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Obama Administration Fails to Act to Protect Christians and Other Religious Minorities in Iraq

Christian Newswire - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 14:37
Contact: Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, 540-538-4741WASHINGTON, Aug. 7, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ --  ISIS is carrying out genocide against religious minorities on a daily basis and President Obama has not personally addressed this tragedy or involved his Administration.  Faith leaders and community to hold prayer vigil and public witness in front of the White House on Saturday, August 9 at 11:00 A.M.The vigil will be on Pennsylvania Ave. NW in front of the White House ac Source: Christian Defense Coalition

City of Madison officially rescinds censorship zones

Wisconsin Family News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 12:41
Alliance Defending Freedom: The city of Madison voted Tuesday to rescind its law that created hundreds of censorship zones throughout the city in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in McCullen v. Coakley, a case Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys and allied attorneys filed in 2008. ADF filed suit against the Madison law in February.

'Face the Truth Tour' Forces Discussion of Abortion's Violent Reality

Christian Newswire - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 12:00
Pro-Life Action League's Images of Aborted Babies Return to Streets of Rockford August 12 Contact: Tom Ciesielka, TC Public Relations, 312-422-1333, [email protected] ROCKFORD, Ill., Aug. 7, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- With the recent Supreme Court rulings in high-profile Hobby Lobby v. Burwell and McCullen v. Coakley cases, the abortion issue has been all over the news lately. But just how aware are people of the stark reality of abortion and what it does to its tiny, defenseless unborn vict Source: TC Public Relations

Do Christians Feel Any Self-Accountability?

Christian Newswire - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 09:03
Contact: William Pillow, 317-288-9291, [email protected] OPINION, Aug. 7, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- The following is submitted by William Pillow, Jack McMahan, and Lillian Stover Wells, PhD: Bible literalists say that we are born in sin, inherited from the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Christians claim to be saved from their sins by the crucifixion of Jesus, intended by God as atonement for their sins. Question: are Christians saved from inherited sins, sins committed un Source: None

Greg Leininger Shows Readers Power of 'The Infinite Gospel'

Christian Newswire - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 09:00
Contact: Greg Leininger, 210-325-5034 SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Aug. 7, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Author Greg Leininger sees a tragic neglect of the Gospel in the Church, which he attributes to narrowing perception of God's glory. To correct what he perceives as a "vanishing fear of God" and growing disregard for the Gospel, Leininger wrote his new book, "The Infinite Gospel: A Foundational Primer to the Truth--Answers for Life" (published by CrossBooks). "'The Infinite Gospel' is th Source: Greg Leininger

Paul Sybert Announces Song, 'The Eye of the Storm'

Christian Newswire - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:30
Contact: Paul Sybert, 831-238-4753, [email protected]  MONTEREY, Calif., Aug. 7, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Paul Sybert wrote this song about Jesus the Christ, His life and crucifixion and resurrection and active role in Paul's life and because he now lives, He helps Paul Sybert each day.  The "Little Voice" inside, Sybert has come to know as his Angel Muse helped him write this song. The lyrics came to him so quickly and with tears in his eyes he played t Source: Paul Sybert

NRB Concerned by Private Deal for Church Scrutiny

Christian Newswire - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 19:04
Contact: Kenneth Chan, 703-331-4520, [email protected] MANASSAS, Va., August 6, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- NRB expressed concern today with reports that the IRS has struck a private deal that could lead to censorship of free speech and religious expression in churches and other houses of worship. "I am alarmed by reports that such a powerful government agency has struck a private deal with an atheist group about procedures to investigate church leaders on the basis of their speech, when Source: National Religious Broadcasters

NRB Concerned by Private Deal for Church Scrutiny

Christian Newswire - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 19:04
Contact: Kenneth Chan, 703-331-4520, [email protected] MANASSAS, Va., August 6, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- NRB expressed concern today with reports that the IRS has struck a private deal that could lead to censorship of free speech and religious expression in churches and other houses of worship. "I am alarmed by reports that such a powerful government agency has struck a private deal with an atheist group about procedures to investigate church leaders on the basis of their speech, when Source: National Religious Broadcasters

Three States Appeal Same-Sex Marriage Decisions to U.S. Supreme Court

Citizen Link - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 17:37

Three states are continuing the fight for marriage by taking their cases straight to the U.S. Supreme Court. Utah took the lead on Tuesday by asking the court to consider a recent court ruling that redefined the institution. Virginia and Oklahoma have done the same.

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes said it’s his job to uphold the will of the people.

