Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
Lancaster Online: The Sunday hunting ban is a “blue law” that should no longer be allowed. The “prohibition on Sunday hunting no longer has a secular basis but instead a religious basis,” the letter states. At the same time, the ban violates the Religious Freedom Protection Act, which forbids the government from “burdening a person’s free exercise of religion,” the letter states.
LDNews.com: Furthermore, I call upon the House of Representatives to impeach the attorney general for failure to uphold her sworn oath. She has betrayed the people and violated both her oath and the ethics of her profession by refusing us the best defense she can give. In a sense, she has promoted herself to judge.
Pittsburg Post-Gazette: Citing Biblical verses, a group of pastors and conservative GOP state House members called on Attorney General Kathleen Kane to reconsider her decision not to defend the state’s law against same-sex marriage.
TribLive.com: A Montgomery County pastor, in an effort to see Kane, was arrested Friday while attempting to ride an elevator to a secure floor where her office is located. Pastor Wiliam Devlin said he came to pray for Kane, so she would “have a change of heart.” Capitol police cited him for disorderly conduct and carried him out of Strawberry Square, said police spokeswoman Holly Lubart. He’ll face a fine for the misdemeanor offense, she said.
Where Are the Babies that Kermit Gosnell Murdered and Will They Receive a Proper Funeral and Burial?
Christian Newswire: The Christian Defense Coalition will also be presenting a formal letter sent to the Medical Examiner by Alliance Defending Freedom asking for the release of the babies to pro-life organizations. (See letter here.)
Pennsylvania attorney general Kathleen Kane announced Thursday afternoon she will not defend the state in a federal lawsuit filed this week challenging the constitutionality of the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, calling the prohibition “wholly unconstitutional.”
CNSNews: ACLU Challenging Same-Sex Marriage Ban in Pa. — Then N.C. and Va. The ACLU press release: Expanding the Freedom to Marry: Here’s What’s Next ACLU press release: ACLU Seeks Freedom to Marry for Pennsylvania Couples Lambda Legal: Lambda Legal …
Pittsburgh diocesan lawyer sues HHS for failure to answer freedom-of-information request about mandate
Catholic Culture: Attorney Paul Pohl, who represents the Pittsburgh diocese in a challenge to the HHS mandate, had filed a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act, asking for information on how the Department of Health and Human Services set its policy on contraceptive coverage in the new federal health-care plan.
PublicOpinionOnline: G-A school board President Eric Holtzman said the board has sought advice from the Alliance Defending Freedom organization and the American Center for Law and Justice. “At this point, we’re still waiting for answers,” Holtzman said.
Patriot-News: The state Senate voted 50-0 on Sunday to confirm the nomination of Pennsylvania Superior Court President Judge Correale Stevens to fill the vacancy on the high court that has, at times, been hampered in its decision-making when the six justices were evenly divided on cases.
York Daily Record: A southwestern Pennsylvania community group that formed after an atheists’ group sued to remove a Ten Commandments monument on school grounds plans to erect the first of 14 similar monuments in front of a fraternal club.
Tribune Democrat: The Legislature is quietly poised to make the first step toward a constitutional amendment that proponents say is only intended to reaffirm the rights of the Legislature to define what is a public charity. But critics have dubbed the bill “Permanent Tax Exemptions for Major Nonprofits Act.”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The state Supreme Court Monday found that judges challenging Pennsylvania’s mandatory retirement age had no legitimate claim and instead said that the proper way to change it is through constitutional amendment.
LifeNews: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett today signed into law a bill that stops taxpayer funding of abortions. HB 818 would ensure that Pennsylvania opts out of abortion funding under the health insurance exchange created by the federal health care law, also known as Obamacare.
LifeNews: Now that the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s office has denied a request from a leading pro-life Catholic priest to give the babies abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell killed in brutal infanticides a proper burial, what will happen to the bodies?
Education Week: A Pennsylvania school district cannot be held liable for the bullying of a high school student by one of her peers, despite the fact that school officials re-admitted the perpetrator after she had been found delinquent and then continued to bully the victim, a federal appeals court has ruled.
PennLive.com: The state Senate on Wednesday will vote on a bill that opts the state out of allowing private insurers from offering abortion coverage in policies listed on the health exchange established by the federal health care reform law. The House passed the measure in April . . .
LifeNews: The Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s office has denied a request from a leading pro-life Catholic priest who wanted to ensure the babies abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell killed in infanticides are given a proper burial.
