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Some Things Said.. (Feb 06) (2)

Clash of Civilization As a way of addressing the Islamist threat to civil liberties in Europe, the Danish cartoons of the prophet Muhammad were hardly ideal. The right to mock a religion may be absolute, but so is the right to publish most forms of pornography: Neither is appropriate in a serious publication. That applies whether the religion is Islam, Christianity or any other, and whether the cartoons are being published for the first time or reprinted elsewhere as acts…

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Some Things Said… (Feb 06)

The Ten Commandments, R.I.P. The Decalogue takes it on the chin Not since Moses smashed the original tablets on Mount Sinai have the Ten Commandments fallen on such hard times; the Decalogue is as welcome today in a public school classroom as former Chief Justice Roy Moore at an ACLU picnic. Deemed insensitive to Buddhists and Zoroastrians, insulting to atheists, offensive to secularists, and irrelevant to the irreligious, the Ten Commandments have been declared by several American legal tribunals to…

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Virginia Likely to Vote on Marriage Amendment in November Virginias voters should expect to see a constitutional marriage amendment on the ballot this November. The Virginia Senate voted 28 to 11 on Wednesday to pass a bill authorizing a ballot vote. On January 16, the House of Delegates passed a marriage amendment bill by 76-20 after defeating several measures that would have eliminated language barring civil unions. Two recently elected new delegates, David Poisson (D-Loudoun County) and Chuck Caputo (D-Fairfax…

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Gay 'marriage' ban struck Baltimore -- A Circuit Court judge yesterday ruled that Marylands 33-year-old ban on same-sex "marriage" is unconstitutional. In issuing her ruling, Judge M. Brooke Murdock imposed a stay on it pending an anticipated appeal -- and preventing a rush to the altar by homosexual couples. The ban had been challenged by 19 homosexual men and women who filed suit against court clerks in Prince Georges, Dorchester, St. Marys and Washington counties and Baltimore. The clerks had…

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Gay Groups Try to Stop Massachusetts Gay Marriage Petition Boston (RNS) Gay leaders in Massachusetts on Tuesday (Jan. 3) asked the state's highest court to bar a proposed ballot question that seeks to outlaw same-sex marriages. --Dan Ring, from a news update at www.pbs.org Religion and Ethics Newsweekly 12.30.05 Did Jesus Exist? Italian Court to Decide Rome - Forget the U.S. debate over intelligent design versus evolution. An Italian court is tackling Jesus -- and whether the Roman Catholic Church…

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Some Things Said… (Jan 06)

Strip club to move next to PG church A strip club near Hyattsville that ran afoul of Prince George's County liquor regulators after a 2003 triple homicide in its parking lot has won permission to move next to a church just outside the city limits of Laurel. The relocation of the Stardust Inn in an unincorporated section of the county has sparked a legal battle and complaints by Laurel officials that the new business will undermine economic development along the…

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Some Things Said… (Dec 05) (4)

Majority in U.S. believes in God Traditional religion is still the bedrock of America, with "very large majorities" of the public steadfast in their belief in God and the birth and Resurrection of Jesus Christ -- with belief in astrology, ghosts and other New Age hallmarks lagging behind. Overall, 82 percent of Americans believe in God, according to a recent Harris poll, which also revealed that 73 percent also believe in miracles, 70 percent in life after death, 70 percent…

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Some Things Said… (Dec 05) (3)

Navy Chaplain Told to Stop Praying in the Name of Jesus Navy Chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt is facing the end of a 14-year career because his commanding officer wants him to stop using the name of Jesus. He said his commanding officer told a Navy board that, as a chaplain, he overemphasizes his own faith. "He was talking about my sermons and prayers, Klingenschmitt said. "He specifically cited the chaplain school director who told him that I was an immature chaplain…

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Some Things Said… (Dec 05) (2)

Pastors lead flocks through the wardrobe Churches and Disney see Narnia as a land of opportunity The night before the movie opens to the public, members of Bellaire United Methodist Church will have a private screening Thursday of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. And when they arrive at church for Sunday's contemporary service, they will walk through a wardrobe, brush past coats and emerge into Narnia — or a re-created version of C. S.…

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Some Things Said… (Dec 05)

Storm victims praise churches Louisiana residents gave churches higher marks than government agencies in responding to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and most prefer that the federal government control rebuilding funds rather than local officials, according to a Louisiana State University study. On a scale of one (not effective) to 10 (very effective), residents gave churches the highest mark of 8.1, and New Orleans city agencies and state agencies received the lowest rating of 4.6. --by Audrey Hudson, from her article…

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