Newslinks – 09/26/09

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‘Blue Dogs’ key in turning back ObamaCare
Three Republican lawmakers have warned a gathering of conservative activists in Washington, DC, there will be disastrous fallout if the House healthcare bill is signed into law.

Vote pending on ouster of Billy Graham’s grandson
The Florida megachurch founded by the late evangelical leader D. James Kennedy will vote Sunday on whether to dismiss his recently chosen successor.

Perspective: A plea to Obama to attend church
Mr. President, one excellent way to demonstrate your Christian commitment — which some Americans question — and provide spiritual nurture for yourself and for your family, is to attend church consistently.

Nurse practitioners to perform abortions?
Pro-life laws recently passed in Arizona are being challenged in state and federal courts.

Feature: The New Abolitionists – sex trafficking worldwide
It is widely accepted by all who study human trafficking that there are more slaves today than there were during the three centuries of TransAtlantic slave trade combined.

Disgruntled Values Voters Urged to Take Back America

Former Baptist World Alliance Leader Nilson Fanini Dies at 77

Over 50 Groups Call for End to Faith-Based Hiring Policy

Atheist Groups Increase on School Campuses

‘I Am Second’ Movement Puts Christ First 

‘Reckless’ Debt Could Lead U.S. Into Another Economic Crisis, Gov. Pawlenty Says
Washington (
– Deficit spending and government debt are reaching a level that could culminate in another economic crisis as big as the one that hit the United States last year, Minnesota’s Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty told “It’s going to massively burden our children and our grandchildren,” he said.

Huckabee Wins Values Voters Straw Poll; Rivalry with Romney Re-Emerges
Washington (
– It is beginning to look a lot like 2012 — or in some respects, like 2008 again — as potential Republican presidential contenders gathered in Washington this past weekend for the annual Values Voters Summit. On Saturday, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee finished first among conservative voters in a straw poll ballot, while Mitt Romney, Huckabee’s rival for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, came in a distant second with 74 votes.

‘Abortion President’ Makes False, Misleading Statements on Health Bill, Congressman Says
Washington (
– President Barack Obama’s assertion that the Democrat-backed health care overhaul would not publicly fund abortions is “demonstrably false and extraordinarily misleading,” Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) told the conservative Values Voters Summit on Friday. Smith predicted that abortions would increase by as much a one third if the Democrats’ health care legislation is enacted.

Former Miss California Urges Conservatives to Be Examples of Civility
Washington (
– “We as conservatives need to be an example – because we know the Left won’t be — of tolerance, respect and just how to be civil,” former Miss California Carrie Prejean told an enthusiastic audience at the Values Voters Summit over the weekend. The annual event is sponsored by the political action arm of the conservative Family Research Council.

Votes to Defund ACORN Are Just Political Cover, Republican Lawmaker Says
Washington (
– Although both the House and Senate have voted to de-fund the liberal activist group ACORN, it’s unlikely such a proposal will be enacted any time soon, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) told

Salazar May Delay Decision on Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling Ban Until 2012
( – Monday, Sept. 21, is the deadline for public comment on the Interior Department’s five-year plan, which includes proposals to open 300 million acres off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and off the coast of Alaska to drill for oil and natural gas. But a decision on offshore drilling may not come until 2012.

GOP Congressmen Say Science ‘Czar’ Should Explain His Views
– Republican lawmakers say White House science adviser John Holdren should return to Congress and explain his views, including his notion that a baby who has already been born “ultimately” might become a human being if given the proper resources. Holdren has not explained his statement, despite repeated requests for clarification.

Boehner Says Democrat Health Care Plan Is Dead
– House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Sunday that the health-care plan that President Barack Obama is pushing in Congress is now dead and will not pass. “There’s been no bipartisan conversation on Capitol Hill about health care,” Boehner said in an interview with “Meet the Press” host David Gregory.

Obama’s Approval Rating Drops Below 50 Percent Among Middle-Income Americans, Says Gallup Poll
– President Obama’s approval rating has dropped below 50 percent among middle-income Americans, according to tracking done by the Gallup Poll during the period from September 7-13. Among Americans in the middle-income brackets, however, the president’s approval rating has now dropped below 50%.

