Newslinks 10/17/10

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Council on American-Islamic Relations Launches ‘Islamophobia’ Division
– Spurred by the controversies over Quran-burning and the planned Ground Zero mosque, the most visible Islamic advocacy organization in the U.S. says it is launching a department to deal with “Islamophobia.” CAIR said the new “Islamophobia” department will produce an annual report tracking “trends in rhetorical attacks on Islam and Muslims,” and it will also “organize conferences, seminars, cultural exchanges, and other activities and events designed to provide opportunities for education and dialogue.”

Obama Administration Gave General Electric—Parent Company of NBC–$24.9 Million in ‘Stimulus’ Grants
– The Obama administration gave corporate giant General Electric, the parent company of NBC, $24.9 million in grants from the $787-billion economic “stimulus” law President Barack Obama signed in February 2009, according to records posted by the administration at Despite getting $24.9 million from U.S. taxpayers, GE decreased its U.S.-based employees by 18,000 in 2009, according to the company’s 2009 annual report.

U.S. Spending At Least $18.6 Million A Day to Incarcerate Illegal Aliens
– U.S. taxpayers are spending at least $18.6 million per day to house an estimated 300,000 to 450,000 illegal immigrants who are incarcerated and eligible for deportation from the United States, according to data from the Homeland Security and Justice Departments. The prisoners are foreign nationals who have come into the United States, committed a crime, been captured, and imprisoned. Half of the undocumented aliens who were removed from the United States in fiscal 2010 (which ended on Sept. 30) had been convicted of a crime in the United States.

U.N. Leader Skips Opportunity to Reproach China on Human Rights
– In a brief statement, carefully worded so as not to offend China, U.N. Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon avoided any direct criticism of Beijing’s human rights record, and he did not call on China to release the imprisoned Liu Xiaobo, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. The U.N.’s top human rights official also made no call for Liu’s release.

U.S. May Not be Able to Maintain Nuclear Stockpile, GAO Reports
– The National Nuclear Security Administration may not be able to reliably maintain the nation’s nuclear stockpile in the near future, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office. At issue is the production of a rare radioactive element known as tritium. NNSA has not been able to reliably produce enough of it.

Gallup: ‘Too Big’ Is Most Common Description Americans Give Federal Government
– When the USA Today/Gallup poll asked 981 Americans “if someone asked you to describe the federal government in one word or phrase,” there was one phrase people used far more frequently than any other: “Too big.”

Obama Urged to Appeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Ruling
Conservatives are calling on the Obama administration to appeal a federal judge’s decision that the military must halt the enforcement of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

White House Faith-Based Council Unchanged; Questions Linger

Court OKs Pro-Life Advocacy in Pittsburgh Amid Legal Battle

Hitchens Brothers Take Opposite Sides in Civilization, God Debate

Prayers Persist as World Witnesses Rescue of Chilean Miners

20-Year-Old Embryo Becomes Oldest to Result in Live Birth

Obama Wants $1.25 B to Compensate up to 66,000 African American Farmers for USDA Discrimination in 1981-96; Census Says African American Farmers Peaked at 33,000 in Those Years
– President Barack Obama is requesting $1.15 billion from Congress — to add to a $100-million earmark he pushed through Congress in 2008 when he was a senator — to create a $1.25 billion federal fund to settle discrimination claims by 66,000 African Americans who “farmed or attempted to farm” and were allegedly discriminated against by the U.S. Department of Agriculture during the period from Jan. 1, 1981 to Dec. 31, 1996. During that 16-year period, however, the number of African American farm operators in the United States peaked at 33,000 — in 1982, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

White House: Bottom Line, ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ Policy Will End, Only Question Is How
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– The injunction against enforcing the “don’t ask don’t tell” policy barring homosexuals from openly serving in the military is just one step closer to ending, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Wednesday. “The president believes the policy should change, that it’s unjust, that it discriminates, and that it harms our national security,” Gibbs said.

