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December 28, 2012
The value of Christians’ political contributions

(OneNewsNow) A former Navy chaplain and pro-family activist believes it`s time for the church of Jesus Christ to get fully involved in the American political process.

Last week, Democrats on the Conference committee insisted on stripping an amendment from the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act that would have prevented military chapel facilities from being used to perform same-sex "marriage" ceremonies. The amendment, passed by the House on December 20, would have prevented any further incidents like the two lesbian ceremonies recently performed at West Point.

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December 28, 2012
Five `ObamaCare` provisions to watch

(The Hill) 2013 will be a big year for President Obama`s signature healthcare law.

By next New Year`s, almost all of the law`s major provisions are scheduled to be fully in effect. And that means 2013 will represent a mad dash to get ready — both in the states and in the Health and Human Services Department.

In addition to the intensive preparation for 2014, next year will see several key provisions take effect, among them some of the law`s most controversial provisions, including new taxes that will hit millions of employees.

And though congressional Republicans have largely acknowledged they won’t be able to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act, they’re focusing on intense oversight and hoping for targeted repeal votes on a handful of specific provisions, some of which have garnered bipartisan support.

Here are five important provisions to keep an eye on in 2013...

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December 28, 2012
Christian population in Israel growing

(Jerusalem Post) With thousands of Christians across Israel celebrating Christmas on Tuesday, a statistical breakdown of the Christian population by the Central Bureau of Statistics found that there are currently 158,000 Christians living in the country, representing 2 percent of the total population.

According to the report, approximately 80% of Christians in Israel are Arabs with the remainder mostly immigrants from the former Soviet Union who came to the country under the Law of Return, which provides for Israeli citizenship if a person has a Jewish grandparent.

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December 28, 2012
ACLU ignoring educational suitability

(OneNewsNow) An elementary school in Farmington, Utah, placed a book about same-sex couples on restricted availability when a parent complained, but now the ACLU is suing to lift the restriction.

Rory Gray of the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) tells OneNewNow In Our Mothers` House by Patricia Polacco depicts the happy life of a same-sex couple and their adopted children. But after receiving a number of complaints, a Davis School District review committee stipulated the book be made available only with parental permission.

"The school here isn`t worrying about the ideas, but it`s worried much more about the educational suitability of this book for young children," Gray explains.

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December 27, 2012
Supreme Court Justice Won’t Block HHS Mandate for Hobby Lobby

(LifeNews) Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has refused to act favorably on an emergency appeal Hobby Lobby stores filed to stop enforcement of the HHS mandate against it.

After a federal court denied a request to temporarily stop enforcement of the abortion pill mandate against the Christian-operated business Hobby Lobby, it took its HHS mandate lawsuit to the Supreme Court. Late yesterday, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor denied its request to block the mandate and the millions of dollars in fines it will be subjected to starting January 1 for not complying.

Sotomayor said Hobby Lobby did not show it met the legal standard for blocking enforcement on an emergency basis, but said the company can continue with its lawsuit in lower court.

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December 27, 2012
Notre Dame Students to Lead National March for Life

(LifeNews) The University of Notre Dame Right to Life Club recently received the honor of leading the annual March for Life, which this year observes the 40th anniversary of the legalization of abortion handed down in the Roe v. Wade court case.

A group of 50-70 Notre Dame students and faculty will hold the large white “March for Life” banner and lead the largest civil rights march regularly conducted in the nation’s capital, consisting of hundreds of thousands of marchers. Notre Dame also will have one of the largest groups present, with more than 600 students, faculty and staff currently registered to attend.

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December 27, 2012
Public School Students Perform Jesus Skit

(Gateways to Better Education) The high school principal said “No” to allowing a performance that a group of Christian students wanted to give at the talent show. He believed the skit -- depicting a student rescued by Jesus from a life of drugs and despair -- was too religious for a public school. But, when science teacher Bill Mills heard about it, he intervened on the students’ behalf. Bill had attended Gateways’ seminar for educators, Faith, Freedom & Public Schools.

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December 27, 2012
Christian Group Demands Hollywood Ratings Board Give Quentin Tarantino`s New Western an NC-17 Rating

(Christian Newswire) The Christian Film & Television Commission®, an advocacy group in Hollywood, is petitioning the Motion Picture Association of America to change the rating of the ultra-violent new western from Quentin Tarantino, DJANGO UNCHAINED, from R to NC-17.

"This movie ends with two of the most violent scenes we`ve ever seen in more than 27 years of reviewing movies," said founder and spokesman Dr. Ted Baehr. "As countless research studies and recent events in Connecticut have shown, some young boys and men like to imitate the violence they see in movies, TV, and video games."

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December 27, 2012
10 Pro-Life Victories Against the Abortion Industry in 2012

(LifeNews) The pro-life group Operation Rescue has released a list of 10 pro-life victories against the abortion industry that occurred in 2012 because of its efforts to hold abortion clinics and practitioners accountable for breaking the law.

While pro-life advocates were disappointed by the results of the 2012 presidential election, the staff at Operation Rescue show how progress can be made in stopping abortions and shutting down abortion centers by applying legal pressure to the many clinics and abortion “doctors” who don’t operate legitimate medical practices that follow standard health and safety laws.

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December 26, 2012
Iranian Christian Pastor Nadarkhani Re-Arrested in Tehran

(CNS News)  The Iranian Christian pastor who was acquitted just two months ago on charges he converted from Islam to Christianity and freed from prison has reportedly been re-arrested in Iran.

Sources close to Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, including the British group Christian Solidarity Worldwide and the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), say the Iranian Christian pastor was reportedly taken back into custody on Christmas Day.

Both organizations had led the worldwide effort to free Nadarkhani, who was arrested in 2009 and sentenced to death on charges of apostasy for converting from Islam to Christianity.

