Newslinks 10/31/10

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 Graham Festival in Japan Concludes with 1,765 Decisions for Christ
A three-day evangelistic festival in Japan headlined by U.S. preacher Franklin Graham concluded Sunday with 400 new commitments to Christ, bringing the weekend total to 1,765.

Male-Female Partnership Powerful for Mission, Says Ministry Couple


Africa is the Church of the Future, Says Lausanne Officer


Alpha – Reaching 100,000 People for Christ Without the Religion


High Court Asked to Review Scope of ‘Ministerial Exception’ Sued for Not Being Profitable Enough

Debt Has Increased $5 Trillion Since Speaker Pelosi Vowed, ‘No New Deficit Spending’
– Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the 60th speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, has added more to the national debt than the first 57 House speakers combined.

EPA Looking to Hire ‘Environmental Justice’ Advocate for $53,500-$84,146 A Year; No Degree Needed
– The Environmental Protection Agency is looking to hire an environmental protection specialist who will help the agency accomplish its “environmental justice goals.” The job, in New York City, pays up to $84,146 a year, and according to the job listing on the government Web site, “You do not need a degree to qualify for this position.”

The Rise of China Looms Large as Hillary Clinton Heads for Meetings With Asian Allies
– China’s rise and recent conduct is expected to feature prominently during Hillary Clinton’s trip to Asia this week — and during President Obama’s visit to the region immediately following Clinton’s. Obama is attending a summit of Asia-Pacific (APEC) leaders in Yokohama, Japan.

U.S. Navy Exercise in Waters Near China Reportedly Canceled
– The U.S. and South Korea have called off plans for joint naval exercises in the coming days involving a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Yellow Sea, according to South Korean media reports. The decision was made so as “not to unnecessarily antagonize neighboring countries,” the official Yonhap news agency quoted an official as saying on Sunday.

Statistics Show Women Fare Badly Under Islam, but U.N. Official Calls Data ‘Stereotyping’
– The head of the U.N. Population Fund blames stereotyping for the perception that Islamic societies are “backward” when it comes to the treatment of women, but data released by other international agencies challenge that assertion. The World Economic Forum’s recently released Global Gender Gap Report reviews how 134 countries have succeeded in closing gaps between women and men, and the majority of the worst-scoring countries are Islamic, most of them Arab states.

Ag Secretary Defends Dropping Potatoes From Federal Food Program for Low-Income Mothers
– Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says there is nothing wrong with eating potatoes in moderation, even though the federal Women, Infants and Children program – one of the largest federal food assistance programs – is now finalizing an interim rule that bars participants from buying potatoes with their federal vouchers. The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture also is limiting potatoes in the federal School Lunch Program.

Algae’ and ‘Grasses’ May Be Used to Reach Mandated Biofuels Goals for 2022, Says Obama Administration
– Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the former Democratic governor of Iowa, said that for the Obama administration to reach its goal of producing 36 billion gallons of renewable fuel every year by 2022, it may blend algae and grass, not just corn alcohol, with gasoline. He expects the government to spend “several hundreds of millions of dollars” on the biofuels effort.

The Reality of China’s One-Child Policy: A Forced Abortion at Eight Months
– Critics of Beijing’s “one-child policy” say a televised clip showing a young mother enduring a forced abortion at eight months’ gestation calls for a worldwide response. But China’s communist government says the policy has been an essential factor in the country’s economic development, having successfully “prevented” 400 million births since 1979.

Schullers Express Positive Thinking After Chapter 11
Nearly a week after filing for bankruptcy, the founder of the Crystal Cathedral took the pulpit on Sunday assuring the congregation that tough times never last.

Poll: Evangelicals Admit Negative Contributions of Christians to Society


Lausanne III Closes with Renewed Zeal for Evangelism


Landmark Mideast Bishops Assembly Concludes with 44 Propositions


Ministry: Execution of Iranian Church Leader Delayed


Protests Persist Following Removal of ‘Christian Flag’ in N.C. City

CBO Director Says ObamaCare Will Drive People From the Workforce
– Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf said the most significant economic effect of President Barack Obama’s health care reform package will be to drive people out of the job market. He explained that people would choose not to work because they could subsist on the generous federal insurance subsidies and Medicaid payments contained in the health care overhaul.

Campaign to Change U.S. Policy on Cuba May Face Hurdles After Midterm Election
– Tuesday’s U.N. General Assembly vote condemning the U.S. embargo of Cuba serves as a reminder that those advocating an end to the policy introduced in 1962 can expect to face a tougher battle after next week’s congressional elections. The final decision on ending the embargo lies not at the U.N. – or indeed in the Oval Office – but on Capitol Hill.

