Newslinks – 09/19/09

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Thousands march in D.C. to protest Obama spending
Tens of thousands of protesters fed up with government spending marched to the U.S. Capitol on Saturday, showing their disdain for the president’s health care plan with slogans such as “Obamacare makes me sick” and “I’m not your ATM.”

Michigan man arrested in pro-life murder
All week “the sign guy” had stood outside the local public high school, protesting abortion.

HR 3200 provides taxpayer-funded abortions
The healthcare reform bill puts taxpayers in the position of paying for abortions.

Christian attorneys defend First Amendment at schools
Alliance Defense Fund is expanding its program to declare college and university campuses free-speech zones.

Feature: Happy Grandparents Day!
Grandboomers get another chance at real peace and love.

Sebelius: Obama Seeks to Rule Out Abortion Funding from Health Care Bill 

Faith-Based Campaign to Give Final Push on Health Reform

New Baptist Leader Hopes to Move Ahead in Unity

Some Lutherans Return to ELCA After Gay Vote

20,000 Church Leaders Log On for 9-Minute Motivational Messages 

Fiscal Conservatives March on D.C. to Protest Big Government Spending
Washington (
– Sarah Bond’s outrage over massive deficit spending and debt is not a partisan matter for her. And it was enough to motivate her to travel from San Diego to Washington to let politicians know what she thinks. She was one of many Tea Partiers marching on Washington on Saturday. House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence of Indiana told he was “overwhelmed by this outpouring of support for the principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, and I know it will make a difference.”

DeMint Calls Out Obama and Congress: ‘Americans Are Awake, They’re Informed, And They’re Outraged’
– Speaking before a massive crowd of cheering protestors attending the “Taxpayer March on Washington” at the West front of the U.S. Capitol on Saturday, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) issued a challenge to President Barack Obama and Congress. “I think you all know that the president has warned us that if we disagree with him, he is going to call us out,” said DeMint. “Okay, Mr. President, we are out. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Waterloo.” DeMint said Obama and Congress need to start listening to the country and understand that “Americans are awake, they’re informed, and they’re outraged.”

Tea Party Turnout Raises Republican Hopes for 2010 Midterm Elections
Washington (
– Conservatives are hoping the massive turnout for the Sept. 13 Tea Party March on Washington is a harbinger of things to come in the November 2010 midterm elections. “Our goal is to change the Congress,” said Brian Springston, who traveled from Waco, Texas, to protest government spending. “The people here represent the majority of America.” Republican lawmakers echoed that hopeful sentiment.

Tea Party Crowd Stands Behind Republican Rep. Joe Wilson
Washington (
– Among the many hand-lettered signs at the Sept. 12 weekend march on Washington were some reading, “You Lie” and “Joe Wilson Was Right.” The signs referred to the comment Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) shouted at President Obama during Obama’s prime-time speech to a joint session of Congress last Wednesday. Wilson erupted when Obama said the Democrats’ health care bill would not include coverage for illegal aliens.

Tea Party Protesters Blast Government-Run Health Care
Washington (
– The Democrats’ health care overhaul was one of the targets – but not the only one — at Saturday’s rally against government spending and big government in general. The public backlash against the Democrats’ health care plan leaves some conservatives hopeful that Congress will not pass the legislation. But the death of the health care bill is not a sure thing, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) warned.

Union TV Ads Campaign ‘A Major Falsehood’ Top Economist Claims
– A national cable television ad campaign to garner support for the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), also known as the card-check bill, is drawing fire from a top labor-market economist who challenges the ads’ claims. The ads were launched last week as part of Big Labor’s renewed effort to push the bill, which would make it easier for unions to organize workplaces without a secret ballot vote.

Obama Administration Wants to Talk to Iran, Despite Its Refusal to Discuss Its Nuclear Program
– The Obama administration is ready to hold unprecedented, formal talks with Iran despite the fact that the regime’s leaders are adamant that the nuclear issue will not be up for negotiation. On Saturday, however, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs insisted the U.S. would discuss the nuclear issue.

U.S. Takes Its Seat at U.N. Rights Council, With Fresh Controversy Brewing Over Israel
– The United States on Monday took its seat on the U.N.’s three year-old Human Rights Council for the first time. The HRC has long drawn criticism for a disproportionate focus on Israel, and that was one of the main reasons given by the Bush administration for neither supporting nor joining the body after it was created in 2006.