Nadarkhani, who spent more than 1,000 days in jail, was freed in September by an Iranian court, which acquitted him on the apostasy charges.

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December 26, 2012
More Christians Killed As Pope Decries ‘Savage Acts of Terrorism’ in Nigeria

(CNS News)  Suspected Islamist terrorists killed 12 Nigerians celebrating Jesus’ birth, hours before Pope Benedict XVI, in his traditional Christmas Day message, spoke out against “savage acts of terrorism” mainly targeting Christians in Africa’s most populous country.

Gunmen shot dead six Christians and set fire to an evangelical church in the northern state of Yobe, police said. Wire reports said the pastor was among the dead in the midnight attack.

Separately, a Baptist church in neighboring Borno state was attacked. Nigeria’s The Nation said six church members were killed.

The attacks cap the bloodiest year yet in Boko Haram’s violent campaign against Christians, with more than 700 fatalities, according to the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans. An Associated Press count puts the number at more than 770.

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December 26, 2012
Dominos Pizza Founder Seeks Emergency Order to Stop HHS Mandate

(Life News)  The founder of Dominos Pizza has already filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration over the HHS mandate that forces religious employers to purchase drugs that may cause abortions for their employees. Now, he is seeking an emergency order to prevent enforcement of the mandate while the lawsuit continues.

Tom Monaghan calls requiring businesses, schools and other religious places to pay for such drugs a “gravely immoral” practice and filed suit earlier this month in federal court for Domino’s Farms, a business development complex he owns.

Monaghan says he currently offers his employees health insurance that does not pay for abortions or birth control drugs that may cause early abortions and he has asked a judge to strike down the mandate, saying it violates his First Amendment religious rights.

On Friday, the Thomas More Law Center, a pro-life legal group, filed an Emergency Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order on behalf of Monaghan to stop enforcement of the HHS Mandate in order to prevent immediate irreparable injury to his fundamental rights.

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December 26, 2012
Judge Confirms Oklahoma Can Cut Planned Parenthood Funding

(Life News)  A federal judge ruled on Monday that the state of Oklahoma has the right to cut taxpayer funding to the Planned Parenthood abortion business. The abortion giant sued the state of Oklahoma after state officials yanked taxpayer funds it received through a taxpayer-funded program that provides food for low income women and children.

In October, Oklahoma officials dropped the abortion giant so it could steer tax dollars to legitimate agencies helping women and children in need.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health ended its WIC contract with Planned Parenthood, whose CEO thinks the decision was politically motivated. The letter from the Health Department to Planned Parenthood is signed by Chief of WIC Services Terry Bryce and dated September 27 and says the contract will not be renewed and is ending September 30, but gives an extension to the end of the year.

The state also de-funded the abortion company because Planned Parenthood’s cost per participant exceeded those of legitimate centers.

Abortion business CEO Jill June told the Tulsa newspaper, “We’re going to do whatever we can to preserve our ability to continue to serve these women and children, because we know that’s what they want and we know that we are a very good provider.”

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December 26, 2012
Welcome the Little Children With Adoption, Like Joseph Did Jesus

(Life News)  Recently, Dr. Russell Moore visited FRC to present a lecture on adoption. He reminded us of a very important adoption story we often fail to consider – the adoption of Jesus by his earthly father, Joseph. He recounted the verse in James that tells us that true religion is caring for orphans and widows in their distress (James 1:27). Joseph made a choice to put that true religion into practice when he decided to care for and protect Mary and her son, Jesus.

The Bible records two lineages of Jesus, one from Mary and one from Joseph. Thus, Jesus became Joseph’s actual son, just like every child who is adopted today becomes the true child of the parents who adopt him. As Dr. Moore stated, adoption creates a real relationship. As Christians we should fully understand the vital role of adoption, as we were adopted into God’s family through Christ, so that we who were orphans in need of rescue now call God, “Father” (Romans 8:15).

The kingdom of God is made up of childlike faith (Luke18:16). It is of vital importance to the furtherance of the kingdom of God that we welcome children, as Dr. Moore reminded us, as blessings, not burdens.

Today, I came across a post on Life News from Ryan Bomberger, founder of The Radiance Foundation, which illustrated the beauty of welcoming children in the name of Jesus.

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December 26, 2012
Planned Parenthood Gives Up Stopping 72-Hour Abortion Waiting Period

(Life News)  The Planned Parenthood abortion business has given up trying to stop a 72-hours abortion waiting period in the South Dakota, in what is the longest abortion waiting period on abortion in the country.

The law in question, which has been embroiled in a legal battle since passage, would require women considering an abortion to visit a crisis pregnancy center before going to an abortion business to get counseling on abortion’s alternatives as well as the risks associated with having one. The idea behind the bill — which goes further than legislation in other states — is to get women tangible pregnancy help and support that they won’t normally find at an abortion center. The counseling would not require any out of pocket expense on behalf of the women considering an abortion.

On Friday, Planned Parenthood filed notice that it is dropping its case against the 2011 law.

“Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota said Friday that it was dropping the appeal of the 72-hour wait but will continue to fight another provision that requires women to undergo counseling at pregnancy help centers,” AP reported. “The group filed a motion to dismiss that part of the lawsuit without prejudice, meaning they may decide to challenge it in the future. A judge must still sign off on the dismissal.”

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December 20, 2012
`Bigger Than Life` Christian Radio Personality Frank Pastore Dies

(Christian Post) Christian radio talk show host Frank Pastore, who was described by his colleagues and friends as "larger than life," died Monday, one month after a motorcycle accident on a Southern California freeway left him in a coma. He was 55. In perhaps prophetic words on the same night as the accident, the former Major League Baseball pitcher had talked about a strikingly similar scenario in which he said his soul would leave his body.

