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Vatican launches campaign against gay marriage, wants non-Catholic support

The Vatican urged Catholics and non-Catholics alike Thursday to unite in campaigning against gay marriages and gay adoptions, seeking to stem the widening legal recognition of same-sex unions and the increasing acceptance of homosexual lifestyles.

One Canadian bishop went so far as to predict Prime Minister Jean Chretien will go to hell if he . . . → Read More: Vatican launches campaign against gay marriage, wants non-Catholic support

Bush Rejects Same-Sex Unions, Seeks Laws to ‘Codify’ Marriage

By Scott Lindlaw

President Bush said Wednesday he respects homosexuals but draws the line at gay weddings, and he disclosed that government lawyers are exploring measures to legally define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

“I think it is very important for our society to respect each individual, to welcome those . . . → Read More: Bush Rejects Same-Sex Unions, Seeks Laws to ‘Codify’ Marriage

Court Ruling Allowing SMS Divorce Is Overturned

The Malaysian government has overturned a religious court’s ruling that Muslim men can divorce their wives through text messages on mobile phones, a newspaper Thursday quoted the prime minister as saying.

“We decided that while it may be correct from other angles, it is not the way to get a divorce,” Prime Minister Mahathir . . . → Read More: Court Ruling Allowing SMS Divorce Is Overturned

The Abduction of Modernity (Part 4)

Part 4: Taoism and modernity By Henry C K Liu

Part 1: The race toward barbarism Part 2: That old time religion Part 3: Rule of law vs Confucianism

To Taoists, modernity is a meaningless concept because truth is timeless and life goes in circles. In post-modern thinking in the West, much of the . . . → Read More: The Abduction of Modernity (Part 4)

Tigger’s Full Moon Ritual

Under the bright full moon, in the grove at the center of the Hundred Acre Wood, the celebrants come together. Pooh, as summoner, bids them to enter into the sacred pace. One by one, they file in and take their places around the fire. And they wait, and wait and wait, and wait.

“Oh Bother!” . . . → Read More: Tigger’s Full Moon Ritual

Loch Ness monster does not exist, BBC says

By Sue Leeman

The Loch Ness monster is a Loch Ness myth – at least according to the British Broadcasting Corp., which says a team that trawled the loch for any signs of the famous monster came up with nothing more than a buoy moored several metres below the surface.

The team used 600 . . . → Read More: Loch Ness monster does not exist, BBC says

Massage with a twist

By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

Hot stones? Sesame oil? Powdered milk? Massages aren’t just Swedish anymore.

Instead, you’re rubbed with warm river stones, drizzled with sesame oil or soaked in a skin-softening milk bath. Think healing, relaxing, all-about-me time “” with a twist.

We picked five salons in the Baltimore area and sampled some of these . . . → Read More: Massage with a twist

B.C.’s best at butting out

B.C. leads the country when it comes to giving up tobacco.

Statistics Canada reports that in 2002, 17 per cent of British Columbians aged 15 and older smoked.

This year, that number is down to 16 per cent — the lowest smoking rate in the country.

. . . → Read More: B.C.’s best at butting out

Drunk man pussywhips fiancee in feline felony

Ludwigslust, Germany – A man who whipped his fiancee with a cat faces prosecution under Germany’s strict animal-rights laws, police said Monday.

In a drunken rage, the 43-year-old picked up the pet cat and repeatedly beat his fiancee with the feline until the animal was a bloody pulp.

It was unclear whether the 49-year-old woman . . . → Read More: Drunk man pussywhips fiancee in feline felony

Two ‘sciences’ collaborate on quake forecasts

NEW DELHI – Astrologers will pool their ability to foretell the future with scientific know-how starting on Friday at a workshop here aimed at creating an earthquake early warning system, an official said.

Vijay Madan, an executive member of the Astrology Study and Research Institute in Delhi, said astrologers and seismologists were keen to . . . → Read More: Two ‘sciences’ collaborate on quake forecasts