Newslinks 06/27/10

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Sherwood’s new film focuses on fatherhood
The pastor of the church that made the hit movie Fireproof says his congregation’s next film will stress the importance of fathers in their children’s lives.

Adopted child joins Mark Hall this Father’s Day
The lead singer of the Christian band Casting Crowns says adopting a little girl from China last month has given him insight into what it means to be adopted into God’s family.

Emmy nomination for pro-life program
A pro-life TV show has received a nomination for a regional Emmy Award.

Guns in church bill headed to governor
Concealed weapons will be allowed in some Louisiana churches after all.

Reformed Bodies Sign Off on Merger
The two largest reformed church bodies officially merged on Friday to become the World Communion of Reformed Churches, representing more than 80 million Christians.

Louisiana Lawmakers Declare Statewide Day of Prayer

White House Thanks Christian Author for Pro-Father Efforts

Sex Offender Asks N.H. High Court to OK Church Attendance

Christians Urged to Oppose U.K. Government’s Pro-Gay Agenda

Church Closure in Indonesia Called Unconstitutional at Hearing

Christian evangelists arrested at Arab festival
Police in the heavily Arab Detroit suburb of Dearborn say they arrested four Christian missionaries for alleged disorderly conduct at an Arab cultural festival.

Proof: Tax dollars going to abortions
Members of Congress have received requested information from the General Accounting Office on how abortion organizations spend federal tax dollars.

Boehner calling Obama’s bluff on abortion
Despite a presidential executive order, abortion will be part of healthcare reform — at least according to a non-response from an inquiry sent to President Obama.

Perspective: Spectacularly unprepared
The man who now occupies the Oval Office is overmatched, overwhelmed, and overcome by the responsibilities of an office he was not equipped to assume.

Idaho school battle over Bible ongoing
A court battle over the banning of religious books being used in Idaho school classrooms continues.

Middle Class–Not the Rich or the Poor–Pay Majority of Federal Taxes, Says CBO Data
– Middle-class Americans – not the rich or the poor – pay the majority of annual tax revenues taken in by the federal government, according to data released in a new Congressional Budget Office study. Households earning less than $34,300 per year, meanwhile, actually pay a negative average federal income tax rate…

Iran Executes Insurgent Leader, Accused of Ties With American Intelligence
– Iran hanged a captured Sunni militant Sunday, and officials used the opportunity to repeat allegations that Iran’s enemies, led by the United States, are supporting terrorism against the Islamic republic…

‘ACORN Youth Union’ Chapters Were Funded by Justice Department, Says GAO
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The U.S. Justice Department gave a group called the New York Agency for Community Affairs a grant of $135,130 in fiscal year 2005 to “provide youth leadership training to students at select New York City schools, form ‘ACORN Youth Union’ chapters, and coordinate student campaigns to address issues such as school funding, neighborhood safety, and school governance,” according to a Government Accountability Office report released this week…

Texas Evangelical: We Need to Get to Know Muslims
When Bob Roberts meets with Muslims around the world, he is always introduced as an evangelical Christian or a Baptist pastor from Texas. He is upfront and transparent about who he is.

Afghan Christians Plead for Help After Execution Call

Survey: Obama Approval Drops in Muslim Countries

Cleveland Pastor: Exclusivity of Christ Not a Matter of Pride

4 Christian Evangelists Arrested at Arab Festival

Single Mother LeAndria Johnson Named Winner of ‘Sunday Best’ 3

Sharia – ‘the root of the problem’
A critic of Islam is pleased that two Muslims in Canada will spend 25 years in prison for murdering a relative in an alleged “honor killing.”

Obama inches toward ‘gay’ agenda
President Barack Obama is chipping away at his long list of promises to homosexual voters but has yet to earn the enthusiastic backing of the reliably Democratic voting bloc.

Perspective: Degeneration of democracy
American democracy is being dismantled, piece by piece, before our very eyes by the current administration in Washington — and few seem to be concerned about it.

Home Depot’s ‘gay pride’ support spotlighted
Home Depot is under fire for supporting events that promote homosexuality.

Haley-Edwards double standard
A conservative media watchdog organization says the mainstream media is clearly showing a double standard in the way it has covered the unfounded accusations of a Republican candidate facing a primary runoff today.

