Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Elway Poll: "R-71 Too Close To Call"

The Secretary of State's office is reporting that a recent poll by independent pollster Stuart Elway shows the R-71 vote too close to call at this point.

Elway found that those who favor the "everything but marriage" law are slightly more than those who oppose it as of last week.

I have posted the Secretary's article. Please take a moment and read it. We have some work to do, but it certainly is not a 20-30% deficit as some in the faith community were predicting a couple of months ago---if R-71 made the ballot.

There is a margin or error in the poll that would equal or exceed the difference. Also note the category of people who regularly attend church and are involved in Christian conversations, and the likely voters category.

The following is the report from the Secretary's office:

Indie poll shows R-71 a close call …
by David Ammons September 28th, 2009

In just three weeks, we’ll have our vote-by-mail ballots in hand. Biggest intrigue: How will we vote on Referendum 71, the so-called “everything but marriage” law?

According to a fresh Elway Poll by independent pollster Stuart Elway, the measure currently has a slim lead statewide — 46 percent to approve the law and 41 percent to reject it. Elway, who has been tracking public opinion on gay-rights issues for years, reports considerable confusion about what an affirmative or negative vote means on R-71. Grabber quote: “Overall, 10 percent of voters surveyed were planning to vote the opposite of their intention,” hurting supporters of the law slightly more than opponents.

Indeed, more people told Elway they support the “everything but marriage” law than told him they supported Referendum 71. Elway notes in an aside that his polling shows much stronger support for equal rights and domestic partnerships than for full-out gay marriage. “The term ‘marriage’ still may be the defining line in the public debate,” he says, adding “Nicknaming Washington’s new law ‘everything but marriage’ may test how close to that line voters are willing to go, even in a blue state like Washington.”

Elway’s crosstabs are interesting: self-identified Democrats heavily support the new law, SB5688, with a 64 percent affirmative vote, while 71 percent of the Republicans oppose it. Independents, representing 46 percent of the sample, leaned in favor of the law 45-37. Women heavily favored the law and a plurality of the men opposed it. Voters 36 to 64 backed the measure, and those younger and older were more divided. Weekly churchgoers and those who “typically agree with Christian conservations” were inclined to reject the law. Elway said his sample of most-likely voters were inclined, 48-40, to support R-71, which he called significant in a low-turnout election year.

Footnote: Given Elway’s finding on voter-confusion, we want to add yet again this explainer: If you support expanded rights for domestic partners, as adopted by the Legislative and signed by the governor, you should vote to “approve” the legislation. Currently on hold for the election, it would extend to state-registered domestic partners the full array of rights and responsibilities that married couple enjoy. Want to roll back the law? You should vote to “reject” it. Yes, opponents of the law are the sponsors of the referendum, but they’re looking for a “reject” vote.
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Continue to have conversations with as many people as possible. We are finding that the better people understand what SB 5688 really is about, the more they are inclined to join us in opposing it and voting REJECT on the issue.

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Gary Randall
President
Faith & Freedom

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Lutheran Mega-Church Cuts Ties With ELCA

Remember: REJECT R-71 / SB 5688 on your ballot.
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The Christian Post is reporting that Community of Joy Church in Glendale, Arizona, voted unanimously Sunday to cut its ties with the ELCA.

The Glendale church was the 10th largest ELCA congregation in America with 6,800 baptized members.

Pastor Walter Kallestad said in his public remarks, "There is such a different direction that the ELCA has chosen, a path they're traveling on, and we really believe that it just was not consistent to where God has called us."

"And so," the pastor said, "we're parting."

The church website cites three documents to help make clear the reasons for their action.

One document is on ELCA's policy toward Israel, which the church says they cannot support. The ELCA is not supportive of Israel and the church is very supportive of Israel.

A second document has to do with Holy Scripture, which the ELCA claims in its social statement on homosexuality, "cannot be used in isolation as a norm for Christian life and the source of knowledge for the exercise of moral judgement."

The Glendale church points out that ELCA's website states that the writers of the Bible, "sometimes provide differing and even contradictory views on God's word, ways and will."

They also point out a number of argumentative comments in the Lutheran Study Bible, including misleading translations and its silence on Apostle Paul's comment on homosexuality as sin.

The third document noted addresses activities taken by ELCA promoting homosexual clergy.

The issue of homosexuality and homosexual "marriage" is a defining issue. It transcends political alliances, denominational affiliations and local church membership. A realignment has already begun in the Christian church, in politics and in the culture.

At the heart of the matter, is what one believes about the Bible and its authority.

Be prayerful. Be Wise. Be vigilant.

God bless you.

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Gary Randall
President
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Monday, September 28, 2009

Kirk Cameron Shown No "Tolerance" Toward His Beliefs On Evolution

R-71 UPDATE/SB5688: We are still hearing from people who are unsure whether they should vote for or against R-71 / SB 5688. We were for R-71 in order to put SB 5688 on the ballot. Now that it is on the ballot, we are voting REJECT, in order to defeat SB 5688. REJECT.

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has announced that the appeal filed by the state in doe v. Reed, which deals with the issue of blocking the release of the names and addresses of those who signed R-71 petitions, will be hearing the oral argument Oct. 14, at 11: 00 AM in Pasadena, California.

Our people will be there.

This appeal was filed objecting to the restraining order that continues to seal the names of those who signed the R-71 petitions, from the public, particularly the homosexual activists who have threatened to use them for purposes of harassment.

You should know that on Friday, the ACLU of WA State, filed a letter of amicus curiae with the Court, against us, and for the Secretary of State.

The letter supports, "the defendant/appellants the Secretary of State of Washington (Reed) and the Public Records Officer of the Secretary of State of Washington, in the above referenced case."

The ACLU, who say they advocate for people's rights, are saying they want the names made public.

I have linked to a copy of their amicus letter.

This is a trial by fire. It is not a political battle, it is a spiritual one. Thank you for standing with us.
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Kirk Cameron Shown No "Tolerance" Toward His Beliefs On Evolution

Actor Kirk Cameron, often referred to as a "former teen idol," has announced an outreach to help students be more informed on the subject of creation and evolution.

To facilitate the effort he has legally reprinted 50,000 copies of Charles Darwin's, "The Origin of Species," which is now "public domain," with an additional 50 pages pointing out the flaws in Darwin's theory and making a strong case for creation, using material from scientists who actually believe God created the universe.

Cameron, who accepted Christ personally about 20 years ago while he was starring in the popular TV series, "Growing Pains" says, "We have a situation in our country where young people are entering college with a belief in God and exiting with that faith being stripped and shredded."

This is true.

He says, "An entire generation is being brain washed by "Atheistic Evolution".

There are 2 stories in this.

Christians should be aware of what he is doing and support it. Please follow the link and read more about his project that will be launched on November 21, the anniversary of the origins book.

The second story here, chronicles the continual assault on freedom of speech. And thought for that matter. The "Tolerance" people are at it again. Assaulting Cameron for what he believes.

Why?

Because he doesn't agree with their agenda. It is a familiar pattern. Miss California in the Miss USA contest, is asked her views on marriage, she respectfully responds, she is trashed. Wrong beliefs.

