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April 1st, 2010
07:45 PM ET

Should anti-abortion groups denounce Roeder?

At his sentencing today, Scott Roeder - the man who killed Kansas abortion provider George Tiller last year - gave a long, scriptural-laden defense of the slaying, arguing that he was protecting unborn children and obeying a higher law by killing the doctor.

"If you believe you can reject the defense of the innocent and be true to Christ, you believe a lie," Roeder said.

With cameras rolling, the judge cut Roeder off after 40 minutes, saying he refused to lend Roeder a national platform for his anti-abortion views. FULL POST

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Filed under: Politics

April 1st, 2010
05:08 PM ET

Condemned 'sorcerer' won't die Friday, lawyer says

A Lebanese man condemned to death for sorcery by a court in Saudi Arabia won't face beheading Friday, his lawyer said Thursday.

May El Khansa told CNN she received assurances from Lebanon's justice minister that Ali Hussain Sibat (pictured above with his wife) will not be executed Friday. But there was no indication that Sibat's death sentence would be commuted or that he would be released, she said.

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Filed under: Islam • Politics

April 1st, 2010
04:58 PM ET

Vatican: Paper 'lacks fairness' on pope

A top Vatican official has harshly criticized The New York Times' coverage of the Catholic sexual abuse crisis in a lengthy article posted on the Vatican Web site.

Cardinal William Levada, an American who heads the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said the newspaper "lacks fairness" and that it accuses the pope of "leniency and inaction" in dealing with abuse cases.

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Filed under: Catholic Church • Leaders

April 1st, 2010
11:07 AM ET

April 1st, 2010
11:05 AM ET

Conservative leader tells donors to stop giving to RNC

Tony Perkins is urging members of the Family Research Council to stop donating to the Republican National Committee.

The head of an influential social conservative organization urged members and supporters Wednesday to stop donating to the Republican National Committee and instead contribute to its own coffers or to candidates with like-minded goals.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, made the plea in his "Washington Update" column posted on the organization's Web site following the revelation that the RNC paid for a night out at a risque Hollywood nightclub.

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Filed under: Culture & Science • Leaders • Money & Faith • Politics

April 1st, 2010
09:24 AM ET

Lawyer: Beheading planned in Saudi sorcery case

Ali Hussain Sibat with two of his five children.


A Lebanese man charged with sorcery and sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia is scheduled to be beheaded on Friday, the man's lawyer said Wednesday.

May El Khansa, the attorney for Ali Hussain Sibat, told CNN that she and Sibat's family were informed about the upcoming execution. She said she heard from a source in Saudi Arabia with knowledge of the case and the proceedings that Saudi authorities "will carry out the execution."

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Filed under: Islam • Politics

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