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PublishAmerica Presents How to Vacation and Travel Safely...and Come Back Alive

PublishAmerica Presents How to Vacation and Travel Safely...and Come Back Alive

FREDERICK, Maryland, Dec. 27 /Christian Newswire/ -- PublishAmerica is proud to present How to Vacation and Travel Safely...and Come Back Alive by Earnest Hart, Jr. of Chesterfield, Missouri.

How to Vacation and Travel Safely...and Come Back Alive begins with a real-life story of how the author, Earnest Hart, Jr., was held captive in Thailand while visiting for a series of kickboxing matches. Hart felt vulnerable in this foreign land where the government was run by the military, who imposed their will upon the foreign contestants with Uzis and intimidation. Forced to realize that the world we live in is as dangerous outside of the ring as it is inside, Hart continued his martial arts training and added to his knowledge by studying all available material possible related to security.

Since 9/11, personal safety has never been more paramount. Hart’s book is an in-depth look at the realities of traveling and staying safe in the new millennium. Focusing on important principles for individuals and families to help prepare themselves for real-life encounters, the author lays out a detailed yet easy-to-understand plan for the reader to follow and make a part of their traveling and everyday routine.

Earnest Hart, Jr. is a world-class martial arts champion, physical fitness trainer, actor and seminar specialist. He regularly presents workshops and lectures, captivating his audiences with details of his life experiences and providing them with straight-talk about their personal safety.

PublishAmerica is the home of 20,000 talented authors. PublishAmerica is a traditional publishing company whose primary goal is to encourage and promote the works of new, previously undiscovered writers. Like more mainstream publishers, PublishAmerica pays its authors advances and royalties, makes its books available in both the United States and Europe through all bookstores, and never charges any fees for its services. PublishAmerica offers a distinctly personal, supportive alternative to vanity presses and less accessible publishers.

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Abortionist Neuhaus Will Testify Against Tiller if Case is Reinstated

Abortionist Neuhaus Will Testify Against Tiller if Case is Reinstated

How far will Tiller and his cohorts go to keep “smoking gun” from testifying?

WICHITA, Kansas, Dec. 27 /Christian Newswire/ -- When Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline filed 30 charges involving illegal late- term abortions and reporting violations, Kristin Neuhaus was on the witness list and her sealed statement was submitted as evidence to support the charges. Neuhaus is a former abortionist who has, for months, traveled to Tiller’s Wichita abortion mill to provide the second signature on his late-term abortions that is required under Kansas law.

Now she plans to testify against Tiller, if the case is allowed to move forward.

On Wednesday afternoon, Kline will ask Judge Paul W. Clark to reinstate the charges he dismissed at the request of District Attorney Nola Foulston last Friday, so Neuhaus will have the opportunity to tell a jury what she knows about alleged illegal activity on Tiller’s part.

Neuhaus’ role in Tiller’s abortion business came to light when a confidential source inside the grand jury that investigated Tiller in the abortion death of Christin Gilbert told Operation Rescue of her involvement earlier this year. According to the source, Neuhaus was asked before the Grand Jury if there was ever an abortion that she did not sign off on. At that time, she took the Fifth Amendment to avoid self- incrimination.

The grand jury requested the documents from Neuhaus that specified what condition of Gilbert's would have qualified her for an exemption to the Kansas ban on post-viability abortions. Gilbert’s pregnancy was in the third trimester and her baby was considered viable.

Prosecutor Ann Swegle, an employee of Foulston’s, told the grand jury that it would take “an act of God” to get those documents. The documents were never produced, raising suspicions that Friday’s behind-the- back legal maneuver was not the first time Foulston has intervened in legal matters on behalf of Tiller.

“Tiller and his cohorts are fighting tooth and nail to keep Neuhaus off the stand because they know that her intimate involvement in Tiller’s late-term abortion business makes her an expert and very knowledgeable witness for the prosecution,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Neuhaus is the ‘smoking gun’ that will convict Tiller, and they know it. That is why they will do almost anything to make sure that Neuhaus’ testimony never sees the light of day.”

“Corruption breeds in secrecy, but the truth thrives in the open. We urge anyone who can to come down to the County Courthouse at 2 PM to witness the hearing and thereby hold the officials accountable to do the right thing,” said Newman.

Operation Rescue is calling for continued prayer that the case against Tiller will be allowed to go forward and that justice will ultimately be done.

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2nd Vice President of Southern Baptist Convention Invites all Christians to STAND, on Christmas Day

2nd Vice President of Southern Baptist Convention Invites all Christians to STAND, on Christmas Day Against the WALL in Jesus' Birth Town of Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, Palestine/BUENA PARK, Calif., Dec. 23 /Christian Newswire/ -- Christmas day 2006 "The Wiley Drake Show" will broadcast from BETHLEHEM, the City of Jesus Birth, to ask all Christians and their leaders to join UK Church Leaders to pledge to be "A Voice for the Voiceless" in BETHLEHEM.

Leila Sansour, Open Bethlehem's Chief Executive, says " Our U.S. poll shows overwhelming support for Bethlehem's Christian heritage, yet our survey of Bethlehem's own citizens shows the city cannot retain this heritage and it's Christian community while the WALL remains."

"The choice is stark, either the WALL stays and Bethlehem ceases to be a Christian town. Or Bethlehem retains its Christian population - in which case the WALL has to come down. The International community needs to wake up to what is happening and choose"

Leila will be on the show "LIVE" from Bethlehem. To call in live on the show call 1-800-839-3048 with questions and comments.

Pastor Wiley Drake urges all Christians to listen in, if for only a few minutes Christmas Day Dec. 25, 2006 to PRAY FOR BETHLEHEM.

