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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

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  • Analysis: Sexual assault more likely among gays in military

    by Michael Foust, posted Wednesday, May 26, 2010 (8 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP)--With a vote pending this week in the House and Senate to reverse the military's ban on open homosexual service, a leading conservative group released new data Wednesday asserting that closeted homosexuals in the military are three times more likely to commit sexual assaults than are heterosexuals.

          The data by the Family Research Council (FRC) is based on the military's own numbers and it comes as the Senate Armed Services Committee prepares for a vote Thursday on an amendment that would overturn the ban. The full House also might vote on it Thursday.

          FRC reviewed all 1,643 reports of sexual assault within the military for fiscal year 2009 (Oct. 1, 2008 through Sept. 30, 2009) and found that 8.2 percent of them were homosexual in nature, mostly male on male. Based on the assumption that 2.7 percent of the military is homosexual -- a stat derived from surveys of the general population -- FRC estimates that homosexuals are "about three times more likely to commit sexual assaults than heterosexuals are, relative to their numbers."

          "If open homosexuality is permitted in the military, these numbers can only increase," FRC's Peter Sprigg said during a conference call with reporters. "The numbers of homosexuals in the military would grow, the threat of discharge for homosexual conduct would be eliminated, and protected class status for homosexuals would make victims hesitant to report assaults and make commanders hesitant to punish them for fear of appearing homophobic.

          "Congress," he added, "should carefully consider these serious risks before taking any action to overturn the current law."

          The Pentagon currently is studying the issue of openly homosexual service and getting feedback from military personnel and their families.... Read More

  • PPFA abortions could soar via 'telemed'

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, May 26, 2010 (8 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP)--The Planned Parenthood Federation of America may have found a way to extend its lead as the country's top abortion provider through a videoconferencing method ... Read More

  • Pro-lifers urge block on Brit TV abortion ad

    by Staff, posted Wednesday, May 26, 2010 (8 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP)--British television's first commercial for abortion services -- sponsored by Marie Stopes International -- drew calls from pro-life organizations for the government to block the advertisement after it aired ... Read More

  • BGCT cuts tie to church with gay deacons

    by Staff, posted Wednesday, May 26, 2010 (8 years ago)

    DALLAS (BP)--The Baptist General Convention of Texas executive board severed all ties with Dallas' Royal Lane Baptist Church May 25 due to the congregation's embrace of openly homosexual deacons. Read More

  • Leo Endel: GCRTF may speed CP 'crumbling;' new works perspective needed

    by Will Hall, posted Wednesday, May 26, 2010 (8 years ago)

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Baptist Press invited the four announced candidates for SBC president to take part in an email interview based on a set of common questions, allowing each to speak directly to Southern Baptists about key issues being discussed leading up the annual meeting in Orlando. The following is the first article in the four-part series.

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--The strengths, weaknesses and unintended consequences of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force report should be conside... Read More

  • Jimmy Jackson: Change should come from the bottom-up, not top-down

    by Will Hall, posted Wednesday, May 26, 2010 (8 years ago)

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Baptist Press invited the four announced candidates for SBC president to take part in an email interview based on a set of common questions, allowing each to speak directly to Southern Baptists about key issues being discussed leading up the annual meeting in Orlando. The following is the second article in the four-part series.

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Change initiatives should develop bottom-up and not top-down, and there should be greater leadership representation from sm... Read More

  • Ted Traylor: GCR logical for CP resurgence; vision inspires giving

    by Will Hall, posted Wednesday, May 26, 2010 (8 years ago)

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Baptist Press invited the four announced candidates for SBC president to take part in an email interview based on a set of common questions, allowing each to speak directly to Southern Baptists about key issues being discussed leading up the annual meeting in Orlando. The following is the third article in the four-part series.

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--A Great Commission resurgence is the proper focus following the Conservative Resurgence, and a Cooperative Program resurgenc... Read More

  • Bryant Wright: Radically reprioritize CP funds; connect with young leaders

    by Will Hall, posted Wednesday, May 26, 2010 (8 years ago)

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Baptist Press invited the four announced candidates for SBC president to take part in an email interview based on a set of common questions, allowing each to speak directly to Southern Baptists about key issues being discussed leading up the annual meeting in Orlando. The following is the fourth article in the four-part series.

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Southern Baptists must escape a culture of materialism and personal love of money as well as reprioritize Cooperative Progr... Read More