Newslinks 08/15/10

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Obama backs ‘gay’ group at U.N.
A homosexual activist group has side-stepped normal procedures to gain a non-government organization status at the United Nations.

GOP: Obama developing ‘backdoor amnesty plan’
The Obama administration is considering ways it could go around lawmakers to let illegal immigrants stay in the United States, according to an agency memo.

Another Democrat facing ethics charges
A second House Democrat, Rep. Maxine Waters of California, could be facing an ethics trial this fall, further complicating the midterm election outlook for the party as it battles to hold onto its majority.

Amish communities growing rapidly
A new study estimates the number of Amish in North America has doubled since 1992 and increased nearly 10 percent in the past two years alone.

Baptist World Alliance Confirms New President
Virginia native John Upton was elected Saturday to lead the Baptist World Alliance as its new president. The long-time Baptist succeeds David Coffey of the United Kingdom.

FDA Approves First Human Trial of Embryonic Stem Cells

UCC Makes Pitch to Ex-‘Christian’ Author Anne Rice

Kenyan Christian Leaders Stand Together Against Proposed Constitution

Jordan River Unsafe for Baptisms, Says Environmental Group

Target, Best Buy Criticized for Donation to Tom Emmer Supporter

Arizona Sheriff: ‘Our Own Government Has Become Our Enemy’
(CNSNews.com)
– Pinal County (Ariz.) Sheriff Paul Babeu is angry at the Obama administration for targeting Arizona and its law enforcement personnel. Babeu told CNSNews.com that rather than help law enforcement in Arizona stop the hundreds of thousands of people who come into the United States illegally, the federal government is targeting the state and its law enforcement personnel.

Menendez Accuses GOP of ‘Doing Everything to Impede’ Immigration Reform
Washington (CNSNews.com)
– Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, blamed Republicans on Thursday for the Senate’s inaction on immigration reform. But a border-state Republican sys the Democrats’ legislative agenda has placed immigration reform “on the back burner.”

Conservative Group Launches Summer School for Political Activists
(CNSNews.com)
– A conservative group has unveiled a series of online tutorials designed to train conservative and Tea Party activists ahead of the summer Congressional recess and November elections. In a memo obtained by CNSNews.com, Liberty Central told its members that August, when Congress is in recess, is “accountability month.” The group is urging conservatives to lobby their elected representatives in a repeat of last summer’s contentious town hall meetings, where legislators faced an unexpected surge of voter displeasure.

Israel Blames Hamas for All Attacks From Gaza, Urges Mahmoud Abbas to Enter Direct Talks
(CNSNews.com)
– Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday urged P.A. chairman Mahmoud Abbas “to make a courageous decision” to start peace talks with Israel, after the 22-nation Arab League approved direct talks — if and when Abbas decides the time is right. The prospect of direct talks has produced an uptick in violence, as radicals in the Gaza Strip demonstrate their opposition and urge the Arab League to withdraw its support for such talks.

Iran Warns Americans That Military Action Against It Will ‘Disrupt Global Peace’
(CNSNews.com)
– A top Iranian military official warned Sunday that his country’s forces would respond decisively in the Persian Gulf, a crucial energy waterway, in the event of a U.S. strike over its nuclear program. The warning by deputy Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps commander Yadollah Javani added to a surge of stepped-up rhetoric by senior Iranians in recent days about the threat of war and Tehran’s response.

AZ decision frustrates American people
A Christian law firm is disappointed but not surprised that a federal judge last week threw out most of the Arizona immigration law that was designed to make it easier for state and local law enforcement to apprehend suspected illegal aliens.

Conservatives prepare for ‘Truth Academy’
Americans for Truth About Homosexuality has launched a project to educate warriors in the fight against the homosexual lifestyle.

Global-warming study ‘comical’
Environmental policy expert Steve Milloy isn’t buying a new study that warns diminishing crops in Mexico caused by alleged “global warming” could force nearly seven-million Mexicans into the United States over the next 60 years.

Online prayer group rejects link to Democratic Party ads
An online group that prays for the president, other national leaders and U.S. troops wants members to know that it’s not linked to the Democratic National Committee.

Understanding ObamaCare’s true nature
Critics of ObamaCare are arguing that the new law goes beyond serving as an extra tax on Americans — they say it’s unconstitutional and authoritarian as well.

Panel’s landmark denial frees NYC mosque site
A New York City panel has denied landmark status to a building near ground zero, freeing organizers to build an Islamic center and mosque there.

School choice vs. gov’t control
While President Obama continues to praise his Race to the Top education initiative, one public policy expert believes the $4.35 billion program will make things worse for America’s students.

ObamaCare challenge to go forward
A federal judge’s decision to allow Virginia to challenge the legality of ObamaCare is being hailed as an important first step in confronting federal powers in that area.

Perspective: Democrats bite Democrats
You expect Republican politicians to criticize Democratic administrations and vice versa. But when Democrats start criticizing Democratic administrations, that is news.

Focus on the Family laying off another 110 employees
Focus on the Family is laying off another 110 workers this month, leaving the Christian ministry with 750 employees — about half the staff it had in 2002.

Christians Bring Relief as Pakistan Flood Kills Over 1,200
More than a thousand people have been killed by heavy monsoon rains that lashed through Pakistan’s north-west region last week.

