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'Be Not Deceived' Named 'Best Christian Study of the Year'

'Be Not Deceived' Named 'Best Christian Study of the Year'

MEDIA ADVISORY, March 3 /Christian Newswire/ -- Ed Mrkvicka's newest book, "Be Not Deceived," a book devoted to helping those who have lost their salvation to the deceptions of the modern world, has been named "Best Christian Study of the Year" by Christian Story Teller.com. Previously "Be Not Deceived" was 2007 Books-And- Authors Best Christian Book of the Year and was awarded the prestigious Faith Writers Seal of Approval as an "Outstanding Read," as well as being recognized as an award-winning finalist in this year's National Best Book Awards in the category of Christian Inspiration.

In addition, "Be Not Deceived" has received nothing but accolades from reviewers. For example, the premier literary review service KIRKUS said, "Mrkvicka argues that over the past 50 years, Christianity in America has trended toward a theology of 'once-saved- always-saved,' relegating Bible-based social views and lifestyles to the realm of 'legalism.'" "He presents the scenario as a black-and-white contrast between true salvation through following the precepts of God provided by the Scriptures, and a false sense of salvation caused by rationalizing sinful actions. The book is well-written...engaging...thought-provoking."

The reviewer for Faith Writers said, "Although this is well written and easy to understand, I do not consider it light reading. This is a hi-liter and pen-in-hand kind of study. No matter on which side of salvation theology you stand, I highly recommend this book as part of any seeking, thinking Christian's library."

Mrkvicka, a nationally recognized expert in the field of banking, the stock market, and personal finance, is the author of 8 published books on finance and the banking expert for Boardroom Reports. More importantly, as it pertains to "Be Not Deceived," he is a life-long Bible student and lay minister.

Mrkvicka, who wrote "Be Not Deceived" with the editing help of his daughter Kelly, stated, "Receiving national recognition for 'Be Not Deceived' is, of course gratifying. As have been the numerous best-possible reviews the book has received. Having said that, the value of the recognition is the hope that it will bring the book to the attention of millions of lost souls who have never truly been saved or who have given away God's unmerited gift of salvation because they believed the lie that we can sin without consequence, when we cannot. Most importantly, if the reader has been deceived, 'Be Not Deceived' will help them reclaim God's gift of everlasting life."


Racist Video Ignites Question: Brothers Barack, Jesse and Al...Where Art Thou?

Racist Video Ignites Question: Brothers Barack, Jesse and Al...Where Art Thou?

WASHINGTON, March 3 /Christian Newswire/ -- Day Gardner, President, National Black Pro-Life Union, submits the following for publication and is available for comment:

Recently, a YOU TUBE video has surfaced that confirms what we have been saying all along. Planned Parenthood and abortion providers are more than happy and even "excited," according to the woman in the video, to take money specifically earmarked to kill black children.

So, where are the brothers of blackness? Where are the self described "civil rights leaders" who are quick to jump on anything and everything even remotely racist?

This time, the "the three amigos" are silent because even though they know in their tiny cold hearts, that there is something very disturbing and wrong about this story, they are afraid to bite the hand that feeds them.

These so called black leaders would rather sell their souls--and close their eyes to the blatant racism portrayed in the You Tube Video--all for a buck.

Planned Parenthood is a multibillion dollar abortion provider that received more than $3 BILLION in taxpayer dollars since 1973--not to mention the millions the organization receives from its baby killing market.

Much of that money goes into backing political candidates who sit deeply and comfortably in the pockets of the nation's largest abortion provider.

So why don't we hear from Obama and those other guys? You get the picture. It's obvious--and because it is so obvious, it would be funny--if it wasn't so tragic.

Ahh. The sound of silence.

Background: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LJVPVh5TWo


U.N. Closes Sessions to NGOs

U.N. Closes Sessions to NGOs

NEW YORK, March 3 /Christian Newswire/ -- The United Nations announced today that all negotiating sessions on the draft document to come out of the 2008 Commission on the Status of Women would be closed to NGO (non- government organization) representatives. Closed sessions are not unusual as the negotiations heat up towards the end, but closing sessions at the beginning of the drafting process is unprecedented according to NGO representatives of long standing.

Dr. Janice Crouse, Director and Senior Fellow of Concerned Women for America's Beverly LaHaye Institute, said, "This lack of openness is creating a storm of protest among the NGOs who are here at the U.N. from around the world for the expressed purpose of influencing the outcome of the resolutions that will be finalized at this session of the Commission on the Status of Women. The ruling has caused NGOs to think that the U.N. is railroading pet programs through the sessions."

Crouse explained, "NGOs have traditionally provided language for the delegates and briefed them on the ramifications of the various aspects of the draft document for the constituencies that the delegates represent. Delegates tend to be political appointees who serve briefly, while the NGOs are long-term activists supporting specific issues and have institutional memory and are experts on previous U.N. agreements and documents."

