Turkey Fines TV Station For Insulting Religious Beliefs Through Broadcast of Simpsons Episode

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Republicans Shouldn’t Abandon the Pro-Life Movement | Kathleen Hunker at the Bell Towers

After the Crack-Up: Conservatives need to support their arguments with creative storytelling.

Ignoring 12 U.S. abortion deaths to push ‘safe and legal’ abortions in Ireland

“Rick Warren on Gay Marriage: ‘Tolerance Does Not Mean Approval’”

Republicans and the Tax Pledge: Grover Norquist is not the problem in Washington.

Sandra Fluke Nominated for Time’s Person of the Year

AP nixes ‘homophobia’, ‘ethnic cleansing’

Secularists: ‘Merry Christmas Charlie Brown’ Violates Constitution | Todd Starnes at Fox News

Good grief! Atheist group disgruntled with ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ | Alliance Defending Freedom

Round Up the Usual Social Conservative Suspects: A majority of Americans call themselves pro-life. So now is a good time to dump them? | Ralph Reed at WSJ

    Ralph Reed at Wall Street Journal (access via Google): Republicans have now lost four of the six presidential elections since the Berlin Wall came down in 1989. A season of soul-searching will be healthy, and it is needed to retool and rebrand the party.Yet despite the stinging defeat and a post-electoral narrative that suggests otherwise, Republicans need not abandon their principles. They must resist the temptation to form a circular firing squad, especially one with evangelicals and their social-conservative allies in the middle. The media trope that the Grand Old Party resembles a Star Wars bar scene of theocrats and religious zealots has by now become a cliché . . .


  • Posted: 11/26/2012
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life

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The Future of Marriage: Why “The Inevitable” Is Not Inevitable

BBC Creates Assisted Suicide Sitcom

The Marriage Debate and the History of Homosexuality | Glenn Stanton at NRO

    Glenn Stanton at National Review Online: And only a few decades ago in certain developed Western nations did it become an identity — something someone was. And this was only after the American Psychiatric Association stopped classifying same-sex attraction as a mental disorder in 1973. Don’t think for a moment that this was done as a result of the careful scientific deliberation of the association. It is commonly known they acquiesced to the rambunctious and constant protest of gay activists. And this brings us to where we are today with the issue: People are just born that way, so accept it. Mark Steyn explains the implications of this social evolution: One can object to and even criminalize an act; one is obligated to be sympathetic toward a condition; but once it’s a fully fledged 24/7 identity, like being Hispanic or Inuit, anything less than wholehearted acceptance gets you marked down as a bigot.


  • Posted: 11/20/2012
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.nationalreview.com

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Push for Genderless Marriage within GOP is a Red Flag for Free Speech

Marco Rubio: Earth’s age ‘one of the great mysteries’

The GOP and Social Issues: Sophomoric Arguments at the Wall Street Journal

F.C.C. Takes On Cross-Ownership

Abortion support rising? If so, thank the GOP for aiding and abetting | Jill Stanek at LifeSiteNews

Australia: pressure mounts to break confessional seal

“Gay Vote Proved a Boon for Obama” | NY Times

In Baltimore, Catholic Bishops struggle with marriage message

“Abortion debate flares in Ireland over death of critically ill woman denied quick termination”

Speaker faces conservative backlash over call for immigration reform

War opens inside GOP over immigration

Some thoughts on the five stages of religious persecution | Charles Pope at the Archdiocese of Washington

    Charles Pope at the Archdiocese of Washington: It is rare that a respected segment of American life would become vilified and hated overnight. The usual transformation from respect to vilification goes in stages which grow in intensity. And hereby the Church, once a respected aspect of American life, along with the Protestant denominations has become increasingly marginalized and hated by many. It may help us to review these stages of persecution since it would seem that things are going to get more difficult for the Church in the years ahead. Generally there are distinguished five basic stages of persecution.


  • Posted: 11/13/2012
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: blog.adw.org

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Abortion and the media

    Live Action News: t seems that the presidential election this past Tuesday hung on one issue: abortion. One side invested heavily in the issue, and the other chose to ignore it or fumble. The heart-wrenching stories on both sides leave most Americans uncomfortable and conflicted. As a nation, we are split, with smaller groups at each extreme and a vast majority detached between them. The big question that needs answering is, “What is the unborn?”


