(AP) Add "Facebook depression" to potential harms linked with social media, an influential doctors` group warns, referring to a condition it says may affect troubled teens who obsess over the online site.
Researchers disagree on whether it`s simply an extension of depression some kids feel in other circumstances, or a distinct condition linked with using the online site.
(California Family Council) Good parents strive to keep their children safe. When we can’t be with our children, we place them in the hands of those we believe will watch over them well, such as school administrators and teachers. My wife is a schoolteacher, and I am amazed at the depth of concern she has for her students, and the amount of time she gives to communicating with students’ parents.
In the past ten years, the California Legislature has stepped up its efforts to insure every public school student’s safety, passing no less than six bills related to “bullying.” These new laws mandate training programs for educators, awareness programs for students, and cooperation between schools and local police departments.
California community colleges to slash enrollment, classes
(L.A. Times) With state budget talks halted, the 112-campus system faces an $800-million cut in funding for the coming school year. The system may have to enroll 400,000 fewer students. Chancellor Jack Scott calls the situation a tragedy for students.
Gay rights activists at Brown University attack traditional marriage group, Youtube censors video
(LifeSiteNews) A conservative group demonstrating support for traditional marriage met with violent opposition in Rhode Island last week.
Volunteers from the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property (TFP) visited Brown University during their statewide tour for traditional marriage in Rhode Island on March 23. While peacefully demonstrating on the Ivy League campus, their pro-family banner was vandalized and a volunteer was spat upon in the face.
Calls Confirm Planned Parenthood Misleads on Offering Mammograms
(LifeSiteNews) The pro-life organization responsible for recent videos showing Planned Parenthood offering abortions to alleged sex traffickers who prey on women finds the abortion business is misleading about mammograms.
As LifeNews.com reported in February, Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards joined the talk show of pro-abortion activist Joy Behar and defended Planned Parenthood against legislation in Congress seeking to revoke its federal taxpayer funding.
“If this bill ever becomes law, millions of women in this country are going to lose their health care access, not to abortion services, to basic family planning – you know, mammograms,” she claimed.
Previously, LifeNews.com and pro-life blogger Jill Stanek followed up with phone calls to various Planned Parenthood centers and confirmed they do not do mammograms.
Company Uses Cells From Abortions to Test Artificial Flavors
(LifeSiteNews) A pro-life group that monitors the use of cells from babies victimized by abortions is today highlighting a biotech company, Senomyx, which it says produces artificial flavor enhancers using aborted fetal cell lines to test their products.
(Christian Post) "In a world of political correctness devoid of the rule of law, tolerance has come to mean total rejection of Christianity and moral standards. Modern tolerance redefines words like `marriage,` `discrimination,` `equality,` `morality,` and even `absolutes.` The word `tolerance` as it is used today never includes opposing arguments or competing worldviews. Tolerance has become Orwellian and decidedly intolerant." – Matthew Staver, Dean and Professor of Law at Liberty University School of Law.
New U.N. Resolution Steers Away from `Defamation of Religions` Concept
(Christian Post) The U.N. Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution on religious intolerance that freedom watchdogs say marks a significant step away from the highly criticized “defamation of religions” concept.
On Thursday, the inter-governmental body adopted the “Resolution on Combating Intolerance and Violence against Persons Based on Religion or Belief,” calling upon U.N. states to adopt measures and policies to promote the full respect and protection for places of worship and religious sites, and to take measures in cases where they are vulnerable to vandalism or destruction.
(Christian Post) The Arkansas House passed on Friday a bill that would allow schools to offer a Bible course.
According to the legislation, public schools would not be required to teach the Bible but would have the option of offering an elective course on what Altes has called "the world`s most popular history book."
Contraception underlying cause of breakdown of family, sexual morality, says expert
(LifeSiteNews) Contraception is the underlying factor responsible for today’s scourge of unwed pregnancies, single-parent families, sexually transmitted diseases, deficient fatherhood, and high abortion rate, says a prominent family expert.
“Since the introduction of contraception, everything else has fallen,” said Patrick Fagan, director of the Family Research Council’s Marriage and Religion Research Institute, reported CNS.
