Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Media Hides ObamaCare Abortion Lies; Supreme Court

Unbeknownst to virtually all Americans, yesterday the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a First Amendment case involving broken promises that ObamaCare would not result in federal funding of abortion.  Nearly all media outlets stripped the abortion/ObamaCare essence from their coverage of the case of a pro-life organization that was muzzled by the Ohio law restricting political advertising.

For background, read Secret ObamaCare Abortion Fees Make President a Liar and also read ObamaCare Covers Abortion & Pays Abortionists as well as Taxpayers Fund Abortions for Congress: New Ruling

Also read the saga of ex-Rep. Bart Stupak and President Obama's now-broken promise to bar taxpayer-funded abortion of ObamaCare

-- From "Ohio law criticized by high court" by The Associated Press 4/22/14

The case began during the 2010 election when a national antiabortion group, the Susan B. Anthony List [SBA List], planned to put up billboards accusing then-Rep. Steve Driehaus of supporting taxpayer-funded abortion because he voted for President Barack Obama’s new health care law. Driehaus, a Democrat who opposes abortion, claimed the group’s billboard ads distorted the truth and therefore violated the false speech law.

Driehaus filed a complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission, an action that prompted the billboard owner to decline posting the ads. The commission found probable cause that the ads violated the law, but Driehaus later withdrew his complaint after losing his re-election campaign.

The Susan B. Anthony List then challenged the state law as unconstitutional, but a federal judge said the group didn’t have the right to sue because it hadn’t yet suffered actual harm. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati agreed.

[At the Supreme Court,] Chief Justice Roberts said that third parties such as TV stations or billboard owners are going to be intimidated by the law, preventing a group from getting its message out.

Justice Antonin Scalia said the Susan B. Anthony List intends to make the same charges against other Democrats in the next election. He said the harm is that the group fears being dragged before the “Ministry of Truth” for similar proceedings, referring to the government propaganda office in George Orwell’s novel “Nineteen Eighty-Four.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Abortion at heart of Ohio speech case" by Paige Winfield Cunningham, Politico 4/22/14

The justices aren’t likely to decide whether the law chills free speech—although Susan B. Anthony List and even the Ohio attorney general say that it does. They’re instead being asked to decide whether SBA List has standing to challenge the law since the group was never prosecuted under it.

The argument that SBA List and other anti-abortion groups really want settled by the Supreme Court is whether the 2010 health care law actually does provide for taxpayer funding of abortion—the issue that nearly derailed the legislation before Congress passed it.

Last week, SBA List announced ads with the same abortion-funding charge against Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Mark Pryor of Arkansas. But while Louisiana and at least 15 other states have political speech laws similar to Ohio’s, legal experts say that most aren’t enforced.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Supreme Court suspicious of Ohio law that criminalizes false speech about candidates" by Robert Barnes, Washington Post 4/22/14

Technically, the court was reviewing a decision by a lower court that an antiabortion group did not have the legal standing to challenge the constitutionality of Ohio’s law, which is similar to ones in more than a dozen other states.

But the justices couldn’t resist giving a preview of their skepticism about what Michael A. Carvin, the Washington lawyer representing the group Susan B. Anthony List, called Ohio’s “ministry of truth” during oral arguments.

“Don’t you think there’s a serious First Amendment concern with a state law that requires you to come before a commission to justify what you are going to say and which gives the commission discovery power to find out who’s involved in your association, what research you’ve made, et cetera?” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy asked Ohio State Solicitor Eric E. Murphy.

Both liberal and conservative groups have filed briefs supporting the [pro-life] group. The case is Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "In Pro-Life Case Involving 'Obamacare' Abortion Funding, Supreme Court Has Free Speech Concerns" by Napp Nazworth, Christian Post Reporter 4/23/14

While some reports about the case suggest it is about whether the First Amendment protects a right to lie, SBA List argues it told the truth about abortion funding in the ACA.

"Because Congress and the White House failed to include the Stupak amendment in the ACA as it passed, the law is full of abortion funding loopholes," SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said Tuesday. "Since 2009, the SBA List has joined the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, other pro-life groups and members of Congress in pointing out the clandestine abortion funding problems in the Affordable Care Act. These abortion provisions blatantly contradict President Obama's 2009 promise that 'under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortion.'"

