The fallibility of judging

    New York Law Journal: In my first months on the court, I was concerned about my rookie status. The more senior members were more than ready to calm me down. Chief Justice William Rehnquist was both wise and consistently fair. I recall telling him at lunch with a handful of our colleagues that I did not know how I fit in with them. In his characteristically blunt manner, he said: “Clarence, in your first five years you wonder how you got here. After that, you wonder how your colleagues got here.”


  • Posted: 06/02/2015
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.newyorklawjournal.com

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Caitlyn Jenner and love in the future tense

Four questions about surrogacy for conservatives who support gay marriage

Pregnant and homeless in eighth grade, teen defies odds and becomes high school valedictorian

Another Planned Parenthood facility shuts down

Pastor Protection bill passes TX House, Senate

Five recent pro-life statements of Pope Francis

Attacks on pregnancy centers parallel Fugitive Slave Acts

ADF leads fight for Barronelle Stutzman, florist attacked for not servicing gay wedding

Washington florist files for state Supreme Court review in gay marriage case

Gallup poll shows increased support for physician assisted suicide

    First Things: Last week, Gallup released the results of a poll on the moral acceptability of various behaviors. Specifically, this poll asked people about the morality of over fifteen specific issues including abortion, gambling, and polygamy. What was most interesting was the sharp increase in the percentage of people who found doctor assisted suicide “morally acceptable.” In 2013, only 45 percent of Americans found doctor assisted suicide “morally acceptable.” Last week’s poll indicated that percentage had risen to 56 percent.


  • Posted: 06/02/2015
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: www.firstthings.com

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The case of the amazing gay-marriage data: How a grad student uncovered a huge fraud

    Slate: The exposure of one of the biggest scientific frauds in recent memory didn’t start with concerns about normally distributed data, or the test-retest reliability of feelings thermometers, or anonymous Stata output on shady message boards, or any of the other statistically complex details that would make it such a bizarre and explosive scandal. Rather, it started in the most unremarkable way possible: with a graduate student trying to figure out a money issue.


  • Posted: 06/02/2015
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.slate.com

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A look at the important cases pending before the Supreme Court

Marriage is going out of style, and that could hurt

Muslim woman denied job over head scarf wins in Supreme Court

When discrimination means death

    First Things: The social media world has been aflutter over the possibility that a flight attendant discriminated against a Muslim woman by denying her an unopened can of soda. But a story about the plight of Christians in India hasn’t caused a firestorm in the media. It is fascinating that a racial profiling incident that deprived someone of, at most, 9oz of soda can take precedence over the gang-rape of a nun, church burnings, murder, and systematic cover-ups from high ranking Hindus.


  • Posted: 06/02/2015
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.firstthings.com

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Supreme Court protects religious freedom in Abercrombie hijab case

The prospects for polygamy