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Labels … Let us Reflect on them …

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Krystalnacht – The Night of the Broken Glass…
The Beginning of The Holocaust

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Work Makes You Free …

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A Survivor from Buchenwald

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Yad Vashem – Jerusalem Holocaust Memorial

 

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Auschwitz – Concentration Camp

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The Red Ribbon – Synonymous for AIDS

Pride Flag

The Pride Flag – Proud Symbol for all things Gay

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The Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt – For all those who died from AIDS
My friends,My family, My brothers and sisters…

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The JEW – The Star of David used during the Holocaust …
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You who live safe
In your warm houses,
You who find, returning in the evening,
Hot food and friendly faces:
Consider if this is a man
Who works in the mud
Who does not know peace
Who fights for a scrap of bread
Who dies because of a yes and a no.
Consider if this is a woman,
Without hair and without name
With no more strength to remember,
Her eyes empty and her womb cold
Like a frog in winter

Meditate that this came about:
I commend these words to you.
Carve them in your hearts
At Home, in the street,
Going to bed, rising;
Repeat them to your children,

Or may your house fall apart,
May illness impede you,
May your children turn their faces from you.

Primo Levi

Survival in Auschwitz

 

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The Homosexual – Also Used during the Holocaust …

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A Young Man – Hungarian Jewish Boy –
From Fateless, the Motion Picture

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The Label Chart Used By the Nazi Party within
the Death Camps and Concentration Camps to
Identify people…
Location, Ethnicity, Area, Orientation, Religious Affiliation

 

There weren’t only Jews in the Camps…

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The ACT UP slogan for Gay and AIDS circa 1980

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What Would Jesus Do???

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This is my Label – I earned every hour of it, with Pride…

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We Should Be Proud, but we should remember what labels have done to millions world wide over the Decades. I think it is time to move past them, to stop labeling and Outing people. I think we need to learn to live together PEACEFULLY in order to stop the killing of ALL people around the world…

THAT WE SHOULD REMEMBER – SO THAT WE NEVER FORGET!!


China frees 3 Canadian activists after Tibet protest

CBC.ca

Canadians, all from British Columbia, were demanding China pull out of Tibet

Three Canadians arrested by Chinese police following a protest at the Great Wall against China’s presence in Tibet have been released.

Melanie Raoul of Vancouver was arrested Tuesday in China.

Melanie Raoul of Vancouver was arrested Tuesday in China.
(Courtesy of Freya Putt)

The British Columbian activists — Lhadon Tethong, Sam Price and Melanie Raoul — left China after their release on Wednesday and flew into Hong Kong.

“It was draining, exhausting, psychologically traumatizing, although we weren’t physically hurt,” Raoul, 25, told CBC News from Hong Kong.
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Raoul and Price, both of Vancouver, were arrested Tuesday after they unfurled a 42-square-metre banner reading “One World, One Dream, Free Tibet 2008” in English and Chinese from the Great Wall.

The banner adds three words — “Free Tibet 2008” — to the official slogan of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, which began their one-year countdown on Tuesday.

Tethong, 31, was arrested Wednesday. She was not involved in the Great Wall protest, but she spent her time in China writing a blog and posting videos and photos online about what the group calls China’s “propaganda campaign” leading up to next year’s Olympic Games.

Five other activists — two from the U.K and three from the United States — were also arrested and released.

All the activists are part of Students for a Free Tibet, a New York-based group for which Tethong serves as executive director.

Tethong said the group knew their actions on the Great Wall weren’t legal and that arrests were a possibility.

Lhadon Tethong, one of three Canadian protesters released by Chinese authorities, is seen at a Buddhist temple in Beijing in this undated photo.

Lhadon Tethong, one of three Canadian protesters released by Chinese authorities, is seen at a Buddhist temple in Beijing in this undated photo.
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“We knew that was the most likely scenario, but it’s not like it was the goal of what we were doing,” said Tethong, a Tibetan-Canadian who was born and raised in Victoria, but now lives in New York.

