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The Daily Buzz

by Brittany Smith

October 22, 2008

Black clergy both for and against gay marriage speak outLA Times article on the ongoing Proposition 8 debate

Gay Marriage in Peril in California— More on Prop. 8 and the battle in CA over same-sex marraige

San Francisco may become safe for prostitutes

NJ Hotels Offer Abortion Discounts

Americans United Advises Houses Of Worship To Refrain From Intervening In Partisan Politics

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Capital Gains Loses

by Brittany Smith

October 21, 2008

Fourteen middle schools around D.C. have recently implemented a new program called Capital Gains along with New York and Chicago city schools. The program was designed by Harvard economist and researcher Roland Fryer to increase incentive for low income students to do their work and attend school. Hence, the reason why Harvard is covering half the cost of the $2.7 million dollar project, and the District has to pay the rest.

The D.C. students that are participating in the program have the potential to earn up to $100 a month for doing things like their homework, having a good attendance record and getting good grades.

But it begs the question, why pay people to do something they are required to do? Is paying them actually going to help students learn things like responsibility, hard work and duty? And what about the other middle schoolers in the District that go to school, turn their homework in on time and study without getting a paycheck? It seems that monetary incentive is telling these kids that they aren’t capable of learning on their own, that they have to be tricked into submission and into learning. It sends kids the message that doing the right thing has a price tag and isn’t something that should just be expected.

But of course the students like getting money, who wouldn’t want to get paid to go to school? When Christopher Johnson from Kelly-Miller Middle School was asked about getting paid he said, “People ain’t had money. It’s better now for people to have money than not having money.”

And while there have been no reports of the results of this program yet, it would seem that the money they are paying kids to go to school might be better spent on improving their grammar.

 For more info check out: http://www.wusa9.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=76165&catid=158

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The Daily Buzz

by Brittany Smith

October 21, 2008

Here is what we’re talking about at FRC today:

DC Students Get Cash for Good Grades, Behavior—Middle school students in D.C. are getting paid to follow the rules and do their homework.

DEMS GET SET TO MUZZLE THE RIGHT—New York Post article on the possibility of a resurrection The Fairness Doctrine.

Conn. ruling may boost Vt. gay marriage movement—Last week, Connecticut’s top court ruled that civil unions aren’t a substitute for marriage’s full benefits.

BLACKWELL: Voter fraud, an assault on fairness—This op-ed calls for Voter Fraud to be a bi-partisan issue. Both Democrats and Republicans should fight against the rampant fraud that is taking place this election season.

 

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Judge: This land is your land…

by Suzanne Bowdey

October 20, 2008

It’s been five years since the Episcopal Church consecrated its first openly gay bishop, but the shockwaves are still rippling through the national church.  Across America, congregations have exploded in protest.  Despite pleas from many in the 2.2 million-member church, Episcopal leaders stubbornly refuse to back down from their liberal, pro-homosexual theology. 

After months of negotiations failed to bring the denomination back to its conservative teachings, a band of 11 Virginia churches took the unprecedented step to sever all ties and realign under the Anglican Church of Nigeria.  Together, these congregations made the courageous-and costly-decision to separate from a denomination whose American roots are more than 300 years deep. 

But the stand for Biblical truth has come at great price to the faithful in Virginia.  They face financial hardship, eviction from their property, and a multi-million dollar lawsuit from Episcopal headquarters. 

Since early 2007, the Diocese of Virginia has attacked the churches in a vicious suit that threatens to confiscate their church homes.  With almost no resources, the 11 churches banded together in defense of their land, resulting in the largest property dispute in the history of the Episcopal Church. 

At every stage of the Episcopal Church and Diocese of Virginia court battle (now four rounds old), Circuit Court Judge Randy Bellows has ruled in favor of the breakaway churches.  Last week, Judge Bellows rounded out this series of victories by ruling that Truro Church-the second largest parish-“could retain ownership of land sought by the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia.”  In a story of true David versus Goliath proportions, the news continues to stun the mainstream church.

But despite how far the Virginia parishes have come, the Episcopal Church shows no sign of giving up.  Its national leaders have vowed to fight these decisions all the way to the Supreme Court, if necessary.  In a press release, the Diocese says it “will continue to explore every legal option available” to seize these church homes.  Despite the mass exodus this month from parishes in Pittsburgh and San Joaquin (see George Will’s Sunday column “A Faith’s Dwindling Following”) and the impending rift in Fort Worth, the Episcopal Church leaves no doubt that the legal battle has just begun.  In fact, it could continue for years.  

