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December 28, 2011

Naama Margolese, Israeli Girl, Bullied By Jewish Ultra-Orthodox Extremists

BEIT SHEMESH, Israel — A shy 8-year-old schoolgirl has unwittingly found herself on the front line of Israel's latest religious war. Naama Margolese is a ponytailed, bespectacled second-grader who is afraid of walking to her religious Jewish girls school for fear of ultra-Orthodox extremists who have spat on her and called her a whore for dressing "immodestly."

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December 28, 2011

Pro-Life Group Sues Obama Admin for Ignoring State Anti-abortion Law

A New Hampshire pro-life group is suing the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) because it believes the department funneled grant money to Planned Parenthood facilities despite state legislation defunding abortion providers in the state. New Hampshire Right to Life (NHRTL) is suing HHS for documents they believe will expose the Obama administration favoring Planned Parenthood for grant money after the state’s executive council denied funding to its clinics in six cities.

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December 28, 2011

Catholic Church Says Government Denying Religious Freedoms

The Catholic Church has begun to formally review the Obama administration and progressive state regulatory policies to identify and combat what it considers a steady increase in government encroachment on religious freedom. “One of the things that our conference of bishops has done in response to some of the regulations and some of the difficulties that our Catholic institution are finding is to call all of us to reflect again on the importance that in a pluralistic society, the importance of respecting the religious traditions, the religious freedom, the freedom of conscious of everyone," Archdiocese of Washington D.C. Cardinal Donald Wuerl told FOX News in a Christmas interview.

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December 22, 2011

Wanting Votes, Candidates Sign on the Dotted Line, But Does it Help?

Increasingly, special interest groups nationally and in Iowa are asking presidential candidates to put their positions in writing by signing specifically worded pledges to support the groups' agendas. Putting their name on the dotted line could translate into key endorsements, and ultimately votes, but it could also backfire, and there are no guarentees of returns.

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December 22, 2011

Minnesota City Must Allow People to Share Faith

A federal court in Minnesota ruled Tuesday that Duluth doesn’t have the right to shut down free speech at an event in a public park whenever officials don’t like the viewpoint being expressed. Last year, two men were passing out religious literature and sharing the Gospel with people at the annual Bentleyville Tour of Lights. After a police officer ordered them to leave, one event organizer told them that other people “don’t want to hear religious crap? and another offered to help the men meet Jesus more quickly. The city backed up the event organizers, but the federal court upheld the First Amendment.

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December 21, 2011

Google’s Search Results Concern Religious Broadcasters, Antitrust Subcommittee

Google’s anti-competition practices are a cause for concern for the Senate’s Antitrust Subcommittee and the National Religious Broadcasters, which claims the search engine is violating free speech. Sens. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), both members of the Subcommittee on Antitrust Competition Policy and Consumer Rights, urged the Federal Trade Commission in a Monday letter to investigate Google Inc.’s practices regarding competition.

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December 21, 2011

Religious Minorities in Iraq Allegedly Suffering ‘Slow Genocide’

The Christians of Iraq, along with several other religious minorities, live in constant fear and face potential genocide, claims Gwendolen Cates, a Christian and documentarian who spent the last three years on the ground in Iraq. Iraqi Christians want to stay in the country that is their home, Cates told The Christian Post. But they cannot. They are a segment of three religious minorities that face extinction and banishment, according to the filmmaker, together with Sabean Mandaeans and Yazidis populations. Assyrian Christians, the oldest group of Iraqi Christians, are the native people of the land.

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December 21, 2011

Lesbians Sue Hawaiian Bed-and-Breakfast Inn

Two women from Southern California are suing the owner of a Hawaii inn for denying them a room in 2007. According to the lawsuit, Phyllis Young, the owner of the Aloha Bed & Breakfast in Honolulu, asked Diane Cervelli if she and the woman with whom she was trying to book a room were a couple. When Cervelli said they were, Young said she was uncomfortable renting rooms to same-sex and other unmarried couples. In addition to seeking monetary compensation, Cervelli and her partner are now seeking to force Young to rent rooms to same-sex couples in the future — citing Hawaii’s public accommodations law.

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December 21, 2011

Thomas More Society Defends Denver Life Advocate

A life advocate facing federal charges from the Obama administration is now being defended by a legal team that includes attorneys from the Thomas More Society. Kenneth Scott is being prosecuted by U.S Attorney General Eric Holder for handing out pro-life literature on a Denver street in front of an abortion clinic. Because the drivers of some cars stopped briefly to receive the literature, Holder’s lawsuit claims that Scott was blocking the clinic entrances — violating the federal law known as the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act.

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December 21, 2011

New Hampshire Seeks to Restore Marriage

New Hampshire’s Legislature could be taking up a bill to restore the definition of marriage soon after reconvening on Jan. 4. Last year, the state, which already had a same-sex civil-unions law, legalized same-sex “marriage? outright. If passed, HB 437 would leave in place the same-sex marriages already performed in the state, but would restore the definition of marriage to being between one man and one woman, preventing further same-sex marriages from being performed.

