife, Jennifer, having twins through a surrogate pregnancy, using the same surrogate mother they had back in 2009. A week later, a few choice remarks were made about single mothers in the presidential debate.


  • Posted: 11/05/2012
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: www.nytimes.com

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French socialist plan to redefine marriage dogged by opposition | Huffington Post

UK Catholic Care loses five-year legal battle over homosexual adoption

Arizona Law Criminalizing Abortions Questioned by Judges

Egyptians protest for applying Islamic laws

Islamic radicalism a real threat in Malaysia

Study: Stem cells from strangers can repair hearts

Court Upholds Sale Of Polygamous Church Assets

Egypt’s New Coptic Pope Opposes Religious Constitution

GOP senators: Thousands of ballots unlikely to reach military voters in time

    The Hill: “DoD’s failure to fix this longstanding problem means that the blank ballots of thousands of overseas service members, as well as some who have recently returned from overseas, could be currently trapped in an archaic and inefficient mail forwarding system,” the senators wrote. “These ballots are unlikely to reach these service members until after Election Day has passed.”


  • Posted: 11/05/2012
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: thehill.com

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Williams Institute Study: Teens With Lesbian Mothers Do Better In School, Happier In Life

Moore, Vance battle for Alabama chief justice

4 Yrs at Private College = $130,468; Median-Priced Existing Home = $173,100; U.S. Debt Per American Under 18 = $218,676

NV: Court Will Hear Emergency Appeal to Stop Potential Forced Abortion

IN: Opposition Mounts To Retaining State Supreme Court Justice

NV State Supreme Court must decide, ‘Who’s your Mama?’

Same-Sex Marriage Ten Years On: Lessons from Canada | Bradley Miller at Public Discourse

D.C. Circuit Examines Computer Use Restraints in Child Exploitation Case

Church Gets Preliminary Injunction Under RLUIPA Against Zoning Ban

Christian College Sues Challenging Contraceptive Coverage Mandate

DC Circuit: Non-Liturgical Protestant Chaplains Have Standing To Pursue Discrimination Claim

No Florida Schools Have Used New Authority For Student-Led Inspirational Messages

NC: City Of King Is Exploiting The Memory Of American Soldiers To Promote Christianity, Says Americans United

Israeli Water Company Freezes Bank Account of Church of Holy Sepulchre

Shariah Courts Role Expands In Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula

Law On Damage To Church Property Survives Establishment Clause Challenge

U.S. Supreme Court: Pro-Life Demonstrator Was Prevailing Party for Attorney Fee Award

Religious Speech Does Not Equal ‘Hate Speech’: Court Affirms Pastor’s Right to Publicly Express Views | Christiana Holcomb at Speak Up Movement Church Blog

Unions aim to lock collective bargaining into state constitutions

Obama Voters at Biden Rally Vandalize Pro-Life Signs

Pulpit politics: Pastors endorse candidates, thumbing noses at the IRS | NBS (includes videos)

    NBC (includes several videos of pastors): About 1,600 pastors across the country violated a 58-year-old ban on political endorsements by churches in October by explicitly backing political candidates in their Sunday sermons, according to the Alliance Defending Freedom of Scottsdale, Ariz., a conservative Christian legal organization behind a campaign called Pulpit Freedom Sunday . . . The Alliance Defending Freedom asserts that it’s working to further the rights of all religious groups, but it’s an explicitly Christian organization, with a heavy representation of evangelical members and leaders. One clue to its philosophy is that it made it Pulpit Freedom “Sunday” — choosing the Christian Sabbath, instead of more broadly embracing the Jewish Sabbath (Saturday) and the Muslim day of worship (Friday) . . . But Erik Stanley, senior legal counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, said it’s clear that the agency is sidestepping the issue. “We surmise the IRS has shut down all its church audits,” Stanley said. As time goes on, he added, “It may become clear that the IRS has taken the position that it will not censor a pastor.”


