Newslinks 03/28/10

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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.

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.

Poll: Abortion Support Falling among Young Adults
Over the last 20 years, support for legal abortion has continued to drop among young adults, a new Gallup poll shows.

Muslim Attack Injures 23 Coptic Christians

Morocco Garners Support Amid Christian Expulsion Reports

Baptist Missions Head Stresses Need for SBC to Change

Lutherans Worldwide See Gain of 1.5M Members

Ariz. Church Fights Ban Against Meeting in Homes

Liberalism takes hit in textbook debate
So far, so good – that’s the message from conservatives as the Texas State Board of Education works to set curriculum standards for social studies that could have a national effect within the next decade.

Perspective: The South is rising again
Sadly, too many in our country possess the superficial and ignorant perception that the only impetus behind southern secession was to perpetuate the abhorrent practice of slavery.

Healthcare bill – a launching pad for amnesty?
Congressman Steve King, one of the most outspoken critics of illegal immigration, doesn’t believe the healthcare bill should be a launching pad for amnesty.

Creation News: Murder by meteorite
Read the latest from Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum examining news from the biblical viewpoint.

ACORN activities ‘insidious’ and ‘evil’
Judicial Watch has obtained information it says shows massive voter registration fraud by the group that President Obama ordered the feds to stop investigating last year.

Human Rights Report on Mexico Does Not Include Homicide Victims Who Are U.S. Citizens
– The State Department’s latest report on human rights in nations around the world mentions the 8,000 people, mostly Mexicans, who have died in Mexico from drug-related violence. Some of those victims are named, and details of their deaths are disclosed. But none of the 30 U.S. citizens who were murdered in Mexico between Jan. 1, 2009 and June 27, 2009 are included in the report.

Homosexual Group Attacks Statement Signed by Generals, Admirals Who Oppose Gays Serving in Military
– A conservative pro-military group is defending a statement it issued, and which was signed by more than 1,000 retired generals and admirals, in support of a 1993 federal law that says it is illegal for homosexuals or bisexuals to serve in the U.S. military. The signed statement is being criticized by a homosexual activist group.

Tom Hanks: America is Overcoming Racism, ‘It’s Just Taking an Awfully Long Time’
– Academy-Award winning actor Tom Hanks told on Thursday that America is overcoming ignorance and racism, “it’s just taking an awfully long time” for racism to be replaced by acceptance.

Obama Administration Looks for Israeli Concessions After Jerusalem Housing Flap
– Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has apologized four times for Israel’s announcement about a new housing project in Jerusalem, which came while Vice President Joe Biden was there to prod the peace process. It appears the Obama administration intends to use the incident as a lever to force new concessions from Israel.

Partial Iraqi Election Results Show Maliki Leading and Pro-Iran Parties Faltering
– Leading the vote count in seven of Iraq’s 18 provinces including the most electorally valuable, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki began the week looking well-placed to head negotiations to form a governing coalition, although final results are not expected before the end of the month.

New Life Pastor Asks Christians to Embrace Speaking in Tongues
New Life Church is “one of those tongue-talking churches,” the senior pastor said unashamedly on Sunday. His statement was met with applause from the Colorado Springs mega-congregation.

Few Plan to Invite Unchurched to Easter Service

Campaign: 298 Babies Spared from Abortion

9th Haiti Volunteer Welcomed Home as Team Faces New Charges

Need for Online Missionaries Rises as Web Outreach Booms

Decline of ‘Churchianity’ Will Lead to Growth of Genuine Faith, Says Evangelist

GOP Rules Chief Resigned to Letting Dems Make Obamacare the Law Without Actually Voting on It
– Rep. David Dreier (R-Calif.), the ranking Republican on the House Rules Committee, said there is nothing the majority party (Democrats) cannot do so long as the Rules Committee, where Democrats hold a 9-4 majority, authorizes it. This would include passing health reform without actually voting on it.

House Budget Committee Votes Against Including Stupak Amendment in Health-Care Reconciliation Bill
– The House Budget Committee voted 19-17 Monday night against recommending that the Stupak-Pitts Amendment be included in the health-care reconciliation bill that the full House is likely to consider later this week. The amendment bans funding of abortion through federally subsidized health care plans. While debating the Stupak-Pitts Amendment in committee, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) contended that the Senate bill does not allow federal funding of abortion.

Nearly One-Third of Doctors Could Leave Medicine if Health-Care Reform Bill Passes, Survey Says
– The survey found that a majority of physicians said the Democrats’ health-care reform plan would cause the quality of American medical care to “deteriorate” and it could be the “final straw” that sends a sizeable number of doctors out of medicine. “Many physicians feel that they cannot continue to practice if patient loads increase while pay decreases,” said one of the people involved in the study.

Sebelius Claims Senate Health Care Bill Does Not Provide Federal Funds for Abortion
– Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, contradicting both the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and members of Congress, said Monday that the Senate health-care bill uses no federal money to pay for health care plans which cover elective abortions.

State Department Admits Murder of Federal Employee in Mexico Was Treated Differently Than Other U.S. Murders
– A State Department official said the names, ages and other details about the two U.S. citizens gunned down in Mexico last weekend were made public because Lesley Enriquez worked for the U.S. government and her husband was a citizen and detention officer who worked in El Paso, Texas. on Monday asked a State Department spokesman why the Obama administration was forthcoming with details about the two Americans with ties to the U.S. Consulate in Mexico, when privacy concerns prevent the department from releasing details about dozens of other American citizens who die from “non-natural causes” in Mexico.