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December 20, 2011

Report:Europe No Longer the Epicenter of Christianity

(CNSNews.com) – Once the world's epicenter of Christianity, Europe now accounts for only 25.9 percent of the global Christian population, down 40 percent from a century ago. The change is explained in part by the massive growth of Christianity in Africa and Asia, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life.

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December 20, 2011

Court rules in Georgia case on student’s view of ‘gays’

ATLANTA - A federal court has upheld a ruling that Augusta State University in Georgia was within its rights to require a graduate school counseling student to keep her biblical views on homosexuals to herself.

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December 20, 2011

Franking Commission Limits Congressional Holiday Speech

Expecting to get a Christmas card from your member of Congress this year? Don’t hold your breath. According to a Dec. 12 memo sent to members of the House of Representatives, none can use their official franking privileges — using taxpayer dollars to pay for postage — to send Christmas greetings to their constituents. Moreover, the Franking Commission — the six-member bipartisan group officially known as the Commission on Congressional Mailing Standards — told legislators they can’t use the phrases “Merry Christmas? or “Happy New Year? in any mail sent to voters this year.

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December 19, 2011

China party official warns members over religion

BEIJING (AP) -- Religious practice among Chinese Communist Party members is increasing and threatens its unity and national leadership, a top party official said in remarks reported Monday. Party members are required to be atheists and must not believe in religion or engage in religious practice, said Zhu Weiqun, a member of the party's Central Committee and executive vice director of its United Front Work Department in charge of dealings with nonparty groups.

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December 19, 2011

Michigan Student Sues After Being Punished for Views on Sexuality

On Thursday, the Thomas More Law Center filed a lawsuit against Michigan’s Howell Public School District and one of its high school teachers on behalf of a Catholic student who was punished for saying homosexuality doesn’t align with his religious beliefs. Jay McDowell, an economics teacher at Howell High, told a girl in his class wearing a Confederate belt buckle she had to take it off because its message was offensive to him. Daniel Glowacki, a junior, said that was unfair because McDowell was wearing a shirt and teaching a lesson related to homosexuality that day, which some of the students found objectionable.

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December 16, 2011

Christopher Hitchens Has Died, Doug Wilson Reflects

Christopher knew that faithful Christians believe that it is appointed to man once to die, and after that the Judgment. He knew that we believe what Jesus taught about the reality of damnation. He also knew that we believe—for I told him—that in this life, the door of repentance is always open. A wise Puritan once noted what we learn from the last-minute conversion of the thief on the cross—one, that no one might despair, but only one, that no one might presume. We have no indication that Christopher ever called on the Lord before he died, and if he did not, then Scriptures plainly teach that he is lost forever. But we do have every indication that Christ died for sinners, men and women just like Christopher. We know that the Lord has more than once hired workers for his vineyard when the sun was almost down (Matt. 20:6).

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December 16, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Prepares For Occupation 2.0

NEW YORK -- In celebration of their three-month anniversary, Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York City are gearing up for Occupation 2.0, an attempt to occupy a small piece of unused land that is owned by the Trinity Church in Manhattan's Tribeca neighborhood. If all goes according to plan, the second occupation would begin this Saturday, Dec. 17th. "We want to set the religious community on fire about this very question: are you interested in social justice? Because this is a prime opportunity," said Ronnie Nunez, 24, a member of the OWS outreach working group. He handed out fliers with slogans such as "We ask you on December 17th to assemble once more" and "Noon Begins Occupation 2.0."

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December 16, 2011

Planned Parenthood Offers Tips For Pro-Abortion Conversation Around ‘Holiday Table’

CNSNews.com) – Planned Parenthood’s New York City affiliate has posted an article telling visitors to its Web site how to successfully discuss abortion around the “holiday table.? The article, “Talking Turkey: 8 Easy Steps for Discussing Reproductive Health and Justice at the Holiday Table,? also includes a quiz to help people prepare for “touchy questions about your politics over the dinner table.?

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December 16, 2011

Va. Board Backs Religious Liberty, Lets Agencies Refuse Gay Adoption

The Virginia State Board of Social Services voted against proposed regulations Wednesday that would force faith-based adoption and foster agencies to act against their religious beliefs and provide adoption services to gay and lesbian couples. The decision angered homosexual activists who submitted 2,500 comments in April supporting the regulations. The vote also encouraged officials who believe faith-based adoption groups should have the religious liberty to follow their convictions.

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December 16, 2011

Virginia Allows Faith-Based Adoption Groups Freedom of Conscience

The Virginia Board of Social Services voted 5-1 on Wednesday on a new set of regulations allowing faith-based adoption agencies the right not to place children in households led by same-sex couples. Of the state’s 81 private child-placement agencies, 42 are faith-based organizations. Under the new regulations, set to take effect in May, the only characteristics adoption agencies may not take into consideration when placing a child are the prospective parents’ race, national origin and ethnicity. The state allows both single and married people to adopt or become foster parents, but not cohabiting couples.

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