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October 25, 2011

Connecticut High School Lets Kids Opt Out of Gay Play

When the administrators of Hartford Public High School in Connecticut didn’t notify parents about a controversial play their kids would be shown at school on Oct. 14, the story made headlines nationwide. But it was the response of concerned parents that made the school change its mind about doing so again.

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October 24, 2011

Islamic Extremists in Somalia Behead 17-Year-Old Christian

NAIROBI, Kenya – Militants from the Islamic extremist al Shabaab beheaded a 17-year-old Somali Christian near Mogadishu last month, a journalist in the Somali capital told Compass. The militants, who have vowed to rid Somalia of Christianity, killed Guled Jama Muktar on Sept. 25 in his home near Deynile, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Mogadishu. The Islamic extremist group had been monitoring his family since the Christians arrived in Somalia from Kenya in 2008, said the source in Mogadishu, who requested anonymity.

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October 24, 2011

Let the hearings begin

Planned Parenthood of Kansas goes to court today to face its 107 criminal charges and for officials to determine whether the abortion giant will proceed to trial. At the request of Operation Rescue in 2003, former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline launched an extensive probe of the clinic that resulted in the criminal complaints and the largest criminal case in history to be brought against the abortion giant. Operation Rescue president Troy Newman is hopeful the trial will produce convictions and that Planned Parenthood will lose both its tax-exempt status and its federal funding.

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October 24, 2011

Nat’l policies restricting religious speech revoked

Veterans at the Houston National Cemetery are celebrating a national victory for religious freedom and expression. Federal District Judge Lynn N. Hughes has signed a consent decree ordering the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to stop banning prayer and the word "God" at national cemeteries, to revoke national policies hostile to religion, and to reopen the vhapel at the Houston National Cemetery.

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October 24, 2011

Study: Marriage and Childbearing Impact Economy

An international study, titled “The Sustainable Demographic Dividend,? shows why getting married, staying married and having kids helps society. Coauthor Brad Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project, explains.

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October 21, 2011

Ask a (former) atheist

Psychology professor Rich Suplita used to sit in the University of Georgia's Tate Plaza holding a handmade sign that read "Ask an atheist" any time a preacher came to campus to share the gospel. As the faculty sponsor of the school's atheist club, he was adept at explaining how to tackle the issues of life without God. "Essentially what I was trying to do was offer an atheistic apologetic of how you can explain whatever happens to be true through the lens of atheism, and I think I was pretty good at that," Suplita said during a recent interview.

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October 21, 2011

Russia Parliament Adopts Law Restricting Abortions

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's parliament has adopted a law limiting abortions, but rejected even tougher restrictions backed by the country's Orthodox Church. Health officials say Russia's abortion rates are among the world's highest and contribute to a steep population decline.

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October 21, 2011

‘Moment of Silence’ Allowed After Court Rejects Atheist Lawsuit

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an atheist lawsuit whose objective was to prohibit Illinois students from observing a “moment of silence? at the beginning of the school day. Buffalo Grove High School student Dawn Sherman, the daughter of well-known atheist Rob Sherman, brought the lawsuit saying that the mandatory “moment of silence? interfered with her schoolwork and learning opportunities.

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October 21, 2011

Girls Watching Reality TV Have Distorted View of Real Life?

A recent study finds that girls who watch reality TV shows on a regular basis have a sharply different and often unrealistic view of human behavior more so than their peers who do not watch similar programs. The finding should alarm parents, said an expert on media and modern culture. The recently released Girls Scouts Research Institute survey of more than 1,100 girls showed that the dramatic difference was between their expectations of peer relationships, overall self-image, and their understanding of how the world works.

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October 21, 2011

Adult stem cells help kidney transplants

Adult stem-cell therapy may allow kidney transplant patients to dispense with anti-rejection drugs. Adult stem-cell therapy using the kidney donor’s stem cells may help kidney transplant patients to get off of anti-rejection drugs. These immuno suppressive drugs make the patient more receptive to infections, making even the common cold potentially dangerous for them. They also may have other side effects of high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer.

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October 21, 2011

Where public stands on abortion protocol

A national poll recently conducted and released by Angus Reid Public Opinion shows that only 21 percent of people believe abortion ought to be legal in all cases. The poll tracks closely with others from the last three decades, and Derrick Jones of the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) tells OneNewsNow the results are similar with what Gallup found earlier this year, "that people really are rejecting the idea of abortion for any reason throughout the entire pregnancy. It also shows that until we get to a point that we can welcome the unborn child in life and protect them in law, the American people are very supportive of laws that protect both mothers and their unborn children," he adds.

