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Virtue Awards needs your help

March 31, 2014 --

virtue-firstBy Virtue First Foundation

The 4th Annual Virtue First Awards are just around the corner. Please review the attachments for more information.

So how can you help?

1. Dedicate the evening on your own personal calendar. Be there.
2. Make some nominations for awards. A coach, teacher, youth minister, business, or health care provider. Your nominations are anonymous and all you have to do is email me the person’s name and who they work for. Nominations are now open for these awards. Let’s promote people who are doing great things for kids!

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Catholics rebut Jimmy Carter quote

March 28, 2014 --

By Catholic League for Religious & Civil Rightsap_jimmy_carter_110425_wg-e1335377335955

“The fact that the Catholic Church, for instance, prohibits women from serving as priests or even deacons gives a kind of a permission to male people all over the world, that well, if God thinks that women are inferior, I’ll treat them as inferiors. If she is my wife, I can abuse her with impunity, or if I’m an employer, I can pay female employees less salary.”

Carter said practically the same thing on Charlie Rose on March 24 (it was reaired last night), and on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on March 24.

Bill Donohue commented today on Carter’s accusation:

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Religious liberty cases

March 26, 2014 --

By Tom Krattenmaker

 Award-winning Portland-based writer
Recent book: The Evangelicals you Don’t Know
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Can a Christian merchant legally refuse service to gay people? Should a Christian business owner be exempt from providing employees with health insurance that includes contraceptives he deems immoral? As the debates rage and the Supreme Court nears oral arguments in the Affordable Care Act contraception mandate case, it’s instructive to recall a famous religious freedom drama from the past.

The 1971 Supreme Court case Clay v. United States, which is the subject of a recent documentary, offered vivid plot elements: a world famous boxer, Muhammad Ali, who faced a stark choice between prison or killing in combat in violation of his Muslim beliefs.

A constitutional law scholar at the center of that case contends that we often overplay, even trivialize, religious legal claims today. In addition to this expert’s uncommon name, Thomas Krattenmaker, I share his view of the matter: A principle as important as religious freedom deserves more responsible engagement than it’s getting.

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Will We Recognize Each Other in Heaven?

March 24, 2014 --

Friends / Will we recognize each other in Heaven?
By Randy Alcorn

 Eternal Perspectives Ministries, Sandy Oregon
Please visit his blog
When asked if we would recognize friends in Heaven, George MacDonald responded, “Shall we be greater fools in Paradise than we are here?”

Yet many people wonder whether we’ll know each other in Heaven. What lies behind that question is Christoplatonism and the false assumption that in Heaven we’ll be disembodied spirits who lose our identities and memories. How does someone recognize a spirit?

However, these assumptions are unbiblical. Christ’s disciples recognized him countless times after his resurrection. They recognized him on the shore as he cooked breakfast for them (John 21:1-14). They recognized him when he appeared to a skeptical Thomas (John 20:24-29). They recognized him when he appeared to five hundred people at once (1 Corinthians 15:6).

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Muslim denied prayer at Empire State building

March 21, 2014 --

By Catholic League for Religious & Civil Rightsarticle-0-0D289FA900000578-326_634x319

Bill Donohue comments on a lawsuit brought by two Muslims from Long Island against the owners of the Empire State Building:

Last July, Fahad and Amina Tirmizi and their two children went to the observation deck on the 86th floor of the Empire State Building, dressed in traditional Muslim garb, and took a moment to recite the evening prayers in a spot away from other visitors. Two security guards confronted them and forced them to leave, saying they had no right to pray there. The lawyer for the Muslims, Phil Hines, has now sued the owners, Malkin Properties, and others, for this incident. We stand with Hines and his clients.

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Oregon conference votes on same-sex measure

March 19, 2014 --

By Faith News Note:

Attendees at the Dorchester Conference voted 233-162 to endorse a ballot measure in favor of overturning Oregon’s constitutional ban on gay marriage. The vote came amid concerns that young voters might leave the party over the issue. The measure is expected be on the November ballot. The vote results come in context of a rival religious liberty conference (held on the same day) which was aimed at being an alternative to the Dorchester conference and drew over 700 people.

The three-day conference in Seaside, founded 50 years ago by former Sen. Bob Packwood, has taken liberal positions in the past, such as approving abortion rights and opposing Ballot Measure 9, which addressed gay rights and public education.  On other issues the conference has voted more conservative.

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1st Church: Wyden on surveillance state

March 18, 2014 --

firstcongregationalchurchNational Security, Civil Liberties and the Surveillance State
March 18, 2014, 7 p.m.
First Congregational Church, Portland, Oregon
Featuring Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon. Cosponsored by the Oregon Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society.
Free and open to the public; registration required at

How do we ensure that both liberty and security are protected in this age of enhanced surveillance? Senator Wyden is widely recognized as a leading voice in the U.S. Congress for more open and transparent national security policies. His warnings about provisions of the USA Patriot Act and the surveillancepolicies of the National Security Agency have sparked new debates. He will discuss the tension between civil liberties and national security and how we can preserve liberty and security.

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The debate over legalized prostitution

March 17, 2014 --

By Paul Louis Metzger

Multnomah University Professor
New Wine Skins Ministry

I oppose legalizing prostitution. While I appreciate the concern of those who believe that legalizing prostitution will bring about more favorable conditions for prostitutes, I am not convinced. In fact, I believe the opposite is the case most if not all the time (See the Prostitution Research & Education website for detailed information regarding prostitution, including resources on the effects of legalized prostitution).

It is argued that legalizing prostitution will make it possible for prostitutes to come away with more income and some benefits. Even if that is so in some or many cases, what are the costs to their persons physically, emotionally, and relationally? “There is no way to make prostitution ‘a little bit better’ any more than it is possible to make domestic violence ‘a little bit better.’ Prostitution is a profoundly harmful institution. Who does it harm the most? The woman who is prostituting is hurt the worst. She is hurt psychologically as well as physically…” (See Myths and Facts about Nevada Legal Prostitution; see also Melissa Farley, “‘Bad for the Body, Bad for the Heart’: Prostitution Harms Women even if Legalized or Decriminalized,” Violence Against Women, 10 {2004}: 1087-1125.)

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Learn Hinduism & Christianity over pizza

March 15, 2014 --

By Evergreen Presbyterian,

Hinduism 101 & Christianity 101 at the Beaverton Religion Forum

On Sunday, March 16, The Beaverton Religion Forum will feature Ramesh Krishnamurthy, who will present a crash course, Hinduism 101 in 20 minutes. Nathan Lewis will make a similar presentation, Christianity 101. The two presenters will then field questions from the audience.

5:00 p.m. = Pizza, Drinks and conversations with Neighbors
6:00 p.m. = The Presentations
6:40 p.m. = Q & A until 7:30 p.m.

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Noah movie stirs controversy

March 14, 2014 --

New film “Noah” has critics on many sides, but momentum is building for the film. See the Today show news clip below.

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