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June 30, 2011

Five Impacts of the New York Same-Sex Marriage Vote

The New York legislature’s June 24 vote to redefine the family and recognize homosexual marriage will have a number of short-term and long-term impacts within and well beyond the Empire State.[1] The vote does not signal an end to the now two-decade fight over the meaning of marriage. A new phase—not an endgame—has begun. Here are five key impacts whose full import will unfold in the coming months.

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June 28, 2011

Compromise on Pledge of Allegiance in Oregon Town Has Some Seeing Red Read more: http://www.foxnews

An Oregon town's City Council voted down a proposal to say the Pledge of Allegiance before every council meeting, but later passed a compromise that seemed to make no one happy. The approved measure allows the pledge to be recited at just four Eugene City Council meetings a year, those closest to the Fourth of July, Veterans Day, Memorial Day and Flag Day. It was supposed to be simple, but Councilman Mike Clark soon found out when you’re dealing with God and country, nothing in Eugene is easy.

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June 28, 2011

Miss USA—only liberals need apply?

Another controversy is brewing over the Miss USA Competition and it has to do with political correctness. Two years ago Miss California Carrie Prejean, the runner-up in the national contest, claimed she did not win the competition because she affirmed traditional marriage when asked by a judge about same-sex "marriage."

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June 28, 2011

Billionaire George Soros Trying To Stack the Courts, Critics Say

Billionaire George Soros spends tens of millions each year supporting a range of liberal social and political causes, from drug legalization to immigration reform to gay marriage to abolishing the death penalty. But a less well-known Soros priority -- replacing elections for judges with selection-by-committee -- now has critics accusing him of trying to stack the courts.

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June 28, 2011

New York Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage — At a High Price

After weeks of intense behind-the-scenes negotiations, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law late Friday a bill that legalizes same-sex marriage. New York tabloids and gay activists called the vote “historic? and a galvanizing step toward “recharging (the) gay-rights movement.? The law, which goes into effect July 25, makes it the sixth and most populous state to legalize same-sex marriage.

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June 28, 2011

Senate sanctioning ‘sodomy’?

A Pentagon advisor and military analyst says the Democratic-controlled Senate is trying to pass an amendment that would decriminalize homosexual acts in the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). The Senate Armed Services Committee recently completed its markup of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2012, authorizing funding for the Department of Defense and the national security programs for the Department of Energy. But besides the usual items dealing with procurement of weapons and funding of service members' benefits, the NDAA includes language to remove homosexual acts as a longstanding violation of the UCMJ.

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June 28, 2011

Maryland Adds Environmental Literacy in High Schools

Maryland is the first state in the country to impose a new requirement to graduate from high school -- something called environmental literacy. But what is that? That is the question State Senator J. B. Jennings is asking. "What kind of education is it going to be?? he asks. “Is it going to be fact-based? Or is it going to be theory-based, which is usually politically, theory driven. And you can think, it's going to be about global warming or climate change." Sarah Bodor of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation supports the initiative and says there is no mandate.

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June 26, 2011

Mohler addresses his ‘homophobia’ remark

A Southern Baptist seminary president has reaffirmed confusing and controversial comments he made earlier when he called for his fellow Baptists to repent of a "form of homophobia." Albert Mohler, Jr.Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president Rev. Albert Mohler, Jr. stated last week that evangelicals need to repent of their treatment of homosexuals. The prominent Christian leader made his controversial remarks during the just completed Southern Baptist Convention in Phoenix. He has since reaffirmed his comments in an interview with Baptist Press.

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June 26, 2011

Liberal Groups Push President to Rescind Religious Hiring Rights

A “who’s who? of Leftist, humanist, abortion and gay organizations submitted a stern letter to President Obama on Tuesday, demanding that he rescind part of the 2002 Executive Order protecting religious hiring rights. More specifically, the coalition wants Obama to prohibit contractors who do business with the government from using religious-based hiring criteria. The letter, signed by 52 organizations, comes days before the 70th anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Executive Order that barred discrimination by federal contractors. His directive was then codified into law in Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prohibited employers from hiring and firing based on religious beliefs. In 1972, it was slightly amended to exempt churches and religious associations.

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June 22, 2011

Lead on the ‘life issue’—don’t just check the box

As part of the 2012 presidential campaign, Susan B. Anthony List continues to look for candidates to sign a pro-life pledge. At the recent Republican Leadership Conference, five contenders signed the Pro-Life Presidential Leadership Pledge: Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty, and Rick Santorum. Three presidential hopefuls -- Herman Cain, Mitt Romney, and Gary Johnson (who was not at the conference) -- did not. Susan B. Anthony List projects director Marilyn Musgrave tells OneNewsNow the pledge is a bare minimum of what the organization would expect.

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June 22, 2011

Police arrests Shouwang Church members, talks theology with them

Beijing (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Police arrested 15 more Christians from the Shouwang House Church (16 other sources say) who tried to gather last Sunday in Beijing’s Zhongguancun Square to pray together. Members of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM) visited police stations to "educate" and "admonish" them as well as urge them to join the Communist Party’s official Church. Two of those arrested were held in protective custody whilst the rest were sent to ten different police stations; most were released after a few hours.

