Sunday’s Newslinks – 02/14/10

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U.S. Baptists arrested in Haitian orphan incident
A group of 10 American Baptists were being held in the Haitian capital Sunday after trying to take 33 children out of Haiti.

A GOP bow to the Tea Party movement?
The Republican National Committee has adopted a rule that will prod GOP leaders to provide financial support to only those candidates who support the party’s platform.

Fortuneteller sues, claims discrimination
A Virginia fortuneteller is suing to overturn a Chesterfield County ordinance, saying it discriminates against her beliefs.

Muslim parents reject deal with Christian daughter
The Muslim parents of an Ohio girl who ran away from home claiming she feared harm for becoming Christian have rejected a deal meant to resolve the conflict.

U.S. Attorney Reviews Call for Probe of SEIU Activities with White House, Congress
– Federal prosecutors are reviewing a request for an investigation into whether Andy Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), violated the Lobbying Disclosure Act with his frequent visits to the White House and with members of Congress in 2009. Americans for Tax Reform has written to acting U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips of the District of Columbia asking for a probe.

SEC Ruling Requires Companies to Tell Shareholders If Climate Laws Are Bad for Business
– A new SEC ruling by would require corporations to inform their shareholders about the business risks and potential impacts of climate change legislation, environmental regulation, and international climate treaties. The ruling marks the first time the SEC has required companies to make such information available to shareholders, and one fiscal conservative told the ruling will benefit investors.

Congressional Salaries Should Not Go Up Until Federal Spending Is Under Control, Hatch Says
– While the Congressional Budget Office reported last week a projected $6 trillion total in new national debt over the next 10 years, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) told that lawmakers’ salaries should not go up until Congress does a “really good job of getting budgetary spending under control.” China Fumes Over Taiwan Arms Package, Even Though Fighter Planes Are Missing
– Even without the F-16s, the U.S. arms package for Taiwan announced on Friday drew an angry response from China. Defense officials announced a suspension of military exchanges with the U.S., which had just resumed in July after an earlier suspension.

Islamic Revolution Anniversary May Bring New Clashes in Iran
– Next week’s anniversary of Iran’s Islamic revolution is shaping up to be a key indicator of the opposition’s resilience. Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, leaders of the opposition’s “green movement,” have “invited” supporters to display an “extensive presence” on Feb. 11.

Sen. Schumer: ‘I Met With Lou Dobbs’ To Discuss Immigration Reform
– Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), chairman of a Senate subcommittee on immigration, said Congress is moving forward with immigration reform and that he personally had met with former CNN anchor Lou Dobbs to discuss the issue.

Obama Student Loan Proposal Met with Skepticism from House GOP
– President Obama’s proposal to expand a little-known student lending program was met with skepticism by Republicans on the House Education and Labor Committee. Obama wants to expand the program as well as change its terms, making it more generous to student borrowers – especially those who work for the government.

Dems entertaining healthcare ‘reconciliation’
Apparently ignoring the message from Massachusetts’ special Senate election, congressional Democrats are moving full steam ahead with an effort to pass their healthcare bill through the legislative process known as “reconciliation.”

Scott Brown defends pro-abortion stance
Republican Sen.-elect Scott Brown of Massachusetts says he opposes federal funding for abortions, but thinks women should have the right to choose whether to have one.

Perspective: The states are the answer
If your state and the feds have conflicting laws, that means the state must accept it — right? Wrong.

Obama’s false claims taken to task
A conservative legal scholar with The Heritage Foundation says President Obama made two claims in his State of the Union speech about the Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United case that are “categorically and undeniable false.”

Idaho pastor defends church members held in Haiti
An Idaho pastor has condemned child trafficking as a “wicked and evil practice.” He is defending members of his congregation detained in Haiti after they tried to bus 33 children into the Dominican Republic.

Hoyer: Balancing Budget ‘Further Ahead Than I Want to Plan’ – Opposes Congressional Pay Freeze
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House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) rejected the idea of continuing a congressional pay freeze until Congress can balance the budget, saying that it would take “a long time” until the budget might be balanced – too long, he said, for Congress to go without a pay raise…

Administration Will Not Tell Fiscal Commission to Avoid Tax Hikes on Incomes Below $250,000
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President Obama’s budget director would not say whether the administration will recommend that taxes not be raised on Americans earning less than $250,000 annually. A fiscal commission, which has not yet been assembled, is expected to review ways to reduce the federal deficit…

Sen. Hatch: There Are ‘A Number’ of Federal Programs ‘We Could Do Without’
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Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) told that there are “a number” of federal programs in existence for “no good reason” that the United States could “do without” to help trim the federal budget, which, for 2010, is estimated to have a $1.4 trillion deficit…

