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IRD Thanks Rep. Wolf Spotlighting Iraqi Christians' Plight

Christian Newswire - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 16:50
"The Church is effectively a family, and Christians in the West are obligated to take seriously threats against fellow believers in places like Syria and Iraq." -- IRD President Mark Tooley Contact: Jeff Walton, Institute on Religion and Democracy, 202-682-4131, 202-413-5639 cell, [email protected] WASHINGTON, August 6, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Over the past two weeks, U.S. Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA) has given a series of speeches on the House floor detailing atrocities commit Source: Institute on Religion & Democracy

IRD Thanks Rep. Wolf Spotlighting Iraqi Christians' Plight

Christian Newswire - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 16:50
"The Church is effectively a family, and Christians in the West are obligated to take seriously threats against fellow believers in places like Syria and Iraq." -- IRD President Mark Tooley Contact: Jeff Walton, Institute on Religion and Democracy, 202-682-4131, 202-413-5639 cell, [email protected] WASHINGTON, August 6, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Over the past two weeks, U.S. Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA) has given a series of speeches on the House floor detailing atrocities commit Source: Institute on Religion & Democracy

California: Gov. Signs Misleading Family Code Bill

Citizen Link - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 16:43

CitizenLink is proud to work with California Family Alliance and other family policy organizations across the country to stand for marriage, life and religious freedom. Learn more about the one in your state. 

Building codes, tools, and techniques have certainly changed over the centuries. From the archaic rock and chisel to the computer-aided design and laser technology, a fundamental aspect of construction has not changed: no matter the method or material, the foundation must be sound.

Except in California.

That’s because traditional marriage, the first institution ever formed and a fundamental societal building block, has been further undermined in California after Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 1306 (Leno D-San Francisco), a new law that strips all references to “husband” and “wife” from the family code.

In introducing SB 1306, Leno claimed that the bill’s purpose was to clean-up statutory codes to bring them in line with the state Supreme Court ruling on Proposition 22, a same-sex marriage ban passed by voters in 2000. SB 1306 goes much further, though, by also sanitizing traditional parental roles by substituting the gender-neutral word “spouse” for all references to “husband” and “wife” in the Family Code.

Unfortunately, the critical foundation of the family is not the only thing crumbling here. The foundation of trust, built on integrity, has also evaporated, as the bill’s author was not forthright in explaining the need for the measure.

In arguing for SB 1306 in his official fact sheet, Leno incorrectly stated last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Proposition 8 “made permanent the August 2010 federal District Court judgment that found Proposition 8 unconstitutional and resulted in the restoration of same-sex couples’ freedom to marry in California.”

That assertion is misleading.

In a narrow, split decision, the Supreme Court ruled only that supporters of Proposition 8 had no legal authority, called “standing,” to appeal the case, thereby nullifying the appeal court ruling declaring the amendment unconstitutional.  Under California law, the only way to void a constitutional amendment is by a vote of the people way or by way of an appellate court ruling—which no longer stands in this case.

As a result of the High Court’s focused ruling on standing and its failure to actually decide on the constitutionality of the amendment, Proposition 8 remains in legal limbo. In fact, the restoration of same-sex marriage in California only came about by order of the governor and attorney general, who each shirked their own constitutional duty to represent the voters in appealing the case. In essence, they vetoed the will of the people by fiat.

The question of legality over SB 1306 was not lost on Assemblyman Donald Wagner (R-Tustin), who challenged his colleagues on the Assembly Judiciary Committee in June.

“We shouldn’t take the dead letter language of Proposition 22 and act unconstitutionally because it’s more than code clean up,” Wagner, the committee vice chairman, said in testimony.

He added that liberal legal scholars, when dealing with a similar situation involving Proposition 187, the state’s controversial immigration initiative, argued that the “the legislature cannot do it (remove voter-approved language) on its own.”

“It’s doing exactly what we are trying to do here, taking out of the code something that the public put in,” Wagner said, adding, “When the public has rightly or wrongly exercised its franchise to put language into our law, it is bad form and, as I read the constitution, Article 2, section 10, I believe, specifically says we cannot do this. We also shouldn’t.”

But committee chairman Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), balked at Wagner’s assessment.

“We’ll leave it to the courts if there is any unconstitutional action that we have taken,” Wieckowski said.

His comments prompted a swift chiding from Wagner who called such action to be a dereliction of duty and a violation of their oath to pass laws they know to be unconstitutional.

Despite Wagner’s sound arguments against the measure, the Judiciary Committee passed the measure 7-1 advancing it on to the full Assembly where it passed 54-16, mostly along party lines. Embracing Leno’s arguments was Assemblyman Brian Maienschein (D-San Diego). Assembly Democrats breaking ranks with the party included

Steve Fox (D-Palmdale) and Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield). Gov. Brown signed the bill without fanfare on July 7.

