Saturday, February 28, 2015

Late-term Abortion Ban Passes in West Virginia

When the West Virginia legislature banned abortions after 20 weeks gestation last year, Democrat Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed the bill, but now with a Republican hold on a veto-proof majority, abortionists who murder children capable of feeling pain could lose their license to kill, with no exception for rape or incest.

For background, read As Pro-life Laws Sweep America, Liberals Battle Back as well as 75% of Abortion Clinics Closed: Jan. 2015 vs. 1991

Also read Gallup Poll: Americans Want Abortion Laws Changed

In addition, watch how Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi, who claims to be Catholic, refuses to acknowledge a fetus as a person.

-- From "W.Va. lawmakers pass ban on abortions after 20 weeks" by The Associated Press 2/25/15

With little debate, West Virginia senators cleared the ban Wednesday [29-5]. The House of Delegates passed it overwhelmingly [87-12] earlier this month after a more heated back-and-forth.

The proposal bans abortions after 20 weeks, with some exemptions for women in medical emergencies. Rape and incest aren't exempted, despite Democrats' effort to try to include them.

The proposal would also prohibit abortions when women have psychological conditions that could lead them to hurt or kill themselves.

Even for abortions that would be exempted, the bill requires doctors to terminate pregnancies in a way that gives "the best opportunity for the fetus to survive," unless the process would kill or irreparably harm the mother.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Full WV Legislature passes 20-week abortion ban" by Mandi Cardosi, Government Reporter, The State Journal 2/25/15

Sen. Corey Palumbo, D-Kanawha, offered an amendment to change the 20-week ban to 22 weeks. He said the amendment would have made the bill constitutional. Tomblin, acting on a similar bill last year, said he vetoed the measure because his office found it to be unconstitutional.

“Bills similar to this have been passed in at least 10 states; I think three of them have been challenged and all three have been held unconstitutional,” Palumbo said. “According to evidence out there, I don't see anyway this bill would be found to be constitutional.”

The bill did not contain criminal penalties against physicians for performing abortions, but a similar bill that passed the Legislature last year did contain penalties and was vetoed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "West Virginia lawmakers pass 20-week abortion ban" by Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times 2/26/15

The U.S. Supreme Court, which has barred undue restrictions on abortion before fetuses are viable outside the womb -- generally considered to be 24 weeks -- has declined to weigh in on "fetal-pain laws," at least so far.

The West Virginia legislation, titled the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act [HB 2568], provides no exceptions for rape or incest and threatens to strip medical licenses from providers who perform abortions after 20 weeks.

Federal judges have stopped similar pre-viability abortion bans in Texas, Arizona, Georgia, Arkansas and North Dakota.

As of the start of February, 10 states had pre-viability abortion bans similar to the proposal in West Virginia, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive health advocacy group.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "West Virginia Legislature Passes Ban on Abortions After 20 Weeks" by Steven Ertelt, 2/25/15

Across the country, eight states have the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in effect: Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, North Dakota, and Texas. . . . More than 18,000 ‘very late term’ abortions are performed every year on perfectly healthy unborn babies in America.

The bill [considered last month in Congress] relies on the science of fetal pain to establish a Constitutional reason for Congress to ban abortions late in pregnancy. The science behind the concept of fetal pain is fully established and Dr. Steven Zielinski, an internal medicine physician from Oregon, is one of the leading researchers into it. He first published reports in the 1980s to validate research showing evidence for it.

He has testified before Congress that an unborn child could feel pain at “eight-and-a-half weeks and possibly earlier” and that a baby before birth “under the right circumstances, is capable of crying.”

He and his colleagues Dr. Vincent J. Collins and Thomas J. Marzen  were the top researchers to point to fetal pain decades ago. Collins, before his death, was Professor of Anesthesiology at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois and author of Principles of Anesthesiology, one of the leading medical texts on the control of pain.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Liberals Embrace Science Lies, Reject Science Truth Regarding Abortion

And read Abortion Rates Plunge: Liberals Fume, Call for More Access

Friday, February 27, 2015

Muslims Kill Christians, NOT News; Focus on Museum

Little seen headline: Islamic State jihadists kidnap hundreds of Christians and begin mass executions

Top news story:  ISIS extremists ransack Mosul museum, destroy ancient artifacts

Today's review of the mainstream media shows few words written about the genocide, but reams of articles and hours of news video reporting the destruction of material objects.