Harsh Realities Await as Obama Heads to United Nations
– President Barack Obama’s appearance in New York on Monday for a packed program of international meetings promises to be more of a test than his previous outings onto the global stage. Some important U.S. relationships have come under strain in recent weeks, at a time when building cooperation to tackle global challenges is as crucial as ever.

Arab Who Vowed to Burn Israeli Books Still Leads Race to Head U.N. Culture Agency
– An election for the top post at the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will go into a fourth round of voting on Monday. The four remaining candidates include a controversial Egyptian who has been been part of a government which advocacy groups say violates free speech.

‘Honor killing’ could await Rifqa in Sri Lanka
A former Muslim who now heads a Southern Baptist seminary says Rifqa Bary faces certain death in her native Sri Lanka if she’s not allowed to stay in the U.S.

Perspective: Islam on the march in DC
If past media coverage is any gauge, America is about to get a giant, mushy Hallmark card on behalf of Islam on Friday.

‘Rent-a-Mob’ (ACORN) deserves investigation
Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is calling on House and Senate negotiators to completely defund the liberal activist group ACORN — an organization he calls “Rent-a-Mob.”

Billy Graham’s grandson to remain pastor of megachurch
A grandson of evangelist Billy Graham will continue to lead the Florida megachurch founded by the late evangelical leader D. James Kennedy.

‘Soft preaching’ produces hard people
Popular Christian author John MacArthur says one can look to Jesus when it comes to dealing with false teachers and bad theology.

‘Creation’ Producer Called Out for ‘Too Controversial for Religious America’ Claim

Authors Document Explosion of Multi-Site Churches

Fla. Couple Defends Decision to Shelter Teen Convert

Survey: Most Americans Want Health Care Plan to Bar Abortion Funding

Anglican Head Calls on U.S., Iraqi Gov’t to Protect Iranian Exiles

Obama’s New Claim That 30 Million ‘Cannot’ Get Health Insurance Not Supported by Census Bureau
( – In his Sept. 9 speech to Congress, President Barack Obama unveiled a new claim that 30 million Americans “cannot” get health insurance, but that statistic is not supported by the latest definitive data produced by the Census Bureau.

Czech President Says His Nation Accepts Obama’s Decision to Cancel Missile Defense System
Washington ( – Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus told on Monday that his country has “accepted” last week’s move by U.S. President Barack Obama to abandon missile defense plans in Eastern Europe.

Republicans Urge Obama to Heed Gen. McChrystal’s Call for More Troops
– Leading Republican senators are pressing President Barack Obama to heed the advice of his top general in Afghanistan by approving Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s request for “more forces,” including additional U.S. combat troops.

Honduras on Edge After Ousted President Slips Back Into Country
– Honduras was on a political knife-edge overnight Monday after ousted president Manuel Zelaya slipped back into the country, took refuge at the Brazilian embassy and said he would seek talks with the interim government to “restore democracy.” Zelaya timed his clandestine homecoming just two days before he is scheduled to address world leaders gathered at the U.N. General Assembly in New York.

U.S. Counsels ‘Strategic Patience’ in Caucasus, But Skeptics Question What That Means
– The Obama administration wants Georgia to exercise strategic patience” in the face of Russia’s regional policies, a senior State Department official said Monday. But that official insisted the concept was not a new doctrine and should not be read as counseling acquiescence or “doing nothing.”

White House Defends Archiving Comments from Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, Twitter Sites
– The Obama administration said that archiving citizen postings on White House social networking sites, such as Facebook and MySpace, is just a matter of following the law. It dismissed any suggestion that there might be something “sinister” about collecting such information. first reported on Sept. 1 that the White House is seeking a private contractor to archive comments posted on the social networking sites maintained by the White House.

Religious Leaders to Gather Ahead of G-20 Summit to Press for Action

‘Orphan Sunday’ Campaign Aims to Hold Hundreds of Events Nationwide

Hispanic Evangelicals Warn Against ‘Xenophobic’ Health Care Reform

U.N. Day of Peace Gets Religious Groups Praying

Christian Girl Kidnapped to Force Father to ‘Reconcile’

Obama Will Spend More on Welfare in the Next Year Than Bush Spent on Entire Iraq War, Study Reveals
– As a candidate for president, Barack Obama decried the financial toll that the Iraq war was taking on the economy, but Obama’s proposed spending on welfare through 2010 will eclipse Bush’s war spending by more than $260 billion. Obama’s spending proposals call for the largest increases in welfare benefits in U.S. history, according to a report by the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.