Last week, following Sarah Palin's speech in Hong Kong, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, carried a front page headline that read, "A Broad In Asia". There was outcry and push back, then an apology by the paper that can't afford to lose subscribers, admitting it was not an error, it was intentional. They are sorry. After the damage is done. This kind of attack has been relentless toward Sarah and Todd Palin because of their beliefs.

The Jonas brothers and a couple of other young artists wear purity rings, symbolic of their belief in abstinence. They are publicly trashed. On television.

Now Kirk Cameron has a different view then that of the secularists. Trash him. Cameron is presenting both sides of the evolution-creation discussion. Darwin's book, considered the consummate source for evolutionists, and a 50-page addendum presenting the biblical teaching on creation and supporting scientific discovery and evidence. Trash him anyway. We don't care about both sides. We only care about our side.

Tolerance is only extended to those who hold the proper beliefs and open mindedness only applies within the context of secular progressive thinking.

Here's a couple of examples out of hundreds of personal attacks already being leveled at Cameron.

The Huffington Post asks, "Are Evolution-Deniers Any Different From Holocaust-Deniers, Birthers, or Truthers?" (Posted Sept.24)

The Washington City Paper refers to Cameron as an evangelical crazy, (posted Sept. 25), his "The Origin of the Species," with it's 50-page addendum "a cult version" and "When did Kirk Cameron Become So F------ Weird?" (posted Sept. 23)

All this because he has a different belief. And all this from the people who pride themselves in being open minded and tolerant.

Some say, "Well, that's just those far left extremists." It often starts with them, but quickly works it's way into a sympathetic "main stream" article.

There are a thousand examples of this kind of pattern every week in our country. Those of us working on R-71 have and are experiencing this in a regular and increasing way.

Some guy in Everett is calling for destruction of government and church buildings and directly advocating for the death of Larry Stickney and myself. A couple of homosexual activists publicly say they don't condone that behavior, tut...tut...tut... and the personal assaults continue and escalate. Eventually, the mainstream press joins the hunt and because certain people believe certain things, they are personally attacked by carefully crafted words of innuendo and a selectively raised eyebrow. And reputations are trashed and motives slandered.

Some who have helped in the R-71 effort have received calls demanding to know, "Why do you hate gays?"

Because one believes in and defends marriage, they are branded as bigots and haters by those who strive to deconstruct marriage and undermine the culture.

Much is at stake in the days ahead, not the least of which is freedom of speech and freedom of belief.

I am assured God will help us through this trial by fire.

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Gary Randall
President
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Friday, September 25, 2009

Muslim Day of Prayer in Washington DC

R-71/SB5688 UPDATE:

There continues to be some confusion on how to vote to repeal SB 5688 on the ballot. Craig Keller has come up with something that I feel will be easily remembered and could be very helpful. Memorize this and pass it on to friends, family and contacts in your community.

Three R's Campaign:
* Remember
* Reject
* R-71


A number of people will be distributing our flyers at the Glenn Beck event tomorrow at Safeco Field. If you can be there or are planning to go, please consider passing out some flyers.

Your donation is needed and appreciated.

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Muslim Day of Prayer in Washington DC Today

Last Friday we published a blog alerting you that today, September 25, was the national Muslim Day of Prayer at the Capitol. Their website announces, "Our Time Has Come." We linked their website in that blog.

David Barton has written an excellent article about this event, in which he gives some historical perspective as well as a spiritual perspective and a call to prayer today, for our country.

I am sharing his article:
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Calling Muslims to the Capitol?

As nations such as Canada, Great Britain, the Netherlands (and many others in Europe) have become more secular, they have demonstrated a willingness to embrace virtually anything – anything except their traditional Christian foundations. In fact, they now regularly repudiate those foundations, promoting abortion, legalizing homosexual marriage, and changing their traditional legal codes. And accepting the falsehood that all beliefs are equal and that truth is relative, they have even been willing to incorporate Islamic Sharia law into their legal codes in order to protect the special practices of some Muslims living among them. This has energized many Muslims in those countries and they are displaying a new boldness that is vocal, visible, and demonstrably assertive.

Each year, nearly 5,000 Muslim "honor killings" occur across the world (a practice whereby parents kill children who allegedly bring "dishonor" on Islam by dating non- Muslims, wearing western garb, converting to another religion, etc.). Dozens of those murders are committed in Europe, but in many of these formerly Christian nations, those who commit the "honor killings" (i.e., the murder of their own children) often go unpunished since the death of their child was "required" by Islamic law (now included in the legal law of the land). Additionally, many public personalities across Europe who criticized Islam have been murdered, causing Parliaments in the Netherlands and other European countries to forbid criticism of Islam in an effort to prevent further murders. These nations, having given up precious ground, are now having difficulty retaking it.

Historically, on this continent Christian America adopted an open free-market approach to all religions from the beginning. American Christians then (and now) were not fearful of other religions. They were confident that Christianity would prevail on its own merits and they therefore followed the Biblical precedent set forth in both the Old and New Testaments of simply presenting God's word in a straightforward manner, expecting that the Holy Spirit will confirm His word in the hearts of hearers. Christians believe that on a level playing field, Christianity will always prevail through the voluntary choice of the people.

As a result, Christian America welcomed all religions, with Muslims arriving here by 1619, Jews establishing their first synagogue in 1654, and Buddhists, Hindus, and others also being present from the early days. Significantly, only America extended (and continues to extend) a free-market religious tolerance to others while still preserving the core societal values of our Christian heritage. But the culture has begun to shift. The level playing field is being eroded. As in Europe, Christianity is being knocked down and Islam elevated.

For example, a federal court of appeals ruled that public schools in nine western states can require a three week indoctrination to the Islamic faith in which all junior high students must pretend they are Muslims and offer prayers to Allah (students are further encouraged to take Islamic names, call each other by those names, wear Islamic garb, participate in Jihad games, and read the Koran during those three weeks). Yet that very court also ruled that it was unconstitutional for those same students to voluntarily mention "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance. Likewise, a federal court on the east coast ruled that public schools may display Islamic holiday symbols but not Christian ones. And the University of Michigan recently spent $25,000 of taxpayer money to install foot-washing facilities to accommodate the religious practices of Muslim students but made no similar expenditure on behalf of students from any other religion.

As a result of such actions, many Muslims are exercising a new boldness in America. In fact, Muslim "honor killings" have now arrived in the United States (most recently in Texas); and just a few weeks ago, direct action was taken to prevent the honor-killing of a 17-year old Muslim girl in Ohio who converted to Christianity and, in fear of her life, fled from her parents to Florida.

American Muslims have also enjoyed the direct support of President Obama. In April, he traveled to Egypt where he told the Muslim world that America no longer considers itself a Christian nation. He later traveled to Turkey and announced that America was one of the largest Muslim nations in the world (despite the fact that 78% of Americans claim to be Christians but only 1% claim to be Muslims). Then in May, President Obama refused to invite Christian and Jewish leaders to the White House to participate in the National Day of Prayer (as former presidents have done), but in September, he did invite Muslim leaders to the White House for a special Muslim Ramadan celebration to commemorate Allah delivering the Koran to his prophet Mohammed.