For background, read President Obama Compares Christians to Islamic Terrorists

Also read President Obama Ignores Hate Crimes Against U.S. Christians

And read Muslim Beheads Christians in New Jersey per Koran

-- From "ISIS Onslaught Engulfs Assyrian Christians as Militants Destroy Ancient Art" by Anne Barnard, New York Times 2/26/15

A rampage reminiscent of Tamerlane or Genghis Khan, perhaps, but in reality, according to reports by residents, activist groups and the assailants themselves, a description of the modus operandi of the Islamic State’s self-declared caliphate this week. The militants have prosecuted a relentless campaign in Iraq and Syria against what have historically been religiously and ethnically diverse areas with traces of civilizations dating to ancient Mesopotamia.

Assyrian leaders have counted 287 people taken captive, including 30 children and several dozen women, along with civilian men and fighters from Christian militias, said Dawoud Dawoud, an Assyrian political activist who had just toured the area, in the vicinity of the Syrian city of Qamishli. Thirty villages had been emptied, he said.

The assault on the Assyrian communities comes amid battles for a key crossroads in the area. But to residents, it also seems to be part of the latest effort by the Islamic State militants to eradicate or subordinate anyone and anything that does not comport with their vision of Islamic rule — whether a minority sect that has survived centuries of conquerors and massacres or, as the world was reminded on Thursday, the archaeological traces of pre-Islamic antiquity.

The Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, has presented itself as a modern-day equivalent of the conquering invaders of Sennacherib’s day, or as Islamic zealots smashing relics out of religious conviction.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Activist: ISIS now holds 262 Christians hostages in Syria" by Laura Smith-Spark, CNN 2/26/15

The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the number of Assyrian hostages seized over three days at 220, in a statement released Thursday.

They were taken from 11 villages in the Tal Tamer area in al-Hasakah Province, the monitoring group said. Its information indicates that ISIS has taken them to the Mount Abdelaziz area, southwest of Tal Tamer.

Besides those captured by ISIS militants, thousands of families have been forced to flee their homes, he said.

ISIS has proven, time and again, its willingness to ruthlessly go after minority groups which don't subscribe to its extreme take on Islam.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Militants abduct more Christians, smash ancient artifacts" by Zeina Karam and Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press 2/26/15

The destruction of artifacts in the Mosul museum is part of a campaign by IS extremists who have destroyed a number of shrines — including Muslim holy sites — to eliminate what they view as heresy. They also are believed to have sold ancient artifacts on the black market in order to finance their bloody campaign in the region.

In the video released Thursday, militants used sledgehammers and drills to smash and destroy several large statues, which are then shown chipped and in pieces. The five-minute video also shows a black-clad man at an archaeological site in Mosul, drilling through and destroying a winged-bull — an Assyrian protective deity — that dates to the 7th century B.C.

Irina Bokova, director general of the U.N.'s culture agency UNESCO, said in a statement that she was "deeply shocked" at the video. She said she asked for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council be convened "on the protection of Iraq's cultural heritage as an integral element for the country's security."

"I condemn this as a deliberate attack against Iraq's millennial history and culture, and as an inflammatory incitement to violence and hatred," Bokova said.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "ISIS kills 15 Assyrian Christians, charity reports" by Ed West, Catholic Herald 2/26/15

Aid to the Church in Need reported that the Islamist group murdered a number of Assyrians it took from Hassake governorate in Syria.

Abbot Emanuel Youkhana passed on the news to various Catholic agencies working in the area, and said the number still being held totalled 350.

The charity reports that another source claimed that people in the Sunni Arab village of Bab Alfaraj have been told to attend “a mass killing of infidels” at Mount Abdul Aziz tomorrow.