According to [Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel Casey] Mattox, Stephen Breyer, one of the more liberal members of the court, pointed out that abortion funding in the ACA is at least a disputed question. He noted that the court recently heard arguments in a case in which Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods Specialties sued the Obama administration, arguing that the ACA's birth control mandate required coverage of abortifacients.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "This Ohio Law Bans Campaign ‘Lies.’ Today Supreme Court Heard a Challenge Against It" by John G. Malcolm, The Heritage Network 4/22/14

. . . After today’s oral argument, it seems likely that the Supreme Court will reverse the lower courts and that SBA List will get its day in court to challenge the constitutionality of this overreaching law [ObamaCare].

Two terms ago, the Supreme Court held in United States v. Alvarez that even false statements are entitled to First Amendment protection. As the Court recognized, laws proscribing generalized false speech cast “a chill the First Amendment cannot permit if free speech, thought, and discourse are to remain a foundation of freedom.” Even the dissenters in that case recognized that, when it comes to “matters of public concern”—and what could be a matter of greater public concern than the election of our representatives—laws such as the one in Ohio that outlaw false statements create the potential for abuse that is “simply too great” for the First Amendment to bear.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Human Embryos Cloned, Killed to Harvest Stem Cells

In a similar manner that Dolly the sheep was cloned in 1996 (somatic cell nuclear transfer, or SCNT), researchers implanted DNA from two men into four women's eggs and then "created" living human beings, which they destroyed in order to produce stem cell lines for further research.
“This and every technical advance in cloning human tissue raises the possibility that somebody will use it to clone a human being, and that is a prospect everyone is against.”
-- Marcy Darnovsky, Executive Director, Center for Genetics and Society (Berkeley, CA)
For background, read Court OKs Obama Killing Embryos with Tax Dollars and also read Obama Administration OKs Aborted Baby Brain Experiments

Such destruction of human life is unnecessary because Stem Cell Science is Advancing WithOUT Embryos.

-- From "Cloning advance using stem cells from human adult reopens ethical questions" by Ariana Eunjung Cha, Washington Post 4/17/14

The first success in humans was reported last year by scientists at the Oregon Health & Science University and the Oregon National Primate Research Center. But they used donor cells from infants. In this study, the cells came from two men, a 35-year-old and a 75-year-old.

While the research published Thursday involves cells that are technically an early stage embryo, the intention is not to try to grow them into a fully formed human. However the techniques in theory could be a first step toward creating a baby with the same genetic makeup as a donor.

The research was conducted in California by a large team that included representatives from both academia and industry and was funded by a private medical foundation and South Korea’s Ministry of Science.

At least 15 states have laws addressing human cloning. About half of them ban both reproductive and therapeutic cloning.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "In a cloning first, scientists create stem cells from adults" by Sharon Begley, Reuters 4/17/14

The advance, described online in the journal Cell Stem Cell, is the first time researchers have achieved "therapeutic cloning" of adults. Technically called somatic-cell nuclear transfer, therapeutic cloning means producing embryonic cells genetically identical to a donor, usually for the purpose of using those cells to treat disease.

But nuclear transfer is also the first step in reproductive cloning, or producing a genetic duplicate of someone . . .

If the embryo were implanted in a uterus, it could develop into a clone of the DNA donor, which is how Dolly was created. "Without regulations in place, such embryos could also be used for human reproductive cloning, although this would be unsafe and grossly unethical," said Dr Robert Lanza, chief scientist of Massachusetts-based biotech Advanced Cell Technology and a co-author of the new study.

The goal is to grow these embryonic stem cells in lab dishes and coax them to turn into specialized cells for therapeutic use against an illness the DNA donor has, such as Parkinson's disease, heart disease, multiple sclerosis or type-1 diabetes. Because the cells are genetically identical to the donor's, they would not be rejected by the immune system.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Scientists use cloning to make stem cells matched to two adults" by Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times 4/17/14

The scientists in Oregon and the authors of the new report acknowledged that the clones they created could develop into babies if implanted in surrogate wombs. But like others in the field, they have said reproductive cloning would be unethical and irresponsible.

