July 28, 2015
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.
- Author: Newsroom
- Source: Live Action News
July 27, 2015
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.
- Author: Heather Clark
- Source: Christian News
July 22, 2015
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.
- Author: Eliza Collins
- Source: POLITICO
July 20, 2015
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.
- Author: Newsmax
- Source: Newsmax
July 16, 2015
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.
- Author: Ana Cabrera, Greg Botelho and Dana Ford
- Source: CNN
July 14, 2015
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.
- Author: Sandhya Somashekhar and Danielle Paquette
- Source: The Washington Post
July 07, 2015
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)
- Author: WORLD Magazine
- Source: WORLD Magazine
July 06, 2015
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.”
- Author: Thomas D. Williams
- Source: Breitbart
July 02, 2015
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.
- Author: Focus on the Family
- Source: Focus on the Family
June 29, 2015
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.
- Author: Anugrah Kumar
- Source: Christian Post
June 18, 2015
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.”
- Author: Leigh Jones
- Source: WORLD
June 12, 2015
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.
- Author: Baptist Press
- Source: Baptist Press
May 21, 2015
The senior author of an allegedly groundbreaking study on gay marriage has retracted it following evidence that some of the data likely was fabricated.
The study claimed people opposed to gay marriage would change their minds after having a 20-minute conversation with someone canvassing their neighborhood who identified as a homosexual. The study also claimed other members of the same household were more likely to change their views as well. But the data supporting the study was too good to be true, according to the Daily Caller.
The study, published in December in the journal Science, showed dramatic results. But when several graduate students returned to the study to build off the work, they found irregularities in the research. Methods widely recognized to produce inconsistent results and anomalies in other studies seemed to yield almost perfectly consistent results in this study. The two graduate students, David Broockman and Joshua Kalla, together with Yale professor Peter Aronow, wrote a report and sent it to the study’s senior author, Columbia University political scientist Donald Green.
- Author: Rachel Lynn Aldrich
- Source: WORLD
May 18, 2015
Ireland will become the first country in the world to vote directly on same-sex marriage Friday in a neck-and-neck referendum that has seen most of the Catholic country's government and the church on opposing sides.
Voters will decide whether to back an amendment to the constitution that would redefine marriage to include same-sex unions, five years after the introduction of civil partnerships.
The earliest opinion poll in the campaign indicated a 'Yes' vote of 76 percent, but the gap between the sides has narrowed. Polls published Sunday suggested support for the 'Yes' campaign at between 53 and 69 percent. However, Irish prime minister Enda Kenny last week declared the race too close to call.
- Author: Lisa McNally
- Source: NBC News
May 15, 2015
A jury of five men and seven women found Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty of 30 federal charges and sentenced him to death by execution on Friday for his role in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.
The bombings killed three people and left over 260 others wounded on April 13, 2013.
The sentence of death by execution was delivered by the same jury of seven women and five men who found Tsarnaev guilty on all 30 counts of carjacking, robbery and using weapons of mass destruction resulting in death during the bombings.
Tsarnaev, who carried out the act of Islamic terrorism with his brother, showed little emotion as the verdict was received, according to USA Today. Some reports say the Tsarnaev, who was 19 at the time of the crime, will likely be sent to the federal death row in Terre Haute, Indiana.
- Author: Emma Koonse
- Source: Christian Post
May 12, 2015
The Christian share of the U.S. population is declining, while the number of U.S. adults who do not identify with any organized religion is growing, according to an extensive new survey by the Pew Research Center. Moreover, these changes are taking place across the religious landscape, affecting all regions of the country and many demographic groups. While the drop in Christian affiliation is particularly pronounced among young adults, it is occurring among Americans of all ages. The same trends are seen among whites, blacks and Latinos; among both college graduates and adults with only a high school education; and among women as well as men.
- Author: Pew Research Center
- Source: Pew Research Center
May 07, 2015
TV-star Sofia Vergara’s ex-fiancé is waging a public campaign for her to let him have and raise the couple’s two frozen embryos. The battle reveals the complexities of frozen embryo “custody” in cases where the parents’ relationship dissolves.
The fiancé, businessman Nick Loeb, wrote an editorial in The New York Times last week explaining why he is suing Vergara, a star on the TV show Modern Family, for their embryos, which were made through in vitro fertilization (IVF). He called the two female embryos “our girls,” explaining that he doesn’t want to “let the two lives I have already created be destroyed or sit in a freezer until the end of time.”
- Author: Kiley Crossland
- Source: WORLD Magazine
May 06, 2015
President Barack Obama's administration has warned that it will veto a proposed amendment that would require the release of Pastor Saeed Abedini and three other American citizens held prisoners in Iran before any final nuclear deal agreement is reached. The American Center for Law and Justice, which represents Abedini's family, called the admittance "despicable" and "outrageous."
- Author: Stoyan Zaimov
- Source: The Christian Post
April 28, 2015
Today is one of the most significant days in the history of the United States Supreme Court. The justices will hear arguments regarding the legality of same-sex marriage, and will hand down their ruling in June. A number of different outcomes are possible.
The Court could legalize gay marriage in all 50 states. Its decision could also open the door to legalizing other types of marriages, including polygamous relationships, changing the nature of marriage in this country forever. And its ruling could even require churches to perform same-sex marriages or face threats to their non-profit status.
- Author: Jim Denison
- Source: Denison Forum
April 13, 2015
"This summer, ABC Family will premiere Becoming Us, an unscripted show that chronicles the life of 17-year-old Ben Lehwald of Evanstan, Illinois, as his father Charlie transitions to become Carly. The docu-series from Ryan Seacrest Productions will take Ben's perspective as he watches his dad divorce his mom, Suzy, before undergoing gender reassignment surgery."
- Author: Gina Dalfonzo
- Source: Breakpoint; People