There are no families left in the 35 Assyrian Christian villages of the area. The only people left in the region are Christian militia fighters who are fighting alongside Kurdish troops

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "ISIS kills 15 Christian hostages in Syria, beheads woman" posted at ANSAmed 2/26/15

The news was given by Archimandrite Emanuel Youkhana to the Catholic organization Aid to the Church in Need on Thursday. . . . One woman was beheaded in the village Tel Hormidz and two men were shot to death. There is no information at the moment on how the other 12 were killed. Youkhana added that the number of those known to have been taken hostage had risen to about 350. In addition to the hundreds previously reported, some 80 inhabitants from the Tel Jazira village, 21 from Tel Gouran, 5 from Tel Feytha and 3 from Qabir Shamiya have been taken. Almost all are being held in the Sunni Muslim village Um Al-Masamier.

. . . One source has said that a mass execution is being planned for Friday, February 27, in the mosque of Bab Alfaraj, a Sunni village in the area. There has been no confirmation of the news.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Islamic 'Call to Prayer' at National Cathedral in Washington D.C.

And read Florida School Teaches Islam Including Prayer Rugs

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Anal Sex Pill Pushed in Gay Men Study to Stop HIV

In the never-ending, and thus far fruitless effort to make deviant sexual behavior harmless, researchers are hawking a new extremely expensive alternative to failure-ridden condoms for homosexual men: take medication orally, then engage in anal sex, then orally afterward -- repeat again in serial fashion.

For background, read U.S. Government Says HIV/AIDS is Mostly a Gay Disease and also just reported that Soaring Syphilis Rates Among Homosexual Men Point to HIV Risk

Also read Anal Sex is Main Cause of HIV Pandemic, Study Shows

And read President Obama Commits $15 Million to Show that Gay Men Aren't the Cause of HIV/AIDS

In addition, read HIV Cure: False Hope to Victims, Money to Others

-- From "Preventative treatment dramatically reduces HIV risk in gay men" by Kate Kelland, Reuters (London) 2/24/15

Gay men at high risk of HIV who took a daily dose of a Gilead AIDS drug as a preventative measure cut their risk of infection by 86 percent, according to results of a British trial released on Tuesday.

Researchers who conducted the trial of so-called pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) said the results offer real hope of reversing the HIV epidemic among men who have sex with men, one of the highest risk groups.

PrEP involves people who do not have HIV but who are at high risk of becoming infected and seek to protect themselves by taking a single pill, usually a combination of two antiretrovirals, every day.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Pills before, after risky sex by gays can lower HIV risk" by The Associated Press 2/25/15

The results offer hope of a more appealing way to help prevent the disease beyond taking daily pills and using condoms, although those methods are still considered best.

The study, done in France and Canada, is the first to test "on demand" use of Truvada, a pill combining two AIDS drugs, by people planning to have risky sex. The uninfected men who took it were 86 percent less likely to get HIV compared with men given dummy pills.

The study of Gilead Science's Truvada was led by the French national HIV research agency.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "HIV Pills Before And After Sex Prevents Spread Of HIV In Gay Men: Study" by Dianne Depra, Tech Times 2/25/15

More than 35 million people around the world have HIV but experts estimate that new infections in gay men can be curbed by 25 percent through pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), preventing up to a million new cases in the group in a 10-year period.

PrEP helps those not yet infected by HIV but at high risk of acquiring an infection with a simple pill. Containing emtricitabine and tenofovir, the pill keeps the virus from permanently taking hold after an individual is exposed, preventing HIV from fully developing. In a UK trial, researchers tested the Gilead drug Truvada and found that as a preventative measure, the pill can cut up to 86 percent of HIV risk.

The results of the study was presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, which the UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS, gladly welcomed.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men" by Charlie Cooper, UK Independent 2/24/15

A daily pill that can dramatically cut a person’s risk of contracting HIV must be made available through the NHS “as soon as possible”, campaigners have said.

Results of a major UK trial of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) have been described as “extremely exciting” and a “game-changer” by leading specialists.

