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Some Things Said… (Nov 05) (4)

Vatican to Ban Gays as Priests A new Vatican policy will bar most gays from seminaries. The Vatican plans to release the new rules this week (November 29), but an Italian news agency published them in advance. The rules bar gay men who have been sexually active or have supported what Catholic leaders call the "gay culture." Those who have deeply rooted same-sex attractions are not fit for ordination even if they're celibate, the document says. But admittance is expected…

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Imagine Theres No Heaven Of all the silly pop songs ever written, perhaps the silliest is John Lennons "Imagine." "A wop bop a loo ram a lop bam boom" has more philosophical depth as a lyric, and indeed contributes more to the happiness of human society, than Lennons thudding inanities, which are rendered truly inspiring only by being reduced to a one-word poster on a teenagers wall. Lennon, youll no doubt remember, asks us to imagine humanity without faith, countries,…

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Swedish High Court to Decide if Pastor Goes to Jail A Swedish pastor who preached a sermon to his small congregation explaining the Bible's position on homosexuality could go to jail for doing so. Sweden's highest court will take up the case Wednesday, according to Benjamin Bull, a senior vice president at the Alliance Defense Fund. "Pastor Ake Green faces two years imprisonment," said Bull, who is in Stockholm for the case and is assisting in the defense. "He was…

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Some Things Said… (Nov 05)

An early church found in Israel Megiddo Prison, Israel -- Israeli archaeologists working in a maximum-security prison just down the road from Armageddon have unearthed what they think is the oldest church to be discovered in the land where Jesus was born. "This is one of the most important finds of early Christianity," archaeologist Yardena Alexandre of the Israel Antiquities told journalists on a tour of the excavation yesterday. Remains of the church, which archaeologists date to the mid-third or…

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As Will Rogers said: "It aint ignorance that hurts us as much as the things we know that aint so." It requires courage to cast the accumulated myths of a lifetime to the wind. Our natural desire for simplicity, certitude, and the approval of others occasionally causes us to defend even our most flawed worldviews as if our very lives depended on them. Dead belief systems are difficult to bury, for in doing so we enter a world we do…

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Islamic Radicalism 'Doomed To Fail,' Bush Says Evoking President Ronald Reagan's leadership of America's resolve in confronting communism during his two terms in office, President Bush said today that Islamic radicalism is doomed to fail as communism did. Bush spoke at the Ronald Reagan Library, in Simi Valley, Calif., for the dedication of the new Air Force One Pavilion at the museum, featuring the 707 jet used by Reagan during his presidency. America prevailed in the 20th-century contest of wills…

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Some Things Said… (Oct 05)

A great deception Recently there have been a few articles on creationism and Darwinism in the press. Some of these have been listed or mentioned in part in the columns that regularly appear here. A casual remark made by President Bush seems to have ignited the keyboards, excited the output meters and an interest from the podiums frequented both by intellectuals and scientists as well as by members of the press, those who support both the theories of spontaneous generation…

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Some Things Said… (Sept 05) (2)

The continuing saga of "one nation under God" On Wednesday of this week U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton ruled that recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in government schools constitutes a "coercive requirement to affirm God." That, of course, is factually inaccurate (AKA "a lie"). Students may refrain, on their own or at their parents' discretion, from repeating any or all words in the Pledge. Karlton said he was bound by precedent of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, though…

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Some Things Said… (Sept 05)

California Senate Passes Gay Marriage Bill The California Senate voted Thursday to allow gay couples to wed, becoming the first legislative body in the nation to approve same-sex marriage without a court order. The bill would recast the state's legal definition of marriage as a union between two people rather than one between a man and a woman. Yet it faces an uncertain future: The California Assembly narrowly rejected similar legislation in June, and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) has given…

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Alec Baldwin to Be Given PETA Award Alec Baldwin will receive the Linda McCartney Memorial Award at PETA's 25th anniversary gala in Hollywood , Calif. , on Sept. 10. Two years ago, Baldwin narrated a short documentary, "Meet Your Meat," for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals that helped lead to policy changes at Burger King, PETA said. The animal rights group said the video helped persuade Burger King to sever its ties to slaughterhouses that fail unannounced…

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