Politics and U.S. Current Events
Posted 5/21/13 at 7:20 PM | Barry Bowen
Today I noticed a two articles promoted online with deceptive words.
An 18-year-old female student was arrested in Florida for having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old female student.
The Miami Herald's headline showed no bias:
Yahoo featured an article about this story from Babble.com. The Headline read:
The court will not decide if homosexuality should be illegal. Instead the real issue involves an adult having sex with a minor.
The second news article I want to bring to your attention is about Westboro Baptist Church which is famous for protesting at funerals and holding signs claiming that God hates homosexuals.
Posted 5/21/13 at 1:01 PM | American Life League
By Judie Brown
In Pope Francis, we have seen an excellent example of the kind of leader our Church needs. This is not always the case with other members of the clergy, especially here in the United States. If we cannot find the truth, wisdom, and understanding of Church law from those we should look up to in the faith, then how can we ever expect anyone else to understand or follow? When leadership crumbles, so do the people. And we see a massive amount of crumbling today.
Posted 5/21/13 at 12:02 PM | Barry Bowen
When Hurricane Andrew struck in 1992, I was an American Red Cross volunteer at Honduras Elementary School in Houma, Louisiana. We turned the school into a hurricane shelter for more than 100 people.
A girl arrived at the shelter crying because she had to leave pets at her home and didn't know if the pets would still be alive after the storm. Watching the Moore, Oklahoma, tornado news reminded me of this incident.
If there is a natural disaster where you live, do you have a plan for what to do with your pets?
Government and animal advocacy group websites provide advice for taking care of pets when natural disasters strike.
Ready.gov recommends that you take your animals with you if you evacuate:
If you evacuate your home, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND! Pets most likely cannot survive on their own and if by some remote chance they do, you may not be able to find them when you return.
If you are going to a public shelter, it is important to understand that animals may not be allowed inside. Plan in advance for shelter alternatives that will work for both you and your pets; consider loved ones or friends outside of your immediate area who would be willing to host you and your pets in an emergency. FULL POST
Posted 5/21/13 at 10:22 AM | Bill Blacquiere |
Recent numbers from UNICEF report there are 151 million orphans worldwide. This figure represents not only children who have lost both parents, but also those who have lost a father or mother. Of the 151 million children classified as orphans, 17.9 million have lost both parents.
People will often ask if we are making progress in the orphan crisis. This is a difficult question to answer given the large number of orphans and the lack of data. Let me address this question by sharing some of my personal experience and thinking of what has transpired in the last 5-10 years.
As of 2009, UNICEF reported 163 million orphans worldwide. In 2011 that number dropped to 153 million, and today UNICEF is reporting 151 million orphans worldwide. In the United States, at one time there were 130,000-150,000 children waiting for an adoptive home. This number has now been reported to be 104,000 and continued progress is being made to reduce the number of children in foster care who are waiting for an adoptive family.
Asia and Africa are the two geographic locations with the most daunting numbers. However, we rejoice in the victories we see beginning to grow there. For example, the number of children living in orphanages in China is declining as a result of foster care and increasing in-country adoption. Bethany has been involved in this activity in China and continues to work with the Chinese government to reduce the number of orphans living in institutions. FULL POST
Posted 5/21/13 at 12:28 AM | David Sanford
Posted 5/20/13 at 8:25 PM | Alex Murashko
A time for prayer for Oklahoma.
Posted 5/20/13 at 6:32 PM | Prayer Concerns
It's a small world. My parents and sister live in Oklahoma City next to the city of Moore which was struck today by a massive tornado. Just talked to a niece that was crying because one of her friends lived near Briarwood Elementary School which was destroyed by the tornado.
Fox News reported that 15 children not accounted for at Briarwood Elementary School. According to CNN, Moore Medical Center was damaged and the patients had to be evacuated.
Numerous gas fires are burning in the city because of damaged gas lines.
Westboro Baptist Church is exploiting this disaster to spread their hate.
Prayer List FULL POST
Posted 5/17/13 at 4:21 PM | Michael Bresciani
Chechen terrorists, the Tsarnaev brothers could have been deported the moment it was known that they returned to the country they sought asylum from or when Tamerlan was arrested and convicted for domestic violence in 2009. Neither brother was given the boot.
Fast forward to May 14, 2013 where the Romeike family of German home schoolers are denied asylum by Barack Obama and his twiddling twin Eric Holder, then the Sixth District Court of Appeals upholds the Obama Administrations decision.
Injustice, absurdity, incongruity and perversity are just a few of the words that can be used to describe the nonsense of the aforementioned. Bombers are in, but good parents who are raising kids with world-class intelligence that soars above anything coming out of public schools, are given the boot back to Germany.
The arguments that rage between liberals and conservatives were at one time only slight political disturbances that could be hashed out between men and women that loved America, and would, after some debate, buckle down and do what was right for the country, in the spirit of bi-partisanship? That day is all but gone. FULL POST
Posted 5/17/13 at 4:11 PM | Alliance Defending Freedom
This opinion column originally appeared in ncregister.com on 5/17/2013.
As the trial of Kermit Gosnell exposed to the world the evil, ugly and indefensible truth of Big Abortion, Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America (formerly National Abortion Rights Action League) were quick to throw him under the bus, applauding his conviction and implausibly blaming the pro-life community for Gosnell’s house of horrors.
But that moment of sanity by America’s biggest proponents of abortion won’t stop them from defending the gruesome practice of abortion.
Ilyse Hogue, NARAL’s president, deflected blame onto “anti-choice politicians,” claiming that their efforts to increase health-and-safety standards across the abortion industry will only “drive more women to back-alley butchers like Kermit Gosnell.” FULL POST
Posted 5/17/13 at 3:28 PM | American Life League
By Judie Brown
While we were all horrified by the actions of Kermit Gosnell, we should likewise be horrified by the millions of babies killed since abortion was decriminalized, and by the number of lives lost because of contraception. A baby is a baby from the moment he is created, but most people either choose to ignore that fact or remain uneducated. We must learn from the horrors we have seen and vow to do whatever we can to ensure that life, in all stages, is respected and protected.
The dust has settled now; a brutal killer has been found guilty of murder. The cowardly abortionist chose life in prison instead of appealing his case, thus avoiding the possibility of facing the death penalty, and life goes on.
But in a very real sense, life will never be the same again—not for the families of the dead or for those left behind in the wake of his brutality.
And at a more fundamental level, this tragic story of one abortion practitioner should not disappear without some soul-searching on the part of each and every American. The fundamental question about this case that nobody wants to address is the irony of it. FULL POST