Here's what we are reading today.

  • "Episcopal Bishops Give Ground on Gay Marriage," Laurie Goodstein, The New York Times (July 16, 2009)
  • "The bishops of the Episcopal Church agreed Wednesday to a compromise measure that stops short of developing an official rite for same-sex unions, but gives latitude to bishops who wish to go ahead and bless such unions, particularly in states that have legalized such marriages."

  • "Abortion protester denies stepping over the line," Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times (July 16, 2009)
  • "Quebec docs endorse controlled euthanasia," United Press International (July 16, 2009)
  • "The Quebec College of Physicians is proposing Canada's Criminal Code be revised to permit medical euthanasia in strictly controlled circumstances.

  • "Religious expression limits challenged in Santa Rosa County schools," Florida Baptist Witness (July 15, 2009)
  • "The Christian Educators Association International (CEAI), represented by Orlando-based Liberty Counsel, has filed a motion to intervene in a religious liberty case brought by the ACLU against the Santa Rosa County School District. The case stems from allegations made by two Pace High School students that the district and specific school employees were promoting prayer and religion in school."

  • "The Dirty Secret of Embryonic Stem Cell Research," Michael Fumento, Forbes (July 15, 2009)
  • ""The routine utilization of human embryonic stem cells for medicine is 20 to 30 years hence," embryonic stem cell research advocate William Haseltine and then-chief executive officer of Human Genome Sciences ( HGSI - news - people ) told Agence France Presse in 2001. "The timeline to commercialization is so long that I simply would not invest," he added."

  • "New stem cell rules slowing current research," David A. Wise, WisBusiness.com (July 14, 2009)
  • "The Obama administration's lifting of Bush-era restrictions on federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research will result in a massive step forward in the long term, a Milwaukee-based researcher said today. But the rollout of the new guidelines has harmed research in the short term, he said."