Monday, July 20, 2009

Thomas More Society Claims Victory for Illinois Parents

Thomas More Society Claims Victory for Illinois Parents

7th Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Illinois Parental Notice Act

CHICAGO, July 14 /Christian Newswire/ -- Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit dissolved the federal injunction against the Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion Act. As a direct result of the court's decision (Zbaraz v. Hartigan), Illinois parents will be entitled, for the first time since Roe v. Wade was decided, to notification before their minor daughters are taken for abortions. The decision is the culmination of four years work by the Thomas More Society, particularly TMS Special Counsel Paul Linton, who devised the legal strategy which ultimately led to the lifting of the injunction.

"This is an incredible victory for Illinois parents and their children," said Peter Breen, Executive Director and Legal Counsel of the Thomas More Society. "Parental involvement laws enjoy overwhelming public support. These laws promote the integrity of the family and ensure that parents are consulted so that their children are not forced into an abortion decision. A wealth of social science data indicates that parental involvement laws lead to lower pregnancy rates, out-of-wedlock births and abortions."

The Parental Notice Act has been in legal limbo for more than ten years because of the Illinois Supreme Court's refusal to issue the rules necessary to make the Act effective. Since the passage of the Act in 1995, over 50,000 Illinois minors have obtained abortions, more than 4,000 of whom were 14 years old or younger, without any requirement to notify their parents beforehand.

Following Linton's legal strategy, representatives of pro-life organizations met with DuPage County State's Attorney Joseph Birkett in the spring of 2005 to ask him to petition the Illinois Supreme Court to adopt the rules required by the 1995 Act. Birkett agreed and filed his petition in June 2006. On September 7, 2006, the Thomas More Society, representing a range of interested organizations, filed a supplemental petition with the state supreme court. Less than two weeks later, the Illinois Supreme Court, under the leadership of Chief Justice Bob Thomas, unanimously adopted Supreme Court Rule 303A.

After various delays, Attorney General Lisa Madigan returned to federal court in March 2007 and petitioned Judge David Coar to lift the permanent injunction which had been issued eleven years earlier. After Judge Coar denied the petition, the Thomas More Society intervened in the case on behalf of State's Attorneys Stu Umholtz (Republican, Tazewell County) and Ed Deters (Democrat, Effingham County) to press an appeal against the injunction.

About the Thomas More Society
The Thomas More Society Pro-Life Law Center is a public interest law firm in Chicago that counsels and defends those who work to protect innocent human life, defends those who proclaim faith-based values in our nation's public square, and strives to protect the institution of marriage as a union of man and woman formed to beget, bear and nurture new human lives. For more information, please visit:

Nigeria's Largest-Circulation Newspaper Recognizes Role of World Congress of Families in Africa: Pro-Family Message will be Carried to Europe, August

Nigeria's Largest-Circulation Newspaper Recognizes Role of World Congress of Families in Africa: Pro-Family Message will be Carried to Europe, August 10-12

Registration Still Available for World Congress of Families V in Amsterdam, August 10-12

ABUJA, Nigeria, July 14 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Sun, Nigeria's largest-circulation newspaper, was fulsome in its praise of World Congress of Families for helping to organize the conference, "The World Congress of Families Dialogue of Civilizations," in Abuja, Nigeria's federal capital, June 4-7.

The "Dialogue of Civilizations," hosted by the Foundation for African Cultural Heritage, brought more than 400 participants to the Musa Yar'Adua Centre, for what The Sun called "the first pro-family conference in Africa."

The paper described the event as "aimed at giving the Nigerian perspective to a troubled world lurching from one moral crisis to another."

The Sun noted that addresses included: "A Plan of Action on the Family in Africa," "A Christian View on Sexuality and Family," "Population Decline of the Developed World -- A Lesson for Africa," "Pornography and the Family," and "A Plan to Defend the Family at the United Nations." Besides Nigeria, participants came from Cameroon, Ghana, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Netherlands and the United States.

WCF Communications Director Don Feder, who represented the Congress at the event, said, "We're pleased to have Nigeria's largest-circulation newspaper recognize the importance of the Abuja conference and the role World Congress of Families is playing in strengthening the pro-family movement in Africa."

The Abuja Conference was a preparatory-conference for the upcoming World Congress of Families V in Amsterdam, Holland, August 10-12. Representing the Foundation for African Cultural Heritage, Theresa Okafor will report on the Abuja conference at World Congress of Families V. The Amsterdam program on August 11th will focus on the families of Africa and other developing countries. Click here for the full program and schedule of speakers:

Participants and delegates can still register for WCF V online at . Click here. Student discounts and scholarships are available. Contact Simon Polinder at

For more information on World Congress of Families V, go to Click here to read The Sun story: 2009/july/08/national-08-07-2009-05.htm.

Representatives of the media can register free for WCF V in Amsterdam with press credentials at

The World Congress of Families (WCF) is an international network of pro-family organizations, scholars, leaders and people of goodwill from more than 60 countries that seek to restore the natural family as the fundamental social unit and the 'seedbed' of civil society (as found in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948). The WCF was founded in 1997 by Allan Carlson and is a project of The Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society in Rockford, Illinois ( To date, there have been four World Congresses of Families -- Prague (1997), Geneva (1999), Mexico City (2004) and Warsaw, Poland (2007). A fifth World Congress of Families will be held in Amsterdam, Netherlands, August 10-12, 2009 ( and

Richard Viguerie: Republicans' Defining Obama and Sotomayor is Huge

Richard Viguerie: Republicans' Defining Obama and Sotomayor is Huge

MANASSAS, Va., July 14 /Christian Newswire/ -- The following is a statement by Richard A. Viguerie, Chairman of, concerning the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings for President Obama's Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor:

"Led by Senator Jeff Sessions, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee are starting to do what the McCain campaign and the Republican Party failed to do in the 2008 election: defining Barack Obama, his ideology, and his unconstitutional, authoritarian approach to governing.

"By making the Sotomayor confirmation hearings about President Obama's governing philosophy-- including his beliefs that judges should change constitutional principles and the law--Senate Republicans are showing that Obama's views are radical and dangerous. As Senator Sessions said at the hearings, those views are so inconsistent with the Constitution that they could be 'disqualifying' for Obama's judicial nominee.

"Win, lose, or draw in this confirmation battle, that approach will pay huge dividends for Republicans. Exposing the President in these hearings will help Americans better understand that, constitutionally speaking, Obama cannot be trusted.

"Conservatives never lose ideological battles in the long run. Republicans, however, lose when they abandon conservative principles.

"The strategy of bringing Obama's views into these hearings obviously got under the skin of highly partisan Senator Patrick Leahy, the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, who lamented 'all the statements made about President Obama's philosophy.'

"So hats off to Senator Sessions and the other Republicans who 'get it'."

NOTE TO EDITORS: Richard A. Viguerie pioneered political direct mail and has been called "one of the creators of the modern conservative movement" (The Nation magazine) and one of the "conservatives of the century" (The Washington Times).

Episcopal Church Ends Moratorium on Gay Bishops

Episcopal Church Ends Moratorium on Gay Bishops

"In passing this resolution, The Episcopal Church has essentially said it wants to remain at the table, but only on its own terms." -- Jeff Walton, Director of IRD's Anglican Action Program

ANAHEIM, Calif., July 14 /Christian Newswire/ -- In a lopsided vote, deputies to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church have effectively repealed a moratorium on the consecration of further gay bishops.

Following initial votes in the church's House of Deputies on Sunday and House of Bishops on Monday, the House of Deputies gave final passage with 72 percent of the vote to an amended version of resolution D025 on Tuesday afternoon. The resolution affirms "that God has called and may call such individuals, to any ordained ministry in The Episcopal Church."

The newly-adopted resolution essentially counters another resolution passed three years ago, in which dioceses were urged to "exercise restraint" in the consecration of practicing homosexuals as bishops. The effect of that resolution was to tenuously keep the Episcopal Church connected to the broader Anglican Communion for the intervening three years.

The Anglican Communion is divided over hot button issues like homosexuality and scriptural authority, with U.S. Episcopal church leaders being more theologically and politically liberal than their overseas counterparts. IRD supports a conservative perspective that affirms traditional church teachings.

IRD Director of Anglican Action Jeff Walton commented,

"In passing this resolution, The Episcopal Church has essentially said it wants to remain at the table, but only on its own terms.

"In the Anglican Communion, 22 out of 37 other provinces are already in a state of either impaired or broken communion with the Episcopal Church. This move by the Episcopal Church will further widen their effective separation from the bulk of worldwide Anglicans.

"The Episcopal Church understands that by abandoning scriptural authority it is cutting itself off from the Anglican Communion. As an autonomous church, it has that choice, now it must live with the consequences."

A New 'Experience' to Come to Fremont Street

A New 'Experience' to Come to Fremont Street

LAS VEGAS, July 15 /Christian Newswire/ -- Operation Save America will bring a new experience to the Fremont Street Experience, Wed. July 15 to open our National Event in Las Vegas Nevada. Jesus is coming to Fremont Street! "We are a people of God going forward to prepare the way for the Lord by proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Bible is our foundation; the cross of Christ our strategy, and repentance our goal," Rev. Flip Benham, Operation Save America.

We will erect a giant display of the graphic truth of both the Nazi Holocaust and the American Holocaust, the killing of little baby boys and girls through abortion. We believe Jesus Christ is the only answer to the abortion holocaust.

What happens in Vegas gets exposed in Vegas!

What: Operation Save America Press Conference
When: 12:30 PM Wednesday, July 15
Where: The Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, Nevada

For more information or to Schedule interviews with Rev. Benham & other OSA Leaders contact Dr. Pat McEwen at 321-431-3962.

A New Method of Biblical Stewardship: Change the World Through Environmental Energy Solutions

A New Method of Biblical Stewardship: Change the World Through Environmental Energy Solutions

ENUMCLAW, Wash., July 15 /Christian Newswire/ -- A windstorm knocks out the electricity in your home. How do you react?

After about three hours sans electric lights, refrigerators, heating, or air conditioning, most Americans panic. "Western civilization would cease to be civilized without electricity," says electrical engineer Richard "Rick" Gasaway, author of "An Inconvenient Purpose: Linking Godly Stewardship and Alternative Energy."

Just ask anyone who experienced the August 2003 northeastern blackout, which left 50 million people without utility power for hours and caused an estimated economic loss of $6 billion dollars. "We expect reliability from electricity just as we expect a chair not to collapse when we sit down," Gasaway says.