Crouse concluded, "Without NGO input, the agreements will represent the leftist U.N. positions without any counterbalance from the conservative NGOs. The leftist NGOs will agree with the U.N. positions; it is the conservatives that are being blocked."

Concerned Women for America is the nation's largest public policy women's organization.


Finally -- A Book That Closes the Gap Between Knowing About About

Finally -- A Book That Closes the Gap Between Knowing About God and Actually Knowing Him Personally, Intimately, Unmistakably...

COLORADO SPRINGS, March 3 /Christian Newswire/ -- Author Susan D. Hill says, "Everywhere I go, I meet people who say they have all the ingredients of their faith--they pray, attend church, read the Bible, and give money to the poor. Yet, their cake isn't baked because they don't know God. And what's worse, they don't know how to know God."

In Closer than Your Skin (WaterBrook Press, February 2008), Susan assures readers that knowing God is more than spiritual rhetoric; it's a genuine, tangible reality when our eyes are open to his presence. With honesty, she vividly captures the experience of genuine intimacy with the Creator and reveals how to move beyond obstacles that stand in the way.

Susan writes not as an authority but as one sharing her notes along the way, delighting in the truth of Jeremiah 29: 13-14a: "You will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. And I will be found by you."

Through these unforgettable insights and the interactive study guide, readers will find that God is standing at the door, knocking, asking to be allowed in. Joanna Weaver (Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World) extols, "I love Closer than Your Skin! Susan D. Hill lives a life of passionate pursuit of God."

Susan D. Hill is an award-winning feature writer and a leader of interdenominational women's groups, where she has sought answers to the common longing for a more authentic spiritual experience. She also serves on the board of the Uganda Orphans Fund, a non- profit Christian relief organization building orphan homes for victims of AIDS and war. Susan and her husband, Duncan, have three children and live in Montana.


Gospel Music Channel Launches New Online Destination for Fans of Gospel/Christian Music

Gospel Music Channel Launches New Online Destination for Fans of Gospel/Christian Music

New Interactive Web Site to Feature Music Downloads, CD & Concert Ticket Sales, News and Profiles of Gospel Stars, Artist Blogs, CD Reviews and Previews, an Online Community and More

ATLANTA, Feb. 11 /Christian Newswire/ -- Gospel Music Channel (GMC), the nation's first and only 24/7 all Gospel/Christian music television network, today unveils the Web's new central hub for anything and everything related to Gospel/Christian music. Launching today with a week of special features, the new www.gospelmusicchannel.com is set to become the number one online destination for Gospel/Christian music's passionate fans, with an array of interactive features including:

An online community where fans from around the world can congregate and share their thoughts and common interest relating to gospel and Christian music.

An e-commerce component that will enable fans to purchase CDs, digital music, ringtones and concert tickets via affiliate agreements with Christianbook.com, walmart.com, amazon.com and iTunes.

Industry news and editorial content including artist blogs. An RSS feed of all Gospel Music Channel blogs is available at www.gospelmusicchannel.com/blog/feed

Improved inter-linking from artist names and Web sites to shows to GMC's on-air program guide, enabling fans to easily find content and on-air information pertaining to their favorite performers.

The new Web site, which replaces GMC's previous site, also includes a major online initiative supporting GMC's new weekly original series The Kitchen Sink. A special section on the site devoted to the series will be refreshed three days before the on-air premiere of each week's show, and will be more than a click-and- watch video preview. The Kitchen Sink online will be a robust, on-demand, interactive experience that will enable fans to access specific segments of the show, and to talk about it in an online community.

Charles Humbard, Founder and President, GMC commented, "The GMC Web Site will take our on-air positioning as the focal point everything related to Gospel/Christian music, and translate it to the online world. Gospel/Christian music fans are incredibly passionate about the music and the artists that create it, and we are confident that gospelmusicchannel.com will quickly become a popular must-stop, first-stop for these loyal enthusiasts."

An array of daily specials is planned for the site's launch week from Feb. 11-15, These include: independent artists bringing their talent to light by offering free MP3s (Mon.); rare scenes and acoustic backstage performances from GMC's Atlanta studio (Tues.); trivia (Wed.); consumers being able to send a free Valentine's e-card automatically entering them for a chance to win a signed CD of Stellar Kart's new album and concert tickets (Thurs.); and never-before- seen in-depth interviews with popular artists (Fri.).

Gospel Music Channel is the nation's first and only 24/7 television network devoted to the uplifting, inspiring and diverse music that is Gospel/Christian music. GMC is one of the fastest-growing cable channels in television today; the network doubled availability in 2007 alone and is now carried in all ten of the top ten markets and 23 of the top 25.