Experts who were not involved in the experiments said the achievement was significant because it offered clear confirmation that so-called therapeutic cloning is possible with human cells. Given the field's history of fraudulent claims, such confirmation was valuable, said stem cell researcher Sean Morrison, director of the Children's Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Scientists use cloning to make stem cells matched to two adults" by Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times 4/22/14

Dr Robert Lanza, the chief scientific officer for Advanced Cell Technology Inc., has been working on SCNT off and on for about 15 years.

In the years that Lanza spent working on therapeutic cloning, many of his colleagues shifted their focus to a method that uses viruses and other compounds to rewind a cell to an earlier, more flexible state of development. The researcher who first developed these induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPS cells, won a Nobel Prize for the work.

With so much momentum behind iPS cells, it's unlikely that the new study will prompt many researchers to return their focus to SCNT, said Dr Arnold Kriegstein, director of the Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Program at UCSF School of Medicine.

"With the iPS technology, almost any molecular biology lab can create stem cell lines using simply skin cells, or even blood cells," said Kriegstein, who wasn't involved in the cloning studies.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Not to mention that iPS technology does NOT require killing embryos!

Also read Lab 'Creates' Human Life with 3 Biological Parents as well as Stem Cell Cloning, Buying Women's Eggs

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Atheists Told, Army Will Support Day of Prayer

After suffering harsh criticism from Congress for repeated kowtowing to atheists' demands to strip religious liberty from military personnel, the Pentagon has dismissed demands from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) to scrub any involvement with the National Day of Prayer event on Capitol Hill in May. Upon the request of Congress, the Army will send to the event a chaplain, a color guard, a vocalist and a military band.

For background, read
Atheists Lose: 'National Day of Prayer' Ruled Constitutional and also read National Day of Prayer: Hidden Faith, or Public? as well as Congressman Says Prayer Needed to Solve America's Problems

From "Group calls for DoD to withdraw from Prayer Day event" by Leo Shane III, Staff writer, Military Times 4/17/14

“The planned participation by uniformed U.S. military personnel in this private fundamentalist Christian religious event, run by a non-federal entity, is an unequivocally clear violation of [a] plethora of DoD regulations and instructions,” the [MRFF] letter states. “The U.S. military absolutely cannot endorse these searingly sectarian events by its public participation in them.”

MRFF director Mikey Weinstein said the complaint was prompted by more than two dozen senior Pentagon civilians and officers who reached out to his group, upset that military personnel would be used in the event. Weinstein would not identify those individuals, saying they fear retribution for their opposition.

The letter does not attack the National Day of Prayer observance, but rather the National Day of Prayer Task Force, a group organizing and broadcasting the Capitol Hill event. The task force has repeatedly maintained its status as a nonpartisan, nondenominational group focused on “the need to pray for the well-being of America and for those in leadership.”

Weinstein dismissed those assertions. “The National Day of Prayer Task Force is to the National Day of Prayer as what a National Football League al-Qaida chapter would be to the National Football League.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Army says it will support National Day of Prayer event despite protest" by Chris Carroll, Stars and Stripes 4/18/14

The Army plans to support a National Day of Prayer event closely associated with an evangelical Christian organization despite a protest from a group that wants to crack down on what it calls fundamentalist Christian domination of the U.S. military.

Weinstein told [Secretary of Defense, Chuck] Hagel he had no issue with the non-sectarian National Day of Prayer itself as established by President Harry Truman, but said the NDP Task Force had taken over the event “to promote their rapaciously exclusivist religion as the quasi-official religion of the nation.”

Military participation in the event violates a number of DOD regulations, including prohibitions on appearing to endorse non-federal entities such as the National Day of Prayer Task Force, Weinstein said.

Not true, said National Day of Prayer Task Force vice chairman, John Bornschein. The military is sending its assets at the request of the congressman sponsoring the National Day of Prayer event, Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Ala., rather than the non-profit organization, he said.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "U.S. Military Not Backing Down After Group Urges Withdrawal from National Day of Prayer Event" by Heather Clark, Christian News Network 4/19/14

. . . Other national prayer observances have been held since the nation’s founding and often centered on Christianity. In 1798, President John Adams proclaimed a national day of humiliation, prayer and fasting.

