Traditional Values Coalition

by Jessica Bryan

The TVC reported on an incident on a flight where Sen. Chuck Schumer argued with a flight attendant about turning off his cell phone,  (the permalink to this page was not working), criticized climate change expert Al Goreacle for erroneous statements, and criticized President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid for going “on one of the wildest spending binges in American history.”

An email from the TVC asked for “tax deductible” donations, and a second email linked to articles on TVC’s website.

American Family Association

by R. Burge

Tasha Easterling reports some recent findings from Pew which finds that many Americans blend different religions together to create their own brand of spirituality. Easterling writes, “Christians have gotten away from the Biblical truth that there is only one way to salvation.  It is more comfortable and popular to believe that there are many ways to God and they are all correct (a la Oprah) than to believe that Jesus is the only way”

Jeremy Wiggins is upset with some recent statements made by Pres. Obama in a bipartisan meeting of Congress when he told the Republicans to quit trying to scare the American public about the current health care reform proposal.

Matt Friedeman believes that the Tiger Woods scandal will not ruin his career and could make him more popular than ever. In another post Friedeman highlights an article that compares Tiger Woods and Barack Obama saying both have been whitewashed to create a positive public image. Woods’ skeletons have been revealed and Obama’s could soon be on the way.

Friedeman is also worried about the latest changes to the health care reform proposal which would eliminate the public option but drastically increase the scope of Medicare. Rep. Anthony Weiner applauds the move as a significant step toward a single payer system.

Bryan Fischer is upset with ‘safe schools’ czar Kevin Jenning’s reading list. Summarizing the list, Fischer writes, “Book after book after book contained stories and anecdotes that weren’t merely X-rated and pornographic, but which featured explicit descriptions of sex acts between pre-schoolers; stories that seemed to promote and recommend child-adult sexual relationships; stories of public masturbation, anal sex in restrooms, affairs between students and teachers, five-year-olds playing sex games, semen flying through the air”

Matt Friedeman passes along a recent report from the Washington Post that concludes the U.S. national debt is larger than the net worth of all Americans combined.

Elijah Friedeman rehashes some of the debate between his columns of those of Bryan Fischer by noting that leading Muslims have argued that Nadal Hasan must repent for his actions because they were specifically in violation of the Quran, an idea that is contradictory to Fischer’s belief that Islam is a violent religion.

Chuck Norris writes a lengthy article in response to Sen. Obama’s trip to Copehagen, which he believes to be a waste of time. He cites the hacked emails of climate scientists as well as the fact that no treaty has been completed before the trip for Pres. Obama to sign when he arrives.  Janet Porter is also upset with Al Gore and some of the claims he is making. She believes Gore to be a hypocrite because the Tennessee EPA cites him as the number one polluter in the state because of a tin mine on his property.

Elijah Friedeman pokes fun at Jeremy Olson who threw a tomato at Sarah Palin during her book tour. His throw was off however and actually hit a policemen providing security. Olson was charged with assaulting a police officer.

E. Friedeman also notes that the Gallup tracking poll has Pres. Obama’s approval at 47%, a new low for this administration. Spokesman Robert Gibbs questioned the reliability of the poll.

The Roman Catholic church in Scotland has declared that the hokey pokey is officially off limits to its parishioners as it was originally called ‘the hocus pocus’.

Matt Friedeman notes a recent article Christianity Today that addresses the question of what the church should do with sex offenders. Friedeman writes, “Whatever churches decide, there must be a balance between grace and accountability.”

Friedeman is also upset that Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid compared those opposed to health care reform to those who opposed the abolition of slavery. He writes, “You would think Democrats would get tired of using the same old “Republicans are racist” put down.”

Friedeman also writes that he agrees with the Wall Street Journal when it says that Pres. Obama should give his Nobel Peace Prize to Shirin Ebadi who had her medal confiscated by the Iranian government.

E. Friedeman notes the hypocrisy of the Copenhagen Climate Summit as it will create tremendous amounts of greenhouse gases through the use of planes and limos to get dignitaries to the conference.

