Oregon Legislature considers at least three abortion-related bills

OR lawmakers consider funeral buffer zones

Oregon Constitutional Amendments aim to regulate strip clubs

    Beaverton Valley Times: “A pair of resolutions introduced to the Oregon Legislature would alter the state constitution to allow local governments to more easily regulate where adult entertainment businesses can locate. Oregon’s Constitution includes a strong protection for freedom of expression — stronger than the federal First Amendment protections — language that has been repeatedly interpreted to protect the rights of adult businesses in zoning fights with cities and counties.”


  • Posted: 03/03/2011
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.beavertonvalleytimes.com

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High court nixes church appeal in defamation case

Ore. Lawmakers to Consider Ending Faith Healing Defense

OR: Abuse case sparks a clash over limits of tough parenting

    Wall Street Journal: “News of the case spread through this state capital, sparking outrage. Yet one subset of the community sprang to the Kozlovs’ defense, holding demonstrations, filling the gallery at court hearings and flooding state officials with letters. Many of these supporters, Russian-born Christians like the Kozlovs themselves, believed the parents were disciplining their children according to Biblical law. In their view, the government was out to ‘destroy the family because of their faith,’ says Tatyana I. Bondarchuk, a counselor who helped brief authorities about the group.”


  • Posted: 01/24/2011
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: online.wsj.com

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OR: Church loses challenge to county zoning ordinances

OR: Competing rallies mark anniversary of abortion ruling

OR: Prineville nativity gets lots of support

9th Circuit reinstates workplace sexual orientation discrimination claims

Oregon AG will push to outlaw all viewing of child pornography

Abortion issues splits Oregon charities

OR: Ashland schools set rules for holiday decor

OR: Religious clothing policy offered for schools

Oregon Muslim leaders fear retribution after terrorist plot

OR: Douglas County clerk claims she was fired over religious views

Methodists sue Eastern Oregon congregation over finances

Damaging words cost pastor his pulpit but land him big bucks

    The ABA Journal: “A jury agreed and awarded Tubra $355,000 in damages after it found officials falsely accused him of stealing from the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel in Vernonia, Ore.The judge differed with the jurors, though, and threw out the award. Following overwhelming precedent, he ruled that the First Amendment deprived the court of jurisdiction over the church and Tubra’s defamation claim against it.” John Elwood comments at the Volokh Conspiracy on Cook v. Tubra.


  • Posted: 11/02/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty

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Supreme Court review sought in pastor’s defamation claim against church

OR: Student-teacher ousted over same-sex “marriage” discussion with 4th grader is back in the classroom

David Hacker: Strong support for “The Liberty’s” appeal to the 9th Circuit

Student Press Law Center joins college journalists’ appeal of OSU newsrack ban

OR: Adult businesses upset Beaverton residents

OR: Student-teacher ousted over same-sex “marriage” discussion with 4th grader

Oregon city reaches settlement with pro-life advocate on using abortion pictures

OR: City of Stayton civil-rights lawsuit is settled

9th Circuit: Oregon law protecting minors from sexually explicit materials held unconstitutional

Islamic charity trial goes to Oregon jury

‘Offensive’ messages OK as free speech

Oregon town agrees to allow pro-life signs after ADF files lawsuit

OR: Health regulators shut down 7 year old’s lemonade stand, demand $120 license fee

    OregonLive: “Except this entrepreneur was a 7-year-old named Julie Murphy. Her business was a lemonade stand at the Last Thursday monthly art fair in Northeast Portland. The government regulation she violated? Failing to get a $120 temporary restaurant license. . . . Except this entrepreneur was a 7-year-old named Julie Murphy. Her business was a lemonade stand at the Last Thursday monthly art fair in Northeast Portland. The government regulation she violated? Failing to get a $120 temporary restaurant license.”


  • Posted: 08/06/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous

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OR: Faith healing parents indicted over daughter’s health

Vatican lawyer Jeffrey Lena on immunity and responsibility

    Vatican Radio interviews Jeffrey Lena, the California-based attorney currently representing the Holy See in the Oregon case of Holy See vs John Doe: “What the Supreme Court did was decide that it wasn’t going to address a question which we had wished to bring before it. That was a question that on the substantive law I think we were right. The United States agreed with us, but the Supreme Court simply determined that at this time, it was not interested in hearing the case. The fact that it wasn’t interested in hearing the case, as I say, did not deny immunity and was no comment on the merits of our position.”


