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September 28, 2012
List Identifies Corporate Supporters of Planned Parenthood

(Christian Newswire) Life Decisions International (LDI) has released a revised edition of The Boycott List, which identifies corporations that support Planned Parenthood, the world`s primary abortion-advocacy behemoth.

"As a direct result of the commitment, action and prayers of pro-family people, at least 289 corporations have stopped funding Planned Parenthood," said Kenneth C. Garvey, LDI`s Director of Communications. It is estimated that the boycott has cost Planned Parenthood more than $40 million since the Corporate Funding Project (CFP) began. "This should serve as a testament to those who think it impossible to change corporate behavior."

New boycott targets include Intuit (Go-Payment, Lacerte, Mint, ProSeries, QuickBooks, Quicken, SnapTax, TurboTax, etc.) and VIA Rail (train service in Canada).

Some of the corporations continuing as boycott targets are: Adobe, AOL, Arthur Murray, Bank of America, Bikram`s Yoga, Chevron, Danone (Dannon products), Darden Restaurants (eateries including Olive Garden, Red Lobster, etc.), eBay (PayPal, etc.), Marriott, Midas, NACCO (Hamilton Beach and Proctor Silex products; Kitchen Collection and Le Gourmet Chef stores), Nike, Pernod Ricard (alcoholic products including Absolute, Ballantine`s, Beefeater, Chivas Regal, Kahlúa, Malibu, Royal Salute. etc.), Select Comfort (Sleep Number bed), Southwest Airline (Jet Blue, etc.),  Starwood (lodging including Four Points, Sheraton, St. Regis, W, Westin, etc.), TD Bank Group, UBS (financial services), Wells Fargo, Whole Foods, and Wyndham (lodging including Baymont, Days Inn, Dream Hotels, Hawthorne, Howard Johnson, Knights Inn, Microtel, Night, Ramada, Super 8, Travelodge, TRYP Hotels, Wingate, etc.).

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September 28, 2012
Group: DADT (Don`t Ask, Don`t Tell) repeal has harmed religious liberty

(BP) One year after the military began allowing gay, lesbian and bisexual service members to openly proclaim their sexuality, some conservative groups continue to call for an end to the change in policy.

But their pleas are falling largely on deaf ears on Capitol Hill, where most lawmakers seem content to focus on other issues.

The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty (CARL), which represents more than 2,000 chaplains serving the armed forces, said it is cataloging examples of negative consequences that have resulted from the repeal of the military`s "Don`t Ask, Don`t Tell" policy. After Congress voted in December 2010 for repeal, White House and Pentagon officials set Sept. 20, 2011, as the official end date of the then-16-year-old policy that prevented homosexuals from serving openly in the military.

Entire article.

September 28, 2012
Spank a kid, get hard time

(WND) Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden says it’s “paramount” to keep children safe, but a new law he spearheaded will prevent – under threat of jail time – parents from giving junior a swat on the bottom hard enough to help him remember it’s not a good thing to poke a spoon handle into an electric outlet.

That’s because Biden’s new law, signed by Democratic Delaware Gov. Jack Markell Sept. 12, defines any “pain,” even from a loving swat, as “physical injury” and threatens parents with up to two years in jail for disciplining their children.

According to a statement from the Home School Legal Defense Association,
which fought the proposal, the law previously permitted a parent to use force to punish a child for misconduct, but it held parents back from any action that caused – or was likely to cause – physical injury.

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September 28, 2012
France to ban ‘mother’ and ‘father’ in all legal terminology

(LifeSiteNews.com) As with most of the jurisdictions that have adopted “gay marriage,” France will be changing the language of its laws and regulations related to marriage and parenthood to eliminate the terms “mother” and “father”. All references to mothers and fathers, the government has said, will be changed to “parents”.

The new socialist government has promised to bring forward a law by the end of October. They have already said there will be no provisions granted for conscientious objections from state marriage ministers.

The bill, being drafted now, will create identical marriage ceremonies for same-sex partners as for natural marriages. French media reports that the bill calls marriage “a union of two people, of different or the same gender”.

It will also grant adoption rights to homosexual partners.

Entire article.

September 28, 2012
New Jersey Legislature Introduces Physician-Assisted Suicide Bill

(CitizenLink) A New Jersey lawmaker proposed a bill Monday that would let doctors legally prescribe lethal doses of medication to help patients end their lives.

State Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-Gloucester) proposed A3328, the New Jersey Death With Dignity Act, which would allow doctors to issue deadly drugs to patients who’ve been told they have less than six months to live.

New Jersey Family Policy Council President Len Deo said the organization is “very much opposed” to the legislation.

“We believe that life should run its course,” he told CitizenLink. “As our country struggles with the culture of death verses the culture of life, these are inevitable the outcomes we will see in public policy.”

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September 28, 2012
Black pastors continue to petition president re: `gay marriage`

(OneNewsNow) A coalition of African-American pastors and leaders is visiting states important to President Obama to voice their opposition to same-sex "marriage." Most are Democrats, but are against the party`s endorsement of such unions.

Bishop David Hall of Temple Church of God in Christ in Memphis, Tennessee tells OneNewsNow there is a strong Christian principle at stake.

"We believe that if we move out and publicly state our dissatisfaction with the president`s support of those things that it will truly awaken the black electorate and those Christian persons in the black community who have for so long supported family and its maintenance," he says.

Hall stresses it is not the focus of The Coalition of African-American Pastors to convince people not to vote for the President, but rather to ratchet up support for traditional values.

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September 28, 2012
FTC: Rented computers spied on customers, secretly snapped pics

(The Hill) The Federal Trade Commission reached a settlement on Tuesday with seven computer rental companies over charges that the companies used software to spy on their customers.

The FTC said the companies captured screenshots, logged keystrokes and even activated the computer webcams to take pictures of people in their homes. The customers were not told about the spying software.

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September 28, 2012
Muslim-led nations seek global ban on insults of Muhammad

(Washington Times) As the U.N. General Assembly convenes this week in New York, several leaders of mostly Muslim nations are suggesting that the world body consider sanctions on blasphemy, amid widespread protests against an amateur movie that denigrates Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he will focus at least part of his remarks on the film when he addresses the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday.

“I am the prime minister of a nation, of which most are Muslims, that has declared anti-Semitism a crime against humanity. But the West hasn’t recognized Islamophobia as a crime against humanity. It has encouraged it,” Mr. Erdogan told reporters last week.

Turkey heads the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, a body of 57 nations, which has long pushed for a U.N. resolution condemning the “defamation of religion.”

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September 28, 2012
The Tip of the Iceberg of Christian Persecution

(Middle East Forum) According to a September 8 report on CNN, "A Christian pastor sentenced to death in Iran for apostasy was reunited with his family Saturday after a trial court acquitted him... Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, born to Muslim parents and a convert to Christianity by age 19, was released after being held in prison for almost three years under a death sentence.... Setting aside the death sentence, a trial court convicted Nadarkhani of a lesser charge—evangelizing Muslims—and declared that his prison sentence had already been served... His case drew international attention after his October 2009 arrest, and the 34-year-old pastor refused to recant his Christian beliefs."

In a separate story published the same day, "Pakistani authorities on Saturday released a teenage Christian girl detained over accusations of blasphemy," for allegedly burning pages of a Koran. Up till then, local Muslims were calling for the death of the 14-year-old Christian girl, Rimsha Masih, warning that, if released, they would "take the law into their own hands."

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September 28, 2012
Same Sex Marriage: A Child’s View

(Church Report) Kids need both a mom and a dad! The current controversy concerning marriage may be one of the biggest distractions in this election season. It is often categorized as a divisive “social issue.” Many Americans realize that the definition of marriage, the controversy about abortion, and America’s support of Israel are huge spiritual and moral issues which will determine the kind of America we will create for the generations that follow us.

Same-sex marriage advocates love to talk about the freedom to love and their own interpretation of “rights.”  The truth is that none of us need a legal contract to love - we are all born with that freedom. Marriage is not really about the desires of adults.  It should be about endorsing the kind of families that will be the best for kids and supporting those unions with public policies, even though other living arrangements may exist.

Entire article.

September 27, 2012
Bible Apps Available in Closed Countries

(Christian Newswire)  Scandinavia Publishing House, a Christian publishing house, has now made 85 children`s Bibles available as apps that can be downloaded and read on the iPhone and iPad. Android and Kindle formats are on their way. They are being sold worldwide, even in closed Muslim and communist countries where the written Bible and other Christian symbols are not permitted.

"We are able to monitor global sales of our apps daily," says Jørgen Vium Olesen, Publisher of Scandinavia Publishing. "In just one day, 300 Bibles and biblical books were downloaded in approximately 60 countries. There were 94 books in the USA, 25 in China, 23 in Saudi Arabia, 19 in the United Arab Emirates, 9 in Malaysia, 7 in Russia, and 4 in Egypt. Some days, up to 52 are downloaded in Saudi Arabia alone."

