Friday, March 12, 2010

Movie "Billy: The Early Years" Chonicling Billy Grahams Life Coming to DVD on March 16, 2010

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TORONTO, March 11 /Christian Newswire/ -- For audiences worldwide, no person has delivered the message of God with more power and dedication than Billy Graham. With an undying commitment, Billy Graham has used the Lord's word to help millions accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Billy: The Early Years presents a rare glimpse into the life of the young Graham and how his mission and commitment to God shaped the man who changed the face of modern Evangelism and went on to become one of the world's most influential preachers. Directed by veteran Actor / Director and Golden Globe® nominee Robby Benson (Beast in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Ode To Billy Joe, Ice Castles, The Greatest Story Ever Told).

Armie Hammer (Veronica Mars, Flicka), who plays an incredibly authentic Graham, takes the viewer deep into the heart of the man. From his humble beginnings we join Billy on a journey to spread the word of the lord. Billy: The Early Years includes such Hollywood luminaries as Academy Award®-winner Martin Landau (Ed Wood, "Entourage"), Lindsay Wagner ("The Bionic Woman"), Stefanie Butler ("CSI: NY") and Grammy Award®-nominated country music sensation Josh Turner.

In addition to this inspiring film, the DVD includes an exclusive 2009 sermon recorded by Billy Graham, the behind-the-scenes documentary chronicling the creation of Billy: The Early Years, a photo gallery, theatrical trailer and the DVD trailer.

Awarded The Dove's Family Seal of Approval, making it suitable for all ages, Billy: The Early Years premieres on DVD on March 16, 2010 nationwide for a suggested retail price of $29.99, just in time for Easter.

"Under God" To Stay in Pledge Of Allegiance Voters Say it is Constitutional

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WASHINGTON, March 12 /Christian Newswire/ -- The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled that teacher-led recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools, including the words "under God," does not violate the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.  "The Pledge is constitutional," concluded the court, dismissing the latest attack by atheist Michael Newdow to remove every reference to God from the public square.
Penny Young Nance, CEO of Concerned Women for America (CWA), said, "This is a great victory for all Americans and the rule of law.  There is no question that this nation was founded on the fundamental belief that we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights.  We are pleased that the Ninth Circuit recognized that and dismissed the misguided efforts to rewrite history and alter the character of our nation through judicial fiat."
Mario Diaz, Esq., CWA's Policy Director for Legal Issues, said, "Even the most activist and most overturned court in the country managed to recognize that there is no basis in history or in law that would require the removal of the words 'under God' from the Pledge of Allegiance.  The court correctly pointed out that the mere mention of God does not immediately establish a religion.  Newdow and other progressives want the government to be hostile to religion, an idea that has been emphatically rejected by the Supreme Court and actually runs counter to our form of government.  All Americans, including atheists, win with this decision by the Ninth Circuit."
JMC Ministries Response 

After years of hearing many people say that "Under God" is unconstitutional and fighting to have it removed once and for all from our Pledge Of Allegiance and even our U.S Money. Saying it violates separation of church and state.   We are happy that the finally vote is in and that those who voted on this issue say it IS Constitutional.  
This pledge has been around nearly since the beginning of our Country and why after hundreds of years is it only now being called unconstitutional by some? Our Country was founded on Christian and Jewish Values from the Holy Bible The Ten Commandments were what we founded our laws on.

We commend those who's vote has kept "Under God" Part of Pledge and U.S. history for years to come.