Obama Administration, Pro-Abortion Groups Mum on Abortion Protester’s Shooting
– Reaction to the shooting death of a 63-year-old abortion protester near a high school in Owosso, Mich., on Friday came swiftly from pro-life groups across the nation, but his death was not immediately marked by the Obama administration, Planned Parenthood or NARAL Pro-Choice America, all of whom quickly issued statements condemning the shooting death of abortion provider George Tiller in May.

Proposed healthcare reform ‘suffers fundamental conflict’
Two groups based in Washington, DC, are questioning whether the Obama administration’s plans to pay for a government-run healthcare program are really workable.

Perspective: Some blacks now have doubts about Obama
A recent poll indicates about a half million blacks who voted for Barack Obama now have buyer’s remorse. This is meaningful.

Uninsured?…or just opting out?
A health economist with the National Center for Policy Analysis says the number of uninsured Americans is frequently misunderstood and poorly explained by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Bible ban case may go to Supreme Court
The Rutherford Institute is asking the Supreme Court to hear a case in which a Bible reading was banned from school.

Trashy tees – A&F at it again
The American Family Association and is spearheading an e-mail campaign to a popular clothing store over a new line of T-shirts.

Pro-Lifers Flock to U.S. Capitol for 27 Hours of Prayer

Church Recalls Fatal Shooting as 10th Anniversary Nears

Hybels Redirects Christians to ‘The Forgotten Way’

Experts Discuss How Christians Should Respond to Radical Islam

Study Reveals Concerns, Impact of Social Media on Evangelical College Students

Privatizing Fannie, Freddie Could ‘Mitigate’ Risks Caused by Government Intervention, Says GAO
– A Government Accountability Office report says that privatizing the government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could mitigate the systemic economic risk but adds that the benefits of privatization could be reversed by government efforts to insure private-sector mortgages.

Crowd Sizes on National Mall A Matter of Media Speculation
– The number of people who converged on Washington, D.C. on Saturday to protest big government, high taxes and out-of-control federal spending is a matter of media speculation because no government agency makes official estimates of crowds gathered for events on the National Mall. Estimates of Saturday’s turnout by news organizations varied widely.

WashPost Ignores Own Poll Finding: 54 Percent Say the More They Learn About ObamaCare, the Less They Like It
– A Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted in the three days following President Barack Obama’s speech to Congress about his health care plan discovered that 54% say the more they hear about the plan, the less they like it. This particular poll result was not mentioned anywhere in the story about the poll that was posted by the Washington Post on its Web site on Monday, although the result did appear in a data sheet that was linked to the story.

One of Africa’s Top Terrorists Killed After Several Unsuccessful Attempts
– The reported death of a leading African al-Qaeda terrorist is another success in a long-running campaign to capture or kill top suspects in deadly attacks on U.S. and Israeli targets in East Africa. Saleh Ali Saleh al-Nabhan, a Kenyan Muslim, reportedly was killed in a U.S. commando raid in southern Somalia on Monday. He was one of four men named by the State Department in January 2007 as senior al-Qaeda operatives based in Somalia.

Napolitano Says Small Business is Key in Swine Flu Preparations
– Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano (DHS) Monday said small business – an important segment of the U.S. economy – should be prepare to give employees plenty of time off, if struck by a major outbreak of H1N1 or “swine flu.” The Department of Homeland security released a guidebook for small businesses advising them on how to prepare for a potential outbreak.

Obama’s denials of abortion coverage ‘laughable’
A leading pro-life activist in Washington says President Obama is not telling the whole truth when he promises taxpayers they will not be forced to fund abortions under his healthcare plan. POLL: Will abortion coverage be removed? VOTE

Perspective: Fables for adults
In a country where everything imaginable is bought and paid for on credit, why is it suddenly a national crisis if some people cannot pay cash up front for medical treatment?

Risky for Rifqa in Ohio?
The head of a Christian ministry dedicated to exposing the truth about Islam believes that a 17-year-old Christian convert from Islam should not be returned to Ohio, despite the efforts of authorities there.

Dems focus on homosexual agenda
Democrats are currently undertaking two major efforts in Congress to enact key parts of the political agenda of homosexual activists.

President asked to apologize for ‘lies to entire country’
President Barack Obama is being called on to publicly apologize to Congress, the media, and the entire nation for lying about illegal immigrants not having access to healthcare reform benefits.

