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The Health-Religion Connection by Joshua Crouch

The struggle between faith-healing and public health services may not be a mainstream topic, yet it continues to rage throughout our nation. Oregon has recently had a string of adolescent deaths tied to extreme Christian conservatism. The Christian Science Church has pushed law makers to allow parents to exempt their children from all medical treatment, replacing science with the prayers […]

 
 

Pope says European sex education an 'attack' on religious freedom (AFP)

EXCERPT: Sex and civic education in schools in Europe is an "attack" on religious freedom, Pope Benedict XVI said on Monday, following a Vatican row with Spain over a new course promoting liberal values. "I cannot remain silent about another attack on the religious freedom of families in certain European countries which mandate obligatory participation in courses of sexual or […]

 
 

Colorado School's Rosary Rule Disputed (KKTV)

EXCERPT: COLORADO SPRINGS — An announcement made by a Colorado Springs middle school, stipulating how students can wear rosaries, has the ACLU speaking out against the decision. The group says religious liberty does not stop at the entrance to a public school. [District spokesperson Elaine] Naleski says some students were offended at how others were wearing the religious symbol, but […]

 
 

Italy Fights School Crucifix Ban (AJE)

The Italian government has begun its appeal against a decision by the European Court of Human Rights to ban crucifixes in school classrooms.

 
 

"Spritual but not religious" community growing (CNN)

EXCERPT: June 4, 2010 – (CNN) — "I'm spiritual but not religious." It's a trendy phrase people often use to describe their belief that they don't need organized religion to live a life of faith. But for Jesuit priest James Martin, the phrase also hints at something else: egotism. "Being spiritual but not religious can lead to complacency and self-centeredness," […]

 
 

On a Visit to the U.S., a Nigerian Witch-Hunter Explains Herself (New York Times)

EXCERPT: May 21, 2010 – HOUSTON (NYT) – At home in Nigeria, the Pentecostal preacher Helen Ukpabio draws thousands to her revival meetings. Last August, when she had herself consecrated Christendom's first "lady apostle," Nigerian politicians and Nollywood actors attended the ceremony. Her books and DVDs, which explain how Satan possesses children, are widely known. So well-known, in fact, that […]

 
 

Conference Held to Relaunch Protection of Work-Free Sunday at European Level (ARLP)

A conference whose aim was to relaunch the protection of a work-free Sunday debate at European level (see www.comece.org) was held on Wednesday the March 24, 2010 in Brussells. ARLP has posted a story on their website along with a video of the keynote address. Here are some of the reasons for the conference: Purpose of Conference The promotion of […]

 
 

Gendercide: China's shameful massacre of unborn girls means there will soon be 30m more men than women (Daily Mail)

EXCERPT: By the year 2020, there will be 30 million more men than women of marriageable age in this giant empire, so large and so different (its current population is 1,336,410,000) that it often feels more like a separate planet than just another country. Nothing like this has ever happened to any civilisation before. The nearest we can come to […]

 
 

Should Europe recognize Sunday as the official day of rest? (BBC Video)

Dr. Michael Schluter, founder of Keep Sunday Special, debates business entrepreneurs and representatives of other faith groups on the issue of whether Europe should adopt Sunday as a uniform day of rest. Part I Part II Related stories: ANALYSIS: European Sunday Weekly Rest Day Legislation Remains Unlawful "This matter deserves a full debate engaging all the parties concerned and in […]

 
 

Faith Healing Couple Guilty of Murder

EXCERPT from ABC News (link below): An Oregon husband and wife who relied on faith rather than medicine to treat their dying child were convicted today of criminally negligent homicide. Jeffrey and Marci Beagley of Oregon City said they thought their 16-year-old son, Neil, merely had the flu when they prayed and laid hands on him during the summer of […]