Saturday, April 28, 2007

"Thy life will I give thee for a prey in all places whither thou goest." Jeremiah 45:5

This is the unshakable secret of the Lord to those who trust Him - "I will give thee thy life." What more does a man want than his life? It is the essential thing. "Thy life for a prey" means that wherever you may go, even if it is into hell, you will come out with your life, nothing can harm it. So many of us are caught up in the shows of things, not in the way of property and possessions, but of blessings. All these have to go; but there is something grander that never can go - the life that is "hid with Christ in God."

Are you prepared to let God take you into union with Himself, and pay no more attention to what you call the great things? Are you prepared to abandon entirely and let go? The test of abandonment is in refusing to say - "Well, what about this?" Beware of suppositions. Immediately you allow - What about this? - it means you have not abandoned, you do not really trust God. Immediately you do abandon, you think no more about what God is going to do. Abandon means to refuse yourself the luxury of asking any questions. If you abandon entirely to God, He says at once, "Thy life will I give thee for a prey." The reason people are tired of life is because God has not given them anything, they have not got their life as a prey. The way to get out of that state is to abandon to God. When you do get through to abandonment to God, you will be the most surprised and delighted creature on earth; God has got you absolutely and has given you your life. If you are not there, it is either because of disobedience or a refusal to be simple enough. ...Oswald Chambers
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Wonderful Cross by Michael W. Smith

Educating Baptists on the Holy Spirit
By
Audrey Barrick
Christian Post Reporter
Fri, Apr. 27 2007

A three-day conference is underway in Arlington, Texas, to teach Baptists and other Christians what Scripture says about the Holy Spirit.

Recent debates on charismatic practices within the Southern Baptist Convention prompted the Rev. Dwight McKissic to open “A Baptist Conference on The Holy Spirit” on Friday along with a host of speakers lined up to discuss the role of the Holy Spirit in the church.

McKissic, a trustee of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS), was recently involved in a controversy at the school where he had mentioned in a chapel service of experiencing private prayer language. The sermon sparked debate among Southern Baptist leaders, most of whom do not engage in or accept charismatic practices, and the video recording of the service was not posted on the seminary's website, as was regular practice.
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Earthquake shakes southern England
April 28, 2007

LONDON, England (AP) -- A moderate earthquake rattled parts of southeast England Saturday morning, toppling chimneys from houses and rousing residents from their beds.

Several thousand people were left without power after the quake in the county of Kent, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.

"It literally felt like the whole house was being slid across like a fun-fair ride," said Sharon Hayles of Stanford, southeast England.

The British Geological Survey said the 4.3-magnitude quake struck at 8:18 a.m. (0718 GMT) and was centered at sea, 7.5 miles (12 kilometers) off the Dover coast. The area is about 60 miles (100 kilometers) southeast of London.

The U.S. Geological Survey put the magnitude at 4.7.
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Ultrasound Deemed Too Emotional by Pro-Abortionists
Kevin Roeten
April 27, 2007

The dark secret is that seventeen states have, or are considering, ultrasound legislation. The darkest part is that this ultrasound allows women to physically view their babies prior to a possible abortion. Hideously, South Carolina could be the first state to make the viewing mandatory, making women view another life in their bodies before they kill it. Who could possibly require such a thing?

But this information is not surprising. We learn that more and more Crisis Pregnancy Centers now have ultrasound equipment that allows women intending to abort, to see exactly what is to be aborted. Some ultrasounds actually show enough detail where you can observe ‘up-to-now’ hidden physical characteristics. Those centers report that anywhere from 62 to 95% of the women who had intended to abort, change their mind after an ultrasound viewing. It seems all those Planned Parenthood locations can hear the money flushing down the toilet(no pun intended).

The pro-abortionists are livid at such a display of realism. They typically call the practice ‘intimidation’ or ‘emotional blackmail’. But as Star Parker(TownHall) explains, “Intimidation or blackmail implies some kind of threat. What exactly might that threat be?” When has asking a doctor to explain something to you been better than a picture? the rest

Church History: America once an Episcopalian nation
Friday, April 27, 2007

Statistically no group of Christians held a greater influence over the founding and initial direction of the United States of America than the Episcopal Church. According to the website www.adherents.com, fifty-five percent of the founding fathers were Episcopalian. In addition, Episcopalians comprised thirty-two percent of all Supreme Court Justicesand more than twenty-five percent of all presidents in the past two and a quarter centuries of American history.

The Revolution may have been a “Presbyterian Parson's War,” as King George referred to it, but Episcopalians populated the fledgling nation. This is quite natural: the Episcopal Church was the Anglican Church, the national Church of England. Anglicanism was the official church of five colonies and held sway in most of the others. English appointed governors, military leaders, and land grantees were often required and usually quite happy to maintain membership in the Anglican Church when immigrating to the Colonies. Quite happy, that is, until the Declaration of Independence called for the end of British sovereignty over the colonies. Membership within the Anglican Church calls for submission to the British monarch. National independence led to the reorganization of Colonial Anglicans into the semi-autonomous Episcopal Church.

Comprising just under two-percent of the United States population, it would be easy to write off the Episcopal Church as a church whose power day is past. Yet, it remains a bellwether organization. In 2003, the Episcopal Church consecrated the openly homosexual Gene Robinson as Bishop of the New Hampshire Diocese. This event broke open a torrent that had long been an undercurrent within the Anglican Communion. First, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams issued what amounts to a cease and desist against the Episcopal Church. Then, in their 2006 “Message to the Nation,” the leaders of the Anglican Church of Nigeria made clear their position by declaring their “commitment to the total rejection of the evil of homosexuality which is a perversion of human dignity.” And now, perhaps most telling, is the exodus of conservative Episcopalians to the Reformed Episcopal Church (founded in 1873) and several new Episcopal bodies seeking the blessing and oversight of the British and Nigerian Church.
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Archbishop Expresses Deep Sorrow Over Child Abuse Suffering
The Archbishop of Canterbury has expressed his deep sorrow over the suffering of child abuse victims while under the care of the Church of England.

by Maria Mackay
Posted: Saturday, April 28, 2007

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has expressed his deep sorrow over the suffering experienced in child abuse cases involving the Church of England after a former choirmaster was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison this week for abusing boys in his care.

