The defense in this case argued that the state’s fetal homicide law was too vague because it did not require the fetus to be viable outside the womb.
The court found that the act’s definition of life to include all stages of gestation was straightforward and easily understandable by an average person.
Umoja (unity) To maintain black unity.Kujichagulia (self-determination)
Black separatism— and in this case, separatism apart from whites.
Ujima (collective work and responsibility) Group thinking.
Ujamaa (cooperative economics) Code for socialism.
Imani (faith) The worship of false gods or no god at all (includes ancestor worship).
Rev. Peterson said, “Kwanzaa was designed to separate blacks from Christmas and Christianity. Kwanzaa is anti-white and anti-American. Black Americans need to make a choice between the Prince of Peace and the Marxist Karenga.” Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson is the author of the hard hitting book “SCAM: How the Black Leadership Exploits Black America” (Nelson Current). BOND (Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny) is a national nonprofit organization founded for the purpose of “rebuilding the family by rebuilding the man.” For more information, visit www.bondifno.org
The fall of Vietnam, two separate presidential assassination attempts, the seizure of the American merchant ship Mayaguez by the Cambodian government, and the famous Nixon pardon shaped the legacy of the 38th president.
Regarding his controversial Presidential Pardon of President Richard Nixon, Ford stated:
"I did it not for Nixon but for the country. I knew at the time it would probably cost me my re-election, but President Nixon's legal team could advance constitutional arguments that could tie up the courts for years. The prospect that a former president could face jail time would divert the country's attention ... I had to turn the page and let the healing process begin." Read more...
Almost seventeen years later, Pittsburgh’s population has dropped over 14%, to 316,718. Should the Pittsburgh City Council reflect this change, dropping to seven seats?
The Pittsburgh GOP, in hopes to garner the first Republican City Council seat in some 70 years, is pushing for this change. They want two of the proposed seven seats to be elected at large. Read more...
Sistani was known for his more peaceful approach to resolving disagreement as opposed to his Shi'ite counterpart Muqtada al-Sadr who has been burning Sunni Mosques and terrorizing Sunni neighborhoods in his personal power struggle within Iraq. The Sunni have equally retaliated in bombings, murders and terror.
Current information suggests that the residence of the deceased elderly Shi'ite leader is on lockdown and surrounded by US forces.
In 2002, as an Illinois legislator, Obama voted against the Induced Infant Liability Act, which would have protected babies that survived late-term abortions. That same year a similar federal law, the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, was signed by President Bush. Only 15 members of the U.S. House opposed it, and it passed the Senate unanimously on a voice vote.
When the federal bill was being debated, NARAL Pro-Choice America released a statement that said, “Consistent with our position last year, NARAL does not oppose passage of the Born Alive Infants Protection Act ... floor debate served to clarify the bill’s intent and assure us that it is not targeted at Roe v. Wade or a woman’s right to choose.”
Years ago I had the pleasure of meeting James Brown. He pulled up to Three Rivers Stadium in a strech limo about a block long, with strobe lights and a hot tub in the back. "Godfather of Soul" painted on the back. No subtle entrance fo him.
Despite his personal and legal troubles over the years, the man knew how to put on show. His music is forever part of the soundtrack of America. We have lost another great talent.
Nun: 'We have to create an environment in which all feel comfortable' --St. Petersburg Times, Florida
The latest: KDKA Radio is parting ways with John McIntire, the ultra liberal and on off the air "potty mouth" that used to host a talk show.
McIntire said he'll host The Flip Side -- an evening program -- for the last time Dec. 29. He joined the radio station after parting ways with PCNC's NightTalk show in 2003.
Starting Jan. 2, news/talk KDKA-AM (1020) will add an hour to its "Five O'Clock Total News Hour," which now will run weekdays from 5 to 7 p.m. The station also will pick up the syndicated Neal Boortz talk show, which will run evenings from 7 to 10 p.m. Yawn.....
The changes displace the one-hour 6 p.m. sports talk show with KDKA sports director Jeff Hatthorn and Post-Gazette columnist Gene Collier, and John McIntire's weeknight talk show.