To Listen go to www.crusaderadio.com and click on listen live Christmas Day 9:00 am PST and 12:00 Noon EST.

Pastor Drake also encourages Christians to go to Open Bethlehem's web sight www.openbethlehem.org to know more how to pray and make donations.

Drake says," In a free America as we celebrate our Lord Jesus Christ birth, let us take a few minutes to join Bethlehem to pray and let them know we as Christian Americans are saying THIS WALL MUST COME DOWN"

The Wiley Drake Show has for a theme two Scriptures, Micah 6:8 and Matthew 23:23 that both say do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. I know of no greater injustice than this WALL in my Lord's birth city, and we must shed the mercy of God by helping with gifts of support, as we walk with Him.

Please join us daily 5:00 to 7:00 am in each American time zone as we pray not only for the Peace of Jerusalem but that "THIS WALL MUST COME DOWN"

To call daily simply dial 1-641-497-7302 and put in access code 399430 # and pray with us.

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Religion Newswriters Call for Entries

Religion Newswriters Call for Entries

WESTERVILLE, Ohio, Jan. 2 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Religion Newswriters Association invites journalists to enter its contests recognizing religion reporting excellence in the news media. More than $14,000 in prizes are awarded in nine contest categories.

NEW: Now accepting online-only newspaper submissions.

Also, contests for TV and Radio religion reports return this year.

Templeton Story and Templeton Reporter of the Year Awards offer a $3,500 first prize.

Other print contests include Religion Writer of the Year (Supple); Religion Pages/Sections (Schachern); Student Reporter of the Year (Chandler); and Reporter of the Year at small and mid-sized newspapers (Cassels, circulations below 50,000 / Cornell, circulations 50,001 – 150,000).

Visit www.RNA.org for entry forms and more information. Postmark deadline: Feb. 1, 2007 (Chandler student contest deadline is May 1, 2007).

RELIGION NEWSWRITERS -- Helping journalists cover religion with balance, accuracy and insight


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Americans Back Bethlehem --

Americans Back Bethlehem --
But are Not Sure Where it is

Two nation survey: America vs. Bethlehem.

BETHLEHEM, Dec. 20 /Christian Newswire/ -- Press Conference: 12pm noon, Thursday 21/12/2006, Furno Hall, Millennium Building, Bethlehem University. Bethlehem, Palestine. Details below.

Most Americans believe Bethlehem is an Israeli town inhabited by a mixture of Jews and Muslims, a pre- Christmas survey of US perceptions of the town has shown.

Only 15 per cent of Americans realize that it is a Palestinian city with a mixed Christian-Muslim community, lying in the occupied West Bank.

The nationwide survey, carried out by top US political pollsters Zogby International, canvassed 15000 American respondents. The poll was commissioned by the campaign organization Open Bethlehem to coincide with a survey carried out in Bethlehem itself – canvassing 1000 respondents from the three urban centres of Bethlehem, where the population splits almost equally between Muslims and Christians.

The surveys have put the spotlight on the plight of the town, which has been fast losing its indigenous Christian population since the construction of the Israeli wall plunged Bethlehem into economic crisis.

The two surveys show that American perceptions of the town are wildly at odds with the perceptions of those who live there.

While the Christians of Bethlehem overwhelmingly (78%) blame the exodus of Christians from the town on Israel’s blockade, Americans are more likely (45.9%) to blame it on Islamic politics and are reluctant (7.4%) to blame Israel.

And while four out of ten Americans believe that the wall exists for Israel’s security, more than nine out of ten Bethlehemites believe it is part of a plan by Israel to confiscate Palestinian land.

The Zogby survey shows strong support for the town in the US, where 65.5% of the population want the UN to list it as a world heritage site. Americans are also strongly in favor (80.6%) of Bethlehem retaining a strong Christian presence.

Americans are also ambivalent about the Israeli wall, with 31.5% in favour of it, with another 31.6% opposed.

But more than two-thirds of Americans believe Bethlehem is unsafe to visit, while 80% of Bethlehemites consider their town safe for visitors.

While the US survey showed that Americans are skeptical about Muslims and Christians living contentedly alongside each other – only 17% thought they lived together in peaceful coexistence – the Palestinian survey showed they do: around 90% of Christians said they had Muslim friends, and vice- versa.

The Israeli government could well be shaken by the discovery that Americans’ tolerance of the wall would be strained by the discovery that it separates communities and families, cuts Bethlehem off from Jerusalem, and requires the seizure of privately- owned land.

US Christians, meanwhile, are likely to be shocked by the discovery that seven out of ten Christians in Bethlehem believe Israel treats the town’s Christian heritage with brutality or indifference.

The Bethlehem poll, which was carried out by the Palestinian Centre for research and Cultural Dialogue, shows on the other hand that more than two-thirds (73.3%) of Bethlehem’s Christians believe that the Palestinian Authority treats Christian heritage with respect. That result will surprise some who believe that the election of Hamas has strained Christian- Muslim relations in the town.

Leila Sansour, Open Bethlehem’s Chief Executive, says:
“Our US poll shows overwhelming support for Bethlehem’s Christian heritage, yet our survey of Bethlehem’s own citizens shows the city cannot retain this heritage and its Christian community while the wall remains.

“The choice is stark. Either the wall stays and Bethlehem ceases to be a Christian town. Or Bethlehem retains its Christian population – in which case the wall has to come down. The international community needs to wake up to what is happening and choose.”