Four House Church Leaders Released from Labor Camp in Hubei Province after Unprecedented Legal Victo

Four House Church Leaders Released from Labor Camp in Hubei Province after Unprecedented Legal Victory; Three Female Leaders Still Held

WUHAN, Hubei, Jan. 18 /Christian Newswire/ -- In an unprecedented legal victory after CAA's legal aid, 4 House church leaders were released from their labor camp in Hubei province last week. In a stunning ruling on January 8, 2008, the Hubei Provincial Re-education through Labor Administration Committee decided to repeal the decision made by the Re-Education through Labor Administration Committee of Enshi Autonomous Region. After the ruling, four leaders were released while they were serving in their labor camp.

Four male church leaders and five female leaders were arrested and sentenced to 18 months and 12 months re-education through labor respectively on August 6, 2007 after they were detained on July 15 when they were found having Sunday worship service together at the home of Ms. Qin Daomin. They were accused of the "crime of engaging in organizing and making use of an evil cult organization to undermine the enforcement of State laws." Since then, two female leaders have been serving their sentence at their homes because of illness and having an infant baby. On October 9, 2007, CAA helped hire attorney Wu Chenglian from Beijing who filed an administrative legal review to Hubei Provincial Re-education through Labor Administration Committee requesting to overturn the previous decision by its city level Committee.

After 3-months deliberations, the final ruling said "after reviewing the applicants' application for reconsideration and the answers and evidence submitted by the respondent, this committee believes that the decision of education through labor of En Zhou Lao Jue Zi [2007] No. 00038 made by Education through Labor Administration Committee of Enshi Autonomous Region is not based on clear facts and is not supported by sufficient evidence."

"We are truly pleased by the ruling from the Hubei government. This is clearly another victory of the rule of law in China," said Bob Fu, "We certainly hope the other three female leaders can be released from their labor camp because they were related to the same case."

Click here for the full text of the official ruling paper.

The 9 sentenced leaders are from Anhui, Hubei, Henan and Shanxi provinces. The four men who were released are Mr. Wang Caizhang(34-year-old), Mr. Ma Zhao(35-year-old), Mr. Yang Situan(39-year-old) and Mr. Du Dongliang(32-year-old). The five women are Ms. Qin Daofang(40-year-old), Ms. Hu Rong(42-year- old), Ms. Li Mei (42-year-old), Ms. Ren Xianxue (35- year-old),Ms. Qin Daomin(33-year-old). Mr. Yang Situan and Ms. Ren Xianxue are husband and wife with three children at school. Ms. Qin Daofang and Qin Daomin are two biological sisters and their father Mr. Qin Hongjun (65-year-old) was sentenced to ten days administrative detention for hosting the Sunday worship service at his home. He was also severely beaten.

The four male church leaders were released from the following labor camp:
Enshi Zhou Labor Camp
Shi Jia Po Reeducation through labor camp, Liu Jiao Ting town, Enshi city, Enshizhou, Hubei province (zip code: 44500)

The three women's labor camp address:
Hubei Provincial Female Reeducation through labor camp
Team 2, Female Reeducation through labor camp, Te Yi Hao, Wunan Tielu, Hongshan district, Wuhan city,
Hubei province
Contact Phone number: +86-27-88422136(Labor camp management bureau) or +86-27-88422142 (inside labor camp)

Communicate your concern for the three still imprisoned female leaders to the Chinese authority at the following address:
Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong,
Embassy of the People's Republic of China
2300 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC 20008
TEL: 202-7456743
Fax: 202- 588-0032; 202-7457473
Director of Religious Affairs: (202) 328-2512

WEN Jiabao Guojia Zongli
The State Council General Office
2 Fuyoujie, Xichengqu
Beijingshi 100017
People's Republic of China
Fax: +86 10 65961109 (c/o Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Email: gazette@mail.gov.cn
Issued by China Aid Association, Inc.


KS Gov. Sebelius Says No to Abortion-Crony Biggs, Appoints New Attorney General

KS Gov. Sebelius Says No to Abortion-Crony Biggs, Appoints New Attorney General

TOPEKA, Kans., Jan. 18 /Christian Newswire/ -- Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius announced her selection today to replace disgraced Attorney General Paul Morrison as State Attorney General - and it wasn't the front-runner Chris Biggs, an abortion supporter with ties to late-term abortionist George R. Tiller who was narrowly defeated by Phill Kline for the AG's job in 2002.

Instead Sebelius, a supporter of the most radical abortion practices, appointed Douglas County District Judge Stephen N. Six to replace Morrison, who resigned after admitting to a sexual affair with a subordinate. He has also been accused of illegally attempting to influence abortion cases against Tiller and a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Overland Park.

"We look at the fact that Biggs is not the new attorney general as a victory," said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

Biggs, who was the recipient of over $250,000 in campaign money from Tiller through a web of third- party organizations, was most often mentioned as a possible replacement for Morrison once the sex and corruption scandal broke. The day before Morrison resigned, Operation Rescue released a statement urging Sebelius to "Just Say No To Biggs."

