Monthly Archives: August 2012

10-Year-Old Girl Charged In 3-Month-Old’s Death

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The mother of a baby allegedly killed by a 10-year-old Maine girl says she is glad the girl is charged but says the girl’s mother, who was watching the baby, is really the one who needs to be held responsible.

The girl was charged Thursday with manslaughter in the death of 3-month-old Brooklyn Foss-Greenaway of Clinton, whose mother said had ingested medication and been suffocated.

The girl, who is not being identified, is the youngest person to be charged with manslaughter in Maine in at least 25 years. She is due in juvenile court in October.
( 10-Year-Old Girl Charged )

Brooklyn’s mother, Nicole “Nicki” Greenaway, said the 10-year-old was the baby sitter’s daughter. Authorities told Greenaway her baby had ingested medication to treat attention-deficit disorder and been suffocated, she said, adding that she also saw bruises on her baby’s body.

“I feel a little bit of relief that they’re charging her (the sitter’s) daughter at this point, but the mom really needs to be responsible. She’s the one I left my daughter with,” Greenaway said.
( Billy’s thoughts – I don’t know about other souls but whenever I read about a kid being charged with a violent crime anymore I am not shocked. In government schools, some homes, and even some churches we have forgotten the values that come from the author of life. We will keep seeing bad things done by the young until we embrace the King of Kings and his values.)

San Francisco 49ers Pro. gay Video

A pro-family leader says the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL is caving to political correctness by supporting a “gay” rights campaign.

The 49ers is the first NFL team to make a video that encourages lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) teens that “It Gets Better.”

The video is focussed on young people who are bullied because of their sexual orientation. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that a 49ers fan asked the team through an online petition to shoot the video, and the team responded.

Larry Jacobs, managing director of the World Congress of Families, tells OneNewsNow why he has a problem with this.

“The problem with the ‘It Gets Better’ campaign is that it, again, is special rights — singling out a particular group that is no more harmed than any other groups, and really singling them out for special attention and special rights, special things that should also be shared with lots of other people that are being bullied,” he contends. “It really is, again, another example of money and resources being given to a special class, a group of people, and discriminating against many others who are being bullied.”

The video features defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois, linebacker Ahmad Brooks and safety Donte Whitner.

In the video, Whitner tells LGBT kids that the entire 49ers organization is on their side and promises it will get better.
I wonder if there are any followers of Christ on this team who will do what the Bible says to do hate the sin but love the sinner that includes the sin of the gay life. I also wonder if this football team will ever make a video that supports traditional values if a fan asks them to.
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Dr. Charles W. Dunn of Regent University says Romney’s speech hit it out of the park. “I consider the speech as a grand slam homerun,” he tells OneNewsNow. “So when the convention ended, the attendees left enthusiastic and generally unified behind the Romney-Ryan ticket.”
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Today’s ( Thursday ) Posts


Volunteers make it easier for wheelchair-bound boy to stay safe
NYC Public Schools Change ‘Discipline Code’ To Ease Penalties For Smoking, Cursing, Cutting Class
Will Plight of Girl With Down Syndrome Prompt End of Pakistan’s Blasphemy Law?


Volunteers make it easier for wheelchair-bound boy to stay safe

ASHVILLE, Ala. (BP) — For 12-year-old Gabe Wise and his family, severe weather warnings have always signaled the start of a tedious process of moving to a safer location. Now, Gabe and his family can find shelter from the storms a little closer to home thanks to a cooperative effort between local church volunteers, Alabama Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) and the WMU Foundation HEART Fund.
James Sampley, pastor of First Baptist Church in Ashville, Ala., got to know Gabe as a result of the cleanup and rebuilding efforts following major storms that tore through north Alabama in April 2011. The Wises’ mobile home was damaged but not destroyed in the storms. As volunteers from First Baptist Ashville and Hunter Street Baptist Church in Hoover, Ala., helped repair the damage, they learned more about the needs of the family.

“Gabe is confined to a wheelchair and dependent on a ventilator to breathe,” Sampley said. “His grandfather told me about the procedure they had to go through to get him out of the house and to someone’s basement when a storm was coming and then to get him back home once the storm was over.”
As a result of that conversation, Sampley began to look for funds to build a storm shelter near the Wise home. He contacted Candace McIntosh, executive director of Alabama WMU, and soon the WMU Foundation was involved as well.