Footnotes:
Reports of the surveys will be available on Open Bethlehem website www.openbethlehem.org

For more information, interviews, maps, photos or survey reports please contact:

Open Bethlehem
Manger Square, Bethlehem www.openbethlehem.org
Tel: +972-2-2777993 Fax: +972-2-2740139
e-mail: admin@openbethlehem.org
Nida Rishmawi: +970599940990
Austen Ivereigh: +44 7905224860
Leila Sansour, CEO (mobile): +972-547547921

Open Bethlehem – London Office
16-18 Strutton Ground, London SW1P 2HP
Tel/Fax: +44 (0) 2072228443
openbethlehem@openbethlehem.org

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IRD: Sexual Morality Only the Tip of the Iceberg with Virginia Churches' Departure

IRD: Sexual Morality Only the Tip of the Iceberg with Virginia Churches' Departure

“While Gene Robinson’s consecration heightened the issues within The Episcopal Church, it is in no way the main issue for the parishes that are leaving. It provides one example of how The Episcopal Church has drifted away from its Scriptural foundations, but only one.” -Ralph Webb, IRD Anglican Action Director

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 /Christian Newswire/ -- Yesterday’s announcements of the departure of (so far) eight churches from the Diocese of Virginia reveal a seismic shift within The Episcopal Church. This is particularly true since the churches together have a combined average Sunday attendance greater than many Episcopal dioceses.

IRD Anglican Action Director, Ralph Webb commented:

“It is sad, but not surprising, that The Episcopal Church’s own self-inflicted wound continues to cause the denomination to bleed. The Episcopal Church was warned by many heads of Anglican Communion provinces not to proceed with the consecration of Gene Robinson as Bishop of New Hampshire. These leaders said that it would tear the very fabric of the worldwide Anglican Communion. Tragically, this has proven true. The departure of the Virginia parishes is only one of many negative effects caused by The Episcopal Church’s actions.

“While Gene Robinson’s consecration heightened the issues within The Episcopal Church, it is in no way the main issue for the churches that are leaving. It provides one example of how The Episcopal Church has drifted away from its Scriptural foundations, but only one. Beyond wanting to be faithful to Scripture, the parishes felt that their mission work was impaired by remaining within The Episcopal Church. Perhaps most importantly of all, they felt that they could not be faithful Anglicans while remaining in The Episcopal Church.

“We at the IRD support the faithful Anglicans in the Diocese of Virginia who have now left The Episcopal Church. We recognize that their decisions were made soberly and only after much prayer and deliberation. They face a new day before them, a day full of many challenges but also many opportunities.

“We also recognize that, in responding to God's call, some faithful Anglicans will remain within The Episcopal Church. Their call is no less one from God, and we support them in their mission of renewing the denomination.

“The Episcopal Church now needs to ask itself some tough questions. If this many parishes leave a diocese regarded as moderate like Virginia, what will happen in other dioceses that are progressive in their theology and social witness?”

The Institute on Religion and Democracy, founded in 1981, is an ecumenical alliance of U.S. Christians working to reform their churches’ social witness, in accord with biblical and historic Christian teachings, thereby contributing to the renewal of democratic society at home and abroad.

www.ird-renew.org

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Families Now Using Online Social Networks to Connect During Holidays

Families Now Using Online Social Networks to Connect During Holidays

PAWLEYS ISLAND, SC, Dec. 20 /Christian Newswire/ -- "We just finished another patrol. For once, everything was quiet. The guys even had some spare time to put up a make shift Christmas tree. Here are the pictures to prove it," says a blog post, along with a few photos, from a lonely Marine stationed in Iraq. This particular soldier will later view a few updated pictures of his children within his wife's profile and send an e-card to his mom on Christmas day.

Just like this example that took place at Oaktreeidea.com, savvy internet users are bypassing the long lines of airports and entrance ramps for the ease and convenience of social networks to send their Christmas blessings and New Years wishes to distant loved ones.

In the past year, social networks (like Myspace, Face Book and start-up Oaktreeidea.com) have experienced exponential growth due to the social nature of connecting friends and family through multiple online communication tools. This Christmas season, social networks now seem poised to take center stage. Blogs, messaging systems and online photo books will be put to the "bandwidth" test when internet users pass pictures back and forth of Christmas Day family dinners and messages of New Years resolutions and party plans.

Oaktreeidea.com founder Brady Stump has already witnessed the power of social networks this Holiday season. "I have been informed of a Missionary, located in Africa, who will be using our site to communicate with his parents over the Christmas weekend. He'll probably use the private messaging system to send Christmas wishes, type a quick blog post to inform his mom and dad how he spent the day and maybe post a few pictures handing out gifts to the locals."

This Holiday season, social networks may finally go beyond the primary purpose of finding a date or meeting new friends. These networks of communication will now truly connect the dispersed and bring a little Holiday cheer to the loneliest of places and people.

Brady Stump is the founder of online Christian social network, Oaktreeidea.com. Stump can be reached by phone 843-385-6013 or email bstump@oaktreeidea.com.

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So-Called Bible Scholars Say Jesus was Born in Nazareth

So-Called Bible Scholars Say Jesus was Born in Nazareth
"Unwisemen" Seek Him in Nazareth

MEDIA ADVISORY, Dec. 20 /Christian Newswire/ -- Why would any conservative (especially those calling themselves Christians), work in conjunction with a liberal like Charles Haynes of the Freedom Forum / First Amendment Center?

There have been many articles in the liberal press by Charles Haynes, touting him as an expert on issues of religion in the public arena, especially in the area of public schools.

It should be known that:

Charles Haynes is author of a Communitarian Manifesto on Religious Education.

The Communitarian Network, who Charles Haynes writes for, has been written about by both Joseph Farah, founder of World Net Daily, and General Ben Partin. Joseph Farah says “the best I can decipher of this popular new idea of Communitarianism is that it is not a new idea at all. To put it in its simplest form, I would describe it as a form of Communism for people who believe in God”. General Ben Partin says that the bottom line of the Communitarians is to bring in Communism.

