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October 27, 2011

Kermit Gosnell Employees Will Plead Guilty in Abortion Case

Two staff members at the grisly abortion business in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will plead guilty over their roles in the botched abortion deaths and the abortion-infanticides of dozens of unborn children that took place at the clinic. Gosnell, his wife, and staff members face various charges — including eight charges for killing a patient in a botched abortion and killing unborn children in the brutal infanticides that saw him stick medical scissors into the backs of unborn children purposefully induced prematurely so he could “snip? their spinal cords and take their lives.

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October 27, 2011

State Dept. Failing Religious Minorities Abroad, Experts Say

WASHINGTON – A panel of experts at an event sponsored by the Family Research Council Wednesday argued that the State Department has been failing to advance religious freedom abroad. Five speakers – Elyse Anderson, Ann Buwalda, Dr. Thomas Farr, Emmanuel Ogebe, and Tina Ramirez – addressed the issue of international religious freedom at the event, titled “International Religious Persecution: Why U.S. Policy Matters More Than Ever."

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October 27, 2011

Divine intervention Bibi’s only hope

A Christian woman convicted of "blasphemy" in Pakistan still faces the death penalty as she remains imprisoned (see earlier story). But according to her husband, she is still trusting in God. Asia Bibi received the death penalty on "trumped up" charges of blasphemy against the Muslim prophet Mohammed. Jonathan Racho of International Christian Concern (ICC) recently received information from Bibi's husband, Ashiq Masih, who has visited his wife in prison. "Asia Bibi is weak and frail, but he continued and said that she's in high spirits," Racho reports.

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October 27, 2011

Battling (still) for equal access on campus

An Oklahoma school district has revoked the license of a Christian club for students and is discouraging the club from promoting itself anywhere else. The Owasso Public Schools revoked the ability of the Kids for Christ club to promote its events. At the same time, other groups and businesses were allowed to distribute flyers, signs, and announcements. Matt Sharp, litigation staff counsel for Alliance Defense Fund, is helping defend the Christian club.

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October 27, 2011

ADF: Florida Teachers Can Pray

A Jacksonville, Fla., elementary school principal came under fire from the Freedom From Religion Foundation recently, when he wrote in a newsletter to teachers that they could pray together at the school flagpole once a week before classes begin. “Our prayer around the school’s flagpole event is to pray for the nation, for each other, and for the school,? Clay Hill Elementary School Principal Larry Davis wrote.

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October 27, 2011

Senate Committee to Consider DOMA Repeal Next Week

On Nov. 3, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to begin debate on a bill that would effectively repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), opening the gate to same-sex marriage nationwide. “It will be an end run around all the states that have decided to protect marriage,? said CitizenLink Federal Issues Analyst Ashley Horne.

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October 26, 2011

Push for ‘Personhood’ Amendment Represents New Tack in Abortion Fight

A constitutional amendment facing voters in Mississippi on Nov. 8, and similar initiatives brewing in half a dozen other states including Florida and Ohio, would declare a fertilized human egg to be a legal person, effectively branding abortion and some forms of birth control as murder. With this far-reaching anti-abortion strategy, the proponents of what they call personhood amendments hope to reshape the national debate.

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October 26, 2011

Shredded evidence:Sebelius-directed Kansas agency destroyed key records in a criminal case

A Kansas district judge Monday postponed a pre-trial hearing in the state’s criminal case against Planned Parenthood after prosecutors revealed in court filings that Kansas health officials shredded documents related to felony charges the abortion giant faces. In 2005, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment was under the direction of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a pro-abortion Democrat who now serves as secretary of Health and Human Services in the Obama administration.

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October 26, 2011

Shareholder Resolution Filed to Prevent PepsiCo From Using Aborted Fetal Cells

Children of God for Life, a nonprofit pro-life organization, announced on Tuesday that it filed a shareholder resolution last week calling on PepsiCo to stop using an aborted fetal cell line in its research and development activities. The resolution, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the company, seeks to prevent the HEK-293 (human embryonic kidney) cell line from being used to develop flavor enhancers for its beverages.

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October 26, 2011

Eritrea: 3 More Christians Die Inside Military Prisons; Toll Now at 21

Three more Christians imprisoned for practicing their faith have died while inside military prison camps in western Eritrea, said officials from an international persecution watchdog group. The number of believers in Christ now dying in the country while serving time in prison for their belief totals 21, said officials at Open Doors USA.

