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September 14, 2009

What To Watch: Obama Calls Pro-Life Activist's Killing 'Deplorable'

After a week of vacation (my new last name might give it away), here's a round-up of items I'm catching up on:

-- President Obama called the killing of pro-life activist Jim Pouillon "deplorable."

"Whichever side of a public debate you're on, violence is never the right answer," he said in a statement released yesterday.

-- An adopted Christian teenager could face deportation to England for refusing a vaccination. Simone Davis says she has no reason to receive Gardasil, which protects from sexually transmitted HPV, because she has taken a virginity pledge, ABC reports.

-- A group called Personhood USA tells the Associated Press that it has chapters in 29 states trying to get "personhood" measures passed that would define fertilized embryos as persons.

-- Dan Gilgoff spoke with former Southern Baptist Convention President Frank Page about his frustrations with President Obama's advisory council for the faith-based initiatives.

What good am I doing? I wouldn't go out huffing and puffing but saying, "Have I made any positive contribution?" Within the next month or so I will be able to understand if my own time is well spent there. I'm praying deeply about the issue. I can't say I'm leaning either way at this point.

Cathy Lynn Grossman writes more about the frustration from a panel at the Religion Newswriters Association conference.

-- Al Mohler and John Piper had some nice things to say about President Obama's address to school children.

-- Several conservative Christians visited the White House and met with President Bush during his tenure, according to a report from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics.

- Focus on the Family founder James Dobson visited the White House 24 times during President Bush's time in office, 10 of which he met directly with Bush.
- Andrea Lafferty, executive director of the Traditional Values Coalition, made 50 visits, six of which were visits with Bush.
- Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women for America, made 43 visits, four of which were with Bush.
-Gary Bauer, president of American Values, made 10 visits.
- The late Jerry Falwell made eight visits, three of which were with Bush.
-Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council, made 14 visits, two of which were with Bush.
-Louis Sheldon, chairman of the Traditional Values Coalition, made 19 visits and two visits to Bush.
-The late Paul Weyrich made 17 visits, including six visits to Bush.
-Donald Wildmon, Founder of the American Family Association, made three visits to the White House between July 2001 and March 2003, including one visit to President Bush.

Comments

when will this nonsense end. people on both side who supposedly value life are resorting to murder. can't anyone see the madness of this?

Congratulations Mrs. Bailey!

Congratulations Sarah!

"Defining fetilized embryoes as persons".?

Uh..good luck with that. .it's been difficult enough for them to define women as persons.

Have they finished defining African Americans as persons yet?

shootings ussually are not tolerated, mind you so what President Obama said was merely to take a stance against violence. as for the teen who faces deportation, her choice is her choice, but vaccicination is merely installed in to health plans to prevent against possible contamination, and seeing as she most likely intends to have sex one day, how will she know her partner is safe? she will not, hence the prenetive element to vaccines. fetuses are not people they are fetuses. affording fetuses personhood status devalues the notion of 'person' by affording liberties to forms of life over other forms of life, namely the mother. Finally, fustratrating or not, alternative voices will be heard.