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 July 5 - Bill Gates in global push to vaccinate every child on the planet
 Article: Miscellaneous

Microsoft guru Bill Gates is busy rallying the troops to bring about what he calls "vaccine equity," which is his plan to vaccinate every single child in the world. Manipulating the heart strings of his listening audience, Gates stated at a recent Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) conference that "rich" kids take for granted the vaccines they receive, and that now is the time to provide the same vaccines for the world's poorest children.

"It's now that we're gonna start to get the last two vaccines that rich kids take for granted, the pneumococcal and rotavirus, and over these next five years, get them out to every child everywhere," said Gates. "That means for the first time ever that we have equity in vaccines."

By structuring his statements this way, Gates first implies that vaccines are some type of precious commodity that "rich kids" take for granted, and that need to get into the hands of "poor kids" to create health care equality. He then beckons the nations of the world to use taxpayer dollars to fund this massive, multi-billion-dollar dream to "save the children" by injecting them with various mixtures of toxic chemicals.

We have heard it all before, especially from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has been pushing for the whole world to be vaccinated for many years now. It is clear that Gates and his supporters will stop at nothing until every nation in the world is funding his vaccine campaigns, despite the fact that many of the vaccines being pushed come with a whole slew of devastating side effects, and do not necessarily provide any proven benefit .

"Why are we lining the pockets of Big Pharma like this?" asked Daniel Berman, a vaccines expert from Doctors Without Borders, concerning the several developed nations that have already pledged billions to Gates' agenda. "That just screams conflict of interest and corporate welfare to us."

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 July 3 - Rick Warren Believes Church 'Most Powerful Weapon' to Fight AIDS
 Article: Social Gospel

Megachurch pastor Rick Warren said Sunday that in the fight against AIDS the "single fastest way to mobilize at the grassroots level around the world" is through local churches. In an opinion piece for CNN Sunday, Warren outlined reasons why he believed the church to be the "world's most powerful weapon against AIDS."

First, he pointed out that the church has the largest distribution network on the planet.

"There are more churches in the world than all the Wal-Marts, McDonald's and Starbucks combined. The church was global 200 years before anyone else thought of globalization. We could take you to thousands of villages around the world where the only institution to speak of is a church," said Warren.

Secondly, Warren wrote that the growth rate of the church is faster than the HIV/AIDS infection rate. The church gains 35,000 converts daily in China alone while there are 7,000 new people infected with HIV/AIDS every day.

Thirdly, "these church members have a non-profit motivation to serve," added Warren. "We are commanded by Jesus Christ to 'love your neighbor as yourself.'"

The famous evangelical pastor said his Southern California megachurch, Saddleback Church, has already sent 14,869 of its members to 195 nations in the world to test a Christ-centered humanitarian program called the P.E.A.C.E. Plan.

The acronym for the plan is based on the five actions Jesus modeled: Promote reconciliation; Equip servant leaders; Assist the poor; Care for the sick; and Educate the next generation.

Warren has said in previous remarks that his ultimate goal is to mobilize 1 billion Christians worldwide to participate in the P.E.A.C.E. initiative.

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 June 30 - A broader church
 Article: Emerging Church

AT LEAST 25 Christian music festivals are held each summer in America, but they have never catered for theological liberals. Until this year, that is, when the Wild Goose Festival-named after a Celtic symbol for the Holy Spirit-kicked off on June 23rd on 72 wooded acres in eastern North Carolina, not so far from the intellectual hub of Raleigh-Durham.

The idea, seven years in the making, was based on Britain's Greenbelt Festival in Cheltenham, which draws 20,000 people a year. About 1,500 people came to the American version, which explicitly pitched its appeal to artists and musicians, nonconformists, post-Christians, non-Christians, disaffected evangelicals and a liberal evangelical subset known as the "emergent" church.

Instead of Bible studies, there were labyrinth walks. Instead of praise-and-worship music, there was hymn-singing in a beer garden and a bluegrass liturgy presided over by a tattooed female Lutheran minister. Visitors were greeted with buckets of water in which to baptise themselves, and tubs of mud to remind them that "dust thou art". (In Britain, the mud is usually underfoot.) Lecture topics ranged from sex trafficking and social justice to authority in the church and interfaith relations. Visitors could learn from Tom Prasada-Rao, a singer, how to chant "Om" and "Hallelujah Hare Krishna", or hear Paul Fromberg, a pastor from San Francisco, talking about his 2005 wedding to another man. "God is changing the church through the bodies of gay men," Mr Fromberg told a packed session on human sexuality. Also under discussion was "religious multiple belonging"-in other words, belonging to a clutch of different faiths at once.

"We're a laboratory for justice, spirituality and art in the way of Jesus," explained Gareth Higgins, the festival director and a peace activist from Belfast who has worked with Greenbelt and now lives in North Carolina. He and other organisers managed, miraculously, to recruit 150 musicians and speakers, none of whom charged for their services. They hope that the emergent cohort will rise from the ashes of an evangelicalism ruined by right-wing politics. As 78-year-old Phyllis Tickle, author of several books on emergent Christianity, put it, "We're at the start of a 500-year upheaval in culture and the church."

