The Minnesota food giant that brought to the nation’s parents, and especially their children, the Honey Nut Bee, Lucky the Leprechaun, and the Silly Trix Rabbit now publicly is supporting homosexual marriage, leaving critics surprised at General Mills’ abandonment of traditional values families, reports WorldNetDaily. General Mills CEO Ken Powell announced this week at a Minneapolis homosexual pride event that his company opposes the marriage amendment on the Minnesota ballot in November. Same-sex marriage is already illegal in Minnesota, but supporters of the traditional marriage initiative say that the constitutional amendment would keep marriage safe from activist courts and even legislators who may attempt to usurp state law. Already there is a case in Hennepin County effectively putting the Minnesota Defense of Marriage Act on trial, and Minnesota pro-traditional marriage groups say that the November ballot measure is critical. Supporters of traditional marriage say that General Mills couldn’t be more wrong in calling its support a business decision, but that is precisely how General Mills is voicing its opposition to the idea that state residents could define marriage for themselves.
- Conservative bloggers are on heightened alert following a string of so-called SWATing incidents and are taking precautionary measures to ensure they don’t fall victim to the potentially dangerous prank as the political blogosphere prepares for a heated election season, says FoxNews.com. “SWATing” refers to a hoax in which an anonymous prankster falsely reports a violent crime at an unsuspecting person’s home, prompting a police team to respond to the location, believing a dangerous situation is at hand. The illegal practice has in recent months targeted well-known conservative writers and commentators, including Erick Erickson, founder of the blog RedState.com, who claims he was eating dinner with his family in May when a SWAT team surrounded his home following such a false 911 call. The growing trend, which some say could one day prove deadly, had conservatives on edge at the annual RightOnline conference of right-wing bloggers and activists in Las Vegas this weekend. “What they’re clearly trying to do is dampen down free speech, but it goes beyond that—it’s putting people’s physical safety in jeopardy,” said Ali Akbar, who heads a group called the National Bloggers Club made up of conservative online writers. Akbar told FoxNews.com that he believes he is a target after he claims his mother’s home address in Texas was posted on various Internet sites to “incite someone crazy on the fringe left to do something absolutely awful to one of us for what we’re talking about.” Akbar and others are urging troops of conservative bloggers to protect themselves by contacting their local law enforcement before they post about a “controversial” topic. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., as well as 85 other members of Congress, is calling on the Justice Department to a launch a federal probe into the matter. “The emerging pattern is both disturbing and dangerous,” Chambliss wrote in a June 5 letter to Attorney General Eric Holder. “Any potentially criminal action that incites fear, seeks to silence a dissenting opinion, and collaterally wastes the resources of law enforcement should be given close scrutiny at all levels.”
- A seven-months-pregnant mother in China was beaten and forced to abort her unborn daughter, according to The Christian Post. It was her second child. “Feng Jianmei’s story demonstrates how the One-Child Policy continues to sanction violence against women every day,” said Chai Ling, founder of All Girls Allowed. “We learned that family planning officials in Jianmei’s region are launching a campaign of forced abortions this month. They received a lower grade from the government because of ‘over-quota’ births, and Jianmei’s story shows us how they plan to respond. Unfortunately her family was the first to receive the ‘opening of the knife.'” According to reports, Jianmei was beaten and dragged into a vehicle on June 2 by family planning officials while her husband, Deng Jiyuan, was at work. Jiyuan told Ling of All Girls Allowed that five men had abducted his wife and taken her to a hospital where they held her down. The officials asked her to pay fines worth more than $6,000, but when the money wasn’t given, they forced Jianmei to sign an abortion consent form. They inked her thumb and pressed it forcibly against the form. Toxins were then injected into the brain of her unborn daughter. “I could feel the baby jumping around inside me all the time, but then she went still,” the mother recounted to Ling. China’s one-child policy applies to couples living in urban areas. A maximum of two children are allowed for couples living in rural areas if the first child is a girl. The United States expressed strong opposition against forced abortion and sterilization this week. Chinese health officials reported in 2009 that more than 13 million abortions are performed each year in China, or about 24 abortions for every 1,000 women between the ages of 15 and 44.
- More than 26,000 people flocked to San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium to hear New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow speak about his relationship with his dad, Bob, at a Father’s Day event on Sunday, reports The Christian Post. The Christian athlete, who was the special guest for a ceremony titled “Father’s Day : Encouraging Men to Live, Love & Lead,” in San Diego, stressed the need for role models for the next generation, and shared how his dad was one for him. It’s “so frustrating,” he said, that “you have in today’s society so many famous athletes” but few good examples. “If we would come together and be great role models, it would be amazing to see how the next generation turns out,” U-T San Diego quoted him as saying. As he spoke on Sunday morning, a plane flew above the stadium pulling a banner that read, “Happy Father’s Day” and “John 3:16.” “For me, it was about watching my dad. Because he could say whatever he wanted, but I watched him—how he acted, how he treated my mom, how he treated my four siblings; . . . it wasn’t about what he said, it was about what he did,” said Tebow. Tebow and Pastor David Jeremiah of the host church, Shadow Mountain Community Church, spoke for more than 50 minutes at the event that was free and open to public.
