Friday, January 29, 2010

Planned Parenthood on the Attack

Thank you to those who attended the hearing in Olympia this past Wednesday and are supporting the Pregnancy Centers.

Planned Parenthood is waging an all out assault on the Pregnancy Centers across the state.

If you have not yet contacted your elected officials, please do so now.

Contact your State Senator and tell he/she you strongly oppose SB 6452.

Contact your State Representative and tell he/she you strongly oppose HB 2837.

To find your elected officials you may go to our home page and click "Legislators".

To give you an idea of how strongly Planned Parenthood is attempting to shut down the Pregnancy Centers, I have included a copy of the email they sent out Thursday, the 28th, following the hearing on Wednesday.

Below is a copy of their email.

The following is an email sent to their financial supporters:


Limited Service Pregnancy Center Legislation

Yesterday the Health and Long-Term Care Committee held a hearing on SB 6452, regarding Limited Service Pregnancy Centers (LSPC). We wanted to give you a report back from the hearing and also ask you to take action now by contacting key legislators who need to hear from you TODAY.

When we got to Olympia yesterday at 7:30am, the line to get into the hearing room was out the door. We had a lot of great support from people just like you, who put on bright pink t-shirts and packed Hearing Room 4 in the Senate’s Cherberg Building on the Capitol Campus. But now we need your help to shore up support for this important bill from key legislators like yours.

We see it in our health centers every day: Women go to limited service pregnancy centers for medical care and unbiased pregnancy options counseling. Instead, they get false or misleading information about reproductive health care, their medical records are withheld, and they are denied needed referrals for reproductive health care.

If you couldn’t make it to Olympia yesterday, we need you to tell your legislator that you support SB 6452/HB 2837. Will you join us today in making sure that women receive accurate information about their health care? Please send the letter below.

Thanks for all that you do on behalf of women in our state -

Jennifer, Dana, Faye and the Planned Parenthood Votes Washington team

Send a letter to the following decision maker(s):
Your Representative (if you live in Washington)
Your State Senator (if you live in Washington)


Below is the sample letter:

Subject: Please support SB 6452/HB 2837

Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here],

I strongly support SB 6452/HB 2837, Concerning Limited Service Pregnancy Centers, and urge your support of the bill as well. Women deserve to receive private, transparent and accurate health information. Limited Service Pregnancy Centers, sometimes called "crisis pregnancy centers", offer free pregnancy tests and "pregnancy options counseling". While some of these centers do good work, there are many in our state that provide false or misleading information about reproductive health care to women in times of crisis. There have been many reported instances where medical records have been withheld, or women are denied referrals for the care they need. This bill does not prevent these centers from saying that they are opposed to abortion or birth control. This bill does ensure that, if these centers are offering medical information, it must be accurate information and patient privacy safeguards must be in place. Most of these centers are not regulated at all, because - al though they call themselves "clinics" - they offer no medical care or diagnosis. Washington women deserve to have access to the information they need to make the choices that are right for them. Please stand up and protect the health and safety of women in our state. Please support SB 6452/HB 2837.

Sincerely,


What's At Stake:

Also called "crisis pregnancy centers" or fake clinics, LSPCs offer free pregnancy tests, "pregnancy options counseling," and ultrasound imaging. They are opposed to abortion. Some call themselves "clinics," but most provide no medical care other than free pregnancy tests and ultrasounds without medical diagnosis. Women go to these centers for medical care and unbiased pregnancy options counseling. Instead, they get false or misleading information about reproductive health care, their medical records are withheld, and they are denied needed referrals for reproductive health care.

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

President Obama: Words and Deeds

The President's State of The Union Speech last night will be discussed for the next couple of days. Those who support his policies will probably say it was a great speech, while those who oppose his policies will point out the flaws---and some of the facts that are not facts.

I believe all will understand he does not plan to reconsider his agenda.

As I watched it, I felt as though we were all in a classroom, especially the Supreme Court of the United States, who sat in front of him while he scolded them for a ruling they made last week. I am not aware of any President---ever--doing something like that. Was he trying to politicize the Court?

Sarah Palin summed up my feelings when she was asked to describe the speech in a word:

Lecture.

The President has taught us over the past year or so, that there is a vast difference between words, regardless of how well crafted they may be, and deeds.

WORDS.

The President is addicted to utilizing language that he has carefully tailored and crafted. Often it is used to obfuscate the truth.

Ben Shapiro has written a very interesting column titled, "President Obama's Lexicon of Rhetorical Devices," in which he says the President uses double talk on a regular basis.

He says to really understand what the President is saying you must decipher what he means when he uses certain words. Some of the words Shapiro deciphers are, "Hope and Change," "False Choice," "Deficit Reduction," "Let me be clear," "Cynics," "Teachable Moment" and many others.

Please follow the link below and read his entertaining and informative column.

DEEDS.

Words are one thing, deeds are something else.

There is no better way to know what someone believes and wants to accomplish as a leader, than to look closely at the people he surrounds himself with.

Matt Staver, founder and chairman of the law firm Liberty Counsel, has taken a closer look at the President's appointees and nominees. When you take a look at the various personal profiles and what each person really believes, you will discover there is a disconnect between words and deeds, in this case, appointees and nominees, charged to do the "deeds" and what the President leads one to think he believes.

You will find that the beliefs of those whom he has chosen, transcends any words in any speech.

Please click below for links.

Ben Shapiro's column, "President Obama's Lexicon of Rhetorical Devices".

Matt Staver's report on President Obama's Appointees and Nominees.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Teen Pregnancy - Up and Abortions - Up

Faith and Freedom Home Page Is Now Carrying Daily Cultural News Headlines From Several News Sources And Video News Clips Of Important Cultural News Stories.
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USA Today carried a front page story yesterday titled, "Teen Pregnancy, Abortion Rates Rise," which says the teen pregnancy rate rose 3% in the US during the last reporting period, with abortions rising during the same period.

What caused this?

According to this front page article, it was caused by one man and one national policy. Who is the man and what is the policy?

Some of you guessed at least part of the answer.

That's right, former President George W. Bush caused this. And it was his policy of funding abstinence sex education that facilitated it.

So the problem that we are now faced with is that George Bush facilitated a program that is both morally right and provides the only absolute method of birth control and an excellent method of SDT prevention. And the reason it is a "problem" is found in the associations of those who did the analysis and made the assumptions.

The Guttmacher Institute did the study and did the analysis. And made the assumptions.

Here's what USA Today and now other news sources, including your own local news, is not telling you. And it's relevant.

The Alan Guttmacher Institute is the research arm of Planned Parenthood. USA Today chose not to tell you that part of the story.

There's more.

