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February 28, 2011

Denied promotion

A college professor and conservative columnist who accuses the University of North Carolina Wilmington of discriminating against his Christian beliefs has taken his case to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Mike Adams, an associate professor of criminal justice and a nationally known syndicated columnist, argues that the university violated his right to free speech in 2006 by withholding a promotion to full professor because of content published in his columns and opinion articles. His case was heard in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., on Jan. 26.

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February 28, 2011

Train Wreck - Budget Insanity

Last November, the voters spoke. What part of “cut government spending� don’t the politicians get? The looming budget battle has all the makings of a train wreck. Nowhere, from either side of the aisle, do we see really serious proposals for adequately reducing the federal deficit. And “train wreck� is an appropriate term, given one of the items in the Administration’s budget proposal.

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February 28, 2011

Drug Company: Let 11-Year-Olds Buy Morning-After Pill

The maker of the Plan B morning-after pill is asking the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to allow girls as young as 11 to be able to buy it without a prescription. Girls younger than 17 currently need a prescription.

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February 25, 2011

Polling Evangelicals: Cut Aid to World’s Poor, Unemployed

The House of Representatives is working day and night in its effort to cut more than $60 billion from the federal budget. The House is considering a continuing resolution, a bill used to fund the federal government for the remainder of the year. The bill includes deep cuts for environmental agencies, education, and foreign aid (except those related to security). It makes modest reductions for defense, homeland security, and police. These cuts are in line with the spending priorities of most American evangelicals.

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February 25, 2011

Healthcare conscience laws gutted

The Obama administration has stripped part of conscience protections for the healthcare industry -- which means Congress may need to step in. Rules for enforcing 30-year-old conscience laws were put in place by the Bush administration, but the Obama administration has now changed that. Left in place are protections only for those who object to abortion and sterilization, but little else. Dr. J. Scott Ries, a spokesman for the Christian Medical Association, sees nothing but bad resulting from this move.

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February 25, 2011

Social Scientist Sees Bias Within

SAN ANTONIO — Some of the world’s pre-eminent experts on bias discovered an unexpected form of it at their annual meeting. Discrimination is always high on the agenda at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology’s conference, where psychologists discuss their research on racial prejudice, homophobia, sexism, stereotype threat and unconscious bias against minorities. But the most talked-about speech at this year’s meeting, which ended Jan. 30, involved a new “outgroup.� It was identified by Jonathan Haidt, a social psychologist at the University of Virginia who studies the intuitive foundations of morality and ideology. He polled his audience at the San Antonio Convention Center, starting by asking how many considered themselves politically liberal. A sea of hands appeared, and Dr. Haidt estimated that liberals made up 80 percent of the 1,000 psychologists in the ballroom. When he asked for centrists and libertarians, he spotted fewer than three dozen hands. And then, when he asked for conservatives, he counted a grand total of three.

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February 24, 2011

Planned Parenthood ‘lying through their teeth’

A Planned Parenthood clinic in Kennewick, Washington, is accused of keeping a 14-year-old girl, who was impregnated by a 20-year-old man, from her father and police. The girl was 22 weeks into her pregnancy when she was referred to a Seattle Planned Parenthood for an abortion. But when her father and police both tried to intervene, clinic worker Andrea Smasne refused to allow them access to the girl. One pro-life activist decides the incident illustrates Planned Parenthood's hypocrisy.

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February 24, 2011

Illinois Home Schooling Bill Tabled—But Fight Far From Over

An Illinois bill that would have required home schooling families to register with the state Board of Education has been tabled -- but activists tell FoxNews.com the fight is far from over. Curt Mercadante, chairman of the Illinois Homeschool PAC, said he remains extremely concerned that the idea will reappear in some form. The bill was tabled by Illinois state Sen. Edward Maloney, a Democrat, on Thursday following intense opposition.

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February 24, 2011

Most Teens Want to Be Abstinent Until Marriage

A survey of more than 5,000 teens in the United States – conducted at the request of global research group, One Hope – found that 61 percent of teens wanted to be sexually abstinent until they are married, and nearly two-thirds of the teens who have had sex, wish they could regain their virginity if possible. Spiritual State of the World’s Children 2011 U.S. survey also found that 82 percent of teens believe God intended marriage to last a lifetime, and 80 percent cite parents as having a lot – or some – influence over their thoughts and actions (followed by teachers and friends).

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February 23, 2011

Churches Open Doors to Muslim Worship

They see it as their Christian duty. But others disagree, saying it extends the hand of fellowship where it was never intended to go. Two Protestant churches are taking some heat from critics for opening their church buildings to Muslims needing places to worship because their own facilities were either too small, or under construction. Heartsong Church in Cordova, Tenn., let members of the Memphis Islamic Center hold Ramadan prayers there last September. And Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Alexandria, Va., allows the Islamic Circle of North America to hold regular Friday prayers in their building while their new mosque is being built.

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February 23, 2011

Power to the female mobile social gamer

The lure of the hardcore male gamer is waning and making way for the female social gamer, says a report by Flurry, a mobile analytics company.