E. Friedeman also reports that the TEA party actually beats the GOP in a 3 way generic ballot for 2012. He writes, “The scariest thing about this poll for a Republican loyalist is the fact that close to the same number of Republicans say that they would vote for a TEA party candidate over a Republican candidate.”

Jeremy Wiggins also embeds a video of an undercover investigation in to Planned Parenthood that shows them committing numerous violations of state and federal law.

Chuck Colson: Matters of life and death

by Ruth Moon

The shootings in Washington last week are evidence that criminals should serve full jail sentences, and the justice system is flawed.

Embryonic stem cell research is not ethical.

A British judge ruled recently that belief in global warming can count as a religion. Chuck Colson says that could happen in America, and “the earth could soon enough take the place of that archaic idea of an ancient God of the Bible.”

ERLC and Richard Land

by Jessica Bryan

The ERLC discussed legislation in the House that would grant domestic partnership benefits to federal employees and their partners (Richard Land and the ERLC are opposed to this legislation),  criticized the D.C. City Council vote to legalize gay marriage in the district and also talked about other movements toward legalization in other states,  and conveyed Richard Land’s hope for Obama’s new Afghanistan plan as well as concern for the troops since Obama did not approve as many troops as Gen. McChrystal requested.

On his show, Richard Land talked to Cal Beisner about climate change and also discussed “creation care,” asked “Did socialism land in the green movement?” and discussed “greenies” and “socialists” and Al Gore.

EEN: Climate change team created

by Ruth Moon

In an e-mail update, the Evangelical Environmental Network says the most important recent activity in the climate change arena was the “creation of a tri-partisan team of Senators – John Kerry (D-MA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Joe Lieberman (I-CT),” who are “dedicated to putting a package together that can pass a Senate vote.”

BreakPoint: Manhattan … and everything else

by Ruth Moon

The Manhattan Declaration is important.

The Chinese may be more concerned about the deficit created by the new health care bill than Americans are.

Abortions have slowed in the last two decades.

Climate change scientists are now in the same camp as Bernie Madoff and Kenneth Lay.

A witness scheduled to speak before Congress in the One Child policy hearing was detained by authorities in Beijing.

BreakPoint: Where are our priorities?

by Ruth Moon

Why did people gather to watch the gang rape of a 15-year-old two weeks ago instead of helping her?

It seems the Obama administration values climate change policies more than human rights.

ERLC’s Richard Land

by Jessica Bryan

On his latest Richard Land Live posts, Land discussed 1) health care, 2) climate change, nuclear power, and Scozzafava dropping out of the congressional race, and 3) spoke with Newt Gingrich.

Evangelicals for Social Action

by M. Pulliam

There is a Fighting Poverty with Faith mobilization effort that includes a national call-in day on October 21 to urge Congress to aggressively pursue an anti-poverty, pro-worker agenda rooted in a green economy.

ESA encourages readers to take action along with 350.org on October 24th, the International Day of Climate Action.

ESA provides a set of resources so that readers can be educated and get involved while they still can regarding health-care reform.

ESA applauds Senators Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and John Kerry (D-MA) as they continue to attempt to build bridges on the climate change bill and keep it alive.

Institute on Religion and Democracy covering other groups’ agendas

by M. Pulliam

The IRD covered NAE’s recent political activity; holding a policy forum in D.C. where critical issues such as immigration, the environment, evangelism, church finances, poverty, nuclear terrorism, sexuality, and marriage were identified. Particular attention was given to NAE’s stance on nuclear disarmament, noting the overlap in themes and timing with President Obama’s receival of the Nobel Peace Prize.

The IRD disapproves of the resolution containing an immigration reform platform that NAE has released.

“Passage of the October 8 resolution continues the NAE on a path away from primarily advocating on behalf of moral issues such as the sanctity of life and defense of marriage, and into a more politicized role aligned with the Evangelical Left.”

Here is another article from IRD on NAE’s immigration policies.

The IRD also reported on policy goals of Chief United Methodist Lobbyist, health-care reform and strong climate change legislation.

EEN- climate change legislation

by M. Pulliam

The Evangelical Environmental Network points readers to a story, saying that Senator Graham and Kerry offer a way forward on climate legislation.

