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November 15, 2011

Atheists in U.S. military seek official recognition

Capt. Ryan Jean wanted to perform well on the Army's psychological evaluation. But he also wanted to answer the questions honestly. So when he was asked whether he believed his life had a lasting purpose, Jean, an atheist, saw no choice but to say no. Those and other responses, Jean says, won him a trip to see the post chaplain, who berated him for his lack of faith.

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November 15, 2011

Bishops Open ‘Religious Liberty’ Drive

BALTIMORE — The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops opened a new front in their fight against abortion and same-sex marriage on Monday, recasting their opposition as a struggle for “religious liberty? against a government and a culture that are infringing on the church’s rights. The bishops have expressed increasing exasperation as more states have legalized same-sex marriage, and the Justice Department has refused to go to bat for the Defense of Marriage Act, legislation that established the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman.

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November 15, 2011

Senate May Force Shutdown of Religious Freedom Watchdog

CNSNews.com) – For more than a decade, an independent, statutory monitor has been advising the U.S. executive and legislative branches on international religious freedom, drawing attention to the persecution of people of faith under Muslim, communist and autocratic regimes from Riyadh to Rangoon. But by this time next week, it may have to close its doors. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) will shut down unless the U.S. Senate approves a reauthorization bill before then, or unless funding is included in a new continuing resolution (CR) to fund the federal government through the end of the year.

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November 15, 2011

Woman Admits Role at Filthy Philly Abortion Clinic

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A woman who had no medical training but worked at what authorities describe as a filthy Philadelphia abortion clinic that performed illegal late-term abortions has pleaded guilty to conspiracy and other charges. Tina Baldwin will testify against clinic owner Kermit Gosnell, who's charged with the murders of one patient and seven viable babies.

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November 15, 2011

N.J. Nurses Say Hospital Still Pressures Them to Perform Abortion-Related Activities

Nurses involved in a moral conscience lawsuit against a New Jersey teaching hospital say teachers and medical staff are still pressuring them to perform abortion-related activities. Twelve nurses held a press conference Monday across the street from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)’s administration building to reveal that the university’s hospital were not heeding their right to moral conscience despite an order issued Nov. 3. The nurses complained last month that the New Jersey hospital that employed them had changed its policy allowing medical staff to exercise moral conscience and choose not to perform an abortion. Under the new policy, all nurses are required to assist in abortion procedures. Nurses who do not comply with the policy can be fired.

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November 15, 2011

Ten Commandments Case Settled

Rather than remove a plaque of the Ten Commandments from a courthouse lobby, Johnson County, Tenn., agreed last week to allow another plaque to be added to its forum on the history of American law in settling a legal challenge that’s been going on since June. Ralph Stewart sued the county when it rejected his display, which includes posters titled “On the Legal History of the Separation of Church and State? and “The Ten Commandments are Not the Foundation of American Law.? On that poster, Stewart wrote “The primary source of American law is the common … law of England, NOT the Bible and NOT Christianity.?

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November 14, 2011

Did the Culture of College Football Enable the Penn State Scandal?

Amid the nation's soul-searching over the alleged child sex abuses committed by Pennsylvania State University Assistant Coach Jerry Sandusky, some have argued that the culture of college football at large state universities is a co-belligerent in the scandal. The child sex abuse charges were known about at the highest levels within Penn State. The Athletic Director, University President Graham Spanier, and Head Coach Joe Paterno were aware of the allegations, yet no one contacted the police.

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November 14, 2011

Austin Relents on Pregnancy Center Signs

A federal district judge on Thursday ordered the city of Austin, Texas, to stop enforcing until at least February an ordinance making pregnancy centers put up signs saying they don’t perform abortions. Austin LifeCare, one of the city’s pregnancy centers, sued in early October, saying the ordinance is a violation of free speech guaranteed under the First Amendment. The city did not require abortion clinics to post any particular signs on their property detailing which services they do — or don’t — offer. Pregnancy centers failing to comply with the ordinance faced an escalating series of fines: minimums of $250 for the first offense, $350 for the second, and $450 for the third.

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November 11, 2011

Increasing number of disabled Israeli children sue for not being aborted

JERUSALEM, November 10, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - “Wrongful life? lawsuits, in which doctors are held liable for not discovering fetal abnormalities that might have prompted parents to abort their child, have become so common in Israel that the government has set up a committee to investigate the issue, New Scientist reports. “I find it very difficult to understand how parents can go on the witness stand and tell their children ‘it would have been better for you not to have been born,? said Professor Avraham Steinberg According to magazine, wrongful life claims are more prevalent in Israel where a higher rate of genetic disorders caused by consanguineous (connected by kinship) marriages has fueled a “pro-genetic testing culture.? The county has seen an estimated 600 wrongful cases since the first in 1987.

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November 11, 2011

Rape Victim’s Child Speaks Up for Right to Life

(CNSNews.com) – Ryan Scott Bomberger is not just passionate about the preciousness and potential of every human being from the moment of conception; he is alive today because of what his birth-mother decided after she was raped –- to give birth to him and put him up for adoption. In a video detailing what he calls her “courageous decision,? Bomberger details his love-filled life with his adoptive mother and father and his 12 siblings, 10 of whom, like him, were adopted.

