Saturday, December 16, 2006

Vienna Launches 'Gender Mainstreaming' Project

A green exit sign shows a woman, rather than a man, running for the door, while a traffic light features another crossing the street in a new initiative by the City of Vienna to raise awareness about gender equality. The campaign, launched on Thursday and entitled "Wien sieht's anders" (Vienna sees it differently) is part of the City's "Gender Mainstreaming" project. Its aim is to "give both genders the same exposure and ensure an equal distribution of chances, opportunities and duties" by changing the gender of figures pictured on familiar signs.

Bush 'Happy' About Mary Cheney's Pregnancy

President Bush says he is happy for Mary Cheney, the openly gay daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney, who revealed earlier this month that she is pregnant. "I think Mary is going to be a loving soul to her child," Bush said in an interview with People magazine. "And I'm happy for her."

Elizabeth May on Abortion

Ms. May explained that she supports her party's formal position on abortion despite her Christian beliefs. "I respect people," she said, "who say, 'I'm against abortion because there is a right to life, and the fetus is sacred.' ?So where do I come to thinking we should be able to have, and must have, access to therapeutic abortions in Canada?"

NDP Getting Squeezed in New Political Dynamic

In the federal election less than a year ago, bullish NDP organizers fancied the conceit that they might be able to replace the beleaguered Liberals as the home for progressive voters. Today, it's the New Democrats who find themselves squeezed ... The New Democrats are fighting to have their voice heard on an issue they purported to own — the environment.

Canadian Hypocrisy Over Pinochet

I would not have invited the late General Augusto Pinochet to tea. I'm not a fan of sharing cookies with a man who wore ostentatious uniforms and led a regime that murdered almost 4,000 people. The problem is that while the Chilean dictator who died last week certainly had blood on his hands, it was a sprinkling compared to the pool of gore in which so many leftist rulers have bathed.

Friday, December 15, 2006

'Abuse' of Young Women During Planned Parenthood 'Emergency Contraception' Celebration

On Wednesday, Dec 6, 2006 Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania (PPSP) distributed free "emergency contraceptives" to women of all ages. Young women associated with Generation Life entered four different PPSP clinics. There they discovered that PPSP was engaging in many illegal and irresponsible activities and distributing inaccurate and incomplete medical information.

Chinese House Church Attacked

China Aid Association was just informed that December 9th, 2006 a house church in Changqiao, Shanghai was attacked by the local police. A brother named Wang Mingwei was taken to the police station, along with some church belongings. CAA is investigating the event and trying to acquire more details.

No Money to Be Made, So Abortuary Closes

A Seattle abortion clinic that has operated for 34 years and claims responsibility for an estimated 54,000 abortions is closing permanently in a month because its clients are "too poor," according to a statement from one of its executives ... In a letter posted on the website for the Aradia Women's Health Center, business president Scott Leopold said the shutdown will be permanent, and it was based on the finances of the business.

New Call to Reduce British Abortion Time Limit

Tory MP Nadine Dorries has said she will publish a new version of her bill to reduce the time limit for abortions. The new version would limit the timescale for terminations to 20 weeks from the current 24 weeks. Ms Dorries' previous proposals to cut the maximum period to 21 weeks were rejected by MPs in October. She said her aim was to cut the number of "barbaric" terminations involving lethal injections.

Anglican Church Faces Anarchy

The Church of England was plunged into a fresh crisis yesterday after evangelical leaders representing 2,000 churches told the Archbishop of Canterbury to allow them to bypass liberal bishops or face widespread anarchy. The group, whose supporters include the Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, warned Dr Rowan Williams that the crisis over issues such as gay clerics was escalating fast and could descend into schism.

10 Million Indian Girls Have Been Killed

Ten million girls have been killed by their parents in India in the past 20 years, either before they were born or immediately after, a government minister said on Thursday, describing it as a "national crisis."

Muslims Defend Christmas Tree

Ontario's Premier and several religious groups yesterday criticized a provincial judge's decision to banish the Christmas tree standing in a Toronto courthouse lobby because it might offend non-Christians. "It's so stupid, I'm at a loss for words," said Tarek Fatah, founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress. "The judge should take a trip to the rest of the world. Christmas is celebrated by Muslims in many countries -- they should ban political correctness, not Christmas trees."

Vatican Won't Sign UN Document Supporting Abortion of Babies With Disabilities

Archbishop Celestino Migliore, Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations delivered a speech yesterday stating the Holy See’s overall approval for a new U.N. Comprehensive and Integral International Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities, but stated, for the record, the Vatican’s refusal to sign the Convention due to its inclusion of a provision that would support the abortion of babies with disabilities.

