Saturday, August 26, 2006

I am born for God only. Christ is nearer to me than father, or mother, or sister - a near relation, a more affectionate Friend; and I rejoice to follow Him, and to love Him. Blessed Jesus! Thou art all I want - a forerunner to me in all I ever shall go through as a Christian, a minister, or a missionary. ...Henry Martyn Art

Her Majesty: The Best Film You Haven't Seen ... Yet
Analysis by Dr. Marc T. Newman
August 25, 2006

(AgapePress) - One of the greatest movie mysteries of my film-going life has not been played out on the silver screen, but rather in my inability to comprehend why more people have not seen Her Majesty (PG). When I speak on "Movies and Meaning" at conferences, I regularly reference this film, tell a bit about the plot, and inevitably somebody asks, "Where did you find this film?"

We are so used to having the studios tell us what movies to see, directed, cattle-like, by loud, frantic multi-million-dollar advertising blitzes using bandwagon techniques to herd us into multiplexes, that it is easy for a smaller, brilliant film, such as Her Majesty, to slip by unnoticed. Despite a fistful of awards, the beautifully-shot Her Majesty did not find its way into wide release. Fortunately you now have an opportunity to support the kind of movie that many people have told me they would like to get behind, but cannot find, at their local theater: a family-friendly movie that is also entertaining, challenging, heart-warming, complex, funny, and thought-provoking. Her Majesty comes out on DVD on August 29.
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Muslim Integration in UK Said Ended
August 26, 2006

By Sher Zieve – After a lengthy series of interviews for his documentary “Dispatches: What Muslims Want”, researcher Jon Snow came to the conclusion that UK Muslims are no longer interested in integrating into the United Kingdom’s societies. Snow advises that the trend is now toward Muslim separatism.

Snow advises that although other second-generation immigrants tend to integrate into their adoptive societies, this is not true of Muslims. Snow writes: "Immigrants have usually tended to become more secular and less religious than their parents by the second generation. But the survey shows Muslims have gone in precisely the opposite direction” and “by contrast, today’s young British Muslims are less liberal and more devout than their parents. Their beliefs render many of them determined not just to be different but also to be separate from the rest of the nation.”
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Matt Kennedy: Has the Episcopal Church really been "Falsely Accused"? Part 1

The problem with his argument, as we shall see, is that if indeed voices like Spong’s and Borg’s are marginal rather than representative, why O why has there been so little opposition to them? If, in fact, TEC as a whole truly holds to the content (rather than just the form) of the Creeds etc you would expect at least some rigorous and sustained opposition to teachers like Spong and Borg to arise not just from the triple headed beast, but from more “moderate” quarters in the Church.

This morning’s article is the first installment in a series of articles commenting on and responding to
Falsely Accused by the Rev. Thomas Woodward. Fr. Woodward seeks to disabuse his readers of the notion that he and his fellow travellers in the Episcopal Church have led the Episcopal Church into heresy/apostasy. In fact, in a rather odd twist Fr. Woodward claims that the leaders of TEC are actually “reasserting” the “traditional teachings” of the Episcopal Church over and against the maliciously destructive accusations of the triple-headed beast (the ACC, the Network and the Church of Nigeria). the rest

Global warming boost to glaciers

Global warming could be causing some glaciers to grow, a new study claims.

Researchers at Newcastle University looked at temperature trends in the western Himalaya over the past century.

They found warmer winters and cooler summers, combined with more snow and rainfall, could be causing some mountain glaciers to increase in size.

The findings are significant, because temperature and rain and snow trends in the area impact on water availability for more than 50 million Pakistanis.
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N.Y. judge rules church separating from PCUSA can keep its property
By John H. Adams
The Layman Online
Thursday, August 24, 2006

A state judge in New York's
Supreme Court system has ruled that the Hudson River Presbytery has no claim to the property of the now independent Church of Ridgebury.

The decision was a big, if temporary, victory for a tiny congregation – membership 29 at the end of 1995, according to PCUSA records – that voted unanimously on Jan. 10, 2005, to leave the Presbyterian Church (USA).

The leaders of the
congregation announced their departure by warning that any attempt by the presbytery or the denomination to claim the church's property "will be deemed slander of title, compensable by damages, and any entry onto Ridgebury Church property by any officer and/or agent of the Presbytery of Hudson River shall be deemed criminal trespass." the rest

Church loses property, wins war
5-year battle sought right to develop property
Posted: August 25, 2006

A five-year war over the right a church has to use its property for worship has ended with a decision in favor of a California congregation whose members wanted to develop a site in downtown Lake Elsinore.

But more importantly, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty said the ruling from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the only judge in the nation to have ruled unconstitutional the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000.

"It erases any doubt as to the constitutionality of RLUIPA, at least for the land use portion," Becket Fund lawyer Roger Severino told WorldNetDaily.

The net effect of the ruling is that the
Elsinore Christian Center now has permission to develop facilities and programs in Lake Elsinore. the rest

Friday, August 25, 2006

I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord God. (Ezekiel 34:15)

Under the divine shepherdry saints are fed to the full. Theirs is not a windy, unsatisfying mess of mere human "thought," but the Lord feeds them upon the solid, substantial truth of divine revelation. There is real nutriment for the soul in Scripture brought home to the heart by the Holy Spirit. Jesus Himself is the true life-sustaining Food of believers. Here our Great Shepherd promises that such sacred nourishment shall be given us by His own self. If, on the Lord's Day, our earthly shepherd is empty-handed, the Lord is not.

When filled with holy truth the mind rests. Those whom Jehovah feeds are at peace. No dog shall worry them, no wolf shall devour them, no restless propensities shall disturb them. They shall lie down and digest the food which they have enjoyed. The doctrines of grace are not only sustaining but consoling: in them we have the means for building up and lying down. If preachers do not give us rest, let us look to the Lord for it.

This day may the Lord cause us to feed in the pastures of the Word and make us to lie down in them. May no folly and no worry but meditation and peace mark this day.
CH Spurgeon

Club prepares legal action over church's nude dancing stance

The owners of a Hobart nightclub featuring nude dancers say they are taking legal action to stop the Anglican Church terminating their lease.

The venue began operating two weeks ago in a church building next to St David's Cathedral.