‘We Have Made Historic Strides … to Cut Wasteful Spending,’ Obama Says, While Presiding Over Two Biggest Federal Budgets in 65 Years
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In his budget message to Congress Monday, President Barack Obama said, “Already, we have made historic strides … to cut wasteful spending.”  He made the comment while presenting a budget proposal that for the second year in a row would fix federal spending at a percentage of Gross Domestic Product that is higher than at any time in the past 65 years…

It’s Official: Obama’s Spending Today Dwarfs FDR’s Depression-Era Spending
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In his budget message to Congress released Monday, President Barack Obama repeatedly compared the economic situation he “inherited” to the Great Depression of the 1930s when Franklin Roosevelt was president. But the new budget data released by his own Office of Management and Budget reveals that in one way Obama is making the current era distinctly different from the Great Depression: He is spending vastly more money than Roosevelt did…

White House Report: First Three Years of Obama Will Bring Three Largest Budget Deficits Since World War II
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The historical budget tables released Monday by the White House along with President Barack Obama’s budget indicate that the first three years of Obama’s presidency—2009, 2010 and 2011—will feature the three largest annual budget deficits (when measured as a percentage of GDP) since World War II…

Federal Watchdog: TARP Program Opens Way for Deeper Economic Meltdown
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Neil Barofsky, the man tasked with overseeing the administration of the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP), told Congress in a report released Sunday that the bank bailouts have cleared the path to another financial crisis — potentially even more grave than the 2008 crisis…

New Federal ‘Hate Crimes’ Law Challenged on Constitutional Grounds
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A conservative civil liberties group is challenging the constitutionality of the recently enacted federal Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009…

Head of ‘Policy Neutral’ IPCC Calls for ‘Grassroots Action’ in Response to Setbacks on Climate Legislation
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The chairman of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – a scientific panel embroiled in controversy — has appealed for “grassroots action” on climate initiatives in the face of global warming skepticism, which he attributed to well-funded lobbying…

Iran: ‘We Do Not Take Mrs. Clinton’s Remarks Seriously’
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Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki said his government no longer takes U.S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton seriously, equating her call for increased economic sanctions on Iran with “the failed policies of the Bush administration.”…

Former Iranian President Says Nuclear Program Is ‘Irreversible’
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Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani, the former Iranian president and current chairman of the the Expediency Council,  an advisory body, said Iran’s nuclear program is “irreversible.” He called it a “symbol of national resolve.”…

Iran’s Leader: Feb. 11 To Be ‘Demise’ of ‘Capitalist System’
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that Feb. 11 would mark the demise of “the liberal capitalist system,” adding that its champion, America, was on the decline and that Iran and its Islamic Revolution were on the rise…

Americans in Yemen Put U.S. on ‘Heightened Alert,’ Report Says
– U.S. officials say a “significant threat” could come from American citizens, some of them ex-convicts, who traveled to Yemen, and the threat has put federal law enforcement on heightened alert. “Most worrisome is a group of as many as three dozen former criminals who converted to Islam in prison, were released at the end of their sentences, and moved to Yemen, ostensibly to study Arabic,” a Jan. 21, 2010 report by the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says.

Hoyer Says He Is Not a ‘Big Supporter’ of Freezing Congressional Pay Until Budget Is Balanced
– House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) rejected the idea of continuing a congressional pay freeze until Congress can balance the budget, saying it would take “a long time” until the budget might be balanced – too long, he said, for Congress to go without a pay raise.

Grassley to Geithner: Making Stimulus Permanent Would be Like Turning a ‘Pet Gecko’ into ‘Godzilla’
– Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday that the deficits the federal government will run in the foreseeable future are “alarmingly high,” but said the administration still would like to make some provisions of the stimulus bill permanent. But the top Republican on the committee, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), balked at the idea of more stimulus spending.

Dutch Critic of Islam Wants Extremist Killer to Testify at His Trial
– As the trial of Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders resumes Wednesday, the crucial question will be whether the court agrees to his request to have a Muslim extremist and convicted murderer testify. Wilders faces charges of discrimination and incitement to hatred over his claims linking the Koran to violence, and he wants the court to hear from an extremist who cited the Islamic text to justify his crime.

U.N. Chief’s Comment on South Sudan’s Independence Stirs Anger
– The United Nations has moved quickly to quell anger resulting from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s reported remark that the U.N. would “work hard to avoid a possible secession” of southern Sudan in a referendum scheduled for next January. People in southern Sudan said Ban should not take a stance on an issue that the people of Sudan alone should decide.

Chicago Media Ignore Lech Walesa’s Visit, Endorsement of Conservative Republican in Governor’s Race
– Lech Walesa, a Nobel Laureate and former leader of the Solidarity trade union in Poland, went to Chicago last week to endorse a conservative Republican in the gubernatorial primary race, but the local media largely ignored him. The near-blackout by the media occurred despite the fact that 1 million people of Polish nationality live in Chicago, making it the city with the largest Polish population outside of Warsaw — and despite the fact that Walesa himself was the first post-Soviet president of Poland, after helping to topple 50 years of Soviet occupation.