Allan Guttmacher, who founded the Institute, is a former president of Planned Parenthood and former vice-president of the American Eugenics Society. He also founded the Association for the Study of Abortion.

It is the Guttmacher Institute that is saying the increase is related to a focus on abstinence only sex education programs under the Bush Administration.

Lawrence Finer, with Guttmacher, told USA Today, "The focus on abstinence and the shifts in pregnancy occurred about the same time."

Many assumptions were made in arriving at the conclusions that have been reported as fact, not only by USA Today, but all the other news sources that carried their story, right off their script.

I called one of our network affiliates last night as they ran this story and asked why they didn't report the relationship of Guttmacher, Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry to the story. The news producer told me personally that they didn't know about all that and had taken the story and had broadcasted it off the script of another story broadcasted by someone else. Incredible.

My impression was that they really didn't care about the other part of the story. They thanked me for watching their station.

Guttmacher, making these assumptions and conclusions are about as creditable as my son telling you I am the smartest dad in the world.

Valerie Huber, with the National Abstinence Education Association, says she thinks this is yet another opportunity, "to throw a barb at abstinence education."

I agree. Abstinence education is a problem for the abortion business.

Abortion on demand is feeling the pressure. Things are changing and the world's leading abortion company stands to lose hundreds of millions of dollars, in addition to the ideological cultural battle over abortion.

Politicians have heard from the public in regard to taxpayer funded abortions under the Obama health care plan, and the public does not support it.

While Planned Parenthood tries to expand their abortion business, the public is moving in the other direction.

Focus on the Family published a survey late yesterday afternoon that says, based on a new Knights of Columbus-Marist survey, 58% of those in the "Millennial" age group (18-29) agreed with the statement that abortion is "morally" wrong. They also found 51% of Baby Boomers (45-64) and 60% of Gen Xer's (30-44) feel the same.

This is the shift that is occurring. Support for life is on the rise in America. Planned Parenthood and their allies such as NARAL and others, and the politicians who hand Planned Parenthood hundreds of millions of dollars every year are standing in the light, so to speak. And the public is not comfortable with what they see.

Also, yesterday, Focus publicly announced they will air a pro-life ad about Tim Tebo, one of the best college football players in the nation and his mother's decision not to abort him. The ad will run twice during the Super Bowl.

Pro-abortion advocates, mostly attached to Planned Parenthood in some paternal way, started the attack last night. It will continue.

Be prayerful. Be vigilant. Be discerning.

God bless you.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Scriptures to be Removed from Military Weapons

Last week I wrote that ABC News had "exposed" manufacturer, Trijicon, for putting Scripture references on weapons made for the US military.

Well, it didn't take long. Here's what happened.

Critics called the Scripture references unconstitutional and claimed they broke a government rule banning American troops from proselytizing. That's general order #1.

Proselytizing?

A reference to a biblical verse is proselytizing?

Trijicon has voluntarily agreed to stop the practice they have held for nearly 30 years.

This episode raises some concerns---beyond the obvious.

First, there is a growing global consensus to restrict people from sharing their faith---particularly if they are Christian. This, of course, stands in direct conflict with the great biblical command to go into all the world and preach the gospel, which is fundamental to Christian belief.

Secondly, this is one more example of an anti-Christian minority imposing its will on both a majority of the people and the historical Christian heritage of this nation.

There has been a concerted and often successful effort over the last several generations to depict America as always having been a secular nation and our Founding Fathers primarily deists.

The secular progressives have argued that the values the Founders held were values drawn from secular Enlightenment, not those taken from Judeo-Christian Scripture.

A quick read of the comments and letters of our Founders puts that idea to rest. Or does it?

Friends of mine from the old Soviet Union have told me there was a saying in those days, "In the Soviet Union, the future is known; it's the past that keeps changing."

As secularists have continued to revise history, strip every vestige of our Judeo-Christian heritage from the public square, and indoctrinate our children, transforming the classroom into a social experimental laboratory, we have seen cultural confusion and darkness begin to settle across the land.

Ironically, one of the verse references "exposed" by ABC was John 8:12 which quotes Jesus saying, "I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but have the light of life."

John also points out that, "the Light shines in the darkness and the darkness does not comprehend it."

An ancient prophet, speaking on behalf of God, once told a nation that had lost her way, "Arise shine; For the light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you." (Isaiah 60:1)

The same prophet also said, although darkness shall cover the earth and deep darkness the people, "The Lord will arise over you."

As patriot Patrick Henry has correctly observed, the Christian values and principles that have provided the foundation for the God given freedoms we enjoy in this great nation, have also given those of other beliefs or those with no belief, the same freedoms.

Perhaps those who so strongly oppose any Christian expression or influence and seek to secularize this country should consider how the loss of those principles would undermine their own freedom, even the freedom to publicly dissent on this very matter.

May America be restored as the light arises through another great awakening.

Be prayerful. Be vigilant. Be active. Do not be silent.

God bless you.

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Planned Parenthood: Injecting Children with Birth Control--- the Face of Evil

Important Alert Concerning Pregnancy Centers In WA State.

Pregnancy centers are under attack from two companion bills in the Legislature. They are HB 2837 and SB 6452.

Pregnancy centers across the state are asking for your help. I have linked an appeal from Thurston County, however centers everywhere have joined together in an effort to derail these two bills.

SB 6452 is scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee, this Wednesday, January 27, at 8 AM in the Senate hearing room 4 in the Cherberg Building on the Capitol Campus.

Those two bills target pregnancy centers with excessive regulation that would not apply if the centers provided abortions or abortion referrals.

Pregnancy Centers are the front line in the battle for life. Please follow the link to read how you can help them this week by making calls and attending the hearing.
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Planned Parenthood: Injecting Children with Birth Control--- the Face of Evil

Planned Parenthood is now using teenagers, 11 to 19 years-old, to distribute and give injections of Depo-Provera, a powerful birth control drug, to kids of their own age---their peers.

In addition to the injections, the teens are distributing contraceptives including birth control pills and condoms.

CNSNEWS is reporting that Planned Parenthood, working through their Latin America surrogates, have about 30 teenagers in the program in Ecuador injecting their peers.

In a December 15, 2009 article in Global Health Magazine, the Latin American director explains the program. The link above to CNSNEWS includes a link to the article.

Steve Mosher, president of Population Research Institute, which advocates against population control through abortion and other means, said the program is "dangerous".

Jim Sedlack, vice president of the American Life League says, "It's absolutely outrageous" and is "an assault on parental authority."

He says Planned Parenthood has used peer to peer programs frequently all over the US, "but they have carried it to a horrible extreme in Ecuador where 15 year-old kids are going out and giving birth control shots to other 13, 14 ,15 year old kids."

