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Reuters: President Barack Obama nominated Thursday an openly gay attorney to serve on the U.S. appeals court for patent cases after a previous gay nominee for that court stalled.
Reuters: President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated two government attorneys to fill vacancies on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Drones: Yes, the Military Can and Should Target American Members of Al-Qaeda | David French at National Review
David French at National Review: If you are a member of al-Qaeda, do you gain additional protections from attack if you are also an American citizen? With great feeling, many Americans seem to say yes. With equal feeling, I say no. Before I explain, let’s remember that — legally — we are in a state of armed conflict against al-Qaeda, pursuant to the post-9/11 Authorization for Use of Military Force. We are not engaged in a law-enforcement operation
LifeSiteNews: One of the country’s leading legal experts and political commentators says that pro-life activists may have a personal reason to be concerned about a new Justice Department white paper outlining some of the criteria the Obama administration use to select Americans it can assassinate without a trial — because the administration has repeatedly labeled the pro-life movement as one of the primary sources of domestic terrorism. Some are asking specifically whether the policy could one day apply to the pro-life movement, gun enthusiasts, preppers, or small government conservatives.
Fox News: A Miami-Dade circuit judge has reportedly approved an adoption allowing three people — a gay man and a married lesbian couple — to be listed on the birth certificate of their 23-month-old daughter.
Personhood North Dakota: Confirming that the protection of every human being is within reach, The Defense of Human Life Act, HB 1450, has passed in the North Dakota House with an overwhelming majority of 68 – 25.
Caffeinated Thoughts: State Representative Tom Shaw (R-Laurens) authored House File 138, a personhood bill, which would prohibit abortion from the moment of conception. The bill’s language essentially changes the definition of “person” in the Iowa Code 707.1 which defines murder.
San Francisco Chronicle: The North Dakota Senate has passed legislation that would require a doctor performing abortions to be an OB-GYN with hospital-admitting privileges.
James Taranto at the Wall Street Journal: If you can’t force people to do what you want, force them to buy insurance: That seems to be the strategy of the liberal left in the Obama era. We refer not only to the ObamaCare health-insurance mandate but to the latest bright idea under consideration in mostly Democrat-dominated state capitals.
Christian Institute: The Government has refused to put measures in place that could catch illegal gender abortions – because it would cost too much and might upset mothers.
Christian Institute: Former Government minister Tim Loughton was sacked because of his opposition to redefining marriage, according to reports.
KSTP.com: Gov. Mark Dayton tacked to the left Wednesday in his State of the State speech, arguing that past state and federal income tax cuts were bad for the economy and issuing his most ringing endorsement yet of legalizing same-sex marriage in Minnesota as a debate over that issue looms at the Capitol.
Middle East Forum: Categorized by theme, the rest of December’s batch of Muslim persecution of Christians around the world includes (but is not limited to) the following accounts, listed by theme and in country alphabetical order, not necessarily according to severity . . .
Courier Press: State lawmakers will wait until next year to vote on whether to put a constitutional same-sex marriage and civil union ban on Indiana’s November 2014 ballot.
Star Tribune: Freedom to Marry plans to spend cash in Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, Rhode Island as well as Minnesota.
IFAWebNews: Dr. Ben Carson, the noted Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon often cited as the world’s most gifted pediatric neurosurgeon, shared the stage with President Obama today at the National Prayer Breakfast, making remarks and suggestions that appeared to be alternatives to the president’s national health reform law and solutions to encourage economic growth.
San Francisco Chronicle: Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill Thursday that would have made New Jersey the third state to legalize gambling over the Internet, but said he would sign it if it had a 10-year trial period and a higher tax rate on casinos.
USCCB: He listed three key areas of concern: the narrow understanding of a religious ministry; compelling church ministries to fund and facilitate services such as contraceptives, including abortion-inducing drugs, and sterilization that violate Catholic teaching; and disregard of the conscience rights of for-profit business owners. These are the same concerns articulated by the USCCB Administrative Committee in its March 2012 statement, United for Religious Freedom.
Heartland Connection: The bill he introduced Wednesday would prohibit abortion from the moment of conception. Doctors who perform abortions could be charged with murder.
OH: Sen. Rob Portman says abortion clinics market their services to minors in states with stricter laws
PolitiFact: But minors have another option — one that abortion opponents consider dastardly but that abortion rights activists defend as necessary sometimes. The minor can go to an abortion provider in one of 12 states that have no parental-involvement laws.
San Francisco Chronicle: An Alabama House committee has approved a bill that would stiffen the requirements for abortion clinics in the state, a move that some clinic operators say would cause them to close.