In a discussion about life after death, Pastore said, "I mean look, you guys know I ride a motorcycle don`t you? So, at any moment … I could be spread out all over the 210 (Freeway), but that`s not me, that`s my body parts."

Frank Pastore Memorial Service
Saturday, December 29th, 1pm
Calvary Chapel Chino Valley
·         12205 Pipeline Ave, Chino, CA 91710
·         (909) 464-8255
·         www.calvaryccv.org

If you unable to attend in person, you are invited to join the service through webcast.  Go to  http://kkla.com on December 29th.

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December 21, 2012
U.S. pastor arrested, held in Iranian jail

(AFA) A 32-year-old Iranian Christian pastor who is a U.S. citizen has been imprisoned without notice of any formal charges while visiting his family in Iran.

Saeed Abedini and his wife converted to Christianity from Islam and immigrated to the United States, according to OneNewsNow.  He has made frequent trips to his homeland to visit with family who are also Christian converts.  According to Jordan Sekulow of the American Center for Law & Justice, Abedini had been imprisoned before.

Sekulow said, "He has had a dust-up before there and agreed to stop his house church movement, which had hundreds of churches around Iran, but Saeed Abedini has been in prison now in Iran since September." Abedini`s wife and two children remain in the U.S.

"He is in a prison cell. He`s been beaten and tortured. His family in Iran is under house arrest," he describes. "He was placed in a cell with individuals who are saying they are al-Qaeda, and they`re in jail in Iran for being extremists there and they`re beating him because they found out he was a convert [and] a pastor."

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December 21, 2012
The Brutality of Late Term Abortion

(NRO) A report out of Denmark says that 1 in 6 aborted late term babies there show signs of life after temporarily escaping death and being born. (Once a baby is born, he or she should no longer be considered a fetus.) From the Politiken DK story:

For the first time ever in Denmark, a survey has shown how many foetuses show signs of life following a late term termination, according to Kristeligt Dagblad. Previously, conventional wisdom has suggested that 10 per cent of foetuses gasped or showed other signs of life following a late term abortion between the 12th and 22nd week of pregnancy. But statistics from Denmark’s second largest maternity clinic at the Aarhus University Hospital Skejby show that out of 70 late terminations between August 2011 and November 2012, 11 – or 16 per cent – showed signs of life. Translated into national figures from 2010, during which 877 foetuses were terminate after the 12th week, the statistical figure for life signs in aborted foetuses would be 140.

That means the possibility of suffering. And here’s the proposed remedy:

The Danish Infant Death Association says parents should be given the possibility of choosing a potassium chloride injection to stop the foetal heart before a termination in order to ensure that the foetus is stillborn. The method is in use in the United States and elsewhere.

I didn’t know that. Note the use of the term “stillborn,” which implies a natural death when this is anything but. Ugly. Ugly. Ugly.

December 21, 2012
Belgian Euthanasia to Expand to Minors

(NRO) Belgium has jumped head-first off a vertical moral cliff with its euthanasia law. As I have documented here and elsewhere, the Belgians have permitted joint euthanasia deaths of an elderly couple and now couple organ harvesting with the euthanasia killings of people with disabilities and even, mental illness.

Now, the country looks poised to expand the category of killables to minors and Alzheimer’s patients.  From the AFP story:

Belgium is considering a significant change to its decade-old euthanasia law that would allow minors and Alzheimer’s sufferers to seek permission to die. The proposed changes to the law were submitted to parliament Tuesday by the Socialist party and are likely to be approved by other parties, although no date has yet been put forward for a parliamentary debate.”The idea is to update the law to take better account of dramatic situations and extremely harrowing cases we must find a response to,” party leader Thierry Giet said.The draft legislation calls for “the law to be extended to minors if they are capable of discernment or affected by an incurable illness or suffering that we cannot alleviate.”

Is anyone surprised?  Once a culture accepts killing as an acceptable answer to human suffering, the culture of death is never satiated.  It is never enough.

December 21, 2012
NRA calls for armed guards at every school after Sandy Hook shooting

(The Hill) The National Rifle Association (NRA) on Friday broke its week-long silence in the wake of the Newtown, Conn. elementary school massacre, calling for a national program to put armed police in every school.

In a jam-packed news conference at the Willard Hotel in Washington, NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre said “properly trained armed good guys” – not tougher gun laws – are the only effective way to protect the country`s schoolchildren.

“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” he said. “I call on Congress today to act immediately to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every single school in this nation – and to do it now.”

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December 20, 2012
A Father’s Timely Words

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(KirkCameron) On Thursday, May 27, 1999, Darrell Scott, the father of Columbine High School shooting victim, Rachel Scott, gave a testimony before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime. In 2012, as we seek to understand and process the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, his words remind us to be careful in assigning blame. Here is an excerpt from that speech:

Since the dawn of creation there has been both good and evil in the hearts of men and women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence. The death of my wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher, and the other eleven children who died must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for answers.

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December 20, 2012
Top 10 Most Impactful Christian Charities 2012

(ROIMinistry) When it comes to end-of-year charitable giving, the number one questions a donor usually ask is: Where can my donation make the greatest impact in the lives of others? To answer this, ROIministry.org challenged exhaustive research, strategic givers and the largest Christian foundations in the world. After a reviewing nearly 1,000 causes, the donor advocacy group has produced a list of the 10 most impactful Christian charities with outcomes such as...

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December 21, 2012
UK preemie escapes `death pathway` by a pair of scissors

(Life Site News)  A baby girl born prematurely at a UK hospital barely escaped death after doctors discovered that she weighed just enough to be considered “viable” according to their standards of infant care.