So where do you go when your are tossed from a sinking ship? Maybe another sinking ship... One possible candidate for McIntire's show is KDKA sister station WRKZ-FM. Former WDVE-FM host Scott Paulsen will be hosting a talk show there starting in April, when the non-compete clause in his contract expires. This goes from bad to worse! 2007 should be very interesting.
However, let’s keep in mind that when slots were first approved in 2004, the stated goal was to generate property tax relief, not to placate sports teams.
Returning to the original premise - now that a slot license has been awarded in Pittsburgh, how much property tax relief can Pennsylvanians expect and at what cost?
What eventually came out of the slots legislation is a projected average of $339 reduction in property taxes per household in PA. In order to realize an average of $339 reduction in property taxes, each household in PA must wager $6,289 a year in casinos. ($30 billion must be wagered to produce $3 billion in projected annual revenue at 10 to 1 odds, divided by 4.77 million households in PA.)
Some people will pin their hopes on out-of-state gamblers who will help casinos reach the $30 billion threshold, lightening the load on residents of Pennsylvania. Yes, there will no doubt be some out-of-state gamblers in the mix. But with Atlantic City to the east and Wheeling to the west, and the possibility of Ohio also legalizing slots, will PA pick up any significant interstate gambling traffic?
Aside from the social, economic and spiritual costs, the chances of achieving the numbers required for even the modest projected property tax reduction do not make for a good bet.
The Pennsylvania gaming control board awarded PITG Gaming's Majestic Star Casino on the North Side the one stand-alone casino license for Pittsburgh. The board also selected two for Philadelphia.
PITG plans to build a slot machine parlor on the North Side near the Carnegie Science Center. The board rejected proposals from Isle of Capri, which wanted to build a parlor in the Hill District, and Forest City Enterprises, which set its sights on Station Square.
This story is devloping. As for plans for a new arena, this deal provides only $7.5 million a year for 30 years to support construction of a new arena for the Penguins.
The paln is for a $450 million facility between the Carnegie Science Center and the West End Bridge. Plans call for the 400,000 square-foot casino to house a cylindrical glass atrium, four restaurants, three lounges, bars, shops and, of course, rows and rows of slot machines. Construction should take 14 months, meaning it will be open by spring 2008.
He reported the winnings on his federal tax returns, but not on his Pennsylvania statement of financial interest, which state legislators and many other officials must file annually as a way of informing the public about their sources of income. He also has been appointed to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
McNaughton, who retired Nov. 30 after 10 years in the House, was nominated to the seven-seat gaming board that same day by House Speaker John M. Perzel (R., Phila.).
During his five terms in the House, McNaughton, a conservative Republican from Dauphin County, voted against nearly all efforts to expand gambling, including the 2004 law that legalized slots.
WDVE has held first place in the 12+ category for about a year now. FM Talker WPGB continues to climb in the ratings while BOB-FM remains stable. WORD FM is up thanks to all of you!
In other news, The POST-GAZETTE reports that after two decades at WDVE/PITTSBURGH, SCOTT PAULSEN has left to launch a new show on CBS RADIO WRKZ (93.7 K-ROCK). PAULSEN's contract with CLEAR CHANNEL ended in SEPTEMBER, and his last broadcast there was FRIDAY (12/15). Because of a non-compete clause in his contract, he won't be able to launch his K-ROCK show until APRIL.
Paulsen will join two boring and often offensive syndicated talk shows, Opie and Anthony during morning drive and Kidd Chris during afternoon drive. I'm certian I've killed brain cells the few times I've listened.
I like Scott. He is talented but I don't think he is going to the right station and I would not recomend anyone working with the current management over there. (I warned you Scott)
Will all this be enough to save this sad little station? My guess is there will be some buzz but not enough to raise the sunken ship. And so music radio in the Burg' continues to suck eggs and howl at the moon.
Buster caused a ruckus in 2005 when he paid a visit to a family in Vermont that had two mommies. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings took issue, and that set off some Christian coalitions.