Charles Haynes has also written "Public Schools and Sexual Orientation; A First Amendment Framework", which is endorsed by the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network.

Charles Haynes used to work for the liberal Americans United for Separation of Church and State, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Charles Haynes is a board member of the Pluralism Project, along with a self-professed wiccan high priestess.

Charles Haynes is the author of "When the Government Prays, No One Wins", where he infers that the National Day of Prayer should be illegal.

Charles Haynes works closely with Oliver Thomas (a well known ACLU attorney).

Charles Haynes writes educational documents for the Council On Islamic Education.

The Temple of Understanding has a division called Hartley Films, which has endorsed some of Charles Haynes’ videos.

Charles Haynes of the Freedom Forum / First Amendment Center has developed the guidelines by which the Bible Literacy Project textbooks were written (both the student text and Teacher’s Edition). Five of the Board of Directors and Advisory Board members of the Bible Literacy Project are signatories to the Communitarian Platform.

A good question to ask is - why would the Bible Literacy Project be working closely with Charles Haynes and his Communitarian friends, including having him as a key speaker at both of their press conferences in Washington, DC, referring teachers to Haynes’ guidelines on how to teach Bible curriculum in public schools, and even having him as a contributor to the Bible Literacy Project textbooks?

It is amazing to note, especially at this time of the year, that while Charles Haynes promotes the Bible Literacy Project’s textbooks as a great scholarly accomplishment, both the student and teacher texts say that Jesus was born in Nazareth.

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Charges Against Chicago Police's Violation of Civil and First Amendment Rights at Gay Games Moving F

Charges Against Chicago Police's Violation of Civil and First Amendment Rights at Gay Games Moving Forward

Federal Judge Denies Chicago’s Motion to Dismiss All Charges Against the City for Free Speech Violations
CHICAGO, Dec. 19 /Christian Newswire/ -- On Friday, December 15, Federal Judge Milton I. Shadur, US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, denied in its entirety Chicago’s motion to dismiss charges against the City that it violated REPENT AMERICA’s (RA) First Amendment rights during the Gay Games earlier this year.

During the Gay Games, RA volunteers saw an opportunity to share the good news of Jesus who wants people to repent because “the truth is that God has put in the Bible clear prohibitions against homosexual behavior.” RA’s method is to engage people in conversations and pass out literature in public venues which is protected by the First Amendment of the US Constitution. However, on Sunday, July 16, 2006 in Gateway Park across from Navy Pier, Chicago Police officers handcuffed three RA volunteers and arrested two of them, yelled profanities at them, and held them for four hours at a Chicago police station. Then on Saturday, July 22, 2006, on a sidewalk in front of Wrigley Field, where the Gay Games closing ceremonies were being held, police arrested an RA volunteer for holding a sign proclaiming that “Marriage is Between One Man and One Woman.” However, persons nearby holding pro- homosexual signs and deriding President Bush were left alone.

After these incidents, RA volunteers filed a civil law suit charging that Chicago violated their free speech rights, equal protection of the laws, and violation of the Illinois Religious Freedom Restoration Act, all were found to have merit by Judge Shadur.

Andy Norman of Mauck & Baker, the attorney for the plaintiffs, said "We truly believe that this ruling will benefit people who struggle with homosexual temptation. It will ensure that Christians can continue to preach the truth in love at homosexual events, so their message can be used by God for healthy change in the lives of homosexuals. The judge has ruled that plaintiffs’ message of healing through faith in Jesus the Messiah, including people ensnared in homosexual lifestyles, can be publicly expressed.”

The judge’s order is available upon request.

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CMA Doctors Urge Passage of Informed Consent Bill on Fetal Pain

CMA Doctors Urge Passage of Informed Consent Bill on Fetal Pain

Washington,DC, December 1, 2006—The 17,000-member Christian Medical Association (CMA, www.cmda.org) today urged passage of a federal bill that would inform women considering an abortion about the potential pain experienced by their babies after 20 weeks of development.

CMA CEO Dr. David Stevens said, "One thing both sides of this issue should be able to agree upon is that women should be fully informed about the medical science concerning their developing babies. The Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act states the medical science and requires that women be fully informed before proceeding with an abortion.

"The scientific findings in this Act are clear and compelling. Women deserve to know exactly what an abortion involves for their baby. Imagine the heartbreak a woman would experience after being led to believe that her 22-week developing baby is simply a 'blob of tissue' only to learn after an abortion that her baby likely experienced excruciating pain. This bill sets the record straight and makes sure women are provided with the facts."

The findings section of the bill reflects testimony by scientific experts including Drs. Kanwdfbet S. Anand and Jeanne Wright. The bill's findings note that "At least by 20 weeks after fertilization, an unborn child has the physical structures necessary to experience pain. There is substantial evidence that by 20 weeks after fertilization, unborn children draw away from certain stimuli in a manner which in an infant or an adult would be interpreted as a response to pain. Anesthesia is routinely administered to unborn children who have developed 20 weeks or more after fertilization who undergo prenatal surgery. There is substantial evidence that the abortion methods most commonly used 20 weeks or more after fertilization cause substantial pain to an unborn child, whether by dismemberment, poisoning, penetrating or crushing the skull, or other methods."

Dr. Gene Rudd, an obstetrician with the CMA, noted, "This bill cites laws protecting animals from inhumane treatment, while a developing human has no such protections. What does this say about our blindness to the humanity of our developing babies?"

To schedule an interview, please contact Margie Shealy at (423) 844-1047 or by e-mail: margie.shealy@cmda.org. The Christian Medical Association is equipped with Ku Band Digital Uplink satellite and ISDN lines.

