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July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Legislation pending in Pennsylvania seeks to provide victims of domestic violence with a temporary emergency license to carry a firearm "to make sure that they're able to defend themselves," according to State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, sponsor of the bill.However, a spokeswoman for a state domestic violence coalition called the measure "dangerous, absolutely dangerous."Metcalfe (R-Butler) told Cybercast News Service that not only would this measure aid domestic violence victims in protecting themselves, but overall, it would decrease violence.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In business since July 2002, the International Criminal Court is still without American participation, but the ICC's president was in Washington, D.C., this week to defend the court from its conservative critics.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - On the eve of President Bush's first visit to Vietnam, the State Department Monday removed the country from a list of religious persecutors, but Vietnamese activists blasted the move.The State Department said Vietnam no longer qualified for the list of "countries of particular concern" (CPC) for egregious religious freedom abuses - a designation under the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Dutch political party that failed to qualify to participate in the country's general election Wednesday has blamed harassment from "far right" elements that took issue with its pro-pedophilia platform.The PNVD was forced to end its campaign recently after it was unable to obtain the signatures required for it to contest the election.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The so-called "living wage" -- a higher minimum wage -- may be more of a hindrance than a help, suggests a recent study issued by the Employment Policies Institute. The study found that prices tend to surge as unemployment rises in municipalities that require employers to pay more than the federal or state minimum wages.Communities across the country have forced employers to pay living wages an average of $8.78 per hour when benefits are included and $10.33 per hour when benefits are excluded. The federal minimum wage is $5.15 an hour.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - If you catch someone smoking in a non-smoking area in Omaha, Neb., call the police. The Omaha Police Department (OPD) is encouraging city residents to call 911 in the wake of the citywide ban on smoking that went into effect on Oct. 2.Teresa Negron, sergeant in charge of public information of the OPD, explained that the department encourages observers of infractions to pick up the phone to report the infraction -- just like they would for any other crime they observe being committed.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Despite indications that the retired archbishop of Washington, D.C., Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, has shifted position on the issue of denying communion to Catholic politicians who support abortion rights, the diocesan spokesperson says this is not the case."[McCarrick's stance has] been consistent, and it will remain consistent," Susan Gibbs told Cybercast News Service.The emphasis should be placed on the individual who goes to receive communion rather than on the priest who is administering communion, according to Gibbs.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A case in which a local government official was barred from using the name of Jesus Christ during a prayer at a council meeting raises the issue of free speech rights not only of public officials but ultimately of anyone linked to the government in any way, a civil liberties legal group argues."The question in the case is whether or not a public official can in any capacity have that kind of private speech," John Whitehead, president of the Rutherford Institute, told Cybercast News Service.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Liberal green groups attempting to woo Christians to the global warming cause may have motives other than a mutual concern for the earth, a prominent Christian conservative has warned."[It's a] very definite conflict of interest and something that I would urge my fellow religionists to think very carefully about," American Values President Gary Bauer told Cybercast News Service.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Westerners tend to be more promiscuous than people in developing countries but do not have the accompanying higher rate of sexually transmitted diseases that may be expected, according to a new study of sexual behavior."The comparatively high prevalence of multiple partnerships in developed countries, compared with parts of the world with far higher rates of sexually transmitted infections and HIV, such as African countries, might hold some surprises," said the study by researchers of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Following the Democratic takeover of Congress, some liberal religious figures are attributing the change in leadership to what they see as a too narrow definition of faith issues on the part of the Republican Party."[Americans] want a broader agenda," said Jeff Carr of Sojourners/Call to Renewal, an evangelical group concerned about social justice issues.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A religious lobbying group Monday claimed that the federal Marriage Protection Amendment does not go far enough in protecting marriage and criticized the measure for allowing civil unions and other forms of marriage."This amendment is a hollow gesture when it comes to protecting marriage," said Rev. Louis Sheldon, chairman of the Traditional Values Coalition. "It does not 'fully protect marriage,' but it amends the Constitution to allow civil unions and other forms of counterfeit marriage in all 50 states."
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Young liberals attending the "Take Back America" Conference in Washington, D.C., said Monday night that they are "hopeful" that candidates with "progressive" values will make gains in the 2006 elections. Many see opposing the Bush administration as "a good motivator" for political activism.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Democratic Party should adopt "family values" and provide "progressive" solutions to family issues, according to an organization co-founded by one of MoveOn.org's creators. "MomsRising" believes taxpayers should fund "family leave ... childcare and healthcare for all children." Critics call the group's goals "noble" but say their proposed solutions are misguided."This is really about building a movement." said Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, who co-founded MomsRising with Joan Blades, who also helped create MoveOn.org.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Louisiana parish planning to erect a cross on the bank of the Mississippi River in memory of the 130 people who died from Hurricane Katrina insists it is not violating the Constitution despite a challenge by the American Civil Liberties Union.St. Bernard Parish Councilman Mark Madary believes the ACLU is trying to create a controversy to generate publicity, rather than attempting to protect Americans' First Amendment rights.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The word "memorial" brings to mind images of statues, buildings and other permanent structures erected to honor the memory of a significant person or group of people. But the non-profit organization One Day's Pay is asking Americans again this year to honor those who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks with a living memorial."It is an initiative that rose from the ashes of September 11th, soon after the tragedy," said co-founder Jay Winuk, who lost brother Glenn Winuk - a volunteer firefighter - in the collapse of the World Trade Center.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An unprecedented number of America's major companies are expanding domestic partner and health benefits to their homosexual and transgender employees, according to a report released Tuesday by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, a homosexual/transgender advocacy group.The annual report shows that 138 companies, compared with 13 in 2002, have achieved a rating of 100 percent on the Corporate Equality Index (CEI) of 2006.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(Adds photos from TortureATerrorist website)(CNSNews.com) - Amid the avalanche of criticism for the way the Bush administration has handled suspects captured in the war against terrorism, there is a website that has been using bumper stickers to urge the torture of terrorists.TortureATerrorist.com sells the bumper stickers to advance its "cause.""Welcome to Torture a Terrorist ... Stickers For Your Car etc!" reads the website's opening message.