Companies fight abortion mandate | Baptist Press on Townhall

Maine: Rockland reaches tentative settlement over church’s tax payments

Italian bishop confined to home by homosexual demonstration

Australian Doc cleared after being investigated for opposing marriage redefinition

Polish parliament narrowly defeats civil unions bills

As sin becomes a civil right, Catholic military chaplains could soon become outlaws

    NewAdvent: As behavior contrary to Christian morality becomes a civil right, Catholics in particular could soon become, quite literally, outlaws. Our current President recently announced that he will disobey a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act, signed by his own hand, which states that chaplains cannot be forced “to perform any rite, ritual or ceremony that is contrary to the conscience, moral principles or religious beliefs of the chaplain.”


  • Posted: 01/28/2013
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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UK: “Gay marriage bill ‘opens door to abolition of adultery’”

“Gay marriage opponents falsely claim Obama as an ally”

Masked ‘Black Bloc’ a Mystery in Egypt Unrest

Pending abortion legislation reignites pro-choice, pro-life debate in Olympia

    Kent Reporter: A bill introduced on Monday (Jan. 21) by Sen. Don Benton (R-17th District, Vancouver), who spoke at the rally the following day, would require abortion providers to notify a parent or legal guardian 48 hours before performing such procedure on a minor. Senate Bill 5156, known as the Parental Notification of Abortion Act, allows exceptions for incest if a court order is obtained. The notification requirement is also waived if there is a medical emergency.


  • Posted: 01/28/2013
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: www.kentreporter.com

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Comment period opens on Virginia’s abortion regulations; public hearings set

    Daily Press: The contentious — the state’s Health Commissioner Karen Remley, a Norfolk pediatrician, resigned her post over them — new regulations, approved by the Virginia Board of Health in 2012, which apply new-hospital architectural requirements to clinics providing abortion services, enter a new public comment period Monday, Jan. 28. The regulations were posted in the Virginia Register of Regulations on Monday and the public comment period will continue through March 29.


  • Posted: 01/28/2013
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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“Boy Scouts Likely to Approve Gay Leaders in Major Policy Reversal”

    Christian Post: The Boy Scouts of America announced today, under pressure from questions raised by The Christian Post, that the organization is likely to allow professed homosexuals to become scout leaders and that a vote on the matter is scheduled at the group’s executive meeting in Irving, Texas, the first week of February . . . It boggles my mind to think the BSA would make such a move,” said an executive in the Southern Baptist Convention who asked not to be identified. “If they have counted the cost of this decision in terms of relationships and numbers, then I believe they have miscalculated that cost.”


  • Posted: 01/28/2013
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  • Source: www.christianpost.com

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Black Pro-Lifers to Protest the 44th NAACP Image Awards

Register Women for the Draft: Selective Service Debate Heats Up Again

    York Daily Record: The Pentagon’s decision to allow women to join combat units is expected to reopen a legal debate the Supreme Court settled in 1981: Should women have to register with the government so it knows where to find them …


  • Posted: 01/28/2013
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It’s School Choice Week | Heritage Foundation

Mississippi issues notice it intends to revoke the license of the state’s last abortion facility

Marry and Politics: Why the debate matters; why the conjugal view can prevail (pay per view access) | Sherif Girgis, Ryan T. Anderson & Robert P. George at NRO

    Sherif Girgis, Ryan T. Anderson & Robert P. George at National Review: Here, we respond to some challenges that even those sympathetic to our views might raise: Why worry about same-sex marriage in particular? Why worry about marriage policy? If marriage policy does matter, why not “broaden the definition” of marriage to promote family values? How would recognizing same-sex relationships as marriages harm marriage? Isn’t ours a losing cause, or at best a secondary one? And why privilege anyone’s sectarian values at all — doesn’t that compromise freedom and equality? We address each of these questions in turn.


  • Posted: 01/28/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.nationalreview.com

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Who Decides the Laws of War?

Forty years later, Roe v. Wade still divides

Can the President Appoint Principal Executive Officers Without a Senate Confirmation Vote?