FCC Recommends ‘Robust, Affordable’ Internet for All Americans
– High-speed Internet, or broadband, is “a modern necessity of life, not a luxury. It ought to be found in every village, in every home and on every farm in every part of the United States,” the FCC said in a report it sent to Congress on Tuesday. The plan found that while broadband access and use have increased over the past decade, “the nation must do much more to connect all individuals and the economy to broadband’s transformative benefits.”

No Democrat-Controlled Congress Has Balanced Federal Budget in 40 Years; No Republican President Has Balanced Federal Budget in 50 Years
– Many leading Democrats in Washington like to point to the fact that the federal budget was balanced for part of the time that President Bill Clinton was in office. What they do not mention is that those balanced budgets only occurred when Republicans controlled both houses of Congress. President Eisenhower in 1960 was the last Republican president to preside over a balanced budget.

Abortion Debate Thwarts U.S. Fight Against China’s One-Child Policy, Activist Says
– Feminist and human rights activist Nicole Kempton says the contentious abortion debate in America partly explains why American leaders are reluctant to denounce China’s “one child” population-control policy. Kempton said environmentalists and zero-population-growth advocates also share responsibility for discouraging American criticism of China’s one-child policy.

Leading Conservative Senator: Congress Has a Right, and Duty, to Earmark
– Conservative Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) told that he intends to lead a new effort to protect and defend the right of members of Congress to “earmark” appropriations and authorization bills. Inhofe said it is important to preserve earmarking not only to protect the constitutional prerogative of Congress to control where and how the federal government spends the taxpayers’ money, but also to protect congressional authority against encroachment by the Obama administration.

Islamic Organization Urges Indonesian Muslims Not to Protest Obama Visit
– Indonesia’s largest Islamic organization is calling on the country’s Muslims not to oppose next week’s visit by President Obama, saying that despite unmet expectations, the president was apparently committed to improving relations with the Muslim world. Various Muslim groups have rallied in Jakarta and other cities in recent days to protest Obama’s upcoming visit, with demonstrators targeting U.S. policies relating to Iraq, Afghanistan, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Indonesia.

Obama Administration Under Fire for Its Stance on Israel
– The Obama administration took flak from pro-Israel lawmakers Monday for its public dressing down of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Despite pressure from Washington, the Israeli leader shows no sign of backing down over plans for more housing construction in Jerusalem.

Obama Administration Specifically Recruited Homosexual Activist to Be ‘Safe Schools Czar’
– Kevin Jennings, the long-time homosexual activist who is now the Obama administration’s safe schools czar, never sought public office. Rather, he said, the Obama administration recruited him.

Clergy urge illegals to break the law
The National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders is urging illegal immigrants not to fill out the U.S. Census forms that are starting to arrive in mailboxes.

Perspective: Talking Points vs. Realty
In a swindle that would make Bernie Madoff look like an amateur, Barack Obama has gotten a substantial segment of the population to believe that he can add millions of people to the government-insured rolls without increasing the already record-breaking federal deficit.

House Dems – proceed with caution
A new poll issues a grim warning to House Democrats who are on the fence about whether to vote for President Obama’s healthcare overhaul.

Problems accompany legal euthanasia
Assisted suicide has been legal for a year in Washington, and the state health department has issued its first report.

Battle for religious freedom in Calif.
A move is under way in California to protect the free-speech rights of Christians.

Pro-Lifers Take Final Stand Ahead of Health Care Vote
Conservative and pro-life groups are mobilizing Americans to make a final stand against a contentious health care bill that is now on the fast track toward a final vote.

Justice Stevens Mulls Supreme Court Retirement

7th World Vision Staff Dies after Pakistan Attack

Christian Who Fled Iran Wins Asylum in Kenya

Theologian: Glenn Beck Was Reckless, but Has a Point

Emergent Christians Mull Theology in Google Era

Levin’s Landmark Legal Foundation to File Immediate Challenge if House Dems Try to Pass Health-Care Bill Without Actually Voting on It
– Conservative talk-radio host and attorney Mark Levin said he plans to file an immediate lawsuit if House Democratic leaders try to utilize a little-known maneuver under House rules to pass the health-care bill without actually having to vote on it.

Rep. Hoyer: House Does Not Need to Hold Direct Vote on Health Care Bill to Make It Law
– House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) confirmed that the House of Representatives will use the controversial “Slaughter Solution” to enact the Senate version of health care reform legislation. “We will vote on it, in one form or another,” he said.

Rep. Dreier Will Do ‘Everything I Possibly Can’ to Stop Slaughter Rule in Health Care Battle
– House Rules Committee Ranking Republican David Dreier (Calif.) said he is committed to doing “everything I possibly can” to prevent Democrats from using House procedural measures to pass a health care bill without actually voting on the bill.

S.D. Governor: Federal Government Should Not Require Citizens to Buy Health Insurance
– South Dakota’s Republican Governor Mike Rounds told that he does not think the citizens of his state should be required by the federal government to purchase health insurance, as President Barack Obama’s pending health care bill mandates.

House Republicans Join Tea Party Rally and Promise to ‘Kill the Bill’
– At an impromptu gathering on Capitol Hill Tuesday, Republican lawmakers joined conservative activists in condemning the Senate health care bill that could gain approval in the House by the end of this week — maybe without an up-or-down vote.

White House Says Whatever Conversation It Had With Rep. Sestak Was ‘Not Problematic’
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– The White House broke its silence Tuesday with a carefully worded response regarding Rep. Joe Sestak’s (D-Pa.) charge that the White House offered him a high-level administration job in exchange for him dropping his Democratic primary challenge to Sen. Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania. Spokesman Robert Gibbs did not address whether the White House was involved in a cover-up, and he still did not confirm or deny whether a White House official offered Sestak a job.

