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Two views on WA gay marriage measure

May 31, 2012 --

Oregon Faith News Note:

Earlier this year Washington’s legislature and Governor signed a bill allowing same-sex marriage in Washington. Since that vote a referendum petition drive has started with the filing deadline in June. Over 120,000 signatures are needed to stop the law from being enacted and instead refer the law to voters for the ballot. KATU featured an AP interview of two opposing views in Washington, one from former Congressman Jay Inslee and another from Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna.

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Oregon medic injured by IED in Afghanistan

May 30, 2012 --

Oregon Medic Heidi Olson, a 2010 George Fox University graduate, injured by IED in Afghanistan
By George Fox University

Heidi Olson, a 2010 George Fox University graduate from Springfield, Ore., was one of three U.S. Army medics seriously injured May 8 in an IED explosion in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Olson has been flown back to the United States for treatment of burns and other injuries. The blast near Forward Operating Base Pasab occurred when one of the other medics stepped on the explosive device after assisting an injured soldier from an earlier IED explosion. One medic is now a double amputee and the other suffered hip and laceration injuries.

Spc. Olson, assigned to 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, is to be flown today (Friday, May 25) to San Antonio Military Medical Center in Texas, ironically where she received some of her training to be a medic. Olson received damage to her left eye, second-degree burns to about 25 percent of her face, and minor wounds from shrapnel that peppered her left side and arm. She was flown from Kandahar Airfield to Germany, then on May 14 to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Tacoma, Wash., her home base.

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Being Black in Portland & America – Pre and Post Trayvon Martin

May 29, 2012 --

Oregon area Jewish Committee presents: “On Being Black in Portland and in America – Pre and Post Trayvon Martin” with Kathleen D. Saadat

Wed., May 30 Noon
Miller Nash LLP
3400 U.S. Bancorp Tower
111 S.W. Fifth Avenue
Portland, OR 97204

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Memorial Day, The Bible & the American Opt-In

May 28, 2012 --

Stephen Prothero is the author of the book “The American Bible: How our words unite, divide and define a nation” and “Religious Literacy and God Is Not One”, and also a professor of religion at Boston University. His recent essay was featured in the Wall Street Journal.

At the beginning of the American experiment, foreign visitors noted a key difference between the United States and its European kin. The United States was not held together by blood or custom. Its citizens spoke different languages and worshipped in different ways. “If there is a country in the world where concord, according to common calculation, would be least expected, it is America,” wrote Thomas Paine. “Made up as it is of people from different nations, accustomed to different forms and habits of government, speaking different languages, and more different in their modes of worship, it would appear that the union of such a people was impracticable.”

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Photo: Cross that survived Joplin tornado inspires

May 27, 2012 --

In May of last year, a terrible tornado ripped through Joplin Missouri killing over 100 people.  The tornado destroyed the local St. Mary’s Catholic church.  All that remained was the cross.   This week during the anniversary, Joplin residents gathered around the cross to reflect, remember and renew their spirits.

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ABC pulls show after family pressure

May 26, 2012 --

ABC’s GCB Gets Canceled Because of Conservative Christians
By Movie Guide,

LFor family and child advocate Dr. Ted Baehr, founder and publisher of Movieguide®: The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment, ABC/Disney’s cancellation of its “bigoted” show “GCB,” which mocked and ridiculed Christians, was a “victory for faith and values.” The show “GCB” was based on the novel “Good Christian B*tches” by Kim Gatlin.

Dr. Baehr said “GCB” violated the Walt Disney Company’s own stated commitment (in its company document “Citizenship Targets 2012”) to “championing and inspiring our key audience of children and families” and to help them make “a lasting, positive change in the world.”

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124th Annual Memorial Day Masses Scheduled


Memorial Day Masses
By Portland Archdiocese,

Masses will be held at the two Archdiocesan Catholic Cemeteries on Memorial Day, May 28. Archbishop John G. Vlazny will celebrate Mass at Mount Calvary’s Altar Garden (333 SW Skyline Blvd, Portland). Monsignor Dennis O’Donovan will celebrate Mass in the Chapel at Gethsemani Cemetery (11666 SE Stevens Road, Happy Valley). Both Masses will begin at 10:00 am. This is the 124th Annual Memorial Day Mass. All are invited

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Girls only prom hosted by Muslim student

May 25, 2012 --

Girls only prom hosted for Muslim student

A Muslim High School in Michigan, Tharima Ahmed, found a way to attend prom without violating her customs that restrict interactions with boys.   Her solution was to host an all-girls prom.   It turned out to be a success as over 120 students participated.   Tharima Ahmed told ABC News that everyone kept syaing it should be done, ‘We should have a prom, we should have a prom, we should have a prom,’ but no one ever got together to do it. … This group of girls is very driven, and so they decided they really wanted it and they were going to do it.”Even a prom queen was crowned.  Read ABC news story here.



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Pro-Choice support falls to record lows (chart)

May 24, 2012 --

From Gallup, “The 41% of Americans who now identify themselves as “pro-choice” is down from 47% last July and is one percentage point below the previous record low in Gallup trends, recorded in May 2009. Fifty percent now call themselves “pro-life,” one point shy of the record high, also from May 2009.”

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Church facing heat over car camping


By Oregon Faith News Note:

The City of Portland spent a lot of time and public discussion over creating rules to allow churches to house homeless campers in their vehicle in the church parking lot. The rules were fine tuned to allow four cars per parking lot. The first church to act on the new rules is Moreland Presbyterian. It has already created some frustration among neighbors. The Portland Mercury reports,

But while city officials, church leaders, and housing advocates had planned on a quiet launch over the next few weeks—maybe hoping any skeptical neighbors wouldn’t even notice the low-impact program until it was well under way, if at all—that’s not what’s happened.

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