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If English historian Edward Gibbon were alive today, he might have to add a paragraph or two to his seminal six-volume History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

The Warren Commission concluded back in 1964 that it had "no evidence that the extreme views expressed toward President Kennedy by some rightwing groups centered in Dallas or any other general atmosphere of hate or rightwing extremism which may have existed in the city of Dallas had any connection with Oswald's actions on November 22, 1963."

One of America’s premier conservative evangelical seminaries has informed a tenant to which it provided offices that the group is no longer welcome. As reported by baptiststandard.com, “Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary notified Tarrant Baptist Association before Christmas it had six months to vacate its offices on the edge of the seminary campus,” asserting that the “association was in violation of its affiliation agreement — in part because of perceived toleration of homosexuality by a member church or churches.”

gavelLifeSiteNews.com reports that on January 13 the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed an appeal by Maryland police officers and state troopers requesting immunity from a lawsuit filed against them by Defend Life, a pro-life organization. According to the Aegis, a Harford County, Maryland, newspaper, the group alleges “violation of First Amendment freedom of speech rights, violation of due process of law, unreasonable search and seizure, equal protection under the law, invasion of privacy constitutional protections, as well as assault and battery” in connection with their arrest during an August 1, 2008, protest in the town of Bel Air.

Opponents of New Hampshire's same-sex marriage law will try to get the 2009 statute repealed this year, despite learning that the issue is not on the agenda set by the leaders of the Republican-dominated House of Representatives. The House leadership will focus efforts this year on the state budget, education funding, pension reform, parental rights and the economy, Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt said in announcing the priorities for the new legislative session.

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