The WMU Foundation provided a $2,000 grant for building supplies to the Ashville church, through the HEART Fund, a ministry of the foundation that seeks to aid in rebuilding efforts in the United States and around the world after natural disasters. The remaining $1,500 for supplies was provided by Alabama WMU.

“After some discussion, (WMU Foundation president) David George and I realized this would be a project that we could partner together on,” McIntosh said. “It has been wonderful to see how First Baptist, Ashville, and the community have rallied around Gabe.”
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NYC Public Schools Change ‘Discipline Code’ To Ease Penalties For Smoking, Cursing, Cutting Class

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Students may be catching a break if they misbehave in school. The rules surrounding suspensions in New York City schools are changing.

The changes to the discipline code should result in far fewer suspensions, CBS 2’s Vanessa Murdock reported Wednesday.

“Our goal is to make sure the schools are providing a safe environment for our students, but also we just don’t push students out of the classroom where they’re not learning as well,” Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said.
( NYC Public Schools Change ‘Discipline )

What will be different? Well, for starters Walcott said cutting class and cursing will no longer be grounds for suspension.

Neither will smoking, something that left a few parents bewildered.

“If they’re caught on premises that can cause a fire,” Upper West Side resident Gwen Baez said. “I think they should keep suspending for that because the kids need know there is right, wrong and there are consequences.”
( Billy’s thoughts – I believe discipline is needed in the schools but I also believe punishments need to be creative. The answer is not always to kick the kids out of school and give them a day or two off. I also believe until faith and values are welcome back in the schools we will keep seeing bad behavior rise. )


Will Plight of Girl With Down Syndrome Prompt End of Pakistan’s Blasphemy Law?

Controversy surrounding the arrest of a young Christian girl with Down Syndrome on blasphemy charges may be the start of the end of Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy law — at least, such are the hopes of religious freedom groups worldwide.

Today a judge delayed bail for Rimsha Masih, arrested earlier this month on blasphemy charges, questioning the validity of a medical report confirming the girl’s age and mental condition. Masih’s lawyer is confident she will be released on bail later this week. However, he expects the case will take years to resolve.

Masih was arrested last week, but her hearing was delayed until today after a team of medical experts determined the girl to be a minor, which will transfer her case to a juvenile court.

Even Islamic leaders in Pakistan offered their support to Masih, whose case has intensified demands by religious groups for the Pakistani government to reform the law.

President Asif Zadari has called for a report on the incident, though he has withheld support for the law’s reform.
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A new organization aimed at providing Christian-based help for homosexuals is in the beginning stages of development. It is designed to be a place for homosexuals disenchanted with Exodus International.

Frank Worthen, one of the founders of the new Restored Hope Network, was a key figure in the founding of Exodus International 38 years ago. He tells OneNewsNow that group was founded on the principle that change is possible, that there is transforming power through Jesus Christ.

But “recently, Exodus has changed its message so that they basically dump the message that ‘change is possible,'” Worthen reports.

He also points out that Exodus International Chief Alan Chambers made a statement before a homosexual group that he expected to see homosexuals who have a sincere relationship with Christ in heaven — suggesting that would be in spite of living in homosexual sin. So, Worthen and others felt motivated to set up the Restored Hope Network, which is Christ-centered and provides real help for homosexuals.


A pro-family activist who works to expose the truth about homosexuality is outraged that the Illinois Republican Party allowed a radical homosexual rights group to sponsor one of its events at the GOP convention.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that a group that calls itself “Equality Illinois” recently sponsored a social event at a hotel in Clearwater, Florida, where the Illinois GOP delegation is staying. Equality Illinois is a radical homosexual rights group that has condemned the Republican Party’s pro-family platform and criticized Romney for allowing the “far right” to “hijack” the national party’s platform on the issue of same-sex “marriage.” The group has also led a crusade to try and rid The Prairie State of Chick-fil-A restaurants.

“This just goes to show you where the moderates, who are actually liberals in the Republican Party, want to take the party,” decides Peter LaBarbera, founder and president of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH). “The liberals want the party to be pro-gay; they want it to be pro-abortion — a lot like the Democratic Party, only better on fiscal issues.”
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