CBS Philadelphia: The U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services says she doesn’t want to intervene in transplant decisions about a dying Pennsylvania girl when other children are just as sick.
Penn Live: A transgender student at Red Lion High School who uses the name Issak Wolfe will instead hear the name he was born with — Sierra Stambaugh — read as he walks across the stage to receive his diploma Friday.
Philly.com: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it is charging City Rescue Mission of New Castle (CRM) after an investigation found the shelter denied a reasonable accommodation request to allow the man to keep his dog in the shelter, in violation of the Fair Housing Act. | HUD press release and complaint
Religion Clause Blog: As previously reported, last September the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed suit against the Connellsville, Pennsylvania school district challenging a Ten Commandments monument that has stood near the auditorium entrance of a now-junior high school building for over 50 years . . . In a separate Florida case, a new settlement has been reached in a suit by American Atheists challenging a 5-foot high granite Ten Commandments monument that had been erected in the courtyard of the Bradford County Courthouse . . .
LifeNews: The abortion clinic staffer of convicted abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell was sentenced today for her role in snipping the neck of a baby who was born alive and struggling in a toilet to stay alive.
Religion Clause Blog: UPI reports that in Philadelphia, prosecutors yesterday charged Catherine and Herbert Schaible with third degree murder in the faith healing death of their 7-month old son who died of bacterial pneumonia and dehydration.
The Morning Call: Activists Tim Potts and Eric Epstein said the binder — filled with news articles and editorials critical of Castille’s legal decisions or scandals that have happened under his watch as chief justice — are proof that Castille does not deserve another 10-year term on the state’s highest court.
LifeNews: Abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell has given up his right to appeal the verdict that found him guilty on three of the four first-degree murder charges he faced.
TribLive: State officials say they moved quickly to strengthen regulations for abortion clinics upon learning of a “house of horrors” in Philadelphia that performed gruesome late-term abortions. The stricter rules led several local clinics to close and are causing scheduling problems for at least one Pittsburgh clinic.
LifeNews: The jury in the murder trial of abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell returned a verdict and found him guilty on three of the four first-degree murder charges he faced.
LifeNews: Reports this morning indicate the jury in the murder trial of abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell is hung on two counts, but reports do not indicate which ones.
ACLU: The Red Lion Area School District (RLASD) has refused to change its policy regarding transgender candidates for prom court, nor will it agree to allow transgender students to use a name at graduation to match their gender identity, according to a letter from the school district’s solicitor.
York Daily Dispatch: At 7 p.m. May 23, the zoning hearing board will mull whether the establishment – innocuously named “The Office” – is welcome in the township based on the law of the land.
Connie Friedersdorf at The Atlantic: The Pennsylvania Department of Health doesn’t make it impossible to report a “horror clinic” on its website, but it isn’t easy either.
Christian News Network: A Pennsylvania group is standing its ground against atheist demands to remove a Ten Commandments at a local junior high school.
Christian Post: The state of Pennsylvania will be observing a “National Fast Day” in accordance with a resolution passed in the House of Representatives earlier this year.
Denise Burke of AUL at Washington Times: Sadly, Big Abortion continues to equate women’s health and safety with mere access to abortion. Access to sanitary and appropriately regulated and inspected abortion facilities is simply not part of their political and self-interested calculus.
LifeSiteNews: In his weekly column for Catholic Philly, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput takes aim at the nation’s primary national media for their “failure” and “allergic disinterest” in covering the murder trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell.
York Daily Record: One issue was resolved for a local transgender student Friday – he can bring his girlfriend to prom Saturday – and the ACLU says it is working with the Red Lion Area School District’s attorney on other issues
AP: A defense lawyer asked a jury Monday to transcend both the politics and unpleasant reality of abortion when it weighs murder charges against a doctor charged with killing a patient and four babies.
ACLU: The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Pennsylvania sent a letter today on behalf of a male transgender student who was denied the chance to run for prom king when his principal placed his female birth name in the column for “prom queen” despite repeated requests to be listed under his correct gender identity . . . copy of the letter can be seen here.
EagNews.org: Leaders of a deeply troubled Pennsylvania school district are considering a plan to convert all of its individual schools into charters beginning next fall – an immediate and sweeping change that’s never been attempted before in American K-12 history.
LifeNews: Eighteen members of Congress went to the floor of the House today to do the job they said the mainstream media is not doing: talking about the murder trial of abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell.
LifeSiteNews: One of the country’s leading pro-life priests says he has put in a request to the medical examiner in Pennsylvania to obtain the bodies of the babies that were recovered from Kermit Gosnell’s “House of Horrors,” to give them a proper burial.