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Jackson, Mississippi Attempts to Criminalize Christianity; Press Conf. Tuesday Morning

Jackson, Mississippi Attempts to Criminalize Christianity; Press Conf. Tuesday Morning

JACKSON, Miss., Dec. 19 /Christian Newswire/ -- The following statement is from Rev. Flip Benham, Director of Operation Save America:

"Eleven gentle Christians will be returning to Jackson, Mississippi this Tuesday, December 19, 2006, to stand trial for exposing the horror of abortion on the streets of Jackson. There is one remaining abortion mill in the entire state of Mississippi, and it is located in Jackson. Jackson was the focal point of America's war over abortion this past summer as hundreds of Christians came to the streets.

"These Christians were arrested for preaching the Gospel of Christ, holding Scripture signs, and carrying graphic pictures of aborted babies at various venues on the public side walks inside the city. One man was arrested for carrying the cross of Christ upon his shoulder. So much for the First Amendment!

"The Jackson police, however, stood idly by as anarchists (many wearing masks over their faces) threatened Christian moms, dads, and their children with vile and filthy language, slashed tires on cars, and committed obscene acts in front of our children. The police watched as these thugs jumped on top of a car, beat it with poles, broke its windshield, and attempted to drag the Christian out of the car and beat him.

"Yet the Jackson police found it necessary to arrest Christians for carrying signs that witnessed for Jesus.

"What kind of a city would do this? A city that is providing cover for the abortion industry. That's right! It takes a village to kill a child, and the city of Jackson from the Mayor on down is complicit in child murder.

"When Operation Save America came to Jackson July 15-22, 2006, it provided the safest week in over thirty years for children safe in their mother's wombs in Mississippi. Hundreds of Christians from across the nation converged on Jackson in hopes to make Mississippi the first abortion Free State in America. Rather than help this Christian proclamation, the officials in power attempted to criminalize it."

Operation Save America will hold a press conference this morning.

Where: Steps of the Municipal City Court Building, Jackson, Mississippi

When: Tuesday, December 19, 2006, 9:30 A.M.

Who: The defendants, including Rev. Benham

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CFO to be Featured in 'Touching Hearts and Changing Lives' Series of 'Today's Family' Television Pro

CFO to be Featured in 'Touching Hearts and Changing Lives' Series of 'Today's Family' Television Program

WATKINS GLEN, Ny., Dec. 19 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Association of Camps Farthest Out, Inc. has been chosen to participate in New Line Media Solutions innovative, educational television series, Today’s Family. The organization will be featured in a segment on “Touching Hearts and Changing Lives” currently airing in many of the major markets through the U.S.

Serving the Christian community since 1930, CFO is an interdenominational lay organization hosting over 75 conferences, camps and retreats throughout the U.S. and Canada annually. “As our world becomes more complex and less personal, we need a place to develop relationships with others and with our Lord. CFO offers today’s Christians a non-threatening environment where they can be themselves and get away from the pressures of everyday life for a short time,” states Debbie Thomas, Executive Director. “Our longevity can be attributed to our commitment to providing a safe haven where people can go to develop lasting relationships with other Christians, refocus their priorities and recommit their lives to God.”

Attending a CFO event enables Christians to become more balanced spiritually, mentally, and physically, in essence, to become an "an Athlete of the Spirit," discovering more about themselves and their relationship with Jesus. “Since 1930 CFO has been providing a place for touching hearts and changing lives,” states Thomas. “Attending a CFO event will renew and make your walk with Jesus Christ more meaningful.”

CFO offers week-long and weekend formats of concentrated Christian worship and activities at conference and retreat centers across the country. Using a time-tested worship format CFO provides a safe, high quality Christian environment for the entire family. For more information call 1-800-960-5CFO or visit the web site: www.acfona.org.

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A Second New Life Church Leader Resigns

A Second New Life Church Leader Resigns

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, Dec. 18 /Christian Newswire/ -- On November 4, 2006, an external Board of Overseers for New Life Church ("Church") permanently removed Rev. Ted Haggard from any position of leadership due to his admitted sexual immorality. The following day, Rev. Haggard advised the Church congregation by letter that he was a "deceiver and a liar" and that he had been warring with a "darkness" his whole adult life.

Immediately after this event, Acting Senior Pastor, Ross Parsley, asked the Overseers to further assist the Church to ensure that its ministers and ministries are rightly ordered as the Church moves forward. As a result, the Overseers interviewed many members of the pastoral staff beginning with the senior leaders. This process is continuing. The Overseers thereafter invited, through the Church website and other means, any person who had any concerns about the Church's ministers or ministries to contact them. A second group, including independent outside professionals, has interviewed other persons. The Church leadership took this action to make sure that any secondary effects of Rev. Haggard's disordered moral life would not be part of the Church’s future.

On Friday, December 8, 2006, the Director of New Life Church's 24/7 ministry resigned his position, and the Church accepted his resignation. The 24/7 ministry is a young adult leadership training program. This Director resigned because, in meeting with the Overseers, it became apparent that he had displayed poor judgment in several decisions throughout his tenure. This poor judgment included one instance of consensual sexual contact with another unmarried adult several years ago.

Pastoral work and personnel decisions are, by necessity, often confidential. Throughout the events in the wake of Rev. Haggard's termination, the Church has tried to be open about its disciplinary processes consistent with respect for the privacy of others. It, therefore, plans to make no additional statement about this matter than those contained in this press release.

New Life Church leadership requests, again, that, if anyone has factual, first-hand information regarding the spiritual health of this Church, its ministers or ministries, they should report directly to the Overseers through the means provided on the Church's website.

