Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pro-Life News, Oct 29, 2014

Top Democrat: Pro-Life Republicans Scarier Than Ebola and ISIS The chairman of the Democratic National Committee is no stranger to making over the top comments attacking pro-life Republicans. Now, she’s taken those scary statements to the next level by making a claim that Republicans are scarier than either the Ebola virus or ISIS, the terrorist group that is taking over large portions of the Middle East. Read More at LifeNews.com:

Obama Admin Allows Selling U.S. Citizenship to Babies Conceived Via IVF Reverse biological colonialism! I have written about this before, but now the Obama Administration has given its imprimatur to foreigners buying U.S. Citizenship for their babies. Read More at LifeNews.com:

Crazy Pro-Abortion Ad Warns of a Condom Shortage if Pro-Life Candidate Wins The pro-abortion group NARAL has released a new ad that takes the cake when it comes to the phony war on women tactics the pro-abortion side has launched against the pro-life Senate candidate Cory Gardner in Colorado. Read More at LifeNews.com:

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Pledging to Vote Pro-Life

SBA List: Lives are on the line. Washington must change.

It's time to Take Back America for Life. Pledge to Vote Pro-Life on November 4th.

  • Pro-abortion congressmen keep millions of taxpayer dollars flowing to America’s #1 abortion business, Planned Parenthood, which kills more than 300,000 unborn children a year.
  • Senate Democrats vote to overturn the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling protecting religious freedom, intent on forcing religious employers to provide life-ending abortion drugs to their employees under Obamacare.
  • Compassionate, sensible legislation to protect women and babies by ending abortion after 5 months – more than halfway through pregnancy – has stalled while the pro-abortion Senate majority refuses to vote on it.

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DAY 36: Fresh from Wisconsin - 40 Days for Life

by Shawn Carney, 40 Days for Life: Wisconsin native Steve Karlen, our 40 Days for Life North American outreach director, continues to add to his “road warrior” status through five weeks of travel.

Steve led multiple campaigns in Wisconsin, including one that helped prevent late-term abortions from happening in Madison.

I've heard Steve speak many times and know why so many have been inspired at every one of his stops. For his part, Steve is seeing how God is using you as we sprint towards Day 40.

Here’s the latest from Steve ... starting out with a video update!

Nebraska, South Dakota and Iowa
I visited several locations ... including one of the most notorious abortion centers in the United States. Click the image below to see the video report:
Bloomington, Indiana
When I arrived in Bloomington, I was told that the 40 Days for Life vigil sometimes has its critics. Sure enough, I experienced that firsthand as I spoke to the volunteers. A man drove into the parking lot blaring heavy-metal music, trying to disrupt the event. We ignored him, though, and he went away.

Earlier that day, vigil participants had spent quite a bit of time with a client outside the abortion center. They suggested that she should insist on seeing an ultrasound. But she said it wouldn’t make any difference – she was having an abortion.

When she went in, however, she was told she was too far along in her pregnancy to have the abortion.

She went back outside to talk with the volunteers … and ended up hugging one of them. They are now working with her to help her get through her pregnancy and beyond.

It was a moving and emotional scene, and one man who had been talking with this client for several hours was crying toward the end of my visit. It goes to show how much 40 Days for Life participants really care about these women … and their babies!

Muncie, Indiana
Tom has led a great campaign in front of a Planned Parenthood referral site in Muncie. Over the last three campaigns they have not missed a single hour of vigil coverage.

The event was an exciting candlelight vigil with tea lights and lanterns … and there were 40 Days for Life signs everywhere.

One of the volunteers said a woman was coming for an abortion referral appointment. However, after talking with the volunteers, she did not go into Planned Parenthood. The work of Tom and his crew are proof positive that vigils make a difference, not only at surgical abortion centers, but also at referral sites!

Thanks again to Steve Karlen for today’s report!