Bush Blamed for Strained Ties as Obama Takes Center Stage at United Nations
– As President Obama prepares to address the United Nations for the first time on Wednesday, the tone has been set by top administration officials who are blaming a disengaged Bush administration for cool relations between the U.S. and the international community. In a recent speech previewing this week’s U.N. General Assembly sessions, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did not once cite the U.N.’s failings or its need for reform as factors in the strained relationship.

Biden: ‘I Want Insurance Companies to Make Money’
– At a speech to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday that he was not against insurance companies making a profit. Biden’s remarks contrast with the harsher views taken by other Democrats in recent months about health insurance companies, including President Barack Obama.

New Push Wednesday to Post House Bills Online Before Lawmakers Vote on Them
– A Democrat has joined a Republican in trying to force action on a bill that would require the House to post the final text of major bills online at least 72 hours before voting on them. The idea is to give Americans time to read legislation that may affect their lives and wallets.

Notre Dame Basketball Coach Says Obama ‘Team’ Should be Prepared to ‘Foul a Little Bit’ on Health-Care Reform
Washington (
– The men’s basketball coach at Notre Dame says that it is time for the president’s “team” to play offense and “even foul a little bit” to advance health-care reform. Mike Brey used the basketball metaphor to convey the urgency he and other coaches feel about the need for health-care reform.

Ways and Means Chairman: ‘Illegal Aliens–I Mean They Do Get Health Care’
– House Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) suggested in an interview with last week that the health care reform plan under consideration in Congress will save money by moving illegal aliens off the roles of “uninsured” people where the cost of the health care they do get is absorbed by people who are insured and where they benefit from federal expenditures. Rangel’s spokesman later clarified to, however, that illegal aliens are not covered under the House health care bill, which was drafted in part by the Ways and Means Committee that Rep. Rangel chairs.

Hoyer Wants More Facts on ACORN Before Pulling Funding
– House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Tuesday that Congress needs to gather more facts before it decides whether to cut off all federal funds for ACORN, the liberal nationwide network of community-based organizations. “I think we’re going to be looking at what in fact are the facts here with respect to ACORN. Once we find out what the facts are then we’ll be in a better position to make a determination [on funding].”
Obama’s First Middle East Summit Yields Little Progress
– President Obama on Tuesday told the protagonists in one of the most intractable conflicts of the last century to “disentangle” themselves from history and “take risks for peace.” The president summoned Israeli and P.A. leaders to a summit on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York to chide them on slow progress, but there was little sign afterward that either side was nearer agreement on the thorny issue of Israeli settlements.

House Republicans Believe National Endowment for the Arts Acted Unlawfully to Promote Obama’s Agenda, Seek Probe
– House Republicans are seeking a congressional investigation and information from the White House to determine whether the National Endowment for the Arts — in a recent conference call with grant recipients — urged them to create works that would support the legislative agenda of President Barack Obama. “The Lobbying Act and the Hatch Act are there to make sure we do not see government personnel and assets used for political purposes,” Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.), ranking member of the House Education and Labor Committee, told

Obama’s Policies Would Redistribute Nearly $1 Trillion in Wealth Every Year
– By 2012, nearly $1 trillion from the top 30 percent of American families will be redistributed among the bottom 70 percent, if President Barack Obama’s proposals on taxes, health care, and climate change become law, according to the Tax Foundation. “Even if none of Obama’s policies becomes law, the extent of income redistribution is remarkable,” Scott Hodge, the group’s president, said.

Democrats Drum for Public Option, While Republicans Urge ‘Responsible Solutions’
– “Hi, I’m the public option, and I need your help.” With those words, liberal activists are making a pitch “to set the record straight” on a key element of the Democrats’ health care overhaul plan.

Ahmadinejad Ignores Nuclear Dispute, Rails Against Israel and U.S. at United Nations
– Largely upstaged by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s earlier diatribe, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s fifth annual address to the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday evening was a relatively low-key affair, punctuated by religious terminology and his trademark attacks against the U.S. and Israel. There were empty seats across the chamber during the hour-long speech, including those of the U.S. and Israel, while some Western delegates left as he spoke.