The Anglican Church says the nude dancers are one of several activities that breach the terms of the club's lease, and the lease will be terminated if the activities are not stopped by midday today.

The director of the nightclub, Colin Latham, has told Southern Cross radio the church is wrong and he has had enough.
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National Cathedral to Welcome Former Iran President

The former president of Iran has been invited to speak at the Washington National Cathedral on Sept. 7 on the role Judaism, Christianity and Islam can play in forging world peace.

In a statement released on Aug. 22, the Very Rev. Samuel T. Lloyd, III, dean of the cathedral, called the former president a man of peace and moderation.

“President Khatami’s commitment to a dialogue between civilizations and cultures is an important component in the peace process. This is much needed in the world today,” Dean Lloyd said.

The Rev. Canon John L. Peterson, the cathedral’s director of the Center for Global Justice and Reconciliation welcomed President Khatami’s visit during a period of heightened global tensions.
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What Your Freshmen Don’t Know
Beloit College has released its latest “Mindset List,” to help academics understand what freshmen know — and what they don’t have a clue about. This list has been prepared each August since 1998 and past lists are
available online.

Here is this year’s list, for the Class of 2010:

1. The Soviet Union has never existed and therefore is about as scary as the student union.
2. They have known only two presidents.
3. For most of their lives, major U.S. airlines have been bankrupt.
4. Manuel Noriega has always been in jail in the U.S.
5. They have grown up getting lost in “big boxes”.
6. There has always been only one Germany.
7. They have never heard anyone actually “ring it up” on a cash register.
8. They are wireless, yet always connected.
9. A stained blue dress is as famous to their generation as a third-rate burglary was to their parents’.
10. Thanks to pervasive head phones in the back seat, parents have always been able to speak freely in the front.

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UK Researcher: Cord Blood Real Potential for Cures, Not Embryonic Stem Cells - Part 1
By Peter J. Smith

UNITED KINGDOM, August 18, 2006 ( – A prestigious UK researcher says that scientists have made great advancements in treating and curing diseases from stem-cell therapies obtained from umbilical cord blood, a science that he says renders unnecessary any embryonic stem-cell research.

In an exclusive interview with, Dr. Peter Hollands, Chief Science Officer of the UK Cord Blood Bank and an early pioneer of (non-human) embryonic stem-cell research, spoke about the great strides being made for patients suffering from cancer and disease through stem-cell therapies using the morally acceptable cord blood.

“Cord blood stem cells have currently been transplanted just over 6000 times worldwide in the treatment of 45 different diseases,” stated Dr. Hollands. “These diseases are currently blood disorders and also the repair of the bone marrow following high dose chemotherapy for cancer.”
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Part II here

GOP Dips in Religion Poll
By The Associated Press
Fri, Aug. 25 2006

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of people who consider the Republican Party friendly to religion has dipped below half in the last year, with declines among white evangelicals and white Catholics. But the GOP remains far more closely tied to religion than the Democratic Party.

The number of people who consider the GOP friendly to religion dropped from 55 percent to 47 percent — with a 14-point drop among white evangelical conservatives and an 11-point drop among white Catholics, according to the poll by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

Only a fourth, 26 percent, considered the Democratic Party friendly to religion — about the same as last year.

Religious voters have been a key voting bloc in recent elections with the most devout Protestant, Catholic and evangelical voters leaning strongly toward Republicans.
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Conservative Anglicans prepare to celebrate their 'common cause'
By Peter T. Chattaway

August 24, 2006

WHILE one group of conservative Anglicans continues to work for change within
the Canadian church, another group continues to function under the authority of Anglican archbishops from overseas -- one of whom will visit the Vancouver area next month. But both groups agree that they are united by a "common cause", which they will celebrate at a special meeting in North Vancouver September 8.

Archbishop Yong Ping Chung, the retired Primate of South East Asia, is coming to Canada to ordain Ken Bell as the new rector for St. Timothy's, a church that meets at a recreation centre in North Vancouver. He will also help celebrate the 10th anniversary of Richmond Emmanuel, a primarily Chinese-language congregation.

Both churches are affiliated with the
Anglican Coalition in Canada (ACiC), a group of 11 congregations from across the country that left the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) at various points after the Diocese of New Westminster voted in favour of blessing same-sex unions in 2002. ACiC clergy are licensed through the Anglican Church of Rwanda.

While he is in the area, Yong will also take part in a 'Common Cause Celebration of Orthodoxy' at
Sutherland Church in North Vancouver.

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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Our lives are full of supposes. Suppose this should happen, or suppose that should happen; what could we do; how could we bear it? But, if we are living in the high tower of the dwelling place of God, all these supposes will drop out of our lives. We shall be quiet from the fear of evil, for no threatenings of evil can penetrate into the high tower of God. Even when walking through the valley of the shadow of death, the psalmist could say, will fear no evil; and, if we are dwelling in God, we can say so too. ...Hannah Whitall Smith photo

CNY Crisis: Interview with Raymond Dague Part II

This is part of an interview conducted with Fr. Robert Hackendorf and Raymond Dague of Saint Andrew's in the Valley Church of Syracuse,NY. This was recorded after St. Andrews was sued by Bishop Skip Adams from the Diocese of Central New York.

Produced by Kevin Kallsen
Footage Provided by
Recorded on July 23, 2006
Recorded at St Andrew's Library, Syracuse, NY

Central New York Diocese: Lawyers for St. Andrew's Church File Papers Against Episcopal Diocese
August 24, 2006


Contact: Raymond J. Dague 315-422-2052

The lawsuit by the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York to seize St. Andrews Church in Syracuse was dealt a setback today as lawyers for the parish filed motions against the diocese. The motions claim that the diocesan lawsuit is “frivolous” and ask that the case against the parish, the rector, and the members of the vestry be dismissed, and that the diocese pay the legal fees for the parish.

When the diocese sued the parish last month, they neglected to tell the court that there was a precedent in New York for Free Churches to be independent of diocesan control, even if they had been affiliated with an Episcopal diocese for many years. The lawyers for the parish discovered the precedent, and are using it to challenge the bishop’s lawsuit. St. Andrews has been a Free Church under New York law since its incorporation in 1903, but the diocese claims a “Dennis Canon” trust on the parish property anyway, even though the deeds are in the name of St. Andrews, and the people of the parish put up the money to buy and maintain the property.