LifeNews: Abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell will not testify in his murder trial and his defense attorney decided to not call a single witness on his behalf to defend him from the murder and other charges he faces.
LifeNews: The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed House Bill 818 on Tuesday, supporting the Commonwealth’s longstanding policy of not using taxpayer dollars to fund abortions.
USA Today: The prosecution paints a picture of an abortion clinic where live fetuses were killed and unsanitary conditions were rampant.
LifeNews: The judge in the Kermit Gosnell murder trial dropped three charges against the abortion practitioner for killing babies in a gruesome abortion method that involved snipping their necks in infanticides. One of the three charges the judge dropped includes a 28-week unborn baby who was killed in an abortion-infanticide and eventually discovered in a freezer at Gosnell’s clinic.
Philly.com: A BILL SPONSORED by City Councilman Jim Kenney at the behest of the LGBT community would require newly constructed or renovated city-owned buildings to have gender-neutral bathrooms in addition to men’s and women’s rooms.
LifeNews: The judge in the trial of abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell has acquitted him of three of the eight murder charges the abortion business owner faces in his murder trial.
AP: A Philadelphia couple – serving 10 years’ probation for the 2009 death of their toddler after they turned to prayer instead of a doctor – has violated their probation now that another of their children has died.
CNSNews: “He described how he had to lift the toilet so that someone else – he said it was too disgusting for him – could get the fetuses out of the pipes,” reads the grand jury report.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Nine former employees of Imani Christian Academy sued the East Hills school today, alleging that they lost their jobs because of their association with the religious group Petra International Ministries.
ChristianNews.net: A prominent atheist activist organization is protesting a proposal in the Pennsylvania legislature, which seeks to designate April 30th as National Fast Day and May 2nd as the National Day of Prayer.
TribLive: Senate Democrats, largely shut out of budget talks the past two years, may enter budget season with clout. The minority party has something Republican Gov. Tom Corbett needs: votes for a Supreme Court nominee.
Christian News Network: A city council in Pennsylvania plans to defy demands from an atheist activist organization to end invocations at their monthly meetings, reports state. Brian Shipley, the president of Greenville City Council, recently received a letter from the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) . . .
AP: A former abortion clinic worker has capped the murder trial of her former boss with testimony that she saw more than 10 babies breathe before they were killed.
LifeNews: The jury in the murder trial of Kermit Gosnell was told this morning that the embattled abortion practitioner kept at least 47 babies in odd places at his clinic such as cat food jars and other containers.
USA Today: Republicans in the Pennsylvania House on Monday pushed out of committee a bill that would prevent most coverage for abortions under the health exchange in Pennsylvania being set up as part of the federal health care overhaul.
LifeNews: White House spokesman Jay Carney today said President Barack Obama has no comment on the murder trial involving late-term abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell.
The Herald: The latest salvo from group of self-described “free-thinkers” in their war against religious expression in the public sphere was fired last month at Greenville Council. Freedom From Religion Foundation’s staff attorney Rebecca Markert sent council President Brian W. Shipley a letter . . .
AP: The murder trial of a Philadelphia abortion provider enters its fifth week Monday, but it will be days if not weeks before the defense starts presenting its case.
WFMAZ.com: A substitute teacher who lost his job for showing his Bible to a student has filed a complaint against the Phillipsburg School District.
Pa. Rep. introduces bill requiring plaintiff disclosure in litigation over publicly displayed religious symbols
The Pennsylvania Record: A western Pennsylvania lawmaker recently introduced a bill in the General Assembly (Pa. State Rep. Tim Krieger) that would require parties bringing lawsuits attacking religious symbols in public to reveal their identities and not proceed through the litigation anonymously.
Dan Gainor at Fox News: It’s a news story that reads more like a Hollywood torture plot – “Saw” or “Hostel” or some other movie so foul that it makes you want to take a shower just having viewed it. Only this case is real and the media are keeping it real quiet because it betrays the barbarity of the abortion industry in open court, where they can’t hide.
CBS: A state senate committee in Harrisburg has given its approval to a bill that would have Pennsylvania opt out of abortion coverage as part of the new federal health care law taking effect.
Pittsburgh Tribune: He said he would like to see the high court include justices from law schools other than Harvard and Yale, which dominate the bench today. Thomas went to Yale, with which he has had a contentious relationship. “I’ve been all over the country. … There is something valuable about these people from modest neighborhoods who work their way up,” he said.