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ERLC urges phone calls to reps. on health care bill
WASHINGTON (BP)--The Southern Baptist Convention's public policy entity called March 11 for opponents of a health-care bill to contact their representatives immediately as Congress moves toward what may be decisive action on the controversial legislation.
On the same day, Democratic leaders said they are unable to address pro-life concerns within their own party over abortion funding in the measure and will try to pass it without changes to the abortion language.
The developments occurred as the House of Representatives nears possible action the week of March 14-20 on a Senate-approved, health-care reform bill. President Obama and Democratic leaders in Congress are seeking House passage of the Senate bill to be followed by approval by both chambers of another bill to "fix" problems in the Senate version.
The White House had called for a vote on the legislation by March 18, when Obama was scheduled to leave on an overseas trip. The administration announced March 12, however, the president had delayed his departure until March 21 in order for him to be in Washington in an attempt to gain passage of the bill.
Richard Land, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, said in an e-mail alert, "[L]iberals are desperately twisting arms to try to pass this terrible bill."
"If this bill passes, it will mean federal funding of abortion, a nearly half-trillion-dollar cut to Medicare, heavy taxes on individuals and businesses, higher premiums, and strong government control that will inevitably lead to a decline in patient care," Land said. "Even if the House does agree to some fixes, the health care bill cannot be adequately repaired."
Land's e-mail cited 37 Democratic representatives who voted against the House-approved bill in November and now "are under tremendous pressure" to support the Senate bill. It is "imperative" these House members hear from opponents of the Senate measure, he said.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland and Rep. Henry Waxman of California said March 11 the Democratic leadership had decided they would not be able to revise the abortion language in the Senate version through a secondary, or "reconciliation," bill.
"I don't know that we've made a collective judgment on it, but I think [Waxman's] comments are accurate that we believe it's not possible to do it through reconciliation," Hoyer said according to Roll Call. Read More
Court: Pledge's 'under God' OK in schools
SAN FRANCISCO (BP)--One of the nation's most liberal federal courts cited the Founding Fathers Thursday in ruling that teacher-led recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools -- with the phrase "under God" -- is constitutional. Read More
Homeless are part of his diverse ministryCHICAGO (BP)--Two blocks east of the "El" Train Red Line in Uptown Chicago, a woman named Susan limps over from under a covered bus stop. "That's my spot. I was here. I just had to sit down." She marks her spot by hanging two canvas bags on the fence at Uptown Baptist Church where a dozen men and women are lined up. Read More
Wright to be nominated for SBC presidentORLANDO, Fla. (BP)--Georgia pastor Bryant Wright will be nominated for president of the Southern Baptist Convention, a Florida pastor announced March 12. The nomination of Bryant Wright, senior pastor of the Atlanta-area Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, will be made by David Uth, pastor of First Baptist Church in Orlando, according to a March 12 report by the Florida Baptist Witness. Read More
GCRTF VIEWPOINT: Glen Land on Cooperative Agreements & accountability
OSHKOSH, Wis. (BP)--The report of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force contains a glaring statistical error based on inaccurate information that was given to them by the North American Mission Board. An article explaining this mistake can be found at http://bit.ly/bsSbvg. It includes this description of the nature of the error:
"Page 19 of the Progress Report depicts how Southern Baptist resources are distributed throughout the United States. That data indicates that at the end of 200... Read More
GCR report could put new work conventions 'out of business,' Mont. exec. says
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (BP)--Leaders of smaller Baptist conventions in new work areas say their conventions could cease to exist if the report of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force is adopted without any changes by messengers to the June 15-16 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Orlando, Fla.
The GCRTF initial report was presented to the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee at their Feb. 22-23 meeting.
While acknowledging agreement with the need to call ... Read More
TX tentatively OKs social studies curricula
AUSTIN, Texas (BP)--The Texas State Board of Education turned back some controversial revisions to social studies standards in meetings March 10-12, retaining requirements that students learn about historical notables such as Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison and adding language about significant political ideas, including the "Laws of Nature and Nature's God" cited in the Declaration of Independence.
Texas, the frontline in the cultural battles over public school curricula of late, is infl... Read More
200 arrested after Nigeria massacre
JOS, Nigeria (BP)--Police in central Nigeria have arrested about 200 people following the March 7 massacre in which as many as 500 Christians were murdered in nighttime raids by ethnic Fulani Muslims.
