Newslinks 07/18/10

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PCUSA’s ‘gay’ measures reflect ‘modern paganism’
An Orthodox Church theologian who was invited to greet the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has criticized its approval of non-celibate homosexual clergy.

Zoning restrictions limit feeding homeless
Government bodies are making it difficult for volunteers to provide for the needs of the homeless at public sites or their own facilities, such as churches.

Appeal likely in ‘lunatic’ marriage rulings
Traditional marriage proponents are hopeful an appeal will be filed on federal court rulings in Massachusetts declaring part of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. An attorney with a traditional values legal firm is lambasting the court’s decision.

Transgender seeks millions for ‘distress’
A Maryland man who has made a physical change to the opposite gender has filed a lawsuit against his county for reaping “emotional distress.”

World Evangelical Alliance to Hold 2014 General Assembly in S. Korea
The World Evangelical Alliance will be holding its 2014 General Assembly in South Korea, according to an announcement Saturday.

Anglican Congregations Ask Va. High Court to Reconsider Property Ruling

UK Anglicans Defeat Proposals on Women Bishops

Civility Call to Elected Officials Picks Up One Commitment

Survey: 7 in 10 Christian Households Eliminating, Avoiding Debt

‘Jesus’ Prayer Pastor Demands Apology from N.C. Lawmakers

Berwick’s the man for healthcare rationing
A pro-life spokesman has some well-founded concerns about Barack Obama’s choice for America’s new Medicare/Medicaid “czar.”

Christians’ arrest: 1st step to placate Muslims
A state representative plans to support four missionaries who are facing an initial court hearing following their arrests at a recent Arab festival in Dearborn, Michigan.

Declaration? What Declaration?
Certain rights and privileges are afforded to humanity not by any government, but by God. However, Elena Kagan doesn’t buy into that fact — and that’s scary.

A Trojan horse in the GOP camp
Pro-family spokesman Robert Knight says a radical homosexual group is trying to infiltrate the Republican Party in order to render it less effective in standing up for policies like the ban on homosexuals from military service.

NPR = National ‘politically correct’ Radio
National Public Radio, financed in part by taxpayers, seems to be demonstrating bias in favor of abortion proponents — so says Family Research Council’s Ken Blackwell.

New Financial Regulations Create Diversity Czars for All Federal Financial Regulators
(CNSNews.com)
– The financial regulations package recently passed by the House of Representatives would create a new diversity overseer at each of the major federal financial regulatory agencies, including the new ones created by the legislation itself. This new office, called the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion, would be responsible for making sure that each of the major federal financial regulators is hiring enough minorities and women, and contracting with enough minority-owned and women-owned businesses.

Government’s New $25-Million Fund to Help Pregnant Teens May Benefit Abortion Providers, Pro-Family Advocates Say
(CNSNews.com)
– The Department of Health and Human Services is now accepting applications for a new grant program that will help states provide support services to pregnant teens and women. But some pro-life and pro-family advocates point out that pregnancy resource centers have provided similar support services for decades — without government funding. The pro-life advocates see the new grant program as a way for the Obama administration to funnel more taxpayer dollars to pro-abortion groups such as Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America.

86 Percent of Afghan Army Recruits Cannot Read and Write, Complicating U.S. Efforts to Train Self-Sufficient Security Force
(CNSNews.com)
– A low literacy rate is one of the “biggest” obstacles to training Afghan National Security Forces, according to Col. John Ferrari, deputy commander for the NATO training mission in Afghanistan. Only about 14 percent of the Afghan recruits are literate, meaning they can both read and write, according to the U.S. Defense Department.

China Bristles at Prospect of U.S. Aircraft Carrier in the Yellow Sea
(CNSNews.com)
– Plans for joint U.S.-South Korean naval exercises that may involve an American aircraft carrier are drawing growing criticism in China, where many view the drill as insulting to their country despite its intended goal of deterring North Korean aggression. Initially scheduled for several weeks ago, the exercises were postponed in late June until after the U.N. Security Council finalized its response to the sinking of the Cheonan. As China’s naval power has grown it has become increasingly resistant to U.S. military movements in waters to its south and east.