“This Free Church issue was squarely addressed in a 1995 case in Poughkeepsie, New York. In that case the court rejected the position of another Episcopal diocese, and said that a Free Church is not subject to diocesan control,” said Raymond Dague, attorney for St. Andrews and the parish members who have been sued. “But the diocese of Central New York either overlooked that case, or did not want the court here to know about it.”

The case is on for Friday, September 1st for oral argument of all of the motions including a motion by the diocese for an injunction to prevent money transfers at the parish, and St. Andrew’s motions to dismiss. Dague has been quoted previously as saying that if the diocese got their injunction that such an order would effectively shut the church down.

Bishop Gladstone “Skip” Adams sued the parish after St. Andrews declared the Archbishop of Rwanda to be its spiritual authority rather than the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York.

The bishop and the parish were on the opposite sides of a controversy over homosexual bishops and the authority of Scripture which has engulfed the Episcopal Church for the last few years. St. Andrews adheres to the traditional teaching of the church that sex outside of marriage is prohibited by the Bible, while the Bishop and the leaders of the diocese have been outspoken supporters of the homosexual bishop of New Hampshire who divorced his wife to live with his male partner.

St. Andrews Church is a member of the Anglican Communion Network which seeks to be faithful to the traditional teachings of the Church. In the weeks following the Episcopal Church’s General Convention in June of 2006, seven entire dioceses (also Anglican Communion Network members) have disavowed the leadership of the national church and of the newly elected presiding bishop of the church, and have appealed to the archbishop of Canterbury over the same issue.

Over the last three years, twenty-two of 38 primates of the World Wide Anglican Communion have declared broken or impaired communion with The Episcopal Church (TEC) because of this issue, and the vast majority of the Anglican Communion believes TEC has abandoned the faith and practice of Anglicanism as well as historic Christian teaching.

Lord, I am no longer my own, but Yours. Put me to what You will, rank me with whom You will. Let me be employed by You or laid aside for You, exalted for You or brought low by You. Let me have all things, let me have nothing, I freely and heartily yield all things to Your pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, You are mine and I am Yours. So be it. Amen. ...John Wesley photo

Dallas Episcopalians Mull Break from Denomination
By The Associated Press
Thu, Aug. 24 2006

DALLAS (AP) - As a moderate Episcopalian in the conservative Diocese of Dallas, Dixie Hutchinson doesn't find her strength in numbers.

"Nobody around here would elect me to anything," she says.

Soon, she may find herself even more isolated.Dallas Bishop James M. Stanton is among the leaders of seven Episcopal dioceses who have rejected the authority of the denomination's incoming national leader, Nevada Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, as the debate over the Bible and gay relationships tears at the church.

The move, prompted partly by Jefferts Schori's support for gay relationships, falls just short of a complete break. But in October, Dallas-area Episcopalians will meet to more fully consider their future in the denomination.
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ACN Council Meeting 2006: Fred Clark Ministry Minute

This is a Ministry Minute with Fred Clark from Trinity Church in Bristol, CT.
Produced and Recorded by Kevin Kallsen/
Footage courtesy of Anglican Communion Network
Recorded on August 1, 2006
Recorded at the ACN Annual Council Meeting
Pittsburgh, PA

New York summit to bridge American divide
Date: Aug 25
By George Conger

IN A BID to defuse the American church’s civil war over homosexuality and the collateral damage it has been causing to the Anglican Communion, the Archbishop of Canterbury has invited the two sides to a summit. Leading US conservative and liberal bishops are to meet with ACC Secretary General Canon Kenneth Kearon next month for two days to initiate an ongoing dialogue on “some of the difficult issues facing the Church and to explore possible resolutions.”

Dr Williams has asked Virginia Bishop Peter Lee and Southwest Florida Bishop John Lipscomb to convene a gathering, moderated by Canon Kearon, in New York city in early September, and has invited from the left Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold and Presiding Bishop-elect Katharine Schori, and from the right Pittsburgh Bishop Robert Duncan and Bishop Jack Iker of Fort Worth to attend. In an August 18 statement to his diocese Bishop Iker stated, “in accordance with the Archbishop’s instructions,” each of the invitees are “to bring along another Bishop to share in these deliberations, and we have asked Bishop Ed Salmon of South Carolina and Bishop James Stanton of Dallas to join us.”
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Not everything is negotiable, says Archbishop
Date: Aug 25
By Ed Beavan

THE ARCHBISHOP of Canterbury has issued a warning to the liberal wing of the Anglican Church saying that not every controversial issue facing the Communion is negotiable. Speaking in an interview with the Dutch evangelical daily newspaper Nederlands Dagblad, the Most Rev Dr Rowan Williams said that ‘boundaries are determined by what it means to be loyal to Jesus Christ’ when questioned on unity in the church and the row over homosexuality.

He also explained his decision to write an essay while a professor of Divinity at Oxford in which he argued for a revision of Christian teaching and held open the possibility of same-sex unions. When asked if he had to compromise his personal views now he was Archbishop (pictured), he said: “Twenty years ago I wrote an essay in which I advocated a different direction. That was when I was still a professor, to stimulate debate. “It did not generate much support, and a lot of criticism – quite fairly on a number of points. “What I am saying now is: let us talk this through. As Archbishop I have a different task. I would feel very uncomfortable if my Church would say: this is beyond discussion, forever. Equally I have to guard the faith and teaching of the Church. My personal ideas and questions have to take second place.”
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Christmas 'ban' prompts Supreme Court petition
Policy allows recognition of Ramadan, Hanukkah, but not Christian holiday
Posted: August 24, 2006

A petition has been submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court asking the justices to repair damage done by a lower court in a ruling that allows the display in public schools of menorahs and star-and-crescent symbols, but not Christian symbols.

At issue is the policy of the New York City public schools that encourages the display of "secular" symbols such as the menorah at Hanukkah and the star and crescent symbol at Ramadan, but bans the Nativity at Christmas because of its religious meaning.
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Ancient biblical waterworks found in Israel
Corinne Heller Ramat Rachel, Israel
23 August 2006

Archaeologists in Israel have unearthed an ancient water system which was modified by the conquering Persians to turn the desert into a paradise.

