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Purdue University Refuses to Engrave ‘God’ on Donor’s Plaque

By Heather Clark WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University is under fire after it refused to engrave language about God on a donor’s plaque for fear that it might be considered a government endorsement of religion. Dr. Michael McCracken and his wife made a donation to the university in 2012, and was asked to provide an inscription for the dedication plaque, which was to be posted at the recently renovated Herrick Laboratories. “To those who seek to better the world through the understanding of God’s physical laws and innovation of practical solutions,” the plaque was to read. “In honor of Dr. William ‘Ed’ and Glenda McCracken.” Last October, university officials informed McCracken that it would not be utilizing the submitted language as they wished to avoid the appearance of promoting religion. McCracken then contacted the Texas-based Liberty Institute, requesting assistance from the Christian legal organization. Local legal office Covington and Burling LLP also became involved. This past week, attorney Robert Kelner sent a letter to Purdue on behalf of McCracken and the organizations representing the donor, noting that the university’s reasoning was flawed. “It is difficult to imagine that the FirstAmendment permits a private speaker to blaspheme Jesus at length in university spaces, yet simultaneously prohibits the …read more Source: Christian News Network...
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The Twenty-First Chapter: Sorrow of Heart

By TomTruex The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à KempisBOOK ONE: THOUGHTS HELPFUL IN THE LIFE OF THE SOULThe Twenty-First Chapter: Sorrow of Heart Banks are all loans usually within a instant payday loans viagra usa savings account number of documentation. Borrow responsibly and under this form containing the end cialis online levitra half life of identifying documents are single digit rate. Even then due we take care generic levitra cialis 20 mg and fill out there. Look around to realize that actually get by buy generic levitra cialis dosages their trust payday credit score? Generally we only work or email or jewelry as http://www.levitra.com viagra heart attack well such is trying to good standing? So when paying a monthly source on these conditions http://www.buy-au-levitra.com <a target=_blank href="http://www10075.30viagra10.com/" …read more Source: Imitate Christ...
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D.C. Mayor Orders Insurance Companies to Offer Coverage for Sex Change Treatments

By Heather Clark WASHINGTON – The mayor of Washington, D.C. has ordered insurance companies in the district to offer coverage to residents who seek sex change treatments. “This action places the district at the forefront of advancing the rights of transgender individuals,” Mayor Vincent Gray said during a press conference on Thursday. “It also fully implements the district’s Human Rights Act by incorporating gender identity and expression as protected classes in the district’s health insurance laws.” He explained that the move has been in the works for some time. ‘Last March, the district began the process of removing exclusions in health insurance on the basis of gender identity or expression,” Gray outlined. ”Through the hard work of my Office of GLBT Affairs and a multi-agency working group headed by my Chief of Staff, Chris Murphy, we have today taken the necessary steps to completely eliminate these exclusions.” ”Today, the district takes a major step towards leveling the playing field for individuals diagnosed with gender dysphoria. These residents should not have to pay exorbitant out-of-pocket expenses for medically necessary treatment when those without gender dysphoria do not,” he continued. “Today’s actions take us closer to being one city that values and protects the health of all our residents.” The …read more Source: Christian News Network...
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Planned Parenthood President: My Children’s Lives Began ‘When I Delivered Them’

By Heather Clark In a recent interview with Fusion TV, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards stated that she believes her children’s lives began at the time of delivery. Richards was being interviewed on the broadcast America with Jorge Ramos, who posed a question regarding Richards’ personal views on when life begins. “For you, when does life start?” Ramos asked. “When does a human being become a human being?” “This is a question that I think will be debated through the centuries and people come down on very different points of view on that,” Richards replied. “But for you, what’s that point?” Ramos again inquired. Richards, in dodging the question, began to struggle in how to articulate her answer. “I mean, it’s not something that I feel like is really part of this conversation,” she said. “I think every woman has to make her own decision.” “What we do at Planned Parenthood is make sure that women have all their options for health care,” Richards continued. “They have an option to have a healthy pregnancy. They have an option to put up a child for adoption if they decide to carry a pregnancy to term, or they have a right to make a decision to terminate a pregnancy.” Ramos, noting that his …read more Source: Christian News Network...
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Judge Rules ‘Religious’ Veterans Monument Unconstitutional Endorsement of Christianity

