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Life in These United States 06/01/2007

by Family Research Council

June 1, 2007

Florida:

The Florida Supreme Court has paved the way for two state ballot amendments about stem cell research funding — one that forces the state government to pay for embryonic stem cell research and another that prohibits it. Now all organizers of the competing proposals have to do is get enough signatures to qualify. More . . .

Kansas:

Citing privacy issues, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Monday vetoed a provision requiring more medical details on late-term abortions. The action didnt surprise the author of the budget provision, Rep. Lance Kinzer, an Olathe Republican. Sebelius, an abortion-rights supporter, vetoed a similar measure a year ago. More . . .

Missouri:

When it comes to expressing his views of church values, Roman Catholic Archbishop Raymond Burke has a habit of making headlines. More . . .

Rhode Island:

Conflicting claims, dueling statistics and an utter lack of common ground on a polarized and intimately emotional issue marked a more than two-hour legislative hearing Wednesday on a bill to require a 24- hour waiting period before a pregnant woman can obtain an abortion. More . . .

Texas:

A divorced couple’s battle over frozen embryos is headed to the Texas Supreme Court, KPRC Local 2 reported Wednesday. Augusta and Randy Roman froze three embryos during years of infertility treatments that they went through during their marriage. More . . .

Bonus: Great op-ed by Kathryn Jean Lopez:

What’s so bad about Planned Parenthood? It’s a question Americans must wonder about as they see pro-lifers protesting or praying outside clinics. And it deserves an answer because it gets to the heart of some key and contentious questions we face as a society, one that is ever creeping toward a brave new world (in many respects already living in it) as biotechnological choices propagate. More . . .

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Faith and Science in the Global Warming Debate

by Family Research Council

June 1, 2007

FRC hosted a policy discussion on global warming with panelists Dr. E. Calvin Beisner, Dr. Kenneth Chilton, Dr. Jim Ball, and Dr. Lowell Pritchard. Ball and Pritchard are associated with the Evangelical Environmental Network and advocate a strong response to human-caused climate change. Beisner is at Interfaith Stewardship Alliance. He and Chilton advocate environmental stewardship that avoids significant economic impacts on the poor, and crafted a rebuttal to EENs Urgent Call to Action on climate change.

Don Bosch of The Evangelical Ecologist live-blogged the event and had a number of interesting comments, including:

I thought the discussion was very civil, at least what I caught of it. Happy about the concensus that climate change must not be an issue that divides the Church. Debating the issue is good, and we may have different ideas about how to deal with climate change (human-caused, naturally-occurring, or some combination), but that shouldnt divide the family of God.

Click here to listen to the audio online.

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Family Facts #14

by Family Research Council

May 31, 2007

Teens from intact families with frequent religious attendance were least likely to have ever gotten into a fight (27.1 percent) when compared to (a) their peers from intact families with infrequent religious attendance (32.1 percent), (b) peers from non-intact families with frequent religious attendance (34.3 percent), and (c) peers from non-intact families with infrequent religious attendance (43.5 percent).

Source: Source: Fagan, Patrick, A Portrait of Family and Religion in America: Key Outcomes for the Common Good, (Washington, D.C.: The Heritage Foundation 2006), pp. .

(HT: FamilyFacts.org)

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Send in the taxpayer funded clowns, don’t bother, they’re here

by Family Research Council

May 30, 2007

In Helsinki, as part of its plan to back corporate ideas worthy of development, the City of Tampere has decided to spend EURO 25,000 (about $33,538 in U.S. dollars) to hire clowns to perform throughout the city in hopes of getting Tampere citizens to enjoy their work more. Here in the United States we have had a similar program for years and we pay them up to $212,000 (about 157,970 in EURO/Monopoly money) annually.

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News of the Duh

by Family Research Council

May 25, 2007

Please tell me this wasnt taxpayer funded . . .

Heavy-drinking college kids make worse decisions

Thu May 24, 6:25 PM ET

Young adults who binge drink frequently are more likely to show disadvantageous decision-making patterns than their peers who don’t drink as heavily, a new study shows.

Furthermore, the earlier a person begins to binge drink, the stronger the tie to poor decision-making skills, Dr. Anna E. Goudriaan and colleagues from the University of Missouri-Columbia report.

However, the study wasn’t able to demonstrate which came first — a bad approach to decision-making or a tendency to drink heavily. More . . .

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Bridge Over Troubled Waters*

by Family Research Council

May 25, 2007

Extra points if you can guess which Presidential Candidate from the 1970s used the title of this blog post as a campaign song answer at the bottom.