Oil Spill Gives Obama Administration an Opening to Push ‘Access to Needed Services’
(CNSNews.com)
– Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius visited the Gulf Coast of Louisiana on Friday as part of her department’s ongoing efforts to address the public health and mental health aspects of the Gulf oil spill. “We are committed to working with state, local, and community partners to ensure people here have access to needed services,” she said.

Poll: 75 Percent of Americans Blame Politicians for State Budget Woes
(CNSNews.com)
– A Rasmussen Poll released on Thursday shows that 75 percent of Americans place responsibility for their state’s budget problems on politicians’ unwillingness to cut government spending. Only 13 percent attribute state budget woes to the unwillingness of Americans to pay more taxes.

Media’s task: Making the bizarre appear ordinary
When it comes to the homosexual agenda, the media’s role — according to a pro-family attorney — is to desensitize the public by making “the absurd appear reasonable and normal.”

Independents abandoning Obama
A new poll finds President Obama’s approval rating with independent voters, who represent the largest group of defectors from his camp, has reached an all-time low.

Perspective: Signs of the times
The magic words “stimulus” and “jobs” may have been helpful for the Obama administration — but they’ve done little to nothing for the economy.

Louisiana tightens up abortion laws
The Bayou State has taken further steps on the way to becoming one of the most pro-life states in the country.

Perspective: Rage against God
Former atheist Peter Hitchens — brother of infamous atheist Christopher — now sees with clarity the ills foisted on society because of its ever-increasing secularization.

Crystal Cathedral Founder Not Retiring
Contrary to several media reports, Crystal Cathedral founder the Rev. Robert H. Schuller is not retiring.

LCMS Urged to Defend Abandoned Biblical Truths

PCUSA Approves Softer Mideast Report; Avoids Rift

American Missionaries Injured in Ugandan Blast

Gospel Singer Walter Hawkins Dies at 61

Real ‘Blind Side’ Parents Tell Story in New Book

U.S. Spent $410,624 on Project to Teach Chinese Meditation to Cocaine Addicts
(CNSNews.com)
– The U.S. government has spent $410,625 to study the effects of teaching Chinese meditation to cocaine addicts. “Our clinical experience and pilot studies suggest that Integrative Meditation from Chinese medicine may help clients engage in treatment, reduce cravings/withdrawal symptoms, and increase treatment retention, which appear missed by a typical behavior therapy,” says the official description of the project published by the National Institutes of Health.

Senate Committee That Failed to Hold Confirmation Hearing for Obama’s Medicare Czar Held Only 12 Hearings of Any Kind Between Obama’s Nomination and Recess Appointment
(CNSNews.com)
– The Democrat-controlled Senate Finance Committee, which had oversight for the confirmation of Dr. Donald Berwick to be the director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, held only 12 hearings between the day that President Barack Obama sent Berwick’s nomination to the Senate and the day Obama gave Berwick a recess appointment. The 12 hearings the Finance Committee held during the time Berwick’s nomination was pending dealt with such matters as trade restrictions under the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act, America’s trade relationship with China and the confirmation of lower-level executive branch appointments.

White House: GOP Would Have ‘Dragged’ Recess-Appointee Berwick’s Confirmation ‘On and On’
(CNSNews.com)
– White House senior adviser David Axelrod said it was “very clear” that President Barack Obama’s nomination of Dr. Donald Berwick to run the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services was going to be “dragged on and on” by Republicans, and with the “challenges” facing America’s health care system, it was “vitally important that we fill this position” without a Senate confirmation hearing. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, a Democrat whose party controls the Senate, did not schedule a hearing for Berwick although he was nominated by Obama on Apr. 19.

Experts to Obama: You Can’t Ignore the Islamic Ideology Behind Terrorism
(CNSNews.com)
– The Obama administration’s reluctance to acknowledge and confront the religious motivation behind Islamist terrorism is not helping the counter-terror effort, leading experts warn in a new report. The administration’s recently released National Security Strategy defines the enemy as “al-Qaeda and its terrorist affiliates,” but the Washington Institute for Near East Policy argues that the enemy is a bigger one – “the extremist ideology that fuels and supports Islamist violence.”

Obama Administration Uses New ‘Restore the Gulf’ Web Site to Spin Its ‘Quick’ Response to the Oil Spill
(CNSNews.com)
– The Obama administration has launched a new, informational Web site that puts a positive spin on its handling of the Gulf oil spill. The restorethegulf.gov Web site, launched last week, describes itself as “a one-stop repository for news, data and operational updates…” But the Web site also touts the administration’s “quick” response to the disaster, stating that it has been on the scene “since the moments after the oil rig explosion” and “from the very beginning.”