But while electricity is crucial to most people's daily lives, few think beyond the dollars and cents it costs on the utility bill.

"I doubt many Christians have biblical stewardship of energy issues high on their list. It is an inconvenient purpose," Gasaway says. He believes dependence on non-sustainable fuels such as oil hide a slippery slope to greed, sin, and idolatry.

Concerned about the void of Christian voices in energy and environmental issues, Gasaway urges Christians to become leaders in stewarding God's creation. While it's impractical for Christians to stop using energy, they can't continue on the unsustainable pace they're currently living, he says. Christians must begin practicing what he calls "green stewardship"-- learning about and using alternative energy technologies that better honor God, such as wind, fuel cells, tidal, bio-fuels, and solar power.

"Energy supply issues transcend economics and politics," Gasaway says. "They are biblical stewardship issues. Christians can and should lead in this area, honoring God by caring for His creation."

For more information, to request a review copy or to schedule an interview, please contact Abigail Davidson by phone at 360-802-9758, by email at, or by fax at 360-802- 9992. To purchase a copy of this book visit or call 877-421-7323.

Generations and Evangelism

Generations and Evangelism

MEDIA ADVISORY, July 15 /Christian Newswire/ -- Generational differences affect the way people interact, whether at the grocery store or around the dinner table. World Gospel Mission wants Christians to explore how those differences affect evangelism.

During this month on the Unsolved Ministries in Missions blog, WGM is asking believers to discuss how generational characteristics might change their approach when sharing the message of Jesus Christ.

"It's obvious that someone from the Baby Boomer generation and a Generation X-er think differently about many things," says Tim Rickel, vice president of Development. "We need to talk about these things in light of sharing the gospel."

Cross-generational evangelism, generational differences both in the United States and in other countries, and seeking unity in the body of Christ are all part of the discussion. Participants can look at information from Barna Group, one of evangelical Christianity's most trusted statistics source, Christianity Today, the Bible, and other sources to delve into this "unsolved ministry."

"Rather than be alarmed at the way a 16-year-old looks at life as compared to the way a 60-year-old would, we need to explore those differences because they can help us find ways to talk about Jesus with people of all ages, from all places, and from all backgrounds," says Rickel.

Have some ideas about reaching out to people from different generations? Join the conversation.

About World Gospel Mission
World Gospel Mission disciples believers to become missions-active Christians. As an interdenominational missionary organization, WGM partners with individuals, small groups, college groups, and churches to intentionally address the physical and spiritual needs of individuals and communities. Learn more here.

Rachel Elwood, Media Relations
World Gospel Mission
(765) 671-7255

Sunday, July 19, 2009


Tag der Opfer deutscher Sozialgesetzgebung am 1. August

Nürnberg / Berlin. Der in Nürnberg lebende Buch-Autor von drei Büchern und Herausgeber des sozial- und Gesellschafts-kritischen Magazines "Der Prekarier" hat in einem Beitrag am 18. Juli 2009 dazu aufgefordert, künftig am 1. August in Deutschland den Opfern von Sozial-Mobbing in und als einen Tag der "Opfer deutscher Sozialgesetzung" zu gedenken.

In seinem Beitrag beschreibt der Autor ausführlich, weshalb er die Notwendigkeit für die Einführung eines solchen Tages sieht und die Gründe, die für die Einführung eines nationalen Gedenk-Tages für die Opfer deutscher Sozialgesetzgebung sprechen.

Die Nach-Veröffentlichung des Beitrags erfolgt mit freundlicher Genehmigung durch den Autor und Herausgeber Hans-Jürgen Graf.

In Gedenken an die Opfer von Sozial-Mobbing:


Von Hans-Jürgen Graf

Nürnberg. 18. Juli 2009. Das Hartz-Konzept ist eine Bezeichnung für Vorschläge der Kommission „Moderne Dienstleistungen am Arbeitsmarkt“, die in Deutschland unter der Leitung von Peter Hartz tagte und im August 2002 ihren Bericht vorlegte. Die Kommission wurde von der Bundesregierung unter Gerhard Schröder eingesetzt. Erklärtes Ziel des Hartz-Konzeptes war es, innerhalb von vier Jahren die Arbeitslosenzahl von damals vier Millionen zu halbieren. Dieses Ziel konnte nicht annähernd erreicht werden.

Am 1. August 2009 soll in Deutschland der erste Tag der deutschen Sozialgesetz-Gebung stattfinden. Logo und Info-Grafik: Hans Jürgen Graf

Dieses Ereignis sehe ich als Schlüsselereignis für eine äußerst negative Umgestaltung des Sozialstaates in Deutschland. Mit einer weiteren, umfangreichen Verarmung breiter Bevölkerungsschichten brachte diese "Reform" allerdings auch das wirkliche Ausmaß an Armut in Deutschland zu Tage. Ich möchte den 01. August als einen Gedenktag und Aktionstag sehen. Gedenken für die Menschen, die aufgrund einer Benachteiligung, Missachtung der Menschenwürde, Missachtung der Bürgerrechte und charakterlicher Defizite einzelner Verantwortlicher, ihr Leben verloren oder dieses selbst beendeten, weil sie keine Möglichkeit mehr sahen hier existieren zu können, bzw. obdachlos, krank wurden oder waren, und man ihnen sogar das existentiell Notwendigste verweigerte.

Aktionen die auf die bestehenden Missstände aufmerksam machen sollen.

Besonders gedenken wir hier Opfern und Kämpfer gegen dieses Unrecht die heute nicht mehr leben. Stellvertretend für alle sollen genannt werden:

Detlef Rochner "Detti der Kampfrentner" aus Berlin, Sozialaktivist, er nahm sich 2007 das Leben.

André Kirsch aus Speyer, schwer an Depressionen erkrankt. Ihm wurden alle Leistungen gestrichen. Er verhungerte.

Und noch viele mehr, die öffentlich wurden oder im Verborgenen blieben. An diesem Tag und in der übrigen Zeit soll aber auch denen gedacht und Hilfe zuteil werden, wie es uns möglich ist, die zur Zeit unter dieser menschenverachtenden sozialen Struktur leben müssen und täglich um ihr Überleben kämpfen!

Gerade in diesem Bereich, in dem schrittweise scheinbar eine Erprobung zur Beschneidung und wahrscheinlich dann gänzlichen Abschaffung garantierter Bürgerrechte stattfindet, brauchen wir unbedingt eine breite Solidarität! Ein gemeinsamer Geist muss uns verbinden und wir müssen uns gegen diese Bestrebungen, die ihren Ursprung in verschiedenen Bereichen unseres Staates haben, konsequent wehren.

Ich rufe hier alle auf, Singles, Rentner, Familien, Paare, Väter, Mütter; ALLE müssen wir uns dagegen stellen, damit nicht mit der Relativierung der Bürger- und Menschenrechte, des Grundgesetzes, unsere persönliche Freiheit, die Zukunft unserer Kinder, ein freiheitlicher Geist und letztlich die Würde jedes Einzelnen von uns und die Würde eines freiheitlichen Gemeinwesens zugrunde gehen.

Bleibt nicht zuhause, lasst Euch aktivieren! Setzt Euch ein für Eure Rechte, für ein Deutschland unter einem freiheitlichen Geist. Für ein Europa mit tragfähigen und ewig gültigen moralischen und ethischen Werten.

Für eine Gesellschaft in der ein Jeder leben kann, egal ob er behindert ist, krank ist, schwul oder lesbisch ist, egal ob alt, jung, oder mit einer anderen Hautfarbe, einer anderen Kultur oder einer anderen Sprache. Dieser Planet ist uns nur geliehen, wir leben alle auf dem einen Planeten.

Die Grenzen haben wir gezogen, die waren nicht von Anfang da. Wenn sich der Mensch schon als das Kronjuwel der Lebewesen hier sieht, dann sollte sein Zusammenleben mit allen anderen Lebewesen auch von Menschlichkeit geprägt sein. Und der Beginn aller Menschlichkeit ist das Füreinander-da-sein!

Ich würde mich freuen, wenn auch andere Betroffene und Organisationen meine Anregung zu einem gemeinsamen Gedenktag und Aktionstag unter der eben beschriebenen Thematik und Problematik aufgreifen würden. Für Rückmeldungen dahingehend wäre ich dankbar.

„Die Menschen haben gelernt wie Vögel zu fliegen und wie Fische zu schwimmen, aber sie haben nie die einfache Kunst der Brüderlichkeit gelernt.“

„Wir neigen dazu, Erfolg eher nach der Höhe unserer Gehälter oder nach der Größe unserer Autos zu bestimmen als nach dem Grad unserer Hilfsbereitschaft und dem Maß unserer Menschlichkeit.“

„Kein Problem wird gelöst, wenn wir träge darauf warten, dass Gott sich darum kümmert.“
(Martin Luther King jr.)

"Freiheit ist immer auch Freiheit des anders Denkenden." (Rosa Luxemburg)

"Stärke wächst nicht aus körperlicher Kraft - vielmehr aus unbeugsamen Willen."

"Sei du selbst die Veränderung, die du dir wünschst für diese Welt." (Mahatma Gandhi)

Eine Kontakt-Aufnahme ist bei möglich.

Anmerkung des Französisch-deutschen Journalisten, Rundfunk-Journalisten und Autors von sieben Büchern, Andreas Klamm:

Hans Jürgen Graf ist Autor von drei Büchern und war für viele Jahre in mehreren Vereinen und Aktionen für die Belange von Menschen mit Behinderungen in Deutschland engagiert. Foto: privat

Hans-Jürgen Graf, geboren 1964 in Schwarzenbruck bei Nürnberg lebt in Nürnberg in Deutschland und ist Autor von drei Büchern. Hans-Jürgen Graf war der frühere Gründer, Herausgeber, Chef-Redakteur und Verleger des Sozial-Magazines “Horch amol aus Franken”, das in der Stadt Nürnberg als PDF-Magazin weltweit angeboten wurde.

Inzwischen bietet der Autor als Herausgeber das neue Magazin “Der Prekarier“.

Der Autor und Herausgeber ist auch für das Medien-Angebot “Jesus liebt Dich / Jesus loves you “, als Herausgeber und Verleger verantwortlich. In diesem Medien-Angebot sind neben zahlreichen Informationen zum Glauben an Gott, dem christlichen Verständnis des Glaubens auch persönliche und biographische Informationen des Autors und Herausgebers zu finden.