Buster went away for awile and the attention the coalitions was diverted. His return begs the question, whill he behave this time?
After the "Sugartime!" episode, in which Buster visited that Vermont family during maple sugar season, the American Family Association, a conservative Christian group organized by the Rev. Donald Wildmon, started an e-mail campaign. To make matters worse for the show's producers, funding dried up and production went on hiatus. But now WGBH has managed to raise money for 10 new episodes.
When the producers pitched the new season, they did not assure their potential benefactors that there wouldn't be another episode that might raise eyebrows. Nor do the show's producers worry about potential reaction from the American Family Association.
Careful Buster, they are watching you.
Rocky Mountain News
The original principle “The sanctity of human life is fundamental. Life has inherent dignity.” will be replaced with “...limited government intrusion into private lives”. We all know what this means – abortion is now OK because it is a private issue.
The resolution to change the Principles Statement was drafted by the daughter of Senator Arlen Specter, and will be pushed by those Republican Committee members from the southeast.
We learn that buyout partners Thomas H. Lee and Bain Capital must convert their voting interests in Cumulus Media Partners to non-attributable stakes under the FCC rules. Ditto for "Tom Lee" with its 23.14% voting interest in the new entity that's acquiring Univision. Private equity funds have replaced the public markets in terms of making multi-billion dollar investments in radio - and sometimes that creates conflicts.
Here in Pittsburgh, I hear Clear Channel was handing out pink slips for Christmas on Friday. No word on how many, but some will be looking for a new job in the new year.
1. Who is paid more per year:
A. Governor Ed Rendell
B. Gloria Anne Neeb, Executive Director, PA Gaming Control Board
2. Who is paid more per year:
A. State Attorney General Tom Corbett
B. David Kwait, Director of Investigations and Enforcement, PA Gaming Control Board
3. Who is paid more per year:
A. Lt. Governor Catherine Baker Knoll
B. Thomas Decker, PA Gaming Control Board Chairman, along with 6 other board members
If you answered “B” to all three questions, move to the head of the class.
Speaking of which, Rice rejected the ISG’s call to get help from Iran and Syria. (Washington Post) From Mitt Romney: I have no quarrel with talking, especially if it yields valuable intelligence and insight about an adversary. But that’s a far cry from actually negotiating with Iran, which sponsors Hezbollah, has nuclear ambitions, and has been clear in its intention to wipe our ally Israel off the map. And Syria is systematically undermining the sovereignty of Lebanon and funding and arming terrorists. Any suggestion that we might trade something for their help or forbearance is out of the question. (NRO) Krauthammer explains why the ISG report “has invited ridicule.” (Townhall)
"PPSP claims to care for women's health," said Judi McLane, director of Generation Life, "yet, not only did they neglect to perform physical exams that the State of Pennsylvania Code mandates before prescribing prescription drugs, but they also withheld FDA approved and mandated patient prescribing information from the women and girls to whom they gave the drugs."
PPSP nurse practitioners claimed to have written prescriptions for each individual woman and minor girl who asked for the emergency contraceptives. The nurse practitioners asked a few questions, however they did not take blood pressure, perform a medical exam or administer pregnancy tests that are recommended by both the Planned Parenthood and the makers of the Plan B emergency contraceptive before taking the drugs.
Six of the eight prescriptions filled by PPSP for Generation Life volunteers were for "Lo/Ovral for ECP use" (an off-label use for the drug) and did not come with the FDA mandated prescribing information. Instead of supplying this medical information, the Planned Parenthood substituted a "Client information for informed consent" sheet, which states that the FDA information will be supplied. However, none of the six prescriptions written for Generation Life volunteers included the prescribing information. The PPSP instruction sheet omits the full list of contraindications, health warnings or adverse reactions from the FDA approved insert.
"In addition to clear violations of the law, PPSP's true agenda must be exposed. That agenda is to promote promiscuity among young people by telling them that sexual activity is possible without consequences," McLane added. "PPSP hopes to make return customers who will pay for more pills and eventually abortions, and thus line their pockets with money."
Generation Life is a movement of young people dedicated to building a culture of life by spreading the pro-life and chastity messages to other young people.