Obama Adviser Stands by Statement That Pope Benedict XVI is ‘Hurting People in the Name of Jesus’
– Harry Knox, an adviser to President Obama’s Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships said Pope Benedict XVI is “hurting people in the name of Jesus” by opposing condom use to stop the spread of AIDS in Africa.

Study Supports Effectiveness of Abstinence-Only Message
– The “abstinence-only” message to reduce teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases actually works, according to a scientific study released Monday by the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Protestant Pastors Name Graham Most Influential Living Preacher
He has preached the gospel to more than 200 million people in 185 lands and, at 91, still maintains that his one purpose in life is “to help people find a personal relationship with God, which, I believe, comes through knowing Christ.”

Billy Graham, Pope and Politicians Among America’s Most Admired

Religious Left Form Alternative to Nat’l Prayer Breakfast

Pentagon Moves to Repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Policy

Churches Tread Lightly with Super Bowl Viewing Parties

Fla. Diocese Resists Exiting Episcopal Church

Anglican Leader Denounces Campaign to Legalize ‘Mercy Killings’

‘Redefined’ NFL Quarterback Michael Vick to Star in Reality TV Series
For those who have been unconvinced by the hailed turnaround of professional football player Michael Vick and his self-professed return to Christ since his involvement in an illegal dogfighting operation was brought to light, the upcoming BET reality series that he’ll be starring in should lay doubts to rest.

U.S. Church: Our Team Was ‘Falsely Arrested’ in Haiti

Zimbabwe Anglicans Struggle to Worship in Church

Theologian: Tim Tebow Ad a Matter of Free Speech

Televangelist Kenneth Copeland Blasted for ‘Unfulfilled Promises’

Worship Leaders Seek Revival in UK Churches

Holder sued over ‘Hate Crimes Act’
A federal lawsuit has been filed against the Attorney General of the United States, challenging the constitutionality of the recently enacted federal “Hate Crimes Act.”

Ouija board a controversial toy for tots
Toys R Us is selling Ouija boards, promoting them as acceptable for children as young as eight years old.

Ft. Hood report omits important factor: Islam
Pentagon advisor Bob Maginnis finds it unacceptable that the recently released Defense Department review of the shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, did not mention that the suspect’s Islamic faith might have been a motivating factor in the massacre.

‘Queen Nancy’s airline’
Judicial Watch has obtained documents revealing that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi spent more than $2 million of taxpayers’ money to fly in military jets around the world, with a good portion of the tab going for food and booze.

Baptist detainees in Haiti still in limbo
Ten Southern Baptists accused of unlawfully trying to remove 33 children from Haiti are still awaiting word on their fate.

U.S. Must Rethink Policy of Deliberately Allowing Terrorists into U.S. for Surveillance Purposes, Says Intelligence Vice Chairman
– The vice chair of the Senate intelligence committee said the United States needs to rethink its existing policy of sometimes deliberately allowing people on the Terrorist Watchlist to board airliners and enter the country so they can be covertly tracked for intelligence-gathering purposes. “I think we got to be a lot more careful who we let in to watch,” said Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo.).

Christmas Day Bombing Attempt Should Have Been Wake-Up Call for Obama Administration, But It Wasn’t, McConnell Says
– Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told a conservatives group on Wednesday that the Obama administration has a “blind spot” when it comes to fighting the war on terror. He also said that treating terror attacks as a law enforcement matter has put the wrong person — Attorney General Eric Holder — in charge of waging the war on terror.

‘We Need to Find Our Way Back to Civility,’ Obama Says at National Prayer Breakfast
– President Barack Obama preached politics – the importance of “civility” in the public square and finding common ground – at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington on Thursday. He mentioned health care several times.

First Openly Gay Episcopal Bishop Says St. Paul Was Condemning Homosexual Acts by Heterosexuals
– In a section of his New Testament letter to the Romans dealing with God’s admonitions against same-sex relations, St. Paul was actually writing about heterosexuals who engage in same-sex acts and not homosexuals, said the Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson, the first openly homosexual bishop in the Episcopal church.

Republicans Rebuff Obama Administration’s Plan to Spur Lending to Small Businesses
– House Republicans are rejecting an Obama administration plan to use re-paid bailout money to jump-start lending to small businesses. Republicans said the administration should follow the law and use the money to pay down the national debt.

ICE Official: Work-Site Arrests of Illegals ‘Down From Previous Years’
– A top official in the Obama administration’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency said the move away from work-site raids has reduced arrests of illegal aliens and led to the release of many of those who had been detained. David Venturella, acting director of ICE’s Office of Detention and Removal Operations, said ICE has changed since President Barack Obama took office.

