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National Right to Life: As expected, opponents of Kansas’ historic new ban on dismemberment abortion are seeking an injunction in the Shawnee County District Court of Judge Larry Hendricks to prevent the measure from going into effect July 1st.
Christian News Network: A federal judge in Washington has ruled partly in favor of a high school student who was repeatedly suspended last year over his evangelistic activities on campus, ordering the punishments on his record to be expunged.
Christian News Network: The North Carolina Senate has voted to override the governor’s veto of a bill that would allow some judges to opt out of participating in same-sex ceremonies.
Christian News Network: A federal appeals court panel consisting of all George W. Bush appointees has declared an Arkansas state law banning abortion when a heartbeat is detected to be “unconstitutional,” upholding a lower court ruling opining the same.
The Federalist: As a former transgender myself, who underwent all the surgeries in mid-life and lived eight years as the female Laura Jensen, I will take care not to be hurtful. But I have concerns.
The Federalist: A central theme of modern, or third-wave feminism is that women should not be treated merely as sexual objects. A central theme of the trans movement is the presentation of trans women as hypersexual objects. Feminism is not big enough for both of these themes. Either being a woman is essentially defined as being alluring to men, or it isn’t. Either the playboy bunny defines the essence of womanhood, or it doesn’t.
National Right to Life: So, one of Planned Parenthood’s Northwest affiliates is looking for a nurse practitioner or certified nurse midwife to provider “reproductive health services,” including chemical or “medication” abortions, to a ‘broad-based population” in Vancouver, Washington, and Salem, Bend, and Milwaukie, Oregon.
The Becket Fund: After a scathing Supreme Court decision against the state of Arkansas for not respecting religious freedom, today a federal district court issued a permanent injunction against the state. Arkansas agreed to the injunction, which requires the state to allow a prisoner to grow a religiously-mandated beard.
CNS News: As the nation waits for the U.S. Supreme Court’s highly anticipated marriage decision in Obergefell v. Hodges this month, one thing is clearly true: The proverbial cat has officially been let out of the bag in terms of what some people have in mind if the high court does not allow states to affirm the definitions of marriage they have always had.
The New York Times: Reflecting both on Caitlyn né Bruce Jenner and the Gallup data that inspired my own sojourn into polygamy, Damon Linker argues that social conservatives (in particular, his friend and mine Rod Dreher) are wrong to portray the rise of social liberalism as a matter of individualism unbound from all moral restraint. Rather, it represents the triumph of one distinctive moral code, the morality of rights, over another, the morality of ends.
Acton Institute: What is the best test of the common good? How do you know if you have a society characterized by the flourishing of persons in community? Andy Crouch argues that we should look at the flourishing of the most vulnerable.
The Christian Institute: The renowned actor and human rights campaigner Sir Patrick Stewart has said that he backs the stand being made by Ashers Baking Company.
The Christian Institute: The SNP Government has been accused of trying to “buy support” for its Named Person plans with a “bribe” for people who attend a training and development event.
The Christian Institute: A senior Roman Catholic bishop has warned that Scotland’s controversial Named Person scheme could lead to “unwarranted interference in family life”.
The Christian Institute: Legalising assisted suicide would cross an “essential line in the sand” and negatively affect wider society by creating a culture of death, columnists have warned.
The Christian Institute: Parents in Scotland could be reported to a state-appointed named person if their child has not been shown “love, hope and spirituality”, a senior Government advisor has suggested.
The Christian Institute: The Church is facing “an ever increasing intolerance”, the new Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland has said, as he called for Christians to speak out boldly in the public square.
The Christian Institute: Assisted suicide group Dignitas has recommended a banned doctor in the UK as someone with an ‘open mind’ to assist with suicide.
The Christian Institute: An author and family campaigner whose father lived as a woman when she was growing up has spoken out to say that all children need a mum and dad.
The Christian Institute: Alliance Party councillor Emmet McDonough-Brown is to bring a motion calling for the law to change to allow same-sex couples to marry “in Belfast and across Northern Ireland”.
National Review: On the Volokh Conspiracy, Randy Barnett presents what he calls a “defense of judicial equality”—which turns out to be his euphemism for the judicial-supremacist claim that the president and Congress must abide by a federal judicial determination that a federal law is unconstitutional.
National Review: Ramsey seems to argue that Lincoln’s actions in defiance of the Dred Scott ruling didn’t “truly challenge judicial supremacy as [Ramsey] would define it.”
National Review: The myth of judicial supremacy is logically incompatible with the supremacy of the written Constitution. According to the myth of judicial supremacy, the Constitution means whatever five Supreme Court justices claim it means and all other governmental actors are duty-bound to abide by that supposed meaning—even if it is in clear conflict with the actual meaning of the Constitution—until such time as five justices revise it or a constitutional amendment overrides it.