Anything done in extreme excess can pose health risks, but having trans fat police to monitor our dining habits seems excessive.
Jim is involved with the Beaver-Butler Presbytery and served as an overture delegate for a Pro Life Overture at the PC (USA) General Assembly in Alabama. He served as the Butler County Republican Chairman from 2004 to 2006, and lead the State Committee effort to repeal the infamous pay raise. He is also serving as the Communications director for a new PAC - Voters For Republican Values. (www.votersforrepublcanvalues.com).
All this and he still wants to blog here! It's exciting to have another contributor and I hope all of you enjoy his future postings.
Please join me in welcoming Jim Powers to PowerBlog!
I have been reading your blog for the past year. I used to be a Media Director at an evangelical Church until 3 months ago. Recently, the church moved into a new building and really been pushing Rick Warren's Purpose Driven Church model. The leadership also shifted to more "relevant" forms of worship. When I was on staff, I really became convicted that the church was watering down the gospel and was headed in the wrong direction. I finally confronted the Pastor about it, and he immediately asked me to resign.
He also asked the Children's Director to resign also, because we were considered "poison" by going against the vision or dream of the church.
Anyway, my friend and I have been regular readers of your blog and have appreciated the discernment put forth. This weekend we posted a letter on the door of the church (in the spirit of Luther) voicing our concerns about the direction of the church. I'm not sure what it will do--Probably nothing, unfortunately.
But just a note of encouragement, my friend and I are both young (24). I used to be swayed by the emergent and relevant teaching, but through your blog, as well as other ministries the Holy Spirit has really changed my heart and corrected my thinking. I plan on going into the ministry to become a Pastor and am attending seminary this January.
Well I'm not sure what to say. I'm glad they stand for what they believe. I think their jouney has just begun and I pray they will be guided by God along the way.
Recently I took on the position of promotions director here at the radio station. That's in addition to producing the show and trying to post as often as I can. Needless to say time is tight these days. So I'm asking for help.
If any of you would like to be guest bloggers let me know. It could be a one time post or an ongoing deal. I'm also not going to put any restrictions on guest bloggers. You don't have to agree with me or be Catholic, or pledge an oath. So long as you are sincere and respectful, you (as always) are welcome.
I'll ask anyone interested to email me. That link is on the sidebar.
In the meantime this Friday will be John and Stephanies' 100th show! It's hard to believe it's been that long already. For those of you who listen I have a really great show coming up in a few weeks. I'll let you know more as that develops.
It's a new computer game in which players must either convert or kill non-Christians. No I'm serious! Who came up with this bright idea? None other then the guys behind the popular (and misguided) Left Behind series. Yes, Left Behind: Eternal Forces, produced the game inspired by a series of Christian novels that are hugely popular, especially with teens.
The series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins is based on their interpretation of the Bible's Book of Revelation and takes place after the Rapture, when Jesus has taken his people to heaven and left nonbelievers behind to face the Antichrist. I've taken some flack for warning about Left Behind and the whole Battle Cry generation stuff. I don't like what I see under the surface.
Left Behind Games' president, Jeffrey Frichner, says the game actually is pacifist because players lose "spirit points" every time they gun down nonbelievers rather than convert them. They can earn spirit points again by having their character pray. Ummmmm..... Ok.
There is no blood. (The dead just fade off the screen.) But still you are killing your enemy with a gun. One of the evil characters is a rock musician. ... If you get too close to him your spirit is lowered.
So what's the goal here? Well the company's ultimate goal in offering the game is to bring parents and kids together to talk about the Bible. I'm not sure that they have reached that goal here. Pac-Man anyone?
Ratings continue to drop, heads are beginning to roll and I cringe everytime I tune in.
Just in time for Christmas. KDKA fired three executives, including program director Steve Hansen, sales marketing director Greg Jena, and Deborah Weppelman of the traffic department. CBS Radio Pittsburgh VP Keith Clark and KDKA news director Marshall Adams will assume Hansen's responsibilities. The problem is Clark also oversaw the demise of B-94. He is the problem, not the solution. You can't do a 30 second news story on Iraq and then let Shelly Duffy do 5 minutes on what Paris Hilton did last night. NOBODY LISTENING TO KDKA CARES!
