July 25, 2008
WASHINGTON, July 23 /Christian Newswire/ — The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals today ruled that the city council of Fredericksburg, Virginia had proper authority to require “non-sectarian” prayer content and exclude council-member Rev. Hashmel Turner from the prayer rotation because he prayed “in Jesus’ name.”
Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, writing the decision, said: “The restriction that prayers be nonsectarian in nature is designed to make the prayers accessible to people who come from a variety of backgrounds, not to exclude or disparage a particular faith.”
Ironically, she admitted Turner was excluded from participating solely because of the Christian content of his prayer.
A full text copy of the decision, with added commentary by Chaplain Klingenschmitt is here: http://www.PrayInJesusName.org/Frenzy13/AgainstOconnor .pdf
Gordon James Klingenschmitt, the former Navy chaplain who faced court-martial for praying “in Jesus name” in uniform (but won the victory in Congress for other chaplains), defended Rev. Hashmel Turner:
“The Fredericksburg government violated everybody’s rights by establishing a non-sectarian religion, and requiring all prayers conform, or face punishment of exclusion. Justice O’Connor showed her liberal colors today, by declaring the word ‘Jesus’ as illegal religious speech, which can be banned by any council who wishes to ignore the First Amendment as she did. Councilman Rev. Hashmel Turner should run for mayor, fire the other council-members, and re-write the prayer policy. And if he appeals to the Supreme Court, I pray he will win, in Jesus’ name.”
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FRONT ROYAL, Va., July 24 /Christian Newswire/ — Steven Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute (PRI), says that America has a hidden problem of sex discrimination, but a form of discrimination that feminists refuse to address.
In PRI’s latest YouTube video, Mosher decries the practice, common in East and South Asian countries, of sex-selective abortion. According to the United Nations, this practice has already claimed the lives of over 100 million girls worldwide. The video goes on to cite a recent study published by the National Academy of Sciences, saying that many American groups, particularly those of Asian descent, have the same skewed birthrates as found in their country of origin. Many of the sexist customs and practices that have led to these skewed birthrates are being imported into the United States.
“In China, India, and other Asian countries, there is a strong preference for boys,” Mosher says. “This combination of a preference for boys and modern technology–the ultrasound machine–has proven deadly for millions upon millions of baby girls.” The video goes on to detail exactly how serious the problem is, and how it can only be explained by the selective abortion of baby girls.
“Where are the feminists when you need them?” asks Mosher. According to Mosher, the widespread slaughter of unborn girls has failed raise concerns in the feminist community. American feminists are so wedded to abortion-on-demand that they are unwilling to oppose any abortion, however egregious. This is true, he says, even when the practice involves the killing of hundreds of millions of girls for the sole reason that they are girls.
“I challenge the National Organization of Women,” says Mosher, “and other feminist groups, to join us in the battle to ban this terrible form of sex discrimination that is killing so many unborn baby girls. Their continued silence only facilitates the killing.”
The Population Research Institute (PRI) was founded in 1989 by Fr. Paul Marx, OSB, PhD and is dedicated to: (1) ending human rights abuses committed in the name of “family planning”, (2) opposing outdated social and economic paradigms premised on the myth of overpopulation, (3) informing the public about the social and economic benefits of moderate population growth, and (4) promoting pro- natal and pro-family attitudes and policies worldwide. Steven Mosher is the author of numerous books, including Population Control: Real Costs and Illusory Benefits
MEDIA ADVISORY, July 18 /Christian Newswire/ — Report Details: Professor Shaun Gregory [author], The Christian Minority in Pakistan: Issues and Options, Pakistan Security Research Unit [PSRU], University of Bradford, UK. 18 July 2008. Contact details: email@example.com Tel: 0044(0)1274-234182.
Full report available free of charge (in PDF) here.
Report Overview and Main Findings
This report describes the persecution of Christians in terms of both the historical experience of Christians in Pakistan and of the draconian religious laws introduced in Pakistan through the 1980s and 1990s. It shows that under the military rule of President General Pervez Musharraf, after 1999, a number of attempts were made to reform these laws and improve the situation of Christians and other minorities in Pakistan, but that these have largely failed because of opposition from Islamist and conservative Islamic forces in Pakistan. The main findings of the report are:
Christians across Pakistan, numbering perhaps 10 million, are subject to violence, intimidation, torture, rape, false imprisonment, forced conversion, bonded labour, forced marriage, and child kidnapping. Christians have been forced from their homes and their places of worship have been desecrated or destroyed;
Christians in Pakistan are identified with the West and bear the brunt of the backlash against US and NATO military operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan;
Christians have suffered for decades under draconian religious laws, particularly blasphemy laws , “Hudood” laws, and laws of evidence;
Attempts at reform under President General Pervez Musharraf have either failed or have been watered down because of opposition from Islamist and conservative Islamic forces in Pakistan;
Law enforcement and legal authorities in Pakistan do little to protect Christians;
The new civilian government of Pakistan has taken some significant steps to progress the rights and security of Christians in Pakistan, but face stern opposition;
Urgent changes are still needed to improve the situation of Christians and other minorities in Pakistan: (a) repeal or amend the religious laws; (b) provide proportionate political representation for Christians in all national and provincial political assemblies; (c) guarantee the rights, interests and property of Christians; and (d) provide restitution for Christians who have suffered under draconian religious laws;
The treatment of Pakistan’s Christian minority is a litmus test of Pakistan’s claims to modernity and pluralism.