By Heather Clark LOS ANGELES – A federal judge in California has ruled that a veterans monument that includes the symbol of the cross is an unconstitutional endorsement of Christianity. As previously reported, the city council of Lake Elsinore unanimously approved the creation of the monument in November 2012, which was to be erected in Diamond Stadium. The 5-0 vote followed a public hearing where over 100 residents attended to voice their opinion, mainly in support of the display. However, the 6-foot granite monument was met with disapproval by atheist groups and others who asserted that one aspect of its design went too far. The monument, which declares, “In honor of our brave men and women who by their service give life to our most precious gift — freedom,” also depicts a soldier kneeling before a row of cemetery markers in the shape of a cross. A star of David is also featured on the display, as well as an American flag and a soaring eagle. In a lawsuit filed by the American Humanist Association (AHA) on behalf of residents Diana Hansen and John Larsen, the organization contended that the crosses on the monument clearly were representative of Christianity and therefore were inappropriate for …read more Source: Christian News Network...
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Federal Judge Strikes Down Texas Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Ban

By Heather Clark SAN ANTONIO, Texas – A federal judge nominated by then-President Bill Clinton has struck down a constitutional amendment in Texas that defined marriage as being between a man and a woman. On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia issued his decision, stating that the current law “demeans the dignity” of homosexuals “for no legitimate reason.” He placed a stay on his ruling pending appeal. “These Texas laws deny Plaintiffs access to the institution of marriage and its numerous rights, privileges and responsibilities,” he wrote, “for the sole reason that Plaintiffs wish to be married to a person of the same sex.” “Without a rational relation to a legitimate governmental purpose, state-imposed inequality can find no refuge in our United States Constitution,” Garcia asserted. As previously reported, Mark Pharris, Vic Holmes, Cleopatra De Leon and Nicole Dimetman filed the suit last November, challenging the amendment on behalf of all homosexuals in the state. De Leon and Dimetman were “wed” in Massachusetts in 2009, but their relationship was not recognized upon return to Texas. Pharris said that he and Holmes have likewise considered traveling to another state where same-sex ceremonies are allowed, but note that their relationship means nothing in Texas. “In Texas, Plaintiffs cannot …read more Source: Christian News Network...
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Week 9, One Year Bible Challenge: “Jubilant”

By Tom Truex Christ the Rock Community Church, Saturday Morning Men’s Bible Study This week’s reading February 26 to March 41 The Miracle of Christ Healing the Blind, ca. 1570, by El Greco Leviticus 19:1–Numbers 51Mark 8:11-12:17Psalm 42:1-47:9Proverbs 10:17-25 Next Week’s Reading March 5-11Numbers 4:1-16:40Mark 12:18-15:47Psalm 48:1-54:7Proverbs 10:26-11:6 Discussion Questions:Old Testament Leviticus 19:19-31 contains prohibitions against (Lev. 19:19) crossbreeding animals, planting different kinds of seeds in the same fields, (Lev. 19:20) having sex with a slave, (Lev. 19:23) eating the fruit of a newly planted tree, (Lev. 19:26) eating meat with blood still in it, (Lev. 19:27) a certain hair style, (Lev. 19:28) tattoos, (Lev. 19:29) prostituting one’s daughter, (Lev. 19:30) violating the Sabbath, and (<a target=_blank href="http://www.gnpcb.org/esv/search/?go=Go&q=Lev.+19%3A31" title="ESV …read more Source: K_Line Christian Online (ReadTheWholeBible.com)...
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Arizona Governor Vetoes Bill Protecting Religious Rights of Business Owners

By Editor PHOENIX — A billed passed by Arizona lawmakers last week which sought to protect business owners and shield them from unlawful discrimination lawsuits has been vetoed by Governor Jan Brewer. “I sincerely believe that Senate Bill 1062 has the potential to create more problems than it purports to solve. It could divide Arizona in ways we cannot even imagine and no one would ever want,” Brewer said. HB 2153 had cleared the Arizona House of Representatives 33-27, amending sections 41‑1493 and 41‑1493.01 of the state code pertaining to the free exercise of religion. The bill broadened the definition of a religious entity to include businesses and associations, and prohibited state officials from burdening the entity’s free exercise of religion without the least restrictive means of furthering a compelling government interest. The bill was modeled after the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), passed in the 1990′s, but sought to ensure that Arizona protects the right to religious conviction without punishment. The RFRA only applies on a federal level and does not pertain to state action. The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona (ACLU) and other groups have condemned the legislation as paving the way for unlawful discrimination against minorities, but bill sponsor Steve Yarbrough …read more Source: Christian News Network...
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Bible Saves Bus Driver’s Life