Peter Halliday, 62, formerly a choirmaster in Farnborough, Hampshire, admitted indecently assaulting boys under his care between 1985 and 1990. He was sentenced by Winchester Crown Court to two-and-a-half years in jail on Thursday and ordered to pay £2,000 to each of his three victims.

Dr Williams said that the Church had developed greater awareness and expertise, and had stringent procedures in place, but that vigilance was crucial.
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Brazil 'Prosperity' Preachers – Victims or Swindlers?
By Stan Lehman
Associated Press Writer
Sat, Apr. 28 2007

SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) - As Brazil's most infamous evangelical couple waits in electronic ankle bracelets for a cash-smuggling trial in U.S. federal court, Brazilians are taking a closer look at the husband and wife team whose case has been compared to that of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker in America.

Their adoring followers refer to them as Apostle Estevam and the Bishop Sonia. But Brazilian authorities say Estevam Hernandes Filho and Sonia Haddad Moraes Hernandes used the faithful's donations to buy mansions, horse farms and other luxury properties in Brazil and the United States.

Brazil is now seeking to extradite the couple from Florida, where they await trial Monday in Miami on federal charges that they smuggled $56,000 cash — including $9,000 stashed in a Bible and $10,000 in their son's backpack — on a flight from Sao Paulo.
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Syphilis Rate Rises in US Homosexual and Bisexual Men but Declines in General Population
John-Henry Westen
March 22, 2007

New research has again shown the grave danger of homosexual sex acts to the human body. The grave health risks associated with such dangerous sexual behaviours is one of the prime reasons why society as a whole should oppose homosexual acts, doctors have told LifeSiteNews.com under condition of anonymity. A study which appears in the February issue of the International Journal of STD & AIDS, has found that "HIV-positive men who have sex with men are up to 90 times more likely than the general population to develop anal cancer."


Study: HIV-positive Practicing Homosexual Men 9000% More Likely to Develop Anal Cancer
John-Henry Westen
March 22, 2007

New research has again shown the grave danger of homosexual sex acts to the human body. The grave health risks associated with such dangerous sexual behaviours is one of the prime reasons why society as a whole should oppose homosexual acts, doctors have told LifeSiteNews.com under condition of anonymity. A study which appears in the February issue of the International Journal of STD & AIDS, has found that "HIV-positive men who have sex with men are up to 90 times more likely than the general population to develop anal cancer.

Mexico Catholic Lawyers to Take Abortion Law to International Rights Court
By Gudrun Schultz

MEXICO CITY, April 27, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Mexican lawyers plan to take the capitol city's new abortion law to an international human rights court next week, according to a Reuters report published earlier today.

A law permitting abortion on demand during the first three months of pregnancy passed Tuesday in Mexico City in an assembly vote dominated by left-leaning members. Lawyers argue however that the abortion law violates the Mexican Constitution, which states that human life must be defended "from conception until its natural end."

"The College of Catholic Lawyers, a secular association of believers, is going to start an international campaign to take this case to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ... to show the world the lack of democracy in Mexico City," said Father Hugo Valdemar, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Mexico City.
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Visit by Anglican Bishop Draws Episcopal Anger
NEELA BANERJEE

WASHINGTON, April 27 —The Anglican archbishop of Nigeria, a fierce critic of the Episcopal Church for its acceptance of homosexuality, is arriving next week to install a bishop to lead congregations around the country that want to break from it.


Episcopal leaders say the visit threatens to strain further the already fragile relations between their church and the rest of the worldwide Anglican Communion. But Episcopal traditionalists say there is a growing desire among them to break away. A decision by the Episcopal Church in 2003 to consecrate an openly gay priest, V. Gene Robinson, as the bishop of New Hampshire profoundly alienated those theological traditionalists, and most of the Anglican Communion overseas, who contend that the Bible condemns homosexuality.

The Nigerian archbishop, Peter J. Akinola, will preside over a ceremony in Virginia on May 5 installing Martyn Minns, former rector of an Episcopal church there, as the bishop of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America, an offshoot of the Nigerian church. the rest

Friday, April 27, 2007

If you find it hard to believe in God, I strongly advise you to begin your search not with philosophical questions about the existence and being of God, but with Jesus of Nazareth. … If you read again the story of Jesus, and read it as an honest and humble seeker, Jesus Christ is able to reveal himself to you, and thus make God. … real to you. ...John Stott art

India: Christians denounce restrictions on worship
Draft regulations in Karnataka State would jeopardize Christian religious and social gatherings says All India Christian Council.

Thursday, April 26, 2007
By
Asia News

Christians in India are rising up in protest against “ambiguous” regulations to control “public gatherings” in Karnataka State, which also aim to impose restrictions on religious monuments and processions. The Dakshina Kannada district has introduced a draft notification which intends to limit public gatherings to 5 people due to “previous public order problems”.

John Dayal, President, All India Catholic Union and All India Christian Council, expresses the Christian communities concern to AsiaNews. “This order would put many of its religious and social gatherings that generally happen in public places into jeopardy. I do appreciate the idea behind the order, but it also stops other peaceful congregations of people organized for religious and social purposes, such as those by the Christian community”. The activist feels that, “the existing provisions of the law have enough power for effective management of the law and order situation. Moreover it lacks clarity on vital issues on what constituted public places, property and public gathering”. Dayal has written a letter to the Karnataka Chief Minister, asking him to evacuate the serious risks such a law would have regarding the freedom to practice religious beliefs.
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Death by visitation
China: A harrowing firsthand account of forced abortion leaks out of Guangxi Province as Chinese officials command over 60 procedures in 24 hours

Priya Abraham

Wei Linrong was in labor for 19 hours, in so much pain she could barely speak. Hers was a slow, agonizing countdown: No joy of a new son would come at the end. Instead, she knew her baby would be born dead. Now, her husband says, Wei cries at any mention of their lost child.