Rampaging Fulani herdsmen used machetes to kill the mostly ethnic Berom victims, including many women and children, in three farming villages near the city of Jos in Nigeria's Plateau state. About 75 houses also were burned.
Authorities have filed murder charges against 49 of those arrest... Read More
INTERNATIONAL DIGEST: Lawyer accused of Christian girl's murder gets bail
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--A court in Lahore, Pakistan, has granted bail to a wealthy Muslim lawyer accused of the Jan. 22 torture, rape and murder of his 12-year-old domestic servant, Shazia Bashir.
Shazia, whose family is Catholic, had been working as a domestic laborer for Choudry Naeem for eight months at a salary equivalent to about $12 per month, the Catholic News Agency reported. Her parents had repeatedly been denied visitation and found her in serious condition when they finally were a... Read More
FIRST-PERSON: It was wrong then & now
ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP)--In 2005, Barack Obama, then-Senator of Illinois, made the following statement: "Reconciliation is therefore the wrong place for policy changes. In short, the reconciliation process appears to have lost its proper meaning. Read More
En Chile, comienza el plan de ayuda adopta-una-ciudadTALCA, Chile (BP)--Exhausto del viaje a través del centro-sur de Chile para valorar los daños del terremoto, un equipo de líderes bautistas del sur y bautistas chilenos se acostaron a dormir en el piso de La Iglesia Bautista El Sembrador en Talca. A la mañana siguiente descubrieron que estaban en el lugar exacto para hacer una conexión importante y ayudar en el futuro trabajo de ayuda.
La región de Maule, donde Talca es la capital, ha estado en estado de emergencia -- una condición que temporalmente pone al ejército chileno al mando -- desde el terremoto de magnitud 8.8 del 27 de febrero.A solamente unas cuadras de la iglesia donde el equipo había dormido estaba apostado el ejército chileno. Debido a su proximidad, el equipo de valoración decidió visitar el recinto militar para discutir los esfuerzos de ayuda. Los miembros del equipo Charles Clark y Scott Brawner de la Junta de Misiones Internacionales y el bautista chileno Bernardino Morales pudieron reunirse con dos coroneles del ejército chileno: Edmundo Villarroel y Fernando Morales.
Los oficiales chilenos invitaron a los bautistas del sur a adoptar "ciudades hermanas" en Maule, una de las áreas más fuertemente golpeadas por el terremoto y el resultante tsunami. Las comunidades rurales de Maule y las partes este hacia la cordillera de los Andes han recibido menos atención debido a la falsa idea de que ellos está menos afectados, dijo Clark, misionero de la JMI que sirve como líder de estrategia para la parte de América del Sur que incluye a Chile. Read More
Los jóvenes chilenos responden a las necesidadesMOLINA, Chile (BP)--En el Templo Evangélico Bautista, miembros de todas las edades sienten compasión por sus compatriotas chilenos cuyas vidas fueron puestas al revés por el terremoto del 27 de febrero. Read More
El GPS crea motivación a través de EE. UU. y CanadáALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--Al igual que muchas congregaciones bautistas del sur en el pasado, Calvary Baptist Church (Iglesia Bautista Calvario) ha estado involucrada en esfuerzos de alcances. Sin embargo, esta primavera verá a su congregación unirse a otras asociaciones bautistas tocando la comunidad de una manera nunca antes intentada. Read More
COMPENDIO INTERNACIONAL: Abogado acusado de haber matado a una niña católica obtiene fianza
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—-El 13 de febrero, una corte en Lahore, Pakistán, le otorgó la libertad bajo fianza a un acaudalado abogado musulmán acusado de haber torturado, violado y matado el 22 de febrero a Shazia Bashir, su ayudante doméstica de 12 años de edad.
Shazia, cuya familia es católica, había estado trabajando como una obrera doméstica para Choudry Naeem por ocho meses con un salario equivalente a unos $12 al mes, reportó la Agencia Católica de Noticias. En repetidas ocasiones se les... Read More
EDITORIAL: Mi Responsabilidad en la Evangelización Global
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)--Recientemente estuve estudiando la iglesia de Antioquia (Hechos 11:19-21), la Gran Comisión (Mateo 28:19-20) y el mundo en el cual yo vivo. Observé muchas cosas similares en esos pasajes y aprendí lecciones valiosas que me serán de ayuda en como veo el mundo a mí alrededor. Read More