Heartened by this new encouragement, Muslim leaders have called 50,000 observant Muslims to come to the Capitol this Friday, September 25, for a day of Jummah (Friday congregational prayer). The sponsors promise that from 4AM to 7PM, "the Athan [the call given five times each day for Muslims to participate in mandatory prayer] will be chanted on Capitol Hill, echoing off of the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and other great edifices that surround Capitol Hill." The goal of this event is that "the peace, beauty and solidarity of Islam will shine through America's capitol." In fact, their website for this unprecedented event proudly and unabashedly declares, "Our Time Has Come!"

As Bible-believing people, let's also make this Friday a day of prayer – and please encourage others to participate with you. We know that our contest is with spiritual forces (Ephesians 6:12), and we firmly believe that He Who is within us is greater than any other god or force (1 John 4:4), so I encourage you to fill America with prayer to the True God this coming Friday.

God Bless!

David Barton

P. S. This call for Christians to pray this Friday is not a prayer "competition" between Christianity and Islam, nor is it a spiritual Christian "jihad" or "holy war" (what an oxymoronic term – a holy war!). After all, in I Kings 18, Elijah encouraged the prophets of the god Baal to take more time in their praying; he didn't object to their prayers, he just wanted to make sure that he was able to make his own prayers to the True God. This Friday offers a similar opportunity for those who fear God and believe His Scriptures to offer up their own prayers to Him.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Turning the Senate into the Chicago City Council

R-71/SB 5688 UPDATE:

I am continuing to receive email about confusion on how to vote on R-71/SB 5688. We are voting against R-71/SB 5688. You will mark REJECTED on your ballot. I understand that after all the hard work in getting R-71 on the ballot, it is a little difficult to think "REJECT".

I was told a pastor reminded everyone last Sunday to vote yes on R-71. The good news is, it was a small church and was corrected before the service was concluded. The better news is that the pastor is with us.

Remember, vote "Reject". In doing so you are rejecting SB 5688, which makes domestic partnerships equal to marriage, redefines husband and wife to become gender neutral, would likely normalize homosexuality in our children's text books and gives a legal basis for marriage to be given to partners through litigation.

REJECT R-71/SB 5688

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Turning the Senate into the Chicago City Council

The Founding Fathers designed the Constitution and our government to guard against political power grabs, by slowing down the process of making laws.

Thomas Jefferson is said to have asked George Washington why the Framers had agreed to a second chamber in Congress at the 1787 Constitutional Convention.

"Why did you pour that coffee into your saucer?" Washington asked him. "To cool it," said Jefferson. "Even so," said Washington, "we pour legislation into the senatorial saucer to cool it."

As President Obama prepares to ram his health care plan through Congress using what is called, "Reconciliation," or a process that requires only 50 rather than the normal 60 votes, Newt Gingrich says, "Changing one-sixth of the American economy with 50 Senators voting yes would be a revolutionary act worthy of a third world country."

Even one of the Democrats that authored the process says it is wrong.

Gingrich says even Democrat Sen. Robert Byrd, who was one of the authors of the "Reconciliation" process, says it's wrong and "Reconciliation" was never intended for the purpose the President is about to use it.

Gingrich says, "This radical action may make sense to President Obama, Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel and senior strategist David Axelrod, all of whom come from Chicago and are used to seeing the Chicago City Council muscled by a strong mayor on behalf of a machine," but should not be part of the process in the United States Congress.

Newt says, "When both process and policy is wrong there is something very bad going on."

I have linked Gingrich's article titled, "Turning The Senate into the Chicago City Council".

If you love freedom and are concerned, I strongly recommend you take a couple of minutes and read it. It gives new clarity to what is about to happen with the health care legislation, and likely, the climate legislation as well.

I want my country back.

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Gary Randall
President
Faith & Freedom

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Birth Control is Seen as Answer to Climate Change and Poverty

R-71/SB5688 UPDATE: As we move into the final 30 days of effective campaigning to preserve marriage, we are finding that if we had more funds, simply stated, we could reach more people with our message to REJECT R-71 / SB 5688.

I know you understand that. If you are able to help, please do so now. Thank you and God bless you.

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Birth Control is Seen as Answer to Climate Change and Poverty

The Global Warming Summit, aka, Climate Change, since we have entered a cooling trend on the earth's surface, actually produced a significant carbon footprint in New York City last week as a result of the elite's convoy of vehicles. For example, our own President needed 20 to 30 cars to get him to the meeting.

However, some of the ideas and conclusions that came from the meeting may be more damaging than the carbon they produced.

The British Medical Journal editors say, "There is now an emerging debate and interest about the links between population dynamics, sexual and reproductive health and rights and climate change."

"Reproductive health and rights" often refer to birth control and most often abortion on demand.

Our President, who has so far not missed a single crises as an opportunity to expand government control, redistribute wealth and throw trillions of dollars at a few institutions, creating more national debt than all presidents combined, from George Washington to George W. Bush, said yesterday that he is "determined" to do more to address this problem. Indeed he will. But what will he do? Considering some of the Czars he has surrounded himself with, it is troublesome.

He said if we fail to act, which presumably means pass his climate bill, we will create an "irreversible catastrophe".

Should people of faith be concerned about this process, or should we sit on our Bibles and declare that Christians should not be involved in such unseemly discussions? There are many who hope for our silence.

This population "crises" is not a new population crises.

It was first articulated by a British mathematician, Thomas Malthus, who in 1798 predicted that if population grew, mathematically we would experience a dooms-day type famine. He had not foreseen mechanized farming with its dramatic growth in food production. He underestimated human ingenuity.

This is also not the first time lifestyle issues have been attached to global warming. We've been told we must stop eating meat, so we can reduce the number of animals, so we can preserve natural resources, that we must use less water--take fewer showers and even recently in a video for kids, we've been told that we should only flush when we have gone #2, not when we have only gone #1. True.

But this is different. And this time birth control is getting a lot of attention. Too much attention.

China, with its "one child" policy is being seen by activist researchers as a viable model for the future. It is seen to demonstrate how fewer children improve the economy and leads to greater personal prosperity. While this theory is as flawed as Malthus's, it is concerning because they are looking into the gray areas of morality created by relativism, for answers. Present human need trumps morality and life. It sounds good to some pragmatists, but in the end will create a greater "catastrophe".

The British report says that for each $7 spent on family planning (birth control and abortion), one ton of carbon dioxide emissions will be eliminated.

If people of faith are not involved in this process, who will speak on behalf of biblical truth, life and morality?

Having been a pastor nearly all of my adult life, I find the argument that people of faith should stay out of "politics" hollow, misinformed and concerning.

If not us, who then should speak?

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Gary Randall
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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Christian Kids Take Public Stand of Faith

Thank you for your willingness to distribute flyers for the Referendum 71/SB 5688 campaign. If you have contacted me and I have not been in touch with you, we will be soon. If you have not done so, but would be willing to help with the distribution, please email me. Be sure to include a contact number and the town or city where you live.

There continues to be some confusion regarding how to vote on R-71/SB 5688. We are voting REJECT. The difficulty seems to be that we were "for" R-71, now we are against it. We were "for" getting R-71 on the ballot, which you did, so we can vote "against" SB 5688.

