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July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Former Congressman Harold Ford on Thursday became the new head of the Democratic Leadership Council - a move that worries some homosexual Democrats, because Ford voted for an amendment to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman.In November, Ford ran an unsuccessful campaign to fill the seat vacated by the retiring Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. He will now succeed Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack as chairman of the moderate Democratic group. Vilsack is resigning to focus on his bid for the 2008 presidential nomination.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Several hundred protesters gathered outside the White House on Sunday to complain about President Bush's handling of the immigration issue, including his push for "comprehensive" reform. The protesters demanded tighter border security."We are in a struggle to save the sovereignty of our nation," said protest organizer D.A. King, president of the Dustin Inman Society (DIS). "The price of losing is open borders and the loss of the republic."
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - For what is believed to be the first time in its history, the U.S. Senate will on July 12 be opened with a Hindu prayer, the Senate Chaplain's Office confirmed Monday.For more than 200 years, the Senate has opened each workday with a prayer usually delivered by the Senate Chaplain, currently Barry Black, a Seventh Day Adventist. It is common, however, for senators to recommend religious leaders from their home states to serve as guest chaplains.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In defiance of reports from the U.S. State Department and various human rights groups, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday that "the freest women in the world are the women in Iran.""If you look at our women, they're active in every level of society as researchers and social groups and universities, in parties, in the press, in the arts, in politics, in political associations," Ahmadinejad told reporters at the National Press Club. "They're [among] the most active women in the world and they're free."
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Department of Justice attorney on Friday praised an amendment currently in the U.S. House and Senate that would provide criminal penalties for pornographic websites not labeled as "sexually explicit."
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Two days after Christian lawyers filed a discrimination lawsuit against the University of Georgia, administrators announced Thursday they would recognize a Christian fraternity and consider eliminating the school's non-discrimination policy regarding religious groups.The Alliance Defense Fund and the Christian Legal Society on Tuesday sued the university after it denied official recognition to Beta Upsilon Chi, a Christian fraternity.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Conservative pundits sparred Sunday over the Bush administration's immigration policy, which some view as "amnesty" for the millions of illegal immigrants living in the United States."We have an obligation to our own people before we have an obligation to foreigners," Mark Krikorian, the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, said during a debate at the National Review Institute's Conservative Summit in Washington, D.C.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - More than 100 active opponents of comprehensive immigration reform began a three-day blitz of congressional offices Monday aimed at preventing passage of legislation that features a guest worker program and ways for illegal immigrants to earn citizenship.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has for the second time in four years rejected a proposed resolution expressing opposition to abortion because of abortion's disproportionate impact on minorities, supporters of the resolution said.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The liberal talk radio network Air America announced this week it will launch a nationwide show focusing on atheism. The first national show will feature Christopher Hitchens, author of "God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything."The Freethought Radio Program, hosted by the co-presidents of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, has been airing on Air America's Madison, Wis., affiliate since April 2006.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The wife of a soldier who has gone absent without leave (AWOL) addressed a group of anti-war protestors in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, thanking them for their support and urging leniency for her husband.Army Specialist Agustin Aguayo went AWOL Sept. 2 in Germany after his application for conscientious objector status was denied by the military. Aguayo was ordered to go to Iraq but fled from his superiors.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Sept. 18 ruled that German restrictions on religious-motivated home-schooling do not violate human rights, a decision that American religious rights groups fear could influence U.S. domestic policy.A German family filed a complaint alleging that their freedoms were violated by a German law requiring attendance in public or state-sanctioned private schools. The family's religious beliefs are opposed to some topics addressed in state-sponsored education, including sex education and mythological fairy tales.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Sam Brownback joined with other lawmakers and religious leaders Thursday in urging Christians to display nativity scenes on public property to remind America that "the birth of Jesus ... is the reason for the season.""Christmas is making a comeback," the Kansas senator declared at a news conference at the steps of the U.S. Capitol, where Christian leaders had erected a temporary nativity scene to kick off a national "Nativity Project."
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The nation's largest teachers union on Tuesday urged U.S. senators to oppose an appropriations amendment that would grant money to educators who perform well, a stance that confused the amendment's author, who was among the recipients of the letter."I am astonished," Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said on the Senate floor Tuesday about a letter from the National Education Association urging him to vote against his own amendment to the FY2007 Continuing Resolution.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In a case similar to one decided less than two months ago, Christian lawyers and activists are awaiting a court decision to determine the fate of a war memorial in California's Mojave Desert that features a cross.The monument, originally erected in 1934 by the Veterans of Foreign Wars to honor the "dead of all wars," features of a cross planted at the top of a hill in the Mojave National Preserve. The land under the cross was originally owned by the government, and the structure is recognized by the federal government as a war memorial.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - House Democrats are "one vote away" from repealing an appropriations amendment that restricts local law enforcement's ability to access federal gun trace data. Second Amendment supporters say the amendment protects police investigations and prevents anti-gun groups from using gun trace data in "frivolous" civil lawsuits against the firearms industry.But the opponents of the amendment argue that the restrictions tie investigators' hands. They say the gun-trace data is an essential crime-fighting tool that should be made available to police.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Episcopal Diocese of California on Saturday approved religious blessings of homosexual couples, opening the way for same-sex couples to receive the same recognition the church gives to heterosexual couples.In a statement on the Web site of Oasis California, the homosexual ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of California (EDC), Bishop Marc Andrus pledged to make "lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders" (LGBT) feel welcome in the church.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The U.S. congressman who sponsored the federal ban on partial-birth abortion is "cautiously optimistic" that the Supreme Court will allow the ban to stand when it hears arguments on the law Nov. 8.Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) told Cybercast News Service he was hopeful the court would "make the right decision, and that decision will be for life." Chabot sponsored the House version of the Partial-Birth Abortion Act of 2003.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Christian military officers who share their faith at work in the Pentagon pose a threat to national security, according to a group that advocates for religious neutrality in the military.Public displays of faith by high-ranking military officers project an image of a Christian nation waging war on non-Christians, both inside and outside the United States, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation said Monday.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Pro-life activists are urging President Bush to use his veto powers to once again shoot down a congressional effort to expand federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, if lawmakers succeed in their bid later this year.Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) reintroduced legislation Jan. 4 that would allow for increased federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Similar legislation passed both houses of Congress in 2006 but was defeated by Bush's first and only use of the presidential veto.