“My responsibility is to defend the state Constitution and its amendments as Utah citizens have enacted them,” he said in a statement. “We recognize this litigation has caused uncertainty and disruption and have accordingly tried to expedite its resolution as quickly as possible by filing our petition a full month-and-a-half before its September 23rd due date.”

Virginia Attorney General Mike Herring announced later on Tuesday that he would ask the high court to hear Virginia’s marriage case. And today, ADF attorneys — representing an Oklahoma county clerk — asked the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the state constitutional amendment. Both states saw their constitutional marriage amendments struck down — in separate rulings — by federal courts in July.

The District of Columbia and 19 states have redefined marriage either by court order or legislation.

All states in the country have had their marriage law or amendment challenged. Appeals are pending in 14 of these cases. Focus on the Family Judicial Analyst Bruce Hausknecht said we’ll eventually see more states appeal marriage decisions to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“We’ll see more eventually, but Oklahoma, Utah and Virginia are at the Supreme Court now, and may be the ones from which the Court selects,” he said. “The nearest appellate court decision, probably from the 6th Circuit, will be weeks or even months behind. And it may be one of those situations, similar to the HHS mandate cases, where a few cases hit the Court, and every other case just stands still while the court addresses the constitutional question.”

As for Utah, the state welcomes the Supreme Court merits decision, Reyes said.

“All Utah citizens will benefit,” he explained, “when the Supreme Court provides clear finality on the important issue of state authority to define marriage.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Read the petition to the Supreme Court in Herbert v. Kitchen.

Read the opinion in the case from 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

 

La Biblia Adopta una Cara Digital para Niños

Christian Newswire - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 17:26
La Biblia App para Niños ahora está disponible en Español Aug. 6, 2014 - POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -Dos líderes innovadores del mercado están invadiendo el mundo digital para reavivar el amor de los niños por las Escrituras. Uniendo la tecnología con el libro más leído de todos los tiempos, la Biblia App para Niños se hizo disponible de forma gratuita a partir de Noviembre del 2013, para más de mil millones de usuarios activos de teléfonos inteligentes alrededor del mundo. La Biblia App para N Source: OneHope

La Biblia Adopta una Cara Digital para Niños

Christian Newswire - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 17:26
La Biblia App para Niños ahora está disponible en Español Aug. 6, 2014 - POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -Dos líderes innovadores del mercado están invadiendo el mundo digital para reavivar el amor de los niños por las Escrituras. Uniendo la tecnología con el libro más leído de todos los tiempos, la Biblia App para Niños se hizo disponible de forma gratuita a partir de Noviembre del 2013, para más de mil millones de usuarios activos de teléfonos inteligentes alrededor del mundo. La Biblia App para N Source: OneHope

Legal Group: Faith-Based Schools Should Be Part of School Choice

Citizen Link - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 17:20

A Christian legal organization asked the Colorado Supreme Court on Monday to uphold a lower court ruling that affirms a county’s right to include private religious schools in the state’s school choice program. In other words, students should have the choice to attend a Christian school if they wish.

Taxpayers for Public Education filed suit against Douglas County School District claiming its school choice program is unconstitutional. According to the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the schools they represent were initially on a list of 500 schools eligible for school-choice funds. After the ACLU and other groups sued, they were removed from the list.

“School districts have a responsibility to provide the best educational choices for parents and their children without discriminating against religious options,” said ADF Senior Counsel Gregory S. Baylor. “The Court of Appeals affirmed that the Choice Scholarship Program respects the First Amendment and the private religious choices of Colorado families. The Colorado Supreme Court has every reason to reach the same conclusion.”

ADF attorneys are representing the Association of Christian Schools International, the Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs, Colorado Christian University and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities in its brief.

In 2013, Douglas County won its case in the Colorado Court of Appeals. The justices ruled the new Choice Scholarship Program was constitutional. ADF then appealed to the high court.

The brief points out that the First Amendment nurtures a long history of religious freedom by preventing the government from silencing religious viewpoints in the marketplace. While the government is prohibited from establishing a national religion, it is not allowed to exclude viewpoints because they are religious in nature.

“Religious schools that meet all other qualifications are constitutionally free to participate in a religiously neutral program,” Baylor said. “These schools provide an excellent education that meets all state standards. They should continue to be welcomed into programs like this one so that students, the community, and the government will all benefit.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Download the new Focus on the Family resource “Empowering Parents” from True Tolerance.

 

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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Learn more about California Family Alliance.

 

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

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