This is what you will see when you open your ballot:

Referendum Measure 71
Ballot Title

Full Text
The legislature passed Engrossed Second Substitute Senate Bill 5688 concerning rights and responsibilities of state-registered domestic partners and voters have filed a sufficient referendum petition on this bill. This bill would expand the rights, responsibilities, and obligations accorded state-registered same-sex and senior domestic partners to be equivalent to those of married spouses, except that a domestic partnership is not a marriage.

Should this bill be:

[ ] Approved

[ ] Rejected

The Official Ballot Title and the Explanatory Statement were written by the Attorney General as required by law. The Fiscal Impact Statement was written by the Office of Financial Management as required by law. The Secretary of State is not responsible for the content of arguments or statements (WAC 434-381-180).

We are voting REJECTED.

Please forward this information to friends, family and all other contacts. The next 30 days will determine the fate of marriage for the next 30 years. Or more.

Your donation is needed.
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Christian Kids Take Public Stand of Faith

Christian Kids will be taking a public stand of their faith tomorrow in public schools across America.

Here's why they're doing it and what you can do for them in just 2 minutes.

Kids across the nation will be going to the "pole"---the flag pole, at their school, to join others of like faith for prayer.

"See You At The Pole" connects kids who are believers in Jesus Christ at the beginning of the school year, so they can stand strong in their faith and be a support to one another throughout the year.

The challenge they have chosen is simple: Engage your school, Engage your community, Engage your world---for His glory.

"See You At The Pole" is actually based from the Old Testament story of a young man named Josiah, who because of his commitment to God, inspired a great spiritual awakening among the people.

It is written of Josiah (2 Kings 22:2), "He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and walked in all the ways of his father, David, not turning aside to the right hand or the left."

Those of us who grew up in a previous generation did not experience the assault on all that is good and right, to the degree that our kids do today. Our kids face pressures today that are difficult for adults to grasp. They are pushed by anti-American, anti-Christian beliefs, with their faith, and that of their parents, challenged in ways we are unable to understand.

Public education, entertainment and a decaying culture brings tremendous pressure on our kids, yet there is an army of kids across this nation who are standing for their personal faith in Christ and the faith of their fathers. Although sometimes ridiculed, they wear purity rings, although mocked, they believe there is a "right" and a "wrong" and the Bible is the basis of that belief. They believe in life, marriage and the family. They believe the Bible is the Word of God.

You can stand with these kids tomorrow, and every day for that matter, by setting aside 2 minutes to pray specifically for them---all of them, wherever they are.

Pray that they will be strengthened in their commitment and desire to do what is right in the eyes of the Lord. Pray that they will have wisdom in discerning the truth in all that is presented to them in class. Pray that they will not be turned away from the Christian faith of those who have preceded them. Pray that they will have an historical and eternal understanding of their faith. Pray that the relevance of their personal faith will be strengthened and revealed to them each day in their circumstances. And for those who may have moved away from the faith, pray that God will turn their hearts toward home and toward the Lord.

May God bless and keep our children.
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Gary Randall
President
Faith & Freedom

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Next 30 Days Will Impact Next 30 Years Regarding Marriage

The next 30 days will set a direction for marriage in the state of Washington that will reach into as many as three future decades.

What we decide to do---or not do, over the next 30 days, will impact the culture for your children and grandchildren.

This is a time to Speak. This is a time to Act.

This is not a time to sit on our hands as some have suggested. It is a time to stand for biblical, traditional marriage that has served the human race for at least 5000 years.

Within the next couple of weeks Washington State ballots will begin to be dropped in the mail. Those who are uninformed or misled on the true intentions of SB 5688 will begin to mark their ballots. What you, who are informed, do during the next 30 or so days will have profound impact on your children's and grandchildren's future.

November, 2009, will be remembered as a time when people of faith and conservatives stood up in defense of the most fundamental of all human institutions---marriage. Or, it will be etched in history as the time we listened to those voices that are either trying to tell us this is not the time; or those who disingenuously present SB 5688 as merely about benefits for those who practice homosexuality and choose to live together.

We are asking you to REJECT Referendum 71-Senate Bill 5688 because as its sponsors have said, it is about much more than benefits for homosexuals and a few elderly heterosexuals who live together and refuse to marry. The sponsors have called it a step toward, "the prize which is [homosexual] marriage," (Sen. Ed Murray) and, "a strategic long term strategy" for homosexual marriage and a, "bridge until we get [homosexual] marriage." (Rep. Pederson)

I have linked the page that presents Referendum 71--SB 5688 in the Voters Pamphlet. Lindsay Prior, from the Secretary of State's office--Elections Division, sent us a preview of the page late last week. The pamphlets will be mailed out soon, as well.

Please take a look at it. Larry Stickney, myself, Rep. Matt Shea and attorney Steve Pidgeon, wrote the, "Statement Against Referendum 71." We included the points that we felt would best reflect the truth of this matter and have the broadest appeal to those who are uninformed.

We have 100,000 flyers printed and are now available for distribution around the state. I have also included a link to the flyers. There also will be a link to the flyers on our home page at www.faithandfreedom.us. We will print more as money is available. If you will help distribute them in your area, please email me at. Be sure to include a number where we can call you and the city or town where you live. This information will be held in confidence and used only by myself or a Faith and Freedom leader in you area.

In addition, we have about 1500 yard signs. These will be available in various local areas. If you want some, please let me know.

If everyone who circulated a petition form to put R-71 on the ballot will be responsible to encourage or influence 100 people during the next 30 days to REJECT R-71--SB 5688, that will represent nearly a million votes. If everyone who signed R-71 will encourage or influence just 20 people, that would represent nearly 2.5 million votes.

It is in our hands during the next few weeks. We will do everything humanly possible, then ultimately the outcome will rest in God's hands.

I cannot overstate our need for your financial support today. It is absolutely critical. Thank you for doing what you can do today.

We will keep you updated regularly as we move forward.

God bless you.

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Gary Randall
President
Faith & Freedom

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Islam on Capitol Hill

Next Friday, September 25, will be a day of celebration of Islam at the Capitol.

The organizers say they intend to, "Manifest Islam's majestic spiritual principles as revealed by Allah to our beloved prophet Muhammad of Arabia."

I have to wonder if the President will make some appearance or statement, remembering that he essentially ignored the Christian prayer event in May.

The following agenda is taken from their website: I strongly encourage you to take a moment and see the site.

The Athan will be chanted on Capitol Hill, echoing off of the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and other great edifices that surround Capitol Hill

Thousands of Muslims from all races, creeds, colors and ethnicities will gather for the sole purpose of prayer

Bonds of friendship will be formed between those in attendance, both Muslims and Non-Muslims

Muslim youth will experience tours of the Library of Congress and the Supreme Court

The peace, beauty and solidarity of Islam will shine through America's
capitol


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President
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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Carter's Comments on Joe Wilson---A New Truth

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Carter's Comments on Joe Wilson -- A New Truth

Former President Jimmy Carter has called Rep. Joe Wilson a racist.

He said of Wilson's "You lie" statement toward President Obama, "Those kind of things are not just casual outcomes of a sincere debate---it's deeper than that."

While Mr. Carter is analyzing Mr. Wilson, one can take a closer look at why and how Carter would come to that conclusion, when the evidence is to the contrary.

President Carter's response seems to echo that of many in the homosexual activist community.

There is commonality in this. It is the emerging "new truth."

