With so much of the three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate consumed by the economy, jobs, national debt, health care, terrorism, and Iran, little time was left to discuss other important topics. Here are four that they missed.
Climate Change, Pollution and the Environment
There were no questions about the environment and related issues, such as climate change, or global warming, and pollution. Obama was the only candidate to mention it, and it was a quick reference. In the middle of talking about natural gas exploration in the second presidential debate, he said, "and we can do it in an environmentally sound way." more >>
Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) criticized President Barack Obama's executive order on government contractors using forced labor, in a Wednesday interview with The Christian Post. The executive order will not close the loophole in the law that enables government contractors to use forced labor. Obama should work through the legislative process and support his bill, the End Trafficking in Government Contracting Act of 2012, which would close the loophole, Lankford argued.
"It makes for a great speech, it makes for great politics, and you can put it up right before the election and say, 'look I'm standing up for the oppressed,' when in reality what we need is for his legislative office to engage with the Senate and help us get it passed, so we can actually fix the process," Lankford said.
"This president just skips the legislative process, issues an executive order and thinks it's done. It's not done at that point. It might have been shorter for you, but that's not leadership, that's shortcuts. We don't need shortcuts at this point, we need solutions." more >>
President Barack Obama issued an executive order Tuesday aimed at strengthening his administration's efforts to combat human trafficking. Later that day, he announced the effort in a speech at the annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting in New York. He praised the work of Christian groups, noting that they are "answering the Bible's call."
Referring to it as "modern slavery," Obama spoke about "the injustice, the outrage, of human trafficking."
"Now, I do not use that word, 'slavery' lightly," Obama continued. "It evokes obviously one of the most painful chapters in our nation's history. But around the world, there's no denying the awful reality." more >>
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has honored Gary Haugen of the faith-based International Justice Mission for his successful efforts in combating modern-day slavery. Haugen, president and founder of IJM, recently spoke with The Christian Post about the success of his organization – much of which he believes is grounded in the Christian faith.
"I think for IJM our faith has just been very helpful in providing the internal strength to actually be able to do this work," said Haugen, who was honored as a TIP Report Hero by Clinton last Tuesday.
Haugen, along with a group of Christian lawyers, founded the IJM in 1997 with the goal of manifesting Christ's passion for justice through providing assistance to impoverished victims of human trafficking, oppression, and abuse. more >>
"Trade of Innocents," a film about child victims of human trafficking, was previewed to rave reviews at Yale Law School a few weeks ago and The Christian Post recently had the opportunity to speak with one of the film's producers about the movie, about why telling the story of human trafficking through the lens of a feature film is powerful, as well as how the subject matter is important for both Christian and mainstream audiences.
Jim Schmidt, a Los Angeles-based film producer and award-winning actor who has been in films such as Billy Graham's "The Climb," and the 1980s film "Super Christian," signed on to co-produce "Trade of Innocents" after global activists Bill and Laurie Bolthouse of Breckenridge, Colo., approached him.
The Bolthouse's have been involved in global health and justice issues for years and became inspired to make a feature film about child trafficking after their paths converged with young victims of the human trade and those who work as investigators and rescuers to free them. more >>
NEW YORK - Restore NYC, a faith-based nonprofit created in 2006 to help rebuild the lives of foreign-born survivors of sex trafficking in New York City, celebrated its third annual gala Tuesday night to raise funds for restoring freedom and hope to survivors of sex trafficking.
The Christian Post was on hand for the event, held at City Winery in downtown Manhattan, and spoke to volunteers, staff members, and other attendees about the importance of Restore NYC and its mission to assist survivors of one of the fastest growing transnational crimes on Earth.
Current Executive Director of Restore NYC Jimmy Lee began working with the organization in 2008 by volunteering as a board member. Lee had been working for several years on global health issues, particularly HIV/AIDS, and quickly realized that it was women and girls who are most affected by not only the disease – but injustice. more >>