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Pro-Life News, Oct. 28, 2014

Former Abortion Clinic Worker: “I Can Still Hear the Sounds of Babies’ Skulls Being Crushed” On Wednesday, former Planned Parenthood director and pro-life activist Abby Johnson sent out a letter describing the retreat that her organization, And Then There Were None, recently held. Read More at LifeNews.com

This Beautiful Baby Girl Was Left to Die in A Plastic Bag, But God Had Different Plans In February 2013, a child known as Baby Chloe was abandoned outside an apartment complex in Texas. She was left to die inside a Walmart plastic bag; however, a dog walker found her shortly after she was abandoned. Read More at LifeNews.com

Do We Vote Pro-Life in Accordance With What We Say We Believe? Unlike some, I don’t make a habit of bashing people for not voting. As an old-fashioned patriotic type, I believe it is our civil—and moral obligation—to take responsibility for shaping our democracy. But, at the same time, I know that others are convinced there are other “better” uses of their time. Read More at LifeNews.com

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DAY 35: The First Abortion Facility - 40 Days for Life

by Shawn Carney, 40 Days for Life: We never know how God will plant seeds. That hit me during a recent visit to the 40 Days for Life campaign in Syracuse, New York. We just need to answer His call and be there!

It starting to get cold in Syracuse … but that hasn’t stopped the leaders there, as they have seen 50 moms choose life at the last moment during all of their campaigns so far.

Syracuse, New York
There have been two babies spared from abortion in Syracuse during this campaign – at a vigil that’s taking place in front of the first-ever Planned Parenthood abortion facility. “This is the mother ship for Planned Parenthood and we are not going away anytime soon,” said Shannon, the local coordinator.

The fruit in Syracuse has gone beyond the sidewalk and birthed two new ministries in the region ... all because of volunteers who were inspired to do more after participating in 40 Days for Life.

One ministry, Ten Good Men, challenges men to stand up to the culture with prayer and leadership. The other, St. Joseph’s Home, is a newly-opened maternity home for homeless moms that was started by the volunteer directly to the left of me in this photo:

The other women are the 40 Days for Life leaders who continue to pray at the place where Planned Parenthood began to build the largest abortion chain in America. What an inspiration to see how God has used these faithful women! They are an example to all of us.

Canton, Ohio - Read More

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Pro-Life News, Oct. 27, 2014

Former Sex Worker and Rape Survivor: God Cancelled My Five Abortion Appointments< Last week, the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) shared the story of former sex worker and rape survivor, Anny Donewald. Now, Anny runs a ministry called Eve’s Angels, which helps women leave the sex industry. Read More at LifeNews.com

Abortion Clinic Worker Quits After Seeing Aborted Babies, “They Were The Faces of God’s Children” The pro-life movement is blessed to have quite a number of former abortion practitioners, abortion clinic operators, and abortion facility staff who are now passionately pro-life.
Read More at LifeNews.com

Former Abortionist Reveals the Heartbreaking Ways Women Respond After Their Abortions Carol Everett owned two abortion clinics and was the director of four. She eventually became pro-life and now speaks about her experiences. Like nearly all abortion clinics, Everett’s clinics had “recovery rooms” where women could stay after their abortions until the anesthesia wore off or they felt well enough to leave.
Read More at LifeNews.com

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Exclusive: Ordained Ministers Speak Out After Government Threatens to Jail Them for Not Performing Same-Sex Weddings

by Kelsey Harkness, The Daily Signal, Heritage Foundation: Perform same-sex wedding ceremonies or pay tens of thousands of dollars in fines and spend months behind bars. That’s the choice their Idaho town gave one Christian couple who have made marriage ministry their life’s work.

Donald and Eyelyn Knapp, ordained Pentecostal ministers, are married to each other. Together, they have run Hitching Post Lakeside Wedding Chapel in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, since Ronald Reagan’s last year as president.

“The Apostle Paul spent quite a bit of time in jail for his faith, so who am I to feel like I have any right to avoid the same thing?” Don Knapp says during the couple’s exclusive interview with The Daily Signal.

“We can’t go against the teachings of the Bible and break our ordination vows,” Evelyn “Lynn” Knapp adds.

The test of faith began for Don, 68, and Lynn, 66, after an appeals court Oct. 7 overrode Idaho’s voter-approved constitutional amendment affirming marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Citing a “non-discrimination” ordinance, officials of Coeur d’Alene told the Knapps that they would be required to hold same-sex weddings at their chapel.

Earlier this month, the Knapps respectfully declined to hold a same-sex wedding in their small, lakeside chapel in the city of about 46,000. They face up to 180 days in jail and $1,000 in fines for each day they decline to celebrate that wedding.

