- - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

1| Brody File Exclusive: Donald Trump to Speak with Pastors in Florida This Week | CBN

“Events like this one will be crucial to Trump if he wants to beat Hillary Clinton. The reality is that evangelical pastors are a major key ingredient to mobilizing the masses. They hold great power over a captive audience every week in the pews. Trump needs them engaged. If they are, the flocks will typically follow. The result? A bottom up approach that will affect turnout exponentially. The top down approach of receiving key endorsements won’t do squat unless the evangelicals sitting in the pews are motivated. Trump shouldn’t assume that the anti-Hillary sentiment will be all he needs. No. He needs to do some work and by showing up in Orlando he’s well on his way to striking evangelical gold.”

2| Idaho posts free ultrasound list for women seeking abortions | Associated Press

***The journalist’s bias would be hilarious if these issues weren’t so important. Seriously, an example of “anti-abortion stronghold” is telling pregnant women where to get a free ultrasound?

Idaho has advanced its anti-abortion stronghold once again by publishing a list of places where pregnant women considering abortions can get free ultrasounds.

Lawmakers in the Republican-dominated Statehouse pushed for the list earlier this year during the legislative session, where anti-abortion legislation is common and almost always receives the governor’s signature. The state’s GOP supermajority refused requests from minority Democratic members to ensure the information given by the ultrasound providers was medically accurate.

In total, 11 ultrasound providers requested to be included on the state list. Most are crisis pregnancy centers, which discourage women from getting abortions and often are run by religiously affiliated groups.

The state’s three Planned Parenthood clinics were excluded because they do not offer free ultrasounds. 

3| Former Prison Warden Burl Cain to export Angola seminary program to Brazil | Baptist Message

Cain, who recently retired after serving 21 years as warden of the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, told the Baptist Message a plan is unfolding for his life that he did not anticipate when he left his career in state corrections – especially after returning from his visit to Brazil.

“Wayne Jenkins asked me whether I had the passion to duplicate in Brazil what we were able to do at Angola with the seminary program we established there through New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary,” Cain said.

“I went with a lot of uncertainty about what I might accomplish with only a few contacts and just a little bit of time to be in the country,” he said. “I was astonished how fast things developed after I arrived.”

Cain said he was overwhelmed how God arranged for him to meet with the key authorities needed to move forward with a proposal to establish a four-year degree program in a Brazilian federal prison.

He said he was able to make a presentation to the director general of prisons, the warden of the correctional facility, the director of education programs for prisons and leaders of the Brazilian Baptist Seminary which will be a partner.

“I showed a video of prisoners preaching and told them about how violence had been reduced so dramatically after we implemented the program, and they were ready to sign on,” he described.


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