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Oxford Scientists Reported Risk of Using Hormone Replacement Therapy in 1987; 'Why Weren't Women Tol

Oxford Scientists Reported Risk of Using Hormone Replacement Therapy in 1987; 'Why Weren't Women Told?' asks Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer

MEDIA ADVISORY, Dec. 18 /Christian Newswire/ -- In 1987, Oxford University scientists authored a paper for the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology demonstrating the risk of using hormone replacement therapy (HRT), said the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer. [1] Their cohort study of 4,544 women reported a significant 59% increase in risk among those who used HRT (mean duration of use 67 months). Forty-three percent used combined HRT containing estrogen and progestin.

At the San Antonio Breast Cancer Conference, Peter Ravdin and his colleagues reported a 7% drop in breast cancer cases primarily among women over age 50 for the year 2003. They attributed it to a decline in HRT use. [2]

"Why weren't women told in 1987 about the risk of using HRT?" asked Karen Malec, president of the Coalition. "Breast cancer rates would have declined sooner."

Cancer authorities didn't warn women about HRT risks until 2002 when the Women's Health Initiative study reported that its use increases the risks of breast cancer, heart attack and strokes. [3]

"Women have the right to know that combined oral contraceptives (OCs) contain the same drugs as combined HRT, but OCs have an even larger dose," argued Malec.

Oxford scientists reported in 1987 that women who use OCs multiply their breast cancer risk by 2.6 times. [8]

The World Health Organization classified both drugs as Group 1 carcinogens in 2005. [4,5] A scientific review in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings found a 44% risk increase among women who used OCs before a first full term pregnancy. [6]

Sadly, the risk of using OCs remains widely unknown, especially among the most cancer-vulnerable group - childless teenagers and young women. Some take OCs for medically innocuous reasons like acne, menstrual cramps and irregular menstrual periods.

"In light of these facts, how can women believe cancer authorities when they deny an abortion- breast cancer link, especially when the biological basis for all three risks is the same?" asked Malec. [7]

The Coalition's medical adviser, Professor Joel Brind of the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute, asked:

"Why should (the sudden drop in HRT use) be reflected in lower cancer rates only one year later? The answer is the mechanism by which HRT increases risk, i.e., by stimulating the growth of abnormal cells already present; cells which might never progress to actual cancers without the growth-promoting effect of HRT. In contrast, were large numbers of (much younger) women to stop taking contraceptive steroids or having abortions, the effect would probably not show up for 8 to 10 years, and it would appear first among premenopausal, rather than postmenopausal, women."

The Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer is an international women's organization founded to protect the health and save the lives of women by educating and providing information on abortion as a risk factor for breast cancer.

References online at: http://www.abortionbreastcancer.com/press_releases /061218/index.htm

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Making Children into Commodities, the Fruit of the Stem Cell Industry

Making Children into Commodities, the Fruit of the Stem Cell Industry

BUDAPEST, Hungary, Dec. 18 /Christian Newswire/ -- Biblical Family Advocates was stunned to learn that the stem cell research industry may have reached another dark chapter in its campaign to violate the human rights of children.

In an article by Matthew Hill, of the BBC, entitled Ukraine babies in stem cell probe http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6171083.stm reveals that there are accounts from Ukrainian women that after the delivery of their babies, that their newborns were stolen by maternity staff, presumably for stem cell research. Citing a report in the article, it stated that, “In its report, the Council describes a general culture of trafficking of children snatched at birth, and a wall of silence from hospital staff upwards over their fate. The pictures show organs, including brains, have been stripped - and some bodies dismembered.” The article also stated that “Ukraine has become the self-styled stem cell capital of the world.”

“Many governments across the globe should put enormous pressure on the government of Ukraine to see to it that these horrific practices are not occurring and if they have, prosecutions should be pursued for kidnapping, murder and trafficking in human body parts,” says Phil Magnan, Director for Biblical Family Advocates.

“Many have warned the stem cell industry about the reducing of embryonic children to commodities and parts, because the slippery slope leads right up to the time of birth. It is apparent that the stem cell industries bottom line creates the kind of atmosphere that even a child cannot be born into this world without being a possible candidate for dismemberment, for profit.”

Magnan continued, “We grieve for the mothers and fathers who have lost their newborns to this horrific practice and we are amazed that hospital staff may have breached a patients trust in the worst way, selling them out to the highest bidder.”

Biblical Family Advocates demands that the stem cell industry cease from its horrific practice of reducing children to mere parts to be commercialized. All children should be afforded the same dignity and protection as anyone else who is made in the image of God.

Biblical Family Advocates also challenges the stem cell industry to cease from its waste of tax payer dollars on embryonic stem research that has only yielded dead, cloned embryonic children and false hopes for cures. Instead, they are strongly encouraged to use adult stem cells and cord blood stem cells which are responsible for over 70 actual cures and therapies for debilitating diseases.

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The Miracle of the International Pro Life Community Coming Together by Proclamation, Restoration and

The Miracle of the International Pro Life Community Coming Together by Proclamation, Restoration and Intercession

AMSTERDAM, Dec. 18 /Christian Newswire/ -- Biblical Family Advocates is pleased to announce the profound blessings associated with the efforts of the United for Life conference sponsored by Schreeeuw om Leven, (Cry for Life), Netherlands, that brought together pro life advocates from at least 7 Countries.

The conference delegates, from India, Holland, Belgium, Russia, Hungary, USA and Germany came together not only to network their intentions and visions, but also to go to many places of international interest. These international delegates went to the European Union in Brussels, in which they were not only briefed by a representative of the European commission, but were also able to have an intercessory prayer gathering on behalf of the EU and its leadership. Additionally, efforts were made to contact the Dutch Parliament in The Hague, within its own courts and buildings with the message of life and publicly praying for their leadership. It was the intention of Cry for Life to encourage the Dutch Parliament to stand up for the rights of the unborn and consider the tragic effects of abortion on women.