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November 11, 2011

Obama Defends Planned Parenthood Funding; Says GOP Wants to ‘Turn Back the Clock’ for Women

(CNSNews.com) – Instead of supporting his “jobs? bill, Republicans in Congress are trying to “turn back the clock? for women, President Barack Obama told a gathering of the National Women’s Law Center in Washington Wednesday night. Obama once again plugged his plan to spend billions of dollars on public sector employees and infrastructure improvements. The jobs bill – which Republicans call a second stimulus – does not have enough support to pass the Democrat-controlled Senate.

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November 11, 2011

Jewish Advocacy Group Slams Anti-Abortion Film for Holocaust Reference

A Jewish advocacy group has denounced the pro-life film “180,? which juxtaposes the murders that took place during the Nazi-led Holocaust with abortions performed in the United States, as an outrageous abuse of the memory of the tragedy that occurred during World War II. The Anti-Defamation League released a statement Wednesday that accused the film’s producer, evangelist Ray Comfort, of manipulating “the young people interviewed to view the killing of innocent Jews during the Holocaust to be the same as the killing of fetuses.?

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November 11, 2011

New York Archbishop: No Same-Sex Ceremonies on Catholic Properties

New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan issued a strongly worded decree this week, declaring that nothing belonging to the Catholic Church — whether real estate, articles or clergy — would be allowed for use in performing same-sex marriage ceremonies. Dolan also said sanctions would be issued against any Church members violating the decree.

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November 11, 2011

Airline Develops Porn App for Air Travel

Ryanair — an Irish airline known as much for its raunchy publicity stunts as for its cheap ticket prices — announced this week that it plans to develop an application that will allow passengers to gamble and watch pornography on their phones or computers while in flight. “I can’t believe they think that would be a safe thing to do on an airplane," said Morality in Media Executive Director Dawn Hawkins. “That would create a very uncomfortable environment for passengers and flight attendants. They said this is allowed in hotels, so why not on airplanes, too?"

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November 11, 2011

Fifth Abortion Clinic Worker Pleads Guilty to Murder

Facing up to 200 years in prison, a former employee of a West Philadelphia abortion clinic pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of murder in exchange for a lesser sentence and her testimony against her boss, Kermit Gosnell. Lynda Williams, 43, admitted killing a viable newborn baby with a pair of scissors and participating in an abortion that ended with an adult woman being drugged to death in 2009. Williams is the fifth person to plead guilty out of 10 employees charged.

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November 11, 2011

Committee Sends DOMA Repeal Bill to Senate Floor

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee voted 10-8 today to send a bill effectively repealing the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to the full Senate. The party-line vote may have gotten S. 598, Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s “Respect for Marriage Act,? out of the committee, but its prospects in the full Senate are far less certain: Feinstein admitted the votes aren’t there right now, and the U.S. House of Representatives still supports DOMA, the 15-year-old law defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman in federal policy.

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November 10, 2011

Pakistani Textbooks Teach Discrimination Against Non-Muslims, Says U.S. Commission

A Pakistani Christian schoolboy walks past a poster of slain Christian leader Shahbaz Bhatti, posted on a school gate in a predominantly Catholic village near Faisalabad. This photo appears on the cover of a new study of Pakistani school textbooks released by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom on Nov. 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed) (CNSNews.com) – Textbooks used in Pakistani public schools and religious madrassas promote intolerant views of non-Muslim minorities, extol jihad, and portray non-Muslims not at citizens with rights but as infidels, pagans, apostates or subservient dhimmis, according to an unprecedented new study. Interviews with teachers and students, carried out as part of the investigation, found that negative views of non-Muslims contained in the books are widely held by teachers and transmitted to children.

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November 10, 2011

Clinton Calls Family a ‘Basic Human Need,’ But State Dep’t Still Funds Abortion Abroad

(CNSNews.com) – Every child deserves a family, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday, describing the family as a “basic human need.? “We meet today because we all believe that every child deserves a safe, loving, permanent family of his or her own,? Clinton said at a Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute event promoting child adoption in Africa. “That’s a basic human need.?

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November 10, 2011

Federal Court Orders N.Y. to Approve ‘Choose Life’ License Plates

New York residents may soon be able to purchase “Choose Life? specialty license plates for their vehicles due to a recent federal court decision on the matter. Judges ruled on Tuesday that the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles violated the First Amendment when it rejected The Children First Foundation’s application to sponsor a “Choose Life? specialty license plate as part of a state program, ordering the state to approve the plate application.

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November 10, 2011

Sex Ed Groups Lobby for Money

In a letter presented to the U.S. Senate and House Appropriations committee chairmen this week, condom-based sex education groups asked the give them more money by completely defunding abstinence educators. For every dollar Congress currently gives abstinence educators, condom-based sex educators get $16. The letter calls abstinence education a “waste of taxpayer dollars? and claims research has shown it to be ineffective because educators are put “in the untenable and unethical position of having to withhold vital information.?

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