Reaction to the guilty verdict of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell, convicted of murdering three babies born alive in his clinic, was swift Monday from Christian and pro-life leaders, who while applauded justice being served in Gosnell's case, said there are many more abortions and "Gosnell-like" atrocities to stop across the nation.
"The guilty charge of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, dethroned ruler of 'Gosnell's House of Horrors' may spark justice for more women and babies across America," said Dr. Alveda King, director of African American Outreach for Gospel of Life Ministries. "Justice is served with this verdict, but injustice will continue unless we end abortion in this country. Gosnell was not the only abortionist who killed mothers and their born babies, he was just the one who got caught. Now we have to turn out attention to charging, trying and convicting others like him."
On Monday, Gosnell, 72, was acquitted in the fourth baby's death, but found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the overdose death of an adult patient. The jury, comprised of seven women and five men, reached a verdict on all 268 charges on the tenth day of deliberations. Gosnell now faces the death penalty or life in prison without parole. A separate set of jurors will reconvene on May 21 to consider whether he should be executed. more >>
Anti-Americanism at the United Nations is now routine. Every few days, some kind of statement comes out of the United Nations condemning the United States. It is impossible to keep up with the criticisms because there are so many. U.N. hostility toward the United States reached an all-time high in 2001, when the United States was removed from the U.N. Human Rights Commission. Instead, the despotic countries Libya, Syria and Sudan were given seats. The removal was done in retaliation for the United States' defense of Israel.
One of the recent attacks coming from the United Nations has reached another outrageous level. "U.N. expert" Richard Falk wrote an article about the Boston bombings asserting that Boston had it coming. Falk, who is Jewish, has a history of anti-Israel sentiments. He issued this warning condemning both the United States and our relationship with Israel, "[A]s long as Tel Aviv has the compliant ear of the American political establishment, those who wish for peace and justice in the world should not rest easy." The United Nations appointed Falk, an American, in 2008 as the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories. The Obama administration pays 22 percent of Falk's costs in this position.
Twenty-five Congressional leaders submitted letters to Obama and to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling for Falk's removal from the U.N. Human Rights Council. Even the Obama administration admitted Falk went too far. Controversial U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice tweeted, "Outraged by Richard Falk's highly offensive Boston comments. Someone who spews such vitriol has no place at the UN. Past time for him to go." This isn't the first time Falk has been denounced by the Obama administration for anti-Semitism. Anne Bayefsky, director of the Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust, has documented past instances where the administration has admonished Falk. more >>
Ten out of the 15 countries with the worst religious freedom abuses are Muslim nations, according to the recently released U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) 2013 Annual Report, which identifies the status of religious freedom throughout the world, and cites countries that are the least tolerant of religious freedom.
The 15 most intolerant countries, identified as "countries of particular concern" (CPCs), cited in this year's report are: Burma, China, Egypt, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tasjikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam. Of these, ten are Muslim countries.
The nearly 400-page report details a range of human rights violations occurring in these countries. more >>
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A group of national pro-life leaders plan to hold a prayer vigil outside the Philadelphia courthouse where abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell is being tried for murder as closing arguments in the case begin Monday.
"We will be gathering in prayer and public witness to ask God that these violent and barbaric acts of violence against women and children would be brought to justice," said the Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition. "We will also be praying that we would live in a nation where human rights and equality would be guaranteed and embraced for all and we would never have to witness atrocities like this again." more >>
After the deaths of more than 1,000 Christians in brutal attacks on villages and churches in Northern Nigeria and that country's Middle Belt since 2012, regional experts will draw attention to the pre-genocide at a Congressional briefing in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.
The briefing will be the second biennial briefing by Justice for Jos, a project of Jubilee Campaign USA, in collaboration with the Washington Working Group on Nigeria. Experts will present an update on the terrorist insurgency of Boko Haram and recount firsthand testimony on recent events and local and international efforts to stanch the bloodshed. A report documenting the 2012 atrocities will also be presented.
"Representatives and spokespersons from the affected areas in Northern Nigeria and the Middle Belt will speak out at the Congressional briefing on Thursday in order to set the record straight as to who the victims are and why they are being victimized," said Ann Buwalda, executive director of the Jubilee Campaign USA, in a statement to The Christian Post on Monday. more >>
A year after his naked obscenity-filled meltdown in the streets of San Diego, Calif., where he cursed the devil and smacked the pavement, Invisible Children co-founder and creator of the viral video "Kony 2012," Jason Russell, says he is now doing better and promoting his latest project, the Fourth Estate.
In a conversation at the Q Conference – an annual gathering of young, innovative and influential leaders to discuss the biggest issues impacting the church – in Los Angeles on Monday, Russell joked with the audience about his manic episode brought on by the sudden success of the "Kony 2012" video, which has now been viewed nearly 100 million times on YouTube.
"I'm alive, I am clothed, I am still a little bit crazy…Exactly a year ago today I was in rehabilitation. It's been that kind of year but it's been really great in the end," he said. more >>