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Darwin Didn’t Further Science All That Much – February 23, 2009
Philip S. Skell makes the case that while Darwin’s ideas were useful in some ways, they are not the great boon to modern biological science that they are often promoted as. “It is our knowledge of how these organisms actually operate, not speculations about how they may have arisen millions of years ago, that is essential to doctors, veterinarians, farmers and other practitioners of biological science…” Forbes.com

UN Anti-Racism Conference Is Also Anti-Israel – February 23, 2009
The draft document for the United Nations anti-racism conference, dubbed Durban II, is problematic both for Israel and western democracies in general. “As far as we believe, Durban II is going to be the anti-Semitic event of 2009,” said Amos Hermon, the head of the task force. “It looks worse than we expected, even though it’s not yet clear what the end result will be.” The Jerusalem Post

Muslims Kill African Union Peacekeepers at Church – February 23, 2009
Jihadists in Somalia targeted their victims while they were attending a church service. It was the deadliest attack on peacekeepers in the lawless Horn of Africa country since the AMISOM force was deployed there in March 2007. Sunday’s attack came three days after a gathering in Mogadishu of Islamic clerics ended with a call for AMISOM peacekeepers to leave Somalia within 120 days and for shari’a to be implemented. CNS News

Sex Trafficking Busts Rescue 48 Teen Prostitutes – February 23, 2009
The FBI has rescued 48 suspected teenage prostitutes, some as young as 13, in a nationwide sweep to remove kids from the illegal sex trade and punish their accused pimps. Over a three-night initiative called Operation Cross Country, federal agents working with local law enforcement also arrested more than 571 suspects on a variety of federal and state prostitution-related charges, the bureau said. AP

Benjamin Netanyahu Chosen As Israel’s Next Prime Minister – February 20, 2009
President Shimon Peres confirmed that he had asked the Likud leader, who finished a close second in the country’s election, to build a coalition. Giving an acceptance speech that did not mention the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process or a two-state solution, Mr Netanyahu instead placed much of his focus on Iran’s enrichment of uranium. Times Online

Alliance Defense Fund To Defend Wisconsin Public Prayer – February 19, 2009
Americans United for Separation of Church and State has threatened legal action against La Crosse, along with Dodge and Vernon counties, unless they stop permitting invocations at the beginning of public meetings. ADF has offered to help all three groups. Citizen Link


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