U.S. Taxpayers Spend Over $2 Million to Promote Condom Use and Reduce Needle Sharing Among Drug Users in Kazakhstan
– A federally funded study testing ways to decrease HIV and sexually transmitted infections, promote condom use, and reduce unsafe injection practices among drug users in Kazakhstan received over $2 million from U.S. taxpayers since 2008. Dr. Nabila El-Bassel, a Columbia University professor, received funding for the study from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which is part of the National Institutes of Health, a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

8 of 15 Experts Consulted by Obama Administration on Offshore Drilling Were Not Informed of Moratorium — And Now Oppose It
– Eight of the 15 experts consulted by the Interior Department for a report about oil drilling safety on the Outer Continental Shelf — a report commissioned by President Barack Obama — said they disagreed with the report’s call for a six-month halt on current deepwater offshore drilling operations. The recommendation to halt deepwater drilling was added to the text of the report without their knowledge only after they had reviewed the text.

White House Defends President’s Golf Outings, Takes More Jabs at BP CEO
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– The White House Monday defended President Barack Obama against criticism for playing a weekend golf game in the midst of the crisis in the Gulf. “I don’t think there is a person in this country that doesn’t think the president ought to have a little time to clear his mind,” a White House spokesman told reporters.

Obama Fatherhood Proclamation Mentions Families with ‘Two Fathers’
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– While speaking Monday about fatherhood and personal responsibility, President Barack Obama made an overture to homosexual parents. “Nurturing families come in many forms, and children may be raised by a father and mother, a single father, two fathers, a stepfather, a grandfather, or caring guardian,” the proclamation reads.

More Than Half of Americans Oppose Anticipated Justice Dept. Challenge to Arizona Immigration Law
– Rasmussen’s national telephone survey asked 1,000 voters: Should the U.S. Justice Department challenge the legality of Arizona’s new immigration law in federal court? Fifty-six percent opposed a legal challenge to the new law while 26 percent of Americans supported such a lawsuit against Arizona and 18 percent were undecided. Rasmussen’s national telephone survey asked 1,000 voters: Should the U.S. Justice Department challenge the legality of Arizona’s new immigration law in federal court?

Jimmy Carter Worries Court Ruling May Affect His Interaction With Terror Groups
– Former President Jimmy Carter has voiced concern that Monday’s Supreme Court ruling on “material support” to terrorist groups may criminalize his “work to promote peace and freedom.” Arguing that there can be no peace in the region without those groups’ participation, Carter has reached out to Hamas and Hezbollah, rejecting criticism that doing so could be viewed as legitimizing their violent activities.

New U.S. Iran Sanctions Bill Likely to Irk Russians
– On the eve of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to Washington, U.S. lawmakers unveiled tough new Iran sanctions legislation certain to anger Moscow. The Russian foreign ministry expressed particular concern about the prospect of sanctions being imposed on companies and individuals from third countries, and warned that if any such measures affect Russian firms or individuals, Russia would take retaliatory steps.

Obama’s Labor Secretary Reaches Out to Illegal Aliens With Pay Complaints
– “Every worker in America has a right to be paid fairly, whether documented or not,” says Labor Secretary Hilda Solis in a public service announcement posted on the Labor Department’s “We Can Help” Web page.

Oldest-Known Paintings of Apostles Andrew, John Uncovered
The oldest known images of the apostles Andrew and John have been found in a catacomb near St. Paul’s Basilica in Rome, Vatican officials announced Tuesday.

Reformed Christians Mourn Death of Nico Smith

Hip Hop Pastor Documents Big Christian Movement in Asia 10/40

Legal Group to Defend Church Reported to IRS

Authors Restore a Dethroned Jesus Christ

Christian Child Abducted, Forced into Bonded Labor in Pakistan

Hillary Clinton Urges State Department Employees to Let Teens Know It’s Okay to Be Homosexual
– At an event celebrating Gay Pride Month on Tuesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton encouraged State Department employees to let teenagers know homosexuality is okay. Clinton’s remarks are part of a high-profile campaign by the Obama administration to mark Gay Pride Month with gatherings at various federal agencies, including the State Department on Tuesday. The Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have held similar events.

Obama Expands His Pro-Homosexual Agenda by Regulation, ‘Interpretation’
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– Without action by Congress, President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced that his administration is issuing regulations applying the Family and Medical Leave Act to homosexual couples. One conservative group criticized the White House for handing out “political favors” to the homosexual lobby – and vastly expanding presidential power in the process.