“The goal was to raise the issue.”

“Some people might think that’s sort of extreme, but we would say China violating the fundamental human rights of Tibetans and their own people and the cultural genocide of Tibet is extreme.”

Police surrounded Tethong in front of an Olympic merchandise store in Beijing and demanded to see her passport. They brought her into a police station, where they showed her printouts of her blog.

“They definitely took jabs at me for being Tibetan,” Tethong said. “They were saying I have an an accent like a Chinese and I have blood from China.”

We were scared for her
Tethong’s sister, Deyden Tethong, told CBC News that she and her family were scared while Tethong was in custody.

“It was nerve-racking for us,” Deyden said at 12:15 ET, about 15 minutes after learning that her sister had boarded a plane out of Beijing.

“We were very scared for her, but at the same time she keeps saying, ‘I have a Canadian passport, so I know people are looking out for me.'”

Sam Price, 32, was one of six activists arrested Tuesday in China.

Sam Price, 32, was one of six activists arrested Tuesday in China.
(Courtesy of Freya Putt)

Deyden said she was surprised her sister was detained, since she was not part of the group of activists on the Great Wall.

“The activists that were taken off the Great Wall, that made sense,” Deyden said. “It was pushing the boundaries and it was illegal, but my sister, all she was doing was blogging about her feelings … and talking about what she saw and what she felt.”

Raoul’s mother, Valerie, said she is excited to see her daughter again.

“We don’t know when they’ll be coming back to Vancouver, but they know they’ll get a really big welcome,” she said.

Harper Promised to Help
The incident drew international attention, with videos of the Great Wall protest posted on YouTube. Prior to news of the activists release, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Wednesday that his government was working to gather information.

“We’ll be doing everything we can do to help and of course pointing out to the Chinese government — as we’re entitled to do — that such expressions of opinion are a natural part of the human rights that Canadians do expect in this country,” Harper said.

The Students for a Free Tibet group wants Tibet freed from China and say the Chinese government is using the Games to gain international acceptance.

The group also wants the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to push the case for Tibetan freedom.

China invaded Tibet in 1950, and in 1999 declared it to be an “inseparable part of China.” In 2004, a government policy paper said Tibet had always been part of China, and before the Chinese imposed direct rule, Tibet was “even darker and more backward than medieval Europe.”

With files from the Canadian Press


Gay Bishop Snubbed by Anglican Conference

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Gay Bishop Snubbed by Anglican Conference

By Luke Baker

LONDON (Reuters) – The Archbishop of Canterbury, spiritual head of 77 million Anglicans worldwide, has not invited two wayward bishops to a major conference next year, a move likely to stir controversy in the deeply divided communion.

Archbishop Rowan Williams has sent invitations to more than 800 Anglican bishops asking them to attend the Lambeth Conference in July and August 2008, but has not invited two American bishops — Gene Robinson and Martyn Minns.

Robinson has caused division since he was consecrated as bishop of New Hampshire in 2003, becoming the Anglican Church’s first openly gay bishop.

Robinson said he was deeply disappointed by Williams’ decision, asking in a statement: “How does it make sense to exclude gay and lesbian people from the discussion?

“Isn’t it time that the bishops of the Church stop talking about us and start talking with us?”

Minns, a deeply conservative Episcopalian, was installed last year as the head of a new Nigerian-based church branch in the United States designed as a refuge for orthodox believers. The Anglican Communion does not recognize his position.

“I have to reserve the right to withhold or withdraw invitations from bishops whose appointment, actions or manner of life have caused exceptionally serious division or scandal within the Communion,” Williams wrote in his invitations, which were sent out on Tuesday.

“I do not say this lightly, but I believe that we need to know as we meet that each participant recognizes and honors the task set before us and that there is an adequate level of mutual trust between us about this.”

It is possible that others will either not be invited or will have their invitations withdrawn before the conference takes place if anything “untoward or unacceptable” occurs between now and then, an Anglican spokesman said.