Anti-Islam Dutch Lawmaker Says He’s Being Denied a Fair Trial; Court Rejects Most of His Witness List
– The Amsterdam District Court ruled on Wednesday that Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders could only call only three witnesses out of the 18 he wanted. Wilders and his supporters say the case goes beyond the trial of one man accused of discrimination and inciting hatred. They say the right of Europeans to speak what they believe to be the truth about Islam is at stake.

Attempt by Netherlands to Comply with U.N. Resolution on Iran Nukes Is Discriminatory, Court Rules
– As the international community grapples with Iran’s continuing defiance over its nuclear activities, a European government’s attempts to keep nuclear know-how out of Iran’s hands has fallen foul of the law. A district court in the Dutch capital, The Hague, ruled Wednesday that a government regulation excluding Iranian students from nuclear studies and facilities was discriminatory.

Senator-Elect Scott Brown to Be Sworn In on Thursday, Ahead of ‘Important Votes’
– U.S. Senator-elect Scott Brown suddenly is in a hurry to be seated.

A Message from Congress: No One Questions Our Authority
– In the history of the United States, Congress has never forced individual Americans to buy any good or service. That would change if the health care bills approved by either the House or Senate ever became law. has been asking members of Congress: Where does the Constitution authorize Congress to force individuals to buy health insurance? The various answers are presented here…

U.S. Missionaries Questioned for Taking Haiti Children
Five of the ten U.S. missionaries who were detained for taking children out of Haiti were questioned by a judge Tuesday.

U.S. Church: Our Team Was ‘Falsely Arrested’ in Haiti

Study: Abstinence Education Reduces Sexual Activity

Pro-Choice Sportswriter: We Need More Tebows

Evangelical Leader Explains Why China Visit, Report Excluded House Churches

Mich. Pastors File Suit Against Expanded Hate Crimes Law

EU Team Visits Site of Anti-Christian Violence in India

R.I.P. cap and trade
President Obama is now hinting that lawmakers might have to split up a climate bill, which could mean the end of cap-and-trade.

Military ban – repeal a forgone conclusion?
National defense analyst Bob Maginnis is concerned about the recent efforts by the Obama administration regarding the president’s desire to repeal the 1993 law banning homosexuals from military service.

Perspective: Death of a nation’s conscience
Want to send your child to a better school? Sorry. Need money to abort your child? No problem. It’s obvious we’re losing our mind as a nation.

‘Pro-choice’ really means ‘pro-abortion’
The national director for Generation Life says it comes as no surprise that liberal groups are upset over a Super Bowl ad featuring Tim Tebow and his mother.

Odd challenge: Lying constitutionally protected
An organization dedicated to honoring the nation’s POWs and MIA service members is outraged that a federal law against lying about military medals is facing First Amendment challenges.

Gibbs Says He’ll Check ‘Timeline’ to Find Out If Obama Knew in Advance That Underwear Bomber Would Be Mirandized
– White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said he did not “have the timeline” and therefore did not know at Thurday’s press briefing whether President Barack Obama knew in advance that Miranda rights were going to be read on Christmas Day to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the terrorist who tried to detonate a bomb on Northwest Flight 253. “I’ll go back and look at the timeline,” he said. “Those decisions were made, as you know, by the Attorney General, by the FBI, and done so in conjunction and in accordance with agencies throughout the government.”

Homegrown Jihadists Will Mount Attacks Against U.S. Each Year, Intel Director Says
– Dennis Blair, the U.S. director of National Intelligence, in his annual threat assessment presented to the Intelligence committees of the the House and Senate, said that “sporadic” attacks against the U.S. from homegrown jihadists are expected to occur each year, but only a small portion” of the planned attacks will develop into full-scale violence.

Democrats Pushing Back Against Carbon Regulations From the EPA
– Three House Democrats are now pushing legislation that would stop the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating carbon emissions without express permission from the Congress. “I’m proud to help sponsor this bill because if Congress doesn’t do something soon, the EPA is going to cram these regulations through all on their own,” Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) said in a statement.

Michael Moore Seeks Million-Dollar Refundable Tax Credit to Cover Costs of Anti-Capitalist Movie
– Filmmaker Michael Moore has been approved to receive a refundable tax credit of up to $1 million from the State of Michigan Film Office for his 2009 documentary, “Capitalism: A Love Story.” A Republican state senator in Michigan wants her state’s money back.

Republicans Oppose Nomination of Pro-Labor Union Activist to Join National Labor Relations Board
– A Senate panel, voting 13-10 along party lines, on Thursday approved the nomination Thursday of Craig Becker to join the National Labor Relations Board, paving the way for a full Senate vote on the controversial nominee in the coming weeks.