"It looks like the governor took our advice," said Newman. "This state cannot tolerate any more abortion corruption.

"We are withholding judgment on the new Attorney General until we know more about him. We do know that he is a Democrat, and that more than likely means he is an abortion supporter. We hope that this appointment was made with an awareness that this state cannot tolerate any more abortion-related corruption," said Newman. "The question is going to be whether or not Mr. Six can do his new job without allowing his personal biases to cloud his judgment. We will be watching him very closely."

About Operation Rescue
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.


Memorial Service for the Unborn to be Held at Georgia State Capitol

Memorial Service for the Unborn to be Held at Georgia State Capitol

ATLANTA, Jan. 18 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Memorial Service, sponsored by Georgia Right to Life (GRTL) begins at 11:30 am and is followed by a one-mile long silent walk through downtown Atlanta.

Gary Bauer, esteemed author and President of American Values , is the keynote speaker. He stated, "We must build an America where all of our children, rich and poor, black and white, are welcomed into the world and protected by the law. Human life has dignity at every age; the taking of innocent human life is always wrong."

Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory will also speak. A beacon of light to the pro-life community in Georgia, Archbishop Gregory has written extensively on euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide.

Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee, a strong pro- life advocate and supporter of the Human Life Amendment, is a scheduled speaker for the event. "I'm pro-life because I believe life begins at conception, and I believe that we should do everything possible to protect that life because it is the centerpiece of what makes us unique as an American people. We value the life of one as if it's the life of all." The Georgia Right to Life PAC endorsed Mike Huckabee for President.

"This is a time for us to pay tribute to the 48 million lives that have been taken through abortion across the United States and to stand strong in the hope and knowledge that one day this carnage of the innocent will end," states GRTL President Dan Becker. Over 31,000 abortions are performed annually in Georgia.

January 22, is the 35th anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton Supreme Court decisions that legalized abortion on demand through all nine months of pregnancy. Around 5,000 Georgians annually gather for TFL as a respectful appeal to lawmakers to pass protective pro-life legislation. Due to the filing if H.R. 536 (www.personhood.net), GRTL expects the crowd to exceed previous numbers.

Georgia Right to Life is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nonsectarian organization of diverse, caring people united to engage in actions that will restore respect and effective legal protection for all human beings from fertilization until natural death.


Fr. Pavone to Preach at US Senate Building

Fr. Pavone to Preach at US Senate Building

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 /Christian Newswire/ -- Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and President of the National Pro-Life Religious Council, two groups that are co-sponsoring the Annual National Memorial for the Preborn and Their Mothers and Fathers, will deliver the Tuesday morning sermon at the event to be held in Room 902 of the Hart Senate Office Building at 8:30 am.

Fr. Pavone commented today, "We are gratified that the Senate has once again allowed us to hold this service within its buildings. My message will be a strong call to all Christians to take an absolute stand for life in the streets of America and in the voting booth this year."

For more information visit www.priestsforlife.org


Wall of Misconception - Does the Separation of Church and State Mean the Separation of God and Gover

Wall of Misconception - Does the Separation of Church and State Mean the Separation of God and Government

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 18 /Christian Newswire/ -- What are the sixteen words that built the most debated "invisible" wall in human history? "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." the words included in the First Amendment of the U.S., Constitution. What is this "wall"? It is known as the wall of separation between church and state.

In a unique new book for both average citizens and university scholars, best-selling author, Dr. Peter Lillback invites his audience to join him on a personal quest to examine the authentic historical record of America's Founding Fathers, while explaining their relevance in 21st Century America. Wall of Misconception is a citizen's journey to understanding that faith in the public square should be passionately debated and thoughtfully understood.

Dr. Lillback tackles such topics as:

Why there is no religious test for holding federal office?
The original use of the phrase "Wall of Separation" by Thomas Jefferson.
The constitutionality of God in The Pledge of Allegiance.
The public display of The 10 Commandments.
The necessity of the preservation of the right for all to worship as they please.
Tax dollars and the world of faith.
What was the Founding Fathers' original "holy experiment"?
Ten things every American of faith should consider.

In 2008, American citizens will be marching toward one of the most interesting and important Presidential elections in over 60 years. In Wall of Misconception, Dr. Lillback writes a history primer for all Americans by proving the validity of faith in the public square, while preserving the rights of those who walk a faithless path.

Peter A. Lillback, Ph.D., is the president of The Providence Forum, senior pastor at Proclamation Presbyterian Church in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and president of Westminster Theological Seminary, where he is also Professor of Historical Theology. He is the author of four books including the bestselling George Washington's Sacred Fire.


