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    Behnam Mansour-Shani has lived in Belgium for thirty years. On the eve of Pope Francis’ trip to Iraq, from March 5 to 8, he recounts the persecutions suffered by Christians in the country. Interview IHe was born in 1957 in Iraqi Kurdistan, in the small Chaldean Christian village Avzruk, near Dohuk (triangle of the Syrian and Turkish borders). He speaks Chaldean – which is very similar to Aramaic, the language Jesus spoke – Arabic, Kurdish, English and French. We met Behnam Mansour-Shani, father of five, at his home in Brussels. Tell us your story?
    Western Journal February 15, 2021 0 Comments The Biden-Harris administration has decided the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is irrelevant and we do in fact need to discriminate on the basis of race, color and religion. The act states, “All persons shall be entitled to be free, at any establishment or place, from discrimination or segregation of any kind on the ground of race, color, religion, or national origin.” It goes on to say, “No person shall (a) withhold, deny, or attempt to withhold or deny, or deprive or attempt to deprive, any person of any right or privilege secured by section 201 or 202.” The stated goal of Biden’s “Executive Order On Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government” is “to assist agencies in assessing equity with respect to race, ethnicity, religion, income, geography, gender identity, sexual orientation, and disability.” The order also...
    (CNN)Civil rights icons took part in a coronavirus vaccination event at a historically Black medical school in Georgia.The event was held to encourage Black Americans to be immunized, Atlanta's Morehouse School of Medicine said in a news release.JUST WATCHEDGupta: Parents were 'camping out' 9 hours for vaccineReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCHGupta: Parents were 'camping out' 9 hours for vaccine 02:44Former UN Ambassador Andrew Young, civil rights leader Xernona Clayton, Former Health and Human Services Secretary Louis Sullivan and baseball legend Hank Aaron all received Covid-19 vaccinations Tuesday.Campaigns to encourage confidence in the vaccines against coronavirus have had to contend with America's history of racism in medical research and a lack of trust in the federal government.In December, a Kaiser study found that 35% of Black Americans would probably or definitely not get the vaccine even if it was determined to be safe by scientists -- and widely available for free.Read MoreBaseball...
    Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett speaks as she attends the second day of her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, October 13, 2020. Brendan Smialowski/Reuters About one week after Justice Amy Coney Barrett joined the bench, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case concerning discrimination against LGBTQ people on the basis of religious liberty. The case involves the right of a Catholic group working as a city contractor to not place foster children into homes with same-sex couples. During arguments today, the court appeared likely to side with the group, CNBC reported. "This is really as big as they come I think in terms of legal battles," one expert told Insider. He said the case could be "a serious blow to the rights of Obergefell," referring to the 2015 case that legalized same-sex marriage in the US. Visit...
    (CNN)Melania Trump tweeted a video of herself posted Thursday discussing for three minutes the efforts the Trump administration has made to support the rights of the gay community, blaming sentiments that President Donald Trump opposes gay rights on his "many enemies in the political establishment." "I was shocked to discover that some of these powerful people have tried to paint my husband as anti-gay or against equality. Nothing could be further from the truth," said the first lady. However, Trump has as President made several policy decisions which have affected the rights and lives of the gay community, and not in a positive way. As a presidential candidate, Trump ran on his personal belief supporting marriage only between a man and a woman.In 2015, Trump told CNN's Jake Tapper: "I'm just for traditional marriage."And in 2011, before running for office, Trump was asked by Fox News' Bill O'Reilly about same-sex...
    Merriam-Webster dictionary has updated its definition of 'sexual preference' to an 'offensive' term one day after Amy Coney Barrett's use of the phrase was slammed during her SCOTUS hearing.  The reputable dictionary's fifth definition of the word 'preference' cites 'orientation' and uses the example of 'sexual preference'. On Wednesday, this definition was updated to explain that the use of preference in relation to sexuality is 'offensive'. The change came hours after Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono said Barrett's appointment to the Supreme Court would pose a threat to LGBTQ rights and used the judge's use of the term 'sexual preference' as evidence of this concern. Hirono said the phrase is highly offensive to the LGBTQ community and is used by 'anti-LGBTQ activists' to suggest sexuality is a choice rather than an unchangeable part of an individual's identity.   Democrats have voiced concerns that Barrett - a devout Christian who is part of  a conservative religious...