Most Evangelicals Blame Disasters on End Times, Poll Finds
(Christian Post) A poll released Thursday questioning respondents about God and natural disasters reveals that evangelicals, more than any other group, tend to believe that natural disasters are signs from God.
(CitizenLink) Gay activists and their allies bristle at the notion that the legalization of same-sex marriage will pave the way for legalized polygamy — so-called marriages of one man and multiple women, or one woman and multiple men.
But, as The Washington Times reports, there’s a clear connection between the two.
Legal analysts say the redefinition of marriage in state legislatures and courts is helping to pave the way for yet another redefinition of marriage — to include three or more people. Two TV shows — HBO’s “Big Love” and TLC’s “Sister Wives” — also are helping to make the case for polygamy, which was outlawed in the U.S. in the late 1800s.
Apple Yanks Another Christian App from Online Store
(CitizenLink) Apple has pulled another Christian application from its online store, from which the owners of iPhones and iPads have downloaded more than 10 billion apps (as they are called). This time, the “offender” was Exodus International, which was trying to share the hope of Jesus Christ with those struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction.
Appeals seek to stop 2nd prison term for father who kept kids out of sex-ed
(LifeSiteNews.com) - Alliance Defense Fund attorneys representing four German parents sent two letters asking the European Court of Human Rights to quickly review appeals filed last year on their behalf to free one of the fathers, who is currently serving his second prison term. ADF requests that the ECHR uphold national and international law against the German government’s unlawful incarceration and fines that violate parental rights.
Arthur and Anna Wiens, along with Eduard and Rita Wiens, chose to keep their four children -a 9- and 10-year-old from each family - from attending a mandatory play and four school days of “sexual education” that taught students an unbiblical view of sexuality. They were subsequently fined and sentenced to prison after they refused to pay.
Our Victory in the Ninth Circuit – Prop 8 is Upheld While Appeal Continues
(ProtectMarriage.com) We received great news yesterday when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied our opponents’ request to allow same-sex “marriage” in California while their legal challenge is still pending. Citing the authorities our legal team advanced in court filings to oppose the plaintiffs’ motion, the Ninth Circuit put the brakes on the plaintiffs’ incessant attempts to nullify traditional marriage in our state despite the fact that this case is long from over.
We released the following statement from our General Counsel, Andy Pugno, immediately after getting word of the Court’s order:
"The Ninth Circuit did the right thing by rejecting the attempt to suspend Prop 8 and allow same-sex marriage, contrary to the vote of the people, long before the legal challenge against Prop 8 reaches a final decision.
"Based on sound legal case law and precedent, we urged the Court to keep the current stay in place while we appeal the earlier District court decision. By keeping Prop 8 in effect while the case is still pending, the Ninth Circuit has avoided the unnecessary confusion that would come with another brief legalization of same-sex marriage.
"This decision is a victory both for Prop 8 supporters and for the initiative process itself. Voters must have confidence that their votes will count and not be arbitrarily thrown out simply because someone files a lawsuit."
Our opponents, declaring this ruling to be “a major setback” for them, have increased their call for financial support to fuel their legal assault. There is no telling what their next legal move will be, but they are nothing if not tireless in their efforts to destroy traditional marriage.
I ask earnestly that you consider contributing to the legal defense of Prop 8, as it is under attack by those who claim they will stop at nothing less – cost is no issue – than totally crushing the institution of marriage between a man and a woman. Please click here to donate online now.
Yesterday was a victory for us, for the people of California and for the initiative process itself. But our case is far from over. We thank you for your continued support, and pledge to maintain our work on your behalf, no matter what our opponents may try next!
Ron Prentice Volunteer Chairman, ProtectMarriage.com
March 24, 2011
Lawmakers May Force Schools to Spend Scarce Funds on Gay-Friendly Instruction
(Pacific Justice Institute) In a move that some parents and educators see as further proof that state legislators have lost touch with economic realities, the California Senate Education Committee on Wednesday will consider a bill that would require schools to spend scarce resources to become more gay-friendly.
SB 48 is being touted by Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), who is himself gay. Specifically, the bill requires that U.S. history, California history, and social science be taught with a deliberate emphasis on the roles and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons. While the bill`s backers claim it will have no fiscal impact, the many schools in California that do not currently emphasize the sexuality of historical figures will have little choice but to change their curriculum and buy LGBT-friendly instructional materials if the bill becomes law. Other states could also be affected, since publishers typically tailor textbooks to meet the standards of the largest states, forcing many smaller states to reluctantly follow California.
