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'A.D. The Bible Continues' goes beyond the biblical epic

By PAUL SCHEMM - Associated Press

The people are restive, the priesthood is scheming and a fanatic band of insurgents known as the zealots are plotting assassinations - and now to make matters worse, the body of a condemned cult-leader known as Jesus has disappeared from the tomb, apparently following some ancient prophecy. Published March 31, 2015

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FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2014 file photo, Peggy Young, a Virginia woman who lost her UPS job because she became pregnant, speaks to reporters outside the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court is giving the former UPS driver another chance to prove her claim of discrimination after the company did not offer her lighter duty when she was pregnant. The justices on Wednesday sided with former driver Peggy Young in throwing out lower court rulings that rejected Young’s lawsuit.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Supreme Court ruling on pregnancy protection applauded by pro-lifers

- Catholic News Agency

A recent ruling from the Supreme Court to clarify workplace protections for pregnant women will help remedy some of the pressure placed on working women to abort rather than continue pregnancies, pro-life legal experts say.

Protesters gather on the steps near the House chamber at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Monday, March 30, 2015. A House committee earlier Monday advanced an amended version of a bill that opponents say allows discrimination against gays and lesbians. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Indiana governor wants changes to religious-objections law

- Associated Press

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence asked lawmakers Tuesday to send him a clarification of the state's new religious-freedom law later this week, while Arkansas legislators passed a similar measure, despite criticism that it is a thinly disguised attempt to permit discrimination against gays.

Correction: Arab Museum-Little Syria story

- Associated Press

In a story March 27 about a 'Little Syria' exhibit going to Ellis Island, The Associated Press, due to incorrect information from the Arab American National Museum, erroneously reported the date the exhibit will open. It opens Oct. 1, 2016, not Oct. 1 of this year.

File--In this file photograph taken on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, an unidentified woman, left, consoles Arlene Holmes, right, as she leaves the courtroom after a pretrial readiness hearing in Centennial, Colo., in the murder trial of her son, James Holmes, who is charged with killing 12 moviegoers and wounding 70 more in a shooting spree in a crowded theater in Aurora, Colo., in July 2012. Arlene Holmes and her husband, Bob, told the Del Mar Times in the couple's first interview since the mass shooting about the book she wrote after her son's rampage in which she said that she prays for the victims of the theatre rampage daily "by name and by wound."  (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Colorado theater shooter's mom feels guilt over his illness

- Associated Press

The mother of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes feels guilty for not knowing her son was mentally ill and needed treatment, she wrote in a book of prayers and reflections compiled since the 2012 attack.

FILE - This May 27, 2008 file photo shows the State of Texas execution chamber in Huntsville, Texas. A leading association for pharmacists on Monday has approved a proposal declaring that participation in lethal injection executions by compounding pharmacies would be a violation of core pharmacy values. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

Pharmacist group says members shouldn't aid in executions

- Associated Press

In a move that could heighten the hurdles faced by states attempting to execute prisoners, a leading association for U.S. pharmacists has officially discouraged its members from providing drugs for use in lethal injections.

Schiavo

Obama regrets not speaking up for Terri Schiavo

- The Washington Times

The Rev. Frank Pavone, a pro-life leader, was one of the few able to visit Terri Schiavo in the final days of her life 10 years ago as she lay in a hospital bed, fixed to a feeding tube, the subject of an intense national debate over euthanasia.

This undated image released by NBC shows The Willis Clan, 12 sibling contestants on the talent competition series, "America's Got Talent," in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/NBC, Eric Liebowitz)

Willis family gets new TV show 2 decades after crash

Associated Press

A new TV show is set to focus on the grandchildren of a couple who lost six kids in a 1994 van crash that was linked to the investigation and conviction of former Illinois Gov. George Ryan.

In this Monday, March 23, 2015 photo, National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis, left, and the head of the National Park Foundation Dan Wenk stand in an empty Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool on the National Mall in Washington. With its centennial approaching in 2016, the park service will launch a major campaign Thursday, April 2, in New York City to raise support and introduce a new, more diverse generation of millennials and children to "America's best idea," the national parks. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

National parks call on Americans to 'Find Your Park'

- Associated Press

After nearly 100 years, the National Park Service holds some of the country's most beautiful and historic places, though it also suffers from an $11 billion backlog of unfunded maintenance and a visitor base that's aging and mostly white.

Scene from the film "The Passion of the Christ."

The Bible and the media

There is no question anymore about the commercial value of biblical dramas.

Thousands of opponents of Indiana Senate Bill 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, gathered on the lawn of the Indiana State House to rally against that legislation Saturday, March 28, 2015.  Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill Thursday prohibiting state laws that "substantially burden" a person's ability to follow his or her religious beliefs. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)

Media distortion of Indiana's religious freedom bill

'Indiana Governor Signs Anti-Gay 'Religious Freedom' Bill At Private Ceremony," blared the headline in the Huffington Post. "Lawmakers To 'Clarify' Anti-Gay Law," screamed National Public Radio. "Indiana's Pence tries to defend new anti-gay measure," barked MSNBC. "Pence: Indiana 'not going to change' anti-LGBT law," bellowed CNN.

