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March 17, 2011

Good News: Pro-Life Legislation Captures the Spotlight

Across the nation, pro-life legislation is taking center stage. In the first of two votes, the Missouri House passed pro-life legislation Monday that would protect preborn babies who are 20 weeks or older and viable. A second vote will take place this week, after which the bill would move to the Senate. “The state should act to protect and provide for the most needy,� said Republican Rep. Tim Jones, the bill’s sponsor. “I cannot think of anyone more innocent and more needy than an unborn child.�

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March 16, 2011

The Universal Longing for Freedom

Two Minute Warning. Libyan Protests. The Universal Longing for Freedom.

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March 16, 2011

A Lesser-of-Two-Evils World?

The world is changing in ways that are truly astounding, especially in the Middle East. Thomas Friedman of The New York Times is a great writer and a profound thinker. He sees the world differently than I do, and there are times he drives me nuts. Then there are times when he makes me stop and think. And he’s done it again. Surveying the situation in the Middle East, Friedman asks, "What [is the U.S.] doing spending $110 billion this year supporting corrupt and unpopular regimes in Afghanistan and Pakistan that are almost identical to the governments we’re applauding the Arab people for overthrowing?" Friedman makes the case that U.S. foreign policy has seen only two possible alternatives in the Middle East: Bin Laden-and-Taliban style radical Islam on the one hand, or secular dictatorships on the other.

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March 16, 2011

The Global War Against Baby Girls

If you were asked to name the technologies whose proliferation inadvertently threatens the human race, what would you include? Landmines? Assault rifles? Nuclear warheads? Add this one to your list: the sonogram machine.

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March 15, 2011

Funding measure omits pro-life Pence Amendment

A prominent pro-family group is bringing attention to an important vote scheduled today on Capitol Hill that would give money to Planned Parenthood. The House will vote on a temporary Continuing Resolution (CR) to provide funding for the government for three weeks -- but it is minus the Pence Amendment that would de-fund Planned Parenthood. AFA Action's Bryan Fischer tells OneNewsNow that a vote for the bill would send federal tax dollars to the largest abortion provider in America.

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March 15, 2011

Analysis: Abortion + Tax Dollars = An Unprincipled and Deadly Mix

When the U.S. House of Representatives voted to defund Planned Parenthood on Feb. 19, the abortion business moved into high gear to defend its taxpayer payroll status. The group went on the offensive with a $200,000 media buy and nationwide bus tour to stop the Senate from following suit. Planned Parenthood’s campaign focuses on its non-abortion activities. No one is disputing that offering women pregnancy tests, STI testing and treatment, and cancer screenings is beneficial. That’s not the problem; it’s the abortions. And conveniently, Planned Parenthood is not talking about that.

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March 15, 2011

35 Years of Freedom from Homosexuality – Part 3

A number of readers have responded to my blogs about Exodus’ 35th anniversary and about the journey out of homosexuality that I began 25 years ago. Many have claimed that people are “born gay� (they’re not, even if Lady Gaga says so) and that people cannot change sexual behavior, attractions and identity (they can, I’ve seen and experienced it). Some readers have denied the real change in my life and have questioned the veracity of my story– often with offensive language. I won’t have a lengthy response to the personal attacks, except to say that many of us who have left homosexuality have heard these same accusations for years. After awhile you get used to seeing “ex-gay� in quotes. We just keep living our lives, following Jesus as best we can.

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March 14, 2011

Not Gaga Over ‘Born This Way’

According to Vogue magazine, Lady Gaga’s song “Born This Way� is more than “an unbelievably great dance song�; it is “destined to be the anthem of every gay-pride event for the next 100 years.� It only took the well-known pop star 10 minutes to write the song and its explanation of same-sex attraction. At least that’s what Lady Gaga told Vogue. That being the case, we shouldn’t expect too much nuance and thoughtfulness from someone best known for wearing meat as a dress and making an obscene gesture at a Mets game. Still, Lady Gaga has unintentionally raised some important questions which go far beyond sexual orientation.

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March 14, 2011

Good News: U.S. House Takes a Stand on Life, Marriage

(Editor’s note: Don’t miss this week’s CitizenLink Report, in which Tom Minnery and others talk about the president’s decision to stop defending marriage.) CitizenLink and 60 other pro-life groups are thanking the members of the U.S. House of Representatives who voted to defund Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion seller. A separate thank-you note has been sent to Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who have taken a stand for both life and marriage.

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March 14, 2011

Obama won’t defend DOMA - but Congress can

The legislative action arm of a non-profit public policy organization is asking the public to fight the Obama administration's decision to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The administration backed away last week from defending DOMA, the law that defines marriage as between one man and one woman, in at least two federal courts where the law was ruled unconstitutional. But Chris Gacek, senior fellow of regulatory affairs at the Family Research Council, says Congress could get the last word if it decides to take action.