What doctors did not realize was that it was a pair of scissors left accidentally on the scale that bumped up the baby’s weight to their acceptable standard.

Maddalena Douse was born at 23 weeks. UK ethical guidelines suggest that “extremely preterm infants” weighing less than 400 grams be left to die while receiving “compassionate care only.”

A media investigation last month revealed that the UK’s Liverpool Care Pathway — what has been called a “death pathway” —  is being used by doctors to end the lives of sickly babies. One doctor admitted to starving and dehydrating 10 babies to death in a neonatal unit in a London hospital.

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December 20, 2012
Asperger`s American Heritage Girl Serves Veterans

(Christian Newswire) "Autistic people who struggle with speech and talking to people ... they don`t talk to strangers and they certainly don`t get up in front of the city council and present anything."

But that`s exactly what 17 year-old Lydia Bishop did. And in front of more than one hundred people, Lydia presented her idea for a Veterans Day parade to honor her grandfather and other Veterans.

The city council approved her request. The Lake Dallas, Texas community enjoyed its first Veterans Day parade this fall.

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December 20, 2012
Marriage is safest place for pregnant women: study

(LifeSiteNews) A new study of Canadian women finds that pregnant women who are married suffer less partner abuse, substance abuse, and post-partum depression than women who are cohabitating or single.

Dr. Marcelo Urquia, an epidemiologist at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, found that about one in 10 married women (10.6 per cent) suffered partner abuse, substance abuse, or post-partum depression. However, 20 per cent of women who were cohabitating but not married suffered from at least one of those three conditions.

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December 20, 2012
I Like Adoption: a new short film that will change hearts

(LifeSiteNews) This is the right time of year to focus on the things we like, the things we’re thankful for, the things that have changed our lives.

A few days ago, my wife and I didn’t know that one of those ‘things’ would cause us tears as we sat and watched an incredibly powerful short film called “I LIKE ADOPTION”. I’m adopted. My wife, Bethany, and I are adoptive parents. We really like adoption. But this creative effort struck us differently than anything we had seen before.

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December 19, 2012
Judge overrules Obama admin on HHS mandate

(LifeSiteNews) On Tuesday a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. handed Belmont Abbey College and Wheaton College — and all religious colleges — a major victory in their challenges to the HHS mandate. Earlier this year, two lower courts had dismissed the Colleges’ cases as premature but Tuesday, an appellate court reinstated those cases. The Cardinal Newman Society and 15 Catholic colleges recommended in The Newman Guide had joined in an amicus brief supporting Belmont Abbey and Wheaton.

Belmont Abbey College was the first to sue the Obama administration over the HHS mandate last year. Following a setback in which a judge, an Obama appointee, dismissed the College’s case because the Obama administration had not yet amended regulations to better reflect religious objections as it has promised to do, Belmont Abbey College went back to court Friday. Not only did the court reinstate the case, but it also ordered the Obama administration to report back every 60 days—starting in mid-February—until the Administration makes good on its promise to issue a new rule that protects the Colleges’ religious freedom. The new rule must be issued by March 31, 2013.

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December 20, 2012
Godlessness Fails, Again

(Christian Post) "Our experiment of godless society has failed. We have tried to run our government by godless policies. We taught our children a godless worldview. Our biggest mistake was subjecting hundreds of millions of people to this failed experiment for so long, without recognizing or correcting its failures."

A failed experiment. Godless society does not work. Does that sound close to home?

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December 20, 2012
Human Trafficking Border Interception Programs Greatly Exceed Expectations

(Christian Newswire) Free for Life International is pleased to report that the results for their partner border monitoring interception programs for the current year are in. They can now share that 150 girls were rescued from slavery in combined efforts between their two existing border stations. Free for Life Intl, along with their partners Peace Rehabilitation Center, operate these programs along the Nepal border. They also are celebrating the capture of 17 traffickers this year through this project. These border stations are among the most effective anti-trafficking programs in this part of the world.

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December 20, 2012
School Shooting Caused by Sinful Soul, Not Imbalanced Brain

(Christian Newswire) "I`m sick and tired of the media`s attempt to make excuses for Adam Lanza`s mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School. In the face of all the politically correct mumbo jumbo from pundits and religious leaders alike, it`s time that someone took a stand and told the truth. The culprit is not an imbalance of chemical enzymes in Lanza`s brain; the culprit is Lanza`s sin nature! Man is wicked beyond belief," declared Dr. Marshall Foster, Christian historian, founder of the World History Institute and author of the introduction to the newly republished 1599 Geneva Bible.

"For years the schools have been teaching the children that evil does not reside in their souls. Therefore, evil is now, by default, circumstantial. According to this misguided worldview, there must have been something circumstantially that caused Adam Lanza to shoot innocent school children. His parents were divorced. He had access to guns that should have been limited. He had Asperger`s Syndrome, an autistic disorder. Man is always looking for an excuse outside himself until he faces the demons in his own soul," said Dr. Foster.

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December 20, 2012
Syrian Christians Preparing for Somber Christmas

(Christian Newswire) "Silent night, Holy night, all is calm, all is bright..."

Many Christians all over the world will sing this Christmas carol in the next few days. Millions look forward to Christmas. What about the Syrian Christians in the midst of a terrible civil war? Will they have the "heavenly peace" this Christmas classic speaks about?

Christmas in Syria will be different for Christians this year. There will be few decorations and no big celebrations. Christians don`t want to attract a lot of attention with their Christmas decorations, fearing that Christmas trees might make them a target for extremists. And, of course, the civil war itself isn`t a good setting for big celebrations.

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December 14, 2012
Real Life with Pastor Jack Hibbs

Watch a brand new ½ hour TV program called Real Life with Jack Hibbs. The 1st program features Pastor Jack & Dr. Mark Hitchcock discussing the Mayan calendar and the predicted end of the world. Click on the image above.