Sojourners News Updates

by M. Pulliam

Sojourners’ recent news blurbs from email updates include:

The constitutional debate about the death penalty in Ohio is spilling over into national dialogue.

Democrats face decisions in health-care reform like how people will have more comprehensive health benefits for affordable prices. Legislation from the Senate would provide coverage to 29 million Americans but slow the growth of spending on medical care.

Anti-American sentiments build as U.S. aid is increased to Pakistan.

The United States takes some heat from Mexico for falling behind in the global climate change agreement conversations.

The United States looks into new ways to detain illegal immigrants; options include converting hotels into prison-based systems.

President Obama was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”

The definition of federal hate crimes is expanded to include attacks based on sexual orientation.

Al Qaeda is seen as a greater threat to U.S. security than the Taliban; this could avoid major troop increases requested by military commanders.

ERLC

by Jessica Bryan

The ERLC discussed aborton and the 40 Days for Life campaign, saying:

The latest 40 Days for Life campaign began Sept. 23 and will continue through Nov. 1. Tens of thousands of people in 212 cities in the United States, Canada and Denmark will participate in peaceful prayer vigils outside abortion clinics and Planned Parenthood offices, as well as in fasting for the end of abortion.

The group also posted about climate change.

ESA: Torture, guns, poverty, climate change

by M. Pulliam

In an email update, Evangelicals for Social Action quotes the director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture who is disappointed in the Senate Republicans’ decision to stop investigating the use of torture.

As federal FY 2010 begins, ESA encourages people to be prayerful about justice for the poor and asks individuals to take action by writing to their elected leaders and expressing their concern for those in poverty.

ESA says the church should stand in solidarity with those in need of a second chances, specifically the formerly incarcerated. They support the Prison Re-entry Initiative and the Second Chance Act of 2007.

Regarding climate change, ESA applauds Obama’s climate change speech, notes the report about the six different types of Americans, and calls for people to be educated and committed in battling misinformation.

ESA reports on civil disobedience acts in Philadelphia where faith leaders collaborated to shut down a gun shop that had been linked to many violent crimes.

FPL: climate change and maternity care

by M. Pulliam

Faith in Public Life predicts moral arguments and cap-and-tax rhetoric from different ends of the religious spectrum as climate change legislation is introcuded in the Senate.

FPL is glad to see that religious organizations are bringing attention to climate change as the global climate discussion in Copenhagen appraoches.

FPL criticizes Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) for spreading misinformation and relying on his faith to support false claims on global warming.

FPL wants maternity care to be included in health-care reform and abortion legislation and is disappointed that Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) disagrees.

Sojourners, multiple angles on Obama’s UN speech

by M. Pulliam

Sojourners summarizes President Obama’s first speech to the United Nations and his four pillars: nuclear weapons, peacekeeping, the environment, and a global economy.

     Further comments on President Obama’s speech and Just Peace Theory.
     An additional 6-points about Obama’s plan and nuclear security.
     President Obama’s comments on climate change are highlighted.

People of faith gather around the immigration reform movement.

Reframing “discrimination” as “protection of identity” in examining Bush-era policies on federal funding for religious organizations.

Sojourners discusses the role of racism in opposition to Obama’s policies and what the Christian response should be.

ESA updates

by M. Pulliam

ESA says focusing on solving child poverty is the way to go for tackling other issues.

“Establishing common ground on the issue of child poverty is a potential toehold for progress on other policy areas. The goal of protecting children can simplify the questions of who is ‘deserving’ and who is ‘entitled’ that cloud other areas of welfare policy.”

Evangelicals for Social Action also applaud a global warming skeptic for apologizing for over-the-top accusations against creation care advocates.

Additional updates from Sojourners

by M. Pulliam

Ten months after electing President Obama, racism is still an issue that Americans should recognize, according to Sojourners.

See what Sojourners says is the Christian standard in dealing with “racist political enemies”.

After a failed attempt at administering a lethal injection to a convict, Ohio schedules a second attempt.

Faith in the news: The percentage of female Protestant pastors has doubled over the past 10 years.

Climate change legislation is not lost in the news amidst extensive coverage of health-care.