Faith News in Focus: Obama Vetoes Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood, and More News

By Julie Roys
As expected, President Obama vetoed a bill that would have de-funded Planned Parenthood. But, many pro-life activists consider getting a bill to his desk a major victory since it shows the difference having a pro-life president would make, and this is an election year.  Also, Wheaton College this week began the firing process for its professor who claimed that Muslims and Christians worship the same God.  And, Marco Rubio named Pastor Rick Warren and theologian Wayne Grudem to his advisory board.  These stories and more in this week’s Faith News in Focus!

Obama Vetoes Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood

President Barack Obama vetoed a reconciliation bill Friday that would have defunded Planned Parenthood. The bill, which also sought to repeal Obamacare, passed the House 240-181. Speaker Paul Ryan vowed to hold a vote to override the veto, although it is not likely to pass.

According to, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said that now the blame for the sale of the body parts of aborted babies for profit now lies squarely on Obama’s shoulders as well. “Mr. President, by vetoing this bill, you alone bear the moral responsibility for sending taxpayer dollars to a group that has engaged in the selling of baby body parts,” he said.

2015 A Good Year for Planned Parenthood, A Bad Year for the Unborn

The depraved abortion company Planned Parenthood performed 323,999 abortions in 2015 — 160 abortions per every one child referred for adoption. They received $553.7 million from U.S. taxpayers, an increase of $25 million, even though they saw 200,000 fewer patients. 

Wheaton Begins Firing Process for Professor who Says Muslims and Christians Worship Same God

Wheaton College began termination proceedings against professor Larycia Hawkins, who claims that Muslims and Christians worship the same God. While Hawkins response made it sound like the decision is about politics and intolerance, Wheaton says her actions conflict with her statement of faith. 

Perhaps even more troubling than the recent controversy is Wheaton Professor Gene Green’s statement that there is not consensus among Wheaton’s Bible Department on whether Christians and Muslims worship the same God. 

Rick Warren Joins Rubio Campaign Advisory Board

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio announced Wednesday that well known evangelicals Rick Warren and Wayne Grudem, among others, have joined his campaign’s religious liberty advisory board.

Gunman Walks Into Church Intent on Violence, Accepts Christ Instead

A man armed with an assault rifle entered a Fayetteville, NC church on New Year’s Eve during a sermon on growing violence. The man was calmed by the pastor and accepted Christ during an alter call. Police were called, but the pastor asked the police to stay outside. “I finished the message, I did the altar call and he stood right up, came up to the altar, and gave his life to Christ,” Pastor Larry Wright of the Heal the Land Outreach Ministriessaid. “I came down and prayed with him and we embraced. It was like a father embracing a son.”



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