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Huckabee, in Jerusalem, pushes one-state solution
JERUSALEM (BP)--On what Time magazine dubbed his "first 2012 campaign stop," Mike Huckabee said in Israel Aug. 18 there should be no Palestinian state in the West Bank and expressed support for Israeli settlements there.
"The question is, 'Should Palestinians have a place to call their own?' Yes. I have no problem with that. Should it be in the middle of the Jewish homeland? That's what I think has to be honestly assessed as virtually unrealistic," Huckabee, a former Republican candidate for president, told a small group of foreign reporters in Jerusalem.
The trip marked Huckabee's 11th visit to Israel since 1973, and he told Time he purchased his own plane ticket despite being hosted by the Jerusalem Reclamation Project, a pro-settlement group.
"It's inconceivable that we would ever understand how two sovereign governments would control the very same piece of real estate. We don't know how that would work," Huckabee said in opposition to a two-state solution.
Time said he compared the ban on Israeli settlements in Arab areas of East Jerusalem and the West Bank to segregation between black and white Americans in the deep South during his childhood, and he called for integration between Israelis and Arabs.
Huckabee's stance is in opposition to President Obama, who in May told Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that Jewish settlements on the West Bank must stop in order for the peace process to move forward.
Critics have compared Huckabee's visit to a diplomatic mission House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took to Syria two years ago against the will of the Bush administration, but Huckabee said he traveled "purely as a private citizen" and did not meet with Netanyahu.
During his three-day trip, Huckabee visited a planned housing development in East Jerusalem that Obama has insisted not be built as well as a contentious settlement outpost on the West Bank.
On trips to Israel in the 1970s and '80s, Huckabee had no problem visiting the Palestinian city of Nablus on the West Bank, according to a statement posted on his political action committee website Aug. 19.
"But this time, I couldn't go because I was with Israelis, and they cannot enter Nablus or Bethlehem or Ramallah," Huckabee wrote. "I commented on this because I thought it was remarkable that there are places Israelis can't go ..." Read More
In reducing abortions, House bills diverge"Having a bill that is solely Democratic with solely pro-choice (congressional) support to me is not common ground."WASHINGTON (BP)--Two proposals in Congress are being promoted as abortion-reduction measures, but one actually would increase the number of unborn children killed by the procedure in the United States, according to major pro-life organizations. Read More
-- Democrats for Life's Kristen Day
Pro-lifers: Both Ryan & his bill not pro-life
WASHINGTON (BP)--Several evangelical Christian leaders who oppose abortion have endorsed an abortion-reduction bill sponsored by a "pro-life" congressman when, in reality, neither the legislation nor the lawmaker fit those descriptions ... Read More
Piper: tornado a 'warning' to Lutheran denomination about approving homosexuality
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (BP)--A day after tornados and storms slammed the Midwest, John Piper, a prolific author and preaching pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, called an out-of-the-blue tornado that struck downtown Minneapolis Aug. 19 a "warning" from God to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, whose delegates were meeting there to debate a liberalized policy on homosexuality. Read More
Mohler: SBC must be willing to change or face decline
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--The Southern Baptist Convention faces a critical crossroads and must move into the future with denominational structures and methods open to change or face serious decline, R. Albert Mohler Jr. told attendees of a forum on the future of the SBC held Aug. 19 at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Southern Seminary's president said the SBC in 2009 continues to operate largely out of a model that the denomination adopted from corporate America in the early 20th century... Read More
FIRST-PERSON: 22 million? 14 million? 8 million? What will SBC membership be?
[IMGONLY=25858@left@100]BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)--If you have been reading Baptist news the past few weeks, then you may know the answer to the following question, but just for fun, let's make it multiple choice:
In A.D. 2050, the membership of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) will be
A. 22.3 million
B. 14.7 million
C. 8.7 million
D. none of the above
Now the fun begins. As Ed Stetzer, director of LifeWay Research, explained to state Baptist paper editors recently... Read More
Long recovery for injured missionaries
BILLINGS, Mont. (BP)--The Vangsnes family of Spartanburg, S.C. and the Minear family of Marietta, Ga., cling to their strong Christian faith as they continue to pray for their sons' recovery from serious injuries in an SUV rollover accident on Interstate 90 near Belgrade, Mont. on July 21.
One month following the wreck, 21-year-old Jeremy Vangsnes is still the most critical of the four victims, who included two other Vangsnes brothers and Scott Minear. Jeremy has since been moved from St. V... Read More
Missed opportunity? Giving shortfall risks chance to re-engage closed Asian country
RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--A rare opportunity to place missionaries in a highly restricted Central Asian country may slip through Southern Baptists' fingers due to a serious shortfall in missions giving.
The country -- which can't be named without risking missionaries' chances of obtaining a visa -- is home to several million people, mostly Muslim. Only about 2,000 are believed to be evangelical Christians.
Shane and Melanie Johnson* were on track to become the first Southern Baptist personne... Read More