State Senate Bans Pastor

New Jersey's Senate is banning a pastor who spoke out against same-sex marriage in the invocation that starts the Senate session. The Reverend Vincent Fields made the remarks on the same day that a Senate committee approved a bill that would allow gay couples to have civil unions. Fields prayed -- in his words -- "We curse the spirit that would come to bring about same-sex marriage. We ask you to just look over this place today, cause them to be shaken in their very heart in uprightness."

Dion Trots Out 'Scary Right-Wing Agenda' Again

When Stephane Dion accuses his political foes of being right-wing ideologues who damage the country, he says it's nothing personal. Accusations of a scary Conservative hidden agenda have been a constant but increasingly ineffective fixture of recent Liberal election campaigns. Dion gave every indication during a news conference yesterday he will resurrect the theme in the next campaign, expected early next year.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Birth Control Hormones Change Fishes' Sex

"What we see in the fish downstream is as if they are taking birth control pills," Norris said. The female fish — both the transsexuals and the original girls — had smaller-than-average ovaries. The remaining males produced less sperm, showing the water effluent also has contraceptive effects, he said. The chemicals are believed to come from excreted birth-control hormones, natural female hormones and detergents flushed down toilets and drains.

Abortuary Employee Steals Nativity Scene

An employee of late-term abortionist George R Tiller stole a nativity scene belonging to Operation Rescue that had been displayed among crosses and other religious items on the public property outside the abortion clinic gate.

Executions Leave Chinese House Church Leaders Wary

The Chinese government executed three house church leaders in November on murder convictions in what the leaders of two Christian organizations ministering in China describe as part of a vicious government campaign to eliminate one of the country’s house church groups.

Tots Ordered Not to Sing About Jesus

A toddlers' group in Wood Green was warned it must drop its Christian title and stop singing songs about Jesus - or face having its funding axed by Haringey Council. Council officers protested when they were advised the group was to change its name to The Polish and Eastern European Christian Family Centre - and, following further investigation, organisers were told to stop singing a song about loving Jesus.

Harvard Trashes Religion

The faculty committee redesigning Harvard University's undergraduate curriculum is now backing off a previous recommendation requiring all students to take a class dealing with religion. The panel of professors is instead suggesting classes on "what it means to be a human being" in a revised proposal released last week. The broader category would encompass religious thought, art, literature, and philosophy, as well as evolutionary biology and cognitive science.

A Woman's Horrific Abortion Experience

A woman who had an abortion at Wichita, Kansas late-term abortion facility of George Tiller appeared on the Fox News show “The O’Reilly Factor” Tuesday evening. She told the national television audience of the horrible experience she endured.

Planned Parenthood Centres Keep Closing

A Planned Parenthood watchdog group says the nation's largest abortion business closed more centers last year and more than 100 in the last 11 years. According to a study by STOPP Planned Parenthood, the number of Planned Parenthood facilities is at its lowest point in 20 years. "Planned Parenthood is shrinking," says Jim Sedlak, the head of the organization.

India Losing 7,000 Unborn Girls a Day

India is losing almost 7,000 girls daily because of the traditional preference for sons which cause many people to abort female foetuses, the UNICEF said. "India is one of the few countries worldwide with an adverse child sex ratio in favor of boys," the United Nations children's agency said in its annual "State of the World's Children 2007" report. "Nationwide, 7000 fewer girls than expected are born each day, largely due to sex determination," the report said.

Those 'Born Again' Christians

The strange places that I run into these “born again” Christians. As I have stated before we do some ministry on the streets and it always sets me back a notch or two when I hear “born again” come out of some folk’s mouths. I find them heading into abortion clinics, outside strip clubs, drinking and swearing at Ohio State Football game parties, sleeping on the streets, and yelling at the referee at high school basketball games. Yep, those “born again” Christians are everywhere. Nearly 85% of Americans, or so George Barna tells us. Maybe we should look at that term.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

The Suffering of Darfur's Refugees

Almost every day for 12 months, Dan Teng'o, a Christian relief worker from Kenya, talked with violence-fleeing refugees from Darfur in the western region of Sudan. All too often, he said, gaunt refugees arrived at border camps too weak to do much more than sound out a few words. "A day or two after their arrival in July at the Otash camp near Nyala, the capital of South Darfur, most of the refugees couldn't even stand up. Some couldn't project their voice," Teng'o said. "I have seen suffering. But nothing like this. It has changed my life. I don't take anything for granted anymore."