“As the safety and prosperity of nations ultimately and essentially depend on the protection and blessing of Almighty God, and the national acknowledgment of this truth is not only an indispensable duty which the people owe to Him,” he wrote, “…this duty, at all times incumbent, is so especially in seasons of difficulty and of danger, when existing or threatening calamities—the just judgments of God against prevalent iniquity—are a loud call to repentance and reformation.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Americans Unite with One Voice in Prayer on the 63rd Annual Observance of The National Day Of Prayer, Thursday, May 1st, 2014" press release from Dion Elmore, Director Public Relations, The National Day of Prayer Task Force 4/8/14

As our nation struggles with continued economic insecurity, vast healthcare change, and continual challenges to basic constitutional rights, citizens of the United States are preparing to exercise one of their most precious freedoms -- the right to gather, worship, and pray to God. Following in the footsteps of our nation's founders, who fought for religious freedom, millions will assemble at thousands of local National Day of Prayer events across America, where they will take time out of their daily schedules to intercede on behalf of their communities, their nation, and their leaders.

The 2014 National Observance of the National Day of Prayer will be broadcast LIVE from the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C. on GodTV and the National Day of Prayer Task Force website. (Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm ET.)

Speakers include Anne Graham Lotz (daughter of Rev. Billy Graham), Dr. James and Shirley Dobson, Congressman Robert Aderholt, Mrs. Vonette Bright, The Honorable Bob McEwen, Congressman Mike McIntyre, Don Moen, Chaplain Father Patrick Conroy, Dr. Dick Eastman, Mr. David Butts, Mr. John Bornschein, and more.

To read the entire press release above, CLICK HERE for .PDF

Click headlines below to read previous articles:

Evangelist Franklin Graham Booted by Pentagon from National Day of Prayer

Gays & Atheists Demand Air Force Fire Evangelicals

Air Force & Navy Take Orders from Atheists vs. Christians

Bible: Court-martial Offense at Air Force Academy?

Pentagon Says Following Jesus' Command is a Court Martial Offense

President Obama's Army Says Christians are Worst Terrorists

Air Force Drops God; Army Admits its Training Labeled Christians as Terrorists

Congress Responds to Obama's Military Attack on Christians

President Obama's Veterans Administration Strips Jesus & Bible from Chaplains

In addition, read how President Obama is Hell-bent on transforming the military.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Church Defeats Abortion in Colorado, Dems Concede

In Colorado, the first state to legalize abortion (1967), the Democrat-held legislature planned a covert preemptive strike against unborn children with the NARAL-supported Senate Bill 175, titled the Reproductive Health Freedom Act -- an all-encompassing, yet vaguely-worded bill intended to stop any future pro-life legislation. However, once Denver Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila brought the attack to light, and led Christians across the state in opposition, including a thousand-strong march at the statehouse, Democrats were forced to scuttle the mission.
“Too many times we have taken a back seat. Catholics, Christians and people of good will can no longer take a back seat. We are called to work for the good and for the true.”
-- Rev. Samuel J. Aquila, Archbishop of Denver
You see, when the Church leads the flock, God blesses America! (2 Chron. 7:14) For example, read Illinois Black Churches, Catholic Diocese Block 'Gay Marriage'

For background, read Abortion Rate Declines, Democrats Want More Access and also read Democrats' Life Mission is to Kill the Unborn, Says Governor as well as Pope Decries Abortion, so Media Distorts Him

-- From "Senate Bill 175 withdrawn by Senate Democrats avoiding abortion debate" posted at KMGH-TV7 ABC (Denver, CO) 4/16/14

At least one Democrat had public concerns about the measure and all Republicans planned to vote against it. Democrats hold a slim one-seat majority in the Senate, so passage of the measure wasn't a sure thing.

Republicans and religious conservatives watching the debate applauded when Democrats abandoned the proposal. Opponents including the Catholic Archbishop of Denver feared the bill could threaten even basic health regulations on reproductive care.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Colorado Senate Democrats spike abortion bill" by Kurtis Lee, The Denver Post 4/16/14

All Senate Republicans, alongside the Archdiocese of Denver, denounced the legislation as "overreaching" and "ambiguous," saying the measure was not needed.

