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Florida Enacts Legislation Protecting Prayer in School

June 8

Florida has enacted a new law protecting the rights of individuals at public schools to engage freely in prayer and other religious expression. Gov. Charlie Crist signed the bill, which had been passed by the legislature in May, on Friday.

The bill (HB 31) originated as a response to a controversy surrounding the Santa Rosa County School District, which had been pressured by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to adopt a policy that forbade all school personnel from engaging in non-official school-related religious activities.

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Bipartisan Bill Aims to Remedy 'Gender Discrimination' in Public Restrooms

June 8

A bill providing “restroom gender parity” in federal buildings--mandating that the number of toilets for women would need to equal or exceed the number of toilets for men--is getting serious, bipartisan consideration in Congress at a time when many Americans are pressing Congress to do something about jobs, immigration, and other pressing matters.
The Restroom Gender Parity in Federal Buildings Act received a full committee hearing on May 12, complete with introductory remarks by lawmakers and testimony from witnesses.

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Houston Planned Parenthood Abortion Center Called 'Holy and Sacred Ground'

June 8

The gigantic abortion facility planned Parenthood now runs in Houston is a seven story, 78,000 square foot center that will eventually do abortions later in pregnancy. But, one Planned Parenthood official recently offered up a blasphemous prayer using religious terms for it.

As Jim Sedlak of STOPP International noticed in a news report, the pro-abortion official referred to the place built for the purpose of killing unborn children in abortion as “sacred and holy ground.”

“Planned Parenthood is so much more than people think, and it is all of our job to tell everyone that it is not just associated with a certain word," the official said, referring to abortion.

Calling the largest abortion center in the nation “sacred and holy ground," the official referred to it as “The Planned Parenthood Prevention Park."

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Researchers Asked to Hide Scientific Debate Over Maternal Deaths

June 8

At a meeting on maternal and child health research in Washington last week, United Nations (UN) staff and abortion advocates told scientists they should “harmonize” their findings or discuss them “in a locked room” so that the press could not report maternal death numbers that conflicted with the ones they use to lobby policy makers and major international donors.

Ann Starrs, co-founder and president of the abortion advocacy organization Family Care International (FCI), told a roomful of scientists to “lock all the academics in a black box and have them come out with a consensus set of numbers” or “at least hide that there is disagreement” and “infighting.” FCI is the founder of Women Deliver, which is hosting a massive UN-backed reproductive rights fundraising conference in Washington next week.

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SCOTUS Appointee Kagan on Abortion, Gay 'Marriage', Free Speech, etc...

June 8

They're some of the most powerful people in America. Each one is hired for life--and they make decisions that change yours. And according to a new survey, 99% of us have no idea who they are. That's the irony about U.S. Supreme Court justices: their influence grows but their visibility does not. When polled, only 1% of Americans could name all nine justices--and a fraction (35%) could only name one. Let's hope that changes before June 28 when the Senate is set to square off over the next member of our country's highest court. Like the others, people might not know Elena Kagan's name, but they're bound to feel her effects. And judging by new documents from the Library of Congress, her appointment would hurl the country well Left of its comfort zone.

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Science vs. The Bible: Reconciling Genesis and the Big Bang

June 8

God created the universe in six days. Science says it took 15 billion years. How to reconcile those numbers? If you're Gerald Schroeder, the answer is simple: Do the math.

The math, however, is not so simple.

Schroeder is a physicist and biblical scholar who teaches at the College of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. He's one of several scientists trying to reconcile the ancient writings of the Bible with science, starting with the big one: Did God create the universe in six days, resting on the seventh? Or was it born in a fiery "big bang" billions of years ago? 

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Pastor Ed Young of Second Baptist in Houston Recovering From Bypass Surgery

June 8

Ed Young, pastor of Second Baptist Church in Houston, is recovering from triple bypass surgery, Gary Moore, senior associate pastor of the church, told Baptist Press June 7.

Young, 73, was president of the Southern Baptist Convention from 1992-94. He has led Second Baptist Church since 1978. The church now encompasses 54,000 members in five Houston-area locations.

Moore said Young was released from the hospital June 3 after undergoing the 90-minute surgery May 27.

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