Newslinks – 08/01/09

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 Evangelist Greg Laurie Reflects on Son’s Death, One Year Later
One year ago today, a well-known evangelist lost his oldest son. Reflecting on the anniversary of his son’s death, evangelist Greg Laurie testifies that the Lord has been there for him in the midst of a devastating time.

Pro-Life Leaders Mobilize Over 36,000 to Stand Against ‘Abortion Mandate’

 BWA to Celebrate 400th Anniversary of Baptist Movement

 Scholars to Examine Gender Roles, Bible, Culture

 Dallas Episcopal Bishop Rejects Gay Resolutions

 Rick Warren Embarks on Follow-Up to ‘Purpose Driven Life’

 Commentary on July 24 News – Foca by Stealth, Tim Ryan, China, More Good News on D&P, Sask. Marriage Commissioner

Pence Amendment Fails, House Votes to Increase Tax Dollars for Planned Parenthood

Pro-Life Groups Warn: Ryan-DeLauro “Common Ground” Bill a Red Herring

Shanghai Starts Backpedaling One-Child Policy in Face of Demographic Implosion

Over 36,000 Participate in Webcast to Stop the Abortion Mandate in Obama Healthcare

House to Vote on Healthcare Next Week, While Democrat Negotiations Break Down

Canada Court Rules Marriage Commissioners Must “Marry” Homosexuals

India’s Religious Leaders Pass Resolution against Decriminalization of Homosexuality

College Football Star Tim Tebow Seeks Larger Platform for Christ
Having decided to stay for his senior year, Tim Tebow now gives the Florida Gators an excellent chance at snagging their first undefeated season and fourth national title. Tebow also has a greater opportunity to amplify his message of faith.

House Rejects Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood

Pro-Family Leader Rebukes Gates, Sharpton for ‘Abusing Police While Black’

Evangelical Leaders Rebuke Carter for ‘Reckless’ Discrimination Claims

Obama: I Pray All the Time Now

Creation ’09 Northwest Wraps Up 12th Year

House Democrats Censure Republican’s Use of Term ‘Government-Run’ Health Care in Constituent Communications
(CNSNews.com)
– Rep. John Carter (R-Texas) made public last week an e-mail from the Franking Commission — a bipartisan panel that oversees messages from lawmakers — asking Carter to change the phrase “government run” health care to “public option.” The term was part of an audio message recorded by Carter’s staff for a town hall event on health care. The Franking Commission, which is authorized by law to oversee mail and other communications between members of Congress and their constituents that is paid for with federal funds, sent an e-mail to Carter’s staff requesting that the wording in the message be changed.

Obama Administration Says Regulatory Failure to Blame for Financial Crisis — Proposes More Regulation
(CNSNews.com)
– Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told Congress on Friday that the administration plans to fix the “basic regulatory flaws” it blames for the financial crisis by creating a new body to oversee all financial products. But a Republican says smarter regulation — not more regulation — is the way to go.

Obama Directs U.S. to Sign ‘First New Human Rights Treaty of the 21st Century’
(CNSNews.com)
– President Barack Obama on Friday announced that the United States will sign the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a treaty that elevates disability beyond a health and social welfare issue to a human rights issue. Among many other things, the treaty also discusses disabled people’s “right” to health care, health insurance and life insurance.

House Republicans Harpoon $8.7-Million Intended to Connect Whalers to Their Ancestors
Washington (CNSNews.com)
– A group of conservative Republican congressmen is claiming a victory in the battle against wasteful Washington spending. The self-dubbed “Sunset Caucus” managed to pressure congressional Democrats to eliminate $8.7 million for a “cultural exchange program” to connect whalers in Massachusetts with their whaling ancestors in Alaska and Hawaii.

Carbon Tariff Provisions Stoke Debate in the U.S. and Europe
(CNSNews.com)
– Several European governments fret that a carbon tariff proposal, contained in a House bill, could undermine the drive to achieve a new global climate change agreement by year’s end. The clause would impose tariffs or “border measures” by 2020 on imports of certain goods from countries not seen as doing enough to reduce their CO2 emissions.

