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Catholic Healthcare Business Owners Ask Courts in Chicago to Halt Forced Abortion Coverage

Is International Planned Parenthood Abetting Criminal Activity? | Piero A. Tozzi at Turtle Bay and Beyond

Obama endorses Illinois bill to redefine marriage

Ariz. divorce case hits snag after marriage’s validity questioned because husband gave birth

Planned Parenthood think tank inflates abortion numbers | Janice Shaw Crouse at Wash. Times

Restrictions to Georgia abortion laws delayed

Jerusalem: Feminists to protest anti-abortion group’s prize

New NH law will ban ‘partial-birth’ abortion

China: Parents can sue children for neglect

Russian Orthodox Church backs ban on US adoptions

Surrogacy: Renting Wombs in India Exploits the Powerless

Supreme Court Asked To Decide On Holding Of Public School Commencements In Churches

Worcester, Mass., synagogue, day school building seized by IRS

Gov’t Agrees Priests for Life Qualifies For Contraception Mandate Safe-Harbor

Indiana Fed. Court: Contraceptive Mandate Does Not Substantially Burden Religious Exercise

Michigan Governor Signs Major Pro-Life Bill Stopping Abortions

Judge Halts Contraceptive Mandate For Mich. Firm

Texas court got it right; taxpayers shouldn’t be victimized by predatory abortion businesses | Alliance Defending Freedom Comment

In Egypt, Salafists Sue Wealthy Newspaper Owner Over Cartoon Seen As Insulting To Prophet

Saudis raid private party celebrating Christmas

Scotland Announces Consultation On Bill to Redefine Marriage

UK: High Court Rules No Right for Christians to Decline Sunday Work

France: Nativity Scene Burnt Down in a Church in Savoy

Austria: Three Churches Set on Fire in Amstetten

Obama to fill four positions in 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

Let’s Give Up on the Constitution

    Louis Michael Seidman at the New York Times: In the face of this long history of disobedience, it is hard to take seriously the claim by the Constitution’s defenders that we would be reduced to a Hobbesian state of nature if we asserted our freedom from this ancient text. Our sometimes flagrant disregard of the Constitution has not produced chaos or totalitarianism; on the contrary, it has helped us to grow and prosper.


  • Posted: 12/31/2012
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“A legal defense of donkey sex” | Salon

    Salon: In a court motion, the defense claims that the state law against bestiality deprives 32-year-old Carlos Romero of his “personal liberty and autonomy when it comes to private intimate activities.” But it’s actually not quite as crazy a move as it might seem.


  • Posted: 12/31/2012
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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The Islamization of Germany in 2012

Kansas sperm donor to lesbian couple ordered to pay child support prepares for battle

A Christmas Prayer for North Korea’s Christians

Millionaires, Billionaires, and Teachers

    Randall Hoven at American Thinker: So in round numbers, let’s say a $1 million investment nest egg is equal to an annual income of $40,000. Suddenly, $1 million doesn’t seem so rich. That relationship can be turned around: if you have an annual pension of $40,000, you are effectively a millionaire, especially if that pension is adjusted for cost of living. Now let’s look at public school teachers. In Illinois, where I live, the Illinois State Board of Education puts out a report on teachers’ salaries . . .


  • Posted: 12/31/2012
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.americanthinker.com

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Report documents recent persecution of Pakistan’s religious minorities

Egyptian Cleric Threatens Christian Copts with Genocide

MD: Opposed to same-sex marriage, company ends wedding business

Republicans Must Support Public Financing for Contraception | Juleanna Glover at NYT

Liberty or Equality: The Modern Imprint of an Ancient Rivalry | Rory Gray at Speak Up Movement

5 Reasons Why You Should Be Outraged At The Obamacare Abortion Pill Mandate | Alliance Defending Freedom Blog

The Inter-American Court versus the Rule of Law | Piero A. Tozzi at C-FAM

Report: $51 million spent on Montana senate race

    The Hill: Sen. Jon Tester was helped in his reelection bid by $10.2 million in spending from liberal outside groups, nearly twice as much as that spent by conservatives, according to a report from ProPublica. About $4.2 million of that was “dark money,” funds that come from organizations that are not required by law to disclose their donors.


