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Bachmann: Time Running Out to Stop Nuclear Iran

(CBN-News)-Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said this week that Iran will retaliate against any attack by Israeli or American forces.

His comments come as speculation continues that Israel may strike the Islamic regime’s nuclear weapons facilities this year.

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., recently visited Israel, where she met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

She told CBN News Terrorism Analyst Erick Stakelbeck that time is running out to stop Iran’s nuclear program.

“They have the technical capability of producing a nuclear weapon. They’ve certainly enriched uranium now to the point of 20 percent,” Bachmann explained.
“Once you’re at a 20 percent level of enrichment, then it’s not a very long shot to get it up over 90 percent, which it has to be to be weapons grade,” she said.

“All the elements are in place. Israel sees that,” she continued. “And Iran is making the moves to move this production into a deep underground facility. Once that happens, Israel loses all capacity to take this capability out.”


American Teacher Executed in Yemen 'Loved His Job'

(CBNNews) – A young American English teacher who was executed by Islamic terrorists accusing him of proselytizing in Yemen was described by family and friends as someone who “loved his job” and had a heart for the poor.

Officials said a motorcycle gunman and an accomplice pulled alongside the vehicle that Joel Shrum was riding in March 18 and opened fire.

Shrum was on his way to work in the city of Taiz at the time of the attack. The 29-year-old served as deputy director of the Swedish Institute, a language school, and spent time offering vocational training in some of Yemen’s poor areas.

“He was just motivated by especially seeing people coming out of poverty,” Shrum’s father, James, said Sunday night.

Shrum was a football star at his high school in Mount Joy, Pa. Former coach Gayne Deshler remembered Shrum and his brother as great kids who were “more about the team than themselves.”

Al Qaeda-Linked Group Boasts
The assailants escaped after the shooting, but an al Qaeda-linked group quickly claimed responsibility for the attack.

“This operation comes as a response to the campaign of Christian proselytizing that the West has launched against Muslims,” an unidentified person claiming responsibility on behalf of the group Ansar al-Sharia said in a text message to journalists.

The group, whose name means “Partisans of Islamic Law,” also called Shrum “one of the biggest American proselytizers.”

Shrum worked for the International Training Development Centre, a well-established nonprofit, nongovernmental group in Taiz.

On Monday, the organization called Shrum, “a very professional employee who highly respected the Islamic religion,” and denied that he was proselytizing in the country.

ITDC shut down its offices after Shrum’s death to address “the security of the foreign staff members.”
On Sunday, a U.S. State Department official also condemned Shrum’s murder.

“We continue to work to obtain additional information and urge Yemeni authorities to bring to justice all those responsible for this heinous crime,” the official, who did not want to be named, said.

No Churches Allowed
Last week, Saudi Arabia’s highest Islamic authority said no Christian churches should be allowed in the Arabian Peninsula, which includes Yemen.

Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah said the Islamic prophet Mohammad taught that there cannot be two religions on the Peninsula, and that only Islam should exist there.

Violence has increased in Yemen since President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi took office in February, vowing to stop al Qaeda. The Islamic group has increased attacks in Yemen as a result.

Shrum is survived by his wife and their two young sons.

Netanyahu: Biblical Values Set Israel Apart

                  (CBN News) – JERUSALEM, Israel — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the shared biblical values of Jews and Christians set Israel apart from Iran and other nations in the Middle East.

 Netanyahu made the remarks duing gathering in Jerusalem Sunday evening of Christians United for Israel (CUFI), the organization founded by Pastor John Hagee.

 “And these shared values set Israel apart from regimes like Syria that butchers its own people mercilessly. And from countries like Iran, whose leaders foment terrorism and violence around the globe and all for our destruction,” he said.

 “I think I don’t have to explain to you why this [Iranian] regime must never be allowed to have nuclear weapons,” he said.

 Netanyahu also told CUFI participants that Israel is the only place in the region where Christians are free to practice their faith.

 “At a time when Christians are under siege in so many places and so many lands in the Middle East, I’m proud that in Israel, they are free to practice their faith,” he said. “They don’t have to fear, they don’t have to flee.”

 By Chris Mitchell CBN News Middle East Bureau Chief

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Ethicists Say 'After-Birth Abortion' Morally Acceptable

Two Australian bio-ethicists are creating a stir among pro-life and pro-choice advocates with an article arguing for “after-birth abortion.”

Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva claim a fetus and newborn are the same; therefore, if a fetus can be aborted, a newborn can also be “terminated.”

“Merely being human is not in itself a reason for ascribing someone a right to life,” the authors write in an article published in the online edition of the Journal of Medical Ethics.

“Many humans are not considered subjects of a right to life: spare embryos where research on embryo stem cells is permitted, fetuses where abortion is permitted, criminals where capital punishment is legal,” they note.

The article has revived the “personhood” debate, with pro-lifers noting the ethicists fail to indicate at what age killing a child would be considered murder.

“The Catholic Church has been making the same logical connections between abortion and infanticide for … 2,000 years,” Catholic Moral Theology writer Charles Camosy said in a post for Oxford University’s Practical Ethics.

“This slope has far more room left down which we could slide,” Camosy warned.