Reader: Obama admin cuts grant to Bishops, Gov. Christie endorses Romney, Christians killed in Cairo

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on.

Payback? The Obama administration has failed to renew a $19 million grant awarded to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to assist victims of human trafficking. The grant was first awarded in 2006 by the Migration and Refugee Services and has helped 2,700 victims of human trafficking. Sister Mary Ann Walsh, spokeswoman for the U.S. Bishops, said she hoped the Bishops’ “position against abortion, sterilization, and artificial contraception has not entered into this decision.” (Sounds to me like the time has come to stop all “partnerships” with the federal government.)

With an endorsement from N.J. Gov. Chris Christie and another strong debate performance, Mitt Romney is working hard at convincing people that it’s inevitable that he’ll become the GOP nominee. Let’s also not forget that Perry’s support is collapsing and Cain doesn’t have the resources (staff or money) to mount a strong fight (at least not yet). If Romney can finally crack above 30% in the polls, then he will likely cement front-runner status. But if he can’t break through that ceiling, then questions will linger. Tim Carney and David Freddoso have an excellent post-debate read on the Republican field.

The Church is suffering in Egypt, where dreams of an ‘Arab Spring’ are encountering a harsh reality. An Oct. 9 march on Cairo to protest the burnings of churches turned into a riot. Unarmed Christians were pitted against both Muslim mobs and the army, leaving 24 dead – including 17 Christians. Additionally, 272 were injured. Pray for our Christian brothers in sisters in Egypt and pray for peace.

Other articles of interest:

Contraceptives kill people, harm the environment, and bankrupt the economy.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signs a ban on partial-birth abortions.

Here is your reminder to call your Representative TODAY about the Protect Life Act, which will be voted on tomorrow.



  • Brian C

    While I also question whether the Bishops’ stance on policy issues played a role here, this seems like exactly the type of thing that needs to be eliminated if we ever hope to bring government spending under control.



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