Then there is Marty Griffin. Who hired this guy? Marty Griffin, the KDKA-TV (2) reporter and KDKA (1020) talk show host did a story on thefts from St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland. Griffin has had rough times lately with his connection to the suicide of a Ben Avon pastor who was to be the subject of a KDKA-TV investigation.
Griffin also if facing a law suit from former security guard for a Beaver County school district for defamation and invasion of privacy. In a report that aired in May, Griffin reported that James Law Jr. of Pulaski Township had been convicted more than 13 years ago on a variety of charges, including theft and drug possession. The KDKA report called Law "a walking crime wave" and showed copies of court documents that included his Social Security number.
Back to the St. Paul story... Griffin thought it would be great radio to expose theft at the church. The problem is that the thefts (including vestments and donations from the "poor boxes") have been going on for years --- they're not recent, as Griffin's story and the station's promos implied. A priest says the report was sensationalized.
I predict 2007 is going to be a tough year for CBS and Clear Channel radio. I can only hope that when it's all said and done, good people will get back to good radio. Something missing from much of the Pittsburgh airwaves these days.
When asked by CQ National Security Editor Jeff Stein whether al Qaeda is one or the other of the two major branches of Islam -- Sunni or Shiite -- Reyes answered "they are probably both," then ventured "Predominantly -- probably Shiite."
That sounds like an answer I gave in high school just as I woke up.
In an interview with CNN, Stein said he was "amazed" by Reyes' lack of what he considers basic information about two of the major terrorists organizations."If you're the baseball commissioner and you don't know the difference between the Yankees and the Red Sox, you don't know baseball," Stein said. "You're not going to have the respect of the people you work with."
While Stein said Reyes is "not a stupid guy," his lack of knowledge said it could hamper Reyes' ability to provide effective oversight of the intelligence community, Stein believes.
Rep. Silvestre Reyes, the Texas Democrat tapped to head the House Intelligence Committee, said Monday that despite failing to answer basic questions about al Qaeda's makeup, he is aware of the threat the terrorist group poses. He is also very worried about a possible Kilgon attack!
Angel Tree is the annual undertaking of Prison Fellowship Ministries that reaches out to hurting children all over the country, including here in Pittsburgh, with gifts and the Gospel at Christmas. These kids are the children of inmates. With your help, they will not be forgotten on Christmas morning.
Your gift of just $58 will help ensure that four hurting children will receive an Angel Tree gift. In addition, you'll receive a collectible 2006 Angel Tree ornament for your own tree for each donation of $58 or more.
Call 1-888-ANGEL-05, or click here to make an on-line pledge. Our goal is to provide gifts for over 1,000 kids. With your help -- we can do it! Thank you, in advance, from all of us here at 101.5 WORD-FM.
Cheney has described her relationship with Poe -- whom she took to last year's White House dinner honoring Prince Charles and Camilla -- as a marriage. I guess at a party honoring an adulterer it's fine to call it whatever you want.
Could Charles be..... Oh no. Just a thought.
Hey I've won the Swiss Lottery. That's the one I don't even play. DELETE
Here is a hot stock tip that is sure to make me rich overnight. DELETE
That request I never made has provided me with great financing on a car, house, refinancing, etc. DELETE
I'm such a great person they want to send me fabric softener and hand sanitizer. DELETE
Ink on sale, slice your phone bill in half, a free bottle of Viagra, Jewlery auctions, Local women want to meet me.... STOP IT!
People I don't know are emailing me like they are my best friends. If they were my friends I'd meet them for lunch and punch them in the mouth for all the garbage they send me.
Spam is back — in e-mail in-boxes and on everyone’s minds. In the last six months, the problem has gotten measurably worse. Worldwide spam volumes have doubled from last year, according to Ironport, a spam filtering firm, and unsolicited junk mail now accounts for more than 9 of every 10 e-mail messages sent over the Internet.