    Nineteen detainees in the same dormitory at the Aurora Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility have tested positive for COVID-19 in recent days, according to a report from Congressman Jason Crow's office, marking the most significant outbreak at that detention center. "This spread within a single dorm shows the inherently dangerous nature of congregate settings like ICE detention centers," says Liz Jordan, an attorney with the Denver-based Civil Rights Enforcement and Education Center. "Even if the facility were following all CDC recommendations, an outbreak like this is not only possible, but likely. The safest thing ICE can do is release people to shelter at home with their families. Aurora Fire Rescue confirmed that it had been notified of the outbreak by facility staffers on October 2, per local ordinance.Related Stories Detainee Transfers Lead to COVID-19 Increase at Aurora ICE Facility Aurora ICE Facility Now Offering COVID-19 Tests to All Detainees House...
    Bangkok, Thailand (CNN)Thailand's Cabinet on Wednesday approved a draft bill that will legally recognize same-sex civil partnerships and give greater rights to same-sex couples, a potential first for any nation in Southeast Asia if passed into law. If ratified by parliament, it would make Thailand only the second place in Asia to allow for the registration of same-sex unions after Taiwan legalized same-sex marriage last year. While it doesn't go as far as endorsing same-sex marriage, the Civil Partnership Bill allows same-sex couples to legally register their union, a significant move in what remains a largely conservative nation. Under the draft bill, same-sex couples can adopt children, claim inheritance rights, and jointly manage assets such as property for the first time. Ratchada Thanadirek, a deputy government spokesperson, said it was a "milestone for Thai society in promoting equality among people of all genders.""The Civil Partnership Bill is an important step...
    The City of Somerville passed the ordinance during a council meeting on June 25, with it being signed into law on Monday by Mayor Joseph Curtatone A city just outside of Boston has unanimously voted to allow for polyamorous relationships, out of growing concern from residents hoping to visit their partners in hospitals during the coronavirus pandemic. The City of Somerville passed the ordinance during a council meeting on June 25, with it being signed into law on Monday by Mayor Joseph Curtatone, Councilor Lance Davis told the Boston Globe.  The ordinance may be the first of its kind  in the country. Several Massachusetts cities have already passed such policies prior to the passing of same sex marriage in the state in 2004.  'I don't think it's the place of the government to tell people what is or is not a family,' Davis said during a council meeting last week. ...
    2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden said he will be a staunch defender of LGBTQ rights if he wins November’s election, but he formerly voted for legislation that defended traditional marriage and cut off funding for programs promoting homosexuality. The former vice president has changed his stances on a variety of cultural issues, including abortion and same-sex marriage. Where Biden once said that Roe v. Wade had gone “too far,” he now says he would codify Roe v. Wade, repeal the Hyde Amendment and protect federal funding for Planned Parenthood, among other measures. His evolution on LGBTQ rights is similar. Biden in 1996 voted for the Defense of Marriage Act, legislation that blocked the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages, according to The New York Times. Section three of this legislation has since been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. Former 2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders criticized him for this vote...
    Older Americans face another pandemic risk How to ride a motorcycle 23 Must-Have Gadgets for 2020 Ad Microsoft New Car Gadget Magically Removes Scratches & Dents Ad Microsoft Transfer VHS Tapes, Film, and Photos to Digital Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/21 SLIDES © Allan Tannenbaum - Getty Images Its Pride month and we might not be able to celebrate with parades and parties, but that doesn't mean we can't be together in solidarity. It's important that we support each other during difficult times and make sure that we're doing the most to showcase our LGBTQ+ colors, but also the colors of movements from organizations like Black Lives Matter and the NAACP. If we work together, we can accomplish so much more. LGBTQ+ rights have advanced drastically in the last few decades, but there's still a long way to go. Currently there are only 29 nations that allow same-sex marriage...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump has signed a bill that aims to punish China for its human rights abuses against the Uyghur Muslim population on the same day his former national security adviser claimed Trump told Chinese President Xi Jinping he should proceed in building detainment camps for the group.A White House spokesman said Trump signed the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020 on Wednesday.In an excerpt of his forthcoming book published by The Wall Street Journal, John Bolton wrote Trump discussed the detention camps built by the Chinese government for Uyghurs in western China during a dinner at the G20 last year."With only interpreters present, Xi had explained to Trump why he was basically building concentration camps in Xinjiang. According to our interpreter, Trump said that Xi should go ahead with building the camps, which Trump thought was exactly the right thing to do," Bolton writes. "The National Security Council's...
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