“There are one or two other cases where the archbishop is currently seeking further advice,” Tim Livesey, the head of public affairs for Lambeth Palace, told reporters.

Next year’s Lambeth Conference, the 14th to be held since 1867, promises to involve intense discussion on ideological and doctrinal issues that have caused serious rifts within the communion in recent years, with the African church generally becoming more conservative and other parts breaking away.

With more than 50 provinces within the communion, stretching from the Pacific islands of Melanesia, throughout Africa, to the United States, the church has struggled to bring its diversity under one roof.

Events such as the Lambeth Conference, which does not determine Church doctrine, are supposed to be a forum for reflection and discussion, and an opportunity to overcome internal problems.

While the non-invitation of Robinson and Minns is likely to provoke debate, particularly in the United States and Africa, Livesey said it was possible that Robinson, at least, could be allowed to come as a “guest” of the conference — a minor concession that might temper criticism.

“The archbishop is currently studying that possibility,” Livesey said.

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2 Bishops not Invited to Anglican Parley 

By ROBERT BARR, Associated Press Writer

LONDON – Two bishops at the heart of the U.S. Episcopal Church’s divisions over sexuality and scripture will not be invited to next year’s global gathering of Anglican prelates, the archbishop of Canterbury’s office said Tuesday.

Bishops V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire and Martyn Minns of the breakaway Convocation of Anglicans in North America were not among more than 850 bishops invited, said Canon Kenneth Kearon, secretary-general of the Anglican Communion.

Robinson was the first Anglican bishop to be openly living in a same-sex relationship, and his election in 2003 opened a huge rift between the liberal and conservative wings of the church.

Minns was consecrated bishop on May 5 in Woodbridge, Va., by Nigerian Archbishop Peter Akinola, the most outspoken of the numerous Anglican critics of Robinson’s elevation.

Robinson may be invited to attend the Lambeth Conference as a guest, but Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams is not contemplating inviting Minns, Kearon said.

“The question of Gene Robinson … I think has exercised the archbishop of Canterbury’s mind for quite some time,” he said, and there was no question that Robinson was duly elected and consecrated a bishop according to the rules of the Episcopal Church.

“However, for the archbishop to simply give full recognition at this conference would be to ignore the very substantial and very widespread objections in many parts of the communion to his consecration and to his ministry,” Kearon said.

Robinson said Williams’ decision was a “great disappointment.”

“At a time when the Anglican Communion is calling for a ‘listening process’ on the issue of homosexuality, how does it make sense to exclude gay and lesbian people from the discussion?” Robinson said in a statement released by his office.

“This is not about Gene Robinson, nor the Diocese of New Hampshire,” he added. “It is about the American church. It is for the Episcopal Church to respond to this divide-and-conquer challenge to our polity, and in due time, I assume we will do so.”

The conference, generally held every 10 years and covering all sorts of topics, will take place at the University of Kent in England July 16-Aug. 4, 2008.

Katharine Jefferts Schori, the presiding bishop of the U.S. Episcopal Church, had also been informed of the invitation decision, Kearon said.

He said Williams had expressed his displeasure about Akinola’s intention to consecrate Minns as a bishop. “There is no question that he (Minns) is a bishop, but his consecration is not regular,” Kearon said.

“I am not aware of any intention to invite him as a guest. It is a very different situation,” he added.

Kearon said that Williams was deliberating on whether to invite one or two other bishops, but he declined to give any details.

The divisions wracking the 77 million-member Anglican Communion were prominent at the last Lambeth Conference in 1998.

By a large majority, bishops at that conference adopted a resolution “rejecting homosexual practice as incompatible with scripture,” and declared their opposition to the “legitimizing or blessing of same sex unions nor ordaining those involved in same gender unions.”

Nonetheless, Episcopalians in New Hampshire elected Robinson as their bishop, a choice confirmed by the Episcopal Church’s governing General Convention.

