Edward Snowden, the ex-CIA whistleblower responsible for "the biggest intelligence leak in the National Security Agency's (NSA) history," denied allegations that he was a Chinese spy.
During a Monday question-and-answer session with Britain's newspaper The Guardian, Snowden said, "No. I have had no contact with the Chinese government. Just like with the Guardian and the Washington Post, I only work with journalists."
Last week, members of the United States House of Representatives Intelligence Committee questioned Snowden's connection with China. "We need to ask a lot more questions about his motives, his connections, where he ended up, why he is there, how he is sustaining himself while he is there and is the Chinese government fully cooperating," said Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.). more >>
HOUSTON – The torch for defending biblical truth and practice represented by the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has been passed from its leader of 25 years, Richard Land, to evangelical theologian Russell Moore. The occasion was marked with a special tribute to Land and an address by Moore to more than 4,400 members attending the SBC's annual meeting this week in Houston.
On Wednesday, the day after the ERLC gave its report, Land told The Christian Post that the advocacy group should now focus on the same theme as this year's SBC meeting: revival.
"Our problems in America are only God-sized problems and only God can solve them," said Land, who is retiring from the ERLC president position. "2 Chronicles 7:14 tells us that 'if my people, which are called by my name (Christians), shall humble themselves and pray and seek my (Jesus') face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and forgive their sins and heal their land.' more >>
Belgium might become the first country in the world to allow seriously ill children the right to choose to die if lawmakers in the Federal Parliament decide to expand on the already controversial euthanasia laws.
"We all know that euthanasia is already practiced on children," Peter Deconinck, president of the Belgian medical ethics organization Reflectiegroep Biomedische Ethiek, said before the Belgian Senate committee. "Yes, active euthanasia."
While the Netherlands has also stopped prosecuting doctors who perform euthanasia on minors, as long as strong medical guidelines are followed, Belgium could become the first country in the developed world to openly embrace the practice, according to a report in Belgian daily newspaper Der Morgen, translated by French news agency Presseurop. more >>
Governor Andrew Cuomo is vigorously pushing to legalize third-trimester abortion in New York. New York already leads the nation in abortion rates; 40 percent of all pregnancies in New York City end in abortion. Worse still, more New York City black babies are aborted than born. Pro-abortion extremists are still not satisfied and are working overtime to deregulate the industry throughout the state. If New Yorkers do not take a stand now, third-trimester abortion will become a reality in our communities, put our daughters' health in jeopardy and rob innocent human beings of their lives just weeks from birth.
Cuomo's abortion expansion bill, the "Women's Equality Act," is anything but protection for women. The key provision of the bill waters down the exception for third-trimester abortion to include the "health" of the mother, which has been broadly interpreted by the courts to encompass age, economic, social, and emotional factors – in other words, justifying any reason to have a late-term abortion. The bill also allows unqualified individuals to preform dangerous third-trimester abortions on vulnerable women. Furthermore, the law does not define what conditions constitute "viability" of the baby. Instead, determining the viability of the baby will be left entirely up to the abortionist -- who need not be a physician.
To understand what late-term abortion entails, one need only look at the practices of the Philadelphia abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell, who was convicted killing babies after they were born by snipping their spinal cords. He was also convicted for the involuntary manslaughter of Karnamaya Mongar, who died from the anesthethics necessary to preform an abortion. It was not just the heartless treatment of Mongar and her needless death that horrified Americans. The brutal nature of late-term abortion brought to light in graphic detail horrified Americans. more >>
This year hundreds of evangelical Christians from across the country gathered in Washington, D.C. to worship, pray, and advocate for immigration reform. This advocacy effort was organized by a diverse coalition of evangelical pastors called the Evangelical Immigration Table, as part of an effort to unite evangelicals around immigration solutions based on Biblical values.
In addition to moving our country closer to fair and humane immigration laws, the effort has also strengthened the bonds between evangelicals and the broader Hispanic community, which represents the fastest growing demographic within today's church.
But while the number of Hispanic evangelicals is growing, the number of young evangelicals continues to shrink. more >>
A petition seeking to abolish the Internal Revenue Service recently started by the American Center for Law and Justice has gained over 14,000 signatures, with the law group denouncing the government agency for being "out of control."
"The time has come to abolish the IRS as we know it. It has proven that it is incapable of governing itself," said ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow.
The IRS has been under great scrutiny in the last number of weeks after a series of scandals came to the surface. more >>