"It's a solution in search of a problem," said Sen. Bernie Herpin, R-Colorado Springs. "There is no one, no evidence, that has said there's a denial of things like contraception to women in Colorado."

Some GOP lawmakers criticized [Democrat Sen. Andy] Kerr's bill as political theater in an election year where the Jefferson County Democrat faces a tough re-election.

The proposal, written more like a resolution, offered limited details. For example, a section of the bill reads that the "state, its agencies, institutions, political subdivisions and units of local government shall not enact a policy regarding reproductive health care that is inconsistent with or interferes with access to information based on current evidence based scientific data and medical consensus."

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Senate Democrats kill anti-Personhood proposal" by Eli Stokols, KDVR-TV31 (Denver, CO) 4/16/14

The abortion issue has long been a winner for Colorado Democrats . . .

Their proposal, the “Reproductive Health Freedom Act,” ostensibly sought to prevent any future challenges to abortion rights in the state — to do something impossible — in an effort to protect Colorado women from the kind of restrictive laws that have passed in other states: mandatory ultrasound requirements and impossible-to-meet clinic requirements.

On Wednesday night, with all 18 Democrats in the chamber, the bill was postponed indefinitely — killed, in a word — by the sponsor, who avoided what would have been a lengthy floor debate and blamed the decision on Republicans promising to filibuster the measure and bog down the Senate calendar.

Democrats also had to realize that politically this effort had backfired, riling up conservatives across the state at the end of a session that has been the opposite of last year’s, a session in which hardly any bill debated inside the Capitol drew much of a reaction outside the building.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "CO Dems Abandon Abortion Bill After Archbishop Leads Rally at Statehouse" by Lauretta Brown, 4/18/14

Although Democrats have a one-seat majority in the state Senate, fears arose that the bill would not pass after Senator John Kefalas (D-Fort Collins) - who had initially cast the deciding vote for the legislation in committee - expressed his misgivings, citing the huge public outcry.

Kefalas, a Catholic, says that he supports “a woman's right to make a decision,” but that he “had concerns about the outpouring that I heard from folks.”

“I'm not sure if it's the best tool for conveying the message which we wish to convey, which is that as Democrats, as with many people, [think] government should stay out of these things," Kefalas said in an interview with a local news station adding, “I'm also listening to folks that are reaching out to me.”

. . . after passing by just a one-vote margin (4-3) in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, the bill stirred enormous opposition from pro-lifers, who said that it would block any future attempts to regulate abortion clinics, require parental notification before abortions were performed on minors, or force abortionists to show women ultrasound images of their babies so they could make an informed decision on whether to abort.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Radical abortion bill dies in Colo. Senate after call to prayer, action" posted at Catholic News Agency 4/16/14

Pro-abortion rights group NARAL Pro-Choice America, which backed the bill, had said that if it became law, it would have been the first of its kind in the country.

The legislation would have created a “fundamental right” to anything defined as “reproductive health care.” It would have barred state agencies and local government from having any policy that “denies or interferes with an individual’s reproductive health care decisions.”

Opponents had argued that the bill was vaguely worded and could have had far-reaching effects. They said it could have affected laws requiring parental involvement or notification for a minor who is seeking an abortion, as well as conscience protection laws and requirements that only licensed physicians can perform abortions.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Archbishop Aquila Leads Rally Against Colorado Abortion Bill" by Wayne Laugesen, National Catholic Register 4/16/14

Bill opponents crammed public areas of the Senate chambers and believe the outside protest, phone calls and high volume of visible opposition may have played a role in the delay.

And sources at the State Capitol indicated after the April 15 rally that at least two Democratic senators are now reconsidering their support for the bill.

Archbishop Aquila told protesters that senators were receiving so many calls they turned off their phones. Calls to a variety of senators April 15 went straight to voicemail boxes that were full.

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, a devout Catholic, concurs with critics who say the law is so vague it would cause an assortment of unintended consequences — including legal challenges to laws that mandate health-care providers report suspected sexual abuse of children.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read America Going to Hell; Christians Lose Convictions

Friday, April 18, 2014

Virginia College Lifts Muzzle on Christian Speech

After a Christian student sued Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, VA, the college was advised that their limits on free speech would be found unconstitutional.  The all-too-common "free-speech zone" policy on college campuses usually require an approved permit to speak, and then only in a tiny, specific restricted area.