One of most profound moments was the revealing of thousands of signed affidavits’ by women who had been injured by abortion. These documents of sworn testimony was assembled by attorney’s Allan Parker and Clayton Trotter of the Justice Foundation USA, www.txjf.org, and was given to those associated with the Dutch Parliament, in the foyer of Dutch assembly building as well as at a historic church, Noorderkerk Church, gathering in which Dutch Parliament member Dr. Bas J. van der Vlies was given the volumes of heart felt testimony of women wounded by abortion.

Present at these events were many courageous women who had themselves undergone the abortion procedure and have suffered the horrendous effects of abortion. They are part of the Justice Foundation’s project Operation Outcry called “Silent No More” in which the largest body of testimony has been assembled in the world regarding the effects of abortion on women. Centered prominently in these tragic effects is the need for churches to proclaim that abortion is a grave sin before God, but also proclaim the forgiveness of Christ for past abortions to help break the cycle of abortion, in which millions of children are killed world wide. This church event had followed the remarkable gathering of hundreds of peaceful pro life advocates who marched in downtown Amsterdam to publicly expose the horrific nature of abortion and its most destructive effects on men, women and children.

One of the delegates from India was Pastor John Ebenezar, who said that infanticide was commonplace in India and challenged pro life Christians to respond to this crisis. Another delegate was Vishal Mangalwadi, from India/Hollywood, whose scholarly work regarding the Bibles profound impact on western civilization was met with great interest from the largest media service in the Netherlands, the EO. “It was simply amazing how many opportunities were afforded to us in the Netherlands and Belgium in which we were praying constantly at many gatherings as well as becoming part of the political process by spiritual advocacy.” So says Phil Magnan Director of Biblical Family Advocates. “It is our hope to continue this fine work of bringing many different countries together on the issues of life with the understanding that many forms of ministry are needed to completely address the ongoing war on the unborn and those men and women involved in it. We found out that we have a lot of friends who have the same conviction to stop the atrocity of abortion.”

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New Christian Show Added To Youtube.Com

New Christian Show Added To Youtube.Com

MEDIA ADVISORY, Dec. 18 /Christian Newswire/ -- Dr. Alfred Adams, author of the best-selling book Nearing Midnight, adds his popular television show Nearing Midnight to YouTube.com for the world to see. The television show illuminates world events with the light of biblical prophecy. When asked why someone would spend time doing such a thing Dr. Adams grins:

“I have been asked many times why would someone go through the trouble of collecting a bunch of news articles which somehow relate to prophecies in the Bible, written thousands of years ago. Nobody can deny things have been happening that are somewhat pulling more people to GOD. They are in the news almost every day.” Dr. Adams said.

But what does that mean for us? The Bible foretells of events that would occur shortly before the Lord Jesus Christ returns to earth as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. But when asking Dr. Adams if this means the Rapture is going to take place soon, he never specifies a date: “It could happen today, tomorrow, or next week, but no one knows for sure when it will happen; but we do know that it will happen. As to when - I have no clue. I do know this: we are living in the end times.” Dr. Adams said.

Dr. Adams has a fast-growing web site, http://www.nearingmidnight.com, from which you can visit the television shows by clicking the “NM TV” link. Dr. Adams now writes often regarding his point of view on world events in a section of his website called “Are We Living In The End Times?”

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Jackson, Mississippi Attempts to Criminalize Christianity; Press Conf. Tuesday Morning

Jackson, Mississippi Attempts to Criminalize Christianity; Press Conf. Tuesday Morning

JACKSON, Miss., Dec. 18 /Christian Newswire/ -- The following statement is from Rev. Flip Benham, Director of Operation Save America:

"Eleven gentle Christians will be returning to Jackson, Mississippi this Tuesday, December 19, 2006, to stand trial for exposing the horror of abortion on the streets of Jackson. There is one remaining abortion mill in the entire state of Mississippi, and it is located in Jackson. Jackson was the focal point of America's war over abortion this past summer as hundreds of Christians came to the streets.

"These Christians were arrested for preaching the Gospel of Christ, holding Scripture signs, and carrying graphic pictures of aborted babies at various venues on the public side walks inside the city. One man was arrested for carrying the cross of Christ upon his shoulder. So much for the First Amendment!

"The Jackson police, however, stood idly by as anarchists (many wearing masks over their faces) threatened Christian moms, dads, and their children with vile and filthy language, slashed tires on cars, and committed obscene acts in front of our children. The police watched as these thugs jumped on top of a car, beat it with poles, broke its windshield, and attempted to drag the Christian out of the car and beat him.

"Yet the Jackson police found it necessary to arrest Christians for carrying signs that witnessed for Jesus.

"What kind of a city would do this? A city that is providing cover for the abortion industry. That's right! It takes a village to kill a child, and the city of Jackson from the Mayor on down is complicit in child murder.

"When Operation Save America came to Jackson July 15-22, 2006, it provided the safest week in over thirty years for children safe in their mother's wombs in Mississippi. Hundreds of Christians from across the nation converged on Jackson in hopes to make Mississippi the first abortion Free State in America. Rather than help this Christian proclamation, the officials in power attempted to criminalize it."

Operation Save America will hold a press conference Tuesday morning.

Where: Steps of the Municipal City Court Building, Jackson, Mississippi

When: Tuesday, December 19, 2006, 9:30 A.M.