Teen Rejects Vaccine on Moral Grounds; Denied Citizenship

Ky. Church Ordains Registered Sex Offender

Man Credited for Feeding a Billion People Dies

Follow-Up to ‘Purpose Driven Life’ to Hit Shelves in November

Dan Brown’s ‘The Lost Symbol’ Set for Release

Rush Limbaugh’s August Ratings Soar; Media Ignore the Feat
– Arbitron’s “Portable People Meter” ratings for August, released last week, show that Rush Limbaugh experienced record ratings in a number of major American radio markets, something the mainstream media ignored.

Never Reviewed by NYT or WashPost, Mark Levin’s ‘Liberty and Tyranny’ Has Now Sold 1 Million Copies
– “Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto” by Mark Levin has been one of the Top Ten books on the New York Times bestseller list for 24 weeks, without ever having been reviewed by either the New York Times or the Washington Post.

Hoyer Won’t Answer Directly Whether Immigration Reform Would Make Illegal Aliens Eligible for Federally Subsidized Health Insurance
– House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) hinted that if comprehensive immigration reform is passed, it could provide a method for immigrants currently living illegally in the U.S. to get federally subsidized health care. He said it was true that illegal aliens could return home and re-emigrate legally to become eligible for insurance subsidies.

Britain’s Government-Run Health-Care System Under Fire
– As Britain’s government-run National Health Service continues to draw flak over the treatment of elderly and dying hospital patients, some NHS doctors are fighting back, contesting claims raised as part of the U.S. debate over health-care reform.

Government-Run Health Care Would Ration Care for Disabled Children, Parents and Lawmakers Warn
– Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) on Tuesday shared a personal story that shows why he is passionate about protecting the most vulnerable in society — and why a government-run health care program would not only fail to offer that protection, but could end up rationing care for some people, including children with disabilities. He was speaking to parents of disabled children, who came to Washington to express their opposition to a government-run health care plan.

First the Polar Bear, Now Artic Reindeer Proposed for Endangered Species Listing
– The International Fund for Animal Welfare on Tuesday filed a petition with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to protect two North Pole caribou species under the Endangered Species Act. IFAW says the caribou’s habitat “is threatened by rapid climate change and increased frequency of severe weather patterns which prevent them from foraging for food.”

Undercover videos may be costly for ACORN
Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill are pleased the Senate has voted overwhelmingly to cut off federal funding to ACORN, in light of the ongoing investigations of voter registration fraud involving that organization. POLL: Would Obama sign or veto that bill? VOTE

Perspective: ACORN debacle exposes media hypocrisy
If you ask NBC, undercover journalism is only acceptable when it fits a liberal agenda.

‘Safe schools’ act – a misnomer?
The Illinois Family Institute is raising concern over a “safe schools” amendment in the U.S. Congress.

Eliminating ‘churchy jargon’ and ‘religiosity’
The author of a new book is encouraging Christians to present the gospel plainly.

Pro-life ‘martyr’ remembered today
A memorial service is being held today for slain pro-life activist Jim Pouillon in Michigan.

Will Obama greet Muslims on Capitol Hill?
Gary Bauer says he wonders whether President Barack Obama — who essentially spurned Christians on the National Day of Prayer — will give a special greeting to a Muslim gathering scheduled later this month on Capitol Hill.

Perspective: Jimmy Carter and the Elvis factor
Wing nuts will always be with us. It’s unfortunate that a former President of the United States sits among them.

Voter intimidation case still a mystery
A former member of the Federal Election Commission says the Obama Justice Department has still yet to adequately explain its decision to dump a highly publicized voter intimidation case involving the New Black Panther Party.

ACORN fraud finally sprouts on mainstream news
A conservative media watchdog says as the controversy surrounding ACORN continues to grow, the mainstream media is reluctantly beginning to cover the story.

Perspective: Capitalism and Michael Moore
Michael Moore wants everyone in the world to be equally poor — provided he can earn millions of dollars by making movies about “evil” capitalism.

Study: Religious Beliefs ‘Strongly Predict’ Teen Birth Rates

‘ONE Sabbath’ Campaign Taps Religion to Fight Poverty

House Bill Introduced to Repeal Defense of Marriage Act

Fla. Bishop to Authorize Blessing of Same-Sex Unions

Anglican Head Dismayed by Lack of Repentance for Financial Crisis 

Obama Administration Won’t Push Needed U.N. Reforms, Experts Say
Washington (
– President Barack Obama has been almost entirely focused on domestic issues, prompting former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton to say he would give the president a grade of “absent” on foreign policy.