In an environment where Legislators carry a two-thirds Democratic super majority in one house and nearly the same margin in the other, it is clear that holding back the progressive onslaught on the rule of law will not be easy. But it is fundamentally refreshing to see a lawmaker stand up for truth and against tyranny as part of the policy-making process.

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Son of SIM Missionary Nancy Writebol Issues Statement Today

Christian Newswire - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 16:28
Contact: Palmer Holt, 704-662-2569, [email protected]   ATLANTA, Aug. 6, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Jeremy Writebol, son of SIM missionary Nancy Writebol, who returned to the United States and was admitted to Emory University Hospital yesterday after contracting the Ebola virus in Liberia, issued the following statement today:   "We are grateful to be able to see our mom once again, and we entrust her care both to the Lord and to the fine doctors and staff at Source: InChrist Communicatinos

Son of SIM Missionary Nancy Writebol Issues Statement Today

Christian Newswire - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 16:28
Contact: Palmer Holt, 704-662-2569, [email protected]   ATLANTA, Aug. 6, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Jeremy Writebol, son of SIM missionary Nancy Writebol, who returned to the United States and was admitted to Emory University Hospital yesterday after contracting the Ebola virus in Liberia, issued the following statement today:   "We are grateful to be able to see our mom once again, and we entrust her care both to the Lord and to the fine doctors and staff at Source: InChrist Communicatinos

What Makes a 'Miracle' a Real Miracle?

Christian Newswire - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 15:31
Contact: Jeff Banashak, 251-861-2525, 251-222-2192, [email protected]   MOBILE, Ala., Aug. 6, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- In our culture, the word "miracle" has been misused, overused, and abused. The marketplace is crowded with miracle cures, miracle foods, and miracle gadgets. Some Christians loosely use the word miracle to indicate God's help, such as in a medical healing. So how do we identify a supernatural intervention? According to Herbert Lockyer: "A miracle Source: Evergreen Press

What Makes a 'Miracle' a Real Miracle?

Christian Newswire - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 15:31
Contact: Jeff Banashak, 251-861-2525, 251-222-2192, [email protected]   MOBILE, Ala., Aug. 6, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- In our culture, the word "miracle" has been misused, overused, and abused. The marketplace is crowded with miracle cures, miracle foods, and miracle gadgets. Some Christians loosely use the word miracle to indicate God's help, such as in a medical healing. So how do we identify a supernatural intervention? According to Herbert Lockyer: "A miracle Source: Evergreen Press

'One Million Babies, An Adoption Story'

Christian Newswire - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 14:19
Contact: Gale Duran, 512-619-4458, [email protected]; www.galeduran.com CORINTH, Texas, Aug. 6, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- To be a Christian calls each one of us to love one another. That means, with all of our faults and short-comings as well. A new book by Gale Duran presents the need for education in the arena of adoption. Have you ever considered adopting a child? For many centuries the word, "adoption" has struck fear in the hearts of most adults. Fear not! Adoption can b Source: One Million Babies

'One Million Babies, An Adoption Story'

Christian Newswire - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 14:19
Contact: Gale Duran, 512-619-4458, [email protected]; www.galeduran.com CORINTH, Texas, Aug. 6, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- To be a Christian calls each one of us to love one another. That means, with all of our faults and short-comings as well. A new book by Gale Duran presents the need for education in the arena of adoption. Have you ever considered adopting a child? For many centuries the word, "adoption" has struck fear in the hearts of most adults. Fear not! Adoption can b Source: One Million Babies

Chasing Fire: An Adventure into Intimacy with God

Christian Newswire - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 12:54
Contact: Lisa Martin, 818-427-6502, [email protected]   AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 6, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- God speaks. Anyone can hear Him and everyone should. After many encounters with people who have made statements such as "God doesn't speak anymore," "I can't hear God," and "God only speaks to people in leadership," Lisa Martin decided to share her encounters with God in her new book, Chasing Fire: Encountering the Divine. Living a life of Source: Evergreen Press

Chasing Fire: An Adventure into Intimacy with God

Christian Newswire - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 12:54
Contact: Lisa Martin, 818-427-6502, [email protected]   AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 6, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- God speaks. Anyone can hear Him and everyone should. After many encounters with people who have made statements such as "God doesn't speak anymore," "I can't hear God," and "God only speaks to people in leadership," Lisa Martin decided to share her encounters with God in her new book, Chasing Fire: Encountering the Divine. Living a life of Source: Evergreen Press