Judge’s Order Bars Military from Enforcing Federal Law Against Homosexuals Serving in Military
– A federal judge in California has issued an injunction barring the U.S. Defense Department from enforcing the law against homosexuals serving in the military. The ruling also orders the military to stop investigating any violations of the law that it may have begun prior to Oct. 12.

Republican Congressman Seeks to Protect Defense of Marriage Act in Court, Says Obama Administration ‘Not Adequately’ Defending Law
– Texas Republican Rep. Lamar Smith has filed a motion in two separate cases seeking to intervene in defense of the federal marriage law, arguing that to preserve the Defense of Marriage Act, he must defend it himself because the U.S. Justice Department may not do so.

Gallup: 46 Percent Say U.S. Government ‘Poses Immediate Threat to the Rights and Freedoms’ of U.S. Citizens
– The percentage of Americans who think the federal government poses “an immediate threat” to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens has increased significantly over the last seven years, rising from 30 percent to 46 percent, according to a Gallup poll conducted Sept. 13-16. Only 51 percent of Americans now say they do not think the federal government poses “an immediate threat” to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens. Similarly, the percentage of Americans who think the federal government has too much power has also significantly increased, from 39 percent in 2002 to 59 percent today.

Crisis Pregnancy Center Brings Life-Affirming Message to L.A. Neighborhood Saturated with Abortion Clinics
– Astrid Bennett Gutierrez grew up in the Pico Union district of Los Angeles, where abortion clinics are commonplace. Gutierrez said competition for abortion and reproductive-services dollars in the area is so fierce that clinics pass out fliers and discount coupons to attract customers. It is in the center of this part of Los Angeles that a pregnancy resource center opened its doors 10 years ago.

U.S. Taxpayers Spend Twice as Much Globally on AIDS as on All Other Diseases, GAO Reports
– U.S. taxpayers spend almost twice as much to combat HIV/AIDS worldwide as they do on all other global health-related assistance programs combined, says a new GAO report. IN addition, U.S. funding to other countries for HIV/AIDS has gone up sharply since 2004.

HHS Scrambles to Stop Insurers From Dropping Their ‘Child-Only’ Policies
– “Nothing in the Affordable Care Act, or any other existing federal law, allows us to require insurance companies to offer a particular type of policy at this time,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said on Wednesday. In an Oct. 13 letter to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), Sebelius complained that some insurance companies have decided to stop writing new policies in the “child-only” insurance market.

Non-Religious or ‘Unaffiliated’ Voters Losing Faith in Democrats, Research Shows
– People who identify themselves as not religious or “unaffiliated” with a particular religion are as important to the Democratic base as religious conservatives are to the GOP. But this “non-religious or unaffiliated” demographic is turning away from Democrats, a senior researcher with the Pew Research Center said on Wednesday.

Canada’s Failure to Win A U.N. Security Council Seat Follows Years of Sparring With Islamic States
– Canada’s unprecedented failure to win a temporary seat on the U.N. Security Council triggered a wave of analysis and soul searching in the country, where many see it as payback by Islamic states and their allies for Ottawa’s strong pro-Israel stance in the world body.

Rescued Chilean Miner: God Won
The last of the 33 miners who were trapped underground for over two months was pulled out to safety Wednesday evening

Christian Groups Intensify Efforts Against U.N. Defamation Resolution

‘Under God’ in Texas Pledge Ruled Constitutional

Poll: Catholics, Protestants Leaning Right in 2010 Election

Crisis Pregnancy Centers Call NYC Bill a Political Attack

Colson, McDowell and D’Souza to Headline Apologetics Conference

Ecumenical Leader: Liu Xiaobo’s Nobel Win Affirms Respect for Human Rights
The decision to award Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo the Nobel Peace Prize is “heartening,” the head of the World Council of Churches has said.

PC(USA) Grieves Over Abuse on Mission Fields

Evangelicals Say Reform is Key to Tackling ‘Ungodly’ Immigration Effects

Miners Clad in Jesus Shirts Give Glory to God

China Church Leaders Blocked from Attending Major Int’l Christian Gathering

Church in Indonesia Forced to Accept Worship Terms of Islamists

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