The network of reservoirs, drain pipes and underground tunnels served one of the grandest palaces in the biblical kingdom of Judea.

Archaeologists first discovered the palace in 1954, a structure built on a 2,4 hectare site where the communal Ramat Rachel farm now stands.

Recent excavations unearthed nearly 70 square metres of a unique water system.
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Texas Sheriffs Say Terrorists Entering US from Mexico
By Kevin Mooney Staff Writer
August 21, 2006

( - The chief law enforcement officers of several Texas counties along the southern U.S. border warn that Arabic-speaking individuals are learning Spanish and integrating into Mexican culture before paying smugglers to sneak them into the United States. The Texas Sheriffs' Border Coalition believes those individuals are likely terrorists and that drug cartels and some members of the Mexican military are helping them get across the border.

Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez of Zapata County, Texas told Cybercast News Service that Iranian currency, military badges in Arabic, jackets and other clothing are among the items that have been discovered along the banks of the Rio Grande River. The sheriff also said there are a substantial number of individuals crossing the southern border into the U.S. who are not Mexican. He described the individuals in question as well-funded and able to pay so-called "coyotes" - human smugglers - large sums of money for help gaining illegal entry into the U.S.
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Pluto loses planet status
August 24, 2006

PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) - Leading astronomers declared today that Pluto is no longer a planet under historic new guidelines that downsize the solar system from nine planets to eight.

After a tumultuous week of clashing over the essence of the cosmos, the International Astronomical Union stripped Pluto of the planetary status it has held since its discovery in 1930.

The new definition of what is - and isn't - a planet fills a centuries-old black hole for scientists who have labored since Copernicus without one.

Although astronomers applauded after the vote, Jocelyn Bell Burnell - a specialist in neutron stars from Northern Ireland who oversaw the proceedings - urged those who might be "quite disappointed" to look on the bright side.
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Yale School of Medicine Requires Abortion Training for Ob/gyn Residents
By Peter J. Smith

NEW HAVEN, Connecticut, August 23, 2006 ( – Ob/gyn residents at Yale’s School of Medicine must undergo training in abortion procedures in a required residency program established by Planned Parenthood’s Connecticut branch (PPC).

Second year ob/gyn residents will have to complete two four-week rotations with PPC for training in abortion techniques such as vacuum suction, medical abortions, and other “family planning” services in a program entitled Family Planning/Ambulatory Surgery.

"Yale is very satisfied with the experience and training the residents are receiving at PPC and are especially happy with the number of patients the residents see," said Mary Bawza, chief operating officer of PPC to Planned Parenthood’s Choice! magazine.

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Letter of Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad to Bishop Duncan of Pittsburg, Bishop Salmon of South Carolina and Bishop Scofield of San Joaquin, Episcopal Church in the USA

Dear Brother in Christ,

We have learnt from the mass media that you have decided to refrain from recognizing the Presiding Bishop Elect of the Episcopal Church in the USA, Ms. Cathrine Jefferts-Shori. It follows from the released letter you signed that this step was motivated by your refusal to accept the election of a woman to the post of the head of a Church as a gross violation of the old church Tradition. I would like to assure you that I fully share the stand you have taken.

In due time, the Russian Orthodox Church also took not an easy step by ceasing on December 26, 2003, her contacts with the Episcopal Church in the USA because of the ‘consecration’ of Gene Robinson, an open homosexual, as bishop. Through this act, the sinful way of life strictly condemned by Holy Scriptures has been supported by church leaders - the fact that defies any reasonable explanation.
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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

"When thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and pray to thy Father which is in secret." Matthew 6:6

Jesus did not say - Dream about thy Father in secret, but pray to thy Father in secret. Prayer is an effort of will. After we have entered our secret place and have shut the door, the most difficult thing to do is to pray; we cannot get our minds into working order, and the first thing that conflicts is wandering thoughts. The great battle in private prayer is the overcoming of mental wool-gathering. We have to discipline our minds and concentrate on wilful prayer.

We must have a selected place for prayer and when we get there the plague of flies begins - This must be done, and that. "Shut thy door." A secret silence means to shut the door deliberately on emotions and remember God. God is in secret, and He sees us from the secret place; He does not see us as other people see us, or as we see ourselves. When we live in the secret place it becomes impossible for us to doubt God, we become more sure of Him than of anything else. Your Father, Jesus says, is in secret and nowhere else. Enter the secret place, and right in the centre of the common round you find God there all the time. Get into the habit of dealing with God about everything. Unless in the first waking moment of the day you learn to fling the door wide back and let God in, you will work on a wrong level all day; but swing the door wide open and pray to your Father in secret, and every public thing will be stamped with the presence of God.

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New Stem Cell Method Avoids Destroying Embryos
August 23, 2006

Biologists have developed a technique for establishing colonies of human embryonic stem cells without destroying embryos, a method that, if confirmed in other laboratories, would seem to remove the principal objection to stem cell research.

“There is no rational reason left to oppose this research,” said Dr. Robert Lanza, vice president of Advanced Cell Technology and leader of a team that reported the new method in an article published online by the journal Nature.

But critics of human embryonic stem cell research raised other objections, citing the possible risk to the embryo from using the technique, and the fact that it depends on in-vitro fertilization, the generation of embryos outside the womb from a couple’s egg and sperm.
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Matt Kennedy: Eucharistic Liturgy for the 30th anniversary of the Episcopal Women's Caucus [you must read this]

Liturgy and comments at Stand Firm

Connecticut Six Press Release
August 23, 2006

Connecticut Six Clarify Status of Civil Litigation

The Episcopal parishes and their lay leaders known as the Connecticut Six today expressed dismay over diocesan Bishop Andrew Smith’s most recent mischaracterization of their pending federal lawsuit. In a press release discussing the opinion of a federal judge, Bishop Smith suggests that the lawsuit has ended, but this a misrepresentation of facts. Significantly, the court determined only that the lawsuit lacked federal jurisdiction and pointedly left the parishes and the individual plaintiffs free to pursue state law claims in the Connecticut courts, without prejudice. Furthermore, Bishop Smith failed to acknowledge that his own motion for summary, final judgment was denied by the federal court in the process, thus leaving the basic charges against the bishop and the diocesan defendants unresolved.