    Abstract. It is generally assumed that the Constitution requires the Senate to vote to
    confirm the President’s nominees to principal federal offices. This Essay argues, to the contrary,
    that when the President nominates an individual to a principal executive branch position, the
    Senate’s failure to act on the nomination within a reasonable period of time can and should be
    construed as providing the Senate’s tacit or implied advice and consent to the appointment. On
    this understanding, although the Senate can always withhold its constitutionally required
    consent by voting against a nominee, the Senate cannot withhold its consent indefinitely
    through the expedient of failing to vote on the nominee one way or the other. Although this
    proposal seems radical, and certainly would upset longstanding assumptions, the Essay argues
    that this reading of the Appointments Clause would not contravene the constitutional text,
    structure, or history. The Essay further argues that, at least under some circumstances, reading
    the Constitution to construe Senate inaction as implied consent to an appointment would have
    desirable consequences in light of deteriorating norms of Senate collegiality and of prompt action
    on presidential nominations.


  • Posted: 01/28/2013
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.yalelawjournal.org

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Lawyers Behaving Badly Get A Dressing Down From Civility Cops

    Wall Street Journal: The ditty struck a nerve—and brought down the house, a largely pinstriped crowd of 80 or so lawyers there for a musical refresher course on the virtues of civility. But it is no laughing matter to those who fret that a tide of rudeness has engulfed the legal profession.


  • Posted: 01/28/2013
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: online.wsj.com

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Rasmussen: 59% Favor Full Combat Roles for Women

ACS Issue Brief Offers Suggestions To Reform Dysfunctional Judicial Nomination Process

The Texas Woman Who Should be Dead | Casey Mattox at Townhall

Republicans hit obstacles to altering electoral college

Harkin won’t seek another term in Senate

Ads Continue to Have Big Drawing Power on Super Bowl Sunday, According to Hanon McKendry Study Conducted by Harris Interactive

    Sacramento Bee: Hanon McKendry is an integrated marketing communications firm that helps build brands that matter. Whether working with nonprofit organizations like Alliance Defending Freedom, Salvation Army, Focus on the Family and World Vision, or corporations like Rayovac Batteries, Furniture Row Shopping Centers, Wilsonart and Zondervan (a division of Harper/Collins), Hanon McKendry helps clients grow their impact and resources so they can do more good. Hanon McKendry is a Gravity Six Alliance partner.


  • Posted: 01/28/2013
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Meet the Mecklenburg legislative delegation | Charlotte Observer

“ADF Criticizes Colorado Civil Unions As Prejudicial Toward Gay Rights Opponents”

American Pastor Sentenced To 8 Years In Iran

Egypt: Opposition Rejects President’s Dialogue

4th Circuit reinstates prisoner’s claim demanding “transgender identity disorder” treatment

    Virginia inmate Ophelia Azriel De’lonta (born Michael A. Stokes) filed suit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 claiming that prison officials denied her adequate medical treatment in violation of the Eighth Amendment. The district court dismissed the complaint for failure to state a claim. Because we conclude that De’lonta’s complaint states a claim for relief that is plausible on its face, we reverse and remand for further proceedings.


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Cardinal Stafford: 40 years after Roe, ‘I weep for the United States’

Threat of automatic cuts costly to federal agencies

“John Roberts bankrupts law students” | Paul Campos at Salon

A Flood of Suits Fights Coverage of Birth Control | NYT

Obama Birth Control Mandates Loosens Lawsuits

“Lawyers in gay marriage cases aim pitches at Obama”

CBS Runs Segment Called ‘let’s Give Up On The Constitution’

    Breitbart (video) carries the CBS segment: From Georgetown law professor Louis Michael Seidman: I’ve got a simple idea: Let’s give up on the Constitution. I know, it sounds radical, but it’s really not. Constitutional disobedience is as American as apple pie. For example, most of our greatest Presidents — Jefferson, Lincoln, Wilson, and both Roosevelts — had doubts about the Constitution, and many of them disobeyed it when it got in their way.


  • Posted: 01/28/2013
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.breitbart.com

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Starving North Koreans ‘are forced to eat their children’

Witness says Colorado civil unions bill violates religious freedoms | Denver Post