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China persecutes human rights lawyers

Chinese authorities have closed a legal research center in Beijing and revoked the licenses of more than 50 attorneys in what some observers says is a bid to exert greater control over human rights activists. Officials from Beijing’s Civil Affairs Bureau arrived early Friday at the legal research center of the Open Constitution Initiative rights organization, according to the Radio Free Asia News service. The officials questioned employees about their work and confiscated computers from the center’s offices. The legal center researches public welfare issues and offers legal aid in cases such as the recent sickening of children who drank […]

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Luis Palau shares the Gospel with Scotland’s Highlands

Luis Palau spent two weeks evangelizing in Scotland at more than 60 outreach events in a dozen towns throughout Scotland’s Highlands. Most of the sparsely populated towns impacted by the campaign have not witnessed such a large scale effort since Palau’s previous Scottish campaigns that ran from 1979–1981. “You can definitely sense the secularization and lack of church attendance,” said the Argentinean evangelist, who is the grandson of Scotsman Robert Balfour. “I have asked young people, ‘Do you go to church?’ and they look at me like I’m from another planet.” But just as he noted 30 years ago, Palau […]

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Prison Life opens first field office in Africa

Crossroad Bible Institute, a non-profit prison Life that focuses on biblically-based reentry education for those in prison around the world, has opened a new distribution center in Ghana. This will be CBI’s eighth international distribution center and the first on the continent of Africa. Reverend David Kwadwo Ofosuhene, a native of Ghana, is the director of the new center. As one of the world’s poorest countries, Ghana’s prisons lack appropriate sanitation, food production areas and medical care. In addition, the prisons hold almost double the number of people they were built to hold with many prisoners waiting years before a […]

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The superpower of Spider-Saints

First appearing in the early 1960’s in the Marvel Comics, Spider-Man is one of the most popular fictional superheroes of all time. His unique skill of shooting spider webs gave him the ability to attach himself to buildings and structures. This enabled him to move great distances at tremendous speeds, clinging from wall to wall as he fought his many foes. The recent popularity of a series of Spider-Man films reminded me of a story I once heard about an encounter Robert the Bruce had with a spider. Along Came a Spider As the story goes, Robert the Bruce, the […]

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Pollster say Christians lack understanding on key issues

Christians don’t have a thorough knowledge of the Fairness Doctrine, hate-crimes legislation or the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), according to recent research by Wilson Research Strategies. CEO Chris Wilson said the data examined suggest that Christians don’t fully understand the negative impact of these policy proposals on the ministries they support.  “The recent change in control of both the White House and Congress has reintroduced the possibility of the Fairness Doctrine being revived,” he said. “Ministries would avoid any commentary that could be interpreted as relating to political or policy issues or risk action by the FEC. Stations would feel […]

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Pyramid scheme uses pastors to build trust and recruits hundreds of thousands

Legend has it that P.T. Barnum once said, “There is a sucker born every minute.” If that’s true, it’s possible that Harvey Dockstader, Jr., is out to find them all – from prison – and using pastors and church leaders to identify his marks. Dockstader was convicted of running an illegal pyramid scheme in Harris County, Texas, in 2008, and sentenced to two years in jail. Dockstader’s scheme was an odd mix of an old-fashioned chain letter, a multi-level marketing organization and prosperity theology. His organization, Elite Activity, recruits pastors into the organization, who then recruit their flocks. The new […]

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The Last Straw: Embryo Adoption

It’s early morning at the National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC) in Knoxville, Tenn. Dr. Carol Sommerfelt, the embryologist, has already begun her full day of transfers. I watch as she draws tiny plastic straws from liquid nitrogen tanks and dips the tubes containing embryos into a controlled-temperature bath. She checks and rechecks names and numbers. After taking the straws to the microscope’s stage, she snips off the ends. Holding her breath, she slowly pushes a plunger through the straw. One by one the embryos move into a Petri dish that contains the proper media for safe thawing and expansion. The […]

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Thank You, Sarah Palin

In the wake of her resignation as Governor of Alaska, why do the mainstream media continue their efforts to destroy Sarah Palin? What right do the likes of Maureen Dowd and her type have to continue their mean-spirited attempts to besmirch and tarnish Palin’s success in Current Events by their scornful attacks on her and her family? She is beautiful and accomplished, has a hunk of a manly-man as a husband and lovely children, but the media elites continue on a warpath of ridicule and derision. Her family’s success is denigrated; they are described as “blue-collar” or derided as Alaskan […]

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Unborn babies have memories, study says

Unborn children have memories, according to a new study from the Netherlands. Researchers at two medical centers found unborn babies at 30 weeks gestation show short-term memory, according to The Washington Times. By the time the unborn children reach 34 weeks of development, they “are able to store information and retrieve it four weeks later,” The Times reported. The results were based on a study conducted on 100 women and their unborn children. Scientists gave the women a series of buzzes on their stomachs for one second each with a “fetal vibroacoustic stimulator” at five points during the final eight […]

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Lessons from Hurricane Season

When Hurricane Wilma struck South Florida a few years back, one of the first things it affected was electrical power. I can vividly recall tracking the storm’s progress on one of the local News stations that day when, without warning, my power went “south,” not to return again until a few weeks later. During the evening hours, I needed a light source to illuminate my way through my house. With my hurricane supplies at the ready, I grabbed the closest flashlight to light my way. If light is a basic need for people everywhere, how much more important is it […]

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