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First Things: English Law and Lesbianism
August 23, 2006

Joseph Pearce writes:
The trouble with thinking of home is that it’s not always very pleasant. At least if one is an English exile thinking of his homeland. There is an odor of decay surrounding the British body politic and a sense that the memory of a living European culture is in an advanced stage of decomposition. It is, therefore, comforting to look beyond the decomposing present to the healthy vitality of England’s living past. That’s why I spend so much of my time in the presence of Shakespeare, Hopkins, Newman, and Chesterton. How alive these men are compared with the living death of sin and cynicism in the ascendant today. It is, therefore, a small but nourishing crumb of comfort to learn that a senior judge in today’s England has upheld the morality that Shakespeare, Chesterton et al would have taken for granted.

I am referring to
Sir Mark Potter, the president of the Family Division, the senior judge of family law in England, who passed a judgment in the High Court earlier this month that amounted to a ringing endorsement of traditional marriage. He was judging the case of a lesbian couple who had been “married” under Canadian law three years ago and who were seeking to have their union validated under English law. Giving judgment, Sir Mark said that common law had always recognized marriage as the voluntary union of a man and a woman. Anyone challenging this faced the “insurmountable hurdle” of legislation passed in 1973, which says that a marriage is void if “the parties are not respectively male and female.” the rest

Federal judge dismisses lawsuit over gay Episcopal priest battle
Published August 22 2006

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The Episcopal bishop of Connecticut may not be sued over his actions in a struggle over the role of gays in the church, a federal judge has ruled.

U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven dismissed a legal challenge against Bishop Andrew D. Smith, leader of the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut.

"Whether Bishop Smith acted contrary to, or outside of, the diocese's own rules is a question of canon law, not a question of constitutionality of the challenged Connecticut statutes," Arterton wrote in the ruling Monday. "A declaration of unconstitutionality by the court would not redress the plaintiffs' actual grievances or their theological disputes" with Smith, she ruled.
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The Federal Court's Decision (Connecticut Six)

Family Groups Angry with Hotel Porn
Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2006

Pornographic movies now seem nearly as pervasive in America's hotel rooms as tiny shampoo bottles, and the lodging industry shows little concern as conservative activists rev up a protest campaign aimed at triggering a federal crackdown.

A coalition of 13 conservative groups — including the Family Research Council and Concerned Women for America — took out full-page ads in some editions of USA Today earlier this month urging the Justice Department and FBI to investigate whether some of the pay-per-view movies widely available in hotels violate federal and state obscenity laws.
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Wal-Mart Partners With Gay-Lesbian Chamber
Tuesday, August 22, 2006

By Anita French
The Morning News

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is joining with the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce to help advance diversity within the Bentonville-based retailer’s operations, the company confirmed Tuesday.

Dee Breazeale, a Wal-Mart vice president, will serve on the chamber’s corporate advisory council, which works to educate corporate America on the benefits of workplace diversity.

“We are honored to have Wal-Mart's support of the NGLCC. Our partnership will not only provide more opportunities for the NGLCC, but the business community as a whole,” Justin Nelson, chamber co-founder and president, said in a news release. “We are pleased with this addition to our organization and to our council.”
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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

"The neglected heart will soon be a heart overrun with worldly thoughts; the neglected life will soon become a moral chaos; the church that is not jealously protected by mighty intercession and sacrificial labors will before long become the abode of every evil bird and the hiding place for unsuspected corruption. The creeping wilderness will soon take over that church that trusts in its own strength and forgets to watch and pray." AW Tozer photo

Beyond Gay Marriage
The stated goal of these prominent gay activists is no longer merely the freedom to live as they want.
By Ryan T. Anderson -

POLYGAMY? POLYAMORY? The end of marriage as we know it? For the past few years, and with increased frequency in recent months, defenders of marriage have been sounding the alarm as to the real goals of the so-called gay "marriage" movement. In response, gay marriage's "conservative" proponents have countered that the model of opposite-sex marriage, with its norms of monogamy, exclusivity, and permanence, could apply just as well to same-sex partners. That everything which makes a marital relationship worthwhile to heterosexual spouses, to their children, and to the state would apply to gay couples as well. Essentially, that same-sex partners want the exact same things as straight couples. And that basic fairness requires recognition of their relationships by the government.

Defenders of marriage saw through this. Scholars like Hadley Arkes and Robert P. George noted that by rejecting the grounding foundation of marriage--the unique psychosomatic unity possible only between one man and one woman in conjugal sex--the state would lose the principled basis for refusing to recognize polygamous (one man to multiple women) or even polyamorous (multiple men to multiple women, i.e. group) marriages. For pointing this out, they were called slippery-slope reasoners, scaremongers, and bigots. After all, it was said, no one seriously argues in favor of state-sanctioned polygamy or polyamory; George and Arkes were just slandering the good name and intentions of same-sex marriage activists.
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Archbishop Williams: American Church has 'Pushed the Boundaries'

The Archbishop of Canterbury is under growing pressure to respond in a meaningful way to dioceses and parishes alienated by recent stands on sexuality enacted by the General Convention. Shortly after announcing a mid-September summit to find a way to resolve the divisions within The Episcopal Church, the Most Rev. Rowan Williams said in an interview with a Dutch newspaper the Anglican Communion is capable of avoiding a future in which lawsuits over property are all-consuming.

“In terms of decision-making, the American Church has pushed the boundaries,” Archbishop Williams told
Nederlands Dagblad. “It has made a decision that is not the decision of the wider body of Christ. In terms of the issue under consideration: there are enough Christians of good faith in every denomination – from evangelical to Roman Catholic – to whom it is not quite so self-evident, who are not absolutely sure that we have always read the Bible correctly. They are saying: this is an issue we must talk about. But if we are going to have time to discuss this prayerfully, thoughtfully, we really don’t need people saying: we must change it now. The discussion must not be foreclosed by a radical agenda.”
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Conservatives winning the baby race

Syracuse professor
Arthur Brooks writes that "Liberals have a big baby problem: They're not having enough of them, they haven't for a long time, and their pool of potential new voters is suffering as a result. According to the 2004 General Social Survey, if you picked 100 unrelated politically liberal adults at random, you would find that they had, between them, 147 children. If you picked 100 conservatives, you would find 208 kids. That's a 'fertility gap' of 41%. Given that about 80% of people with an identifiable party preference grow up to vote the same way as their parents, this gap translates into lots more little Republicans than little Democrats to vote in future elections."

