March 10, 2005 Print Edition

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Lt. Gov. touts new pregnancy support program

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Lt. Governor Toni Jennings visited the offices of Florida Baptist Witness Mar. 3 for a 40-minute interview to tout a new state initiative to support women in crisis pregnancies, insisting that the state government should help to level the playing field in offering alternatives to abortion in the Sunshine State.

Hispanic immigrant leads church planting movement in U.S.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (NAMB)—Unlike most Hispanic immigrants, when Carlos and Cristina De La Barra arrived in the United States with their three daughters 14 years ago, it wasn’t a prosperous life they were searching for—but a more fulfilling one.

New motions in Terri Schiavo case could nudge judge to void original order

CLEARWATER (FBW)—Challenging a judge’s ruling whether there was “clear and convincing” evidence Terri Schiavo would not have wanted to live in her physical state, attorneys Mar. 4 won a small victory when Sixth Circuit Court Judge George W. Greer scheduled an expedited Mar. 8 hearing on that matter and another related to Terri’s medical condition.

Florida attorney argues Ten Commandments case before United States Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (BP)—Liberal and conservative lawyers alike have debated for years the constitutionality of public Ten Commandments displays. On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider that issue when it takes up two cases that could impact religion’s role in America for years to come.

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On February 25th, 2005, Florida Circuit Judge George W. Greer signed an order stating that “absent a stay from the appellate courts, the guardian, Michael Schiavo, shall cause the removal of nutrition and hydration from the ward, Theresa Schiavo, at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, March 18th 2005.” That this order amounts to a death warrant is apparent from additional language of the order in which Judge Greer grimly states, “a date and time certain should be established so that last rites and other similar matters can be addressed in an orderly manner.” This order, in its explicit finality, raises fundamental questions regarding life and the taking of life.

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It all began with a call from the pharmacist. She told me that a woman who said she worked for me had just phoned in a refill for a popularly abused substance. There were two problems: (1) No such person worked in my office; and (2) The office was closed for the weekend. A bit of detective work revealed that this woman had contacted other pharmacies, using similar claims in an attempt to illegally obtain addictive medications. She soon found herself facing criminal prosecution. Unfortunately, this story is not uncommon and illustrates the growing problem of prescription drug abuse in the United States.

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In December of last year, the ultra liberal United Church of Christ launched a 1.7 million dollar television outreach campaign with its controversial “Night Club” ad. The ad begins with two burly night-club bouncers working the ropes in front of a church. When a same-sex couple approaches the church, they are forbidden entrance and told by the bouncers to step aside. Afterward, the screen goes black and a message reads, “Jesus didn’t turn people away ... Neither do we.” According to Rev. Ben Guess, the United Church of Christ’s news service director, the ad is intended to show his church’s “policy of radical inclusion.”

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Is a new strain of AIDS developing? The New York Times suggests that this could be the case. Scientists are running tests to see if a man infected with an unusually fast-acting and resistant form of HIV has a new “supervirus.” Nothing has been confirmed yet, but already people are getting alarmed.

Drug rehab center offers Native American women hope

BRIGHTON (FBC) Two years ago, Pathways Community Church pastor Bill Losasso from Largo felt compelled to action after hearing Native Americans, including Grammy winner Tom Bee of Red Sea Ministries, speak and sing about the need for more outreach to Native Americans during a Promise Keepers pastor's conference in Phoenix, Ariz.

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