Saturday, March 28, 2009

Condoms, pills ... but how about restraint?

What would you think of a circus where the tight-rope walker wore a stout safety harness hitched to the roof-beam?

And where there were two, perhaps three, nets stretched beneath him?

It wouldn’t be very thrilling. But, more importantly, he would probably fall into the nets quite a lot. After all, with so many devices to stop him hurting himself, why should he develop the skills and self-discipline to walk all the way across?


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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Man with Down's syndrome dies after starving for 26 days in hospital

Vera Ryan knew her son Martin as a charming, strong and energetic man, who never had a chance to start a family or develop a career owing to severe learning difficulties. He had Down's syndrome and epilepsy. It took him a while to get to know people because he could not communicate verbally and his behaviour was unusual.

But that lifelong condition should not have caused his death at the age of 43.


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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Terri Schiavo documentary presents new information on case

Franklin, Tenn., Mar 24, 2009 / 08:13 pm (CNA).- Filmmakers have released a new documentary which they say reports previously unexplored facts about the legal battle surrounding Terri Schiavo while exploring her death’s ethical and cultural implications. One disabled woman connected with the film said “countless people” face pressures similar to those that killed Schiavo.


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Friday, March 20, 2009

UK: Judge decides baby must die; parents appeal

Parents battling to keep their seriously ill baby alive have lodged an appeal against a High Court ruling allowing him to die.


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Friday, March 13, 2009

New Mexico lawmakers vote to repeal death penalty

PHOENIX (Reuters) – New Mexico state lawmakers voted on Friday to repeal the death penalty and replace it with a sentence of life imprisonment without parole.

The Democratic-controlled state Senate voted 24-18 for a bill to revoke the death penalty, a source at the chief clerk's office said.


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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Pope Benedict answers critics on SSPX excommunications

In an extraordinary effort to resolve a painful and divisive dispute, Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news) has written to all the world's Catholic bishops, explaining his decision to lift the excommunications of four bishops for the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) and pleading for support in his effort to achieve reconciliation within the Church.


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Operation Rescue Founder to Vatican: Remove Cowardly US Bishops

ROME, March 11, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Vatican must remove key members of the US Catholic episcopate and replace them with men who will speak and act courageously and with urgency to stop abortion, a prominent American pro-life advocate has told Catholic leadership at the Vatican. Randall Terry, the founder of Operation Rescue, came to Rome last week with a delegation of US pro-life advocates to ask prominent Vatican prelates to end the "scandal" of some American Catholic bishops refusing to act on behalf of unborn children by replacing them.


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Saturday, March 7, 2009

U.N. May Try to Criminalize Criticism of Islam

UNITED NATIONS -- For the last nine years, the U.N.'s annual ban on defaming Islam has been non-binding. In March, the United Nations may try to impose its view on Islamic blasphemy on all of its member nations -- including the United States -- thus making criticism of Islam a crime.


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Friday, March 6, 2009

Direct order from Pius XII to protect Jews uncovered by researchers

Rome, Italy, Mar 6, 2009 / 01:52 pm (CNA).- Father Peter Gumpel, the promoter of Pope Pius XII’s cause of beatification, revealed this week that he has uncovered new proof of the Pope’s efforts to protect Jews from the Nazis. The evidence consists of a note from the archives of a Roman monastery that includes a direct order from the Holy Father to give shelter to persecuted Jews.


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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Interview with Pro-Choice Advocate Holly Taylor on Echoes of a Holocaust Protest

Intro from Holly: I would like to clarify the fact that this protest was a last resort measure taken on our part in a deliberate effort to have the talk shut down. A small group of us among the much larger group of protesters that were present made a decision to take an active role in protecting women from this type of harassment and assault on campus, after the university administration failed to do so. We were not willing to engage in debate within the context in question- to do so would be to legitimize his presence and presentation, and we maintain our position that a university institution is not the appropriate forum for encouraging discrimination and hate.


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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Snoop Dogg joins the Nation of Islam

Rapper Snoop Dogg surprised fans and reporters alike this weekend by revealing he has joined the Nation of Islam. Speaking at the religious group's Saviours' Day convention in Chicago, the 37-year-old praised the group's supreme minister and national representative Louis Farrakhan. It is reported by the Associated Press that he also made a donation to the group of $1,000.


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Monday, March 2, 2009

Christians to be banned from using word 'Allah'

The Malaysian government will issue a new decree restoring a ban on Christian publications using the word "Allah" to refer to God, officials said today.


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