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Saturday, August 24, 2019

Archaeologists Uncover Babylonian Destruction of Jerusalem Just How Bible Describes It - CBN News Emily Jones

Courtesy: Dr. Shimon Gibson
Archaeologists Uncover Babylonian Destruction of Jerusalem Just How Bible Describes It
CBN News Emily Jones
JERUSALEM, Israel - Academics are saying the Bible is trustworthy after discovering evidence of the 6th century Babylonian siege of Jerusalem as it is described in 2 Kings, Chapter 25.
Archaeologists from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, excavating on Mount Zion in Jerusalem, say they have found physical evidence of the Babylonian attack, including burnt material, arrowheads, carbonized wood, bronze, iron, jewelry, and broken pottery.
Dr. Shimon Gibson, co-director of the university's Mount Zion archaeological project, told CBN News the discoveries were "unexpected."
The Bible describes King Nebuchadnezzar's forces burning "every great house" down, including the house of the Lord – Solomon's Temple. The soldiers also took bronze pillars and vessels from the Temple and carried them back to Babylon while the children of Israel were thrown into exile.
"What we're finding are the results of that destruction," Gibson said, adding that Nebuchadnezzar was known as the "Destroyer of Nations" at the time.
The researchers also found a particularly rare piece of jewelry with unclear origins.
"It might have been an earring. It might have been a tassel, some kind of ornament. It's unclear at this point in time. It consists of a golden bell out of which extends this bunch of grapes made out of silver," Gibson said.
While he cannot say conclusively that the archaeologists stumbled upon the remnants of the Babylonian attack, Gibson said it "lines up very well" with the Bible.
In fact, Gibson believes the discoveries prove the Bible to be a reliable and historically accurate document.
"There have been over the past several decades a lot of discussion as to the veracity of the biblical account. Some would like to see it more as mythically based, maybe having a basis in history, but still largely a document that is not really to be relied upon," he explained.
"Our excavations prove that to not be the case."
Gibson said the archaeologists will return to Jerusalem next summer to excavate the site in its entirety.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Here Are 5 Things Trump Has Fulfilled from the Wish Lists of Christian Voters - CBN News Steve Warren

Here Are 5 Things Trump Has Fulfilled from the Wish Lists of Christian Voters
CBN News Steve Warren
When Donald Trump became president on Jan. 20, 2017, evangelical Christians and their leaders drew up their "wish lists" of big goals he could pursue, opposing abortion and limiting the ever-invasive LGBTQ movement. 
Two and a half years later, the Trump administration is being praised for fulfilling many items on those lists. Here's a quick list of just 5 of those big issues:
  • 1.  Pro-Life Moves, Like Forcing Planned Parenthood to Choose Between Abortion and Women's Health.
  • 2.  Protecting Religious Freedom Rights of Employers.
  • 3.  Appointing Conservative Judges to the Federal Bench
  • 4.  Limiting the LGBTQ Movement in American Life
  • 5.  Standing with Israel, Moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem, and Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's Capital
Mat Staver, president of the legal advocacy organization Liberty Counsel, said Trump has fulfilled about 90% of the goals on a list that Staver and other conservative leaders compiled.
"In the first two years of his administration, he's achieved more than all of the presidents combined since Ronald Reagan," Staver said. "He's been the most pro-religious freedom and pro-life president in modern history."
One of the biggest steps came this week when the Department of Health and Human Services implemented a new rule for the federal family planning program known as Title X.  Planned Parenthood, the nation's biggest abortion provider, quit the Title X program it had participated in for decades rather than obeying a new rule which would have stopped its clinics from referring women for abortions.  
When the organization walked away, it left $60 million in federal funding on the table that could be used for women's health by other medical providers across the country. It was a move hailed by conservatives and condemned by liberals.
Last week, the Labor Department proposed a rule that is expected to shield federal contractors from discrimination complaints regarding hiring and firing decisions motivated by religious beliefs. In other words, they won't be forced to hire people who refuse to follow their faith.
The administration has also moved to appoint conservative judges to the federal bench.   
"We are heartened by the appointment of constitutionalist judges, including two excellent Supreme Court justices (Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh), and look forward to more such appointments throughout the federal court system," said Bruce Hausknecht, judicial analyst for Focus on the Family.
But the president's promise-keeping didn't end there.  As CBN News reported, Trump moved the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem in May of 2018. 
The new facility opened on May 14, the 70th anniversary of the founding of the modern state of Israel.  
"First and foremost, it was the day that the United States put itself on the right side of history," US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman told CBN News. "I would suggest maybe your audience might agree with me the move put itself on the right side of God. It was a day when we recognized one of the great historical truths of our time." 
The Trump administration has also taken action reversing or revising policies and rules instigated by President Barack Obama.  Obama pushed abortion rights and same-sex marriage, mandated that abortion-causing drugs be covered by the Affordable Care Act, required the military to allow transgender troops, and told school districts to let transgender students use the bathrooms of their choice.
Like any other sitting president, President Trump has many critics of his new policies. Numerous organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union, are seeking to block some of the administration's moves in court.
Meanwhile, the Alliance Defending Freedom, one of several conservative legal law firms that litigated against numerous Obama-era initiatives, welcomes the president's action.
"The defense of life, free speech, and religious liberty should never be subject to political and cultural whims," said Kristen Waggoner, an ADF senior vice president. "They are constitutional guarantees, and we are grateful that this administration recognizes that reality and is taking serious steps to correct injustice and protect all Americans."
Dr. Robert Jeffress, the pastor of First Baptist Dallas, has predicted that Trump's policies could win him even more Christian votes in 2020 than in 2016.
"When he ran in 2016 and promised pro-life, pro-religious freedom policies, most evangelicals who voted for him didn't know whether he would or could fulfill those promises," Jeffress said. "When they look back now, they see he checked off all of those goals. ...He'll win by an even larger margin on the basis of promises kept."

