Newslinks 09/26/10

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Values Voters Pick Mike Pence Over Huckabee for President
Social conservatives at the Values Voter Summit have crowned a new top contender for president, though the winner of this year’s straw poll only edged out last year’s by two points.

Anti-Poverty Groups Sound Off Ahead of High-Level MDG Summit

Pope Expresses ‘Sorrow and Shame’ Over Child Abuse

ELCA Receives 3 Lesbian Ministers

Few Americans Think Glenn Beck Is Fit to Head Religious Mov’t

Wheaton College Installs New President

Honoring a warrior
A small-town Mississippi preacher who became a thorn in the side of corporate America was honored his weekend for decades of unwavering commitment to the nation’s families.

Dems’ agenda hidden in defense bill
The Senate is gearing up to vote this week on a bill meant to involve just the military, but it includes a number of social issues.

Congressional petition targets ObamaCare
A Republican lawmaker on Capitol Hill has launched an effort for full repeal of President Obama’s healthcare bill.

GOP senator to speak at pro-homosexual benefit
The president of the Family Research Council is calling on a Republican leader to withdraw from speaking at a fundraiser for a homosexual group.

Perspective: Muslim Europe?
Europeans have created a spiritual vacuum by embracing moral relativism and rejecting biblical Christianity — a vacuum that Islam is rushing in to fill.

Pence Beats Huckabee, Romney, Gingrich and Palin in Presidential Straw Poll
( – Around 700 conservatives voted in the 2010 Values Voters poll, giving Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) 24 percent of the vote. Former Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee was a close second with 22 percent of the vote, followed by Mitt Romney (13 percent), Newt Gingrich (10 percent), Sarah Palin (7 percent) and Rick Santorum and Jim DeMint (5 percent each).

Tea Parties Gain Ground Abroad
– When Britain’s Conservative Party holds its annual conference next month, some of the policies of the coalition government it leads will come under fire from a nascent British “tea party” movement that is drawing inspiration from its U.S. namesake. Similar conservative grassroots movements agitating for lower taxes and limited government have emerged in the Netherlands, Italy and Australia, where European conservatives are embracing the slogan “Taxed Enough Already.”

Energy Department Says It Has ‘Mandate’ to Force ‘Market Transformation’ for Household Appliances
– Assistant Energy Secretary Cathy Zoi says she and Energy Secretary Steven Chu “love” having a mandate “where we can actually just issue regulations and do market transformation.” She was talking about a law giving the Energy Department the power to set efficiency standards for energy-consuming appliances. “As the secretary [Chu] says, ‘We’re going to make people save money for themselves,’” Zoi said.

Constitution Day Event Focuses on Tax Cuts, Terrorism, Obamacare
– Conservatives repeated their ongoing call for limited government, lower taxes and the repeal of the Democrats’ health care law at a “Constitution Day Celebration” in Washington, D.C., on Friday. The keynote speaker at the event told that the law should be repealed “on a number of grounds.”

Sen. DeMint: ‘It’s Going to Take a Few Years’ to Repeal ObamaCare
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– Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C) said it could take years to repeal the Democrats’ $1-trillion health care overhaul mandating the individual purchase of health insurance. DeMint, in an interview with during the Values Voters Summit on Friday, also said the Republican Party should run on the economic plan presented by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to address tax policy and solvency for Social Security and Medicare.

House GOP Wants You to Report Stimulus Signs
– Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, led by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), are turning to the public in their effort to find out just how many promotional signs were erected using stimulus dollars. In a tactic known as crowd-sourcing, the public is asked to take pictures of promotional signs erected along roadways and at other stimulus-funded projects and submit them to the Republican committee staff. The effort asks people to “be a citizen watchdog” and to help Republicans document what they call “propaganda signs.”

Drop in Illegal Immigration in Va. Due in Part to County Law Against Illegal Immigration, Demographer Says
– An ordinance against illegal immigration in Virginia’s Prince William County is partly responsible for the decline in that state’s illegal immigrant population, according to a senior demographer at the Pew Hispanic Center, as reported in The Washington Post.

‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ on the line
Today the Senate takes up the issue of repealing the ban on homosexuals serving openly in the military.

Perspective: Explaining Obama
Where do the roots of Barack Obama’s anti-America ideas lie? Dinesh D’Souza argues that they lie squarely at the feet of his late father.

Pro-family group target of Islamic hacker
An attorney who helped a Christian convert when she fled to Florida hopes law enforcement officials can track down the person responsible for recently destroying his organization’s website.

CA county contests judge’s marriage ruling
In a battle to preserve marriage in the state of California, a Christian law group is standing against a federal judge’s decision to overturn Proposition 8, the measure which defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

Saudi sale a potential positive for Israel
A group called The Jerusalem Connection says a multibillion-dollar arms deal the Obama administration is proposing to complete with Saudi Arabia could have some positive benefits for Israel.

White House Claims Success in Changing Course at U.N., But Critics Question the Results
– As President Obama prepares to address the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday, the administration is emphasizing the fruits of Obama’s “new era of engagement” with the world body, but many of the touted achievements are open to challenge.

Iraq Ran Up Budget Surpluses as U.S. Ran Up Debt, Says GAO
– Iraq has run annual budget surpluses every year since the United States returned sovereignty to the Iraqi people in 2004, according to an audit by the U.S. Government Accountability Office. In the six-year period from 2004 through 2009, according GAO, the Iraqi government amassed a cumulative surplus of $52.1 billion. During that same six-year period, meanwhile, the U.S. government ran deficits every year, and the overall U.S. national debt grew from $6.99 trillion to $12.31 trillion, according to the U.S. Treasury Department.

Europeans Think There is ‘No Military Solution’ in Afghanistan, EU Oficial Says
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– Alvaro de Vasconcelos, director of the European Union Institute for Security Studies, told that Europeans “in general” think there is “no military solution” to the war in Afghanistan, adding Europe is “not convinced” that President Obama’s decision to add more troops in Afghanistan will help reach a political solution in the region. “We are convinced that to find a solution to Afghanistan, you need a strong involvement of the neighbor countries of Afghanistan,” Vasconcelos said.

CBO: Unemployment Will Stay Above 8 Percent Until 2012
– “Weak economic growth has serious social consequences. About 9-and-a-half percent of the labor force is officially unemployed, but many other people are underemployed or have left the labor force,” said CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf at a Sept. 16 policy seminar. Elmendorf said that long-term unemployment is the highest it’s been in six decades.

Obama Administration Releases Spanish-Language Video Showing How College Is ‘An Attainable Dream’ for Hispanics
– The U.S. Education Department on Tuesday released a new video produced especially to show Spanish-speaking families how going to college is “more attainable and more affordable than ever before.” The five-minute video profiles a sophomore at California State University Dominguez Hills, showing the support she receives – scholarships and financial aid — in pursuing a college degree.

Sen. Lindsey Graham Stands by Murkowski’s Write-In Campaign
– Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) refused Monday to condemn his colleague Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) for mounting a write-in candidacy for re-election after she lost in the primary to Tea Party-backed Joe Miller.

Huckabee: Obama Should Condemn Muslim Fatwa That Sent American Cartoonist into Hiding
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– Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Friday that President Barack Obama should denounce the fatwa issued by a Muslim-American cleric that has sent an American cartoonist into hiding. He also said that there is a double standard at work; that insults to Islam are treated differently than insults to Christianity.

Pro-Life Groups Warn of Dangers of ‘Emergency Contraception’ Drug
– In August, the Food and Drug Administration approved the drug called ella for emergency contraception, but during experimental stages, the drug caused abortions in all of the rats and half of the rabbits it was tested on, according to the FDA and the drug’s labeling.

Hillary Clinton Wants Global Standards for Cook Stoves
– Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced a “global alliance for clean cook stoves” Tuesday at a meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative. The U.S. is paying $50 million over five years to provide clean cook stoves to developing countries, to reduce deaths from smoke inhalation and to fight climate change, Clinton said.

