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One News Now: Samantha Harris of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE, says the policy suffers from a “common defect” among colleges and universities, which is conflicting definitions within the same set of rules.
Christian News Network: Administrators from Christian and Catholic schools nationwide have signed on to a letter urging Congress to pass a law that would protect religious schools from punishment over their biblical beliefs on marriage.
National Right to Life: My name is Cori Salchert. I am almost 50 years old and 27 years ago, I graduated from nursing school here in Madison. And I’m a wife and mother of eight biological children.
PA Pro Life: Catherine Foster, an attorney for Alliance Defending Freedom, reminded the crowd: “These babies were like any other … precious little persons. How a person dies doesn’t make anyone less human.”
The Daily Signal: A federal appeals court yesterday upheld a strict abortion law in Texas that critics call “devastating,” and say would shut down the majority of clinics in the state.
National Right to Life: Rebekah Nancarrow had an ultrasound at Planned Parenthood (for which she paid $80), but wasn’t allowed to see the image. She was told by a Planned Parenthood worker that seeing the fetus on the screen “will only make it harder on you.”
NBC News: The federal government is encouraging employers to provide transgender staffers with access to bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity—a recommendation that is the latest in a series of policy steps the Obama administration has undertaken to support transgender equality.
Gallup: Along with the decline in marriages among 18- to 29-year-olds in the U.S. in recent years, Gallup trends on Americans’ living arrangements reveal that the percentage of young adults “living together” has hardly budged. This means that not only are fewer young adults married, but also that fewer are in committed relationships. As a result, the percentage of young adults who report being single and not living with someone has risen dramatically in the past decade, from 52% in 2004 to 64% in 2014.
Associated Press: A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld Texas’ strict abortion restrictions that could soon leave only seven abortion clinics open in a state of 27 million people.
Acton Institute: Large cities in the northeast like Boston, New York, Newark, Philadelphia, and so on, are often caricatured as wastelands of non-religious, unchurched, overtly secular theaters. Caricatures of this type seem odd given the fact that many of America’s oldest religious institutions are actively operating in those regions. One of my friends is quick to point out that every week people sit on church pews in northeastern churches that older than many states out west. For example, by looking at the Christian presence in the New York City area alone, research shows that the northeast might not be as religiously barren as many believe.
National Law Journal (Access via Google): A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld most provisions of a Texas law that imposes restrictions on abortion clinics that could shutter all but seven facilities throughout the state.
Public Discourse: The idea that one’s sex is a feeling, not a fact, has permeated our culture and is leaving casualties in its wake. Gender dysphoria should be treated with psychotherapy, not surgery.
Houston Chronicle: A federal appeals court gave its long-expected stamp of approval Tuesday to the Texas Legislature’s sweeping 2013 anti-abortion law, leaving the U.S. Supreme Court as the last option for opponents of some of the nation’s tightest restrictions on the procedure.
Aleteia: Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Captain Jean-Luc Picard was known throughout the galaxy for his level head, fair mind, and diplomatic skill. Last week, it became apparent he may have borrowed those traits from the actor who portrayed him, as Sir Patrick Stewart took on an issue far stickier than any interstellar debate Picard had to face.
First Things: Tony Campolo has become the latest evangelical leader to declare for gay marriage. It is perhaps not a surprise: Campolo has been a gadfly in the evangelical world throughout his career and his adoption of this cause is of a piece with many of his other pronouncements over the years.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Opponents of traditional marriage have reassured us that redefining marriage to include same-sex couples won’t impact traditional marriage views or those who hold those beliefs. They propose that redefining marriage is simply about love, dignity, and equality.
BR Now: ADF President Alan Sears said his organization is honored to cooperate with the ERLC “as fellow servants of churches and gospel ministers across America who are looking for answers to the challenges against our fundamental freedoms of religion, speech and conscience.”
One News Now: World Outreach Center in Roseland, Illinois, on the south side of Chicago, wanted to use an old YMCA facility for part of its outreach to the impoverished neighborhood, but ran into problem after problem. Noel Sterrett is an attorney with the Chicago law firm Mauck and Baker as well as an allied attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom.
The College Fix: It’s only when watchdog groups such as the Alliance Defending Freedom and Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) intervene that administrators back down, according to a College Fix review of cases.
Newsworks: In the shade of the cemetery’s vaulted, stone entrance off Ridge Avenue, Catherine Glenn Foster, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom, said she’s pleased the remains weren’t left in the city morgue. “To give these babies in death, the dignity that they did not get in life – it’s the right thing to do for any child, for any person,” said Foster. “It’s what a civilized society does, and these babies deserved nothing less.”
Religion and Politics: Founded in 1994, ADF was originally a funding source for other legal interest groups, but transitioned into direct advocacy and case sponsorship in the early 2000s. Led by Alan Sears, an attorney with roots in the Reagan administration, it has a network of affiliated attorneys around the country to go along with staff attorneys in several areas of law and policy. With annual revenue approaching $40 million, ADF boasts an impressive media presence and sponsors a series of legal training programs for law students and seasoned attorneys alike.
The College Fix: “School districts, of all institutions, should understand that students benefit from the peaceful and thoughtful discussion of ideas,” rather than shutting down “all discussions” among students to retain a prayer ban, said legal counsel Matt Sharp.
School district reportedly banned teens from meeting to discuss God during the school day–but there’s a major update to the story
The Blaze: “While we commend the school district for recognizing that students have the right to pray and discuss religious topics during lunch, it could have shown greater respect both for the First Amendment freedoms of students and the educational process by simply allowing them to engage in religious conversations during the other free period in the day rather than silence the speech of all students by eliminating that period altogether,” Alliance Defending Freedom senior legal counsel Jeremy Tedesco said in a statement.
The Gazette: “The school did a complete 180,” Matt Sharp, an Alliance Defending Freedom attorney, said. “Students now have a right to pray and gather together to discuss their faith during free time.”
KRDO: That ends a lawsuit filed by the Alliance Defending Freedom against Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs on behalf of a student.
The Washington Times: “Sadly, rather than allow Chase and the other students to pray during Seminar time, the District chose to cancel Seminar for this coming school year,” said Matt Sharp, an attorney for Alliance Defending Freedom, the conservative legal group that represented Mr. Windebank.
Christian News Network: “Public schools should encourage the free exchange of ideas rather than find ways to silence discussion,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco.
WND: “Texans should have full freedom to prioritize women’s health and safety over the bottom line of abortionists,” said ADF Legal Counsel Natalie Decker. “The 5th Circuit was on firm ground to uphold this law. Its requirements are common-sense protections that ensure the maximum amount of safety for women. Abortionists should not be exempt from medical requirements that other doctors are required to follow.”
Townhall: The Texas Legislature has recently passed, and the governor is expected to sign, abudget proposal which will give priority in funding of the Texas Breast and Cervical Cancer Screenings program to health care providers that provide comprehensive health care services. Funding will first go to state, county, and local community health clinics and federally qualified health centers, and then to non-public entities which provide breast and cervical cancer screenings as part of comprehensive primary and preventative health care.
Spiked-Online: Ireland’s recent decision to legalise same-sex marriage has been heralded by some as a turning point in history. In one way, the Irish vote was historic. It was the first time a country ushered in a redefinition of marriage by the process of referendum, as opposed to a parliamentary vote or judicial interpretation.
The Washington Post: “From day one, this case has been focused on the District’s decision to not only prevent Chase and the other students from praying together,” Matt Sharp of the ADF wrote in an e-mail, “but also the District’s position that students cannot gather for prayer at any time during the school day.”