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November 30, 2011

WH: Obama Undecided on Whether to Impose Regulation Forcing Catholics to Act Against Their Faith

(CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama has not yet decided whether to go forward with a proposed regulation under the health care law he signed last year that would force Catholic individuals and instutions to act against the teachings of the Catholic church. In August, Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius proposed a regulation--that would take affect next fall--that would require all health care plans to cover sterilizations and all FDA-approved contraceptives, including abortifacients. The proposed regulation includes a very narrow religious exemption that does not cover individual Catholics, or Catholic universities, hospitals or charitable institutions.

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November 30, 2011

Ga. counseling student in court over view on ‘gays’

ATLANTA - A graduate school counseling student is asking a federal appeals court to block Augusta State University from expelling her because she believes homosexual behavior is an immoral choice. Jennifer Keeton, who said she's a devout Christian "committed to the truth of the Bible," enrolled in the Georgia school's counselor education program in fall 2009 and soon began discussing her views.

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November 30, 2011

Facebook, Google, Apple Censoring Religious Speech?

WASHINGTON – The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) group sounded the alarm Thursday about new media outlets such as Facebook, Google and Apple, which they say have written policies that violate the fundamental rules of free expression, particularly concerning religious free speech. The NRB released a report at the National Press Club Thursday analyzing the various content policies of social networking websites. What they found was disturbing: new media platforms Facebook, Apple, Comcast, AT&T and Google have adopted policies to censor lawful viewpoints expressing Christian views or controversial ideas on “hot button issues.? Some platforms, such as Apple’s iTunes App Store and Google’s search engine, have already started to use those policies to remove orthodox Christian viewpoints considered “offensive? or too controversial.

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November 30, 2011

Christian Leaders: Politicians’ Affairs Are a Matter of Public Interest

Despite statements from Herman Cain’s lawyer that a person’s sexual life should not be questioned, Christian leaders contend that discerning voters do have an interest in and a right to know whether or not public officials are keeping their marriage vows. Family Policy Network Policy Analyst Alex Mason said character is what one does when no one is looking. The marriage covenant, Mason explained, is more sacred and important than any public office. A politician who is willing to break that covenant when no one is looking may not have the character for public office.

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November 30, 2011

Religious Freedom Under Fire in Burma

When Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton becomes the first U.S. government official in 50 years to visit Burma on Wednesday, she’ll have some information about religious restrictions in the country she’d be without if not for an independent agency that supplies it to her office. The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) wrote a letter to Clinton Monday, noting that for the last 12 years, the Burmese military has attacked Christian churches, and oppressed Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims as well.

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November 30, 2011

White House Adoption Panel Includes Focus on the Family

When the White House held a panel discussion on adoption Monday, it didn’t forget to include Focus on the Family. Kelly Rosati, vice president of Community Outreach, overseers the Wait No More campaign — an effort that encourages and helps Christian families adopt children from foster care.

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November 28, 2011

Christians Who Changed Their World

This is part of an ongoing series of articles about largely unknown Christians who had an enormous impact on society by faithfully living out their biblical worldview in various areas of life. The first set of articles focuses on education. Dark ages The 1300s were a devastating period in European history. Climate shifts were causing major disruptions to the weather, leading to large scale famine. Epidemic diseases were breaking out across Europe. The papacy had moved from Rome to Avignon, and a war had broken out between France and England that would last more than a century.

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November 28, 2011

Fairness and the ‘Occupy’ movement

The Occupy Wall Street movement has just passed its two-month anniversary. The protesters' calls for greater income redistribution and their denunciations of capitalism have become shriller, and the protests are becoming more violent and destructive. A major topic of debate in conservative circles these days is how to respond. There are two schools of thought. One advocates the firehoses-and-handcuffs approach. The other is to ignore the movement and hope it fades away.

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November 28, 2011

Secret Planned Parenthood Memo: Stop Maternity Coverage

Since becoming pregnant, I have learned a hard reality. I have private insurance because I am self employed. I knew that my insurance plan did not offer maternity coverage. I did not know that there are NO private insurance companies that provide maternity coverage. I thought that was strange, so I did a little digging. What I found out was shocking to me.

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November 28, 2011

Intelligent Design Think Tank Rallies Support for Fired NASA Employee

The Discovery Institute is asking supporters to contact NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab to stop discriminating against proponents of intelligent design. The appeal on Friday comes in the wake of a discrimination lawsuit, filed by longtime employee David Coppedge who was demoted and then fired after sharing pro-intelligent design videos with co-workers.