N.Y. Governor Urged to Veto No-Fault Divorce Bill

Church Bodies Laud Crack-Cocaine Fairness Act

Focus on the Family Lays Off 110 Workers

Former Atheist: Christianity Really Does Make Sense

Regent University’s First Hispanic President Takes the Helm

NYC Panel Denies Landmark Status; Opens Way for Ground Zero Mosque
The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday denied landmark status to the building near Ground Zero, opening the way for a “mega mosque” to be built two blocks from the site of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Federal Court Ruling on Gay Marriage to be Released Wednesday

Over 200 Physicians Protest Abortions at Military Hospitals

‘Outed’ Pastor Says No to Homosexuality, Follows Jesus

Russian Orthodox Leader: Pray for Rain as Deadly Wildfires Rage

WCC Official: Church Growth in China ‘Unique and Explosive’

Republicans Blast ‘Livable Communities’ Bill As Washington-Based Central Planning for Cities and Towns
(CNSNews.com)
– The Senate Banking Committee passed the Livable Communities Act on Tuesday, moving the bill one step closer to final passage. The bill creates $4-billion in neighborhood planning grants for “sustainable” living projects and a new federal office to oversee them. House Republicans have blasted such legislation as an attempt “to impose a Washington-based, central planning model on localities across the country.”

Tunnel to Nowhere Part of Millions in Wasted in Stimulus Spending, Senate GOP Report Says
Washington (CNSNews.com)
– The federal government is spending $62 million on a tunnel to nowhere in Pittsburgh, Pa., $89,000 on a sidewalk that leads to a ditch in Boynton, Okla., and almost $200,000 to study voter perception of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (stimulus law), from which these other projects are funded. That’s according to a report released Tuesday by Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma.

Pelosi Won’t Say When Jesus Got the Right to Life
(CNSNews.com)
– House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), a Catholic, publicly stated earlier this year that she had a duty to pursue policies “in keeping with the values” of Jesus Christ, the “Word made Flesh.” But at a press briefing last week, when reminded of this statement, Pelosi declined to say when Jesus got the right to life. “Whenever it was,” said Pelosi, “we bow our heads when we talk about it in church, and that’s where I’d like to talk about that.”

McCain Says ‘I Respect and Admire’ Arizona Sheriff Who Said ‘Our Own Government Has Become Our Enemy’
(CNSNews.com)
– When asked whether he agreed with Pinal County, Ariz., Sheriff Paul Babeu — who told CNSNews.com this week that ““Our own government has become our enemy and is taking us to court at a time when we need help” — Sen. John McCain said Babeu “obviously has not received the help from the federal government that he thinks he needs–that is, to get our borders secure.”

Sen. Hatch Frustrated by Obama’s Recess Appointment of Medicare Chief, But Not Ready to Filibuster to Force Hearing
(CNSNews.com)
– Blocking all legislation to force a hearing on Dr. Donald Berwick, the controversial nominee President Barack Obama recess-appointed to run Medicare and Medicaid, would not be the best course, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) told CNSNews.com.
“Some people think if we did that, it just lends credibility that we’re filibustering everything and we’re the party of no,” Hatch said.

Sen. Coburn Says Republicans Would Like to Hold Inquiry Into Kagan’s Involvement With ACOG
(CNSNews.com)
– Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said Tuesday that Republicans would look into Elena Kagan’s role in adding a key amendment to a medical group’s statement on partial birth abortion – if only they could. “I’ll tell you,” responded Sen. Coburn, “if we were running the Senate, we’d have the inquiry.”

Poll: Voters Blame Obama and Bush Equally for Economic Woes
(CNSNews.com)
– With the nation’s unemployment rate at 9.6 percent, a new Rasmussen poll shows that voters are just as likely to blame President Barack Obama for the nation’s current economic woes as they are to blame his predecessor, President George W. Bush. Obama faces the most skepticism from Independents, who blame him by a margin of 52 percent to 44 percent margin.

Israel Objects to U.S. Supplying Weapons to Lebanon’s National Army
(CNSNews.com)
– Israel reportedly plans to launch a diplomatic offensive, urging the U.S. and other countries arming the Lebanese Armed Forces to stop doing so, following a deadly skirmish at the border with Lebanon on Tuesday. Israel says the U.S.-supplied weapons intended to be used against terrorists instead are being used against Israelis.

Tensions Simmer in Lebanon Over Assassination Probe And Suspicions of a Deal
(CNSNews.com)
– A special tribunal established by the United Nations is widely reported to be preparing to indict members of Hezbollah, the Iranian- and Syrian-backed Shi’te terrorist group, on suspicion of involvement in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in Beirut in February 2005. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has warned that he will not accept any indictments accusing members of his organization. In a speech to supporters Tuesday, Nasrallah said he would soon release evidence showing that Israel was behind the Hariri assassination.

Judge’s ruling ready in Calif. gay marriage case
SAN FRANCISCO – The first word on whether California’s same-sex marriage ban passes scrutiny under the U.S. Constitution is scheduled to come down Wednesday when a federal judge issues his ruling in a landmark case.

9-11 mosque approval = political correctness ‘run amok’
A Christian law firm is not surprised that political correctness ruled in New York’s unanimous panel decision, giving the go-ahead for the construction of an Islamic mosque at the 9/11 site.

Perspective: Mad Maxine’s minority fat-cat bankers
Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California is notorious for her high-decibel rants against corporate executives and career exploitation of identity politics.