Legal in China
"We continue to see a high number of downloads in China. In Beijing in 2010 we were informed there are no restrictions on digital Bibles and children`s Bibles in China," explains Jørgen. "If this freedom remains, it will provide a great opportunity to legally get Bibles into China using digital means."

Scandinavia`s vision
Scandinavia was founded upon the vision BRINGING GOOD NEWS TO KIDS AND FAMILIES. Our passion is to get the Gospel out to people all over the world and selling apps worldwide is allowing us to do that in an entirely new way.

Be Aware
When searching for Children`s Bibles at app store buyers need to be aware that there are several other books with similar titles (Child`s Bible, The Children Bible etc.). It is important to look for the logo depicting Jesus lifting a little child.

Once the app is downloaded the user can start looking over all the books available. Each series has at least one book that can be downloaded free. Prices for the digital books are somewhat cheaper than printed books since there are no postage and delivery fees. After downloading and using the app, users are invited to rate the books to provide feedback and indicate their level of satisfaction with their purchase.

So far Scandinavia has only released digital books in English but hopes to soon release them as e-books in several other languages. Digital versions of their books all have a built-in function which makes it possible to record them in the user`s own language. For instance, a grandmother may tell a story from the Bible to her grandchildren and then use that recording many times. It is also possible to enlarge the text, see details of the pictures, and in some cases, see a small animation of the books.

The Bible books released on the internet include the following series:

  • Famous People of the Bible -- 24 books and a free preview of the Noah book.
  • Comic Book Bible -- for teenagers. It uses guided view.
  • Adventure Story Bible -- 30 books suitable for children 6-12 years old.
  • The Children`s Bible -- sold more than 6 million copies in 92 languages in 120 countries. As an app, it can be bought as a complete book or divided into Old and New Testament stories.
  • The Little Children`s Bible Books -- 24 books for children 3-7 years old.
  • The Handy Bible series -- 5 different books for younger children.

For many years Scandinavia Publishing House has published children`s Bibles for various groups. Now these children`s Bibles have been converted to e-books with amazing extra features and interactive functions. These Bible apps can be instantly downloaded today!

September 27, 2012
Morning-after pills available at 13 NYC schools

(AP)  The New York City Department of Education is making the morning-after-pill available to high school girls at 13 public schools.

The DOE says girls as young as 14 will be able to get the Plan B emergency contraception without parental consent.

Entire article.

September 22, 2012
Vote Early by Absentee Ballot!

Election Day, November 6th, is just around the corner!  Did you know that you can vote early in many states?  Instead of standing in line and waiting to cast your vote, you can do it early and make sure your vote counts, no matter what life throws at you on Election Day.
 
It’s simple: click here, request your absentee ballot, fill it out at home, send it by mail, and cast your vote!  Be sure to check the guidelines and deadline for your state, which you’ll see when you request your absentee ballot.
 
Not sure if you’re registered?  No problem!  Click here, to make sure you are registered and then, be sure to vote.
 
Let’s make our voices heard loud and clear – and early!

September 21, 2012
Leading our children to life: what’s a pro-life parent to do?

(LifeSiteNews) Unfortunately, as pro-life parents, we know all too well that our children are not being raised in a culture that values life. Babies are aborted left and right, often with no reason other than that they simply weren’t “convenient.” Elderly people are no longer honored and respected. In some cases, they are left to die while we call ourselves “merciful.” Our culture is, in many ways, self-centered and apt to enjoy violence while freely supporting the destruction of those things or people we don’t agree with. What’s a pro-life parent to do? How do we encourage our children to value life and speak out for it?

I believe that it is very important to bring our children along and involve them in pro-life work. Here are a few ideas...

Entire article.

September 21, 2012
Pastors Get Ready to Preach Politics, Challenge IRS

(Christian Post) Over 1,000 pastors are set to defy the IRS next month by intentionally preaching on politics. The ultimate goal is to reach the court so that the "muzzle" on churches can be declared unconstitutional.

"People in America are allowed to debate these issues except for pastors from the pulpit," said Erik W. Stanley, senior legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, on Family Talk last week. "The pastors of America, your voices need to be heard on these vital issues. It`s unjust, it`s unconstitutional that you`ve been censored and taken out of the public debate every time an election season rolls around.

