Newslinks 09/05/10

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Work of Humanitarian Agencies Praised on 5th Anniversary of Katrina
Five years after Hurricanes Katrina devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, survivors and those working on their behalf say work is far from finished.  increasing demand.

Disaffected Lutherans Constitute New Body

Presbyterian Court Rebukes Minister for Gay Weddings

D’Souza: Christians Need to Tackle Secular Culture from ‘Belly of Beast’

Beck: Most Americans Don’t Recognize Obama’s Christianity

Gov’t-Funded Study on Sex, Abstinence Released Following Protest

Tell the Truth and Turn to God, Glenn Beck Tells Hundreds of Thousands at His Restoring Honor Rally
Washington ( 
– Americans may disagree on their politics, and that’s okay, Glenn Beck told a crowd numbering in the hundreds of thousands on Saturday. But for the sake of the nation, Americans must agree on their values and principles. Change for the better begins in each one of us, Beck said, as he urged Americans to turn to God – just as the Founding Fathers did. Your country needs you, he said.

FDA: Obamacare’s Calorie-Count Mandate Now In Effect—But Not Enforceable
 – A mandate buried in the health-care bill President Barack Obama signed in March is now confounding not only the vending-machine operators who are supposed to follow it but also the federal regulators who are supposed to enforce it.

Civil Rights Leader Says KKK and Tea Party Have to Be Used ‘Interchangeably’
 – Civil rights activist Rev. Dr. Walter Fauntroy criticized Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally and said the Ku Klux Klan and the Tea Party have to be used “interchangeably.”

Project 21 Chairman Blasts Sharpton over Glenn Beck Rally
 – Glenn Beck, in holding his “Restoring Honor” rally at the Lincoln Memorial on the 47th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s famous speech, “is not in any way taking advantage of a day or in any way being unfair or in any way maligning the history of Martin Luther King,” the leader of a conservative black group told on Friday.

Gallup: Obama’s Approval Highest Among Muslims—78 Percent
 – While President Barack Obama’s overall approval rating averaged 48 percent for the first seven months of 2010, it was 78 percent among Muslim Americans, according to the Gallup Poll. That gave the president a higher approval rating among Muslims than among any other religious category reported by the poll.

U.N. Data Refutes Claim That Muslim Nations Have Pledged Nearly $1 Billion for Pakistan Crisis 
 – The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) says Muslim countries, organizations and individuals have pledged nearly $1 billion in response to the Pakistan flood emergency, and Pakistan’s prime minister says Saudi Arabia has overtaken the U.S. in responding to the crisis. But figures released by the United Nations call both claims into question.

Iranian Newspaper, Lashing Out at Critics of Stoning Sentence, Calls France’s First Lady A Prostitute 
– Iran risked unleashing a new diplomatic row with a Western government at the weekend when a newspaper closely linked to the regime called France’s first lady a “prostitute.” Carla Bruni-Sarkozy had earlier criticized the sentencing of an Iranian woman accused of adultery to death by stoning.

Feds listen, release pro-abstinence study
In response to heavy criticism, the Department of Health and Human Services has reluctantly released the full results of a national study that favors abstinence education.

.Perspective: God, the gospel, and Glenn Beck
Glenn Beck, the new leader of America’s Christian conservative movement? Thousands of gullible Christian conservatives may have no problem with that — but I do.

Bauer: Mosque money needs to stop
Gary Bauer says it’s an absolute outrage that U.S. taxpayers will soon be footing the bill for rebuilding Islamic mosques in foreign countries.

Right idea + wrong approach = bad idea
Conservative columnist Marcia Segelstein is skeptical about the National Association of Evangelicals’ program to get churches on the front line in the fight to reduce abortions.

.Perspective: Let the death panels commence
Panned by critics for her reference to “death panels,” Sarah Palin’s take on bureaucratic-laden ObamaCare — unfortunately — is looking to be dead-on.

Iraqis Approved of U.S. Leadership Under Bush More Than Obama, Says Gallup Poll
 – With President Barack Obama preparing to give a speech Tuesday night from the Oval Office announcing the end of the U.S. combat mission in Iraq, recently released polling data from the Gallup indicates that the Iraqi people approved of U.S. leadership more under President George W. Bush, who invaded their country and overthrew the dictatorial regime of Saddam Hussein, then they do under Obama, who opposed the invasion of Iraq and has repeatedly vowing to have all U.S. troop out of that country by the end of 2011.