A year earlier, the diocese of New Westminster in western Canada alarmed doctrinal conservatives by authorizing services of blessing for same-sex partnerships.

In his invitation letters, which were sent by e-mail, Williams said:

“At a time when our common identity seems less clear that it once did, the temptation is to move further away from each other into those circles where we only related to those who completely agree with us.

“But the depth and seriousness of the issues that face us require us to discuss as fully and freely as we can, and no other forum offers the same opportunities for all to hear and consider, in the context of a common waiting on the Holy Spirit.

“I have said, and repeat here, that coming to the conference does not commit you to accepting every position held by other bishops as equally legitimate or true. But I hope it does commit us all to striving together for a more effective and coherent worldwide body, working for God’s glory and Christ’s Kingdom.”


Priest Quits Rather Than Uphold Ban On Gay Marriages

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You can read all about this fracture of ‘church’ over at Father Jakes Blog Here. 

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

(Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) An Anglican priest has resigned rather than submit to a directive from his bishop not to officiate at gay weddings.

The Rev. Shawn Sanford Beck of the Saskatoon Native Ministry announced last month that he would marry gay couples if asked. Same-sex marriage is legal in Canada.

In an open letter, Sanford Beck said the Canadian church’s ban on same-sex marriages and blessings “theologically problematic and fundamentally unjust.”

Bishop Rodney Andrews asked the priest to reconsider his position by March 31 or risk losing his license to minister.

Andrews pointed to Anglican Church of Canada guidelines which prohibit either blessing services or marriages for same-sex couples.

“To my knowledge, the Rev. Shawn Sanford Beck has not presided at a same-sex blessing or a same-sex marriage. Accordingly, I issued Shawn a short-term license effective April 1, 2007. Shawn has chosen not to accept licensing and has returned the license to me,” Andrews said in a statement.

“He has subsequently resigned his position with the Saskatoon Native Ministry.”

Andrews said that Sanford Beck remains a priest but is considered “On leave without permission to officiate”

Earlier this month Canadian Anglican bishops issued a pastoral statement rejecting the blessing of same-sex unions while acknowledging that there will be further votes on the matter when the church’s governing body meets next month. (story)

The issue of how the worldwide Anglican Church treats gays has been growing since the election in 2003 of Gene Robinson as Bishop of New Hampshire in the US. Robinson is openly gay and in a long term relationship.

The head of the U.S. wing of the Anglican church supports ordaining gays and allowing blessing ceremonies for same-sex couples. The Americans could be expelled from the international communion if they don’t ban the blessings of same-sex couples and ordination of gay bishops by Sept. 30.

The Canadian church has placed a moratorium on such blessings at least until the General Synod next month, which is a gathering of about 400 Anglican delegates, staff, national and international partners. A General Synod is held once every three years.

©365Gay.com 2007


Hate Crimes Legislation…

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Hatred has a long lineage…

Will you allow George Bush to perpetrate a Hate Crime, by Vetoing the Hate Crime Legislation now making its way through the halls of Politics. Will you allow George Bush to be dictated what he should do again? They won’t allow Gay Marriage across the board and surely the government cannot look “SOFT” on Gays by allowing Hate Crimes Legislation to be passed into law.

This action would rub Bushy’s ass so raw, like sandpaper on a babies ass…

You know what they say about people who hate so vehemently and openly to the masses, They have skeletons in their closets that they don’t want others to see or know about. Men and women who do not do the right thing by LGBTQ peoples, say more in their hatred and silence than they do when they speak about loving thy neighbor.

We cannot allow the Leader of the American People to use his veto power to stop proper justice from being served on the animals who have perpetrated some truly heinous crimes over the last decade. If statistics prove that crimes based on “Sexual Orientation” are on the rise, then we must stop that number from rising any further.

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IT IS TIME, for the People of America to Speak with a resounding voice against those who counsel the President. Christian Groups, Focus Groups, Special Interest Groups, and those posturing for higher office, and those who have no respect for LGBTQ people.

