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Mon, 07/07/2008 - 20:04Culture
(CNSNews.com) - A pro-life group is urging the YMCA to "keep the 'C' in YMCA" by refusing to rent its facilities to Planned Parenthood, an abortion provider. The American Life League's STOPP International, including Pro-Life Wisconsin - an American Life League associate group - are among the latest organizations to protest the YMCA of Greater St. Paul, Minn., for its decision to open its doors…
Mon, 07/07/2008 - 20:04Culture
(CNSNews.com) - Project 21, a black conservative group, says it is pleased that the NAACP has decided to change the way artists are nominated for the NAACP's annual "Image Awards."Project 21 noted that the goal of the NAACP's annual Image Awards is to honor black artists who try to portray "positive images and meaningful opportunities for African-Americans."Project 21 said the NAACP goofed…
Mon, 07/07/2008 - 20:04Culture
(CNSNews.com) - A group of pastors from all denominations are calling on a Minnesota senator to apologize for remarks he made against Christians seeking to protect traditional marriage."We are grieved by your name-calling of those who hold to a traditional view of marriage and we believe you owe the people of Minnesota a public apology for your harsh and intemperate attacks on people seeking…
Mon, 07/07/2008 - 20:04Culture
(CNSNews.com) - A group that advocates animal "rights" and vegetarian diets wants lawmakers to kill a bill protecting the food industry from obesity lawsuits. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine -- described by some as a "radical animal rights group" -- Tuesday urged the House of Representatives to kill the "Cheeseburger Bill," which is formally known as the "Personal…
Mon, 07/07/2008 - 20:04Culture
(CNSNews.com) - The so-called "food police" are applauding Ruby Tuesday for becoming the first restaurant chain to put nutrition information on its menus.The Center for Science in the Public Interest said Ruby Tuesday also plans to add more healthful foods to its menus and fry in "trans-fat-free" cooking oil. "Ruby Tuesday stands head and shoulders above its competitors when it comes to…
Mon, 07/07/2008 - 20:04Culture
(CNSNews.com) - Planned Parenthood, a frequent critic of the "religious right," has hired a chaplain to "articulate the spiritual dimensions of sexuality and reproduction."The Rev. Ignacio Castuera, a Methodist, will fill the newly created post, from which he will "act as a public spokesperson to promote Planned Parenthood's mission and vision," the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (…
Mon, 07/07/2008 - 20:04Culture
(CNSNews.com) - If Chief Justice William Rehnquist does retire soon, as he hinted he might, "you can rest assured that George Bush will not have a free pass to replace him with another anti-choice judicial activist," an abortion rights group said Wednesday.NARAL Pro-Choice America, which describes itself as the nation's leading advocate of personal privacy and a woman's right to choose, has…
Mon, 07/07/2008 - 20:04Culture
(CNSNews.com) - A pro-life group is expressing its disappointment with the NAACP for the civil rights group's stand on abortion.On Feb. 24, the NAACP announced that its board voted to take a pro-abortion stand on the abortion issue. "Sadly, many African-American women have believed the lies of pro-abortion groups and have aborted their children," said Day Gardner, director of Black Americans…
Mon, 07/07/2008 - 20:04Culture
(CNSNews.com) - Conservative groups are praising the California Supreme Court for finally taking a stand against anarchy by stopping San Francisco from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.In a unanimous ruling on Thursday, the court ordered San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom to stop what he's been doing since Feb. 12."While it is disappointing, to say the least, that it has taken a…
Mon, 07/07/2008 - 20:04Culture
(CNSNews.com) - A Virginia high school says a student's pro-life T-shirt violates the school's ban on using profane or obscene language.The shirt says, "Abortion is Homicide. You will not silence my message. You will not mock my God. You will stop killing my generation. Rock for Life." An assistant vice principal at Denbigh High School in Newport News told the student to stop wearing the…
Mon, 07/07/2008 - 20:04Culture
(CNSNews.com) - Two New Jersey residents filed a lawsuit Monday in state court against the City of Asbury Park's challenging the city's actions in issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in violation of state law.The American Center for Law and Justice represents George Saxenmeyer and Maureen McCarthy, two residents of Asbury Park, who are challenging the same-sex "marriage" performed by…
Mon, 07/07/2008 - 20:04Culture
(CNSNews.com) - A Georgetown University Law School faculty member says churches should be allowed to marry anyone they want, without state interference.David Saperstein, a rabbi and attorney, believes the State of New York has no business bringing charges against two Unitarian Universalist ministers for "marrying" 13 same-sex couples.On Monday, the Ulster County, N.Y., district attorney filed…
Mon, 07/07/2008 - 20:04Culture
(CNSNews.com) - The San Francisco Chronicle has removed two journalists from the same-sex-marriage beat after the two women "married" each other.Two homosexual advocacy groups expressed their "strong concern" over the reassignment of reporter Rachel Gordon and photographer Liz Mangelsdorf."The decision to remove these respected journalists from this story simply because they happen to be…
Mon, 07/07/2008 - 20:04Culture
(CNSNews.com) - Rap musician 50 Cent used several anti-homosexual gay slurs in an April interview with Playboy magazine, but even so, a homosexual advocacy group has restrained its criticism of him -- even inviting him to "get to know the LGBT community."The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) offered a relatively mild response to words uttered by rapper 50 Cent, in marked…
Mon, 07/07/2008 - 20:04Culture
Pacific Rim Bureau (CNSNews.com) - An Australian cabinet minister has sparked a debate by calling the country's abortion rate a "national tragedy" and asking why youngsters are discouraged from smoking or driving too fast - but not from having sex.In a political environment where decisions on ethical issues are generally left to individual lawmakers' consciences, politicians from the ruling…
Mon, 07/07/2008 - 20:04Culture
(CNSNews.com) - The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is opening an office in London - "joining with embattled British citizens in their fight to restore their firearms rights," the group said in a press release."This is the first time an American firearm civil rights organization has opened an office on foreign soil," said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb."With the attack on…
Mon, 07/07/2008 - 20:04Culture
(CNSNews.com) - The Federal Communications Commission Thursday said the f-word is both indecent and profane, contrary to an opinion issued earlier by its staff. Press reports said this is the first time the FCC has called a four-letter word "profane," but the ruling didn't go far enough for one TV watchdog group.FCC Chairman Michael Powell said Thursday's ruling should serve as a warning to…
Mon, 07/07/2008 - 20:04Culture
(CNSNews.com) - The Federal Communication Commission on Thursday proposed the maximum $27,500 fine for a Howard Stern show broadcast on WKRK-FM in Detroit in 2001. A listener complained about the show's offensive sexual content.A new report says proposed fines stemming from the Howard Stern Show are nothing new for his employer, Infinity Broadcasting.In fact, said the Center for Public…
Mon, 07/07/2008 - 20:04Culture
(CNSNews.com) - Gun control advocates say the manufacture of a key gun part is the same thing as making "thousands of new illegal assault weapons."They say fixing older, "grandfathered" semiautomatic weapons violates federal law, and they've filed a federal lawsuit demanding that the practice stop.The Brady Campaign -- officially known as The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence united with…
Mon, 07/07/2008 - 20:04Culture
(CNSNews.com) - Overshadowed for the last year by war and politics, the case involving the constitutionality of the Pledge of Allegiance comes roaring back this week with the U.S. Supreme Court set to hear oral arguments.At issue is whether it is unconstitutional to ask public school children to recite the pledge containing the words, "One Nation, Under God." The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of…