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  • Monthly Archives: June 2012

    Juvenile Life-Without-Parole: Constitutionality Depends on Sentencing Discretion

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    In a 5–4 decision, the Supreme Court today held that the Eighth Amendment prohibits sentencing schemes that result in mandatory life without the possibility of parole (LWOP) sentences for juvenile killers. Writing for the majority, Justice Elena Kagan noted that “youth matters in determining the appropriateness of a lifetime of … More

    Egypt Elects President from Muslim Brotherhood

    Egypt's new president-elect, Muslim Brot

    Mohamed Morsi, the candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, was announced on Sunday as the winner of Egypt’s first free presidential elections. Morsi defeated former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik in a close contest by a vote of 51.7 percent to 48.3 percent. Morsi now faces the difficult … More

    Is the Roberts Court Partisan?

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    One of the frequent claims we hear from liberals is that the justices on the Supreme Court who are dubbed “conservative” are (in contrast to the liberal justices) just driven by politics, pro-business and anti-plaintiff, and not considerate of due process and that cases are constantly decided by 5–4 splits … More

    Morning Bell: Protecting Religious Liberty from Obamacare


    The Supreme Court will hand down its verdict on Obamacare this week, making it a timely occasion for Americans to show their support for religious freedom—only one of many freedoms steamrolled by the health care law. This spring, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius acknowledged she … More

    Revolutionary Sermons That Rang with "Notes of Freedom"


    Today is the first Sunday of the Fortnight for Freedom, a two-week celebration of religious liberty in America. Church leaders, and preachers especially, have played an important role in our nation’s struggle for and preservation of this “first freedom.” In 1833, the American Quarterly Register articulated the important role that … More

    Public Comments on the Obama Administration’s "Accommodation": Rescind the Mandate

    Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally

    “Rescind the mandate.” That is the demand of many public comments submitted by individuals and groups on the Obama Administration’s proposed “accommodation” to the Obamacare anti-conscience mandate. In the midst of widespread outcry over the Administration’s mandate that nearly all insurance providers must cover abortion drugs and contraception, the Department … More

    Geneva College Stands for Religious Freedom


    Dr. Ken Smith, president of Geneva College in western Pennsylvania, intends to pay a fine to the federal government rather than comply with the federal government’s mandate that forces institutions to provide abortion-inducing drugs, contraception and sterilization to its employers. The mandate, scheduled to be effective on Aug. 1, could financially penalize institutions … More

    Top Five Reasons Obamacare Is Bad for Doctors


    The Supreme Court’s Obamacare decision is expected next week, but it’s important to remember that the constitutionality of the law’s individual mandate isn’t the only concern. Several surveys have revealed that doctors have a negative view of the law and its impact on the practice of medicine. Here are five … More

    Fighting Flares Between Turkey and Kurdish Separatists


    The conflict between Turkey and Kurdish nationalists who are determined to carve a Kurdish state out of eastern Turkey is heating up. Kurdish insurgents attacked Turkish military outposts near the Iraqi border on Tuesday, killing eight soldiers in the deadliest attack this year. The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a radical … More

    Biomassive Energy Subsidies in Farm Bill

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    The farm bill, which passed in the Senate yesterday, has little to do with farming and a lot to do with handouts. Energy subsidies? The farm bill’s full of ‘em, particularly in the Title IX energy section, and they all need to go. The legislation includes direct handouts and loan … More