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Christian university apologizes to pro-life student, commits to pro-life policies

August 23, 2013 (LiveActionNews) - A Christian university has publicly apologized for its response to a pro-life student and made a complete turnaround on its actions, detailing how it will work to promote an active pro-life culture in line with the university’s vision and mission.

In June, we told you about Biola University nursing student Diana Jimenez whose eyes were opened to the reality of abortion and immediately responded on campus with a pro-life group, but after only four students showed up for the meeting, she proceeded to try to awaken others with the use of images. This got her in a heap of trouble, including threat of arrest, and threat of having her career hurt when the nursing department head Susan Elliot directed the faculty not to write Jimenez a letter of recommendation, despite her being a student in good standing.

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Egyptian bishop: Christians running out of food, but "afraid to come out of their homes" for fear of Muslim Brotherhood attacks

“I would like to help Christians but I can’t because I myself am confined to my home.”

"Egyptian bishop: Christians live in fear as attacks continue," from CNA, August 21 (thanks to Benedict):

Luxor, Egypt, Aug 21, 2013 / 12:09 pm (CNA).- Bishop Joannes Zakaria of Luxor, Egypt, said that Christians in his country are running out of food, but are “afraid to come out of their homes” for fear of attacks by the Muslim Brotherhood. 

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Anti-homophobia, ‘transphobia’ bill could silence Christians, Italian family groups warn

ROME, August 5, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Today’s session of the Italian Lower House is the last opportunity Deputies will have to discuss a highly contentious “anti-homophobia” law that opponents have said will shut down and criminalize any public opposition to “gay marriage,” civil unions, or homosexuals adopting children.

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Muslim Brotherhood Supporters Attack Churches, Parade Nuns Through Street

While the United States considers cutting aid to the Egyptian military in an attempt to stop violence between the military regime and the deposed Muslim Brotherhood, Brotherhood members and allies are reportedly parading nuns through the streets, looting churches, and tearing down a cross in favor of an al Qaeda banner.

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'Slum pope' tells slum residents not to lose hope

Francis brought a message of hope, following in the footsteps of Pope John Paul II who visited two such favelas during a 1980 trip to Brazil and Mother Teresa who visited Varginha itself in 1972. Her Missionaries of Charity order have kept a presence in the shantytown ever since.

Like Mother Teresa, Francis brought his own personal history to the visit: As archbishop of Buenos Aires, then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio frequently preached in the poverty-wracked slums of his native city, putting into action his belief that the Catholic Church must go to the farthest peripheries to preach and not sit back and wait for the most marginalized to come to Sunday Mass.

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Christian Churches Say Western Media’s Lies are Helping Islamists

Christians in Egypt are pleading with the media to portray what is happening in their country right now honestly. Currently, over 1,000 people are dead, and 48 churches and 160 Christian buildings have been attacked. The Coptic Church said in a statement: “We strongly denounce the fallacies broadcasted by the western media and invite them to review the facts objectively regarding these bloody radical organizations and their affiliates instead of legitimizing them with global support and political protection while they attempt to spread devastation and destruction in our dear land. We request that the international and western media adhere to providing a comprehensive account of all events with truth, accuracy, and honesty.”
- International Christian Concern 

Wynne denies that Levin crafted Ontario’s sex-education curriculum

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne stressed her former adviser had no role in formulating the sex-education curriculum

As you may have seen in the news, Ben Levin, the Deputy Minister of Education from 2004 – 2009, has been charged possessing, producing and distributing child pornography.  We and other groups have called for a revision of the curriculum and policies developed under his direction.  

However yesterday, Premier Kathleen Wynne stated that deputy ministers do not write curriculum and her comments deflected any criticism stating people expressing concern have no “understanding of how curriculum actually is written.”  It is most disconcerting that the government of Ontario does not regard the concerns of the traditional-minded community as real and rational.  Kathleen Wynne claims Levin had nothing to do with formulating sex ed curriculum  (See See this Toronto Star article). 

So what is the true role of the Deputy Minister of Education? As the chart HERE from the Ministry of Education demonstrates, the deputy minister actually manages the operations of the Ministry of Education.  This includes all policy and curriculum development.  The deputy minister is the gate-keeper, with support from his office. They hire the department managers responsible for the development of policies and curriculum, and are the final check before policies and curriculum go to the Minister of Education.  Part of the job involves checking to be sure that input into curriculum and policy is appropriately balanced – reflecting the entire province, and does not emphasize a bias. In actuality, the Deputy Minister has significant influence in all areas of policy and curriculum development.

