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July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A religious liberties attorney Thursday issued an open challenge to the Internal Revenue Service, daring the tax agency to take church leaders to court for violating restrictions against religious involvement in political campaigns.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In his closing days as Kansas Attorney General, Republican Phill Kline is still battling to prosecute one of America's most prominent abortionists. After a judge ruled Wednesday that Kline lacked the jurisdictional grounds to charge Wichita-based abortionist George Tiller, Kline announced that he was appointing a special prosecutor with the necessary jurisdiction.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A group of lawmakers who meet each week to pray in the U.S. Capitol called on the American people Wednesday to join them in praying for the country. However, supporters of a so-called separation between church and state said the lawmakers should "stop meddling in religion and get back to work.""There is an enormous power in prayer," Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) told a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol. "This is a crucial time for those who believe in the power to pray that God would heal our land and sustain our nation."
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A gun rights advocate wants the Justice Department to investigate a Catholic priest who during a weekend anti-gun rally threatened to "snuff out" a Chicago gun store owner.As Cybercast News Service reported earlier, Rev. Michael Pfleger said Saturday in comments aimed at Chuck's Gun Shop owner John Riggio, "we're going to find out and snuff you out."
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In covering the 2008 presidential campaign, the network morning news shows are "overwhelmingly focused on Democrats, [and] they are actively promoting the Democrats' liberal agenda," according to a study released today by the conservative Media Research Center (MRC).
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Focus on the Family Founder and Chairman James Dobson is trying to "build a church-based political machine," according to a group that opposes religious involvement in politics and government.Americans United for Separation of Church and State claims that -- by registering voters in churches and encouraging Christians to vote for candidates who embrace religious principles -- Focus on the Family is risking the tax-exempt status of local churches.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - More than half of Americans perceived Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's recent speech on the role of religion in politics to be sincere, although the former Massachusetts governor, a Mormon, was less convincing than John F. Kennedy in his famous speech about Catholicism, according to a focus group study.Just over half of the more than 500 respondents - 51 percent - said they thought Romney's speech was "sincere" in a survey conducted by HCD Research.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff urged conservative lawyers Friday to promote the ideals of judicial restraint abroad in a bid to influence international law and thereby make the United States safer. Addressing the Federalist Society in Washington D.C., Chertoff said members of the organization had, since its establishment in 1982, created a "level playing field" between judicial activism and what he called "judicial modesty."
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Labor union officials' right to use union dues for political purposes without members' consent will be under scrutiny before the U.S. Supreme Court next week.The court will hear oral arguments on Jan. 10 in a case originating from Washington state, where even those teachers who are not members of the Washington Education Association (WEA) are required to pay union dues to cover the costs of collective bargaining. Some of the money is also used for the union's political causes.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A British skeptic of global warming "alarmism" on Tuesday challenged climate change activist and former Vice President Al Gore to a debate on the issue."Global warming is not a crisis," Viscount Christopher Monckton of Brenchley declared in an ad published in the Washington Post Tuesday. The ad, also scheduled to run in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, directs readers to a website in which Monckton challenges Gore to a debate in Oxford, England at a date of the American's choosing.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Second Amendment guarantees the right of an individual to own guns and for that reason should be repealed, according to a legal affairs analyst who opposes gun ownership."The Second Amendment is one of the clearest statements of right in the Constitution," Benjamin Wittes, a guest scholar at the center-left Brookings Institution, acknowledged in a discussion Monday. "We've had decades of sort of intellectual gymnastics to try to make those words not mean what they say."
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The same day the Food and Drug Administration announced it has approved the Plan B "emergency contraception" for over-the-counter sale, family groups are gearing up to challenge the decision in court.The conservative Family Research Council (FRC) announced in a release that it is "pursuing legal and legislative options against the FDA for its deliberate disregard for women's health and the law."
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(Editor's note: The following contains objectionable language.)(CNSNews.com) - In the aftermath of the media frenzy surrounding actor-comedian Michael Richards' use of a racial slur, black leaders from across the political spectrum are calling on African Americans to reflect on their own use of the controversial word.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As the new Democratic majority continues its 100-hour legislative blitz in the U.S. House, one Democrat has quietly reintroduced controversial legislation that would give the federal government more authority over so-called "hate crimes."On Jan. 5, Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee of Texas introduced a bill that would create federal guidelines for the sentencing of violent criminals who were "motivated by the actual or perceived race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, or disability of the victim."
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday heard arguments in a case that will decide whether a leading Bible distribution group will be allowed to hand out the religious texts at public schools.The Gideons International, the 108-year-old missionary organization best known for its Bibles-in-hotels distribution program, passed out Bibles to students in Missouri's South Iron R-1 School District under a policy allowing the open distribution of non-educational material.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) on Tuesday urged his congressional colleagues to repeal an appropriations amendment that restricts local law enforcement's ability to access federal gun trace data. Supporters of the restrictions argue it protects undercover police officers.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A woman suffered "excruciating pain" and seizures -- and eventually had to undergo an emergency hysterectomy -- as the result of a botched abortion at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Nebraska, according to a lawsuit filed Aug. 31.The lawsuit alleges that Planned Parenthood employees were negligent in their care of "Jane Roe," a 40-year-old patient referred to with a pseudonym in the lawsuit. It also accuses the employees of battery, because it says doctors continued performing the abortion even after "Roe" asked them to stop.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - More than three months after news broke of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's undercover "sting" operations aimed at out-of-state gun stores, the firearms industry is questioning whether the investigations produced any actual evidence of wrongdoing.Earlier this year, Bloomberg's office hired private investigators to attempt illegal firearms purchases from federally licensed gun dealers in Georgia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia. The goal was to prove that out-of-state stores contribute to crime in New York City.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - While the city of Chicago is distancing itself from a movie on the nativity for fear of offending non-Christians, stores across the country are embracing the "Merry Christmas" greeting and Christian groups are claiming minor victories in what some have called the "war on Christmas."
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The organization in charge of approving Internet domains has reintroduced a controversial proposal to create a domain registry specifically for pornographic content.The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in June 2005 approved the creation of the ".xxx" domain. But in May 2006, the organization voted against a contract with domain distributor ICM Registry, in part because of outcry from conservative family groups.