Contrary to NASA Administrator’s Claim, White House Says Muslim Outreach ‘Not the Task of NASA’
Washington (CNSNews.com)
– Although NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said that President Obama charged him as a NASA official “to reach out to the Muslim world” to help Muslims “feel good about their historic contribution to science,” the White House said Monday that outreach to Muslims is not the task of NASA. Gibbs said he did not know whether Obama had spoken with Bolden about the issue.

Stimulus Funds for Education Spent on Movies, Trip to Water Park, GAO Found
(CNSNews.com)
– The Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, found that some of the stimulus money given to North Carolina schools was spent on movie tickets and a water park trip – “a potentially unallowable use of these funds,” the GAO said in a recent report. The GAO also found that two North Carolina school districts failed to obtain multiple bids or price quotes for purchases made with stimulus money, as required for purchases exceeding $5,000.

Independents Oppose Justice Department Lawsuit against Arizona Immigration Law by More Than Two-to-One, Says Gallup Poll
(CNSNews.com)
– By a margin of more than two to one, according to a new Gallup poll, Independents oppose the Obama administration’s lawsuit against the new Arizona immigration law that requires local law enforcement officers to determine the immigration status of someone they have stopped if there is reason to suspect the person might be in the United States illegally. The Justice Department contends the Arizona law usurps federal authority to regulate immigration.

Small Groups, Inspiring Pastors Impact Church Vitality
Churches with a high number of small groups, effective lay leadership, faithful pastors, and both traditional and contemporary services tend to be the healthiest, a new study shows.

Over 10,000 Unite for Ending Abortion Initiative

UK Anglicans Move Closer to Allowing Women Bishops

Publisher Defends Ex-Muslim Theologian’s Conversion Story

Haggard to Move Church Out of Barn

‘My Hope’ Helps Nearly 70K Turn Over to Christ in Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico

‘Progressives’ hope to mimic Tea Party
A group of liberal political leaders and civil rights activists want to replicate the Tea Party movement in an effort to bolster the alleged “progressive movement.”

Unrestricted on-air filth?
A federal appeals court has thrown out an FCC policy that can lead to broadcasters being fined for filthy language on live television.

Hotel pulls plug on Muslim gathering
Terrorism expert Robert Spencer is pleased that a controversial Muslim group has canceled its annual U.S. conference after a suburban Chicago hotel backed out of hosting the event.

Firing follows anonymous ‘hate speech’ complaint
A professor in Illinois has been relieved of his duties for telling students in his Catholicism class that he agrees with the Catholic Church’s teaching on homosexuality.

Perspective: America’s Christian roots
Contrary to what many secularists try to tell us, America’s Founding Fathers were not skeptics or unbelievers — but people whose faith was built on Jesus Christ.

Obama’s Recess-Appointed Medicare Chief Speaks at HHS Press Conference But Doesn’t Stick Around for Questions
Washington (CNSNews.com)
– President Barack Obama’s controversial pick to run Medicare and Medicaid made his first public appearance since he was recess-appointed to the post by the White House, but he did not remain at Tuesday’s press conference long enough to take any questions from the news media. Dr. Donald Berwick, who has openly advocated for a health care system that “must redistribute wealth,” spoke to a crowd of about 200 people about new federal rules pertaining to electronic health records.

Senate Republicans Demand Answers from Kagan on Whether She Must Recuse Herself from Constitutional Challenges to Obamacare
(CNSNews.com)
– All seven Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter Tuesday to Solicitor General Elena Kagan demanding to know whether she at any time, as a member of the Obama administration, discussed the lawsuits filed by Florida and other states challenging the constitutionality of the health-care law signed by President Barack Obama. If Kagan did express an opinion on the lawsuits, under federal law she could be required to recuse herself from the case if she is confirmed as a justice and the case comes before the Supreme Court.

