Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, in a spirited interview with Bob Schieffer on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday, said that amniocentesis, a type of prenatal test, should not be mandated by the government because its purpose is to abort the disabled. He also clarified that he was not suggesting that President Obama is not a Christian when he referred to his views on the environment as "phony theology."
"The bottom line is that a lot of prenatal tests are done to identify deformities in utero and the customary procedure is to encourage abortions," Santorum asserted.
Santorum had said in a Saturday speech in Ohio that the Affordable Care Act, which he called "Obamacare," requires prenatal testing because it reduces health care costs by leading to abortions of disabled children. more >>
Pastors seem to spend very little time addressing environmental issues in churches, and some critics suspect that might be due to fears of being labeled "liberal." The church leaders who see the importance of God's creation say it should not be so. Caring for God's creation is an important part of the Scriptures, those unafraid of the label "green" have been telling The Christian Post.
According to The National Religious Partnership for the Environment (NRPE), an interfaith nonprofit, evangelical ethics of caring for creation rests on the foundations of several key biblical teachings, such as: "Honoring God as Creator by respecting His handiwork (Psalm 19, 121, Job 38, Job 39);" "Obeying God's command to humanity's first parents to care for the earth and its creatures (Genesis 2);" "Following God's call to love our neighbors, especially those who are poor and less powerful (Deuteronomy 6, Luke 10, Matthew 22, Mark 12);" and "Furthering Christ's work of reconciling all things to God (Colossians 1, Romans 8)."
These beliefs are often referred to by pastors as the "stewardship of creation," a belief that it is one's Christian duty to take care of the earth, which was created by God – and that the Bible urges one to do so. more >>
Barack Obama's Wednesday decision to appease his liberal base and reject the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline may hurt his chances with independents and some Democrats who favor jobs and energy independence over the environment.
The president's Wednesday decision to reject a Republican plan for a U.S. partnership with energy company Transcanada energized environmentalists who assert the project would have produced three times more greenhouse gas emissions than conventional crude oil.
However, the decision will likely hinder his ability to connect with Americans who crossed party lines to support the pipeline. more >>
Water Missions International has launched its "Water Sunday" project, which encourages churches from across the United States to educate their congregations about the 884 million people around the world lacking access to clean water – and the 1.4 million children who die each year as a result of this crisis.
The project will also seek to inspire churches to host a fundraiser one Sunday in March, which is also the same month as World Water Day on March 22. Funds raised will be used to aid communities around the world by building water treatment systems that will clean their water and make it safe.
Kevin Herr, the Church Engagement coordinator at Water Missions, shared in a phone interview with The Christian Post how the organization got started and the mission that drives it forward. more >>
When the clock strikes midnight this Saturday, the U.S. population will have hit 312.8 million people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Is the nation's population in danger of getting out of control?
In 2006, Jack Martin and Stanley Fogel of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) wrote a report titled "Projecting the U.S. Population to 2050: Four Immigration Scenarios." Martin and Fogel predicted that, if the issue of illegal immigration remained unchecked, "we likely will be facing the prospect of a population in 2050 of half a billion people."
At the same time, FAIR predicted that, "If current proposals to increase immigration, give legal status to those currently here illegally, and create a new guest worker program were adopted," the country’s population would reach one billion people by the end of the century. more >>
Mike Huckabee is a former Arkansas governor, former Republican presidential candidate and host of a Fox News talk show. He is also a pro-life advocate and host of the new documentary, “The Gift of Life.” The film was unveiled in Iowa on Dec. 14, and has received rave reviews from social conservatives, pro-life groups and presidential candidates. Huckabee shared the message behind the film as well as his view on the Personhood Amendment and the 2012 presidential race in an interview with The Christian Post.
CP: How did you learn about this project and what led you to be a part of it?
Huckabee: Well, for me the pro-life issue has been something I’ve been very passionate about since the 70s, and I have been very involved in the pro-life community since long before politics. As I’ve often said, I didn’t become pro-life because of politics. I got into politics largely because my pro-life positions led me to believe there is not enough being said and done about it. Before I ever ran for office, I was involved in an initiative to bring a constitutional amendment in Arkansas to define life at the beginning of its conception, which was eventually passed after several attempts. more >>