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February 23, 2011

Pro-Life Billboard on Black Abortions Causes Outrage in NYC

A new billboard in New York City is causing outrage from abortion advocates upset by the message: “The most dangerous place for an African-American is in the womb.� The billboard hopes to draw attention to the fact that African-Americans have abortions in much higher rates than their White and Hispanic counterparts and that Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses frequently target the black community by placing new abortion centers in minority neighborhoods. The billboard, located at the corner of Watts Street and Sixth Avenue, directs viewers to go to thatsabortion.com, a web site offering more information on the topic. It is up in the Soho district and will remain in place for three weeks.

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February 22, 2011

Playing Chicken with Free Speech

Is giving away chicken sandwiches an act of homophobic bigotry? According to certain homosexual groups and websites, it is: when you give away sandwiches to people attending a conference on marriage. You heard that right. Gay-rights groups are slandering and boycotting the well-known national fast-food chain Chick-fil-A—you know, the one that says we should “eat more chicken.� That’s because one of its restaurants decided to donate some sandwiches to a February marriage conference sponsored by the Pennsylvania Family Institute, which opposes so-called gay “marriage.� That’s it. There was absolutely no attempt to exclude anyone or to engage in gay-bashing. Responding to the boycott and the attacks, Chick-fil-A, which according to the The New York Times is “among only a handful of large American companies with conservative religion built into its corporate ethos,� says that it serves and values all people and treats “everyone with honor, dignity and respect.� I know that’s the case.

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February 22, 2011

Justin Taylor Interview: Mako Fujimura, Artist of “The Four Holy Gospels”

Justin Taylor talks with Mako Fujimura, founder of the International Arts Movement, and the artist behind the illuminated texts of "The Four Holy Gospels." They discuss Mako's background in art, his education, views on art, and the project for Crossway. "The Four Holy Gospels" is an exquisitely designed and produced edition of the four canonical Gospels in the English Standard Version, published in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the King James Version (KJV) Bible in 1611.

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February 22, 2011

When Atheists Are Angry at God

I’ve shaken my fist in anger at stalled cars, storm clouds, and incompetent meterologists. I’ve even, on one terrible day that included a dead alternator, a blaring blaring tornado-warning siren, and a horrifically wrong weather forecast, cursed all three at once. I’ve fumed at furniture, cussed at crossing guards, and held a grudge against Gun Barrel City, Texas. I’ve been mad at just about anything you can imagine. Except unicorns. I’ve never been angry at unicorns. It’s unlikely you’ve ever been angry at unicorns either. We can become incensed by objects and creatures both animate and inanimate. We can even, in a limited sense, be bothered by the fanciful characters in books and dreams. But creatures like unicorns that don’t exist—that we truly believe not to exist—tend not to raise our ire. We certainly don’t blame the one-horned creatures for our problems.

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February 21, 2011

Video – The Millennials

Mark Sayers Interview with Hank Hanegraaff on the Bible Answer Man broadcast .

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February 21, 2011

Bible Edited Out of Film ‘Soul Surfer’ to Appeal to Non-Christians, Added Back In

The upcoming film “Soul Surfer,� slated for release in April, is based on the true story of spirited teen surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a 2003 shark attack, but courageously returned to her board and become a champion again months later. However, it appears as though the uplifting story hit a sour note with the film's producers where the family's Christianity was concerned. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the real-life Hamilton family – all devout Christians – were upset to learn that the words “Holy Bible� were digitally removed from the cover of a Bible in a scene featuring Bethany Hamilton's father Tom reading by his ailing daughter’s hospital bedside.

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February 21, 2011

Marriage Legislation is All Over the Map

Gay activists and their allies are hoping Maryland and Rhode Island soon will become the sixth and seventh states to allow same-sex marriage. Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, New Hampshire, Vermont and the District of Columbia have legalized gay marriage. Legislation to redefine marriage could get a vote in the Maryland Senate as soon as next week. The House has not taken up the issue yet. Similar legislation is pending in the Rhode Island House. “We’re going to have a big fight in Rhode Island, and I think that is a top priority for proponents of same-sex marriage,� Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, told Baptist Press. “In Maryland, it’s also going to be a tough fight.

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February 18, 2011

House Bill Would Create Religious-Freedom Envoy

In the wake of increasing violence, targeted attacks and heightened discrimination against Christians in Iraq and Egypt, and persistent concerns in Afghanistan and Pakistan, among other nations, U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., has introduced bipartisan legislation calling for the creation of a special envoy at the U.S. State Department for religious minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia. Wolf, co-chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, said the U.S. has an obligation to speak out for the voiceless, to develop policies to protect and preserve these communities, and to prioritize these issues in its broader foreign policy.

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February 18, 2011

2 Min. Warning

The Democrat-controlled Hawaii House voted Friday to legalize civil unions and extend essentially all of the benefits of marriage to same-sex couples. The bill now returns to the Senate, which is also controlled by Democrats. The Senate approved a similar version of the measure last month.

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