'Current Affairs' Archive

Italian government adopts draft law to punish environmental crimes

April 24th, 2007 / Current Affairs, Energy Transition, Newswire / Comments Off on Italian government adopts draft law to punish environmental crimes

The Italian government on Tuesday adopted a draft bill under which the perpetrators of "environmental catastrophes" would be punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The ...

Mexico City Lawmakers Pass Abortion Bill

April 24th, 2007 / Current Affairs, Newswire, Religion / Comments Off on Mexico City Lawmakers Pass Abortion Bill

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico City lawmakers voted to legalize abortion Tuesday, a decision likely to influence policies and health practices across Mexico and other parts of heavily Roman Catholic ...

Judge says post offices can't promote religion

April 24th, 2007 / Current Affairs, Newswire, Religion / Comments Off on Judge says post offices can't promote religion

HARTFORD, Conn. --A federal judge has ruled that post offices nationwide run by churches and other contractors cannot promote religion through pamphlets, displays or any other materials.

Sorting out the truth on global warming

April 24th, 2007 / Current Affairs, Energy Transition, Newswire / Comments Off on Sorting out the truth on global warming

WASHINGTON - A major international study recently concluded there was overwhelming evidence that humans were causing global warming. But that didn't quiet the skeptics. They continue to raise doubts, suggesting ...

Student Sues to Counter Gay 'Silence' with 'Truth'

April 21st, 2007 / Current Affairs, Newswire, Religion / Comments Off on Student Sues to Counter Gay 'Silence' with 'Truth'

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The president of a public high school's Christian Club is suing for the right to hold an event at the school to air his anti-homosexuality views. ...

Sex, Religion and the Moral Police-Hindustan Times

April 21st, 2007 / Current Affairs, Newswire, Religion / Comments Off on Sex, Religion and the Moral Police-Hindustan Times

Two incidents over the last fortnight have provoked widespread outrage. The first is the attack on the Star News office in Bombay. The channel had offered shelter to a Hindu-Muslim ...

Texas lawmakers won't require Bible classes

April 21st, 2007 / Current Affairs, Newswire, Religion / Comments Off on Texas lawmakers won't require Bible classes

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A plan to require public schools to teach classes with the Bible as a textbook was changed by a Texas legislative panel to make such classes ...

Abstinence classes don't stop sex

April 13th, 2007 / Current Affairs, Newswire, Religion / Comments Off on Abstinence classes don't stop sex

April 13,2007 | WASHINGTON -- Students who participated in sexual abstinence programs were just as likely to have sex within a few years as those who did not, according to ...

The Greening of Gingrich

April 10th, 2007 / Current Affairs, Energy Transition, Newswire / Comments Off on The Greening of Gingrich

In a heavily hyped debate – one that environmentalist Democrats hoped would be a “smack down” on Republicans -- former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich disappointed them and conservatives ...

PBS dropped 'Islam vs. Islamists' on political grounds

April 10th, 2007 / Current Affairs, Newswire, Religion / Comments Off on PBS dropped 'Islam vs. Islamists' on political grounds

The producer of a tax-financed documentary on Islamic extremism claims his film has been dropped for political reasons from a television series that airs next week on more than 300 ...

Build antimissile shield together: Russian lawmaker

April 7th, 2007 / Current Affairs, Newswire / Comments Off on Build antimissile shield together: Russian lawmaker

A senior Russian lawmaker called Saturday for Russia to be included in US plans to build a missile defence system in Europe, warning Moscow will otherwise view the antimissile shield ...

Fundamentalist secularists and the religion of atheism

April 6th, 2007 / Current Affairs, Newswire, Religion / Comments Off on Fundamentalist secularists and the religion of atheism

Have you noticed how the concept of “fundamentalist secularists” and “extremist atheists” has been so eagerly embraced by religious people? These phrases are in common usage in America where they ...

Discovery Institute fellow on the new atheism

April 6th, 2007 / Current Affairs, Newswire, Religion / Comments Off on Discovery Institute fellow on the new atheism

Can disbelief in God be considered "religious"? Sure. Just ask Zen Buddhists, who worship no deity. By religion, I mean any faith-based set of values that makes exclusive claims for ...

Pope says rich nations "plundered" Third World

April 4th, 2007 / Current Affairs, Newswire, Religion / Comments Off on Pope says rich nations "plundered" Third World

In the 400-page book, called "Jesus of Nazareth," the Pope offers a modern application of Jesus's parable of the Good Samaritan, who stopped to help a man who had been ...

Dinner & Drinks With The Son Of Dog

April 3rd, 2007 / Current Affairs, Newswire, Religion / Comments Off on Dinner & Drinks With The Son Of Dog

Ron always sees the “Face of God” whenever he looks into his dogs eyes. So Rufus was the obvious choice to portray Jesus in Ron’s artistic interpretation of The Last ...

U.N. Human Rights Council passes ban on defaming religion

April 2nd, 2007 / Current Affairs, Newswire, Religion / Comments Off on U.N. Human Rights Council passes ban on defaming religion

The measure, passed 24 -14 (nine abstentions) by the U.N. Human Rights Council called upon governments to "take resolute action to prohibit the dissemination including through political institutions and organizations ...

Russia slams missile shield, wants talks with U.S.

March 27th, 2007 / Current Affairs, Newswire / Comments Off on Russia slams missile shield, wants talks with U.S.

Russia, which sees the missile shield as an encroachment on its former sphere of influence, has accused Washington of using Cold War tactics to persuade Europe to host the system.

Havana's former grandeur decays and crumbles

March 23rd, 2007 / Current Affairs, Newswire / Comments Off on Havana's former grandeur decays and crumbles

It is Cuba's most densely-populated district, with 160,000 people living in 1.3 square miles of crumbling buildings dating from the 1920s and 1930s, many now lacking basic sanitation.

U.S. Judge Blocks 1998 Online Porn Law

March 22nd, 2007 / Current Affairs, Newswire, Religion / Comments Off on U.S. Judge Blocks 1998 Online Porn Law

"Perhaps we do the minors of this country harm if First Amendment protections, which they will with age inherit fully, are chipped away in the name of their protection," wrote ...

Poland plans banning talk on homosexuality

March 22nd, 2007 / Current Affairs, Newswire, Religion / Comments Off on Poland plans banning talk on homosexuality

BRUSSELS, March 21 (UPI) -- Poland would sack all gay teachers if a draft plan banning debate on homosexuality in schools and universities is accepted, Brussels reports said Wednesday.

Bill Gates backs immigration reform

March 21st, 2007 / Current Affairs, Newswire / Comments Off on Bill Gates backs immigration reform

"I'm a big believer that as much as possible, and there's obviously political limitations, freedom of migration is a good thing," Gates told reporters.

Russia Proposes Ban on Reporting Offender's Religion

March 16th, 2007 / Current Affairs, Newswire, Religion / Comments Off on Russia Proposes Ban on Reporting Offender's Religion

The authors of the bill suggest imposing "a ban on the distribution of information about the ethnicity, race and religion of people who suffered from crimes, offenders and suspected criminals ...

Castration 'victims' see no need for charges

March 16th, 2007 / Current Affairs, Newswire / Comments Off on Castration 'victims' see no need for charges

The six men castrated in a sadomasochistic dungeon fashioned from an enclosed carport all told prosecutors they saw no need for criminal charges.