- Mitt Romney addressed a group of Christian conservatives on Saturday, reports The Christian Post, saying he would reverse President Barack Obama’s policy on Israel, which is dominated by the fear that the Jewish country might attack Iran. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee also backed other conservative social issues, and received support from former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum. “I think, by and large, you can just look at the things the president has done and do the opposite,” the Associated Press quoted Romney as telling an audience of about 250 Christian conservatives from the Faith and Freedom Coalition. “You look at his policies with regards to Iran,” the former Massachusetts governor went on to say, speaking by satellite from Cornwall, Pa., to the conference in Washington, D.C. “He’s almost sounded like he’s more frightened that Israel might take military action than he’s concerned that Iran might become nuclear.” Romney, who was in Pennsylvania on the second day of his six-state, five-day bus tour, said he was for forging a strong working relationship with the leadership in Israel. “I would make it very clear that for us, as well as for them, it is unacceptable for Iran to become a nuclear nation and that we’re prepared to take any and all action to keep that from happening.” Romney also criticized Obama’s contraception mandate, which requires religious organizations, including the Catholic Church, to provide contraceptive coverage to its employees. Later on Saturday, the former Pennsylvania senator praised Romney. Speaking to the coalition conference, Santorum said he appreciated Romney’s speech because it “hit all the points,” and had “no doubt” he recognizes the “centrality of family.” Santorum added that he thought Romney would track toward the middle. “But I’m not seeing that. I’m seeing him stand by the convictions he had during the primaries.”
- A U.S.-born Israeli author and expert on terrorism is outraged that Israel wasn’t invited to participate in a recent forum on counterterrorism, while terrorist-supporting nations were allowed to participate, onenewsnow.com reports. The Global Counterterrorism Forum was sponsored by the United States and held in Istanbul, Turkey. At the urging of that country’s Islamic president, President Barack Obama insisted on excluding Israel, even though the Jewish state has vast experience in counterterrorism. Meanwhile, reportedly one-third of the participants were Islamic nations, some of whom are known supporters of terrorism. David Rubin is the former mayor of the Israeli city of Shiloh and author of The Islamic Tsunami: Israel and America in the Age of Obama. He does not think Israel should have expected to be included. “We have to be honest about it here—Israel knows who President Obama is, and we know that the Obama administration is not a friend of Israel,” he comments. “The Republicans are more sympathetic to Israel. This is a very serious problem.” And Rubin points out that Obama’s disdain for Israel is not sitting too well with a growing number of American Jews, as evidenced by the lower poll numbers he has lately been receiving among Jewish voters.
- Author and speaker Josh McDowell’s concern is pornography—something that has always been around but is now just one click away, thanks to the Internet. He says access to porn has never been so readily available, and he feels he can no longer remain silent. “I pray to God that some leaders in the United States—a head of each denomination—will wake up and say, ‘We have got to address this problem,’ or I’ll tell you this: kiss this generation goodbye,” McDowell warned. “It’s almost too late.” He says pornography in the United States is so pervasive, especially among young people. “Of all young people [ages] 12–25 who visit the Internet, which is a majority of them, 60-some percent regularly go to pornography,” the author laments. “And that’s the same stat within the church of evangelical, fundamental, born-again young people. And the pastor stands in the pulpit silent. Incredible.” McDowell, a longtime Christian leader who is currently on a speaking tour in Latin America, has launched Just1ClickAway.org, a new online resource for families and churches to help those battling porn addiction, reports onenewsnow.com.
- Joseph Curl, writing in The Washington Times, has charged President Obama with being a domestic enemy of the U.S. Constitution. Wrote Curl, “In 1884, Congress, having no set oath of office, wrote its own: ‘I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same. . . .’ Little did they know then that 128 years later, America would face just that: a domestic threat to the U.S. Constitution. From the very beginning, the president and his administration made clear they had no intention of enforcing laws they didn’t like. Mr. Obama and his minions decided that they would simply stop enforcing the Defense of Marriage Act, no longer prosecute growers of “medical” marijuana, and let some states walk away from provisions in the No Child Left Behind law. . . . Mr. Obama’s Justice Department has even more flagrantly flouted the laws of the land. Out of the blue, Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, reinterpreted America’s gambling laws (and dumped the decision on Christmas Eve so as to avoid scrutiny). More recently, Mr. Holder has decided to thwart congressional oversight by refusing to release documents on the disastrous ‘Fast and Furious’ gun-running scheme, and he is actively fighting Florida for trying to expunge dead people from its voter rolls. Now comes Mr. Obama’s decision to stop enforcing America’s immigration laws. . . . Mr. Obama is looking to shore up his support, even if that means violating his oath to protect the Constitution.”
- Congressional Republicans intend to seek quick repeal of any parts of the healthcare law that survive a widely anticipated Supreme Court ruling, but don’t plan to push replacement measures until after the fall elections or perhaps 2013, reports newsmax.com. Instead, GOP lawmakers cite recent announcements that some insurance companies will retain a few of the law’s higher-profile provisions as evidence that quick legislative action is not essential. Those are steps that officials say Republicans quietly urged in private conversations with the industry. Once the Supreme Court issues a ruling, “the goal is to repeal anything that is left standing,” said Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., a member of the party’s leadership. Beyond that, “we ought to go step by step to lower the cost” of healthcare, he added, a formula repeated by numerous other Republicans interviewed in recent days. A Supreme Court ruling is expected within the next two weeks on a challenge to the law, which has drawn fierce opposition among most Republicans for its requirement that most individuals carry health insurance.