From Timesonline: "GIVE Richard Dawkins a child for a week’s summer camp and he will try to give you an atheist for life.
The author of The God Delusion is helping to launch Britain’s first summer retreat for non-believers, where children will have lessons in evolution and sing along to John Lennon’s Imagine.
The five-day camp in Somerset (motto: “It’s beyond belief”) is for children aged eight to 17 and will rival traditional faith-based breaks run by the Scouts and church groups.
Budding atheists will be given lessons to arm themselves in the ways of rational scepticism. There will be sessions in moral philosophy and evolutionary biology along with more conventional pursuits such as trekking and tug-of-war. There will also be a £10 prize for the child who can disprove the existence of the mythical unicorn."
"All 24 places at the retreat...have been taken."
From EuropeNews: "DORDRECHT. There is opposition in Dordrecht to a sculpture that should be unveiled in July... The art work creates a link between Calvin and Islam, Reformatorisch Dagblad newspaper reported yesterday.
"Het Mekka van Calvijn" (Calvin's Mecca) is the name of the work created by the Moroccan artist Aziz Bekkaoui. It is a cube measuring 4 by 4 by 4 metres, consisting entirely of reflective glass. The cube apparently refers to the Kaaba, the sacred central building in the courtyard of the Great Mosque in the Islamic place of pilgrimage, Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
The controversial sculpture is intended for Het Hof, the square beside the historic Augustijnenkerk, in the centre of Dordrecht. Gert de Boon, verger of the church, submitted an objection to the artwork to the local authority yesterday. "Calvin had nothing to do with Mecca, and (...)"
"Boys as young as 12 will be handed 'condom cards' allowing them to collect free contraceptives without their parents knowing.
The taxpayer-funded scheme lets them pick up packs of condoms from football grounds, barber shops and health centres simply by showing the plastic card.
The cards are only given to boys who have attended a safe-sex lesson.
The Government says condom cards reduce teenage pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. It also claims the scheme persuades boys to take more responsibility for contraception.
But family campaigners say it encourages teenage boys to be sexually active before they are ready."
Versions of the condom cards - or CCard - are already used by some local authorities across Britain. But the Government wants to extend the scheme nationally and has asked the sexual health charity Brook to draw up guidance for local public health chiefs.
A spokesman for Brook said CCards helped cut Britain's teenage pregnancy rate over the last decade.
She added: 'We know that most under 16-year-olds are not having sex, but these schemes are providing them with context and access to service so that when they are ready to have sex, they do so safely.
'There is no evidence that it begins sexual activity earlier.'
UH OH! This is interesting ...
"As a toddler, he was put on a throne and worshipped by monks who treated him like a god. But the boy chosen by the Dalai Lama as a reincarnation of a spiritual leader has caused consternation – and some embarrassment – for Tibetan Buddhists by turning his back on the order that had such high hopes for him.
Instead of leading a monastic life, Osel Hita Torres now sports baggy trousers and long hair, and is more likely to quote Jimi Hendrix than Buddha.
Yesterday he bemoaned the misery of a youth deprived of television, football and girls. Movies were also forbidden – except for a sanctioned screening of The Golden Child starring Eddie Murphy, about a kidnapped child lama with magical powers. "I never felt like that boy," he said.
He is now studying film in Madrid and has denounced the Buddhist order that elevated him to guru status. "They took me away from my family and stuck me in a medieval situation in which I suffered a great deal," said Torres, 24, describing how he was whisked from obscurity in Granada to a monastery in southern India. "It was like living a lie," he told the Spanish newspaper El Mundo. Despite his rebelliousness, he is still known as Lama Tenzin Osel Rinpoche and revered by the Buddhist community. ... In Tibetan Buddhism, a lama is one of a lineage of reincarnated spiritual leaders, the most famous of which is the Dalai Lama.
According to the foundation biography, another leader suspected Torres was the reincarnation of the recently deceased Lama Yeshe when he was only five months old. In 1986, at 14 months, his parents took him to see the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India. The toddler was chosen out of nine other candidates and eventually "enthroned".
At six, he was allowed to socialise only with other reincarnated souls – though for a time he said he lived next to the actor Richard Gere's cabin.
By 18, he had never seen couples kiss. His first disco experience was a shock. "I was amazed to watch everyone dance. What were all those people doing, bouncing, stuck to one another, enclosed in a box full of smoke?"
HT: STELLA LITTLE
"Pro-life groups have created this climate through language and attacking those of us who are pro-choice for being killers," said the Rev. Carlton W. Veazey, president of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.
"Doing so, they set the stage for anybody who thinks that this is murder to put this in their own hands to commit murder. ... They set the framework because they demonize those of us in the pro-choice movement."
And this from Rueters:
"But some supporters of abortion rights have long argued that the language used by opponents — with terms such as murder, blood-stained, destroy or holocaust frequently evoked — create an atmosphere that fosters violence."
Pro-abortionists ignore the fact that the value of human life in America has been decimated due to the acceptance of abortion itself. Our culture has become a culture of death which formally began through the acceptance and legalization of contraception and abortion. When a society legally permits the killing of innocent life its entire foundation is shaken and the rule of law is undermined. That is what killed Tiller and that is what will ultimately destroy our nation.
So eventually they will likely outlaw truthful speech about abortion. Any such talk will be seen as hate-speech and a violation of a woman's "health care rights". Never mind the explicit constitutional rights to life and liberty--the judicially created right to slaughter innocent children for the sake of convenience trumps all.
Personally, I think Randall Terry, founder of the pro-life group Operation Rescue stated it best:
“George Tiller was a mass-murderer. We grieve for him that he did not have time to properly prepare his soul to face God,”