Lots of caveats are needed -- for example, Brooks doesn't take into account the role of immigrants -- but his overall point and specific applications are intriguing: "Alarmingly for the Democrats, the gap is widening at a bit more than half a percentage point per year, meaning that today's problem is nothing compared to what the future will most likely hold. Consider future presidential elections in a swing state (like Ohio), and assume that the current patterns in fertility continue. A state that was split 50-50 between left and right in 2004 will tilt right by 2012, 54% to 46%. By 2020, it will be certifiably right-wing, 59% to 41%."
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Clarification Issued for Episcopal, Anglican Leaders Meeting
Lillian Kwon
Christian Post Reporter
Tue, Aug. 22 2006

As a group of Episcopal and Anglican leaders prepare to gather mid-September to resolve the conservative-liberal divide over homosexuality in the church, the U.S. Episcopal Church’s presiding bishop issued a statement of clarification on the upcoming meeting.

"I have become aware of a great deal of speculation regarding a meeting that will take place in New York in mid-September," said Bishop Frank T. Griswold in his statement released Tuesday.

Following the Anglican Communion Network's annual council meeting earlier this month where conservative Anglican leaders appealed for an "alternative primatial oversight" in opposition to the Episcopal Church’s stance on homosexuality, next month's summit will address the difficulty of responding to the appeal.

Calling the upcoming meeting "an opportunity for those of differing perspectives to come together in a spirit of mutual respect to exchange views," Griswold offered a few clarifying words on how the gathering was scheduled.
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Calif. Lawmakers Advance Another 'Sexual Indoctrination' Bill
By Jim Brown and Jenni Parker
August 22, 2006

(AgapePress) - The California State Assembly has passed yet another bill that pro-family groups have warned would sexually indoctrinate school children.

The Democrat-controlled Assembly voted 46-31 (five more than required for a majority vote) in favor of legislation that would alter K-12 public education textbooks, instructional materials, and school-sponsored activities so as to positively refer to homosexuality, including same-sex "marriage," as well as bisexuality, trans-sexuality, and transvestitism. SB 1437, sponsored by lesbian State Senator Sheila Kuehl, now goes to the State Senate for a concurrence vote.

Randy Thomasson of the Sacramento-based
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Graham's Ministry Launches New Youth Evangelism Training Project

A well-known ministry has kicked off a new campaign to help young teenagers and pre-teens deepen their faith. The aim of the campaign is to help Christian youth nationwide become better equipped when it comes to sharing their faith.

"Dare to Be a Daniel," or D2DB, is a ministry of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) that targets children age 9 to 14 years old, offering these young believers a number of resources to help them learn how to express their faith and win souls for God. Primary among these resources is an evangelism training kit, which is based on the biblical story of Daniel and includes a study guide and an interactive CD-ROM.

Upon completion of the study guide, each child receives an ID card and opportunities to take part in more activities through a special Internet site. On the D2BD website, participants can access an online training manual with scripture memory verses and exercises, a message board where they can meet other young "Daniels" who are taking a stand for Christ in their own schools and neighborhoods, and other tools.
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School kids appear in homosexual parade
Action Center calls for accounting from district leaders
Posted: August 22, 2006

Elementary-age students have marched in a homosexual pride event under the banner of a San Diego public school, amidst triple-X rated behavior by "gay" activists, according to a Christian blogger who reports daily to 7,000 people.

James Hartline, who issues
"Action Alerts" in response to situations in the city, said he was shocked by the "immoral" actions.

"In one of the most appalling displays of gross disregard for the safety of young children, the San Diego City School system allowed a number of small children to march inside of the San Diego Gay Pride parade under the banner of one of its schools," he said.

That, despite the fact, "that these children were brought into the midst of a number of businesses promoting pornography and nearly nude men and women in graphic sexualized demonstrations."
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Stuart Middle School teacher burns U.S. flags in class Lesson causes uproar in Jefferson
By Chris Kenning

A Stuart Middle School teacher has been removed from the classroom after he burned two American flags in class during a lesson on freedom of speech, Jefferson County Public Schools officials said.

Dan Holden, who teaches seventh-grade social studies, burned small flags in two different classes Friday and asked students to write an opinion paper about it, district spokeswoman Lauren Roberts said.

A teacher in the school district since 1979, Holden has been temporarily reassigned to non-instructional duties pending a district investigation. The district also alerted city fire officials, who are conducting their own investigation.
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Bishop Schofield Responds to Charges

While the Rt. Rev. John-David Schofield awaits the outcome of an ecclesiastical process that offers him virtually no opportunity for defense, he said he bears his accusers no ill will. He said his accusers have been ill advised and misled into believing that three unrelated actions by the Diocese of San Joaquin are evidence of a conspiracy to withdraw from The Episcopal Church.

In a recent interview with, Bishop Schofield said the bishops of California, San Diego, Northern California and Los Angeles had received “some bad advice and did the wrong thing” in bringing charges under Article IV Title 9: Abandonment of Communion, against him.

“The only conclusion” he and his chancellors could make was that his accusers “didn’t want publicity. I deny I’ve left the faith. I deny I’ve left the Church,” Bishop Schofield, said.
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Monday, August 21, 2006

No soul can be really at rest until it has given up all dependence on everything else and has been forced to depend on the Lord alone. As long as our expectation is from other things, nothing but disappointment awaits us. Feelings may change, and will change with our changing circumstances; doctrines and dogmas may be upset; Christian work may come to naught; prayers may seem to lose their fervency; promises may seem to fail; everything that we have believed in or depended upon may seem to be swept away, and only God is left, just God, the bare God, if I may be allowed the expression; simply and only God.
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First Things: Wilfred McClay writes:

Although I have tried mightily, I cannot find much merit in the idea that there is a “party of death” at work in American politics. It seems to me that this formulation states the problem wrongly. Indeed, our biotechnological enthusiasts are nothing if not partisans of life, infinitely extensible.