TheNewsTribune.com: A hearing on a bill that would require minors to notify their parents before terminating a pregnancy pitted those who argued it was an issue of parental rights against those who say the measure is an effort to restrict access to abortion.
Courier Journal: Senate Republicans are again supporting bills that would require women to have an ultrasound and a face-to-face medical consultation before having an abortion .
San Francisco Chronicle (AP): Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe said Thursday he’ll sign into law legislation prohibiting insurers from covering most abortions in an exchange created under the federal health care law, as lawmakers advanced a separate measure banning the procedure 12 weeks into a pregnancy.
San Francisco Chronicle: A proposal in the Kansas House would allow University of Kansas Medical Center students to receive privately funded abortion training.
AP: The New Mexico Medical Board has exonerated an Albuquerque doctor who was accused of gross negligence in the abortion of a nearly 9-month-old fetus.
Matt Bowman at Alliance Defending Freedom Blog: The Obama administration is engaging in snake-oil moral theology, and then imposing its moral views on any religious entity that disagrees. No one should be forced by the government to facilitate early abortions and anti-fertility activities, under any rationale.
Byron Babione at Townhall: Those who remember the old version of the SAT might recall the analogy section: “This is to that as that is to this.” The SAT no longer requires students to demonstrate aptitude in reasoning through this vital cognitive exercise—unfortunate because so many Americans find it difficult to recognize false analogies. And no group has exploited this deficiency more than politicians.
Heritage Foundation Culture Watch: Although marriage benefits society in many ways, this year’s National Marriage Week focuses on marriage as the leading antidote to child poverty. A child born and raised outside marriage is six times more likely to experience poverty than a child raised in an intact family.
WRCBtv.com: Their complaint alleges a sixth grade teacher is “witnessing” to students by singing Christian songs to the class during instructional time.
WOUB.org: A Southeast Ohio school district is now facing a lawsuit over the district’s refusal to remove a portrait of Jesus hanging in the city’s middle school. The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio and the Freedom from Religion Foundation filed the suit in US District Court against the Jackson City School District Thursday. | ACLU press release and complaint
Polski Radio: Rev. Guy Liagre, Secretary-General of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences, said in Warsaw on Wednesday that Islam in Europe is becoming more fundamentalist and radical.
Carol Moynahan at LifeSiteNews: At the same time religious practice and church affiliation are declining. It seems obvious that these twin crises of marriage and faith are related, but what are the dynamics? Did religion decline and then marriage, or did marriage decline and then religious practice? There is research that points both ways. | Does the Shape of Families Shape Faith?
LifeSiteNews: A drama has been unfolding in Germany over the last month that has seen the leading conservative prelate in the country, Cologne’s Cardinal Joachim Meisner, seem to suggest that it is permissible in Catholic hospitals to administer the morning-after pill (MAP) to rape victims. The Bishops of Germany will be discussing the matter further at their next plenary meeting later this month.
The Hill: Since then, he has offered an immigration proposal that would give the same benefits to heterosexual and same-sex couples, called on the Boy Scouts to open its membership to gays, and seen the Pentagon announce it would offer certain benefits to same-sex couples.
Mario H. Lopez at Human Life Review: But a lesser-known story is that over the last 40 years in the United States, many leaders of this movement have hijacked concerns over immigration to advance their agenda. Population-control advocates have built, operated, and funded much of the anti-immigration movement in the United States. What follows helps explain how this has happened and sheds light on the pervasive connections between the population- control movement and the principal proponents of immigration restrictions.
LifeSiteNews: Dr. Arie Perliger, director of terrorism studies at West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center (CTC), makes the allegation in his report, “Challengers from the Sidelines: Understanding America’s Violent Far-Right.” The document – which references abortion 76 times in 146 pages – was issued in November but only reported last month.
NC Register: “Freedom is not the government’s to give and take away when it pleases,” said Alliance Defending Freedom counsel Matt Bowman in response to one of the decisions. “The court did the right thing in issuing its order, and we are confident that this unconstitutional mandate’s days are numbered,” he continued. Alliance Defending Freedom is representing numerous plaintiffs in lawsuits challenging the controversial contraception mandate, which requires employers to offer health insurance covering contraception, sterilization and some drugs that can cause early abortions. More than 130 individuals and organizations have sued over the mandate, arguing that it violates their right to religious freedom.
Deciding Who Gets Religious Freedom: The Latest HHS “Accommodation” | Matthew J. Franck at Public Discourse
Matthew J. Franck at Public Discourse: In the latest proposed version of the HHS mandate, the government presumes to say which employers get religious freedom and how much they get, but all religious employers are obligated to live out their beliefs and should have the freedom to do so.
