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Senior to lose veterans home over Bible Study

March 20, 2019 --

By Pacific Justice Institute,

Yountville, CA — Officials with the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) are threatening to evict an 84-year-old widow from the California Veterans Home unless she halts longtime Bible studies she has been leading for fellow residents.

Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) represents Artis Breau, the widow who has come under fire. Artis and her late husband moved to the Veterans Home about nine years ago. Her husband had served as a Merchant Marine in World War II, served in the famed 82nd Airborne Division overseas, and then served in the Air Force during the Korean War. Meanwhile, Artis worked as a civilian employee in the Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army at the Pentagon during the Korean War.

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Assisted suicide bill hearing

March 18, 2019 --

By Oregon Right for Life,

House Bill 2217, one of four bills this legislative session that would expand Oregon’s physician-assisted suicide law, has been scheduled for a public hearing on Tuesday, March 19 at 3:00 p.m. in room Hearing Room E. Oregon Right to Life opposes this bill.

Oregon’s physician-assisted suicide law contains a frightening loophole in which someone else could get away with administering the drugs to a helpless victim. HB 2217 expands this loophole by changing “taken” to “self-administer.”

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Gallup Poll: Catholic self-questioning

March 15, 2019 --

Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights,

A recent Gallup survey shows that news stories about clergy sexual abuse have Catholics questioning their affiliation with the Church. Before examining why, an analysis of the data is warranted; it reveals a nuanced portrait of Catholics.

The survey found that 37% of Catholics said they are questioning whether to remain in the Church; the figure in 2002 was 22%. Who are these Catholics? Most of them seldom or never go to church: 46% of these Catholics are questioning whether to remain versus 22% of those who attend church weekly. In other words, those with one foot out the door are more likely to consider exiting, which is precisely what we would expect.

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Attack on Eugene Catholic church thwarted

March 13, 2019 --

US Attorney, Oregon District Release,

Oregon Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Hate Crime for Threatening Shooting Spree at Eugene Church

Benjamin Jaramillo Hernandez, 69, of Eugene, pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime and illegal possession of ammunition charge arising from a series of progressively more threatening and violent actions targeting St. Mary Catholic Church in Eugene in September 2018. Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband for the Civil Rights Division, U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams for the District of Oregon and Special Agent in Charge Renn Cannon of the FBI in Oregon made the announcement.

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George Fox hosting Climate Change lecture 3/11

March 10, 2019 --

George Fox University,

A Vilas Distinguished Achievement professor of ecology and recent associate dean of research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Richard L. Lindroth, will discuss climate change at the ninth annual Dalton Lecture at George Fox University at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 11, in the school’s Bauman Auditorium. The public is invited to attend free of charge.

More than any other arena of human endeavor over the last century, science has revealed the true nature of how the world works, and has fostered technologies that have transformed civilization. Yet now, in a world of individual truths and alternative facts, the value of science is being challenged like never before. For no field of science is this more important than climate change, which threatens to unravel, within decades, the very fabric of civilization.

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‘Trauma Toys’ helps kids impacted by ISIS

March 8, 2019 --

By ICON Media Group,

Heart-wrenching images have been streaming out of the Middle East in the last few weeks, showing refugee families fleeing for their lives from the last remaining ISIS stronghold in Syria. Among the displaced are thousands of traumatized children. Through a unique and dangerous effort, one US-based ministry is providing comfort for these littlest ISIS survivors, including the “cubs of the caliphate”—children of ISIS fighters, and children taken from their homes and trained for combat.

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Will voters have say in Oregon death penalty repeal?

March 6, 2019 --

By Taxpayer Foundation of Oregon,

A bill in the Oregon House of Representatives (HB 3268) would essentially abolish the death penalty in the state with only one exception—for terrorists who kill two or more people.  At the same time a major Oregon newspaper is asking lawmakers to send the issue to voters who twice reaffirmed the state’s death penalty laws.

Today, 32 people sit on death row convicted of aggravated murder such as killing a child under 12, a police officer on duty, more than one person, or a victim during a robbery or rape.

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What the sex abuse report means for Evangelicals

March 4, 2019 --

By Randy Alcorn,
Eternal Perspectives Ministries,
Sandy Oregon

The Houston Chronicle released the first of a three-part series titled “Abuse of Faith: 20 years, 700 victims: Southern Baptist sexual abuse spreads as leaders resist reform.”

Below are a few excerpts from the article—though please read it for yourself. (And remember, while this article and the investigation focuses on Southern Baptist churches, it largely applies to all evangelical churches.)

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Will G.K. Chesterton be the next saint?

March 1, 2019 --

Ignatius Press,

From one of the people in the whole world who knows G.K. Chesterton best comes KNIGHT OF THE HOLY GHOST, a short history of one of the most prophetic and prolific writers in history.

Dale Ahlquist, president of the American Chesterton Society, has helped to bring about a great renewed interest in the works of G.K. Chesterton, and the man himself, through his long-running TV series, “The Apostle of Common Sense,” as well as his books and lectures. He has authored and contributed to several books on Chesterton, including Common Sense 101: Lessons from G.K. Chesterton, G.K. Chesterton: The Apostle of Common Sense, and In Defense of Sanity: The Best Essays of G.K. Chesterton.

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