December 13, 2012
Mass Shootings -- What the Experts are Missing

(Christian NewsWire) A lone gunman entered a crowded mall in Oregon this week, killing two people and wounding a 15-year old girl, before taking his own life. Police said that it seems to be a random rampage. Investigators reported that the killer, Jacob Tyler Roberts, 22, had no significant criminal history. His mother said that she had "no understanding or explanation" for what he did and that it was "so out of his character." Robert`s Facebook friends said: "I have no words for why his happened," "He was a good guy -- never in a million yrs." [sic], "He was never a mean person."

Most experts are as baffled as his friends. However, Ray Comfort, the producer of a new movie called "Genius" believes he knows why people kill.

More than 160,000 people have viewed the 34-minute movie since it was put on YouTube a week ago. "Genius" can be freely watched on GeniusTheMovie.com.

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December 13, 2012
Five Awesome Pro-Life Videos of 2012 Everyone Should Watch

(Life News) In 2010, the Kaiser Family Foundation released a study showing that 8-18 year olds spend an average of 7.5 hours every day with media devices. These include cell phones (many of which have internet connection), TV, computers, and the like. It’s clear that the more life-affirming videos, commercials, and short clips that we can put out there, the more we will reach our youth.

We need to find creative ways to proclaim our message. It’s doubtful that many young people would click on a video called “Fetal Heartbeat at 8 Weeks” (though a pregnant teen might). But what about a video called “Think Fast”? That doesn’t sound a bit pro-life, and yet you’ll see for yourself below that it’s one of the best pro-life short video tools out there right now.

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December 13, 2012
British Census: Islam Fastest-Growing Faith in England; Christians Drop to 59% of Population

(CNSNews) New census data released in Britain show that Islam is the fastest-growing religion in England and Wales, as the number of people identifying with no religion has almost doubled over the last 10 years, and the number of those describing themselves as Christian has dropped to 59 percent, down from 72 percent in 2001.

Major church denominations put a brave face on the results, arguing that people are less likely these days to call themselves Christian simply as a cultural indicator, and that those who say they are Christians tend to be committed to their faith.

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December 13, 2012
Graphic in national newspaper shows life-sized images of unborn babies next to abortion stats

ONTARIO, (LifeSiteNews)  An illustrated graphic released by one of Canada’s leading national newspapers is being welcomed by pro-life activists after it showed life-sized illustrations of unborn children next to statistics about how many babies that age are being aborted.

At 9-12 weeks, for instance, where 41.2 percent of babies are aborted, the image shows a small baby with already discernible toes, fingers and eyes.

“I was absolutely thrilled to see a secular news source cover this,” Jonathon Van Maren, communications director for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform, told LifeSiteNews.

The graphic provides a breakdown of abortion statistics by province, mother’s age, baby’s age, and includes data about whether the mother had previous abortions or other children, the number of abortion complications, and the abortion method.

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December 13, 2012
Boxing Superstar Manny Pacquiao’s 11th hour heroic effort to stop anti-life bill

MANILA, (LifeSiteNews)  Despite a surprise knock-out defeat Saturday in Las Vegas against Juan Manuel Marquez, world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao, who is also a Philippines congressman, was in the legislature December 12 to urge his fellow lawmakers to vote against the controversial Reproductive Health Bill. 

The bill, which forces taxpayers to fund contraception and abortifacients, was protested strenuously by the nation’s Catholic leadership and faithful, but was pushed by President Benigno Aquino and internationally by pro-abortion groups. Pro-life groups fear the legislation will eventually lead to legalized abortion.

After receiving a standing ovation for the honor he has brought the nation as the world’s top boxer for the last 10 years, Pacquiao immediately put his fame and national recognition to work for life.

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December 13, 2012
Spread the word: You don’t have to leave your newborn in a dumpster

(LiveActionNews)  This afternoon, around lunchtime, a newborn baby girl was found next to a dumpster in Colorado Springs. Thankfully, the baby – found by two women – was reportedly alert and is now being cared for.

The infant was rushed to the hospital by ambulance, according to police. She was in stable condition Wednesday afternoon, said Lt. Howard Black, who heads the special victims’ unit for the Colorado Springs Police Department. …

The tiny baby girl still had her newly-cut umbilical cord and was wrapped in an adult’s hospital gown, he [Nate Blanchette, apartment resident] said. She was awake and alert, he said.

This baby should be taken to a safe place – a hospital, health care facility, fire station, or police station – if his mother is unable to care for him.

Sadly, leaving newborns at or in dumpsters is not a rare occurrence. Of course, there are other locations where desperate mothers abandon their newborns, but dumpsters are commonly chosen. How tragic, that a newborn baby – the very picture of precious, new life – is dropped off to die at the same place old, rotten trash is dumped.

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December 13, 2012
Sweden revokes parental rights of homeschooling family after three year ordeal

This article was written by staff at the Home School Legal Defense Association.

 (LifeSiteNews)  On Monday, December 10, 2012, also International Human Rights Day, a Swedish appeals court reversed a lower court ruling in favor of Annie and Christer Johansson and terminated their parental rights in regard to their son, Domenic.

Domenic Johansson and his family, in happier days.
Domenic Johansson and his family, in happier days.

The boy and his parents were on board a jetliner minutes from departing Sweden for Annie’s home country of India when Domenic was seized in June 2009. The reason authorities initially gave for taking Domenic was that he had been homeschooled.

During subsequent medical evaluations, Domenic was found to have missed some vaccinations and “had cavities” in his teeth.

During the first months following his seizure the parents were only permitted to visit Domenic once every two weeks. This quickly became once every five weeks, and in 2010 all visitations were cut off.

