**Important News Headlines**

From Koinonia House


Israel Left Gaza But Could Have Gone Deeper – January 20, 2009
Israel clearly won the latest round with Hamas, but could have gone deeper into Gaza and done greater damage to the organization, according to military analysts in the US media on a visit to the region this week. The Jerusalem Post

Taliban in Pakistan Killed 6 Men For ‘Spying’ for US – January 20, 2009
Suspected Taliban militants have killed six men in north-west Pakistan after accusing them of spying for the United States. Officials told the BBC Urdu service two of those killed were local tribesmen, while two were Afghan nationals from the eastern province of Khost. The remaining two men were Pakistani nationals from Karak district in North West Frontier Province. BBC

Bush Rated Most Pro-Life President in History – January 19, 2009
On Thursday, President Bush declared Jan. 18 “National Sanctity of Human Life Day.” Bush’s declaration was the culmination of eight years of pro-life policies that included sustained opposition to embryonic stem cell research; the appointment of two pro-life Supreme Court Justices; an executive order barring federal funds to be used for abortion-related projects abroad; and a rule protecting federally funded health employees from taking part in abortion-related activities or other practices that conflicted with their religious views. CNS News

Bush Commutes Sentences of Border Patrol Agents – January 19, 2009
On his last full day in office, President Bush commuted the controversial sentences of two former Border Patrol agents convicted of shooting a Mexican drug runner in 2005. The imprisonment of Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean had sparked outcry from critics who said the men were just doing their jobs and were punished too harshly. They had been sentenced to 11- and 12-year sentences, respectively. Their sentences will now expire on March 20 of this year. Fox News

Gideons No Longer Allowed to Evangelize To Soldiers – January 17, 2009
Americans entering the military often receive Bibles, courtesy of the Gideons International. But the Gideons have been told that while they can leave complimentary Bibles at most military induction stations, they cannot stay there to proselytize or preach to the recruits. The policy was recently established after concerns were raised by the American Civil Liberties Union. AP

Newdow Fails To Keep ‘So Help Me God’ Out of Obama’s Oath – January 16, 2009
US District Court Judge Reggie B. Walton refused to stop Barack Obama from repeating the words ‘so help me God’ at his inauguration Tuesday. He also refused to block prayers at the inaugural – leaving the Reverends Rick Warren and Joseph Lowery free to give the invocation and benediction at Obama’s swearing-in. Newdow had sued to prevent the addition of “so help me God” to the oath and the prayers claiming they were unconstitutional and violated the “separation of church and state.” CNS News

’22 Weeks’ Movie Premieres For Roe Anniversary – January 14, 2009
To mark the 36th Memorial of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that decriminalized abortion, Operation Rescue and Born Alive Truth is sponsoring the world premiere of the new movie “22 Weeks” in three locations around the nation. The movie is based on the true story of a woman who had an abortion at an Orlando abortion clinic in her 22nd week of pregnancy, but something goes wrong and her tiny son is born alive. Christian Newswire

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