Islam and immigration
On July 17, a drug cartel completed its first successful car bombing, shaking the violence-stricken city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and one activist sees that as an indication of an Islamic presence in Mexico and the Mexican-American border.

ADF takes influential position at U.N.
The Alliance Defense Fund has been granted special consultative status at the United Nations and is looking forward to contributing a conservative perspective on a number of issues.

Federal Judge Rejects Calif. Marriage Definition
A federal judge has ruled against California’s voter-approved marriage definition in a landmark decision that brings the gay marriage debate one step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court.

ACLJ Petitions to Stop Ground Zero Mosque

S.C. Pastor: Weird to Love My Church?

Haitians Went from Shacks to Plastic Sheeting, Says Mission Leader

Archaeologists Uncover Philistine Temple in Goliath’s Hometown

Muslim Protesters Surround Worshippers in Indonesia

Almost Half of U.S. Fatalities in Afghan War Took Place Since Obama Took Office
(CNSNews.com)
– As of July 31, almost half of all U.S. fatalities in Afghanistan have happened on President Barack Obama’s watch. Since Obama took office in January 2009, 558 U.S. troops have died in Afghanistan, out of 1,127 since the war began nine years ago, according to CNSNews.com’s tally. And the violence is escalating.

White House Doesn’t Know, DOJ Mum on Whether Kagan Received Full Salary Since She ‘Ceased’ Full Duties as Solicitor General
Washington (CNSNews.com)
– Neither the White House nor the Justice Department are saying whether Elena Kagan has been collecting her full government salary since she “ceased” performing her full duties as solicitor general after May 10 when President Barack Obama nominated her to serve on the Supreme Court. “I’d point you over to the Department of Justice on that. I don’t know what the pay records are,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told CNSNews.com. However, the Justice Department public affairs office has not responded to numerous inquiries from CNSNews.com on the matter.

1.2 Million Who Signed Obama’s ‘Birthday Card’ Asked to Send Fundraising Chain Letter to ‘Five Friends’
(CNSNews.com)
– Michelle Obama’s e-mail campaign to “Wish Barack a Happy Birthday,” a fundraiser sent out by the Democratic National Committee, has generated over 1.2 million signatures, according to a new e-mail from BarackObama.com. But organizers want even more names and email addresses.

Obama, Speaking to AFL-CIO, Calls for Dumping Secret Ballots in Union Elections
Washington (CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama, seeking to rally support for embattled Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections, on Wednesday pledged his support for a card check bill, which would eliminate secret ballots in elections to unionize workplaces. “And we are going to keep on fighting to pass the Employee Free Choice Act,” Obama told the AFL-CIO Executive Council.

Black Conservatives Say Black Liberals Are Using Race to Discredit the Tea Party Movement
Washington (CNSNews.com)
– Black conservative leaders from around the country gathered in Washington on Wednesday to denounce the NAACP for its resolution charging that elements of the Tea Party movement are racist. Speakers at the event also blamed the Black Congressional Congress for injecting racism into politics and using it as a weapon against the Tea Party movement.

Alan Keyes: Under Obama ‘We Shall All Become Slaves on the Government’s Plantation’
Washington (CNSNews.com)
– Alan Keyes, a conservative activist and former diplomat, said Wednesday that President Barack Obama and liberals in Congress are promoting a dependence on government that mirrors slavery. Keyes said real racism occurs when race is connected to ideology — as was the case, he said, when Obama was campaigning for president.

Bipartisan Bill to Permanently End Taxpayer-Funded Abortions Introduced in House
(CNSNews.com)
– A bipartisan bill meant to permanently prohibit taxpayer-funded abortions in every federal program has been introduced in the House, with over 150 original cosponsors, including 16 Democrats. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), a cosponsor of the bill, said the health-care reform legislation that passed Congress this year showed that the current system of preventing taxpayer funded abortions is “dangerously fragile.”

Republican Senator Isakson Refuses to Say When Jesus Got Right to Life
(CNSNews.com)
– Republican Senator Johnny Isakson of Georgia declined to say whether Jesus Christ got the right to life at the moment of conception, although he did say that Jesus is his savior and he believes in him. CNSNews.com asked Sen. Isakson about the issue because House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) had said in May that she must pursue policies “in keeping with the values” of Jesus, the “Word made flesh,” but had declined, last week, to say when “the Word” received the right to life.

China Holds More Military Exercises Amid Tensions With U.S.
(CNSNews.com)
– Chinese armed forces on Thursday continued a second set of back-to-back exercises, underscoring expanding capabilities and ambitions that have prompted unease among top U.S. military officers. Relations between China and U.S. have taken several hits in recent weeks.

U.N. Backs Israel’s Position on Border Clash, But Israel’s Arab-Islamic Critics Are Not Backing Down
(CNSNews.com)
– Arab and Muslim governments that accused Israel of aggression against Lebanon this week did not withdraw their accusations Wednesday, despite confirmation from U.N. peacekeepers that Lebanese troops opened fire on Israeli soldiers who were on the Israeli side of the international border. The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon affirmed Wednesday that the incident happen in Israeli territory, prompting the U.S. State Department to denounce the firing by the Lebanese Armed Forces as “wholly unjustified and unwarranted.”

