Newslinks 03/14/10

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Sen. Lieberman Proposes Legalizing Bisexual Behavior in the U.S. Military
– Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) recently introduced the “Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2010,” which would allow homosexuals and bisexuals to openly serve in the United States Armed Forces. Lieberman told that the bill would legalize homosexual and bisexual activity in the military.

Sen. Nelson: ‘Premature To Make Any Decision’ On Allowing Homosexuals To Openly Serve in Military
– Senator Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) told that it is “premature to make any decision” on repealing the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” (DADT) policy and the federal law that prohibits homosexuals from serving openly in the military. “I want to see what the military is putting together,” he said.

Timetable for U.S. Troop Withdrawal on Track, Obama Says, After Iraqis Vote
– “We will continue with the responsible removal of the United States forces from Iraq,” President Obama said at the White House on Sunday, confirming that “by the end of the next year, all U.S. troops will be out of Iraq.” At least 38 people were killed during a spate of bombing and other attacks near polling stations on Sunday, but millions of Iraqis defied terrorists’ threats and turned out to cast their ballots. Obama noted that Iraqi forces had taken the lead in providing security.

Reported Arrest of American Militant in Pakistan Could Lead to First Treason Trial in Decades
– Conflicting reports about the possible arrest of American al-Qaeda spokesman Adam Yahya Gadahn in Pakistan are focusing attention once again on the first person to be charged with treason against the United States in more than half a century. Pakistani officials told media organizations Sunday that Gadahn had been arrested in Karachi, Pakistan’s biggest city. In the years after 9/11, Gadahn appeared, sometimes masked, in a number of videos threatening violence against Americans and other Westerners.Acting TSA Head: Agency to Continue Using only Small Portion of Terror Watch List to Screen Passengers
– Acting Transportation Security Administration administrator Gale Rossides said last week that her agency will continue its policy of screening airline passengers against only a fraction of the 400,000 name Terrorist Screening Database and will continue to allow some terrorists on that list to board planes.

Poll: By 2-to-1 Margin, Americans Say U.S. Debt Owed to China Now Greater Threat than Terrorism
– American adults believe the amount of money the U.S. owes China to cover the U.S. national debt is now a greater threat than radical Islam. According to a Zogby International poll, 58 percent said the debt was a greater concern compared with just 27 percent who chose terrorism perpetrated by “radical Islamists.”

New Poll: Most Americans Say Banning Handguns is Unconstitutional
– While the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether Chicago’s handgun ban breaches the Second Amendment, 69 percent of Americans believe city governments have no right to legislate against citizens owning such guns, a new poll shows.

White House Calls Suggestion of Swapping Health Care Vote for Judgeship ‘Silly’
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– The notion that President Barack Obama tried to win the vote of a Democratic congressman on health care by nominating his brother to a federal judgeship is “a pretty silly argument,” said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

Emanuel: ‘In My Family, There Are At Least Two R-Words That Are Sort of Suspicious’
– Ezekiel Emanuel, who advises the Office of Management and Budget on health care, and whose brother is White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, joked that words beginning with “R” have become a touchy subject in the prominent Chicago family. In February, Rahm Emanuel apologized to the head of the Special Olympics for having referred to a group of liberal activists as “ retarded.” Ezekiel also had his own run-in with a different R-word over the summer when his positions on bioethics were brought into the health care debate. In this case, the word was “rationing.”

Impartiality the key in military ban study
A working group tasked to look into the question of repealing the ban on homosexuals serving in the military says it will make an objective assessment of the issue. A conservative military watchdog hopes the group will make good on that promise.

Texans tired of Washington-style politics
The chairman of the Texas Republican Party says Governor Rick Perry’s decisive GOP primary win last week sent a strong message to Washington — and in particular, to the Obama administration.

Perspective: ‘Dolphins are people, too’
One of the most serious consequences coming from society’s abandonment of a biblical worldview is the startling tendency to drift from truth into utter confusion.

Hasan ‘role model’ for Muslims in U.S. military
Al-Qaida’s American-born spokesman on Sunday called on Muslims serving in the U.S. armed forces to emulate the Army major charged with killing 13 people in Fort Hood. The Council on American Islamic Relations is repudiating those remarks.

