Religion

Pope Francis tells President Obama of his concern for religious freedom in U.S.

By Steve Holland (Pope Francis (R) talks with U.S. President Barack Obama as they exchange gifts during a private audience at the Vatican City March 27, 2014. REUTERS/Gabriel Bouys/Pool) Pope Francis and Vatican officials on Thursday told U.S. President Barack Obama they were concerned about “religious freedom” in the United States, an apparent reference to the contraception mandate in Obama’s health care plan. Obama held nearly an hour of private talks with the pope and then the president and Secretary of State John Kerry held separate talks with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin and other diplomats. The talks included “discussion on questions of particular relevance for the Church” in the United States, including “the exercise of the rights to religious freedom, life and conscientious objection,” a Vatican statement said. Obama’s 2010 healthcare law, widely opposed by Republicans, includes a provision that requires employers to cover the cost of contraception in their health insurance plans. Catholic and other religious groups say the mandate forces them to support contraception and sterilisation in violation of their religious beliefs or face steep fines. The so-called contraception mandate has been the subject of more than 100 lawsuits across the United States. Read the full story here. Follow all posts on …read more Source: Reuters Faithword     ...
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Local News

Coalition seeks to uphold Florida's same-sex marriage ban

A coalition of black and Hispanic civil rights groups and pastors is challenging the grounds of a lawsuit that seeks to overturn Florida’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Their attorney said Friday that the lawsuit “infringes on Florida voters’ rights to amend their state constitution and their access to the political process.” “The political question doctrine removes from the courts certain issues of public policy that are just incapable of judicial determination, and we argue same-sex marriage is one such issue,” attorney Alexander Alfano said. The ban passed in November 2008 with 62 percent of the vote. It defines marriage as “the legal union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife.” The groups include the Florida Democratic League and PULSE. They filed court papers saying a judge should dismiss the lawsuit. In January, six gay couples sued in Miami-Dade County court, saying Florida’s gay marriage ban violates the U.S. Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and due process. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Local News

Panther releases: Do they work?

By By David Fleshler , Sun Sentinel All released males dead In a remote part of southwestern Palm Beach County , as a platoon of reporters and photographers watched, a Florida panther was lowered to the ground in a crate. …read more Source: Sun-Sentinel headlines     ...
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Religion

COMMENTARY: The tragedy of America’s failed immigration system

By Mary Ann Walsh WASHINGTON (RNS) Data show that our nation’s effort to cope with undocumented immigrants does not work. It is costly, most especially, I fear, for the soul of a nation. The post COMMENTARY: The tragedy of America’s failed immigration system appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Local News

Ultra headliner hospitalized, misses Thursday night performance

An electronic music DJ scheduled to perform at the Ultra Music Festival canceled a Thursday night appearance, according to a report by TMZ. Avicii, the 24-year-old whose real name is Tim Bergling, was scheduled to perform at Hyde Beach at the SLS Hotel on South Beach but did not appear. TMZ reports another DJ informed the crowd Avicii had been hospitalized. A later report said Avicii had been discharged from the hospital. TRAFFIC DETOURS: ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL The illness appears to be sudden, as just hours before Avicii had tweeted: “The Miami madness begins today! Starting off with Luciano at Avicii hotel tonight.” The tweet also included a link to purchase tickets, ranging in price from $1,000 to $3,500. The SLS Hotel has been re-branded for the weekend as the Avicii Hotel, adding several additional events to the already-packed musical weekend in South Florida. Avicii has not commented on the event cancellation or whether he’ll make his 11 p.m. set Saturday at Bayfront Park. It appears the Swedish-born star is not the only DJ to have some medical trouble this week. Afrojack, another DJ scheduled to perform at Ultra on Sunday, tweeted Thursday about his recent trip to the hospital. “Now omw to the hospital to prevent …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Education

Latest Data from Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Show INCREASE in Autism Rate – Now at 1 in 68 Children

By ak927 FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla.– March 28,2014- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released new findings (March 2014) related to the number of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the United States – now, the number stands at 1 in 68. Look a little deeper at that number and 1 in 42 boys will have ASD. To bring additional focus and attention on ASD, April is National Autism Awareness Month, and there’s a special focus on April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day. For media working stories related to autism, National Autism Awareness Month, World Autism Awareness Day or the release of new data by the CDC, Nova Southeastern University is a leader in providing research and services to individuals with autism and is home to a nationally recognized Subject Matter Expert. Susan S. Kabot, Ed.D., CCC-SLP is executive director of The Autism Institute at NSU’s Mailman Segal Center for Human Development. She is currently responsible for Starting Right, an early intervention parent-child program; the Baudhuin Preschool, a partnership with the School Board of Broward County, Florida to provide a specialized preschool program to 135 students with autism or related disabilities; the Autism Consortium, which provides training and …read more Source: NSU News     ...
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Religion

Quote of the Day: New York Times film critic A.O. Scott

By Ron Ribiat “‘Noah’ is rated PG-13 (Parents strongly cautioned). ‘And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and only Noah remained alive, and they that were with him in the The post Quote of the Day: New York Times film critic A.O. Scott appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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