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November 28, 2011

City Drops Fines Against Bible Study Hosts

A California court case that drew national attention was settled late last week. The city of San Juan Capistrano agreed to pay back the $300 it had fined a couple hosting a popular Bible study in their home and amend a city ordinance requiring them to get a permit. Chuck and Stephanie Fromm’s weekly Bible study has been known to draw up to 50 people — which prompted an atheist neighbor to complain to the city this summer. The city, citing an ordinance requiring churches to obtain conditional use permits, fined the Fromms twice for refusing to get one.

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November 17, 2011

Brooklyn Museum Rejects Bishop’s Call to Pull Ants-on-Crucifix Video from Gay Art Exhibit

CNSNews.com) – The bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn told officials at the Brooklyn Museum that a video depicting Jesus Christ on a cross with ants crawling over him is “disrespectful? to Christians and requested that it be removed, but Bishop Nicholas DeMarzio is not making public the correspondence between him and the museum. The video, “A Fire in My Belly? by the late gay activist David Wojnarowicz, was pulled from a “gay erotic? exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. last year after CNSNews.com reported on it and Catholic groups and some members of Congress complained that the exhibit should be closed and that the video was offensive to Christians.

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November 17, 2011

Pivotal CA ‘gay marriage’ ban decision due Thursday

The California Supreme Court is poised to release a decision that could prove pivotal to the future of the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex "marriage." The court says it will file a written opinion Thursday morning clarifying whether the sponsors of ballot initiatives can defend their measures from legal challenges without the cooperation of the governor and attorney general.

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November 17, 2011

Atheists, Believers Debate: ‘Secular Bible’ Author Urges Choosing Own Morality

Two prominent atheists argued Tuesday night against a Christian apologist and a rabbi that the world would be a better place without religion during the Intelligence Squared U.S. event at New York University. British philosopher and professor A.C. Grayling, who is the author of The Good Book: A Secular Bible and more than 20 other books, teamed up with filmmaker Matthew Chapman, the great-great-grandson of Charles Darwin, to argue against religion.

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November 17, 2011

Leading Company Stops Stem Cell Project

In an effort to conserve money, Geron Corp., a California-based company known as a leader in the field of human embryonic stem cell research, announced this week that it’s laying off 38 percent of its workers and ceasing development of new stem cell programs. The company, which has been seeking partners or buyers for its stem cell division, met with little success because “people have said, ‘Show us later-stage results,’ ? WBB Securities President Steve Brozak told The Associated Press.

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November 17, 2011

Missouri Supreme Court OKs Stringent Adult Business Restrictions

A court battle over a state law banning nude dancing and semi-nude exhibitions in sexually oriented businesses (SOBs) in Missouri ended Tuesday with the state Supreme Court unanimously upholding the restrictions as constitutional. Under the law, bookstores, clubs and theaters offering semi-nude entertainment must be closed between midnight and 6 a.m., must have their dancers perform on elevated stages where customers can’t touch them — and in the most difficult provision to pass, can’t sell alcohol. The law also bans viewing movies in closed booths.

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November 16, 2011

Lawsuit: Same-sex ‘marriage’ legal by unlawful means

A judge is deliberating whether to overturn New York's homosexual "marriage" law because of the "strong-armed tactics" that were used to get it approved. Liberty Counsel filed suit to block the measure shortly after Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) signed it into law on June 24, 2011 (see earlier story). The government is asking the court to dismiss the challenge, but Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver suggests that based on the law, the judge ought to proceed with the case. He believes that will send "a shockwave down the spine" of those responsible for passing the law.

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November 16, 2011

Planned Parenthood throws in the towel

Planned Parenthood has ended its legal attack on Arizona's "Abortion Consent Act," which had been held up in court since signed into law in September 2009. The law, argued before the Arizona Court of Appeals in mid-June, prohibits non-physicians from performing surgical abortions and provides for women to be fully informed with accurate information on abortion including possible consequences 24 hours in advance. In addition, it protects health workers who object to participate on religious or ethical grounds and requires notarized parental consent for minors seeking abortions.

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November 16, 2011

Intelligent Design Debate Still Raging on Two Decades Later

The landmark book that made "intelligent design" into an anti-evolution battle cry turns 20-years-old next week. Phillip E. Johnson's Darwin on Trial has provoked extreme reactions ever since it first challenged Charles Darwin's theory of evolution in 1991. Now considered a classic defense of intelligent design, it's still stirring debate in the scientific community with its 20th anniversary edition.

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November 16, 2011

Massachusetts Moves Transgender Bill Forward

After being stalled for four years, the Massachusetts Joint Committee on the Judiciary voted today to pass a bill creating a special status for transgender people in housing, employment and “hate crimes.? The bill — H 3810 — does not include special considerations gender-confused people in public accommodations, such as bathrooms and locker rooms, but gay activists said in a news release that will be the next step, should it eventually receive the governor’s signature. At press time, the bill was pending in the House Ways and Means Committee, with a floor vote coming anytime within the next 24 hours.

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