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Faith Survey: Should Adultery Require Resignation

November 30, 2009 --

Oregon Faith Report Reader Survey

1. Do you think a Governor or U.S. Senator who has been caught in adultery should be forced to resign in most circumstances?

Here are the results;

Yes 50%

No 35.7%

Undecided 14.3%

Additional reader comments included,

– Yes, and the President

– He should be voted out at the next election

What is your comment?

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Religion-based hate crimes highest since 2001

November 29, 2009 --

by Matthew E. Berger
Religion News Service

WASHINGTON (RNS) Hate crime incidents targeting people based on their religion were at their highest frequency last year since 2001, according to a new report. The report, compiled by the Anti-Defamation League from FBI data, found 1,519 religious hate crimes in 2008, accounting for about 20 percent of all bias crimes. It was an increase from 2007, when 1,400 crimes of religious bias were reported.

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Faith and Family Film Review: Old Dogs

November 28, 2009 --

Faith and Family Film Review: Old Dogs
By Catholic Office of Film and Broadcasting

Old Dogs— Passable comedy in which a sports marketing executive (Robin Williams) learns, seven years after the fact, that his quickly annulled second marriage produced fraternal twins (Conner Rayburn and Ella Bleu Travolta) whose mother (Kelly Preston), on the eve of being imprisoned briefly for an environmental protest, entrusts the kids to his care, distracting him from work on a major business deal, much to the annoyance of his longtime partner and best friend (John Travolta). Its morally murky back story aside, director Walt Becker’s dizzy dad escapade is mostly harmless, though a talented cast can do little with David Diamond and David Weissman’s thin, derivative script. A drunken wedding, a few instances of vaguely sexual and mildly scatological humor, some rough slapstick. A-II — adults and adolescents. (PG) 2009.  Full Review

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Faith and Family Film Review:The Princess and the Frog

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Faith and Family Film Review:The Princess and the Frog
By Catholic Office of Film and Broadcasting

The Princess and the Frog— Enchanting animated musical, set in 1920s New Orleans, in which a voodoo sorcerer (voice of Keith David) casts a spell that complicates the lives of a visiting prince (voice of Bruno Campos), the headstrong heiress he hopes to marry (voice of Jennifer Cody) and her industrious working-class best friend (voice of Anika Noni Rose). As directed and co-written by John Musker and Ron Clements, the lavish hand-drawn romance, which also features delightful voice work by Michael-Leon Wooley as a jazz-loving alligator and Jim Cummings as a Cajun firefly, emphasizes the value of love over material wealth and provides quality entertainment for all ages, though images of fire-breathing masks and evil sprites may scare some tots.  A-I — general patronage. (G)   Full Review

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Audit clears Portland Archdiocese in child protection charter

November 27, 2009 --

Archdiocese of Portland in full compliance with Charter for Protection of Children
By Portland Archdiocese,

The Archdiocese of Portland was found to be in compliance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People for 2009.  A letter of compliance was sent to Archbishop John G. Vlazny by William A. Gavin, of The Gavin Group, Inc.  The Gavin Group is an independent auditing agency hired to determine if the Archdiocese is in compliance with the Charter for the Protection of Children.  The Charter was adopted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in June 2002, and revised in June 2005.  The Charter provides policies and procedures for the protection of children.

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Faith Survey: Who should we thank

November 26, 2009 --

Oregon Faith Report asked readers, “Who do you think could use some extra thankfulness from fellow Oregonians this Thanksgiving?” Survey results showed almost half felt the greatest recipients should be soldiers. No one placed a vote for volunteers, but in many cases volunteers are among all those listed. When asked if there was anyone we missed. One responder added “stay at home moms”.  Another said, “I would also include Chaplains, military, hospital, police, etc.  The chaplains working with the vets have tough duty.”  Here are the top four survey results:

Soldiers………………………… 41%
Teachers……………………….. 22.7%
Clergy, Pastors……………… 18.2%
Emergency Responders….13.6%

Now that you see the results, make sure to send a phone call or email to one of these deserving workers who are in need of your extra thanks.

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8 Things Not to Say to Bereaved Parents During the Holidays

November 25, 2009 --

By Wayne Loder, The Compassionate Friends

With the holidays upon us, families that have suffered the tragic loss of a child are often trying to figure out how they can simply survive the season. Unfortunately, those very people who most care about them, relatives and close friends, often say the wrong things, hurting the very people they’re trying to comfort.  According to Patricia Loder, a twice bereaved parent and executive director of The Compassionate Friends, a national self-help organization for families that have suffered the death of a child, following are a few pointers on what not to say to bereaved parents:

1) “The holidays are a time for rejoicing and giving thanks for what we have. Don’t spoil it for everyone else. Let’s pretend this never happened.”

2) “Your child is in a better place. You should be happy about that.”

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My ridiculous health care letter exchange

November 23, 2009 --

By Kay Strom,
Oregon author of 36 books

America’s healthcare system—just how much of a revamp is needed? A great deal, say some.  Not much, others insist. May I contribute my own personal experience to the debate? The following is an exchange I recently had with my insurance company.

Letter to Claims Manager:

I just returned from a month in India where I was unfortunate enough to contract malaria.  Please find enclosed all the required insurance forms, filled out in triplicate, as well as copies of medical reports from India and from the doctor I saw when I returned home.

Letter from Claims Manager:

CLAIM DENIED.  Pre-Existing Condition

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Chinese Human Rights Lawyers Interrogated for trying to meet Obama

November 22, 2009 --

BEIJING, Nov. 18 /Christian Newswire/ — At 10:13 AM (Beijing time), nearly 200 nervous-looking Public Security officials seized two Chinese human rights lawyers outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, who were trying to establish a meeting with President Obama before the end of his visit to China. Five human rights lawyers in total contacted the U.S. Embassy on Wednesday morning, but were unable to set up a meeting, due to the President’s busy, preset schedule.

The lawyers were determined to answer the general invitation reported by U.S. media, indicating President Obama would be interested and willing to meet with fellow human rights lawyers while in Beijing. Shortly after receiving a call from the U.S. Embassy announcing they would not be able to meet, the 200-strong state police guard seized the two lawyers and interrogated them in the neighboring hotel for over an hour. The lawyers were strictly warned, “You are not allowed to meet with President Obama. We will hold you until he leaves Beijing.” The police then escorted the two lawyers to their homes, where they were to be held under constant surveillance by police guards until Obama left this afternoon.

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Faith and Family Review: The Twilight Saga – New Moon

November 21, 2009 --

Family-Faith Review: The Twilight Saga – New Moon
By Catholic Office of Film and Broadcasting,

The Twilight Saga: New Moon—Lovelorn gothic romance sequel in which a well-mannered vampire (Robert Pattinson), anxious to protect the mortal high school student (Kristen Stewart) who has captured his heart from the less controlled members (especially Jackson Rathbone) of the undead clan with which he lives, breaks off their relationship and disappears, but the American Indian friend (Taylor Lautner) to whom she turns for solace not only wants to be more than mere pals, he has a supernatural secret of his own. With temptations of the flesh kept at bay for fear of temptations of the blood in director Chris Weitz’s adaptation of the second book in Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling series of young-adult novels, the chaste but intermittently violent proceedings play out against a picturesque background ranging from the misty Northwest to the sunny hills of Tuscany. Considerable action violence, a vague sexual reference, at least one mildly crass term.  A-II — adults and adolescents.  (PG-13)  Full Review of Twilight: New Moon.

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