IT IS TIME for the United States to rise to the call of rights for everyone, not just some. If you allow George Bush to Veto this legislation, then YOU and ONLY YOU are guilty of allowing that man any more power than he deserves. George Bush is not my choice for president and never was.

I am surely not the first person to write these words and I am sure that his views on Homosexuality and Sexual Orientation keep him up at night, while he maintains this epic WAR of lies and deception.

 “You are either with us, or you are with the Terrorists!!!” 

IT IS TIME for the United States to get on board the bus of the proper treatment, respect, dignity and RIGHTS for all, not just some. Canada has legislation that protect LGBTQ peoples. We do not tolerate violence based on sexual orientation.

IT IS TIME to STOP the President of the United States from making any more STUPID decisions. and IT IS TIME to get on the impeachment bus for more reasons than one, and take this man out of office so that we should not have to worry about another WORLD LEADER denouncing the rights, protection, dignity and respect of LGBTQ people.

There are TOO MANY Leaders around the world who place in the “HATE” column and not enough World Leaders in the “RESPECT” column.

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STOP GEORGE BUSH from making another MONUMENTAL MISTAKE…

Check the voting record for your state below and by all means if you did not agree with the way they voted then contact them and tell them so…

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House Passes Gay Hate Bill, White House Threatens Veto

See HOW THEY VOTED HERE

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

(Washington) The House of Representatives passed the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act Thursday, just hours after the White House said aides would recommend President Bush veto the measure.

The House voted 237 to 180. A parallel bill is working its way through the Senate.

The Shepard Act, also called the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, would allow the Department of Justice to assist local authorities in investigating and prosecuting cases in which violence occurs against people based on their sexuality.

Federal hate crime legislation already covers people on the basis of race and religion.

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) – the only openly gay man in the House – presided over the chamber as the final vote was taken.

“Today, we paid a sad but fitting tribute to victims of hate crimes like James Byrd, Matthew Shepherd and Michael Sandy,” said Rep. Nadler (D-NY).

“No American should be threatened with violence because of who they are. Hate crimes attack not only the individual victim, but they send a violent message to an entire group of people. This hate crimes legislation takes critical steps to address violent bigotry and vicious acts of hatred. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to swiftly act to protect all Americans.”

FBI statistics show that one in six hate crimes is motivated by the victim’s sexual orientation.

This is a historic day that moves all Americans closer to safety from the scourge of hate violence,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese in a statement following the vote.

“Today, legislators sided with the 73 percent of the American people who support the expansion of hate crimes laws to include sexual orientation and gender identity.”

But as the House was preparing to vote the White House issued a statement saying that if the measure passed both houses and goes to the President, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto it.

A statement from the Executive Office of the President said: “The Administration favors strong criminal penalties for violent crime, including crime based on personal characteristics, such as race, color, religion, or national origin.

“However, the Administration believes that H.R. 1592 is unnecessary and constitutionally questionable.”

The White House statement said that state and local criminal laws already provide penalties for the crimes defined by the bill and “there has been no persuasive demonstration of any need to federalize such a potentially large range of violent crime enforcement.”

The veto threat was immediately denounced by gay Democrats.

“By issuing a premature veto threat, President Bush fails to understand that he is not the sole decider regarding the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act,” said Jo Wyrick, NSD Executive Director.

“Once again, the majority of American oppose the position of the President, and that is why we are urging the Senate Leadership to quickly move on this important legislation. We need Senate Democrats to step up before President Bush can step down.”

The statement came on the heels of intense lobbying by social conservatives for Bush to issue statement condemning the bill.

The American Family Association sent an alert to thousands of its members calling on them to email and phone the White House to call for a veto.

“The Hate Crimes Act criminalizes a vast array of state and local acts and threatens religious leaders with criminal prosecution for their thoughts, beliefs, and statements,” AFA claims – something supporters of the bill and LGBT civil rights groups dispute.

