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Inclusion of God in Pledge of Allegiance Upheld in Federal Appeals Court

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, March 11, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com)—The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that the words “one nation under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance “do not violate the Establishment Clause” of the First Amendment to the Constitution.   The Knights of Columbus led the campaign to add the words “under God” to the Pledge in the early 1950s, and the trial court agreed to allow the Knights of Columbus to join the present case as defendants when it was originally filed in 2005.   “This decision is a victory for common sense,” Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson […]
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Washington’s Assisted Suicide Stats Revealed

Monday March 8, 2010 Washington’s Assisted Suicide Stats Revealed By Peter J. Smith OLYMPIA, Washington, March 8, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Washington State’s health department has now released their first annual report for the Death with Dignity Act, the voter-approved law that legalized assisted suicide in 2008 and went into effect on March 5, 2009. The State Department of Health reports that 63 individuals requested and received lethal prescriptions to kill themselves under the Act for the year 2009. Forty-seven individuals have died. Of these 36 patients were confirmed to have killed themselves by ingesting the poisonous medicine. (Statistics available here) […]
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Kansas Bishops Protest Bill Taxing Church Expenses

Monday March 8, 2010 Kansas Bishops Protest Bill Taxing Church Expenses By Kathleen Gilbert TOPEKA, Kansas, March 8, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Kansas Catholic Conference is calling upon local Catholics to protest a bill introduced in the Kansas House of Representatives that they say would unfairly target religious non-profits for a tax hike. House Bill 2549, as amended by a House committee, would raise taxes on utilities and lottery tickets, and would repeal a provision in Kansas law that exempts religious institutions from paying sales tax on their purchases. However, the Kansas Catholic Conference is urging Catholics to actively oppose […]
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7th Annual Los Angeles March for Life on Sat. March 13th

Monday March 8, 2010 7th Annual Los Angeles March for Life on Sat. March 13th VAN NUYS, California, March 8, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Pro-lifers in the Los Angeles area are gearing up for the 7th annual Los Angeles March for Life, which will feature several pro-life celebrities as speakers this year. The Los Angeles march will be held on Saturday, March 13th from 8:00 am – 11:30 am at St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church located at 15520 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA. Participants will walk two miles on Ventura Boulevard in an effort to raise awareness of the plight of unborn […]
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Optimistic Stupak Thinks Dems Will Actually Include Abortion Ban in Health Bill

By Kathleen Gilbert WASHINGTON, DC, March 9, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) now says he is “more optimistic” that negotiations with top Democrats in the House could lead to adequate language banning abortion funding in health care reform, the Associated Press reported Monday. “I'm more optimistic than I was a week ago,” Stupak told the AP in an interview in Michigan. “The president says he doesn't want to expand or restrict current law (on abortion). Neither do I,” he said. “That's never been our position. So is there some language that we can agree on that hits both […]
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Kansas Bill Mandates Hefty Damages to Crush Child Porn

By Peter J. Smith TOPEKA, Kansas, March 9, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) — Kansas lawmakers are considering an innovative way to fight child pornography that has begun catching on in several state legislatures. A new bill introduced in the state Senate Judiciary Committee last month would unleash lawyers on the producers, promoters, and consumers of child pornography and empower them to collect hefty damages on behalf of victims. Kansas' Senate Bill 549 would allow victims to sue each of their offenders for at least $150,000 in damages until they turn 21, or within three years after the completion of a criminal case. The […]
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AFA Founder Donald Wildmon Steps Down

Friday March 5, 2010 AFA Founder Donald Wildmon Steps Down By Kathleen Gilbert TUPELO, Mississippi, March 5, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Donald E. Wildmon, the chairman of the American Family Association (AFA) for more than 30 years, has resigned as chairman of the board, the organization announced this week. According to the AFA statement, Wildmon, 72, has stepped down following several months of illness following a mosquito bite that transferred the St. Louis enchephalitis virus. Encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain, can range from mild to severe symptoms including confusion, seizures, and hallucinations. The AFA said Wildmon has spent 121 days […]
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Justice Roberts Rejects DC Marriage Bid, but Hints Later Appeal Possible

Friday March 5, 2010 Justice Roberts Rejects DC Marriage Bid, but Hints Later Appeal Possible By Kathleen Gilbert WASHINGTON, DC, March 5, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts issued the one-man order this week turning down an appeal by traditional marriage supporters, who attempted to stop enactment of the District of Columbia’s same-sex “marriage” law Wednesday. While some gay “marriage” advocates took the order as a sign of support, Roberts indicated that he did not intend to close the door on future action against the measure, but preferred that the question be dealt with first in […]
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Charges Dismissed Against Man Arrested After Questioning Rep. Kennedy on Abortion

By James Tillman PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island, March 8, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com)—The Providence city prosecutor has dismissed criminal charges against Christopher Young, a Democratic mayoral candidate who was arrested and dragged away by the police after confronting Rep. Patrick Kennedy about the mandated funding of abortion in the health care bill.  He had been charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. “This represents a victory for free speech, even when the view expressed gets an inhospitable reception,” said Tom Brejcha, president and chief counsel of the Thomas More Society, whose attorneys represented Young.  “In this case, it was Young’s view that even […]
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Lieberman Submits Military Gay Ban Repeal Ahead of Pentagon Study

Thursday March 4, 2010 Lieberman Submits Military Gay Ban Repeal Ahead of Pentagon Study By Peter J. Smith WASHINGTON, DC, March 4, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Instead of waiting for the results of a Pentagon study on the consequences of allowing openly gay servicemen, Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut filed legislation on Wednesday to repeal the Congressional ban on open homosexuals in the armed forces. Lieberman and a group of other Democrats on the Senate Armed Services Committee announced the “Military Readiness Enhancement Act” to repeal the 17 year-old ban and the Pentagon’s accompanying policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Lieberman […]
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