Newslinks 08/22/10

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Turkey Allows Christians to Hold Historic Church Service
Turkey allowed Christians to hold a rare service at a politically sensitive monastery for the first time since the modern-day country’s creation nearly nine decades ago.

Hundreds Press Indonesian Gov’t to Protect Religious Freedom

Prayers Urged for Christian Aid Workers in Afghanistan

Religious Club Closures in Schools Touch Nerve in Malaysia

Pro-Lifers Blast FDA Approval of ‘Abortion Drug’ Ella

Medical Journal Retracts Article on Woman Cured by Jesus

Reid ripped for racial remark
A conservative Hispanic activist is blasting Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for a racially charged remark uttered recently in Nevada.

Perspective: Barack’s ‘mission accomplished’
While head-in-the-sand liberals tout the “jobless recovery,” most Americans are in touch with reality. They know that without jobs, there is no recovery.

Strike four! … and still in business
A Florida abortionist’s medical license has been suspended a fourth time — and a prominent pro-life group is outraged the man hasn’t been drummed from the practice altogether.

Cure for maternal deaths – abortion
The African Union has bowed to pressure to promote abortion as a way to deal with maternal deaths.

Christian teens fear sharing
As students across America are gearing up to head back to school, new research suggests many will leave their evangelical faith at home.

EXCLUSIVE: Arizona Sheriff: Border Patrol Has Retreated from Parts of Border Because It’s ‘Too Dangerous’
– Sheriff Larry Dever of Cochise County, Ariz., one of four Arizona counties contiguous with the U.S-Mexico border, said Friday that the U.S. Border Patrol has pulled back from parts of the border in his and neighboring counties because manning those areas has become too dangerous. “And you frankly have Border Patrolmen–and I know this from talking to Border Patrol agents—who will not allow their agents to work on the border because it is too dangerous,” Dever told in a videotaped interview. “Now what kind of message is that for crying out loud?”

Republicans Fault Obama for Endorsing Mosque Construction Near Ground Zero
– House Republican leader John Boehner (Ohio) says the decision to build a mosque two blocks from the site of the Sept. 11 terror attacks in lower Manhattan is “deeply troubling” — and so is President Barack Obama’s decision to “endorse” the mosque construction. “The fact that someone has the right to do something doesn’t necessarily make it the right thing to do,” Boehner said in a statement issued on Sunday.

Ground Zero Mosque Controversy, As Viewed From the Muslim World
– Commentators in the Islamic world see “Islamophobia” behind growing opposition in the United States to the planned building of a mosque near the New York City site where al-Qaeda terrorists flew planes into the World Trade Center in 2001. Here are excerpts from recent editorials and columns published in the Islamic world.

Oversight Report Slams Obama ‘Failure’ on Oil Spill
– A new oversight report from Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), the senior Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, details what many analysts see as the failures of the Obama administration in dealing with the Gulf oil spill. “President Obama and Administration officials failed in several instances to remove regulatory and bureaucratic impediments, and to ensure that proper and adequate resources were available to address the BP disaster,” the report states.

Prop 8 Ruling Could Criminalize Christianity, Leaders Warn
– Religious leaders warn that if an Aug. 6 ruling by a federal judge on same-sex marriage is upheld, it could wind up putting a gag on Christians speaking out about homosexuality – a gag that a top Southern Baptist leader says his denomination will not accept.

Even the Poor Are Abandoning Obama, According to Gallup Poll Data
– In every week of his presidency until now, Barack Obama has enjoyed a majority approval rating in the Gallup Poll from people earning less than $2,000 per month. But that changed in the Gallup survey conducted from Aug. 2-8, when only 49 percent of Americans in that income bracket said they approve of the job Obama is doing. This marks the first time since Obama was inaugurated on January 20, 2009, when Americans in all four of the income brackets reported in Gallup’s weekly survey of presidential approval gave Obama less than 50 percent approval.

U.S. Military’s Relief Effort in Pakistan Prompts Suspicions About Its Intentions
– The U.S. military is pressing ahead in its efforts to support Pakistan’s army in bringing relief to millions of people affected by the worst flooding in the country’s history, undeterred by suspicions about its intentions. “We’re not here to conduct anything other than humanitarian assistance and disaster relief,” U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Michael Nagata told reporters in a conference call from Pakistan. Some conspiracy theories say that U.S. forces deployed in Pakistan could also be used against terrorists.

Conservative Christians: It Won’t Stop at Gay Marriage
Conservative Christians are not intimidated by the advances that same-sex marriage advocates have been making in the U.S.