"This restriction must be declared unconstitutional."

Entire article.

September 21, 2012
`Last Ounce of Courage` Has Largest Theater Debut Since `The Passion`

(Charisma News) Last Ounce of Courage, a freedom, family and faith film that premiered on 600 screens across America on 9/11 in commemoration of Patriot Day, will release nationally in more than 1,400 theaters on Sept. 14, making it the largest opening weekend for a faith-based film since "The Passion of the Christ."

 
"Our mission with Last Ounce of Courage is to not just affect the box office numbers, but to also honor the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country," said director Kevin McAfee. "We hope this film will spark a movement of standing up and honoring our military men and women and the freedoms for which they have fought."

Entire article.
September 21, 2012
Why California’s Three-Parent Law Was Inevitable

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September 21, 2012
Canada: Christian dad fighting for parental rights smeared in local press

(LifeSiteNews) The Hamilton-area Christian father who is suing the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board after the board refused his repeated requests over two years to withdraw his children from classes dealing with homosexuality and other sensitive issues, is coming under attack from the local newspaper, The Spectator.

Dr. Steve Tourloukis, the man behind the lawsuit, which seeks to ensure that he is notified before controversial subjects are discussed in class, is a dentist, a member of the Greek Orthodox Church, and has a daughter in grade one and a son in grade four.

Entire article.

September 21, 2012
Did this graphic abortion picture take down China’s forced abortion policy?

(LifeSiteNews) Did a graphic image of an aborted baby take down China’s policy of forced abortion?

As the global pro-life community holds its breath in the wake of breaking news that China’s Population and Family Planning Commission has, according to Lillian Kwon of the Christian Post, “issued an order to ban the use of forced abortion when enforcing its one-child policy,” this appears increasingly likely.

Entire article.

September 21, 2012
Armada of international naval power massing in the Gulf as Israel prepares an Iran strike

(The Telegraph) Cruisers, aircraft carriers and minesweepers from 25 nations are converging on the strategically important Strait of Hormuz in an unprecedented show of force as Israel and Iran move towards the brink of war.

Western leaders are convinced that Iran will retaliate to any attack by attempting to mine or blockade the shipping lane through which passes around 18 million barrels of oil every day, approximately 35 per cent of the world’s oil traded by sea.

A blockade would have a catastrophic effect on the fragile economies of Britain, Europe the United States and Japan, all of which rely heavily on oil and gas supplies from the Gulf.

Entire article.

September 21, 2012
NBC shows U.S. life after EMP blast

(WND) A new network television drama is presenting the cataclysmic consequences of an EMP attack, but the United States government is still ignoring the threat.

The new NBC television show “Revolution” portrays life in the former United States 15 years after an electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, disables all electronics. Society collapses almost instantly, and the country devolves into a collection of mutually hostile self-styled militias, private armies and warring tribes.

Entire article.

September 21, 2012
Muslim cleric Abu Islam Burns the Holy Bible

(Continental News) Muslim cleric Abu Islam Burns the Holy Bible in front of thousands of Muslims at protest outside the US Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, on Tuesday, 9/11. His action was met with applause and anti-Christian cheers from the demonstrators.

According to Mary Abdelmassih in a story carried by the Assyrian International News Agency (www.aina.org), the cleric, before leaving the demonstration and getting into his car, told the crowds “next time I will urinate on it.”

The video shows the Muslim cleric tearing the Bible

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September 21, 2012
Most vulnerable casualty of DC tax battle may be orphans, foster kids

(FoxNews) Amid talk of the “fiscal cliff” and how much wealthier Americans should pay the government, not much attention has been paid to the most vulnerable class of tax code casualties: orphans and foster kids desperately hoping to be placed in loving homes.

But among the so-called Bush tax cuts set to expire at the end of the year is a one-time adoption tax credit that can give families nearly $13,000 in aid for taking in a parentless child. Advocates fear that if the tax credit is not renewed, tens or even hundreds of thousands of kids will be left to fend for themselves.

Entire article.

September 21, 2012
Values Voter Summit Highlights Abortion, Adoption

(Christian Post) Ending abortion has been a central concern of social conservatives since the movement, sometimes called the "Christian Right" or "Religious Right," began in the late 1970`s. At the Values Voter Summit this past weekend, adoption was also a common theme linked to the pro-life cause.

Several of the speakers spoke about their personal experience as either an adoptee or adoptive parent. One speaker was the survivor of a botched abortion while another was given up for adoption after his biological mother was raped.