If you’re interested helping the churches at “Ground Zero” in the Anglican crisis, please log on to Truro’s website  and consider standing with them for biblical truth.

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It’s iPS Cells by a Hair

by David Prentice

October 18, 2008

Researchers have now shown that they can efficiently and quickly produce human iPS cells (induced pluripotent stem cells), increasing the efficiency 100-fold. Moreover, they have done it using cells from a single human hair. The iPS cell type is equivalent to embryonic stem cells, but is produced without using embryos, eggs, or cloning. The results with iPS cells continue to mount up rapidly, making it more and more difficult to justify use of embryos, eggs, or cloning to produce human embryonic stem cells.

The results were published online in Nature Biotechnology on 17 October 2008.

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Post-abortion Mental Health Effects Panel Update

by Brittany Smith

October 15, 2008

WORLD Magazine’s website published a short article on the abortion panel that took place last Thursday at FRC:

http://www.worldmag.com/webextra/14537

Also, here is the video link from the panel if you want to watch some of the speakers, including FRC’s own Tom McClusky:

http://www.frc.org/lectures/post-abortion-mental-health-effects-awareness-and-politics

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The Wiki Court of Connecticut

by Tom McClusky

October 14, 2008

 

There is a lot of things in the Connecticut Supreme Court same-sex “marriage” case to  either laugh or cry about.  There is one section in the majority decision where the four judges who invented the same-sex “marriage” right in the state of Connecticut make the argument that because homosexuals are underrepresented in the political, business and academic world that they are being discriminated against. 

Insofar as gay persons play a role in the political process, it is apparent that their numbers reflect their status as a small and insular minority. It recently has been noted that, of the more than one-half million people who hold a political office at the local, state and national level, only about 300 are openly gay persons.  Andersen v. King County, supra, 158 Wash. 2d 105 (Bridge, J., concurring in dissent); see also R. La Corte, ”State Legislature Has Second-Largest Gay Caucus in U.S.” (January 24, 2008) (putting figure at about 400 openly gay persons), available at  http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2004140976_webgaycaucus23.html?syn. No openly gay person ever has been appointed to a United States Cabinet position or to any federal appeals court, or served in the United States Senate, and only two currently serve in the United States House of Representatives. See ”Current Members of the United States Congress,” available at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_current_United_States_Senators. Gay persons also lack representation in the highest levels of business, industry and academia. For example, no openly gay person heads a Fortune 500 company; G. Shister, ”Gay Chief Executives Come Out Winners” (January 28, 2008), available at http://web.archive.org/web/20080129030005/http:/www.philly.com/inquirer/local/20080128_Gay_chief_executives_come_out_winners.html; and it has been estimated that there are only fourteen openly gay college and university presidents or chancellors; see ”An Openly Gay Chancellor Heads to Madison, Wis.,” Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog (May 29, 2008), available at http://chronicle.com/news/article/?id=4574; a number that represents only one half of 1 percent of such positions nationwide.”

I am troubled that a court document uses Wikipedia as a credible source (talk about some lazy law clerks!).  According to this article a search of all federal and all state court decisions ever made revealed that 247 have cited Wikipedia, despite Wikipedia telling users not to cite them as a reliable source.

What is of deeper concern is the logic in the judges’ paragraph.  Do the judges actually believe that homosexuals are a put upon class in society?  A Comm Group/G Society study released in October 2001 shows that the median household income of homosexual households is $65,000 - compared to the national average of $40,800. Also, 47 percent of homosexual men and 40 percent of lesbians hold professional or managerial jobs - more than twice the figure for the general population. 

As for fortune 500 companies, The Human Rights Campaign themselves cite that of the top ten companies in the Fortune 500 nine (90 percent) prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, five (50 percent) prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and eight (80 percent) provide partner health benefits.  The numbers they cite for the rest of the 500 are similar.

Also does the judge honestly believe that college campuses are hostile to the homosexual agenda?  What colleges are they visiting?  And why cite the number of homosexuals in these fields anyway.  Why not also in the entertainment/news industry?  According to Peter Sprigg in his InFocus paper, “Homosexual Groups Back Off From ‘10 Percent’ Myth,” about 1.4 million Americans identify themselves as homosexual.  In comparison at least 125 million Americans identify themselves as “born-again” or “evangelical.”  Between homosexuals and Evangelicals which selected group is more prevalent in Hollywood? Homosexuals would be a good guess. Which group is better portrayed unfairly?  Evangelicals by far.

There is much wrong with the majority opinion from the Connecticut Supreme Court, its inexplicable use of random statistics about supposed unfilled quotas to justify its unjustifiable decision is just one of them.

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