Saudi Lawyer Hopes to Win ‘Significant’ Damages Over Mohammed Cartoons in British Courts
– The Saudi lawyer acting for “descendants of Mohammed” who claim their forbear was defamed by cartoons published in Danish newspapers hopes to use plaintiff-friendly courts in Britain to secure damages. Faisal Yamani said the newspapers’ decision to publish the cartoons had left his clients “personally insulted, emotionally distressed and defamed.”

Islamic Officials Stoke Anger Over Jerusalem, Warn of ‘Religious War’
– The Organization of the Islamic Conference is accusing Israel of risking “religious war” by rededicating a restored 300-year-old synagogue in Jerusalem’s Old City. The bloc of Muslim countries sought to link the synagogue reopening to often repeated claims about Jewish plots to destroy important mosques in the Israeli capital.

House members question snub
A pro-family leader is pleased that two prominent members of Congress have written a letter requesting the Air Force to justify why it yanked an invitation for him to speak at a function.

Perspective: The slaughter on the southern border
At a joint press conference with Mexican President Felipe Calderon last year, President Obama vowed to make ending border violence a “top priority.”

‘Self-executing’ healthcare – unconstitutional
A congressional analyst says House Democrats would be violating the Constitution if they attempt to approve the Senate healthcare bill without voting on it.

U.S.-Israeli relations at 35-year low
A conservative activist and former presidential candidate has condemned the Obama administration’s continuous mishandling of the U.S.-Israeli relationship and for its “outrageous hostility toward the only reliable democratic friend we have in the Middle East.”

LaBarbera: UNAIDS has ‘backwards’ thinking
A United Nations Aids agency complains that homosexuals, drug users and prostitute don’t seek help because of laws that criminalize their practices

Christians Launch Appeal Over Expulsion from Morocco
Village of Hope workers on Tuesday launched a public appeal to be reunited with the foster children they were forced to abandon.

Episcopal Church to Ordain 2nd Openly Gay Bishop

Churches Suffer Losses Under New FCC Rule

Hispanic Church Network Pushes for Immigration Reform

American Bible Society Touts New Chinese Translation

Iraqi Christian Shopkeeper Gunned Down

Senate Republicans ‘don’t get it’
A spokesman for a leading conservative economic group says if Republicans regain the majority in the Senate under their current leaders, it could “spell disaster” for the GOP.

Catholic nuns urge passage of Obamacare
Catholic nuns are urging Congress to pass President Barack Obama’s healthcare plan, in an unusual public break with bishops who say it would subsidize abortion.

Episcopal Church approves lesbian bishop
The Episcopal Church has approved the election of a lesbian assistant bishop in the Diocese of Los Angeles, making her the second openly homosexual bishop in the global Anglican Communion.

Same-sex ‘divorce’ case dismissed
The Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals has said “no” to a lesbian divorce.

Students hope to reinstate abstinence ed budget
Students from across the nation met with House and Senate members Wednesday to urge them to reinstate federal funding for abstinence education.

Republicans Blast Democrats for Leaking CBO’s Cost Estimate of Health Care Reform
– The number $940 billion popped up in Washington Thursday morning, much to the dismay of Republicans, who said Democrats were talking about numbers that the Congressional Budget Office had not yet officially released. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the ranking Republican on the House Budget Committee, accused Democrats of “abusing the confidentiality of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office – to pass their massive health care overhaul at any cost.” The CBO released its official numbers shortly after Ryan complained about the Democrats’ leak.

Republicans Will Get Only 30 Minutes on House Floor to Debate Slaughter Rule
– Under the standard procedures of the House of Representatives, Republicans will get only 30 minutes on the House floor to debate the special “rule” being prepared by House Rules Chairman Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) that would “deem” the Senate health care bill passed in the House without an actual vote on the bill.

Obama Evokes His Dying Mother in Health Care Reform Push
– In an email message to supporters, President Barack Obama used his dying mother’s experience with insurance companies as an example of why lawmakers should pass the health care reform plan in Congress. “She died of cancer, and in the last six months of her life, I saw her on the phone in her hospital room arguing with insurance companies instead of focusing on getting well and spending time with her family,” Obama wrote in the email.

Rep. Paul Ryan: Obama’s New Budget Will ‘Literally Crash the U.S. Economy’
– Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the ranking member of the House Budget Committee, told that the fiscal 2011 budget proposed by President Barack Obama will “literally crash the U.S. economy” with the additional debt it plans for the federal government.

New Smithsonian Exhibit on Human Origins Devoid of References to God, Creation or Prenatal Existence
– A new exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History unveiled on Wednesday chronicles “what it means to be human.” It traces the origins of man to Africa 6 million years, examines the evolution of several now-extinct human ancestors and looks at the effects of climate on human survival and evolution. Visitors will not find any references to God, creationism, or pre-natal existence.

Obama Claims ‘Success’ in Isolating Iran, Although China and Others Still Resist Sanctions
– President Obama claimed Wednesday that his efforts to win international support against Iran over its nuclear activities have been successful, despite no sign from China, a permanent U.N. Security Council member, that it has shifted its opposition to sanctions. Moreover, winning support for a sanctions resolution from at least three other Security Council members – Turkey, Lebanon and Brazil – remains an uphill battle for the U.S. and its allies.

Gen. Petreaus Discusses Effect of Israeli-Arab Hostilities on ‘Moderate’ Mideast Governments
– The U.S. military command overseeing the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq has not formally asked the Obama administration to add the Palestinian territories to its area of responsibility but officers have discussed the idea, according to Gen. David Petraeus, who heads the U.S. Central Command. Petraeus listed “insufficient progress toward a comprehensive Middle East peace” as the first of several factors that “can serve as root causes of instability or as obstacles to security.”

