July 18, 2007
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July 18, 2007
FRONT ROYAL, Va., May 17 /Christian Newswire/ — The Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer, STL, president of Human Life International, (HLI) today said “Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro (CT-3) and seventeen other members of Congress who describe themselves as Catholic not only are ignorant of their faith but also need a civics lesson.”
Father Euteneuer was responding to their rebuke of Pope Benedict XVI in a press release from DeLauro’s office which stated that the Pope’s recent comments that Catholic politicians risk excommunication and should not receive Communion by saying, “Such notions offend the very nature of the American experiment and do a great disservice to the centuries of good work the church has done.”
Father Euteneuer said, “It is an embarrassment that a Catholic, much less a member of Congress should make such an absurd statement. Even if this statement were true, the Holy Father answers to a Higher Power than Rep. DeLauro and the Gang of 18.”
“The truth is,” Father Euteneuer said, “nothing threatens the American experiment more than the legal but unjust killing of human beings by abortion which stands in stark contrast to the very first right enumerated by our Declaration of Independence: The Right to Life. The humanity of the unborn child is no longer even debated. It is a scientific fact. Abortion is murder, and murder is against the law. Like Dred Scott before it, which violated certain citizens’ Right to Liberty, Roe v. Wade is bad, dishonest law and will eventually fall.”
“Excommunication is a pastoral and medicinal penalty, not a political one. The Pope is well within his free expression of religion guaranteed by the US Constitution-and his pastoral duty-to warn any Catholic when their eternal salvation is jeopardized by their actions” Father Euteneuer said. “This is what the Catholic Church teaches and what Catholics believe. If the Gang of 18 believes otherwise, honesty and integrity requires they find another church that tells them what they want to hear. If they have that much of a problem being Catholic, no one is forcing them to stay. We certainly don’t need their hypocrisy.”
Founded in 1981, Human Life International is the world’s largest pro-life, pro-family organization that is dedicated to defending life, faith and the family, with branches and affiliates around the world.
July 18, 2007
WASHINGTON, May 9 /Christian Newswire/ — A new apostasy draft bill has been sent before a standing committee in Pakistan’s National Assembly. If passed, the Apostasy Act 2006, adopted in first reading by the parliament and tabled by the six-party Islamic alliance, the Muttahida Majlis-i- Amal or MMA, would sentence to death all Muslim men found guilty of leaving Islam. Muslim women would face life in prison for the same crime.
The draft bill goes into great detail over qualifications for conviction of “offenders”.
Section 4 of the bill states that testimony by two adults accusing someone of leaving the Muslim faith, or a confession by the accused, is all that is needed for conviction. However, in some courts throughout Pakistan testimony by non-Muslims is prohibited.
In Section 5 the apostate is granted 3 to 30 days to renounce his or her conversion and return to Islam. The section also stipulates that the initial rejection of Islam can still be punishable by up to two years incarceration, despite recantation. The death penalty becomes mandatory if a person converts from and returns to Islam more than three times.
In addition to life in prison or death, offenders yield all properties in their name to Muslim relatives and forfeit custody of any minor or biological child under their care.
Denounced by many in the minority religious community in Pakistan, including the Archbishop of Lahore, the draft bill would commit Pakistan as one of the world’s worst violators of fundamental rights.
Institute on Religion and Public Policy President, Joseph K. Grieboski, reacted to the bill, stating, “This legislation is a clear demonstration that fundamental freedoms are of no importance to the National Assembly of Pakistan. Passage of this bill would usher in a new age of religious bigotry in a country that prides itself on being a strong and committed ally in combating global terrorism. Laws such as this would only serve to engender further extremist behavior. Being an alley of the United States is not only a matter of reflecting national interests, but a mutual respect for fundamental values.”
July 18, 2007
Son Jong Nam Awaits Public Execution; Global Campaign Mounted to Save Life
MEDIA ADVISORY, July 17 /Christian Newswire/ — International inspectors have reported that North Korea has shut down a key nuclear reactor, but religious and human rights organizations and leading elected officials are now urging the world to insist that the North Koreans show progress in the area of religious liberty.