One American Died Every 15 Hours, on Average, in Operation Iraqi Freedom
 – One U.S. soldier, Marine, airman or sailor died every 15 hours, on average, during Operation Iraqi Freedom, which officially ends on Tuesday — almost seven-and-a-half years after U.S.-led forces invaded to topple Saddam Hussein’s regime. The Bush administration’s surge strategy under Gen. David Petraeus during the first half of 2007 produced a clear and steady drop in U.S. fatalities.

Obama Administration Submits Arizona Immigration Law to U.N. Review, Reviving Questions About U.S. Engagement With Flawed U.N. Body
 – The Obama administration’s reference to Arizona’s immigration law in a report to the U.N. Human Rights Council has caused a stir, but its decision to engage with the body in the first place has drawn criticism for a lot longer. “The idea of our own American government submitting the duly enacted laws of a state of the United States to ‘review’ by the United Nations is internationalism run amok and unconstitutional,” Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer wrote to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

HHS Took More Than A Year to Release Its Abstinence-Education Study, Which Contradicts Obama’s Stance
– A majority of adolescents and 70 percent of their parents believe sex should be confined to marriage, according to a federally funded study released Monday by an agency within the Health and Human Services Department. Although the report on the taxpayer-funded study was completed by February 2009, HHS did not release it until last week, prompting speculation that the Obama administration did not like the report’s conclusions.

Education Secretary Says Teachers Should Be ‘Revered’
 – Education Secretary Arne Duncan says the larger challenge in education is to improve the status of the teaching profession so that teachers feel respected and valued. “Teaching must be a much more revered profession,” he told a group of educators at Keene State College in Keene, N.H. on Monday night. He’s also making nice with teachers unions.

Conservative Black Leaders Praise Glenn Beck Rally at Lincoln Memorial, Criticize Al Sharpton’s Counter-Rally
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– Conservative black leaders who participated in the rally hosted by radio and TV personality Glenn Beck at the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday said the event honored the legacy and vision the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. His niece, Alveda King, said her uncle would have approved of the “Restoring Honor” rally. Another black conservative said Al Sharpton should have been at Beck’s rally.

Democratic Congressional Campaign Chair: Republicans Are ‘Popping the Champagne’ Prematurely
 – Democratic Congressional Campaign Chairman Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) told that America is experiencing a “very, very fragile” economic recovery thanks to the $787 billion economic stimulus package, which has “stabilized” the economy. Van Hollen also claims that House Republicans are prematurely celebrating anticipated gains in the upcoming midterm election.

Redesigned Labels on New Cars Will Include Pollution Information
 – The Obama administration is changing the fuel economy labels placed on the windows of new cars and light trucks so consumers can “make the best economic and environmental decisions when buying a new car.” On Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation proposed two new label designs for public comment.

CA lawmakers hope to repeal DOMA
California’s legislature has officially endorsed repeal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

.Perspective: A 15-story insult
Do those who are planning a Ground Zero mosque want to be part of American society — or to see how much they can get away with in American society?

Obama’s relationship with GOP up in the air
A member of a conservative think-tank says the jury is out on whether President Obama will work with Republicans if they take control of Congress this November.

District pays big in laptop spy scandal
A federal judge says a suburban Philadelphia school district embroiled in a laptop spying scandal must pay a family’s lawyer more than a quarter-million dollars.

‘Big bucks’ boost for home schoolers
LeTourneau University has received a $5 million gift to establish an endowed scholarship fund for home-schooled students — the single largest donation ever given for that purpose.

Interfaith Center Suggested to Heal Divide on Mosque Near Ground Zero
Rather than move the mosque further away from the site of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City, the chairwoman of the city’s community board has suggested adding an interfaith component to help heal the divide.

Church Leaders Press Obama on Mideast Peace Talks

Islamic Think Tank Awards Hartford Seminary $1M Gift

Calif. Gov. Urged to Veto Bill ‘Strengthening’ Religious Freedom

Judge Declines to Dismiss Charges Against Christian Street Preachers

Samaritan’s Purse Sends Relief Supplies to Flood-Hit N. Korea

RNC chairman subverted marriage amendment
Peter LaBarbera finds it absolutely appalling that former RNC chairman Ken Mehlman was able to “beat back” Republican efforts against homosexual “marriage” while hiding his own homosexual lifestyle.

