Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
Religion Clause: According to Sputnik News, this week the Norwegian Parliament officially repealed the country’s blasphemy law.
The Nordic Page: “Talking to NRK, Erna solberg says that she respects the decision but personally advocates the free marriage at church.”
The Local: “The proposal to introduce a marriage liturgy for homosexual couples was voted down shortly after the start of the church’s national synod on Tuesday morning, with 64 of 115 votes going against the proposal, and 51 in favour. ”
The Nordic Page: “New figures from the Medical Birth Registry (Medisinsk fødselsregister) show that 49 children were born with Downs in 2012. This is the lowest figure since the birth registration has started to be applied in 1999, writes Dagsavisen.”
LifeNews: “A local mayor has sparked a national debate in Norway over abortion by posting a picture on Facebook showing him holding a plastic doll that is a likeness of an unborn baby at 12 weeks of pregnancy to make a point about how abortion takes the life of a tiny baby.”
Religion Clause Blog: Norway’s health minister Brent Hoie says that by this spring the government will introduce new legislation on non-medical circumcision of boys under 18.
CNSNews: It may sound like an unlikely No. 1 best-seller for any country, but in Norway — one of the most secular nations in an increasingly godless Europe — the runaway popularity of the Bible has caught the country by surprise. The Scriptures, in a new Norwegian language version, even outpaced “Fifty Shades of Grey” to become Norway’s best-selling book.
Turtle Bay and Beyond: About one-third of the Human Rights Office’s overall expenditures is paid from its regular budget, she explained, while two-thirds comes from extra-budgetary sources. Nordic countries – especially Norway – are unabashedly aggressive in pushing abortion. Now they are outsourcing – or laundering – their promotion of homosexuality through a UN agency.
Fox News: About 40 people gathered for an anti-Islam demonstration in Oslo, and were met with jeers and chants of “no Nazis on our streets” from a larger group of counterdemonstrators.
Turtle Bay and Beyond: A devastating blow for “Gender Theory”: the Nordic Council of Ministers (a regional inter-governmental co-operation consisting of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland) has decided to close down the NIKK Nordic Gender Institute. The NIKK had been the flagship of “Gender Theory”, providing the “scientific” basis for social and educational policies that, from the 1970s onward, had transformed the Nordic countries to become the most “gender sensitive” societies in the world.
Washington Post reports.
Turtle Bay and Beyond: At the conclusion of the 56th session of Commission on the Status of Women, Norway’s Ambassador Morten Wetland made an extremely strong statement condemning any religion, morality or tradition that stands in the way of the human rights of women.
Religion Clause Blog: On March 16, the government in its weekly session with King Harald V formally agreed to proposals for changes in the country’s Constitution and other church legislation . . .
ADF Attorney Piero A. Tozzi at Turtle Bay and Beyond – International Law, Policy, and Institutions: My colleague Susan Yoshihara recently posted on the browbeating Ireland has taken for its constitutional protection of unborn children during that country’s Universal Periodic Review. Norway – the “Pickled Herring” in the above caption – demanded that Ireland “bring its abortion laws in line with the [International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights].”
Yahoo! News: Kurt Westergaard, who lives under round-the-clock protection, declined to elaborate on whether police had passed along a security threat while he was on a book tour in Oslo. Norwegian security police would not comment except to say that Westergaard had been in Oslo on Monday but had left the country.
EuropeNews: NORWAY: “Christian converts from Islam flee in fear from muslims at asylum reception center” Dagen.No: Muslims at the asylum center told him: “This is Jihad, holy war, and we are waiting for at fatwa (licence to kill) from the local imam at the mosque in Sandnes”
Islamism has taken strong roots in Norway, Brutal rapes are committed by immigrants from Africa, Middle East and Asia.