Pacific Justice Institute has sent a letter to Sen. Leno officially opposing SB 48 and encourages concerned citizens to call their senators and ask them to vote "no" on the bill. PJI president Brad Dacus commented, "Our legislature just doesn`t get it - with thousands of teachers getting pink slips, this is not the time to place more expensive, politically correct mandates on our schools. This bill also undermines parental rights and is insensitive to those whose cultures and belief systems are at odds with the LGBT agenda."
March 24, 2011
Alliance Defense Fund wins one for freedom of speech, religion
(LifeSiteNews) An Arizona-based law group fighting for religious freedoms secured another victory for Christian expression in one California school district.
In response to a federal lawsuit filed by the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), the Los Angeles Unified School District agreed to change a policy that had barred a fifth-grader from singing a Christian song at a school talent show.
Florida Judge Defends Decision to Apply Islamic Law in Tampa Case
(FoxNews) A Florida judge is defending his controversial decision to apply Islamic law instead of state or federal statutes in determining whether an arbitration award was correct, the St. Petersburg Times reports.
Obama Administration Presses Its Homosexual Rights Agenda on Other Nations
(CNSNews) The Obama administration is pressing the rest of the world to join the U.S. in “advancing the human rights of minorities and the marginalized,” a category that it says includes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
Pamphlet instructs U.S. military leaders how to handle gay kissing
(LifeSiteNews) A new pamphlet explaining how military officials should handle various scenarios involving homosexuals has been distributed to four branches of the U.S. military, the Washington Times reported Wednesday.
San Bernardino County big in human trafficking, expert says
(The Sun) San Bernardino County is one of the biggest transit points for human trafficking - both domestic and international - in the United States, trafficking expert Marisa Ugarte told an audience Tuesday at Cal State San Bernardino.
Ugarte, the executive director of the Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition in San Diego, said the crime of trafficking occurs in two areas: sexual and manual labor. But she dwelt heavily on the sexual trafficking of women and children locally and through sex tourism.
Domestic sexual trafficking is abetted by pornography and the Internet, she said.
"Recruitment is done by pimps in schools and in malls," she said, adding, "Gangs are heavily involved in pimping."
Homosexual Activist Group Targets School Sports Programs
(CitizenLink) GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network)—the national homosexual activist group created by Safe Schools Czar Kevin Jennings—has launched a new program specifically designed to influence school sports programs.
Abortion rights supporters find new target: crisis pregnancy centers
(BP) After years of staying mostly out of the spotlight, pro-life crisis pregnancy centers are increasingly coming under political attack in cities nationwide where some legislators and mayors are demanding the centers explicitly declare -- in exterior signs and even in ads -- that they do not perform abortions.
Detention of Bradley Manning Ignites Debate among Christians
(Christian Post) Private First Class Bradley Manning’s actions merited his arrest, said Christian experts in the field of international relations and torture. But the experts disagreed over the details of h3is detention.
(USA Today) The suicide rate for female soldiers triples when they go to war, according to the first round of preliminary data from an Army study.
The findings, released to USA TODAY this week, show that the suicide rate rises from five per 100,000 to 15 per 100,000 among female soldiers at war. Scientists are not sure why but say they will look into whether women feel isolated in a male-dominated war zone or suffer greater anxieties about leaving behind children and other loved ones.
Even so, the suicide risk for female soldiers in Iraq or Afghanistan is still lower than for men serving next to them, the $50 million study says.
(BP) The fertility industry has a dirty secret -- young women are being coerced into selling their eggs despite the severe health risks and the lack of laws protecting them, according to a recently released movie from the Center for Bioethics and Culture Network.
663 Illegal Aliens From Countries With Ties to Terrorism Arrested Along Southwest Border in 2010, Senator Says
(CNSNews) Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), speaking at a conference on border issues Thursday, said 663 individuals arrested along the southwest border in 2010 were from countries designated as “special interest” or from countries known to have ties with terrorism.