Wei was seven months into her pregnancy, and hers was no natural stillbirth. The 34-year-old is a resident of Guangxi Province in southern China, and local officials dragged her to a hospital, injected her abdomen with chemicals to kill her baby, and lingered to make sure that he died. Her forced abortion was one of at least 60 in the province that took place under the direction of Chinese officials in Baise City during a 24-hour period April 17-18.
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Shutting Down Opposition
The Gay Agenda and Schoolkids

By Chuck Colson
Christian Post Guest Columnist
Thu, Apr. 26 2007

Once upon a time there was a handsome young prince. When he grew up, he began searching for a wife, but could not find a princess he wanted to marry. One day, he met another prince—and fell in love. The two men married and lived happily ever after.

They must have been the only ones who did. When the fairy tale—which ended with the newly married “couple” kissing—was read to Massachusetts first graders, Christian parents were outraged.

Two sets of parents sued the Lexington school district, claiming that district officials violated both state law and their civil rights by allowing a teacher to read to their 6-year-olds a book that normalizes homosexual love and marriage.

Not surprisingly—this is Massachusetts, after all—federal judge Mark Wolf dismissed the lawsuit. Public schools, he wrote, are “entitled to teach anything that is reasonably related to the goals of preparing students to become engaged and productive citizens in our democracy.”
I guess it is not possible to become a productive citizen without embracing the teachings of radical gays.

Incredibly, the judge said parents did not even have a right to pull their kids from classes that discuss and depict homosexual behavior. Allowing kids to leave, the judge said, “could send the message that gays, lesbians, and the children of same-sex parents are inferior and, therefore, have a damaging effect on those students.”
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Report Reveals 66 Babies Born Alive After Abortion
A report has revealed that in one year alone as many as 66 babies were born alive after abortions carried out on their mothers, before dying as a result of the procedure.

by Daniel Blake
Posted: Friday, April 27, 2007

A report has revealed that in one year alone as many as 66 babies were born alive after abortions carried out on their mothers, before dying as a result of the procedure.

The Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health, a government agency, has launched its report detailing stillbirths and neonatal deaths in 2005.

The report indicates that in one year alone an alarmingly high number of babies were born alive after abortions. The report also does not include data relating to aborted babies who were born alive but did not die.
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World Famous Evangelist John Stott Announces Retirement
Legendary theologian and evangelist Rev Dr John Stott has announced his decision to retire from public ministry at the age of 86.

by Daniel Blake
Friday, April 27, 2007


Legendary theologian and evangelist Rev Dr John Stott has announced his decision to retire from public ministry at the age of 86.

Dr Stott said that the final engagement of his illustrious career will be an address at the upcoming Keswick Convention in July.

Dr Stott is revered the world over for his ministry life. The world famous evangelist Rev Billy Graham testified him as “the most respected clergyman in the world today”.

Dr Stott, who founded the Langham Partnership International, was confirmed into the Anglican Church in 1936 and has since enjoyed working in a wide range of activities and organisations.


He held the position as chair of the Church of England Evangelical Council from 1967 to 1984, and has also been the president of two hugely influential Christian organisations, the UK branches of Scripture Union from 1965 to 1974 and the Evangelical Alliance from 1973 to 1974.
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Albert Mohler: "There's Not Much Lord in this Church Service"
Posted: Friday, April 27, 2007

The movement toward gender-neutral language for God has picked up steam in recent years, and liberal churches have been busy rewriting language for worship and theology. Just last year the Presbyterian Church (USA) voted to "receive" a document that called for Father, Son, and Holy Spirit to be replaced or supplemented with triads such as "Sun, Light, and Burning Ray," "Overflowing Font, Living Water, and Flowing River," and Fire that Consumes, Sword that Divides, and Storm that Melts Mountains."

That report even suggested an explicitly female triad -- "Compassionate Mother, Beloved Child, Life-Giving Womb." The report was controversial, but this kind of nonsense has been spreading for some time now. Many feminists simply insist that they cannot or will not worship a God who names Himself exclusively in male terms. Yet, to rename God is to create an idol -- a false god of our own creativity and invention. Put simply -- God gets to name Himself.

Now, a report out of Tucson, Arizona indicates just how far many churches have already gone down the road of reinventing God. As Stephanie Innes reports in the
Arizona Daily Star, some churches have banished the word "Lord."

From her article:

At Tucson's largest Episcopal church,
St. Philip's in the Hills, the creators of an alternative worship service called Come & See are bucking tradition by rewriting what have become prescribed ways of worship. the rest

Gay N.H. bishop to make union official
Fri, Apr. 27, 2007
By NORMA LOVE
Associated Press Writer

CONCORD, N.H. --The Episcopal Church's first openly gay bishop and his partner want to be among the first gay couples in New Hampshire united under a soon-to-be-signed civil unions law.

New Hampshire is set to become the nation's fourth state to offer civil unions for gay couples after legislation approved by the state Senate on Thursday was sent to Gov. John Lynch, who has said he would sign it.

"My partner and I look forward to taking full advantage of the new law," the Rev. V. Gene Robinson told The Associated Press.

Robinson, 59, was elected the ninth Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire four years ago, making him the church's first openly gay bishop. His elevation divided the Anglican community.
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New Hampshire approves gay unions
Thursday, 26 April 2007

The bill was passed without difficulty in the state senate Lawmakers in New Hampshire have approved same-sex civil unions, giving legal recognition to gay partnerships in the north-eastern US state.

State Governor John Lynch would sign the bill into law within days, his spokesman said.
Gay marriage is legal in only one of the 50 US states - Massachusetts. New Jersey, Connecticut and Vermont also offer some sort of civil unions.
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Stephen Hawking soars weightlessly
Apr 27, 2007
Mike Schneider Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.–Free of his wheelchair and tethered only to heart rate and blood pressure monitors, astrophysicist Stephen Hawking yesterday fulfilled a dream of floating weightless on a zero-gravity jet, a step he hopes leads to further space adventures.

"It was amazing," Hawking said after the flight, which took off from the space shuttle's runway at the Kennedy Space Center.

The modified jet, named G-Force One but nicknamed the vomit comet, carried Hawking, his four doctors and two nurses, and dozens of other passengers up to 7,200 metres over the Atlantic off the coast of Florida.

Hawking's nurses lifted him up and carried him to the front of the jet, where they placed him atop a special foam pillow.

