On September 23, 24, and 25, Pope Francis will meet with President Barack Obama at the White House, speak to a joint session of Congress, and address the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York. A major thrust of his message will be to urge action to reduce manmade global warming — something to which President Obama is already committed.
We offer a dissenting opinion.
This is a huge and incredibly complex topic that we can only begin to unpack here. We and other scholars have discussed it at length in five major papers by the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, the latest of which is A Call to Truth, Prudence, and Protection of the Poor 2014: The Case against Harmful Climate Policies Gets Stronger (all at http://www.cornwallalliance.org/landmark-documents/), which provide more details, plus documentation for many of the facts we state here. more >>
Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has courted another controversy, this time for not correcting a supporter who said President Obama is a Muslim, and asked when America can "get rid of" Muslims. The billionaire businessman later withdrew from a party event in South Carolina.
Trump canceled out of Friday's Heritage Action Presidential Forum, and his campaign sought to explain his absence by saying, "Mr. Trump has a significant business transaction that was expected to close Thursday. Due to the delay, he is unable to" attend the event. "He sends his regrets."
The forum took place the day after Trump's failure to correct a supporter. more >>
A bill stripping Planned Parenthood Federation of America of federal taxpayer dollars for a period of at least one year passed the U.S. House of Representatives.
Lawmakers in the House voted largely on party lines on Friday to pass HR 3134, 241 to 187, which would place a one-year moratorium on federal funding of Planned Parenthood.
"For the one-year period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act, subject to subsection (b), no funds authorized or appropriated by Federal law may be made available for any purpose to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., or any affiliate or clinic of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., unless such entities certify that Planned Parenthood Federation of America affiliates and clinics will not perform, and will not provide any funds to any other entity that performs, an abortion during such period," reads HR 3134. more >>
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would grant legal protection for babies born alive in an attempted abortion.
In a vote of 248 yeas to 177 nays taken on Friday H.R.3504, titled the "Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act" was passed in a largely party line tally.
Introduced by Arizona Congressman Trent Franks earlier this month, H.R. 3504 seeks to amend the federal criminal code to mandate that abortion providers must give proper medical care to any baby born alive in their facility. more >>
Imprisoned American Pastor Saeed Abedini has finally been allowed a visit by a family member in Iran after two months. His wife, Naghmeh Abedini, who was told about the visit, said that having to watch his two young children grow up only through photos is taking its toll on the pastor after nearly three years in prison.
In an update provided by the American Center for Law and Justice, which is representing Naghmeh, the imprisoned American's wife noted that the visit was "bittersweet," with Abedini being denied the opportunity to attend his grandmother's funeral, who died in the last few weeks.
What is more, Abedini also missed out on his daughter Rebekka's ninth birthday, and has come to realize how much of his children's growing up he has been away from. more >>
Former Hewlett Packard CEO and Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina received an ovation during Thursday night's GOP presidential debate after she strongly denounced Planned Parenthood and implied that the Republicans in Congress should risk a government shutdown to force a presidential veto to spending legislation that wouldn't fund the abortion giant.
As the topic of whether or not Republicans in Congress should risk a government shutdown to defund Planned Parenthood was raised at the CNN debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California, Ohio Gov. John Kasich argued that it is pointless to attempt defunding Planned Parenthood through the continuing resolution, if President Barack Obama is just going to veto such legislation.
With the GOP in control of both the House and Senate, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Fiorina responded to Kasich's veto argument stating that conservatives should not back down from their opposition to Planned Parenthood's $500 million in annual federal funding just because Obama is sure to veto. more >>