Judge’s ‘sexual proclivity’ compromised ruling
Pro-family leaders across the U.S. are questioning how an openly homosexual judge was allowed to rule in the case involving California’s voter-approved constitutional amendment banning same-gender “marriage” in that state.

Prop. 8 ruling will ‘stir a fire’
A pastor and pro-family activist believes the federal judge’s decision to usurp the will of the people of California marks a sad day for the state and for the rest of the country.

Perspective: The Kagan moral train wreck
The U.S. Senate is about to take the Fifth on a Supreme Court nominee who has no business being near a courtroom — except as a defendant.

Angle: Democrats want to ‘make gov’t our God’
According to Nevada U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle, America has become “a country entrenched in idolatry — and that idolatry is the dependency upon our government. We’re supposed to depend upon God for our protection and our provision and for our daily bread, not for our government.”

Ethics interfering with Dems’ chances
The head of an ethics watchdog organization believes another long-tenured Democratic congressional is facing serious ethics charges, which could cause problems for the party in the fall elections.

U.S. Senate Confirms Kagan for Supreme Court
The U.S. Senate confirmed Elena Kagan on Thursday as the fourth woman in history to serve on the Supreme Court following a 63-37 vote that was mostly along party lines.

Prop. 8 Supporter: Judge’s Gay Marriage Ruling is a ‘Terrible Blow’

New Kenya Constitution on Track to Pass

Christians to Utilize Prayers, TV to Reach Muslims During Ramadan

Global Gathering of Christian Leaders to Adopt Statement on Nature, Call of Church

ABA Does Not Speak for All Lawyers on Gay Marriage, Says ADF

The cost of Kagan’s confirmation
A conservative commentator suggests that senators who voted to confirm Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court may face some backlash back home.

Rifqa cleared to fight deportation
A juvenile court judge in Ohio has granted a runaway Christian convert’s request to declare reunion with her Muslim parents impossible, paving the way for the girl to fight deportation.

Anti-employer ENDA still alive and kicking
A Washington, DC-based pro-family group is voicing its concern about a continued push by liberals in Congress to give homosexuals a special status in employment discrimination laws.

Legal battle involving home-schooler escalates
A family’s anguishing battle to get their son back from Swedish authorities because they home-schooled him could be played out before the European Court of Human Rights.

Perspective: The face of barbarism
If U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan, Americans will be able to take pride that they prevented any more Aishas.

Sen. Isakson Won’t Say When Jesus Got the Right to Life
(CNSNews.com)
– Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia declined to say whether Jesus Christ got the right to life at the moment of conception, although he did say that Jesus is his savior and he believes in him…

Sen. DeMint: Ratifying U.N. Children’s Rights Treaty Would Turn Parental Rights ‘Over to International Community’
Washington (CNSNews.com) –
Sen. Jim DeMint (R- S.C.) said that if President Barack Obama gets his way and the Senate ratifies the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the precedent would be set to place parental rights under the jurisdiction of the international community…

Border Clash Puts Spotlight on US-Backed Lebanese Army’s Stance on Hezbollah
(CNSNews.com) –
This week’s deadly clash along the Israel-Lebanon border has drawn attention to the issue of United States military assistance to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF), and how that aid is used…

State Dept. Ponders U.S. Role in Creating Terrorists as Part of its Annual Report on Terrorism
(CNSNews.com)
– During the unveiling of the Country Reports on Terrorism 2009 at the U.S. Department of State on Thursday, Counterterrorism Coordinator Daniel Benjamin said that the Obama administration’s strategy to fight terrorism around the world includes determining America’s own role in possibly increasing the number of terrorists…

U.S.–NATO Training Officer Doesn’t Know When Afghan Security Forces Will Operate ‘Independently and in the Lead’
(CNSNews.com)
– U.S. Army Col. John Ferrari, deputy commander of the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan programs, said he does not know when the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) will operate “independently and in the lead” even though U.S. forces are supposed to drawdown from the country in July 2011…

Senate Bill Marks Next Step in Federal ‘Sustainable Communities’ Plan
(CNSNews.com)
– A federal neighborhood planning program to provide grants for environmentally sound, sustainable living communities moved one step closer to being funded Tuesday, when the Senate Banking Committee passed the Livable Communities Act on a 12-10 party line vote…

Poll: 3 in 5 New Yorkers Oppose Ground Zero Mosque
More than three-in-five New Yorkers are opposed to the plan to build a mosque near Ground Zero, revealed results of a new survey released Thursday.

Jesus Fires Up Leadership Summit Crowd

WCC Renews Call for Nuke-Free World on Hiroshima Anniversary

N.C. Christians Sponsor Bible-Based Billboards

Princeton Review Names Colleges with ‘Most Religious’ Students

Greg Laurie to Return to Angel Stadium for 21st SoCal Harvest

Calif. pastors saddened … but resolved
Christians are both grieved and outraged by a federal judge’s decision Wednesday to overturn Proposition 8 — the California measure that passed in 2008 with a 52.1 percent vote and defined marriage as between a man and a woman.

Film reveals ‘Eggsploitation’
A new documentary called Eggsploitation reveals shocking secrets about the infertility industry.

Ministry shares hope for homosexuals
A ministry that works to serve those “trapped in destructive thoughts and actions” is expanding its services.

Minister hammers Obama in bid for Congress
A Georgia minister known for challenging the barriers between church and state is running for a congressional seat in this week’s primary runoff elections.