Pro-Marriage Group Sues Legislators – the campaign to allow the people to decide on the definition of marriage in Massachusetts – today filed suit against 109 Massachusetts legislators in U.S. District Court in Worcester, Massachusetts for violating the constitutional rights of Massachusetts citizens by intentionally refusing to vote on a citizen initiative amendment on the definition of marriage.

U.S. 'Staggering' from Pornography

“Society is staggering from the effects of over-promiscuity,” Philip Cosby of the National Coalition for the Protection of Children and Families told a chapel audience at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Cosby, who heads the coalition’s work in the Kansas City, Mo., area, referenced Promise Keepers surveys showing that pornography had invaded the lives and homes of more than half the men in attendance.

Doctors Use Aborted Fetus to Try to Save Boy's Life

Last month in Portland, Ore., doctors for the first time transplanted stem cells from aborted fetuses into his head in a desperate bid to reverse, or at least slow, a rare genetic disorder called Batten disease ... Doctors don’t know if the neural stem cells taken from fetuses — donated to a nonprofit medical foundation by women aborting early-stage pregnancies — will save Daniel’s life.

Obama a Player in Left's Redefining of Christianity

Illinois Democrat Barack Obama is becoming "the poster boy for the liberal redefinition of Christianity." Senator Obama is in the midst of a nationwide tour to generate support for a possible 2008 presidential run and to promote his book, The Audacity of Hope. In his memoir, Obama writes: "I was reminded that it is my obligation not only as an elected official in a pluralistic society, but also as a Christian, to remain open to the possibility that my unwillingness to support gay marriage is misguided."

Anti-Gay 'Church' Must Pay Marine's Family

A Kansas church has been ordered to pay $3,150 for costs and fees associated with a summons and complaint filed by the father of a Marine whose funeral was picketed by the extremist group. Albert Snyder, of York, Pa., is suing the Rev. Fred Phelps and Westboro Baptist Church after church members demonstrated at the funeral of Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, of Westminster, and posted pictures of the protest on their Web site.

What's With Mel's Bloody Porn?

Gibson believes that the blood of martyrs fertilizes good things like faith and freedom and that graphic depictions of their torments must strengthen our resolve in these matters. I say his slavering interest in the torture of the innocent and the idealistic is a form of pornography. I wouldn't ban it. But, were it not for stern critical duty, I would shun it — because it is infantile. And because it tells me more than I want to know about the filmmaker's mind, spirit and unspoken fantasies.

'Joy to the World' Carol Sexualized

The CBS television show "Two and a Half Men" has broadcast an episode featuring the womanizing main character bragging about his sexual exploits – to the tune of the traditional Christmas carol "Joy to the World" – and the leader of a Christian organization that deals with the results of rampant sexual promiscuity is upset.

Christian Video Game Sparks Wal-Mart Row

A Christian video game has become the latest battleground in America's "culture" wars, with its maker claiming it promotes prayer while critics charge it carries a message of violent religious intolerance. "Left Behind: Eternal Forces," is a teen-rated PC strategy game based on the wildly popular Left Behind Christian book series.

Ukrainian Trade in Babies for Stem Cells

Healthy new-born babies may have been killed in Ukraine to feed a flourishing international trade in stem cells, evidence obtained by the BBC suggests. Disturbing video footage of post-mortem examinations on dismembered tiny bodies raises serious questions about what happened to them.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

War Against Girls Going Global: Expert

The war against baby girls is not limited to certain localities but has developed into a global event, a specialist in demographics said recently at the United Nations. Nicholas Eberstadt, a scholar at the Washington-based American Enterprise Institute and a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics, told U.N. delegates there is an increasing birth imbalance that favors males because of sex-selection abortions and prenatal technologies.

Abortion Crimes Proliferate

More than a dozen other abortion businesses in Illinois, Ohio, California, Alabama and Florida have been closed over a variety of issues, including workers without medical licenses performing medical procedures, the misuse of drugs, babies allegedly killed after being born alive, and a disappearing abortionist.

Canada Descending Into Chaos, Says Bishop

Writing to Catholics in his diocese in the wake of the decision of Parliament to refuse to reopen the debate around restoring the traditional definition of marriage, St. Catharines Bishop James Wingle has noted the lack of sanity on the part of Canadian politicians. "What a terrible irony it is to witness our country sinking ever deeper into the morass of moral chaos and confusion as we ignore the sane order established by God for the good of creation," said Bishop Wingle in a message put out over the weekend. "Rather than protecting this institution, so critical to the health and stability of society, our government denatures marriage and the family."