Christian Leaders Call for U.S. Sanctions to Prevent Iran from Completing Nuclear Program
– Christian leaders representing over 28 million evangelicals, Roman Catholics, and other Christians are calling on Congress and other world leaders for urgent action to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. The U.S., they said, should immediately initiate a boycott of arms sales to Iran.

U.S., Jewish ‘Conspiracy’ and ‘Islamophobia’ Blamed for Arab’s Defeat in U.N. Election
– In a rare victory for Western democracies at the United Nations, a controversial Egyptian favored to win the top post at UNESCO, the U.N.’s cultural agency, lost his bid to a European candidate, despite having been endorsed by the Arab, Islamic and African blocs. The 64 year-old agency will have its first woman director-general — Bulgarian candidate Irina Bokova.

‘African King of Kings’ Makes Waves in New York, Offers to Move U.N. to Libya
– It took 40 years in power before Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi decided to address the U.N. General Assembly, and he made up for it on Wednesday, delivering a long, disjonted address in which he tore up the U.N. Charter and laid out his vision for revolutionizing the Security Council. “We are content and happy if Obama can stay forever as the president of the United States of America,” he said.

Iran Cannot Be Allowed to Obtain Nuclear Weapons, Say Christian Leaders

ELCA Head Urges Clergy to Restrain Divisive Activities

ABC to Probe ‘The Ten Commandments’ in New Series

Seattle Church Has Triplets

Chinese Officials Secretly Offer to Pay Destroyed Megachurch

Administration Will Cut Border Patrol Deployed on U.S.-Mexico Border
– Border Patrol Director of Media Relations Lloyd Easterling confirmed this week that his agency is planning for a net decrease of 384 agents on the U.S.-Mexico border in fiscal 2010, which begins on October 1. This comes as 1,300 miles of border fence is not under effective control; the Justice Department admits that vast stretches of the border are “easily breached”; and the Government Accountability Office revealed that three persons “linked to terrorism” and 530 aliens from “special interest countries” were intercepted at Border Patrol checkpoints last year.

CDC Has Made ‘Limited’ Improvements to Security of Bio-Safety Labs
– The federal Centers for Disease Control has taken “limited action” to improve security around labs that house deadly pathogens, but it lacks a plan to make other needed changes to protect those labs from terrorism, the Government Accountability Office said this week.

GOP Leaders to Block Health Nominees Unless HHS Lifts Medicare Gag Order
– Senate Republican leaders are threatening to block the nominations of President Barack Obama’s health nominees until the Health and Human Services Department drops its “gag order” on private health care companies that prevents them from communicating with senior citizens about the health care reform bill.

CBO Testimony Echoes Insurers’ Claims About Cuts to Medicare Advantage Program
– The director of the Congressional Budget Office has testified that the Obama administration’s health care proposal would cause sweeping cuts in Medicare Advantage benefits and services. Insurance giant Humana has run afoul of the Obama administration by saying the same thing.

Poll: Big Majorities Say Objective Journalism Is Dead and that Media Back Obama
– Two-thirds (67.9 percent) of Americans surveyed think that “objective and fair journalism is dead,” while an overwhelming 89.3 percent believe the news media played a role in the election of President Barack Obama. That’s according to a poll conducted this month by the Sacred Heart University Polling Institute.

Human Rights Not High on Agenda As Clinton Meets With Leader of Repressive Regime
– Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met this week with the leader of one of the world’s most repressive regimes but human rights abuses were not high on the agenda. “We’ve only got a certain amount of time [in bilateral meetings], and so we touch on the most important things,” Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake Jr. told reporters after Clinton’s talks in New York with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

Mideast Quartet Challenges Key Policy Position of Israel’s Prime Minister
– Ratcheting up international pressure on Israel, the powerful entity known as the Mideast Quartet on Thursday confronted Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on a key policy position – the insistence on “reciprocity” in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. The United States, Russia, European Union and United Nations also urged Israel to “freeze all settlement activity, including natural growth.” a position at odds with that held by current and previous Israeli governments.

Conservative Black Pastors Endorse Obama’s Health Care Plan

Faith Leaders Seek to Move Up Poverty on G-20 Agenda

Pro-Lifers Avoid Protests, Promote Prayer in 212 Cities

Student-Led Prayer Movement Marks 20th Year

Chuck Colson Denounces Therapeutic Church Model

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