Appeals Court Extends Hold on Calif. Gay Marriages

Survey: 1 in 8 Americans Switched Out of Christianity

State Dept. Unable to Free Jailed American During N. Korea Visit

Response Needed for Pakistan Floods ‘Almost Incomprehensible’

Controversial Jesus TV Show Canceled in Lebanon

‘Gay marriages’ on hold in Calif.
Same-sex “weddings” in California are on hold indefinitely after a federal appeals court blocked them while it considers the constitutionality of the state’s ban on homosexual unions.

Capitol Hill friends back mosque
By their actions, it’s apparent both the State Department and the White House favor construction of the proposed “Ground Zero” mosque.

Perspective: Dismantling America
Healthcare reform, financial reform, scads of “czars.” Quite simply, “we the people” are being played for fools by the Obama administration.

College presidents to advocate ‘gay’ agenda
News that several “gay” and lesbian-identified college and university presidents met recently to organize a push for the homosexual agenda is drawing the ire of pro-family organizations.

Suit settled in pro-life T-shirt case
A California school district has agreed to pay $50,000 to settle a suit filed by a former sixth-grade student who was asked to remove a pro-life T-shirt.

White House Directive: Erect Signs at All Stimulus Projects as ‘Symbol of President Obama’s Commitment to American People’
– Federal contractors receiving money for projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act )—the $862 billion economic stimulus law President Barack Obama signed in February 2009—have been encouraged and, in some cases, required by the administration to post signs that say their work is funded by that specific act, a measure some congressional Republicans are calling propaganda for the administration. The law itself does not require the signs. The program sprang from a March 2009 directive issued by the Office of Management and Budget in the Obama White House.

Obama Administration Spending $63 Billion on ‘Woman-Centered’ Global Health Care Program
– The Obama administration is focused not just on health-care reform in the United States – but also on improving health care systems around the world, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced on Monday. The six-year, $63-billion plan has a “woman- and girl-centered approach,” according to an administration fact sheet.

N.C. Students Who Opt Out of Abortion Coverage in Campus Health Plan Won’t Get Premium Reduction
– Starting this school year, University of North Carolina students will be required to purchase a private insurance plan or enroll in a campus plan that includes abortion coverage. And while the UNC administration has agreed under pressure from pro-lifers to opt out of the abortion coverage aspect of the campus plan, students on the 16 campuses in the UNC system who opt out will pay the same premiums as those who do not.

Proposed Casino Near Gettysburg Battlefield Would Be a ‘National Disgrace,’ Says American Legion
– A proposed casino located half-a-mile from the Gettysburg National Military Park could bring much-needed jobs and income to the local community, according to proponents. But critics of the plan call casinos “predatory” businesses, and they say opening a casino near Gettysburg is a “national disgrace” that dishonors fallen Civil War soldiers.

Don’t Expect Us to Stop Enriching Uranium Once Russian-Built Reactor is Online, Say Iranian Officials
– Iran’s plan to fire up its first nuclear power reactor will not affect its ongoing uranium enrichment activities, despite Western governments’ arguments that the power plant’s operating arrangements will render enrichment unnecessary. But Iran says it needs to produce nuclear fuel to feed addition nuclear reactors that it plans to build in the future.

Christians, Human Rights Groups Join to End Prison Rape
“My name is Marilyn Shirley. I’m a survivor of prison rape,” the former inmate said. The Texas woman recalled the nightmare in tears as she joined a broad coalition Tuesday, committed to ending rape in U.S. prisons.

Court Did ‘Right Thing’ to Put Calif. Gay Marriage on Hold, Says Group

Poll: Voters Rank Abortion Below Economy, Immigration

Obama Under Fire for Ground Zero Mosque Remarks

Somalia’s Christians Plead for Prayers during Ramadan

Abstinence Dating Website Offers Space for Purity

Obama’s sentiments are with Islam
Messianic Jewish leader Jan Markell thinks President Obama’s recent comments made to a Muslim group clearly illustrate his sentiments are with Islam.

Perspective: The tyrannical left
If the U.S. Supreme Court eventually legalizes ‘gay marriage,’ it wouldn’t be the first time that America’s government turned on its own people.

Survey: Americans want to keep ban
A coalition of conservative activists who support the ban on homosexuals serving in the military has released the findings on a new poll of likely voters who prefer retention over repeal of that 1993 law.

Perspective: What ethics pledge?
Everything you need to know about President Obama’s fraudulent ethics pledge can be summed up in four words: SEIU lawyer Craig Becker.