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December 13, 2012
Family Research Council drops UPS over decision to stop funding Boy Scouts

(LifeSiteNews)  Mail trucks with United Parcel Services (UPS) will be carrying a lighter load this Christmas season after one of the top conservative organizations in the country announced they are dropping the mail carrier.

Family Research Council (FRC) expressed frustration after UPS decided to cease funding Boy Scouts because of the Scouts’ policy of not accepting openly homosexual Scout leaders or members.

In November, FRC sent a letter to UPS urging them to reconsider and reverse their new policy.

However, FRC President Tony Perkins now says that he has spoken personally with UPS executives, “but they showed no willingness to back down on bullying non-profits into abandoning their values.”

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December 13, 2012
At issue: The marginalization of religious freedom

(OneNewsNow) Religious rights are deteriorating in Europe, perhaps at a faster rate than in the United States.

The U.S. Helsinki Commission heard testimony from experts on the subject in a special hearing conducted Monday in Washington, DC. The topic for the briefing was "state-sanctioned marginalization of Christians in Western Europe." Leading up to the briefing, the Commission stated: "Reports ... indicate that the marginalization of Christians occurs through subtle changes in law and policy that drive Christian expression off the public square or signal that Christians are not welcome on the square."

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December 13, 2012
Chen Guangcheng: Forced abortion ‘is a sin, because life is sacred’

(LifeSite News) Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng has said violence and coercion are still widespread in the nation’s enforcement of its “one-child” policy and that popular resentment against the practice has the potential to ignite the country in a full-fledged popular upheaval.

“The violence in maintaining China’s One Child Policy still extensively exists,” Chen says in a new message. “It is a sin, because life is sacred.”

The video, recorded for Human Rights Day on December 10, contradicts Chinese government musings that Beijing may abandon the practice of forced abortion and would crack down on the more corrupt applications of the law. 

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December 13, 2012
Ethical Stem Cells Offer More Promise, New Breakthroughs

(LifeNews) Shinya Yamanaka (pictured) of Kyoto University won the Nobel Prize in medicine this year for his pioneering work in producing induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) from adult skin cells in mice.

In so doing he laid the framework for an ethical alternative to using embryonic stem cells (which involve the destruction of an embryo) to provide treatments for conditions including diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, spinal injury and ischaemic heart disease.

Since his initial breakthrough in 2006 there have been progressive refinements of his technique (see here and here) and just last week, in a new breakthrough, a team at the University of Cambridge used cells from a patient’s own blood (‘late outgrowth endothelial progenitor cells’) to make personalised stem cells from which they will be able to grow blood vessels. The first use will be to test drugs on those vessels.

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December 13, 2012
Coptic Christians Asking Free World to Cut Ties With Egypt Under Morsi

(Christian Post) The founder of an international group of advocates for the equality and rights of Coptic Christians is appealing to the leaders of democratic nations to cut any ties with Egypt. The Voice of the Copts is attempting to thwart President Mohamed Morsi`s regime from implementing a primarily Islamic-based constitution.

"We demand that world leaders withdraw their recognition of Egypt`s phony `pro-democracy` leader, Mr. Morsi, who is backed by the illegal Muslim Brotherhood party," states Dr. Ashraf Ramelah, president of Voice of the Copts, in an open letter sent Monday. "Freeze your political relationships with Egypt, halt all investments and aid to Egypt and force Mr. Morsi`s regime to step down. This will facilitate legitimate democratic goals yet to be achieved by Egypt`s freedom fighters."

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December 13, 2012
Court: ‘Choose Life’ plates unconstitutional

(OneNewsNow) A federal judge has ruled North Carolina`s "Choose Life" license plates unconstitutional -- largely because pro-abortion groups don`t have one of their own, despite their attempts.

Pro-abortion groups attached six amendments to the "Choose Life" bill, all of which were rejected. Slogans for the proposed pro-abortion plates included "Trust Women. Respect Choice" and "Respect Choice." The author of the bill, State Representative Mitch Gillespie (R), suggested they float their own bill rather than trying to camp onto the pro-life legislation.

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December 13, 2012
Ethics Case Progresses Against Two Kansas Officials that Bungled Planned Parenthood Criminal Case

(Christian NewsWire) Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe remain under an active and progressing investigation for ethics violations alleged in complaints filed by an Operation Rescue staff member.

The Attorney General`s office has supplied answers to the complaint of ethical misconduct for both Schmidt and Howe that were identical and included gross misrepresentations of the most important allegations against them.

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December 13, 2012
Despite Funding Challenges and Volunteer Shortages, Survey Shows Churches Determined to Do More in 2013

(Christian Newswire) Where would Americans be if churches didn`t make outreach a priority? Many would feel the pain of unmet needs for basics such as food and clothing, not to mention a slow-down in disaster recovery efforts. For many hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy, it was churches that provided the first signs of relief. In fact, a new survey -- Outlook for Outreach -- shows that of the 58% of churches in America that provide hands-on assistance for causes throughout our country, 75% of them engage in national disaster relief efforts.

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December 07, 2012
GREAT NEWS --- Supreme Court agrees to hear our Prop 8 appeal!

(From our friends at Proposition 8 Legal Defense Fund)  The day we`ve been waiting for is finally here . . . Today we scored a MAJOR victory for traditional marriage in the Supreme Court of the United States!!

Just moments ago, the Supreme Court GRANTED our petition seeking the Court’s review of the Ninth Circuit’s erroneous decision striking down California`s Proposition 8.

Thankfully, now we finally have a fighting chance at a fair hearing to defend the votes of over 7 million Californians who approved Prop 8 to restore traditional marriage.  This is a great relief, after a long and difficult journey through the lower courts where the deck was stacked against us from the start.