This is the face of evil. They are able to do this in Ecuador, because the far left government does not restrain their activities.

It is a reminder of the importance to elect lawmakers, here, that will stand for life. Planned Parenthood is not evil in Latin America and loving and compassionate in the US. They are driven by the same beliefs and agenda here as there. Except here, there are those who resist because of our belief in the sanctity of life.

Pfizer, the drug company that makes Depo-Provera, has a number of warnings related to the drug posted on their web site.

Among the warnings the manufacturer says, "Women who use Depo-Provera injections may lose significant bone mineral density" and that "bone loss is greater with increasing duration of use and may not be completely reversible."

It is a powerful steroid-based drug. Is Planned Parenthood providing medical counseling with this dangerous drug injection?

And how is Planned Parenthood paying for this? It is illegal to use taxpayer funds for abortion. Are they funding it as part of the $6.9 million they report as using for "International Family Planning Programs"? My guess is, they are. However, they are not returning calls to those who are asking. Pfizer company is not returning calls either.

This is a snapshot of how far an extremist organization such as Planned Parenthood will go if left unchecked by people resisting evil through legal and legislative means.

They actively use the peer to peer method in our public school system to advance the far left social agenda and indoctrinate kids, however they are restrained from having peers give injections to peers---at least for the moment.

Please don't tell me they would not do that in the US if the law would allow. They put a pretty face on their activities here and call it compassionate health care services, while your lawmakers pour hundreds of millions of dollars into the advancement and indoctrination of a belief that attaches little value to life.

This is the face of evil. And this is one more reason why we must see that pro-life lawmakers are elected.

Thank you for standing with us to help advance the principles of life and family and marriage, and resist those forces that seek to destroy them.

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Re-Engineering of Family in WA Has Begun

Today We Mourn For The 50 Million Children Aborted Since 1973


State Rep., Lynn Kessler, D-Hoquiam, is sponsoring HB 2793, which modifies parenting laws to become gender neutral.

Here's what the bill will do.

The bill changes wording in parenting legislation to become gender-neutral, such as defining father-child relationships as "parent" child relationships. It essentially removes any reference to male or female and their respective roles.

The bill clarifies that all provisions that apply for parents in a marriage, apply to those of a domestic partnership.

The bill also amends surrogate parenting laws by applying all the standards for married couples to those of domestic partnerships.

Most who read this column, knew this would be one of the many outcomes of SB 5688 and supported the effort to reject it. That law has set the stage for a fundamental cultural shift in both the way family and marriage is defined and how its function will impact our culture. It will happen slowly, incrementally, but surely.

To the person who would say, "What's the big deal, I don't support homosexual marriage, but this doesn't affect my marriage or family." I would say, "Enjoy the warm water, you are the frog in the kettle."

What should we do? I am pointing out this bill as an example of how SB 5688 will be implemented and integrated into everyday life. There will be many more of these kinds of bills to come---each merely facilitating the new law. It's effect on how marriage and family is defined cannot be overstated. It will not only impact the culture, but what your child or grandchild is taught in public school.

The most effective response, I feel, is to seriously engage in replacing lawmakers in Olympia and focusing on local matters. Secondly, focusing on those from Washington State who serve in the US Congress. For example, I believe Patty Murray can be defeated this year, if people of faith and conservatives will solidly get behind candidates who represent our core beliefs.

The Bible teaches patience as a virtue. And someone has said, "Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime."

People move in and out of activism and the support for this kind of ministry ebbs and flows. To those who care, we are in this for the long haul.

Your financial support now is absolutely essential. We cannot do this without it. Our expenses are a little greater at this time, in that we are preparing a significant effort to educate the public regarding the candidates in the elections this year.

I know you understand. Thank you for your help now.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

New Textbooks are a Battle for the Mind

There are many battles for the minds of our children, none more poignant then the content in our children's textbooks. It shapes the beliefs---the minds of our kids.

A very important and contentious process is underway in Texas to decide what will and will not be in textbooks that will be used for perhaps the next ten years. Because Texas is one of the largest markets in the country, most all publishers pretty much follow their lead in producing textbooks for the rest of the nation.

Decisions being made now will provide guidelines to teach history and social studies to some 4.8 million kids, K-12, for up to 10 years and will also be the standard by which state tests will be set.

The ideological battles are underway.

Committees of teachers and experts have crafted first round proposals.

One of the initial recommendations was to include the study of Aesop's Fables for second graders, but to remove Christmas from a list of religious holidays and observances in a 6th grade world culture class.

Why are you not surprised? An outcry from many reversed that notion.

Another flash point has been over how much emphasis should be given to the religious beliefs of America's founders.

There is a group that is strongly recommending that textbooks must emphasize the constitutional separation of church and state---not to worry that the typical teaching on that subject is flawed because it is incorrectly extrapolated from a letter written by Jefferson to the Baptists.

Kelly Shackelford, a rock solid Christian conservative whom I've met a couple of times and president of the conservative Free Market Foundation, has involved himself in the process.

He says, "We are concerned that some extremists are pressuring the board to censor and forbid students from learning about the religious heritage of our country and the faith of historical figures, including our Founding Fathers."

The other side is, of course, imploring the board to invoke separation of church and state and teach their flawed version.

Because of the heated debate over these and other issues, the board has put the scheduled vote off until March, with a final vote most likely in May.

We will keep you posted as this process proceeds.

Be prayerful. Be vigilant. Be vocal.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

ABC Exposes Secret Bible Codes On US Military Weapons

Thousands March For Life At The Capitol In Olympia. Thanks to all who joined us yesterday in this significant statement about the value and sanctity of life. More to come on this over the next few days.
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Brown Wins Obama Loses

In an epic upset in Massachusetts last night, Republican Scott Brown upset the Democrat for a Senate seat formerly held by both Ted and John F. Kennedy and once, long ago, by John Quincy Adams.

The upset has left Obama's health care plan in doubt, if not in peril, and marred his first year in office.

For the moment, forget party affiliation. People are angry and this election was more about Obama and the direction he is taking the country, than any party affiliation. In 10 months, the President has made significant progress in "re-making" our country. The problem? A growing number of people apparently do not want the country "re-made".

Socialized health care is the banner for his bolt toward a European style socialized democracy. He is quickly dismantling the Republic. And people are revolting at the ballot box.

So much so that the Seattle PI, just minutes after Brown was declared the winner, was wondering, out loud, if all this should be a concern for Patty Murray, who is running for re-election this year.

It should.

The PI gave 3 reasons why she should not worry:

*Murray isn't Martha Coakley.