American missionaries gunned down for ‘preaching Christianity’
Taliban terrorists have declared they shot and killed a team of missionaries, including six Americans, because they were ‘preaching Christianity.’

Anti-prayer case dismissed
A Texas judge has thrown out a lawsuit against Houston over city council prayer.

Schwarzenegger: Gay marriages should resume immediately
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who twice vetoed legislation that would have legalized same-sex marriage, has surprised gay rights supporters by urging a federal judge to allow gay couples to resume marrying in the state without further delay.

Christian optometrist, Mennonite among victims
Members of the ten-member team of missionaries killed over the weekend by Taliban terrorists in Afghanistan have been identified.

Kagan – a solid vote for homosexual ‘marriage’
Judicial analyst Bruce Hausknecht says recently sworn-in Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan would be a sure vote favoring same-sex “marriage.”

Perspective: American teachers should revolt
Who has set aside October 1 to recognize the Communist revolution in China — and celebrate the butcher Mao Zedong? The National Education Association, that’s who.

PC environment spawns Muslim college
Another sign of the politically correct times — that’s how a Messianic Jewish leader and supporter of Israel describes the opening of America’s first Muslim college this fall.

HHS funds ‘gay’ sex-ed
The Department of Health and Human Services has released two sex-education funding grants under the new healthcare law, one of which calls to indoctrinate school children in the homosexual lifestyle.

Kagan Sworn in as High Court’s 4th Female Justice
Elena Kagan was sworn in Saturday as the 112th justice and fourth woman ever to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.

10 Bodies Found in Afghanistan ‘Likely’ Christian Charity Workers’

Christians Gather in D.C. to ‘Submit’ America to God

Calif. Gov., AG Urge Federal Judge to Resume Gay Marriages

Hitchens Certain He Won’t Turn to God while Lucid

Former Marine Cycles Across U.S. for Solar Bibles

Same-Sex Marriage Judge Finds That a Child Has Neither a Need Nor a Right to a Mother
(CNSNews.com)
– U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker, who ruled last week that California’s voter-approved marriage amendment violated the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, based that ruling in part on his finding that a child does not need and has no right to a mother. Nor, he found, does a child have a need or a right to a father.

GAO: Border Security Technology Program ‘Has Not Produced Expected Results’
(CNSNews.com)
– The Department of Homeland Security’s technology program aimed at securing the border and reducing the number of undocumented immigrants is “in a constant state of flux” and “has not produced expected results,” according to a government audit.

Sen. Isakson: ‘Incorrect’ to Accuse GOP of Blocking Immigration Reform
(CNSNews.com)
– On Capitol Hill, CNSNews.com asked Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, if he agreed or disagreed with Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) who said the GOP is doing “everything to impede” comprehensive immigration reform.”

Sen. Isakson: Arizona Is ‘Well Within Their Rights’ on Immigration Law — Federal Lawsuit Is ‘Ridiculous’
(CNSNews.com)
– Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) said that Arizona authorities are “well within their rights” in implementing a new law against illegal immigration. He added that the U.S. Justice Department’s lawsuit against the state to prevent it from enforcing the new law is “ridiculous.”

Republican Lawmaker Wants to Avoid Post-Election, Lame-Duck Session of Congress
(CNSNews.com)
– If Democrats lose control or one or both houses of Congress – as many political analysts are predicting — the losing members could vote on unpopular legislation during a lame-duck session without worrying about being accountable to voters.

1,200 National Guard Troops Being Deployed to Border Will Not Be Used to Stop and Detain Illegal Aliens
(CNSNews.com)
– The 1,200 National Guard troops that are being deployed incrementally to the southwest border “will not be doing direct law enforcement,” said U.S. National Guard Bureau Director of Communications Jack Harrison when asked if the forces would be interdicting drugs and undocumented immigrants.

Baucus Says Finance Committee Will Call Recess-Appointed Medicare Director Berwick for ‘Oversight’ Hearing in ‘Not Too Distant Future’
(CNSNews.com)
– When asked whether he would hold a “confirmation” hearing for Dr. Donald Berwick — who was recess-appointed by President Obama to run Medicare and Medicaid instead of being confirmed by the committee and the full Senate — Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D.-Mont.) said he would be bringing Berwick in for “oversight functions,” suggesting that the committee is not going to hold an actual confirmation hearing. Baucus did not say when such an “oversight” hearing would actually take place, saying only that it would be in the “not too distant future.”

We Can Look for Other Weapons Suppliers, Says Lebanon’s President
(CNSNews.com)
– Amid calls for the U.S. to reconsider its arming of the Lebanese national army in the wake of last week’s deadly cross-border shooting, Lebanon’s president has announced a campaign to seek alternative arms suppliers if necessary. The U.S. has provided crucial equipment and training to the LAF over the past five years, and the administration has asked Congress to approve another $100 million for 2011. Some U.S. lawmakers have voiced concerns that the LAF may be increasingly allied with Hezbollah.

Iran Unveils New Submarines and Makes More Persian Gulf Warnings
(CNSNews.com)
– Iran announced the addition of four new submarines to its fleet Sunday, saying the Iranian-manufactured vessels to be deployed in the Persian Gulf have sonar-evading technology and can launch torpedoes and missiles simultaneously. The announcement comes amid continuing warnings by senior Iranian officials about retaliatory actions in the Gulf in response to any military strike by the U.S. or Israel aimed at Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Slaying of 10 Christian Charity Workers Sparks Widespread Condemnation
Organizations around the world have condemned the killing of ten medical workers who were serving the poor in the north-eastern Afghan province of Badakhshan.

