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Life Education

by Rose Marie Berger, by Mark Betz 08-01-2005
In May,

In May, Taiwan’s legislative branch was pressured to revise its Genetic Health Law to require a six-day waiting period, rather than three days, before an abortion. A bipartisan group of women legislators, church groups, and civil society organizations launched the Grand Alliance for Respect of Life and

What Would Jesus Say

by Rose Marie Berger, by Mark Betz 07-01-2005
Talking Bible Dolls has released its newest product -

Talking Bible Dolls has released its newest product - a huggable, washable, and talking Jesus plush doll. With his fuzzy dreadlocks and satiny beard, Talking Jesus recites seven "actual scripture verses to introduce children of all ages to the wisdom of the Bible." When you squeeze his red heart,

Civics Lesson

by Rose Marie Berger, by Mark Betz 07-01-2005
Three hundred Israeli high-

Three hundred Israeli high-school students signed a letter refusing to participate in the occupation of the Palestinian territories, according to a letter they sent to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in March. The students believe that the occupation leads to inhumanity, infringes on the right to life,

Fair Trade Towns

by Rose Marie Berger, by Mark Betz 07-01-2005
Manchester and Salford,

Manchester and Salford, England, jointly became the 100th Fairtrade Towns in March, ushering fairly traded coffees, teas, and chocolates into local cafés and achieving a landmark victory for the growing trade justice movement in Great Britain. "The towns raise awareness and sales of fair trade, which

News Bites

by Rose Marie Berger, by Mark Betz 07-01-2005
  • Always Low. The Wal-Mart clan-America's wealthiest family with $84 billion-joined forces with 65 other "high-wealth families" organized by the Policy and Taxation Group in Santa Ana, California, to seek a permanent repeal of the estate tax.
  • Abolish Me. The New York State Assembly's Codes Committee defeated a bill to reinstate New York's death penalty. Out of 170 witnesses who testified at five public hearings, 148 opposed the death penalty, nine argued for it, and five supported it with changes.
  • About Time.

Check Your Gun at the (Church) Door

by Rose Marie Berger, by Mark Betz 07-01-2005
Brazilian churches have taken on that country'

Brazilian churches have taken on that country’s handgun epidemic by organizing their parishes and community centers to host drop-off sites for weapons - no questions asked. "Christian churches have adopted an active and committed position with civil society in the struggle against the weapons

Armed with Pens

by Rose Marie Berger, by Mark Betz 07-01-2005
War veterans,

War veterans, families with relatives in the military, peace activists, and others met in Washington, D.C., in March to publicly sign a statement of support for U.S. soldiers in Iraq who are refusing orders to fight for reasons of conscience. Signers could be charged with violating U.S. Code 18-2387, which

Binding the Strong Man

by Rose Marie Berger, by Mark Betz 06-01-2005
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All Lawyered Up

by Rose Marie Berger, by Mark Betz 06-01-2005
More than 70 Christian bankruptcy attorneys issued an open letter to religious leaders,

More than 70 Christian bankruptcy attorneys issued an open letter to religious leaders, urging them to take action against Senate Bill 256. The bill would overhaul U.S. bankruptcy law - ostensibly to address fraud and corruption but in reality making

Painting the Kingdom Green

by Rose Marie Berger, by Mark Betz 06-01-2005
The Church of England is painting the kingdom green.

The Church of England is painting the kingdom green. The general synod, the largest gathering of the church in the U.K., met in February—one day after the Kyoto Protocol on global climate change went into force - to unveil a new report on ecological justice titled "Sharing God’s Planet: A

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