And during Levin’s tenure, the Ministry of Education placed great emphasis on policies and curriculum that affirm alternative sexual orientations and gender fluidity - so all of his work should now be called into question.  In 2010 the first curriculum revised under these policies - the '2010 Health and Physical Education Curriculum' - was released.  This document included 9 units of study at each grade level.  As you probably remember, after it was released there was substantial concern expressed over controversial content within the Growth and Development Units.  Response to the concern expressed was positive and the Growth and Development units were removed, and only the remaining 8 units were released.  Parents were told that there would be a review, including a conversation with parents.  To date, 3 years have passed and there has been no attempt from the Minister of Education to open up discussions to correct the concern. 

In light of the negative optics of the charge against the person responsible for all policy and curriculum development, opening discussion with the concerned communities seems like the politically appropriate thing to do!   

Action – Write your MPP and insist that discussion on the controversial sex education curriculum happen, including organizations that represent traditional principled Ontarians.

The next generation thanks you!

Phil Lees

President, P.E.A.C.E. 

Public Education Advocates for Christian Equity 

Egyptian military chief vows to rebuild Coptic Churches

The Egyptian defense minister has ordered the repair and reconstruction of all churches that suffered damage in the country’s violent demonstrations since the Egyptian military removed President Mohamed Morsi from power last month.

Defense minister Col. Gen. Abdel Fattah El-Sisi intends to fix the damage to Coptic churches at Rabaa Adaweya and Nahda squares, according to a report by the Mid-East Christian News.

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March of the Dimes, other top charities support Planned Parenthood in opposing religious freedom

July 3, 2013 (STOPP) - Christians are known for their charitable giving. Yet the very charities many have supported are aligned with Planned Parenthood in forcing the people who support their work to pay for things that directly contradict their faith.

The March of Dimes, the American Cancer Society, and the Spina Bifida Association were listed in Planned Parenthood’s recent white paper, Taking Control, as being among “a wide range of health care groups” that joined the abortion giant, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in opposing the Blunt Amendment’s religious exemption from providing insurance benefits because of “moral conviction.” Easter Seals is added to the list of charities opposing religious freedom, as noted by a nationaljournal.com article.

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List of the churches and institutions that have been destroyed by Muslim Brotherhood supporters today

Islamic supremacism in action. Muslim Brotherhood groups in the US like Hamas-CAIR are demanding that Obama support this violence and genocide.

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Plan B: Obama allows morning-after pill for under-17s

The Obama administration will stop trying to limit sales of emergency contraception pills, making the morning-after pill available to women of all ages without a prescription.

The US justice department said in a letter on Monday that it planned to comply with a court's ruling to allow unrestricted sales of Plan B One-Step and that it would withdraw its appeal on the matter.

The move is the latest in a lengthy legal fight over the morning-after pill, which was until recently only available without a prescription to women 17 and older who presented proof of age at a pharmacist's counter. 

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Burned home in Windsor, Connecticut: "Allahu akbar"

I don't know the story behind this. A Jihad Watch reader spotted the "Allahu akbar" painted on the side of a burned house and sent me the photo. Perhaps the one who painted it was responsible for the burning. Or perhaps he just wanted to make a Qur'anic point that other Muslims have made at the sites of other non-Muslim ruins: "Say, 'Travel through the land and observe what was the end of those before. Most of them were idolaters'" (Qur'an 30:42). That is, submit to Allah or you'll end up ruined as well.

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New Toronto Catholic Board Trustee motion to overturn gay clubs enforcement

TORONTO, May 13, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A new Toronto District Catholic School Board motion up for vote on May 23, seeks to reject the Ontario Liberal Government’s enforcement of homosexual activist clubs in Catholic schools. "The Anti-Bullying Clubs Policy Change" motion supports the anti-bullying program recommended by the Archdiocese of Toronto, which opposes bullying of any type in school, thus rejecting Premier Dalton McGuinty’s insistence on homosexual-focused anti-bullying clubs. (See the motion here)

The motion, submitted by Toronto District Catholic School Board Trustee Garry Tanuan and seconded by Trustee John Del Grande, has the support of Catholic ratepayers and parents groups around the province which fought the legislation passed in June which attempted to force compliance by Catholic schools.

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Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi supporters torch Egyptian churches

Anti-Coptic violence taking place within "a general culture of impunity," Canadian MP Irwin Cotler says.

Islamic supporters of Egypt’s ousted president Mohamed Morsi launched on Wednesday arson attacks against churches, resulting in the destruction of at least three buildings. Muslim Brotherhood supporters wreaked havoc on Coptic Christian businesses and property throughout the country.

There may have been more than 20 incidents of burning of churches and attacks on Christian institutions, based on unconfirmed reports on Twitter from Coptic leaders and organizations who are closely following the outbreak of anti-Christian violence.

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Saudi father angered, wants harsher sentence for man who helped his daughter convert to Christianity

The man is set to get six years in prison and 300 lashes, but that isn't good enough: ""He has deprived us of our daughter and he must assume his responsibilities. We will ask the court to keep him behind bars until our daughter comes home." If she does come home, she will be pressured to return to Islam, and possibly imprisoned until she does so.

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