For background, read Christian Free Speech Censored at Ohio College and also read Ohio College Nixed Christian Speech, Pays Settlement as well as Prayer Win in Lawsuit Against California College

In addition, read of the visceral reaction by professors to Christians' free speech.

-- From "Community colleges get new free-speech policy" by Karin Kapsidelis, Richmond Times-Dispatch 4/16/14

The State Board for Community Colleges on Tuesday altered a 1960s-era policy restricting student speech that had been challenged as unconstitutional in federal court and was out of compliance with a new state law.

Christian Parks, who describes himself as an evangelical Christian, said campus police ordered him to stop preaching in a courtyard last year because the content of his speech might be offensive to other students.

Greer Saunders, assistant attorney general representing VCCS, told the committee the policy changes track requirements of legislation adopted by the General Assembly this session and signed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

The legislation, sponsored by Del. L. Scott Lingamfelter, R- Prince William, prohibits public institutions of higher education from imposing restrictions on the time, place and manner of student speech occurring in the outdoor areas of campus.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Virginia college 'free-speech zones' latest to fall" by The Associated Press 4/12/14

Over the last dozen years, several similar policies establishing restrictive speech zones at public colleges have been invalidated by courts or changed by officials to settle lawsuits alleging violation of students' First Amendment rights.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education says about six in 10 colleges nationwide have policies that violate First Amendment rights -- and about one in six impose "free speech zones" like the policy at issue in the Virginia case -- even though such restrictions rarely survive constitutional challenges.

Free-speech advocates find it troubling that, despite the court rulings, many public colleges persist in squelching student expression.

Ryan Douglas of Yorktown, vice president of the Student Government Association at Thomas Nelson, said he witnessed one of Parks' encounters with police. Douglas, 28, said Parks wasn't being disruptive. He had no quarrel with the officer's actions but said the policy he was enforcing went too far and needed to be changed.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Va. College Changes 'Free Speech Zone' Rules After Evangelical Student Files Lawsuit" by Michael Gryboski, Christian Post Reporter 4/16/14

Parks was represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom of Scottsdale, Ariz. David Hacker, ADF senior legal counsel, stated that free speech is an important component of collegiate life.

"Free, spontaneous discourse on college campuses is supposed to be a hallmark of higher education rather than the exception to the rule," said Hacker.

Parks also had the support of the Virginia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, which dubbed the treatment of Parks by Thomas Nelson as "absurd and unconstitutional."

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Contrast this with Canadian campuses where Christians were arrested this week for speaking in public.

Also read Obama Administration Muzzles College Students' Moral Speech

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Al Qaeda Proclaims War on Cross-U.S., Obama Silent

In a new video just surfacing showing a mob of hundreds of terrorists, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) announced jihad against Jesus Christ and named America as their principle target.  President Obama has not responded to the Islamists' declaration of war, but his State Department has downplayed the significance of the video. Earlier, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Michigan), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told Time Magazine that President Obama has gone too soft on al Qaida.
"We must eliminate the cross . . . the bearer of the cross is America."
-- Nasser al-Wuhaishi (Nasir al-Wuhayshi), head of AQAP
For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

President Obama Praises Islam for Making America What It Is

President Obama Ignores Christian Genocide by Islamists, Focuses on Gay Agenda

President Obama on Jihad: Islam is a Great Religion

President Obama Honors 9/11 Muslim Heroes at White House

President Obama is Blinding America of the Enemy

President Obama's Army Says Christians are Worst Terrorists

Also read Muslim Beheads Christians in New Jersey per Koran

-- From "Yemen's al Qaeda leader vows to attack America in new video" by Yara Bayoumy, Reuters 4/16/14

The 15-minute video, dated March 2014 and posted on a website used by Islamists, shows masked men waving al Qaeda's black flag and celebrating the arrival of the freed prisoners [after an armed jailbreak].

"The Crusader enemy, dear brothers, still possesses cards which he moves around. We have to remember that we are always fighting the biggest enemy," says a man speaking in the open in a mountainous area, whom the video identifies as its leader Nasser al-Wuhaishi.

