PROVINCIAL SUPREME COURT RULES OUT HOMOSEXUAL MARRIAGE

VANCOUVER, October 3, 2001 (LSN.ca) – In a ruling yesterday from the British Columbia Supreme Court, marriage was upheld as the union between a man and a woman – barring homosexual unions from the institution. Mr. Justice Pitfield stated in his decision that the common law definition of marriage, which is the union between a man and a woman only, cannot be extended to include same-sex relationships. Both the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) and REAL Women of Canada, interveners in the case as part of the Interfaith Coalition, told LifeSite they were very pleased with the decision. Janet Epp […]
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LEADING CANADIAN FEMINIST SAYS U.S. DESERVED TERROR ATTACKS

Federal Government Minister Hedy Fry also on program and did not disassociate self from comments. OTTAWA, October 3, 2001 (LSN.ca) – Speaking at a government funded feminist conference, leading Canadian feminist Sunera Thobani, a woman’s study professor at the University of British Columbia (UBC), said “the path of U.S. foreign policy is soaked in blood.” CTV reported that Thobani’s speech implied that the US brought the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington on themselves. During her address, Thobani, a women’s studies professor at the University of British Columbia and former head of the National Action Committee on the Status […]
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NOTABLE QUOTES

CHUCK COLSON ON TERRORISM AND REPENTANCE Let’s say, hypothetically, that the (terrorist) attacks were God’s judgment. Not that he caused them – he doesn’t cause evil – but he may use such events for his purposes. What will then save us is not the Marines, cruise missiles, satellites, or smart bombs; the only thing that will save us is repentance and faith. If I am correct in thinking God may be using these events to wake up America, we must face a sobering fact: We will not prevail against terrorism no matter how good our armed forces are. We will […]
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BRITISH WOMEN SUE OVER LACK OF WARNINGS ON BIRTH CONTROL PILL

LONDON, October 2, 2001 (LSN.ca) – Three pharmaceutical companies, which are responsible for making the most modern form of the oral contraceptive pill, are facing a massive lawsuit. The BBC reports that lawyers representing the families of 122 women who say they were not warned of the potential side effects of ‘the pill’ announced on Monday that they were taking Schering Healthcare, Organon Laboratories and Wyeth to the High Court in London. In a statement to the press by the lawyers for the families it was noted that the pill caused the women to develop blood clots which led to […]
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PORTUGAL TELLS UN IT HAS BANNED SPANKING

UNITED NATIONS, October 2, 2001 (LSN.ca) – At the United Nations headquarters in New York yesterday, representatives from the Portuguese government said the country had recently passed laws prohibiting “the use of corporal punishment in the society.” The statements came as the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child concluded its consideration of a second periodic report from Portugal on how the country implements the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. A UN report on the proceedings notes, “In response to questions, the Portuguese delegation told the Committee that a new law had prohibited the […]
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U.K. RATIFIES INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT AS BUSH BACKS U.S. BAN

WASHINGTON, October 2, 2001 (LSN.ca) – The United Kingdom and Liechtenstein have ratified the treaty establishing the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of ratifications to two thirds of the 60 needed to bring the Court into being. Meanwhile, President Bush has given his support to an amended version of the anti-ICC American Serviceman’s Protection Act. As the Preparatory Commission for the Court continued its eighth session yesterday, the representatives of Liechtenstein and the United Kingdom said their ratifications would be officially deposited with the Secretary-General today and next week, respectively. In a plenary meeting last week, four […]
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NOTABLE QUOTES

CHRISTOPHER RUDDY ON THE CLINTON-GORE LEGACY …a hidden problem for the Bush administration is that the U.S. government, including our Pentagon, CIA and other agencies, is still largely run by appointees of Clinton-Gore or the career military and bureaucrats Clinton-Gore promoted through the ranks. The same people that left us vulnerable to the acts of Sept. 11 are now claiming they will solve our future problems. I believe long term good will only come out of this catastrophe if we learn from the events of Sept. 11, hold accountable the people in our government who failed us, and make necessary […]
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US NEWS ROUNDUP

Today the US Supreme Court issued an order barring former US President Bill Clinton from practicing law before the court. Although the court did not offer an explanation, in April, the Arkansas Supreme Court suspended Clinton’s Arkansas law license for five years, for lying under oath in the Paula Jones case. Clinton will fight the ruling.  https://www.cnn.com/2001/LAW/10/01/scotus.clinton/  https://www.cnsnews.com/ThisHour.asp#Clinton%20to%20Fight%20Supreme%20Court%20Suspensio The woman’s right-to-know legislation takes effect in Virginia today requiring a 24-hour wait before abortion, during which abortionists must provide information on the development of the unborn child.  https://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/wjla/20011001/lo/virginia_women_seeking_abortion_must_wait_24_hours_1.html
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LIFESITE NEWSBYTES

An extensive inquiry into the scientific, ethical and regulatory aspects of human cloning and stem cell research was tabled in the House of Representatives of the Australian Parliament on 17 September 2001. The document may be viewed at:  https://www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/laca/humancloning/contents.htm British genetic authorities are considering the request of the parents of a boy with a rare genetic blood disorder to be allowed to create and sort through embryos to select a designer baby with a close genetic match to their son. They believe a blood transfusion or bone marrow transplant would save the boy’s life.  https://ca.news.yahoo.com/011001/5/b98q.html
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POPE CALLS FAMILIES TO DEFEND PRO-FAMILY VALUES

VATICAN, October 1, 2001 (LSN.ca) – On Sunday, Pope John Paul II called on families to become “promoters of a new stage of commitment for an effective defense of family values.” Zenit News (www.zenit.org) reports that before leading the midday Angelus with pilgrims, the Pope warned families against “disintegrative tendencies” and attempts “to equate the institution of the family based on matrimony with other forms of living together.” His remarks came as he drew attention to the upcoming Oct. 21 declaration of sainthood of a Roman couple, Luigi Beltrame Quattrocchi (1880-1951) and Maria Corsini (1884-1965). “For the first time, two […]
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