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Commission urges President to boycott Olympic opening unless China changes

WASHINGTON (BP)--China's crackdown on Tibetans' religious freedom has caused the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) to urge President Bush not to attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games this summer without marked improvement by the communist government.

Planned Parenthood income tops $1 billion for first time

WASHINGTON (BP)--Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the country's largest abortion business, garnered more than $1 billion in income for the first time in history last year.       Planned Parenthood jumped from making $972 million in 2005-06 to $1.017 billion in the 2006-07 fiscal year, according to its recently released annual report. Of last year's revenue, $336.7 million, or about one-third, came in government grants and contracts.       Planned Parenthood's abortion figures also increased markedly from calendar year 2005 to 2006, according to the report. The number of abortions provided by Planned Parenthood affiliates grew to 289,750 from 264,943.

Sex trafficking of minors grows in U.S.

WASHINGTON (BP)--American children are becoming victims of human sex trafficking, according to statistics released by Shared Hope International.       "The figures we use say between 100,000 and 300,000 American children are at risk of trafficking," said Karrie Delaney SHI's director of communications.

Tears of Joy for Survival

"It was very emotional at Union" the day after the tornado, said Josh Clarke, immediate past president of the Student Government Association. "There were hugs, prayers, and tears everywhere as students were coming back to campus and roommates were seeing each other for the first time since last night. There were tears of joy for […]

Perkins: Evangelicals facing new issues

WASHINGTON (BP)–Conservative evangelical Christians continue to influence government policies, but they also are facing the challenge of responding to additional issues, pro-family leaders said in a National Press Club panel discussion. Speaking on whether religious conservatives have lost their clout, Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said they have not. “Religious right and […]

Report: Planned Parenthood accepts racist donations

WASHINGTON (BP)--Planned Parenthood -— an organization that calls itself pro-child, pro-woman and pro-life -— has been discovered allegedly accepting racist-motivated donations.       A recent investigation by The Advocate student magazine at the University of California at Los Angeles, produced phone recordings of Planned Parenthood affiliates in seven states approving a donor's racist motivation.       The magazine had an actor pose as a donor and call the clinics to see how Planned Parenthood employees would respond as he expressed openly racist comments. The actor said he wanted his gift to be used to abort African American babies to "lower the number of black people," according to The Advocate. None of the affiliates expressed reservations about the reason for the contribution, the magazine reported.       An Idaho Planned Parenthood staff member agreed on a telephone call that blacks should be implementing more abortions. According to The Advocate, the actor said in a phone call that "the less black kids out there the better."

Marriage defines itself, ‘liberal’ Dem says

WASHINGTON (BP)–Marriage is not merely an individualistic act between two people, a self-described “liberal Democrat” told the Family Research Council Feb. 27 in Washington, D.C. “It begins with the passionate relationship between the two lovers,” Blankenhorn, a fatherhood and marriage specialist, said in a speech. “Then, via marriage, it requires a formal, public and legal […]

Human rights faltering in Iran, USCIRF told

WASHINGTON (BP)–Basic human rights, including religious freedom, have deteriorated under Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, witnesses testified in a Capitol Hill hearing. Iranian citizens have suffered “systematic oppression by the regime, … denial to freedom of religion, expression, politics and basic human rights,” said Jeffrey Feltman, a U.S. State Department official. Feltman, principal deputy assistant secretary […]

USCIRF urges Egypt: Enforce court rulings

WASHINGTON (BP)--Egypt's government should "respect and enforce" two recent decisions by that nation's highest court, according to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Author critiques Darwin’s ‘terrible ideas’

WASHINGTON (BP)–In recent years, Feb. 12 has been celebrated not just for Abraham Lincoln’s birthday but for Charles Darwin’s as well. Darwin Day, promoted by the Institute for Humanist Studies, is intended to advance celebrations of the evolutionary pioneer and of science in general. Some non-believers in the theory of evolution, however, describe the occasion […]