The jet then climbed to around 9,600 metres and made a parabolic dive back to 7, 200 metres, allowing Hawking and the other passengers to experience weightlessness for about 25 seconds.
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Safe haven of church may not be good for you, minister says
by Celeste Kennel-Shank
Apr 26, 2007

The Rev. Barbara Brown Taylor, once named one of the 12 most effective preachers in English, says attending church every week may not be what's best for your soul.

Going to church every week may be bad for your soul, says one minister.

“What if leaving is not a terrible thing?" Taylor said. "What if leaving church is what church is all about, at least as long as the door remains open for people to come back again?"

She drew from her recent memoir, “Leaving Church,” about her decision to leave an Episcopal church she pastored, encouraging people to take risks in leaving jobs or institutions where they feel safe.
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Bush meeting with Pope Benedict XVI confirmed
Friday, April 27, 2007

Vatican City (dpa) - US President George W Bush is scheduled to meet Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican on June 9, the US embassy to the Holy See confirmed in a statement Friday.

The US president plans to visit the pope after attending a June 8-10 Group of Eight summit in Germany.

The June 9 meeting will be the first between Bush and Joseph Ratzinger since the latter's April 2005 election as pope.
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Thursday, April 26, 2007

That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, "Let us go over to the other side." Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, "Teacher, don't you care if we drown?" Mark 4:35-38

When Jesus says, “Let us go,” we expect smooth sailing ahead. But these verses show something different. When Jesus says, “Let us go,” do you focus on the word “go” or on the word “us.” Jesus wants us to focus on both words. The word “go” is a calling, and the word “us” is a relationship. Following Jesus is a calling and a relationship.


Because Jesus did not respond according to the disciples’ expectations, they accused him of not caring about their lives. Like the disciples, we sometimes accuse Jesus about his lack of care for us. But the cross is Jesus’ ultimate sign of care for us. He gave up his life to die on the cross so that we might have life in God. Then he gave us his Holy Spirit as a personal sign of his eternal relationship with us. The next time you accuse Jesus in your heart of not caring for you, remember the cross and the gift of his Holy Spirit in you. ...Jonathan Bissel
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How Great Is Our God by Chris Tomlin

Chris Tomlin, Aaron Shust Dominate Dove Awards
By Kevin Jackson
Christian Post Reporter
Thu, Apr. 26 2007

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The biggest night for Christian music took place last night in Nashville, with awards given to the most talented Christian artists.

Chris Tomlin accepts the male vocalist of the year award at the Dove Awards show Wednesday, April 25, 2007, in Nashville, Tenn. The Dove Awards are given by the Gospel Music Association.
Among the big winners at the Dove Awards, which is the most prestigious award given to a Christian musician, worship star Chris Tomin and newcomer Aaron Shust raked in the most accolades with six and three Doves, respectively.
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Episcopal Head: Anglican Churches Will Follow 'Journey' to Pro-Gay Stance
After affirming that the 2008 Lambeth Conference will not be cancelled over sexuality debates, the Anglican Communion is moving forward with plans for the worldwide assembly.
by Lillian Kwon, Christian Today US Correspondent
Thursday, April 26, 2007

After affirming that the 2008 Lambeth Conference will not be cancelled over sexuality debates, the Anglican Communion is moving forward with plans for the worldwide assembly.

Next year's decennial conference will be different, however. Rather than a parliamentary debating chamber with a string of resolutions, it will be a time for "spiritual reflection, learning, sharing and discerning," said Archbishop of Melanesia, Sir Ellison Pogo.

The 77 million-member Anglican Communion had been considering whether to cancel the global event in the wake of heightened controversy over the Episcopal Church's recent actions and stance favouring the consecration of homosexuals and the blessing of same-sex unions.
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Ki-moon to meet Pope Benedict
April 26 2007

United Nations - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday that Pope Benedict XVI has accepted his invitation to visit the United Nations.

During a meeting with the pope at the Vatican last week, Ban said he invited the pontiff to visit the United Nations "at a mutually convenient time."

"I am very much happy that he accepted my invitation to visit United Nations," the secretary-general told reporters.No date has been set for the pope's visit to UN headquarters in New York.
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Boom In Christianity Reshapes Methodists
Wednesday, 25 Apr 2007
By RACHEL ZOLL
AP Religion Writer

The United Methodist Church is the latest Protestant group caught in the shifting currents of world Christianity. While the American denomination is shrinking at home, its congregations in the developing world are growing explosively.

Over the last decade, the number of United Methodists outside the U.S. more than tripled. The denomination's largest district is now in the West African nation of Ivory Coast. At the next national church assembly, the 2008 General Conference in Texas, overseas delegates will have more say than ever in the church's future -- as many as 30 percent could come from abroad.

"Trends suggest that Christianity is going to continue to grow as a global phenomenon, and denominations that have thought of themselves as being predominantly North American in character are going to have to get over that," said William Lawrence, dean of the Perkins School of Theology, a Methodist seminary in Dallas.
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Spitzer Pushing Bill to Shore Up Abortion Rights
By
DANNY HAKIM
Published: April 26, 2007

ALBANY, April 25 — Gov.
Eliot Spitzer said Wednesday that he planned to introduce legislation to overhaul the state’s pioneering but antiquated abortion law, shoring up abortion rights in New York.

The proposal follows the
United States Supreme Court's decision last week to uphold the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, at a time when several other states are moving to tighten restrictions on abortion.

New York took an early role in legalizing abortion, and the governor’s plan could take on much broader significance if the Supreme Court ever returns abortion law to the discretion of the states. Still, it is far from certain that the legislation will pass the Republican-led State Senate.

Mr. Spitzer’s bill, the Reproductive Health and Privacy Protection Act, would update current law, which, for example, does not include a provision allowing for abortions late in pregnancies to protect a woman’s health. New York state laws on the books also treat abortion as a homicide, but with broad exceptions that allow the procedure in many cases.
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ACNS: Lambeth Conference Plans move forward
April 26, 2007

Decision-makers met last week to continue their planning for progress plans for the Lambeth Conference 2008.

The conference ‘Design Group’, appointed by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, spent five days from April 16 to 20 working on looking the conference structures, purposes, issues and programme.

This international group is chaired by the Archbishop of Melanesia, Sir Ellison Pogo.
He said:

“We feel excited as we prepare through prayer and meditation on the time the bishops will spend together in July 2008.