Obama Energy Administrator Says Gas Prices Will Remain High For Rest of Year
(CNSNews) “EIA expects continued tightening of world oil markets over the next two years, particularly in light of recent events in North Africa and the Middle East the world’s largest oil producing region,” Richard Newell, the administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration, told the House Natural Resources Committee on Thursday.
Harry Reid: We’ll shut down government before we shut down Planned Parenthood funding
(Christian Post) A coalition of pro-abortion U.S. Senate Democrats led by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) say they would rather see the federal government shut down than allow cuts to Planned Parenthood’s federal funding.
New Bible draws critics of gender-neutral language
(OneNewsNow) In the old translation of the world`s most popular Bible, John the Evangelist declares: "If anyone says, `I love God,` yet hates his brother, he is a liar." Make that "brother or sister" in a new translation that includes more gender-neutral language and is drawing criticism from some conservatives who argue the changes can alter the theological message.
NH Supreme Court: homeschooled girl must go to public school against mom’s wishes
(LifeSiteNews) The New Hampshire Supreme Court upheld a lower court order Wednesday that sided with the father of a homeschooled student and forced her into a government-run school against her Christian mother’s wishes.
(Politico) Dot-xxx, a new domain for the porn industry, will soon be open for business on the Internet.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers at its meeting here Friday approved the creation of the .xxx domain over the objections of the nonprofit corporation’s government advisory committee.
(One Million Moms) As soon as school lets out at the end of May, many families will plan to take their family vacation right away. Tens of thousands will make reservations in Orlando, FL for the first weekend in June. Beware! Not everyone there will be excited, innocent children anticipating a fun weekend at Disney World. The first Saturday in June, homosexuals, bisexuals and transvestites will be at the Magic Kingdom with an agenda and purpose other than what would be expected at Disney.
(WorldNetDaily) A Texas congressman has been joined by nearly a dozen others in the U.S. House in an effort to push back against the invasive personal questions contained in the Census Bureau`s annual "American Community Survey."
A bill to make most of the questions in the multi-page interrogation optional has been introduced before by U.S. Rep. Ted Poe, but with this year`s GOP majority, the legislation could advance.
His proposal, H.R. 931, has been referred to the Committee on the Judiciary and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
(OneNewsNow) The federal government has been funded for another three weeks, but minus the Pence Amendment -- meaning funding for Planned Parenthood continues.
On Tuesday the House passed a Continuing Resolution (CR), which is the sixth temporary funding bill so far without agreement on a measure for the rest of the federal budget year. The CR, which now goes to the Senate, passed 271-158 (see roll call vote). It includes federal tax dollars for abortions in the nation`s capitol and funds non-abortion services for Planned Parenthood.
The report lists hundreds of U.S. companies according to their support and non-support for "gay," lesbian, bisexual and transgender causes. The scale is from zero to 100, with those closest to zero being firms that are not supportive of homosexual policies, and those nearest 100 being very "gay"-friendly.
The criteria include anti-discrimination protections, domestic partner benefits, diversity training and transgender-inclusive benefits.
(Christian Post) A revolution is starting across the nation, one orphan at a time.
Partnering with Bethany Christian Services, the nation’s largest adoption agency, Integrity Music artist Daniel Bashta has created IAmProjectGift.com, a new initiative to raise funds to support adopting parents.
(WorldNetDaily) It`s a story that has been described as being "all about God. The God who found a kid who was lost in a life of neglect and chaos, the God who saved him and the God who raised Greg up to help other lost souls find fresh hope, real purpose and lasting peace."
The DVD is called "Lost Boy: The Next Chapter" and is about the life story of popular Christian evangelist Greg Laurie.
Now there`s a plan to put the multiple-award winning project on Netflix, where tens of thousands, even millions, of viewers could have simple access to the message of the Gospel of Jesus.
Officials with his Harvest Ministries have confirmed a grassroots campaign is under way to encourage Netflix users to save the film to their film queues, with the plan that enough requests will trigger a Netflix systemwide availability of the message.
(NewsReal) Rep. Peter King’s announced congressional hearings on Muslim extremism have brought on a tidal wave of condemnation of the level to which America allegedly embraces anti-Islamic bigotry, so it’s important to take a look at how American Muslims are really treated in this country.