Tony Blair Seeks to Bridge Religious Divides
The Tony Blair Faith Foundation launched a global film competition on Thursday in an effort to increase understanding between people of different faiths.

Second Wave of Attacks Leaves 13 Christians Dead in Nigeria

America Responds Big to Salvation Army’s Kettle Appeal

Ministry Hails First Drop in State Prison Populations in Nearly 4 Decades

Pastor: No Such Thing as a Completed Muslim

Christian College Trustee Withdraws Suit Against Founding Denomination

White House Won’t Rule Out Obama Signing Other Bills–Such As Immigration Reform–That Are Not Put to Yea-or-Nay Votes in Both Houses
– The White House declined on Thursday to rule out that President Barack Obama might sign future legislation, such as an immigration reform measure, that has not been put to a recorded yea-or-nay vote in both houses of Congress.

Pelosi Confirms New Medicare Tax on ‘Unearned Income, Whatever Category That Is’
– House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the new Medicare tax on unearned income was inserted to make up for a reduction in the proposed tax on high-cost health insurance plans.

CBO: Health Bill Would Force Families to Buy Insurance Costing at Least $12,000 a Year–Whether Government or Employer Helps Them or Not
– Beginning in 2014, the Senate plan would require all individuals to buy health insurance. Anyone who does not obtain insurance through an employer would be forced to buy it out of their own pocket. Families earning more than $88,200 a year would be entirely on their own.

Republican Senator Warns Health Care Vote-Switchers, the Secret Deals You’ve Made Won’t Work
– Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) had a stern message for wavering Democrats who agree to switch their vote on health care from no to yes: If those lawmakers have been promised special favors for their districts – or if they’ve been promised other federal jobs in case they lose their seats – forget about it.

Rep. Sessions: ‘Slaughter Rule’ To Pass Health Care With No Up-Down Vote on Bill is Unconstitutional
– “What I believe is unconstitutional is that we would deem a piece of legislation as passed by the body when, in fact, it was never presented to a committee or on the floor for passage. You have to present the legislation entirely as it is,” Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) told

Democrat Sen. Sherrod Brown Won’t Say If ‘Slaughter Rule’ Constitutional Because He Works in Senate
– Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) would not say whether using the Slaughter Rule to pass health care is constitutional because, he said, he works in the Senate and does not “know House rules anymore.”

Rep. Pence: Dems ‘So Desperate’ to Pass Health Care They’ll ‘Trample Upon The Constitution’
– “The American people know under our system of government that a bill cannot become a law unless it passes the House by a majority, the Senate by a majority, and it’s signed by the president of the United States,” said House Republican Conference Chairman Rep. Mike Pence at a press conference Thursday.

Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart: Not Decided on Constitutionality of Passing Health Care Bill With No Up-or-Down Vote
– “That’s a good question, and I don’t have a final answer on that,” Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) told on Wednesday.

Rep. Steven King: Slaughter Rule ‘Shenanigan’ to Pass Health Care Could Face ‘Constitutional Challenge’
– Rep. Steven King (R-Iowa), who attended a tea party rally on Capitol Hill Tuesday, described the sweeping health care legislation, which would affect one-sixth of the U.S. economy, as the “theft of the liberty of all the American people.”

House Democrat Says Slaughter Rule Lacks ‘Honesty and Transparency,’ Will Vote For It Anyway
– Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) said he does not like the Slaughter Rule because he believes in “honesty and transparency.” Nonetheless, he said he would vote for it anyway. “Here’s what I think. I think we should do an up and down (vote) on everything. I honestly do.”

House Republican Leadership Chairman: Democrats Are Engaging in ‘Slaughtering of Democracy’
– Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), the House Republican Leadership Chairman, told that the Democrats are engaging in the “slaughtering of democracy” if if they use a “rule” devised by House Rules Chairman Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) to pass the Senate health care bill without subjecting it to a recorded aye-or-nay vote as required by Article I, Section 7 of the Constitution.

Obama’s Cancellation of Indonesia Visit Could Have Implications for U.S. Interests, Trade
– President Obama’s decision to postpone a visit to Australia and – for the third time – to Indonesia comes after a year in which administration officials repeatedly have stressed that the U.S. is “back” in Asia, following a period of disinterest or distraction by Obama’s predecessor. Obama’s decision not to go to Indonesia now could have implications for U.S. companies hoping to benefit from the country’s rapidly growing energy market, an area China also is eyeing eagerly.

Dems’ problem – voters informed on healthcare bill
A newly hired conservative political analyst for CNN says the more Americans learn about the Democrats’ healthcare legislation, the less they like it.

Perspective: The Deem-o-crats’ towering deception
There’s an old saying that “figures don’t lie, but liars sure do figure.” Every major Demcare statistic is a single-payer-promoting figment of liberal imagination.

Nuns’ statement discounted as a minority voice
Priests for Life is speaking out after a group of nuns endorsed the proposed healthcare reform measure.

Male-on-male sexual assaults in military
Pentagon advisor Bob Maginnis says a recent report concerning the alarming rate of male-on-male sexual assaults in the military should create a roadblock to President Obama’s efforts to repeal the 1993 law banning homosexuals from military service.

Like some Christians, some Muslims spiritually ignorant
A former Muslim who is now a Christian says most of those in Islam don’t understand the teachings of their own religion — but blindly deny the Lordship of Jesus.