Abdulrazzaq al-Jamal, a journalist who has interviewed members of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), said it was the largest known gathering of al Qaeda in Yemen.

"It included about 400 people, and these are not all the members of the group. This gathering is a confirmation that al Qaeda is gaining strength and influence," he told Reuters.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Unsettling video shows large al Qaeda meeting in Yemen" by Barbara Starr, CNN Pentagon Correspondent 4/16/14

"This is quite an extraordinary video," Paul Cruickshank, CNN terrorism analyst, said.

"His message to the United States," Cruickshank said, "was very much the same as (former al Qaeda leader Osama) bin Laden's: 'We're coming after you.' "

"The U.S. intelligence community should be surprised that such a large group of al Qaeda assembled together, including the leadership, and somehow they didn't notice," said Peter Bergen, CNN national security analyst.

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, also known as AQAP, is considered the most dangerous al Qaeda affiliate. The CIA and the Pentagon have repeatedly killed AQAP leaders with drone strikes. But the group is now emboldened.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "State Department: Hard to discern al Qaeda strength from 'one video'" by Susan Crabtree, Washington Examiner 4/16/14

A State Department spokeswoman declined to make “generalizations” about al Qaeda's strength based on a new video that surfaced Tuesday showing what appears to be the largest and most dangerous gathering of the terror group in years.

"I don't think we can make generalizations about their strength based on one video, quite frankly," she said. "We know they've been gaining in strength. We have been increasingly concerned, as I said, since 2009. That's why we've worked increasingly to counter the threat from AQAP in a variety of different ways."

She also said the video underscores some of the points the Obama administration has been making about al Qaeda in general. President Obama and other U.S. officials have altered their assertions about al Qaeda over the two years, changing references to al Qaeda being on the run, to the "core of al Qaeda" being on a "path to defeat."

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "New Video Footage Shows Al-Qaida Hosting Unusual Meeting in Yemen" by Divya Avasthy, International Business Times 4/16/14

Nasir al-Wuhayshi, leader of al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula. He was once the secretary of Osama Bin Laden. He escaped from a maximum security prison in Yemen in 2006 and is one of the most wanted fugitives.

Republican Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee [said] . . . "It's difficult to get [drone] assets in position. You have to know where they are and where they meet at the right time in the right place with the right equipment. That's a lot to do [without intelligence information]"

Retired General Mark Kimmitt told 'CNN Tonight' that the terror groups could pose a direct threat to the US, and it was important to plan ahead.

"The question isn't why didn't we know," he said. "The question is: What are we going to do about it?"

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Mike Rogers Says Obama Has Gone ‘Kinder, Gentler’ Against al-Qaeda" by Michael Crowley, Time Magazine 4/3/14

In a TIME Newsmaker interview, Rogers talked about which threats worry him most, his belief that President Barack Obama has gone too soft on al-Qaeda . . .

[Rogers told Time:]
We have other serious al-Qaeda threats that normally we would take off the battlefield, but because of this Administration’s more kinder, gentler approach we have not done that.

. . . I can tell you that there are ways that we have taken people off the battlefield that have been disruptive to their ability to plan operations, and there are cases where we are no longer doing that.

The old slogan is that Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive, and that al-Qaeda core is going away. Which is inconsistent with the facts that we know. And it concerns me that it is translated into policy. If you tell everybody that works for you that al-Qaeda’s not that big a threat, well, guess what? Their decisions will reflect that.
To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

For further background, read President Obama Redefines 1st Amendment Freedom of Religion and yet President Obama Denies Leading War Against Christianity, and so Congress Responds to Obama's Military Attack on Christians

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Surprise, Abortionists! Arizona Will Raid Clinics

A new Arizona law allows the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) to inspect abortion clinics without warning and without need for a court-approved warrant. Bryan Howard, president of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona, said he's appalled that Gov. Jan Brewer would sign such a bill that requires abortion clinics to be held to the same standards of any medical facility.
"It was brought to our attention that every health-care institution in the state is subject to unannounced inspections by [ADHS] if they have reasonable cause to believe something is going on inside, except for abortion clinics. We're almost saying we value the women that go into abortion clinics less than everyone else."
-- Josh Kredit, legal counsel for Center for Arizona Policy
For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