"You can`t discuss a pro-life sort of worldview unless it includes, foundationally, adoption as something that is highly promoted. There are two alternatives to abortion: parenthood and adoption. There`s only two," Ryan Bomberger told The Christian Post Saturday.

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September 21, 2012
Worshippers Gather Near Debris of Church Demolished by Russian Gov`t

(Christian Post) It was the second Sunday since Russian police demolished Holy Trinity Pentecostal Church on the eastern edge of Moscow, but the pastor and members have not canceled any of their scheduled meetings despite increasing pressure from authorities to stop gathering near the ruins.

Almost the entire three-story building of the church in Kosino-Ukhtomsky District in Moscow`s Eastern Administrative District had been destroyed by police and so-called civil volunteers in the early hours of Sept. 6, but the congregation still chose to gather for its 11 a.m. service on Sunday.

The church met against the will of local authorities. The church`s pastor, Vasili Romanyuk, was summoned by police last Sunday, when the believers stayed for the two-and-a-half-hour service in the rain. Police called the gathering an "unauthorized meeting."

Entire article.

September 21, 2012
Christian Scholars Not Fazed by `Gospel of Jesus` Wife`

(Christian Post)  The so-called "Gospel of Jesus` Wife" isn`t sending shockwaves through the Christian world as some publications have reported. In fact, many are dismissing the ancient fragment as either insignificant or forged.

"This is sensationalism masquerading as scholarship," said R. Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, in a commentary Thursday.

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September 21, 2012
72% Put Freedom of Speech Ahead of Not Offending Other Cultures

(Rasmussen) Voters overwhelmingly rate protecting freedom of speech as more important than not offending other nations and cultures despite claims that the latest outbreak of anti-American violence in the Middle East is due to an amateur YouTube video that mocks Islam.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 72% of Likely U.S. Voters believe it is more important for the United States to guarantee freedom of speech. Only 15% consider it more important for the United States to make sure that nothing is done to offend other nations and cultures. Thirteen percent (13%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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September 17, 2012
Last Ounce of Courage in Theaters

(Christian Cinema) Last Ounce of Courage is the story of a grieving father inspired by his grandson to take a stand for faith and freedom against a tide of apathy and vanishing liberty. Alongside fellow citizens of courage, faith, and integrity, he is a champion for the cherished principles we the people hold dear. A tale of family bonds and free expression, the film seeks to encourage all Americans to take a stand and raise their voices in support of their beliefs.

Last Ounce of Courage is directed by Darrel Campbell (Pistol) and Kevin McAfee (End of the Spear, Beyond the Gates of Splendor). The screenplay was written by Darrel Campbell, who was inspired to write the film by his concern over vanishing religious freedoms in our nation.

Entire article.

September 17, 2012
More Than 100 Cities Will Rally Against Obama HHS Mandate

(LifeNews) Next month, thousands of pro-life advocates in more than 100 cities will engage in rallies to stand up for their religious freedom against the controversial HHS mandate the Obama administration put in place.

The mandate has upset pro-life advocates and church groups by making them be involved in getting abortion-causing drugs for women, birth control and sterilizations.

Matt Yonke of the Pro-Life Action League has more on the upcoming events:

With the October 20 Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rallystill more than five weeks away, the list of Rally cities taking part just reached 105!

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September 17, 2012
Christian retail owners fight $1.3 million-per-day HHS mandate fine in court

(LifeSiteNews) The Obama administration is set to levy as much as a $1.3 million per day fine against a Christian retail business based on their religious objection to abortifacient drugs, according to a lawsuit filed this week.

Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., with more than 500 arts and crafts stores in 41 states and over 22,500 employees, is reportedly the largest for-profit business yet to file suit over the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate requiring businesses to provide free abortion-causing drugs, such as the “week-after” pill Ella, as non-negotiable “preventive services.”

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September 17, 2012
US Experts Testify on Dangers of Disabilities Treaty

(C-FAM) A panel of experts warned U.S. lawmakers this week that the UN Disabilities treaty could threaten the rights of parents and advance abortion rights.

“This treaty… would allow unelected bureaucrats in Switzerland to determine the meaning of the words ‘disability’ and ‘sexual reproductive health,’ said Congressman Jeff Duncan following a briefing to the House Sovereignty Caucus. “Such ambiguity could lead to frivolous litigation and advancing abortion as a ‘human right.’”