Obama’s Federal Appeals Court Nominee Did Legal Work for Serial Killer, Then Presided as Judge Over Proceeding to Delay Execution
– President Barack Obama’s nominee to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, Robert N. Chatigny, did legal work as a private defense attorney in 1992 for convicted serial killer Michael Ross, and then in 2005, as a federal district judge, led a proceeding that resulted in a delay in Ross’ execution. Chatigny says he forgot about the earlier work and should have recused himself from the matter.

Cato Institute Proposes 94 Percent Budget Cut for Department of Transportation
– While the federal budget deficit for 2010 ticked past $1 trillion last week and President Barack Obama is pressing Congress for another $50 billion in economic stimulus money, the free market Cato Institute is pushing proposals to dramatically cut federal spending, including a nearly $85 billion reduction at the Department of Transportation. In addition to the DOT plan, Cato has released similar spending-reduction plans for the Departments of Commerce, Agriculture and Education.

Obama’s Troop Withdrawal Timeline and Taliban Reconciliation Moves Cause Unease
– Whatever the outcome of Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s summons to Washington, the question of Obama’s Afghanistan policy increasingly is troubling experts in the U.S. and in the war zone, ahead of next month’s international conference in Kabul. Provoking further unease is some quarters, Afghan President Hamid Karzai is pressing ahead with his plan to seek reconciliation with “moderate” Taliban elements.

U.S. Military Chief of Operations in Afghanistan: ‘It’s Not Going to Look Like a Win, Smell Like a Win, or Taste Like a Win’
– U.S. Army Brig. Gen. William Mayville, deputy chief of staff for operations to Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, is quoted by Rolling Stone magazine that his superior’s efforts in Afghanistan are “not going to look like a win.” ‘This is going to end in an argument.’”

McChrystal Voted for Obama, Says Rolling Stone
– In “The Runaway General,” an article by Michael Hastings posted by Rolling Stone today, the magazine reports that Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, voted for Barack Obama to be president of the United States. The magazine does not indicate how it learned this.

Liberal Group Threatens Lawsuit Against McDonald’s If It Doesn’t Stop Giving Toys to Children
– The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a liberal consumer advocacy organization, announced it will sue McDonald’s unless the fast-food franchise stops using toys to market its “Happy Meals” to children.

Cities and States Eye Alcohol, Tobacco Fees and Taxes to Boost Budgets
– Alcohol consumption by San Francisco residents costs the city “tens of millions of dollars in harm every year,” according to an alcohol industry watchdog that is pushing a local “alcohol mitigation fee” to offset the costs. And New York State has increased its cigarette tax to $4.35 a pack – the nation’s highest cigarette tax.

Obama’s ‘two fathers’ reference inappropriate
Pro-family organizations are outraged over President Obama’s Father’s Day proclamation that they claim pushes his homosexual agenda.

Angry AZ governor vows to fight White House
An immigration enforcement organization is praising Arizona Governor Jan Brewer for vowing to fight the Obama administration if it sues the state over its controversial immigration enforcement bill.

Perspective: Ken Salazar gets schooled
In a sane world, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s head would roll for doctoring and politicizing a federal panel’s report — but in Barack Obama’s world, he gets immunity.

Is Obama defying federal law?
The Department of Labor is issuing new regulations regarding the Family Medical and Leave Act to include homosexuals who are living together and raising children — and the Family Research Council says that ignores both federal law and the Constitution.

ADA campaigns to ‘Ditch Fitch’
Abercrombie & Fitch has announced plans to launch a new catalogue that some contend is highly objectionable.

Renowned Singer Andrea Bocelli Tells Abortion Story
A short video clip featuring renowned Italian singer Andrea Bocelli testifying how he could have been aborted has garnered wide attention.

Christian Legal Group Backs 4 Arrested Street Preachers

Episcopal Head Likens Anglicans to ‘Teenagers’

Religious Tolerance Urged Ahead of Italy Crucifix Hearing

Labor Dept. to Extend Gay Benefits to Private Sector

Addison Road Fights Roadblocks to Release 2nd Album

White House ripped for oil spill politics
An environmental expert says the Obama administration’s ultimate goal is a moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico — not the clean-up and containment of the oil spill.