Concerned Women for America also is calling for a veto.

In a letter to the President the group says “there is no evidence to suggest that homosexuals or cross-dressers do not receive equal protection under the law.”

A hate crime bill passed the House in the last Congress but was dropped in the then Republican-controlled Senate last year.

The legislation has the support of LGBT civil rights groups and has been endorsed by more than 210 law enforcement, civil rights, civic and religious organizations, including: the National Sheriffs’ Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, U.S. Conference of Mayors, and the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association.

For the first time, the ACLU fully supported hate crimes legislation.

In the past, the organization said it has not been able to support hate crime bills because they were written in a way that threatened constitutionally protected speech. But the legislation introduced by Representative John Conyers (D-MI) showed that it is possible to protect targets of hate crimes without jeopardizing free speech or association rights, the ACLU said in a statement.

“Prosecuting violent hate crimes is critically important. This bill will also protect due process and the Constitution, especially our First Amendment rights to speak freely and associate with whom we’d like,” said Caroline Fredrickson, Director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office.

“When a person inflicts violence based on hate, it is important that they be punished. But defendants must have a fair trial, and should not be judged based on what they say and the company they keep, unless specifically related to the crime. While we may disagree with some people’s speech, it must be protected or all of our speech is at risk. “

©365Gay.com 2007


Gay marriage evil, abortion terrorism: Vatican

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By Philip Pullella – Reuters Online

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican’s second-highest ranking doctrinal official on Monday forcefully branded homosexual marriage an evil and denounced abortion and euthanasia as forms of “terrorism with a human face.”

The attack by Archbishop Angelo Amato, secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was the latest in a string of speeches made by either Pope Benedict or other Vatican officials as Italy considers giving more rights to gays.

In an address to chaplains, Amato said newspapers and television bulletins often seemed like “a perverse film about evil.” He denounced “evils that remain almost invisible” because the media presented them as “expression of human progress.”

He listed these as abortion clinics, which he called “slaughterhouses of human beings,” euthanasia, and “parliaments of so-called civilized nations where laws contrary to the nature of the human being are being promulgated, such as the approval of marriage between people of the same sex …”

Amato spoke at a time when the Vatican and Italy’s powerful Roman Catholic Church are at loggerheads over plans for a highly controversial law that would give unmarried heterosexual and homosexual couples some form of legal recognition.

The Church and Catholic politicians, even some in Prime Minister Romano Prodi’s centre-left coalition, see the proposed law as a Trojan Horse and say it could lead to gay marriages.

Amato, who is said to be very close to Pope Benedict, criticized the media’s coverage of ethical issues.

After denouncing “abominable terrorism” such as that carried out by suicide bombers, he condemned what he called “terrorism with a human face,” and accused the media of manipulating language “to hide the tragic reality of the facts.”

“For example, abortion is called ‘voluntary interruption of pregnancy’ and not the killing of a defenseless human being, an abortion clinic is given a harmless, even attractive, name: ‘centre for reproductive health’ and euthanasia is blandly called ‘death with dignity’,” he said in his address.

Gay rights group have criticized the Pope and Catholic Church officials in the past over such comments, accusing them of interfering in Italy’s domestic affairs.

Groups opposed to gay marriage and recognition of unmarried couples are planning a national rally in Rome next month.

Italy’s Roman Catholic Church, set up on diocesan and parish levels, has the organizational machinery to mobilize hundreds of thousands of people. A huge turnout, which is expected, could be a major embarrassment for Prodi’s government.