Hillary Clinton is going into Round Two of her contest to find a campaign song (her video announcing it is actually pretty humorous.) Here are the entries we have so far:

Joe Biden

Sam Brownback

Hillary Clinton: “Get Off Of My Cloud” by the Rolling Stones, Killer Queen by Queen

Chris Dodd

John Edwards: Theme from the musical Hair

Jim Gilmore: “I Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash

Newt Gingrich: “Our Time Is Coming” by Brooks & Dunn

Rudy Giuliani: Mama Im a Big Girl Now from the musical Hairspray, My Next Ex-wife by Little Charlie and the Nightcats

Al Gore

Mike Gravel

Chuck Hagel

Mike Huckabee: “Hard Times For An Honest Man” by John Mellencamp

Duncan Hunter

Dennis Kucinich: “Mr. Spaceman by the Byrds

John McCain: “Glory Days” by Bruce Springsteen

Barak Obama: “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” By the Rolling Stones, in apparent response to Mrs. Clinton

Ron Paul: “Change the World” by Eric Clapton, “My Life” by Billy Joel, “I’m Not Running Anymore” by John Mellencamp. Last contributors note: If you want to ruin your own campaign, suggesting 9-11 was retribution for American actions abroad is a great place to start. Ron Paul will be singing this song very soon.

Bill Richardson

Mitt Romney: I Want You to Want Me by Cheap Trick

Tom Tancredo: “It’s a Long Way to the Top” by AC/DC, Oye Como Va” by Santana

Fred Thompson: “Our Time Is Coming” by Brooks & Dunn, Have a Cigar by Pink Floyd

Tommy Thompson

* Democratic candidate George McGovern in 1972. Give yourself a demerit if you guessed Ted Kennedy.

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Life in These United States 05/24/2007

by Family Research Council

May 25, 2007

An update on what is going on around the states on the issue of life this week:

Georgia Part I: Perdue signed a bill that will create a way for new mothers in Georgia to donate umbilical cords for stem cell research. More . . .

Georgia Part II: Abortion foes got a boost this morning when Gov. Sonny Perdue signed a bill requiring providers to offer women seeking the procedure an opportunity to view an ultrasound image of the fetus. More . . .

SPECIAL NOTE: LifeNews recognizes a trend on ultrasounds in the states here.

Kansas: A few Kansas lawmakers are pushing House leaders to begin a legislative study this summer and fall on late-term abortions and whether a Wichita doctor is breaking state law. More . . .

Louisiana: The state House unanimously approved a ban on a late-term abortion procedure Thursday. More . . .

Oklahoma: A bill prohibiting public funds from being used for most abortions has become law in Oklahoma after a deadline passed for the state’s governor to veto the measure. More . . .

Texas: Three pro life bills will not move forward as the Texas Legislative session comes to an end. More . . .

West Virginia: The number of abortions performed in West Virginia fell 14 percent after the Right to Know bill became law in 2003. More . . .

And for special mention: China: Southwestern China is currently embroiled in an uproar about forced abortions as thousands of people living there have been involved in riots after a campaign by local officials that has resulted in dozens of forced abortions. But Chinese officials have an ironic solution to the problem — more punishments. More . . .

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Faith-biased outreach

by David Christensen

May 25, 2007

So, the Democrats in Congress claim they support people of faith, while preventing a vote two weeks ago on an amendment to the Head Start bill that would have changed the law to allow faith-based groups who get Head Start funds to hire according to their beliefs…. (should a religious organization be required to hire a person from another religion, or none at all?). Democrats made much of their support for faith-based groups while effectively cutting out those that hire based on their religious beliefs.

But yesterday during a House Judiciary hearing, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) went after Monica Goodlings Christian affiliation, since she attended law school at a Regent University.

If Monica Goodling did something unethical or illegal, she should be held to account for doing something unethical or illegal, not for having attended a Christian law school. I wonder if Rep. Cohen would have asked about Monicas religious affiliation if she had attended a Jewish law school. I dont know, but his constituents may want to ask him.

This is part of the exchange according to transcripts:

COHEN: The mission of the law school you attended, Regent, is to bring to bear upon legal education and the legal profession the will of almighty God, our creator. What is the will of almighty God, our creator, on the legal profession?

GOODLING: I’m not sure that I could define that question for you.

Click here and fast forward to 2:43 minutes to view the exchange between Rep. Cohen and Ms. Goodling (with WPost reporter Dana Milbank giving commentary):

To read about more about Goodlings testimony, and the exchange with Rep. Cohen read Byron Yorks article here.

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Sex, Drugs, and Encouragement at Boulder High

by Family Research Council

May 23, 2007

As a guest speaker for an assembly at Boulder High School in Colorado, UCLA psychology professor Joel Becker had a surprising message of “encouragement”: Becker encouraged the studentssome as young as 14to have sex (with men, women, or whatever combination they prefer), to do drugs, and to “please masturbate.”

The following audio clips from Becker’s portion of the “sex and drugs” assembly were provided by KOA Radio in Denver:

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