Brad Bannon on Supreme Court back in session

Scott interviews Washington DC political strategist Brad Bannon

(Huffington Post)

First Amendment cases top the Supreme Court’s docket as it begins a new term with a new justice and three women on the bench for the first time.

The court will look at provocative anti-gay protests at military funerals and a California law banning the sale of violent video games to children. These cases worry free speech advocates, who fear the court could limit First Amendment freedoms.

The funeral protest lawsuit, over signs praising American war deaths, “is one of those cases that tests our commitment to the First Amendment,” said Steven Shapiro, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Another case involves a different aspect of the First Amendment, the government’s relationship to religion. The justices will decide whether Arizona’s income tax credit scholarship program, in essence, directs state money to religious schools in violation of the constitutional separation of church and state.
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NEWS FLASH AUG. 2010 – Same sex marriage california is now legal?

Reporting from San Francisco and Los Angeles — A federal judge declared California’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional Wednesday, saying that no legitimate state interest justified treating gay and lesbian couples differently from others and that “moral disapproval” was not enough to save the voter-passed Proposition 8.

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Auto-Tune the News #8: Made In America !

Auto-Tune the News #8: dragons. geese. Michael Vick. (ft. T-Pain)Made In America !
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Legal Headline News 10/8/2010

Supreme Court hears funeral protest case
Commission says White House did poor job with the BP oil spill
President won’t sign legislation making it easier for lenders to foreclose
Glaxo Smith Kline wins.
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Legal News Headlines 5/7/2010

Legal News Headlines 5/7/2010

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BP and Trans Ocean Oil accepts some responsibility for spill.

Los Angeles cracks down on Medical Marijuana dispensaries to shut down by June 7th.

Non Biological Same-sex parents should be treated the same as biological parents.

Danny Glover joins Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon campaigning against Arizona’s new Immigration Law.

Europe’s debt problem effecting US Stock Market.

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Fox News Spins Gay Marriage Ruling in O’Reilly No Spin Zone?

See DOZENS more examples of FOX NEWS BIAS at: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=A3BD2524FE99BD4D

It wasn’t quite a “no spin zone” when Bill O’Reilly brought Megyn Kelly on to the May 15, 2008, edition of Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” as the legal expert to analyze that day’s California Supreme Court decision in favor of marriage equality as I show with the clips and commentary in this video.

You can find the full text of, In re MARRIAGE CASES, the California Supreme Court decision striking down California’s ban on gay marriage, at: http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/opinions/archive/S147999.PDF

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Abolish Religious Exemptions from the Law? (Part 2)

In the United States and other countries, religious institutions have traditionally enjoyed a privileged position, i.e., they have been granted exemptions from compliance with certain laws (including, without limitation, laws against discrimination in employment and laws requiring the payment of taxes). Is it appropriate or even useful for religion to have this privileged status?

Links:

1. Wisconsin Supreme Court’s use of the “ministerial exception” to dismiss an age discrimination case against a Catholic school system

http://www.wicourts.gov/sc/opinion/DisplayDocument.pdf?content=pdf&seqNo=38088

2. New York Court of Appeals decision in Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany v. Serio

http://www.law.cornell.edu/nyctap/I06_0127.htm

3. California Supreme Court’s decision in Catholic Charities of Sacramento v. Superior Court (Unfortunately, I can’t find a generally accessible URL for this decision. The citation is 85 P.3d 67 (2004).)

4. Jonathan Turley’s Op-Ed piece entitled “When it comes to religious groups, who’s really facing discrimination?”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/16/AR2010041602027.html

5. Employment Division v. Smith

http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/historics/USSC_CR_0494_0872_ZO.html

6. Bob Jones University v. United States

http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/historics/USSC_CR_0461_0574_ZO.html

7. New York Times article on the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association case

8. Part 1 of this video series

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5TBxCfnFiw

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First Day of Legal Gay Marriage In San Francisco

http://sanfranscene.blogspot.com/2008/06/rally-at-first-day-of-legal-gay.html – This video covers the events outside San Francisco City Hall involving the first day of legal same sex marriage in San Francisco. A historic news and politics event. I went with the objective of determining the opinions of people in the crowd.

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Legal Headline News – 10/4/2010

Legal Headline News – 10/4/2010

The Supreme Court began a new era Monday with three women serving together for the first time, Elena Kagan taking her place at the end of the bench and quickly joining in the give-and-take.

The court was considering the case of the Westboro Baptist Church of Kansas, whose anti-gay protests have targeted the funerals of fallen soldiers from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Information on Steven Hayes Trial being charged with the killing of 3 family members in Connecticut.

Pastor Eddie Long and his accusations.

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Abolish Religious Exemptions from the Law? (Part 1)

In the United States and other countries, religious institutions have traditionally enjoyed a privileged position, i.e., they have been granted exemptions from compliance with certain laws (including, without limitation, laws against discrimination in employment and laws requiring the payment of taxes). Is it appropriate or even useful for religion to have this privileged status?

Links:

1. Regarding Christian Legal Society v. Martinez–

–the decision of the federal district court in favor of the law school

http://www.alliancealert.org/2006/20060417.pdf

–the decision of the 9th Circuit affirming the trial court’s ruling

http://www.scotusblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/08-1371_ca9.pdf

–SCOTUS WIKI’s entry on the case (lots of information and material)

http://www.scotuswiki.com/index.php?title=Christian_Legal_Society_v._Martinez

2. Archbishop Donald Wuerl’s talk entitled “Religious Freedom and Marriage”

3. Washington D.C.’s marriage equality and nondiscrimination law and related material

http://www.dccouncil.washington.dc.us/lims/legislation.aspx?LegNo=B18-0482&Description=RELIGIOUS-FREEDOM-AND-CIVIL-MARRIAGE-EQUALITY-AMENDMENT-ACT-OF-2009.&ID=23204

http://www.dccouncil.washington.dc.us/images/00001/20100409103713.pdf

4. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/statutes/titlevii.cfm

5. McClure v. The Salvation Army (the first federal appeals court decision to recognize a “ministerial exception” to Title VII)

http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=7674766003352112619&hl=en&as_sdt=2&as_vis=1&oi=scholarr

6. Part 2 of this video series

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GHVxMDRx6o

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