Yet we are most thankful for all of your steadfast support, prayer and financial backing that have made all of this possible!

So what’s next?

First of all, our opponents are pulling the plug on their plans to celebrate the death of Proposition 8 today with a frenzy of same-sex “marriages” in courthouses all across California.

That is because the Ninth Circuit’s ruling continues to be "stayed" and Prop 8 remains in full force while the Supreme Court deliberates over this case of the century.  This also maintains our perfect record of keeping Prop 8 on the books and in effect continuously ever since the moment it was passed by California voters in 2008, notwithstanding repeated attempts to have it suspended and allow same-sex "marriages" to resume.

But we don`t have much time to spare.  Our final round of legal arguments to the Supreme Court on the merits of upholding Proposition 8 is due in just 45 days.  Our legal team is already working intently to put forth the strongest defense possible.

And to do that, we urgently need a boost of support to cross the finish line.  Please help us kick off this most crucial stage of the legal battle to uphold Proposition 8 with your tax-deductible donation of $1000, $500, $150, $50 or even just $25, or whatever you can afford today.

December 07, 2012
`Merry Christmas Charlie Brown` Performance Canceled Following Atheist Complaints

(Christian Post) A church in Little Rock, Ark., canceled one performance of "Merry Christmas Charlie Brown" after an atheist organization complained and said students should not be exposed to a show with Christian themes as part of a school field trip.

Happy Caldwell, pastor of Agape Church, issued a statement on the church`s website on Wednesday, stating that while he believes the school was within its constitutional rights to bring students to the production, the church has nevertheless decided to cancel a Friday showing for students.

"It is not our desire to put hard working, sacrificial teachers and cast members in harm`s way," wrote Caldwell. "What we want said is that we love our city, our schools, parents and families. People are at the heart of the matter to us.

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December 07, 2012
Never Forget: 71st Anniversary of Attack on Pearl Harbor

(CNSNews) “Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 -- a date which will live in infamy -- the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.”

Pearh Harbor
 
Photo: U.S. Navy Archives

That was how President Franklin Roosevelt described for the American people the Japanese attack on the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

On Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, over 2,000 people will gather in Honolulu, Hawaii, at the Pearl Harbor memorial to commemorate the 71st anniversary of the Dec. 7 air and naval attack that killed 2,390 American service members and 48 civilians.

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December 07, 2012
Gen XXX: Teens Addicted in a World Awash in Porn

(CBNNews) When it comes to pornography, no one is immune. It affects men and women of all ages.

Today, teenagers are bombarded with these images like never before through the Internet. They`re growing up in a world awash in X-rated material.

It`s a $97 billion business every year, making more than top tech companies Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Netflix, eBay, Google, and Yahoo combined.

Roughly 12 percent of the world`s websites, 4.2 million of them, offer the illicit material. About 2.5 billion pornographic emails whiz through cyberspace everyday - a whopping 8 percent of all the world`s daily emails.

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December 07, 2012
There is no ‘Trust us’ clause in Constitution: NY Archdiocese wins ruling on HHS mandate

(LifeSiteNews) In a strongly worded judgment a federal judge has ruled that a lawsuit from the Archdiocese of New York against the Obama administration’s HHS mandate may proceed.

The Obama administration had argued that the archdiocese’s lawsuit was premature, since the administration may still make adjustments to the mandate that would stop it from having any effect on the archdiocese.

After announcing the mandate in February, the Obama administration had announced a “safe harbor” that would prevent the mandate from applying to certain religious employers until August 2013.

However, Judge Brian Cogan slapped down the “safe harbor” argument, saying, “the First Amendment does not require citizens to accept assurances from the government that, if the government later determines it has made a misstep, it will take ameliorative action.”

“There is no, ‘Trust us, changes are coming’ clause in the Constitution,” said the judge. “To the contrary, the Bill of Rights itself, and the First Amendment in particular, reflect a degree of skepticism towards governmental self-restraint and self-correction.”

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December 07, 2012
U.N. Treaty Fails in U.S.: Parental Rights Maintained

(Christian Newswire) The U.N. Treaty on persons with disabilities failed to pass in the Senate on Tuesday after a push from conservatives to call senators to voice their opposition. The 61-38 vote was five short of the two-thirds majority required for ratification of all treaties. Senate Republicans blocked passage saying it could hand over U.S. sovereignty to the U.N. body. Eight Republicans and 2 Independents supported it while no Democrat voted against it. The treaty was adopted in the U.N. in 2006 and President Obama signed it in 2009.

Supporters claimed the treaty is nonbinding and would not override U.S. Law in which the disabled are protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Critics fear parental rights would be undermined by the state and that it would be the first ratified treaty to mention "reproductive health" to include abortion as defined by the World Health Organization.

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December 07, 2012
Homeless Man on Book Cover Leads to Reuniting of Family

(Christian Newswire) It is a story made for Christmas, family, reunions, and miracles. It started with a homeless man, a family that missed him, and a book cover.

Bestselling author, Kathi Macias finished her manuscript for Unexpected Christmas Hero (New Hope Publishers) and handed it over to her editor. Meanwhile, photographer and designer Michael Lê was assigned the task of finding a homeless man who fit the physical representation of Macias` character. Lê and wife Christine were in Ashville, North Carolina last Christmas when they stopped their car and asked a homeless man by the name of Willard Parker if he would be willing to pose for some pictures.