Perspective: Uprooting crosses, one by one
At the same time politicians are extolling the merits of a mosque in downtown Manhattan, crosses are being systematically erased from public view in America.

Kidnappers release Christian aid worker
There’s good news concerning an international aid worker with Samaritan’s Purse who had been held hostage in Sudan.

Single-gender glasses challenged
A school board in Louisiana is fighting the ACLU over the right to have single-gender classes at a middle school.

Exposing the ‘real’ Quran
A minister wants to help Americans learn the “real” Quran and bring Muslims to Christ.

After the Speech: Obama’s Commitment to Victory Questioned
– President Obama’s prime-time speech to the nation announcing the end of combat operations in Iraq is getting generally poor reviews from Republicans and conservatives, not only for what Obama said, but for what he did not say.

GOP Leaders Quick to Credit Bush Strategy for Victory in Iraq
– Hours before President Barack Obama delivered a speech on the troop withdrawal and transition in Iraq, Republican leaders reminded voters that Democrats had taken a defeatist tack prior to the success of Bush’s troop surge in 2007 and had criticized the 2008 agreement negotiated by Bush that set the timetable for the current withdrawal and transition. 

Obama, in Announcing End of Combat in Iraq, Does Not Credit the Timetable Put in Place by the Bush Administration
 – ‘Consistent with our agreement with the Iraqi government, all U.S. troops will leave (Iraq) by the end of next year,’ Obama said Tuesday night in his prime-time televised speech. However, he did not give the Bush administration credit for ‘our agreement with the Iraqi government.’

2010 Already Deadliest Year for U.S. in Nine-Year Afghan War
 – 2010 already has become the deadliest year for U.S. troop in the nine-year-long war in Afghanistan. The majority of all American deaths — 612 — have occurred since Obama was inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2009, or about 52 percent of the overall 1,181 fatalities (which includes both combat-related casualties and non-combat fatalities).

American Muslims Release PSA to Combat ‘Anti-Muslim Rhetoric Stemming From’ Ground Zero Mosque Issue
– A coalition of American Muslims has released a Public Service Announcement to combat what they call “anti-Muslim rhetoric stemming from the Islamic center issue” in New York City. The PSA says Muslims do not want to “take over this country” and do not “support terrorism of any form.”

Gov’t Study Finds Consumer-Driven Health Plans Control Costs Better Than Traditional Insurance
– Consumer-driven health care plans, which are being offered by more companies, cost less than traditional health insurance and are better at controlling the growth in health care spending, according to a new study.

Top Economist Warns Congress: Passing Union-Backed Bills Would Create a ‘Ponzi Scheme as Bad as Bernie Madoff’ 
 – An economist at the nonpartisan Hudson Institute says that if House and Senate Democrats pass the the “card check bill” (unions call it the Employee Free Choice Act — in this Congress, it would create a “ponzi scheme” environment. EFCA would do away with secret ballot elections for unions, which critics say would open the door to employees being pressured into voting to unionize.

AZ Border Sheriff: ‘I Have About As Much Regard for the U.N. as I Do the Vermin’
– Sheriff Larry Dever, whose officers patrol Cochise County along the border between Arizona and Mexico, said he finds it “amazing” that the U.S. State Department would refer the recently passed immigration law in his state to the United Nations Human Rights Council for review. “Course, I have about as much regard for the U.N. as I do the vermin that hides in the rocks around my house here and reaches out and tries to bite me every now and then.”

Tensions Simmer Between Asian Giants Over China’s Regional Intentions
 – “India has come to realize that China has been showing more than the normal interest in Indian Ocean affairs,” Foreign Minister S. M. Krishna told lawmakers in New Delhi on Tuesday. “So we are closely monitoring the Chinese intentions.” Analysts view the Chinese moves in Asia as part of a comprehensive strategy aimed at expanding its influence in Asia while securing alternative sources of and routes for vital energy supplies.

Over 8 in 10 Worldwide See Religion as Important
More than eight in ten adults in the world say religion is an important part of their daily lives, according to Gallup surveys conducted last year in 114 countries.

Christian Doctors Blast Obama Administration for Stem Cell Appeal

Texas Court Rejects Gay Couple’s Divorce Petition

Evangelical Scholar Troubled by Theological Ambiguity at Beck Rally

World Vision Sees Spike in Corporate Giving in Aftermath of Haiti Quake

Caritas Launches Campaign to Save Millennium Development Goals

Obama’s ‘crimes against liberty’
Author David Limbaugh believes Barack Obama’s presidency is the most destructive administration the U.S. has ever known and warns that it will do far-reaching damage if it is not stopped and reversed.