Clinton Did Not Raise Lockerbie Case in ‘Brief’ Meeting With Libyan Foreign Minister
– Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held a 30-minute meeting with her Libyan counterpart in New York on Tuesday, but did not bring up the case of Lockerbie bombing convict Abdel Baset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi. Instead, the two discussed the situation in Sudan, the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, and Libya’s “desire for broader relations,” a State Department spokesman told reporters.

National Security Experts: Shariah Law Is ‘Preeminent Totalitarian Threat of Our Time’
– A team of national security experts assembled by the conservative Center for Security Policy issued a report last week warning of that Shariah law is the “preeminent totalitarian threat of our time.” The group drew a distinction between Muslims who embrace Shariah law as the comprehensive model for governing all human society and those who view it as a reference point for personal behavior but not for the conduct of government and the state.

Conservatives Blast Chair of Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee for Helping Homosexual Activist Group Raise Money
– Social conservatives are blasting Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), the head of the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee, for accepting an invitation to speak at a Wednesday evening fundraiser hosted by the Log Cabin Republicans. The Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins reminded Cornyn that the Log Cabin Republicans are responsible for bringing a recent lawsuit seeking to end the military’s ban on homosexuals.

Approval of Congress at All-Time Low for Midterm Election Year, Says Gallup
– Public approval of Congress now sits at 18 percent, lower than it has been in any prior midterm election year since Gallup started polling public approval of Congress in 1974, according to a USA Today/Gallup Poll conducted Sept. 13-16.

Small Pacific Island Becoming A U.S. Strategic Hub
– The U.S. territory of Guam is about to become a much more important strategic hub and staging point for the U.S. military. The historic build-up of U.S. military assets on the small Pacific island is part of an alignment of forces designed to better handle future security challenges in a key part of the world.

GOP, tea party working toward truce
Tea party activists and the Republican establishment are quickly joining forces for the fall elections as fresh cash and energy flow to the upstarts.

Lawmakers oblivious to harm repeal would bring
A national defense analyst cannot understand why so many Democrats in the U.S. Senate apparently don’t care about the harm that would be inflicted on the military if an amendment were passed repealing the 1993 law banning homosexuals from military service.

Student prayer initiative hits 20-year mark
As students across the country and around the world gather around their school flag poles to pray, a Christian legal group is reminding them of their rights to participate in “See you at the Pole.”

Straw poll victor reflects conservative values
An Indiana pro-family activist is pleased that Indiana Congressman Mike Pence finished first in a recent presidential straw poll taken at a conservative gathering.

Obama’s omission speaks volumes
Was it an accident — or was it on purpose? An author and conservative commentator joins the debate over President Obama’s recent speech before a congressional caucus.

Christian Groups Hail Vote Blocking DADT Repeal
“This is a victory for the men and women who serve our nation in uniform,” said Family Research Council President Tony Perkins. “At least for now they will not be used to advance a radical social agenda.”

Texas Edu Board Considers Ban on ‘Pro-Islamic, Anti-Christian’ Textbooks

U.N. Launches $40 Billion Plan to Help Women, Children

National Prayer Campaign Launches for Sudan’s Worrisome Vote

2 Men Accuse Well-Known Prosperity Preacher of Sexual Coercion

Va. Gov., U.S. Supreme Court Won’t Stop Woman’s Execution

GOP’s ‘Pledge’ gets mixed review
Republicans’ “Pledge to America” both hit the nail on the head and missed the boat — so says an analyst with The Heritage Foundation.

Activists ready for Reid’s lame-duck plan
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has promised to resurrect such issues as the repeal on homosexuals in the military and the DREAM Act after the midterm elections — but opponents of those issues says they’re ready to continue the fight.

Perspective: Muslim barbarity gets a pass
Barbarity in the name of Islam is not even remotely condemned to the degree that the West condemns insensitivity by cartoonists, politicians, and anti-Islam clerics.

Court lifts ban on ‘gay’ adoption in Fla.
Florida’s ban on homosexual adoption has been ruled unconstitutional.

Governors for abstinence education
A new report shows that more governors are applying for abstinence education funding for their states.