First, Carter is wrong on Wilson. You would expect Wilson's family to support him and they do. His son, Alan, an Iraq veteran, says he grew up with his dad and, "There is not a racist bone in his body." The son says his dad does not even laugh at questionable jokes on that subject.

You may take more notice of how the former South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman defines him. Dick Harpootlian, who says he has known Wilson for decades, said he thought Wilson's outburst was "asinine," but said, "I don't think Joe's outburst was caused by President Obama being African-American."

Certainly, respect for the office of the President is an issue in all this, but what about character assassination? Carter is essentially doing what he is accusing someone else of doing. And let's say he sincerely believes it and isn't just trying to destroy someone. How does he get to that place when the facts say otherwise?

There are homosexual activists who seek to destroy anyone who does not affirm, embrace and celebrate their lifestyle and agenda. Perhaps some are simply vicious and don't care, however, I think there are those who deeply believe what they believe and know it is true because they believe it. Therefore, anyone who does not agree, really are bigots and haters in their minds.

Relativism has given credence to this kind of thinking and these kinds of character judgements.

The so-called "progressive," has exchanged absolute truths based on biblical teaching---right and wrong, for a belief that no moral universal standard exists. They believe intrinsic, ethical judgements exist only in abstract, differing with each person making the judgement.

Simply stated: If I believe something to be true, it is true because I believe it. There is no higher authority.

If I believe you are a racist, you are. If I believe you are bigoted, you are.

While Joe Wilson's response to the President clearly represents the feelings of many across this country, Carter's response to Wilson likely reflects the emergence of so-called "new truth"---moral relativism.

Social constructionism says that society is built on countless human choices rather than laws resulting from Divine will. Social constructionism or so-called progressivism, says reality in our culture is produced by people acting on their own beliefs, knowledge and interpretations.

This belief has led President Obama and others to declare that our Constitution is a "living document" and can mean different things at different times, depending on who is interpreting it. This belief system leads to the view that all reality is rooted in consensus and in the end, every person becomes a law unto themselves.

This belief has devastating effects on the core cultural issues of life, marriage and family. It leads people to on one hand, claim the Christian faith, while on the other, deny the fundamental biblical teachings of the faith they claim.

This belief also stands in opposition to the beliefs held by our Founding Fathers, which gave them the courage to declare independence and fight a Revolutionary War, giving rise to the greatest nation in the history of the world.

Their contrasting beliefs held that our rights came from the Creator, our laws were drawn from eternal biblical law and truth was based on biblical truth. In the Declaration of Independence, they appealed to the, "Supreme Judge of the World for the rectitude of our intentions."

The growing dissent in our country may be based on differences of opinion on political issues, but it is rooted in differences of core beliefs. I believe the national debate (and local) will become less partisan and more principle based in coming elections. Those who get that, will be elected. Those who do not, will not. The time of the so-called moderate may be gone---if it ever existed.

A belief in God and the Bible as a moral compass has given us great national blessing. A stand to protect and defend those beliefs is a worthy cause. And those seeking public office who hold those beliefs are a worthy candidate.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

New Legislation to Repeal DOMA

REJECT SB 5688

We are rolling out a campaign to educate the public and hopefully inspire many of you who are already informed, to inform others regarding our effort to REJECT SB 5688.

Please note that we supported R-71 to get SB 5688 on the ballot. You have accomplished that. Now that you have put it on the ballot, we are asking people to vote NO or REJECT SB 5688/Referendum 71. You are to vote no or reject.

We ordered 100,000 flyers yesterday which explain why people should REJECT SB 5688. We have also ordered yard signs that will be available later this week.

I have written an article that has been published in at least one newspaper so far, as an op-ed piece. You read it yesterday. It is now available in a PDF that you can forward to as many people as possible or you may download, print and distribute to friends, family and those in your church. You may also ask your local newspaper to run it as an op-ed article. Click here to download article.

We will likely not have the money necessary to buy large blocks of media time as will the homosexual marriage advocates. However, through a strong grassroots network we were able to put R-71 on the ballot and I believe we can contact a good number of people across the state using the same means. I am equally convinced that as people become aware of what SB 5688 really means to them and their children, they will reject it on the ballot.

Larry Stickney and I are also organizing groups in local precincts to drop off the flyers at homes in each area statewide. We will be reordering flyers as money is available, as we move forward.

Ways to continue the miracle:

1. If everyone who circulated a petition form will, over the month, contact in some way, 100 people to be sure they vote and to be sure they vote to reject SB 5688, that alone will represent nearly a million people.

Nothing is more effective than a personal conversation or contact. The miracle will continue as we take our message to friends, family and colleagues in our communities.

2. We need money to move this forward. I know you know that. Please do what you can. We will move as quickly as we have the funds to do so. Click here to make a donation to the PAC.

3. If you will participate with others from your area in distributing flyers, please let me know by email. Please give me your address and a phone number so we can contact you. Your personal information will be kept in strict confidence, but is necessary for us and the local team to contact you with specifics.

4. Circulate the article I wrote, consider joining the team to distribute flyers in your community and please remember this effort in prayer. I expect unexpected things to happen over the next few weeks as we walk into this phase of our mission together. I am certain God is in control.

Stay focused on the purpose and the principles. Do not be misled or confused. God is not the author of confusion nor of fear. Voices have tried to dissuade us, I am certain they will be heard again.

This is not a time to grow weary in well doing and it is not a time for silence. It is a time to speak.
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New Legislation to Repeal DOMA

Today Congressman Jerrold Nadler, D-NY, Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, D-WI, and Congressman Jared Polis, D-CO. plan to introduce legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

They plan to hold a press conference this morning at the House Triangle, near the southern steps of the Capitol Building in Washington D.C.

President Obama has assured them and other homosexual activists he will stand with them in their attempt to redefine and deconstruct marriage. The President has said, "I stand by my long standing commitment to work with Congress to repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act."

Homosexual activists say their bill has at least 50 or more co-sponsors.

This, again, is not a time to be silent. We will keep you updated as this bill moves forward and at the appropriate time will ask you to contact your Representative.

Be strong. Be prayerful. Be vigilant.

God bless you.

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Friday, September 11, 2009

ACORN--Sex Trafficking, Prostitution and Money Laundering Funded by Tax Payers Dollars

R-71 UPDATE: With most all the legal proceedings behind us, we must now focus on the heart of the matter concerning why SB 5688 must be rejected.

We are launching a sign campaign as part of this process. I have included a link to an image of the sign. We will be placing both yard signs and larger ones across the state. The cost is $2.50 per sign. We are having 10,000 printed initially, however we will need tens of thousands of these signs placed in communities in order to have a real impact. This plan will only become a reality with your donation.

Please do what you can do now as we move forward. Click here to make an online donation.

There will be campaign leaders who will have these signs in your area. If you are willing to place some of the signs in your neighborhood and community, please email me. It will be a few days before the signs are available.

We are also preparing "talking points" literature that you will be able to download and distribute or forward to friends.

These and other parts of this effort is fully dependent on raising the money to do it.

Thank you for your donation today.
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ACORN--Sex Trafficking, Prostitution and Money Laundering Funded by Tax Payers Dollars

The word ACORN has become synonymous with not only the resume of our President, but corruption itself. It is worse than I imagined. What I have linked today is a video-taped conversation that represents the very lowest, seedy, base and corrupt aspect of our culture.