Obama and McChrystal = Truman and MacArthur
A retired naval officer and national defense analyst believes President Obama and General Stanley McChrystal were both right for different reasons in the recent controversy surrounding the Army general’s comments in a magazine.

Perspective: A sad day
Do we need more generals like Stanley McChrystal — or do we need political generals who know how to cultivate Washington politicians, in order to advance their own careers?

Report: Amnesty on White House’s mind
Is Barack Obama drafting an executive order that would unilaterally grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens?

Perspective: Hey, let’s sue Arizona
The U.S. and Mexico have finally decided how to tackle the problem of illegal immigration: take Arizona to court.

A Majority of Federal Mine Inspectors Did Not Undergo Required Retraining, Says Audit
– The Mine Safety and Health Administration, which falls under the Department of Labor, “did not ensure” that all its coal mine inspectors received the required retraining in the 2006-07 training cycle, according to an audit by the agency’s inspector general. MSHA also cancelled all retraining of its mine inspectors for 2008, a spokesperson said.

Federal Agencies Still Failing to ‘Connect the Dots’ on Security Threats to U.S., Says GAO
– President Obama’s national security agencies “do not always share relevant information with their national security partners,” according to a new Government Accountability Office report. The GAO findings come approximately six months after President Obama acknowledged that the intelligence community failed to share information that could have identified the attempted Christmas Day bomber as a dangerous extremist. The president said at the time he would “insist on accountability at every level” for such a failure.

U.S. Paid More Than $60,000 in Grant to Study Hookah-Smoking Jordanian College Students
– Since 2008, U.S. taxpayers have contributed more than $60,000 for research to study the prevalence of water pipe or “hookah” smoking among college students in Jordan. The research was paid for by the Fogarty International Center and the National Cancer Institute, both of which are elements of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

Obama: McChrystal’s Conduct, As Reported By Rolling Stone, ‘Undermines Civilian Control of Military’
– President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he accepted Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s resignation as the U.S. commander in Afghanistan not because of policy differences with the general, “as we are in full agreement about our strategy.” Obama said he accepted McChrystal’s resignation to protect the American constitutional tradition of civilian control of the military and to hold his administration accountable to the nation’s democratic standards.

Top Democrats Won’t Say If Elena Kagan Should Justify Her Abortion Views
– Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) each refused to say whether Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan should have to justify her view on abortion at her upcoming confirmation hearing. “] “ou will know what I think is appropriate by the questions I’m going to ask,” Leahy said. Durbin said he expects Kagan to be “careful.”

Bork Says Kagan Lacks ‘Mature Philosophy’ Needed in a Justice; Says Court Is Becoming ‘Committee of Ideologues’
– Former federal appellate judge and Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork said that Elena Kagan lacks the “mature philosophy of judging” needed to be a Supreme Court justice and that the Supreme Court is “drifting” toward becoming “a committee of ideologues.” In a Wednesday conference call sponsored by a pro-life group, Bork said that Kagan still displays the tendencies of a young constitutional lawyer with “inflated dreams” of what constitutional law can and should accomplish.

Australian Prime Minister Rudd Ditched in Favor of Left-Wing Deputy
– In a stunning collapse for a once-popular leader, Kevin Rudd resigned as prime minister of Australia on Thursday, after losing the support of party leaders who are anxious to avoid defeat in upcoming elections. Rudd’s left-wing deputy Julia Gillard now becomes the country’s first woman prime minister. Rudd, a committed Christian with conservative social views, makes way for a politician who confesses no religious faith and is a member of Emily’s List, an organization dedicated to electing “pro-choice women” to office.

China’s Plans to Provide Pakistan With More Nuclear Reactors Stokes Proliferation Concerns
– China on Thursday was set to announce that it will provide Pakistan with more nuclear reactors – plans that could prove difficult to thwart because of what some countries regard as a precedent set by the United States two years ago. The U.S. has signaled that it will not support the plan. China already has built two reactors in Punjab province for its longstanding strategic ally.

N.C. Atheists Declare ‘One Nation Indivisible’ Without God
A coalition of humanist and nontheist groups has brought what they call a “patriotic message” to North Carolinians: “One Nation Indivisible.”

