American Family Association

by R. Burge

Matt Friedeman writes about a recent study conducted on the pornography viewing habits of males. The researchers encountered a problem when they tried to find men who had not viewed pornography. Their entire sample had watched pornography at one point and many partook on a daily basis. Friedeman writes, “This is simply outrageous, but in our sex-saturated sulture, not entirely surprising.”

In the “Prophecy Matters” segment the AFA argues that the American public is in favor of supporting Israel, while the government does not. The author writes, “Sadly, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton show their contempt for the Scriptures by squeezing Israel. This painful reality also shows me that the biblical prophecies that look toward a day in the final period of world history when the international community will get fed-up with Israel…are further proof that the Bible is all true.”

Bryan Fischer takes exception with a recent article made by Warren Cole Smith which advocates a conscientious objector status in the war on Christmas. Fischer believes that this is ceding the battle to secular fundamentalists.

Bryan Fischer also objects to the way that the mainstream media handled a recent incident on a flight from Atlanta to Houston. Apparently there were a dozen Muslim men on the plane who were causing a disturbance with their electronic devices. One man refused to hang up his cell phone call even when prompted by the flight attendants and pilot. The AP failed to report the ethnicity of the men in question. Fischer writes, “It is only a matter of time before political correctness (note the airbrushing of the incident in the mainstream media above) kills another planeload of passengers as well as innocents living and working on the ground.”

The AFA notes that Pres. Obama used the phrase Christmas tree twice as well as ending his remarks by wishing the audience Merry Christmas.

Fischer also notes that 26 Asian students were beaten by their white and black counterparts. This was not referred to by police or the media as a hate crime, when black on white or the white on black incidents would undoubtedly be treated as such. Fischer writes,

This incident shows the silliness and the injustice of “hate crimes” laws. If the same criminal activity had been carried out by whites on blacks, the NAACP, the Rev. Sharpton and Jesse Jackson would already be in full howl, press conferences would be held, bullhorns brandished, and all we’ be hearing about is how racist America is, our sad legacy of slavery and how much we need special punishments for race-based crimes to purge the soul of the nation.

The AFA notes the humor in a recent Al Gore speech on global warming being canceled because of likelihood of freezing rain. Politico refers to this as the Gore Effect.

Fischer also notes that sex changes might become the next battleground in equal rights.

American Family Association

by R. Burge

An action alert by the AFA asks readers to contact their representatives and ask them to remove any federal funding for abortion from any health reform bill.

The AFA speaks out against the recent passage of hate crimes legislation which they liken to the ‘thought police.’ The results of this new law is,  “We’ll see them target a preacher in the not too distant future and then get someone to implicate their preaching as a cause for their behavior choice of being a criminal toward someone who is a homosexual.”

The AFA also criticizes the Obama administration’s war with Fox News. They argue that leaders should embrace criticism not run from it. They write, “President Obama should end on this pathetic media strategy and evaluate why his policies are rejected when scrutinized.”

Another post uses the example of the H1N1 vaccine as indicative of how the federal government would handle national health insurance.

Finally, the AFA is disappointed in the way that Fox News recently covered a news story in which a father ran over his daughter in his car because she was not living up to “Iraqi values.” The AFA is perplexed why they did not report that the father’s major grievance was his daughter’s failure to live up to his Muslim faith.

Faith in Public Life: Hate crimes and health care

by Ruth Moon

Faith-based groups are still calling for an affordable health care plan.

The hate crimes legislation passed last week likely won’t affect pastors in the way many faith groups are claiming.

NPR has a map of U.S. hate crimes legislation.

Al Mohler: A new view on divorce

by Ruth Moon

A new study on divorce in the United States provides previously unknown demographic information and indicators for divorce, and a researcher chronicles the growing “divorce divide” between lower and upper class marriages in the U.S., which Mohler calls “a national tragedy with enduring pernicious effects.”

Obama opened the door to several questionable kinds of sexual expression with his comments on the recent hate crimes bill that America should be “a nation in which we’re all free to live and love as we see fit.”

Sojourners: Hate crimes legislation a milestone

by Ruth Moon

E-mail updates:

The health care reform bill introduced Thursday would “expand coverage to almost all Americans and overhaul the insurance industry while asking the wealthiest taxpayers to pay much of the tab.” An earlier update calls abortion and immigration “key sticking points” in the legislation.

Ousted Honduras President Manuel Zelaya could be returned to power, and odds aren’t looking good for a diplomatic solution in talks over Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

The hate crimes legislation that passed this week is a “milestone” that has been compared to civil rights legislation in the 60s.

A new law in Calif. gives attorney rights to poor people.

Recent sex trafficking raids in the U.S. resulted in charges against nearly 700 suspects.

America should take a new approach toward Afghanistan, Jim Wallis says: Lead by helping develop the country, and only use as many security forces as are needed for protection.

American Family Association

by R. Burge

A post by the AFA notes that the Governor of Kentucky Steve Beshear is not putting up a Christmas Tree on the Capital lawn. They encourage people to contact him and demand that he have the tree erected as per tradition. Another case is highlighted in Macomb County, Michigan where a private Nativity scene is asked to be removed by a public official.

Another posts embeds a recent ad by the Republican National Committee.

The AFA also criticizes the Cash for Clunkers program, saying it is a perfect example of government waste.

They also point out that one of the ad finalist for the Democratic National Committees contest for health care spots features a desecrated American flag and implies that it is offensive.

The AFA also chastises Pres. Obama for the number of rounds of golf he has played while in office, saying it far surpasses the golfing excursions by President Bush.

Finally, the AFA wants their readership to know where their representatives stand on the recent hate crimes legislation that was just signed in to law.

ERLC

by Jessica Bryan

The ERLC discussed the recently passed hate crimes legislation and it’s potential effect on Christians, the Southern Baptist Convention’s opposition to gay marriage, and President Obama’s signing of the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act which includes a hate crimes amendment.