Convert from Islam went ‘to the crux of the problem’
A former member of the Palestine Liberation Organization believes the Christian convert and son of a Hamas terrorist got to the crux of the situation when he recently said the biggest terrorist is the god of the Quran.

Texas Church Community Mourns Death of Lead Pastor
The founding pastor of Providence Church in Frisco, Texas, passed away Friday after being admitted into the Intensive Care Unit with liver and kidney damage.

ELCA Bishops Expected to Review Divisive Policy Changes

Group Hopes to Change How Church Responds to Gays

CBN: Pat Robertson Comments About Chile Quake ‘Completely False’

Huckabee Urges Christians to Engage in ‘Rotting’ Realms of Culture

High Court Refuses to Review 10 Commandments Ruling

Turkey, Angry at U.S., Pledges Support for Iran
– As the Obama administration scrambles to contain the diplomatic fallout with Turkey over the “Armenian genocide” resolution in the U.S. Congress, Turkey’s tilt towards Iran continues largely unnoticed. Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul, in a weekend telephone conversation with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, called for a deepening of bilateral relations and voiced support for Iran in international forums.

U.S. Census Has ‘Policy of Self-Identification’ for Same-Sex Couples
– What kind of questions are going to be on the U.S. Census form? Just ten “basic” questions, says the U.S. Census Bureau. And on a question about relationships, same-sex couples may go with personal preference rather than truth.

Senate Armed Services Chairman Did Not Know That Bill He is Sponsoring Would Legalize Bisexual Behavior in the Military
– Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) did not know that a bill he is co-sponsoring with Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation in the military would also legalize both homosexual and bisexual activity among military personnel. Levin said he would “have to give a lot more thought to it” before deciding whether in fact he supported legalizing homosexual and bisexual behavior in the military.

Year-Long Celebration Planned to Mark President Ronald Reagan’s 100th Birthday
– Perhaps the most telling thing about the year-long celebration planned to mark President Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday is that it will not be funded by the American taxpayer. The 40th president would have turned 100 on Feb. 6, 2011.

Randy Travis, Collin Raye to Headline Concert to Commemorate 5-Year Anniversary of the Death of Terri Schindler Schiavo
– Country music superstars Randy Travis and Collin Raye are headlining a concert April 10 in Indianapolis to commemorate the 5-year anniversary of Terri Schindler-Schiavo’s court-ordered death by dehydration and starvation. The concert is sponsored by the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation.

Lebanon Resumes ‘National Dialogue,’ But Hezbollah Refuses to Discuss Its Weapons
– Lebanon’s political parties are holding a “national dialogue” on Tuesday to discuss a defense strategy for the country, but Hezbollah has made it clear that the subject of its weapons arsenal will not be on the table. The Iranian- and Syrian-backed Shi’ite group refuses to disarm, because it says Israel poses a continuing military threat to Lebanon.

Tens of Thousands Protest Abortion Law in Spain
Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of multiple cities in Spain on Sunday to protest a new law that would allow abortion on demand.

Abortion Fight Remains Fierce in Health Care Debate

Sectarian Violence Leaves Hundreds Dead in Nigeria

Megachurch Pastor Guides Christians on Demonic Spirits

Ky. Baptists Kick Off Easter Evangelism Blitz

U.K. Christians Expect More Difficulties After Civil Partnerships Vote

Christian’s speech deemed ‘hateful propaganda’
A Christian student in the Los Angeles Community College District is carrying his free-speech case to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Amnesty – when the people disapprove, ram it through
The head of an immigration enforcement political action committee believes a high-profile Senate primary race will make it tough for President Barack Obama and the Democrats to shove an amnesty bill through before the approaching midterm elections.

Perspective: The precarious state of childhood in America
Concerned about your children’s or grandchildren’s well-being? How about the future of society? Then grab a copy of the new book Children at Risk.

Sherwood’s next film focuses on fatherhood
The script for the latest movie from Sherwood Baptist Church, the Georgia-based church that produced Fireproof, has been written and is being revised.

Creation News: ‘Missing link’ fossil
Read the latest from Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum examining news from the biblical viewpoint.

Christians Expelled, Forced to Abandon 33 Foster Kids in Morocco
Christian volunteers and foster parents at a Moroccan orphanage were forced to abandon dozens of children on Monday after they were accused of proselytizing.