House healthcare votes for sale
Some House Democrats are apparently selling their vote on healthcare reform for jobs at places like NASA — but they’re receiving a stern warning from one conservative senator about the ramifications of such behavior.

More broken promises from Obama
A promise by President Barack Obama to give federal authorities the power to block unreasonable rate hikes is one of several commitments he gave that have not made it into the final health reform package.

Salvation Army proselytizing suit settles
The Salvation Army has settled a lawsuit filed by the ACLU over preaching Christianity in government-funded social service programs.

Calif. college: Teacher wrongly cited Bible
A California college says one of its teachers ran afoul of campus regulations prohibiting religious indoctrination “by assigning readings from the Bible, reading the Bible in class, and otherwise relying on the Bible as an authority in the assigned subject matter.”

Georgia pastor in running for SBC president
A Georgia pastor will be nominated as the next president of the Southern Baptist Convention, according to Baptist news reports.

Dominican Republic Hosts Thousands of Mini Evangelistic Crusades
Some 45,000 Christians across the Dominican Republic have been hosting “mini evangelistic crusades” over the past couple of days.

U.S. ‘World Water Day’ Coalition to Hold Landmark Meeting

Pope Apologizes for Catholic Church’s Child Abuse Failures

Chinese Gov’t to Tighten Watch Over Religious Group Finances

Persecution Watchdogs Contest Media Reports on Nigeria Violence

Glenn Beck Keeps ‘Social Justice’ Debate Alive

Congress Votes to Socialize Health Care in United States
– The new health-care system the legislation will put in place over the next four years amounts to a massive and mandatory new welfare program that will ensnare middle-class and middle-aged Americans in dependency on the federal government for a vital element of their lives. The health care legislation approved by Congress Sunday gives the administration sweeping power to regulate health insurance companies, telling them what benefits they must provide and what rates they can charge.

A Divided House Passes Health Care Bill After Obama Deal Defuses Abortion Rebellion
– A bitterly divided House of Representatives late Sunday night passed the Senate’s sweeping heath care legislation 219-212 after a day-long debate, with not a single Republican voting in favor. Thirty-four Democrats voted against the bill, which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi summed up as Congress “making history, making progress and restoring the American dream.”

Report: White House Plans PR Blitz to Boost Acceptance of Health Care Bill
– It’s not enough for Democrats to have passed their health care “reform” bill. Now they want everyone to like the bill, which passed Congress without a single Republican vote.

Health Care Legislation: Here Come the Lawsuits
– The American Center for Law and Justice, a conservative civil liberties group, says it is preparing to file a federal lawsuit challenging the “flawed” health care package that passed the House 219-212 on Sunday night.

Stupak Decision Blasted As ‘Unconscionable’
– Pro-life activists call it “regrettable” that Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) ended up abandoning those who stood by him in his opposition to taxpayer funding of abortion in the Democrats’ health care bill. “The Executive Order fix is a band-aid solution that fails to solve the fundamental problems in this bill, and can be repealed at any time, for any reason, by the president or future presidents,” said Brian Burch, president of

Netanyahu, on Eve of U.S. Visit, Insists on Israel’s Right to Build in Jerusalem
– Ahead of what may be a prickly meeting with President Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu signaled Sunday that the recent diplomatic dispute with the U.S. has not changed his government’s stand on Israel’s right to build freely in Jerusalem. Netanyahu told his cabinet Sunday that building in Jerusalem was nothing new, and would continue.

IRS Needs $10 Billion to Be Nation’s Health Enforcer
– The Internal Revenue Service will function as the government’s chief enforcer for health care reform, monitoring both businesses and individuals to certify whether they have the insurance coverage the government requires. Under the new law, every individual and most businesses are required to report to the IRS, on their tax returns, whether they have purchased or provided the required level of coverage and disclose to the IRS which months, if any, they failed to do so.

Rep. Conyers: ‘Good and Welfare Clause’ Gives Congress Authority to Mandate Purchase of Health Insurance
– House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) said the “good and welfare clause” gives Congress the authority to require individuals to buy health insurance as mandated in the health care bill. However, there is no “good and welfare clause” in the U.S. Constitution.

White House Not Worried About States’ Constitutional Challenge to Health Care Law
– At least a dozen states are prepared to sue over the individual mandate in the health care overhaul package passed by the House on Sunday. But the Obama administration is not concerned about the pending cases, said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. He said the administration’s defense will be based on the regulation of interstate commerce.

State Department Puts Mexico on ‘Travel Warning’ List Because of Danger to Americans There
– A U.S. State Department official said the decision to upgrade Mexico from its Travel Alert list to the list of countries deemed dangerous enough for a Travel Warning status was not related to the death of two U.S. citizens on March 13 as they left a children’s birthday party in Ciudad Juarez. The official told it was a “coincidence” that the status change was announced on the Sunday following the killings and that the change was in the works as early as March 8.

Sean Hannity, Freedom Alliance Refute Attack That Blogger Based on Unnamed Source Citing Unnamed ‘Guy’
– Conservative talk-radio host Sean Hannity and a charity for wounded veterans that he supports are both refuting a blogger who suggested that the charity used some of its donations to pay lavish expenses supposedly incurred by Hannity. The blogger cited an unnamed source who, in turn, cited an unnamed “guy” at Fox News Channel for the information.

64 Percent of Voters Give Congress Low Marks, Poll Finds
– One day after the House passed the Senate health care bill, a new survey was released Monday showing only 11 percent of voters approve of Congress’ performance. The Rasmussen survey was conducted Friday and Saturday nights, prior to House passage of the Democrats’ national health care plan. Only 20 percent of those surveyed think most members of Congress understood what is in the health care plan before they voted on it.

