Friday, May 23, 2008

11 Most Important Stories of the Week

  1. Germans have trouble getting exorcisms
  2. Prayer and Crucifixes on the endangered list in Quebec
  3. Cyclone survivors get free condoms from UN
  4. Pilgrims barred from Marian Shrine by Communist Chinese
  5. French government to push for legalized sodomy at UN
  6. British Parliament YES to the creation of “horror” hybrid embryos
  7. “Fatherless” children approved in Britain
  8. Venezuela President gets more financial muscle
  9. UK announced it will promote homosexuality overseas
  10. Reaction grows against CA same-sex approval
  11. Smith College sees lesbian riot


German demand for exorcisms sparks row

By Bojan Pancevski

Last updated: 10:48 AM BST 22/05/2008

A growing demand for exorcisms by Germans who believe they are suffering demonic possession has sparked controversy in a country where the practice has been outlawed by the Roman Catholic Church.

A new radio documentary revealed that hundreds of people from all over Germany have been subjected to exorcisms in the last year alone.

Thousands more have sought help in neighbouring countries such as Poland where exorcism rituals are more commonly practised by the Church.

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Remove Crucifixes and Ban Public Prayer to Solve Immigrant Tensions - Quebec Report
Every religion but Christianity should be welcome in public life in Quebec

By Hilary White
MONTREAL, May 22, 2008 ( - Every religion but Christianity should be welcome in public life in Quebec, according to a government report. Crucifixes must be removed from the National Assembly and classrooms and Christian prayers banned from city council meetings but students should be allowed to wear their Islamic hijabs, Jewish kippas, Sikh turbans and even the ceremonial dagger called a kirpan.

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UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Sending 220,000 Condoms to Myanmar Survivors
Also providing portable abortion devices

By Thaddeus M. Baklinski
YANGON, May 22, 2008 ( - "The United Nations will send nearly a quarter of a million condoms into cyclone-hit Myanmar to help needy survivors with no access to contraceptives," a UN official says.
UNFPA aid advisor Chaiyos Kunanusont said 72,800 condoms had so far been delivered to "survivors struggling to maintain their family planning after the storm hit in early May."

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China Disqualifies the Virgin of Sheshan

By Sandro Magister

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Pilgrimages banned to the most important Chinese Marian shrine – on the day of prayer established by the pope.

ROMA (Chiesa) – During this month of May, in two days, the first of the annual days of prayer for the Church in China will be held, established by Benedict XVI in his letter to Chinese Catholics one year ago.
Traditionally, each May 24, thousands of Catholics from all over China go on pilgrimage to the shrine of Sheshan, dedicated to Mary "help of Christians," located on a lush green hill 30 miles south of Shanghai.

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Tuesday May 20, 2008

French Government Seeks "Universal Decriminalization" of Sodomy

By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
May 20, 2008 ( - The French government plans to use its upcoming presidency of the European Union to push for the universal decriminalization of sodomy, according to news reports.
It has also announced its endorsement of the "International Day Against Homophobia" (IDAHO), a day that commemorates the World Health Organization's decision to declassify homosexual orientation as a mental disorder in 1990.  Controversy about the decision continues to exist among mental health professionals and others.

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Bishop: British Parliament Approves "Horror"

Life Academy Leader Denounces Law OK'ing Hybrids

VATICAN CITY, MAY 20, 2008 ( British Parliament has now approved one of the horrors that has always been rejected by ethics, says the president of the Pontifical Academy for Life.
Members of Parliament approved 336-176 on Monday evening the creation of hybrid embryos, made by introducing human DNA into animal ova. The measure aims to compensate for a "shortage" of human embryos used for embryonic stem cell research.

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From Times Online

May 20, 2008

Women win right to children without fathers

MPs decided to stick with the current 24-week abortion limit

Mark Henderson, Francis Elliott, Ruth Gledhill and Sam Coates

Single women and lesbian couples won landmark parental rights last night as MPs voted to remove the requirement that fertility clinics consider a child’s need for a father.

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill will replace the rule with a “need for supportive parenting” after opponents were defeated in two votes by unexpectedly wide margins.

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The New York Times

May 18, 2008

Chávez Seizes Greater Economic Power


CARACAS, Venezuela — Faced with shortages of foods, building materials and other staples, President Hugo Chávez is intensifying state control of the Venezuelan economy through a new wave of takeovers of private companies and the creation of government-controlled ventures with allies like Cuba and Iran.

The moves come just months after voters rejected a referendum to give the president sweeping constitutional power over the economy and public institutions, leading to new accusations that Mr. Chávez is more interested in consolidating power than in fixing Venezuela’s problems.

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British Foreign Office to Promote Gay Agenda in Other Countries
Would be working to overturn the laws of sovereign states

By Hilary White
LONDON, May 22, 2008 ( ) - The UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office has announced that its embassies will now be collaborating with local homosexual activist organisations in other countries to promote acceptance of homosexuality overseas. The goal, officials said, is to join forces with these groups in attempting to force other countries to implement the full homosexualist political agenda of equating homosexuality with natural relations between men and women.
Meg Munn, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign Office, admitted that the British government would be working to overturn the laws of sovereign states. She said, "Working with human rights activists, international institutions and non-governmental organisations and like minded governments the Foreign Office is targeting states where same sex relations are illegal, to raise our concerns and encourage them to change their laws."

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Many reject California ruling on same-sex nuptials

By Cathleen Decker

Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

11:13 PM CDT, May 22, 2008

LOS ANGELES — By bare majorities, Californians reject the state Supreme Court's decision to allow same-sex marriages and back a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at the November ballot that would outlaw such unions, a new Los Angeles Times/KTLA Poll has found.
But the survey also suggested that the state is moving closer to accepting non-traditional marriages, which could create openings for supporters of same-sex marriage as the campaign unfolds.

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Lesbian activists at Smith College riot, shut down Ryan Sorba speech on “The Born Gay Hoax” as police watch. See exclusive videos.

“We’re here, we’re queer, get used to it!”

Smith College, Northampton, MA - April 29, 2008

Dozens of lesbian activists at Smith College climbed in through windows and stormed the podium in a riot scene shortly after Ryan Sorba began a speech on his upcoming book, The Born Gay Hoax. The melee forced an end to the speech before a packed hall in the library on the Northampton campus.  Uniformed police officers and a plainclothes security guard were in the room but mostly just stood and watched. Rather than take action against the rioters, the officers and a university official walked to the podium and ordered Sorba to leave the room “for his own safety.”

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