CANADIAN SCHOOL PRINCIPAL BANS ‘CHRISTMAS’

VICTORIA, December 13, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A school board superintendent in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island wrote an email memo discouraging school principals from using the word “Christmas” in referring to the holiday season.  Carola Lane sent the e-mail to principals and vice-principals, underscoring the district’s “strong commitment” to diversity. “As we look at the celebration of ‘Christmas Concerts,’ we need to be sensitive to ensure that no one feels excluded,” she wrote. “I appreciate your co-operation in ensuring that holiday festivities at schools do not discriminate against any students or their families,” she said.  In response to public outcry, Ms. […]
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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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STANFORD TO CREATE HUMAN EMBRYOS FOR EXPERIMENTATION

WASHINGTON, December 13, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The libertarian-conservative Weekly Standard reports that Stanford University is creating a $12 million research center for producing human clones for biomedical research. The move defies both the July 2001 ban by the U.S. House of Representatives and a four-year moratorium recommended by the President’s Council on Bioethics, write William Kristol and Eric Cohen.  Kristol and Cohen comment: “Stanford’s announcement is important: In a country still weighing the significance and moral dangers of taking the first steps toward human cloning, a major research university has decided to plunge ahead. Stanford seems to believe that the […]
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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 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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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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U.S. POSTAL SERVICE ORDERED TO DISPLAY ‘IN GOD WE TRUST’ SIGNS

WASHINGTON, December 12, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The United States Postal Service has been ordered to display framed posters with the U.S. motto “In God We Trust” in all 38,000 of its post offices. The American Family Association is taking credit for the ruling after member Frank Williamson appealed to Washington when his donated framed pictures of the motto were removed from post office lobbies in three Texas locations.  “The U.S. Postal Service decided to design the poster after researching Williamson’s complaint and discovering that the U.S. House of Representatives had adopted a resolution two years ago that supported putting the […]
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‘FAKE EMBRYO’ DOCTOR CONVICTED

LONDON, December 12, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – An English embryologist who authorized the implanting of “fake embryos” into patients’ wombs in order to raise more money to pay off debts has been convicted of assault and false accounting charges.  Paul Fielding, 44, left the real embryos in cold storage while the fake ones were surgically implanted in unsuspecting customers. “The victims,” ITV News reports, “who were desperate for children, needlessly underwent the painful process thinking that eggs were being implanted.”  For local news coverage see:  https://www.itv.com/news/Front1515589.html
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