China’s State-Run Television Beams ‘News’ Programs to Arab Countries
(CNSNews.com)
– Beijing’s state television channel on Saturday became the latest network to target the Middle East, launching an Arabic service in a region of increasing economic and political importance to China. China Central Television (CCTV) Arabic is widely viewed as a mouthpiece for the ruling communist party.

Transportation Secretary Now Says He Wants to ‘Lure, ‘Not ‘Coerce, ‘People out of Their Cars
Washington (CNSNews.com)
– Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who said in May that he wanted to use federal policy to “coerce” people out of their cars, told CNSNews.com on Friday that what he really meant to say is that he wants to use federal policy to “lure” people out of their cars.

Obama Brings Up Basic Rights as U.S., China Leaders Meet
The United States “strongly” believes that the religion and culture of all peoples must be respected and protected, President Obama said Monday as he laid out a framework of his vision for America’s relationship with China.

Anglican Leader Proposes Two Ways of Being Anglican

Christian Wrestling Coach Sues School, Muslim Principal

Gunmen Kill Iraqi Christian Outside Factory

Third Christian this Year Dies in Eritrean Military Prison

Researchers Tout Major Advance for New Stem Cell Type

House Follows Obama’s Plan to Replace Abstinence Grant with Contraceptive Funding

 

The List – Television Networks Which Most Promote Homosexuality

 

PRI Gives Fresh Face to Sound Population Theory

 

MI Schools and Muslim Principal Sued Over Firing of Christian Wrestling Coach

 
Traffic to Obama’s White House Web Site Has Plummeted
(CNSNews.com)
– The traffic at President Obama’s official White House Web site has fallen from a post-Inauguration peak to nearly the same level it was during the waning days of the Bush administration. The dramatic drop in traffic has happened despite the Obama Administration’s complete redesign of the site.

Fighting Obesity Is ‘At the Heart’ of Obama’s Plan to Provide Better and Lower-Cost Health Care
(CNSNews.com)
– Health insurance plans will be required to cover “the kind of counseling and care that can help people lose weight or keep the weight off in the first place,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said on Tuesday.

Obama, Chavez are Both Nationalizing Private Companies, Venezuelan Political Analyst Says
Washington (CNSNews.com)
– Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is taking over private companies in order to deal with an economic crisis that has affected both countries. The Obama administration is trying to do roughly the same thing in the United States, Venezuelan political analyst Dr. Luis Vicente Leon told CNSNews.com Monday.

Conyers: Obama Suffers From ‘Rahm Emanuel Factor’ — He’s Willing to ‘Make a Deal About Anything’
(CNSNews.com)
– When it comes to health care reform, President Barack Obama has succumbed to the “Rahm Emanuel factor,” meaning he will make a deal about anything, House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.) told reporters at the National Press Club on Friday. Emanuel is the White House chief of staff.

Unresolved Issue of Hezbollah’s Weapons Back in the Spotlight
(CNSNews.com)
– Amid warnings by Israel and threats from Hezbollah, tensions are building along the Lebanon-Israel border, as the long-delayed issue of the disarming of the Shi’ite militia comes returns to the political front burner. Israeli officials have warned the Lebanese government that it will be held responsible if any hostile action is launched from Lebanese soil.

U.N. Shuts Out Christian NGO After China Objects
(CNSNews.com)
– The United Nations has rejected a Christian Ministry’s application for official status because it refused to produce names and addresses of its members in China, citing religious freedom concerns. A U.N. watchdog said the move set a dangerous precedent, enabling “repressive regimes” to sideline critics.

 Senate Judiciary Committee Supports Sotomayor 13-6

Pro-life Gov. Palin Resigns, Thanks Alaska in Farewell Address Sunday
 

NY Catholic Nurse Forced To Participate in Abortion Describes Ordeal

Lawsuit Dismissed Against Company for “WWJD” Motto
 

LifeSiteNews.com NewsBytes – Life Issues, Obama, Homosexuality, Religion, Miscellaneous

Senate Panel Backs Sotomayor for Supreme Court
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Tuesday to support the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor for the nation’s highest court. The committee voted largely along party lines