Schools claim Lucifer as model and guardian
While a California school district is seeing a boom in interest in a controversial educational philosophy that goes back more than 100 years, at the same time it’s fighting a lawsuit over whether the system is legal in public schools.

Muslims Lobbying to Worship in Spain’s Cordoba Cathedral
While the dispute over the proposed Cordoba House near New York City’s Ground Zero has been highly publicized over the past few months, less known is the debate over Spain’s Cordoba Cathedral, which was formerly the Great Mosque of Cordoba.

Federal Appeals Court Rules Against Utah Memorial Crosses

U.S. Religious Freedom Advocates Call Out Vietnam on Violations

Prop. 8 Appeal Could Conclude Without Ruling on Gay Marriage

Ex-49er Glen Coffee Considering Full-Time Ministry

Max Lucado Commits to Helping World Vision Secure 25,000 Child Sponsorships

Nearly Half of United States Considering Arizona-Style Immigration Legislation
– Twenty-two states are now in the process of drafting or seeking to pass legislation similar to Arizona’s law against illegal immigration. This is occurring despite the fact that the Obama administration has filed a lawsuit against the Arizona law and a federal judge has ruled against portions of that law –- a ruling that is now being appealed.

EXCLUSIVE: Sheriff’s Challenge to Obama: Give Me Half Hour, I’ll Show You How to Secure Border
– Sheriff Paul Babeu of Pinal County, Ariz., says if President Obama would simply spend a half hour with Babeu in Arizona, Babeu will convince the president he can successfully secure the border and thus make himself a hero who transcends partisan politics.

La Raza: Deporting 12 Million Illegal Aliens ‘Not a Realistic Situation’ and U.S. Should Stop Trying
– “We have to recognize that our immigration system has been broken for 20 years and there are now 12 million people living and working and praying among us who are here without documents. Many have spouses who are citizens or children fighting for our country,” a spokeswoman for the National Council of La Raza told last week. The group is calling for the termination of a federal program that allows ICE to work with local law enforcement to target illegal aliens for deportation.

Obama Administration Will Spend Almost $2 Billion in Stimulus Funds to Subsidize Broadband Internet Service in Poor, Rural Areas
– One administration official described the subsidies as “investments.” He said the taxpayer money would help build high-speed Internet networks in areas where the private sector had been “unwilling or unable” to do so.

Islamic Bloc Blames ‘Global Warming’ for Pakistan Flooding
– ‘We have to act instantly and decide on the best way forward to support Pakistan, which has been struck by the effects of global warming and climate change,’ OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said at an emergency OIC meeting in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday. The bloc of 56 Islamic states has agreed to consider setting up an emergency fund to respond to future disasters like that one now unfolding in Pakistan.

Pakistan Disaster Apparently Not High on CAIR’s Agenda
– The Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Web site opens with welcome screen inviting donations during the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan to support CAIR’s ‘civil rights work,’ to help it to ‘challenge Islamophobia’ and for the group’s ‘Share the Quran campaign.’ But the welcome screen is silent on the disaster in Pakistan, and on CAIR’s full Web site itself the issue gets scant attention.

Raelians Threaten Legal Action for 2010 ‘Go Topless Day’
– For a third year, an organization started by a group that believes “extraterrestrials” scientifically engineered all life on Earth will stage “Go Topless Day” in several American cities to protest what it calls “a women’s constitutional right to go bare-chested in public.”

Hispanic Evangelical: GOP May Lose Latino Vote over ‘Birthright Citizenship’
The Republican Party may lose the Latino vote over its latest stance on restricting citizenship to children born to certain immigrants, warned an influential Hispanic evangelical.

Fla. Church Denied Permit for Quran Burning

Many Americans Disapprove of Obama’s Mosque Remarks

N.C. Court: Gov’t Can’t Empower Religious College’s Police Force

‘Ultimate Portrait of Jesus’ Seeks One Million Christians by Christmas

Catholic Charity Loses Bid to Refuse Adoption Services to Gay Couples

‘Ground Zero’ imam – a healer…or a warrior?
The Christian attorney who has been front and center in the efforts to stop the construction of the proposed 9/11 mega-mosque in New York City is encouraged that political opposition to the project is growing.

White House on the defensive about Obama Christianity
The White House insisted on Thursday that President Barack Obama is a Christian who prays daily as it looked to tamp down growing doubts among Americans about the president’s religion.