*The GOP is weak in Washington State.

*Ten months is a long time in politics.

The PI gave 3 reasons why she should be worried:

*An anti-incumbent tide can sweep a lot of people out of office.

*Brown's victory could spur a formidable GOP candidate to challenge Murray.

*Fourth terms are hard to come by.

There are already a number of good and qualified candidates declared for a number of seats in both the Washington State Legislature and US Congress. We will be highlighting these candidates and directly working to help some of them get elected over the coming months.

I believe historic times lie ahead.

Mimi from Massachusetts summed it up very well last night when she posted the following on our website: "God has just answered the people's prayers in Massachusetts. Do not grow weary in the struggle."

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ABC Exposes Secret Bible Codes on US Military Weapons

ABC NEWS reported yesterday that there are "secret Bible codes" on US military weapons. In their report, ABC shows examples of Bible verse references stamped on the sides of rifles and say sometimes soldiers refer to the rifles as "Jesus rifles". One of their examples has Jn. 8:12 stamped on it. John 8:12 says, as you probably know, "Then Jesus spoke again to them, saying, "I am the light of the world; he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."

Outrage. "It's wrong".

Here are the details and the video report.

There are those who feel this is wrong. They feel the inscriptions are pitting Christianity against Islam.

They feel the Scriptural references are offensive to soldiers of other faiths and to those of no faith.

ABC points out that President Obama promised the Islamic world, during his speech in Turkey last year, that America, "is not and will not ever be at war with Islam."

Does this suggest that?

Michael Weinstein, who runs the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, is upset and demanding the inscriptions be removed and the practice terminated. He says it is "wrong and an outrage." He said soldiers who disagree with the practice have told him it is a, "sick and scary joke."

I think you will be hearing more about this over the coming weeks.

How do you feel about this?

Keep in mind the deep Christian heritage of America. Scripture verses are itched in the concrete of every building and monument on the Capitol Campus in Washington DC.

Someone has written, "From cornerstones to capstones, from cornices to colonnades, from halls of Congress to the hallowed hillsides of Arlington Cemetery, a mighty causeway of faith courses through the landscape of the nation's capitol."

Indeed it does. America's heritage can be denied, but cannot be escaped. It was a deep faith in God and a profound sense of patriotism that caused the founder of the company who makes these weapons, to begin including these inscriptions. He passed away a few years ago and the practice has continued in his company.

Patrick Henry, one of America's most prolific patriots said, "It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity and freedom of worship here."

Given our heritage and the fact that a large majority of Americans profess to be Christian, and those Christian principles have provided the freedoms bestowed by God, that we enjoy and protect today, is it wrong to have such references inscribed on military hardware?

What do you think? Please view the video report from ABC and post your thoughts in the comments linked below.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

WA State Sen. Paull Shin Wants "Cash For Kids"

Senator Paull Shin, D-Edmonds, is sponsoring a bill, SB 6466 that he says will create more cash for the state school system. I call it "cash for kids".

Here's what he is proposing.

Shin's bill, SB 6466, will provide for the state schools to allow advertising on the inside and outside of public school buses. He says each district school board will decide who is and who is not allowed to advertise, however, the advertising must be "educational".

Faith and Freedom Foundation is a non-profit educational foundation. Can we advertise? Probably not. We're Christian. What about churches or mosques or temples that are not Christian. What about Freedom From Religion? ---The group that puts atheist signs on buses, near Nativities and a number of other places. They're not Christian or religious---and they educate. "Yes Virginia, There Is No God."

Okay, nothing that is kind of like religion.

What about Planned Parenthood? They offer educational materials. How about condom companies? They would be somewhat educational. Or, morning after abortion pills? Will educational materials tend to be liberal and progressive or conservative?

Coke or Pepsi?

Likely Mr. Shin means well. Money is in scarce supply for state run institutions. But is this something we should do?

Public school has our children and grandchildren a good part of everyday, to socialize, educate and indoctrinate. Do we really want our kids and grand kids to be hustled while traveling to and from school every day for a little more cash?

Please give Senator Shin a call or email and ask him to withdraw his "cash for kids" bill. Tell him our kids are worth more than that.

Link to Senator Shin's office.

God help the children.

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Monday, January 18, 2010

MLK, CWA, and a Clinical Psychologist Responds to Gary's Blog

Today we celebrate the birthday of Rev. Martin Luther King, JR. Volumes have been written about his life and his times. I have chosen two sources to which I would like to direct our readers today. These two information sources provide an excellent snapshot of his life and times and the lasting effect of both.

First, I have linked a video of the March on Washington and the, "I Have A Dream" speech.

Secondly, a link to a web site that was first created by the Seattle Times in 1996. It contains the story of this remarkable man.

And finally, King was a very quotable man. One of his comments that I personally quote often:

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter."
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Tomorrow, Concerned Women for America of Washington are co- sponsoring a March for Life event in Olympia at 12:00 noon. Faith and Freedom fully supports this event and would encourage anyone who is able to attend to do so. I have provided a link to specific information or contact State Director, Maureen Richardson, at 425-869-1923.
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As announced, from time to time, we will be sharing comments sent in from our readers. Recently a Clinical Psychologist responded to one of our blogs. His email begins, "I was struck by your title, "Don't Think, Don't Believe, Don't Comment", as well as your commentary.

TO: Gary Randall

I was struck by your title, "Don't Think, Don't Believe, Don't Comment," as well as your commentary. I am a now retired Clinical Psychologist with 38 years of clinical practice. Your title immediately brought a subject to my mind that I have spoken about with many people over the years. Your title almost exactly summarizes the "family rules" in a dysfunctional family.

"Dysfunction family" is an overused term that has almost become meaningless due to its overuse/application. However, in clinical practice one gets to see a lot of it. Dysfunctional families differ in many ways from each other but they all have the following "family rules". Family rules may be defined as codes for behavior never mentioned or talked about openly but everyone in the family knows intuitively what they are and usually follows them).

A quick summary of these rules is as follows: "Don't think, don't feel. don't be honest, never question the rules or the leadership (i.e. parents)" and finally "none of these rules may change!" It is indeed frightening to see that in our country many folks are following these dysfunctional rules. These don't work well in a family nor a nation. Dysfunctional rules must be challenged and at times purposefully broken in order for therapeutic change to occur.

Best regards and blessings,

Frank C. Hamilton, Ph.D.

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Clarification On R-71 Supreme Court Case

In talking with several in the Seattle and national media, I have become aware that since it was announced that the US Supreme Court will hear our case in the matter of R-71, there are those who are now publishing stories that either claim or suggest that we are somehow trying to circumvent public disclosure laws and are part of a national coalition to do so.