“Perhaps most important will be the many opportunities for encounter, fellowship and conversation that gathering provides.”
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First designer babies to beat breast cancer
Mark Henderson, Science Editor
April 26,2007

Two couples whose families have been ravaged by breast cancer are to become the first to screen embryos to prevent them having children at risk of the disease, The Times has learnt.

Tests will allow the couples to take the unprecedented step of selecting embryos free from a gene that carries a heightened risk of the cancer but does not always cause it. The move will reignite controversy over the ethics of embryo screening.

An application to test for the BRCA1 gene was submitted yesterday by Paul Serhal, of University College Hospital, London. It is expected to be approved within months as the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has already agreed in principle.

Opponents say that the test is unethical because it involves destroying some embryos that would never contract these conditions if allowed to develop into children. Even those that did become ill could expect many years of healthy life first.
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Albert Mohler: The Bishop Condescends
Thursday, April 26, 2007

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori of the Episcopal Church USA visited Boston this week and while there granted a noteworthy interview to The Boston Globe. In the course of the interview, Bishop Jefferts Schori described her church's election of an openly-homosexual man as Bishop of New Hampshire as "a great blessing" and said, "I don't believe that there is any will in this church to move backward."

We can safely interpret that statement to mean that the Episcopal Church is unlikely to do what the Anglican Communion has asked -- to repent of its sin and desist from any further elections of homosexual bishops or blessings of homosexual unions. The Presiding Bishop's comments are in direct contradiction to the solemn demands of the world-wide Anglican Communion.

In the interview with
The Boston Globe, Jefferts Schori made her point clearly. Consider this section of the paper's report:

In an interview during a visit to Boston, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori compared the gay rights struggle to battles over slavery and women's rights, and said she believes that it has become a vocation for the Episcopal Church "to keep questions of human sexuality in conversation, and before not just the rest of our own church, but the rest of the world."

Jefferts Schori said that it could take 50 years for the debate over homosexuality to be resolved, but that she believes it will happen. She said she hopes that the Anglican Communion, an umbrella organization including the Episcopal Church and the Church of England, will stay together.
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Study Says Hispanics Alter U.S. Catholicism
By
LAURIE GOODSTEIN
Published: April 26, 2007

The influx of Hispanic immigrants to the United States is transforming the
Roman Catholic Church as well as the nation’s religious landscape, according to a study of Hispanics and religion released yesterday.

The study, conducted by the Pew Hispanic Center and the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, found that half of Hispanic Catholics practice a “distinctive form” of charismatic Catholicism that includes speaking in tongues, miraculous healings and prophesying — practices more often associated with Pentecostalism. Among Catholics who are not Hispanic, only 12 percent are involved in these practices.

The study also found that two-thirds of Hispanics choose to worship in “ethnic congregations” that have Hispanic clergymen and Spanish-language services, and where a majority of congregants are Hispanic. These congregations are cropping up throughout the country, even in areas where Hispanics are sparse.
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LATimes: Latinos reshaping nation's religious landscape, study says

Rabbis try to pass pro-gay resolution
By MATTHEW WAGNER
April 25, 2007

A group of Israeli and US Conservative Rabbis will try to pass a resolution next week at the Annual Convention of the Rabbinical Assembly (RA) in Cambridge, Massachusetts that would force Israel's rabbinic seminary to admit homosexuals.

"Whereas the Rabbinical Assembly has called for full civil rights for Gays and Lesbians," write the proponents of the resolution, "therefore be it resolved that the RA calls for all of the rabbinical schools the world over that ordain Conservative/Masorti rabbis to admit applicants without regard to sexual orientation."

Rabbi David Lazar, who has been conducting same-sex commitment ceremonies for over a decade in open disregard for Conservative Judaism's official stance, is one of the rabbis behind the initiative.
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Public consulted over embryo work
Wednesday, 25 April 2007

UK regulators have launched a public consultation on whether scientists should be allowed to create human-animal hybrid embryos.

Ministers proposed outlawing such work after unfavourable public opinion.

But a recent report from the Science and Technology Committee warned a total ban was "unnecessarily prohibitive" and could harm UK science.

The Human Fertilisation and Embryo Authority (HFEA) will announce its final recommendations in the Autumn.

Applications by King's College London and the University of Newcastle for permission to produce embryos that would be 99.9% human and 0.1% animal have been sent to the HFEA, but have been put on hold.
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Nuns killed for convent treasure
By Malcolm Brabant BBC News, Athens
Wednesday, 25 April 2007

The Peloponnese is home to many historic monasteries and churchesPolice in southern Greece are hunting the killers of two elderly nuns found suffocated in their hillside convent.

The motive appears to be robbery - the killers are believed to have taken a crucifix containing wood reputedly from the cross on which Jesus Christ died.

The two murdered nuns were 83 and 61 years old.
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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Sometimes I think of life as a big wagon wheel with many spokes. In the middle is the hub. Often in ministry, it looks like we are running around the rim trying to reach everybody. But God says, "Start in the hub; live in the hub. Then you will be connected with all the spokes, and you won't have to run so fast." ...Henri J. M. Nouwen photo

Rector of Holy Innocents', Atlanta, Resigns
04/25/2007

The Rev. David A. Galloway has resigned as rector of Holy Innocents’ Church in Atlanta and voluntarily submitted to godly judgment imposed on him by the Rt. Rev. J. Neil Alexander, Bishop of Atlanta, who held a question-and-answer session with members of the parish April 18.

In February, a routine parish audit uncovered “some legitimate expenses and others that were highly questionable,” according to Bishop Alexander who was interviewed by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Parish leaders notified the diocese, and an outside accounting firm was contacted to do a more thorough investigation, Bishop Alexander said.
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Reflections on the Life & Times of Boris Yeltsin
Rev. Richard Kew
Wednesday, April 25, 2007

This morning I watched some of the funeral service for Boris Yeltsin, which was broadcast on the BBC World Television News on BBC America. It took place in Christ our Savior Cathedral in Moscow, itself a product of Yeltsin's years as President of Russia.

