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Portland Archbishop to close Year of Faith

October 31, 2013 --

By Portland Archdiocese

Archbishop Sample to close out the Year of Faith

Archbishop Alexander K. Sample will close out the Year of Faith with a Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Christ the King Sunday, November 24 at 11:00 am. Pope Benedict XVI announced a Year of Faith, which began on October 11 and continues until November 24. The date of October 11 was chosen, because it was the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. The year was also the 20th anniversary of the promulgation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

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Schools weighing kids in front of class?

October 30, 2013 --

One NW school is gaining attention for weighing teens in front of their peers. The weigh-in is part of a school health campaign, but some parents say it invades on personal privacy of parents and their children. KATU-TV news has more below.

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Oregon pot petition: Best, strongest in nation

October 29, 2013 --

Oregon pot petition: Best, strongest in nationmarijuana-sign
Oregon Faith News Note:

Last Friday, a marijuana advocacy group filed paperwork for a ballot initiative petition to legalize marijuana in the state. The measure would legalize marijuana possession for adults up to 8 ounces of dried pot and including up to four plants. If the measure gathers enough signatures it would qualify for the 2014 ballot. There is also a push to get the February 2014 Legislature to refer the measure to the ballot and save the petition gathering steps.   One marijuana media group is stating that Oregon has one of the best measures and support behind it.


Luckily for Oregonians and marijuana supporters nationwide, Oregon has a better initiative AND national donors gearing up for the 2014 Election. Yesterday my friends at New Approach Oregon officially filed a marijuana legalization initiative aimed at the 2014 Election. I’m telling you right now – this is the strongest campaign to legalize marijuana currently operating in the country, and has the best chance of passing. Before people outside of Oregon try to bash on Oregon’s 2014 efforts…

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Why anti-bullying efforts are not working

October 28, 2013 --

Paul Coughlin, Founder and President The Protectors
Oregon author & speaker

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and in light of the recent suicide of a 12-year old-girl in Florida on September 9th, October is the perfect time to address the #1 form of child abuse in the nation, and the leading cause of concern among parents and students.

In addition to launching National Apology Time (follow our Facebook page to read about the life-changing apologies coming in), I am also sharing a more in-depth look at what NOT to do during Bullying Prevention Month in the following article for Fox News (click to read):


“…Numerous schools this month will foster flash mobs, dramas, dance routines, and cafeteria-centered videos, among other anemic efforts that sparkle with a look-at-me energy but lack the power to reduce bullying. That’s because according to the Department of Health & Human Services 10-year landmark study, these well-meaning efforts won’t foster what’s truly needed to put bullies on their heels: courageous bystander intervention…” (click here to read entire article)

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Halloween costumes seem to ridicule one religion

October 26, 2013 --

By Catholic League for Religious & Civil Rights

Bill Donohue comments on Halloween costumes currently on sale:

The priest costume shows the clergyman in black cassock with an erection. The nun costume shows her in full habit and pregnant. Anyone who wants to buy a costume with a rabbi or imam sporting an erection is out of luck—there are none available. There are also no vulgar Jewish or Muslim women costumes available. Just ones for nuns.

The most prominent store selling the offensive priest and nun costumes is Spirit Halloween; they have stores throughout the nation and have a big online following. The store even says of the priest-with-an-erection garb, “Pair this mens [sic] costume with the Pregnant Nun for some really twisted fun.”

Contact the illiterates at:

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Pop star faulted for supporting human trafficking

October 25, 2013 --

RhiannaWhile many celebs are advocates against human trafficking Rihanna is supporting it

By Movieguide®,

Media Expert and family and child advocate Dr. Ted Baehr, founder and chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission (R), an advocacy group in Hollywood, speaks out about Rihanna’s vulgar tweet: “Most times these female show performers are held in captivity against their will and are sold into slavery at such young ages they don’t live past the age of 20, due to working conditions and highly-addictive drugs used to keep them enslaved.”

According to The Guardian On September 20 Rihanna tweeted to some 32 million followers about a female performer from an illegal sex show she attended in Phuket, Thailand. “Embarrassed Thai officials” claimed they used the tweet to arrest the owner of the bar whom they had been wanting to apprehend, but previously did not have enough evidence.

Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times, and wife Sheryl Wudunn, have dedicated their life work to fighting sex trafficking, taking American actresses Eva Mendez, Meg Ryan, Diane Lane, Gabrielle Union, and America Ferrera overseas to film the PBS documentary “Half the Sky” (2012) exposing the oppression of women worldwide.

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Mormons may have their first blockbuster

October 24, 2013 --

Oregon Faith News Note,

The Mormon based film, ‘Saratov Approach’ may prove to be the first Mormon blockbuster film. According to Variety Magazine, the independent film has grossed a half million dollars on only 23 screens in just two weeks. That is a great sign of a small film netting big rewards. The surge is primarily occurring in Mormon screening areas in Utah, but provides a great launching point for wider release. The film is based on a compelling real-life story in 1988 of Mormon missionaries, Travis Tuttle & Andrew Propst, who were kidnapped, tortured and held hostage in Saratov, Russia. Below is the trailer for the film Saratov Approach.

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The ethics of drones — University of Portland

October 23, 2013 --

University-of-PortlandBy University of Portland

Lecture on “Deadly Drones” by Notre Dame law professor Mary Ellen O’Connell is set for 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28 on University of Portland campus

Notre Dame law professor Mary Ellen O’Connell will speak on “Deadly Drones” for the Hesburgh Lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, October 28 in Buckley Center Auditorium on campus, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd. The lecture is free and open to the public.

O’Connell’s lecture looks at the legal, moral, and strategic challenges of the U.S. use in combat of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) to fire missiles and drop bombs.

“The C.I.A. uses drones to target enemy leaders on its ‘watch list,” O’Connell stated in an article published in the March 15 issue of America Magazine, “but the attacks inevitably kill many people who are not on the list, including innocent women and children.”

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Dealing with religious issues at work

October 22, 2013 --

By Oregon NFIBnfib-logo

Do You Have Religious Issues? Other Employment Problems?

One of the bigger worries in running a small-business enterprise is successfully navigating the many potentials for lawsuits that exist even in the most well-run of companies.

That’s why the continuing education of its members is one of the most-important values in NFIB membership. NFIB is partnering with Bullard Law to give its members an arm’s length from a costly lawsuit.

On October 30 in Portland, you can bring yourself up to speed on the latest legal worries you should be aware of. It’s free, but reservations are required and can be made here. Act now, because seating is limited. To learn more about Bullard Law, click its logo to the right.

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Local author promotes “National Apology Time”

October 21, 2013 --

Paul Coughlinpaul-caughlin
Founder and President The Protectors
Oregon author & speaker

October is National Bullying Prevention month, and The Protectors is proud to participate by launching National Apology Time in hopes to create healing and change this month.

National Apology Time: A time where students and adults can make amends for current or past bullying, setting both Target and Bully free from guilt, pain and shame.

Our desire and hope is that this month can become a great time of healing and reconciliation for individuals and organizations. To participate as an organization, public and private schools can encourage their students to:

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