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Supreme Court rules charity group can fire workers based on religious beliefs

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court on Monday agreed a leading Christian charity organization could hire and fire its workers based on their religious beliefs. The nine justices of the nation’s top court, opening their new term, upheld a ruling by a lower court that World Vision was a religious…

U.N. says U.S. broke torture rule in denying access to Manning

On the same day that a major human rights organization issued a scathing report on Bush-era prisoner abuses, the United Nations alleged that the United States had violated a “long-standing” rule meant to prevent the torture of prisoners, by denying an official access to Pvt. Bradley Manning, the lone soldier…

Crossroads GPS launches $20 million ad campaign against Obama

Crossroads GPS, an organization formed by Karl Rove and other Republicans, announced a $20 million advertisement campaign Saturday aimed at President Barack Obama’s economic record. The first of the 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation’s television ads, entitled “Shovel Ready,” accuses the Obama administration of failing to improve the economy with its $830…

Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s prayer event is ‘meant to convert non-Christians’: progressive group

The progressive advocacy group People For the American Way chastised Texas Governor Rick Perry on Monday for his “inappropriate” plans to host a Christian prayer summit at Reliant Stadium in Houston. Perry has proclaimed August 6 as a “Day of Prayer and Fasting for our Nation to seek God’s guidance”…

Michele Bachmann calls Planned Parenthood a ‘criminal enterprise’

At a Faith and Freedom Conference in Washington on Friday, GOP presidential hopeful Rep.Michele Bachmann (R-MN) sought to appeal to religious conservatives by blasting Planned Parenthood, which provides reproductive health services to poor women. “We are giving money to corrupt organizations like Planned Parenthood that are committing crimes and enabling…

Palin’s bus tour keeps itinerary secret, baffles media and supporters

Sarah Palin’s national bus tour kicks off today at “Rolling Thunder”, a biker rally in Washington, DC, but where it will go tomorrow is anyone’s guess. “Rolling Thunder” representatives have gone on the record saying that Palin was not asked to speak at the rally and as of this morning,…

Focus on the Family CEO: We ‘probably lost’ fight against same sex marriage

Jim Daly, president and CEO of Focus on the Family, admitted his Christian conservative organization has little chance of turning public opinion against legal same sex marriages. In an interview with the Christian magazine WORLD, Daly said Focus on the Family was “losing” the fight against same sex marriage, noting…

WikiLeaks gags staff, threatens leakers with $20 million penalty

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange requires WikiLeaks staff to sign a confidentiality agreement that claims the organization’s collection of leaked documents is “solely the property of WikiLeaks,” according to a published report. The confidentiality agreement says that unpublished documents leaked to the organization are “valuable proprietary commercial information, the misuse or…

WikiLeaks’ Assange gets Australian peace prize

LONDON (Reuters) – WikiLeaks’ Australian founder Julian Assange, who enraged Washington by publishing thousands of secret U.S. diplomatic cables, was given a peace award on Tuesday for “exceptional courage in pursuit of human rights.” Assange was awarded the Sydney Peace Foundation’s gold medal in London, only the fourth to be…

Al Qaeda most lethal terrorist ‘franchise’ in recent history: report

Al Qaeda has been one of the most lethal terrorist organization in the world under the leadership of Osama bin Laden, according to an analysis by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland. More than 600 groups have committed…

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