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 April 27 - GMO pesticides linked to birth defects, disruption of male hormones, cancer
 Article: Miscellaneous

Numerous studies in recent months have tied agricultural pesticides to reproductive and other serious health problems. And a new study out of Argentina adds even more evidence to the fact that such chemicals are a widespread public health pandemic.

Andres Carrasco, head of the molecular Embryology Lab at the University of Buenos Aires, recently presented a report explaining that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup herbicide, is responsible for causing birth defects, infertility, sperm destruction, and cancer.

For the study, Carrasco and his team tested the effects of glyphosate on animal embryos and found that the chemical alters and impairs proper embryonic development. The paper also explains that "glyphosate itself was responsible" for causing the birth defects, and that the results of the study suggest similar outcomes for humans as well.

"I didn't discover anything new," said Carrasco in an interview with GMWatch.org. "I just confirmed what other scientists discovered. In spite of the evidence, they tried to run down 30 years of my reputation as a scientist ... They know they can't cover up the sun with one hand. There is scientific proof and, above all, there are hundreds of affected towns [that] are a living evidence of this public health emergency."

Besides glyphosate, the whole slew of other toxic chemicals applied to conventional and genetically-modified (GM) crops are also a severe threat to human health. A report published in the magazine Scientific American back in February explains that the vast majority of pesticides are endocrine disruptors. The chemicals affect male hormones in particular, blocking or mimicking them, and ultimately leading to all sorts of very severe health problems.

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 April 25 - Atheists Mock Rapture Prediction as 'Nonsense'
 Article: Unbiblical Christianity

Jesus is returning next month, according to one controversial group, and atheists are ready for it. They're throwing a "rapture party." While Christian radio broadcaster Harold Camping tries to warn the world that the rapture - where Christians will rise and join Jesus - will happen on May 21, the group American Atheists is calling it "nonsense" and advertising a party for "heathens and skeptics."

"The Rapture: You KNOW it's Nonsense. 2000 Years of 'Any Day Now,'" says the atheist group's billboard in Oakland, Calif. "Learn the Truth at our Rapture Party, May 21-22." The billboard is designed to mock "two millennia of false predictions that the world was about to end." Parties to celebrate "another rapture that wasn't" are scheduled for Houston, Fort Lauderdale and Oakland, where Camping's radio ministry is based.

The ad was erected in response to billboards that went up in recent months that say Jesus "is coming again" in May. Spearheaded by Camping's Family Radio, the ads direct the public to wecanknow.com where they are told that May 21 is the day that the rapture of believers will take place and October 21 is the day God will destroy the world.

Interestingly, atheists aren't the only ones rejecting the prediction. Christians have argued that predicting the date for the end of the world is unbiblical.  No one can know the day or the hour, they say, citing Scripture.

"The end of times is something that we all expect and hope for and look forward to but most Christians aren't in the business of trying to predict that date. They are working toward that date," Dr. Thomas B. Slater, professor of New Testament at Mercer University's McAfee School of Theology, told The Christian Post in an earlier interview.

Still, many evangelical Christians don't deny that the last days are near.

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 April 19 - Israel under pressure to offer peace plan
 Article: Israel And The Last Days

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is under mounting pressure to unveil a new plan for solving the longstanding Israeli-Palestinian conflict or risk having the U.S. and international community move ahead with a strategy of their own.

Israel won some breathing space with the postponement last week of a meeting of international powers in Berlin, but American and European diplomats are continuing to prod Netanyahu to lay out his vision for restarting peace talks and ending the occupation of the West Bank. If he does not, diplomats warned, the so-called Mideast quartet - the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations - may attempt to jump-start the process by formally endorsing, for the first time, the creation of a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital. Netanyahu's government has vehemently opposed such a move.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton signaled last week that international patience over the stalled peace process was growing thin and that the recent Arab world unrest made a resolution of the conflict more pressing. She promised "active American leadership" and a reinvigorated U.S. approach that would be announced in coming weeks.

Last month, Israeli government aides floated the idea of an interim peace plan with temporary borders, but the Palestinians rejected it. Now Netanyahu is considering handing the Palestinian Authority more control over certain areas in the West Bank or calling for an international conference aimed at restarting talks.