Hans-Jürgen Graf ist chronisch schwer erkrankt, behindert und schwerbehindert. Bis zum Eintritt schwerster Erkrankungen, die die Arbeits-Unfähigkeit im beruflichen Erwerbsleben zur Folge hatten, war Hans-Jürgen Graf für viele Jahre als staatlich geprüfter Gesundheits- und Krankenpfleger in mehreren großen Krankenhäusern und Pflege-Einrichtungen im Raum Nürnberg tätig.

Für national angesehende Fach-Magazine der Pflege schrieb und veröffentlichte Hans-Jürgen Graf mehrere Fach-Beiträge zum Thema Pflege und Geschichte in Deutschland.

Hans-Jürgen Graf hat sich, obgleich er selbst chronisch schwer krank und behindert ist, im sozialen Engagement und in der Zivilcourage um die Menschenrechte besonders verdient gemacht.

Im Jahr 2007 schrieb er eine Beschwerde und Petition an den Europäischen Gerichtshof für die Menschenrechte (EUGH) in Strasbourg (Frankreich). Diese Petition und Beschwerde gegen Deutschland wegen massiver und einer Vielzahl von Menschenrechts-Verletzungen wurde von mehr als 100 weiteren Menschen mittels Unterschrift unterstützt und solidarisch mitgetragen.

Im Sozial-Magazin “Horch amol aus Franken“, das sowohl als PDF-Magazin, als Audio-Zeitung, als Zeitungs-Blog und mit einem eigenen Portal in den Jahren 2008 und 2009 erschienen ist, half der Autor und Herausgeber mit Zahlen, Daten, wichtigen Fakten, Artikeln, Beiträgen und mit einer Vielzahl von nützlichen Informationen zum Leben, vor allem den Menschen, die aufgrund schwerer Armut sich schon rein finanziell keine Rechts-Berater leisten können oft in ihrer Not alleine sich selbst ohne die geeignete Hilfe, Zuwendung, Nächstenliebe und Solidarität in Deutschland überlassen bleiben.

In seinem Wirken als Publizist kooperiert Hans-Jürgen Graf seit vielen Jahren mit dem Hörspiel-Produzenten und Grafik-Designer, Thomas M. Müller.

Hans Jürgen Graf und Thomas M. Müller - eine Geschichte zu den Autoren und den Herausgebern des Sozialmagazines “Horch amol aus Franken” und von drei Büchern.

Als ehrenamtlicher Vorsitzender zweier Vereine für behinderte Menschen engagierte er sich neben seiner Arbeit. All dies musste er zurückfahren, da er krank wurde und nun schwerbehindert ist. Seinen zweiten Beruf als Bürokaufmann konnte er nur sehr kurze Zeit ausüben.

Heute lebt der Autor und frühere Herausgeber des Sozial-Magazines „Horch amol aus Franken“ in Nürnberg mit seinen zwei, von seiner Mutter “geerbten”, Katzen. In Nürnberg hat Hans-Juergen Graf viel Zeit um zu schreiben.

Seit Anfang des Jahres 2009 gibt Hans-Jürgen Graf das Magazin “Der Prekarier” heraus. Ein Magazin, das sich speziell an Leser und Leserinnen mit leerem Geld-Beutel als Zielgruppe wendet und kostenfrei erhältlich ist.

Bücher von Hans-Jürgen Graf aus Nürnberg erschienen im BOD-Verlag, Norderstedt, Deutschland Publisher: BOD Publishing Center, Norderstedt, Deutschland (

Abstellgleis Hartz IV
Die “Unberührbaren” der Nation

Es lohnt sich zu lesen! Abstellgleis Hartz IV - Die “Unberührbaren” der Nation ist eine Zusammenfassung mehrerer Texte zu diesem Thema und seine Begleitthemen, wie Armut, Benachteiligung, Ausgrenzung und mehr.

“In meinem Buch soll die Situation Betroffener deutlich werden, wie sie immer wieder um ihre Existenz kämpfen müssen und manchmal auch verlieren, wenn sie einer Sozialpolitik ausgesetzt sind, die ihnen scheinbar die Chance des Überlebens nicht lassen will. In seiner Starrheit ist das SGB II so ausgelegt, dass es z. B. keinerlei Mehrbedarfe für chronisch Kranke vorsieht, wenn es um die Beschaffung von Medikamenten geht, die von den gesetzlichen Kassen nicht gezahlt werden. Das Buch schildert verschiedene Ereignisse aus dem Alltag von Hartz IV - Empfängern und hinterfragt kritisch die Grundeinstellung der gesellschaftlichen Schichten zum Individuum Mensch.” so der Autor Hans-Jürgen Graf.

ISBN 978-3-8334-9136-8, Paperback, 112 Seiten, 13,99 Euro

Kurzgeschichten für jede Jahreszeit
Nachdenkliche Unterhaltung

Verschiedene Kurzgeschichten für Teens, Twens und Oldies. Etwas für die Winterzeit, etwas für die warme Jahreszeit. Nicht nur zur Unterhaltung, nein auch zum Nachdenken gedacht. Co-Autor: Thomas M. Müller

ISBN 978-3-8370-2973-4, Paperback, 52 Seiten , 5,99, Euro

Leben um zu Glauben - Glauben um zu leben
Betrachtungen anhand eines Gebetes nach Franz v. Assisi

Anhand eines Gebetes, das dem hl. Franz v. Assisi zugeschrieben wird, gibt der Autor seine Glaubenserfahrungen an den Leser weiter. Er nimmt auch speziellen Bezug zu seinem ersten Beruf, der Krankenpflege und zu bestimmten Glaubensthemen.

ISBN 978-3-8370-1077-0, Paperback, 104 Seiten, 10,99 Euro

Weitere und ausführliche Informationen bei:, Andreas Klamm

Bruno Schillinger: Ein Leben ohne soziale Sicherheit und ärztliche Versorgung

Bruno Schillinger: Ein Leben ohne soziale Sicherheit und ärztliche Versorgung

Von Andreas Klamm

Freiburg / March. 19. Juli 2009. Der chronisch erkrankte IT-Technolgie-Fachmann und sozial-politische Aktivist Bruno Schillinger (wir berichteten) muss offenbar immer noch, inzwischen seit bereits drei Monaten, ohne finanzielle Sozial-Hilfeleistungen und ohne eine ärztliche Versorgung in Deutschland um das Überleben kämpfen. Diese Situation trifft den an Diabetes mellitus erkankten Mann hart, der seit drei Monaten nicht mehr krankenversichert ist. Das teilten Bruno Schillinger und der Helferkreis Bruno Schillinger (HKBS) in einer Pressemitteilung vom 16. Juli 2009 mit.

Bruno Schillinger: "Sozial-Mobbing und Krisen können jeden Menschen treffen.". Photo: HKBS

Die für den Arbeitsplatz-suchenden IT-Techniker Bruno Schillinger zuständige Arbeitsgemeinschaft (ARGE,) habe seit drei Monaten alle Leistungen der Sozialhilfe eingestellt und bewillige keine Zahlungen nach dem Arbeitslosengeld II / Hartz 4.

Im April 2007 verhungerte der lernbehinderte und an Depressionen erkrankte, damals 20jährige André Kirsch, in Speyer am Rhein, nach dem ihm und seiner Mutter zuvor alle Sozial-Hilfeleistungen auf 0,00 Euro gekürzt, vielmehr keine finanzielle Sozial-Hilfeleistungen bewilligt wurden.

Die ARGE habe den Hilfe-suchenden Bruno Schillinger dazu aufgefordert, sich privat bei einer privaten Krankenkasse zu versichern, was diesem jedoch nicht möglich ist ohne jede Form finanzieller Einkünfte oder finanzieller Sozial-Hilfeleistungen.

Der Helferkreis und Bruno Schillinger erklärten: „Eine solche Aufforderung klingt angesichts der nicht gewährten finanziellen Sozialhilfe-Leistungen wie ein blanker Hohn. Jede Hilfe wird unterlassen. Am 2. Juli 2009 war Bruno persönlich bei der ARGE -Geschäftsführerin und bei der Direktion der Agentur für Arbeit in Freiburg und bettelte um Unterstützung, weil am nächsten Tag seine Medikamente zur Behandlung des Diabetes mellitus zu Ende gingen. Eine unbürokratische Sofort-Hilfe wurde gnadenlos verweigert. Ohne Geld ist es nicht möglich eine private Krankenversicherung zu bezahlen.“

Man fühle sich von der behördlichen „Führungs-Elite“ alleine gelassen. Die Vorgesetzen hätten, Angaben des Helferkreises zufolge nichts unternommen, um eine angemessene Hilfe zu gewähren.

„Weder die Landrätin, noch der Direktor der Bundesagentur, der Landtag von Baden-Württemberg, der Bundestag, der Ministerpräsident des Landes Baden-Württemberg, drei weitere Minister des Landes, Arbeitsminister und Bundeskanzlerin halfen. „ klagten Bruno Schillinger und der Helferkreis Bruno Schillinger (HKBS).

Alle Vorgesetzten und übergeordneten Dienststellen seien seit Monaten über Nahrungs-Mangel und die Vorgänge in der zuständigen ARGE informiert. Man schweige nur und für den Helferkreis stellt sich die Situation dar als „...warte man auf das Ende von Bruno...“.

Bruno Schillinger und der Helferkreis teilten weiter mit: „Als eine einsame Kreisrätin, hat die SPD-Politikerin Ellen Brinkmann versucht ihm bei der ARGE zu helfen. Die Hilfe-Versuche der engagierten SPD-Politikerin blieben leider erfolglos.“

Dem Mann werde seit drei Monaten die lebensnotwendige und medizinische Versorgung verweigert.

Im Kampf um das nackte Überleben kochen bei Bruno Schillinger und dem Helferkreis die Emotionen hoch und so stellen beide auch provokative Fragen wie „Handelt es sich bei der Verweigerung ärztlicher Hilfe und finanzieller Sozial-Hilfe-Leistungen noch um vorsätzliche Körper-Verletzung oder bereits um versuchten Mord? Gelten Grundgesetz und Menschenrechte nicht mehr für Menschen ohne Erwerbseinkommen, so genannte Arbeitslose? Oder gelten die Grundrechte und Menschenrechte nur für Bruno nicht mehr?“

Seit vier Jahren habe die ARGE die Bemühungen von Bruno sabotiert einen Arbeitsplatz zu finden. Urteile des Bundes-Sozialgerichtes seien ignoriert worden. Man habe sogar den Bundestag belogen.