Despite major advances in the fight against HIV/Aids in recent decades, the infection rate among men who have sex with men remains stubbornly high in the UK, and the results of the trial have led to calls for PrEP to be offered free by the NHS.

With evidence of its effectiveness now established, it will have to consider whether the pills, which will cost £423 per month for each patient, will be cost-effective, and what the criteria should be for accessing them.

The next question is how many people would be given the pill. It would probably only be available for high-risk people – those who are having sex with several partners, sometimes unprotected. About 18,000 men who have sex with men are diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection each year (an indicator of a high-risk lifestyle). If around a quarter of these were deemed likely to benefit from PrEP that would mean 4,500 people taking PrEP a year, at a total cost of £22.8m.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Gilead’s Pill Can Stop HIV. So Why Does Almost Nobody Take It?" by Caroline Chen, Bloomberg Business 2/17/15

Truvada, Gilead [Sciences Inc.]’s HIV drug, has been approved since 2004 for people with the virus. In 2012, use was expanded to people without HIV as a way of preventing transmission -- a practice called PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis. Taken daily, it can prevent infections 92 percent of the time, meaning it could drastically reduce new infections in sexually active gay men, among the U.S.’s highest-risk communities.

Thanks to its use in HIV patients, Truvada’s been a financial success, bringing Gilead $1.79 billion in the U.S last year. Yet out of 3.3 U.S. million prescriptions from January 2012 to March 2014, only 3,200 were for prevention.

There are many reasons: Gilead says PrEP isn’t a moneymaker, so the drugmaker doesn’t pitch the medicine to many of the primary care doctors who see healthy, HIV-negative gay men most likely to benefit from Truvada. Patients and advocates say doctors often don’t know about the medicine, and some insurance plans leave patients with copays as high as $1,300, making use by the healthy less affordable.

The result is thousands of people who could significantly lower their HIV risk, yet don’t. Some 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with HIV each year, with the highest rates among young gay males, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "New compound raises hope for HIV vaccine" by IANS posted at Business Standards 2/19/15

In a major step against HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), the virus that causes AIDS, scientists have announced the creation of a novel drug candidate that is so potent and universally effective it might work as part of an unconventional vaccine.

"Unlike antibodies, which fail to neutralise a large fraction of HIV-1 strains, our protein has been effective against all strains tested, raising the possibility it could offer an effective HIV vaccine alternative," said lead researcher Michael Farzan, professor at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), Florida.

Tested in monkeys, the new drug candidate blocks every strain of HIV-1, HIV-2 and SIV (simian immunodeficiency virus) that has been isolated from humans or rhesus macaques, including the hardest-to-stop variants, the findings showed.

The study was published online in the journal Nature.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "New drug discovery could offer HIV cure" by Yoon Ju Chung, Daily Tarheel 2/22/15

The Scripps Research Institute on Wednesday published details about the potential drug, touted as a vaccine alternative. Dr. Michael Farzan, a professor of infectious diseases at TSRI’s Florida campus, said he expects his new drug candidate could cure the 35 million people living with HIV worldwide within the next few years.

But Dr. David Margolis, a UNC professor of medicine and leader of the Collaboratory of AIDS Researchers for Eradication, cast doubt on several of the study’s findings: whether it will be as effective for humans as it was for monkeys, whether the protection will last long enough and whether human cells will react abnormally to the proteins.

“This is not novel and has been tried in the lab for decades,” he said.

An estimated 39 million people have died worldwide from HIV-related causes, and while treatments have improved, a cure has remained elusive for decades.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Click headlines below to read previous articles:

New Deadly HIV Rampant in Cuba — Obama Media Ignore

President Obama Pays Pre-teens to Learn Anal Sex in Hawaii

Obama Top Homosexual Arrested for Anal Sex with Boy

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Women Shun Kids More Effectively, Liberals Cheer

Many health professionals, and especially the mainstream media, are gleeful with the new federal CDC report showing an increasing number of women choosing the most effective means to reduce or entirely eliminate giving birth while retaining hedonistic lifestyle choices. Popularity of sterilization, the most effective means to avoid kids, is also increasing as more government programs encourage and pay for the procedure.
". . . it's going to be fascinating to see what impact this will have on overall fertility rates . . ."
-- Amy Branum, study co-author and researcher at the National Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
For background, read Pediatricians Push IUDs & Implants on Teen Girls, but even so the Morning-After Pill is Becoming the 'Contraceptive' Choice