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Pro-Lifers Say Planned Parenthood Just Exposed the Truth: 'Their Primary Focus Is Not Women's Healthcare' - CBN News Heather Sells

Pro-Lifers Say Planned Parenthood Just Exposed the Truth: 'Their Primary Focus Is Not Women's Healthcare'
CBN News Heather Sells
Planned Parenthood says it will no longer accept Title X funding so that it can continue to refer women for abortions. The abortion provider announced the news in the wake of a new Trump administration rule which says clinics that refer for abortions can't receive the funds.
It's clear that Planned Parenthood is rejecting the $60 million in Title X funds for one reason: So that it can continue to refer pregnant women for abortions.
Pro-life advocates are calling the funding cut a win, but they say the decision by the abortion provider exposes their true colors.

Former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson said, "They don't really care if they don't receive Title 10 money because their primary focus is not women's healthcare. Their primary focus is abortion."
Conservative constitutional attorney Jenna Ellis said, "It shows that their narrative claiming that they mainly provide health care services is just simply false."
Planned Parenthood pulled out because of the new Trump administration rule bars taxpayer dollars to groups that counsel or refer people for abortion.
Pro-lifers say it's a promise kept by the Trump administration. "Especially going into the 2020 election, Christians can be very encouraged that President Trump is keeping his promises to defund Planned Parenthood," Ellis said.
Planned Parenthood is the country's largest abortion provider. Its interim CEO argued Monday that the loss of Title X funds would cause many low-income women who depend on Planned Parenthood services to delay or go without care.
But pro-life advocates note that Planned Parenthood will still receive a big chunk of federal funding via Medicaid. Last year, it received half a billion dollars.
Researchers say those Medicaid dollars encourage low-income women to get abortions.

Dr. Michael New of Catholic University said, "Essentially when the price of abortion goes down the incidence increases, and if low-income women can get abortion subsidized through Medicaid programs they're more likely to get abortions."
Pro-lifers also believe the loss of the $60 million in Title X funding will have minimal impact because that money can now go to medical providers that actually do provide women's healthcare.
And Heritage Foundation's Melanie Israel says Planned Parenthood reported close to a quarter billion dollars in excess revenue last year so it can afford to lose the funds anyway.
Many pro-life activists believe Planned Parenthood's decision to forgo Title X funding clearly prioritizes abortion over family planning.
The organization recently ousted its CEO, Dr. Leana Wen, who promoted comprehensive healthcare for women over straight-up abortion advocacy.
Meanwhile, the Trump administration is also moving to cut abortion funding overseas.
CBN's David Brody exclusively reported Monday that the White House plans to drop family planning money in West Africa.
The administration says it has discovered that some West African countries are evading the US government's "Mexico City Policy" which requires non-governmental organizations to agree to not actively promote abortion.

EXCLUSIVE: Trump Administration Plans Big International Cuts Including Abortion Funding in Africa - CBN News David Brody

EXCLUSIVE: Trump Administration Plans Big International Cuts Including Abortion Funding in Africa
CBN News David Brody
A senior Trump administration official tells CBN News that the White House plans to cut abortion funding in West Africa as part of their goal to drastically cut America's international foreign aid around the world. 
Specifically, the blueprint would no longer provide 'voluntary family planning money' to the countries of Sierra Leone, Niger, Burkina Faso, and Benin. 
"The President himself has stated that there is a lot of fat in the foreign assistance we provide," according to the senior official. "While there are many great programs we support around the world, taxpayer dollars should not be spent on 'voluntary family planning' in Africa—which could include abortion. This administration is committed to cutting wasteful spending and protecting the unborn." 
The release of the specific international aid cuts is expected as early as Tuesday.
The moves are part of what is known as a "rescissions package," meaning the canceling of billions of unspent foreign assistance funds, which could total more than four billion dollars. Administration officials tell CBN News more than 100 countries overall will be targeted for international aid cuts. 
As for the 'voluntary family planning' funds, they are typically dispersed through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).  The administration has discovered that some of those family planning funds used in West African nations actually evade or skirt around what is known as America's, 'Mexico City Policy,' which requires non-governmental organizations to agree not to "perform nor actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations." That is the reason the rescissions money specifically looks to get rid of funds going to those individual programs in West Africa.
Beyond family planning, White House officials are also looking to cut funding to many other programs including investing in Guatemalan agriculture technology, solar panels in Central Asia, crop diversity in Bangladesh, desert survival courses in Egypt and cuts to border security funds provided to more than a dozen countries including El Salvador.
Democrats in Congress and even some top Republicans like Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)  are against the proposed cuts. White House officials believe they have the power to cancel the funds without approval from Congress. That's a point of contention moving forward.
The overall argument by senior officials inside the Trump administration is that many of these foreign aid programs that are targeted in the current rescissions package have had a history of waste and abuse and therefore the view that US tax dollar money is being used to fund corruption around the world. 
The competing view is that the money spent by America overseas is crucial for national security. Proponents of this approach say the funds help unstable countries become more self-sufficient, which in turn keeps them from becoming bad international actors, which would make the world a more dangerous place.