Christianity the reason for West’s success, say the Chinese
(LifeSiteNews) In the West we are doing our best to destroy our Christian heritage but in China, Chinese intellectuals are coming around to the view that it is precisely this heritage that has made the West so successful.
‘Baby-selling’ surrogacy bill passes Washington state House
(LifeSiteNews) A controversial bill that clears the path for homosexual couples to attain legal parentage of children and sets up parameters for paid surrogacy passed late last month along party lines in the Washington state House of Representatives.
HB1267 amends several aspects of the Washington state code to replace legal references to “mother” and “father” with “parent,” and would allow homosexual couples to hire a woman to carry a child to term and immediately claim legal parentage of the child upon his or her birth. However, the law gives the surrogate mother free rein to abort the child with no legal repercussions from the waiting couple.
According to The Daily Herald, laws allowing compensated surrogacy exist in California, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Texas. It is currently a felony to buy or sell a child in Washington, and unpaid surrogacy, such as among family members, is permitted.
Ted Olson: Children Don`t Need Mothers--or Fathers
(CNSNews) Former Bush Administration Solicitor General Ted Olson, who represented the plaintiffs who sued California to overturn that state`s ballot-approved constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman, told CNSNews.com on Tuesday that children do not need mothers--or fathers--and do just as well being raised by two parents of the same sex.
"Generally, statistically, the experts have said that a child growing up in a same-sex family household is as able to develop and will develop as well, generally speaking, as someone in an opposite-sex household," Olson said.
In God We Trust will stay on U.S. coins after Supreme Court rejects appeal
(LifeSiteNews.com) – The U.S. Supreme Court has denied an atheist’s legal challenge to the national motto “In God We Trust” imprinted on U.S. currency, thereby letting a federal appeals court ruling that the references to God are constitutional stand.
The case was brought by Michael Newdow, an atheist who has brought repeated legal action against the federal government over references to God. Newdow was dubbed by TIME magazine as “America’s least favorite atheist” and also has legal action pending against the federal government claiming that the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional, because it states that the United States is one nation “under God.”
Christian group opposes explicit sex education resources for primary schools
(Christianity Today) In a new report, ‘Too Much, Too Young’, the organisation says sex education should not be made mandatory for all primary schools, contrary to the wishes of some lobby groups.
It expresses alarm over some of the resources that are already recommended for primary-aged children by local councils and concludes that control of sex education should remain firmly in the hands of school governors and parents.
(OneNewsNow) A Christian attorney and terrorism expert says today`s long-anticipated congressional hearings on the "radicalization" of American Muslims represents an important step forward in safeguarding the American homeland against the rising tide of homegrown Islamic terrorism.
R.I. School Keeps Prayer Banner despite ACLU Threat
(Christian Post) A Rhode Island school district has decided to legally fight, if necessary, to keep a prayer banner hanging inside a public school despite threats from the American Civil Liberties Union
The Cranston School Committee voted 4-3 Monday to continue displaying a banner of the Cranston West prayer. About 200 people came to the Monday meeting to witness the vote, with much of the crowd supporting the banner.
(Christian Post) Kevin Sorbo, the former “Hercules” actor, is on a new adventure – a Christian one in the famed land of Hollywood.
As some of us grew up watching Sorbo as Hercules on T.V., very few might have missed the fact that he was personally trying to teach us a lesson, one based not only on his moral views but most importantly, his Christian values.
Thousands of Islamic Extremists Set Fire to Churches in Ethiopia
(Christian Post) At least one Christian was killed and others injured when thousands of Islamic extremists set fire to 59 churches and at least 28 homes in western Ethiopia in the past five days, Christian leaders said.
More than 4,000 Christians in and around Asendabo, Jimma Zone have been displaced as a result of attacks that began on Wednesday (March 2) after Muslims accused a Christian of desecrating the Quran by tearing up a copy, sources said.
Critics Slam ABC Pilot for `Inappropriate,` `Damaging` Title
(FoxNews) An ABC pilot called “Good Christian Bitches” has religious and women’s groups up in arms over what they describe as an extremely offensive and distasteful show title.