ACORN, funded by tax dollars, with an expanding roll under the present administration, is strategizing with a couple of people whom they believe to be a public official and a prostitute.

If you don't have time now to watch a short video of a meeting of two undercover investigators in an ACORN office and scan the transcript of that conversation, please take a moment sometime this weekend and see this. It will heighten and deepen your concern. There is a part of our culture that is rotten and corrupt. And this exchange defines one of the most malignant aspects of the corruption.

http://www.redcounty.com/acorn-our-presidents-proud-heritage

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

May the Miracle Continue

R-71 is on the November ballot. Judge McPhee denied, for a second time, the allegations that R-71 did not qualify. Judge Spector had earlier denied the same allegations.

People in the press have told me they think it is a miracle that we made it. The Secretary of State's office says, of the R-71 signature -checking process it "is probably unprecedented in nearly a century ---of initiatives and referenda." Unprecedented in 100 years.

The final official count is 121,780 valid signatures. We needed 120,577.

It is a miracle.

And it is clear how God performed it.

It happened through people like you who stood with us with you financial support, prayerful support and your action in circulating petitions to your circle of friends and those in your community. We were not dissuaded by those who referred to us a "leaderless army" predicting failure or those who had more money and attempted to keep R-71 off the ballot.

It will be through people like you that the miracle will continue.

We have only 7 weeks to educate the public to the reality that SB 5688 removes all legal differences between Domestic Partnerships and marriage. If this bill becomes law, the stage will be set for a lawsuit that will demand the word " marriage" for same-sex partners on the basis of discrimination. Marriage will be redefined and DOMA will be irrelevant.

Your donation today will allow the miracle to continue. We need money now to print educational materials that will help the public understand what is at stake in this matter. We also need to place ads on radio and television.

If you have a mind and heart to defend what is good and right in our culture, this is the time to do what you are able to do. It is also a time to forward this to anyone you feel would be willing to help us at this time.

Donate online or send your donation to:

Faith and Freedom PAC
Box 65
Olympia, WA 98507-0065

God bless you.

Gary Randall

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Normalizing Transgenderism in Schools

R-71 UPDATE: Referendum 71 can proceed to the November ballot. Judge Thomas McPhee issued his ruling yesterday afternoon, essentially clearing the way for R-71 to be on the ballot. The homosexual activists could conceivably appeal, however the ruling was so tight that it is not likely they will proceed.

I spoke with our attorney Steve Pidgeon late yesterday afternoon as he left the court. He told me that Judge McPhee found that the Constitutionally protected rights of the people to the Referendum process favored the Secretary of State's counting of the signatures.

Steve said, "The Judge found against the plaintiffs on both their counts. He found that no signature is required on the back of a petition form, that the Secretary of State had properly counted signatures that were registered to vote in the last instance."

In that the plaintiffs have failed to prevail twice using the same arguments, it is not likely they will appeal. If so, we will respond.

It's now time to get to the issue of same-sex marriage. The people of the state will rightly decide if they want to redefine marriage. You will be an integral part of that conversation.

The signatures of those who signed the referendum petitions are still sealed. That case will be revisited on Friday of this week.

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Normalizing Transgenderism in Schools

Massresistance, a New England-based pro-family organization, is concerned that the homosexual movement in New England is using transgender-"rights" law to force middle school and high schools to provide unisex bathrooms.

Forget the bathrooms, here in the Northwest, transgenderism seems to be blooming.

As kids returned to school this year in one Northwest town, a teacher they had known as Mr., has come back as "Ms." And the principal is calling it, " a teachable moment."

A transgender activist has announced he/she will run for mayor of Nampa, Idaho, a pastor of a Methodist Church in Portland has recently shared with his congregation that he/she is transgender, but it is a teacher who has taught math for 20 years in the affluent Portland suburb of West Linn, that will likely impact the most impressionable--the kids.

Nicholas Kintz has taught math at West Linn High School for 20 years. This year kids returned to school and found Mr. Kintz to be Ms. Kintz---Ms. Nicole Kintz--dress, hair and all.

He/she said of the previous life, "I've lived with this long enough to get to the point where I don't care what other people think."

In a letter of explanation to staff, Principal Lou Baily called this matter a "teachable moment."

Indeed it is a teachable moment. But what exactly are we teaching our kids? Has this become so "normal" we don't care? Are we afraid to speak up on these kinds of issues because it may not be politically correct?

Will Kintz try to influence kids in the classroom?

Well, he/she said she doesn't plan on teaching transgender issues.

However, Kintz's comments to the press raises concerns. He/she said, "They [the kids] might not have known anything about this before, but they're learning about it now and I'm the one that's going to teach them."

That should be very troubling. And it is to a number of parents. Parents who have already met with the principal, have been told there is nothing that he or the school district can or will do about it. In fact, parents were told they could not remove their child from his/her class for that reason.

The principal says, "The state changed the wording around discrimination a year and a half ago to address gender identity." Note that all the little "fair" laws that our legislators keep passing, often with no resistance, eventually reach critical mass and the culture is changed quietly, while many sleep.

Caleb Price, with Focus on The Family, says transgenderism was once kept in the background by homosexual activists but now there is a push to normalize it. Once homosexual activists felt the issue of transgenderism might hinder their agenda for homosexual "rights," now, however, that fear seems to have vanished.

Through a long term strategy and incrementalism, they have, while Christians and conservatives slumbered in a false sense that everything would turn out all right, advanced their agenda to the point where they energized to take the agenda even further to the extreme.

Activists are emboldened. We have seen the evidence of this in the campaign to place Referendum 71 on the Washington ballot.

Price says, "Ironically, we have now come to a point where pro-homosexual activists are asking us to believe that 'sexual orientation' cannot be changed, but somehow 'gender' can be changed."

He says a tiny minority of people who call themselves "transgender"---less than a fraction of one percent of the population--- is asking the rest of society to not only affirm them in their confusion and pain, but to radically reorder the ways in which the culture understands gender."

God help us.

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Gary Randall
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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

President Obama's First Day at School

Today President Obama will visit America's classrooms. It will be his first day in school---as President.

He may have already learned a couple of things. Among those things learned is that many Americans do not want him talking to their children, particularly while the child is captive in a public school classroom.

While part of his presentation has been withdrawn---the part about children writing a letter explaining how they can help the President, there is still a major push back in school districts across the country.

Why did so many Americans push back on this?

Governor Pawlenty of Minnesota said he feels it will be disruptive, particularly on the first day of school for many. He said in today's environment of communication, the President could have made a speech for kids and put it on You-Tube. Those who wanted to see it could have done so with their parents.

However, there is a deeper more profound reason that parents are reacting.

Here's why.

White House spokesman Gibbs said all this fuss is just, "silly season," because the President is only trying to motivate kids to be all they can be. The press has breathlessly repeated that mantra over the past few days.

It may be easier for Obama if that were true. However, there is more going on than "silly season." Or even, "right wing extremists" with an agenda, as the media is fond of saying.

The wax wings of the President have melted. He is now a man who has fallen to earth, according to Columnist Charles Krauthammer. Krauthammer has written a column in the Washington Post titled, "Obama The Mortal."