Der Helferkreis spekuliert und und stellte weitere provokative Fragen: „Soll Bruno um die Ecke gebracht werden, weil er das Versagen und die Verschwendung von Steuern und Arbeitslosenbeiträgen nicht auf sich beruhen lassen möchte? Kommt nach einer manipulierten Entmündigung nun etwa die Körperverletzung oder ein Mord? Oder ist dies die Fortführung einer Methode aus sehr dunklen, deutschen Zeiten? Ist es die Wiedereinführung der Euthanasie?“

Gegenüber Bruno Schillinger und dem Helferkreis Buno Schillinger (HKBS) bestätigte ein Sprecher eines Bundestags-Abgeordneten: „Vielen Menschen in Deutschland geht es so wie Bruno Schillinger.“

Bei Bruno haben sich nach Informationen des Helferkreises Bruno Schillinger (HKBS) weitere Opfer von Sozial-Mobbing gemeldet.

Offenbar mussten in Deutschland viele weitere Menschen ähnliche Erfahrungen machen: „Monate-lang keine Hartz IV-Zahlungen trotz schwerster Erkrankungen, keine medizinische Behandlung, weil Geld für Fahrten zur ambulanten Behandlung in einer Spezial-Klinik fehlt, Miet-Kürzungen und im Winter müssen Menschen frieren, weil das Heizöl fehlt.“

Jeder Mensch könne Opfer von Sozial-Mobbing oder einer Krise werden, warnten erneut Bruno Schillinger und der Helfer-Kreis Buno Schillinger. Wer Kontakt mit Buno Schillinger und dem Helfer-Kreis aufnehmen will: Helfer-Kreis Bruno Schillinger (HKBS), Internet: .

Nach der Allgemeinen Erklärung der Menschenrechte der Vereinten Nationen ( haben in Deutschland auch chronisch kranke Menschen und behinderte Menschen Anspruch auf die soziale Sicherheit und die ärztliche Versorgung:

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1.Jeder hat das Recht auf einen Lebensstandard, der seine und seiner Familie Gesundheit und Wohl gewährleistet, einschließlich Nahrung, Kleidung, Wohnung, ärztliche Versorgung und notwendige soziale Leistungen gewährleistet sowie das Recht auf Sicherheit im Falle von Arbeitslosigkeit, Krankheit, Invalidität oder Verwitwung, im Alter sowie bei anderweitigem Verlust seiner Unterhaltsmittel durch unverschuldete Umstände.

2.Mütter und Kinder haben Anspruch auf besondere Fürsorge und Unterstützung. Alle Kinder, eheliche wie außereheliche, genießen den gleichen sozialen Schutz.

Artikel 1

Alle Menschen sind frei und gleich an Würde und Rechten geboren. Sie sind mit Vernunft und Gewissen begabt und sollen einander im Geist der Brüderlichkeit begegnen.

Artikel 2

Jeder hat Anspruch auf die in dieser Erklärung verkündeten Rechte und Freiheiten ohne irgendeinen Unterschied, etwa nach Rasse, Hautfarbe, Geschlecht, Sprache, Religion, politischer oder sonstiger Überzeugung, nationaler oder sozialer Herkunft, Vermögen, Geburt oder sonstigem Stand.
Des weiteren darf kein Unterschied gemacht werden auf Grund der politischen, rechtlichen oder internationalen Stellung des Landes oder Gebiets, dem eine Person angehört, gleichgültig ob dieses unabhängig ist, unter Treuhandschaft steht, keine Selbstregierung besitzt oder sonst in seiner Souveränität eingeschränkt ist.

Artikel 3

Jeder hat das Recht auf Leben, Freiheit und Sicherheit der Person.

Vergleiche hierzu: Allgmeine Erklärung der Menschenrechte, Vereinte Nationen (United Nations),

Friday, July 17, 2009

American Child Sex Slaves are Being Arrested, not Rescued

American Child Sex Slaves are Being Arrested, not Rescued

WASHINGTON, July 16 /Christian Newswire/ -- Shared Hope International will release a groundbreaking report on child sex trafficking in the United States at the Congressional Human Trafficking Briefing on Capitol Hill hosted by the Human Trafficking Caucus and Victims' Rights Caucus led by Congressman Poe (TX) and Congressman Smith (NJ), long-time advocates for victims protections.

Former Congresswoman Linda Smith (1994-98), Founder of Shared Hope International, will open a panel discussion on the findings of more than four years of research in America. Shared Hope International's National Report on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking, America's Prostituted Children highlights the harsh reality that hundreds of thousands of American children are victimized through sex trafficking in the United States driven by the demand for the commercial sex acts they perform. A child sex trafficking victim who is purchased for sex by 5 different men per night, 5 nights per week for an average of 5 years would have been raped by 6,000 buyers during her victimization through prostitution. Many of these child rapists are never charged or prosecuted while the young victims' lives are destroyed.

"The horror is that our children are victimized twice -- first by the prostitution and then by the broken system that treats them like criminals while the buyers are given a slap on the wrist, if anything at all. What kind of message is this sending?" asked Founder and President of Shared Hope International, Linda Smith.

Ambassador Louis C. de Baca of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the U.S. Department of State will present findings from the 2009 TIP Report and panelists from the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the Criminal Division will discuss domestic child sex trafficking, followed by an NGO panel led by Congresswoman Linda Smith and highlighting Ernie Allen, President and CEO of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

"From our investigative research gathered from 11 cities across the nation, we've found so many victims of domestic minor sex trafficking that are misidentified, and labeled as prostitutes. They are sold every day, every night in every city in America," said Smith. Watch human rights surveillance video instantly here:

What: Congressional Human Trafficking Briefing

Where: Capitol Hill, Rayburn Room 2226 Washington, D.C.

When: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 10:00 a.m. - Noon

About Shared Hope International
For more than a decade, Shared Hope International (SHI) has worked around the world partnering with local groups to prevent trafficking and to rescue and restore the victims of sexual slavery. Shared Hope International's DEMAND. project was a 12-month investigation which focused on commercial sexual exploitation in four countries, including the United States. With funding from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), SHI conducted field assessments on child sex trafficking in 10 U.S. locations. Visit

Rock House Way Releases Be Transformed Workbook

Rock House Way Releases Be Transformed Workbook

NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 16 /Christian Newswire/ -- Rock House Way Press has released a workbook companion to John Robin Murphy's book Be Transformed-New Life Awaits, which shares the important truth that access to the blessings of the Christian faith begin with the decision to live in cooperation with God's plan to have His people progressively reflect the heart of His Son inwardly.

"The response to Be Transformed has been very positive, with many testifying that the book has changed their lives in a significant way," said Murphy, who had just completed two workshops at the United Methodists biennial gathering in Nashville, Tenn.

"Many who have had a taste of transformation and want more were asking me, 'When will there be a workbook?' I created the workbook in response to this demand and to show Christians, in a deeper way, the path of personal transformation that God has laid out for us all."

Murphy's personal transformation has been dramatic. At age 26, he went from being a self-described "table- pounding atheist" to a follower of Jesus Christ. While his conversion immediately improved the quality of his life, there was still "lots of baggage to work on," as he put it. For instance, increasing depression, over- eating and other self- defeating behaviors continued to be a struggle.

After much frustration in trying to make the promises of scripture real in his life, he discovered that without addressing his resentment and anger, there would be no breakthrough. When he prayed for God to forgive, heal and bless the abusers of his past, a "dark cloud" lifted and a desire grew to share the freedom and peace he received from that act of obedience.

As he matured in his faith, Murphy discovered that forgiveness is just one part of God's plan to transform people to reflect the image of Christ, and that being transformed really means submitting to God's will in every aspect of life.

"The focus is on how to live one's life in regard to God's will, which can be relied on to improve any situation," he said.

Murphy left a successful career developing and launching revenue-growth strategies for corporations to start a full-time ministry called Rock House Way. Today, He presents his transformation message to CEOs, men's ministries, churches, prisoners in maximum security, men and women in recovery, and others.

He also does one-on-one transformation mentoring with business owners and ministry leaders, and hopes to soon launch a student mentoring program for young adults.

His work has been endorsed, featured, adopted and/or recommended by a wide variety of churches and faith-based ministries.

Be Transformed: Workbook Edition costs $18.99 and may be purchased online through Rock House Way Press at The book Be Transformed-New Life Awaits may also be purchased online as well as in bookstores.

American Family Launches New Programs from Southern Evangelical Seminary Dr. Alex McFarland, President of Southern Evangelical Seminary, Launches New

American Family Launches New Programs from Southern Evangelical Seminary

Dr. Alex McFarland, President of Southern Evangelical Seminary, Launches New Radio and TV Programs on American Family Radio Network

CHARLOTTE, NC, July 16 /Christian Newswire/ -- Dr. Alex McFarland, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary and world- renowned author and speaker, is launching his live, daily radio and television program, Sound Rēzn with the American Family Radio Network. The daily radio program will debut on July 20 and the television program debuts on August 17 on the Sky Angel Network, in partnership with American Family Radio. Sound Rēzn will air from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday on nearly 200 radio stations nationwide which are owned and operated by the American Family Radio Network.

Sound Rēzn will reach listeners every day with in- depth discussion, cutting edge topics, and listener interaction. Dr. Alex McFarland integrates current events with sound reasoning of the truth of Christianity. The program provides relevant information that is both credible and comprehensible.

Dr. McFarland states, "We are honored to launch Sound Rēzn on the American Family Radio Network. My passion is to bring timeless truth to a sound bite culture and AFR has provided the perfect venue in which to accomplish the Lord's work."

Alex McFarland has been in full-time ministry since 1989 and is currently the president of Southern Evangelical Seminary in North Carolina. As a Christian apologist (one who explains and rationally defends faith), he has spent over two decades training teens and adults in biblical worldview reasoning. A good portion of that time was spent working with Focus on the Family ministering to teens. Through his Stand Weekends, Dr. McFarland has assembled the world's premiere Christian apologists with a goal of introducing new audiences to the truths of Christianity. He is also the author of Stand: Core Truths for an Unshakable Faith in addition to many other books and publications. The annual National Conference on Apologetics, which is sponsored by the Southern Evangelical Seminary, brings many of the world's most famous and sought-after Christian leaders together to address over 5,000 attendees. Speakers this year will include Kay Arthur, Chuck Colson, Hank Hanegraaff, Dr. David Noebel, Dinesh D'Souza, Os Guinness and many others.