Neither is true. We are addressing one issue and that is a freedom of speech issue.

I personally believe in full disclosure. However, we believe that just as an individual's vote should be confidential, so should their signature on a referendum or initiative, because that process is a part of the voting process.

We are not addressing any area of financial disclosure.

This story has already become a national story and it's outcome will have national impact.

Some may ask, what if we prevail, then Christians and conservatives will not have access to the names of those who sign petitions on issues we do not agree with. Homosexual activists have a record of intimidation and in some cases, harassment. This has played out in California during and following Prop. 8, in several other states that have considered defense of marriage legislation and certainly here in Washington during R-71.

We don't care to have access to the names of those who sign pro-homosexual or pro-abortion referenda or initiatives. We don't believe so-called "contacting" people because of the way they voted or because they signed a petition that provides an opportunity to vote is appropriate under any circumstances.

Apparently, the US Supreme Court feels that our case has enough merit to hear and consider.

Freedom in voting is worth the effort.

God bless you. We'll keep you posted.

Gary Randall
President
Faith & Freedom

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PRESS RELEASE
Friday January 15, 2010
Contact: James Bopp, Jr.
Phone: 812/232-2434; Fax: 812/235-3685; jboppjr@aol.com

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Washington Case on Release of Petition Signers

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States agreed to hear a case that asks it to decide whether the Washington Secretary of State may release the names, addresses, and other personal information of over 138,000 individuals who signed a referendum petition seeking to protect traditional marriage in Washington.

As seen in Washington, California, and across the country, when an election involves traditional marriage, the availability of personal information on the internet has led to the harassment and intimidation of those who support traditional marriage. Those supporting traditional marriage have been subject to death threats, physical violence, and property damage because of laws requiring the personal information of supporters of traditional marriage to be made available on the internet. Protect Marriage Washington, the group that asked the Court to hear this case, is seeking to prevent the release of the personal information of the individuals who signed the referendum petition to protect traditional marriage in Washington, and uphold the right of Washington citizens to speak freely without fear of harassment or intimidation.

James Bopp, Jr., lead counsel for Protect Marriage Washington, stated, "We are pleased that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear this case that seeks to protect the rights of citizens who support a traditional definition of marriage to speak freely and without fear. No citizen should ever worry that they will be threatened or injured because they have exercised their right to engage in the political process. The First Amendment protects citizens from being required to disclose their identity when they are engaged in political speech. The Supreme Court seemed to see the importance of hearing this case prior to the November 2009 elections when it stayed the release of the names at that time, and we look forward to their review of the case."

On September 10, 2009, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington issued an order preventing the release of the names of the petition signers. On October 15, 2009, the Ninth Circuit issued a single page order allowing the release of the names. On October 20, 2009, the Supreme Court prevented the release of the names prior until it could consider this case. These documents, as well as the petition asking the Court to hear this case, are available on the Madison Center website, http://www.jamesmadisoncenter.org/, under the "Washington Referendum 71 Petition Suit" heading.

James Bopp, Jr. has a national federal and state election law practice with the law firm of Bopp, Coleson & Bostrom in Terre Haute, Indiana. He is General Counsel for the James Madison Center for Free Speech and former Co-Chairman of the Election Law Subcommittee of the Federalist Society.

Friday, January 15, 2010

AG Rob McKenna Says Supreme Court May Take R-71 Case Today

The United States Supreme Court is scheduled to decide today if they will hear our case regarding the names of those who signed R-71.

Those seeking to release the names say it is about "open government".

We say it is about the effect of threats and harassment on free speech.

State Attorney General Rob McKenna, who along with Secretary of State Sam Reed, seeks to release the names, is quoted by the Seattle PI as saying he believes the high court could make R-71 one of the few appeals they'll consider this year.

Here's why he believes that.

McKenna says, "The reason that the Supreme Court might take it is that they have a penchant for First Amendment cases, especially when they involve novel questions, so they might take it, we'll see."

Our lawyer, James Bopp, Jr., says people have a right to participate in the political system without the government compelling them to identify themselves.

This case has been followed closely by legal scholars since it was filed. If heard, the outcome would have national implication.

Also, today, State Representative Mike Armstrong's HB 2612, that would exempt signature petitions for referenda and initiatives from public inspection and copying, will hold a hearing.

The hearing is at 1:30 PM, in room D in the O'Brien building on the Capitol campus in Olympia.

Be vigilant. Be discerning. Be active. Be prayerful.

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Gary Randall
President
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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Embryonic Stem Cell Research Has Failed

Five years after a budget-busting $3 billion was allocated to embryonic stem cell research (ESCR), there have been no cures, no therapies, no progress and no hope.

California's $3 billion research fund was intended to become the west coast counterpart of the National Institutes of Health. As the people said yes, by passing Prop. 71 to fund it, supporters spoke of imminent medical miracles, with President Bush's policy of restricting government funding of embryonic stem cell research the only thing standing in the way of progress.

On March 9, 2009, President Obama reversed that policy, saying he agreed with scientists who believe, "these tiny cells may have the potential to help us understand and possibly cure, some of our most devastating diseases."

By then, there was a growing consensus that embryonic stem cells were not working. But they could not admit it. Note his choice of words. "may" and "possibly" were not words used when the embryonic stem cell research agenda was rolled out, even though there were a number of scientists who knew it could not and would not succeed for scientific reasons.

Investor's Business Daily reported Tuesday, "Five years later, ESCR has failed to deliver and backers of Prop. 71 [the funding measure] are admitting failure."

Investor's Business Daily says the state agency responsible for managing and distributing the money is now funneling funds dedicated to embryonic stem cell research into adult stem cell research, because it is the adult stem cell that has produced results. It is helping real people with real needs and does not come with the ethical problem of destroying life to preserve or treat life.

However there is another---I believe, more important, story behind this story of failure. It involves manipulation of the public and the advancement of a very liberal and so-called "progressive" agenda.

Joe Carter, writing for "Stand To Reason" says, "So they stretched the truth by down playing the fact that the barriers to therapeutic application were all but insurmountable."

Carter, a student of the subject and frequent speaker on these matters, say they have consistently made claims that had no basis in reality.

Carter says, "As Ronald D.G. McKay, a stem cell researcher at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, said in 2004 about the claims that ESCR could lead to cures to Alzheimer's,' 'To start with, people need a fairy tale. Maybe that's unfair, but they need a storyline that's relatively simple to understand'."

Celebrities, billionaires, tech tycoons and scientists in need of funding, took the message to the little people.

Seattle's own Ron Reagan wished out loud that if only Bush would have released funds, maybe his father could have been cured or helped. Did Reagan and others know the element of deception in the embryonic stem cell research push? Who knows?