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June 22, 2011

Divorce Loses its Appeal

Divorce is no longer “cool.? That’s the message of a New York Times article published today, “How Divorce Lost Its Groove.? “The shift in attitudes and behavior is very real,? Andrew Cherlin, a sociology professor at Johns Hopkins University, told The Times. “Among upper-middle-class Americans, the divorce rate is going down, and they’re becoming more conservative toward divorce.?

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June 22, 2011

New York Atheists Angry Over ‘Heaven’ Street Sign Honoring Sept. 11 Victims

A group of New York City atheists is demanding that the city remove a street sign honoring seven firefighters killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks because they say the sign violates the separation of church and state. The street, “Seven in Heaven Way,? was officially dedicated last weekend in Brooklyn outside the firehouse where the firefighters once served. The ceremony was attended by dozens of firefighters, city leaders and widows of the fallen men.

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June 22, 2011

Hell, Heaven, and Progressive Catholics

With another presidential election looming, it won’t be long before many self-described progressive Catholics start issuing countless statements about numerous policy issues. Though many such Catholics sit rather loosely with Catholic teaching on questions like life and marriage, their “relaxed? position on such issues is belied by their stridency on, for instance, economic matters. Woe betide he who suggests welfare cuts can sometimes be a legitimate policy option, for thou art anathema. This absolutizing of what the Church teaches on what are usually prudential-judgment issues is often traced to the political theologies that emerged in 1960s West Germany, before (to everyone’s detriment) being exported to Latin America.

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June 22, 2011

Planned Parenthood of Indiana is Desperate for Taxpayer Money

Planned Parenthood of Indiana has begun turning away patients with Medicaid health insurance, claiming it can’t afford to treat them anymore. The affiliate of the nation’s largest abortion business says it is facing a financial crisis six weeks after a new law pulled government funding from “any entity that performs abortions or maintains or operates a facility where abortions are performed.? Planned Parenthood has been pleading with U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt to block the law; a ruling is expected before July 1. There’s an easier solution, according to Gov. Mitch Daniels. “Any organization affected by this provision can resume receiving taxpayer dollars immediately by ceasing or separating its operations that perform abortions,? he said recently. Daniels reassured women that health services are available at other clinics throughout the state.

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June 20, 2011

Beyond Human?

Where are the Christians when this kind of stuff is being discussed? There is an unquenchable human desire, not merely to have more, but to be more. Throughout history human beings have wanted to be freer, wiser, more powerful, better known, more esteemed, younger, more beautiful, and so forth. We just can't seem to be content to be what we are. Something in us craves to be something more, something other than what we are. That sentiment is taking new shape in our technological age, in which certain thinkers are beginning to consider the possibilities for, as they put it, "changing human nature."

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June 20, 2011

Jesus and Basketball: Does God Take Sides?

This offseason, NBA players across the country might feel pressured to add a different kind of skill to their repertoire. Along with jump shots, outlet passes, and free throws, some might start working on a robust prayer life and a stronger faith in God, in hopes of getting a supernatural boost. Throughout the recent NBA championship, in which the Dallas Mavericks upended the Heat's "big three," the Mavericks' Jason Terry was vocal about his faith, even suggesting that the team's strong faith in God contributed to their victory. After the final game, Terry tweeted, "We played hard and prayed harder its all jesus . . ." For his part, Terry backed up his faith with a championship trophy tattooed on his bicep—even before the series began.

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June 20, 2011

San Francisco Considers Ban on Goldfish as Pets to Prevent Their ‘Inhumane Suffering’

The San Francisco Animal Control and Welfare Commission wants to take away your goldfish, proposing a bill that would also include a renewed ban on pets like puppies, kittens and hamsters. The proposed ban is meant to discourage “impulse buys? of pets that sometimes end up at shelters, said commission member Philip Gerrie. He said goldfish, guppies and other tropical fish were added to the proposed ban because of what he called the “inhumane suffering of fish? and the way the fish are harvested.

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June 20, 2011

Humility, not Hubris

Jesus came humbly among us. Let us go humbly into the world. Spiritual Practice But in this and many similar matters nothing else is granted to our knowledge except to proclaim the power and greatness of the Creator who has disposed everything in number, weight and measure, and in the mean time to say with the illustrious teacher of the nations: we know in part and we prophesy in part; but when what is perfect comes, then I will know just as I am known. - Anonymous, Liber de Ordine Creaturarum (Irish, 7th century) Also, he has put eternity into man's heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. - Ecclesiastes 3.11

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June 20, 2011

A June Surprise? President Obama and Same-Sex Marriage

Is President Obama about to endorse same-sex marriage? The possibility was the subject of open speculation on the front page of Sunday’s edition of The New York Times. Reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg quoted an unnamed Democratic strategist close to the White House, who said that the President’s advisers are considering the political costs, if any, of such an action. When President Obama ran for office in 2008, he stated that he was opposed to same-sex marriage, but he ran as an ardent supporter of the homosexual community. This week, he will host a $1,230-a-plate “Gala for the Gay Community? in New York City. Stolberg also reports that the President will host a gay pride reception at the White House on June 29. The issue of same-sex marriage will inevitably be discussed, especially given the fact that the New York legislature may be poised to legalize same-sex marriage as early as this week.

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