Son Jong Nam, April 2004, Yeongil, China
The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM), an international organization that assists persecuted Christians around the world, has launched a worldwide campaign to free Son Jong Nam, who is awaiting public execution in North Korea simply because of his Christian faith.
A former North Korean Army officer who escaped to China, but returned to his native country as an underground evangelist, Son has been beaten, tortured and held in a bleak, death row basement jail in the capital city, Pyongyang. While his case is remarkable, Son is just one of thousands jailed and facing death in North Korea and around the world.
VOM was been joined in the initiative by U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), a noted supporter of human rights for North Korean refugees, and other congressional leaders.
Mr. Son’s brother and Sen. Brownback appeared at a news conference in Washington, D.C., last week to plead the case.
VOM is calling on people in the United States and around the world to go to http://www.prisoneralert.com to write letters and send emails on Son Jong Nam’s behalf to North Korean officials, the United Nations, the U.S. Department of State and their elected officials.
“We are asking for prayers for Mr. Son, but also that people take action on his behalf,” said Todd Nettleton, director of media development for VOM. “Each and every letter and email can make a difference.
“All religions have been harshly repressed in North Korea,” said Nettleton. “Thousands of Christians have been murdered since the Korean War. Those who practice their faith must do so in deep secrecy and are in constant danger.”
July 18, 2007
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“Opposition to any nominee based exclusively on church activities and traditional Christian beliefs sets a dangerous new precedent.”–Mark Tooley, IRD’s Director of UMAction
WASHINGTON, July 11 /Christian Newswire/ — Homosexual groups have denounced the nomination of Dr. James Holsinger as U.S. Surgeon General because of his leadership in the United Methodist Church, which disapproves of homosexual practice. Holsinger will testify tomorrow before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, chaired by Senator Ted Kennedy. Reacting to the critique by homosexual groups, several senators, including fellow United Methodist Hillary Clinton, have already said they will oppose Holsinger. The United Methodist Church has 7.9 million members in the U.S. and several million more outside the U.S. Members include President Bush and Vice President Cheney. Dr. Holsinger has served on the church’s top court since 2000.
Mark Tooley, IRD’s Director of UMAction commented:
“These critics of Dr. Holsinger would seem to establish a new litmus test for public office–a test that would exclude any nominee who is an orthodox Christian with traditional beliefs about sexual ethics. This would appear to violate the spirit, if not the letter, of the provision in Article VI of the U.S. Constitution stipulating that “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.
“Dr. Holsinger serves on United Methodism’s Judicial Council, which has upheld the denomination’s policies regarding homosexuality. Like nearly all Christian churches, the United Methodist Church affirms sexual relations only within the marriage of one man and one woman.
“Dr. Holsinger’s nomination should be evaluated based on his qualifications in the fields of medicine and public health. The IRD, which has no expertise in those fields, takes no position on the nomination. But we do wish to issue a strong warning: Opposition to any nominee based exclusively on his church activities and traditional Christian beliefs sets a dangerous new precedent.”
MIDLAND, Texas, July 10 /Christian Newswire/ — China Aid Association confirms that a central government-directed campaign to expel suspected foreign missionaries has been ongoing since February 2007.
Typhoon No. 5 Campaign
According to reliable China Aid sources and collaborated reports by at least five different mission agencies, over 100 foreigners accused of being involved in illegal religious activities in China have been expelled or deported this year between April and June. Sources inside the Chinese government informed CAA that the Chinese government launched a massive expulsion campaign of foreign Christians, encoded Typhoon No. 5, in February 2007. This campaign is believed to be part of the “anti-infiltration” efforts to prevent foreign Christians from engaging in mission activities before the Beijing Olympics next year.
Citizens from six countries working in Xinjiang, Beijing and Tibet targeted
Most of those expelled are citizens from the United States, South Korea, Singapore, Canada, Australia, and Israel. They were expelled when they were either working or visiting in Xinjiang, Beijing, Tibet, or Shandong.