The cathedral had been blown up by the Soviets under Stalin and the area was turned into the largest outdoor swimming pool in the world. In 1995 my elder daughter, Olivia, and I leaned over the railings and watched some of the last swimmers to use the pool enjoying themselves in the sunshine, yet it was soon to make way for a rebuilding of the cathedral, a symbol of the seachange that had taken place in Russia.
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Robert Gagnon: Did Jesus Approve of a Homosexual Couple in the Story of the Centurion at Capernaum?
Apr. 24, 2007

A rebuttal of the oft-repeated but historically baseless argument that Jesus approved of a homosexual relationship in the story of centurion at Capernaum.
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Billboards Urge Second Look At Bible's View Of Homosexuals

Scientists discover new fatal strain of virus
From our ANI Correspondent
Washington, April 24

Scientists have discovered a new infectious virus, the genetic study of which may help enhance the safety of organ transplant recipients.

Researchers at Columbia University, who made the discovery, say that the new virus is related to, but distinct from, known strains of lymphocytic choreomeningitis virus (LCMV), which has been implicated in a small number of cases of disease transmission by organ transplantation.

The study for the identification of the virus began after the unfortunate deaths of three organ transplant recipients in Australia in January. All of them had received organs from the same deceased donor last December.
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Personal Jesus
John Shelby Spong’s “nontheistic” Christianity.

By Jason Lee Steorts
April 25, 2007

What’s a religion good for, anyway?That is the question retired Episcopal bishop John Shelby Spong never gets around to asking, let alone answering, in his new book,
Jesus for the Non-Religious. His title suggests an answer, and he has tried to lob his book like a hand grenade into the institutions of Christendom. The idea is to explode two millennia of traditional belief on which these institutions rest, thereby making room for a new Christianity based on a conception of Jesus that is palatable to “a twenty-first century person.” What actually crawls out of the rubble is a Jesus for John Shelby Spong. the rest

ACNS: The New Primate of Jerusalem and the Middle East announced
25 APRIL 2007

“Christ's mission is mine today”

These striking words were said by the new President Bishop of the Episcopal/Anglican Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East The Most Revd Mouneer Hanna Anis at his recent investiture in All Saints Cathedral, Cairo. The service was full of colour, sound and drama which emphasised the diversity of musical and liturgical traditions that exist in this Province.
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China Detains Americans And House Church Leaders After Worship Service
Wednesday, 25 April
By BosNewsLife News Center

BEIJING, CHINA (BosNewsLife)-- Four Americans and nearly two dozen Chinese house church leaders were believed to be in detention Wednesday, April 25, after they were reportedly arrested last week following a Christian worship service in China's Xinjiang province.

US-based religious rights group China Aid Association (CAA), which has close contacts with Chinese house church groups, told BosNewsLife that about 30 "major house church leaders" were detained in Akesu city on April 19 when they met with the four unidentified American believers.

While the Americans, including a senior pastor and an associate pastor, were held for "questioning in an undisclosed hotel" the Chinese pastors were forced to stay at the A Ke Su City Detention Center, CAA quoted its sources as saying. The translator for the Americans, Jinhong Li from Beijing, was apparently also still detained Wednesday, April 25.
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Pray God’s word, conform one’s life to it, Pope Benedict urges in audience
By Cindy Wooden
4/25/2007
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) - Pope Benedict XVI said that in his new book he tried to highlight what the Bible says about Jesus, what the moral implications of his teachings are and how reading the scriptures can lead to a real relationship with Jesus.

At his April 25 weekly general audience, the pope said his three-pronged approach to the Bible's words were inspired by Origen of Alexandria, a third-century theologian.

The pope's book, Jesus of Nazareth, went on sale April 16 in Italian, German and Polish; the English edition is set for release May 15.

During his general audience, Pope Benedict called Origen "one of the greatest" teachers of the Christian faith, particularly because of the way he combined scholarship, preaching and teaching with the example of "exemplary moral conduct."

The pope said one of Origen's most important contributions to Christianity was the way he combined theological and biblical studies.

Origen proposed a "triple reading" of the Bible, the pope said.
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Sacramento: School Administrator Aggressively Stamp out Dissent
Published on 24 April 2007

Sacramento, CA – Students in at least three school districts around the Sacramento region were suspended for peacefully expressing their views about the Day of Silence. Because these views did not endorse the lifestyle of gays and lesbians, school administrators acted aggressively to stamp out dissent.

The Day of Silence is an annual event staged in April at many high schools. Students are encouraged to go the entire school day without speaking as a protest against harassment of gay and lesbian students, and to “demand change.” An estimated 3-4,000 students in the Sacramento area chose to stay home on the Day of Silence to avoid being confronted with pro-homosexual protests. Other students concerned about the one-sided messages determined to wear clothing and distribute literature which peacefully highlighted the dangers of homosexuality. Dozens of religious students were disciplined for expressing their viewpoints at Inderkum, Rio Linda and San Juan high schools. Approximately thirty students at Rio Linda alone were sent home, suspended or given “Saturday school.” the rest

Widow Forgives Killers in Turkey
Christians in Turkey have dedicated the first Sunday after the horrific killing of three Christian workers to Bible reading, prayer and worship in the Protestant Church in Istanbul.
by Daniel Blake
Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Christians in Turkey have dedicated the first Sunday after the horrific killing of three Christian workers to Bible reading, prayer and worship in the Protestant Church in Istanbul.

Members of the church read from the Bible about the promises for those who die for the Gospel and prayed for the families of Necati Aydin, Tilman Geske and Ugur Yuksel.

The situation has provided a unique opportunity to share the Gospel of forgiveness to the Turkish nation on national television as the widow of one said she forgave the killers.
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Christian group gains official status at Wisc. university
Ed Thomas and Jody Brown
OneNewsNow.com
April 25, 2007

A lawsuit filed against University of Wisconsin-Superior on behalf of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship so the group could obtain official recognition has been settled -- with the outcome that the religious student group was hoping.

UW-Superior will formally recognize the chapter, which gives it permanent access to student facilities and student fees normally given to all campus groups. InterVarsity had been utilizing those privileges on a temporary injunction since a November federal court order, and will now receive all the student fee funds that it did not prior to the order.

InterVarsity counsel David French of Alliance Defense Fund says America's colleges and universities should recognize the constitutional rights of Christian student groups just as they do other student groups.
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Abortion ship readies to sail again
April 24, 2007
David Charter, Europe Correspondent

A controversial “abortion ship” is planning to sail to countries where the practice is illegal and take women out to sea for terminations after the Dutch government lifted restrictions banning it from international waters.

