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Friday (Jan. 22) marks the 37th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court’s decisions in the cases of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. Taken together, the two rulings (authored by Justice Harry Blackmun, a United Methodist) effectively voided dozens of state laws aimed at protecting unborn children from abortion. Since then, abortion doctors [...]

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A representative of the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) appeared at a news conference this week to denounce an amendment — included in the recently passed House health-care bill — that would prohibit taxpayer-funded abortion. Linda Bales Todd, director of the Louise and Hugh Moore Population Project at GBCS, was among [...]

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The Oct. 10 issue of WORLD, the Christian-based newsmagazine, offers a profile of one of the United Methodist Church’s most influential and controversial figures, Mark Tooley of the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD). For years, Tooley has been a thorn in the side of UM leaders who have sought to move the church away [...]

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The United Methodist General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) is urging repeal of a federal regulation that seeks to protect doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other medical employees who refuse to participate in care that violates their moral or religious beliefs. The Obama administration has indicated its intent to rescind the “Provider Refusal Rule” and [...]

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In response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s recent comment that increased funding for government-supplied contraception services would ultimately “reduce costs of the states and to the federal government,” WorldNetDaily today posted an article I co-authored more than a decade ago with Christian financial teacher Larry Burkett. The piece is titled, “The George Bailey Effect,” playing [...]

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Four years ago this week, on the 32nd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decisions in the cases of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, Bishop Timothy Whitaker of the Florida Conference became the first United Methodist bishop to speak publicly about why faithfulness to the gospel and to our Wesleyan tradition demands a prolife [...]

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A year-end review of site stats shows that the following were the most-viewed posts in 2008: Joe Whittemore: ‘Enough is enough’ ‘Church and Society’ to Obama: End protections for unborn Judicial Council sends controversial cases back to conferences New research: What Americans really believe General Board of Church and Society goes to court Source documents [...]

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The United Methodist News Service has published a well-researched article, authored by UMNS reporter Kathy Gilbert, on the continuing legal battle over the Methodist Building Endowment Fund. Unfortunately, the UMNS did not post the full text of the document which is at the center of the case: a 1965 Declaration of Trust that established boundaries [...]

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The Nov. 7 edition of the Wesleyan Christian Advocate, the official newspaper of the North and South Georgia Conferences, quotes a recent United Methodist News Service column by J. Richard Peck titled, “John Wesley’s Advice on the Economy.” The column purports to summarize Mr. Wesley’s Dec. 1772 letter to the Lloyd’s Evening Post newspaper. Here [...]

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Ted Olsen at Christianity Today, using exit polling results from CNN, reports that among voters who described themselves as “evangelical” or “born again,” Sen. John McCain pulled 74 percent of the vote. Sen. Barack Obama received only 26 percent, performing about the same among conservative Christians as Democratic standard-bearer John Kerry did in 2004. (The [...]

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