Congressman Calls for Schools to ‘Promote the Agenda’ of Climate Change, Population Limitation
– Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) told on Tuesday that environmental education in schools can “promote the agenda” of climate change and population growth. “Like I keep saying over and over again, if you get young people invested in those ideas early on, that will result in those kinds of positive policy developments,” Sarbanes told at a “Sustainability Education Summit” hosted by the U.S. Education Department.

White House: Economic Recovery ‘Is Going To Take an Enormous Amount of Time’
– White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters at the White House Tuesday that the economic recovery “is going to take an enormous amount of time,” and when asked to clarify what that meant, he said, It’s going to take several years.”

Republican-Sponsored Bill Would Give Congress A Say on Executive Branch Regulations
– Senate Republicans on Wednesday introduced a bill that would require congressional approval for major regulations issued by federal agencies. “We must put a stop to the reckless and costly anti-free market regulations that are destroying jobs,” said Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), who sponsored the bill.

Claims on Resource-Rich Artic Stoke International Rivalry
– The potential future exploitation of the Arctic for oil and gas while protecting its pristine environment is the subject of an international meeting in Moscow this week, but beneath the scientific and diplomatic discussions lies hardnosed competition among countries with claims to Arctic territory. In hosting the Moscow event, Russia is stressing its willingness to cooperate with other countries that border the Arctic Circle.

Mideast Gulf Widens Over ‘Jewish State’ Question
– Two incidents in New York this week have underlined the gulf between Israel and the Palestinian Authority over a key issue – Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state. On Tuesday, P.A. Prime Minister Salam Fayyad reportedly left a U.N. meeting in a huff after the Israeli representative said he would not endorse a summary of the meeting that referred to “two states” rather than “two states for two peoples.”

Conservative Barrasso to Replace Murkowski as Vice-Chairman of Senate GOP Conference
– Members of the Senate Republican Conference on Wednesday selected a former cowboy and rodeo physician to become their new vice chairman. U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) will replace Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who was defeated in the Alaska primary and is mounting a write-in candidacy.

U.S., Other Gov’ts Benefit from Broken Immigration System, Says Expert
A Catholic leader who specializes in migration issues highlighted on Wednesday how both foreign governments and the U.S. government benefit from illegal immigrants.

Gay Adoption Ban Unconstitutional, Rules Fla. Appeals Court

Megachurch Pastor Preaches 24 Hours Straight on Audacious Faith

Millennials Concerned but Not Fanatical About Environment

Study: Leaving Religion May Be Bad for Health

Continued Ban on Converting Others Proposed in Nepal

U.S. Education Secretary Vows to Make American Children ‘Good Environmental Citizens’
– U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan vowed on Tuesday that his department would try to make American children into “good environmental citizens” through federally subsidized school programs that teach children about climate change and prepare them “to contribute to the workforce through green jobs.”

U.S. Taxpayers Spend $1.5 Million to Study How Men from Tajikistan Acquire AIDS Working in Russia
– The National Institutes of Health has spent nearly $1.5 million in taxpayer money over the last 3 years to study HIV among migrant workers from Tajikistan who are working in neighboring Russia. The research was developed  to address “the major global health problem of HIV prevention amongst married male labor migrants in Central Asia and the public health risk for an AIDS epidemic in Tajikistan.” Kicks Off Its ‘Golden Hookah’ Award: Federal Study Blames National Football League for Increased Domestic Violence
– This week’s winner of our first-ever “Golden Hookah” award is a grant of more than $314,000 that went to a study that sought to establish a link between increased domestic violence and NFL games in which the underdog beats the point spread. The Golden Hookah is a weekly “What Were THEY Smoking” award for outrageous government spending.

Muslim Nations Call for U.N. to Track ‘Islamophobia’
– Five years after establishing an “Islamophobia Observatory” of its own, the Organization of the Islamic Conference is now calling on the U.N.’s top human rights official to set up a comparable body at her Geneva office. According to the OIC, human rights commissioner Navanethem Pillay has agreed to consider the proposal.

