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Supreme Court petitioned on religion free speech case

August 30, 2009 --

Liberty Counsel Petitions Supreme Court to Hear Graduation Free Speech Case

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 /Christian Newswire/ — Liberty Counsel has filed a Petition for Certiorari at the United States Supreme Court on behalf of Erica Corder, a high school graduate with a 4.0 GPA who was denied her diploma until she issued a publicly disseminated, coerced, written apology for presenting a thirty-second valedictory speech that included a religious reference.

Erica was one of fifteen valedictorians from the Lewis-Palmer High School class of 2006. Each valedictorian orally presented a proposed speech to the principal before graduation.

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Faith film review: Taking Woodstock

August 29, 2009 --

Faith Film Review: Taking Woodstock (R)
Catholic Office for Film and Broadcasting

— This fact-based slice of psychedelic history sees the young manager (Demetri Martin) of a failing Catskills motel owned by his downtrodden immigrant parents (Henry Goodman and Imelda Staunton) inadvertently becoming a crucial player in the staging of the iconic 1969 music festival when he uses a legal permit to ease the way for the event’s organizer (Jonathan Groff) and introduces him to the owner (Eugene Levy) of the dairy farm that would serve as the concert’s setting. Along with the flower people’s fondness for disrobing and drug-taking, director Ang Lee’s gently rambling adaptation of Elliot Tiber’s 2007 memoir portrays its protagonist’s public avowal of his homosexuality as a positive step toward emotional maturity. Benign view of homosexual acts, group sex and transvestism, nonsexual full frontal nudity, drug use, a half-dozen uses of profanity, and frequent rough and some crude language.  O — morally offensive. (R) 2009.  Full Review here

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Faith Film Review of Inglourious Basterds


Faith Film Review: Inglourious Basterds (R)
Catholic Office of Film and Broadcasting

— Provocative World War II fantasy in which a team of ruthless Jewish-American commandoes led by a hard-bitten Southern officer (Brad Pitt) and a young French Jewish woman (Melanie Laurent) passing as a gentile cinema owner in occupied Paris plot independently to assassinate key Nazi leaders during a gala film premiere, even as the German officer (Christoph Waltz) who killed her family threatens both schemes. Between episodes of graphic bloodletting, writer-director Quentin Tarentino weaves a suspenseful, though somewhat lurid, alternate history, but the Americans’ systematic brutality toward enemy soldiers can only be accepted within a genre far removed from reality and on the supposition that all Teutonic combatants were Holocaust enablers. Strong violent content, including torture and mutilation, complex moral issues, a few uses of profanity, and much rough and some crude language. L — limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (R) 2009.  Full Review.

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Lord Save Us movie hits the big screen

August 28, 2009 --

New and Improved Final Cut
By Dan Merchant,
Oregon Filmaker,
Lord Save Us from Your Followers See clip here

Lord, Save Us From Your Followers is finally coming to the big screen at selected theaters beginning September 25. That’s great news for the majority of you that have not yet seen this film.  But what about those of you who have already been to an advanced screening, a college or church event, or perhaps received this movie from a loved one? Are you thinking, been there, seen that?

Well, let me spill the beans on what you’ll see new based on the tweaks in the new theatrical edition of Lord, Save Us From Your Followers. First off, the film will be projected in 35mm. Yep, just like a real movie. Hah!

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New book tackles God-suffering debate head on

August 26, 2009 --

Randy Alcorn
Eternal Perspectives Ministries
Sandy, Oregon

My new book If God Is Good (release date September 15) addresses what is arguably the greatest issue in human history: the problem of evil and suffering. The question is this: Why would an all-good and all-powerful (and all-knowing/all-wise) God create or permit a world with so much evil and suffering? This is not merely a problem, but the problem. Not only do atheists raise it, a poll of Christians revealed it is the question people would most like to ask God.

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Iconic slain missionary will be part of next Space Shuttle


Mission Aviation History to Hitch a Ride on Space Shuttle.  Astronaut Taking a Piece of Nate Saint’s Piper PA-14 on ‘Discovery’

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 24 /Christian Newswire/ — Proving that space flight is not the highest calling for a pilot, astronaut Patrick Forrester is taking a bit of missionary history onboard space shuttle “Discovery,” which is scheduled for liftoff from Kennedy Space Center in the early morning hours of Aug. 25. The aim of the two-week orbital mission is to equip the International Space Station.
The item comes from martyred missionary pilot Nate Saint’s Piper PA-14, which is on display at the headquarters of MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) in Nampa, Idaho. Saint and four other missionaries were martyred on a sandbar in Ecuador on Jan. 8, 1956, by a tribe of Waodani Indians.

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Separating Darwin from Evolution

August 25, 2009 --

Below is a transcript from a Georgene Rice KPDO FM interview with Dr. Benjamin Wiker, author of “The Darwin Myth:  the Life and Lies of Charles Darwin”. Dr. Wiker received his PhD from Vanderbilt University, taught at several universities and now writes full time as a senior fellow at St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and is also a senior fellow at Discovery Institute.  He is also the author of several other books.

Georgene: Charles Darwin spread the myth that anything scientific could not include God; a myth which has grown to define science for the last 150 years.  He thought everything could be explained through natural selection without the help of a divine hand. So he deliberately left God out of his version of evolution known as Darwinism.  As Dr. Benjamin Wiker reveals in his new book, “The Darwin Myth:  the Life and Lies of Charles Darwin”, it was in this moment that science and God could no longer peacefully co-exist.  Dr. Wiker, this book takes a bit of a different approach in that you focus on Charles Darwin himself and some of the elements of his personality and priorities—not  necessarily the theory on its face, but what his contribution to the understanding of science has been over these last 150 years.

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Lutherans meet with Obama over Immigration


Baltimore, August 20, 2009–At a White House meeting today, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) continued to call for fair and humane immigration reform. LIRS Director for Access to Justice Leslie Vélez, participating in today’s meeting with administration officials, offered, “People of faith recognize the moral imperative and are looking for practical solutions. We must be humane and just to newcomers while assuring orderly migration. We must also recognize that newcomers are integral to the social, economic and cultural fabric of America’s communities.”

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Criminals find churches as easy targets

August 24, 2009 --

By Traci Scott,

Several high profile church theft cases are originating from both outside and inside the church.  This past week, KGW reported that for the past five weeks, a woman has been going to special events at several Gresham area churches and stealing both cash and credit cards from attendees’ purses.  So far, four different churches have been targeted.

Earlier this year, several teenagers were caught on surveillance tape burglarizing and vandalizing a West Linn church.  Back in June, a man vandalized a Seattle church—completely in the nude.  He also broke the windows and a mirror of a pickup parked nearby, leaving blood inside the church as well.  Since he was reportedly infected with Hepatitis C, the church had to be treated as a biohazard area causing the church further hardship because it had to relocate its Sunday services for about a month until the church could be treated, according to The Seattle Times.

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Teacher fired for song that mentions Christ

August 23, 2009 --

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 21 /Christian Newswire/ — Kathy Villalobos was a dance teacher for two San Diego Public Middle Schools. For five years she taught young teens how to dance. One day in class she played a song to her students that had the name “Christ” in it. Within five days, she was fired. That event transpired 4 1/2 years ago.   On Monday August 24, jury selection and her trial begins at the El Cajon East County Courthouse – along with a lively protest beforehand of the rights that were violated as a result of this firing.

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