One-third of vegetative patients may be conscious: study

    MacLean’s: “As many as one-third of vegetative patients are misdiagnosed, according to a new study in The Lancet. Using brain imaging techniques, researchers found signs of minimal consciousness in 13 of 42 patients who were considered vegetative. ‘The consequences are huge,’ lead author Dr. Steven Laureys, of the Coma Science Group at the Université de Liège, tells Maclean’s. ‘These patients have emotions; they may feel pain; studies have shown they have a better outcome [than vegetative patients]. Distinguishing between unconscious, and a little bit conscious, is very important.’”

  • Posted: 04/17/2014
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Appeals judges question right to sue in Oklahoma marriage case (audio)

Court blocks enforcement of abortion pill mandate against ministry of Dr. James Dobson

ADF appeals decision against churches meeting in NYC public schools

Va. community colleges relax speech restrictions

Judge stays most of Ohio marriage ruling

Crosses spark a Constitutional fight

ADF: 10th Circuit should uphold right of Oklahomans to affirm marriage

Va. college system eliminates “free speech zones”

Federal judge nullifies North Dakota “fetal heartbeat” law

AZ governor signs bill allowing surprise inspections of abortion clinics

Russell Moore: Same-sex “marriage” and the future

Federal judge orders Ohio to recognize out-of-state same-sex “marriages”

ACLU sues Michigan over failure to recognize same-sex “marriages”

Ross Douthat: Diversity and dishonesty

Jordan Lorence: Opposing government coercion is true “price of citizenship”

Charles Krauthammer: Thought police on patrol

Professor incites destruction of student newspaper while university shrugs

Virginia AG files brief supporting redefinition of marriage

Judge grants request to force Indiana to recognize couple’s same-sex “marriage”

ADF: Mich. school district on solid ground to allow Easter egg hunt fliers

10th Circuit panel hears arguments in Utah marriage case

Sebelius resigns after troubles over health site

Italian court orders town to recognize New York same-sex “marriage”

Colo. House committee temporarily withdraws bill that eliminates protections for unborn children

Court orders UNC–Wilmington to pay, promote professor after retaliating against him

Supreme Court declines appeal of Christian photographer ordered to shoot same-sex ceremonies | Christian News Network

Ind. referral service for women in need too “controversial” for city buses

U.S. defends Mt. Soledad cross, but urges delay

Mollie Hemingway: The rise of the same-sex “marriage” dissidents

European Court of Human Rights rules against Hungarian church registration law

Churches continue to fight Hawaii schools lawsuit | KITV

Kevin D. Williamson: The liberal gulag

Jordan Lorence: Supreme Court turns down Elane Photography case

ADF asks court to dismiss renewed attack on Hawaii churches

Govt punishment of NM photographer stands, compelled speech problem unresolved . . . for now

Union Univ. sues over requirement for abortion-causing drugs

U.S. Supreme Court snapshot: Elane Photography v. Willock

Marriage, reason, and religious liberty: Much ado about sex, nothing to do with race | Ryan T. Anderson

    Ryan T. Anderson at Heritage: “Whatever one’s views of marriage and however the state defines it, there is no compelling state interest in forcing all citizens to facilitate, participate in, or celebrate a same-sex relationship as a marriage. Believing that marriage is the union of man and woman is a reasonable position held by many. Bans on interracial marriage, by contrast, were grossly unreasonable. Protecting religious liberty and the rights of conscience does not restrict anyone’s freedom to enter into whatever romantic partnerships he or she wishes. Americans should remain free to speak and act in the public square based on their belief that marriage is the union of a man and woman without fear of government penalty. No one should demand that government coerce others into celebrating their relationships.”

  • Posted: 04/04/2014
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Federal judge: Ohio must recognize out-of-state same-sex “marriages”

Federal appeals court upholds NYC’s ban on worship services at public schools | Christian Post

Roger Kiska: Belgium’s deadly cough

Obama administration opens Medicare to same-sex “married” couples

ADF considering next steps after 2nd Cir. rules against weekend worship services at NYC public schools

Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich forced to resign for supporting traditional marriage laws

American Humanist Association asks judge to fine officials for prayers at government meetings

Cost of violating First Amendment for OSU: $101,000

Mozilla, mo’ problems: Ritual sacrifice in Silicon Valley

County clerk to 4th Circuit: Uphold Va. marriage amendment

Federal judge stays ruling in Va. marriage case Harris v. Rainey

Ed Feulner: Honoring Hobby Lobby, Conestoga Wood Specialties for living their faith

Multiple losses for Planned Parenthood in Ariz, Ala., Kan.

Tucson judge rejects bid to delay new abortion rules in Arizona

West Virginia governor vetoes 20-week abortion bill

Judge extends order 60 days to keep Texas man from being starved to death

Justice Department: Federal gov’t will recognize Michigan same-sex “marriages”

Matt Bowman: How the coercion coalition is imposing the new “freedom” in America

Appeals court upholds Texas pro-life law Wendy Davis opposed that closed abortion clinics | LifeNews

Prof. Michael McConnell on the Hobby Lobby arguments

5th Circuit upholds Texas law protecting women from cut-and-run abortionists

5th Circuit upholds new Texas abortion rules

Are you ready to pay the Hobby Lobby poll tax?

David Cortman: Abortion pill mandate, Hobby Lobby and why the Supreme Court should honor faith

Georgia Catholic groups win fight over HHS contraception mandate

Michigan won’t recognize same-sex “marriages”

World Vision reverses decision to hire Christians in same-sex “marriages”

Judge issues order to prevent Texas man from being starved to death

Michigan AG: Defending traditional marriage is defending the state constitution

Kansas can strip Planned Parenthood funding, 10th Circuit rules

Yuval Levin: Pluralism, individualism, and religious liberty

    Yuval Levin at National Review: “Bazelon’s article essentially attempts a redefinition of pluralism as a tool of progressive political action rather than a broad protection of the right to dissent. Pluralism is only legitimate, Bazelon suggests, when it is used by progressive dissenters to break the stranglehold of a traditionalist majority; when instead it is used by traditionalist dissenters to break the stranglehold of a progressive majority, it is illegitimate. It is a view of the right of conscience narrowed by its subservience to the progressive understanding of the nature of the liberal society—that is, to a view of history as defined by a series of breakthroughs in the struggle against ancient prejudice.”

  • Posted: 03/24/2014
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Robert George: Religious exemptions are vital for religious liberty

US Supreme Court holds off deciding whether to hear NM photographer’s case

6th Circuit stays Michigan marriage ruling