Texas Church: Pastor Died of Accidental Overdose

9th Haiti Volunteer Freed; Returns to U.S.

Anglicans in Canada Agree to Close Churches

Lutheran Head Rejects Claims of Scripture Abandonment

Widow of Slain Pastor: Where Was God on March 8?

Stupak ‘Remains Optimistic’ He Can Work Out Abortion-Funding Language to Save Health Care Bill
– Rep. Bart Stupak, a pro-life Democrat from Michigan, “remains optimistic” that he can work out language with House Democratic leaders on federal funding of abortion, the main sticking point in getting a health care bill to President Obama’s desk. Stupak said on Tuesday he had “meaningful discussions” with two leading House Democrats, and more are planned for later in the week.

55 Percent Think Obama Should ‘Start Over’ on Health Care Reform, Poll Finds
– A Rasmussen Reports survey found that 55 percent of Americans think Congress should throw the current health care plan out and start fresh, suggesting that President Obama’s demand that Congress pass his reform proposal has failed to sway the public. The poll of 1,000 likely voters, which was released on March 5, found that only 37 percent of Americans think Congress should continue to build on the bill Democrats have been debating among themselves for nearly a year.

Sen. Inhofe: Basis for Senate’s Ban on Drudge Report Was Bogus; We Encourage People to Visit Drudge
– “We would encourage people to continue to use Drudge. That’s a great source,” Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) told Tuesday after his staff on the Environment and Public Works Committee received an email informing them that the Senate Sergeant at Arms believed the Drudge Report and were responsible for infecting Senate computers with viruses. The Sergeant at Arms advised Senate personnel not to visit those Web sites.

Giving Iran a Seat on U.N. Rights Council Would Legitimize Its Brutality and Encourage Other Violators, Iranian Says
– An Iranian whose fiancée was killed during post-election protests last year made an impassioned appeal Tuesday for Tehran to be denied a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council in elections this spring. Caspian Makan, a photojournalist who fled Iran late last year after being detained for more than 60 days, said Iranian membership in the U.N.’s top human rights body would be a “slap in the face” of other members.

White House Still Checking to See If It Offered Congressman a Job So He Wouldn’t Run Against Specter
– Two weeks after initially promising to check on the matter, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs again did not have an answer to the charge by Pennsylvania Senate candidate Rep. Joe Sestak that the Obama administration offered him a job in exchange for abandoning his primary challenge against Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.).

Education Secretary Arne Duncan Says Some Public Schools Discriminate
– In a speech to commemorate the 1965 ‘Bloody Sunday’ civil rights protest in Selma, Ala., Education Secretary Arne Duncan referred to certain failing public schools in America as ‘dropout factories’ and places that ‘seem to suspend and discipline only young African-American boys.’

Safe Schools Czar Ducks Questions on Past Statements about Homosexuality, Says Department of Education Won’t Dictate Curriculum
– Kevin Jennings, the Obama administration’s openly homosexual safe-schools czar, declined Monday to directly say whether the U.S. Department of Education should promote teaching school children that homosexual behavior is morally good. Instead, he pointing out that Congress has prohibited the department from interfering in the curricula of local schools. Jennings, the assistant deputy education secretary for the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, made a rare public appearance Monday, speaking to a gathering of school teachers at the National Press Club.

Voters Trust GOP over Democrats on 8 out of 10 Issues
– Republicans appear to be winning the battle of ideas, according to a Rasmussen Reports survey of American voters that found the GOP is trusted more than Democrats on issues ranging from the economy to abortion.

Republicans Press Defense Secretary Gates to Explain Why Air Force Excluded Conservative Leader from Prayer Event
– The current and former House Republican whips are calling on Defense Secretary Robert Gates to explain the “written or unwritten policies” that led the Air Force to rescind its invitation to conservative leader Tony Perkins from speaking at a national prayer luncheon at Andrews Air Force Base because he disagrees with President Obama’s policy on ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’

Sen. Nelson: ‘I Don’t Support Closing Guantanamo Bay’ At This Point
– Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) told that he does not support closing Guantanamo Bay after visiting the prison and examining the issue.

Burma Junta’s New Election Law Denies Opposition Leader a Political Role
– Preparing for Burma’s first election in two decades, the military junta has unveiled polling laws indicating that it intends to retain control beneath a veneer of democracy. The most provocative of the regulations appears designed to ensure that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will have no future political role.

