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September 21, 2015

Nonprofits Win Contraceptive Mandate Appeal

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Sept. 17 issued the first circuit court level victory for nonprofits challenging the contraceptive and abortifacient mandate. The ruling creates a split among the circuit courts, rocketing the chances of the Supreme Court taking one of the nonprofit cases. The two rulings in related cases grant a preliminary injunction against the mandate to several plaintiffs, including Dordt College, Cornerstone University, Heartland Christian College (HCC), and a Christian addiction recovery program in Missouri called CNS Ministries. Until these rulings, nonprofits challenging the mandate had a string of losses at the circuit level. Circuit courts have ruled against Priests for Life, the Michigan Catholic Conference, the Catholic Diocese of Nashville, East Texas Baptist University, Houston Baptist University, the Catholic Diocese of Beaumont, the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth, the Diocese of Erie, the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Geneva College, Wheaton College, and the University of Notre Dame.

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September 09, 2015

Lawyer mum on Kim Davis’ future

After her release from jail this afternoon, Rowan County clerk Kim Davis stood before a crowd of supporters and wept. "Thank you all so much, I love you all so very much," she told thousands of people who converged today on the correctional facility in Grayson, Ky. Her release came as a surprise to everyone. As news spread through the cross-waving crowd, Davis' supporters burst into renditions of "Amazing Grace" and "God Bless America." When she first emerged from the jail after five days behind bars, Davis told the crowd, "all has been well."Her attorney, Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver, declined to say whether Davis would follow the judge's order and not interfere with deputy clerks who agreed to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. "Kim cannot and will not violate her conscience," said Staver, who offered only a cryptic response when asked whether Davis would issue marriage licenses. "You'll find out in the near future."

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August 26, 2015

NEW VIDEO: Planned Parenthood parts buyer discusses harvesting organs from intact aborted babies

An eighth video released this morning by Center for Medical Progress reveals even more grisly details about the trade of aborted baby parts by abortion giant Planned Parenthood and its former California partner, StemExpress. The video details the inner workings of the California-based tissue procurement company — a middleman agency that sells baby parts to research institutions —and its business relationship with America’s largest abortion chain. In undercover footage, StemExpress CEO Cate Dyer is caught on camera discussing its fetal parts business with a CMP investigator, even joking about how the company ships the whole heads of aborted babies to research labs. Dyer, who callously describes harvesting parts from preborn children over a meal, says StemExpress receives “a lot” of intact babies from abortion facilities. On its face, the undercover videos present strong possibility that babies are born alive and killed inside Planned Parenthood abortion mills.

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August 24, 2015

Sex-Selection Services in Demand at U.S. Fertility Clinics

More healthy couples are using U.S. fertility clinics to help them with something other than conception struggles: guaranteeing their baby’s gender. A growing number of clinics in the United States now offer a controversial service called “family balancing” or “nonmedical sex selection.” Fertility Institutes, a network known for sex selection services in Los Angeles, New York, and Mexico City, says nearly 90 percent of its clients have no medical fertility issues, but instead come from the U.S. and abroad to ensure their next child’s gender, The Wall Street Journal reported. For about $18,000, the clinic offers parents a 99.99 percent guarantee of their chosen gender and evaluation of all 46 chromosomes in the embryo for genetic disease.

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August 12, 2015

CCCU loses Union University

Union University has informed the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) that it will withdraw from the coalition in the wake of two member schools changing their hiring policies to include same-sex couples.

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August 11, 2015

Target will stop separating toys and bedding into girls’ and boys’ sections

Two months ago, an Ohio mom’s tweet went viral when she called out Target for separating “building sets” and “girls’ building sets.” Now, the retailer is fixing the problem: for building sets and all toys, plus bedding, home decor, entertainment and more. “We never want guests or their families to feel frustrated or limited by the way things are presented,” Target’s press release said. “Over the past year, guests have raised important questions about a handful of signs in our stores that offer product suggestions based on gender. In some cases, like apparel, where there are fit and sizing differences, it makes sense. In others, it may not.” The toy section will get the biggest makeover. Along with grouping all toys together, the aisles will no longer have colored backdrops to indicate gender, such as pink and yellow for girls or blue and green for boys.

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August 04, 2015

The 5th Undercover Planned Parenthood Video Drops

Today The Center for Medical Progress released its fifth video exposing the work of Planned Parenthood. The fifth undercover video in the controversy over Planned Parenthood’s sale of aborted baby parts shows the Director of Research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Melissa Farrell, advertising the Texas Planned Parenthood branch’s track record of fetal tissue sales, including its ability to deliver fully intact fetuses. In the video, actors posing as representatives from a human biologics company meet with Farrell at the abortion-clinic headquarters of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast in Houston to discuss a potential partnership to harvest fetal organs. “Where we probably have an edge over other organizations, our organization has been doing research for many many years,” explains Farrell. When researchers need a specific part from the aborted fetus, Farrell says, “We bake that into our contract, and our protocol, that we follow this, so we deviate from our standard in order to do that.”