Colson on Prop. 8 Battle: We Can Still Win This

Renewed Heavy Rains, Flash Floods Hamper Pakistan Relief Efforts

Ex-Communist Christian: China Should Become ‘New City on a Hill’

21st Harvest Crusade Offers Hope for Hurting

‘Blank Bible’ Challenge Seeks to Revive U.S. Interest in Scripture

Lacking votes for amnesty? No problem…
A spokesperson for Numbers USA outlines an administration plan to grant de facto amnesty to illegal aliens — all without congressional approval.

Obama’s appointments ‘dangerous’
Congressman Trent Franks says Barack Obama’s policies and appointments are sinking America.

Perspective: Cheering immaturity
Thank you, modern education, for giving young people the puffed up notion that they are in a position to pass sweeping judgments on a world that they have barely begun to experience.

Patriotism, out! Homosexuality, in!
Home Depot, which is currently targeted by a national American Family Association boycott, seems to have a problem with its dress code.

Putting family aside
A relative of Barack Obama who is in the medical field is publically opposing certain aspects of the president’s new healthcare law.

Harry Reid Defends Vote to Confirm Kagan on Second Amendment Grounds
(CNSNews.com)
– Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.) cited what he called Elena Kagan’s defense of the Second Amendment last week as he explained his vote to confirm her to the Supreme Court.

U.S. Government Funded Study Establishing ‘Web-Based Sex Diaries’ for Gay Males As Young As 16
(CNSNews.com)
– The National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease, a division of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded $126,000 over the past two years to a University of Washington study that established “web-based sex diaries” for gay males as young as 16. The study, titled “The Importance of Early Sexual Experiences Among Men Who Have Sex with Men,” seeks to find out if the circumstances under which young men first engage in homosexual acts affects their future sexual behavior.

Responding to Obama’s Analogy, Republican Lawmaker Says ‘D is for Dumb, R is for Reform’
(CNSNews.com)
– President Barack Obama has a flimsy case for claiming the economy is moving forward, as he has been claiming at recent Democratic Party fundraisers, critics say. “Right now he’s got us in a ditch,” Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), chairman of the Republican Study Committee, told CNSNews.com.

House Republicans Suggest Names for Democrats’ Untitled, $26-Billion ‘Second Stimulus’ Bill
(CNSNews.com)
– Washington Democrats are in such a rush to pass one more stimulus-type bill that the legislation to be voted on Tuesday doesn’t even have a name, Republicans note. House Republican Leader John Boehner (Ohio) is offering 10 possible names, including the DUMB Act, for what he called the “union-boss bailout” bill.

Act Now on Terror Threat to Key Oil Routes, Say Experts
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– An attempt by terrorists to blow up a supertanker in one of the world’s most strategic waterways, though unsuccessful, is prompting fresh calls for decision-makers to take steps now both to lessen the chances of such an attack and to minimize the economic disruption if one occurs. Maritime security experts say shipping companies should make their vessels less vulnerable to terrorists by adopting measures such as deploying visible armed protection.

Nearly Half of Americans Have ‘Very Unfavorable’ View of Congress Ahead of November Elections
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– With less than three months until the November midterm election, 72 percent of Americans have an unfavorable view of Congress, with 45 percent having a “very unfavorable” view, according to a Rasmussen poll conducted between July 31 and Aug. 1, 2010. Last September, members of Congress surpassed CEOs as the most unfavorable profession.

Federal Employees Earn 30 to 40 Percent More than Private-Sector Workers, Study Finds
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– Federal employees earn 30 to 40 percent more money than their private sector counterparts on average, a study from the conservative Heritage Foundation finds. The pay discrepancies persist despite the recession, but it’s a different situation in the private sector, where unemployment is 9.5 percent and wages have steadily declined. The report found that in the private sector, wages are closely tied to productivity.

SC City Council Affirms Prayer Practices After Warning From Anti-Religion Group
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– After being warned by an anti-religion group that praying before city council meetings is unconstitutional, the Woodruff, S.C. City Council partnered with a Christian legal group to adopt a new city policy approving prayer before council meetings. ‘We’re going to open every meeting we have with prayer,’ Woodruff Mayor Brad Burnett said.

Thousands Protest Against Poland’s Presidential Palace Cross
Thousands of protesters gathered outside Poland’s Presidential Palace in Warsaw Monday night to rally against the memorial cross that stands there in honor of the country’s late president, Lech Kaczynski, who died in an airplane crash four months ago.

Conservative Congressmen Take Stand Against Federal Judge’s Marriage Ruling

More Questions Raised Over Mosque Near 9/11 Site

World Council of Churches to Host Muslim-Christian Dialogue

ELCA Reports Biggest-Ever Drop in Membership

Superintendent Defends Christian School’s Decision to Fire on Basis of Faith

‘Amnesty’ memo reflects ‘dictatorial’ attitude
The alarm continues to be a raised over a private internal memo from the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service that indicates President Obama has an amnesty plan in the works for many illegal immigrants.

Anti-Israel policy spells disaster for U.S.
A conservative author and activist is warning of the consequences to the U.S. if Barack Obama continues on a path to carve a hostile Islamic state out of God’s covenant land.