Mainline Protestants, however, seemed delighted by the festival, and may well latch on to the emergents to shore up their shrinking numbers. Buoyed by their success, Wild Goose's organisers are planning to repeat the festival next year in the same bucolic place.

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 July 3 - Church services need to be shorter, says bishop
 Article: Miscellaneous

With most people torn between using Sunday mornings to go shopping or lie in bed, the prospect of spending 90 minutes in church has an increasingly limited appeal. There is a simple answer to this problem, according to one senior bishop who has urged clergy to cut the length of services in an effort to reverse declining levels of attendance.
The Rt Rev Jonathan Gledhill, the Bishop of Lichfield, said worship has become too complicated and time-consuming, leaving people who are not regular churchgoers feeling confused and excluded. He said that services have become too long, recommending clergy should aim to keep them to no more than 50 minutes and make sure they are careful not to preach for too long.
"One of the reasons for our recent decline in churchgoing is we are not making the occasional worshipper feel welcome," he said. "You have got to be quite tough to come to some of our services if you are not a regular attender.

He said services, which used to last for 50 minutes are now taking an hour and a half, adding: "Sometimes I find myself thinking that this is a good way of saying 'Go away' to young people who come to visit us." The bishop said that clergy need to make sure that their sermons are not too long, arguing that people's "attention spans aren't what they used to be".

He said that an added problem was that many churches are now holding Holy Communion services, which can last for as long as two hours. "Holy Communion is very important, but you need a lot of stamina to get through these. If you're trying to attract newcomers, these services need to be much shorter. We are excluding people who we should be welcoming."

Last year the Vatican last year told Catholic clergy to keep their sermons under eight minutes to cater for people who found it hard to concentrate for long periods.

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 June 28 - Taliban issues chilling threats against TEN targets in UK, U.S. and France to avenge bin Laden
 Artcle:Wars And Rumors Of Wars

The Taliban has issued a chilling threat to carry out a series of attacks against 10 targets in Britain, America and France to avenge the death of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

'Soon you will see attacks against America and Nato countries, and our first priorities in Europe will be France and Britain,'
deputy Pakistani Taliban leader Wali-ur-Rehman said in a videotape aired on Al Arabiya over the weekend.

The Tehrik-e-Taliban (TTP), or Taliban Movement of Pakistan, which swears allegiance to Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, is blamed for many of the suicide bombings across the country and remains highly dangerous despite a series of army offensives against its strongholds in the north-west of the country, on the Afghan border.

The video showed Rehman, described as more sober and experienced than other TTP leaders, flanked by armed followers walking through rough mountain terrain. He said: 'We selected 10 targets to avenge the death of bin Laden.'

The United States has been leaning hard on Pakistan to crack down on militancy since it was discovered that bin Laden may have been living in the country for years. More Pakistani cooperation is needed as Washington seeks to wind down their war effiorts in Afghanistan and defeat Al Qaeda, and its allies. But Pakistan's generals are furious because the United States kept them in the dark over the bin Laden raid.

The Pakistani and Afghan Taliban move easily across the porous frontier and provide each other with shelter and intelligence, complicating efforts to root out militancy in the region U.S. President Barack Obama has described as 'the most dangerous place in the world'.

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 July 5 - Reported Visions of Virgin Mary Draw Hordes of Pilgrims to Bosnian Village
 Article: Signs And Wonders

The warm surf of La Jolla, Calif., isn't a setting people associate with the Virgin Mary. But on many days, there is a surfer whose passion for the perfect wave is nothing compared to his head-over-heels love for the Holy Mother. Today he is the Rev. Donald Calloway, the surfer priest.

Ten years after he was ordained, he finally made the pilgrimage to Medjugorje, the place in his mother's book. It is the biggest ongoing apparition site in the world: "Catholic Woodstock," in Calloway's words. In the past three decades, nearly 40 million people have come to experience the reported monthly apparitions of Mary to six residents.

The story is that almost 30 years ago, two teenagers named Mirjana and Ivanka -- they are now 46 and 45, respectively -- were on a rocky hill behind the village when Ivanka noticed a bright light and said, "Look, it's Our Lady."

"I saw in the middle of the hill, one lady in the long dress, with the little baby in the hands. ... She present herself, she said, 'My dear children, don't be afraid of me, I am Queen of Peace,'" Mirjana said.

"We ask her childish question," Mirjana recalled. "We ask her, 'How is possible that you are so beautiful?' And she smile and she said, 'Because I love. If you want to be beautiful, love.'"

"After 25 or 30 years ... the church can have a pretty good idea about whether this is of God, or whether it's of Satan. The message is very sound. The spiritual fruits are undeniable," Miravalle said.

The Vatican has never approved an ongoing apparition for fear that the visionaries might prove themselves frauds or insane. But the Vatican hasn't condemned it, either, so the faithful continue to come. Many believe that Mary called them through signs and miracles.