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October 21, 2011

Hate crimes—can Christians be victims?

Police are searching for the culprits who threw concrete bricks through the door and windows of a Christian facility in Illinois as it prepared for a banquet for a group dedicated to exposing the homosexual activist agenda. (See earlier story) Americans for Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH) founder Peter LaBarbera tells OneNewsNow police are investigating the incident on the basis of vandalism, even though he sees it as a hate crime. Though he is no fan of hate crime laws, LaBarbera wonders if some victims of hate are more important than others.

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October 19, 2011

Christians Speak Out Against Blocking Puberty, Letting Boy Choose His Gender

A lesbian couple in California has decided to give their 11-year-old son hormone blockers to prevent the onset of puberty, giving the boy time to decide whether or not he wants to switch his gender. Pauline Moreno and Debra Lobel say their son Tommy wants to be a girl, so they've started giving him Hormone Blocking Therapy. The boy began taking GnRH hormone inhibitors this summer and will continue to do so until he is 14 or 15 years old, when he can determine which gender he wants to be, FoxNews.com reports.

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October 19, 2011

Cross case going to SCOTUS

The saga of the Mt. Soledad memorial cross continuMount Soledad cross and flages, as plans now are to appeal the latest ruling against the cross to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Ninth Circuit has ruled that the Mt. Soledad memorial cross near San Diego -- which has been used to honor veterans for more than 56 years -- must be torn down.

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October 19, 2011

Senator trying to fix problem with religious freedom

State senator Kyle McCarter of Illinois has introduced a bill to clarify that the state isn't to discriminate against religious organizations that handle foster care contracts. Catholic Charities in Illinois is being driven out of business because the agency refuses to place foster care and adoptive children with unmarried and same-sex couples under the new Civil Union Act. According to Thomas More Society spokesman Tom Ciesielka, the problem began last year when an amendment was omitted from the measure that was passed.

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October 19, 2011

High court clear on historic religious references

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing a Rhode Island school over a mural that contains a prayer written to commemorate the school's opening 50 years ago. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of an atheist student. (See earlier story) The mural, a gift from the school's first graduating class, is among 15 other gifts on display in Cranston High School West. But attorney Lori Windham of The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty says the Supreme Court has been clear on the subject of historic religious references.

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October 19, 2011

Planned Parenthood Loses Memphis Contract

On Monday, the Shelby County Commission voted 9-4 to award Christ Community Health Services a $397,000 family planning contract that previously had been spent on Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region. As a result, Planned Parenthood is no longer receiving any federal Title X grant money from any county in the entire state of Tennessee — and that’s without a law being passed.

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October 13, 2011

Denied Veterans Benefits Over Same-Sex Marriage, Ex-Sailor Challenges Law

In what experts say is the first case of its kind, a disabled Navy veteran from Connecticut is challenging the constitutionality of two federal laws that define marriage as being between opposite-sex partners, saying the government denied her veterans benefits because she is married to a woman. The former sailor, Carmen Cardona of Norwich, married her partner in Connecticut last year. But when she applied for an increase in her monthly disability compensation because she was newly married, the Department of Veterans Affairs regional office in Hartford rejected her application, citing a federal statute that defines a spouse as “a person of the opposite sex.?

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October 13, 2011

Catholic Charities withdraws from state funding

A social service agency in Peoria, Illinois, is withdrawing from state-funded contracts that would require them to place children with same-sex couples. After months of resisting the state law which forces them to place children with unmarried and same-sex couples, Catholic Charities of Peoria says they are withdrawing from all state-funded contracts. Without any state funding, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria will have to rely on private funding from now on.

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October 13, 2011

Convincing images, sounds of life on Capitol Hill

Voices from the womb are being heard in Washington, DC, today -- and members of Congress have an open invitation to come listen. The Voices from the Womb campaign begins in the U.S. Capitol's Congressional Auditorium, where preborn children will communicate their "human-ness" to their elected officials. Brandi Swindell of Stanton Healthcare in Boise, Idaho, tells OneNewsNow it will happen through ultrasound imaging.

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