NEA incompatible with Judeo-Christian values
Indiana radio show host Peter Heck believes there’s no rational reason for a teacher who professes to hold Judeo-Christian principles to continue to support the National Education Association.

Bible vs. birth control
Two Christian family advocates are speaking out against birth-control pills, saying contraception goes against biblical teachings about having families.

Perspective: Teacher abuse
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi deserves a swift rap on the knuckles for hiding underneath the desk of the American schoolteacher.

Every Bill Should State Its Constitutional Authority, Republican Congressman Says
(CNSNews.com)
– A Republican congressman says all bills introduced in Congress should include a statement setting forth the specific constitutional authority under which a law is being enacted. Rep. John Shadegg (R-Va.) says his Enumerated Powers Act will force Congress to re-examine the role of the national government and curb its “ever-expanding reach.”

Congressman Calls Vote on $26 Billion Jobs Bill a Sign ‘We’re Not Bankrupting the Country Fast Enough’
(CNSNews.com)
– With a note of sarcasm, a California Republican congressman said he “knows” why members of the U.S. House of Representatives were summoned from their home districts back to the halls of Congress. “Many people are asking why Congress is here today,” Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) said on Tuesday. “I think the answer’s pretty simple: We’re not bankrupting the country fast enough and so we need to come back and spend more.” During the week that Congress was not in session, McClintock said his constituents had one message: “Stop the spending.”

FDIC Applauded for Encouraging ‘Safe, Sustainable Bank Accounts’
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– At a time when the Obama administration is advocating redistributionist policies, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation is launching a project aimed at “underserved” customers — lower-income and minority households. The FDIC – an independent agency of the federal government — says it is committed to ensuring that all U.S. households have access to safe and affordable banking services. It is looking for banks that are willing to take part in a project that will determine if it’s feasible for banks to offer low-cost checking and savings accounts that meet the needs of “unbanked” and “underbanked” Americans.

Iran Offers to Help Lebanese Army After U.S. Suspends Military Aid
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– Iran’s ambassador in Beirut met with the head of Lebanon’s national army on Tuesday and offered Tehran’s help, a day after a senior U.S. lawmaker placed a temporary hold on U.S. assistance to the Lebanese armed forces. The head of the Lebanese army thanked Iran for its “readiness to help Lebanon’s army facing the Zionists’ aggression.” The U.S. Congress earlier approved $100 million in military assistance to Lebanon for 2010, and the administration has requested a further $100 million for 2011.

Pakistan’s ‘Destructive Dynamic’ Is Reflected in Rising Suicide Attacks
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– Figures recently released by Pakistani authorities and a regional security monitoring group show a dramatic climb in suicide attacks in the country over the past three years. The trend apparently stems from the mid-2007 storming of an Islamist-held mosque in Islamabad by security forces.

Most Democrats Favor Punishing Soldiers Who Oppose Homosexuality, Survey Finds
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– A nationwide survey found that 59 percent of Democrats think that members of Congress should consider the opinions of homosexual advocacy groups over top military commanders when considering a repeal of the law prohibiting homosexuality in the military. And half of Democrats support penalizing soldiers opposed to homosexuality, including those who oppose it for religious reasons.

American Center for Law and Justice Calls on State Department to Cancel Tax-Funded Middle East Trip by Controversial Imam
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– A conservative civil liberties group is calling on the U.S. State Department to remove a controversial Muslim cleric from a taxpayer-funded trip to Muslim countries, citing his controversial views about the 9-11 terrorist attacks. The State Department says Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf’s trip is intended to “foster a greater understanding and outreach around the world among Muslim majority communities.”

Christians Urged, Equipped to Pray During Islam’s Holy Month
As Muslims around the world marked the start of Ramadan on Wednesday, Christians were urged to make a deliberate effort to learn about, pray for, and reach out to Muslim neighbors across the street and around the world during Islam’s holiest month.

Prop. 8 Judge Ready to Rule on Gay Marriage Stay

Religious Leaders Divided on Ground Zero Mosque

Somalian Militant Group Expels World Vision

Legal Battle Over Teen Convert Ends with 18th Birthday

Council Worker Loses Case Over God Remarks

EXCLUSIVE: DHS Caught and Released 481 ‘Fugitive’ Illegals from State Sponsors of Terror and ‘Countries of Interest’
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In the three fiscal years from 2007-2009, the Homeland Security Department caught and released 481 illegal aliens who came from nations designated as state sponsors of terrorism and “countries of interest,” and those 481 illegal aliens are now fugitives, according to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement database obtained by CNSNews.com as the result of a Freedom of Information Act request.

Amid Setbacks, White House Says End of Iraqi Combat Mission Remains on Target
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– The White House reiterated Wednesday that the plan to end the U.S. combat mission in Iraq in three weeks’ time is “on target.” The confirmation came despite recent setbacks in the country, including ongoing violence, a five-month delay in forming a new government, and reports of al-Qaeda trying to bribe disaffected Sunni militia to change sides. In a startling admission Wednesday, Iraq’s top military commander said the army will need U.S. military support until 2020 – nine years longer than stipulated in Washington’s current withdrawal plans.