To book Dr. Alex McFarland for an interview or speaking engagement, contact Dyan Cross, Hamilton Strategies, 610 584-1096 or email

Glamouröser Edel-Wodka in der Luxus-Kristall-Schmuckflasche

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Foto: Iordanov Vodka

Glamouröser Edel-Wodka in der Luxus-Kristall-Schmuckflasche

Von Markus Schmidt

Frankfurt / Main. 17. Juli 2009 Eine neue Luxus-Edel-Schmuck-Sammler Edition bietet Iordanov Vodka.

In einer Luxus-Kristall-Schmuckflasche wird der neue glamouröse Edel-Wodka in extravaganten Flaschen abgefüllt, die mit facettenreichen Swarovski-Kristallen trendy besetzt sind, jetzt für Genießer und Schmuck-Flaschen-Sammler auf dem internationalen Markt angeboten.

Die Herstellung erfolgt aus feinstem Weizen und reinem, weichen, kristallklaren Wasser von nordeuropäischen Inseln, das demineralisiert wurde.

Dadurch wird sein sanfter und aromatischer Geschmack erreicht. Geboten wird ein köstlicher Wodka der Premiumklasse von höchster Qualität, teilte das Unternehmen mit.

Im Innern der Flasche befindet sich ein Schutzmantel, welcher den Kontakt von Flasche und Wodka verhindert.

Iordanov Vodka ist nicht nur edel, er schmeckt auch so, verspricht Iordanov Vodka, – "unvergleichlich mild".

Die Herstellung erfolgt in einer der ältesten Destillen, die auf ganze 150 Jahre Erfahrung zurückblickt.

Die veredelte Flasche hat einen weiteren Vorteil, denn sie ist unzerbrechlich, so dass sie noch lange nach dem Genuss ein luxuriöses Schmuckstück bleibt. Insgesamt 43030 Arbeitsschschritte sind für die Dekadenz-Version notwendig, da jedes Kristall einzeln aufgeklebt wird.

Die Swarovski-Steinchen werden in mühsamer Handarbeit kunstvoll verarbeitet. Der schillernde Glanz der Kristalle soll an den kristallklaren Wodka erinnern und somit den Inhalt der handgefertigten Designerflasche kunstvoll darstellen. Für Kunstsammler ist Iordanov Vodka ein interessantes Designobjekt.

Die 43030 P-Arbeitsschritte sind für die Dekadenz-Version notwendig, da jedes Kristall einzeln aufgeklebt wird.

Weitere und ausführliche Informationen sind im Internet bei zu finden.

Angela Merkel: Deutschlands beliebteste Politikerin feiert Geburtstag

Angela Merkel: Deutschlands beliebteste Politikerin feiert Geburtstag

Von Andreas Klamm

Berlin. Heute vor 55 Jahren erblickte Angela Merkel am 17. Juli 1954 in Hamburg das Licht der Welt. Der Vater der Berufspolitikerin hatte die Hoffnung auf eine neues und anderes Deutschland und wechselte den Wohnort von West-Deutschland nach Ost-Deutschland im Land Brandenburg.

Menschen aus aller Welt gratulieren der beliebten Kanzlerin Angela Merkel zum 55jährigen Geburtstag. Foto: Andreas Klamm

Die Tochter eines Pfarrers erlebte eine Bilder-Buch-Karriere, wie kaum eine andere Frau in Deutschland. Nach erfolgreicher Absolvierung der Oberschule und einem Studium als Physikerin wurde die junge Frau mit politischen Ambitionen von Bundeskanzler a. D. Dr. Helmut Kohl zu Beginn der 90er Jahre nach der Fusion der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik (DDR) und Bundesrepublik Deutschland entdeckt und gefördert.

Angela Merkel wurde Ministerin für Frauen und Jugend und wenig später Bundesministerin für Umwelt.

Nur wenige Jahre im Anschluss an die Entdeckung von Dr. Helmut Kohl wurde im Jahr 2005 Dr. Angela Merkel als erste Bundeskanzlerin und als Frau in eines der höchsten politischen Ämter in Deutschland gewählt.

Bereits im Verlauf dieser Woche gratulierten Staats- und Regierungs-Chefs aus aller Welt der Kanzlerin zum Geburtstag.

Vom amerikanischen Nachrichten-Magazine „Newsweek“ wurde Angela Merkel erst vor wenigen Wochen erneut zur mächtigsten Frau der Welt gewählt.

Die Lebens-Geschichte von Angela Merkel wird von vielen Menschen als persönliche und deutsche Erfolgs-Geschichte bezeichnet.

In Deutschland und in vielen Teilen Europas wird Angela Merkel als die beliebteste Politikerin in Deutschland bezeichnet.

Menschen aus aller Welt gratulieren bei Deutschland´s größter Tageszeit „Bild“ der Kanzlerin.

Wer der Kanzlerin direkt Geburtsgrüße mittels email schicken möchte kann an email: oder mittels der Internet-Präsentation von Angela Merkel bei Geburtstags- und Segens-Wünsche an die Regierungschefin schreiben.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Former Christian Coalition Leader Launches Grassroots Organization to Activate Christian Conservatives

Former Christian Coalition Leader Launches Grassroots Organization to Activate Christian Conservatives to Oppose Pres. Obama and the Anti-Christian Anti-American Director of His Leadership

MEDIA ADVISORY, July 14 /Standard Newswire/ -- Bishop E.W. Jackson Sr., former spokesperson and a top leader for the Christian Coalition, has launched a new organization - - S.T.A.N.D. [Staying True to America's National Destiny] -- to unify Christians and other conservatives around social and economic issues. However, Bishop Jackson is taking a different approach. "We are mainly interested in impacting the culture," says the Bishop. "Political victories can be reversed, but cultural change is lasting."

Their first major initiative is to make January "AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH". Says Bishop Jackson, "One of the reasons we lack unity in America is that the Judeo-Christian heritage and values which our Founding Fathers bequeathed us are under attack. Our heritage is lied about, suppressed and ignored in the push toward secularism and relativism. It is being done in Universities, public schools and even by President Obama."

STAND's American History Month will celebrate the nobility of American history and our Founders and rebut the lie that America is born of racism, exploitation and capitalistic greed. American History Month will highlight the heroic sacrifice, bold initiative, pioneering spirit, selfless cooperation and faith in God that made America possible. STAND believes that this President is denigrating America's contribution to the world, denying the role of Christianity in our country, and falsely claiming that Islam is a major contributor to America's success. "What history books is the President reading?" asks Jackson.

STAND considers Obama to be symptomatic of the ideological and anti-Christian bias in the teaching of American history. Bishop Jackson asks, "How many people know that one of our war cries during the Revolutionary War was 'No King but Jesus'? Precious few, and apparently not the President."

STAND is also opposing Obama's healthcare reform, which it calls "a veiled government takeover of healthcare." Bishop Jackson argues, "If the government takes over healthcare, everything will be rationed except abortion. The conscience objection will be eliminated, and abortion will increase like a plague upon the land." STAND wants to end abortion in America. It is also against Cap & Trade as "an insane burden" on an already crippled economy. Its members are contacting their Senators to make their sentiments known on these issues.

Judicial Watch Raises Ethics Concerns about Judge Sotomayor

Judicial Watch Raises Ethics Concerns about Judge Sotomayor

Prejudicial Statements, Discriminatory Affiliation and Improper Political Activities In Violation of Judicial Code of Conduct

WASHINGTON, July 8 /Standard Newswire/ -- Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it sent a letter of complaint on July 7 to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Ranking Member Jeff Sessions (R-AL) expressing concern that Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor has repeatedly violated the Judicial Code of Conduct through her statements and behavior and is therefore unfit to serve on the High Court.

According to the letter signed by Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton:

"I write to you out of concern that out-of-court statements and activity by Judge Sonia Sotomayor violate various provisions of the Code of Conduct for United States Judges ("Code of Conduct"). In fact, Judge Sotomayor may be in violation of the Code of Conduct as a result of the following:

· Repeated prejudicial and racist comments.

· Recent membership in an organization that practices "invidious discrimination" based on sex.

· Improper political activity.

The Judicial Code of Conduct notes that the duty to "act in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary applies to all the judge's activities, including the discharge of the judge's adjudicative and administrative responsibilities. The duty to be respectful includes the responsibility to avoid comment or behavior that could reasonably be interpreted as harassment, prejudice or bias."

Judge Sotomayor's statements and activities, Judicial Watch contends, have repeatedly violated this and other canons of the Code of Conduct. Among the evidence presented by Judicial Watch to support its contention:

Sotomayor's Prejudiced and Racist Comments: During an October 2001 speech at the University of California Berkeley, Sotomayor said the following: "I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life." Judge Sotomayor has also promoted the idea that "gender and national origins" of judges "may and will make a difference in our judging."

Sotomayor's Membership in an Organization That Practices "Invidious Discrimination" Based on Sex: According to Canon 2 (c) of the Judicial Code of Conduct: "A judge should not hold membership in any organization that practices invidious discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, or national origin." Judge Sotomayor recently resigned her membership from the Belizean Grove, a private organization consisting entirely of professional women that claims to represent the counterweight to the "elite old boys' network." In her recent Senate questionnaire Judge Sotomayor wrote the following with respect to her organizational affiliations: "None of the above organizations, other than the Belizean Grove, discriminates on the basis of race, sex, religion, or national origin." Judge Sotomayor stated that the group does not "invidiously" discriminate but the evidence seems otherwise.

Sotomayor's Improper Political Activity: On April 17, 2009, Judge Sotomayor made a political speech to the Black, Latino, Asian Pacific American Law Alumni Association. Among the statements made by Judge Sotomayor during that speech: "The wide coalition of groups that joined forces to elect America's first Afro- American President was awe inspiring in both the passion the members of the coalition exhibited in their efforts and the discipline they showed in the execution of their goals... Our challenge as lawyers and court related professionals and staff, as citizens of the world is to keep the spirit of the common joy we shared on November 4 alive in our everyday existence."

Canon 5 of the Code of Conduct plainly states that "A judge should refrain from political activity," and that a judge should not "publicly endorse or oppose a candidate for public office."

