Italy Introduces New “Ethical” Tax on Hardcore Pornography

By Gudrun Schultz ROME, Italy, December 15, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Italy has succeeded in introducing significant taxation on its massive pornography industry. After several failed attempts, a 25% tax has been achieved on hardcore pornography, including films, magazines and sex-shop merchandise. Italian Finance Minister Giulio Tremonti was responsible for pushing the tax through parliament. Mr. Tremonti said the tax he has brought in is an “ethical” tax, in an interview with the BBC yesterday. The 25% tax surpasses the original proposal of 20% suggested in Italy’s 2006 Budget bill. The Italian porn industry is estimated to bring in more than […]
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Ontario Liberals Fix Next Election Date

By Terry Vanderheyden TORONTO, December 15, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The provincial Liberal government has passed a law fixing the date of the next and every subsequent election for the first Thursday in October every fourth year – October 4, 2007, is then the date for the next Ontario election. Prior to this, elections in the province had to be held within five years, but the exact timing was left to the party in power. This meant that a party could hold an election at any time they felt their popularity was highest in the polls. New Democrat Party critic Peter […]
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Liberal MP Says Gay Marriage Issue Will Lose Party Votes in Rural Canada

By Gudrun Schultz MIRAMICHI, New Brunswick, December 15, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Charlie Hubbard, Liberal Miramichi candidate and incumbent MP, said in the Moncton Times Tuesday that the Liberal Party will lose votes in rural Canada if same-sex marriage becomes a major campaign issue. “Let sleeping dogs lie,” said Hubbard. “It is an issue that is going to cost us votes in rural areas. The more talk there is, the more concern there is about whether or not or if you can turn back the legislation.” Hubbard wants Liberal strategists to stop using the topic as a major campaign issue.  The […]
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US Bishops’ Organization Gives Glowing Review of Homosexual-Sex Propaganda Film

By Hilary White WASHINGTON, December 15, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Catholic Church identifies homosexuality as a serious moral and psychological disorder of unknown origin, one that is serious enough to make a man who suffers from it ineligible for priestly ordination. Nonetheless, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued a glowing movie review of the homosexual propaganda film, Brokeback Mountain, a story of two rugged cowboys who engage in homosexual liaisons and adultery. The film’s theme is a favorite of homosexual folklore: two lonesome cowboys, removed from the repressions of artificial social mores by their work in the […]
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Canadian AIDS Activists Want Bawdy Houses Legalized

By Terry Vanderheyden OTTAWA, December 14, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – An HIV/AIDS awareness group is pressuring the federal government to legalize prostitution. Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network spokesman Glenn Betteridge maintained that keeping prostitution illegal forces women into so-called unsafe sex. Prostitution “needs to be treated as work, so that sex workers can be protected under workplace legislation just like all other workers in Canada,” said Betteridge, as reported by the Globe and Mail. The group released a report Tuesday in support of legalized prostitution. The group’s report, among other things, claimed that “. . . HIV transmission is about unprotected sex, […]
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Ford Meets with National Gay and Lesbian Organizations to Reassure Advertising will Continue

By Terry Vanderheyden DEARBORN, Michigan, December 15, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Senior executives from the Ford Motor Company met in Washington D.C. with the leadership of national gay and lesbian organizations Monday to reassure them of their continued support for the homosexual agenda. In a letter sent to the homosexual advocate leaders attending that meeting, the company explained, “You asked us directly to have Jaguar and Land Rover reverse its plans and advertise in gay and lesbian targeted publications in 2006. As we said, Jaguar and Land Rover made a business decision about their media plans and it would be inconsistent […]
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Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Offers Funding for Embryonic Stem Cell Research

By Gudrun Schultz TORONTO, Ontario, December 14, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CCFF) supports human embryonic stem cell research and willÂprovide grant funding to researchers, according to their grant application form, available at https://www.ccff.ca/pdf/ResearchEnglish.rtf. The application form for a research grant clearly indicates that funding is available for embryonic stem cell research. In section A., under ‘general information’, the applicant is requested to indicate whether the proposed research involves human embryonic stem cell experimentation. If so, they are asked to provide all necessary approval forms. Stem cell research using human embryos has been condemned by many organizations […]
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Mother Dies of Cancer to Save Life of Her Unborn Child

By Gudrun Schultz CLEVELAND, Ohio, December 13, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A mother who developed cancer while pregnant with her fourth child has died after refusing treatment that would have harmed the baby. In a sacrifice reminiscent of St. Gianna Beretta Molla, who died of cancer in 1962 after deciding to protect the life of her unborn baby, Bernadette Mimura chose to save her child’s life at the cost of her own. She delivered a healthy son, Nathan, two months premature, and lived long enough to witness his baptism. Mimura selflessly refused to consider treatmentÂfor her conditionÂwhich would have harmed her […]
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HIV Infected BC Man Convicted of Aggravated Sexual Assault for Spreading Virus

By Hilary White  NEW WESTMINSTER, December 14, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A BC man has been found guilty of knowingly spreading the HIV virus to his sexual partners. Adrien Nduwayo was convicted yesterday of five counts of aggravated sexual assault, one count of attempted aggravated sexual assault and one count of sexual assault.  Crown council, Andrew MacDonald confirmed that spreading HIV constituted aggravated sexual assault. “There’s six victims in this case. Three of the complainants who came forward were HIV-positive and, of course, their circumstances are more tragic,” MacDonald said. “All of the victims showed a great deal of courage and […]
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