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Fwd: Religious Liberty at Risk?

From: Jeff W.
Sent on: Tuesday, July 8, 2008 4:57 PM
AND Guess who's gonna be there????

US Atheists that's who!!!

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From: Family Research Council <[address removed]>
Date: Jul 8,[masked]:22 PM
Subject: Religious Liberty at Risk?
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Refer a Friend | July 8, 2008

Religious Liberty at Risk?

This Thursday at 10:00 a.m. FRC will host one of the most important panels in its history, a gathering of legal and religious scholars who will discuss the impact on the church of California's sweeping Supreme Court ruling on homosexual marriage. Each time a court rules for homosexual unions, whether full-fledged marriage or something akin to it, the question is raised whether the church and parachurch ministries can continue to reserve their rites and access to their facilities and programs to heterosexual couples. The question is particularly poignant now for a variety of reasons. Increasingly, legislative bodies and human rights commissions overseas are moving against pastors who speak out against homosexual conduct. U.S. courts are citing foreign cases and practices from liberal nations with increasing frequency. In addition, the California ruling on May 15, decided by a 4-3 margin, established homosexuals as a "suspect class" for the purpose of analyzing laws affecting them. That means, for all intents and purposes, that "discrimination" against gay sexuality is the equivalent of racial prejudice under California law. Please join us as Seamus Hasson of the Becket Fund, Prof. Chai Feldblum of Georgetown University, Ben Bull of the Alliance Defense Fund, Teresa Stanton Collett of the St. Thomas School of Law, Nathan J. Diament of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations and I discuss this vital issue. To attend in person, call[masked] or register at our website at You can also watch a live webcast of the 90-minute presentation by visiting our site and clicking on "Events." With the future of basic freedoms at stake, this is a presentation you won't want to miss.

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Panel Discussion on California Same-sex Marriage: The Impact on Religious Liberty

Michigan's Choice: Fantasy or Reality

Michigan voters will likely get an opportunity to weigh in on the stem cell debate this fall. A group in favor of embryo-destructive research has submitted signatures to get an initiative put on the ballot that would overturn Michigan's current protections of human embryos. Michigan's current laws do not ban human embryonic stem cell research using stem cells derived from embryos killed outside of Michigan, but do prohibit destruction of embryos in-state for research, and also prohibit cloning of human embryos for any purpose. Proponents of the initiative make the usual false claim that more embryo destruction will translate into cures. But the only actual success in treating patients is with adult stem cells. As noted on our FRC blog and in recent news, companies large and small are investing in adult stem cells because of the real hope for success, including treatments for eye diseases such as macular degeneration and diabetic blindness. Rather than wasting taxpayer dollars as well as the lives of both embryos and patients, Michigan voters should reject the ballot initiative and put their resources behind successful and ethical adult stem cell research.

Additional Resources
AP: Michigan stem cell research proposal advances
FRC Blog: Big Pharma Invests in Adult Stem Cells

FRC Blog: Open 24/7

The Washington Update is released at the end of every weekday, but in the ever-changing world of cyberspace, the issues of faith, family, and freedom never take a break. That's why the FRC Blog is open for business around the clock. If you haven't checked out the FRC Blog lately, there's been a flurry of new activity, with posts from FRC staff on topics like stem cell research, pro-life litigation, China's one-child policy, the real meaning of so-called "abortion reduction" legislation, and even a movie review of Pixar's Wall-E. After you've read the posts, you can tell us what you think by joining the conversation in the blog's comment section. To keep in step with what's on our radar here at FRC, visit today!

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FRC Blog

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