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July 30, 2015

Planned Parenthood VP Says Fetuses May Come Out Intact, Agrees Payments Specific to the Specimen

New undercover footage shows Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains’ Vice President and Medical Director, Dr. Savita Ginde, negotiating a fetal body parts deal, agreeing multiple times to illicit pricing per body part harvested, and suggesting ways to avoid legal consequences. Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) is a wealthy, multi-state Planned Parenthood affiliate that does over 10,000 abortions per year. PPRM has a contract to supply aborted fetal tissue to Colorado State University in Fort Collins. In the video, actors posing as representatives from a human biologics company meet with Ginde at the abortion-clinic headquarters of PPRM in Denver to discuss a potential partnership to harvest fetal organs. When the actors request intact fetal specimens, Ginde reveals that in PPRM’s abortion practice, “Sometimes, if we get, if someone delivers before we get to see them for a procedure, then we are intact.” As the buyers and Planned Parenthood workers identify body parts from last fetus in the path lab, a Planned Parenthood medical assistant announces: “Another boy!”

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July 28, 2015

BREAKING: New undercover video shows sorting of aborted baby parts at Planned Parenthood

This morning, The Center for Medical Progress released an almost 12 minute documentary video that explores the market for aborted baby body parts. The footage shows the dissection of an 11-week aborted baby at a Colorado Planned Parenthood. The staff and potential parts buyer discuss the best way to provide compensation for harvesting and selling the organs and other body structures. Also seen in the tape is Vice President and Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) in Denver, Colorado, Dr. Savita Ginde. Ginde concludes that receiving payment on a per organ removal basis will be most beneficial: “I think a per-item thing works a little better, just because we can see how much we can get out of it.” United States federal law states that it is a crime to knowingly acquire, receive, or otherwise transfer human fetal tissue as part of a sale. The punishment for such an act is fines and/or up to 10 years in prison.

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July 27, 2015

Baphomet Statue Unveiled in Detroit to Shouts of ‘Hail Satan’

At least 100 people attended the unveiling of a Satanic statue depicting Baphomet being flanked by children on Saturday—a statue that was originally intended to be placed at the Oklahoma state capitol and now may be the subject of an effort to erect it next to a Ten Commandments monument in Arkansas. As previously reported, the New York-based Satanic Temple had scheduled the unveiling for July 25th in Detroit, Michigan. The group says that it chose Detroit because it has a “good community” of followers, with over 200 members, billing the event as “a night of chaos, noise, and debauchery.” “Come dance with the Devil and experience history in the making,” its invitation read.

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July 22, 2015

Scott Walker signs Wisconsin abortion bill

Abortion after 20 weeks is now illegal in Wisconsin — with no exceptions for rape or incest. On Monday, Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill that bans all non-emergency abortion after 20 weeks. The legislation makes performing an abortion a felony punishable by up to three and a half years in prison and $10,000 in fines. The only way abortions after 20 weeks are allowed is if the mother is likely to die or be severely injured. Anti-abortion activists have coalesced around 20 weeks because, they say, that’s when fetuses begin to feel pain. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, however, says that pain doesn’t occur until 27 weeks.

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July 20, 2015

AP Poll: Majority Says Religious Freedom More Important Than Gay Rights

The Supreme Court's ruling last month legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide has left Americans sharply divided, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll that suggests support for gay unions may be down slightly from earlier this year. The poll also found a near-even split over whether local officials with religious objections should be required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, with 47 percent saying that should be the case and 49 percent say they should be exempt. Overall, if there's a conflict, a majority of those questioned think religious liberties should win out over gay rights, according to the poll. While 39 percent said it's more important for the government to protect gay rights, 56 percent said protection of religious liberties should take precedence.

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July 16, 2015

Jury finds James Holmes guilty of first-degree murder in theater shooting

A jury has found Colorado theater shooter James Holmes guilty on all 24 counts of first-degree murder in the July 2012 shooting that killed 12 people. Holmes faced two counts of first-degree murder for each of the 12 victims. Holmes showed no reaction as the verdict against him was announced. He stood at the defense table with his attorney. The judge is continuing to read the verdict. The jury has found Holmes guilty of attempted first-degree murder on some of the 140 counts against him for the 70 people wounded in the shooting. Additionally, he faces one count of possession or control of an explosive or incendiary device.