‘Online Tax Revolt’ to Create a First-Ever Virtual Protest of Current U.S. Tax System
– A massive tax “revolt” is scheduled to take place on April 15 — income tax deadline day – but unlike past events, this one will not only involve people coming to Capitol Hill for a rally, it will include a “first-of-its-kind” online march designed for people who can’t come to the nation’s capital. Participants in the Online Tax Revolt will choose an online personality to “march” with those in physical attendance in Washington during a live Web cast.

Liberal Activist Says ‘Cognitive’ Brain Patterns Prevent Conservatives From Accepting Threat of Global Warming
– Proponents of human-caused global warming claim that “cognitive” brain function prevents conservatives from accepting the science that says “climate change” is an imminent threat to planet Earth and its inhabitants. On the other hand, liberals’ cognitive process allows them to be “open-minded.”

Ball in Beijing’s Court After Google Stops Censoring Search Results
– Google’s decision to stop censoring search results in China – by automatically routing mainland users to its uncensored Hong Kong site – drew fire from Beijing Tuesday. It also left millions of Internet users waiting to see whether the authorities would escalate the dispute by blocking returning search results. Press freedom and human rights groups are urging other Internet companies based in China to follow Google’s lead.

Pro-Israel Gathering Hears Dueling Views on Building in Jerusalem
– “Jerusalem is not a settlement,” Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told thousands of pro-Israeli activists in Washington on Monday evening, hours after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the same audience that construction in the city undermines the ability of the U.S. to play “an essential role” in Mideast peace efforts. Relations between Netanyahu’s government and the Obama administration have been strained since last July over Israel’s right to build in its national capital.

Both sides claim victory in prom ruling
An attorney with Liberty Counsel says he’s not surprised a federal judge didn’t force a North Mississippi high school to hold a prom despite a lawsuit from the ACLU. Not your mother’s senior prom (commentary)

Perspective: Not your mother’s senior prom
The ACLU is not after equal rights for homosexuals — they want special rights. Case in point: the small community of Fulton, Mississippi.

Healthcare repeals filed
One of the most conservative members of the U.S. Congress has filed a bill to revoke what he is calling “Obamacare.”

Perspective: Healthcare is NOT a ‘right’
The financial cost of healthcare reform is substantial — but the cost to personal liberty is incalculable.

NJ 2011 budget won’t include abortion funds
New Jersey’s new governor wants to cut family-planning spending.

Republican Lawmaker Expects Supreme Court to Decide Constitutionality of Health Care Law’s Individual Mandate
– Republican Reps. Jack Kingston (Ga.) and Michele Bachmann (Minn.) told that the Constitution does not give Congress the authority to require individuals to buy health insurance, as mandated by the new health care bill that was signed into law on Tuesday. The representatives appeared with actor Jon Voight at a Capitol Hill Tea Party rally over the March 20 weekend.

Republican Backs 47-Word Bill To Repeal 2,400-Page Health Care Law
– Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) announced Tuesday that he is supporting a 47-word bill to repeal the 2,400-page health care bill that was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama on Tuesday. “I stand with the majority of the American people in opposing the awful government takeover of our health care system,” Inhofe said.

Rep. Hoyer Suggests Mandate Requiring Every Person To Buy Health Insurance Is ‘Constitutional’
– House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) indicated that the mandate in the new health care law requiring that individuals and businesses purchase health insurance or be penalized “will be so held” as constitutional, as will all the provisions in the legislation.

CBO Says Govt to Collect $69 Billion in Tax Penalties From Health Care Law’s Insurance Mandate
– The Congressional Budget Office’s preliminary estimate of the new health care law shows that the government stands to reap $69 billion in tax penalties as a result of a mandate in the law that requires businesses and individuals to carry health insurance or pay a fine. The mandate on individuals would generate $17 billion in penalties during the 2010-2019 time period, while the mandate on employers would generate $52 billion in penalties over that period, according to the CBO.

Obama Excludes Private and Parochial School Children From Easter Egg Roll Ticket Giveaway
– The Obama administration announced on Tuesday it has reserved 3,000 free tickets to the annual White House Easter Egg Roll for students in D.C.-area public and charter schools, but not for children who attend private or parochial schools. “The White House is a public building,” said the father of a parochial school student. “The tickets are essentially being paid for with public dollars. So it should be open to everyone, not just going to select categories of students.”

Justice Dept. Should Probe Alleged White House Offer to Rep. Sestak, Legal Experts Say
– Legal experts and government watchdog groups cited five federal laws that may have been violated if a White House official offered Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) an administration job, as Sestak has claimed, in exchange for his dropping his Pennsylvania Democratic primary challenge against Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter. Further, some believe the Justice Department should open an investigation into the matter.

Obama Signs Health Care Into Law, Declares ‘A New Season in America’
– The White House had the feel of a pep rally on Tuesday as House and Senate Democrats packed into the East Room for rousing ovations and chants before President Barack Obama signed the health care bill into law. Many lawmakers in attendance said that it was a historic day, and the president said the occasion marked “a new season in America.”

Congressman Who Shouted ‘It’s a Baby Killer’ on House Floor Says He Won’t Apologize
– In a telephone conference call with bloggers on Tuesday afternoon, Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas) rejected a demand by Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), the House Democratic whip, that he apologize to the full House. “For what?” Neugebauer asked. “I was out just speaking the truth, and my constituents know that I was out speaking the truth and people all across the country know that I was speaking the truth because their outpouring has been overwhelming.”