In a speech to European Union envoys last week, Netanyahu offered no clues. "I have not decided what to say, and when to say it," the prime minister reportedly told the group. On Thursday, Netanyahu struck a defiant tone, saying he would not succumb to outside pressure. "We will stand firm against anyone who attempts to dictate conditions to us that will leave us without security and without peace."

President Obama has said he wants to welcome a Palestinian state into the U.N. in September. Not coincidentally, that's also when the Palestinians are promising to take their statehood bid to the U.N. General Assembly, which most predict will approve it.

"I don't see in the current government a political plan for moving forward," said lawmaker Shaul Mofaz of the opposition Kadima party. Yet, he added,
"a do-nothing policy is very dangerous for the future of Israel."

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 April 29 - Tornadoes Devastate South, Killing at Least 297
 Article: Signs Of The Last Times

Firefighters searched one splintered pile after another for survivors Thursday, combing the remains of houses and neighborhoods pulverized by the nation's deadliest tornado outbreak in almost four decades. At least 297 people were killed across six states -- more than two-thirds of them in Alabama, where large cities bore the half-mile-wide scars the twisters left behind.

The death toll from Wednesday's storms seems out of a bygone era, before Doppler radar and pinpoint satellite forecasts were around to warn communities of severe weather. Residents were told the tornadoes were coming up to 24 minutes ahead of time, but they were just too wide, too powerful and too locked onto populated areas to avoid a horrifying body count.

"These were the most intense super-cell thunderstorms that I think anybody who was out there forecasting has ever seen," said meteorologist Greg Carbin at the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla.

Alabama Emergency Management officials said early Friday that the state had 210 confirmed deaths. There were 33 deaths in Mississippi, 33 in Tennessee, 15 in Georgia, five in Virginia and one in Kentucky. Hundreds if not thousands of people were injured -- nearly 800 in Tuscaloosa alone.

The storm prediction center said it received 164 tornado reports around the region, but some tornadoes were probably reported multiple times and it could take days to get a final count.

In fact, Brooks said 50 to 60 reports -- from the Mississippi-Alabama line, through Tuscaloosa and Birmingham and into Georgia and southwestern Tennessee -- might end up being a single tornado. If that's true its path would be one of the longest on record for a twister, rivaling a 1925 tornado that raged for 219 miles.

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 April 27 - Church Touts Homosexuality as a Gift, Not a Sin
 Artcle: Unbibical Christianity

Being gay is a gift from God, asserts one church in Ohio.  That's the message that Central United Methodist Church is spreading throughout their community via a digital billboard, launched on Monday.
This "simple statement," the church announced, is "intended to be a gift to those who have experienced hurt and discrimination because of their real or perceived sexual orientation."

Jeff Buchanan, the director of Exodus Church Equipping & Student Ministries, agrees that the Church must display love and compassion for those in the LGBT community. But he opposes the message that CUMC is sending through their "Being Gay is a Gift from God" campaign.  "Why would God bestow this 'gift' only to condemn it throughout the Bible? This would seemingly contradict His character as a God who is loving and just."

The Toledo church's controversial billboard ad is directly connected to a long month-long sermon series by its new pastor, Bill Barnard. The church is hoping that the ad will move the public towards tolerance, reported ABC 13, and not perpetuate anti-gay attitudes and behaviors, which were harming the LGBT community.

The purposes of their recently launched campaign are threefold: to offer welcome to all persons who are gay; to challenge the larger Church to fully accept persons who are gay into the life of the Church; and to call on all people to bring all the gifts of who they are to God.

"By welcoming and living in community with faithful Christians who happen to be gay, we have come to understand that being gay is part of who God made them to be," CUMC proclaims on their site. "And by gay Christians bringing all that they are to God, the body of Christ has been strengthened. In fact, we would experience the body of Christ as incomplete without LGBT persons."

Barnard told ABC, "We really believe that being gay is a gift from God, and it's not anything that anyone has to apologize for or be ashamed about. So that's how [the campaign] came to be."

"The overwhelming scientific evidence is that people are born with their sexual orientation, that it is not a choice," the church contends. "Fully accepting one's sexual orientation and identity is key to leading a normal and healthy life.

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