Tens of Thousands Lobby Congress to Exclude Abortion from Health Care Bills

Russian Patriarch Calls for Church Unity in Ukraine

 Episcopal Church Nullifies Election of Priest with Buddhist Ties

Prop. 8 Opponents Mull 2010 Campaign

BWA Resumes 400th Anniversary Celebration at Annual Meeting

Obama’s Science Czar Said a Born Baby ‘Will Ultimately Develop Into a Human Being’
(CNSNews.com)
– John Holdren, President Obama’s top science adviser, said in a book he co-authored in 1973 that a newborn child “will ultimately develop into a human being” if he or she is properly fed and socialized. “Human Ecology: Problems and Solutions” argues that the human race faces dire consequences unless human population growth is stopped.

White House Science Adviser Advocated ‘De-Development’ of the United States
(CNSNews.com)
– President Obama’s top science adviser, John P. Holdren, advocated the “de-development” of the United States in books he co-authored in the 1970s. In the vision expressed by Holdren and his co-authors, Paul R. Ehrlich and Anne H. Ehrlich, the need for “de-devolpment” of the United States demanded a redistribtuion of wealth.

As Health Care Stalls, House Majority Leader Declares No Provision Is ‘Absolutely Essential’
(CNSNews.com)
– In a sign that intra-party negotiations continue to drag on, House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) declared that no single provision in the 1,000-plus-page health care reform bill is sacred, not even President Obama’s coveted government-run “public option” plan. He also said that whenever the House does move forward with health care, it does not need to get every Democrat on board.

‘Jane Roe’ To Nancy Pelosi: ‘Don’t Put Abortion in Heath-Care Reform Bill’
(CNSNews.com)
– Norma McCorvey, the “Jane Roe” of the infamous 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion on demand in the United States, protested the health-care reform bill on Capitol Hill Tuesday because it proposes federal funding for abortions. McCorvey, joined dozens of other protestors in the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to speak out against the legislation, which currently involves using taxpayer dollars to fund abortions. Pelosi was not in her office at the designated time of the protest, but her staff was prepared to meet the protestors when they arrived.

Pelosi Dodges Question of Whether Government Health-Care Plan Will Fund Abortion
(CNSNews.com)
– While many pro-life Democrats in the House of Representatives say they will not vote for a health care reform bill unless it explicitly bars federal funding of abortion through insurance plans, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has declined to state whether the final legislation should address the issue.

As Casualties Mount and Public Support Wanes, Britain Eyes ‘Moderate’ Taliban
(CNSNews.com)
– As the deadliest month for coalition forces in Afghanistan nears an end, and amid signs of dropping public support in Britain for the war, the British government is prodding the Afghan government to court “moderate” elements among the Taliban. Foreign Secretary David Miliband on Tuesday reinforced that notion that the mission was in Britain’s own security interests.

Christians Challenged to Be More Proactive in Strengthening Marriage
With the institution of marriage weakening in American society, Christians are left with three options.

Nigerian Bishop: Christians Not Targeted in Attacks

Ministry Reveals Disturbing Statistics on World’s Youth

Study: 1 in 3 U.S. Volunteers Serve through Religious Groups

IRS Withdraws Audit on Pastor Who Preached Politics

Gospel Dream to Crown Winner of 4th Season

No House Vote on Healthcare until after August Recess

Harper Communion Flap Accused of Being a Clandestine Liberal Party Strategy

Traffic to Obama’s White House Web Site Has Plummeted
(CNSNews.com)
– The traffic at President Obama’s official White House Web site has fallen from a post-Inauguration peak to nearly the same level it was during the waning days of the Bush administration. The dramatic drop in traffic has happened despite the Obama Administration’s complete redesign of the site.

Fighting Obesity Is ‘At the Heart’ of Obama’s Plan to Provide Better and Lower-Cost Health Care
(CNSNews.com)
– Health insurance plans will be required to cover “the kind of counseling and care that can help people lose weight or keep the weight off in the first place,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said on Tuesday.

Obama, Chavez are Both Nationalizing Private Companies, Venezuelan Political Analyst Says
Washington (CNSNews.com)
– Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is taking over private companies in order to deal with an economic crisis that has affected both countries. The Obama administration is trying to do roughly the same thing in the United States, Venezuelan political analyst Dr. Luis Vicente Leon told CNSNews.com Monday.

