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WUNC Public Radio 91.5: With the support of two advocacy groups, 25 plaintiffs across the state filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging a private school voucher law passed earlier this year. The N.C. Association of Educators and N.C. Justice Center are sponsoring the lawsuit, arguing that the vouchers are a broad assault on the state’s public schools as it funnels taxpayer money to private schools. | N.C. Justice information page and filings: Hart v. State of North Carolina
Mona Charen at National Review: Pesident Obama addressed income inequality in a recent address but failed to mention one of the most significant contributors to rising inequality in America — the marriage gap.
Fox News Video (12/10, 4:14 mins) interviews Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cake Shop and Allied Attorney Nicolle Martin.
Examiner.com: Attorney Nicolle Martin said, "Forcing Americans to promote ideas against their will undermines our constitutionally protected freedom of expression and our right to live free. If the government can take away our First Amendment freedoms, there is nothing it can’t take away. Martin is an attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom.
“Anti-Christian Persecution: Christians Forced out of Business in Colorado and New Mexico” | Catholic Online
Deacon Keith Fournier at Catholic Online (includes video): Jack Phillips was represented by an Alliance Defending Freedom lawyer named Nicolle Martin. She told a local Denver radio host: "If the service or the product is expressive, if it sends a message, and the government says you have to make it, create it and carry it for someone else -that is forced speech."
LifeSiteNews: A new study shows that growing up without a father not only affects behavior – it transforms children's brain structure. That's the verdict reached by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center and recently published in the journal Cerebral Cortex. | Francis R. Bambico, Baptiste Lacoste, Patrick R. Hattan, and Gabriella Gobbi, Father Absence in the Monogamous California Mouse Impairs Social Behavior and Modifies Dopamine and Glutamate Synapses in the Medial Prefrontal Cortex Cereb. Cortex first published online December 4, 2013 doi:10.1093/cercor/bht310
Colorado ruling takes the cake: Activist court cooks up a new rule to undermine religion | Washington Times Editorial
Washington Times Editorial: Unlike, say, cookies and brownies, a wedding cake is a creative endeavor that communicates a message from the artist, Mr. Phillips‘ Alliance Defending Freedom attorney explains. “If the service or the product is expressive, if it sends a message, and the government says you have to make it, create it and carry it for someone else,” ADF lawyer Nicolle Martin said on a Denver talk-radio show, “that is forced speech.” . . . The Huguenins, also represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom, last month petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their appeal and to reverse the New Mexico court.
WorldNetDaily: “America was founded on the fundamental freedom of every citizen to live and work according to their beliefs,” Nicolle Martin, an attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom, said. “Forcing Americans to promote ideas against their will undermines our constitutionally protected freedom of expression and our right to live free. If the government can take away our First Amendment freedoms, there is nothing it can’t take away.”
Judson Phillips at Tea Party Nation: Just for the record, in the early 21st century, Americans are no longer free. We are slaves of the state . . . What is this example? It is the case that is currently going on in Colorado. A baker there refused to bake a cake for a gay couple. The media has been reporting this as a refusal to bake it for their “wedding.” That is not accurate.
Federation of Catholic Families Association in Europe (FAFCE): Today, Tuesday 10 December, the European Parliament rejected the highly controversial Report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights presented by Portugese MEP Edite Estrela.
Richard Stith at Mercatornet.com: Indiana’s Libertarian Party chair, Dan Drexler, announced in early November his opposition to a proposed constitutional amendment that would prevent Indiana from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. But the libertarian reason he gave for his opposition does not support that opposition.
Washington Examiner: One congressman's beef with the National Republican Congressional Committee over its support for gay candidates will likely have little effect on the committee's operations or fundraising. Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., has tried to persuade other lawmakers and the committee not to support the campaigns of gay candidates, Politico first reported.
In a class by themselves: Home-schooled girls easily dispatch both chauvinism and feminism | Robert Knight
Robert Knight at the Washington Times: Years ago, when I was writing a book called “The Age of Consent,” about moral relativism, I was warned by a book agent that it wouldn’t fly with New York publishers. I had committed unpardonable sins in an early draft: defending marriage as the union of a man and a woman and critiquing the idea of putting women into combat. I also defended stay-at-home moms.
One News Now: "When are they going to socialize?" the judge reportedly asked. "At which point are these children going to interact with other children, and isn’t that in their best interest?"
Russell D. Moore at First Things: A transformed American culture calls for a new and different Evangelical engagement of politics.
Ruth Institute: First the mainstream media championed gay marriage; now they are clearly out to destroy traditional marriage with a vengeance.
PolicyMic has posted an evolving map here.
Christian Institute: Michael McClure and Kamala Devi are starring in Polyamory: Married and Dating, and are currently living with McClure’s girlfriend Rachel. “They’re spreading the gospel of polyamory, hoping to speed up societal acceptance of this kind of set-up,” ABC’s Nick Watt explained.
Christian Post: In a recent interview with CNN's host Piers Morgan on his show "Piers Morgan Live," well-known evangelical pastor Rick Warren was questioned about sensitive topic of homosexuality. Despite being familiar with Warren's stance against same-sex marriage, Morgan was seeking to revisit the issue on the heels of a new papal institution.
Paul C. Burke and Brett L. Tolman at Salt Lake Tribune: The state of Utah now finds itself in the awkward position of arguing that last summer’s blockbuster U.S. Supreme Court decision, Windsor v United States, which struck down a discriminatory federal marriage law, should somehow be applied by the federal courts to uphold discriminatory marriage laws of a state.