Also read Over-the-Counter Abortion Paid by ObamaCare: Study

And read Obama White House Says Lower Birth Rates Will Lower Costs but unfortunately, their Utopian Dream is Shattered by the Reality of Birth Rate because Where Liberalism Flourishes, Population Diminishes

In addition, read Limiting Births Fails to Save Earth, Says U.S. Government Report

-- From "IUDs, hormone implants growing more popular among US women" by Lindsey Tanner, Medical Writer, Associated Press 2/24/15

Birth control pills remain the most popular contraceptive method nationwide [used by 16%], but intrauterine devices and implants are more effective at preventing pregnancy and they last for several years.

National surveys show 7 percent of U.S. reproductive-aged women used long-acting contraceptives in 2011-13, up from less than 2 percent in 2002. The most popular are IUDs, T-shaped devices containing hormones or copper that are inserted into the womb. They can work for up to about 10 years. Implants are matchstick-size plastic rods containing hormones that are inserted beneath the skin of the upper arm. They last about three years. Both types can cost hundreds of dollars but should be covered with no co-pays by most insurance plans under contraception mandates of the Affordable Care Act [ObamaCare].

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommended IUDs and implants as the most effective forms of reversible birth control in 2011 and called them safe for most women. Both long-acting methods are nearly 100 percent effective, with lower failure rates than birth control pills, patches and injections.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read 40% of American Women Use No Birth Control, Feminists Find

From "Report: Women embrace more effective birth control" by Kim Painter, Special for USA TODAY 2/24/15

The most effective methods of reversible birth control are rapidly gaining popularity among U.S. girls and women, a new report shows.

IUDs, once widely shunned due to safety concerns, started making a comeback after new versions were introduced in the early 1990s. They caught on more rapidly after 2000, the report shows. Hormonal arm implants were introduced in the 1990s and also have caught on as new versions have been introduced, Branum says.

The new report details who is using the long-acting methods and where growth is fastest. In 2011-2013, use was highest among women ages 24 to 34 and those who already had children. But growth was fastest among younger girls and women and those with no children.

Another concern: the devices do not protect against sexually transmitted diseases, so condoms are still needed. Also, the insertion of an IUD can be briefly painful, and arm implants can cause unpredictable menstrual bleeding.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Birth Control Pill Causes Breast Cancer, Vasectomies Cause Prostate Cancer

From "The IUD Is Getting More Popular In America. Here's Why" by Jeffrey Young, Huffington Post 2/24/15

Decades have passed since the Dalkon Shield scandal of the 1970s, when an estimated 200,000 women were injured, many became infertile and about 20 died from infections related to that IUD. But new, safer products started coming onto the U.S. market from the late 1980s through the current decade. Medical societies have adopted policies in recent years recommending physicians consider IUDs and other long-acting contraceptives for more types of patients, including women who’ve never had a child and teenagers. And word-of-mouth combined with advertising and marketing by IUD manufacturers has increased consumer awareness.

There are drawbacks, of course. Some women experience discomfort and irregular bleeding during the first few months, or even longer. In rare cases, an IUD can become dislodged. The device doesn’t prevent sexually transmitted infections. A woman who decides she wants to become pregnant must have the device removed. And IUDs must be implanted inside the uterus, which requires a typically painful procedure that involves pushing the device past the cervix.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "IUDs Are Getting More Popular With American Women" by Alexandra Sifferlin, Time Magazine 2/24/15

“I am delighted LARC [long-acting reversible contraceptive] use is rising. It’s terrific and I would like to see even more,” says Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at the Yale School of Medicine.

Overall, the use of LARC has increased fivefold in the past decade among women between the ages of 15 to 44, though overall usage remains low. Use spiked from 1.5% in 2002 to 7.2% in between 2011 and 2013. Women ages 25 to 34 are the most likely to choose LARC at 11% compared with 5% of women ages 15 to 24 and around 5.3% of women ages 35 to 44.

