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PA School Bans 'Abortion Is Not HealthCare' T-Shirt, Alliance Defense Fund Files Suit

October 13

Alliance Defense Fund attorneys filed a lawsuit in federal court last week against the West Shore School District for prohibiting a student from wearing a T-shirt bearing the message, "Abortion is not Healthcare." Officials at Crossroads Middle School in Lewisberry ordered the student to remove the shirt on the day of President Obama's public address to students because the officials deemed the shirt "inappropriate," saying it might insult somebody. The school routinely allows other students to wear a wide variety of messages on their clothing.

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Hundreds of Thousands of Students Will Refuse to Speak On Oct. 20th Standing Up For The Aborted

October 13

Stand True, Christ-Centered Pro-life, will hold its sixth annual Pro-life Day of Silent Solidarity on Tuesday, Oct. 20. Last year students from over 4,700 campuses in 25 countries participated in the event, and Stand True expects even more this year. Last year Stand True heard back from participants about 58 girls who canceled their abortions on the day of the event due to the efforts of the students. These students stand in solidarity with each other to bring attention to the holocaust that is killing almost 4,000 babies every day in the United States alone.

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Nobel Peace Prize Seen As Attempt  By International CommitteeTo Steer U.S. Policies

October 13

A Norwegian committee's decision to award the 2009 Nobel peace prize to President Obama continues to make waves around the world, with some of the focus shifting away from the appropriateness of the choice to the implications for future U.S. policy.
The Norwegian government has confirmed that Obama will travel to Oslo to receive the award at a ceremony on December 10. He is the first sitting U.S. president to win the award since Woodrow Wilson in 1919, the year he founded the League of Nations. Wilson had been president for six years.

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Legal Threats Dangle Over Capital Christmas Tree

October 13

Arizona schoolchildren are busy making 5,000 ornaments to decorate the 2009 Capitol Christmas Tree, but have been told by federal officials that the ornaments "may not reflect religious or political themes."

That restriction has resulted in the threat of legal action by a conservative Christian law firm if the rules are not relaxed by Sunday , the day before the deadline to submit the ornaments.

"Banning Christmas from the Capitol Christmas tree is just absurd," said Jonathan Scruggs, litigation staff counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, in a press release.

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83 Pastors Nationwide Challenge IRS To Investigate

October 13

Eighty-three pastors in churches in 30 states and the District of Columbia

have challenged the Internal Revenue Service to investigate them for preaching biblically based sermons about the positions of electoral candidates or government officials.

The number was more than twice the number who participated the year before in the Pulpit Freedom Sunday project launched by the Alliance Defense Fund.

"The government shouldn't be used to intimidate pastors into giving up their constitutional rights, as church leaders have a right to speak about biblical truths from the pulpit without fear of punishment," said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Erik Stanley.

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Did Smithsonian Bully Science Center to Expel ID Film?

October 13

The knee-jerk response of Darwin's defenders is to suppress any message that challenges Darwinian evolution's orthodoxy. Case in point, this past week the Los Angeles Daily News reported that the California Science Center, a "department of the State of California," banned the screening of the new intelligent design film, Darwin's Dilemma, after the screening became public knowledge and there was intense pressure to cancel.

And get this, from what we've heard the intense pressure came from the Smithsonian Institution with which they are affiliated. That's right, the very same Smithsonian Institution that trampled evolutionary biologist Richard Sternberg's academic freedoms. The very same Smithsonian Institution that apologized for allowing another ID film, The Privileged Planet, to be shown at the Institution's Museum of Natural History.

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"In God We Trust" Motto Will Be Placed in City Council Chambers

October 13

At the Monday night Fortuna City Council meeting on Oct. 5, several proclamations were issued and a recommendation was made to install a sign or placard in the city council chambers saying, "In God we trust."

During the public comment part of the meeting, Orion Downs,10, read a letter to the mayor. He asked the mayor to please consider a skate park. He said money could be raised by stores collecting spare change. The council doesn't normally respond to public comments, but Mayor Whitchurch expressed admiration for Orion and his willingness to come forth and for his suggestion that the people in the community could step up to make this possible.

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