Vietnam’s Clampdown on Dissent Draws U.S. Objections, but No Consequences
– Vietnam’s communist government on Friday was holding yet another trial of a democracy activist, despite appeals by U.S. lawmakers and a warning by the American ambassador that its suppression of dissenting views was having an adverse effect on bilateral relations. The crackdown comes at a time when the country is preparing to mark the 15th anniversary of the normalization of ties with the United States.

Obama Skips E.U. Summit, Partly Because of Its Confusing Structure
– President Obama’s decision not to attend a U.S.-European Union summit in Madrid in May has prompted some soul-searching in Europe, where many commentators believe the E.U. is paying the price for failing to resolve internal differences and improve its arcane procedures. Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Philip Crowley implied this week that the confusing E.U. structure was a factor in Obama’s decision not to visit Madrid.

Russia Sees No Problem in Arming Iran
– According to a Jan. 28 report from the Russian news agency Interfax – translated by BBC Worldwide Monitoring – Russia’s state-owned arms trading company Rosoboronexport will continue selling weapons to Iran because there is no international prohibition against it.

Chavez’s Socialist Worker Militias Swell to 150,000 in Venezuela
– Organized by President Hugo Chavez in May 2009, the “workers’ militias” are intended to allow Hugo Chavez’s political party to assert control over key economic sectors.

Obama: Prayer Can Make Us Humble, Unite People
President Obama called for civility in the public square and said prayer can help people become more humble, during his address at the National Prayer Breakfast.

U.S. Missionaries in Haiti Charged with Abduction

Reactions Cool to Year One of Obama’s Faith-Based Office

Survey: Church, Ministers Not the Friendliest in Town

Theologian: Most Christians Infected with Prosperity Gospel

New Hotline Gives Easy, Direct Access to Ministers

North Korea to release missionary
North Korea has announced it will free an American missionary detained for illegally crossing its border on Christmas Day. Related: Activist knew dangers of entering NK

Perspective: Wonder why pro-choice is losing?
Thank you, Tim Tebow, for being part of a nationwide movement that’s putting a face on the millions of babies who doctors have been advising be aborted.

Ministry for life in Super Bowl city
Super Bowl revelers in Miami are likely to be confronted about the value of life as the game approaches.

Handicapped newborn suffering in China
A Chinese baby’s life is wasting away at the will of her parents, and a public outcry has resulted from their decision.

Perspective: Gay rights: Don’t ask, don’t think
The central argument in favor of same-sex marriage or overturning “don’t ask, don’t tell” contains a fatal flaw — the same flaw found at the heart of the entire gay rights movement.

Ministry Rebrands ‘The Great Commission’ to Mobilize Youth Evangelists
Popular youth organization Dare 2 Share has a new drive to get teens on every U.S. high school and middle school campus talking about Jesus.

High Court Urged to Protect Faith Groups’ Right to Define Membership

Baptist Bodies Distance Themselves from Americans Charged in Haiti

N. Korea to Release U.S. Christian Activist

U.N. Urged to Help Find Chinese Christian Rights Lawyer

ACT Int’l Raises Flags on Eastern DRC Conflict, Displacement

City officials under attack for pro-Christian comments
Two city officials in a California town are being targeted for possible hate crimes over comments they made recently about the Christian and Muslim faiths.

TN approves guidelines for teaching Bible
Tennessee’s state Board of Education has approved guidelines on how to teach the Bible in public high schools despite concern that the curriculum could be challenged in court.

Perspective: Deifying Darwin
It’s a sad state of affairs when the world trumps the Word at a “Christian” college.

Abortion revelation amps pro-life protest
Pro-life groups continue to protest a proposal for abortions at the Madison Surgery Center of the University of Wisconsin (UW), especially since encountering a new revelation.

Egyptian Christians call for right to build churches
Egyptian activists have protested in front of parliament and called for legislation giving Christians equal rights as Muslims to build houses of worship.

Palin targets Obama in ‘tea party’ speech
Taking aim at President Barack Obama and the Democrats, Sarah Palin has told a ‘tea party’ convention in Nashville that the country is ripe for another revolution.

Haitian lawyer for jailed US missionaries fired
The Haitian lawyer for 10 U.S. Baptists charged with child kidnapping tried to bribe the missionaries’ way out of jail and has been fired, the attorney who hired him said Saturday night.

City officials under attack for pro-Christian comments
Two city officials in a California town are being targeted for possible hate crimes over comments they made recently about the Christian and Muslim faiths.

Baptists to flood TX with Bible CDs
The Baptist General Convention of Texas has produced a multilingual, multimedia Bible CD that it hopes to place in every home in the state by Easter.