Perspective: Evangelicals and Glenn Beck
Glenn Beck is being used by God — mightily. He is not perfect, but his exposé on America’s sins is stellar. I am convinced his motives are pure.

Court decision spurs Iowans to action
An organization in Iowa is hard at work to get new faces on that state’s highest court.

U.S. Hamas fundraisers caught on camera
A Florida group has caught on video an Orlando mosque in the act of raising money for a supporter of Hamas.

.Perspective: Who is intolerant?
The drum beat of those who preach the religion of “tolerance” in our time has been growing louder and louder every day.

Arizona Now Has ‘Whopping 30’ National Guard Troops and 15 Billboards Warning Citizens About Drug Cartels on Public Lands
 – Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said requests by Arizona law enforcement personnel and elected official for 3,000 National Guard troops to be deployed along the border have been answered with just 1 percent of that number: “We have a whopping 30 [National Guard troops] this week that are showing up,” Babeu told “It’s less than a half-hearted measure designed to fail.”

Westerners Urged to Earmark Aid for Pakistan’s Marginalized Christians 
 – According to the Pakistan Christian Congress, Muslim relief organizations and government agencies have been denying assistance to Christians affected by the flooding in Punjab province.

CAIR Suggests Tea Party, GOP Are Behind Nationwide Anti-Muslim Campaign
– The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is putting some of the blame on both the Tea Party and the Republican Party for what it sees as a growing tide of anti-Muslim anger. “We’ve seen a really strong uptick in Islamophobia recently – primarily sparked by the controversy over the Manhattan Islamic center,” Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR’s chief spokesman, told reporters at a press conference Wednesday. 

Ground Zero Mosque Would Convince Muslims Not to Join Al Qaeda, Former Military Interrogator Says 
– Building the Ground Zero mosque is a necessary gesture of goodwill to keep the growth of terrorism in the Muslim world at bay, according to a former senior Air Force interrogator. 

Departing White House Economic Adviser Urges More Stimulus Spending
– Christina Romer, the departing chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisors, said that the “only surefire ways” to boost the economy are for “the government to spend more and tax less.” She also said that concern about the federal deficit cannot be an “excuse for leaving unemployed Americans to suffer.” 

HHS Awards $17 Million for ‘Patient-Centered Outcomes Research’
– The stimulus law, signed by President Barack Obama in February 2009, authorized $1.1 billion for research on what medical treatments work best for which people. On Wednesday, the Health and Human Services Department announced that $17 million of that taxpayer money will be used to establish a network of PCOR centers. PCOR stands for “patient-centered outcomes research,” also known as “comparative effectiveness research.” 

Reports of Christian Aid Workers Killed by Taliban in Pakistan Still Unconfirmed
– Mystery surrounds reports that three Western Christian relief workers were kidnapped and killed by the Pakistan Taliban last week while helping people affected by severe flooding in the country’s northwest. The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad has categorically denied the reports, and no aid agency has announced the deaths of staff members. But the head of a Pakistani Christian human rights advocacy group called Life for All insists the report is true.

David Limbaugh: Obama is a Narcissist
– In his new best-selling book, “Crimes Against Liberty: An Indictment of President Barack Obama,” author David Limbaugh argues that Obama’s ego is outsized even compared to others who have sought and won the presidency. As an example of Obama’s grandiose self-assessment, Limbaugh pointed to Obama’s comment on the night when he clinched the Democratic nomination: “This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.” “Can you imagine…the conceit of that statement!” said Limbaugh.

Pastors Question Francis Chan’s Decision to Leave Megachurch
Popular author and preacher Francis Chan was recently questioned by fellow pastors who tried to wrap their heads around Chan’s decision to leave his megachurch.

Ill. High Court Rejects Request to Transfer Parental Notice Case

N.Y. School District Changes Its Anti-Rosary Policy

Va. School Principal Rebuked Over ‘Candid’ Response to New Christian Club

Rights Group: Cuban Church Leader Arrested on ‘False’ Charges

NYC Mosque Rhetoric May Harm Persecuted Christians

Disconnect + discontent = deja vu
A sitting congressman is suggesting that current voter discontent may be even stronger than it was when Republicans took control of the House of Representatives in the 1994 mid-term elections.