First Things: Imagine receiving a letter telling you that while your insurance company won’t pay for experimental drugs to combat your cancer, they’d be happy to cover lethal drugs to help you die.
Center for Arizona Policy: No matter where you stand on the issue of abortion, we should all agree that doctors should not be able to withhold vital information from women. Yet Planned Parenthood Arizona has decided to take the state to court to deny women crucial facts.
LA Times: The state Senate on Thursday approved a bill that would allow physicians in California to prescribe lethal doses of drugs for terminally ill patients who want to hasten their deaths.
Life Site News: “Government is supposed to protect freedom, not intimidate citizens into acting contrary to their faith and conscience,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco.
Catholic World Report (CNA/EWTN News): Kristen Waggoner, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, said Stutzman and others have been “more than willing to serve any and all customers, but they are understandably not willing to promote any and all messages.”
The Washington Post: “Universities cannot function as marketplaces of ideas if free speech requires a warning sign or is otherwise severely limited on campus,” David Hacker, an attorney for the conservative Alliance Defending Freedom and counsel for Abolitionists4Life, said.
Reuters: The lawsuit in federal court in Idaho was filed after the anti-abortion group Abolitionists4Life hosted two events on campus last spring that sought through images to “communicate its pro-life message,” the organization’s senior legal counsel, David Hacker, said in a statement.
UPI: “We commend Boise State University for acknowledging this by revising its speech policy so that students can speak more freely throughout campus without fear of punishment,” ADF senior legal counsel David Hacker said. “Universities cannot function as marketplaces of ideas if free speech requires a warning sign or is otherwise severely limited on campus.”
National Right to Life: “Universities cannot function as marketplaces of ideas if free speech requires a warning sign or is otherwise severely limited on campus,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel David Hacker. “We commend Boise State University for acknowledging this by revising its speech policy so that students can speak more freely throughout campus without fear of punishment.”
Idaho Statesman: The Alliance Defending Freedom filed the lawsuit on Abolitionists4Life’s behalf. The Alliance Defending Freedom was founded by leaders of the religious right, including Dr. James Dobson, of Focus on the Family; Don Wildmon, of the American Family Association; the Rev. D. James Kennedy, of Coral Ridge Ministries; and Bill Bright, of Campus Crusade for Christ.
BR Now: The same month, the NAACP sent a letter to Bomberger and LifeNews demanding they remove the parody in seven days. Bomberger, represented by attorneys with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), filed for declaratory judgment, and the NAACP filed a trademark infringement counter suit.
The Citizen: The Evangelical Fellowship of India and Alliance Defending Freedom recorded 44 separate cases of hate speech by prominent politicians which merit criminal charges against them.
The Independent: Patrick Stewart has weighed into the ‘gay cake’ debate, saying that he supports the right of the Christian bakers to refuse to ice messages they find offensive.
Christianity Today: Christian educators in Israel say their 48 high-achieving primary and secondary schools may be forced to close due to funding discrimination by the state’s Ministry of Education.
Christianity Today: Last year, the National Association of Evangelicals asked its members if they included denominational affiliation in the name of their church. Well over half—63 percent—said they did not.
Pro-Life Action League: The email was signed by a NARAL supporter Dana Weinstein, asking for donations to NARAL to fight HR 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban abortions after 20 weeks (5 months). She writes, “When I was more than 20 weeks pregnant, my doctor discovered our baby had horrifying severe fetal anomalies that could not have been discovered earlier in pregnancy.”
First Things: Though the U.S. Supreme Court is at present considering whether the constitution requires that same-sex couples be allowed to marry in civil law, the Court is not obligated to take into consideration the anthropology of Genesis 1-2 as it is received by the New Testament. But any church worthy of the name is indeed obligated to do so.
Family Studies: The vast majority of American children in the child welfare system live with foster families. Yet one in seven of them, and one in three of the system’s teens—close to 57,000 young people in all on a given day—reside in a group setting.
The American Spectator: With all respect to Greg Gutfeld, who I usually agree with, gay marriage is absolutely not a conservative idea. Not unless, as liberals do with marriage, one redefines conservatism.
Public Discourse: Supporters of transgender ideology believe that they are freeing people from restrictive understandings of gender. In reality, the more our society tries to free itself from gender stereotypes, the more it becomes enslaved to them. By saying that people can be born in a body of the wrong gender, transgender activists are saying there is a set of feelings that are only allocated to women and another set for men.
The College Fix: David Hacker, senior legal counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom, accused the campus of “viewpoint discrimination” and violating the pro-life students’ First Amendment rights.
National Review: The public wants the states to decide whether to recognize same-sex marriage: In a February CBS News/New York Times poll, 56 percent of the public wanted the issue decided state-by-state while 38 percent wanted a federal policy.