Federal Government Spent $1.7 Million on Ballet Subsidies in 2010
(CNSNews.com)
– The National Endowment for the Arts spent over $1.7 million in federal money on 55 ballet subsidies in 2010. The ballet subsidies came from three NEA grants, all of which support various types of dance studios, theaters, and traveling troupes. Ballet is one of the least attended performance art events in the country, according to a 2002 Princeton study.

Homosexual Activist Serves as Acting Head of HHS Agency for Children and Families
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– Conservative groups are expressing concern that David Hansell, an openly homosexual man and former AIDS activist, is currently serving as the acting head of the Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. One critics claims that Hansell has already used the power of the position to cut funding to states that do not permit homosexual couples to adopt children.

Olbermann vs. Gibbs: White House Spokesman Sticks by Remarks about ‘Professional Left’
Washington (CNSNews.com)
– After being criticized for insulting what he termed the “professional left,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on Wednesday stood by his comment but said it stemmed from frustration. Tuesday night, MSNBC talk show host Keith Olbermann attacked Gibbs and proclaimed, “The White House has seemed more like the amateur left.”

Judge to decide if ‘gay marriages’ resume
The federal judge who overturned California’s same-sex “marriage” ban is set to rule Thursday on whether homosexual marriages should resume immediately in the state or await an appeals court’s input.

Are you a true Tea Partier?
Organizers say candidates posing as Tea Party supporters are infiltrating elections across the nation. Democrats, they say, are using the success of the conservative moment to divide votes.

‘Ground Zero’ mosque faces another hurdle
A Christian law firm is elated about a bombshell report revealing that the developers of the controversial “Ground Zero” mosque only own half of the site where the structure is supposed to be built.

Perspective: It’s not about freedom of religion
The imam’s baggage…political correctness…poor taste…insensitivity — there are numerous reasons why a mosque should not be built at Ground Zero.

Perspective: They hate the U.S. regardless
During George W. Bush’s last year in office, 83 percent of people in Arab nations like Egypt and Jordan viewed the U.S. unfavorably. So how’s Barack Obama doing?

Federal Judge Denies Motion to Stay Calif. Marriage Ruling
A federal judge has denied a motion to stay the judgment he made last week on California’s Proposition 8, effectively allowing gay marriages to resume in the state starting next Wednesday.

Poll: 7 in 10 Americans Oppose Ground Zero Mosque

Chinese Church Bodies Rally Prayers for Landslide Victims

Probe into IAM Workers’ Deaths Continues

Prospects of Religious Freedom Appear Grim in Islamic Maldives

Pentecostal Head Talks Politics, Speaking in Tongues, Prosperity Gospel

Calif. voters losers in Prop. 8 ruling
Judicial activism has again trumped voters’ rights. That’s the assessment of attorneys reacting to Thursday’s turn of events in the seemingly never-ending legal battle over California’s Prop. 8.

Perspective: False ‘facts’ on gay marriage
Many of the “facts” listed by Judge Vaughn Walker in overturning Prop. 8 are not facts at all — in fact, they’re either lies or distortions.

Is Obama avoiding Louisiana?
A director with The Heritage Foundation says President Obama’s planned visit to Florida this weekend is more sun and fun than it is serious.

PTC advising boycott of show’s title
A parents’ group is urging advertisers to steer clear of a new TV sitcom scheduled to air this fall on CBS.

Craigslist dodging liability
Craigslist continues to run ads allegedly involving sexual trafficking, but the website is refusing to take responsibility for the activity.

Clinton: U.S. ‘Deeply Concerned’ with Religious Persecution in Iran
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed “deep concern” on Thursday over the continued persecution of religious minority communities in Iran by the national government.

Christian Author Challenges Library’s Policy Banning Religious Meetings

Pastor Camps Out 50 Feet Above Ground to Collect Backpacks

NCC Leaders Calls for Respect for Muslim Neighbors Amid Ramadan

Pakistani Court Acquits Christian Woman of ‘Blasphemy’

Focus on the Family Takes Ad Blitz to Broncos Fans

Obama uses Ramadan dinner to endorse NY mosque
After skirting the controversy for weeks, President Barack Obama is weighing in forcefully on the mosque near ground zero, saying a nation built on religious freedom must allow it.

Young Hispanics less likely to be Catholic
A poll finds that younger Latinos in the U.S., and those who speak more English than Spanish, are much less likely to identify as Catholics than older Hispanics who mostly speak Spanish.

Perspective: A stealthy land-grab
The feds already own roughly one of every three acres in the U.S. For the Obama administration, this is apparently not enough.

Hitchens dying, still denying God
Well-known author and self-professed atheist Christopher Hitchens says his cancer has not changed his views on religion.

Pay cuts at Crystal Cathedral
Rev. Robert H. Schuller and others are taking a voluntary 50 percent pay cut to meet the demands of businesses that have sued the megachurch for more than $2 million in unpaid bills.

Critics denounce Obama mosque endorsement
President Barack Obama is under fire for his endorsement of a proposed mosque near the site of the 9-11 Islamic terrorist attack in New York City.

Poll: Independent voters sour on Democrats
Independents who embraced President Barack Obama’s call for change in 2008 are ready for a shift again, and that’s worrisome news for Democrats.

Pastors less healthy than others
When you pray for someone to have good health, do you include your pastor? If not, you may want to consider the idea.

No answer doesn’t mean disregard
Randy Alcorn’s new book aims to encourage those who think God is not answering their prayers.

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