Why no outrage over Planned Parenthood actions?

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Jenifer Bowen

In her unrelenting patronage of Planned Parenthood, Rekha Basu attacks Gov. Branstad for a new provision, recently approved by the Iowa Legislature, that allows him to review the state’s public funding for abortions. She paints herself as an advocate of young girls who are victims of incest [“Poor Women Become Tools in a Political Game,” June 23].

Where is Basu’s outrage over Planned Parenthood’s well-documented history of collecting money for abortions and delivering young girls back into the hands of their abusers without reporting anything to the police? Or undercover investigations that revealed Planned Parenthood employees, including one here in Iowa, urging statutory rape victims to change their age?

The new Medicaid reimbursement does not prevent any of the abortions from happening. It is simply a review of what the state will approve or disapprove using taxpayer dollars for reimbursement.

Iowans are sick of sexual predators hurting our children. If…

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It’s official: the IRS targeted conservative groups, not liberal

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By Tom Quiner

Liberals began rewriting history immediately.

Their spin: the IRS targeted liberal groups as well as conservative groups. In other words, there is no scandal.

The IRS Inspector General J. Russell George quickly set things straight:

“We found no indication in any of these other materials that ‘Progressives’ was a term used to refer cases for scrutiny for political campaign intervention.”

He said liberal groups were NOT targeted.

Mr. George said Tea Party and other conservative groups were processed as “potential political cases” every time.

The Obama Government’s IRS DID target conservative groups.

Here’s an example of how the discrimination worked, as described by Rebecca Diserio. She was DownloadedFileinvolved with the Tea Party. She was conservative. She was Catholic.

Strike one, strike two, strike three, you’re out!

Here’s her story:

In 2010, I started my Blog Talk Radio show, which grew into a “Radio Network” called “Fidelis Radio Network”.  Blessed…

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Liberal Dishonesty on Lesbian Activist Denied Ordination

For me, the split in the UMC can’t happen soon enough. I wouldn’t even care if it was the traditionalists leaving. Let the liberals have the UMC name, it’s tainted enough already.

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By John Lomperis (@JohnLomperis)

Once again activists seeking to overthrow biblical standards for sexual self-control in the United Methodist Church are not letting the truth get in the way of their orchestrated, well-funded campaign to undermine and paralyze our denomination.

The official United Methodist position in our governing Book of Discipline could hardly be clearer. We officially say that “sexual relations are affirmed only with the covenant of monogamous, heterosexual marriage,” that our church “does not condone the practice of homosexuality and considers this practice incompatible with Christian teaching” (Paragraph 161F). We also define marriage as a “covenant … between a man and a woman” and even “support laws in civil society that define marriage as the union of one man and one woman” (Paragraph 161B). Clergy candidates “shall … agree for the sake of the mission of Jesus Christ in the world and the most effective witness…

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From the Brain of Bart: Yet Another Reason to Root for the Ravens?

I have a ton of respect for Mr. Matt Birk. If only the clergy and bishops of mainline denominations had this kind of dedication to God.

And while this is wonderful news, I’m afraid it’s not enough to make me leave Steeler Nation. 😉

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By Barton Gingerich (@bjgingerich)

The culture wars are heating up the gridiron. My beloved (and may I add reigning champion) Baltimore Ravens were all invited to visit President Barack Obama at the White House. One player declined: center Matt Birk. The reason for his boycott?  Birk informed KFAN-FM yesterday, “I would say that I have great respect for the office of the presidency, but about five or six weeks ago, our president made a comment in a speech and he said, ‘God bless Planned Parenthood.'” Birk continued, “Planned Parenthood performs about 330,000 abortions a year. I am Catholic, I am active in the pro-life movement and I just felt like I couldn’t deal with that. I couldn’t endorse that in any way…I’m very confused by (Obama’s) statement. For God to bless a place where they’re ending 330,000 lives a year? I just chose not to attend.”

The Super Bowl…

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Claremont School of Theology Solidifies Progressive Orientation with New Leadership

Attention United Methodists, your tithes go to support this garbage.

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By John Lomperis (@JohnLomperis)

Claremont School of Theology (CST) has announced that this summer, the Rev. Dr. Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan will become its new president, while its current president, Rev. Dr. Jerry D. Campbell, will continue on as president of Claremont-Lincoln University.

CST is one of the thirteen official, offering-plate-funded United Methodist seminaries in the United States.  As we have reported earlier, Campbell caused quite a stir when he repudiated evangelism after presiding over a $50 million gift enticing the then-financially-troubled CST into transforming itself from a stand-alone Christian seminary to one part of Claremont Lincoln University, a new, multi-faith consortium for training clergy in Christian, Unitarian Universalist, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, and Jain traditions. We have also reported on recent controversy stemming from CST’s concerns about its chapel cross offending non-Christians.

Kuan is known as “a strong proponent of religious pluralism.” He only became…

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Dissing “God Bless America”

It’s funny, the more “progressive” somebody is in their theology and politics, the more legalistic they are.

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By Mark Tooley @markdtooley

In a Washington Post online column, a United Methodist minister describes his refusal to stand for the ritualistic singing of “God Bless America” at a Washington, DC baseball game, despite chiding by a “beer-soaked” voice behind him.

“I imagine that the God I believe in isn’t interested in dispensing special nationalistic blessings,” the minister explained. “When we ask for blessings to be bestowed only on ‘us,’ we are in danger of seeing ourselves as set apart from the world. Faith is global, and one nation doesn’t get any more or less of God than any other.”

The Methodist clergy further opined: “Asking for God’s blessing for ‘us’ or ‘me’ ignores greater needs in our world. We should ask a bigger question: How can we get this blessing to all? I want God walking with and standing beside every single person on this Earth — and…

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