Democracies That Side With Repressive Regimes at U.N. Human Rights Council Pose Challenge for U.S.
– If the United States is to have an impact on the workings of the U.N. Human Rights Council — which it finally joined this week — its diplomatic efforts will have to target a small group of non-Western democracies that consistently have sided with repressive regimes.

Social Security Sent More than $40 Million in Checks to Dead People, Inspector General Finds
– The Social Security Administration has issued benefit checks totaling $40.3 million to an estimated 6,100 beneficiaries for months – and in some cases for decades — after receiving notification of their deaths, according to a June audit report from the agency’s Office of Inspector General. Approximately 1,760 of the 6,100 listed as deceased actually were dead, the government auditor estimated. The rest were alive, but had been wrongly listed as deceased.

Mexican Immigrants to U.S. More Likely to Have Psychiatric Disorders than Mexican or U.S. Populations
– The National Institutes of Health is paying researchers more than $450,000 in federal tax money to further investigate the relationship between emigration from Mexico and psychiatric disorders. A previous study of English-speaking Mexican immigrants found that, irrespective of legal status, immigrants with a “pre-existing disorder” were three times more likely to migrate to the U.S. than those who did not have a pre-existing disorder.

Obama Administration Using Stimulus Money to Encourage ‘Healthful Lifestyle Habits’
– The Health and Human Services Department plans to spend $650 million tax dollars encouraging Americans to develop “healthful lifestyle habits.” Among other things, communities can “work to make high-fat snack foods and sugar-sweetened beverages less available in schools…”

Dodd Says Illegal Aliens Won’t be Eligible for Health Subsidies Even if Legalized and Put on ‘Pathway to Citizenship’; Other Senators Disagree
– Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) told that illegal immigrants would not be eligible for federal health insurance subsidies even if Congress enacts comprehensive immigration reform that puts them on a “pathway to citizenship.”

White House Calls ACORN’s Behavior ‘Completely Unacceptable’
– White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs on Wednesday had stern criticism for ACORN, a national network of liberal community-based organizations whose political action committee endorsed President Obama’s candidacy in 2008 and which has been a leading advocate of the president’s health care reform plan. “With regards to ACORN, obviously, the conduct we’ve seen on video is completely unacceptable,” Gibbs said.

Congressman ‘Intrigued’ by Idea that Congress Could Weigh In on Homosexual Marriage in D.C.
On the Spot (
– Should Congress, rather than the Washington, D.C., City Council, decide whether the nation’s capital can create same-sex marriage? When asked whether members of Congress should weigh in on the homosexual marriage issue with legislation legalizing gay marriage, since it’s “Congress’s responsibility” to regulate D.C. affairs? asked several lawmakers.

Sebelius: Federal Government Won’t Make Decisions on Vaccination, School Closures
– The Health of Human Services Department will bypass states and send doses of H1N1 vaccine directly to traditional and “non-traditional” vaccination sites, perhaps including schools, but decisions on vaccinations and school closures are still up to parents and local officials.

House joins Senate in blocking ACORN funds
Iowa Congressman Steve King says the House of Representatives has sent a loud-and-clear message that no more taxpayer dollars should be given to the group ACORN, which he says is clearly a “criminal” organization. Related articles:ACORN fraud finally sprouts on mainstream news Undercover videos may be costly for ACORN

Perspective: ACORN – a nut they won’t crack
We are now in an era in which liberal media bias is so obvious and embarrassing that alternative media outlets must be getting dizzy deciding what to show next.

Educators excused in ACLU prayer case
A federal judge has ruled that a Florida high school principal and his athletic director did not violate an order against praying in school.

Pence urges conservatives to stay the course
Congressman Mike Pence says even though many have written the obituary of the conservative movement, he believes the country is “on the brink of a great American awakening.”

Evangelist will distribute Darwin’s treatise
Best-selling author and evangelist Ray Comfort hopes to give away tens of thousands of copies of a special edition of Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species at colleges nationwide.

Values Voters Flock to D.C. With 2012 in Mind

Megachurch Pastor: Have An Affair … With Your Spouse

Judge Clears School Officials of Criminal Charges in Prayer Case

Report: Sharp Rise in Religious Liberty Violations in Cuba

Chinese Megachurch Demolished; Congregants Badly Beaten

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