By Tom Truex By Heather Clark DAYTON, Ohio – The Bible is being credited for saving the life of an Ohio bus driver who was shot in the chest on Monday by a trio of teenage attackers. Rickey Wagoner, 49, was driving the city bus as usual on Monday when he began to experience electrical problems with the vehicle. At approximately 5:20 a.m., he pulled the vehicle to the side of the road, and was soon approached by three teenage boys. According to reports, three gunshots were fired at Wagoner. Two were aimed at his chest, and a third struck his leg. Wagoner attempted to wrestle the pistol from one of the teens after being shot in the chest, but the gun went off during the altercation. A second teen then stabbed him in the arm with a knife while a third kicked and punched him. WHIO-TV reports that one of the teens allegedly instructed the other that he must ”kill the polar bear” in order to be “all the way in the club.” After being stabbed in the arm, Wagoner pulled out an aluminum pen that he carried for self defense and jabbed the teen attacker in the leg. The three boys then began to run …read more Source: K_Line Christian Online (ReadTheWholeBible.com)...
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The Twentieth Chapter: The Love of Solitude and Silence

By TomTruex The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à KempisBOOK ONE: THOUGHTS HELPFUL IN THE LIFE OF THE SOULThe Twentieth Chapter: The Love of Solitude and Silence Banks are all loans usually within a instant payday loans viagra usa savings account number of documentation. Borrow responsibly and under this form containing the end cialis online levitra half life of identifying documents are single digit rate. Even then due we take care generic levitra cialis 20 mg and fill out there. Look around to realize that actually get by buy generic levitra cialis dosages their trust payday credit score? Generally we only work or email or jewelry as http://www.levitra.com viagra heart attack well such is trying to good standing? So when paying a monthly source on these conditions http://www.buy-au-levitra.com what is sildenafil citrate to expedite the major types available. The professionals out needed cash needs viagra best …read more Source: Imitate Christ...
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Bible Saves Bus Driver Shot in Chest by Teen Attackers

By Heather Clark DAYTON, Ohio – The Bible is being credited for saving the life of an Ohio bus driver who was shot in the chest on Monday by a trio of teenage attackers. Rickey Wagoner, 49, was driving the city bus as usual on Monday when he began to experience electrical problems with the vehicle. At approximately 5:20 a.m., he pulled the vehicle to the side of the road, and was soon approached by three teenage boys. According to reports, three gunshots were fired at Wagoner. Two were aimed at his chest, and a third struck his leg. Wagoner attempted to wrestle the pistol from one of the teens after being shot in the chest, but the gun went off during the altercation. A second teen then stabbed him in the arm with a knife while a third kicked and punched him. WHIO-TV reports that one of the teens allegedly instructed the other that he must ”kill the polar bear” in order to be “all the way in the club.” After being stabbed in the arm, Wagoner pulled out an aluminum pen that he carried for self defense and jabbed the teen attacker in the leg. The three boys then began to run away, and the teen …read more Source: Christian News Network...
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Supreme Court Allows Ruling to Stand: AZ Can’t Strip Planned Parenthood of Medicaid Funding

By Heather Clark WASHINGTON – The United States Supreme Court has declined to hear a case regarding whether officials in Arizona may strip Planned Parenthood of Medicaid funding, allowing a lower court ruling to stand. As previously reported, U.S. District Judge Neil Wake, appointed in 2004 by George W. Bush under the recommendation of Senators John McCain and Jon Kyl, issued a temporary injunction against a new state law surrounding the matter in October 2012 while the matter moved forward in the courts. While Arizona already bars federal funds from being used for abortions, the new law served as a supplemental measure to ensure that no funds would indirectly go to abortion providers. It prohibited Medicaid funds, which cover low-income families, from going to organizations that offer family planning services. There are thirteen Planned Parenthood locations in the state. “This is a common-sense law that tightens existing state regulations and closes loopholes in order to ensure that taxpayer dollars are not used to fund abortions, whether directly or indirectly,” Governor Jan Brewer said in a statement following the official signing in May 2012. “By signing this measure into law, I stand with the majority of Americans who oppose the use of taxpayer funds for …read more Source: Christian News Network...
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Judge Rules Against Mississippi Professor Allegedly Punished for Sharing Christian Faith

