MP PROTESTS EXCLUSION OF CHRISTMAS BY THE MINT

OTTAWA, December 13, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Greg Thompson, M.P. (New Brunswick Southwest, P.C.) has protested against the Royal Canadian Mint’s policy of replacing the word “Christmas” with the banal “giving” in an advertisement using the Christmas carol “The Twelve Days of [Christmas].”  Thompson submitted eight (8) questions in writing to the House of Commons, including, “Whose decision was it to take the Christ out of Christmas?” However, Thompson told the House of Commons on December 11, the latter question was rejected as “inflammatory by a clerk in the Journals office.” The Speaker agreed but is taking the seven other questions […]
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U.S. SCHOOL BANS SAYING THE WORD ‘CHRISTMAS’

SACRAMENTO, December 13, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Crackdowns on Christmas have made news across the U.S. this week. In one case, a first grade teacher in Sacramento County, Calif., says teachers at one school have been ordered by the principal not to utter, or use teaching materials that contain, the word “Christmas,” according to a report from WorldNetDaily.  Deidra Powell, spokesman for the San Juan Unified District, said: “You can say ‘Christmas,’ you can say ‘Hanukkah,’ … It is nowhere written in any policy; I don’t think our board of education or superintendent would prohibit that.” Powell says the policy is […]
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POPE ACCEPTS BOSTON CARDINAL’S RESIGNATION

VATICAN CITY, December 13, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Pope John Paul II, who earlier rejected the resignation of Bernard Cardinal Law of Boston, today accepted the resignation after Law traveled to Rome to repeat the request personally.  It has recently become the norm that bishops step down at age 75, but Cardinal Law, 71, is the longest-sitting cardinal in the American church, and the highest level prelate to resign in the current scandal involving sexual abuse, drugs, mismanagement and cover-up, mostly occurring in the 1970s and 1980s.  No new archbishop has yet been named for Boston, but the Vatican appointed auxiliary […]
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MORGENTALER INVITES PRO-LIFE LEADER FOR CHAT

FREDERICTON, December 13, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Henry Morgentaler, Canada’s top abortion crusader, invited Peter Ryan, the executive director of New Brunswick Right to Life and president of Campaign Life Coalition New Brunswick, for a tour and a polite chat inside the Fredericton abortuary on October 23. The encounter is reported in the December 2002 edition of The Interim newspaper, but as Ryan points out, it is doubtful that the exchange led to any change in Morgentaler’s thinking.  Contacted by a reporter this week, Morgentaler said of Ryan, “He tried to convince me that a 12-week foetus is a baby. … […]
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UNICEF IN COMEBACK ATTEMPT IN TORONTO CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

TORONTO, December 12, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Interim newspaper reports that UNICEF is trying to regain its access to Toronto Catholic school-children. This time, they have enlisted Catholics for a Free Choice, the small but well-financed heterodox group that promotes abortion and contraception with the support of large corporations like Hewlett-Packard.  Surprisingly, in September the Toronto Catholic District school board voted 5 to 3 to allow UNICEF to make a Halloween-box presentation next May with a view to re-introducing the boxes in the schools in October 2003. For five years, the district’s students have carried collection boxes for Aid to […]
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UNICEF RENEWS MISGUIDED CHILD-POLITICS AGENDA

BRUSSELS, December 12, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Reissuing its dubious claim that “tens of millions of children around the world feel disconnected from political institutions and lack trust in their governments,” UNICEF announced a new campaign for increased “participation.”  Carol Bellamy, Executive Director of UNICEF, says: “If we fail to promote child participation from an early age, we are missing an amazing opportunity to deepen democracy and human dignity around the world. … That failure leaves young people with a sense of powerlessness and exclusion from society—and that can carry a great cost.”  But Sam Singson, who monitors U.N. affairs for […]
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AUSTRALIA’S TOP COURT RULES IN INTERNET LIBEL SUIT

CANBERRA, December 12, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Australia’s highest court has ruled that a man living in Victoria state can launch a libel suit in Australia against a U.S.-based website over damage to his reputation in the local community. The High Court dismissed an application by Dow Jones & Co. to have the defamation suit moved to a court in the U.S. on grounds the libels appeared in its subscription-only Barron’s Online website.  The ruling is said to have “far-reaching implications for U.S.-based Internet publishers, who may in future find themselves facing libel suits in countries where freedom of speech is […]
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