Both Investor's Business Daily and Joe Carter, as well as a number of others, firmly believe that many scientists knew of the extreme limitations of using embryonic stem cells.

Many scientists wanted big money to do embryonic stem cell research, simply for the sake of research, but knew it was impossible to get funding for research that would never be useful out side the lab.

Embryonic stem cell research is a favorite thing among the pro-abortion people. It is seen as "progressive," cutting edge and forward leaning, etc.

Investor's Business Daily concludes: "To us, this is a classic bait and switch, an attempt to snatch success from the jaws of failure and take credit for discoveries and advances achieved by research Prop. 71 supporters once cavalierly dismissed. We have noted how over the years that when funding was needed, the phrase 'embryonic stem cells' was used. When actual progress was discussed, the word 'embryonic' was dropped, because ESCR never got out of the lab."

Stem cell or "adult stem cell" which does not take life to treat life, has provided at least 73 treatments for everything from heart disease to brain cancer, while embryonic stem cell research, which is immoral at it's core, has produced nothing. Except, billions of dollars down the drains of laboratories.

Now take a look at the way health care, climate change, and a number of other big dollar items are being "fairy tale'd" to the American public. Think about it. Pray about it and get involved.

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Gary Randall
President
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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Don't Think. Don't Believe. Don't Comment.

This seems to be the direction political correctness is taking American culture. And we are paying a great price, as our freedoms continue to be eroded.

Thomas Sowell has written a column which we have posted under "recommended reading" on the home page of the Faith and Freedom web site titled, "Notional Security". In it he points out how political correctness is undermining our national security with it's "notions."

It is an informative read. I recommend it.

However, political correctness is also greatly undermining our freedom of religious expression. A foundational tenet of our nation.

A recent explosion of words on MSNBC identifies just how unacceptable the idea of public religious expression has become with some.

When Brit Hume made his comment on FOX NEWS about the possibility of Tiger Woods considering Christianity for personal healing and restoration, I knew there would be a negative response. We wrote a blog about it the next morning.

However, I had no idea how far the push back would go. It has created a continuing firestorm of controversy.

The comments directed at Brit Hume, who is a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, should be considered by every Christian.

The message goes something like this:

If you publicly suggest that Christianity provides an answer to personal problems, you are "anointing" yourself.

Looking to Jesus Christ and Christianity in your time of need is "hiding behind religion."

Don't tell us about Christianity. Look at all the high profile people who have claimed to be Christians, but have personally failed.

If you personally prefer Christianity over Buddhism, you are denigrating Buddhism.

If you mention Christianity publicly on a Sunday morning political talk show, you are denigrating Christianity.

If you are asked a question, don't answer it honestly unless you are certain the answer is politically correct. Other wise you will pay.

The message seems to be, it's still okay to express yourself inside a building on Saturday or Sunday, but not in public---particularly if you are Christian.

Don't think. Don't believe. At least don't say it out loud.

As many of you know, I have worked in Christian missionary ministry in more than 30 countries---some that were, at the time, under very repressive regimes. The persecution of Christians, that I have personally seen, was always rooted in an extension of this kind of thinking.

Now, take a look at this exchange between Pat Buchanan and MSNBC on the subject.

God help us.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Hypocrisy at a Glance and a Personal Message from a Reader

I want to share two things with you today.

First, it is said that a picture speaks a thousand words. Indeed. Among the words the following picture speaks is HYPOCRISY.

Secondly, from time to time this year we will be publishing comments from our readers, with their permission. As you know our readers are encouraged to post their comments regarding each daily blog. There are many more who write comments to me personally each day---on a wide range of topics, but mostly related to the subject of that day.

Today I'm sharing a message from an elected political leader in Washington State, who is also a supporter of Faith and Freedom, a deeply committed Christian and someone who, in their own words, had a kind of personal "epiphany" on a specific issue.

My source for this picture is the Drudge Report. Think Hypocrisy.
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The following is a message from a reader, in their own words.


Gary: I have to wonder if it is time to "tell it like it is." It took me a bit of time to understand when Chastity Bono said she was going through a "sex change operation" what that would mean. Then I got it. She was going to have a penis sewn onto her body so she can "be a man." I am not being crass here.....I am trying to communicate to others the reality of the state of mind of people we know and love who are in big, big trouble! I told a couple of people about my epiphany, and the horror on the faces of grown Christian adults was a sight to see. It was news to them. I have to assume that this person you are writing about had his penis cut off? We apparently have a surgeon in our town who does this kind of surgery, and one of my friend's sons was signed up to have it done. He was Catholic, and a priest had told him to go ahead. She asked me what I thought she should do. By then, I had figured it all out, so I told her
honestly, "Tell him that no matter what he does, no matter how much cutting he does, he will never genetically be a woman. He will never fix what is wrong in his heart with surgery. He needs help. He needs to think about what being a man really is all about for him. And he needs Jesus Christ." She burst into tears, and we hugged, and then she drove off. I felt horrible, but I prayed for them. A month later, I saw her at a meeting. She was absolutely radiant. She said, "My husband and I talked to our son and told him we were devastated by his decision and against it. We told him what you said, and we told him we wanted to help." They tracked down a Catholic counselor in another state who specializes in cases like this, and he had been counseling them by conference phone calls. Healing was starting. Not only did this young man not have the surgery.....he is now happier about himself and his maleness than he has ever been. Just wanted you to hear this. Are we as Christians really "grown up" in Christ? Is it wrong to talk or even think about such evil, perverted things, or are we expected to face the harsh realities of the times we live in and courageously witness to the truths that we know lead to repentance and restoration?

CZ

Monday, January 11, 2010

Gay "Marriage" Trial Begins Today

The first federal trial to determine if the Constitution prohibits states from outlawing homosexual "marriages" has begun in San Francisco this morning.

Homosexual supporters had hoped and believed the trial would be broadcast, however CBN NEWS is reporting this morning that, "The US Supreme Court blocked the broadcast of the trial over the state's gay marriage ban." 

Those who support traditional, natural marriage have said if the trial is broadcast it will expose those who support natural marriage---particularly those who participate in the trial to further harassment and intimidation. This has been experienced by both individuals and churches since the passage of Proposition 8 in California. As you will recall, that was the experience of both Larry Stickney and myself during the Referendum 71 campaign in Washington State.

There are essentially two things at play in this case. Both are fundamentally important to what this nation will become.

Regardless of the outcome of this trial, I believe it is certain to make it's way to the Supreme Court.

Here is what's at issue.

First, the advocates of homosexual "marriage" are once again trying to impose their will upon the people through the courts, denying a basic democratic process.

