By Staff, World News Magazine
ATLANTA, Ga. – On Tuesday, Aug. 20, Antoinette Tuff, a clerk at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Atlanta, persuaded 20-year-old Michael Hill not to fire the 500 rounds of ammunition he brought into the school in his duffel bag.
Officials credit Tuff with helping save 870 elementary students from what could have been another school massacre. But she points to God as the hero.
Tuff met Hill when he entered the building carrying an AK-47. “He had a look on him that he was willing to kill,” she said. “He said that he didn’t have any reason to live.” Tuff managed to prevent Hill from entering the main hallways and called 9-1-1. She stalled him by striking up conversation.
Hill shot into the floor and exchanged gunfire with officers who surrounded the building, but no one was injured. Tuff eventually convinced him to surrender his gun and ammunition.
The transcript recorded Tuff breaking into tears and prayers as the ordeal ended. “I was terrified,” she said. “I give it all to God,” she told The Washington Post. “I’m not the hero.”
Washington MAY Force Private Hospitals to Provide Abortions
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Will some religious hospitals in Washington be required to provide contraceptive and abortion services?
That’s the question lingering in the air in the Evergreen State, where Attorney General Robert Ferguson on Aug. 21 issued a legal opinion saying every publicly funded hospital district must provide contraceptives, abortions, or “substantially equivalent benefits, services, or information” to women.
Washington has more than 50 “public hospital districts,” in which a local community pays taxes to help fund healthcare services for the area. The districts are allowed to contract with private hospitals to provide services.
A 1991 state law requires any public hospital district providing maternity care to also provide women with “substantially equivalent benefits, services, or information to permit them to voluntarily terminate their pregnancies,” or gain access to birth control.
Ferguson said this applies to the districts even if they hire out healthcare services to private, religious hospitals that may object to abortions or contraception.
NPR Changes Leaders
WASHINGTN, D.C. – The president and CEO of National Public Radio is stepping down after less than two years on the job.
Gary Knell will take the top job at the National Geographic Society. He plans to stay on the job at NPR until November to give the board a chance to find a replacement.
Knell took over NPR in December 2011 when Vivian Schiller resigned under pressure after a former NPR fundraiser was caught on camera calling the Tea Party racist. The episode caused conservatives to increase their attempts to end government funding for NPR.
The massive and often blatantly liberal radio network receives tens of millions from government sources, including the federally funded Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Member stations also get CPB funding. In addition, most member stations get state or local government funding.
Lee Daniels’ The Butler
Draws Conservative Ire
Lee Daniels’ The Butler recently won the weekend box-office two weeks in a row, but allies of former president Ronald Reagan, as well as historians, criticize the film for historical inaccuracies and an unfair portrayal of the conservative president.
Reagan biographer Dr. Paul Kengor told “The Hollywood Reporter” the movie is “ideologically driven fiction.” Michael Reagan, Ronald Reagan’s son, called the movie “The Butler from Another Planet.”
The Butler, starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, is based on Eugene Allen, a White House butler who served eight presidents from 1952 to 1986.
Much of the film, though, has been fictionalized, including his name (which was changed to Cecil Gaines) and childhood background. The film also gives the butler a son who is a civil rights activist, and who, in real life, did not exist.
The movie’s producer, Lee Daniels, is openly homosexual and a strong supporter of liberal political causes.
Christian Counselors Fight Back Against NJ Ban
On Aug. 19, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a law banning therapy that attempts to help minors overcome their same sex attractions. But a group of Christian counselors are suing to practice according to the dictates of their conscience.
The counselors filed a federal lawsuit saying the new law violates a licensed therapist’s obligation to “respect the rights of clients to make decisions.”
The current law bars any licensed therapist, psychologist, social worker or counselor from using therapies to change sexual orientation of children under age 18. Offenders jeopardize their state license. The law does not apply to clergy.
Liberty Counsel represents Tara King, a therapist in Brick, N.J.; Ronald Newman, a therapist in Linwood, N.J., the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality, and the American Association for of Christian Counselors. Garden State Equality, a pro-homosexual group, says it will defend the law.
Christians in the Central African Republic Face Continued Threats
Human Rights Watch sent workers to document persecution in Central African Republic and found Seleka fighters had attacked 34 villages and towns between February and June.
The fighters burned more than 1,000 houses and killed at least 40 civilians.
Observers estimate Seleka musters 1,000 to 3,000 fighters, according to an article by CNN, and government officials accuse the group of harboring “foreign provocateurs” who only want the country’s vast mineral wealth.
Others believe the money paid to Seleka soldiers comes from the same sources that funded overthrows and revolts in Mali, Libya, and Tunisia.
Those sources could include al-Qaeda. Catholic leaders say Seleka is made up of Islamic jihadists targeting Christians and their churches.