Welcome to this edition of World report, I'm Tom Anthony sitting in for Christine Williams.
The BBC has admitted that Christianity is treated with less sensitivity on air than other religions. Director-general Mark Thompson, at an Oxford University research program on free speech, divulged that discriminating choice. Thompson said that television programs do not have to be as sensitive with satire, jokes, or comments about Christianity because the religion is "an established part of our cultural-built landscape" and "pretty broad shouldered." He added "The point is that for a Muslim, a depiction, particularly a comic or demeaning depiction, of the Prophet Mohammed might have the emotional force of a piece of grotesque child pornography."a
Mitt Romney has two more primary victories under his campaign belt. He picked up wins in Michigan and Arizona Tuesday. Here's a wrap-up and a look ahead to Super Tuesday.
Meanwhile, some worry Santorum's strong religious views could make him unelectable. Jonathan Mann has a pre primary look at Santorum, and what he's said about his faith.
Pope Benedict the sixteenth reaffirmed the Roman Catholic Church's opposition to all forms of artificial procreation – a couple conceiving a child through assisted means calling such means of procreation "gravely immoral." Leading experts from the world of medicine, scientific research, theology and philosophy gathered at the Vatican & discussed the problem of infertility and suggest possible treatments and coping methods for Christian couples. The pope said "The human and Christian dignity of procreation, consists not in a 'product,' but in its connection with the conjugal act.
A third victim of Monday's school shooting in Chardon, Ohio, has died. Demetrius Hewlin died Tuesday morning. Seventeen year old student Russell King Jr. was declared brain dead earlier while student Daniel Parmertor died on Monday. Two other students remain hospitalized. The suspect in Monday's shooting at Chardon High School will likely face charges as an adult.
Under Alberta, Canada's new Education Act, homeschoolers and faith-based schools will not be permitted to teach that homosexual acts are sinful as part of their academic program. Education Minister Thomas Lukaszuk says "Whatever the nature of schooling – homeschool, private school, Catholic school – we do not tolerate disrespect for differences. Reacting to the remarks, Paul Faris of the Home School Legal Defence Association said the Ministry of Education is "clearly signaling that they are in fact planning to violate the private conversations families have in their own homes."
Cosmopolitan Magazine is at it again – targeting young teen girls despite its pornographic sex tips and other adult content. And model Nicole Weider wants it to end. The March issue has former Disney star Selena Gomez gracing the cover next to the phrase "50 Sex Tips" in large font. Appalled, Weider wrote on her website for girls, ProjectInspired, "How many girls went and purchased the magazine because Gomez is on the cover and she, through her brand, urged them to do so? The thought of so many young women reading these sex tips is horrifying."
At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung announced its new Galaxy Beam. Jim Boulden has more on that from the mobile fair.
And that's this edition of World report, I'm Tom Anthony