Wednesday, September 01, 2004

First-Time Voters for Life
According to a recent poll, new voters are trending pro-life on abortion.
Zogby also revealed that more Americans consider themselves pro-life (49 percent) than pro-choice (45 percent). And according to a Gallup Youth Survey released last November, 72 percent of U.S. teenagers think abortion is morally wrong, 32 percent of teens would outlaw it entirely, and only 19 percent support abortion on demand.

'The Passion' Sells 2.4 Million DVDs
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The DVD of Mel Gibson's biblical epic "The Passion of the Christ" went on sale Tuesday and sold 2.4 million copies by midday.

Pope, Vatican unruffled by new terror threats
Rome, Aug. 30 ( - Amid new reports of a possible terrorist threat on Italy, one Islamic extremist group has promised not to attack the Vatican, and a top official at the Holy See has reported that Pope John Paul II (bio - news) has shown "great interior serenity" in the face of terrorist threats.

Supreme Court Considers Texas Sodomy Law,2933,131056,00.html
TOPEKA, Kan. — The state can punish illegal underage sex more harshly when it involves homosexual acts, even if the only goal is promoting traditional sexual roles, an official told the Kansas Supreme Court (search) on Tuesday.

Vietnam's New Religious Ordinance Under Fire
Vietnam's communist government is introducing a new ordinance that claims to uphold citizens' rights to religious freedom, but critics -- including church leaders inside Vietnam -- say the authorities are, on the contrary, trying to restrict the freedom to worship.
The move comes at a time when advocacy groups are pressing for U.S. Senate passage of legislation passed last month in the House of Representatives, which ties increases in U.S. aid to improvements in Vietnam's human rights record.
Previous efforts to get the Vietnam Human Rights Act enacted were stymied by Sen. John Kerry, the Democratic presidential candidate. Arguing that the move would hinder rather than help reforms, Kerry used his position as chairman of the foreign relations committee's East Asian and Pacific Affairs subcommittee to block further progress.

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