Fired for non-PC song
A Tennessee middle school football coach is looking to the future after his termination for alleged political incorrectness.

.Perspective: A stealthy ocean grab
With the stroke of a pen – no vote, no legislation – Barack Obama and his neon green radicals have seized unprecedented control of the deep blue seas.

Football coach reveres Muslim holiday
Ministry leader Jan Markell says a high school in Michigan is conforming to President Obama’s political correctness and Islamic sentiments by altering its schedule to accommodate its Muslim students.

Despite Record Spending, Congress Failed to Fund Detention Space to Hold Captured Illegals From Terror-Sponsoring Countries
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Even as Congress increased overall federal spending in fiscal 2010, it appropriated only enough funds for the Homeland Security Department to provide a fraction of the additional 40,000 detention spaces for illegal aliens that had been authorized by a 2004 immigration law. Because it lacked adequate detention space, DHS says it was forced over the last three years to release hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens who were being processed for deportation.

DOT Asked Contractors to Post Signs ‘Solely Used to Publicize’ Obama’s Stimulus Law, IG Report Says
– The Transportation Department imposed strict guidelines for the placement, size, and visibility of signs promoting the $862-billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (stimulus law), according to a review by DOT’s inspector general released on Thursday. The IG review came in response to questions by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) about the cost and propaganda aims of the Recovery Act signs.

Congressmen Urge State Department to Return Vietnam to List of Human Rights Violators
– “I fear that when the U.S. granted Vietnam normal trade relations in 2001, we lost crucial leverage that puts pressure on the Vietnamese government to improve a very poor record on human rights,” Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) said at a congressional hearing on Wednesday. “Over the last year, we’ve seen Vietnam’s record on human rights and religious freedom take a turn for the worse.”

Hillary Clinton Downplays Concerns About Militants Exploiting Pakistan Emergency
– Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday played down concerns that militants could take advantage of the floods in Pakistan to extend their influence, although that is exactly what some analysts say happened after the last big natural disaster in the region. Clinton implied that the concerns were being raised as part of politically motivated criticism of the Pakistani government.

Congressional Budget Office Predicts 2010 Deficit Second Largest Since WWII
– The Congressional Budget Office, in its mid-year budget update, has projected that the 2010 budget deficit ($1.3 trillion) will be the second highest on record since the end of World War II, eclipsed only by the deficit of 2009 ($1.4 trillion). All told, CBO projects that the government will run up a total of $6.2 trillion in new deficits between 2011 and 2020.

In Hailing End of Iraqi Combat Mission, Democrats Praise Obama, While Republicans Nod to Bush
– “[T]he drawdown of U.S. troops that began under the previous administration has been able to continue,” House Republican Leader John Boehner said on Thursday. The drawdown is “evidence that the President (Obama) has fulfilled his promise to the American people to bring combat operations in Iraq to an end,” DNC Chairman Tim Kaine said in his statement.

Palestinian Authority Chairman Honors Another Dead Terrorist
– Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas gave a military funeral this week to the man believed to be the last surviving planner of the terrorist attack on Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972.

Evangelicals: Obama Not a Muslim
Evangelicals have come out rejecting growing opinion that President Barack Obama is a Muslim. He is a Christian, they say.

Bishop T.D. Jakes Takes on Hollywood with New Film

Legal Group Seeks Transfer of Parental Notification Case to Ill. High Court

Ex-UCC President Reports Pending Divorce, New Relationship

Influential, Controversial Theologian Clark Pinnock Dies at 73

Evangelist Arrested in Zanzibar, Tanzania

Author: Liberals are ruining lives
A conservative author believes liberals are ruining America, and his new book explains seven ways to prove his theory.

Atheist challenges religious tribute
The Marion City Council in Illinois has heard a familiar voice as it considers setting up a Ten Commandments monument on the town’s Tower Square.

Perspective: Dr. Laura, you’ll be missed
May Laura Schlessinger never back down from standing for what’s right and good.

Scottish Bible flap
An effort to send thousands of Bibles to Scottish courts and judges has come under fire.

Punished for not attending Christian concert?
The Army says it is investigating a claim that dozens of soldiers…including some Muslims… who refused to attend a Christian band’s concert at a Virginia military base were banished to their barracks and told to clean them up.

Tea Party not drying up
An outspoken member of the Tea Party movement continues the call to get out and vote.

Obama drill ban jeopardizes thousands of jobs
The deepwater drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico would cost at least 23,000 jobs, according to a federal document that weighed the economic impact and alternatives to the drilling ban.

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