  • Posted: 12/31/2012
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Bad influences from abroad | Austin Ruse at The Catholic Thing

Christianity ‘close to extinction’ in Middle East

Hobby Lobby Defies Obama Administration With Civil Disobedience For Religious Liberty |

Forced out by age, Kelly retiring from Michigan Supreme Court

Le Tax Fairness: A French court says the 75% tax rate doesn’t mistreat everyone equally.

Anglican Leader Rowan Williams Steps Down

Illinois Dragging Its Feet On Huge Pension Problem

Bomb at Egyptian-Run Church in Libya Kills 2

“UK Catholics Urged To Lobby Against Gay Marriage”

On the Passing of Supreme Court Justice Robert Bork | Casey Mattox at Townhall

Hobby Lobby says it will defy Obama contraception mandate

Justice Sotomayor Denies Hobby Lobby Request On HHS Mandate

One Nation Under God? | Molly Worthen at the NYT

    Molly Worthen at the New York Times: Alan Sears, president of the legal advocacy organization Alliance Defending Freedom, sees an unprecedented threat to religious liberty in the harsh fines facing employers who refuse to cover contraception in their insurance programs. “It is a death penalty. It is a radical change,” he told me. “It’s one thing when you’re debating about public space, but it’s another when you say, if you don’t surrender your conscience, you’re out of business.” . . . These legal efforts are less an attempt to redefine religious liberty than a campaign to preserve Christians’ historic right to police the boundary between secular principles and religious beliefs. Only now that conservative Christians have less control over organs of public power, they cannot rely on the political process. Now that the “nones” are declaring themselves, and more Americans — including many Christians — see birth control as a medical necessity rather than a sin, Mr. Sears sees a stark course of action for the Catholic and evangelical business owners he represents: “Litigation is all that our clients have.” Their problem, however, is more fundamental than legal precedent. Their problem is that America’s Christian consensus is fragmenting. We are left groping for something far messier: an evolving, this-worldly, compromise.


  • Posted: 12/31/2012
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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At public meetings, fights about prayer drag on | Times Daily

    Times Daily: Brett Harvey, a lawyer at the Arizona-based Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian group that often helps towns defend their practices, sees it the other way. He said liberal groups have made a coordinated attempt to bully local governments into abandoning prayers, resulting in more cases. “It’s really kind of a campaign of fear and disinformation,” he said. Harvey has talked with hundreds of towns about their policies and has been involved in about 10 court cases in the past three years. Right now, his advice differs for different parts of the country because, he said, the law is in flux. Courts around the country don’t agree on what’s acceptable or haven’t considered the issue.


  • Posted: 12/31/2012
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College Refuses Obama Admin Demand to Drop HHS Mandate Lawsuit | DFW Catholic

Court upholds South Dakota’s informed-consent law | Christian Examiner

ACLU Ignoring Educational Suitability | One News Now

Preachers under fire: politics from the pulpit breaks the law, some say | Mercury News

Gathered Crowd Shows Support for Courthouse Lighting Ceremony | Prescott News

Court upholds domestic partner registry | Green Bay Press Gazette

‘Rally Cry’ For Return To God | One News Now

    One News Now: Alliance Defending Freedom’s Matt Sharp points out that God is being left out as a solution in the debates about what to do to protect children in schools from another massacre like the one in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14th. But that, he says, is exactly the opposite of what this country needs. “We really need to call out for everyone to kind of return to God in times like this, to realize that He is the true source of our strength, our source that descends through so many scriptures — from the psalmist about God is our refuge and the cleft in the rock that hides us in times like this Psalm 18:2; 46:1),” the legal counsel cites.


  • Posted: 12/31/2012
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: www.onenewsnow.com

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When Children Are Killed at Christmastime | Patheos

    Patheos: One of my intentions for Philosophical Fragments — and for the Evangelical Channel at Patheos in general — is to bring together some of the finest examples of evangelical thought leaders engaging the issues in the public square. So I’ve been honored to host excellent guest posts recently from Peter Wehner of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Jennifer Marshall of the Heritage Foundation, Josh Good of the American Enterprise Institute, Greg Scott of the Alliance Defending Freedom, Andrew Marin of the Marin Foundation, and famed apologist Ravi Zacharias.


  • Posted: 12/31/2012
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Signs and Wonders: Airbrushing Jesus out of Christmas, Chinese doomsdayers detained …