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China backs Palestinian U.N. bid

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China on Monday highlighted its support for the Palestinian bid for full membership of the United Nations but called for “prudent” international action on Syria.

China’s Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said his country would back Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in any Security Council vote on membership, which the United States has vowed to veto.

“China consistently supports the just cause of establishing an independent Palestinian state and supports Palestine’s membership in the United Nations,” Yang told the UN General Assembly in a speech.

He said China backed “political negotiation” to achieve the two state solution between the Palestinians and Israelis.

Yang also called for progress in talks between Israel and Syria and Lebanon to reach a “comprehensive, just and durable peace in the Middle East”.

He highlighted China’s concern about Syria, however. Western nations are pressing for UN sanctions against President Bashar al-Assad and China has threatened to veto any move at the UN Security Council.

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The international community should “handle the Syrian issue in a prudent way so as to prevent further turbulence in Syria and its repercussions on regional peace,” Yang said.

In a marked call to Assad’s forces and the opposition demonstrators, Yang said “we hope that parties in Syria will exercise restraint, avoid any form of violence or more bloodshed and conflict, and act quickly to ease tension.”

China has joined Russia in leading opposition to UN sanctions against the Assad government in Syria, where the United Nations says that more than 2,700 people have been killed since March.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged China to back strong UN action on Syria when she met with Yang Jiechi just before his speech, a senior US official said.

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LGBTQ pride ‘forces’ people to accept ‘a perverted and non-biblical view of sexuality’: West Virginia Republican

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West Virginia state Sen. Mike Azinger penned an angry op-ed for the Parkersburg News and Sentinel, scorning the idea of LGBTQ acceptance and warning that it is a massive plot to indoctrinate people against Christian values.

"Tolerance, in the face of the violation of the commandments of God, is no virtue at all," said Azinger, a manager of a contracting firm with a master's degree in pastoral theology. He ripped into the local newspaper for covering an LGBTQ pride event the previous Saturday, thundering that, "Sexual deviancy is going mainstream."

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Christian university president quits after massive backlash over inviting Mike Pence

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Vice President Mike Pence's role in toxic administrations caused such a backlash that a Christian university is now searching for a new president.

"Taylor University President Paul Lowell Haines has resigned from the nondenominational Christian university a month after hosting Vice President Mike Pence as commencement speaker," Religious News Service reported Monday.

Students and alumni had protested the invitation.

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Florida library forced to cancel ‘Pride Prom’ after death threat sparks fear for teens’ safety

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A Jacksonville, Florida library worked to hold a prom for LGBTQ teens who feel uncomfortable about going to their high school prom as they are or with the person they truly want to bring. That's why they started the Pride Prom. But after fears for the safety for the teens, the library had to cancel.

According to WOKV, the prom was supposed to be this Friday, with a Storybook theme where attendees were encouraged to dress up as their favorite storybook character. There would be music, dancing, a selfie station and more. All of that is over now, however.

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