Plan to Entice Fighters to Leave Taliban Is ‘Ready to Go,’ Administration Says
(CNSNews.com)
– As Kabul prepares to host what has been called the biggest gathering of foreign representatives there since the 1970s, the Obama administration’s point man for the region – Richard Holbrooke — has again defended plans to lure Afghan fighters away from the Taliban – a central theme of next week’s conference. On Tuesday Holbrooke reiterated the administration’s position that the so-called “reintegration” program is “a key ingredient of a successful campaign in Afghanistan.”

Obama Administration Approves First Direct Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Through New High-Risk Insurance Pools
(CNSNews.com)
– If you want proof that President Obama’s Executive Order on taxpayer-funded abortion was a sham, look no further than Pennsylvania, says House Republican Leader John Boehner. Boehner and other Republicans point to reports that the Health and Human Services Department is giving Pennsylvania $160 million to set up a new high-risk insurance pool that will cover any abortion that is legal in the state.

U.S. Taxpayers to Subsidize New U.N. Agency Promoting Abortion
(CNSNews.com)
– The U.S. will be a top donor nation for a new $500-million United Nations agency that conservatives say will likely promote an abortion agenda. In what the United Nations has called a historic move, the U.N. General Assembly unanimously voted on July 2 to approve “U.N. Women,” an agency intended to accelerate progress in achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment. The administrative costs of running the agency will come from the U.N.’s core budget, of which the U.S. pays 22 percent.

U.S. Spent $181,406 to See How Cocaine Enhances Sex Drive of Japanese Quail
(CNSNews.com)
– The National Institutes of Health has awarded $181,406 this year to a researcher at the University of Kentucky to study how cocaine enhances the sex drive of Japanese quail. The grant, “Enhancement of Sexual Motivation,” was awarded as part of a program conducted by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (a division of the NIH) that is intended to find ways to better treat or cure addiction in humans.

EPA Issues Taxpayer Money to ‘Enhance Environmental Education and Awareness’
(CNSNews.com)
– The Environmental Protection Agency is handing out a total of $190,000 in grants to enhance environmental education and awareness in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Ohio. Some of the grants will benefit “underserved communities.” One will promote “sustainable gardening.” And others will promote “carbon sequestration,” the process of reducing carbon dioxide levels by transferring CO2 from the atmosphere into the soil through various farming and forestry practices.

Court Decision Striking Down Broadcast Indecency Ban is ‘Anti-Family,’ Says FCC Commissioner
(CNSNews.com)
– Parental rights advocates, anti-pornography activists and at least one current member of the Federal Communications Commission joined forces Tuesday in condemning a federal appeals court ruling that declared the FCC policy’s banning indecency during prime-time TV hours was unconstitutional. FCC Commissioner Michael Copps condemned the decision as “anti-family.”

Nearly 70 Members of Congress Go to Court to Defend The National Day of Prayer
(CNSNews.com)
– The American Center for Law and Justice filed a friend of the court brief last week on behalf of 63 House members and four senators — Republicans and Democrats — in a legal case defending the constitutionality of the National Day of Prayer. On April 15, a federal judge in Wisconsin ruled in favor of the Freedom From Religion Foundation that the National Day of Prayer violated the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment. The Justice Department has appealed the case to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.

Afghans Paid $1 Billion in Bribes Last Year, Survey Says
(CNSNews.com)
– Afghans paid $1 billion in bribes last year, most of which were paid for social services such as health and education, according to a National Corruption Survey compiled by the non-profit watchdog group Integrity Watch Afghanistan. The $1 billion in bribes paid in 2009 more than doubled the $466 million paid in 2006.

LCMS Adopts Measures in Response to ELCA’s Pro-Gay Actions
Delegates of the Lutheran Church Missouri-Synod on Tuesday overwhelmingly adopted two resolutions in response to last year’s pro-gay actions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Televangelist Counters Ground Zero Mosque with Christian Center

Christians Respond to Obama’s New HIV/AIDS Strategy

Experts: N. Korea Freedom Lies in Hands of Korean-Americans

Two Pakistan Churches Attacked by Islamists

Former N.Y. Seminary President Bill Webber Dies at 90

Public Hearing Would Have Made Obama’s ‘Health Care Rationing Czar’ Unconfirmable, GOP Senator Says
Washington (CNSNews.com)
– President Obama recess-appointed his new Medicare and Medicaid chief because a Senate confirmation hearing for Dr. Donald Berwick would have made him “unconfirmable,” said Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.). “But now the president has what he wanted. What he wanted is a health care rationing czar. And that’s what he has,” Barrasso added. Berwick has openly advocated the redistribution of wealth as part of a health care plan.

