In the News: 11/15/06

Toys for Tots declines talking Jesus dolls; says its recipients come from all backgrounds A company that sells Bible-quoting Jesus dolls said it was surprised and disappointed that the Marine Reserves’ Toys for Tots will not allow their product to be included in the program.

3 Christian Groups Move To Condemn Gay Sex BALTIMORE, Nov. 14 — Faced with rising public acceptance of same-sex relationships, three U.S. Christian denominations (Catholic, SBC, and PCUSA) are taking strong measures this week to condemn homosexual acts as sinful.

Faith and Funding A left-wing evangelical view of faith-based government programs.

Wikipedia Is a Hit in China as Ban Is Lifted The Chinese-language version of reader-edited online encyclopedia Wikipedia exploded in popularity after a yearlong ban of the site was lifted.

PowerPoint Pet Peeves Even people who love PowerPoint have no shortage of gripes about it. But why, if so many people dread these presentations, do we still see so many of them?

The Revolution May Be Briefly Televised It’s the curse of YouTube: When a clip gets too popular, it often disappears because of copyright concerns. Is the problem with YouTube, or with copyright law

Six airlines to add iPod connections on planes Passengers will be able to charge the devices in flight and watch videos on seat-back displays.

O.J. Simpson to discuss killingsFox plans to broadcast a two-part interview with O.J. Simpson in which the former football star discusses the slayings of his former wife and her friend, for which he was acquitted. The interview, titled If I Did It, Here’s How It Happened, will air Nov. 27 and Nov. 29, according to the network’s website.

Al Jazeera, wide angle The Arab network’s English-language project is set to launch today, promising high-tech 24-hour coverage. But who will watch?

Gay Catholics welcomed, cautioned Guidelines approved by U.S. bishops support homosexual believers but put a big condition on Communion

Conservatives wary of choice to lead RNC Martinez should appeal to Latinos, but may lose support on immigration.

Now Romanians say ‘Borat’ misled them Offended villagers in a Romanian town are threatening to sue the film’s producers for paying them a pittance to put farm animals in their homes and perform other crude antics.

Widows sue to get Wiccan symbols on veterans’ headstones A federal lawsuit filed Monday accuses the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs of violating the constitutional rights of Wiccans because the government does not allow its symbol on headstones in national cemeteries.

San Francisco appeals same-sex marriage ruling to state Supreme Court A month after an appeals court ruled against same-sex marriage, the city and about a dozen homosexual couples have filed an appeal to the California Supreme Court. Gay marriage advocates hope to overturn the ruling that said limiting marriage to a man and a woman does not violate the constitutional rights of gays and lesbians.

Thai zoo hopes panda porn inspires mating A Thai zoo will show its star residents, a pair of young giant pandas, the equivalent of animal porn videos to teach the famously sexually-inactive animals how to mate, an official said Tuesday.

Gay Marriage Endorsed in S. Africa CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Nov. 14 — The South African Parliament on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved legislation recognizing gay marriages — a first for a continent where homosexuality is largely taboo.

Conservatives in Denial On their journey through the stages of grief, conservatives don’t yet seem to have gotten past denial.

Unfit for Majority Leader Why John Murtha is unfit for house majority leader.

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