Does Faith Matter to Political Party?
Tonight is the lone vice-presidential debate, and there are
still a couple of presidential debates to come before Election Day. There’s no doubt this has been one long
campaign season, and David Kinnaman with the Barna Group says one reason may be
because of the faith of the candidates. A recent Barna survey showed that
political party is not nearly as important to people of faith this year. Hear Dennis’ complete interview with Barna
President, David Kinnaman via the links at right.
Life and Single-Issue Voters
A new Gallup poll says one
out of every ten voters in America
will only support pro-life candidates, and one out of every six feel strongly
enough about it that they consider themselves single-issue voters.
9/11 Libyan Consulate Attack Under Scrutiny on Capitol Hill
The State Department is once again tweaking its story
regarding the attacks at the consulate in Benghazi,
killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others. Deputy Secretary of State Charlene Lamb
testified yesterday that the security levels at the consulate on September 11
were adequate, and in line with what the consulate had asked for, but it was
overrun by what she called an “unprecedented attack.” Earlier, a former security officer there had
said they had requested more security, but the request was denied. White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters
that in hindsight, there is “no question that the security was not enough.”
Relations between Syria
got even more volatile on Wednesday when Turkish fighter jets forced a Syrian
passenger plane to land, and then detained the crew and passengers and
confiscated some cargo. That plane was
flying in from Moscow, and Turkey says it is an unacceptable
use of their airspace.
Another Meningitis Case Reported
is the tenth state to report at least one case of meningitis related to that
tainted steroid, and the death toll has now hit eleven. Tennessee
has the most cases, with 39. Other
states on the list in Family Life Nation:
Former NFL Player and Actor Alex Karras Has Died
One of the first successful athletes to make the switch to Hollywood after his playing
days were over has died. Alex Karras was
a defensive lineman for the Detroit Lions back in the 1950s and 1960s, but as
an actor was best known for his roles in Blazing Saddles, Monday Night
Football, and on the 1980s sitcom Webster.
Karras died yesterday from kidney failure at his home in Los Angeles. He had also struggled recently with dementia,
and was included in a lawsuit accusing the NFL of not doing enough for former
players who had suffered head injuries during their careers. Alex Karras was 77.
Most Expensive Colleges in America
You don’t have to have an Ivy League education to pay a
whole lot of money. This year’s list of
most expensive colleges has tiny Sarah
in Yonkers, N-Y
on top of the list. They’re asking
61-thousand dollars for tuition this year, including room and board. Harvey
in California is on the list, along with NYU, Columbia, and Wesleyan
University rounding out
the Top 5.
High Chair Recall
Graco is recalling some of its Classic Wood High Chairs
because the seat can become detached, causing a child to fall out. It’s a big recall – 86,000 high chairs are
affected, including some sold at Babies R Us, Burlington Coat Factory, and
Target between 2007 and 2010. For a
picture and more details, check out www.CPSC.gov.
Family & Relationships
Life Still a Significant Political Issue
The Sanctity of Life is always a big political issue,
especially in a presidential election year, but a group in Southern
California is looking to give pro-life a face-lift. LIFE-SoCal is gearing up for what they call
“Go-2-Bat-4-Life”, an upbeat celebration of life at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on November
18. Pro athletes and other high profile
guests will be part of it, several Christian bands, and just a big carnival
like atmosphere – all to celebrate the beauty and fun of being pro-life. All you need to know at www.Go2Bat4Life.com.
Protect Your Family: No, You Did NOT Inherit Millions from
You’ve seen the e-mails a dozen times. They’ll say things like “I work for a
Nigerian king” – then you click on it, a virus loads and your personal
information is at risk. October is Crime
Prevention Awareness Month, and Mike Prusinski with LifeLock says identity
theft is a big concern. He says if you fall victim to identity theft it could
cost you hundreds of hours to get everything back in order. So he recommends “playing
offense instead of defense” by being intentional in your actions to protect
yourself and your family. That means learning what measures you can take to
secure your identity. More free advice on protecting your identity at www.LifeLock.com.