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March 11, 2011

Good News about Teen Abstinence

Teens and young twentysomethings of both sexes are more likely to have remained abstinent from sexual activity than they were a few years ago, according to new data released last week from the CDC. The National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) finds that the percentage of females 15–24 who have never had any form of sexual contact increased by almost one-third, from 22.7 percent in 2002 to 29.9 percent in 2006–08. The figures are similar for teenage boys and young men: Total male abstainers in the same age group increased by one-quarter, from 22.6 percent to 28.3 percent, during this period. Despite the recent barrage of MTV shows and celebrity teen-mom headlines, we know from other government data that abstinence among teens has been increasing since the 1990s. Subsequently, teen pregnancy, birth, and abortion rates have all dropped significantly in the last two decades. (Familyfacts.org traces these trends in a new series of charts on teen sex and related outcomes.)

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March 10, 2011

Christianity isn’t dying, it’s being eradicated

It’s official: Britain is no longer a Christian nation. In banning Eunice and Owen Johns, a devout Christian couple, from fostering children, Lord Justice Munby and Mr Justice Beatson declared that we live in a secular state, and that the Johns’ religious convictions disqualified them from raising citizens of that state. We’ve outgrown Christianity, the judges professed. Instead, we have graduated to the status of a multicultural nation, blessed by a plurality of faiths. Ironically, the justices who have pronounced that Britain is no longer Christian did so in a court where witnesses swear on the Bible and invoke God’s help in telling the truth. I do not imagine that these judges leave out the first word in “God Save the Queen� – nor would they shun an invitation to the Royal wedding, which is happening not at a registry office but the centrepiece of official Christendom, Westminster Abbey.

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March 10, 2011

In Defense of Marriage

Last week, the Obama administration announced it no longer will defend the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Federal policy analyst Ashley Horne asks Senior Vice President Tom Minnery and judicial analyst Bruce Hausknecht what the decision means and what can be done to protect marriage.

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March 10, 2011

Rutgers’ Gender-Neutral Housing Program Accomodates Gay Students

New Jersey's largest university will offer a gender-neutral housing program in three dorms that aims to make the campus more inclusive for gay students. Starting this fall, gay, lesbian and transgender students at Rutgers University's New Brunswick campus can choose either male or female roommates under the pilot program.

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March 08, 2011

Stonestreet Launches The Point

Welcome to The Point with John Stonestreet, a radio minute and blog where you will find fresh commentary on the news, media, entertainment and culture from a distinctly Christian and fully human perspective.

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March 08, 2011

Friday Five: Bruce Hausknecht on the Defense of Marriage

Bruce Hausknecht, J.D., is the judicial analyst for CitizenLink. He’s in charge of research and analysis of legal and judicial issues related to Christians and the family. Hausknecht regularly provides legal analysis and commentary for the nation’s top media outlets such as The Washington Post, The Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Boston Globe. Prior to joining Focus in 2004, Hausknecht practiced law for 17 years. Today, he explains President Obama’s landmark decision on marriage.

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March 08, 2011

Jim Wallis and the Dangers of Heresy

A coalition of liberal Christian leaders — including Jim Wallis, Shane Claiborne, Ron Sider, Joel C. Hunter, and Tony Campolo — took out a full-page ad that asks “What would Jesus cut?� in Monday’s edition of Politico (see the news story here). Now most of the ad is non-offensive. It argues that Christianity tells us that the moral test of a society is how it treats the poor. It insists that our budget should not be balanced on the backs of the most vulnerable. And it defends programs fighting pandemic diseases. On some of these matters I happen to agree with the signatories; on others I don’t. But where the ad crosses the line is with the campaign slogan itself: “What Would Jesus Cut?�

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March 08, 2011

Vigilant at Vanderbilt: Defending Religious Rights

It was a classic case of “We didn’t do it, and we promise not to do it again.� At Vanderbilt University, applicants to the nursing school’s residency program for women’s health discovered they were going to have to sign an ominous pledge: They had to agree to participate in abortions. If they had moral objections, they were told, they’d have to go elsewhere for their training. Two fourth-year nursing students objected to both options. They contacted the Alliance Defense Fund, or ADF, which works to protect the religious rights of Americans. ADF lawyers reminded Vanderbilt that the school accepts over $300 million in federal tax dollars every year. Federal law prohibits grant recipients from doing what Vanderbilt was attempting to do: forcing students to engage in activities that violate their religious beliefs.

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March 02, 2011

It’s Time To Fight - Alliance Defense Fund speaks out on USDOJ refusal to protect law.

It’s time to fight… We wanted to update you on the litigation involving the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA – which essentially is the law that defines marriage to include one man and one woman for federal government purposes, and allows each state to define marriage without imposing any re-definition on another), and especially the impact of Eric Holder’s unprecedented announcement yesterday that the Department of Justice will no longer defend the law (and in fact actively oppose it).

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March 02, 2011

Christian couple’s beliefs cost them foster care right

LONDON - A British court has ruled that a Christian couple cannot care for foster children because they disapprove of homosexuality. Judges at London's Royal Courts of Justice ruled that laws protecting homosexuals from discrimination take precedence over the couple's religious beliefs. Eunice and Owen Johns, aged 62 and 65 years old, had previously fostered children in the 1990s, but what one social worker described as their "strong views" on homosexuality raised red flags with authorities in the English city of Derby when they were interviewed in 2007.

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