The dramedy, based on Kim Gatlin’s novel of the same name, will be brought to life by famed “Sex and the City” and “90210” executive producer Darren Star. The plot centers on the life of reformed “mean girl” Amanda, played by “Talladega Nights” actress Leslie Bibb, who returns to her hometown of Dallas to find herself fodder for malicious gossip from the women in the Christian community.
(Sacramento Bee) Call it the latest battle over the "Amazon tax."
Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner is carrying a measure, Assembly Bill 153, that would force major online retailers to collect California sales taxes from transactions with state residents.
Skinner`s bill wants those retailers to collect the tax so long as they maintain a presence in the state through their affiliates, who make money by generating sales for Amazon and other companies.
Former Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed previous legislation, saying it would cost the affiliates` jobs, an argument that new Board of Equalization member George Runner also still favors.
Then, as now, Amazon has threatened to ditch its 10,000 or so California affiliates if the state starts collecting sales tax from online retailers.
March 11, 2011
Navy readies training for end of `don`t ask, don`t tell`
(Washington Post) Four documents -- a 24-slide PowerPoint presentation, a two-page pamphlet, an eight-page "Frequently Asked Questions" form and 14 written vignettes -- are being used by naval commanders and senior enlisted officers to train "deck hand sailors," or the rank and file, on what will happen once President Obama and top military leaders certify that the military is ready to end its enforcement of the "don`t ask, don`t tell" policy.
Over the course of training sessions lasting 90 minutes to two hours, the four documents help trainers reinforce the same general themes: The military`s code of conduct will continue to apply without explicit regard to sexual orientation; potential violators may be punished for disobeying orders, dereliction of duty or breaking the law; and those not following the rules may be involuntarily separated for violating the policy.
Number of healthcare reform law waivers climbs above 1,000
(The Hill) The number of temporary healthcare reform waivers granted by the Obama administration to organizations climbed to more than 1,000, according to new numbers disclosed by the Department of Health and Human Services.
HHS posted 126 new waivers on Friday, bringing the total to 1,040 organizations that have been granted a one-year exemption from a new coverage requirement included in the healthcare reform law enacted almost a year ago. Waivers have become a hot-button issue for Republicans, eager to expose any vulnerabilities in the reform law.
(Heritage Foundation) Last week, when the National Center for Health Statistics released the latest results from the National Survey of Family Growth, The Washington Post reported that one finding “may surprise those bewailing a permissive and eros-soaked popular culture: More than one-quarter of people interviewed in their late teens and early 20s had never had sex.” Many conservatives do rightly criticize our current “eros-soaked popular culture.” But those conservatives who follow The Heritage Foundation also know that abstinence has been on the rise for some time now and that stable family relationships have a strong positive impact on teen sexual behavior.
Gay atheist warns of tyrannous new liberal morality oppressing Christians
(LifeSiteNews.com) - Last week’s ruling of the High Court in London banning pro-family Christian couples from fostering children has even self-described “gay” atheists concerned. The justices ruled that it was appropriate to ban a Christian couple from fostering children since they refused to present homosexual sex as positive.
David Starkey, a renowned historian and UK media personality, was discussing the ruling on BBC television yesterday. Starkey said: “I am gay and I am atheist but I have profound doubts about this case. It seems to me that what we are doing is producing a tyrannous new morality that is every bit as oppressive as the old.”
Clashes Pit Parents vs. Gay-Friendly Curriculums in Schools
(New York Times) The San Francisco Unified School District has what some consider the most gay-friendly curriculum in the country, publishing general guidelines to help teachers teach words like “gay” and “heterosexual,” beginning in kindergarten. But beyond the general guidelines, there can often be distinctly different approaches from school to school.
Jenn Bowman, a world history teacher at Mission High School, said colleagues at her former school, Roosevelt Middle School, questioned whether it was appropriate for her to let her students know she is gay.
The atmosphere is altogether different at Mission High, Ms. Bowman said, where Gay Pride Month is celebrated exuberantly with schoolwide assemblies. There is a large drag show each year, in which the principal is usually the star.
Foster parent ban: `no place` in the law for Christianity, UK
(The Telegraph) There is no place in British law for Christian beliefs, despite this country’s long history of religious observance and the traditions of the established Church, two High Court judges said on Monday.
