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Supreme Court on Pro-Life Free Speech Case

June 27, 2018 --

Wall Street Journal Editorial,

One of the more compelling issues of our time is the assault on traditional free-speech protection in the U.S., a right currently under pressure on many university campuses. On Tuesday the Supreme Court issued an important decision, National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra, reasserting the inviolability of those speech protections.

In this case the threat was from the state of California. Under California’s FACT Act, licensed clinics that offered pregnancy services as an alternative to abortion were required to notify clients that California provides free or low-cost abortions, and to provide a phone number for those providers.

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Oregon hosting Christian Game Developers event

June 26, 2018 --

By Christian Game Developers Conference

The Christian Game Developers Conference is a unique event, focused around encouraging and edifying those who are interested in both making games and glorifying God. It will take place July 18th – 21st at Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon.

The CGDC is not just another game development conference. While small on scale, the CGDC is big on personal impact. The conference is three days of talks, workshops, and fellowship, with an emphasis fellowship. Come prepared to show what you are working on, and to encourage others in their projects and be inspired.

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Veteran’s dying wish to honor son

June 25, 2018 --

By Oregon Optimist,

Gresham, Oregon — When doctors told Joseph Beaupre he had only a few months to live, the army veteran knew exactly how he wanted to spend his remaining moments.

Beaupre told his care providers that he wanted to celebrate his son Tracey’s graduation next year by wearing a new suit to the commencement ceremony. However, Beaupre’s doctors didn’t believe he would live to see that day. That’s when Season’s Hospice stepped in to grant Beaupre’s wish.

The organization, which provides care for the terminally ill, sometimes fulfills wishes for its patients. “He expressed . . . that he would love a new suit, he loves to get dressed up,” said hospice nurse Andrea Zimmerman. So, Season’s Hospice partnered with Joseph A. Banks store in Portland and a local tailor to gift Beaupre a new, custom-fitted suit.

Courtesy of other community donors, Beaupre then enjoyed a limousine ride to Ringside Steakhouse, where he celebrated his son Tracey’s academic achievement with a gourmet meal. The restaurant provided Beaupre’s dinner free of charge.

“He is an ‘A’ student, he’s been waiting 10 years to graduate,” Beaupre said of Tracey. Thanks to Season’s Hospice, Beaupre was able to honor his son’s hard work in style.

[See news story here]

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Portland Archdiocese statement on immigration, families

June 19, 2018 --

Portland Archdiocese Press Release,


“My dear Brothers and Sisters in the Archdiocese of Portland, Praised be Jesus Christ!

Please know that I stand in solidarity with my brother bishops in the United States in condemning the separation of family members at the U.S./Mexico border as part of the implementation of the Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy. Such separation of family members is unnecessary. In its implementation of federal immigration law, the government has the discretion to do so in ways that do not separate young children from their parents. Whatever one thinks about the most prudent way to resolve our mounting immigration problems, mercy and charity dictate that we do not potentially cause irreparable harm and trauma when there is another way. We need to see the real human faces of those affected. These are families not unlike our own. In the ongoing debate over immigration issues, the U.S. bishops have always maintained, as a fundamental principle, that families must be kept together.

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Rev. Graham call to prayer for Oregon

June 15, 2018 --

By Faith News Note,

Three Oregon churches are opening their doors for a prayer night in preparation for the Rev. Franklin Graham Oregon tour.

Monday, June 18th
7:00 p.m.
Eastridge Church
14100 SE Sunnyside Road
Clackamas, OR 97015

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Dad breaks rules to honor son

June 14, 2018 --

Honor Father’s Day with this great dad story.

By M. Martin,
Oregon writer

Awesome dad who stood up for his son against over-zealous political correctness censorship.

A Wake County school forbid the mentioning of the school Valedictorian. It was a policy based for both technical reasons and politically correct reasons as not to award the top person which some see as hurting the feelings of those who did not win.  As a result, the winner, Josh Allmon, could not attend a special breakfast other school districts awarded to their valedictorians.

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Observations on nation’s LGBT Pride festival

June 13, 2018 --

By Jim Miller,
Guest Opinion

I was in Washington DC this week to visit the news museum and found the entire street in front of the museum blocked off for the popular annual LGBT Pride festival. I took this as an opportunity to visit each booth, listen and have discussions to see what the festival was about. Here are some things I learned.

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3000 Timber fans cheer boy who beat cancer

June 12, 2018 --

by Nicholas Comerchero
Oregon Optimist,

Five years ago, Atticus Lane-Dupre was the captain of his soccer team to leading them to a 10-9 defeat of the Portland Timbers at Jeld-Wen Field. Many professional players would consider winning against the Timbers, who took home the 2015 MLS Cup title, a significant achievement.

Lane-Dupre, however, wasn’t a pro soccer star at the time of his victory. He wasn’t even eligible for a driver’s license. In fact, he was only eight years old–albeit an eight-year-old with exceptional bravery and talent.

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Guilty: Oregon man sex abuse at Cambodia orphanage

June 11, 2018 --

Oregon US Attorney,

A federal jury found Daniel Stephen Johnson, 40, of Coos Bay, Oregon, guilty today of repeatedly sexually abusing children who lived at an orphanage operated by the defendant in Cambodia. The verdict marks the end of the second foreign sexual exploitation trial held in the District of Oregon.

Johnson was convicted on six counts of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in a foreign place and one count each of travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct and aggravated sexual assault with children.

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The death of civility

June 8, 2018 --

Catholic League

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on Samantha Bee’s commentary last night about her assault on Ivanka Trump:

Samantha Bee, and the geniuses at TBS, had a week to script an astute statement for her—getting the issue of her signature vulgarity off her back—and they blew it.

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