New York Abortion Clinic Inspection Official Resigns

Illinois Abortion Clinics Passed without Inspections

75% of Maryland Abortion Clinics Fail Inspections

Woman Dies from Abortion in Maryland, Media Silent

Abortionist Kills Chicago Mother in Second Trimester

Kermit the Abortionist, in Prison for Infanticide

More Abortionists Admit Killing Kids After Birth

More Abortionists Linked to Murder Cases

Texas Yanks Abortionist's License for 268 Killed

Also read the myriad surprise abortion clinic "inspections" performed by pro-life activists caught on tape.

-- From "Arizona: Law Signed to Allow Surprise Inspections at Abortion Clinics" by Fernanda Santos, New York Times 4/15/14

The law, which passed Arizona’s Republican-led Senate last week on a partisan vote, subjects abortion clinics to the same inspection requirements applied to other medical facilities, to which warrantless inspections are the norm. Opponents argued that it invites harassment in a state hostile to abortions. . . .

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From "Arizona Approves Surprise Inspections of Abortion Clinics" by David Stout, Time Magazine 4/16/14

The new law nullifies previous measures that required judges to approve any potential inspection of the state’s nine registered abortion clinics.

“This legislation will ensure that the Arizona Department of Health Services has the authority to appropriately protect the health and safety of all patients,” said the Governor’s spokesman Andrew Wilder, according to Reuters.

Pro-choice advocates said the Republican Governor’s decision as part of her sustained attack on women’s health.

Arizona joins ten other states that allow for similar snap inspections of abortion facilities.

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From "Bill signed allowing surprise inspections of Arizona abortion clinics" by David Schwartz, Reuters

Supporters of the bill argued that abortion clinics should be subject to the same level of oversight as other medical facilities and that requiring court-approved warrants for unannounced inspections could delay such scrutiny.

[Critics] cast the measure as open to abuse by officials with an anti-abortion agenda who might use increased latitude for inspections to interfere with clinic operations, effectively restraining legal access to abortion in the state.

"We're not surprised that Governor Brewer signed this bill," Bryan Howard, president of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona, said in a statement. "She has been hostile to women's health care, including abortion and family planning, since the day she took office."

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From "Brewer signs law permitting unannounced inspections of Arizona abortion clinics" by Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services (posted at Arizona Daily Star) 4/16/14

Backers of HB 2284 said there is no reason to exempt abortion clinics from the same regulations that apply to all other health-care facilities. Foes said the clinics need protection because there is a heightened need for privacy both for patients and staff.

In a 2004 ruling, a federal appeals court voided an identical provision, ruling the statute’s authorization of “boundless, warrantless search of physicians’ offices” by state health officials violates constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure.

But Cathi Herrod, president of the anti-abortion Center for Arizona Policy, which helped write the measure, said state regulatory policies have changed since then, legitimizing this version of the law.

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From "Gov. Brewer signs bill on abortion-clinic inspections" by Alia Beard Rau, The Republic ( ) 4/15/14

Currently, according to the ADHS, the state can conduct warrantless, unannounced inspections of many facilities it regulates, such as hospitals, dialysis centers, nursing homes and child-care centers. But due to a court ruling, abortion clinics are treated somewhat differently; the agency can conduct scheduled visits, but it must get a search warrant for any unannounced inspections — even in response to a complaint of wrongdoing.

Planned Parenthood and ACLU of Arizona have said they are still considering whether they will file a legal challenge of HB 2284, but they do believe it is unconstitutional.

After a woman bled to death at a Phoenix abortion clinic, the Legislature in 1999 passed a law establishing a licensing process for abortion clinics and allowing unannounced inspections. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2004 struck down parts of the law, including the inspections, saying it was too broad and would give the state unauthorized access to patient information.

In 2009, the two sides reached a settlement that gave the state more oversight of clinics but did not include unannounced inspections. Since then, the Legislature has passed dozens of additional regulations of abortion clinics, some of which have survived court challenges.

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Also read Abortion Clinic Closings Set Record; Admit Defeat as well as Abortionists Lament Ever-greater State Limits

In addition, read Federal Government Probes Planned Parenthood for Fraud