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US clergy group opposes banning same-sex marriage in constitution

A coalition of leaders from some Christian, Jewish and Sikh groups is opposing an amendment to the US constitution that is under consideration, prohibiting same-sex marriage. The Clergy for Fairness has launched an Internet petition campaign due to the "Federal Marriage Amendment" expected to come before the US Senate early in June. The proposed change has the support of a ...

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Band finds the right look at Kangaroo Point Uniting

Band FAQ has completed filming a video clip for their new single the gospel inspired Piece of Dirt. The clip was filmed in Wesley Kangaroo Point Uniting Church and features around twenty of the band’s friends in full choir robes. The only thing missing was streamers on the tambourine. FAQ will launch their Testify EP at the Zoo on June ...

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Pete Rollins heads Down Under for NCYC 2007

Pete Rollins is travelling all the way from Northern Ireland to be a one of four Keynote Speakers appearing at the National Christian Youth Convention in January 2007. Delegates, volunteers and participants will have the opportunity to engage with Pete as he speaks at the programmed evening rallies, bible study features and highlighted electives throughout the convention week. On his ...

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UAICC commends Indigenous anti-abuse framework

The Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) of the Uniting Church has today commended the Australian Government’s invitation to State and Territory Governments to work in unity to formulate anti-abuse strategies for the Indigenous community. UAICC National Administrator the Rev Shayne Blackman said that the prevalence of Indigenous abuse, in particular of women and children, was in part a ...

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MBC gymnasts leap to the top

TWO MORETON Bay College students got a taste of where gymnastics is taking them when they competed in the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in March. Naazmi Johnston, 17, and Chloe Sims, 15, both represented Australia in their respective sports of Rhythmic Gymnastics and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics. Both gymnasts returned to the Moreton Bay College gymnastics centre of excellence with ...

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Deciphering the Da Vinci code

ACCORDING TO Time Magazine, Dan Brown is one of the 100 most influential people of all time. His novel, The Da Vinci Code, has sold 40 million copies and the BBC claims it is the best selling novel ever and none less than Tom Hanks will star in the Ron Howard film version being released worldwide on May 19, 2006. ...

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Indian Christian protests force stay on release of Da Vinci Code

Mounting protests demanding the banning of showing of the "Da Vinci Code" as blasphemous have pressured the Indian government into putting on hold the release of the movie until Christian leaders have reviewed it and given their approval. "If anything in the film affects their [Christian] sensibilities, we will not allow the movie to be screened," Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi, India ...

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Solzhenitsyn backs Orthodox call that disputes Western ‘freedom’

Russian writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, for many years a dissident against Soviet communism, has defended an Orthodox church-sponsored document calling for a new concept of human rights to counter Western notions of freedom said to lack "moral norms". "Limitless human rights are what our cave-dwelling ancestor already had – nothing prevented him from depriving his neighbour of prey or finishing him ...

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