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Oregon wrestles with homeless tent cities

June 30, 2011 --

From Coos Bay to Portland, local cities review homeless tent city options
Faith News Note:

The Oregon South Coast Homeless Coalition is pressing the community to build a tent city to help Southern Oregon homeless. Under one plan a church would host a tent city for a few months and then move the residents to another church. The criticism of the plan deal with problems of sanitation and security when you assemble a population of homeless people in need of help. Read more on the homeless tent city issue from the Coos Bay World here.

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Human trafficking: One woman's calling

June 29, 2011 --

By Sarah Warnock.
MA in Theological Studies at George Fox Evangelical Seminary
West Salem Foursquare Church
Please visit Dear India Project.

I’ve known since I was nine years old that I would dedicate my life to serving the God who so graciously gave me new life. I did not know what this would look like for some time, though. While I gathered bits and pieces of what God had in store for me as a youth and young adult, it wasn’t until I heard the following story that the vision for my life began to take shape.

Award winning singer/songwriter Natalie Grant was watching an episode of Law & Order which featured the theme of human trafficking. She, like many Americans, didn’t know that slavery still exists in the world, let alone America – “the land of the free and home of the brave.” So she got online and Googled “human trafficking.” Within six months, she and her husband were in the red-light district of Mumbai, India, to see firsthand what slavery looked like.

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Atheists rally aid for Bend church

June 28, 2011 --

Atheists rally aid for Bend church
By Oregon Christian Post,

Atheists from across the country have united to raise several thousand dollars to help out two local Bend churches that were recently vandalized. The Bend churches, Westside Church and Christian Life Center were tagged with marking that read, “In Praise of the FSM”, a reference to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. That prompted atheist, Hemant Mehta, of Chicago to create an online church cleanup donation fund. In less than 24 hours, he raised nearly $3,000. Reactions from the donation fund drew both criticism and support. The local churches that were affected say that the support from the community has been overwhelming, from both believers and non-believers.

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Sex education myths

June 27, 2011 --

Below is a transcript from a Georgene Rice KPDO FM interview with Miriam Grossman, child and adolescent psychiatrist and author of “You’re Teaching My Child What?: A Physician Exposes the Lies of Sex Education and How They Harm Your Child”.

Georgene: It’s disturbing to me that we have to have this conversation. But I am so grateful that you have made the commitment to help parents look behind the facade of sex education that I think most parents assume is well-balanced and based on science.

Grossman: Most parents probably do assume that. And that’s one of the reasons I wrote the book. I want to warn them and empower them and to challenge the organizations and hold them responsible for what they are doing, which is a scam. I’m a child and adolescent psychiatrist, and for many years I’ve worked with young people. In particular, I worked for 12 years with students at UCLA. I worked at the counseling center there. As the years went by, and I was seeing thousands of kids, I became aware of the level of sexually transmitted infections in this population. In light of the fact that these kids were well-educated about other health issues, such as diet, protecting themselves against the sun and being careful about what they ate and drank, it was surprising to me that these same kids had already become infected with a sexually transmitted infection or bacteria. I couldn’t understand how such bright and educated kids who knew about all sorts of other health issues were ignorant about many things related to sexuality. So I started to study sex education, and I went on to the websites of Planned Parenthood and other organizations,.and what I discovered made my already curly hair curl even more.

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Faith groups press NBC on Under God Pledge removal

June 26, 2011 --

Faith groups press NBC on Under God Pledge removal

WASHINGTON, June 20, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ — In their broadcast of the US Open Golf Tournament yesterday, NBC removed the phrase “under God” from a reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance. The Christian Defense Coalition contends this was no accident and calls for the network to “fully explain” their motivation in removing the phrase. An apology by NBC saying they “are sorry if anyone was offended” does not go far enough in addressing this troubling and deliberate rewriting of history and the removal of the mention of God from the public square.

Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Washington, D.C. based Christian Defense Coalition, states;

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Video: Deer wanders in church

June 25, 2011 --

Church service was livened up when a deer ran inside. See the video below.

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Family-Faith Film Review: Bad Teacher

June 24, 2011 --

Family-Faith Film Review: Bad Teacher

Critics Rating: 47%
MPAA Rating : R
Catholic News  Rating: O — morally offensive.
Plot Summary: Bad Teacher is a comedy centered around a foul-mouthed, junior high teacher who, after being dumped by her sugar daddy, begins to woo a colleague — a move that pits her against a well-loved teacher.

Reasons to Dislike: “An escalating confluence of immoral conduct that we’re either supposed to find funny or even root for, capped off by an extended scene of simulated sex between Diaz and Justin Timberlake that, even as they are fully clothed, plumbs the depths of crudity. It’s an absolute embarrassment. Bad comedy. Bad morals. Bad acting. Bad writing. Bad directing. Bad Teacher is pretty much bad everything.” (From Movie Guide)

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Family-Faith Film Review: Cars 2

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Family-Faith Film Review: Disney’s Cars 2

Critics Rating: 36% (1-100)
Plot Summary: Star race car Lightning McQueen and his pal Mater head overseas to compete in the World Grand Prix race. But the road to the championship becomes rocky as Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage.
MPAA Rating: Rated G
Catholic News Service Rating: A-I : general patronage.

Reasons to Like: “Solid examples of honesty, sincerity and committed friendship are on frequently display”

Reasons to Dislike: “A tad bit more toilet humor than your typical Pixar pic—or even this film’s predecessor, for that matter—a lowbrow streak that makes it even more difficult to warm up to the movie’s overarching “love your friends for who they are” message.”   (From Focus on the Family – Plugged In)

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Governor signs bill ending faith defense

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Governor signs bill ending faith defense
Oregon Faith News Note:

This month Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber signed HB 2721 which removes legal protection for parents and guardians who refuse medical treatment for their children base don religious beliefs. The law stems from the Oregon City church called Followers of Christ Church where several children have died from the practice of faith healing practicing parents.

As the bill was going through the legislative process there was a case in the Oregon courts involving a daughter who was suffering from an eye problem where her parents denied treatment. The parents in this case were also Followers of Christ Church.

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Poll compares political sins: Adultery, Lying, Bribery

June 23, 2011 --

Poll compares political sins:  Adultry, Lying, Bribery
By Public Religion Research Institute

The June PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey was conducted by Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with Religion News Service following former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s resignation announcement and released amidst a new Congressional Ethics Panel investigation of sexual harassment by Congressman Alcee Hastings of Florida.

Financial vs. Sexual Misconduct

Strong majorities of Americans believe that both financial and sexual misconduct by elected officials constitute serious moral problems. However, for elected officials, significantly more Americans believe that financial misconduct is a very serious moral problem than believe sexual misconduct is a very serious moral problem.

Financial Misconduct
The percentage of Americans saying it is a very or extremely serious problem for elected officials to commit the following financial offenses:

* 91% taking a bribe;
* 81% not reporting all of their income on their taxes;
* 76% using their office to enrich friends or family;

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