Pope denounces “self-centered demands” for abortion and same-sex unions

(06-04) 07:58 PDT VATICAN CITY (AP) —
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/a/2004/06/04/international1058EDT0538.DTL

In his latest blunt assessment of U.S. society, Pope John Paul II on Friday denounced the acceptance of abortion and same-sex unions as “self-centered demands” erroneously depicted as human rights.

The pontiff said that “in the face of such erroneous yet pervasive thinking,” visiting U.S. bishops should stress to congregations “their special responsibility for evangelizing culture and promoting Christian values in society and public life.”
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Federal Judge Says Women’s Right to Abortion Trumps Unborns’ Pain

Ban on Partial-Birth Abortion Ruled Unconstitutional
San Francisco Ruling a Defeat for Pro-Lifers
Optimism Remains for Other Two Court Challenges to PABA
By Jody Brown and Chad Groening
June 2, 2004

(AgapePress) – Pro-life advocates and Christian groups nationwide are reacting strongly to a liberal San Francisco federal judge’s declaration that the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act (PABA) — signed into law in November but tied up in court ever since — is unconstitutional. Federal Judge Phyllis Hamilton ruled on Tuesday that a woman’s right to have an abortion is paramount, and that it’s “irrelevant” whether the unborn child suffers pain in the process.
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Abortion soars in quest for perfect babies

Daily Mail
Sun May 6, 2004 23:30:03 ET

Those with conditions that can usually be corrected medically – such as deformed feet and cleft lips and palates – are instead being terminated.

And the number of abortions of Down’s syndrome babies now outstrips live births, despite the fact that those with the condition can live a long and fulfilling life. As screening techniques improve, the trend is likely to grow – horrifying pro-life campaigners.
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The disgrace of the United Nations

Nat Hentoff remains what is increasingly hard to find: an honest and clear thinking liberal.
By Nat Hentoff
Published May 24, 2004

Only 10 years after the genocide in Rwanda — a horror that Bill Clinton and Kofi Annan, the head peacekeeper at the United Nations, could have stopped — Human Rights Watch, at the beginning of May, delivered to the U.N. General Assembly a detailed report from the killing grounds in Darfur, a province of Sudan that is becoming thenew Rwanda.
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The Do-It-Yourself Doctrine

Charlotte Allen
May23, 2004
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-op-allen23may23,0,7221965.story?coll=la-news-comment-opinions

WASHINGTON — Call it Christianity Lite. It’s the assertion — no, the insistence — that you can be a Christian in good standing though you reject all or significant parts of the brand of Christianity to which you formally adhere. Even Jesus Christ — and who he was — is negotiable, not to mention traditional teachings on sex, abortion and divorce. Who’s to tell you what to think and do as a Christian — or to judge you wanting? It’s a heresy nowadays to accuse someone of heresy.
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NCC Memorial Day grandstanding

Since when did the NCC become supporters of our nation’s soldiers?

Resources for Memorial Day 2004 At 6 p.m. May 27, the Thursday before Memorial Day Weekend, the National Council of Churches USA will host an interfaith worship service at National City Christian Church, on Thomas Circle in Washington, D.C., to mourn the growing number of fallen sons and daughters of our nation, struck down in Iraq while in the patriotic service of their country. We also will pray for the families of the thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians caught in the crossfire, along with all the other soldiers, reporters and non-military personnel who have lost lives and limbs in this conflict. All are precious in the eyes of a loving God. Read the entire press release on the NCC website.

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Ecumenical Patriarch, Vatican condemn Libya death verdict

Sofia (ENI). Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomeos I
has, along with the Vatican, called for the rescinding of the
death sentence a Libyan court meted out on a group of foreign
medical workers, ruled by the court to have deliberately infected
several hundred Libyan children with HIV. Bartholomeos, widely
seen as the spiritual leader of the world’s mainstream Orthodox
Christians, said in a statement made during a visit to Turkey by
Bulgarian Foreign Minister Solomon Passi, that he hoped the
sentences would not be carried out.

Ecumenical News Service

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Detente With Terror

On Al Gore and his irresponsible speech this week.
By George Neumayr
Published 5/28/2004 12:07:27 AM

The foreign policy of the Democratic Party is one of deliberate weakness: distrust America, trust the “world,” and keep one of Uncle Sam’s arms tied behind his back. Al Gore blurted this policy out in his wild speech this week when he quoted approvingly a liberal Israeli judge’s mindless piety that although “a democracy must often fight with one hand tied behind its back, it nonetheless has the upper hand.”

Read the entire article on the American Spectator website.

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Rules of war enable terror

Alan M. Dershowitz
Originally published May 28, 2004
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bal-op.geneva28may28,0,3485167.story?coll=bal-oped-headlines

THE GENEVA Conventions are so outdated and are written so broadly that they have become a sword used by terrorists to kill civilians, rather than a shield to protect civilians from terrorists. These international laws have become part of the problem, rather than part of the solution.
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University of Alexandria is found

Athens Daily (Kathimerini), May 27, 2004
http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_politics_100012_27/05/2004_43277

CAIRO (AP) – A Polish archaeological mission has discovered material evidence of the vibrant academic life of ancient Egypt, unearthing 13 lecture halls believed to be part of the ancient University of Alexandria.

This is the oldest university ever found in the world, Grzegory Majderek, head of the Polish mission told The Associated Press yesterday.

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