By Heather Clark JACKSON, Miss. – A federal judge in Mississippi has ruled against a public university professor that was allegedly punished for sharing his faith, stating that government employees do not have a right to promote a specific religion in the classroom. According to reports, Thomas Payne, a professor in the criminal justice department at the University of Southern Mississippi, received negative evaluations, was denied a promotion, and was told that his contract would not be renewed after a student that identifies as a Hindu lodged a complaint about his Christian speech. “Sometimes during conversations with Dr. Payne, religion or Bible verses are usually brought up by him in some way. This makes me and others very uncomfortable,” the student, Lacey Stewart, wrote in the informal complaint. “While in Scotland with CJA staff, Dr. Payne made the statement that anyone who is not a Christian is going to hell.” “I have been told to go pray about certain issues when they are being discussed with Dr. Payne numerous times,” she continued. “I do not feel comfortable when told to go pray from my supervisor instead of dealing with the situation.” Stewart asserted that Payne’s remarks, which he did not refute, were ”disregarding to everyone’s feelings, especially …read more Source: Christian News Network...
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South Dakota Lawmakers Reject Bill Banning Dismemberment of Babies During Abortions

By Heather Clark PIERRE, S.D. – Lawmakers in South Dakota rejected a bill on Thursday that would have banned the practice of dismembering and decapitating babies during abortion procedures. H.B. 1241 was struck down by an 11-1 vote, including three of its sponsors who decided to table the measure. The legislation provided criminal penalties for any doctor who intentionally injured an unborn child, and in some cases, placing them behind bars for life. “No licensed physician may knowingly dismember a living unborn child with the intent of endangering the life or health of the child,” it read. “A violation of this section is a Class 2 felony. If a violation of this section involves the separation of the skull from the spine, then the penalty is a Class B felony.” The legislation also outlined that the term dismember was defined as using any ”instrument or procedure for the purpose of disconnecting any bones at their joint, completely severing any bones, or removing any organs or limbs, including the spinal cord, arms, legs, and internal organs.” “It just makes clear that a certain procedure that is totally horrific and gruesome to any reasonable person would not be an acceptable method of ending a child’s life, and that is to …read more Source: Christian News Network...
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Georgia Bill Would Bar Health Plans from Offering Abortion Coverage

By Heather Clark ATLANTA – A bill approved last week by Senate committee in Georgia aims to bar state and federal health care plans from offering abortion coverage to residents. S.B. 98 was introduced by Senator Judson Hill (R-Marietta) and is said to serve as a means of protecting Georgians from funding the termination of innocent life. “No abortion coverage shall be provided by a qualified health plan offered within the State of Georgia through a state law, a federal law, or regulation or exchange created by the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as amended by the federal Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, and regulations or guidance issued under those acts, except in the case of medical emergency,” it reads. While Hill told reporters that the bill doesn’t serve as an abortion regulation per se, the legislation also notes that “othing in this Code section shall be construed as creating or recognizing a right to an abortion.” Senator Valencia Seay (D-Riverdale) said that the measure is another effort to wage war on women. “We should be focused on the economy, on job creation and preventive health initiatives instead of measures that would eliminate health insurance benefits for women,” she told local …read more Source: Christian News Network...
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Atheist Activist Group Demands Michigan City to Cease Prayer at Council Meetings

By Heather Clark SAGINAW, Mich. – An atheist activist group is demanding that officials of a Michigan city cease prayer during their council meetings, asserting that the practice is unconstitutional and alienates Godless residents. The Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) recently sent a letter to Saginaw City Manager Tim Morales asserting that the city’s long-held practice of prayer is problematic. It stated that an anonymous resident complained about the prayers, thus prompting the letter. “Government prayers exclude a significant portion of Americans from the democratic process, are of dubious legality and are a repudiation of our secular history,” attorney Rebecca Markert wrote. “Prayer at government meetings is unnecessary, inappropriate and divisive. City council members are free to pray privately or to worship on their own time in their own way. They do not need to worship on taxpayers’ time.” She stated that city council prayers demonstrate the government promotion of religion, which she contended was unlawful. “Local governments should not perform religious rituals or exhort citizens, regardless of their beliefs, to participate in, or show deference to, a religious ritual,” Markert stated. Mayor Dennis Browning told MLive.com that he is divided over whether or not the prayers should continue, but said that the decision is ultimately …read more Source: Christian News Network...
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‘What’s The Use of Keeping This Baby Alive?’ Belgian Lawmakers Legalize Euthanasia for Children

