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Crosstalk 08/05/2011 News Round-Up CD

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Jim reviewed a number of recent news stories.  Among those mentioned:

--Communist Party endorses Obama for re-election.

--NASA sends rocket to Jupiter to explore its "evolution"

--A new poll reports most Americans oppose Barack Obama’s proposal to mandate that insurance companies cover all birth control methods.

--It has been learned that an Iowa church this past December displayed a “nativity scene” with two women instead of a man and a woman to represent Joseph and Mary.

--Reports are out showing how much major television networks included positive gay and lesbian characters in their original programming, and a number—including the Family Network—received kudos from homosexual groups.

--“Tea Party” followers have been characterized as “terrorists”.

--A Swedish pre-school has eliminated any reference to gender in its entire operation, addressing the boys and girls only as “friends”.

--The Air Force has suspended a course taught by chaplains because it included Bible passages.

--A new survey shows over 86% of doctors in the Netherlands say they will cooperate with requests for euthanasia—in fact 68% admit they have euthanized patients in the past five years, with half of those doing so multiple times.

--A federal court has ruled that a lawsuit by an Ohio lawmaker against a pro-life group for informing the public about his pro-abortion record can go to trial

--A boy in Great Britain died of a blood clot, apparently caused by his spending many hours on his X-box game

--Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah has criticized a proposal by Sen. Dick Durban of Iowa to enable the Food and Drug administration to create massive regulations and reporting requirements for manufacturers of food supplements, saying this could remove such products from store shelves and

--A small town in Britain has installed automatic cameras to record every vehicle entering or leaving the town, making it possible not only to detect speeders, but also to track vehicles for other purposes, and to create a database that can be accessed for several years.

…plus other stories.

Listeners then called in with their comments on these and other issues.


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