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Some Things Said… (September 06)

Eastman and Meese Team with Hadley Arkes on Partial Birth Abortion Brief CCJ Director John Eastman and CCJ Board of Advisor Chairman Edwin Meese III teamed up with Professor Hadley Arkes to file an important amicus curiae brief in the partial birth abortion case, currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. Filed on Thursday, Aug. 3, the brief challenges the notion that the Supreme Court has the authority to create new substantive rights and then claim a monopoly on the…

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9/11 book rankles Presbyterian faith A book suggesting the September 11 attacks were engineered by the U.S. government is raising hackles among the faithful because its publisher is an agency of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the largest of several Presbyterian denominations. “Christian Faith and the Truth Behind 9/11: A Call to Reflection and Action” is already in its second printing after having sold 5,000 copies in its first month. It accuses the Bush administration -- in power only eight months…

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Some Things Said… (August 06)

Scientologists Win Tax Battle With British Government London -- The Church of Scientology has won a tax fight with British authorities, a victory that means the government will be forced to reimburse the millions of pounds in past payments the church has made. --by Al Webb for the Religious News Service as found at the PBS religions and ethics website here (No religion is granted or guaranteed any tax break or any accommodations by God through the hands or governments…

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Rated "R" for Religion? How the MPAA might view overly-religious classics. Has the MPAA begun rating films based on religious content? It depends on who you believe. The one thing everybody agrees on is that Facing the Giants, a church-made film about a Christian football coach who conquers the "giants" of fear and failure, deserved its PG rating. But was it for the adult themes of infertility and depression, as the Motion Picture Association of America claims, or was it…

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For Gay Rights Movement, a Key Setback When Massachusetts became the first state to legalize gay marriage in November 2003, gay rights advocates imagined a chain reaction that would shake marriage laws until same-sex couples across the nation had the legal right to wed. Nowhere did gay marriage seem like a natural fit more than New York, where the Stonewall uprising of 1969 provided inspiration for the gay rights movement and where a history of spirited progressivism had led some…

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Sexist Trinity? The Presbyterian National Assembly has agreed to allow churches to change how they refer to the holy Christian Trinity of "Father, Son and Holy Spirit" – because the traditional phrasing promotes men as superior to women. Some "alternative phrasings" proposed by the church? "Mother, Child and Womb," "Rock, Redeemer and Friend," and "Lover, Beloved, Love." Presbyterian Legislative Committee chair, Nancy Olthoff, says the decision doesn't alter the church's theological position, but merely "provides an educational resource to enhance…

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McCarrick Says Church Could 'Live With' Civil Unions Washington (RNS) Outgoing Cardinal Theodore McCarrick said this week (June 7) that the Catholic Church “can live with” civil unions between homosexual couples “in order to protect their right to take care of each other.” --a Reuter’s posting by Daniel Burke, found on the Religion and Ethics Newsweekly site at www.pbs.org 06.09.06 Spain ponders rights for all the great apes Brussels -- Spain could soon become the first country in the world…

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'Da Vinci' Revelation “The Da Vinci Code” presumes that Jesus and Mary Magdalene had children. Some see it as the most blasphemous assault on Christianity ever. Critics have organized protests and written articles railing against it. Yet every media outlet has publicized or promoted the movie, regardless of Christian sensitivities. Properties destroyed by protesters: Zero. People killed: Zero. Compare that to the weeks of death and destruction after a Danish newspaper published 12 satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad -…

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Some Things Said… (May 06) (2)

Oregon student newspaper runs pictures of Jesus as a homosexual. The Associated Students of the University of Oregon (ASUO) has refused to apologize for an obscene anti-Christian assault in the campus newspaper Insurgent. The March edition of the Insurgent ran one of the strongest attacks on Christianity… The paper ran graphics depicting Jesus as a homosexual. One was a depiction of (an inappropriately displayed) naked Jesus on the cross… the other, titled Resurrection, showed a naked Jesus kissing another naked…

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Some Things Said… (May 06) (1)

Churches prepare to rebut 'DaVinci' Area churches are preparing to counter unorthodox claims about Jesus Christ in the movie "The Da Vinci Code," which opens in theaters later this month. "'The Da Vinci Code' kind of gave a focus that there's a lot [of misinformation] about Jesus Christ and Christianity out there, and perhaps it's time to rebut it," said Monsignor Francis J. Maniscalco, a spokesman for the District-based U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. "If people see [the movie], they…

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