Newsweek religion coverEver anxious to create controversy, Newsweek, in its April 13 cover story, has proclaimed “the decline and fall of Christian America.” The number of Americans who consider themselves Christians has fallen 10 percentage points in two decades, Newsweek’s Jon Meacham reported with scantily-disguised glee. “Our politics and our culture are, in the main, less influenced by movements and arguments of an explicitly Christian character than they were even five years ago,” Meacham wrote. “I think this is a good thing — good for our political culture, which, as the American Founders saw, is complex and charged enough without attempting to compel or coerce religious belief or observance.”

Same-sex marriage in VermontVermont became the first state to legalize same-sex “marriage” by legislative action, when on April 7 the state legislature overrode Gov. Jim Douglas’ veto of the day before. A two-thirds majority vote was required to override the veto, and the override succeeded by a vote of 23-5 in the state Senate and 100-49 in the House.

Iowa Supreme CourtOn the heels of the Vermont legislature’s passing of a same-sex "marriage" bill last Thursday came additional shocking news a day later, with the Iowa Supreme Court ruling unanimously to overturn its state’s ban on same-sex "marriage." It is considered a landmark victory for faux-marriage, as Iowa now has the dubious distinction of being the first Midwest state to embrace this brand of social engineering.

Gay marriageVermont has long been a hotbed of secession, with much talk during the Bush administration years of separating from the union. Now it has served notice of its wish to secede from tradition and morality as well, with the Vermont House voting on Thursday 95-52 to pass a bill legalizing same-sex "marriage."

terri schaivoTerri Schiavo, the brain-damaged woman who died on March 31, 2005, 13 days after being denied nutrition and hydration at the order of Florida Judge George W. Greer, was honored yesterday at a special memorial service on the fourth anniversary of her death. The "National Mass for Terri's Day" was celebrated at the Oratory in Ave Maria, Florida, by Father Frank Pavone, president of Priests for Life. Father Thomas Euteneuer, president of Human Life International (HLI), was scheduled to co-celebrate, but arrived late because his plane was delayed. The Front Royal, Virginia-based HLI describes its mission as "to create effective opposition to the culture of death around the world."

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