This story in the L.A. Times is but one of many which report that if the Unites States had not vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank that it would have passed unanimously.
While we have been openly critical of the changes in U.S. policy toward Israel by current and past administrations, we think it important to applaud and affirm those times when they do the right thing. We encourage Christians, whenever possible, to not just contact the White House or political representatives to express outrage over bad decisions, but to make a concerted effort as in this case to tell them directly how much we appreciate their taking the right stand on behalf of Israel in spite of overwhelming opposition. It is important that we be as enthusiastic in our support of the right decisions as we are passionate in airing our concerns over the bad ones.
Please make use of this opportunity to provide our political leadership with a positive affirmation to further encourage them. The Internet makes it very easy to contact the White House, your Senators, or any member of the House of Representatives.
By Michael Foust
Jan 14, 2011
2011 Baptist Press
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following story is being posted in conjunction with Sanctity of Human Life Sunday (Jan. 16) in the Southern Baptist Convention.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--At some point in 2010 -- 37 years removed from the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision -- a doctor in the United States performed the nation's 53 millionth legal abortion, a sobering stat that ethicists say should drive the public to speak up for the unborn.
The statistic is based on data compiled by the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-choice organization whose studies are acknowledged by most major pro-life organizations.
The nation's abortion rate reached a peak of 1.6 million in 1990 and has steadily fallen in most years ever since, although Guttmacher's latest data, from 2008, showed the abortion rate had risen slightly to 1,212,000 million from 1,206,000 in 2005, the most recent data point. Because Guttmacher no longer releases abortion data every year, the 53 million figure is based on assumptions that the abortion rate remained relatively unchanged in 2009 and 2010.
The 1973 Roe decision, coupled with the companion Doe v. Bolton ruling, legalized abortion nationwide for effectively any reason during all nine months of pregnancy.
"Fifty-three million is the population of a medium-size country. Imagine the outcry if the people of Spain (46.1 million people) were destroyed by another nation," C. Ben Mitchell, professor of moral philosophy at Union University in Jackson, Tenn., and a consultant to the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, told Baptist Press. "Yet most of the world is silent about the destruction of the unborn. Christian love demands that we weep compassionately for the unborn, pray fervently that the killing would stop, work urgently for alternatives to abortion, and become the voice of the unborn in the public square."
The United States has one of the highest abortion rates for the developed world and also some of the world's most liberal abortion laws.
The Guttmacher 2008 data, released this year, also showed that 17 percent of all non-hospital abortions were chemical abortions -- that is, abortions performed using the abortion drug RU-486. RU 486, also known as mifepristone, is used as the first part in a two-step process in the first seven weeks of pregnancy. Mifepristone causes the lining of the uterus to release the embryonic child, resulting in his or her death. A different drug, misoprostol, is taken two days after mifepristone and causes a woman's uterus to contract, expelling her baby.
"Too many of us fail to realize the magnitude of abortion's impact on society," said Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.
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By Paul McGuire
Anti-Semitism is sweeping Europe, the U.S., the Middle East and many regions of the world.Ã‚Â Israel is in greater danger than at any time since the rise of the Third Reich in the 1930's.Ã‚Â Iran and Radical Islam threaten Israel's very existence while the White House is aggressively making plans to divide Israel and create a Palestinian State.Ã‚Â In addition, many so-called Christian Churches are embracing Replacement Theology.Ã‚Â Replacement Theology teaches that the Church has replaced Israel.Ã‚Â A wide spectrum of Protestant, Catholic and Emergent Church's has embraced that deep spiritual deception.
The first is for my nephew Aiden Winn who is 2 1/2 years old and was diagnosed with a brain tumor last week.Ã‚Â He has seizures sporadically and will be operated on next week Dec. 9 to remove the tumor to determine if it is aggressive or benign. Ã‚Â He is my brother's first born son and I would also pray for my brother Ryan and his wife Lindsay for strength and comfort as she is pregnant with their third child.Ã‚Â Their second, Mason is fine and will be turning one on Saturday.Ã‚Â Please pray for the doctors and all involved that no long term neurological damage will be sustained and Aiden will be healthy in recovery.Ã‚Â He will have to relearn some motor skills and how to walk.Ã‚Â Both Ryan and Lindsey are believers in Jesus and are raising their children as believers.
By Janet Levy
Nov 9, 2010
Is the United States today a de facto shariah state? A close look at recent events points to some alarming conclusions about the tenets of shariah law taking hold in our once-proud constitutional republic and the unwitting, unequal application of existing U.S. laws. The result is that when it comes to religious expression, Muslims now enjoy more freedom of religion and speech under our Bill of Rights than non-Muslims. Equal protection under the laws of our country holds for Muslims far better than for non-Muslims. Several recent examples illustrate this point.
by Bill Randles
August 27, 2010
Glenn Beck is a great communicator, he is very bold, and is saying many true things that few have the courage to say. I would agree with much Ã‚Â of his critique of the progressive left and their systematic destruction of our institutions. I also happen to think that reviving the memory and legacy of the founding Fathers is timely.
By Jan Markell
July 29, 2010
On Sunday, June 6th, 2010, a multi-ethnic, multi-racial coalition of Americans opposed to Islamic violence and intolerance rallied at the site of the Ã‚Â World Trade Center in New York Ã‚Â City. Ã‚Â Crowd estimates ranged from 5,000 (NYPD) to 10,000.
Not one major network sent a satellite truck or camera crew to this event. Without bloggers this newsworthy event would have remained unknown to the public and history.
A brilliant summary of the Islamic bid to build a 13 storey center near Ground Zero. To view this video, please click.
By CAROLINE B. GLICK