RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION IN EUROPE

PHILADELPHIA, Dec 12 (LSN) – On Dec. 7, the European Parliament began a debate on approving a Europe- wide document identifying “dangerous sects.” According to an article in the December 12 issue of the Washington Times, groups such as “Catholic charismatics, Hasidic Jews, Baptists, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Quakers, Buddhists and the YWCA [are] now being listed as ‘dangerous sects’ by state panels.” The Times reported that “A network of psychiatric, legal, media and socialist groups are pressuring European governments to outlaw or curtail the activities of well-known religious organizations, a new report states.” These “anti-sect” groups “propose laws to list […]
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NO POLITICAL ASYLUM FOR FRENCH PRO-LIFER

VATICAN (CWN)—The Catholic Church has rejected the argument that a pro-life activist in France should be offered political asylum. Dr. Xavier Dor, who had spent a night at the residence of the papal nuncio in Paris, left the building voluntarily this morning, to face a possible prison sentence of eight months for his involvement in blockades at abortion centres. Convicted on December 9 by a court at Versailles, Dor had arrived at the nunciature proclaiming the right to political asylum. Although the nunciature in Paris declined all public comment, the Holy See today issued a statement indicating that Dor did […]
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US RESEARCHER TO CLONE HUMANS

CHICAGO, Dec 12 (LSN) – Richard Seed, a Harvard-educated biologist with a background in embryonics, told the Washington Times on Wednesday that he wants to develop human cloning as a commercial venture and has already found two infertile couples who are interested. Missouri Republican Senator Christopher S. Bond, who has put forward a bill to restrict federal funding of human cloning, released a statement saying, “The news about Richard Seed’s efforts to clone humans is very disturbing and makes it critically important that we move forward quickly to ban cloning.” Seed said he has assembled an eight-member team that includes […]
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CANADIAN SECRETARY OF STATE: WOMEN’S RIGHTS = HUMAN RIGHTS

OTTAWA, Dec 11 (LSN)—Canadian Secretary of State Hedy Fry joined the call yesterday for international recognition of “women's rights as human rights,” a slogan commonly understood to include the “right” to abortion, and to have those “rights” enshrined in the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration next year. Speaking in the House of Commons, Fry said, “Today we recognize the 50th anniversary of human rights in the world. Human rights are about women’s rights, and human rights are the same as said in Beijing [the UN's Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995], […]
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SONY LOBBY SEEMS EFFECTIVE

TORONTO, Dec 11 (LSN)—In response to letters protesting Sony's Christmas album entitled “O Come All Ye Faithful,” the proceeds of which were to support an abortion-promoting group called Rock for Choice, Sony recently issued an apology. In a letter to people protesting the album, the company said, “Sony Music had no intention of re-releasing or marketing O Come All Ye Faithful this Christmas. We apologize for this mishap, and regret any upset resulting from this inadvertent error.” The album was planned for release last year in the US, but pro-life protests garnered a promise from Sony to halt the release. […]
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UN TO MANDATE ABORTION VIA HUMAN RIGHTS

CANBERRA, Australia, Dec 11 (LSN) – Elizabeth Evatt, of the UN Human Rights Committee, addressed an international conference of lawyers on “Implementing International Human Rights” this week. In her remarks at the conference, held at the Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, she pointed out that if the Human Rights Committee finds a violation, the State has a legal obligation under UN agreements to provide an effective remedy, including changes to national legislation, if necessary. The Human Rights Committee deems it a violation of the human rights of women not to provide “safe” abortions. In a report to the 52nd Session […]
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UK LEAPS TOWARD INVOLUNTARY EUTHANASIA

LONDON, UK, Dec 10 (LSN)—In shocking succession yesterday England’s Royal College of Physicians and the British Government sanctioned involuntary euthanasia. The Electronic Telegraph reported that the College told doctors they were justified in withholding “treatment, ” which includes killing patients by withholding food and water. The Government added fuel to the fire today with a radical proposal to allow doctors to decide, even against the wishes of next of kin to starve their patients to death. Under the new medical guidelines, doctors may decide to euthanize patients (by withholding food and water) if “the patient has devastating and permanent neurological […]
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PINKER DENIES ADVOCATING INFANTICIDE

NEW YORK, Dec 9 (LSN)—Professor Steven Pinker of MIT denied encouraging infanticide (or neo-naticide as he calls it) last week. In response to letters from people concerned about his views, Pinker asserted his innocence by quoting carefully selected passages from his November 2 article in the New York Times. Of note is that Pinker conveniently failed to quote those passages which most obviously indicate he encourages infanticide. US Congressman Joseph Pitts and US Senator Dan Coats accused Pinker of supporting infanticide on December 3 in an article in the Chester County Press. Pitts and Coats pointed out that in his […]
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CANADIAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS CONDEMN LATIMER RULING

SASKATOON, Dec 8 (LSN) – The Catholic Organization for Life and Family, an organ of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a letter Thursday condemning the granting of a special, drastically reduced sentence to convicted “mercy killer, ” Robert Latimer. Archbishop Adam Exner, the Vancouver-based head of the organization said, “The court has sent a disturbing message that the life of someone with disabilities is worth less than that of others.” The following addresses are provided for those who wish to complain about the Latimer verdict and request a review of the decision to grant Latimer a constitutional exemption. […]
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SCIENTISTS USE ABORTED BABY PARTS

NOTTINGHAM, UK, Dec 8 (LSN)—The London Telegraph reported Friday that doctors in England were planning to use tissue cells from aborted babies to test a proposed cure for blood disorders in not-to-be aborted fetuses. The research team, which includes Dr Rhodri Jones, a specialist in the immune system at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, and David Liu, obstetrician at the City Hospital in Nottingham, were hailed by the media as “pioneers” in trying to help pre-born children with certain ailments.
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