Who: The defendants, including Rev. Benham

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Nativity Scene 'Aborted' By Tiller Employee

Nativity Scene 'Aborted' By Tiller Employee

WICHITA, Kansas, Dec. 14 /Christian Newswire/ -- An employee of late-term abortionist George R Tiller stole a nativity scene belonging to Operation Rescue that had been displayed among crosses and other religious items on the public property outside the abortion clinic gate.

Wichita police officer returning a Nativity Scene to Operation Rescue. Photo by Keith Mason
The plastic Nativity Scene, consisting of likenesses of Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, and a donkey were placed outside the notorious abortion clinic, as part of a national campaign called The Nativity Project.

The Nativity Project was launched by the Christian Defense Coalition and Faith and Action for the purpose of affirming the message of Christ’s Incarnation as well as the rights to free speech and religious expression. Participants are urged to maintain Nativity Scenes on public property from now until Christmas.

John Rayburn, an employee of Tiller’s who supplies security services for the abortionist, told witnesses that the display was “offensive” to him. He picked up the display and placed it behind the fence that surrounds the abortion clinic parking lot.

Operation Rescue President Troy Newman summoned the police and asked for the return of his property. After some investigation, Officer D. L. Hinners returned the property to Newman who replaced it back onto the public grassy strip.

A report was filed (case number 06C96619) requesting that the charge of petty larceny be filed against Rayburn for stealing the religious display. The District Attorney’s office will make a determination whether or not to pursue the charges.

Operation Rescue is offering free tickets to the movie “The Nativity” to the first 50 people who volunteer to watch over the Nativity display at Tiller’s abortion clinic between now and Christmas.

Background

Operation Rescue is one of the leading pro-life Christian activist organizations in the nation. Operation Rescue recently made headlines when it bought and closed an abortion clinic in Wichita, Kansas and has become the voice of the pro-life activist movement in America. Its activities are on the cutting edge of the abortion issue, taking direct action to restore legal personhood to the pre-born and stop abortion in obedience to biblical mandates.

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The Real War Against Christmas Isn't in the Stores -- It's in the Church

The Real War Against Christmas Isn't in the Stores -- It's in the Church

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Dec. 15 /Christian Newswire/ -- Around the country, Christians and traditionalists are pushing for retailers to use the word "Christmas" rather than euphemisms like "Holidays" or "Winter Season". Under pressure from conservative Christian groups, retailers like K- Mart, Wal-Mart, Kohl's, Sears, Target, and Macy's have all reversed earlier policies of secularizing their Christmas displays, and have returned to referring to "Christmas".

One pastor in Kansas City, however, believes that the real threat to Christmas doesn't come from secular stores using the wrong words. The danger to Christmas comes from the fact that the church itself is missing from its central position in the holiday. Christmas has become a celebration for the family, not a celebration within, around and about the church that Christ built. Reverend Larry McKain says "Much of the power and majesty of the Christmas celebration is lost in well-meaning clichés about family love and Hallmark stories of emotional bonding. We love the family, too – but Christmas is a spiritual event, not a family tradition. When we lock Christmas into our houses and out of our churches, we remove its ability to impact lost souls for Christ."

Reverend McKain points to the widespread phenomenon from 2005 of churches canceling some Christmas celebrations because they would fall on a Sunday – getting in the way of family activities on that day. The largest megachurches in America actually shut down after their Christmas Eve services, citing the need to be "family-friendly" and "lifestyle-friendly" for their parishioners. New Church Specialties, Reverend McCain's ministry that specializes in training church leaders, believes that this represents a serious peril for Christians and for the church.

Reverend McKain: "The Bible doesn't show us a form of Christianity in which individual Christians love Jesus outside of a church family. The church isn't a building; it is, literally, Christ's body on earth. We cannot love Jesus without loving the church that he died for. Christ did not come to earth to suffer and die just for individual believers; he came for the sake of his beloved Bride, the church to which he gave everything."

NCS is committed to helping believers recapture the love and passion for the church that Christ felt, at Christmas and all through the year. Jesus advised us that we were to seek to be like him in all things – and that includes loving the church. We don't love the church for its grace and wonder; we love it because Jesus loves it. Reverend McKain adds, "We all have a burning need for the Holy Spirit to rekindle in us the love for the church that Christ felt. We need that every day – and Christmas Day most of all."

To revitalize this idea of a church community that is in genuine love with the church itself, NCS is launching the "LOVE THE CHURCH!" campaign. Rev. Larry McKain has written a book, "Falling in Love with the Church", a 280 page how-to guide to lead church members and leaders in building harmony, love and health back into the church. NCS is offering a FREE COPY of "Falling in Love with the Church" to anyone who is considering the possibility of leaving the church, or to anyone who knows someone who is considering leaving. To get a free copy of "Falling in Love with the Church", contact NCS at 317.881.3693 or visit the website at www.lovethechurch.net.

In addition, NCS has launched a weekly electronic devotional newsletter called "LOVE THE CHURCH" to encourage all believers in the joyful task of loving the church and loving one another. This e-devotional offers insights from scripture to help Christians understand why we're called to love the church as Christ loved her – even when the church is behaving badly! It offers helpful advice and sound counsel on building a relationship with the church that will last a lifetime – through good as well as bad times.

Christians who are thinking of leaving their church aren't stepping off a bus – they're stepping off a cliff, and NCS wants to make sure they know there's a better way – a way that NCS will be glad to show concerned Christians through this free book and e- devotional offer.

New Church Specialties is a coaching and consulting ministry that works to build agenda harmony, and to strengthen and multiply the church. Founded on July 1, 1999, NCS has now trained over 60,000 church leaders in 22 different denominations, both here in the U.S. & Canada and around the world.

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