Weekly News Round Up, March 2, 2012

On Fridays, I post some of the more interesting articles I've come across throughout the week to help you keep current on what's happening in the the church, both in America and abroad. I also post up some fun things that I come across. I post these up to inform and get you thinking, not because I endorse the content. 

Christianity gets less sensitive treatment than other religions admits BBC chief 

BBC director-general Mark Thompson has claimed Christianity is treated with far less sensitivity than other religions because it is ‘pretty broad shouldered’.

60 Second Summary: After-birth abortion: why should the baby live? & Journal editor defends pro-infanticide piece: Killing newborns is already legal in Holland

The Gospel Coalition and LifeSiteNews comment on the recent Journal Of Medical Ethics article, "After-birth abortion: why should the baby live?" 

SpirituaI Trends to Watch in 2012

Some people are terrified of 2012. Their fear is based on the fact that the Mayans of ancient Mexico mysteriously ended their 5,126-year-old calendar on Dec. 21, 2012—as if they expected the world to end that day.

Despite strange weather patterns, global terrorism and the spectre of an economic crash, J. Lee Grady is optimistic about where we’re headed in 2012 and has noticed these 12 emerging trends—some negative, some positive—that will shape our future.

Judge gives NYC churches access to public schools

NEW YORK (AP) - Churches won back the right to hold services in the city's public schools when a federal judge issued an injunction Friday against its no-worship policy. The city said it would immediately appeal, guaranteeing that a case that has gone back and forth for 17 years will continue.

Couple Married 72 Years Dies Holding Hands

DES MOINES, Iowa -- An Iowa couple who was married for 72 years died one hour apart last October in the hospital as they held hands. Family said the story of Gordon, 94, and Norma Yeager, 90, is a real-life love story. 

Insurance fight shows Catholic-Evangelical ties

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - After the White House decreed this month that religious employers would have to pay for workers' birth control, it was no surprise that Roman Catholic leaders would protest. That evangelical Protestants would rally to their cause was less expected and unthinkable even a generation ago.

"It's just the common good. We're all brothers. They're Christians, we're Christians," said Thomas Fallon, 43, a general contractor who lives in Auburn, Mass., and converted to Southern Baptism from Catholicism. "We have that belief system that this is wrong that the government is trying to impose on our religious beliefs."