China Criticizes United States On Human Rights

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BEIJING — China accused the United States of destabilizing the world economy and meddling in other countries' affairs Friday — its standard response to Washington's annual review of Beijing's human rights record.
The U.S. State Department report issued Thursday accused Beijing of abusing its citizens' rights and maintaining currency policies that cost millions of U.S. jobs.
In response, China's State Council, or Cabinet, accused Washington of using human rights as a "political instrument" to defame other countries and took aim at the United States' contribution in fomenting the global financial crisis.
"At a time when the world is suffering a serious human rights disaster caused by the U.S. subprime crisis-induced global financial crisis, the U.S. government still ignores its own serious human rights problems but revels in accusing other countries. It is really a pity," said a report issued by the council's information office.
The Chinese response touched on America's gun crime and prison population and alleged rising problems with crime, poverty, homelessness and "chronic" racial discrimination. It called U.S. college campuses unsafe and said spying on U.S. citizens by their government had reached unprecedented levels.
The nearly 10,000-word report accused Washington of using both military force and cultural and economic infiltration to dominate global affairs and interfere, singling out civilian casualties in Afghanistan and Iraq.
"The United States with its strong military power has pursued hegemony in the world, trampling upon the sovereignty of other countries and trespassing their human rights," the report said.
"The United States monopolizes the strategic resources of the global Internet, and has been retaining a tight grip over the Internet ever since its first appearance," it added.
The report repeated a recent accusation that U.S. calls for China and other nations to lift tight controls on Internet content were merely part of a campaign to establish U.S. cultural domination. The claim first surfaced earlier this year amid a dispute with Google Inc. over censorship and hacking accusations.
As is routine, it offered sweeping statements that often mirrored charges in the U.S. report.
"In the United States, civil and political rights of citizens are severely restricted and violated by the government," read one statement. "Workers' rights were seriously violated," said another.
While the U.S. report is drawn largely from the work of rights groups and American diplomats, China's response mainly cited U.S. media reports as evidence of its claims, along with data from non-governmental organizations and federal and state governments.
China's Communist Party propaganda bosses exercise strict control over the entirely state-owned media and allow little reporting on rights abuses and other sensitive topics. The one-party state also permits no independent rights monitoring groups and its own reports on the domestic human rights situation are typically glowing, focussing on the growing economy and numbers lifted out of poverty.
The pattern of the dueling reports has lasted 11 years, although this year's follows a period of heightened friction over issues including Taiwan, Tibet and trade. The administration of President Barack Obama seems increasingly willing to confront China, after a year in which a lighter approach to Beijing yielded few gains.
As in past years, China's report accused Washington of criticizing others while turning a blind eye to its own problems, ignoring the numerous reviews of domestic rights issued by the administration and Congress, as well as the work of organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union.

ACORN Saying Goodbye To Ohio

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The Columbus Dispatch
by James Nash

ACORN, the liberal group notorious for allegedly trying to inflate voter rolls through fraudulent practices, has seen its last election in Ohio.
The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now will permanently surrender its Ohio business license by June1 as part of a legal settlement with the conservative Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions, both sides said yesterday.
ACORN was active in Ohio in the 2006 and 2008 elections, working to register thousands of low-income people to vote and get them to the polls. The group's efforts were marred by irregularities, including one case in which ACORN workers allegedly induced a Cleveland man to register to vote 72 times, offering cigarettes as an incentive.
The Buckeye Institute's 1851 Center for Constitutional Law teamed with two Warren County residents to sue ACORN in Warren County Common Pleas Court just before the 2008 election. The residents alleged that their rights were abridged by thousands of fraudulent voter registrations, each representing "a potential illegal vote that has the capacity to dilute (legitimate) votes."
The case was moved to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.
Yesterday's settlement is mostly confidential, said Maurice A. Thompson, the conservative group's attorney.
"They will surrender their business license by June 1 and cease to operate in Ohio and cease to support or enable other groups to do what they do," Thompson said.
Alphonse A. Gerhardstein, the attorney for ACORN in Ohio, said the organization already has left Ohio "for reasons that are unrelated to this litigation." After the 2008 election, in which some credited or blamed ACORN for the election of Barack Obama as president, ACORN has dialed back its political activity across the country.
ACORN continues to deny any wrongdoing in Ohio, Gerhardstein said. The settlement doesn't award court costs or attorney's fees to either side, he said.
"They've already stopped (working in Ohio), and they're going to formalize that by June 1, 2010," Gerhardstein said.

JMC Ministries Response

We at JMC Ministries have been following News About ACORN Since they were caught on hidden camera in different states helping give undercover journalists information on how to set up illegal brothels/sex houses where under aged girl were possibly going to working. And have ACORN/The Government pay for it.

Even before then ACORN had been under fire There were questions about what really was going on inside the organization. But these incidents with the undercover journalists was the thing that put ACORN on the map and under scrutiny.  The fact that they no longer will be in our state of Ohio is sad in some ways because they did help those in need but at the same time there has been some dirty work going on. We can only hope and pray that there will be another organization that can come in and do a better job than ACORN and continue to help those in need.