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Archive for July, 2011

-Atheists Sue Over Gov. Perry’s Prayer Event

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

                   (Gov. Perry by eschipul via Flickr) The Freedom from Religion Foundation filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday seeking to stop an evangelical Christian prayer event endorsed by Texas governor Rick Perry. The group argues that the day of prayer and fasting scheduled for August 6 violates the constitutional ban on the government endorsing a […]

-NBC Apologizes to Congress for ‘Under God’ Slight

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

  (Getty Images via @daylife) WASHINGTON–NBC has issued a formal apology to more than 100 members of Congress for omitting the words "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance during a patriotic montage that aired last month. The letter by Kyle McSlarrow, president of NBC Universal, was issued in response to a petition by sent […]

-Gay Marriage: A Shift in Public Opinion?

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

     (Getty Images via @daylife) Recently New York legislators voted to legalize gay marriage in the state of New York. In the process several New York state senators changed their earlier no votes to yes. Many are saying that the New York vote demonstrates a new trend and shift in public opinion when it comes […]

-Iranian Pastor to be Executed for ‘Apostasy’?

Friday, July 8th, 2011

The Supreme Court of Iran rejected an appeal by an Iranian pastor convicted of apostasy so a death sentence may still remain in force. In 2009, Pastor Youcef Nardarkhani, a leader in the Full Gospel "Church of Iran" was arrested and imprisoned after protesting a government requirement that his son study the Koran. He was […]

-Messianic Jews Harassed and Persecuted in Israel?

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

                                                   (Image via Wikipedia) This is one of those continuing stories that get dismissed by not only the main stream media but also by Christian news outlets.  The fact is Ultra-Orthodox Jewish groups in Israel make a practice of harassing Messianic Christians in Israel. Here is one story of Christian visitors to Israel being chased […]

-Should the USA Support Homosexual Rights in Pakistan?

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

                     (Map by Omer Wazir via Flickr) Recently (June 26) the American embassy in Islamabad,  Pakistan hosted a meeting, attended by more than 75 people, that was meant to show support for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) folks in Pakistan. At the time U.S. deputy ambassador, Richard Hoagland stated: “I want […]