TV Host Brings Revival Outside the Walls to the Web

Christian Newswire - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 12:30
Contact: Hailey Henry, 949-442-8900 IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 6, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Barry Meguiar, President of Meguiar's Car Wax, and Host of Discovery's Velocity Channel Car Crazy TV, has announced a new website for Revival Outside the Walls (ROTW), a ministry resource for lay people sharing their faith outside the walls of their church. ROTW reveals how faith-sharing becomes the most exciting part of life for every Christian who gets off the bench (pew) and into the game. As a l Source: Revival Outside the Walls

TV Host Brings Revival Outside the Walls to the Web

Christian Newswire - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 12:30
Contact: Hailey Henry, 949-442-8900 IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 6, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Barry Meguiar, President of Meguiar's Car Wax, and Host of Discovery's Velocity Channel Car Crazy TV, has announced a new website for Revival Outside the Walls (ROTW), a ministry resource for lay people sharing their faith outside the walls of their church. ROTW reveals how faith-sharing becomes the most exciting part of life for every Christian who gets off the bench (pew) and into the game. As a l Source: Revival Outside the Walls

Alpha Omega Academy Graduate Earns Title of Top-Ranked U.S. Junior Epee Fencer

Christian Newswire - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 10:29
Contact: Teri Elgersma, 800-682-7391 ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa, Aug. 6, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Alpha Omega Academy congratulates recent graduate Amanda Sirico for earning the title of top-ranked junior female epee fencer in the United States. In her final season before heading to college, the 18-year-old Sirico competed in world cups in France, Germany, Spain, Qatar, Brazil, Cuba, and Costa Rica. In addition to being ranked first on the junior circuit, she is also ranked fifth on the seni Source: Alpha Omega Academy

Alpha Omega Academy Graduate Earns Title of Top-Ranked U.S. Junior Epee Fencer

Christian Newswire - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 10:29
Contact: Teri Elgersma, 800-682-7391 ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa, Aug. 6, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Alpha Omega Academy congratulates recent graduate Amanda Sirico for earning the title of top-ranked junior female epee fencer in the United States. In her final season before heading to college, the 18-year-old Sirico competed in world cups in France, Germany, Spain, Qatar, Brazil, Cuba, and Costa Rica. In addition to being ranked first on the junior circuit, she is also ranked fifth on the seni Source: Alpha Omega Academy

Supreme Knight's Report Highlights K of C's Charity, Growth & Commitment to the Faith

Christian Newswire - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 09:00
132nd International Convention hears of first council in Korea Contact: Andrew Walther, 203-824-5412, [email protected]; Peter Sonski, 203-410-4693, [email protected]; both with Knights of Columbus ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 6, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Knights of Columbus has set a new record in charitable giving, is continuing to experience membership growth, and has established a new council in South Korea, said the organization's supreme knight in his annual report Source: Knights of Columbus

Supreme Knight's Report Highlights K of C's Charity, Growth & Commitment to the Faith

Christian Newswire - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 09:00
132nd International Convention hears of first council in Korea Contact: Andrew Walther, 203-824-5412, [email protected]; Peter Sonski, 203-410-4693, [email protected]; both with Knights of Columbus ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 6, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Knights of Columbus has set a new record in charitable giving, is continuing to experience membership growth, and has established a new council in South Korea, said the organization's supreme knight in his annual report Source: Knights of Columbus

PrimeStar Publicity & Public Relations is Now Representing, Speaker/Author, Rev. Terry Allan Christian

Christian Newswire - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 08:00
Contact: Helen Cook, PrimeStar Publicity, 903-654-0938, [email protected] HOUSTON, Aug. 6, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- PrimeStar Publicity & Public Relations has formed an alliance with Rev. Terry Allan Christian as a speaker and author. PrimeStar will work with Terry to launch a nationwide tour, to churches and Christian organizations, as he presents the message of What Did Jesus Say: The Seven Messages From the Master. Terry will travel from his hometown of San Diego, CA. Source: PrimeStar Publicity

PrimeStar Publicity & Public Relations is Now Representing, Speaker/Author, Rev. Terry Allan Christian

Christian Newswire - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 08:00
Contact: Helen Cook, PrimeStar Publicity, 903-654-0938, [email protected] HOUSTON, Aug. 6, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- PrimeStar Publicity & Public Relations has formed an alliance with Rev. Terry Allan Christian as a speaker and author. PrimeStar will work with Terry to launch a nationwide tour, to churches and Christian organizations, as he presents the message of What Did Jesus Say: The Seven Messages From the Master. Terry will travel from his hometown of San Diego, CA. Source: PrimeStar Publicity

Motivating Voters

Citizen Link - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 01:05

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