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Archive for March, 2009

-Should Condoms be Handed Out in Church?

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Should condoms be handed out in church? Executives in the UCC (United Church of Christ) denomination think so! Here is a link to the full UCC press statement on the issue. The UCC’s executive for Health and Wellness Advocacy concludes that it is a: “‘moral responsibility’ (for) people of faith make condoms available because we […]

-Turkey: Muslim Women Pressured to Commit ‘Honor Suicides’?

Monday, March 30th, 2009

(-Turkey via Wikipedia) Authorities in Turkey have been cracking down on ‘honor killings’ in the country. The campaign has resulted in an unintended consequence. Muslim women are now being pressured into committing ‘honor suicides’ at an increasing rate. In 2005 the nation’s penal code was changed to require a mandatory life sentence for honor killers. […]

-UN Supports Measure to Stop Criticism of Islam

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

News Report:  GENEVA  — The U.N.’s top human-rights body approved a proposal by Muslims nations Thursday urging passage of laws around the world to protect religion from criticism. The resolution initiated and supported by Muslim nations, calls for member states to provide legal protection against the “defamation of religions and incitement to religious hatred in […]

-Mexico Destroys 30 Chapels Dedicated to ‘Saint Death’

Friday, March 27th, 2009

(-Saint Death -‘Santa Muerte’ via Wikipedia)  Report: “Mexico City – Mexican federal authorities used bulldozers to bring down more than 30 chapels devoted to “Saint Death” – a figure that is worshipped by drug traffickers – in the northern city of Nuevo Laredo, the daily Reforma reported Wednesday.” ‘Saint Death’ – Santa Muerte is similar […]

-Abortion Pride?

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

            A so-called ‘Bioethicist’, Jacob Appel, wants to take pride to where it has never gone before– a new abortion movement: “the moment is ripe—more than ripe—for an Abortion Pride Movement.” Appel believes that women who have had abortions should be able to take public pride in their ‘right’ choices. […]

-Sri Lanka: Bishops call for Prayer and Fasting over Religious Freedom

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

The Catholic Bishops of Sri Lanka (CBCSL) are calling for national day of prayer and fasting on April 3  in opposition to an anti-conversion law coming up for vote in the country’s parliament. The bill is targeting the Christian community which is growing significantly. The bill entitled, “Prohibition of Forcible Conversions,” calls for fines of […]

-Vermont: ‘Gay Marriage’ Bill on Fast Track

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

(-Vermont Senate Chamber via Wikipedia) On Monday (3/23/09) the Vermont Senate overwhelmingly passed the so-called ‘gay marriage’ bill with a veto proof margin on the second reading. A third reading and vote is scheduled for today. Meanwhile, the state House is also prepared to pass the bill but not by as large a margin. Gov. […]

-Bulgaria: Radical Islam on the March

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

(-Map via Wikipedia) According to Bulgaria’s leader of the opposition, Yane Yanev MP, has spoken out against on-going forced radical Islamization of villages in the southern part of the country. He visited a number of villages in the south of Bulgaria last week and met concerned teachers and parents who gave evidence of Islamic fundamentalism […]

-Political Leaders Must ‘do God’ to Understand 21st Century World

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

(-Image via Wikipedia) Former PM Tony Blair was famous for being reticent about discussing his own religious faith while in office and once told his head of communications Alastair Campbell: “We don’t do God”. However, the 21st century has brought a number of major changes to the world scene. Last century godless political ideology dominated […]

-Gay Marriage–Now it’s in the Dictionary!

Friday, March 20th, 2009

While gay activists are fighting to have same-sex marriages recognized in the states and the whole country and Christians are countering with support for traditional marriage between a man and a woman, apparently the war is already over and the homosexuals have won on at least one front–the dictionary. For years marriage has been defined […]