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ADF Media: Alliance Defending Freedom represents Pastor Clyde Reed and Good News Community Church, a small church located in Gilbert, Arizona. The church uses small, temporary signs to invite and direct the community to its services. The town of Gilbert’s sign code imposes strict limits on the size, location, number, and duration of the church’s signs. It does not impose the same restrictions on political, ideological, and homeowners’ association signs. The U.S. Supreme Court, which heard oral arguments in the case on Jan. 12, has the opportunity to decide whether the government can single out one form of speech over another based on how worthy the government thinks it is.
National Review: And so begins the Times’s exploration of the new trend of helping even children “transition” from male to female, through puberty-delaying drugs early in childhood culminating in surgery that permanently damages their bodies while they are still teenagers.
Pew Research: For the first time in nearly two decades, the share of U.S. births to unmarried mothers ticked downward in 2014, according to new preliminary data released today from the National Center for Health Statistics.
First Things: Those of us who know Ryan Anderson have certain adjectives that come naturally to mind when we think of the country’s most visible and effective under-40 defender of the truth about marriage. (And if I thought about it, I might drop the “under-40” qualifier.) Fearless, composed, tenacious, rational, persuasive . . .
The Stream: An Iranian activist group asked an American journalist to participate in a conference critical of the U.S. and Israel, part of the enlistment of American thinkers willing to join Iran’s propaganda campaign.
The New York Times: The arrest on Saturday of a Queens college student on charges of conspiring with the Islamic State is just the most recent example of the group’s global strategy, which began about one year ago and has resulted in attacks or arrests in more than a dozen countries.
The New York Times: But that left six frozen embryos, and on medical advice, Ms. Watts, 45, had no plans for more children. So in December she took to Facebook to try to find a nearby Tennessee family that wanted them.
The New York Times: Jeb Bush said Tuesday that the enhanced interrogation techniques deployed by his brother after Sept. 11 attacks were no longer appropriate, that he hoped the Supreme Court would rule against same-sex marriage, and mocked Hillary Rodham Clinton for passing few laws during her eight years in the Senate.
National Review: I’ve split my professional life between two American cultures: half spent in the bluest-of-blue cities and the other half in the reddest-of-red rural South.
The FIRE: Last Monday, FIRE and the Student Press Law Center (SPLC) jointly applied for permission to file an amici curiae (friends-of-the-court) brief with the Kansas Court of Appeals in Yeasin v. University of Kansas.
National Right to Life: Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer, the producers of the movie “Gosnell,” have signed a deal with Regnery Publishing to publish a book about the subject of their film, the late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell.
The Hill: It pains me to say this as a veteran, but the American military is engaged in a terrible double standard. It claims to want to respect people for who they are, but in reality, it is involved in an almost cult-like determination to advance the hyper-homosexualization of the military, and as a result, it is tearing apart the good order and discipline which holds our armed forces together.
Send Network: Continuing our parenting series, we look specifically to fathers. Fathers play many roles in rearing their children. Through each role, they prepare their children for life and give their kids opportunities to build a relationship with dad.
The New Yorker: In Belgium and in the Netherlands, where patients can be euthanized even if they do not have a terminal illness, the laws seem to have permeated the medical establishment more deeply than elsewhere, perhaps because of the central role granted to doctors: in the majority of cases, it is the doctor, not the patient, who commits the final act.
Aleteia: Just have children, I wrote, and a world of imagined and unimaginable horrors will present itself to you, and minor inconveniences or hurts will appear to be losses from which your child will never recover, and every decision and choice one that can lead as easily to misery as to success.
The Wall Street Journal: When Kathryn Kerns asked 30 teens and preteens to come to her laboratory and talk about their parents, many of their dads scored low on a standard yardstick her research team was using to evaluate the parent-child bond.
Public Discourse: There are some problems in the reasoning of Justice Scalia’s opinion in the 1990 religious freedom case. But in its holding, and in its rejection of a quarter century of jurisprudence that could not be squared with the First Amendment, the judgment was correct.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Since 1993, Jack Phillips has created custom cakes at his bakery, Masterpiece Cakeshop, in Lakewood, Colorado. From kid’s birthday cakes in the shape of tractors and penguins to multi-tiered wedding cakes covered in fondant flowers and bows, Jack uses his creativity and artistic talent to create edible works of art that help celebrate the most special occasions.
DeMorgen (Translated via Google): In an extensive article examines the American magazine The New Yorker euthanasia in non-terminally ill people. Three Belgian families are central. They complain about too little involvement and quick decisions.
Daily Spark Tribune: A legal analysis of the law by the Alliance Defending Freedom makes much of the fact the law will force school officials to make student bathrooms and shower facilities available to students who identify with a gender other than their biological gender.
Ecumenical News:The Sheriff in Florida’s Polk County, Grady Judd, is under fire from a national group that fights for the separation of church and State and says several residents complained about him speaking at his local Baptist church.
Christian Today: “We’re disappointed that the Supreme Court has decided not to review a decision that denies mothers this fully informed consent about human life in the womb and the methods abortionists use to end it,” said Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) Senior Legal Counsel Steven Aden in a statement.
Manual tells how Christian churches, schools can protect themselves from LGBT ‘discrimination’ lawsuits in US
Christian Today: The Southern Baptist Convention and the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) have released a manual which contains instructions on how churches, Christian schools and Christian ministries can protect themselves from potential sexual-orientation and gender identity lawsuits in the United States.
The Columbus Dispatch: Being made available at the annual meeting are copies of Protecting Your Ministry, from the convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and the Alliance Defending Freedom, to provide a legal resource for churches regarding same-sex marriage issues. Floyd said the commission is on hand to help congregations prepare.