San Francisco Presbyterians Bend Ordination Standards

San Francisco Presbyterians Bend Ordination Standards

"We do not wink at sexual morality being cast aside. We care enough to uphold God's good and beneficial will for all our lives." -- Director of Presbyterian Action, James D. Berkley
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 /Christian Newswire/ -- On January 15, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) Presbytery of San Francisco narrowly approved Lisa Larges as a certified candidate ready to receive a call to ministry. Larges, a self-acknowledged lesbian, is Regional Partnership Coordinator for the advocacy group That All May Freely Serve. She has stated her unwillingness to abide by the constitutional requirement that PCUSA officers "live either in fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman, or chastity in singleness."

In approving a candidate who does not meet PCUSA ordination requirements, San Francisco Presbytery became the first regional governing body to test the limits of an ambiguous ordination policy adopted by the denomination's General Assembly in June 2006. Larges's ordination has been on hold for more than 20 years. An appeal within the PCUSA disciplinary system will most likely delay her ordination for many months and could reverse the San Francisco decision.

James D. Berkley, Director of IRD's Presbyterian Action Committee, commented:

"A requirement should be required. A standard ought to be standard across the denomination. San Francisco Presbytery has capitulated to the spirit of the age, ignoring the clear and consistent witness of the Bible, our Presbyterian creeds and constitution, and repeated, overwhelming decisions by the church here, abroad, and across the ages.

"It is time for Presbyterians to be clear and compassionate: Clear that we do not wink at sexual morality being cast aside, and compassionate in caring enough to hold pastors and churches accountable for upholding God's good and beneficial will for all our lives."

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.



Effective Solutions for 'Marriage's #1 Problem' to be Presented

Effective Solutions for 'Marriage's #1 Problem' to be Presented

At Becoming Financial Soul Mates Money Management Seminar

...Feb. 15-16 in Springfield, VA
SPRINGFIELD, Va., Jan. 18 /Christian Newswire/ -- "24 Hours to Financial Fitness & Marital Harmony" will be the fast-paced topic for a special Becoming Financial Soul Mates(TM) conference on Friday evening and Saturday, February 15-16, at Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield, Virginia.

Led by the nationally prominent husband-and-wife team of Dr. Ron and Cathryn Jones, couples will learn "how to experience rich financial intimacy in marriage." Their multi-media interactive presentation will give "practical and biblical tools to help people efficiently and effectively get their finances in proper order." The program will benefit both people who are financially distressed and struggling in their marriages and those with a good marriage and healthy financial life. Engaged couples and single adults will also be welcome.

Addressing what the Joneses call "Marriage's #1" problem, people will learn how to:

Debt-proof their marriage 4 Break through financial barriers with their spouse
Eliminate financial stress points in their marriages 4 Create a pragmatic financial plan
Discover their financial personality 4 Avoid the five most common financial traps
Understand the "7 keys to building wealth" 4 Enjoy balanced marital intimacy

Working closely with his wife, Cathryn, Dr. Jones developed the successful money and marriage conference format (www.financialsoulmates.com). Together, they publish the newsletter Financial Soul Mates eNews.(TM) He is the author of the book Jesus, Money, and Me. Dr. Jones earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Financial Planning from Purdue University, a Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree in Expository Preaching from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He became Immanuel's fifth senior pastor in May, 2007.

"Early Bird" on-line and mail registration for the seminar before Feb. 4 is $25 per person or $40 per couple. After Feb 4, conference fees are $35 per person or $60 per couple. Seminar hours are 7 to 9:00 pm Friday and 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Saturday. Prominently located at 6911 Braddock Road at its intersection with Backlick Road, Immanuel Bible Church is an independent evangelical church serving a dynamic, diverse and growing congregation of over 5,000 people. The church's internet website is www.immanuelbible.net/ and its telephone number is 703/941-4124.


PFOX Asks Judge to Enforce State Law and Stop the Teaching of Dangerous and Inaccurate Materials

PFOX Asks Judge to Enforce State Law and Stop the Teaching of Dangerous and Inaccurate Materials

ROCKVILLE, Maryland, Jan. 18 /Christian Newswire/ -- Attorneys representing PFOX (Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays) argued in court Wednesday that the new sex education curriculum adopted by the Montgomery County (Maryland) Board of Education is in violation of Maryland state law and regulations.

Attorney Brandon M. Bolling of the Thomas More Law Center, representing PFOX and two other plaintiff organizations, said that the curriculum's teaching that sexual orientation is "innate" is unsupported by scientific evidence, and therefore violates state law requiring that information presented in public schools be factually accurate.

"Declaring homosexuality to be 'innate' is a direct attack upon the ex-gay community and the possibility of changing one's sexual orientation," said Peter Sprigg, a Montgomery County resident and PFOX Board member who represented PFOX on the Citizens Advisory Committee that reviewed the curriculum. "This statement was inserted into the curriculum at the last minute and was never reviewed by the Citizens Advisory Committee," he added. "It also directly contradicts the statement elsewhere in the curriculum that 'sexual orientation results from an interaction of cognitive, environmental, and biological factors.'"