Christian Newswire: Alliance Defending Freedom allied attorney Charles M. Allen with the Glen Allen, Va. firm Goodman, Allen & Filetti PLLC filed Friday in U.S. District Court in The Radiance Foundation v. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for the Eastern District of Virginia, Norfolk Division.
InForum: Kellie Fiedorek, attorney for the Alliance Defending Freedom, said expanding the state’s laws would create multiple legal issues and undermine First Amendment rights. “Religious freedom is not confined to only the four walls of a church,” she said. She highlighted a case in Colorado where a baker declined to bake a cake for a same-sex couple because of his religious beliefs. The couple filed a complaint, which Fiedorek called “religious intolerance.” She also said a counselor in Georgia was fired after she respectfully referred a gay woman to another counselor. Fiedorek said the woman was overly pleased with the counseling service, but still filed a complaint.
Bismark Tribune: Tom Freier, executive director of the North Dakota Family Alliance, said state law already has adequate provisions for the GLBT community. “It does create a protected class,” Freier said. “We believe equal protections certainly do exist.” Lawyer Kellie Fiedorek, with Alliance Defending Freedom, said SB2252 pits the GLBT community and its lobby on the federal level against those operating their businesses in a way that mirrors their religious beliefs. “This isn’t discrimination. This is religious intolerance,” Fiedorek said. Fiedorek cited the example of a Colorado bakery last year that was subject to a discrimination suit after refusing to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. She said legislation such as SB2252 could work to force people of faith out of the marketplace. “They should not have to choose between their conscience and their livelihood,” Fiedorek said. | Also Grand Forks Herald | Jamestown Sun
Protest shocks Philadelphia: KKK killed 3,446 blacks in 86 years, black on black murders kill 7,000+ each year not including abortion
CBS Philadelphia (includes video): According to the FBI, in 2011 more than 7,000 black people were killed. King’s sign reads that the KKK killed 3,446 blacks in 86 years, while black on black murders surpass that number every six months.
LifeSiteNews: The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People threatened with legal action Ryan Bomberger for using its name and trademark to oppose abortion. Now the chief creative officer of The Radiance Foundation is fighting back . . . With the help of attorney Charles M. Allen, who is affiliated with the Alliance Defending Freedom, Bomberger filed a lawsuit in Virginia on Friday arguing that his work is protected by the First Amendment and “fair use” provisions of the law. He also questioned the NAACP’s priorities in using its legal resources to fight an activist trying to save black babies, rather than fighting the community’s pathologies. “Our inner-cities are crumbling, two-parent married families barely exist, 72.3 percent of our children are born into homes without fathers, and the NAACP wants to silence me for pointing out its support of abortion,” he said.
The New Caesar, the HHS Accommodation and the Attack on Religious Freedom | Deacon Keith Fournier at Catholic Online
Deacon Keith Fournier at Catholic Online: Another outstanding group doing public interest work is the Alliance Defending Freedom. They offered a quick analysis, the thrust of which is found in the title of their article, Only a Sliver of Religious Organizations Covered by Proposed Exemption to HHS Abortion Pill Mandate. They are correc
AP: A woman from New York came to New Mexico to terminate her pregnancy at one of the nation’s four late-term abortion clinics after she found out the fetus she had been carrying for more than eight months had severe brain abnormalities. There were complications during the abortion and the 26-year-old woman was rushed to the hospital with a ruptured uteru
AP: The Senate is poised to strengthen the principal federal anti-domestic abuse law, spreading its protection to gays, lesbians, immigrants and Native American women.
Religion Clause Blog: According to yesterday’s London Daily Telegraph, in China, Christian “house church” activist Cao Nan has filed a lawsuit against the police in the city of Shenzhen to challenge the police decision to detain him for 12 days for meeting with other Christians to preach and sing hymns in Shenzhen’s Lizhi Park.
OH: No minister’s exemption for Catholic school that fired teacher over out of wedlock IVF pregnancy
Religion Clause Blog: In Dias v. Archdiocese of Cincinnati, (SD OH, Jan.30, 2013), a former technology coordinator at two Catholic Archdiocese schools sued under Title VII claiming pregnancy discrimination after she was fired for being pregnant and unmarried, and for becoming pregnant through artificial insemination.
Fox News: Supermarket owners argue a pending federal food-labeling rule that stems from the new health care law would overburden thousands of grocers and convenience store owners — to the tune of $1 billion in the first year alone.