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October 26, 2011

‘Militant atheism’ at it again

An atheist and local advocate for the separation of church and state has sued San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro over the invocations he allows at city council meetings. Patrick Greene, who is representing himself, claims the mayor is violating a state law that prohibits using government buildings for sectarian purposes. Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel suspects that is because most of the prayers are made in the name of Jesus.

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October 26, 2011

No condemnation for vandalism by ‘gay’ activists

A Chicago-based homosexual activist group says it won't condemn a vandalism attack against a Christian academy and pro-family group. On October 15, homosexual activists, who later took credit for the attack, threw concrete bricks through the door and windows of the Christian Liberty Academy in suburban Chicago (see earlier story). The site was chosen for the attack because it hosted a fundraising banquet for Americans for Truth About Homosexuality.

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October 26, 2011

NYC Defends Graphic Middle School Sex Ed

At a news conference Monday, New York City parents and a few elected officials protested a graphic new sex education curriculum that’s being proposed for middle and high school students. Parents say they need to be allowed to opt their children out of more than just sections dealing with contraception. State law mandates that sex education be taught in all schools next year — but the proposed curriculum sends students to a website featuring details on extreme aspects of sexual behavior, such as bestiality and fetishism. Children are given homework assignments asking them to plan a route from school to a clinic providing birth control and disease testing, while writing down its confidentiality policy.

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October 26, 2011

New Hampshire Committee Recommends Marriage Bill

The New Hampshire House Judiciary Committee voted 11-6 along party lines today to send a bill restoring the definition of “marriage? as the union of one man and one woman to the full House after Christmas. The bill — HB 437, sponsored by Rep. David Bates — would also expand the state’s civil-union law to any two unmarried adults, even if they’re related.

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October 25, 2011

SeaWorld accused of enslaving orcas

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A federal court is being asked to grant constitutional rights to five killer whales who perform at marine parks - an unprecedented and perhaps quixotic legal action that is nonetheless likely to stoke an ongoing, intense debate at America's law schools over expansion of animal rights. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is accusing the SeaWorld parks of keeping five star-performer whales in conditions that violate the 13th Amendment ban on slavery. SeaWorld depicted the suit as baseless.

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October 25, 2011

Christian Gets Pay Cut for Posting Gay Marriage Stance on Facebook

A housing manager in Manchester, England, was demoted by the organization he works for after sharing his beliefs against gay marriage in a post on his personal Facebook page. Related Adrian Smith, a 54-year-old Christian man, is now suing the Trafford Housing Trust, saying his free speech rights have been violated and the punishment was inappropriate, according to Daily Mail. Following a disciplinary hearing, Smith was demoted from his position as a housing manager and his salary was reduced from £35,000 (about $60,000 USD) per year to £21,000 (about $34,000 USD).

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October 25, 2011

Barnabas Aid Not Spreading Islamophobia in UK, Says Director

Leaders of a support organization for persecuted Christians are relieved that the group has been exonerated by the United Kingdom’s Charity Commission after being accused of campaigning against Muslims in Britain. Barnabas Aid has been exonerated by the U.K. commission, which regulates charities in England and Wales, from any wrongdoing in passing out one of the group’s Operation Nehemiah booklets, Slippery Slope.

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October 25, 2011

School to allow invites to all events

A federal court has decided that a Pennsylvania elementary student will now be allowed to distribute invitations to church Christmas parties. A fifth-grader in the Pocono Mountain School District was told last December she could not hand out invitations to her church's Christmas party, even during non-instructional time. The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) represented the student.

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October 25, 2011

Church-state debate on the slopes

Atheists want a statue of Jesus removed from a remote area of U.S. Forest Service property in Montana -- because of the remote chance someone might be offended by it. Jesus statue in Montana forestThe statue has stood on a 25-by-25-foot parcel of land leased to the Knights of Columbus since 1953. But because of a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the Forest Service has not renewed the lease.

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October 25, 2011

Preventable life-ending decisions made ‘all the time’

An organization purposed to save the lives of people in nursing homes or hospitals where doctors or families want to pull the plug says some people are condemned to die when they really just need a chance to live. Terri's Life and Hope Network was formed after the death of Terri Schindler Schiavo, a Florida woman who suffered brain damage after a heart attack. After a lengthy court battle, food and hydration tubes were removed by court order, and she died in March 2005. (See earlier story)

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