This week's installment of "The 3" includes a new development in the case of those missionaries to Haiti who had been detained there, Christians making their mark in the Vancouver Winter Olympics, and a gathering of conservatives, including Christian leaders, in the nation's capital.
3 - 8 of 10 missionaries to Haiti secure release
More good news out of Haiti this week, as 8 of the 10 missionaries who had been held in Haiti under suspicion of trafficking, as a result of their attempt to rescue orphans from the country, were released from prison. The leader of the group and another woman continued to be held for questioning in the nation. The Christian Post has an account of recent developments in the case.
2 - Christian athletes make impact on Winter Olympics
The world of sports has given Christian athletes a platform upon which to share their faith. Currently, on the world's biggest stage, the Olympic Games, Winter Olympians who profess faith in Christ are making an impact, some by merely being open to share their faith, others who take it to a different level by earning medals on behalf of their respective countries. Baptist Press has been doing an excellent job in providing coverage of these Christian participants, and here is a link to their regularly-updated blog site.
1 - Christian, pro-life leaders participate in CPAC Conference, Mt. Vernon Statement
The annual Conservative Political Action Conference took place this week in Washington, DC. Representatives from a number of Christian, pro-family, and pro-life organizations were in attendance, as they attempted to present a social and religious conservative viewpoint in the overall tapestry of ideas being shared at the conference. One of the notable events in the week was a panel discussion of the pro-life movement, with a number of prominent, familiar names in advocacy for pre-born children. LifeNews.com reported on that forum at the CPAC Conference.
Prior to the official opening of the conference, dozens of conservative leaders issued the "Mt. Vernon Statement" (www.themountvernonstatement.com) , which was intended to unify conservatives around some foundational principles based on the Constitution. A number of familiar Christian and conservative leaders were signers of the statement, which calls for an embracing of limited government, individual liberty, free enterprise, the advancement of freedom around the world, and the defense of family, neighborhood, community, and faith. Here is a report about the statement from CitizenLink.
SPECIAL: Christian leaders rally to attempt to stop gambling in Alabama
The attempt to legalize slot machines in Alabama, under the more innocuous name, "electronic bingo", continues in earnest in light of recent actions by the Governor's Task Force on Illegal Gambling. 3 large casinos remain closed, with a law enforcement standoff in effect at another. Gambling interests are attempting to gain the legal right to operate their machines and be protected from prosecution by proposing a constitutional amendment, which would require a statewide vote on legalizing these machines. It takes 21 votes in the Alabama Senate to pass the amendment, and a vote has been delayed because it is believed that the proponents simply do not have the votes to pass it. Opponents of gambling will gather at the State House for a Statewide Rally on Tuesday, February 23rd at 12:30pm.
Dr. Richard Land, President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, spoke to gatherings across Alabama this week, and here is audio from the Montgomery meeting.
For additional information, including facts about the damage to individuals and families caused by gambling, go to www.citizensforabetterAL.com.
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