Much of that flood is made up of a nettlesome new breed of junk e-mail called image spam, in which the words of the advertisement are part of a picture, often fooling traditional spam detectors that look for telltale phrases. Image spam increased fourfold from last year and now represents 25 to 45 percent of all junk e-mail, depending on the day, Ironport says.
How is all this happening? Spammers have built vast networks of computers belonging to users who unknowingly downloaded viruses and other rogue programs. The infected computers begin sending out spam without the knowledge of their owners. Yes, you could be the one sending the spam. Secure Computing, an antispam company in San Jose, Calif., reports that 250,000 new computers are captured and added to these spam “botnets” each day.
Right now I have over 1300 deleted emails just this month. But hey, I've got a great stock tip for you!
Holly Jolly Christmas, Burl Ives
The Christmas Song, Nat King Cole
White Christmas, Bing Crosby
Feliz Navidad, Jose Feliciano
The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year, Andy Williams
Please Come Home For Christmas, The Eagles
Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree, Brenda Lee
Happy Xmas (War Is Over), John Lennon
Merry Christmas Darling, The Carpenters
It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, Johnny Mathis
Just another useless bit of wisdom....
Gee I used to get spanked, not arrested......
It is truly a humbling experience to read back through the Old Testament and see how frail and imperfect all the "heroes" actually are. Abraham, the coward who cannot believe the promise. Jacob, the cheat who struggles with everybody. Joseph, the immature and arrogant teen. Moses, the impatient murderer who cannot wait for God. Gideon, the cowardly Baal-worshipper. Samson, the womanizing drunk. David, the power abusing adulterer. Solomon, the unwise wise man. Hezekiah, the reforming king who could not quite go far enough. And finally, a very young Jewish girl from a small village in a remote corner of a great empire.
It never ceases to amaze me why God could not have chosen "better" people to do His work in the world. Yet if God can use them, and reveal Himself through them in such marvelous ways, it means that He might be able to use us, inadequate, and unwise, and too often lacking in faith. And it means that we need to be careful that we do not in our own self-righteousness put limits on what God can do with the most unlikely of people in the most unlikely of circumstances. I think that is part of the wonder of the Advent Season.
So we have Feldstein selling us Jesus on the big screen. Maybe we should just stick with the book and stop asking Hollywood to be something they are not.
In other radio massacre news ..... As an early Christmas gift KDKA fired 3 people, including the program director Steve Hansen. I don't like to see anyone lose a job but as I've been saying for some time, KDKA is in deep trouble. There are a few more people that need to go and the station needs a drastic change in direction.
San Joaquin Bishop John-David Schofield called it a first step toward a formal break with the U.S. Anglican denomination, though the proposal makes just minor changes to the diocese's status.
Schofield, who refuses to ordain women and gays, has publicly accused the church's first female leader, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, of promoting "heresy." Under his leadership, the Fresno-based diocese has cut back funds sent to the national church and considered a plan to affiliate with an Anglican diocese in Argentina.
I didn't even make the top ten! The Democratic Underground came out with thier top ten list of “CONSERVATIVE IDIOTS”. I wanted so bad to be in there but no such luck.
A few of my co-workers did however make the list. Hat's off to Michael Medved and Dennis Prager. There's a saying I've often mutter in the halls, "If you not catching flack, you're not over the target".
Maybe next year.....
She seems so pleasant in the movies. Ironically, she’s getting advice from Madonna (AFP). She left America over the “weird, over-patriotic atmosphere.” (Fox News)
From the story: Daniel Craig is urging movie bosses to revolutionise the James Bond franchise by including a gay scene involving the superspy in the follow-up to Casino Royale. The heart-throb actor has also reportedly told studio chiefs he is prepared to film a full frontal nude scene to please both his male and female admirers (Ireland Online).
I don't have much confidence in the numbers cited. It's hard to track something that isn't really trackable. The claim is 12 Americans are killed daily by illegal aliens. Yet there are no federal stats. The numbers come from prisons and research.