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July 14, 2015

Undercover video shows Planned Parenthood official discussing fetal organs used for research

An anti-abortion group on Tuesday released an undercover video of an executive at Planned Parenthood sipping red wine while discussing in graphic detail how to abort a fetus to preserve its organs for medical research — and also the costs associated with sharing that tissue with scientists. The video, filmed by a group called the Center for Medical Progress, threatens to reignite a long-standing debate over the use of fetal tissue harvested through abortions, and could add fuel to efforts seeking to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

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July 07, 2015

American views on Islam

Lifeway research conducted a phone survey of 1,000 Americans from Sept. 19 to Sept. 28, 2014. ‘Islam is a threat to religious freedom internationally.’: Southerners are more likely to agree (46 percent) than those from other regions; Northeasterners are less likely to agree (32 percent) than those from other regions; The 18-24 age group is less likely to agree (29 percent) than other age groups; The 65-plus age group is more likely to agree (51 percent) than other age groups; Catholics are less likely (38 percent) than Protestants (48 percent) to agree; Evangelicals are likely to agree (53 percent vs. 34 percent)

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July 06, 2015

Lesbian Couple Accuses Christian Bakers of ‘Mental Rape,’ Awarded $135,000

An Oregon judge has awarded Lesbian couple Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer $135,000 for “emotional damages” in a lawsuit against Aaron and Melissa Klein of Sweet Cakes Bakery. They are a Christian couple who declined to provide a wedding cake to the same-sex couple in 2013. In their lawsuit, the two women claimed they felt “mentally raped,” as part of a list of 88 symptoms of emotional distress they experienced at being refused a cake. The long list of symptoms included “acute loss of confidence,” “doubt,” “excessive sleep,” “felt mentally raped, dirty and shameful,” “high blood pressure,” “impaired digestion,” “loss of appetite,” “migraine headaches,” “pale and sick at home after work,” “resumption of smoking habit,” “shock,” “stunned,” “surprise,” “uncertainty,” “weight gain” and “worry.”

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July 02, 2015

BREAKING NEWS: Historic Marriage Decision! How It Will Impact You - And What You Can Do About It

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that there is a federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage. The Court’s sweeping ruling has the net effect of legalizing same-sex marriage at the federal and state levels across the entire country. The ruling effectively negates 31 state marriage amendments plus other states’ laws safeguarding man/woman marriage, and imposes a Roe v. Wade 50-state mandate, requiring every state to license and recognize same-sex marriages. Justice Anthony Kennedy sided with the liberal wing of the U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision that one-man one woman marriage laws violate the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. The majority decision, written by Kennedy, held that marriage is a “fundamental right” guaranteed by the “due process” clause of the 14th and can’t be denied to same-sex couples.

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June 29, 2015

Mike Huckabee’ Response to Supreme Court’s Gay Marriage Ruling

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said Sunday that the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage has left Christians with no choice but to follow God or civil law. He also said he might put a nativity scene on the White House lawn, if he becomes president, just as Obama used rainbow-colored lights to celebrate the court's decision. "I don't think a lot of pastors and Christian schools are going to have a choice. They either are going to follow God, their conscience, and what they truly believe is what the Scripture teaches them or they will follow civil law," the former governor of Arkansas said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday. "They will go the path of Dr. Martin Luther King, who in his brilliant essay the letters from a Birmingham jail reminded us, based on what St. Augustine said, that an unjust law is no law at all. And I do think that we're going to see a lot of pastors who will have to make this tough decision," added Huckabee, who's also a Baptist minister.

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June 18, 2015

Police identify suspect in church shooting

Nine people are dead after a white man opened fire during a Wednesday night prayer meeting at a historically black church in Charleston, S.C. Police are calling the attack a hate crime. During an early morning press conference, officials said the man, believed to be in his early 20s, attended the prayer meeting at Emmanuel AME Church and stayed for about an hour before pulling out a gun and starting to shoot. The pastor, state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, died in the attack, along with two other men and six women. Officials have not released the other victims’ names yet, pending family notifications. Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley called the shooting “the most unspeakable and heartbreaking tragedy.” “The only reason that someone could walk into a church and shoot people praying is out of hate,” Riley said. “It is the most dastardly act that one could possibly imagine, and we will bring that person to justice. ...  This is one hateful person.”

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June 12, 2015

Pastor Abedini beating intensifies calls for release

American pastor Saeed Abedini has been "viciously" beaten in the Iranian prison where he is being held for his Christian faith, the American Center for Law and Justice reported June 10, prompting renewed calls for Abedini's release as a condition of any nuclear deal between the U.S. and Iran. "It is crucial to speak out for Saeed as we approach the June 30th deadline between the United States and Iran," Abedini's wife Naghmeh said in a June 10 Facebook post. She added June 30 "is also Saeed and I's 11th year anniversary." Naghmeh Abedini is scheduled to address the Pastors' Wives Conference in Columbus, Ohio, June 15 preceding the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting June 16-17. She will also briefly address the SBC Pastors' Conference June 15, delivering an update on her husband. Pastors' Conference attendees will then pray for her and Saeed.

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