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December 07, 2012
Studies from France, China Report Breast Cancer Risk Climbs with Number of Abortions

(Christian Newswire) A French study on women with mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, which are associated with hereditary breast and ovarian cancers, shows "the clearest dose effect of any (abortion-breast cancer) study." Professor Joel Brind (Baruch College, City University of New York)

"Communist China`s one child per couple policy is at least partially responsible for its escalating breast cancer rates, according to at least two studies. Researchers expect an epidemic of 2.5 million cases of breast cancer by 2021 among women from the One Child Generation who will then be between the ages 55 and 69." (Karen Malec, president of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer)

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December 07, 2012
San Francisco Gearing Up for Walk for Life West Coast

(Christian Newswire) Pro-lifers on the west coast are energized and making plans for this year`s 9th Annual Walk for Life West Coast on January 26, 2013, which will begin at 12:30 PM in San Francisco`s Civic Center Plaza. They expect to produce a bigger, more dynamic, grassroots Walk for Life West Coast that will demonstrate a growing trend: America is becoming more pro-life.

Dolores Meehan, Walk for Life West Coast co-founder and organizer, says, "The indomitable spirit of pro-lifers will never be dampened by the seeming success of pro-abortion policies. Public policies come and go, but the courage and righteousness of individuals persevering to protect the most vulnerable in our midst ... that`s what will be remembered for generations to come. Now more than ever, we must stand and be counted in the public square. We are `in it` to `win it.`"

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December 07, 2012
Police Detain Nine Christians, Send Two to Labor Camp for Holding Free Medical Clinics & Evangelizing in Rural Inner Mongolia

(Christian Newswire) Nine Christians providing medical services in rural areas of Inner Mongolia were detained by local police who also confiscated medical equipment and sentenced two of the Christians to labor camp.

On July 26, six Christians set out from the city of Tongliao in Inner Mongolia for rural parts of the autonomous region, stopping in places such as Jarud Banner, Tuquan County in Hinggan League,  and the village of Shumugou, in Alide Sumu (township), in the Horqin Right Front Banner, where they held free medical clinics and evangelized among those who came for medical attention.

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December 07, 2012
HIV-positive African women protest forced sterilization

(OneNewsNow) HIV-positive women in five countries have filed suit over being sterilized against their will.

The countries are Kenya, Zambia, South Africa, Malawi and Namibia. OneNewsNow talked with Joseph Meaney who is in Rome with Human Life International. He points out the women are being sterilized after giving birth.

"And what it really shows is the kind of contempt with which some of these organizations and institutions hold women -- that while they claim to be `pro-choice` or in favor of women`s choices, in the end they`re sterilizing these women without their consent because they believe they know what`s better for them," he says.

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December 05, 2012
Video Game Teaches Women How to Do Illegal Abortions at Home

(Life News)  For twenty years plus, National Right to Life has warned that in their unceasing desire to expand the number of abortions, the Abortion Establishment was cutting more and more and more corners in promoting the use of “chemical abortions,” by which is ordinarily meant RU486. And those changes put mothers’ lives at increased risk.

“RU486” is not a single “abortion pill.” It is actually a two-drug technique in which mifepristone (trade name Mifeprex) kills the unborn child and the accompanying prostaglandin (misoprostol), which induces contractions to expel the corpse.

In countries where RU486 is not legal but misoprostol is legal for purposes other than abortion, women, at the encouragement of abortion activists, have tried using the misoprostol alone to induce their abortions. However it does not induce an abortion in a significant percentage of women and has been associated with a high number of developmental anomalies among those children who do survive, as we have reported numerous times.

This all came rushing back this morning with an article posted on the pro-abortion site rhrealitycheck.org headlined, “Missed Your Period? Don’t Want to be Pregnant? There is an App for That.”

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December 05, 2012
Patients Sedated to Death Without Permission in the UK

(Life News)  Patients are not individuals in centralized healthcare systems. Rather, they become members of checklist categories on bureaucratic check lists.

How else explain doctors putting nearly one-half of patients on the Liverpool Care Pathway sedation/dehydration protocol–in which patients are put in comas and denied sustenance–without bothering to tell patients of families. In other words, patients are being sedated sometimes to death without permission.

From the Telegraph story:

Almost half of dying patients placed on the controversial Liverpool Care Pathway are never told that life-saving treatment has been withdrawn, a national audit has found…The new disclosures demonstrate just how routinely hospitals are placing patients on the pathway without informing them that steps which could hasten their death have been taken. The national audit found:

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December 05, 2012
Pro-Life Group to Sing Christmas Carols at Abortion Clinics

(Life News)  A pro-life group plans to sing Christmas carols outside an abortion clinic in Los Angeles, California. The group Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust hopes its 12th annual event will help mothers heading inside for an abortion change their mind.

“Join Survivors in LA, as we bring the joy of Christ’s birth to the many mothers considering abortion,” the group said in a memo to its members. “What could be more moving than the sounds of dozens of young voices, singing the peace of Christ, God with us, hidden away in Mary’s womb? What could be more touching for the many hardened clinic workers, or the poor mothers who think their child is a burden, not a gift.”

“We have been doing our Pro-Life Christmas Carol for 12 years — and it never ceases to touch the hearts of the mothers considering death rather than life in this blessed season,” the group said. “Bring the joy and peace of Jesus’ birth to the poorest of the poor — those who think or have been told the death of their child is the only way to live!”

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December 05, 2012
Federal court blocks California reparative therapy ban

(LifeSiteNews)  A federal judge has temporarily barred California from enforcing its ban on reparative therapy for children and teens.  California is the first state to place restrictions on reparative therapy, which is designed to help people with same-sex attraction fight their homosexual urges and develop healthy relationships with the opposite sex.  Homosexual activists claim the therapy harms same-sex attracted youth by making them feel as if their sexual urges are bad or wrong, leading them to depression or even suicide. 

Governor Jerry Brown signed a law banning reparative therapy for use with minors in October, calling it “quackery.”  The ban is set to go into effect January 1.

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