Vice Presidential Debate Talks Libya, Taxes, Life, and More
The Vice Presidential candidates squared off last night in Danville, KY,
in their one and only debate. The topics were wide-ranging and the exchanges
were lively. The candidates verbally jousted over issues such as the terrorist
attack in Libya,
Obamacare, taxes, and jobs. Towards the end, ABC News Correspondent Martha
Raddatz—who moderated the evening—turned the focus towards faith and life. She
asked the candidates to explain how their Catholic religion impacts their view
of abortion. Congressman Ryan stated his firm belief in supporting the church’s
position for life—that is he also is pro life. He told the story of seeing his
daughter, for the first time, when she was still in the womb by way of an
ultrasound. He said she looked like a bean and that “to this day our nickname
for her is ‘bean.’” Vice President Biden said he personally agrees with the church’s
pro-life position, but he will not impose that on women who disagree.
139 has a lot to say about life, as well.
Nobel Peace Prize to EU
The European Union has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
for its efforts to promote peace and democracy in Europe,
in the midst of the union's biggest crisis since its creation in the 1950s.
Firefox Pull Back
If you downloaded the latest version of the web browser
Firefox this week, Mozilla says you might want to revert back to the previous
version as they work to debug a security issue.
Tigers and Giants Advance
Congratulations to the Tigers and Giants, as they advance to
their respective League Championship Series'.
Detroit won their American League
Division Series over Oakland, while San Francisco beat Cincinnati
in their National League Division Series. The Yankees and Orioles, and the
Nationals and Cardinals play today to see who else moves on and who goes home.
Poll and American Values
Most Americans say the government should not support any
particular set of values. This is the first time a majority of Americans—52
percent in this Gallup Poll—reflect the post-modern philosophy that holds no
values are better than any others. The poll says 44 percent of Americans
support traditional values.
Church Around the World
Religious Freedom Under Attack -- Even in the U.S.
According to a new report by the Pew
Forum on Religion & Public Life, three in every four people in the world
are facing high government or social restrictions on religion, up from 70
percent a year earlier. Read
the full article here.
“Nones” And Faith And Election 2012
A new study out this week shows that Protestants are no
longer the largest demographic in America, and there’s a growing
number of what they call “nones” – people with no religious affiliation at all.
A recent survey by the Barna Group labels these folks as skeptics, and
according to David Kinnaman, they’re skeptical about everything. So what are
the biggest issues to skeptics?
According to the Barna study, it’s health care, the environment and
education. Immigration and employment
are on the bottom of the list.
Read more about it HERE. And Hear Dennis’ full interview with David Kinnaman with the
link at right.
Family & Relationships
Mini Wheats Recall
You know the little Mini Wheats guys that talk to us in TV commercials? Well, they have apparently been joined in their cereal boxes by some unwanted bits of metal. Kelloggs announced a recall yesterday. Find out more here.
Eyeball Washes up on Beach
A grapefruit-sized eyeball has washed up on Pompano Beach, near Ft
Lauderdale. The big blue eyeball was
found on Wednesday, leaving scientists baffled about exactly where – and what -
it came from. Well here’s one thing I know… a grapefruit-sized eyeball came
from something rather large!
Base Jumper Survives 3000 Foot Fall
We’ve all seen he high bar routine that male gymnasts do in
the Olympics. But I guess only being 9 or 10 feet up in the air wasn’t enough
for BASE jumper Richard Henrickson, so he set up a high bar apparatus on the
edge of a cliff for a TV stunt. He started swinging on the bar and… whole
contraption collapsed and he went over the edge! He fell over 3000 feet, but
miraculously managed to not hit the ciff wall before deploying his BASE jumping
parachute. And, course, we all know that falling down a cliff is an automatic 2
point deduction from the judges.
Two pranksters jumped over the fence of a San Diego Petting
Zoo and stole a goat. The next day the thieves came back to the zoo and dropped
off the goat. He was unharmed, BUT now had a nice, pink, pedicure! The zoo’s
owner said the goat is typically very friendly and is a favorite at the zoo. He
said he’ll probably not press charges, saying the thieves have probably already
paid a steep price. He said, "Goats go to the bathroom a lot. And I can
only imagine what their house looks like.”
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.