Bolling also charged that the Maryland State Board of Education had abdicated its responsibility by allowing Montgomery County arbitrarily to decide that classroom discussion of oral and anal intercourse did not violate a state law against discussions of "erotic techniques."

The hearing was held today in Montgomery County Circuit Court before Judge William J. Rowan, III. Attorney John Garza of Rockville, Maryland joined Bolling in representing PFOX, Citizens for a Responsible Curriculum, and Family Leader Network.

The case is Citizens for a Responsible Curriculum, et al. v. Montgomery County Public Schools, et al., Civil Action No. 284980.


Former Bush Speech Writer Janice Shaw Crouse to Speak at Life Breakfast

Former Bush Speech Writer Janice Shaw Crouse to Speak at Life Breakfast

ROCKFORD, Ill., Jan. 17 /Christian Newswire/ -- Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse, a speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush, will be the keynote speaker at the 12th annual "January Life Breakfast" in Rockford, Illinois tomorrow (January 18) from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m.

This is the first year the Breakfast is hosted by The Howard Center for Family Religion & Society and the World Congress of Families. Dr. Allan C. Carlson, president of The Howard Center and International Secretary of WCF, will be the master of ceremonies.

Crouse is a Senior Fellow at the Beverly LaHaye Institute in Washington, D.C. She is an internationally recognized authority on sex trafficking, the United Nations, and U.S. domestic-policy, as well as children's, women's and cultural concerns.

She also served in the current administration as a delegate to the United Nations (2002-2003). Crouse has been interviewed on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX News, C-SPAN, MSNBC and CNN. She spoke at both World Congress of Families III (Mexico City, 2004) and World Congress of Families IV (Warsaw, 2007).

The Life Breakfast will feature two awards:

The White Rose Award goes to the student or teen who has demonstrated outstanding activism on the life issue. This year's recipient is Brittany Brady, a volunteer with Teens for Life.

The Heritage Award goes to a family which reflects the life ideal through opening their hearts to children. This year's recipients are Kenneth and Jody Pineschi, the adoptive parents of eight, ranging in age from 20 to 5 years.

More than 200 people are expected at the breakfast, which is co-sponsored by the Respect Life Office of the Catholic Diocese of Rockford and the Rockford Area Lutherans for Life.

The breakfast was started by Lutherans for Life and Kent and Jean Heise. Mrs. Heise is a longtime volunteer and coordinator of various World Congress of Families events.

For more information on The Howard Center, go to www.profam.org.

For additional information on World Congress of Families, visit www.worldcongress.org.

Copies of Dr. Crouse's remarks can be requested from Larry Jacobs (larry@worldcongress.org). To schedule an interview with Janice Crouse or Allan Carlson, contact Larry Jacobs at 1-800-461-3113.

The Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society located in Rockford, Illinois is an independent, non-profit research and education center that strives to be the leading source of fresh ideas and new strategies for affirmation and defense of the natural family, both nationally and globally. The World Congress of Families (WCF) is an international network of pro-family organizations, scholars, leaders and people of goodwill from more than 60 countries that seeks to restore the natural family as the fundamental social unit and the 'seedbed' of civil society. The WCF was founded in 1997 by Allan Carlson and is a project of The Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society in Rockford, Illinois (www.profam.org). To date, there have been four World Congresses of Families - Prague (1997), Geneva (1999), Mexico City (2004) and Warsaw, Poland (2007).


National Pro-Life Clergy will be Welcomed in the US Senate

National Pro-Life Clergy will be Welcomed in the US Senate

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 /Christian Newswire/ -- The only pro-life prayer service that takes place in the Capitol complex each year will convene in the US Senate Hart building after being shut out earlier this week.

"For the last thirteen years we have gathered for prayer in the US Capitol, but this year we were previously told we would not be given room - today we were told the Rules Committee reversed and opened the Hart 902 Room," said Dr. Paul Schenck, coordinator of the event.

After being shut out, it was announced the service would take place in a Capitol Hill church. Now the service will take place in the US Senate Hart building at 2nd St NE and Constitution Ave in Washington, in Room 902. The public must be seated at 8:30 AM, clergy are asked to attend in clerical garb at 8 AM.

Those in attendance will include: Bishop Demetrios Kantzavelos, Orthodox Bishop of Chicago; Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life; Rev. Dr. Johnny Hunter, founder of LEARN, the largest African American pro-life organization; Rev. Kenneth Barney of the New Antioch Baptist Church, one of the largest African American churches in the DC Metro area; and Annapolis attorney Stephen G. Peroutka, founder of National Pro-Life Radio as well as many others.

New information: The National Memorial Service 8:30 AM US Senate Hart building SH-902. Public must allow ample time to pass through security. Once inside the building, take the NORTH ELEVATORS to the 9th Floor.