  • Posted: 11/09/2012
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: liveactionnews.org

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Liberty and a Free Press | Ted McAllister at Public Discourse

“States’ Votes for Gay Marriage Are Timely, With Justices Ready to Weigh Cases” | Adam Liptak at NYT

    Adam Liptak at NYT: The victories for same-sex marriage on Tuesday, the first ones achieved at the ballot box rather than through courts or legislatures, are evidence of a remarkable shift in public opinion. They are also exceptionally timely data points for the Supreme Court . . . The justices tend to say they are not influenced by public opinion. But they do sometimes take account of state-by-state trends, and the latest developments will not escape their notice . . . “It bolsters our case,” said Brian S. Brown, the president of the National Organization for Marriage. “It’s very difficult to say you need a federal resolution of this question if states are resolving it for themselves.”


  • Posted: 11/08/2012
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: www.nytimes.com

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Walter Lippmann and the Crisis in Journalism | Ted McCallister at Public Discourse

    Ted McAllister at Public Discourse: We are witnessing, I believe, the collapse of a great modern project. The goal of this project was to form a democratic public, led by the most talented leaders and administered by enlightened public servants, but constituted by a deeply informed, engaged, and public-spirited citizenry. To produce such citizens, journalists served an almost sacred role of supplying all the disparate members of the public with “disinterested” information. Without information and knowledge, democratic deliberations are impossible, and without such deliberations there is no substantive “public,” only congeries of individuals and groups.


  • Posted: 11/08/2012
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.thepublicdiscourse.com

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Leading Canadian newspaper calls for HPV vaccinations at Catholic schools

Karl Rove: Fox News Ohio call ‘premature’

    Politico: “I think this is premature,” he added. “We’ve got a quarter of the vote. Now remember, here is the thing about Ohio. A third of the vote or more is cast early and is won overwhelmingly by the Democrats. It’s counted first and then you count the election day and the question is, by the time you finish counting the election day does it overcome that early advantage that Democrats have built up in early voting, particularly in Cuyahoga County.”
    Rove said the network needs to be “careful about calling things when we have like 991 votes separating the two candidates and a quarter of the vote yet to count. Even if they have made it on the basis of select precincts, I’d be very cautious about intruding in this process.”


  • Posted: 11/07/2012
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.politico.com

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Abortion Coverage at the New York Times | Jon A. Shields at the First Things

    Jon A. Shields at the First Things: Nearly twenty years ago, the judicious James Davison Hunter noted that journalistic reporting on abortion is “remarkable for its superficiality” since it rarely explores the “deeper issues and implications of the abortion controversy.” Maybe it is simply the partisan heat generated by a close presidential contest, but abortion coverage appears to be getting worse, not better. Just consider the mendacious, slash-and-burn New York Times Magazine story by Emily Bazelon on Charmaine Yoest, the director of Americans United for Life.


  • Posted: 11/06/2012
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: www.firstthings.com

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“The End of ‘Marriage’” | Laurie Shrage at NY Times

    Laurie Shrage at NY Times: Marriage reform is typically part of a larger agenda for social change. In earlier eras, challenges to bans on interfaith and interracial marriage were tied to political movements promoting religious, ethnic and racial equality and social integration. In the Middle East, Africa and Asia today, marriage reformers often aim to expand the rights and liberty of girls and women, while in the Americas and Europe, their primary aim is to advance social equality and respect for lesbians and gay men.


  • Posted: 11/06/2012
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com

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FCC orders TV station to air anti-abortion activist Randall Terry’s campaign ads

Akin surges in final days, ad buy raises questions about GOP involvement in the Missouri Senate race

Romney moves to reframe debate on abortion, autos

“Claims disputed in spot opposing same-sex marriage” | Baltimore Sun

“On Abortion, Absolutists Will Always Lose” | Bloomberg Editorial

Mark Regnerus and the Storm over the New Family Structures Study | Matthew J. Franck at Public Discourse

“Jesus opposed same-sex marriage” | Sharon A. Knotts at Baltimore Sun

    Sharon A. Knotts at Baltimore Sun: He was highly upset by remarks made by a local Baptist preacher regarding a New Testament Bible verse, Romans 1:32, that states that homosexuality, along with other sins, “is worthy of death.” The short answer is, according to both Old and New Testaments, in scores of verses too numerous to cite here, all sin is worthy of death . . . While the writer referred to the Golden Rule and the Sermon on the Mount and their unparalleled teachings of hope and love, neither of these speak directly to marriage. Why not cite the passages where Jesus did specifically address the subject of marriage?