Republican Calls It ‘A Tragedy’ for Pro-Life Democrats ‘to Cave to Most Pro-Abortion President’ in History
– “I was just crushed that Mr. Stupak fell for that false solution (an executive order),” Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) told “It breaks my heart for the country, even for him. I think perhaps the administration deceived him to a degree.”

Palestinian Poster Calling for Israel Boycott Includes UNICEF Logo
– The U.N. children’s agency UNICEF, which has given a Palestinian non-governmental organization around $100,000 a year for the past decade, says it will carefully review any future partnership after UNICEF’s logo appeared on a poster for a Palestinian television program promoting a boycott of Israel. “Neither the poster nor the television program it advertises reflect UNICEF’s policies or its views,” a UNICEF spokesman said in a statement Tuesday.
Obama Transportation Secretary: ‘This Is the End of Favoring Motorized Transportation at the Expense of Non-Motorized’
– Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced that federal transportation policies will no longer favor “motorized” transportation, such as cars and trucks, over “non-motorized” transportation, such as walking and bicycling. LaHood signed the new policy directive on March 11, the same day he attended a congressional reception for a bicycling advocacy group.

FCC’s Broadband Plan Sets Groundwork for National Smart Grid to Transition to More Green Energy Use
– The National Broadband Plan, recently published by the Federal Communications Commission, lays the groundwork for the federal government to establish a nationwide “smart” electrical grid that would change how Americans use and pay for electricity. The proposal, outlines the federal government’s plan to use the nation’s broadband Internet infrastructure to further key national policy goals, including health care, education, and energy.

12 Taxes in Health Care Law Violate Obama’s Pledge Not to Increase Taxes on Households Earning Less than $250,000
– At least seven of the taxes directly affect health consumers regardless of income, such as the individual mandate to buy insurance, the employer mandate, the tanning tax, and limits and penalties on health savings accounts. Republicans argue that the tax impact of the law should include indirect taxes, such as the annual taxes on the health care sector that will be passed on to consumers.

Reconciliation ‘Fixes’ to Health Bill Will Ride on Back of Taxpayers and Medicare Recipients, Republicans Say
– The ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on separate occasions said the “fixes” in the reconciliation bill, combined with the Senate health care reform bill, will culminate in more than $600 billion in tax increases and Medicare reductions in excess of $500 billion.

Health Care Fix Bill Taxes ‘Unearned’ Income, Capital Gains Rate Soars
– The package of fixes to the health care bill passed by the House on Sunday includes a tax on “unearned” income, which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says will help keep Medicare solvent a bit longer and improve affordability for the middle class. Conservatives, however, say the new tax will hurt the stock market and will not save Medicare.

White House Spokesman Gibbs Has Never Confirmed or Denied Sestak’s Claim That He Was Offered Administration Job Not to Run Against Specter
– White House spokesman Robert Gibbs has been asked at six different White House briefings about Rep. Joe Sestak’s (D-Pa.) claim that the White House offered him a high ranking administration position if he would not run in Pennsylvania’s Democratic U.S. Senate primary against Sen. Arlen Specter. On none of these occasions did Gibbs directly confirm or deny Sestak’s claim.

Fewer Americans Think U.S. Is Safer Today Than It Was Before 9/11, Poll Says
– Only 35 percent of Americans now think that the United States is safer today than before 9/11 — down 4 percent from last month’s 39 percent, according to a new national telephone survey of 1,000 likely voters conducted March 21-22.

Israeli Leftists Accused of Stirring Up Jerusalem Housing Issue to Make Trouble for Netanyahu
– Left-wing Israeli critics of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu released “news” of a Jerusalem apartment project, which was approved eight months ago, as he was preparing to meet with President Obama just to “stir up provocation,” the city’s municipality says.

U.S. Decision Not to Extradite Confessed Mumbai Terror Suspect Angers India
– India plans to challenge a U.S. plea bargain that bars extradition of a Pakistan-born U.S. national who admitted playing a key role in planning the deadly November 2008 terror assault in Mumbai. The simmering disagreement comes amid concern in New Delhi that the Obama administration’s warming ties with Pakistan will leave unaddressed India’s primary concern – Islamabad’s suspected involvement in anti-India terror.

Executive order just ‘cover’ for pro-life Dems
With little fanfare — and few witnesses — President Obama has signed an executive order barring use of federal tax dollars for abortion under the recently signed healthcare reform bill.

Catholics ‘un-invite’ Stupak
Congressman Bart Stupak’s invitation to deliver the keynote speech at next month’s Illinois Catholic Prayer Breakfast has been withdrawn.

Three prongs to undo ObamaCare
A policy analyst and political strategist says it’s going to take a concerted three-front fight to stop ObamaCare now that it has been signed into law by the president.

Perspective: What will stop them now?
With nothing to lose that hasn’t already been lost, a wave of legislation may be coming that will send America hurtling to the left with such force that it may never recover.

Fox show mocks Terri’s death
Just days before the fifth anniversary of Terri Schiavo’s death, Fox’s TV show The Family Guy featured satire on her case.

Evangelistic Festival Expected to Draw 500,000 in Haiti
The first large-scale evangelistic festival since the massive earthquake devastated Haiti earlier this year will be held Friday amid the rubbles of Port-au-Prince.

Episcopal Theologians Detail Both Sides of Gay Debate

Survey: Californians Now More Likely to Favor Gay Marriage

Multi-Site Church Cleared to Leave PC(USA)

National Anthem Causes Stir on Christian College Campus

Egyptian Security Destroys Church, Assaults Pastor

Pelosi Claims Health Care Law Will Save $1.3 Trillion; No Mention in CBO Estimate
– House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the health care package the House passed on March 21 will save the country $1.3 trillion over the next 20 years. However, no such figure appears in the CBO’s estimate of the package that President Barack Obama signed into law on Tuesday.