If the numbers are true, more Americans are attacked and killed here then any other place in the world. That's a big "IF". I don't personally believe most people come here to kill and terrorize. Yet at the same time, when a person comes to this county under the cover of darkness, is banished to the shadows to exist by working for substandard wages and lives in hiding, desperation can drive people to violence and crime.
Other numbers in the article cite 20% of accidents involve a driver that does not have a license. Well duh! There is probably a good reason they don't have a license.
36% of illegals in prison have been arrested at least 5 times before. That astounds me. We arrest and re-arrest these people without deporting them.
I welcome all people who come here legally. People who are willing to work hard and pursue the American dream are needed in this country. However, if you come here illegally, you enter this country as a criminal. I don't care how nobel your intentions. Criminals commit crimes. So it should come as no surprise that a person who breaks one law could progress to breaking other laws or for some even murder.
Yesterday we had the AIR Awards. No we didn't win, but then again John & Stephanie had only been on the air for about a month by the deadline. Congrats to the Honzman who did win.
Also last night we hosted Point of Grace of a sold out show. It was great to meet so many nice people. So I had to back off of posting for a bit, but I am back at it.
That's the scoop.
Benedict began a four-day visit to Turkey, where he will seek to ease anger over his perceived criticism of Islam and mend a split with the world's Orthodox Christians.
Last week he was praising the terrorist country Syria. No he has tossed aside the issue of abortion. Mr. Warren will welcome Senator Barack Obama to his church on December 1, 2006.
Rick Warren is bringing Senator Obama to his church to speak for his Global Summit on AIDS and the church and to take an AIDS test in front of the cameras at a noon press conference. Senator Obama comes to Rick Warren's church believing that abortion should be kept, "safe and legal" but Wrren rolls out the red carpet.
When Barack Obama campaigned for the U.S. Senate in 2004, his wife wrote a fundraising letter for him that revealed his support of partial-birth abortion. She said Obama's position is that the "partial-birth abortion ban . . . is clearly unconstitutional and must be overturned." Support of partial-birth abortion goes a lot farther than the politicians who want abortion to be "safe and legal." Senator Obama actually supports the barbaric practice of allowing abortionists to kill babies by allowing them to be partially, born, their skulls punctured and their brains sucked out.
Further, he repeatedly opposed an anti-infanticide bill in the state of Illinois that only passed after he left. Killing a child at any stage of life is a violation of God's clear command, "Thou Shall Do No Murder". In addition,Obama's solution to the growing AIDS crisis has been and continues to be the widespread distribution of condoms, not chaste behavior as directed by the Bible.
Some big names have come out to oppose Rick Warren's decision to ignore Senator Obama's clear pro-death stance and invite him to Saddleback Church anyway. If Senator Obama cannot defend the most helpless citizens in our country, he has nothing to say to the AIDS crisis. You cannot fight one evil while justifying another. The evangelical church can provide no genuine help for those who suffer from AIDS if those involved do not first have their ethic of life firmly rooted in the Word of God. Accordingly, they call on Pastor Rick Warren to rescind his invitation to Senator Obama immediately. The millions of silent victims who have died because of the policies of leaders like Senator Obama demand a response from those who believe that life is a gift from God. The name of the seminar at which Senator Obama will be appearing is entitled, " We Must Work Together." No, Mr. Warren, Mr. Obama, we will never work with those can support the murder of babies in the womb.
I am much obliged to Bruce Delay, a talk-show host at KFAQ 1170 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for downloading the audio version of Rick Warren's YouTube video, recorded while in Syria.
Now, keep in mind, Warren has been telling the world he was misquoted by the Syrian press when he extolled the virtues of the totalitarian police state.
But before anyone questioned his statements, Warren's Saddleback Church had recorded him as he strolled down a Damascus street explaining what a peaceful and tolerant place Syria really is.
As soon as I hotlinked to the YouTube video last week and questioned Rick Warren about it, the church yanked it. I didn't have time to download a copy, but, thankfully, one johnny-on-the-spot talk-show host did. You may not be able to see it, but you can at least hear it.
San Francisco Chronicle