While the column is not directed toward this classroom issue, it exposes a fatal flaw that will likely be problematic for the President on many fronts.

Krauthammer says of Obama, "Has unveiled his plans for a grand make over of the American system, animating that vision by enacting measure after measure that greatly enlarged state power, government spending and national debt. Not surprisingly, these measures engendered popular skepticism then burst into the tea party town-hall resistance."

And if many do not trust him with the economy, they will not trust him with their kids.

What he is going to say or not say to the children today seems secondary to the fact that many parents simply don't trust him.

Millions are losing trust in him and the polls are reflecting this.

Krauthammer says, "His wax wings have melted, he is the man who fell to earth."

He says, "After a disastrous Summer---mistaking the mandate, believing his press, centralizing power, governing left, disdaining citizens, for (of all things) organizing---Obama is in trouble."

He says of the President, "With answers so slippery and implausible and, well, fishy, he began jeopardizing the most fundamental asset of any new president---trust."

We are not entering "silly season," but rather a season of re-evaluation as to how we really feel about the President who said he is "remaking" America, while millions prefer to see America "restored."

No amount of labeling by Spokesman Gibbs or the press for that matter will turn back the genuine concern being expressed by rank and file parents and citizens.

There is a growing mistrust in the man who said "trust me." "Change" in the minds of many isn't working.

According to Krauthammer, "The charismatic conjurer of 2008 has shed his magic."

I strongly recommend you read his complete column.

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Friday, September 04, 2009

R-71: New Lawsuit Filed and Judge Rules on Signatures--Sort of

A couple of things happened yesterday that you will want to be aware of.

A new lawsuit has been filed in Thurston County Superior Court, once again trying to block Referendum 71 from appearing on the November ballot.

In another Thurston County Court hearing yesterday, a judge heard both sides of why the names of those who signed the R-71 petition should be sealed from public disclosure.

The new lawsuit has been filed by the same group that had filed the suit last week which was denied by Judge Julie Spector earlier this week in King County.

They are alleging the same thing they alleged earlier regarding the Secretary's accepting of signatures that according to them, were not valid.

They are also alleging that we used deceptive practices to get people who actually support SB 5688 to sign the petition and that the petitions themselves include false information.

We did not. I am not aware of any attempt to mislead anyone, nor is anyone else involved in leadership in R-71.

They are challenging our statement on the petition that says SB 5688, "effectively makes same-sex marriages legal."

It does, and that is precisely one of the points we are making to the public. This suit may help to educate the broader public to what SB 5688 is really about.

They are also challenging our statement that says, "If same-sex marriage becomes law, public schools K-12, will be forced to teach that same-sex marriage and homosexuality are normal---even over the objections of parents."

This is an absolute true statement.

David Ammons, from the Secretary of State's office released a statement yesterday afternoon that said in part, "The plaintiffs lost in King County with essentially the same arguments, the same concerns. Our attorneys would expect to prevail again and we expect the voters will be voting on R-71 this fall."

If they are so certain of the state's support for the "every thing but marriage bill," why are they so relentless in trying to keep it away from the public?

You will recall that we asked for and received a Temporary Restraining Order to seal the names of those who signed the R-71 petitions. The reason for the TRO was because of legitimate threats to those who signed the petitions by at least two homosexual activist organizations, who promised to publish, on the Internet, the names of those who signed, so they could "be contacted."

As you may also know, both Larry Stickney and myself have had public death threats directed at us personally.

The judge heard both sides yesterday and said that he will have a final ruling on September 11 on a permanent restraining order.

I spoke with Steve Pidgeon, our attorney, late yesterday afternoon after he left the courtroom. He said the judge ruled that the names will continue to be sealed from the public until the final ruling on the 11th.

He said, "The disclosure law to verify the Referendum has not been thwarted and the names have not been made public."

These are times that try our soul, exhaust our strength and measure motives, but I am certain of one thing. If we do not stand for what is right in our culture, who will? I have an abiding sense that God is leading in all things. Thank you for your prayer and support.

God bless you.

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Thursday, September 03, 2009

R-71: The Judge, The Governor and the UW Survey that Says We Lose

Judge Julie Spector refused to block Secretary of State Sam Reed from certifying R-71 to the ballot yesterday.

She said, "The court recognizes the concerns raised by the plaintiffs regarding the validity of a significant number of petitions and signatures in this case." She told the plaintiffs that the King County Superior Court has no authority to prevent the Secretary from accepting signatures and suggested they would need to file another suit in Thurston County after the signatures have been certified. They have five days to do so.

The homosexual activists told the press they intend to do so. I personally think they are acting in desperation. More on that a little later.

Governor Gregoire published a statement following the certification of R-71 to the ballot. In the statement she said while she respects the people's right to place a referendum, she is, "very disappointed that this message will be debated again. I signed the original bill and believe it should be and will be the law of our great state."

There are reasons why she and her homosexual activist colleagues in the Legislature are doing all they can do to avoid having SB 5688 go to a public vote.

There has been a false sense of acceptance advanced in the state since the failure of Referendum 65 to make the ballot a couple of years ago. That failure, which included a public dispute between Joe Fuiten and Tim Eyman, gave the homosexual activists a sense of advancement and affirmation as Domestic Partnerships became law. It also gave the faith community, in some cases, a sense of having lost the stand for traditional values and the defense of marriage.

As the partnership bill was presented to the Legislature in January of 2007, Sen. Ed Murray told Andrew Garbor at The Seattle Times (Jan. 10, 2007), "The goal is marriage equality. It's an important statement that our eyes are on the prize, and the prize is marriage."

Indeed their prize is homosexual marriage and they have never taken their eyes off the prize. It was not necessarily benefits. Although benefits are always nice.

In May of this year, in the joy of yet another advancement of the homosexual agenda with the Legislature's passage of SB 5688, or "Everything But Marriage" bill, Sen. Murray told The Seattle Times that this was part of an, "incremental approach---a strategic plan." (May 17, 2009).

He said, "We needed to have a multiyear discussion with the state on gay and lesbian families." He said, "I believe DOMA won't long be the law of the state because those conversations are changing hearts and minds around the state."

And indeed they have. Not only has a segment of the public accepted the idea of fairness in benefits to the homosexuals, but under the guise of benefits, the activists have been unrestrained in rushing toward homosexual marriage. Led by the Governor.

The homosexual activists have been emboldened and some in the faith community have conceded that the battle for the culture and specifically the battle to defend marriage has been lost. A former Christian lobbyist in Olympia told the press a couple of years ago the marriage battle has been lost. We were baptized in that thought with a public effort to undermine R-71 as we launched the signature gathering. During the process in which you put, with God's help, R-71 on the ballot, there has been at least one head of a faith based organization in the state who has been telling people that he felt our effort would lose by at least 30 points. When R-71 exceeded the 120,577 valid names needed, it was characterized as, "The easy part is over," now the hard part begins.

In an odd sort of way, we have contributed to cultural losses with our own negative statements. I believe we may have also contributed in part to the general public's feelings about the issue.

This is why I wasn't surprised at the results in the University of Washington's survey, which they interestingly released simultaneously with the certification of R-71, that shows support for domestic partnerships and all the benefits---everything but marriage.