Despite Federal Mandates, Obama Says Health Care Law Helps Small Businesses
– President Barack Obama said on Thursday that the new health care law would help small businesses. But critics said the federal mandates in the law would be burdensome and costly to small businesses because the government is going to mandate that employers provide health insurance for their employees.

Education Secretary Denies Govt Takeover of Student Loan Programs Will Hurt Private Sector, Cause Job Loss
– Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said this week that nationalizing college loan programs would not hurt banks and other financial institutions that will be partly cut out of the process in favor of “direct lending” from the federal government. Free market analysts, however, said the proposal would kill thousands of private-sector jobs.

Islamic Drive Against Religious ‘Defamation’ May Be Losing Steam
– For the eleventh time in the past 12 years, the U.N.’s Geneva-based human rights body passed a non-binding resolution Thursday on “combating defamation of religions.” But the victory margin this year was slimmer than ever before, with 20 members of the 47-nation Human Rights Council voting for the measure, 17 opposing it and eight abstaining. Opposition was led by the United States and European members.

Senate Refuses to Exempt Veterans from Health Bill’s New Tax on Prosthetics and Other Medical Devices
– The Senate defeated three separate amendments offered to the health-care reconciliation bill on Wednesday night that would have abolished or limited the impact of a new tax on medical devices — including prosthetics, such as artificial limbs. “People with disabilities, diabetics, amputees, people with cancer…will see their costs go up because of this tax,” Republican Sen. Pat Roberts (Kan.) said.

Navajo Nation Awarded $33 Million in Stimulus Money for Broadband Access to Reservation — and Casino
– The federal government is giving taxpayer money from the economic stimulus bill to bring high-speed Internet lines to the Navajo Nation, which just invested $200 million in assets from its tribal casino to speed the process of building five new casinos on Navajo lands in New Mexico and Arizona. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke likened the taxpayer expenditure to any other infrastructure investment the federal government would make.

Top Russian Lawmaker Predicts Republican Opposition to Arms Control Treaty
– The Kremlin wants the new strategic arms reduction treaty, a key foreign policy priority for President Obama, to be ratified by the two countries’ legislatures simultaneously, but Senate Republicans may oppose it on national security grounds. In a speech in Prague last spring, Obama called for “a world without nuclear weapons” and shortly thereafter reached an initial agreement with Medvedev to reduce nuclear stockpiles.

Rep. Patrick Kennedy Says Federal Funding of Abortion Is ‘Not a Question of Morality’
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– Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), a professed Roman Catholic, told Wednesday that federal funding of health plans that cover elective abortions is “not a question of morality” but “a matter of health — public health.” He said it’s a way of making sure “our mothers, our sisters, our spouses” are “safe.”

Gates neutralizes ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’
A Pentagon advisor believes the restrictive new discharge policies put in place by Defense Secretary Robert Gates will effectively vacate the 1993 law banning homosexuals from military service.

Healthcare repeal a ‘rallying point’ for voters
A Republican congressman from a large rural district in Kansas says President Obama’s healthcare bill is very unpopular with most of his constituents — and so he has filed legislation to repeal it.

Perspective: An Off-Budget Office?
What we need is a government agency that doesn’t have to accept the numbers Congress sends them and pretend to take those numbers seriously.

Prom ruling affirms ACLU’s agenda
An official with the American Family Association says a judge’s ruling this week in a senior prom case sends a disturbing message.

Biden’s salty remark Obama’s favorite part
If you ask Joe Biden, his use of foul language isn’t a big deal to the President of the United States.

Judge intervenes in congregational dispute
A judge has been been asked to settle a Pennsylvania church’s dispute over the removal of two elders because one was allegedly quarrelsome and the other didn’t speak in tongues.

Ministry: Members have quit praying for Obama
A national ministry that organizes prayer for the president says it’s hearing from members who have quit praying for President Barack Obama.

Atheists’ efforts deserve stiff opposition
The Christian leader of a national advocacy group is objecting to atheist campaigns against Christianity.

Crystal Cathedral owes vendors money
Vendors who provided services for the annual “Glory of Christmas” pageant at the Crystal Cathedral say they’re owed tens of thousands of dollars.

Rejection may mean trouble for British couple
A pair of homosexuals may sue a British Christian couple who refused to provide them housing at the bed-and-breakfast facility in their home.

Christians Urged to Pray for Sudan’s Crucial Elections
Christians worldwide are urged to join a Sudan Global Day of Prayer on Sunday for the country’s first democratic elections in 24 years.

Conservative, Liberal Christians Vow to Model Civility

Exodus Leaders Issue Statement Against Uganda’s Anti-Gay Bill

Hispanic Evangelicals Pump New Blood into Creation Care Agenda

Fired Christian Counselor Fights Ruling

Construction of Two Churches Stopped in Indonesia

Mennonites rely on faith to get them through tragic crash
As members of a close-knit Mennonite community prepared to bury their own, they sliced through wooden planks with electric saws Saturday and wrestled with the loss of a family of nine killed in a central Kentucky crash.

The legal future of healthcare reform?
Lawsuits filed against the new healthcare reform measure could very well end up before the U.S. Supreme Court someday.

Ministry: Members have quit praying for Obama
A national ministry that organizes prayer for the president says it’s hearing from members who have quit praying for President Barack Obama.

Judge intervenes in congregational dispute
A judge has been been asked to settle a Pennsylvania church’s dispute over the removal of two elders because one was allegedly quarrelsome and the other didn’t speak in tongues.

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