"Judge Sotomayor seems to be in violation of the ethical guidelines that governs the conduct of judges. Frankly, this apparent misconduct ought to give the Judiciary Committee and the full Senate further reason to reject her nomination for the High Court," stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

Visit to read Judicial Watch's letter to Senators Leahy and Sessions in its entirety.

Christian Author Shares How Getting a Husband Starts with Thinking Like a Wife

Christian Author Shares How Getting a Husband Starts with Thinking Like a Wife

PHILADELPHIA, July 15 /Christian Newswire/ -- Ironically, the very thing keeping most single women from getting a man to pop the question is the fact that they're "single" women.

That is to say, the fact that they're thinking like single women, as opposed to their married counterparts, according to Christine Pembleton in her debut book Lord, I'm Ready to be a Wife (Josephine Communications, June 2009).

"The 'single woman' is someone who has her own purpose--like a career or ministry--and it's something that she can do by herself," said Pembleton, who took her wedding vows nearly four years ago. "She doesn't really have time for a relationship and, if she does, it's not her priority because she's so wrapped up in doing her own thing."

Pembleton said she's not knocking women for pursuing their professional and personal goals. In fact, Pembleton--who is a minister, Internet radio talk show host, and an IT industry professional-- encourages it. However, she is convinced that inflexibility and overly unilateral thinking has prevented many potentially fabulous wives and mothers from catching the eye of Mr. Right.

"The problem with the 'single woman' is that she is not willing to let go of her thing to focus on our thing," she said. "Working on 'our' thing is precisely what marriage is all about. So single women sometimes make it hard for men to see them as wife material."

Lord, I'm Ready to be a Wife challenges unmarried women to examine the reasons why they want to be married, the attributes of a wife, what they should be looking for in a potential mate, and even a few long-held traditions and rules about dating, such as the ever-popular "list."

"This book will help the single woman get out of her own way, so that the right man--a good, godly man-- will recognize her as his wife when he sees her," said Pembleton. "It will definitely equip and empower every woman to be the very best that God has created her to be, while she waits for the man who will make her his queen."

For media interviews, book signings, or engagements, contact Genikwa R. Williams at 888- 390-0226, Ext. 3 or

Grand Canyon University Adds Masters Program Christian Studies Added to Growing Liberal Arts Curriculum

Grand Canyon University Adds Masters Program Christian Studies Added to Growing Liberal Arts Curriculum

PHOENIX, July 15 /Christian Newswire/ -- To help professionals who are pursuing a higher calling, Grand Canyon University (GCU) is introducing a master of arts degree in Christian studies to enhance communications, leadership and organizational skills that are essential building blocks for a strong ministry.

"With our Christian foundation and advanced online curricula, we're the ideal institution for those who are in Christian outreach to take their ministry to the next level," said GCU Dean of College of Liberal Arts Lisa St. Louis. "A masters program enables us to offer our students - many whom are working professionals located throughout the country - a way to do this through strong online curricula."

GCU has a well-established undergraduate program in Christian studies, and incorporates Christian principles into many of its other degree programs. The University's course offerings in youth, urban and intercultural ministry are relevant to the real-world challenges faced by pastors and other Christian community leaders today.

"Many of our students have been asking for a master's level program in Christian studies, and with our rich history the advanced program is a natural progression for us," St. Louis said.

GCU's Master of Arts in Christian Studies will utilize biblical studies as the foundation, and an understanding of theology, philosophy and Christian history as the framework for communicating Christ to various audiences. Students will build their communications, leadership and organizational skills in order to enhance their ministry. The degree will be offered as an online program beginning with the fall 2009 semester.

About Grand Canyon University
Founded in 1949, Grand Canyon University is a traditional regionally accredited, private, Christian university offering campus-based and online bachelor's and master's degree programs through the Ken Blanchard College of Business, College of Education, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and College of Liberal Arts. As an NCAA-competitive university, GCU offers more sports programs than any other higher education institution in Arizona. The Phoenix-based school is ranked as having one of the top online education programs by OEDb (Online Education Database). GCU emphasizes individual attention for both traditional undergraduate students as well as the working professional. For more information visit

Straight Talk on Life: Kathleen Kennedy Townsend's Manipulative Mendacity

Straight Talk on Life: Kathleen Kennedy Townsend's Manipulative Mendacity

OPINION, July 15 /Christian Newswire/ -- The following is submitted by Judie Brown, president of American Life League:

When I was growing up, one of the things my parents taught me, by example and instruction, was never to move off the goal, regardless of how many distractions might come in the course of a given day. I really paid attention to that, so I used to practice music four hours daily and get my homework completed before I ever thought about going out to play or eating a snack. Those are lessons I carry with me today, and when I read something like the commentary Kathleen Kennedy Townsend just wrote, I wish that she had been taught the same lesson on focus. She clearly lacks it!

In her Newsweek "web exclusive" titled "Without a doubt: Why Barack Obama represents American Catholics better than the pope does," she propounds a theory that should put every practicing American Catholic at odds with her impudent thinking. She is not only misguided, but intentionally deceptive.

She tells the reader that while it is clear that Obama and the pope disagree on "reproductive freedoms and homosexuality," the "Catholics back home won't care because they know Obama's on their side. In fact, Obama's agenda is closer to their views than even the pope's."

"Reproductive freedoms," for those unfamiliar with the culture of death's propaganda, is a code phrase for abortion on demand, sex instruction in schools, birth control for kids, and all manner of bizarre propositions that help the purveyors of smut to define the human person as an animal incapable of self-control. One need only read a single comment from Planned Parenthood's founder, Margaret Sanger, to get a whiff of where Kennedy Townsend is headed: se0057.html

"Through sex, mankind may attain the great spiritual illumination which will transform the world, which will light up the only path to an earthly paradise. So must we necessarily and inevitably conceive of sex- expression."

The proponents of this warped thinking, which places the human being on the same plane as your pet dog or cat, have several goals that Kennedy Townsend does not mention. She is dedicated to discrediting the pope, so she does not address the full-fledged Obama agenda.

One can easily tell that her thought process has little to do with Catholic identity and, in fact, is contrary to all that is Catholic. There is no other explanation for her inane claim that President Obama is somehow more in tune with American Catholics than the pope who is, after all, the Vicar of Christ on earth.

In her attempt to discredit the papacy, Kennedy Townsend gives us her interpretation of the Holy Father's magnificent new encyclical letter, Caritas in Veritate. Of course, she wants her readers to believe that the encyclical is all about giving "moral credence" to Obama's "progressive politics" when, in fact, the encyclical's message is something else entirely. As the Holy Father states repeatedly, the proper understanding and appreciation of the human person's dignity and extraordinary value are foundational to the proper approach to economic and social life.

Without respect for the human person, it is impossible to bring about a just society, and in a just society, there is no room for heinous crimes such as abortion. This is the underlying theme of the entire encyclical, which Kennedy Townsend apparently overlooked entirely.

From there, it doesn't take long for Kennedy Townsend to throw down the gauntlet and verbally crucify the Holy Father, as she extols the Kennedy family's hierarchy of values: the radical feminist version of women's equality, militant homosexual activists' "cry for justice," contraception for one and all, and, of course, abortion.

In this diatribe, Kennedy Townsend's distortion of the truth inherent in Catholic teaching on these matters clearly reflects her personal malice. She misrepresents the intentions that have been foundational to the teaching of Popes Paul VI, John Paul II and Benedict XVI, and demeans and sullies the reputations of all three.

Her comments on these popes are nothing short of scurrilous. I am positive that she writes in this manner to justify her personal lack of faith in the one true Church and do all she can to lead others astray. She also aims to garner support from other "Obama-ites" who agree with her discombobulated view of what it means to be a Catholic.

Kennedy Townsend is obviously a Catholic dissenter, and this is perhaps why she claims that Pope Benedict XVI, like his predecessors, is "part of this culture that silences dissent." She is wrong on this point as well. If she were correct, Father John Jenkins, the University of Notre Dame's president who proudly hosted President Obama as a commencement speaker, biography would have been silenced; Father John Paris, SJ, who approves of euthanizing people, would have been silenced; and I could go on and on with similar examples. But rather than doing so, just read my book Saving Those Damned Catholics: A Defense of Catholic Teaching. sathdacasbo.html I have already sent an autographed copy of it to Kennedy Townsend.

I have to tell you that Judie Brown is not the only one disgusted with the Kennedy Townsend's impudence. Deal Hudson, no stranger to controversy himself, has aired his disdain as well. In his commentary on her tirade, he wrote, option=com_content&task=view&id=6438&Itemid=80

Townsend's argument is this: Obama promotes contraception, therefore his "agenda is closer to their views than even the pope's." OK, fair enough, but the answer to Townsend is "so what?"

Does this mean that the Church and its Holy Father should henceforth change its teaching on contraception and embrace Obama as an agent of "change" within the Church? No, it means the opposite: The Church should do a better job of teaching and evangelization so that the pervasive dissent on issues like contraception and gay marriage is effectively addressed.

Church leadership needs to wake up and realize the impact of the Obama presidency on the parish, the chancery, and even the Vatican. This game of footsy Catholic leaders are playing with Obama is empowering Catholic dissenters like Kathleen Kennedy Townsend.

Hudson is correct. Either the opinions of deluded "Catholic" public figures such as Kennedy Townsend will become commonplace, or fundamental Catholic moral teaching will be forcefully placed in the forefront of the political landscape by the very men called to that vocation: the U.S. bishops.

And that brings me to my final comment on Kennedy Townsend's manipulative mendacity: Where are the bishops? Where are the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops bureaucrats in charge of giving Catholic bishops the daily news and writing statements for them to issue when someone attacks the pope as Kennedy Townsend has? Where is the bishops' collegiality when the very truth upon which the Catholic Church stands is being verbally assaulted by a renegade rabble-rouser?

Maybe nobody's there at the USCCB office anymore. If not, call me! I will be happy to come and volunteer!

Sonia Sotomayor and Abortion: Pro-life Protests at Supreme Court and Elsewhere

Sonia Sotomayor and Abortion: Pro-life Protests at Supreme Court and Elsewhere against Sotomayor July 11-14. Catholics Beg D.C. Archbishop Wuerl to Withhold Communion from Catholic Senators who Vote for Sotomayor

Protests will include "Sotomayor lookalike," with a grim reaper sickle; child coffins with "dead children" inside, and more.

(Full schedule below.)