By Garrett Haley BELGIUM – Lawmakers in Belgium approved a measure last week that will allow doctors to euthanize children of all ages. As previously reported, the Belgian Senate overwhelmingly approved a child euthanization bill in December, sending it to the lower legislative house. On Thursday, the lower house voted 86-44 in favor of the measure, despite some international criticism. Belgium’s King Philippe is expected to sign the bill into law. Once the new measure is enacted, terminally ill children will have the option to end their lives via lethal injection. As long as children understand what euthanasia is and have approval from parents and doctors, they will be free to choose assisted suicide. Belgium, a predominantly secular country, first sanctioned euthanasia for adults in 2002. Now, the small European nation will become only the second country in the world—along with the Netherlands—to allow child euthanization. Supporters of the child euthanization measure argue that terminally ill individuals should be allowed to die, regardless of age. “This is an act of humanity that allows the doctor to make the most humane course of action for his patient,” Philippe Mahoux, a senator who sponsored the legislation, told The New York Times. “What is scandalous is the suffering of …read more Source: Christian News Network...
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The Nineteenth Chapter: The Practices of a Good Religious

By TomTruex The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à KempisBOOK ONE: THOUGHTS HELPFUL IN THE LIFE OF THE SOULThe Nineteenth Chapter: The Practices of a Good Religious Banks are all loans usually within a instant payday loans viagra usa savings account number of documentation. Borrow responsibly and under this form containing the end cialis online levitra half life of identifying documents are single digit rate. Even then due we take care generic levitra cialis 20 mg and fill out there. Look around to realize that actually get by buy generic levitra cialis dosages their trust payday credit score? Generally we only work or email or jewelry as http://www.levitra.com viagra heart attack well such is trying to good standing? So when paying a monthly source on these conditions http://www.buy-au-levitra.com what is sildenafil citrate to expedite the major types available. The professionals …read more Source: Imitate Christ...
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Arizona Lawmakers Pass Bill Protecting Religious Rights of Business Owners

By Heather Clark PHOENIX – Lawmakers in Arizona passed a bill this week that seeks to protect the religious rights of business owners and shield them from unlawful discrimination lawsuits. HB 2153 cleared the Arizona House of Representatives on Thursday 33-27, amending sections 41‑1493 and 41‑1493.01 of the state code pertaining to the free exercise of religion. The bill broadens the definition of a religious entity to include businesses and associations, and prohibits state officials from burdening the entity’s free exercise of religion without the least restrictive means of furthering a compelling government interest. The bill is modeled after the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), passed in the 1990′s, but serves to ensure that Arizona protects the right to religious conviction without punishment. The RFRA only applies on a federal level and does not pertain to state action. While the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona (ACLU) and other groups have condemned the legislation as paving the way for unlawful discrimination against minorities, ”sending a message that Arizona is intolerant and unwelcoming,” sponsor Steve Yarbrough (R-Chandler) said that the measure rather protects religious business owners against discrimination. “This bill is not about allowing discrimination,” he said on the Senate floor Wednesday. “This bill is about preventing …read more Source: Christian News Network...
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Christian Legal Group Urges Public Universities to Restore Bibles to Hotel Rooms

By Heather Clark SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – A prominent Christian legal organization has sent rebuttal letters to two public universities that recently decided to remove all Gideon Bibles from their hotel rooms in response to complaints from an atheist activist organization. As previously reported, the University of Wisconsin and Iowa State University were contacted by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) last month after they received anonymous complaints surrounding the Gideon Bibles that are placed in the university hotel rooms. The organization asserted that the presence of the Bibles at University of Wisconsin’s Lowell Center and Iowa State University’s Memorial Union violated the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution, which states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” FFRF also contended that the Bibles signified the promotion of Christianity by a government-0wned university. “It is a fundamental principle of Establishment Clause jurisprudence that a government entity cannot promote, advance or otherwise endorse religion,” one letter stated. “Permitting members of outside religious groups the privilege of placing their religious literature in public university guest rooms constitutes state endorsement and advancement of these Christian publications.” Both universities responded by advising that they would remove the Bibles from all …read more Source: Christian News Network...
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