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Hebdo cartoonist leaves

May 29, 2015 --

By Catholic League for Religious & Civil Rights

Bill Donohue comments on the decision by Renald Luzier, the Charlie Hebdo cartoonist known as Luz, to leave the magazine:

Luz is sure to be hailed for his courageous career poking fun at religious figures. This is twice wrong: he is a coward and a pornographer, just like his co-workers.

After the Paris murders last January, Luz was praised for his bravery: he had the guts to put Muhammad on the cover of the next edition. The kudos were undeserved. In fact, his portrayal of the Prophet was benign: it showed him weeping, saying, “All Is Forgiven.” No wonder The Independent, a London newspaper, characterized the image as a “relatively cuddly and would-be consensual character.”

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Oregon to Taiwan — with love, basketball, Gospel

May 27, 2015 --

Multnomah University, Portland

Coach Curt Bickley shares the details of the Lions’ mission trip to Taiwan. 

The Multnomah Basketball team flew to Taipei, Taiwan, on May 9 and spent the week playing basketball games and sharing the Gospel. Thank you to all our donors who made this trip happen. We were able to share the Gospel publicly 11 times during the week.

The Team


Our team was made up of three current MU basketball players, five former players, a high school coach (Chad Bickley), an NBA coach (Mike Penberthy), two coaching assistants (Mike Farrington and Stan Bickley), and four kids (two were Penberthy’s and two were Bickley’s).

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University-Portland Lecture: Archeology of Early baptism

May 25, 2015 --

University-of-PortlandBy University of Portland

University of Portland professors to present lecture on Early Christian Baptisms, May 28

University of Portland professors Alejandro Santana, philosophy, and Rev. Richard Rutherford, C.S.C., theology, will present a lecture titled “The Archeological Footprint of Baptism in Early Byzantine Christianity” on Thursday, May 28, at 7 p.m., in St. Dimitrios Hall of Holy Trinity Cathedral at 3131 NE Glisan Street.

The lecture will explore the study of early Christian baptisms, specifically as they were celebrated in the first centuries of Christianity. The lecture is free and open to the public.

For more information contact Santana at or Rutherford at

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General in trouble over prayer

May 22, 2015 --

By The Foundation for Moral Law

The Foundation for Moral Law, a Montgomery-based foundation established to defend religious liberty, spoke out Wednesday in defense of an Air Force Major General who is under attack for his speech for the National Day of Prayer Task Force.

Speaking for a Task Force event on May 7, General Olson credited God for his accomplishments in the military and referred to himself as a “redeemed believer in Christ.”

That speech aroused the ire of Mikey Weinstein and his Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF). In a letter to Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Walsh, Weinstein called General Olson’s speech “a brutal disgrace to the very uniform he was wearing” and demanded that the General be “immediately, aggressively, and very visibly brought to justice for his unforgivable crimes and transgressions.”

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Update on Human Trafficking bills

May 20, 2015 --

capitolBy Senate Minority Office,

Salem, OR – Senate Democrats rejected a pair of proposals to strengthen laws against child sex trafficking in Oregon. The two bills, SB 513 and SB 816, would have made patronizing a trafficked child a crime and increased the age limit for which a person engaging in child trafficking can be prosecuted.

“As the father of two daughters, I believe we must strengthen Oregon’s laws against sex trafficking and protect vulnerable women and children,” said Senator Tim Knopp (R-Bend). “These bills would have taken necessary steps toward protecting minors trapped in trafficking schemes and ensured those who traffic children or patronize a trafficked child are fully prosecuted.”

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Bill helps protect privacy for vulnerable, needy


cap-smallVulnerable Patients to Get Increased Privacy Protection
House passes HB 2758 to shield privacy of at-risk insurance consumers
By House Majority Office,

Oregonians seeking sensitive medical treatment would have the ability to seek further privacy protections in insurance communications through a bill that passed the House 34-25 this morning.

House Bill 2758 allows insurance consumers to redirect their “Explanation of Benefits,” which is sent out by insurance companies detailing services rendered, to a different address than the policy holder. This bill will increase confidentiality for these patients so they can seek needed medical services without fear for their health or safety.

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Response to blind reader’s pornography struggles

May 18, 2015 --

By Randy Alcorn
Eternal Perspectives Ministries, Sandy Oregon

Please visit his blog

Here at Eternal Perspective Ministries we receive numerous questions and comments from readers. Sometimes a tough question comes through that requires a longer and more in-depth response from a staff member or volunteer, as in this case. If you or someone you care about is struggling with pornography, I encourage you to read through this excellent letter from an EPM volunteer whom I love and respect.

EPM reader:

I’m in some pretty serious trouble, and am not at all sure how to fix it.

I have only been a Christian for a few months, and it’s been a life-changing experience. It’s just amazing to be one of His servants and to be saved by God’s grace and Christ’s sacrifice.

The problem is this: I struggle with internet-based pornography. I know the normal thing to do would be to get rid of the computer entirely, or at the very least get internet service disconnected or install controls on my computer.

The problem is that I am totally blind. I don’t even have light perception. So I have a couple of problems. One is that I’m not looking at images at all, though I do listen to videos sometimes. Mostly what I do is read stories though.

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Survey: Rise and fall of American religions

May 15, 2015 --

By Pew Research,

Christians Decline Sharply as Share of Population; Unaffiliated and Other Faiths Continue to Grow


The Christian share of the U.S. population is declining, while the number of U.S. adults who do not identify with any organized religion is growing, according to an extensive new survey by the Pew Research Center. Moreover, these changes are taking place across the religious landscape, affecting all regions of the country and many demographic groups. While the drop in Christian affiliation is particularly pronounced among young adults, it is occurring among Americans of all ages. The same trends are seen among whites, blacks and Latinos; among both college graduates and adults with only a high school education; and among women as well as men.

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Fred Girod: Bill limits lawsuit damages for religious groups

May 13, 2015 --

girodBy Taxpayer Foundation of Oregon,

Resolution limits awards of damages against religious organizations to $1 million

Oregon Senate Resolution 12 would limit awards of non-economic damages against religious organizations to $1 million. The proposed amendment to the Oregon Constitution would be referred to the people for their approval or rejection at the next regular general election.

“A million dollars for pain and suffering I think is more than adequate,” said State Senator Fred Girod, one of the sponsors of the resolution. He mentioned lawsuits against the Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts as examples of excessive awards for pain and suffering.

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5 challenges for the Secular movement

May 11, 2015 --

Krattenmaker-tomBy Tom Krattenmaker
 Award-winning Portland-based writer
Recent book: The Evangelicals you Don’t Know
Tom’s article also featured on USA Today

April 23rd is coming-out day. Not for LGBT people, but for a group that hopes to emulate the success of the gay rights movement: agnostics, atheists, humanists and other religion non-believers.

Openly Secular Day, the work of an alliance of secular advocacy groups, including the Richard Dawkins Foundation and the Secular Student Alliance, is aimed at motivating seculars to open up about their non-belief by putting out videos and statements on the Internet, or by simply having a candid conversation with someone in their life.

Organizers are quick to acknowledge they are taking a page out of the gay rights playbook, and why not? Survey data show that 68% of Americans who personallyknow a lot of gays and lesbians support marriage equality, more than double the 32% support rate among those who do not.

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