Conyers: Obama Suffers From ‘Rahm Emanuel Factor’ — He’s Willing to ‘Make a Deal About Anything’
(CNSNews.com)
– When it comes to health care reform, President Barack Obama has succumbed to the “Rahm Emanuel factor,” meaning he will make a deal about anything, House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.) told reporters at the National Press Club on Friday. Emanuel is the White House chief of staff.

Unresolved Issue of Hezbollah’s Weapons Back in the Spotlight
(CNSNews.com)
– Amid warnings by Israel and threats from Hezbollah, tensions are building along the Lebanon-Israel border, as the long-delayed issue of the disarming of the Shi’ite militia comes returns to the political front burner. Israeli officials have warned the Lebanese government that it will be held responsible if any hostile action is launched from Lebanese soil.

U.N. Shuts Out Christian NGO After China Objects
(CNSNews.com)
– The United Nations has rejected a Christian Ministry’s application for official status because it refused to produce names and addresses of its members in China, citing religious freedom concerns. A U.N. watchdog said the move set a dangerous precedent, enabling “repressive regimes” to sideline critics.

 House Health-Care Bill Provides for ‘Medical Homes’ for the Elderly and Disabled
(CNSNews.com)
– The House health-care reform bill proposes to decrease hospital visits by establishing a “medical home pilot program” for elderly and disabled Americans. Such medical homes would practice “evidence-based” medicine, which advocates the use of medical treatments that are supported by effectiveness research. Physicians’ groups say the legislation could lead to restrictions on which treatments could be used for certain conditions and might also may lead to dumping Medicare/Medicaid patients in facilities that are not required to have physicians on staff.

Poll Shows Obama Losing Support Among Elderly and Middle-Income Americans
(CNSNews.com)
– A new Gallup poll shows that President Barack Obama’s job approval rating is going down among among middle-income earners – those making between $60,000 and $89,000 a year. Obama’s support among the elderly also is dropping. Even those in the bottom income bracket – people making less than $24,000 a year – have less favorable ratings of the president than they did a month ago, the poll shows.

In the ’70s, Obama’s Science Adviser Endorsed Giving Trees Legal Standing to Sue in Court
(CNSNews.com)
– Since the 1970s, some radical environmentalists have argued that trees have legal rights and should be allowed to protect those rights in court. It is an idea endorsed by John P. Holdren, the man who now advises President Barack Obama on science and technology issues.

Illegal Immigrants Account for $10.7 Billion of Nation’s Health Care Costs, Data Show
(CNSNews.com)
– House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on CNN’s State of the Nation Sunday that “illegal immigrants are not covered” in the health care reform legislation currently being crafted. But when asked about illegal immigrants who go to public hospitals for care, Pelosi admitted that the law requires them to be treated. That cost amounts to nearly $11 billion a year, according to calculations done by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), a non-profit group that opposes illegal immigration. And that cost likely will not go away if a health insurance reform bill becomes law.

China Says ‘One Child’ Policy Will Be ‘Strictly Enforced For Decades’
(CNSNews.com)
– China has rejected suggestions that it is easing its controversial “one-child” population control policy, following reports that authorities in Shanghai are encouraging eligible couples to have a second child. The city’s family planning chief, Xie Lingli, told Chinese media last week that officials would make home visits to eligible families and ensure they were aware of their right to have a second child.

 Churches Urged to Modify Rituals Amid Flu Fears
Fears about the spread of the H1N1 flu virus are affecting religious activities of Christians in a number of regions, especially in Britain, which two weeks ago announced 100,000 new cases.

Church Leaders Join Campaign to Raise Minimum Wage to $10

Penn. Senate Allows Jesus Prayer

Trial Date Set for Suspected Tiller Killer

Drive for Parental Rights Amendment Picks Up Over 110 Co-Signers

Report: Some USAID-Awarded Funds ‘Used for Religious Activities’

Obama’s Health-Care Plan Could Keep Consumers from Choosing Own Insurance Plan After Five Years
Washington (CNSNews.com)
– President Obama is promoting a “big government-run” health-care plan that is going to “crowd out” private sector insurance companies, and will give the government the power to eventually design insurance policies for consumers, House Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) told CNSNews.com Thursday.