‘Same-sex divorce’ revoked
A Texas court has reversed a judge’s decision to grant a divorce in a case that involves two men.

ACLU sues FBI, helps ‘country’s enemies’
Gary Bauer thinks the ACLU should be helping national security and law enforcement agencies protect the citizens of the U.S. instead of aiding the country’s enemies.

Wedlock irrelevant to teens
There appears to be a growing acceptance of children being conceived out of wedlock among the nation’s youth.

Israelis adopt American sport
Whether it be college or professional, Texas is known for producing good football. But a Dallas businessman has invested in a team located far away from The Lone Star State.

EXCLUSIVE: Intel Report Confirmed 18 Released Gitmo Detainees Returned to Terror Before Obama Ordered Closing of Prison
 – On Jan. 7, 2009, less than two weeks before Barack Obama was sworn in as president, a Defense Intelligence Agency report indicated that up until that date there had been 18 confirmed and 43 suspected cases of detainees who had been released from the Guantanamo Bay prison and who had returned to terrorism. The DIA released the report to in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

American Academy of Pediatrics Says Media Portrayal of Sex ‘Unhealthy’
– The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued new guidelines calling on all media outlets to present human sexuality in a healthy, scientifically accurate manner. “Television, film, music, and the Internet are all becoming increasingly sexually explicit, yet information on abstinence, sexual responsibility, and birth control remains rare,” said the AAP.

Chief White House Economic Advisor Admits Her Forecast on Unemployment Was ‘So Far Off’
– Christina Romer, the departing chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisors, said America’s economic “turnaround has been insufficient,” and she said the current 9.5 percent unemployment rate is “an unacceptable level by any metric.” 

Palestinian Leader Rebuffs Netanyahu’s Call for A ‘Jewish State’ 
 – Behind the polite talk at Thursday’s re-launch of direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations was a deep gulf on what Israel calls a make-or-break issue – Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state. Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and other Palestinian leaders repeatedly have rejected this Israeli requirement.

HUD Offers Millions in Grants to Remove Lead-Based Paint in Lower-Income Homes
– The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is making $110 million in grants available to help eliminate lead-based paint from lower-income homes to protect young children from lead poisoning. “While we have made remarkable progress toward eliminating lead poisoning in children nationwide, now is the time to focus on reaching the finish line,” one HUD official said.

Global Church Head Urges ‘Just Peace’ amid Mideast Talks
As peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders continue, the head of a global church body sent a message Thursday to negotiators to stress the concerns of Palestinian Christians.

Conservative Leaders Mobilizing Christians to ‘Pray & A.C.T.’ for America

Thousands Expected to Attend End Times Scholar’s 5th Annual Prophecy Conference

Survey Examines Phenomenon of Multisite Churches

Conservatives Encouraged to be Good Neighbors to NYC Mosque Builders

SBC Leaders ‘Excited’ About Nominee for NAMB President

NY mosque investor also Hamas terrorist supporter
One of the investors in a proposed Islamic center near ground zero is a Long Island medical clinic owner whose expressions of sympathy for Palestinians included a donation to a charity later shut down for links to Hamas.

Nice vs. good – a dilemma for Christian women
The title of Paul Coughlin and Jennifer Degler’s new book – No More Christian Nice Girl – may come off as surprising, but that is exactly what the two wanted to communicate.

‘Dancing’ promoting immorality
A popular television competition has invited another contestant with a questionable past.

Marriage fee increase tied to domestic violence
Democrats in the California legislature recently passed a Republican-opposed measure that would boost marriage license fees to help fund the state’s domestic violence shelters.

Stricter regulations in store for VA abortuaries
Virginia’s attorney general has issued a legal opinion that would allow greater enforcement of regulations on abortion clinics.

Craigslist drops ads for adult services
Craigslist appears to have surrendered in a legal fight over erotic ads posted on its website, shutting down its adult services section Saturday and replacing it with a black bar that simply says “censored.”

Church fights for right to bear arms
As it is legal in Georgia to carry a gun only in a church parking lot — not in the church — some supporters of bearing arms are working to have that law changed.

NY mosque investor also Hamas terrorist supporter
One of the investors in a proposed Islamic center near ground zero is a Long Island medical clinic owner whose expressions of sympathy for Palestinians included a donation to a charity later shut down for links to Hamas.

First it was burqas, now it’s burgers
A popular French fast food chain has begun serving halal-only food in 22 of its French outlets, targeting France’s large Muslim population.

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