According to an American who had been working in Xinjiang for 10 years and wants to remain anonymous because of the sensitivity of the topic, over 60 foreign religious workers were expelled from Xinjiang alone. Some of the workers had been serving the local people for 15-18 years before they were asked to leave in the past few months. At least 15 Christian couples from the United States and other countries were expelled from Beijing in the month of May. Two American English teachers sent by the English Language Institute/China (ELIC) were expelled from Tibet. ELIC (www.elic.org), a California based Christian organization, is the largest English teacher- sending organization to China and has trained thousands of Chinese college and high school students since the 1990s.
On May 31, 2007, one Israeli Jewish Christian and an American were arrested and expelled from Linyi City, Shandong province when they worshiped together with 70 House Church leaders. Only July 1, three American Christians from Indiana were detained in Beijing and then forced to leave China after their US passports were taken away for 3 to 5 days by Chinese security agents.
Consulate Protection Rights Violated
According to CAA’s private interviews with some of the expelled Americans, the Chinese PSB confiscated their passports for 2-7 days and treated them professionally while they were interrogated. They were not allowed to have access to US Embassy in Beijing, a direct violation of US-China consulate protection agreements. Some will not be allowed to return to China for 5 years.
This is the largest expulsion of foreign missionaries since 1954 when the Chinese Communist government expelled all foreign religious workers after taking power in 1949. The Chinese government refuses to recognize foreign missionary status in China so many missionaries choose to work in the education or business sectors as ways to stay in China.
“Given the significant contribution to the Chinese people made by those expelled foreigners, this campaign is certainly misguided and counter- productive,” said Bob Fu, President of CAA. “We call upon the Chinese government to correct this wrong by allowing these selfless good-hearted people of faith back into China.”
July 18, 2007
WASHINGTON, July 16 /Christian Newswire/ — According to our own National Intelligence, Al Qaeda and Radical Islam are trying harder than ever to sneak operatives into the U.S. and they already have everything they need to stage an attack within our borders. Therefore we must secure our borders and put America first instead of pouring billions of dollars of aid into countries that despise us.
Don Swarthout, President of Christians Reviving America’s Values said, “A well planned Al Qaeda and Radical Islamic attack could result in the complete destruction of our nation. They could completely destroy our economy, our everyday way of life and our very existence as a nation. They want to end our American way of life as we know it today.”
Swarthout continued, “It is time for all of America to wake up to the very real threat posed by Al Qaeda and Radical Islam. These people are our enemies and we know where they live. Now we must go after them and defeat them.”
Colonel David Hunt said on Fox News, “The fact that we are not going into Pakistan to go after Al Qaeda is very disturbing.” Colonel Hunt also said that the upcoming election and the fragileness of President Musharraf’s government are the two main reasons we are not willing to go into Pakistan to take out the heart of the Al Qaeda operations. These are not good enough reasons for us not to fight against Al Qaeda and Radical Islam.
President Musharraf has reportedly told the leaders of Al Qaeda, “We are not going to do anything,” referring to their Pakistani safe haven. How can America be friends with a country who wants to play both ends against the middle?
A World Net Daily reporter recently watched in horror as the largest mosque in London allowed an evil, hateful message of Radical Islam. While a large group of at least 2,000 faithful radicals shouted their approval of the message.
Compromising with those who oppose our American ways is never going to work because we are too far apart in our beliefs and our enemies frequently simply lie to us. Compromising only postpones the inevitable and we have postponed the inevitable for as long as we can.
“The time has come for the United States of America to take action,” Swarthout said.
Swarthout said, “Al Qaeda and Radical Islam are clearly our enemies and apathy has become our greatest enemy. Unless we do something immediately about the threats posed by Al Qaeda and Radical Islam, America as we know it will be destroyed and we will go down.”
Swarthout continued, “America’s politicians are not listening to us because they are too busy playing partisan politics and voting the way their party tells them to vote. We must all contact them like we did when the immigration bill was being debated and tell them that we expect them to protect us and our way of life.”
“We need to tell them in no uncertain terms, we will remember their choices when election time rolls around,” Swarthout said.
“We must tell them that we expect them to attack Al Qaeda and Radical Islam. We also need to tell them to stop fighting these terrorists with one hand tied behind our backs. We should be using some of the terrorists own tactics and take them out before they take us out,” Swarthout concluded.