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) passed the Senate Foreign Affairs subcommittee in July. An amendment by Senator Marco Rubio clarifying that the treaty cannot be used to advance abortion was supported by all Republicans senators but was defeated when all Democratic senators voted against it.

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September 17, 2012
Christian girls in Pakistan continue to be kidnapped, abducted and forcibly converted to Islam

(CLAAS) In the recent months there have several reports about the ongoing persecution, kidnapping and abduction of the Christian women and girls in Pakistan.

According to a report from the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), last year 1800 Christian and Hindu girls were forcibly converted to Islam. The police hardly registered any cases against the

Muslim kidnappers and sometimes even supported them. On some occasions courts even used Islamic laws in favour of the perpetrators. This is a growing problem for Christians and Hindus and CLAAS has raised its concerns with the Pakistani government, but unfortunately it has fallen on deaf ears. Pakistan is becoming an increasingly unsafe place for religious minorities.

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September 17, 2012
What’s Driving High Poverty Numbers?

(Heritage Foundation) Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released its annual poverty numbers. It reports that 46.2 million Americans remain poor; the figure was unchanged from last year. The percentage of Americans who were poor remained at a near-record 15 percent.

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September 17, 2012
‘You’ve lost the battle’: Gay activist Catholic teacher taunts parental rights supporters

(LifeSiteNews)   One of the Ontario (Canada) government’s lead trainers and advisors on its controversial equity and inclusive education strategy says attempts by parents to withdraw their children from objectionable classes on sexuality is an “attack” on inclusivity in the schools.

The comment was made to the Toronto Star Monday by Chris D’Souza, the chair of the Equity Summit Group, a former teacher in the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, and an equity trainer who has led sessions in over a dozen Catholic school boards across Ontario.

This LifeSiteNews reporter questioned D’Souza about the comment Tuesday, asking also his view on policies adopted by the Toronto District School Board and the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board that forbid parents from withdrawing children from classes dealing with homosexuality.

In reply, he said simply: “Here is your quote Patrick: You are all clutching at straws and have lost the battle.”

Entire article.

September 17, 2012
California Inmates Studying to Be Evangelists

(CBN) Christian prison inmates in California are studying to become evangelists and church planters after they`re released.

About 900 inmates in 18 prisons are participating in the three-and-half year program. The course offers seminary-level classes designed to train them to minister in poor communities.

The course is the result of a partnership between World Impact and Prison Fellowship.

Entire article.

September 17, 2012
U.S. asks Supreme Court to consider two more gay marriage cases

(Reuters)  The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court to consider two additional legal challenges to a federal law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman, after submitting similar cases for review in July.

The two petitions filed by the department urge the high court to consider at least one gay marriage case in the near future to determine whether Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act violates legally married same-sex couples` rights by treating them differently than heterosexual couples.

 Entire article.

September 17, 2012
Several groups opposing Prop. 8 fined

 (OneNewsNow)  A civil rights advocate suggests that a California commission should investigate harassment against marriage proponents on top of its crackdown on campaign finance laws.

Three groups that fought against Proposition 8 will pay the state of California $80,000 in fines after admitting that they failed to report campaign contributions. The "No on 8, Equality for All" campaign said the strict deadlines and numerous contributions kept the committee from reporting the gifts. The group admitted that more than $700,000 in donations were not reported on deadline.

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September 08, 2012
iPledge Sunday Live Simulcast to Reach Thousands of Churches, Home Groups in Largest Pre-Election Gathering of Christian Voters

(Christian Newswire) On Sunday, September 9, Family Research Council (FRC) and the American Family Association (AFA) will co-host a nationwide, live simulcast event at the First Baptist Church of Charlotte. FRC President Tony Perkins will serve as host for the simulcast which will also feature former Senator Rick Santorum, actor and producer Kirk Cameron, Shirley Dobson, and video messages from Franklin Graham, and Dr. Fred Luter, the new president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Called "iPledge Sunday: A Call to Faith, Family, and Freedom," the simulcast will gather Christians from across the country to celebrate Christian citizenship and exhort Christians to rise up on Election Day and make their voices heard. Thousands of churches and home groups are pledged to participate in what is expected to be the largest nationwide pre-election gathering of Christian voters.

Entire article.

September 08, 2012
Democrats Put `God` Back in Platform; Recognize Jerusalem as Israel`s Capital

(Christian Post) "God" is back in the Democratic National Convention`s platform after delegates voted Wednesday to amend it.

Along with adding a reference to God to the party platform, delegates also recognized that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.