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks during a taping of the Black Girls Rock award ceremony at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Newark. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Michelle Obama declares 'Black Girls Rock!'

- Associated Press

First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated the beauty, power and tenacity of black women while spreading her own message of education for girls at Black Girls Rock!, an annual event honoring trailblazing women of color from all walks of life.

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Religious liberty: 5 things you should know

- The Washington Times

The Indiana law, which was fashioned on the federal version, is being called anti-gay and discriminatory against gays, and it has drawn heckles from the likes of NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, ESPN mouth-man Keith Olbermann and former "Star Trek" actor George Takei. The mayor of Seattle wants to prohibit city workers from traveling to Indiana. In light of that and more, here are five things about religion and gay rights that you need to know:

Chart to accompany Moore article March 30, 2015

Not hard at work but hardly working

The great conundrum of the U.S. economy today is that we have record numbers of working-age Americans out of the labor force at the same time we have businesses desperately trying to find workers. For example, the American Transportation Research Institute estimates there are about 35,000 trucker jobs that could be filled tomorrow if workers would take these jobs — a shortage that could rise to 240,000 by 2022.

Illustration on the lack of U.S abortion data by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The unhealthy state of abortion statistics

Abortion advocates in Congress and in state legislatures claim that abortions are "safe." Yet numerous, long-standing problems at the state and federal level illustrate that the abortion data collection and reporting system in the United States is haphazard and dysfunctional, making assertions about "abortion safety" unreliable.

FILE - In this  July 27, 2005 file photo, a temple to the Shamash sun god still stands over 1,750 years after the Sassanian empire razed the Mesopotamian city of Hatra, 320 kilometers (200 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq's minister of tourism and antiquities told The Associated Press, Saturday, March 7, 2015, that the government is investigating reports that the ancient archaeological site of Hatra in northwestern Iraq is being demolished by militants from the Islamic State group. The group has already looted artifacts from Nimrud, another ancient archaeological site, on Friday and bulldozed it in a move UNESCO deemed "a war crime." (AP Photo/Antonio Castaneda, File)

Islam bulldozes the past

The ISIS record fits into an old and common pattern of destruction of historical artifacts by Muslims.

Illustration on love, forgiveness and racial harmony by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The power of forgiveness

Turn on the news and you expect to see people of different races and politics denouncing each other. That's why what happened last week on "The Kelly File," Megyn Kelly's Fox News program, was so remarkable.

Ten Commandments Loom Over the Capitol Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A capitol challenge to earthly power

In a time when the most basic truths and institutions are under relentless attack, it should hearten many to know that a gargantuan cultural counterstrike is taking shape in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol dome.

Freedom yes, redefining marriage no

By an almost 2-1 margin, Americans in a recent poll declared they agree that "States and citizens should remain free to uphold marriage as the union of a man and a woman and the Supreme Court shouldn't force all 50 states to redefine marriage."

Phyllis Schlafly Portrait Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Applauding an elegant conservative

Recently, I was temporarily placed on the Southern Poverty Law Center's watch list for extremism simply because I vocally support traditional marriage. I remember thinking: When did advocating for lifelong love between one man and one woman become a hate crime? Fortunately, the group saw the folly of its ways and apologized, removing me from the list.

Victory at all Costs Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The face of evil

The graphic pictures of a Jordanian pilot being burned alive by militants from the Islamic State, or ISIS, were chilling and raised doubts about the humanity of the Islamic terrorists capable of such barbarism. This coupled with beheadings and crucifixions gives us a better understanding of the evil we, along with the rest of the world, are facing.

Failing Welfare Programs Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The failing legacy of the ‘Great Society’

It is Black History Month, and as people reflect on the struggles and accomplishments of African-Americans over many decades, many agree that "more can be done" to ensure economic opportunity for all Americans.

In this March 7, 1965 file photo, tear gas fumes fill the air as state troopers, ordered by Alabama Gov. George Wallace, break up a demonstration march in Selma, on what is known as Bloody Sunday. A new march, led by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., began March 21 and arrived in Montgomery on March 25, with the crowd swelling to 25,000 by the time they reached the Capitol. The 50th anniversary of the civil rights marches in Selma and the hit movie, "Selma" that tells the story are expected to bring thousands of visitors to this historic Alabama city. (AP Photo, File)

Selma is among holy places in America

- Deseret News

There are places that are holy in American history: Gettysburg and Shiloh. Lexington and Concord. Ground Zero in Manhattan. To this list, Americans need to add Selma, Alabama.