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Double jeopardy

"Double jeopardy" Continued...

Issue: "MS-13: Criminals next door," June 18, 2005

Double standard

Saudi Arabia was one of the first countries to protest the alleged desecration of the Quran by U.S. soldiers, a charge Newsweek later retracted. Yet, "as a matter of official policy, the [Saudi] government either incinerates or dumps Bibles, crosses, and other Christian [objects]," asserted the Saudi Institute, a Washington-based human-rights group. Foreign workers in Saudi Arabia who are Christians have reported for years that they are forbidden to meet together and their personal Bibles and other religious books have been seized and sometimes shredded. Human-rights organizations have named the country as one of the world's worst violators of religious freedom.

Dual advantages

Church of England clergy will be allowed to register for benefits under Britain's Civil Partnership Act without subjecting themselves to church discipline, under a proposal the church's House of Bishops is expected to approve. The act permits gay partners to qualify for many of the same government benefits married heterosexuals enjoy. The proposal would allow gay clergy partners to live together, as long as they agree to remain celibate. Church doctrine forbids sex outside of marriage.

Very PC

The Washington office of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is exhorting its members to press for changes in state and federal laws to recognize "same gender unions" and to require "all civil unions licensed and solemnized under state law to apply in all federal laws that provide benefits, privileges, and/or responsibilities to married persons."

Welcome back

Over the objections of some Church of Denmark [Lutheran] leaders and members, Pastor Thorkild Grosboll was reinstated and has started preaching again at a church near Copenhagen. His bishop had suspended him for publicly renouncing belief in God. His flock welcomed him back with wine and snacks.

Edward E. Plowman
Edward E. Plowman

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