Obesity Rating for Every American Must Be Included in Stimulus-Mandated Electronic Health Records, Says HHS
(CNSNews.com)
– New federal regulations issued this week stipulate that the electronic health records, which all Americans are supposed to have by 2014 under the terms of the stimulus law that President Barack Obama signed last year, must record not only the traditional measures of height and weight, but also the Body Mass Index: a measure of obesity. The law also requires that these electronic health records be available–with appropriate security measures–on a national exchange.

Step Right Up and Get Your Free Health Care…
(CNSNews.com)
– The Obama administration on Wednesday issued regulations requiring new, private health care plans to cover preventive services without charge — no co-payments, deductibles, or coinsurance. The free preventive services will include screenings and counseling for obese children; special, pregnancy-tailored counseling to help pregnant women quit smoking and avoid alcohol use; screening for obesity, and counseling to promote sustained weight loss; and tobacco cessation interventions, such as counseling or medication to help individuals quit.

Democrat Accuses Pro-Life Groups of ‘Politicizing’ Abortion Issue to Undermine Health Care Reform
(CNSNews.com)
– Several Democrats say pro-life conservatives have it wrong: They say the $160 million taxpayer dollars going to fund Pennsylvania’s new high-risk insurance pool will not fund abortion, except in cases of rape or incest, or where the “life of the woman would be endangered.” But given the way the guidelines are written, under the Pennsylvania plan, “federal funds will subsidize coverage of abortion performed for any reason, except sex selection,” says the National Right to Life Committee.

Senators Turn Up the Heat on BP Over Claims of a Lockerbie Deal
(CNSNews.com)
– Four U.S. senators turned up the pressure on BP Wednesday, demanding that the oil giant release to Congress private and public communications relating to last year’s early release by British authorities of the Libyan convicted in the Lockerbie bombing. The four Democrats also secured an agreement from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to “look into” allegations that Abdel Basset al-Megrahi’s release was linked to a lucrative BP oil deal in Libya.

Vietnam Publication Aims to Counter Human Rights Criticism From ‘Hostile Forces’
(CNSNews.com)
– As the U.S. and Vietnam mark the 15th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic ties, Hanoi has published its first “human rights magazine” at a time when some in the U.S. are demanding that concerns about human rights abuses in the communist-ruled state get greater attention. The publication released on Wednesday “also helps inform people about the plots of hostile forces who use democracy and human rights issues to sabotage national construction and development.”

A ‘deceiver’ in the Oval Office
Forget Barack Obama’s executive order to the contrary — the federal government will finance abortions in Pennsylvania.

NEA celebrates ‘drag queen’ teachers
The National Education Association continues to alienate more and more of its conservative constituents as the organization showed its liberal leanings at its 2010 national convention.

New Black Panthers anti-Semitic, pro-Islamic
The former Justice Department attorney who quit his job and blew the whistle on the DOJ’s dealings with the New Black Panther Party claims the group is extremely anti-Semitic and pro-Islamic.

More ‘czars,’ racial quotas – financial reform?
A Trojan horse for race and gender quotas — that’s how one analyst is describing a provision in the recently passed House version of the financial reform bill.

Perspective: Why the Obama ‘stimulus’ failed
Government spending doesn’t stimulate economic growth — it only moves resources away from one sector of the economy to another.

Argentina Legalizes Gay Marriage; First in Latin America
Argentina legalized same-sex marriage Thursday, offering gay couples all the same rights given to their heterosexual counterparts, including adopting children.

Lutherans Forge Ahead on Plan to Reach 100M People

Study: Compensation for Pastors Keeping Pace with Inflation

Court Ruling on FCC Indecency Policy Gets Mixed Reactions

Calif. Library Criticized for ‘Anti-Religious’ Painting

UK Bishop: Church Must Challenge Political Correctness

New Regulations Outline Content, Transmission Standards for Every Americans’ Electronic Health Records
(CNSNews.com)
– New regulations issued by the Department of Health and Human Services this week outline federal standards for the electronic health records that every American must have by 2014. If doctors or hospitals do not comply, and insist on using the traditional paper record-keeping systems, the federal government will penalize them by docking their Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements, making it harder for them to stay in business.

