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Attacks on Christians in Iraq :

  • Church leaders condemn `religious killing' of Kim Sun-il | Religious leaders on Thursday condemned the Iraq insurgent group responsible for the beheading of Kim Sun-il after it said Kim was murdered because he was Christian (The Korea Times)
  • Kim Sun-Il killing linked to religious activities? | The Tawhid wa al-Jihad (Unification and Holy War), an Iraqi insurgent group that kidnapped and murdered Kim Sun-il last month, posted a message on its web site indicating that the killing was linked to religious activities of Gana Trading Co., the company the late Kim worked for (The Chonsun Ilbo, South Korea)
  • Five liquor shops blown up | Attackers blew up five alcohol shops along a street in a Christian district of Baghdad overnight, the latest in a series of such strikes by suspected Muslim radicals (The Australian)

Federal Marriage Amendment (news):

  • Senators block initiative to ban same-sex unions | The Senate easily blocked an initiative that has been endorsed by President Bush and was a top priority of many of his socially conservative supporters (The New York Times)
  • Senate says no to marriage amendment | The measure, drafted to ban same-sex unions, fails in a procedural vote. The rebuff to Bush could have a bearing on the fall elections (Los Angeles Times)
  • Gay-marriage ban fails | Procedural vote scraps measure (The Denver Post)
  • Marriage amendment stopped | But homosexual "marriage" likely will continue to be a leading issue this election season (The Washington Times)
  • Over for now | Gay marriage sadly politicized (Editorial, Minneapolis Star-Tribune)
  • Judges vs. marriage | Here's how things get done in modern America: You get the media and the judiciary on your side; they do the rest (William Murchison, The Washington Times)
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