Christian aid workers killed in Pakistan
Terrorists armed with grenades attacked the offices of World Vision, a Christian aid group helping earthquake survivors in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, killing six employees and wounding several others.

AFA appoints new chairman, VPs
Several leadership changes are now official at the American Family Association.

Christian college prof encourages ‘gay identity’
Peter LaBarbera is asking a Christian college in Pennsylvania whether it supports the “sexual identity therapy” of one of its professors who is unwilling to discourage some of his clients from remaining in the homosexual lifestyle.

State of the Union talk just a ‘pep rally’
Chief Justice John Roberts says the scene at President Barack Obama’s first State of the Union address was “very troubling” and that the annual speech to Congress has “degenerated into a political pep rally.”

‘Senior saint’ petitions president
A Michigan woman is celebrating her 90th birthday by launching an online petition directed at the White House.

Faith-Based Advisers: We Found ‘Meaningful Common Ground’
We have different opinions, admitted the White House faith-based advisers on Tuesday when they presented their recommendations, but we were able to find “meaningful common ground.”

World Vision Workers Attacked in Pakistan

Nigerian Archbishop: Generations Wiped Out by Mass Attacks

So. Baptists Anticipate Better Days Ahead

ELCA Closer to Adopting Policy Revisions on Gay Ordination

Reformed Theologians Draft Manifesto Ahead of Merger

Obama Appointee Says Price Hikes by Broadband Providers ‘Raise A Red Flag’ for the FCC
– Rich or poor, disabled or healthy, young or old – the Obama administration says every American should have access to high-speed Internet in their own homes, even if it costs American taxpayers billions of dollars to accomplish that goal. On Wednesday, FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, an Obama appointee, frowned on recent price hikes by broadband providers, calling it an “ominous” sign at a time when the government hopes to give all Americans access to high-speed Internet in their homes.

GOP Senators Warn House: Vote for Senate Health Care Bill Is Vote for Federally Funded Abortions
– Republican senators said House members who vote for the Senate-passed health care bill would “own it,” and that nothing would be changed through reconciliation, including prohibiting federal (taxpayer) funds from being used to pay for abortions. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said that no “fix” would be made to the Senate bill through reconciliation.

Texas Planned Parenthood Holds Gala to Raise Money for Abortion ‘Super Center’
– Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas is holding a gala next month to raise money for its new, 78,000-square-foot abortion clinic, which will be specially equipped for performing late-term abortions. Critics charge that the opening of the center will increase the number of abortions performed by Planned Parenthood and increase the influence of the organization, which receives more than $350 million in federal (taxpayer) grants.

Durbin Implies Obama Not ‘Telling the Truth’ about Health Care Premiums
– Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Wednesday contradicted President Barack Obama on whether the health care reform bill will lead to a decrease in health care premiums. Durbin claimed that rates would go up, while the president said the rates would go down.

Democrats Still Losing on Key Issues of Health Care Debate, Survey Shows
– A new survey shows that 57 percent of American voters think that the health care plan currently before Congress would hurt the U.S. economy. The Rasmussen poll provides more evidence that Americans remain deeply opposed to the plan favored by President Barack Obama, for a variety of reasons.

Poll: Majority of Americans Believe Their Kids’ Textbooks Place Political Correctness Above Accuracy
– A new Rasmussen Poll shows that 60 percent of Americans with children in elementary schools believe most textbooks are more concerned with presenting information in a politically correct manner than they are in accuracy. Only 28 percent thought textbooks were more concerned with presenting information accurately.

Seventy Days After Deadline, Sanctions Against Iran Appear No Closer
– Amid mounting skepticism about the likelihood of robust U.N. Security Council sanctions against Iran, attention is turning to calls for unilateral measures targeting gasoline shipments. Three major energy firms this week reportedly joined a list of companies ending their gasoline trade with Iran.

Indirect Mideast Talks Off Again, Arab League Says
– Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas has decided to withdraw from indirect U.S.-mediated talks with Israel that were supposed to begin soon, in the latest fallout over Israel’s plans to build more housing in Jerusalem. The announcement of new construction coincided with a visit to Israel by Vice President Joe Biden, who used strong language in condemning the decision.

