Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Around the Horn - A Bit of News that Probably Didn't Make the Papers

Not the Model Idea – A recent March for Life in Amsterdam caused a great deal of uproar in the press due to the photograph of a small fetal model which was then pictured on the front of a Dutch Christian paper. The model represented a fetus at 10 weeks of age, showing actual length and weight. When news got out that these models were going to be distributed freely to homes, the plan was loudly condemned as “hurtful to women”. The plan was deemed “aggressive” and “highly improper.” Currently there are 100 abortions every day in the Netherlands.

Pressing Pause– The Presbyterian Church USA, the most liberalized Presbyterian denomination in America, has voted in convention to refrain from ordaining active homosexuals. This surprising exercise of caution by a denomination that often prides itself on being on the cutting edge of the cultural waves came by only a slight majority against the motion on the floor to delete language from the Book of Order, which sets guidelines for the body.

God Can Go To School in Tennessee – A federal judge recently reversed the ruling of a Tennessee elementary school which banned posters advertising the “National Day of Prayer.” District Judge Robert L. Echols' injunction came against Lakeview Elementary School in Mt. Juliet. The principal of the school had insisted that Bible verses and phrases such as “In God we trust,” needed to be covered up before the advertisements could be displayed. The lawsuit filed on behalf of parents claimed an infringement of their First and Fourth Amendment rights. Judge Echols cited previous Supreme Court and appeals court rulings as precedent in the decision.

Whatever You Do, Don't Abstain– The proposed Budget from President Obama will eliminate all federal funding for abstinence education in public schools, focusing instead on the promotion of condoms and contraception. More than $100 million will be cut from previous abstinence education plans to create a new $110 million “teen pregnancy prevention initiative.” Valerie Huber, executive director of the National Abstinence Education Association responded to the press with confusion. The move is “completely eliminating a choice for those states and those communities [who want to teach abstinence.]”

More next week. (Source: The Fellowship of St. James, www.touchstonemag.com)

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