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December 16, 2011

Pennsylvania Adopts Abortion Clinic Regulations

Life advocates were thrilled but parents disappointed Wednesday by two votes that took place in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Legislators passed, through conference committee, a Senate bill requiring all abortion clinics statewide to meet the same health and safety standards as ambulatory surgical clinics.

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December 15, 2011

Clinton: Every Gov’t Has Duty to Protect People From Discrimination Motivated by Religion

(CNSNews.com) – Governments have the “duty? to ensure that citizens do not face violence, discrimination and intimidation because of their religion or lack of religion, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday. “There are those who, for reasons actually having little to do with religion, seek to instill fear or contempt for those of another creed,? she told an audience including officials from Islamic and other countries.

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December 15, 2011

Ontario Catholic Schools Worry Anti-Bullying Bill Can Force Pro-Gay Curriculum

Christian groups have voiced concern that a recently proposed anti-bullying bill in Canada could force religious schools to adopt a pro-gay curriculum. Nancy Kirby, president of the Ontario Catholic School Trustees' Association, told The Christian Post on Wednesday that her organization was looking into the details of Bill 13 and hoped to provide “any input necessary to the government regarding the bill.?

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December 15, 2011

Second Macy’s Employee Speaks Out About Men in Women’s Changing Rooms

After hearing about the case of Natalie Johnson, the Macy’s employee who was fired from a store in San Antonio, Texas, after telling a boy wearing lipstick he couldn’t use the women’s fitting rooms, another Macy’s employee has contacted the law firm representing Johnson. The second employee, whose name is not being released, said she’s “constantly? asking men to leave the women’s dressing rooms, said Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mathew Staver.

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December 15, 2011

Federal Judge Tosses Arizona Day of Prayer Lawsuit

A federal judge in Arizona ruled Monday that the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) does not have the legal standing necessary to stop Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer from declaring days of prayer for the state. Brewer, who took office in 2009, has proclaimed a statewide Day of Prayer to go along with the National Day of Prayer each of the last three years. In addition, she proclaimed a statewide day of prayer for the budget in 2010.

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December 15, 2011

Democratic Senators Demand Explanation for Plan B Rejection

When U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius rejected the effort to make the “morning-after? pill available to girls under 17 without a prescription, it surprised people on both sides of the abortion debate — and apparently angered the ones on the Left. On Tuesday, 13 Democratic U.S. senators and one Independent demanded that Sebelius explain her decision to override the Food and Drug Administration’s choice to lift the restrictions.

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December 14, 2011

Married couples at a record low

The proportion of adults who are married has plunged to record lows as more people decide to live together now and wed later, reflecting decades of evolving attitudes about the role of marriage in society. Just 51 percent of all adults who are 18 and older are married, placing them on the brink of becoming a minority, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of census statistics to be released Wednesday. That represents a steep drop from 57 percent who were married in 2000.

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December 14, 2011

Abortion = age discrimination

The U.S. House of Representatives is soon expected to act on a bill that would ban the practice of aborting unborn babies on the basis of race or gender, and one proponent believes it will ultimately draw attention to the whole concept of legal abortion. Though no firm numbers confirm that abortions are sought on the basis of sex or race, Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life says census figures show that the practice is definitely afoot in the U.S.

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December 14, 2011

An excuse to silence the gospel

Christian advocacy group is raising the alarm about a recent incident in Houston, Texas, in which two street preachers were arrested after urging people to repent of their sin -- including the sin of homosexuality. David Stokes and Dave Allen took to the streets of Houston preaching the gospel. When someone complained to the police about the evangelists, law enforcement officers halted their preaching.

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December 14, 2011

Deviancy defenders

Appropriate outrage followed the allegations that Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach, and Bernie Fine, an assistant basketball coach at Syracuse University, had repeatedly molested boys during their years at the schools. But while prosecutors investigated those cases, activists were quietly working to eliminate the shame attached to pedophilia. A nonprofit in Westminster, Md., called B4U-ACT has been advocating since 2003 on behalf of those it calls "minor-attracted people"—adults or adolescents who feel sexual attraction toward children. Relying on questionable psychiatric estimates, the group claims up to 8 million men in the United States experience such attractions, but feel stigmatized by society and are afraid to visit a mental health clinic.

