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December 21 2005 By virtueonline Pa. Judge Rules Against 'Intelligent Design'

The case produced one of the biggest courtroom battles over evolution since the landmark "Scopes Monkey Trial" in 1925, and it was closely watched in other jurisdictions that have seen heated debates between opponents and advocates of Darwin's groundbreaking 19th century theory.

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December 20 2005 By virtueonline BELFAST: Sparks fly as Ulster gay couples tie knot

The factions competed for volume with cheers and jeers as a black taxi carrying the newly registered couple made its way through the gates of City Hall at about 11am.

Veteran civil rights campaigner and friend of the couple Eamonn McCann was at the ceremony.

"It was a very joyous and heart-warming ceremony," he said.

Like everyone else I hope they go on to have a long life of happiness."

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December 19 2005 By virtueonline Iran's President: "I will stop Christianity in this country"

According to one informed Iranian source, during the past eight days representatives of the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) have arrested and severely tortured 10 other Christians in several cities, including Tehran. All the detainees have since been released.

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December 16 2005 By virtueonline LONDON: But, Archbishop, this is the bleak mid-winter for many Christians

I am looking at a book called What Every Christian Should Know about Islam, published by the Islamic Foundation. So far as I know, it presents an orthodox account of Muslim belief. It says that Mohammed was probably illiterate, and that the Koran was therefore dictated by him from memory after he had received it in visions.

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December 16 2005 By virtueonline Congress Asks White House to Allow Chaplain Prayer

In a memo obtained by CBN News, the chief of navy chaplains said that any chaplain's continued insistence on ending public prayers "in Jesus' name" in all situations, without using discretion or regards to the venue or audience, could reasonably tend to denigrate those with different forms of faith.

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December 14 2005 By virtueonline LOS ANGELES: We're closing for Christmas, say giant US churches

Although many of the rapidly-growing megachurches do not usually hold Christmas Day worship, it is extremely rare for Christian churches to cancel Sunday services.

As an alternative, multiple services will be held in the run up to December 25.

"This is a consumer mentality at work: 'Let's not impose the church on people. Let's not make church in any way inconvenient,' " said David Wells, a professor of history and theology in Massachusetts.

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December 13 2005 By virtueonline PAKISTAN: Militants call for Elimination of Christians

On December 9, over 2,500 Muslims again gathered at Friday prayers to repeat their demands for violence and the release of the 88 accused of attacking Christians and their property.

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December 10 2005 By virtueonline Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!

The executive producer even insisted that the Bible could not be read on network television. However, the creator of what has become a Christmas classic refused to edit or otherwise water-down the content.

In spite of network executives' concerns, "A Charlie Brown Christmas" made its television debut on Thursday, Dec. 9, 1965. The result: More than 15 million homes tuned in and it captured nearly half of the possible audience.

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December 08 2005 By virtueonline PERSECUTION: Pakistan, Somalia, Indonesia, Sudan

The next day Ribqa was handed over to a third man, who they said would take her home. However this man held her captive a further three days, also repeatedly raping her. Finally he left her at a public bus stop in Faisalabad on September 6th. Her physical injuries were so bad she was unable to walk.

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December 07 2005 By virtueonline Will London burn too? - by Patrick Sookhdeo

Muslims see the establishment of a Muslim community in the UK as a contemporary hijra. But an important question concerns which 7th-century hijra they compare it to: the hijra to Abyssinia in which the Muslims became contented and loyal subjects of a Christian king, or the hijra to Medina where they seized political and military power.

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