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Mandatory Curriculum for Schools Promotes Homosexuality, Masturbation

March 9

As of next year, Grade 6 students in Ontario's publicly-funded schools can expect to be taught that masturbation "is common and is not harmful and is one way of learning about your body," according to a newly-revised curriculum document released by the Ministry of Education.

The Ministry put out its new Health and Physical Education curriculum for grades 1 to 8 in January, and a spokesperson has confirmed to LifeSiteNews (LSN) that the new curriculum will be mandatory for all schools, Catholic and public, in September 2010.  The high school curriculum will be released this spring, and will be mandatory as of September 2011.  At this point, it is unclear, however, whether Catholic schools are to be forced into teaching elements that violate Catholic teaching.

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Live 'Tweeting' Abortion: Experience Shows Abortion Still Hurts Women

March 9

Angie Jackson made national headlines recently when she decided to use a combination of Twitter and YouTube updates to document her abortion using the dangerous mifepristone abortion drug. Two pro-life advocates say the experienced shows abortion still hurts women.

As LifeNews.com reported, Jackson, who called herself Angie the Atheist, prompted shock from pro-life advocates for live-blogging her drug-induced abortion.

Shortly after swallowing the chemical abortion drug, RU 486, the 27-year-old single mom began posting live updates on Twitter and YouTube. More than 119,000 watched her first video.

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Bill Would Allow Bible Courses In High Schools

March 9

It's not the typical kind of textbook found in public schools.


It's a social studies course, a qualified social studies teacher could do that, said Senator David Boswell, who is sponsoring the bill to allow elective Bible courses in high schools.


"And it would entail a course on Hebrew Scriptures, Old and New Testament," said Boswell.


Senator Boswell says the idea for a bill to allow for a Bible course came from constituents in Owensboro, but the idea is picking up a lot of support from fellow lawmakers.

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Wiccan Altar Puts Teacher, Officials At Odds

March 9

A high school senior's desire to build a Wiccan altar in shop class has forced a community debate about free expression.

Dale Halferty, who has taught industrial arts at Guthrie Center High School for three years, was placed on paid leave Monday after he acknowledged to district officials that he told the student he could not build the altar in class.

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Pakistani Christian Couple Gets 25 Years in Jail for 'Defiling the Quran'

March 9

A Pakistani court on Tuesday, March 2, 2010 sentenced a Christian couple to 25 years in prison for defiling the Quran, the Muslim holy book, ANS has learned.

According to the Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS) UK Munir Masih and Ruqqiya Bibi were accused of touching Quran with unwashed hands.

A blasphemy case was registered against Ruqqiya Bibi and her husband Munir Masih on December 19, 2008 under 295-B of Pakistan Penal Code (an offense that carries life imprisonment, if convicted) at Mustafabad Police Station in Kasur, a city near Lahore.

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13-Year-Old Pro-Life Star Takes On Euthanasia

March 9

Remember Lia Mills, the 12-year-old girl from Toronto who became a star on YouTube and at her school for her five minute pro-life speech she wrote for a school competition?  Lia, now thirteen, is taking on another controversial topic - euthanasia.


In another powerful and articulate address, the young Toronto native explores the devastating consequences Canada would face if it welcomed euthanasia, and implores Canadians to find ways of caring for suffering patients rather than killing them.


"Imagine a society where people live in constant fear of their lives," she begins, "where hospitals don't treat people for their illnesses, but kill them instead, because someone determines that their lives are no longer worth living, where we no longer struggle with accommodating people's disabilities because the disabled are simply disposed of before they become a problem."

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Counselors Arrested for Sharing Pro-Life Message Reach Settlement

March 9

Alliance Defense Fund allied attorneys and ADF attorneys secured a favorable settlement with the city of York Tuesday on behalf of two counselors who were kept from sharing their pro-life message with individuals in a public alley next to a Planned Parenthood abortion facility. Edward Snell and John McTernan, who were arrested and threatened with arrest, respectively, for exercising their First Amendment rights, were represented by ADF attorneys and allied attorneys in two separate lawsuits against the city of York.

"Christians shouldn't be arrested and threatened with arrest for expressing their beliefs on public property," said Randall L. Wenger--one of more than 1,600 ADF-allied attorneys--who was lead counsel in the cases and serves as chief counsel of the Independence Law Center in Harrisburg. "We are pleased that the city has recognized the free speech rights of these peaceful and respectful pro-life counselors. These men and other pro-life advocates will no longer be unlawfully prevented from sharing their message--at the whim of hostile police officers acting in the interest of Planned Parenthood."

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