"I asked the Blessed Mother to show me a sign of whether I should come or not," one woman said. "And my rosary turned gold, so I took that as a sure sign. ... Well, it's gold color anyway."

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 July 8 - In U.S., 3 in 10 Say They Take the Bible Literally
 Article: Unbiblical Christianity

Three in 10 Americans interpret the Bible literally, saying it is the actual word of God. That is similar to what Gallup has measured over the last two decades, but down from the 1970s and 1980s. A 49% plurality of Americans say the Bible is the inspired word of God but that it should not be taken literally, consistently the most common view in Gallup's nearly 40-year history of this question. Another 17% consider the Bible an ancient book of stories recorded by man.
These results are based on a May 5-8 Gallup poll. The high point in the percentage of Americans favoring a literal interpretation of the Bible was 40%, recorded in 1980 and 1984. The low point was 27% in 2001.

Belief in a literal interpretation of a Bible declines as educational attainment increases. Forty-six percent of Americans with a high school education or less take the Bible literally, compared with no more than 22% of Americans with at least some college education. The majority of Americans with at least some college education believe the Bible to be the inspired word of God.

Gallup has consistently found strong differences in views of the Bible as the "actual word of God" by religiosity and education. The current poll also finds significant income differences, with 50% of lower-income respondents believing the Bible is the actual word of God, compared with 27% of middle-income and 15% of high-income respondents. These income differences are larger than what Gallup has measured in the past, with a higher percentage of low-income Americans believing the Bible is literally true.

Protestants (including those who identify themselves as "Christian" but not Catholic or Mormon) are the most likely religious group to believe the Bible is literally true. Forty-one percent of Protestants hold this view, while a slightly larger 46% take the Bible to be the inspired word of God.

Two-thirds of Catholics believe the Bible to be the inspired word of God, while 63% of those without a religious affiliation think the Bible is not the word of God at all. Other U.S. religious groups are too small in number to reliably estimate from a single poll.

The percentage of Americans taking a literal view of the Bible has declined over time, from an average of 38% from 1976-1984 to an average of 31% since. However, highly religious Americans -- particularly those of Protestant faiths -- still commonly believe in a literal interpretation of the Bible.

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 July 4 - Global race on to match U.S. drone capabilities
 Article: Miscellaneous

At the most recent Zhuhai air show, the premier event for China's aviation industry, crowds swarmed around a model of an armed, jet-propelled drone and marveled at the accompanying display of its purported martial prowess. In a video and map, the thin, sleek drone locates what appears to be a U.S. aircraft carrier group near an island with a striking resemblance to Taiwan and sends targeting information back to shore, triggering a devastating barrage of cruise missiles toward the formation of ships.

Little is known about the actual abilities of the WJ-600 drone or the more than two dozen other Chinese models that were on display at Zhuhai in November. But the speed at which they have been developed highlights how U.S. military successes with drones have changed strategic thinking worldwide and spurred a global rush for unmanned aircraft.

More than 50 countries have purchased surveillance drones, and many have started in-country development programs for armed versions because no nation is exporting weaponized drones beyond a handful of sales between the United States and its closest allies.

"This is the direction all aviation is going," said Kenneth Anderson, a professor of law at American University who studies the legal questions surrounding the use of drones in warfare. "Everybody will wind up using this technology because it's going to become the standard for many, many applications of what are now manned aircraft."

No country has ramped up its research in recent years faster than China.
It displayed a drone model for the first time at the Zhuhai air show five years ago, but now every major manufacturer for the Chinese military has a research center devoted to drones, according to Chinese analysts.

Israel, the second-largest drone manufacturer after the United States, has flown armed models, but few details are available. India announced this year that it is developing ones that will fire missiles and fly at 30,000 feet. Russia has shown models of drones with weapons, but there is little evidence that they are operational.

Pakistan has said it plans to obtain armed drones from China, which has already sold the nation ones for surveillance. And Iran last summer unveiled
a drone that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called the "ambassador of death" but whose effectiveness is still unproven, according to military analysts.

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 July 10 - New Evangelization Council Convenes Prelates
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

Eleven archbishops from across Europe will meet in Rome on Monday with the leaders of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization.
Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella, president of the dicastery, said the meeting seeks "to promote a renewed missionary project that has the Christian communities of every place as its reference."
The prelates "will put together experiences and future initiatives of evangelization in the context of the current pluralistic and secularized societies," a Friday press release from the office of the Archbishop of Barcelona stated.
Among the participants is the archbishop of Barcelona, as well as the ordinaries of Budapest, Brussels, Dublin, Cologne, Lisbon, Liverpool, Paris, Turin, Warsaw and Vienna.
"Starting from the experiences that have been had up to this point in various cities in the 'new evangelization,' these cities have been chosen for an exchange of experiences, keeping in mind the diversity of cultural contexts and the common problems," the statement added.
In October 2012 there will be a synod on the new evangelization.

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