Mikulski Says Senators Will Question Berwick at ‘Confirmation Hearings’–Despite His Recess Appointment
(CNSNews.com)
– Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland said Wednesday that senators will ask Dr. Donald Berwick whether he intends to follow the recently enacted health-care law as “we go through the confirmation hearings” for him. Berwick, in fact, never had a confirmation hearing, and he now holds the job as the result of President Obama’s recess appointment.

Christian Legal Group Defends Professor Fired for Teaching Catholic Doctrine on Homosexuality in Catholic Doctrine Class
(CNSNews.com)
– The Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian legal group, has given the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign until the end of Friday to re-instate a professor who was relieved of his teaching duties following complaints that he engaged in “hate speech” by teaching Catholic dogma about homosexuality in a course about Catholicism.

Americans Say Government and Politicians Are Bigger Problems than Illegal Immigration, Health Care, Disaster Response and Federal Debt
(CNSNews.com)
– In a poll released yesterday, Gallup asked Americans: “What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?” “The only non-economic issue that 10 percent or more of Americans mention is dissatisfaction with government and politicians (11 percent),” says Gallup’s analysis of the poll.

D.C. Court of Appeals Bars City Referendum on Same-Sex Marriage; Appeal to Supreme Court Likely
(CNSNews.com)
– Opponents of the Washington’s same-sex marriage law say they will now take their legal challenge of the U.S. Supreme Court. On Thursday, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals sided with the D.C. City Council and Mayor Adrian Fenty against those who want to let voters decide the issue.

New Smallpox Vaccine Delivered to National Stockpile As Part of Bioterrorism Program That May Be Cut
(CNSNews.com)
– A Bush-era bioterrorism prevention program, which just delivered a new smallpox vaccine to the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile, may be on the Obama administration’s chopping block.

The question: Will Newt run?
A conservative university professor and political scientist says the former speaker of the House will have to overcome a lot of negatives if he decides to run for president in 2012.

Financial regs bill ignores root problems
The Senate has passed the financial reform bill — legislation whose content is expected to bring landmark changes to the financial industry.

Perspective: Moratorium mumbo-jumbo
In its response to the BP oil spill, Team Obama has run roughshod over scientific integrity, transparency, and the Gulf Coast economy.

Exploiting the spill
The Obama administration is being accused of politicizing the oil spill crisis as the White House has issued another moratorium against deep water drilling in the Gulf.

Feature: 50 years and counting
Every theme park has a personality — but Silver Dollar City is so much more than your typical theme park.

Christian Teacher Wants to Pray on High Court Steps
A letter was sent by the Alliance Defense Fund on Thursday on behalf of a Wickenburg, Ariz., teacher who was prohibited by a Supreme Court police officer in May from praying with her students on the steps of the court.

BP Says No Signs of Leak; Obama Says We’re Not Done

Groups Blast First Federal Funding of Abortions

LCMS Keeps Ties with ELCA for Now

Christian, Muslim Leaders Launch Campaign for South Sudan’s Independence

Christians Narrowly Escape Flying Bullets in Pakistan

California conservatives welcome chief justice resignation
After serving California for more than a decade as chief justice, Ronald M. George is finally resigning — news that has conservatives breathing a sigh of relief.

Congregations struggle in aging, decaying churches
About halfway through Sunday service at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, as worshipers passed around the collection plate, a chorus of screams pierced the air.

Prayer rules to be examined
A bipartisan committee in the North Carolina House will review the chamber’s policy on prayers after a minister complained he was asked not to mention Jesus at the start of a daily floor session.

Police won’t interfere with pro-lifers
Young pro-life activists have been given the go-ahead for upcoming demonstrations in Birmingham.

The question: Will Newt run?
A conservative university professor and political scientist says the former speaker of the House will have to overcome a lot of negatives if he decides to run for president in 2012.

U.S. to fund radical feminist group
The United Nations has created a super agency for feminists, but one female leader thinks it’s unnecessary.

California conservatives welcome chief justice resignation
After serving California for more than a decade as chief justice, Ronald M. George is finally resigning — news that has conservatives breathing a sigh of relief.

Civics with a focus on faith
Call it vacation Bible school that focuses on Moses, the Apostle Paul and George Washington.

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