But what they are in love with, and advocating, is a shortsighted and impoverished vision of life: the dream of complete and unconstrained personal mastery, of the indomitable human will exercised on the inert and malleable stuff of nature by the heroically autonomous and unconditioned individual who is ever the master of his fate and captain of his soul, and whose own existence is, or deserves to be, infinitely extensible.

Such a vision eagerly embraces the Jeffersonian dictum that the earth belongs to the living and rejects the Burkean idea that society is an eternal contract among the living, the dead, and the unborn—a contract that is most powerfully manifested in the primal strength of family bonds and that serves as a profound form of prior restraint upon the individual’s room to maneuver. The constraints and duties that came with that old contract are cast off as the mere dead weight of memory. One can see these two competing views wrestling in
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Anglican Head Calls for Urgent Episcopal Talks to Resolve Gay Dispute
The spiritual head of the worldwide Anglican Church has called for a meeting to be held with six American Episcopal bishops next month, in efforts to reconcile the Church’s divisions over homosexuality.
Posted: Monday, August 21 , 2006

The spiritual head of the worldwide Anglican Church has called for a meeting to be held with six American Episcopal bishops next month, in efforts to reconcile the Church’s divisions over homosexuality.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has called for the meeting to take place in New York in September, to offer renewed hope that the Anglican Communion can remain united despite continued talks of a schism over whether Biblical authority calls homosexuality sin.

The Anglican Communion Office in London announced the summit in a brief news release Friday, but did not give any specific details about the date and location.

The Episcopal Church USA is the American-branch of the Anglican Church, and the six representatives called to the meeting by Dr Williams, will correspond to the range of beliefs currently existing across the American Church.
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LIFE DIGEST: Closings of abortion clinics continue; FDA consults on 'morning-after' pill
Aug 21, 2006
By Tom Strode
Baptist Press

WASHINGTON (BP)--A summer of judgment for abortion clinics continues as operations at six more abortion clinics were shut down recently in Alabama and Florida, maintaining a pattern that began developing in mid-June.

The Alabama Department of Health announced Aug. 15 the suspension of the license of Reproductive Health Services in Montgomery for failing to have a backup physician in case one is needed after an abortion, the Montgomery Advertiser reported.

The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration ordered abortions halted at five clinics by Aug. 16 and suspended the medical license of their owner, James Pendergraft, on charges he had performed illegal, third-trimester abortions, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
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Praying aloud gets man jailed
Something's wrong with police priorities
By Licia Corbella
Mon, August 21, 2006

Maybe if Artur Pawlowski had been holding a flag of the outlawed terrorist organization Hezbollah, Calgary Police would have left him alone.

Perhaps had they seen him on a street corner smoking crack cocaine -- or selling it -- they would have turned the other cheek, as is so often the case.

But Pawlowski was clearly doing something much more provocative Wednesday afternoon on the corner of 17 Ave. and 8 St. S.W. He -- along with about six other people -- were praying and reading the Bible.
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Anglican Church of Nigeria Installs Bishop From America
By Gilbert da Costa Abuja
21 August 2006

Reverend Martyn Minns, a conservative Episcopal rector from the U.S. state of Virginia has been consecrated the first bishop of a new group for conservative Anglicans established by the Church of Nigeria. The hugely celebrated event could complicate the already simmering tensions in the Episcopal Church.

The consecration service at the newly constructed National Christian Center in the Nigerian capital was an elaborate affair, lasting more than four hours.

Priests in white and red robes congregated around the pulpit, as the head of the Anglican Church of Nigeria, Peter Akinola, administered oaths to four new bishops, including 63-year-old Martyn Minns of the United States.

Bishop Minns' consecration could change the landscape of the worldwide Anglican community, as he takes charge of a new group, known as the Convocation of Anglicans in North America, established by the Church of Nigeria to provide a haven for Episcopalians alienated by the U.S. Episcopal Church.
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Pre-Schoolers Must be Taught about Sodomy, Says Teachers Association

The United Kingdom's National Union of Teachers (NUT) has demanded that nursery school’s must include homosexuality in the curriculum. NUT has asserted that children as young as three need to be taught to understand and accept the homosexual lifestyle.

NUT wrote, "Hardly any of these children are exposed to the gay lifestyle at home. They’re effectively brainwashed into conventional ways of thinking. They have virtually no chance of choosing freely between gay and straight sex. That’s why it is particularly important to begin to make three to five-year-olds aware of the range of sexual activities that exist in the UK today.”

NUT is a major advocate for the homosexual agenda. On the NUT website, a number of articles are posted on the Union's ongoing efforts to inculcate the values of homosexuality and the sexual revolution into the British teaching profession and classrooms. The union has published a number of children’s books that it hopes will be made required reading in UK schools. One series features a boy who has alternative lifestyle adventures. Titles in the series thus far include “Billy’s Bum Buddy,” “Billy’s Randy Uncle,” and “Billy’s Backdoor.”

At the 2005, NUT "Pride in Education Conference," Steve Sinnott, the Union's General Secretary, told attendees that homosexuality was becoming an accepted norm in the education profession in Britain. “We want to create an environment where every child has a free an unfettered opportunity to learn about the pleasures of sodomy. Since parents are loath to present this information to their children it is the duty of the school to fill the breach.”
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Church leaders discuss how to talk about abortion rights with congregations
Miscellaneous News
Published: Sunday, 20-Aug-2006

About 30 clergy and lay church leaders representing nine denominations on Tuesday at a seminar in Rapid City, S.D., received advice from several religious organizations about how to hold appropriate discussions with their congregations about "divisive" issues such as abortion, the
Rapid City Journal reports.

The educational program, titled "Controversy and the Clergy," was sponsored by
Network of Spritual Progressives and was led by speakers from the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and the Network for Spiritual Progressives.

The majority of the invited participants were from "mainline" Protestant churches that have official statements supporting abortion rights in certain circumstances or that allow views on the issue to be "left to individual conscience," the Journal reports.

The seminar's "Faith and Choices" curriculum examined the denominational statements on abortion rights for Baptist, Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian, United Church of Christ and other Christian groups, as well as several branches of the Jewish faith and the group
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Anti-Abortion Activists Eye Inner Cities

WASHINGTON (AP) - On a street once known as Murder Row, a teen center founded to steer youths away from drugs and crime has become an outpost in another crusade - a nationwide push by anti-abortion activists to expand their foothold in heavily black and Hispanic inner cities.