Pro-Israel Epicenter Conference to be Seen, Heard in 200 Nations

Report: Young Evangelicals, Progressives Have Connection Points

Baptist: U.S. Church Is Not in Trouble

Uproar Over Mass. Schools Giving Elementary Kids Condoms

Joni Eareckson Tada to Undergo Surgery for Breast Cancer

Optimism in wake of Supreme Court decision
The attorney representing Protect Marriage Washington is holding out hope that a lower court will rule to protect the privacy of people who signed a petition the eventually put marriage on that state’s ballot.

Amnesty Obama-style
Numbers USA says President Barack Obama may try to use his presidential authority to circumvent Congress and effectively give amnesty to millions of illegal aliens in the U.S.

Perspective: ‘We’re all Americans – legalized or not’
It quite clear that the woman in charge of enforcing our employment laws — Labor Secretary Hilda Solis — doesn’t give a hoot about our immigration laws.

Prediction: Nikki Haley will waltz to victory
A conservative political scientist and historian is confident that Republican State Representative Nikki Haley will be South Carolina’s next governor.

Joni diagnosed with breast cancer
Joni Eareckson Tada, a quadriplegic whose ministry provides wheelchairs to people around the world, has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Taliban Extorting ‘Protection Payments’ From Taxpayer-Funded Private Security Contract
– U.S. taxpayer money spent on a Defense Department contract for the private security of “vital” U.S. military supplies in Afghanistan may be making its way to the Taliban as “protection payments for safe passage,” a House investigative report found.

Jewish Clergy Group: Elena Kagan Isn’t ‘Kosher’ to Serve on Supreme Court
– The Rabbinical Alliance of America says the Supreme Court nominee will function “as a flame-throwing radical, hastening society’s already steep decline into Sodom and Gommorah,” if approved by the Senate.

Kagan’s ‘Judicial Hero’: An Israeli Justice Who Said Judges ‘Create New Understanding of Law’
– Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan in 2006 named as her ‘judicial hero’ an Israeli Supreme Court Justice, Aharon Barak, who said the role of a judge is to ‘create [a] new understanding of law.’Former federal judge and Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork called Kagan’s admiration of Barak “disqualifying in and of itself,” in a conference call with reporters on Wednesday.

Six-Month ‘Doc Fix’ Slows Medicare Meltdown — for Now, Doctors Warn
– The House on Thursday joined the Senate in passing a six-month Medicare “fix,” giving a temporary reprieve to senior citizens who rely on government-run health care coverage. The fix is good as far as it goes, but it doesn’t go far enough, said critics, including the American Medical Association.

As Lawmakers Pass ‘Powerful’ Iran Sanctions Bill, Some Worry Presidential Waivers Will Weaken It
– The U.S. House and Senate gave final, overwhelming approval Thursday to what some lawmakers described as the toughest Iran sanctions legislation ever, although others regretted the inclusion of waivers that could allow the president to water down the punitive measures. They predicted that, in particular, Russian and Chinese energy companies doing business with Iran may benefit as a result.”

North Korea Threatens Harsher Punishment Against Jailed American Unless U.S. Drops Ship-Sinking Issue
– A threat by North Korea to apply “wartime law” in the case of an imprisoned American citizen is the latest attempt by the communist regime to use a captured foreigner as a political pawn in its recurrent disputes with the outside world. Pyongyang is fending off a U.S.-backed bid to get the U.N. Security Council to condemn it for the sinking last March of a South Korean warship.

Congressmen Seek to Halt Deportation Hamas Founder’s Son
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– Eight members of the House of Representatives are urging Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano not to deport the son of the founder of the terrorist group Hamas. Mosab Hassan Yousef became a spy for the Israeli government in the late 1990s and reportedly stopped several terrorist attacks. In 2009, the United States rejected Yousef’s petition for asylum.

World Religious Leaders Press G8 Nations on MDGs
Ahead of the G8 meeting in Canada this weekend, religious leaders from diverse faiths and countries issued a statement on Wednesday calling for the fulfillment of the U.N.’s Millennium Development Goals.

World Gospel Mission Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Poll: 2 in 5 Evangelical Leaders Drink Alcohol

4 in 10 Americans Expect Jesus to Return by 2050

Once You Go Multi-Site, You Won’t Go Back

Engaging in Politics Does Not Distract from Gospel, Says Writer

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