Full story – Norwaynews.com: Norwegian authorities no less than Muslims are to blame for the fact that the issue of the relations between natives and immigrants is that prominent. It was them who opened the doors of this quiet country to people of dubious reputation, who had the opportunity to influence the attitudes of local Muslims and thereby slow down the process of their integration. So far the leadership of the Northern Kingdom has done little to alleviate the problem. If nothing changes, it will be impossible to peacefully solve the issue. Radicalism is increasing both among the immigrants, and among the “natives.”
Voice of America: A sampling of European analytical opinion shows there is great concern in the region about “accommodating” Islam and immigration in general.
AP: But since the Norwegian Nobel Committee gave the Nobel Peace Prize to imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, Norwegian salmon exporters say their fish is being held up for days or even weeks by Chinese food safety inspectors – devastating its freshness.
Religion Clause Blog: In Norway, the Labour Party is proposing a change in the health care law so that ritual circumcisions of boys– practiced by Jews and Muslims– will be covered without charge as part of the public health system.
News and Views from Norway: “Marriage between cousins was once fairly common, not least in royal circles, with Norway’s own king the product of parents who were first cousins. Now the Labour Party’s committee on integration, headed by Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre, wants to ban such unions, setting off debate because of the stigmas it could create.”
Hege Storhaug writing at Pajamas Media: “In terms of values, 2010 was a red-letter year for Norway. Our innocence was destroyed. From one end of the country to the other, and in no uncertain terms, Islamists proclaimed their sinister message. Henceforth, only those in deep denial will insist that our freedom is not endangered. And only true innocents will fail to grasp that we are headed for a raging conflict about values.”
Brussels Journal: “The bureaucrats and intellectuals who create the curriculum for Norway’s State schools, most of whom attended university during the 1960s and 1970s and partook of that era’s student radicalism, agree that the goal of education is not the transmission of knowledge, but the propagation of soixante-huitardisme, relativism, and a bellyfeel hatred of white Europeans.”
AP: “Pro-democracy demonstrators are gathering in Norway’s capital a day before the Nobel committee celebrates this year’s Peace Prize winner, the jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo.”
Boston Globe: “‘The Nobel Prize fiasco merely strengthens a growing suspicion of China — but also indicates that China feels it has enough power now not to really care about international opinion. Probably a serious miscalculation for China,’ said Christopher Hughes, a professor of China’s international affairs at the London School of Economics.”
Canada Free Press: “A plan to build the world’s northmost mosque has been halted after Norway refused to accept funding from an Arab donor, with the government on Monday citing a lack of religious freedom in his Saudi homeland.”
Islamist Watch: ”Norwegian journalist Halvor Tjønn, who recently finished a biography of Muhammad for Oslo publisher Kagge, is the latest to experience a phenomenon that spans more than two decades: the sudden and mysterious cancellation of Islam-related books.”
AP: “Norway has urged China to lift restrictions imposed on the wife of Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo after Norwegian diplomats were barred from visiting her in Beijing.”
Christian Science Monitor: “The World Economic Forum released its 2010 Global Gender Gap Report on Tuesday. The report, which indexed 134 countries this year, evaluates how much of the gender gap each country has eliminated through economic opportunity, health access, education, and political empowerment. Below are the 10 countries that have been most successful.”
New York Times: “When the Swedish journalist Peter Letmark tried to track down a housewife for a series on 21st-century parents in the newspaper Dagens Nyheter recently, he failed. ‘Housewives,’ he explained, ‘are a near-extinct species in Sweden. And the few who still do exist don’t really dare to go public with it.’ … In Sweden the demise of the housewife is striking. Fathers share parental leave, kindergartens are heavily subsidized, and the universal breadwinner model is quite deeply entrenched — from the workplace to popular culture.”