Women in other countries are significantly more likely to use LARC, especially the IUD. Separate research has shown that 23% of French women using contraception use an IUD as well as 27% of Norwegian women and 41% of women in China. In the U.S., cost may be a factor: the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive-health nonprofit, reports that their research shows sharp increases in the numbers of women who don’t have to pay out of pocket for LARC thanks to the Affordable Care Act [ObamaCare]. Without insurance coverage, LARC can be prohibitively expensive for some — around $900 for an IUD, for instance.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read about the dropping birth rates in much of Europe and Russia but in Turkey: Abortionists & Feminists Accused of Treason for limiting birth rates.

And read American Trend: Fewer Children, More Animals/Pets

Liberals beware: The Religious Procreate, Others Don't

Monday, February 23, 2015

Gay Skin Cells Can Create Babies, Scientists Say

Furthering the Gay Agenda, stem cell researchers at Cambridge University funded by the Wellcome Trust, along with the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, have shown that skin from a pair of homosexuals can be used to manufacture human egg and sperm, in the hopes that normal sexual intercourse can be unnecessary for procreation.

For background, read Scientists Create Artificial Human Eggs and Sperm

Also read President Obama's FDA: Why not Three Biological Parents?

And read Everyone Pays for 'Gay Fertility' Treatments in California

-- From "Cell breakthrough to bring two-dad babies" by Lois Rogers, The UK Sunday Times 2/22/15

The breakthrough raises the prospect of the first fully “manufactured” baby made in a laboratory dish from the skin cells of two adults of the same gender.

The researchers admitted that the development raised serious ethical issues, but said it would help people who had become infertile through disease and had also prompted interest from gay people.

Azim Surani who is leading the cell project, was also involved in the research that led to the birth of Louise Brown Azim Surani who is leading the cell project, was also involved in the research that led to the birth of Louise Brown.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Breakthrough paves way for same sex couple babies" by PTI, posted at The Financial Express 2/22/15

Researchers have previously created live baby mice using engineered eggs and sperm, but until now have struggled to create a human version of these ‘primordial germ’ or stem cells.

The team has compared the engineered germ cells with natural human stem cells taken from aborted human foetuses to check that the artificially created versions of the cells had identical characteristics, ‘The Times’ reported.

“We have also discovered that one of the things that happens in these germ cells is that epigenetic mutations, the cell mistakes that occur with age, are wiped out,” said Surani, who was involved in research that led to the birth of Louise Brown, the world’s first test-tube baby, in 1978.

Jacob Hanna, the specialist leading the project’s Israeli arm, said it may be possible to use the technique to create a baby in just two years.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Babies from same sex couples now possible following stem cell breakthrough" by Hannah Osborne, International Business Times 2/23/15

Publishing their findings in the journal Cell, researchers used the skin from five adults to create stem cells that make sperm and eggs in the body. In total, they have created new cell lines from ten different donor sources - five embyros and five adults.

The team compared compared the engineered stem cells with natural human stem cells from aborted human foetuses to check they have identical characteristics, the Sunday Times reports.

Jacob Hanna, from the Weizmann Institute, added: "It has already caused interest from gay groups because of the possibility of making egg and sperm cells from parents of the same sex."

However, he said they are aware of the vast ethical concerns their findings raise in terms of the potential for designer babies: "I am not in favour of creating engineered humans and the social and ethical implications need to be thought through."