Harry Reid: Don’t ‘Cry Great Big Tears About the Insurance Industry’
(CNSNews.com)
– “I don’t think we should be crying great big tears about the insurance industry,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said at a Capitol Hill press conference on Thursday when asked whether insurance companies should be allowed to charge higher premiums for people with pre-existing conditions.

Senior Citizens Left Off Government’s Swine-Flu Vaccination Priority List
(CNSNews.com)
– Vaccination is one of the most effective ways to minimize suffering and death from influenza, the Health and Human Services Department says on its Web site. But some senior citizens complain they’ve been left off the list of people who will be first in line to get the swine flu vaccination, when it is ready. One CNSNews.com reader suggested the omission is in line with the Obama’s administration’s plan to “minimize” health care for the elderly, as the reader put it.

Cap-and-Trade Law Could Benefit Organized Crime by Creating Carbon Credit Black Market, Senator Warns
(CNSNews.com)
– Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wy.) said the cap-and-trade legislation passed by the House of Representatives could be a boon for organized crime in the United States by creating a carbon credit industry that could spawn fraud, money laundering and other criminal activities.

Liberal and Conservative Senators Unite on Bill to Reinstate D.C. School Vouchers
(CNSNews.com)
– A bipartisan group of senators announced Thursday that they plan introduce legislation to revive the District of Columbia’s recently terminated D.C. Opportunity Scholarship school-voucher program. “It’s not a liberal or conservative program, it’s a program that puts children first,” said Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.).

Obama’s Science Adviser Called for ‘Zero Economic Growth’
(CNSNews.com)
– At a time when it was popular among environmentalists to talk about capping pollutants, John Holdren was writing about placing “caps” on the U.S. economy itself  and working toward “zero economic growth.” Holdren, who is now President Obama’s top adviser on science and technology policy, wrote in the 1970s that it would be “entirely logical” to cap the Gross National Product, the total productivity of the American economy.

Public Opinion Sours on Health Care Reform, Polls Show
White House (CNSNews.com)
– While conservative-leaning Democrats in the House of Representatives pushed for compromises in health insurance reform legislation this week, the plan hit other stumbling blocks in terms of public opinion. In the last month, at least three polls show a majority or plurality opposing the health care reform package supported by President Barack Obama.

New Poll Shows Obama Approval Dropping Among Key Supporters
(CNSNews.com)
– A new Gallup survey shows that President Barack Obama’s approval rating continues to decline, even among voting blocs that make up the backbone of his supporters, including young and moderate-to-liberal voters. Approval of Obama has slipped below 50 percent for the first time among some groups, according to the Gallup survey conducted July 26-28.

Iraqis Subdue Iranian Dissidents, As U.S. ‘Monitors’ the Situation
(CNSNews.com)
– After three days of clashes and at least six deaths, Iraqi forces have gained control of an encampment of exiled Iranians whose continued presence inside Iraq has long been a sore point for Tehran. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government waited to move against the camp until U.S. combat forces completed their withdrawal from Iraqi urban areas.

Vietnamese Democracy Advocates Look for Congressional Support
(CNSNews.com)
– Vietnamese-American activists and members of Congress Thursday issued fresh calls for U.S. lawmakers to support legislation promoting human rights and democracy in the communist-ruled nation. Critics say significantly improved ties with the U.S. have done little to improve Hanoi’s treatment of its citizens.

Anti-Abortion Health Care Measure Approved, then Rejected
An anti-abortion amendment to a controversial health care bill was voted down late Thursday just hours after it had received approval.

Hispanic Lutherans Urge Opposition to Sexuality Proposals

Pakistani Christian Village Attacked Over Alleged Blasphemy

United Methodists Oppose Restructuring, Opening Membership to ‘All’

Couple Drops Lawsuit Against Collection Agency’s ‘WWJD’ Motto

Six Churches Destroyed in Nigeria Islamic Violence

House Pro-Abortion Health Amendment Passes: Pro-Life Amendment Passed then Struck Down

Peaceful Marriage Demonstrators Assaulted 

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