Bruce Bawer writing at Pajamas Media: “I’ve now been singled out, in a report commissioned and funded by the government of the country in which I live, as a perpetrator of Islamophobia. The items about me appear under the heading ‘Prohibit and Eliminate All Forms of Racial Discrimination and To Ensure All Equality before the Law.’ Exactly how does the Ministry of Children, Equality, and Social Inclusion propose to ‘eliminate’ the supposed ‘racial discrimination’ on my part? Will I be arrested and prosecuted under the Discrimination Law of 2005? Am I about to join the company of those who have been hauled into court for daring to speak the truth about Islam, Muhammed, and the Koran?” | Via Mark Steyn at The Corner.
Religion Clause Blog: “Norway’s National Court Administration ruled yesterday that judges and other court officials can wear religious dress during court sessions. This includes the Muslim hijab (headscarf) and the national costume of the indigenous Sami people.”
Europe News: “Norwegian judges and other court officials are to be allowed to wear religious dress including the Muslim headscarf or hijab during court sessions, the board of the National Courts Administration said Monday.”
Jakarta Globe: “Today seven countries, five US states and several Latin American cities have legalized same-sex marriage. The Netherlands ushered the way in 2001, the first nation to permit same-sex couples to marry legally. This historic decision marked a turning point, with demands for equality reverberating across borders. Barriers fell as Belgium (2003), Canada and Spain (2005), South Africa (2006), Norway and Sweden (2009) each approved legislation.”
WorldNetDaily: “Four Christian ministers who traveled to Oslo to deliver the message of Christ at the festivities surrounding the Nobel prizes were arrested over the weekend but then released after authorities decided to drop all charges. Word of the effort to reach out to the Norwegian city while President Obama was in attendance to accept the Nobel Peace Prize comes from Joel Thornton of the International Human Rights Group.”
Religion Clause Blog: “At Norway’s University of Oslo, Muslim students are encountering resistance to their request to use a university gymnasium for a half hour each Friday for prayer services. Europe News reported . . . ”
WorldNetDaily: “The case against an American arrested for talking in public about Jesus in Norway has been appealed to the European Court of Human Rights by an attorney who says the resulting decision will have a major impact on the rights of freedom and expression.”
These women are Amsterdam’s leading tourist attraction (followed by the coffee shops that sell marijuana). But an estimated 50 to 90 percent of them are actually sex slaves, raped on a daily basis with police idly standing by. It is incomprehensible that their clients are not prosecuted for rape, but Dutch politicians argue that it cannot be established whether or not a prostitute works voluntarily. Appalled by their daily routine, police officers from the Amsterdam vice squad have asked to be transferred to other departments. Only this year, the city administration has started to close down some brothels because of their ties to criminal organizations.
LifeSiteNews.com reports: A recently published Norwegian study of prenatal detection of trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome) reveals that 84% of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome in the country are aborted.”
The Alliance Defense Fund has been actively involved in several recent international legal situations to protect families worldwide and protect America from the effects of poor international legal decisions.
LifeSiteNews.com reports: “Two Christian missionaries, arrested by Norwegian police in May for spreading the gospel during an Oslo parade celebrating the birthday of the country’s constitution, have been found guilty by a Norway trial court.” LifeSiteNews indicates that it received …
Two Norwegian opposition parties on Thursday backed the rights of gay couples to marry in church, adopt and have assisted pregnancies, effectively assuring the passage of a new equality law next month.
Contrary to what homosexual activists assume, the state doesn’t endorse marriage because people have feelings for one another. The state endorses marriage primarily because of what marriage does for children and in turn society.
“Norway reached an ‘historical’ agreement between church and state last week, when all seven of the country’s political parties agreed that Evangelical Lutheranism would no longer be the official state religion . . . ”
From the Norway Post: The proposed act would ensure that: - Homosexual couples may be evaluated as prospective adoptive parents on an equal basis with heterosexual couples. – Lesbian spouses and cohabitants have the same access to assisted fertilization as …
Maria Mackay reports on Christian Today (2.18.2008): Bondevik told the central committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC) . . . When we make statements on international issues and more generally political issues, let us all try and root …