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Toddler to 'Own' 11 Future Children: An IVF Wonder

And read Boy 'Created' Artificially to Cure Sister's Disease

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Wisc. Atheists Want Christians Out of Okla. Schools

The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has been, as always, sending threatening letters to dozens of Oklahoma public schools demanding that Christians have no business talking about Jesus or being in possession of Bibles anywhere near school children.  However, where are these same atheists as myriad public schools across America indoctrinate students with non-Christian religion?
"You have this Evangelical group going out [to schools] and forcing their religion upon these children — it's incredibly predatory and dangerous."
-- Andrew Seidel, Attorney Freedom From Religion Foundation (from KOCO-TV5 Oklahoma City)
For background, read Oklahoma School Challenges Atheists' Lawsuit Threat

Click headlines below to read previous articles:

'God Bless America' Banned from Florida School

California School Bans Books by Christian Authors

Florida School Teaches Islam Including Prayer Rugs

Colorado School Visits Mosque, Enforces Sharia Law for Girls' Dress

Massachusetts Students Forced To Learn Muslim Conversion

Pseudo Prayer Mandatory at School in San Francisco

California Judge OKs Teaching Hinduism in Public School

-- From "Bible distribution at Oklahoma public schools leads to complaint from Wisconsin-based group" by The Associated Press 2/17/15

The Oklahoman reports that the Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation sent letters to 26 school districts after they were informed that Gideon's International and the son of a state representative had been distributing bibles to fifth-grade students in Checotah, Eufaula and Stidham.

Someone complained to the foundation after seeing a Facebook post by Jamison Faught [age 26] that he and fellow members of Gideon's International had spent a morning passing out bibles to students.

Jamison Faught's father, Rep. George Faught, R-Muskogee, said that he supports his son's efforts.

"Passing out the scriptures — you certainly can't be blamed for that," Rep. Faught said. "What happens is, this group has used scare tactics ... The great thing about Oklahoma is that I've been at a lot of school activities where, at least in our area, we still pray before football games. We still — some people pray before meetings and certainly honor our God-given rights."

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Bible distribution at some Oklahoma public schools prompts group's complaint" by Randy Ellis, The Oklahoman 2/16/15

“Last several years, we’ve been able to do it at every school in McIntosh, Okmulgee and Okfuskee counties except one or two,” Jamison Faught wrote on Facebook. “Last year, the Checotah principal not only personally took us to each classroom, but he helped us hand them out!”

“These allegations, if true, violate the Constitution and breach the trust between the District and parents,” Seidel wrote in a letter to Janet Blocker, superintendent of Checotah Public Schools.

Seidel said his organization has not filed a lawsuit against Oklahoma schools over the issue yet and he hopes it doesn’t come to that.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Court Orders Oklahoma Christian Cop to Mosque, Accept Koran

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Colleges: Humanist Chaplains for the Nonbelievers

"As more people are coming out and more people are becoming atheists and humanists, universities are recognizing the need to service their diverse populations, including people who don't believe in God."
-- Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association

"Our mission is to build, educate and nurture a diverse community of atheists, humanists, agnostics and the non-religious."
-- Jonathan Figdor, Stanford University's humanist pastor and co-author of "Atheist Mind, Humanist Heart: Rewriting the Ten Commandments for the Twenty-First Century"

For background, read Stanford University Hires Atheist 'Chaplain' and then hires an Anti-Christian Lesbian Ordained Priest

Click headlines below to read previous articles:

Church is About Friendships, NOT God: University Study

God is Not a Being, but an Experience, Pastor Says

New Atheist 'Churches' in America Give Competition to Mainlines

Also read California Boots College Christian Clubs Across the State

-- From "US colleges bringing in chaplains to serve the nonbelievers" by John Rogers, Associated Press 2/14/15

[Bart Campolo, 51,] the onetime United Methodist youth minister, who worked for decades with the poor in inner-city neighborhoods in Philadelphia and Cincinnati, figured he'd try to keep doing that by presiding over what he cheerfully calls "a church for people who don't believe in God."

USC already had more than 50 religious leaders ministering to students of various faiths, said Varun Soni, dean of the school's Office of Religious Life. So it seemed only right, he added, to bring one in for non-believers seeking spiritual guidance.

"Spirituality is really engaged with the ultimate questions that make us human. The questions of meaning and purpose, of significance and authenticity," Soni said. "Many of our students who identify as religious find the answers to those questions through God. But we realize that not everyone does, and we want to be a resource to our entire university community."

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

For more about the secularization of America, read CBS Gives Voice to Atheists, Heretics, & Apostates