House Republicans Pledge to ‘Establish Operational Control of Border,’ But Say Nothing about Border Fence, Worksite Enforcement or Amnesty
– The Republicans’ new “Pledge to America” commits the party to “establishing operational control of the border” but makes no mention of border fencing, enforcing immigration laws in the workplace or whether the party would grant any form of amnesty to foreign nationals currently living in the United States illegally. By contrast, the 2008 Republican Platform committed the party to completing a border fence, enforcing immigration laws at the worksite and opposing an amnesty.

As Public Sees GOP Moving Right, More Say It Shares Their Values, View of Government, According to Gallup Data
– At the same time the public perceives the Republican Party becoming more conservative, more Americans say the party reflects their values and their attitude about the role of government, according to newly released Gallup polling data. Democrats, meanwhile, have lost ground on these measures.

Democratic Congressmen on Obamacare: ‘Let’s Have This Debate About Repeal’
– In response to the House Republicans’ “Pledge to America” agenda announced on Thursday, Rep. Rob Andrews (D-N.J.) welcomed the debate over repealing the Democrats’ health care legislation. “There are obviously many things that people want to improve in the bill and we’re always open minded about that but let’s have this debate about repeal,” Andrews said.

Hoyer Personally Opposes Repealing Obamacare; Won’t Say If He’ll Ask Other Democrats to Pledge to Oppose Repeal
– After House Republicans released a campaign document Thursday pledging to repeal Obamacare, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told that he personally opposes repealing the health-care law passed by Congress in March, but neither he nor his spokesman would say whether the Democratic leader would ask other Democratic House members and candidates to pledge to oppose repeal.

Average Government Worker Receives 85 Percent Higher Pay, Benefits than Private Employees
– Chris Edwards, director of tax policy studies at the libertarian Cato Institute, has studied the discrepancies between federal compensation and that received in the private sector and concluded that federal government workers are vastly overpaid. “Over the last 9 years, average private sector wages and compensation in the U.S. have risen about 30 percent, but average federal wages and compensation have risen about 60 percent.”

Majority of U.N. Member States Remained Seated As Ahmadinejad Accused U.S. of Orchestrating 9/11
– As U.S. and allied delegations walked out during Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s provocative United Nations speech Thursday, the vast majority of countries’ delegates not only kept their seats, but many applauded afterwards. The U.S delegation walked out when the Iranian leader suggested that the U.S. government was behind the killing of 3,000 people on 9/11.

Obama’s Unconfirmed Medicare Director Who Called for Redistributing Wealth Through Health Care Won’t Answer Questions From Senate
– Donald Berwick, who received a recess appointment to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services without a Senate hearing, will not answer questions from the U.S. Senate. “We’ve been trying to get him to answer questions in writing. He won’t do that,” Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) told Thursday. “We’ve been trying to get him up for a hearing. He won’t do that.” Hatch said there will not be a confirmation hearing for Berwick before the election.

Military hospitals shouldn’t be abortion mills
“An abomination” — that’s how a national defense analyst describes Democrats’ recent attempt to allow abortions on military bases, both in the U.S. and abroad.

Pro-life group pleased with ‘Pledge’
National Right to Life is commending House Republicans for including pro-life priorities in the “Pledge to America,” which was revealed yesterday at a DC-area hardware store.

‘In God We Trust’ on display
A mayor in Southern California says if someone wants to complain about his community’s display of the national motto, “let them file suit.”

Protest against Christian concert at Ft. Bragg
Americans United for Separation of Church and State is calling for the cancellation of a Christian event this weekend at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

A worship leader at heart
At 21, Christian singer Sarah Reeves displays a spiritual maturity that comes with knowing her music is about God — not about her.

Social Conservatives Coolly Welcome GOP’s ‘Pledge to America’
Social conservatives expressed mild approval of the Republican Party’s new “Pledge to America,” an economics-heavy document – with some abortion commitments – that lay out what Republicans would do if they take Congress back.

Muslim States Press U.N. Council to Condemn Anti-Islam Actions, Speech

Army Post to Host Christian Outreach Despite Protests

Christian Rights Group Urges Indonesia to Protect Religious Freedom

Most Britons Still Identify as Christian

United Methodists Start to See Uptick in Young Clergy

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