Obama Urged to Establish an Office of Maternal Health — Because Health Care Bill ‘Won’t Fix Crisis’
– The government must do something beyond the pending health care bill to reduce the “appalling” U.S. death rate for women having babies, Amnesty International says. It is asking President Obama to establish an Office of Maternal Health to rectify “systemic failures and shocking disparities in maternal health care.”

New Pay Discrimination Bill Would Let Government Collect Payroll Records of Private Companies
– A proposed new law would empower the federal government to collect the payroll information of private companies and analyze it in an effort to prevent gender-based pay discrimination. Known as the Paycheck Fairness Act, the law was passed by the House of Representatives more than one year ago, but it had languished in the Senate until Thursday, when it was taken up in the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee.

U.S. Census Bureau Changes Its Interpretation of DOMA To Allow Same-Sex Couples to Self-Identify as ‘Married’
– The U.S. Census Bureau has changed its interpretation of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to allow it to tabulate same-sex couples who self-identify their union as a marriage, even though DOMA prohibits legal recognition of same-sex unions as marriages.

Two Members of Congress Say Obama Administration May be Involved in Crime Over Sestak Job-Offer Allegation
– Two members of Congress said this week that someone in the White House may have committed a crime if they offered Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) an administration job in exchange for him not running in Pennsylvania’s Democratic senate primary against Sen. Arlen Specter, as Sestak has alleged. The White House continues to withhold comment on the matter.

Specter Says Nobody Told Him They Would Clear Democratic Primary Field for Him
– Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) told he did not ask anybody to clear the field of rival candidates in Pennsylvania’s Democratic U.S. Senate primary and that nobody told him that they would do so. Specter also told he believes Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) raised the allegation to “change the subject” on whether Sestak paid campaign employees less than the minimum wage—a practice that would be “a violation of state and federal law, Specter said.

State Department’s Annual Human Rights Report Does Not Examine U.S., But the Next One Will
– Releasing this year’s annual State Department report on human rights around the world on Thursday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters the Obama administration was ‘committed to holding everyone to the same standard, including ourselves.’ She said a report on the U.S. human rights record is being prepared for release later this year. And for the first time, the State Department will include the U.S. in its annual report on human trafficking.

Morocco Rejects Criticism for Expelling Christians Accused of Proselytizing Abandoned Muslim Children
– The government of Morocco has launched a public relations effort to fend off criticism about its decision to expel 20 foreign Christian aid workers it accuses of trying to convert Muslims. The expulsion order affected Christians who ran a center that has been taking in and fostering abandoned Moroccan children for 10 years. The group issued a statement denying the accusations, and describing the wrench of 33 children being forced to say goodbye, with no prior warning, to the only parents they have known.

‘God’ in Pledge, National Motto Ruled Constitutional
A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld the constitutionality of references to God in the Pledge of Allegiance and on national currency.

Survey Tracks Trends in Evangelical, Oldline Congregations

U.S. State Dept. Speaks Out Against Rise of Religious Persecution in Iran

Nigerian Women Carry Bibles, Protest Massacre

Censored Jesus Poster Case May Go to Supreme Court

ICANN Holds Off on .XXX Decision

Indiana student sues to stop prayer
The top-ranked senior at a suburban Indianapolis high school is asking a federal judge to stop a graduation prayer that the class voted to approve.

Iowa rep fights for personhood
A move to add a personhood amendment to the state constitution is under way in Iowa.

Perspective: Implications of shari’a law
Societies that were founded on a Judeo-Christian heritage have capitulated to Islam, giving the Muslim faith an influential platform.

ACLU lawsuit challenges Bible Belt traditions
An attorney says a lawsuit filed by the ACLU against a North Mississippi school district is an attempt to try and keep officials there from recognizing traditional morality.

Former Gaither releases solo album

Guy Penrod spent 14 years with the Gaither Vocal Band and has now released his first solo album, Breathe Deep.Catholic hospitals endorse Obamacare
A group representing Catholic hospitals Saturday rallied behind President Barack Obama’s health care bill ahead of a House vote in which pro-life lawmakers could play a decisive role.

Ohio upholds law, protects children from porn
The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld part of a state law designed to protect children from obscenity on the Internet.

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