  • Posted: 11/05/2012
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: usnews.nbcnews.com

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Fight brewing over transgender person in Evergreen College locker room | MyNorthWest

Reid: ‘Laughable’ for Romney to think Dems will pass his agenda

Has the IRS given up on auditing churches? | Erik Stanley at Speak Up Movement Church Blog

Arizona Law Criminalizing Abortions Raises Roe v. Wade Argument

Texas Pastors applaud Senator Patrick on AG opinion request over domestic partner benefits

200 Million Girls Killed in China, Where Are the Feminists?

Pastors Call Left’s Bluff: No IRS Penalties for Preaching Politics | Matt Barber at LifeNews

College under fire for allowing transgender female to use women’s locker room | LGBTQ Nation

    LGTBQ Nation: In its letter sent Friday, David Hacker, senior legal counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom group, warned Evergreen, “The fact that this individual was sitting in plain view of young girls changing into their swimsuits puts you and Evergreen on notice of possible future harm.” Joseph Backholm, director of the conservative non-profit Family Policy Institute of Washington, an anti-gay group leading efforts to overturn the state’s marriage equality law that voters will decide on Tuesday, said “(parents) have the reasonable expectation that there are not going to be naked men or people that their daughters believe are naked men — however they see themselves — in that restroom.”


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Auto Lighting Industry Manufacturer Sues to Stop Obama Mandate | New American

Religion And Politics: IRS Not Enforcing Rules On Separation Of Church And State | Huffington Post (AP)

    Huffington Post (AP): Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which seeks strict limits on religious involvement in politics, and the Alliance Defending Freedom, which considers the regulations unconstitutional government intrusion, scour the political landscape for any potential cases. While Americans United gathers evidence it hopes will prompt an IRS investigation, the Alliance Defending Freedom jumps in to provide a defense. Neither group knows of any IRS contact with houses of worship over political activity since the 2009 federal ruling . . . Last month, more than 1,500 pastors, organized by the Alliance Defending Freedom, endorsed a candidate from the pulpit and then sent a record of their statement to the IRS, hoping their challenge would eventually end up in court. The Alliance has organized the event, called “Pulpit Freedom Sunday,” since 2008. The IRS has never contacted a pastor involved in the protest.


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IRS Backs Off Churches on Politics | The Church Report

    The Church Report: Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which seeks strict limits on religious involvement in politics, and the Alliance Defending Freedom, which considers the regulations unconstitutional government intrusion, scour the political landscape for any potential cases. While Americans United gathers evidence it hopes will prompt an IRS investigation, the Alliance Defending Freedom jumps in to provide a defense. Neither group knows of any IRS contact with houses of worship over political activity since the 2009 federal ruling . . . Last month, more than 1,500 pastors, organized by the Alliance Defending Freedom, endorsed a candidate from the pulpit and then sent a record of their statement to the IRS, hoping their challenge would eventually end up in court. The Alliance has organized the event, called “Pulpit Freedom Sunday,” since 2008. The IRS has never contacted a pastor involved in the protest.


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Arizona non-profit ordered to turn over donor records by Cal. Supreme Court

Transgender Student in Evergreen’s Locker Room Draws Ire of Arizona Religious Group | Seattle Weekly

    Seattle Weekly: Evergreen officials say the school’s policy of allowing transgender individuals access to locker rooms based on their stated gender – in this case, Francis identifies as a female – is in accordance with state law . . . Despite this stance, the Alliance Defending Freedom is mad as hell. “Little girls should not be exposed to naked men, period. A college’s notions about ‘non-discrimination’ don’t change that,” says Senior Legal Counsel David Hacker in a press release distributed by the Alliance Defending Freedom, which says it is acting on behalf of parents concerned for their children’s safety . . . “The idea that the college and the local district attorney will not act to protect young girls is appalling,” Hacker continues in the Alliance Defending Freedom press release. “What Americans are seeing here is the poisoned fruit of so-called ‘non-discrimination’ laws and policies. Placing this man’s proclivities ahead of protecting little girls is beyond unacceptable.” . . . If the question comes down to bowing to the Alliance Defending Freedom and the organization’s claims of “emotional distress and harm” being inflicted on youth swimmers encountering transgender genitalia in the sauna, or protecting the civil rights of people like Colleen Francis, the Evergreen State College, predictably, sides with the civil rights and state law. “Frankly, the issue has been addressed,” Wettstein says of the installation of privacy screens. [more]


  • Posted: 11/05/2012
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In the Spirit: Madison pastor scraps plans to challenge IRS with sermon | Wisc. State J.

UK: Christianity not necessarily for public good, Charity Commision rules

Nevada Judge Seeks Go-ahead In Abortion Case