As America offered its official farewells in a memorial service September 12 to Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon, the second man on the moon, Edwin Eugene “Buzz” Aldrin, was no doubt recalling that first lunar mission in mid-July 1969. And among the recollections of the event that have been resurrected by the media over the past few days was Aldrin's decision to mark the historic occasion in perhaps the most appropriate way possible: by taking a few moments to worship God through communion, partaking of the emblems of Christ's body and blood.

Hobby Lobby, an Oklahoma City-based national retailer with 22,500 employees and more than 500 stores in 41 states, has become the latest — and largest — business to file suit against President Obama's contraception mandate, that requires employers to provide its workers health insurance that offers free sterilization and contraception, including birth control drugs that have been found to cause abortion. Companies that refuse to follow the mandate can face fines of up to $1.3 million per day.

Antonio Villaraigosa, the mayor of Los Angeles, was serving as chairman of the Democratic National Convention when the effort was made to put God back in the platform. He read the new language, then called for a voice vote to approve it — not once, but three times, since it was clear that he did not have the two-thirds majority needed to approve it. After the third attempt to try to get a better result, he went ahead and declared the measure passed.

 The Office of the Special Counsel announced Wednesday that Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius violated the Hatch Act by campaigning for President Obama while in her Official capacity.

The theme that most seemed to rouse the enthusiasm of delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte was that we are all responsible for one another — and that Republicans don't want to help the poor, the sick and the helpless.

The Washington Times reported that the international law enforcement agency Interpol is searching for a 28-year-old woman from Saudi Arabia who converted from Islam to Christianity after being evangelized by two Christian men in the country.

 A demolition crew used the cover of night — and police protection — to demolish a Pentecostal church in Moscow September 6, according to a European news source. Vasili Romanyuk, pastor of the Holy Trinity Pentecostal Church in eastern Moscow, told the Oslo-based Forum 18 News Service that an unidentified crew, backed by local police, arrived at the church around midnight, and by morning had disassembled most of the three-story structure. The congregation had apparently been attempting to work with government authorities to secure the legal authority to keep its building at the location, but had been beaten by a court order.

 A YouTube video featuring a young woman who survived a saline abortion and was born alive has gone viral, and it warns about Barack Obama's record of voting to allow similar abortion survivors to perish.

The California Senate passed a bill September 6 that would make it legal for non-physician medical professionals such as midwives to perform abortions under a statewide training program. The measure now awaits Democratic Governor Jerry Brown's signature.

 In both Iran and Pakistan, important victories have been won in the conflict between Christian faith and Islamic persecution. In Iran, after three years in prison awaiting execution for the “crime” of converting to Christianity, pastor Youcef Nadarkhani has been freed. In Pakistan, a young girl wrongly accused of burning pages of the Koran has been released from prison and the Muslim cleric who planted false evidence has been arrested.

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