National Marriage Week USA Launches to Turn Tide

Pastors Challenged to ‘Ordain’ Every Christian, Not Do Ministry for Them

Southern Baptists Ask Obama to Help 10 Missionaries in Haiti

Evangelicals Band Together to Keep Gospel Alive in PC(USA)

Bishop Robinson: Same-Sex Acts Unnatural for Heterosexuals

Task force to decide if comments = hate crimes
The mayor and a city council member will be the subject of a hearing tonight in Lancaster, California, over recent comments some are labeling as hate speech.

Pagan ‘chapel’ at Air Force Academy
A retired Army officer who is a professed born-again Christian doesn’t think the U.S. Air Force Academy had much of choice when it announced the addition of a Pagan chapel to its worship areas this spring.

Perspective: Inner-city schools need a political Katrina
There appears to be not a shred of evidence that funneling more taxpayer dollars through Washington to states improves education.

‘Controversial’ Tebow ad airs
Viewers primed for controversy over a Christian ministry’s Super Bowl ad featuring football star Tim Tebow might be asking, “Is that all there is?”

Creation News: Primordial soup of life
Read the latest from Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum examining news from the biblical viewpoint.

Administration Again Cuts Funding to Scholarship Program That Helps Low-Income D.C. Kids
– In his fiscal 2011 budget, President Barack Obama makes further cuts in funding for the Opportunity Scholarship Program,, a program for low-income, mostly minority students. Obama ended the program last year but pledged to continue funding for the students already enrolled.

Rep. Issa: Was Obama ‘Just Lying to Congress’ on Tort Reform Pledge?
– In September, President Barack Obama told a joint session of Congress that his administration would look into tort reform as a means of lowering health care costs, but the administration’s Department of Health and Human Services stated in congressional staff report that medical malpractice reform is “not a priority.” As congressional Republicans prepare for a Feb. 25 meeting with Obama, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) wonders if the president was lying.

U.S. Gives Yale Researcher $3.9-Million in Tax Dollars to Develop ‘Avatar’ Sex-Ed Video Game for Kids
– A division of the National Institutes of Health is giving Dr. Lynn Fiellin, an assistant professor at the Yale School of Medicine, $3.9 million over five years to develop a video game to teach “sex, drug and alcohol negotiation and refusal skills” to children 9-14 years of age. The game will feature “virtual characters or avatars” that must decide whether to engage in behaviors that put them at risk of being infected with HIV.

University Stops Circus Ticket Offering after Pressure from PETA
– People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has succeeded in keeping the alumni association of Neumann University from offering discounted circus tickets to its members. “It’s troubling that a university founded in the Franciscan tradition, which ‘emphasizes respect for individuals, concern for the environment, and social responsibility,’ would endorse a business that profits from animal abuse,” wrote PETA’s “circus specialist.”

‘Stop Sending Your Spies Here,’ Judge Tells China
– With a message to Beijing to “stop sending your spies here,” a U.S. judge on Monday sentenced a Chinese-born former Boeing engineer to more than 15 years in prison for economic espionage and acting as an agent for China. His arrest in 2006 came after federal agents searched his home and found more than 250,000 pages of documents relating to the space shuttle program, Boeing’s Delta IV military rocket and the C-17 strategic airlift plane.

Iranian Unity on Anniversary Will Deliver ‘Punch’ to Enemies, Says Supreme Leader
– As the U.S. and European Union joined Monday in condemning “continuing human rights violations” by the Iranian government, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ratcheted up tensions ahead of Thursday’s anniversary of the Islamic revolution by vowing that the nation would deliver a “punch” to stun its enemies.

As Sensitive Anniversary Nears, Iran Needles the West on Uranium Enrichment
– Kicking off what promises to be a significant week in Iran, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday ordered the head of the national nuclear agency to begin boosting uranium enrichment to new levels. Defense Secretary Robert Gates in response renewed calls for the international community to unite around sanctions against the regime Tehran, while the British government called the move “a matter of serious concern” saying upping enrichment to 20 percent would breach U.N. Security Council resolutions.

Americans Encouraged to Join Relief Groups for ‘Long Run’
While the New Orleans Saints’ Super Bowl win Sunday may have wiped away memories of the Gulf Coast hurricanes that hit their city five years ago, the mourning in Haiti – for many – still has no end in sight.

Churches Warned to Prepare for Another Lean Year

Tebow Super Bowl Ad Leads Viewers to ‘God Story’

N.H. Pastor: Good Marriages Are Not by Accident

Conservatives Blast Policy Requiring Military Bases to Stock Morning-After Pill

Watchdog Sees Rise in Reported Persecution Cases in China

Lancaster, CA – hate crimes harbinger?
A Christian attorney in California says recent events in the city of Lancaster constitute “one example of many to come of attempts to try to silence people of faith.”

Arrests affect other missionaries
An official at one mission agency says the arrest of the ten American church members in Haiti has cast a negative light on missionaries in other countries.