They say this case is, "intriguing, exciting and potentially, very significant."

I agree.

Jennifer Pizer, with Lambda Legal, a homosexual advocacy group, says the question is, "Can the state reserve the esteemed language and status of marriage just for heterosexual couples, and relegate same-sex couples to a lessor status?"

Natural marriage advocates will argue that traditional marriage has stood the test of time, is in the best interest of responsible child rearing and in the best interest of the future of this country. They will also argue that same-sex "marriage" is experimental and California should take a wait-and-see approach.

However, Austin Ninmocks, with ADF, says irrespective of the legal arguments, "What we have here is a handful of activists who are trying to void a constitutional amendment simply because they don't agree with the collective decision of seven-million Californians."

He adds that if the courts allow the activists to get away with it, "We have forfeited the very core of the American democratic system."

Indeed.

Please make this a matter of sincere and fervent prayer. The ultimate outcome will have a fundamental effect of what America is to become.

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Gary Randall
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Friday, January 08, 2010

2010: A Personal Look Forward

American patriot and statesman Patrick Henry once said, "When people forget God, tyrants forge their chains."

The chains are being forged.

There are those among us---in the nation and in the state, who are working tirelessly to move the culture away from God and the godly principles and beliefs that made this nation the greatest in the history of the world.

Their effort to exchange "Truth" for relativism is well underway.

Death is elevated through abortion and legalized euthanasia, while the sanctity of life is diminished, devalued and trampled upon under the guise of "choice".

Marriage, family and the culture are redefined to affirm a perverse sexual lifestyle choice and normalize gender confusion. All with the intent to "remake" the American culture.

Yet the greatest danger in 2010, to family, marriage, life, and the values both our Founders and people of faith and conservatives hold today, may not be those who actively perpetrate the secularizing and remaking of our culture. It may be closer to our own front door.

People of faith and conservatives have a moral obligation to act---for the sake of our children, grandchildren, ourselves, our neighbors and ultimately the Kingdom of God.

The word occupy comes to mind.

We are called to resist evil. Not one another.

The battle is challenging, most often not popular.

However, it is difficult to understand how people who know the Truth and see the moral decay and resulting bondage that spiritual decay imposes on all, can either gradually or suddenly abandon the battle.

Of the thousands who read this blog, most have not abandoned the battle. Some have. And some who read us are working to advance the remaking of America and silence those who believe otherwise.

Abandonment happens for two reasons:

First, there are those who sell out. Some politicians do this after they are elected. They do it to gain acceptance, money or power.

Secondly, there are those who become hopeless, believing the cause is lost, they are already defeated or believe defeat is inevitable and they retreat.

Sellout. Retreat.

Hopelessness leads to a belief that one's abandonment of the battle, will somehow give them greater acceptance among those who are advancing evil, have more influence and be seen as "emphasizing the positive." As opposed to those who resist, being seen as negative.

That's nonsense. Neither Christianity nor conservatism has ever been seen as chic. Nor will it be.

We fight the battle because we love good---we love Truth. And hate evil.

Our emphasis on the negative is only one side of a coin that points to the consequences of such behavior, while the other side of the coin points to the eternal values and principles we hold deeply. And the benefits that follow those values and principles when practiced.

Resisting the rising tide of evil in our culture and advancing Judeo-Christian values and principles is mutually complimentary.

We can and must do both. We can advance and resist.

Silence is most often a favorite destination for those who retreat.

Martin Luther King,Jr., whose birthday we celebrate this month said, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

These things matter. They matter deeply to me and I'm sure they do to many who are reading my words.

We will not be silent. We will continue to fight to save the values, the principles, the people and the country we love.

We will not be distracted by retreatists or by those who sell out.

The battle field is often messy, but we will continue.

Some of Murray Rothbard's writings have given me inspiration on these matters, including in the following comments. In one of his writings he says, "We must not abandon our lives, our properties, our America...Never. Let us act in the spirit of that magnificent hymn that James Russell Lowell set to a lovely Welsh melody:"


Once to every man and nation

Comes the moment to decide,

In the strife of truth with falsehood,

For the good or evil side;

Some great cause, God's new Messiah,

Offering each the bloom or blight,

And the choice goes by forever

Twixt that darkness and that light.

Though the cause of evil prosper,

Yet 'tis truth alone is strong;

Though her portion be the scaffold,

And upon the throne be wrong,

Yet that scaffold sways the future,

And, behind the dim unknown,

Standeth God within the shadow

Keeping watch above His own.


2010 can be a year of reclamation. If not we will have stood on the right side of Truth.

Thank you for standing with us in your financial support.

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Gary Randall
President
Faith & Freedom


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Thursday, January 07, 2010

Abortion: A Big Box Industry?

Walmart, Target, K-Mart and others have been defined as "big box" stores. A brand that suggests that they serve more people, more often.

The abortion industry is not far behind.

Later this month Planned Parenthood is opening the first "big box" abortion store in America. The largest abortion---I mean "health services," store in our country.

It has 78,000 sq. feet of space, including a wing for "late-term" abortions. Ironically, the building, formerly a bank, is shaped like a cash register.

The super store is located in a part of the city that supports Planned Parenthood's normal marketing strategy, including that of abortion, to low-income, minority women.

Could this be a forecast of what is to come, with the growth opportunities found in the Obama health care bill?

Did you know that the senate version of the health care bill, which has already passed, contains an amendment by Senator Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., that mandates abortion by insurers as "preventative care"?

Here are the details, with links.

The new abortion store will have it's grand opening in Houston on January 18---the day Martin Luther King's birthday is celebrated.

There is a protest march planned. If you live in the Houston area or have pro-life family or friends in the area you may want to make them aware of it. Details are found in the link above.

Senator Barbara Mikulski has successfully obtained her amendment through the Senate. While it has concerned pro-life senators who are paying attention and energized pro-abortion senators who are also paying attention, those in the middle---the ambivalent ones, have paid little attention.

Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and other such organizations have come out with full support. Checkbook in hand.

Her amendment moves abortion to the next level and defines it as "preventative care," mandating insurance providers to pay the whole amount, essentially creating abortion paid for by tax payers, free to the recipient.

A kind of heaven for organizations who are in the abortion industry. The need for this individual "preventative care" health care will be approved by the Health and Human Services and the Resources and Services Administration.

This year the National Abortion Federation said in "Providing Abortion Care" that "APCS [Advanced Practice Clinicians] are especially well positioned in the health care system to address women's need for comprehensive primary preventable health care that includes abortion care."

Indeed they are.

The big box abortion store in Houston is testimony to that.

Kristan Hawkins has written a touching and informative article on this matter.