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December 14, 2011

InterVarsity Remains Suspended as SUNY Buffalo Delays Decision

The Student Association at The State University of New York-Buffalo (SUNY Buffalo) has delayed making a decision on whether a Christian club’s constitution violates school policy. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship remains suspended as the SA Senate, which met Sunday, has decided to give more time to its investigative committee. The committee now expects to present a decision next semester at the SA Senate's first meeting.

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December 13, 2011

Canada bans burqa at citizenship swearing in

MONTREAL - Canada's immigration minister says new Canadians will have to remove any face-coverings, such as the Islamic niqab or burqa, while they take the oath of citizenship. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said Monday he's received complaints from lawmakers and citizenship judges who say it's difficult to ensure that individuals whose faces are covered are actually reciting the oath.

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December 13, 2011

‘Freedom of access’

NEW YORK—Last Thursday in New York City was unusually cold, but that didn’t stop more than 100 pastors, church members, and legislators from gathering on the steps of City Hall. The demonstrators—many black, Hispanic, and Asian-American—did not get a crumb’s worth of coverage in comparison to that received by Occupy Wall Street, but their mission has national implications that are at least as equally significant. The problem: Many groups rent New York public school rooms for evening or weekend use, but the city now bans their use for religious services. Courts have declared the ban legal, and the U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 5 refused to hear an appeal (see “‘Denied,’? by Emily Belz, Dec. 5). The demonstrators want the New York City Council to overturn the ban, so they gathered at City Hall shortly before noon, hurrying past the security checkpoint with smiles and coffee, anxious to hug fellow church members or shake hands with City Councilman Fernando Cabrera.

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December 13, 2011

Homosexual Advocacy Clubs Growing on Catholic Campuses

A review of the web sites of 244 Catholic colleges and universities nationwide last week revealed that 107 of them — 43 percent — have homosexual advocacy clubs on campuses. Three years ago, a review conducted by the same group, the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP), revealed that 96 Catholic colleges had such clubs.

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December 13, 2011

Study: Cohabiting People “Eventually? Marry

In analyzing data from a national study, researchers at Bowling Green State University found that about 61 percent of people who get married by the age of 25 are now choosing to cohabit first. According to the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997, about 25 percent of people get married before turning 25. But of those 63 percent of women and 57 percent of men — mostly Caucasians — report living together before tying the knot.

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December 13, 2011

Mainstream Media Shows Bias Over Candidates’ Faith

In 2007, presidential candidates’ religious faith was not considered terribly newsworthy — at least, not to mainstream media. Four years later, all that has changed. An analysis released by the Media Research Center’s Culture and Media Institute analysis comparing news outlets’ coverage of the 2008 and 2012 fields reveals just how much.

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December 12, 2011

Lowe’s under attack for pulling ads from Muslim show

LOS ANGELES - Lowe's Home Improvement has found itself facing a backlash after the retail giant pulled ads from a reality show about American Muslims. The retail giant stopped advertising on TLC's "All-American Muslim" after a conservative group known as the Florida Family Association complained, saying the program was "propaganda that riskily hides the Islamic agenda's clear and present danger to American liberties and traditional values."

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December 12, 2011

Former Planned Parenthood Worker Joins Pro-Life Group

Abby Johnson had been running a Planned Parenthood clinic in Bryan, Texas, for two years before she saw firsthand what happens to babies as they’re being aborted. The experience two years ago changed her. Now she’s one of the country’s strongest life advocates. This week, she joined the Americans United for Life government affairs team as senior policy adviser on state and federal legislation.

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December 12, 2011

Abortion Nondiscrimination Act Nearing Vote

An important piece of pro-life legislation, the Abortion Nondiscrimination Act (ANDA), has a chance of passing the House of Representatives within the next week. The bill, which may be part of the House Labor and Health and Human Services spending package for Fiscal Year 2012, would protect the conscience rights of health care workers and religious groups who don’t want to be forced into performing or referring women for abortions.

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December 09, 2011

Critical thinking encouraged?

The Rutherford Institute is appealing the case of a Christian teacher in Ohio who was allegedly fired for teaching students to think critically about evolution theories (See earlier story). As one attorney points out, the science teacher was only doing his job. Mount Vernon District teacher John Freshwater was suspended in 2008 and fired in 2010 for allegedly injecting religion into the classroom. The school board and a county judge both upheld the action against him. But John Whitehead of The Rutherford Institute is appealing to the Fifth Circuit.

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