1. Compass News Direct: Somalia – Islamists Behind Two Sons of Christian Leader

Islamic extremists have beheaded two young boys in Somalia because their Christian father refused to divulge information about a church leader, and the killers are searching Kenya’s refugee camps to do the same to the boys’ father.

Before taking his Somali family to a Kenyan refugee camp in April, 55-year-old Musa Mohammed Yusuf himself was the leader of an underground church in Yonday village, 30 kilometers (19 miles) from Kismayo in Somalia. He had received instruction in the Christian faith from Salat Mberwa. (read the rest)

2.  The Fix: Morning Fix: A Sarah Palin Rebound? by Chris Cillizza

After enduring months of derision within Republican circles for her role as the party’s 2008 vice presidential nominee and her uneven performance as a national figure this year, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is experiencing something of a rebound among the D.C. chattering class in the 48 hours since the release of a very tough profile on her in Vanity Fair magazine.

In the wake of that piece — a 9,800 word opus penned by Todd Purdum — a number of operatives who worked closely with Palin during the 2008 campaign have reached out to the Fix to defend the governor. (read the rest)

3.  Big Hollywood: Lonewolf Diaries – Marriage is for Suckers and Ugly Folk by Steven Crowder

If you’ve been taking notes from such brilliant minds as Bill Maher, Cameron Diaz or ever taken a moment to observe Hollywood in the past few decades, you’d know that marriage is a dead institution. I mean, who gets married anymore (unless you’re gay)?! It’s like, “Hellooooooooooo”!

I happened to catch Cameron “My Career is Over Thanks to HD” Diaz discussing the intricacies of marriage on “Real Time with Bill Maher” this week. A lot of tinseltown jibber jabber ensued but you needn’t be bored with the self-indulgent details. Cameron basically proclaimed that she’s glad that she’d never gotten married because she “definitely would have been divorced (multiple times).”  She just needed to do what was right for her and that that was constantly changing. Maher, of course, agreed and praised Cameron in her wisdom for having learned to put herself first and foremost, before all others in her life. Marriage can’t work because you have to look out for “Numero Uno”… That’s the Hollywood way! (read the rest)

4.  New York Times: God and Mark Sanford

In his unending comments about his extramarital affair with a woman he met at a dance in Uruguay, Gov. Mark Sanford often includes spiritual references and talks of God’s will. Last week, for example, he compared himself to King David, and this week he said that God wants him to stay in office. Jon Stewart and others have ridiculed him for these statements.

But what do experts on faith and religious life think of Mr. Sanford’s use of biblical analogies, and what lessons do these references contain?

  • Chuck Colson, Prison Fellowship Ministries
  • Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, author of “The Kosher Sutra”
  • Steven Waldman, Beliefnet
  • La Shawn Barber, La Shawn Barber’s Corner
  • Colleen Carroll Campbell, Ethics and Public Policy Center

(read the rest)

HT: LaShawn Barber

5.  Covering Iowa Politics: Fong joins GOP race for governor by James Lynch

Cedar Rapids businessman and flood recovery leader Christian Fong plans to join the race for governor this afternoon as a candidate for the Republican nomination.

The son of a Chinese immigrant who fled Chinese communism and a Midwest farm girl, Fong said he grew up living the American Dream, the Iowa Dream.

“I’ve been blessed to live the Iowa dream. Sadly today I see the dream being ripped away from future generations,” the father of three said in explaining his decision to challenge first-term Democratic Gov. Chet Culver. “The dream has to be restored. That’s why I’m running for governor.”  (read the rest)

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