Christmas Trees Going Back Up at Seattle Port

Port of Seattle staff will be reinstalling holiday trees later today at Sea-Tac Airport, after having removed them late last week under threat of a federal lawsuit to be filed by the Central Organization for Jewish Education Lubavitch ... "There's been such an outcry from the public - from people of all faiths - who believe that the trees should be reinstalled," Davis said, "I'm very thankful that we can return the trees and get back to running our airport during this very busy holiday season."

Monday, December 11, 2006

Skyrocketing AIDS, STD Rates

AIDS is increasing at an alarming rate in Ontario. "During the conference, I read an article that said AIDS had increased in Ontario by 30% since 1999 and the bulk of that was in Toronto" ... In 2003, 854,817 people aged 15-49 reported being found to have an STD. The most commonly reported STD is Chlamydia, with close to 63,000 cases reported in 2004, the highest number since the disease became reportable in 1990. And two-thirds of all reported cases are in the 15-24 age group. Gonorrhea is the second-most-reported STD in Canada with reported cases nearly doubling from 14.9 per 100,000 in 1997 to 28.9 per 100,000 in 2004. And syphillis affects 3.5 people per 100,000, nearly nine times the rate in 1997.

Sex With a Dead Deer Not Illegal, Lawyer Argues

The defence lawyer of a Wisconsin man charged with having sex with a dead deer is claiming he's innocent of any wrongdoing - because a "crimes against sexual morality" statute prohibits sex with animals, but fails to mention carcasses, The Duluth News Tribune reports. Bryan James Hathaway, 20, of Superior, was arrested on "a misdemeanour charge of sexual gratification with an animal" after indulging in intercourse with said deceased deer on 11 October.

Abortion Manager Arrested

The former administrator of a Birmingham abortion clinic that was shut down was arrested Friday on misdemeanor charges including performing illegal abortions at the clinic. 58-year-old Janet Onthank King was an administrator at the Summit Medical Center when it was permanently closed in June after health officials found numerous violations.

Cancer Scientist Was Paid by Chemical Firm

A world-famous British scientist failed to disclose that he held a paid consultancy with a chemical company for more than 20 years while investigating cancer risks in the industry, the Guardian can reveal. Sir Richard Doll, the celebrated epidemiologist who established that smoking causes lung cancer, was receiving a consultancy fee of $1,500 a day in the mid-1980s from Monsanto, then a major chemical company and now better known for its GM crops business.

The Video The Meat Industry Doesn't Want You to See

Moral and Spiritual Films Have the Broadest Appeal

Just about every top studio in Hollywood has added its name to the list of those signing up to read the winning entry of the annual John Templeton Foundation $50,000 Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays ... “We have seen the tide turn in Hollywood these past two years, and these industry leaders now recognize that moral and spiritual films have the broadest appeal,” said Dr. Ted Baehr, chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission™, which partners with the Templeton Foundation in awarding the Kairos Prize.

Vatican Upholds Mass Excommunications

A Vatican official has upheld the 1996 mass excommunication of perhaps hundreds of people in the Lincoln Diocese affiliated with a church reform group and 10 other organizations the diocese considers anti-Catholic. A Nov. 24 letter to Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz in Lincoln from Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re said Bruskewitz's excommunication decision "was properly taken within your competence as pastor of that diocese."

Part-Animal, Part-Human Embryos in Britain?

Researchers will be allowed to create test-tube embryos that are part human, part animal under a proposal to be announced by government health officials this week. A child's need for a father no longer will be a consideration when a woman seeks fertility treatment.

Natural Birth Control

When an Israeli woman asks her gynecologist about contraception, either to space her children or avoid pregnancy altogether, she will probably be given a prescription for hormone pills or an intrauterine device (IUD). Several alternative methods available in the US are not easily obtained here, and as a result some gynecologists are not even familiar with them. Even fewer know about natural methods of contraception that require a short course and some basic equipment instead of conventional pills, patches, sheaths, injections or invasive devices.

Anglicans Rebel Against Liberal Bishops

Liberal bishops who support homosexual priests are to be barred from entering some churches and money intended for Anglican coffers will be withheld. In a dramatic escalation in the Church of England's civil war over homosexual clergy, scores of evangelical churches will break their historic links with liberal bishops who oversee their parishes.