Business Travel Costs More for Fewer Trips
That big business trip may be put on hold. More companies are cutting back on travel
plans, thanks to the continued economic uncertainty. However travel spending is up, because
everything costs more.
Finances & Economy
Retirees Get a Raise from SSA
Good news for folks who receive Social Security. A cost of living raise is on the way, and the
American Institute for Economic Research says it’ll probably be around
1.5-percent. The official number will be
released next week.
Walmart vs. Amazon
Walmart is following Amazon’s lead and will offer same-day
delivery for people who shop online.
Walmart could have a big edge too, because of their more than 4-thousand
stores. Amazon has just 40 distribution
centers in the U-S. Still the costs
associated with offering it may offset any profits.
Tips for Restful Sleep
Is tossing and turning pretty much a nightly occurrence at
your house? It may be because you’re not
breathing well. Sleep specialist Michael
Breus says 20-percent of the population isn’t breathing well when they sleep,
and that’s playing havoc with our ability to function during the day. One of the main reasons may be a dirty house,
so he’s teamed up with Trish Suhr from the show Clean House to give tips on
cleaning up the bedroom to help you sleep better. Their suggestions: Dontate or throw away old items and make sure
your air filters are clean; Invest in a new duster; and wash your bedding in
It's A Girl
You've heard of China's one-child policy. Well, The United Nations estimates that as many as 200 million girls are missing in the world today because of so-called "gendercide." That is, children are killed, aborted, or abandoned, simply because they are girls. Evan Grae Davis is doing something about it as the Director of a new film called "It's A Girl." He spoke with FLR's Steve Tanner about the film and the issue of gendercide.
The film is screening next week in Tucson with more screenings coming all across Family Life Nation, including perhaps, your church or theater. Davis hopes the exposure of the issue through this film will motivate people of faith all around the world to work to eradicate the horrific practice of gendercide.
Find out more about the issue of gendercide, this film, and your opportunity to see it at itsagirlmovie.com. And hear Steve's complete interview with Director Evan Grae Davis via the link at right.
How Much Impact Does Your Faith Have On Your Vote?
It’s the economy. No,
it’s social justice. No, it’s the
sanctity of life. There is no shortage
of opinion as to the top issues this election.
Earlier this year, the Barna Group did some research on those issues –
and how much of a role faith plays in it.
Over the course of the next couple of weeks, we’ll look into the
specifics of that survey with David Kinnaman of the Barna Group, who tells us
they break people down into 5 faith segments: Evangelical Christians, Non-Evangelical
Christians, Notional (or cultural) Christians, Non-Christians, and Skeptics
(atheists and agnostics). Stay with us over the next several days as we delve
deeper into that study from the Barna Group. And you can hear Dennis Hutchinson’s
entire interview with David Kinnaman, president of Barna Research, by clicking
the link to your right, on this page.
It’s the Economy, Voter!
This week we’ve been looking at the impact of faith in this
year’s election with David Kinnaman of the Barna Group, who helped lead a study
that breaks people into five different faith segments – but no matter where
they land in terms of faith, the economy is still the biggest issue on their
minds. And health care and taxes are
important, too, because they also impact economic policy. There are a lot of
other factors influencing voters too.
For links and the full interview with David Kinnaman See the links on
the right side of this page.
Gendercide All Around the World
“Gendercide” is taking the lives of millions of girls ever
year, especially in China
and India. It’s the willful abortion of an unborn child,
simply because it’s a girl, and a new documentary is exploring some of those
stories. Evan Grae Davis is the Director of the documentary film “It’s A
Girl.” He says the reality of life as a
girl in these countries is so devalued that girls are not only aborted, but
often simply killed—after they are born—in order to accommodate their preference for boys. Dowry killings
are another form of the abuse, whereby if a girl does not have an adequate
dowry to present her husband, she is often found not fit to live. And families often
prefer boys so they can RECEIVE the dowry from a worthy girl’s family. Screenings
are coming to Family Life Nation over the next month or so, including Tucson next week. Find out
more with the links to your right.