The campaign involves crisis pregnancy centers, whose counselors seek to dissuade women with unplanned pregnancies from having abortions. There are more than 2,300 centers across America, yet relatively few in inner cities where abortion rates are typically highest.

Now the two largest networks - Care Net and Heartbeat International - have launched initiatives to change that equation. Their sometimes awkward efforts rely on unlikely alliances, as an anti-abortion movement led mostly by conservative, white Republicans interacts with overwhelmingly Democratic, black communities.

"This crusade has been very difficult - having to educate community leaders as to what's really going on without being offensive, without having a political agenda," said Lillie Epps, the only black member of Care Net's senior staff and director of its Urban Initiative.
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Sunday, August 20, 2006

Herein is my Father glorified—John 15:8

The true way to glorify God is for God to show His glory through us, to shine through us as empty vessels, reflecting His fullness of grace and power. The sun is glorified when it has a chance to show its light through the crystal window, or in reflection from the spotless mirror or the glassy sea. There is nothing that glorifies God so much as for a weak and helpless man or woman to be able to triumph through His strength in places where the highest human qualities will fail us and to carry on in divine power through every form of toll and suffering. A spirit naturally weak, irresolute, selfish, and sinful, transformed into sweetness, purity and power and standing victorious amid circumstances from which its natural qualities must utterly unfit it brings glory to God. A mind not naturally wise or strong, yet directed by a divine wisdom and carried along the path of a great and mighty plan, being used to accomplish stupendous results for God and man-this glorifies God.

Father, let me glorify Thee this day and adorn Thy doctrine in all things I do.
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2006 Tropical Storm Season Now Below Normal
(21 August 2006)

What a difference a year makes. After the record-breaking 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, the 2006 season is now below normal.

As of yesterday (20 August) three tropical storms will have formed in the Atlantic in an "average" year, which is the same number that have formed this year so far. Because of multi-year averaging, that means that today (August 21) slightly more than three storms would have formed, making this year (statistically speaking) just below normal.

In the hurricane category, this year is decidedly below normal, with no hurricanes so far, while by this date 1.5 hurricanes have formed in the average of years 1944 though 2005.
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Media's Nasty Impact on Youth
Themes of Sex and Violence Take Their Toll
CHICAGO, AUG. 19, 2006

( Recent studies confirm long-standing concerns about how the media influence children and adolescents. The Aug. 2 issue of the journal Pediatrics, published by the Illinois-based American Academy of Pediatrics, contained two articles on the topic.

One of them, entitled "Exposure to Degrading Versus Nondegrading Music Lyrics and Sexual Behavior Among Youth," was based on telephone interviews with 1,461 teens aged 12 to 17. The group was interviewed three times: in 2001, 2002 and 2004. The average youth, according to the article, listens to music 1.5 to 2.5 hours per day, not counting music videos. Sexual themes are common in much of this music and range from romantic and playful to degrading and hostile.

The authors started by observing that there is strong theoretical justification for the notion that listening to sexual lyrics may influence adolescents' sexual behavior. Their study confirmed the theory, finding that "Teens who spent more time listening to music were more likely than those who spent less to initiate intercourse."

The article did point out that the correlation between the two factors is not definitive proof of a causal relationship. Nevertheless, the results showed that the more teens listened to degrading sexual music content, the more likely they were to subsequently initiate intercourse. By contrast, exposure to non-degrading sexual music did not lead to changes in sexual behavior.

"Reducing the amount of degrading sexual content in popular music or reducing young people's exposure to music with this type of content could help delay the onset of sexual behavior," concluded the article.
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Pro-Polygamist Teens Rally to Defend Their Families in Utah
Sunday, August 20, 2006

SALT LAKE CITY — Calling their lives blessed, more than a dozen children and young adults from
polygamist families in Utah spoke at a rally, calling for a change in state laws and the right to live the life and religion they choose.

"Because of our beliefs, many of our people have been incarcerated and had their basic human rights stripped of them, namely life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," said a 19-year-old identified only as Tyler. "I didn't come here today to ask for your permission to live my beliefs. I shouldn't have to."

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Little Book of Horrors
By Kim Moreland

Tracing a Deadly Legacy

Commentators at the Chicago Tribune and NPR have pointedly questioned why President Bush signed into law S. 3504, the “Fetus Farming Prohibition Act of 2006,” saying that the law deals only with a hypothetical situation because “scientists say [it] is not happening.” Unfortunately, fetal farming,
a la artificial wombs, is already underway in Tokyo and in the U.S. Furthermore, the press has failed to expound upon the problem scientists are having experimenting on one- or two-week-old embryos. These embryos fail to develop properly and become useful for embryonic stem cell therapies.

Of course, this isn’t the only instance where language and ideas have clashed. Last year, James Dobson stirred a hornet’s nest by using a Nazi analogy to compare Hitler and his minions’ horrific actions upon Jews and the disabled with today’s advocates of bioethical trends such as embryonic experimentation, abortion, and euthanasia. To understand current events, it is imperative to study the past to see what values and manners were bequeathed to the present. Does the rhetoric used during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century by European biologists, doctors, and other intellectual proponents of Darwinian-inspired eugenics echo in today’s bioethical debates?
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Fairfax congregation could leave U.S. Episcopal Church
Truro to have 40-day period of discernment to decide the issue
Aug 20, 2006

FAIRFAX -- In the past few months, the members of Truro Church have found themselves drawn into the spotlight on the debate over a gay bishop that has divided the Episcopal Church.

Today their rector, the Rev. Martyn Minns, will become missionary bishop of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America, established by the Anglican Church of Nigeria as a home for U.S. Episcopalians disenchanted with their church's decision to consecrate an openly gay bishop.

Truro will also undergo a 40-day period of discernment beginning in September, during which the church leadership will seek input from the congregation on whether they want to split from the 2.3 million-member U.S. Episcopal Church, which is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

Between 20 and 25 churches in Northern Virginia plan to go through a similar discernment process, and others are looking to Truro for leadership, said Warren Thrasher, special assistant to the rector. Conservative Episcopalians say they have been disappointed with the church's direction on issues of Scripture and sexuality. The consecration of the openly gay Gene Robinson as bishop in 2003 was a tipping point for many.
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