For more information and interviews contact Day Gardner, Director of Public Relations at 202-834-0844 or dgardner@nplr.net


Calling all Abolitionists

Calling all Abolitionists
The Abolition of Abortion Federation 2nd Official Meeting

Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 /Christian Newswire/ -- "Oh...wretched man that I am! Who will release and deliver me from (the shackles of) this body of death? O thank God (He will), Through Messiah Jesus (the Anointed One) our Lord!" Romans 7:24-25 The Amplified Bible

Keynote Speaker: Pastor Johnny Hunter Founder of L.E.A.R.N. the first, and only, entirely Black Pro-life group that is not an adjunct of another group. www.learninc.org

Mrs. Eileen G. Slocum: longtime Republican National Committee-woman for Rhode Island and one of the original authors of the Pro-life Plank for the National Republican Platform, will be honored at this meeting.

Come hear:

The voice, message, and dramatization of a pre-born child in the womb by Sandra Sheskin Brotman, Internationally-known Messianic Jewish Recording Artist, Concert singer, Bible Teacher

National and International leadership of Operation Outcry and The Justice Foundation, a million voices strong: Attorney Allan Parker, President of The Justice Foundation. www.txjf.org

Presentation and announcement for The 1000 White Cross Silent March in Berlin, Germany, September 20, 2008 and the Holocaust to Holocaust Train Trip to Auschwitz www.kaleb.de

Do you believe in God's Amazing Grace to flood the nations?
We need you this day to participate in international prayer, international speakers and international commitments.

"Dignity to those who need us most and we honor this day, the black child. The root of abortion grew from the unrighteous and unjust interests and intents of Margaret Sanger for **black genocide." Drs Bert P. and Willy Dorenbos, Founders Schreeuw om leven (Cry for Life) Holland. www.schreeuwomleven.nl/english.htm

"For every five black women pregnant in the United States, three will choose abortion! "
Pastor Clenard H. Childress Jr, Regional Director, L.E.A.R.N. Northeast, and Assistant to the National Director of L.E.A.R.N. www.blackgenocide.org

"United we stand, on behalf of The Abolition of Abortion Federation," Drs. Bert Dorenbos, Shreeum om Leven, Mrs Sharon Turner, Global Society For Life

What: Abolition of Abortion Meeting

When: Monday Jan 21,2008, 1-4 PM

Where: Washington Court Hotel , 525 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001, 202-628-2100 Union Station Metro Stop – Parking Union Station and Hotel Parking

Contact: Sharon Turner 858-722- 0225
Pat McEwen 321 431 3962


One Woman's Personal Achievement in Bible Translation

One Woman's Personal Achievement in Bible Translation
Black History Month Interview Opportunity

"You won't be accepted . . . because you are black. And you are a female."

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 17 /Christian Newswire/ -- This year, Jacqueline Huggins--through her involvement in translating the New Testament into the Filipino Kagayanen language--will become the:

WORLD'S FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN FEMALE to EVER complete a New Testament translation.
FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN WITH WYCLIFFE BIBLE TRANSLATORS to ever complete a New Testament translation.
In 1986, 36-year-old Huggins, a Philadelphia-born linguistics and Bible translation specialist, headed off to the Philippines on assignment with Wycliffe Bible Translators. She would spend more than 20 years translating the New Testament into the Kagayanen language, which is spoken by some 25,000. Now, with the Kagayanen translation complete, the first copies of the New Testament are expected to be delivered in February 2008.

A Multi-National Team of Translators
According to Huggins the work was accomplished through the combined efforts of a team of three translators and three support staff. It is a diverse team--Asian, African- American and Caucasian--made up of Americans, Malaysian Chinese and Singaporean Chinese.

"I knew God was calling me to Scripture translation. Incredibly, one church leader attempted to discourage me from pursuing that call, saying 'You won't be accepted by Wycliffe because you are black. And you are a female,'" Huggins recounts. "It became clear that divine intervention brought this diverse team together--with our distinct gifts and abilities--to complete the translation project and serve those who speak the Kagayanen language."

TO BOOK AN INTERVIEW: Jacqueline Huggins will be available for PHONE interviews from Manila, Jan. 22 - 24. The dedication ceremony for the Kagayanen New Testament is April 19, in the Philippines.

Language and Translation Facts:

Kagayanen is spoken by some 25,000 people (Source: http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp? code=cgc).
6,912 languages are spoken in the world today (Source: Ethnologue 15th ed., 2005).
There are currently 2,286 languages without any portion of the Bible. In fact, the Bible has only been translated in its entirety into 426 languages.
Wycliffe has been involved in more than 710 New Testament and Bible translations, which have impacted more than 78 million people.
For more information about Wycliffe visit www.DemossNewsPond.com/Wycliffe/PressKit/FAQs. htm.


