Calgary Bishop Wins Battle to End Gambling Fundraising for Catholic Schools

By Gudrun Schultz CALGARY, Alberta, September 29, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Calgary Catholic school board has finally agreed to stop funding school programs with the proceeds of casinos and bingo halls, after a lengthy dispute with Bishop Fred Henry. The Calgary bishop had called for an end to gambling as a school fundraising source, saying the practice was immoral. The district refused to comply, issuing a formal statement of refusal on May 31, 2006, arguing that extracurricular programs would be cut as a result, including bands, choirs and sport teams. Almost two million dollars were raised annually through gambling by […]
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Christian Psychologist Loses Job with Minneapolis Police over Pro-Family Group Membership

By John-Henry Westen MINNEAPOLIS, September 29, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Christian psychologist Michael Campion, who was suspended (and then cleared) by the Minneapolis Police Department after city officials learned that he was once a board member of a pro-family group, has lost his job with the Department. Campion was told Tuesday that his contract work screening police officers would no longer be required. His case has attracted nationwide attention from Christians and civil liberties advocates who see his suspension as evidence of blatant anti-Christian discrimination. After being reinstated following his widely reported suspension, Campion said he was scheduled to do a […]
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UN Compliance Committees New Front Line in UN Abortion Debate

By Susan Yoshihara, PhD NEW YORK, September 29, 2006 (C-FAM.org) -Â Leading scholars on both sides of the abortion debate agree that the push to make abortion an international human right has shifted from the UN General Assembly, where treaties are negotiated, to the inner-workings of UN compliance committees, where treaties are monitored. In an article in Human Rights Quarterly, “Feminist Influences on the United Nations Human Rights Treaty Bodies,” law professor Rachael Lorna Johnstone found that the committees responsible for monitoring human rights treaties have successfully adopted the feminist agenda. Countries that have ratified human rights treaties are required […]
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Evangelical Demonstrator Cleared of Charges after Controversial Arrest

By Gudrun Schultz SOUTH WALES, United Kingdom, September 29, 2006, (LifeSiteNews.com) – A prominent Christian demonstrator against homosexual activity who was arrested on charges of threatening behavior for passing out leaflets at a gay pride event has been cleared of all charges, BBC News reported yesterday. Yesterday, the Crown Prosecution Service announced the case against Stephen Green, national director of the evangelical lobby group Christian Voice, would be dropped for lack of evidence. Green has denied all accusations of aggressive or threatening behavior and said the arrest was an infringement on his right to freedom of expression. “The police should […]
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Judge Finds Ohio Law Restricting RU-486 “Unconstitutionally Vague”

By Peter J. Smith COLUMBUS, Ohio, September 29, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A US federal judge overturned an Ohio Law restricting the abortion pill RU-486, calling it “unconstitutionally vague” and that it failed to include a significant health exception. The law had intended to regulate RU-486 (or mifepristone) according to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) protocols, which would have made it illegal for doctors to prescribe the drug after the seventh week of pregnancy. US District Judge Susan Dlott ruled Wednesday in agreement with Planned Parenthood that the law regulating mifepristone was “unconstitutionally vague”, and violated due process rights under the […]
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Catholic Youth Face Dangerous Religious Confusion, Warns Australian Cardinal Pell

By Gudrun Schultz SYDNEY, Australia, September 29, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney, spoke out in concern over the growing religious confusion and lack of commitment in young Catholics in Australia, in an address to the National Catholic Education Commission’s annual conference yesterday. “Too many young Catholics have been led by the pressures of contemporary propaganda, whatever might be said about the inadequacies of family life and Catholic religious education, so their religious confusion is worse than that of all other young Australian Christians,” Cardinal Pell said, reported the Universe Newsroom. “They are also poorly equipped for […]
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