Pro-choice organisation Women on Waves said yesterday that they would target Ireland, Poland and Malta, the three EU countries where abortion remained illegal, and had also received invitations from campaigners in Argentina and other South American countries.

Under the terms of its licence, the group is able to sail under the Dutch flag in international waters and hand out “abortion pills” for women up to seven weeks pregnant, causing them to miscarriage. the rest photo

Gay-rights proposals gain in Congress
Boston Globe
By Rick Klein, Globe Staff
April 25, 2007

WASHINGTON -- After more than a decade of government inaction, gay-rights proponents in Congress have gotten several major bills moving through the Democratic-controlled chambers, a development that could result in the greatest expansion of federal protections for gays and lesbians in US history.

This week, a key House committee is set to approve a measure that would in some cases make hate crimes based on a victim's sexual orientation a federal offense, as are crimes committed on the basis of the race or religion of the victim.

Also, a bipartisan group of House members introduced a bill yesterday that would ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Both pieces of legislation are on track for congressional approval in the coming months.
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Abortion legalised in Mexico City
Wednesday, 25 April 2007

Rival demonstrations have been held outside the assembly buildingMexico City's legislative assembly has voted to legalise abortion in the city, the capital of the world's second-largest Roman Catholic country.

Lawmakers voted 46 to 19 in favour of the bill that will permit abortions of pregnancies in the first 12 weeks.

Mexico City previously allowed abortion only in cases of rape, if the woman's life was at risk or if there were signs of severe defects in the foetus.

Opponents of the abortion law have said they will challenge it in the courts.
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Episcopal leader holds firm on gay rights
Says N.H. bishop's election a blessing

By Michael Paulson, Globe Staff
April 25, 2007

Saying "I don't believe that there is any will in this church to move backward," the top official of the Episcopal Church USA said yesterday that the election of an openly gay bishop in New Hampshire has been "a great blessing" despite triggering intense controversy and talk of possible schism.

In an interview during a visit to Boston, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori compared the gay rights struggle to battles over slavery and women's rights, and said she believes that it has become a vocation for the Episcopal Church "to keep questions of human sexuality in conversation, and before not just the rest of our own church, but the rest of the world."

Jefferts Schori said that it could take 50 years for the debate over homosexuality to be resolved, but that she believes it will happen. She said she hopes that the Anglican Communion, an umbrella organization including the Episcopal Church and the Church of England, will stay together.
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VIDEO: Schori on gay issues and the future of the church

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

"Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you." Luke 10:20

As Christian workers, worldliness is not our snare, sin is not our snare, but spiritual wantoning is, viz.: taking the pattern and print of the religious age we live in, making eyes at spiritual success. Never court anything other than the approval of God, go "without the camp, bearing His reproach." Jesus told the disciples not to rejoice in successful service, and yet this seems to be the one thing in which most of us do rejoice. We have the commercial view - so many souls saved and sanctified, thank God, now it is all right. Our work begins where God's grace has laid the foundation; we are not to save souls, but to disciple them. Salvation and sanctification are the work of God's sovereign grace; our work as His disciples is to disciple lives until they are wholly yielded to God. One life wholly devoted to God is of more value to God than one hundred lives simply awakened by His Spirit. As workers for God we must reproduce our own kind spiritually, and that will be God's witness to us as workers. God brings us to a standard of life by His grace, and we are responsible for reproducing that standard in others.

Unless the worker lives a life hidden with Christ in God, he is apt to become an irritating dictator instead of an indwelling disciple. Many of us are dictators, we dictate to people and to meetings. Jesus never dictates to us in that way. Whenever Our Lord talked about discipleship, He always prefaced it with an "IF," never with an emphatic assertion - "You must." Discipleship carries an option with it. ...Oswald Chambers photo

Officer relieved of duty for not harassing ministry workers
Rusty Pugh
OneNewsNow.com
April 24, 2007

A Christian police officer in Pennsylvania reportedly has been relieved of his duties because he refused to take part in illegal harassment and detention of a group conducting a ministry on a college campus.

Last week, Life & Liberty Ministries was conducting one its on-campus outreaches at Kutztown University in eastern Pennsylvania. Ministry president Dennis Green says his group was immediately surrounded by a hostile crowd, and police were called to the scene.

Even though they were on a public university campus and were within their legal rights, campus and borough police ordered the ministry workers to leave and even arrested at least one. According to Green, one of the campus police officers did not agree with that tactic.

"As this was going on, the policeman in charge had asked one of the officers ... to escort us or to arrest us or to make us leave," he recalls. "He refused to do that; he knew we had a right to be there ...."
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Teaching schoolchildren about homosexuality
April 24, 2007


Two YouTube videos document how faculty at a Quaker school and a New York public school teach kids to accept homosexuality. At the Quaker school, one teacher asks if the school, in celebrating "Gay and Lesbian Pride Day," means to teach kids that homosexuality is right even if certain kids' parents teach them that it is wrong.

Another faculty member answers yes: "I think we are asking kids to believe that this is right...We're educating them and this is part of what we consider to be a healthy education."

The "education" appears to working: The Quaker school video shows a boy, about seven or eight, saying that if you're not "open-minded" about homosexuality, then you're "prejudiced." Later in the video, at the Gay Pride Day assembly, kids sing "This Little Light of Mine" and applaud wildly in celebration of a gay teacher's coming out.
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Honey Bee Die-off Alarms Beekeepers, Crop Growers And Researchers
April 23, 2007

Science Daily — An alarming die-off of honey bees has beekeepers fighting for commercial survival and crop growers wondering whether bees will be available to pollinate their crops this spring and summer. Researchers are scrambling to find answers to what's causing an affliction recently named Colony Collapse Disorder, which has decimated commercial beekeeping operations in Pennsylvania and across the country. the rest

Great Lakes fish virus may threaten U.S. aquaculture
Tue Apr 24, 2007
By Lisa Haarlander

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A virus in the U.S. Great Lakes that has killed tens of thousands of fish in recent years is spreading and poses a threat to inland fish farming, a U.S. Agriculture Department official said on Monday.