Perspective: China’s worst ‘disappearance’
Chinese human-rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng is no ordinary dissident — and that’s exactly how the Beijing regime is mistreating him.

Toyota’s trials – and gov’t conflict of interest
A free-market advocate doesn’t think it’s a good idea for the federal government to get involved with investigation concerning Toyota when it has vested interest in the automaker’s competitors.

Psychologists Explore Religion, Morality Link
Psychologists in a new study on the origins of religion suggest that moral judgments operate independently of religious background.

Anglican Head Appeals for Unity, Restraint and Mutual Trust

Ecumenical Leader Lauds G7 for Canceling Haiti’s Debt

Haitian Officer: U.S. Baptist Team Made Earlier Attempt to Take Children

Federal Investigators: Arson Behind Texas Church Fires

Impartiality of ‘Outed’ Prop 8 Judge Assured

Rick Warren Calls for ‘Radicals’ Rooted in Christ
About 10 years ago, Pastor Rick Warren made a long list of the “up-and-coming” pastors in America he wanted to pray for. Unfortunately, about half the people he listed are no longer in ministry today.

Planned Parenthood Report Blasted as Disturbing

Church of England Affirms Breakaway Anglicans in U.S.

FOTF: Tebow Story Receives Over 760,000 Hits

Love Dare Site Invites Real Couples to Share Stories

D.C. Marriage Referendum Rejected; Appeal Filed

PC(USA) – Some reject John 14:6
A poll of members of the Presbyterian Church USA shows a significant percentage of them now reject the exclusivity of the gospel message.

Tea Party movement = democracy ‘at work’
Veteran Republican Senator Chuck Grassley is praising “Tea Party” activists.

Perspective: Obama’s deficit good?
Yep — according to left-wing economist Paul Krugman, running a huge deficit is actually a good thing when the economy is tanking. Funny…he didn’t think so when Dubya was in the Oval Office.

‘Sleight of hand’ measure favors homosexuals
The Human Rights Campaign, a homosexual activist group, is applauding the congressional introduction of the Student Nondiscrimination Act of 2010.

Americans Most Satisfied in Cold Northern States, Least Satisfied in Nevada
– Americans are most satisfied with their standard of living in cold northern states—including North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Alaska — and least satisfied in Nevada, which is represented in the Senate by Majority Leader Harry Reid, according to a new Gallup poll.

NARAL Dedicates Annual Report to Late-Term Abortionist; Gives the Nation a ‘D’ Grade for Reproductive Rights
( – In a new status report on women’s reproductive rights, a pro-abortion group gives the nation a cumulative grade of “D,” based on state and federal legislation it sees as “pro-choice” or “anti-choice.” NARAL Pro-Choice America dedicated its 2009 report to the late George Tiller, the abortionist who was shot and killed last year by a man with a history of mental problems.

Construction Industry Opposes Obama Pro-Union Order
– A federal commission has not yet enacted a year-old executive order that President Barack Obama thinks will avoid labor unrest. Critics, including the construction industry, say the executive order discriminates against non-union companies and non-union workers in federal contracting.

Amid Turmoil at Home, Iran Eyes Seat on Top U.N. Human Rights Body
– As Iran’s continuing crackdown on opposition supporters roils the country and makes headlines around the world, the Islamic republic is seeking support for a fresh bid to join the U.N. Human Rights Council. In May, Iran will be one of five contenders for four available Asia seats.

Administration ‘Just Not Responding’ to Questions on Fort Hood, Said Vice Chair of Senate Intel Committee
– Sen. Kit Bond (R.-Mo.), the vice chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, told bloggers on a conference call on Wednesday, Feb. 3, that the Obama administration still had not provided his committee with all the information it had requested on the November terrorist attack at Fort Hood in Texas.

Airport Body Scanners Violate the Teachings of Islam, Says Muslim Group
– A group of Muslim scholars says it supports airline safety, but it is “deeply concerned” about the use of airport scanners that show nude images of the human body. FCNA is asking for changes in scanner software so the machines will produce only body outlines.

Poll: 61 Percent Say Start from Scratch on Health Care Reform
– According to a new poll from Rasmussen Reports, a majority of Americans agree with the Republican leadership that Congress should scrap its current 2,000-page health care overhaul plans and start fresh. Rasmussen also queried voters about the potential for a solution coming out of the bipartisan summit President Obama proposed for Feb. 25.

Fox’s Chris Wallace: ‘I’m Offended’ People Watch Joe Scarborough on MSNBC
– Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” accused “FOX News Sunday” host Chris Wallace of rolling his eyes on-air after his interview with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin this past Sunday. Wallace shot back at Scarborough on Thursday, saying he did not roll his eyes and is “offended” that people watch Scarborough on MSNBC.