The amendments were introduced by former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, an ordained United Methodist minister who chaired the platform drafting committee. Delegates, however, appeared to be split on the updates.

Three roll call votes were taken as the "aye" and "no" voice votes were too close to call. The amendments needed a two-thirds majority approval to pass. After it was determined that the motions passed, many booed.

Entire article.

September 08, 2012
Democrats pass the most pro-abortion platform in history

(LifeSiteNews.com)  Critics say the 2012 Democratic Party platform is the most anti-life document the party has accepted to date.

The Democratic Party platform, which delegates formally accepted on Tuesday, recognizes a woman’s right to obtain “a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay” - an endorsement of taxpayer-funded abortions. 

“What we’re seeing is the abortion lobby taking over an entire political party,” said Elizabeth Graham, director of Texas Right to Life. “The Democratic National Committee’s revised platform calls for unrestricted abortion on demand, at any time during pregnancy, and on the taxpayer’s dime. That’s been the abortion lobby’s goal all along.”

Entire article.

September 08, 2012
Record 88,921,000 Americans ‘Not in Labor Force’—119,000 Fewer Employed in August Than July

(CNSNews) The number of Americans whom the U.S. Department of Labor counted as “not in the civilian labor force” in August hit a record high of 88,921,000.

The Labor Department counts a person as not in the civilian labor force if they are at least 16 years old, are not in the military or an institution such as a prison, mental hospital or nursing home, and have not actively looked for a job in the last four weeks. The department counts a person as in “the civilian labor force” if they are at least 16, are not in the military or an institution such as a prison, mental hospital or nursing home, and either do have a job or have actively looked for one in the last four weeks.

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September 08, 2012
Young Voters Say Availability of Full-Time Jobs More Important Than Lower Student Loan Rates or Further Dependency on Parents for Health Insurance

(ChristianNewsWire) "Young adults are sending a very clear message to the President and other elected officials -- we want opportunities, not more dependency. The availability of meaningful, full-time jobs that provide the opportunity to be independent and to plan for their future is far more important to young Americans than issues such as student loan rates and further dependency on their parents` healthcare plan. Young people know the root issue is the lack of real job opportunities, not further dependence on government, so that they are better able to provide for themselves, pay back loans, and choose the health care plans that best suit their individual needs," said Paul T. Conway, president of Generation Opportunity and former Chief of Staff of the U.S. Department of Lab

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September 08, 2012
Survey Shows 74 Percent Increase in U.S. Mosques in Past Decade

(CNSNews) A survey conducted by a coalition of religious organizations shows that the number of mosques in the United States has grown by 74 percent in the past 11 years – up from 1,209 in 2001 to 2,106 in 2011.

The statistics were released earlier this year by Faith Communities Today (FACT), which is affiliated with the Hartford Seminary’s Hartford Institute for Religion Research.

The survey also reveals where those mosques exist, including the 10 states with the largest number of mosques – New York (257), California (246), Texas (166), Florida (118), Illinois (109), New Jersey (109), Pennsylvania (99), Michigan (77), Georgia (69) and Virginia (62).

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September 08, 2012
Pulpit Freedom Sunday 2012: Five Reasons Your Participation is Vital

(SpeakUpMovement)  Pulpit Freedom Sunday is October 7, 2012.  In case you or others you may know are undecided about participating, let me give you five very good reasons why your participation is so important.  After considering these reasons, the next step is to  go to www.pulpitfreedom.org and sign up. You may even decide to send this information to five or ten of your pastor friends and urge them to sign up, as well. It’s time this movement of bold pastors sweeps the nation.

Reasons one to five....

September 08, 2012
Calif. high school preparing to perform pro-`gay` play

(OneNewsNow) A California legal group says it`s inappropriate for a Los Angeles high school to directly fund "gay marriage" and gay rights.

The drama club at El Camino Real Charter High School in Woodland Hills is preparing for its production of "8" -- a dramatic reading based on the Proposition 8 trial. It includes parts of the transcript from the trial that overturned the measure, which defined marriage solely between a man and a woman.

Entire article.

September 08, 2012
Former Transgender Discuss Surgery, Psychology, and Faith

(CitizenLink) After 19 years of marriage, Walt Heyer decided to do what he had been thinking about since childhood: He tried to become a woman.

After a divorce, Heyer, a father of two, underwent gender-reassignment surgery, complete with breast and buttocks implants, a nose job, facial surgery, hormone shots and finally the surgery on genitalia. He changed his name to Laura, and felt momentarily at peace.