  • Posted: 10/29/2012
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.baltimoresun.com

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Chinese Premier’s family threatens to sue NYT

10 Questions The Media Never (or Rarely) Ask Pro-choice Candidates About Abortion

Put a Human Face on Issue of Rape

    Christian Post: Indiana Senatorial candidate Richard Mourdock is yet another prolife politician whose words have been distorted so that the pro-Obama, pro-abortion, pro-liberal feminism mainstream media can mercilessly attack him for somehow attacking women. Anyone with half a brain could understand his comments to mean God intended life to happen, not rape. But mainstream media doesn’t rely upon intellect, but raw, uninformed emotion. They keep the issue in the abstract, careful not to humanize it to show why a prolife conviction would embrace even a child conceived in such circumstances. Abortion advocates know revealing the whole truth would have a way of speaking to one’s heart.


  • Posted: 10/26/2012
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: blogs.christianpost.com

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What should pro-lifers think about abortion ‘exceptions’? | R. Albert Mohler, Jr. at Baptist Press

Support for Marriage Surging in Washington State | Maggie Gallagher at National Review

    Maggie Gallagher at National Review: So far, $11 million has been spent on the campaign, with the “bulk of it spent by gay marriage supporters” according to the Associated Press. Supporters of Referendum 74 have raised nearly $11 million, more than five times as much as opponents of gay marriage. The pro-gay marriage advantages don’t stop there. Major corporations just pooled their resources to take out a full-page ad announcing support for gay marriage . . . Support for R-74 is now up only 49 to 45 percent among likely voters, a statistical dead heat and huge swing from the 14-point advantage gay marriage held in September, when 53 percent of Washington voters told the pollster they would support R-74.


  • Posted: 10/25/2012
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: www.nationalreview.com

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President Obama’s voice featured in new same-sex marriage radio ad in Maryland

The Extremists Who Report the News

Video: Obama tells Leno: ‘Rape is Rape’

Obama Camp Seizes on Republican’s Abortion Comments

Planned Parenthood Attacks Mourdock But Hides Child Rape

Media continues to distort, promote abortion and rape issues as wedge

WA: “Times Co. criticized for McKenna, gay-marriage ad campaigns”

10% of Obama and Dem Ads relate to Abortion

Romney Releases New Ad TV On Abortion

Thousands Sound Off On Obama’s ‘Islamic Ring’: Establishment Media Ignores

No religion — and not a lot of sense | Naomi Schafer Riley at NY Post

Judge Strikes Down Ann Arbor Bus Used to Exclude “Boycott ‘Israel’ / Boycott Apartheid” Ad

A summer of intolerance | Edwin Meese and Jennifer Marshall at USA Today

Billionaire’s ads to warn Americans against socialism: People will stop working and creating

Egypt’s radical preachers enjoying freedom of airwaves

ABC scrambles to downplay Obama’s attendance at VP debate moderator’s wedding

    Daily Caller: President Barack Obama was a guest at the 1991 wedding of ABC senior foreign correspondent and vice presidential debate moderator Martha Raddatz, The Daily Caller has learned. Obama and groom Julius Genachowski, whom Obama would later tap to head the Federal Communications Commission, were Harvard Law School classmates at the time and members of the Harvard Law Review.


  • Posted: 10/10/2012
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: dailycaller.com

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Black faith leaders announce campaign goal to strip 25 percent of black vote from Obama

Md. NAACP to launch radio ads featuring Julian Bond to support marriage redefinition

“Gay characters at record high on U.S. television”

Networks, AP cancel exit polls in 19 states

Karl Rove: Can We Believe the Presidential Polls?