We Will All Be Happily Microchipped

One day we will all happily be implanted with microchips, and our every move will be monitored. The technology exists; the only barrier is society's resistance to the loss of privacy.

Satanic Christmas Lyrics on BBC

A SOUNDTRACK to a BBC trail for Christmas dramas has been slammed by the Church - because it has lyrics about Satan. The 30-second promo, featuring TV baddies such as Dracula and Keith Allen as the Sheriff of Nottingham, uses the spoof song Christmas with the Devil by Spinal Tap. Its lyrics include the lines "There's someone up the chimney hole and Satan is his name" and "No bells in hell, no snow below, silent night, violent night."

The Race to Succeed Dion - Already

It's been more than a week since Stéphane Dion was elected leader of the Liberal party. Which means we are now long overdue for some wild-eyed speculation about who will succeed him.

French Church-State Row Over Pope Statue

A small town in Brittany has found itself at the centre of a row after erecting a huge bronze statue of Pope John Paul II in a central square ... But opponents have gone to court saying the statue violates France's 1905 law on the separation of church and state.

Cow Emissions More Damaging Than Those From Cars

Meet the world's top destroyer of the environment. It is not the car, or the plane,or even George Bush: it is the cow. A United Nations report has identified the world's rapidly growing herds of cattle as the greatest threat to the climate, forests and wildlife. And they are blamed for a host of other environmental crimes, from acid rain to the introduction of alien species, from producing deserts to creating dead zones in the oceans, from poisoning rivers and drinking water to destroying coral reefs.

Dion Will Hand-Pick Candidates 'If That's What It Takes'

New Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion says he will hand-pick women to run in chosen ridings across Canada if that's what it takes to make good on his vow to have at least 103 female Liberal candidates in the next election. In an interview with the Toronto Star, Dion said he is sticking by his leadership campaign promise to have 33 per cent women candidates in the next election, which could come early in the new year.

No Brainer: 'Safe' Injection Site Boosts Drug Use

The RCMP, which has publicly taken a neutral position on Vancouver's Supervised Injection Site for drug addicts, has produced an internal report harshly critical of the pilot project. The three-page analysis, obtained by the Vancouver Sun, suggests that the "harm reduction" approach -- helping addicts avoid overdosing or contracting HIV/AIDS -- actually encourages drug use.

Iacobucci Got $2.5 Million For Residential Schools' Work

The lawyer who negotiated a settlement for aboriginal residential school students was paid more than $2.5 million for the work, according to documents obtained by CBC News. Retired Supreme Court Judge Frank Iacobucci was appointed in June 2005 to negotiate with the government, the Assembly of First Nations and the various churches involved to reach possible settlement packages. According to documents obtained through access to information requests, Iacobucci was paid up to $200,000 per month, plus expenses, for his work.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Religious Christmas Cards Are Dying Out

Only one in 100 Christmas cards sold in Britain contains any religious imagery or message, a Daily Mail survey has revealed. Traditional pictures such as angels blowing trumpets over a stable, Jesus in his manager, the shepherds and three wise men following the star to Bethlehem are dying out. Instead, scenes of the Nativity have been replaced on cards by designs or jokes with little or no relevance to the Bible story and the true meaning of Christmas.

The Scary Things That Happen When You Drink a Coke

Have you ever wondered why Coke comes with a smile? It’s because it gets you high. They took the cocaine out almost a hundred years ago. You know why? It was redundant. In The First 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100% of your recommended daily intake.) You don’t immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor allowing you to keep it down.

Italy Ponders Rights for Unmarried Couples

Italy's political right and Catholic Church officials voiced outrage on Friday at a Senate request that the government put forward legislation giving rights to unmarried couples, including homosexual ones. One Roman Catholic cardinal warned the move risked 'destroying' the family and centre-right opposition leaders threatened to put up a stiff fight in parliament.

Sears Supports Homosexual TV Network With Advertising

Sears has thrown its support to the LOGO network. LOGO is the 24-hour cable television network dedicated to programming for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders ... Sears' advertising will help LOGO air shows like "Sex 2K Drag Kings," "The Gayest and Greatest of 2006," and "Transgeneration."

Catholic Bishops' Approval Rating Rises

For the first time since before the clergy sex abuse scandal broke in early 2002, the percentage of Catholics who think the U.S. bishops are doing a "good job" is higher than the previous year ... 71 percent of Catholics said they strongly agreed (29 percent) or somewhat agreed (42 percent) that "the U.S. bishops are doing a good job leading the Catholic Church."