WASHINGTON, July 11 /Christian Newswire/ -- The following is submitted by Randal Terry:

Schedule of events:

1) Saturday, July 11, 5:00 P.M., St. Matthews Cathedral

Vigil outside of St. Matthew's Cathedral, (1725 Rhode Island Ave NW Washington, DC 20036 Washington D.C.) pleading with Archbishop Wuerl to withhold communion from Catholic Senators who vote to confirm Sotomayor.

We will be joined by Norma McCorvey, the former "Jane Roe" of Roe vs. Wade.

2) Sunday, July 12 Vigils, St. Matthew's Cathedral.

Mass Times: 8:30, 10:00, 11:30, 1:00.

3) Supreme Court Protest. Sunday, July 12, 2:30 P.M.

Rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, calling on pro- life Senators to filibuster Sotomayor.

4) July 13-15, daily protests in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Each day will have a different theme.

On Monday, a Sotomayor look alike will parade around with a "Sickle of Death," showing Sotomayor's support of the slaughter of unborn children. There will also be child coffins holding "dead babies."

Randall Terry States:

"We are tired of Senators using unborn babies to seduce pro-lifers before elections - taking pro-lifers' volunteer labor, money, and votes - only to cast us and the babies aside like an embarrassing mistress after an election. It is disgusting.

"Any pro-life Senator who votes for Sotomayor is turning their back on unborn children and continuing this holocaust. They can't say, 'I want to overturn Roe,' and then confirm a Supreme Court Judge who will uphold Roe. To do so is hypocrisy, cowardice, and treachery of the first order.

"But it is not enough to vote against Sotomayor; pro- life Senators from both parties must filibuster her. Whether they win or lose, it is a battle worth fighting for the sake of innocent children."

ALSO: More protests will occur next week against Sotomayor in various cities across the nation.

See for more details.

Prayer Vigil at Supreme Court on Eve of Sotomayor Confirmation Hearings -- Vigil on Sunday, July 12, at 6:30 PM

Prayer Vigil at Supreme Court on Eve of Sotomayor Confirmation Hearings -- Vigil on Sunday, July 12, at 6:30 PM

WASHINGTON, July 12 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Christian Defense Coalition will hold a prayer vigil at the Supreme Court on the eve of the Judge Sonia Sotomayor confirmation hearings.

The vigil will be on Sunday, July 12, at 6:30 P.M. in front of the steps of the United States Supreme Court.

The Sotomayor confirmation hearings begin on Monday, July 13.

Participants will leave roses at the court to remember and draw attention to the over 50,000,000 innocent children that have died from abortions and to pray that Judge Sotomayor embraces justice and human rights.

They will also be praying from Proverbs 21:1 which says, "The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord, like the rivers of water, he turns it wherever he will."

If confirmed, Judge Sonia Sotomayor will have impact on legal decisions for a generation to come.

On Thursday, July 9, the Christian Defense Coalition and Faith and Action held a prayer and anointing service outside of Hart 216 where the Sotomayor confirmation hearings will take place. You may view this prayer and anointing service online at

Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, states, "On July 13, the confirmation hearings begin for Judge Sonia Sotomayor who is being considered for the next Supreme Court Justice. If confirmed, her decisions will impact generations to come.

"In response to this, we are gathering at the Supreme Court to pray that God will direct the hearings and guide the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. We will be praying that the truth will be brought out about the record of Judge Sotomayor.

"We will also be praying that if she is confirmed, God will direct her heart to embrace justice and our founding principles. These founding principles support a culture of life, family and freedom of religion.

"We are asking Christians across the nation pray Proverbs 21:1, which proclaims that God can direct and guide those in power. The faith community is not powerless in this process and we believe that God can change and lead the heart of Sonia Sotomayor to make decisions that affirm justice and equality.

"Through prayer, Judge Sotomayor could be the vote that brings down Roe v. Wade.

"We will also be leaving roses to remember the over 50,000,000 children that have died through abortion and call upon the Supreme Court to live up to the words etched on the outside of their building; 'Equal Justice Under Law.'"

For more information or interviews call:
Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney at 540.538.4741 202.547.1735

African American Pro-Life Group Holds Protest at NAACP

African American Pro-Life Group Holds Protest at NAACP

NEW YORK, July 13 /Christian Newswire/ -- LEARN Northeast the Life Education and Resource Network will be holding demonstrations at this year's Centennial NAACP National Convention, July 13 through the 16, in New York City. This year's convention marks 100 years of this prestigious civil rights organization.

"The NAACP continues to ignore the severe health ramifications for women who have abortions," said Rev. Clenard H. Childress Jr, the director of LEARN Northeast and founder of the infamous pro-life website "A disproportionate number are African American. African American women now lead the nation in miscarriages and the rise in breast cancer among African American women is epidemic. Multiple studies find this is due directly to abortions, especially among women who abort in their first pregnancy."

"With the present administration's aggressive abortion agenda it is ever more imperative that the NAACP inform its body of the decimating effects of abortion on the Afro-American community," stated Rev. Childress.

Alan Guttmaucher reports that for every two African- American women that get pregnant, one will choose to abort. Each day 1,786 African American children are aborted. According to the US Census of 2006 African Americans are at 1.96 birth rate which is beneath the replacement level of 2.1.

"The organization founded for the national advancement of colored people is working in conjunction with the ideology of racist population control groups which advocates the national depletion of colored people, such as Planned Parenthood," stated Rev. Childress. "How else can you explain the continual censoring and disregard for their own chapters resolutions and by-laws by the national board? America should not at all be surprised at the retired Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg comments. Roe vs. Wade was about reducing the numbers of African Americans specifically."

This Sunday the New York Times published an interview with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Quoting from Justice Ginsburg in the article, "Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don't want to have too many of."

Since 2004 the NAACP has repeatedly censored resolutions submitted by the Macon and Dayton Chapters of the NAACP. LEARN again will be partnering with the Center for Bioethical Reform who will provide 12X4 foot signs to be displayed outside the convention along with a truck that will circle the area. The new documentary film by Life Dynamics MAAFA will be distributed to delegates and pastors.

"There is nothing on earth that exposes the racism of Planned Parenthood and the true intent of abortion providers, like this movie stated," Damon Owens of Joy filled Marriage NJ. "This is going to have an impact!"

The Most Pro-Life State Gains Momentum for Personhood Initiative as Lt Governor Signs On

The Most Pro-Life State Gains Momentum for Personhood Initiative as Lt Governor Signs On

JACKSON, Miss., July 13 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Personhood Initiative in Mississippi has recently gain significant momentum because of national personhood efforts emerging around the country. Mississippi has long been known as the most "pro-life" state in America and could be the first state to affirm the personhood rights of all humans.

Lt Governor Phil Bryant also gave this effort a boost by endorsing the effort and signing the petition. He joined a growing and diverse group of political, church, and community leaders from across the state who are getting behind this effort.

The Personhood Initiative is sponsored by the coalition named Personhood Mississippi, and has the legal backing of the Liberty Council and the Thomas Moore Law Center.

The grassroots volunteers have until January 2010 to gather roughly 90,000 signatures equally distributed among the congressional districts. But their goal is to have the signatures by Oct. 1, 2009 to place Personhood Initiative #26 on the November 2010 ballot.

Personhood Mississippi is mainly focusing on gathering the required signatures in churches all across the State.

"If this amendment becomes law, the rights that we as Mississippians enjoy, to not have our lives, liberty, or property taken without due process of law would be extended to the smallest and most helpless human beings in our state. This is not only an anti-abortion, anti-cloning measure, but ultimately an equal rights law as well." said Les Riley Personhood Initiative sponsor.

When asked about Roe v Wade, Riley continued that "Roe v Wade is not only an affront to God, but it is also one of the worst judicial overreaches in the history of the Republic. Illegitimate, illegal, and unconstitutional Court decisions should be challenged. If passed, the Mississippi Personhood Amendment would set up just such a challenge."

Revolutionary New Christian Online Social Media & Web 2.0 Network Announces Major Release

Revolutionary New Christian Online Social Media & Web 2.0 Network Announces Major Release

Multi-faceted global I-Church Network ( platform is designed to reach millions while offering exciting features powered by affordable cutting edge technologies.

FORT MYERS, Fla., July 13 /Christian Newswire/ -- A new and exciting social networking system - complete with the most advanced online media features - has just announced a major release and upgrade. The new and improved I-ChurchNetwork promises to redefine, reconnect, and revitalize the global Christian community by bringing individuals and churches closer together with futuristic technology that is exceptionally sophisticated - but entirely user-friendly.

The I-ChurchNetwork is the first of its kind faith-based social movement designed to reach millions of people worldwide through an interactive online network. Now Christians everywhere - and their families, friends, and congregations - can enjoy online videos, blogs, MP3 music and message downloads, and even their own dedicated and customized email service.

"I-Church is run by a team of Christians," explains spokesperson John Allen. "We are passionate about bringing a social and academic movement to individuals, churches, ministries, schools, vendors, performing artists, and various organizations."

Users can, for example, post their event announcements and calendars. They can participate in local or international discussion groups and forums, meet new people, or upload and download sermons. Church leaders can maintain a private network to facilitate fellowship and ministry management. Young people can use I-Church as their social gathering site, exchanging messages and posting profiles with the confidence that the environment is not just fun but also safe, secure, and uplifting. There is even an online store for users to sell products, and all members can join the network for free.

Sotomayor is Unfit to Serve

Sotomayor is Unfit to Serve

WASHINGTON, July 13 /Christian Newswire/ -- As Senate hearings are underway this morning to consider the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court, Operation Rescue releases the following statement, attributable to Troy Newman:

"We are blessed to live in a nation that is founded on the rule of law with protection for certain inalienable rights, including the precious right to life. Without this right, the rest of our laws are meaningless.

"Unfortunately, in our country today, that right is routinely ignored while vulnerable human beings in the earliest stages of their existence are deprived daily of their right to life through abortion with the consent of a 1973 Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, that many now agree was wrongly decided.

"Judge Sotomayor has shown disregard for the lives of these individuals with her personal support for abortion. She has also shown a disturbing propensity for allowing her personal beliefs to impact her legal decisions. It is clear that she would further the injustice of abortion by upholding the errant Roe decision and would continue to deprive the most vulnerable among us of their right to life.

"This makes her unfit to serve on our nation's highest court.