Screen Actors Guild Awards 2007

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Outstanding Male Actor in a Lead Role
Forest Whitaker – The Last King of Scotland

Outstanding Female Actor in a Lead Role
Helen Mirren – The Queen

Outstanding Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Eddie Murphy – Dream Girls

Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Jennifer Hudson – Dream Girls

Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture
Little Miss Sunshine

Television:

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie or Mini Series
Jeremy Irons – Elizabeth I

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie or Mini Series
Helen Mirren – Elizabeth I

Outstaning Actor in a Drama Series
Hugh Laurie – House

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Chandra Wilson- Grey’s Anatomy

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
America Ferrera – Ugly Betty

Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Drama Series
Grey’s Anatomy

Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Comedy Series
Ugly Betty


Skate Canada Review: Men’s Final

And the Medals are as follows:

1st Place Jeffrey Buttle 232.83
2nd Place Chris Mabee 209.31
3rd Place Emmanuel Sandhu 207.49
4th Place Shawn Sawyer 199.24

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After 10 months off for a back injury, Jeffrey Buttle returned to the rink, with a magnificent skate. He was beautiful and technically superior with his amazing jumps and footwork. Jeffrey is a great skater and will go to Worlds in Tokyo. Jeffrey has been a very technical skater going into the Winter Olympic, where he earned a Bronze Medal for Canada in the Men’s Skate Competition. That was a great performance, he said tonight that “the bronze medal win gave him courage” coming into tonight’s skate after being away due to his back injury. His skate was technically excellent. Maybe Jeffrey will get that Quad into his program by Worlds in Tokyo.

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Chris Mabee, of Ontario, places Second in this competition. He skated very well and with his points from his short program, skated his way to a second place finish behind team mate Jeffrey Buttle. His choice of Big Band sounds worked well to his advantage in that, he brought this program forward from his collection of routines.

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The Artistic Award for the night goes to Shawn Sawyer. I LOVE to watch Shawn skate. He is, hands down, THE BEST artistic skater in the competition. Not one of the skaters from tonight’s comeptition, had the artistic beauty that Shawn captures in his skating. He is an amazing skater and his strength comes in his presentation. His lines are sharp, his jumps are thrilling. Shawn has been in the back of the pack and comes in Fourth in tonights final competition. I just LOVE this man’s ability to skate beautifully. He is just amazing.

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He may not have the marks technically to be at the top of the order, but what he lacks in that area, is truly made up in his artistry as a skater. Did I mention he hails from Edmonston, New Brunswick!! I love your abilities Shawn. You are a fantastic skater.


Skate Canada Review: Men's Final

And the Medals are as follows:

1st Place Jeffrey Buttle 232.83
2nd Place Chris Mabee 209.31
3rd Place Emmanuel Sandhu 207.49
4th Place Shawn Sawyer 199.24

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After 10 months off for a back injury, Jeffrey Buttle returned to the rink, with a magnificent skate. He was beautiful and technically superior with his amazing jumps and footwork. Jeffrey is a great skater and will go to Worlds in Tokyo. Jeffrey has been a very technical skater going into the Winter Olympic, where he earned a Bronze Medal for Canada in the Men’s Skate Competition. That was a great performance, he said tonight that “the bronze medal win gave him courage” coming into tonight’s skate after being away due to his back injury. His skate was technically excellent. Maybe Jeffrey will get that Quad into his program by Worlds in Tokyo.

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Chris Mabee, of Ontario, places Second in this competition. He skated very well and with his points from his short program, skated his way to a second place finish behind team mate Jeffrey Buttle. His choice of Big Band sounds worked well to his advantage in that, he brought this program forward from his collection of routines.

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The Artistic Award for the night goes to Shawn Sawyer. I LOVE to watch Shawn skate. He is, hands down, THE BEST artistic skater in the competition. Not one of the skaters from tonight’s comeptition, had the artistic beauty that Shawn captures in his skating. He is an amazing skater and his strength comes in his presentation. His lines are sharp, his jumps are thrilling. Shawn has been in the back of the pack and comes in Fourth in tonights final competition. I just LOVE this man’s ability to skate beautifully. He is just amazing.

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He may not have the marks technically to be at the top of the order, but what he lacks in that area, is truly made up in his artistry as a skater. Did I mention he hails from Edmonston, New Brunswick!! I love your abilities Shawn. You are a fantastic skater.