I am certain that as we have a conversation with the state over the next couple of months, the people of the state will come to understand that the "prize" of this legislation is homosexual marriage, not necessarily benefits. I do not believe the state is ready to provide that threshold, once they learn this legislation is the last "incremental and strategic" step to deconstructing marriage and redefining the family.

I believe many will reject SB 5688, not because they hate or are bigoted, but because they honor and treasure marriage. Because they know that marriage between a man and a woman has been the corner stone of every successful culture in the history of the human race.

Will they represent a majority of those who vote in November? Only God knows that. It is in His hands.

But I am absolutely certain that we are called to stand on behalf of what is morally right and biblically mandated. To do any less is a miscarriage of what every person of faith is called to do.

The current climate of moral collapse in the state may be, at least in part, due to our own inability to work together and speak together on fundamental issues such as marriage and life itself.

Those, including the Governor, who champion the advancement of the homosexual agenda, may have a sense that as the light is turned on to what this legislation really means, there may be a shift in the feelings of the people of the state. This would explain why the desperation to block this issue from coming before the people for a vote.

Faith without works is dead.

Be prayerful. Be active. Get involved and believe. Thank you for supporting us during this critical time.

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Wednesday, September 02, 2009

R-71: Everything Has Its Season

R-71 UPDATE: R-71 has exceeded the 120,577 valid signatures to be placed on the November ballot. Representative Matt Shea told me last night that we have 122,011.

Judge Julie Spector has said she will rule today on the lawsuit filed, asking for a restraining order against Secretary of State Sam Reed, preventing him from certifying R-71 to the ballot. The Secretary's office has said he intends to certify the Referendum today.

The Temporary Restraining Order we were given, which temporarily sealed the names of all who signed the R-71 petitions, will be considered tomorrow in a different court with a ruling to follow.

We will keep you updated.

On a personal word, thank you to all who sent me emails yesterday. There were so many that I am unable to answer or respond by email. Your encouraging words mean more than I could say. Thanks and God bless you.
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Everything Has Its Season

Ancient Scripture says, "To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven."

The narrative continues, identifying 14 such seasons, one of which is, "A time to keep silence, and a time to speak." Ecc. 7:3

Referendum 71 has become a defining issue in both the church and the culture.

And everything has its time. Is this the time to be silent, take the path of least resistance and let the culture devolve and ultimately implode morally? Or is it a time to speak? You will decide. Washington State cannot now avoid addressing the issue of same-sex marriage. It will be before every Washington voter.

I am certain very few will be silent.

Yesterday, Senator Ed Murray announced that he will not run for mayor of Seattle. He acknowledged that a write-in candidacy is very difficult but said, "The recognition that Referendum 71 will appear on the fall ballot galvanized my decision." He also called R-71 making the ballot, "A dark day."

Seattle mayoral candidate Joe Mallahan called it a sad day. He said, "It is preposterous to me that a small group of people can push a referendum to strip away rights from any group of people." He said of the coming campaign that it, "will show those who organized this hateful campaign that they do not represent Washington State's values."

It is apparent that those of us who are not silent, will be accused of hate, bigotry and extremism. I spent some time on Dori Monson's talk show yesterday on KIRO 97.3. As our interview was concluding he said, on air, "Gary, you know the other side will unleash every imaginable attack on you as this moves forward, don't you? Are you prepared for that?" My response was, "No, I'm not prepared for that, but am willing to walk through it."

And there is a time to speak.

There are also voices within the church who are calling for silence. We have seen and heard that call from the day Referendum 71 was launched. I would suppose that voice, in various forms, will continue---even intensify.

Those of us who have formed this coalition are asking you to hear a call to action. This voice is asking you to defend marriage, protect the family and preserve those values upon which the greatest culture in history was built.

Pastor Jan Hettinga from Northshore Baptist told the Seattle Times several months ago in response to the, "leaderless army milling about in the field" conversation that, "I think there is a very intelligent, moral, conservative population in this city and in this state, but they just haven't figured out yet how to let their voices be heard without being labeled."

I agree with Pastor Jan. There is indeed such a population, but perhaps we will not fully escape being labeled "haters" when we do not hate; bigots, when we are not bigoted; and attempting to strip rights from people, when we are trying to defend marriage.

There is a time to speak.

Being labeled is not inconsistent with Christianity. The word "Christian" was not initially intended to be complimentary.

R-71 has been called "historic" by the press. It is. Yet the most historic aspect of what you have done by putting R-71 on the ballot may yet lie ahead.

It is possible that this may become a defining time for both the culture and the church, particularly Christians and people of faith.

As we have secularized our culture, we have drifted far from our founding principles and lost our moral compass.

The fact that you put R-71 on the ballot has already been a wake-up call to many---on both sides.

This is not a time for Christians and people of faith to be silent. It is a time to speak. We must not at this important time, misunderstand our responsibility to the culture and to God's kingdom on this earth and remain silent.

This is a time to speak.

We need money. On a few dollars we have been able to progress to this point. We must have more funding in the days just ahead. I know you understand that and will do what you can.

Your donation to the Faith and Freedom PAC is spent entirely and exclusively on direct expenses related to promoting R-71 through the Internet, printing, mailing and now media advertising.

Thank you for donating now.

This is a time to speak.

In a few days we will be giving you specific direction as to how we plan to proceed. Thank you and God bless you.

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Gary Randall
President
Faith & Freedom

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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

R-71 said to be historic

The Secretary of State announced yesterday afternoon, "R-71 headed to November ballot."

It has been said that the signature verification has come under more scrutiny than any referendum or initiative in the state's history.

The Secretary's office also announced it could be the narrowest margin ever for qualifying for a ballot.

As of last night we had 121,617 valid signatures. That number could rise a bit as the final checks are completed. We needed 120,577.

Thank you to all who took part in this truly grassroots effort. Some were saying it could never happen, but you went door to door, to church, to Walmart, to family members, to church friends, to neighbors and anyone else whom you felt would join in defending marriage.

From the young to the elderly, you carried the petitions across this state, because of your deeply held beliefs that marriage is worth defending.

And God blessed your efforts. Thank you for allowing me to work with you. I am honored. Some gave money, some circulated petitions, some did both and all prayed for God's blessing. And God helped us.

Now we face the greater challenge. Over the next few days we will be showing you how we will have a conversation with the state. When people understand, as you do, that SB 5688 is more about homosexual marriage than it is about benefits, they will join in stopping the deconstruction of marriage.

So, what about the lawsuit that is attempting to restrain the Secretary of State from certifying R-71 to the ballot?

There are essentially two allegations. The first alleges that many of you signed the petition before you registered to vote. I do not believe that. However, I personally believe they will find it difficult to even present a legitimate case on that allegation because the petitions are not dated.

Secondly, they allege that the Secretary should throw out many signatures because the back of the petition was not signed by the person who circulated it.

An attorney for the Secretary of State said the Attorney General's Office has advised for several years now that petitions do not have to be signed by the signature gatherers, so long as the declaration is printed on the back of each petition form.

Judge Julie Spector has said she will rule on this on Wednesday. The Secretary of State's office has said he plans to officially certify R-71 to the ballot on Wednesday.

I'm sure you understand, your financial support is absolutely essential at this point. Thank you.

God bless you.

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Gary Randall
President
Faith & Freedom

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