White House: ‘Don’t Read Anything Into’ Obama’s Use or Omission of ‘Creator’ When Quoting Declaration of Independence
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– No one should “read anything into” the fact that President Barack Obama repeatedly left out the word “Creator” when quoting the Declaration of Independence, nor should they read anything into the fact that he began using the word after the White House was questioned about the omission, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday. Gibbs did not say whether press reports about the omission prompted Obama to start using the term.

Stumping for Democrats, Obama Uses Three Words to Describe America: ‘Big, Messy Democracy’
– President Barack Obama repeatedly has called the United States a “big, messy Democracy” in his many campaign stops around the country in recent weeks. Obama apparently is using the expression to defend his administration’s difficulty in making “big changes” since he took office almost two years ago.

HHS Announces $3.9 Million to Support Families of Children With Special Health Care Needs
– The Democrats’ new health care law authorizes millions of dollars in funding for nonprofit groups that cater to families of children with special health care needs.

Pro-Lifers Take On Ohio Congressman Over Abortion Billboard
Pro-life network Susan B. Anthony List is preparing to contest false statement charges in a hearing Thursday over a billboard ad that accuses an Ohio congressman of voting in favor of federally-funded abortion.

Group Asks IRS to Probe Christian Voter Guides


Legalized Marijuana ‘Unnecessary,’ Christians Say


Court: Mich. Student Can Hand Out Church Flyers


Episcopal Head Touts Courage as Key to Good Leadership


‘Friendly Atheists’ Billboards Set to Go National

1,200 Children Killed by Cartel Violence in Mexico Since 2006
– The drug war in Mexico has claimed the lives of at least 1,200 children under the age of 18 in that nation, according to a coalition of non-governmental organizations. The NGOs are asking the United Nations to intervene in Mexico’s drug war to help prevent more deaths of children.

Oil Spill Compensation Czar: 110,000 Claims Have ‘Zero Documentation,’ ‘Nothing’
– Nearly two-thirds of the outstanding compensation claims from the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico have no documentation to back up the losses, according to the administrator in charge of distributing compensation money to the victims. At least 50 claims are considered “very suspicious” and could be referred to the Justice Department.

Education Dept. Tells Schools Homosexual Students May Be Protected by Federal Law Barring ‘Sex’ Discrimination
– The Obama administration’s recent warning to the nation’s public schools – that some bullying may violate federal anti-discrimination law – is less about bullying than it is about advancing the homosexual agenda in public schools, some critics say. Others are calling for new laws to make sexual orientation a specific protected class under Title IX, the federal law that bans sex discrimination in schools.

Budget Outlays for 12 of 15 Cabinet-Level Federal Departments Have Dramatically Expanded Since Dems Took Control of Congress
– Since 2007, when the Democrats regained control of Congress, budgetary outlays for 12 of the 15 Cabinet-level federal governmental departments have increased in almost straight-line fashion – in several case substantially. For all departments, outlays for Fiscal Year 2010 are higher than FY07 or in FY08.

Academic Alamo: Grad Students and Former Grad Students Form Obama’s Last Redoubt of Approval, Says Gallup Poll
– In Gallup polling for the week of Oct. 18-24, Americans who have done some postgraduate studies (whether or not they have actually earned a postgraduate degree), give Obama a 55-percent job approval rating. Obama’s approval is lowest among Americans who have a college degree but never attended grad school.

Tea Party Brews in Israel, Prompted by Concerns About Obama
– Conservative Israeli lawmakers plan to launch an Israeli version of the tea party this weekend. Sunday’s rally in Tel Aviv is headlined “Say no to Obama,” signaling the view held by many Israeli conservatives that the president is placing undue pressure on Prime Minister Netanyahu to make concessions in negotiations that are not in Israel’s national interest.

Investigators Attacked in Lebanon While Probing 2005 Hariri Assassination
– An attack on international investigators probing the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri is seen as part of a campaign by Hezbollah to obstruct the inquiry before it indicts members of the Shi’ite terrorist group. The United States and France have reiterated their support for the politically explosive investigation, which Hezbollah and Syria actively are trying to sabotage.

Christians, Celebrities Tell LGBT Youth: ‘It Gets Better’
Religious leaders are lending their voice to a newly launched video project, joining celebrities and political figures who assure young bullied gays and lesbians that “it gets better.”

Nat’l Day of Prayer Proclamation Upheld in Colorado


Experts: Religious Freedom Missing from National Security Strategy


Dallas Megachurch Makes Way for New Campus


Prosperity Gospel Treads Fine Line Between Blessing, Materialism, Say Theologians

Indian Church Leaders Denounce Caste-Based Discrimination as Sin

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