She shares more detail on the amendment and it's impact and, from her own personal perspective as the mother of a son born with cystic fibrosis and pregnant with a second child, how the process of  "preventative services" works. Her perspective is clear and honest.

If you are pro-life, please read her article. If you are not, perhaps her article can help bring a new perspective to your view.

I would defer to a statement made by the late Martin Luther King,Jr. "It's time to subpoena the conscience of America."

Can we save ourselves from the taking of innocent lives? Or perhaps we should ask as someone did in the narrative of the New Testament, "What must I do to be saved?"

God help us.

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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

March of Death Continues - Does it Matter?

Montana has now joined Oregon and Washington as the third state to allow doctor assisted suicide.

Expand abortion. Expand euthanasia. Redefine the family and deconstruct marriage. Welcome to the great Northwest.

Passing death legislation may be easier than acting on it. KING 5 ran a story titled, "Death With Dignity" more difficult than expected.

NARAL is asking visitors on their web site to vote for the person who has done the most for the abortion industry this past year. They want to honor that person. Nominations include late term abortionist LeRoy Carhart.

And Planned Parenthood recently released it's 2008-2009 annual performance report. They report despite the economic down turn and a slight decrease in annual income, their abortion business is doing well, boasting increased activity in all their lines of work---including condom distribution, advocacy and abortions.

They count 1,134,000 "abortion services" worldwide last year as "doing well". You should know 428,000 of those "services" were to youth. They even applaud themselves for promoting the abortion agenda through their affiliated organizations in countries that are traditionally pro-life.

So, what about Washington State? And does it matter? Did you know the State Legislature has created a safety net for Planned Parenthood in case the flow of federal money stalls?

This and a personal word about the coming year---please read more.

Washington State Planned Parenthood is reflecting and boasting of a very good year, while looking to the Governor and the Legislature to help them wiggle through Gregoire's mandatory budget which shows a 70% cut in services that are, for the most part, headed directly or indirectly to the Planned Parenthood bank account.

Planned Parenthood is applauding the legislature---your legislature, for assisting them in these difficult economic times.

Although the final state budget contains a 70% cut to" family planning"---code for abortion services, in 2010, the legislators have actually included language in the budget that says if federal funds for "family planning" ("abortion services") don't increase they commit to making sure "family planning" receives no more than a 10% cut.

For public consumption we know that the lawmakers are cutting 70%. However, buried in the attachments is the assurance that everything will be just fine in the abortion business.

How can legislators do that with the budget deficit they face? Does anyone care? I'm sure there is, as usual, a lengthy, layered answer that folks like us won't quite understand.

Will any of our legislators challenge this?

A legislator in Kansas cares about these matters and is not only pushing back, but sponsoring legislation that will de-fund Planned Parenthood in that state.

Is this march of death the final march or can we pull back from the destruction it is certain to bring?

There are a number of conservative, people of faith serving in the Washington Legislature. You know many of them by name. However, they are in the minority.

There is really only one way to pull back from the expanding death industry and the remaking of the culture. We must change the state legislature.

I sincerely believe that the greatest opportunities to correct a corrupt culture is found at the state level.

The lawmakers who advocate and vote for death, usually, also support higher taxes and bills that undermine marriage and the family.

There are a number of very good candidates emerging from a number of districts across Washington state. While Seattle and most of the Puget Sound area represents the greatest population density and does influence statewide issues such as R-71 and statewide elections toward the left to far left, keep in mind that county by county the state voted strongly conservative on the matter of "everything but marriage" for homosexuals. They did not support the final, incremental step to homosexual marriage.

You can influence who represents you in your district.

Many of the candidates are already contacting Faith and Freedom asking for our endorsement. We will not only be endorsing candidates who will support and vote traditional values, lower taxes and help create responsible government, but will be actively supporting them, doing all we can do through our PAC, to help them get elected.

The issues of life and values and family do matter, that is why I, personally, will not be distracted by those who attack our efforts or our beliefs. I believe many of you feel the same.

I am certain you will financially support our efforts and as the calls for action are given, will write the email, mail the letter, attend the hearings and work with candidates in your area who represent the values you and I share.

Together, with God's help, avoiding the distractions, we can make a difference.

Happy new year and God bless you.

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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

President Appoints Transgendered Person to Federal Post

President Obama, in his ongoing attempt to make the far left happy----especially the gays, has appointed Amanda Simpson to the Bureau of Industry and Security as Senior Technical Advisor.

She, formerly he, said he/she hopes to "soon be one of hundreds" of transgendered presidential appointees.

ABC reports that she transitioned from male to female while working at Raytheon in Arizona.

Jake Tapper at ABC, also reports she ran unsuccessfully for the Arizona House of Representatives and was a delegate for Sen. Hillary Clinton to the National Democratic Convention in 2008.

Matt Barber, associate dean at Liberty University, said the appointment "boggles the mind."

He told Focus on the Family, "This isn't like appointing an African-American in order to try to provide diversity and right some kind of discriminatory wrong. This is about political correctness."

Peter LaBarbera told Focus this is just another way to normalize homosexuality and transgenderism. He said, "It's always the incremental change that keeps moving forward and keeps getting more radical."

It appears our president has now established yet another quota---this time based on gender confusion.

God help us.

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Monday, January 04, 2010

Fox's Brit Hume to Tiger Woods: "Become a Christian"

US SUPREME COURT UPDATE

Our attorney, James Bopp, Jr., sent me an email last week, alerting us that the US Supreme Court will decide on January 15 whether to take our case in the matter of protecting and sealing the names of the people who signed the R-71 petitions.

As you know, we have said the threats made toward those who signed the petitions, is a First Amendment issue. The Washington Secretary of State and Attorney General are saying it is not and are seeking to have the names made public.

Deputy Solicitor General William Collins from Attorney General McKenna's office has urged the US Supreme Court not to take our case, saying that our First Amendment challenge is a new challenge, that several other states allow people to acquire names from petitions and there is no national question involved.

The Court should decide on the 15th or within a day or two following, as to what they intend to do.

We will keep you posted .
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Fox's Brit Hume to Tiger Woods: "Become a Christian"

There are many ways to start the new year. Fox News' Brit Hume started the new year with a personal, spiritual message for Tiger Woods.

In a conversation on Fox News Sunday, yesterday, responding to the question of whether Tiger Woods could return to golf, Hume said he most likely would return and recover as a golfer.

But Hume continued, "It remains to be seen whether he will recover as a person."

"He's said to be a Buddhist," Hume said, "I don't think that faith offers...."

I have included the text of his comments and the 31 second video clip of his comments.

Link of video and text from Politico.