National Memorial for the Pre-Born and their Mothers and Fathers Removed from Capitol Buildings

National Memorial for the Pre-Born and their Mothers and Fathers Removed from Capitol Buildings

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 /Christian Newswire/ -- For the first time in 13 years, the Senate leadership is uncooperative in providing room for the annual interfaith pro-life prayer service observing the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

"In all past years, the Senate leadership has approved the prayer service in one of the larger auditoriums, but this year has been unwelcoming," said Dr. Paul Schenck, who coordinates the event. In previous years, Senators Ted Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, and John Kerry have filed complaints against the prayer gathering.

The National Memorial for the Pre-Born and their Mothers and Fathers, the only pro-life prayer service to take place within the Capitol complex each year, will convene Tuesday, January 22, 2008 in observance of the notorious decision which led to abortion on demand. Clergy from Catholic, Evangelical, Protestant, and Orthodox traditions will address the media at 8:15 AM in the US Senate Dirksen Building, Room 430, and then proceed en masse to The Church of the Reformation, 212 E. Capitol St., NE, one block from the US Supreme Court Building for a prayer service originally scheduled to be in one of the Senate buildings. The use of space at Church of the Reformation does not indicate endorsement or sponsorship by the church.

At the clergy media event and Memorial service will be: Bishop Demetrios Kantzavelos, Orthodox Bishop of Chicago; Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life; Rev. Dr. Johnny Hunter, founder of LEARN, the largest African American pro-life organization; Rev. Kenneth Barney of the New Antioch Baptist Church, one of the largest African American churches in the DC Metro area; Annapolis attorney Stephen G. Peroutka, founder of National Pro-Life Radio; and many others.

For response and interviews regarding the event, contact Day Gardner, Media Coordinator, at 202-834- 0844 or Daygardner23a@aol.com.

Women Set to Proclaim: I Regret My Abortion

Women Set to Proclaim: I Regret My Abortion

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 /Christian Newswire/ -- Priests for Life and Anglicans for Life will again sponsor a major gathering of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in Washington DC this Tuesday, January 22. Men and women who have lost children to abortion will gather in front of the Supreme Court at 4:00 PM and begin sharing publicly their testimonies of pain and healing. Fifty-seven people are scheduled to speak.

In 28 other locations, similar gatherings will occur.

The Campaign, which started in 2003, has sponsored some 201 events in 44 states and 6 countries.

SNMAC Co-Founder Janet Morana stated, "The campaign brings the pain of abortion out of hiding and into the open; likewise, it shows that God's people are committed to healing rather than condemning those who have abortions."

One of the Campaign members who will share her testimony in Washington is Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. "Abortion didn't solve my problems," Alveda states, "It just created new ones." Georgette Forney, also a Co-Founder of the Campaign, will likewise share her abortion testimony.

For more information, visit www.SilentNoMoreAwareness.org.


Newman to Testify Before Grand Jury Investigating Late-Term Abortionist Tiller

Newman to Testify Before Grand Jury Investigating Late-Term Abortionist Tiller

WICHITA, Kansas, Jan. 16 /Christian Newswire/ -- Operation Rescue President Troy Newman is scheduled to testify today before a county grand jury that is investigating the notorious abortionist George R. Tiller on claims he committed illegal late-term abortions and other crimes. Tiller operates Women's Health Care Services in Wichita, Kansas, the largest free-standing late-term abortion clinic outside Communist China.

Tiller already faces 19 criminal counts of having performed illegal late-term abortions over a four- month period in 2003, but Operation Rescue believes that strong evidence exists that Tiller may have committed hundreds of illegal abortions since then. District Attorney Nola Foulston and disgraced Attorney General Paul Morrison, who is accused of attempting to illegally influence a previous case against Tiller, have refused to expand any investigation beyond the few abortion records obtained under subpoena by former Attorney General Phill Kline. Because of this, citizens initiated the petition process that resulted in the current grand jury.

"We believe we have a compelling case to present to the grand jury that connects the dots between the information that is available, both in the public record and from our own investigations, to make a persuasive argument that Tiller has been violating the law," said Cheryl Sullenger, Operation Rescue's Senior Policy Advisor.

Operation Rescue has expressed concerned that Deputy District Attorney Ann Swegle is directing the grand jury. She was also involved in the grand jury investigation of Tiller in 2006 surrounding the death of 19-year old Christin Gilbert from complications to a third-trimester abortion. A confidential informant associated with that grand jury told OR of several situations where Swegle discouraged or prevented them from obtaining critical information. That grand jury missed indicting Tiller on four counts by only one vote. Newman will present his testimony before a panel of 15 citizens. Twelve are required to agree before indictments can be issued.

"We encourage people to pray for Troy this afternoon as he presents to the grand jury," said Sullenger. "The situation with Tiller can appear vast and complicated for anyone who has not been following the issue. Our plan is to make each point as clear and easy to understand as possible. To aid that goal, Troy will be presenting some never-before published information that we believe will help make a compelling case that Tiller is operating an illegal late-term abortion ring, and has done so for years."

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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