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  • Posted: 11/21/2012
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  • Category: ADF in the News

UK: Secret courts plans savaged in House of Lords

Range Of Recent Legal Victories Is Ample Cause For Thanksgiving | Alan Sears at the Alliance Defending Freedom Blog

Arkes & Kozinski Debate “Natural Law Should Inform Constitutional Law”

    Volokh Conspiracy (video embedded): The Fifth Annual Rosenkranz Debate was held last Saturday during The Federalist Society’s 2012 National Lawyers Convention. The topic was “Natural Law Should Inform Constitutional Law” although I think the title should have been “Natural Rights Should Inform Constitutional Law” since that was what was actually debated. The advocates were Prof. Hadley P. Arkes (Edward N. Ney Professor in American Institutions, Amherst College) and Judge Alex Kozinski (Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit). It was moderated by Judge Thomas B. Griffith (U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit).


  • Posted: 11/21/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.volokh.com

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The Mayflower Compact, 1620

GOP Legally Barred From Fighting Vote Fraud

US Abortions Fall 5 Pct, Biggest Drop In A Decade | AP

At public meetings, fights over prayer drag on | San Francisco (AP)

Judge Grants Injunction Against HHS Mandate for Bible Publisher | Heritage Foundation

“Is Hawaii Next for Gay Marriage? Local Gay Rights Advocates Say Yes”

    CivilBeat: The Hawaii Family Forum’s attorney, Jim Hochberg, said he believes members of the Legislature know that most of the people in Hawaii want to preserve marriage between a man and a woman. “So, I think they could smartly respond one of either two ways,” he said. “One, they could say that it is in the courts, so let’s wait to see what the courts say. Alternatively, they could say that they not do want to vote directly on this, so let’s let the people decide. That way the Legislature does not get blamed.”


  • Posted: 11/21/2012
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.civilbeat.com

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Indiana State Supreme Court Considers School Vouchers

Most Voters Disagreed With Obama, Planned Parenthood on Abortion

OH: Step 2 — Sue IRS over Obamacare rule

Tunisia will not allow Islamists to impose vision: PM

Planned Parenthood Tries to Hide Botched Abortion From 911

Oklahoma High Court Dismisses Challenge To Voucher Program On Standing Grounds

Church’s RLUIPA Suit Dismissed On Ripeness Grounds, Avoiding Decision On Prudential Standing

Good News Clubs Challenge California’s Requirement That Schools Charge For Space Used For Religious Services

PA: New Kensington-Arnold responds to Ten Commandments monument lawsuit

How US churches exploit tax exemption to promote faith-based politics | The Guardian

Pastors Challenge IRS Rule With Partisan Talk | NBC Bay Area

IRS Accused of Losing $100 Billion a Year by Allowing Politicized Churches to Remain Tax-Exempt

TX: Christmas controversy erupting in Athens again

    KHOU.com (includes video): Greene is an atheist from San Antonio. He threatened to sue Henderson County last winter over the nativity scene on its courthouse lawn, which has been displayed each Christmas for more than a decade. But Greene backed off the suit when his health began to fail. As a sign of Christian goodwill, a church in Athens raised money, and sent Greene hundreds of dollars to help him and his wife through the health scare. Greene said they were genuinely touched by the people’s “generosity and kindness,” so they bought a star for the county’s nativity scene. He sent the star in March.


  • Posted: 11/21/2012
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.khou.com

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PA: Elanco School District eliminates meeting prayer, but that doesn’t stop its residents

Attorney: Religious Freedom Trumps Redefinition Of Marriage

Hobby Lobby Appeals Decision Forcing It to Obey HHS Mandate

City of Duluth violates court order, reimposes First Amendment ban | Alliance Defending Freedom

Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity Still Divide UN General Assembly

Church Of England Leader: Vote Needs Explanation

Doctors Group: Sell Birth Control Drug Over The Counter

    LifeNews: The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which has taken positions in the past supportive of abortion, says birth control pills should be sold over the counter. The morning after pill is already available over the counter for anyone over the age of 17 and the doctors’ group says the birth control pill should be sold that way, too.


  • Posted: 11/21/2012
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: www.lifenews.com

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Atheist Group Backs Parents Who Are Upset School Wants To Take Kids To See ‘Charlie Brown Christmas’ At Church

Tel Aviv bus hit by bomb; Hamas celebrates

The Santa Monica Nativity Scene Case: Why We Lost | William Becker, Jr. at American Thinker

UK Supreme Court: Institute of the Brothers of Christian schools can be held liable for sexual abuse by its members

Kenya: Homeschool Movement Ignored by Parliament

Christian Convert from Islam Beheaded in Somalia

Sweden: Johansson Family Back in Court

The Wisdom of Upholding Tradition | Sherif Girgis, Ryand T. Anderson and Robert P. George at WSJ

    For all these reasons, conservatives would be ill-advised to abandon support for conjugal marriage even if it hadn’t won more support than Mitt Romney in every state where marriage was on the ballot. They certainly shouldn’t be duped into surrender by the circular argument that they’ve already lost. The ash-heap of history is filled with “inevitabilities.” Conservatives—triumphant against once-unstoppable social tides like Marxism—should know this best. “History” has no mind. The future isn’t fixed. It’s chosen. The Supreme Court should let the people choose; and we should choose marriage, conjugal marriage.


  • Posted: 11/21/2012
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  • Category: Featured

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Making the Same-Sex Case | Ken Mehlman at the WSJ

    Ken Mehlman at the WSJ (access via Google): They say demography is destiny, and in American politics destiny has belonged to those who best aligned their core beliefs with the rapidly changing and ever-improving citizenry. Conservatives—and I count myself as one—succeed when we attract new supporters to timeless traditions. The Republican Party’s loss in this month’s presidential election resulted partly from a failure to embrace some of America’s fastest-growing constituencies. One area of significant change is in attitudes toward legal equality for gay Americans.


  • Posted: 11/21/2012
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  • Category: Featured

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S.F. barely passes public-nudity ban

    San Francisco Chronicle: Protester Gypsy Taub speaks out against the Board of Supervisors decision to ban public nakedness while naked at City Hall in San Francisco, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. San Francisco lawmakers on Tuesday narrowly approved a proposal to ban public nakedness, rejecting arguments that the measure would eat away at a reputation for tolerance enjoyed by a city known for flouting convention and flaunting its counter-culture image. The 6-5 Board of Supervisors vote means that exposed genitals will be prohibited in most public places, including streets, sidewalks and public transit.


  • Posted: 11/21/2012
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: www.sfgate.com

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“Religion: A proposal for churches to cut ties to civil marriages” | Scripps Howard News