Reagan PAC Supports Candidates Who Are ‘Responsible to the People’
– Michael Reagan is the spokesman for a new conservative political action committee that bears his father’s name. Reagan PAC says it is dedicated to supporting Republican candidates who recognize the “contemporary conservative principles” of President Ronald Reagan and are “committed to their realization.”

Best-Selling Author, Screenwriter Says ‘Avatar’ Is ‘Anti-American and Anti-Military’
– Best-selling author and screenwriter Andrew Klavan is doing something he thinks fellow conservatives should emulate: try to change popular culture by creating art that reflects the traditional values of most Americans.

International Planned Parenthood Pushes Sex Ed for 10–Year-Olds, Claims Religious-Based Abstinence Ed Ineffective
– A new report from the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) says comprehensive sex education should be provided to children as young as 10 years old but abstinence-based sex education as promoted by religious groups, such as the Catholic Church and Islamic schools, is ineffective and should not be utilized. The IPPF’s analysis and recommendations have been denounced by some Catholic and pro-family organizations.

Obama Advocates Green Energy Transition: Can’t ‘Convert to All Solar, All Wind Economy’ Overnight
– President Barack Obama and Republican leaders apparently have found common ground on energy proposals that both sides think would spur job growth. Obama – whose political base in the environmental movement largely favors a transition to alternative energy — has proposed putting more emphasis on traditional fuel sources. He said he is still committed to alternative fuels, but thinks there has to be a practical transition.

Republicans Seek to ‘Start Over’ on Health Care Legislation
– While a bipartisan meeting on health care is scheduled for Feb. 25, it appears that Republican leaders and President Barack Obama already have hit a snag: whether to start over with entirely new legislation, as Republicans insist on doing.

First Lady Links Childhood Obesity to National Security in Launch of ‘Let’s Move’ Campaign
– At a ceremony at the White House on Tuesday, First Lady Michelle Obama announced the launch of the ‘Let’s Move’ campaign to end childhood obesity in the United States, a costly epidemic she called a threat to national security. “We know the cure for this,” Mrs. Obama said. The cure includes several government solutions.

Feds admit they wronged pro-lifers
Pro-life Wisconsin is raising serious questions about information gathered by the Department of Homeland Security since information was inappropriately shared with the Middleton (Wisconsin) Police Department.

Perspective: Is the ‘gay’ fix in on Prop. 8?
The federal judge who will decide if Prop. 8 is constitutional has been “outed” as an active practitioner of the homosexual lifestyle. He should now recuse himself.

Repeal the law, reinstate the draft
Pentagon advisor Bob Maginnis says if those pushing for repeal of the 1993 law banning homosexuals from military service are successful, it will be difficult to maintain an all-volunteer force.

Dem’s jobs bill ‘gimmicky,’ full of pork
A tax policy expert predicts that Democrats’ job bill in Congress will not create jobs in the long term, and may actually have the effect of reducing employment. One budget analyst describes it as a combination of “temporary gimmicks” and pork-barrel spending.

Remains of Christian filmmaker found in Haiti
The State Department has confirmed that a body found in rubble from the earthquake in Haiti is that of David Hames, who had been working on a filming project for the Christian children’s ministry Compassion International.

9th, 10th Texas Church Fires Ruled Arson
Two churches in East Texas that were damaged by fires this week were the victims of arson, authorities said Thursday.

Faith Leaders: Immigration System Tears Families Apart

Haitian Judge Might Free American Baptists, Sources Say

Iranian Gov’t Marks Anniversary amid Criticism of Religious Abuse

Millions Mark Lent, Countdown to Easter

Church of England Grants Full Pension Rights to Gay Clergy

Prayers, Fasting Mark Haiti Quake’s One-Month Anniversary
Haitians are fasting and taking part in prayer vigils to mark one month since a devastating earthquake struck the Caribbean nation on January 12.

Students Take Countercultural Stand, Choose Sexual Purity

Church of England Declares Evolution, Faith Are Compatible

Obama’s Faith Advisors Vote on Church-State Issues

Push for Islamic Courts in Kenya Alarms Christians

Researchers Probe Direct Link Between Brain Activity, Spirituality

Release of Haiti missionaries in doubt again
Preparations for the provisional release of 10 Americans detained in Haiti on child kidnapping charges may be on hold after questions arose about a Dominican man who served as their legal adviser.

AZ pro-life laws currently in limbo
Arguments have been held in state and federal courts over two pro-life laws in Arizona that are designed to protect the health and safety of women.

Stalemate on fetal homicide issue
Vermont lawmakers are making little movement on fetal homicide laws.

Gospel being shared at Winter Olympics
A ministry linked to the Creation Museum near Cincinnati is sending more than 100 people to share the gospel with visitors to the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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