The pathogen, viral hemorrhagic septicemia, or VHS, causes internal bleeding in fish. It does not harm humans, even if they eat infected fish.

The federal agency issued an emergency order in October to limit movement of live fish caught in the eight states bordering the Great Lakes and two Canadian provinces.

"We're concerned that this virus could get out of the Great Lakes and affect other populations," Jill Roland, a fish pathologist and assistant director for aquaculture for the USDA in Riverdale, Maryland, said in a telephone interview.
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Study: Religion Is Good for Kids
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
By Melinda Wenner


Kids with religious parents are better behaved and adjusted than other children, according to a new study that is the first to look at the effects of religion on young child development.
The conflict that arises when parents regularly argue over their faith at home, however, has the opposite effect.

John Bartkowski, a
Mississippi State University sociologist and his colleagues asked the parents and teachers of more than 16,000 kids, most of them first-graders, to rate how much self control they believed the kids had, how often they exhibited poor or unhappy behavior and how well they respected and worked with their peers.

The researchers compared these scores to how frequently the children’s parents said they attended worship services, talked about religion with their child and argued abut religion in the home.

The kids whose parents regularly attended religious services — especially when both parents did so frequently — and talked with their kids about religion were rated by both parents and teachers as having better self-control, social skills and approaches to learning than kids with non-religious parents.
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The Economist: In the beginning
Apr 19th 2007
STANBUL, MOSCOW AND ROME


The debate over creation and evolution, once most conspicuous in America, is fast going global

THE “Atlas of Creation” runs to 770 pages and is lavishly illustrated with photographs of fossils and living animals, interlaced with quotations from the Koran. Its author claims to prove not only the falsehood of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection, but the links between “Darwinism” and such diverse evils as communism, fascism and terrorism. In recent weeks the “Atlas de la Création” has been arriving unsolicited and free of charge at schools and universities across French-speaking Europe. It is the latest sign of a revolt against the theories of Darwin, on which virtually the whole of modern biology is based, that is gathering momentum in many parts of the world.

The mass distribution of a French version of the “Atlas” (already published in English and Turkish) typifies the style of an Istanbul publishing house whose sole business is the dissemination, in many languages, of scores of works by a single author, a charismatic but controversial Turkish preacher who writes as Harun Yahya but is really called Adnan Oktar. According to a Turkish scientist who now lives in America, the movement founded by Mr Oktar is “powerful, global and very well financed”. Translations of Mr Oktar's work into tongues like Arabic, Urdu and Bahasa Indonesia have ensured a large following in Muslim countries. the rest

ACNS: Archbishop of Canterbury - moral vision should be at the heart of politics
April 24, 2007

In his lecture this evening in Hull, birthplace of William Wilberforce, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, will urge politicians to rediscover the moral energy and vision which inspired Wilberforce; defend the right of the citizen to call the state to account for its actions; and ask whether we still believe in the notion of "a moral state".

If we do, he says, we cannot leave the state to decide for itself what is moral: "the modern state needs a robust independent tradition of moral perception with which to engage. Left to itself it cannot generate the self-critical energy that brings about change...for the sake of some positive human ideal."

Wilberforce believed "that a career in Parliament was a potentially virtuous and Christian calling…It was possible in political debate to appeal to a general sense that government was indeed answerable to more than considerations of profit and security...Take away that sense and it is a great deal harder to think about political life as a vocation...The more politics looks like a form of management rather than an engine of positive and morally desirable change, the more energy it will lose."
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Christian street preachers booted from Penn. school
Jim Brown
OneNewsNow.com
April 24, 2007

Two Christian groups say they were ejected from a Pennsylvania university campus for preaching the gospel to an angry group of students.

Activists with the groups Repent America and Life & Liberty Ministries say they were on the Kutztown University campus to pass out gospel literature and speak with students about what the Bible teaches regarding a variety of issues, including abortion and homosexuality. When a crowd of about 300 students gathered to either listen to the preachers or ridicule their message, police told the Christian groups they were not permitted on campus because they did not give two weeks notice and were not sponsored by a campus group.
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Five Turks Charged With Terror Over Christian Murders
4-23-2007

Ankara -- A Turkish court today brought terrorism charges against four young men and a woman over the gruesome murder of three Christians in eastern Turkey, and jailed them pending trial.

The four men, aged 19 and 20, were captured at the crime scene at the office of a Christian publishing house in Malatya, where a German and two Turkish converts to Christianity were tortured and had their throats slit last Thursday.
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U.S. to allow Wiccan symbols on military graves
By Julia Duin
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
April 24, 2007

The Bush administration has agreed to allow Wiccan pentacles in military cemeteries in a court settlement announced yesterday by Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The settlement was filed with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin to settle a suit filed in November against the Department of Veterans Affairs on behalf of several families of Wiccan soldiers and Circle Sanctuary, a 200-acre Wiccan nature center 30 miles west of Madison, Wis. The sanctuary holds the remains of two soldiers, one who fought in Vietnam and the other in Korea.

Until now, the U.S. government had refused to issue grave markers, headstones or memorial plaques with the Wiccan symbol to join those of 38 other religions -- or those with none. In addition to the Christian cross, the Jewish six-pointed star and the Islamic crescent, atheists, Hindus, humanists, Sikhs and members of the Eckankar, Serbian Orthodox and United Moravian faiths also have symbols.
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China to purify the Internet
The Chinese Politburo wants to foster a "harmonious society" with information consistent with reigning theories of Marxism. This follows campaign against pornography and "rumor-spreading".
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
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Asia News

China’s government wants to “purify” internet and allow only websites that favour the dissemination of “socialist principles” and the values of the Communist Party.

This was agreed at a meeting yesterday of the politburo, chaired by President Hu Jintao whereby China would build an internet environment that fostered people's morals and promoted a "harmonious society," with information consistent with the "Theory of the Three Represents" and manifesting the latest theories of Marxism.

China Central Television reported the Politburo as saying that "advanced technology should be used to spread advanced culture". It also reported that the “development and administration of internet culture must stick to the direction of socialist advanced culture and adhere to correct propaganda guidance.” Similarly, “internet cultural units must conscientiously take on the responsibility of encouraging development of a system of core socialist values.”
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