But within a few years, he was battling depression and thoughts of suicide. He realized the surgery was a “means to living out a masquerade through the destruction of perfectly good sexual organs.” Heyer lived for eight years as Laura before realizing he needed to make a change. After seeking help and drawing closer to Jesus, in a process that took about five years, Heyer began living as a male again. The author of three books —Trading My Sorrows and Paper Genders — now dedicates his time to helping men and women who regret their “gender-reassignment surgeries.” He spoke with CitizenLink recently about how children can become confused about their gender.

Entire article.

September 08, 2012
Marriage Reduces Child Poverty

( Heritage Foundation) Marriage is the Strongest Factor in Reducing Child Poverty in the U.S.

Over a third of single-parent families with children are poor, compared to only seven percent of married families. Overall, children in married families are 82 percent less likely to be poor than are children of single parents. The strong impact of marriage in reducing poverty still appears when married and non-married families of the same race and education level are compared.

Around three quarters of means-tested welfare assistance to families with children goes to single parents. In 2011, government spent roughly $330 billion providing cash, food, housing, medical care, and social services to poor and low income single parents. On average, the annual cost of benefits came to around $30,000 per family.

Entire article.

September 08, 2012
“Prop. 8″ case advances

(SCOTUSblog)  The Supreme Court may get its first look at the same-sex marriage issue — including the test case over California’s famous “Proposition 8″ — when the Justices assemble in private on September 24.   The Court’s electronic docket noted on Wednesday that the California case, as well as a somewhat related Arizona case and one of the cases involving the federal Defense of Marriage Act, were set for that Conference.    There are other DOMA cases pending, and others are yet to be filed, so they apparently will not all be ready for the Court’s initial look then.

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September 08, 2012
Study: Women More Likely to Die After Abortion, Not Childbirth

(LifeNews)  A new study of the medical records for nearly half a million women in Denmark reveals significantly higher maternal death rates following abortion compared to delivery. This finding has confirmed similar large-scale population studies conducted in Finland and the United States, but contradicts the widely held belief that abortion is safer than childbirth.

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September 08, 2012
Iran Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani Acquitted of Apostasy, Released From Jail

(Christian Post)  Youcef Nadarkhani, the Iranian pastor who captured the hearts of millions as he stood firm in his faith while facing execution, has been acquitted of apostasy.

Two organizations that have closely been monitoring the case and have sources in Iran reported Saturday that Nadarkhani, who went on trial early Saturday, has been released from prison and is at home with his family.

"Thank you to everyone that has supported me with your prayers," Nadarkhani said, according to Present Truth Ministries.

Though acquitted of apostasy, the Iranian pastor was found guilty of evangelizing Muslims. He was sentenced to three years imprisonment but was released because he already served this time.

"We give thanks to God for His deliverance and the answer to our prayers," Jason DeMars, founder of Present Truth Ministries, said in a statement.

Entire article.

September 06, 2012
Brazil Notary Formalizes Three-Person Civil Union

(Turtle Bay and Beyond) A three-person civil union was accepted by a notary in Brazil who argued “what we considered a family before isn’t necessarily what we would consider a family today,” reports the BBC.

Public Notary Claudia do Nascimento Domingues says the man and two women are entitled because the law does not prevent it.

Regina Beatriz Tavares da Silva, president of the Commission for the Rights of the Family within the Institute of Lawyers, says the civil union will not stand. She told the BBC it was “absurd and totally illegal”, and “something completely unacceptable which goes against Brazilian values and morals”.

Courts and private companies such as health insurance providers may not accept the notary’s decision.

Uziel Santana, president of the National Association of Evangelical Jurists, wrote in an email interview with LifeSiteNews.com (LSN), “So-called ‘polyamory,’ is another line to be crossed, as well as pedophilia, which is likewise defended.”

Entire article.

September 06, 2012
Religious groups vie for new Web domain names

(Reuters) Centuries-old theological disputes have broken out in cyberspace as religions aim to influence the future presentation of faith on the Internet.

The forum for the rivalry is not the pulpit or church bulletin, but the website of ICANN, the corporation that oversees the Internet address system and now wants to expand it beyond the usual .com, .org or .net domains.

When ICANN began accepting applications for new names early this year, bids came for extensions such as .catholic, .islam and .bible. Not far behind were critics who challenged many applicants` right to monopolise those and other religious terms.

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