Lord Justice Munby and Mr Justice Beatson made the remarks when ruling on the case of a Christian couple who were told that they could not be foster carers because of their view that homosexuality is wrong.
The judges underlined that, in the case of fostering arrangements at least, the right of homosexuals to equality “should take precedence” over the right of Christians to manifest their beliefs and moral values.
(Advocates for Faith and Freedom) Just last week, on February 25th, Advocates filed a new motion to intervene in the Prop 8 case defending marriage as between one man and one woman. As you may recall, the courts have not agreed to allow our client, the County of Imperial, to defend Proposition 8 even though no other governmental official or agency is willing to defend the law that was passed by the voters. We had brought an appeal to the Ninth Circuit on behalf of the County Board and a deputy city clerk from Imperial County, but the Court denied this intervention and left open the question of whether an elected county clerk rather than just a non-elected deputy county clerk would have sufficient standing.
Well, we now have a county clerk who was recently elected and is willing to defend the voter-backed Prop 8. Chuck Storey took over the position of County Clerk on January 3, the day before the Ninth Circuit last ruled against us. When he learned of the ruling from the Ninth Circuit, he contacted us and stated that he was willing to step-in as the new elected County Clerk and assist us in this litigation.
Please pray that this will finally be the government official who can and will defend marriage and the rights of the voters in California! And, please keep Advocates in your prayers as we proceed with this motion in the Ninth Circuit.
Meanwhile, we await a decision from the California Supreme Court with regard to whether it believes the official Proposition 8 campaign has sufficient standing to defend the law.
March 04, 2011
Harry Reid Won’t Say If He’d Shut Down Government to Save Federal Funding for Planned Parenthood
(CNSNews) Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.) would not say today whether he would be willing to shut down the government to stop a continuing resolution that included language that prohibited federal funding of Planned Parenthood for the rest of this fiscal year.
A continuing resolution that would have funded the government for the rest of the fiscal year that passed the House on Feb. 19 did include an amendment sponsored by Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) that would have prohibited federal funding of Planned Parenthood.
Reid never took up that bill in the Senate, however, and on Wednesday, the Senate approved a short-term CR that will fund the government for only two weeks. That short-term CR does not include the Pence amendment prohibiting Planned Parenthood funding.
(WorldNetDaily) U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., has proposed a bill that would reverse a ban on incandescent light bulbs scheduled to take effect next year unless it can be shown that the replacementproducts – compact fluorescents – don`t offer a risk to consumers.
‘I am ready to die’ says assassinated Pakistani Christian official in pre-death interview
(LifeSiteNews) Pakistan’s only Christian government minister, who was assassinated by Islamic extremists yesterday, discussed his possible demise and offered his sufferings for the protection of the nation’s Christians and other religious minorities, in a video interview before his death.
Shahbaz Bhatti, a Catholic and Pakistan’s Minister for Minorities, was speaking at the end of an interview at an unspecified date before his murder, when he was asked: “Your life is threatened. By whom? And what sorts of threats are you receiving?”
“The forces of violence, militant band organizations, the Taliban, and Al Qaida. They want to impose their radical philosophy in Pakistan. And whoever stands against their radical philosophy, they threaten them,” Bhatti answered. “When I’m leading this campaign against the Sharia laws, for the abolishment of the blasphemy law, and speaking for the oppressed and marginalized persecuted Christians and other minorities, these Taliban threaten me.”
Conservative Group: Did Obama Justice Dept. Collaborate With Those Trying to Overturn California’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban?
(CNSNews) A conservative advocacy group wants to know if the U.S. Justice Department had any behind-the-scenes correspondence or communication with various law firms and/or groups that are suing California over its voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.
The Family Research Council has filed a freedom of information act (FOIA) request with the Justice Department, seeking any and all communications between Justice Department officials and various law firms or liberal advocacy groups that oppose, or are involved in the legal fight against either California’s Proposition 8 or the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
(OneNewsNow) State lawmakers in Ohio are considering the "Heartbeat Bill," which would prohibit aborting of babies who have a detectable heartbeat, which is medically evident as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. Janet Porter of Faith2Action, who is regarded as the architect of the bill, explains the unique testimony that committee members heard on Wednesday -- from the womb.