Md. State Board Approves County's Sex-Ed Curriculum The Maryland State Board of Education has ruled in favor of a sex-education curriculum adopted last month for use in Montgomery middle and high schools, finding nothing illegal in the new lessons on sexual orientation and condom use, school officials said yesterday.
Same-Sex Marriage Amicus -Judicial Watch Files Amicus Curiae Brief in California State Supreme Court in Support of Law Banning "Same-Sex Marriage" "...The judiciary should not innovate social policy." Washington -- Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption and promotes fidelity to the rule of law, announced today that it filed an amicus curiae brief on June 19, 2007 in the California Supreme Court in support of a California state law banning same-sex marriage. --excerpted from an article at firstname.lastname@example.org 6.26.07 as submitted by Muriel McConnon
Inclusion Run Amok: A Muslim/Episcopal Priest Washington, -- An Episcopal priest in Washington state recently announced that she is both a Christian and a Muslim. The Rev. Ann Holmes Redding of Seattle made her profession of faith in Islam in March 2006. Episcopal Church Center employees told the Seattle Times that a person of dual faiths can serve as Episcopal clergy at the diocesan bishop's discretion. The Rt. Rev. Vincent Warner, bishop of the Diocese of Olympia, reportedly accepts Redding's dual faiths; consequently, she remains a priest in good standing within the diocese. â€“excerpted from an article in the Christian Newswire, 6.20.07 and as submitted by Muriel McConnon
Mass. Lawmakers Set to Vote on Gay Marriage Boston (RNS) State legislators are scheduled to meet next Thursday (June 14) in a constitutional convention to vote on whether to place a referendum on the 2008 ballot that, if approved by voters, would ban future gay marriages. â€“from a news listing by Dan Ring for Religious News Service at the PBS Religion and Newsweekly website
Selective Reductions and the Truth about Abortion -The World of Keeping and Saving the Unborn This is the second article I have seen recently that explains the practice of a deadly kind of "womb shopping" in which parents view their multiple fetuses and pick and choose among them. Lucas (Morel) cites this lengthy Sunday Washington Post piece from which he copiously quotes mothers who, having undergone in vitro fertilization, have difficulty facing up to the procedure, as well as "doctors" for whom this sort of thing has become practically routine. For those who like action movies, the ultrasound shows the unborn children fleeing the poisonous needle which is inserted for the purpose of killing it.
Christian authors say churches should seek God's presence A Christian author and a leading Southern Baptist pastor have written a book that calls believers to seek God's presence, not man-made performance, when it comes to church services.
Methodist Bishops Table Policy Change on Homosexuality United Methodist bishops have tabled a proposal that would have loosened restrictions in the church's mostly conservative policies on homosexuality. --by Kevin Eckstrom of Religion News Service at the PBS Religion and Ethics Newsweekly website 5.10.07
Best-selling Author Will 'Prove' God's Existence - ABC to Air LIVE Atheist Debate with Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort After ABC ran a story in January about hundreds of atheists videotaping themselves blaspheming the Holy Spirit, best-selling author Ray Comfort contacted the network and offered to prove God's existence, absolutely, scientifically, without mentioning the Bible or faith.
Senseless killings and media overkillâ€¦ What can be said about the Virginia Tech massacre? Very little. What should be said? Even less. The lives of 32 innocents, chosen randomly and without purpose, are extinguished most brutally by a deeply disturbed gunman. With an event such as this, consisting of nothing but suffering and tragedy, the only important questions are those of theodicy, of divine justice. --syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer.
Holy Hilarity The first Sunday after Easter is known as â€œGood Humor Sunday,â€ an ancient custom that originated with the Greeks (of course) and is still celebrated in some Christian churches.