Praise and Prayer

Praise: Mother of Heisman Trophy Winner Tim Tebow Rejected Doctor's Advice to Abort Him-If Tim Tebow's mother had followed her doctor's advice when she was carrying him, he would be just another abortion statistic today, instead of the award-winning quarterback of the University of Florida football team. Tim's parents, Bob and Pam Tebow, moved to the Philippines in 1985 to conduct a Christian missionary outreach. While pregnant with Tim, Pam contracted amoebic dysentery through contaminated drinking water. Her doctor told her that the medications she needed to recover would result in irreversible damage to the child she was carrying. She was advised to have an abortion. She refused, and Tim was born healthy and robust in 1987. His mother described him as "skinny, but rather long." Today he stands six-foot-three, weighs 235 pounds, and has been described as a physical and athletic phenomenon.


Pray: Philadelphia Boy Scouts to Lose Historic Building for Not Accepting Homosexuality-The Philadelphia council of the Boy Scouts of America will lose the lease on its historic premises for its refusal to bow to pressure from the homosexual lobby to accept homosexual members and leaders. The city has told the Scouts they will be evicted if they cannot come up with $200,000 a year "market value" rent for the land on which their building sits. Until now, the Scouts had paid a nominal $1 per year lease fee, although the youth organization had originally owned the premises in 1929. The famous Beaux Arts style building was built and paid for by the Scouts, and turned over to the city with the understanding that the Scouts would be allowed to remain in it rent-free "in perpetuity."

City solicitor Romulo L. Diaz Jr., an open and practicing homosexual, told a local radio interviewer he would begin looking for a new tenant for the building immediately. A Supreme Court decision in 2000 said the Boy Scouts were a private organization who had the right to bar anyone they chose from their ranks. But the city of Philadelphia has a policy that no organization that "discriminates" may receive public subsidies and the city council is backing Diaz's interpretation of the law.

An editorial in the Philadelphia Daily News says the attack on the Scouts, and their moral stand, comes at a time in Philadelphia when the city suffers a murder a day, "but City Hall thinks Public Enemy No. 1 is the Boy Scouts of America". Christine M. Flowers said Diaz "has pursued the Scouts with something akin to vengeance, cloaked in the language of equality."


Pray: British Imam's Daughter Under Police Protection After Converting to Christianity-A British imam's daughter is living in fear of her life under police protection after she received death threats from her family for converting to Christianity. The young woman, aged 32, whose father is a Muslim imam in the north of England, has moved 45 times to escape detection by her family since she became a Christian 15 years ago. Hannah, who uses a pseudonym to hide her identity, told The Times how she became a Christian after she ran away from home at 16 to escape an arranged marriage. The threats against her became more serious a month ago, prompting police to offer her protection in case of an attempt on her life.

The London Times via International Media Intelligence Analysis

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