  • Posted: 07/01/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.radiovaticana.org

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OR: Sign ban shows signs of content-based restriction

OR: Stayton blocked display of anti-abortion images, federal lawsuit says

Supreme Court won’t review case claiming Vatican liable for priest abuser

“Man claims Stayton city officials wrongly prohibit anti-abortion posters”

Police deem Oregon man’s defense of life ‘offensive,’ force him to stop displaying pro-life signs

Portland ‘death house’ doctor’s license suspended

Portland doctor plans house where terminally ill can kill themselves

Heather Gebelin Hacker: ADF appeals case against Oregon State University officials for censorship of independent student newspaper

Oregon: State wants St. Helens to revise sex-ed program to include contraception

Judge upholds Ore. workplace meetings law

The Liberty loses lawsuit filed against OSU

OR: Governor signs repeal on teachers’ religious dress

Oregon: Judge rules in favor of university in Liberty lawsuit

OR: Legislator wants prisons free of sexual material

Law Review: A Fresh Look at the Need for Judicial Protections in the Death With Dignity Act

    What’s the Cost of Living in Oregon These Days? A Fresh Look at the Need for Judicial Protections in the Death With Dignity Act
    Andrew R. Page, 22 Regent U. L. Rev. 233 (2010)

    “With the rise of the largest senior citizen population in our nation’s history on the horizon, as well as the increased cost of health care for both state and private industries, a judicial review process to oversee the Death with Dignity Act is essential to protect senior citizens against its potential abuses. In order to show the purpose and process of adjudicating Death with Dignity Act procedures, this Note unfolds in four parts. Part I explains the circumstances, both present and future, creating the potential for improper use of the Death with Dignity Act. Part II explains why the Death with Dignity Act, as presently written, does not provide adequate safeguards to protect citizens in light of those circumstances. Part III proposes an adjudicative procedure that a state may enact in order to provide sufficient protection for its citizens. Finally, Part IV provides the method for adjudicating Death with Dignity Act cases by using the example of the judicial bypass procedure for minors seeking an abortion. With a process of judicial review as a check on the procedures of the Death with Dignity Act, a state can confidently ensure the protection of patients, as well as the integrity of health care providers.”


  • Posted: 03/17/2010
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life

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Oregon: Couple sentenced to 16 months of prison for their son’s faith-healing death

Oregon Legislature About to Repeal Statute Barring Wearing of Religious Dress by Public School Teachers

Oregon: Ashland clinic will offer medication-induced abortions

ACLU’s position on religious garb for teachers is counter to its underlying principles

Oregon: Bishop Vasa Severs Church’s Ties with Hospital over Sterilizations

Abortion Cartel Continues to Implode as Number of Abortion Clinics Drops

Planned Parenthood Opens Big New Abortion Center Sunday in Portland, Oregon

Coalition seeks repeal of Klan-era ban on religious garb in Oregon schools

Oregon public school teachers forbidden to wear religious clothing

Oregon Jury Convicts Parents In Faith Healing Death

Oregon Voters Pass Tax Boost on Wealthy, Corporations

Law Review: Death With Dignity’s Emerging Conceit

    Death With Dignity’s Emerging Conceit: Could Vacco v. Quill Be Losing Its Appeal?
    Arthur G. Svenson, 31 U. La Verne L. Rev. 45 (2009)

    “The holding of one Montana judge, who discovered a fundamental right to PAD within enumerated state rights to privacy and dignity, is unlikely to have a parroting effect upon non-Montanan state judges reviewing the constitutional implications of death with dignity issues. After all, Montana’s is only one of five state constitutions that contain substantive enumerations of privacy rights, and for three of those that do, California, Florida, and Alaska, judges have already considered and denied pleadings that state privacy rights shield actions of patients and willing physicians from criminal prosecution for actions amounting to assisted suicide. For the Justices of the Supreme Court, the absence of a ‘careful description of [an] asserted fundamental liberty interest’ in the Bill of Rights that even remotely resembled PAD proved pivotal in convincing them to decline Glucksberg’s invitation to create such a right on their own. Given that reasoning, then, one could quite plausibly imagine that most judges in most states confronting similar state challenges on cognate state constitutional grounds would unhesitatingly follow the High Court’s lead and choose to defer to the prevailing forces at play in the political arena.”


  • Posted: 01/20/2010
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life

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Oregon: Ban on teachers’ religious dress could be repealed

    KATU: “Teachers wearing turbans, head scarves or any kind of religious dress are currently banned from teaching in Oregon public schools . . . Sava Ahmed, who is Muslim, was one of several people to testify before state lawmakers urging them to repeal the law. Ahmed compared the ban against religious dress to employers requesting teachers to change the color of their skin.”


  • Posted: 01/18/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.katu.com

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Oregon: ACLU won’t challenge new Ashland nudity ban now

Oregon: Ashland adopts citywide nudity ban, despite ACLU threat

Coquille same-sex “marriage” law takes effect

Oregon: Cascade Locks bridge nativity scene sparks protest

“Adult book store” suit against Portland, Randy Leonard moved to federal court

Oregon: Jackson county DA says no felony in “sexting” case

Christmas Trees and Santa Thrown out of Oregon School

Free speech impinged at OSU

OR: Tualatin nude dance club set to open Nov. 18

Oregon: “Gay marriage advocates look to the 2012 ballot”