CBN: Huckabee 2012 GOP candidate?

by Ruth Moon

Attendees at the annual Values Voter Summit held last weekend in Washington, D.C. protested “unrestrained liberalism in Washington,” including issues like health care and religious displays.

Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee won the straw poll vote for the GOP 2012 presidential candidate at the Values Voters Summit over the weekend.

Two Florida teachers were found not guilty of a contempt of court charge for praying at a school event.

Anti-abortion defenders are still up in arms about President Barack Obama’s proposed health care bill.

Rifqa Bary, a convert to Christianity from Islam, will appear in court as part of ongoing proceedings today.

The Department of Justice wants a Boston judge to dismiss a lawsuit against the Defense of Marriage Act.

A 17-year-old from Great Britain was refused U.S. citizenship because she refused Gardasil, a cervical cancer vaccine. Her waiver request, which she filed for religious reasons, was denied this week.

Rev. Tullian Tchividjian, evangelist Billy Graham’s grandson, will keep his post as pastor at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church (Fla.) after a recent vote.

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American Family Association

by R. Burge

Three posts today highlight different topics from the AFA.

The first highlights a report by the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, which indicated that 77% of  high school students in Oklahoma could not name the first president of the United States.

The second article reported that two school administrators were cleared of all charges stemming from an incident where they prayed before a meal in front of school employees.

The last article, entitled Pelosi’s Crocodile Tears,  is concerned with recent statements by the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi who said that she was becoming frightened at the heated rhetoric occurring over the issue of health care reform. Jeremy Wiggins, the author of the article, does not agree with Pelosi’s sentiments stating, “The more we keep with this whole criticism equals racism gig, the more damage it is doing to the overall health of the nation.”

Liberty Counsel: ACLU out to ‘criminalize Christianity’

by D. Bennett

The Liberty Counsel issued a special e-mail update to supporters Friday, decrying the agenda of the American Civil Liberties Union and calling the group “outrageous bullies.”

The e-mail came after contempt charges against two Florida school administrators were dropped (read the background here). Matthew Staver, founder and chairman of the LC, praised the court’s decision to drop the charges. He went on to say, however, that the ACLU would not back down based on this one decision.

“This story has shocked the entire Nation,” Staver wrote. “The future of American law and our precious freedom of religious expression still hang in the balance in this small Florida Panhandle community. The ACLU won’t rest until they’ve criminalized Christianity.”

Staver added, “The super-rich, ultraliberal ACLU bullies fully intend to add precedent upon precedent in highly targeted cases like Santa Rosa County until it is a CRIME to express one’s faith in a public setting ANYWHERE in the United States.”

Family Research Council

by Jessica Bryan

The FRC writes about the link between the “feminizing of fish” and birth control.  They say:

The tragedy is that the population control message is most often promoted by the global warming crowd and others who view people as negatively impacting the environment and consuming limited resources.  In reality, it’s their efforts to reduce the population (people) that are actually destroying the environment (fish).

The group posted highlights from their health care town hall webcast from last Thursday.  Also, they reported that, according to results from the National Survey of Children’s Health, the combination of monthly attendance at worship services and a two parent home leads to “fewer worries about children’s achievement.”

One email from the group discussed health care, ACORN, and DOMA.  Another is about the FRC’s 2009 Fiscal Year-End Fund Drive.   A third email talks about the health care bill that came out of the Senate Finance Committee today, discusses the issue of prayer in school, and describes the “race card” as “a classic move by the Left when they can’t win the policy debate; they try to marginalize their opponents by calling them racist”