"The latest polls show that the majority of Americans now identify themselves as "pro-life" and especially oppose abortions done after the first trimester of pregnancy. Judge Sotomayor's views on abortion and rule of law are out of step with the American people and out of step with common decency and compassion that would abhor the violence of abortion and work instead to build a society where killing babies for convenience is considered the unthinkable evil that it truly is.

"For this reason, Operation Rescue opposes the confirmation of Judge Sotomayor, and will encourage the new pro-life majority of the American people to immediately contact their Senators to voice their opposition to this nominee as well."

Operation Rescue is one of the leading pro-life Christian activist organizations in the nation. Operation Rescue recently made headlines when it bought and closed an abortion clinic in Wichita, Kansas and has become the voice of the pro-life activist movement in America. Its activities are on the cutting edge of the abortion issue, taking direct action to restore legal personhood to the pre-born and stop abortion in obedience to biblical mandates.

Richard Viguerie: All Issues at Sotomayor Confirmation Hearings Boil Down to One

Richard Viguerie: All Issues at Sotomayor Confirmation Hearings Boil Down to One

MANASSAS, Va., July 13 /Christian Newswire/ -- The following is a statement by Richard A. Viguerie, Chairman of, concerning the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings for President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Sonia Sotomayor:

"Some Republican senators are finally hinting at the one issue that could dominate and make uniquely historic the Sotomayor hearings. As longtime Chicago- way Obama advisor David Axelrod said in a May 26, 2009 interview, the President nominated Sotomayor because 'he wanted someone whose philosophy of judging was his,' which was to 'adapt' - meaning change - 'constitutional principles and law.'

"That is a shocking admission of Obama's views, which go beyond judicial activism and undermine our constitutional structure based in separation of limited, enumerated powers.

"Judge Sotomayor's rulings, whether dealing with the 1st Amendment, 2nd Amendment, private property rights, criminal law, use of foreign law, race, equal protection, and other areas of law, demonstrate that she is consistently 'empathetic' in favor of government power.

"In her speeches, Sotomayor has said policy is made by the courts, which affirms her view shared with Obama that judges may and should make law. That, however, usurps the powers of the people's elected representatives.

"All senators have a serious, constitutional obligation to the American people to explore in great detail such a dangerous and radical view of judicial power, especially for Obama's first Supreme Court nominee.

"President Obama is a statist. The real debate is no longer whether he is a socialist, but whether his ideology is authoritarian. The views of judicial power shared by Obama and Sotomayor are inconsistent with the Constitution itself, and that should disqualify this nominee for the highest and in some cases last forum to protect individual rights and prevent authoritarian government, which America's founders feared.

"These hearings are an opportunity for Republicans to define Obama, which they and John McCain's campaign failed to do in the 2008 election."

NOTE TO EDITORS: Richard A. Viguerie pioneered political direct mail and has been called "one of the creators of the modern conservative movement" (The Nation magazine) and one of the "conservatives of the century" (The Washington Times).

11 Christians Murdered in Weekend Attacks -- Seven Believers Beheaded in Somalia; Four Killed in Violence in Iraq

11 Christians Murdered in Weekend Attacks -- Seven Believers Beheaded in Somalia; Four Killed in Violence in Iraq

SANTA ANA, Calif., July 13 /Christian Newswire/ -- At least 11 Christians were killed in attacks in Somalia and Iraq over the weekend.

Al-Shabaab, Somalia's hard-line insurgents, reportedly beheaded seven Somalis for being "Christians" and "spies." This news was announced by Reuters News Agency on Friday. The report stated that the incident took place in the south- central town of Baidoa.

In Iraq, the Associated Press reported a car bomb exploded near a church in Baghdad, killing three Christians and a Muslim. Another Christian was killed in the northern city of Kirkuk. Several more churches were also bombed in Baghdad over the weekend.

The Reuters report from Somalia pointed out that although al-Shabaab has carried out similar severe punishments in regions under its control, these executions allegedly are the largest number done at the same time.

Somalia is believed to have a 99.95% Islamic following. There are only a handful Somali Christians inside the country and they have been forced underground. Some Christians have taken refuge in neighboring countries.

These decapitations follow an incident in Mogadishu on June 25 in which al-Shabaab amputated a hand and a leg each of four teenagers accused of stealing mobile phones and other possessions. With these actions al-Shabaab is extending its reign of terror across Somalia.

Somalia is ranked No. 5 on this year's Open Doors World Watch List which ranks the top persecutors of Christians. The previous year Somalia was ranked No. 12.

"Those who come to Christ in Somalia do so at a huge risk. Most of them are Muslim Background Believers who face unbelievable pressure and persecution, even death as reported this weekend," says Open Doors USA President/CEO Carl Moeller.

"Somalia desperately needs our prayers as conditions deteriorate. This country needs both physical and spiritual nourishment. Please join me in praying for the tremendous needs of Somalia and for the few brave believers inside the country."

Iraq Christians Living In Fear

The car bomb detonated outside the Virgin Mary Church in east Baghdad. In addition to the four deaths, at least 16 others were wounded in the attack, according to the Los Angeles Times. The paper also reported five other bombs were exploded outside churches around Baghdad on Saturday night and Sunday.

CNN reported a gunman shot and killed Rizko Aziz Nissan on Sunday morning outside his home in central Kirkuk. Nissan was an Iraqi Christian, but the motives behind his killing were not immediately clear since he was also a government official.

One survivor of one of the bombings in Iraq told CNN that "if this (violence) continues, there will be no Christians left in Iraq."

Although it is difficult to state how many Iraqi Christians are in the country, the number in 2003, prior to the fall of Saddam Hussein, was around 550,000. Church leaders in Iraq conservatively estimate that almost 165,000 Christians live outside Iraq - in Syria, Jordan or the West - and that another 70,000 have fled to northern Iraq. That means less than 400,000 Christians remain in mainland Iraq. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has estimated that at least 2 million Iraqis have fled the country since 2003 and another 2 million are displaced inside the country.

"With U.S. troops pulling back from cities on July 1 and these weekend bombings, Iraqi Christians fear that this could mark a resurgence of anti-Christian violence," says Moeller. "Christians have always been caught in the crossfire in Iraq. Many have fled the country. We need to lift up in prayer those who remain. They are scared and living in daily fear. Please pray that these bombings will end and believers can worship in peace."
An estimated 100 million Christians worldwide suffer interrogation, arrest and even death for their faith in Christ, with millions more facing discrimination and alienation. Open Doors supports and strengthens believers in the world's most difficult areas through Bible and Christian literature distribution, leadership training and assistance, Christian community development, prayer and presence ministry and advocacy on behalf of suffering believers. To partner with Open Doors USA, call toll free at 888-5-BIBLE-5 (888-524-2535) or go to our Website at

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Scarborough Calls for Overthrow of Obama's Czars

Scarborough Calls for Overthrow of Obama's Czars

WASHINGTON, July 13 /Christian Newswire/ -- Originally, the word "czar" referred to an autocratic ruler with despotic powers - the very antithesis of democracy.

"That's the way Obama's czars operate," said Vision America President Rick Scarborough. "His czars are unelected and unaccountable. They have too much money and power, and are remaking America in ways none of us could have imagined."

Scarborough noted that whereas most of his predecessors had one or two "czars," President Obama has 34 and counting. Each is paid over $172,000 annually plus benefits and has a staff of 10 or more.

"Pay Czar" Kenneth Feinberg (who's 31-years-old, drives a foreign car and has no executive experience) can set the pay of executives at any company that receives bailout money.

"Science Czar" John Holdren once supported compulsory population-control, including forced- abortion, to fight what's termed over-population.

"Obama is afflicted by Czar-mania, "Scarborough said. "By appointing these czars, often with powers exceeding those of cabinet-level officials, the president has avoided the Senate confirmation process, as set forth in Article II, Section 2."

In this regard, Scarborough shares the concerns of ranking Senate Democrat Robert Byrd, who also questions the constitutionality of whole the czar-ist system.

Scarborough noted that Representative Jack Kingston (R-GA) has filed a bill requiring confirmation of Obama's czars and withholding funding from their bureaucratic empires until that happens.

Vision America President Rick Scarborough is also the moderator of a growing STOP Obama Coalition, dedicated to maintaining Constitutional government.

To schedule an interview with Dr. Scarborough, contact Catherine Rouse at 936-560-3900 or

Abortion and Sotomayor Hearings Arrests: Former 'Jane Roe' of Roe vs. Wade Arrested with 3; Next: Desecrate Roe

Abortion and Sotomayor Hearings Arrests: Former 'Jane Roe' of Roe vs. Wade Arrested with 3; Next: Desecrate Roe

WASHINGTON, July 13 /Christian Newswire/ -- Today Norma McCorvey, the former "Roe" in Roe vs. Wade, was arrested with three other pro-life advocates at Sotomayor hearings as they decried abortion.

Norma McCorvey, formally the "Jane Roe" of the Roe vs. Wade decision - that led to the death of over 50 million children by abortion - was arrested at the Sotomayor hearings for speaking out against child- killing by abortion.

Miss McCorvey has become a strident pro-life advocate, calling on government officials to overturn the landmark case that "legalized" child-killing. She was arrested with: Francis Mahoney, Andrew Beacham, and Robert James.

All of those arrested "preached" or "prophesied" to the Senators and the crowd that child-killing by abortion must be made illegal again.

Next on the agenda:

"Desecrate Roe" Event Details---

Where: Corner of 1st and C St., near Dirksen Senate Building entrance, Washington D.C.

When: 9:00 A.M., Tuesday, July 14

Who: Norma McCorvey, Randall Terry and other DC area leaders and pro-lifers

Pro-life advocates will gather at the Dirksen building at the corner of 1st and C St., to publicly desecrate the Supreme Court's Roe vs. Wade decision. Joining her will be Randall Terry, Missy Smith, and other local pro- life leaders.

Randall Terry states, "Victory over child-killing requires courage and leadership from 'pro-life' Senators from both parties. It is long overdue for so called 'pro-life' Senators to fulfill their campaign promises. They claim they want to overturn Roe; well, now is the time to see if they will defend the babies, or submit like cowards to Obama.

"Republican 'Pro-life' Senators bear special responsibility in this; they shamelessly prostitute Roe vs. Wade and babies lives. Does 'GOP' stand for 'Good Ol' Pimps'? Or will GOP Senators actually fight in this life and death struggle? They need to filibuster Sotomayor."

Will there be more arrests? To be seen...

Contact Kathy Veritas at 406-570-1802 to schedule an interview with Norma McCorvey.