On Oct. 17, the couple’s attorneys from Alliance Defending Freedom filed a federal lawsuit and a motion for a temporary restraining order to stop the city from forcing the Knapps–ordained by a Pentecostal denomination called the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel–to violate their religious beliefs.

Now, in an exclusive interview with The Daily Signal via email, Don and Lynn Knapp speak out for the first time about why they decided to stand up to the law. The following Q&A was edited for length and clarity.

The Daily Signal: How did you meet and come to run Hitching Post Wedding Chapel?
Don: We both went to Bible college in our early 20s and both became ordained ministers. We have been married for 47 years and have been Christians for even longer. We have been serving couples at the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel for 25 years, and served at several churches for 13 years before that.

Lynn: We always felt called into full-time ministry; we thought we might be missionaries. The Lord specifically called us into wedding ministry. We love meeting the couples that walk through our doors. Our strengths and weaknesses complement each other. It’s been an adventure, to say the least.
The Daily Signal: Why are you opposed to holding same-sex wedding ceremonies?
Don: As Christians and ordained ministers we follow the teachings of the Bible, which makes clear that marriage is between a man and a woman. Our wedding ceremonies follow the traditional Christian format.

Each ceremony we perform includes an exchange of vows, a short sermon based on the Bible and teachings of Jesus, and prayer over the couple. We also give each couple a CD with two sermons about marriage and recommend biblically based marriage literature.

Lynn: We view what we do as a ministry, and hope and pray that each couple we serve will come to believe in Jesus Christ and base their marriage on biblical principles.

We try to create a service that honors God and that conveys God’s intention for marriage. We try to communicate that God loves marriage and people should follow God’s guidance about marriage

The Daily Signal: Is this the first time you declined to host a wedding — for any reason?
Don: In trying to remember back through 25 years of service, we were able to recall at least two specific instances where we declined to perform a one-man, one-woman wedding ceremony: a nudist wedding and a wedding at a cemetery during Halloween.

But one-man, one-woman ceremonies rarely conflict with our religious convictions because we are in control of the content of the ceremonies and ensure that they are consistent with our religious beliefs. There is no way a same-sex wedding ceremony can be consistent … because our sincerely held religious belief is that marriage is between a man and a woman.

The Daily Signal: Do you agree with Coeur d’Alene officials and your critics that by declining to host same-sex wedding ceremonies you are “discriminating” against these couples?
Don: Of course we don’t agree with that. As ministers of the Gospel, we love all people. It is the core of who we are and what we are about. That’s not what’s at issue here, though. We run a marriage ministry and have felt called by God to do so for many years. The Bible is clear that marriage is a one-man, one-woman union. We pledged to uphold marriage in our ordination vows.

For the government to force us to reject that teaching and celebrate a ceremony that is forbidden by the teachings of our faith not only undermines the very ministry we have built our lives upon, but also violates our duty to God as his ministers and what He has entrusted us to do.

The Daily Signal: Is that why you decided to fight city officials and file a federal lawsuit?
Don: The city of Coeur d’Alene made it clear at least three times this past year — both publicly and twice privately to me — that we would be breaking the law if we declined to conduct a same-sex ceremony. I was told we could face criminal prosecution, with a jail sentence of up to six months and/or a fine of up to $1,000 each time and each day we declined to perform a same-sex wedding ceremony.

On Friday, Oct. 17, around noon, a same-sex couple contacted us and inquired about us doing a ceremony. We respectfully declined because of our religious beliefs. Our attorneys with Alliance Defending Freedom filed the lawsuit against the city Friday afternoon. On Friday evening, we received another request about a same-sex ceremony.

If someone was told by the government that he or she would be prosecuted and face up to six months in jail and up to $1,000 in fines for exercising their First Amendment rights, they would not wait around to see if the government made good on that threat. They would file a lawsuit to protect their freedom and avoid jail and fines. And that’s what we did here.

The Daily Signal: Some critics allege that you edited your website so that Alliance Defending Freedom can turn you into “the latest victims of the marriage equality push.” Is this true?
Don: Our website change is irrelevant to the case. We have always only performed one-man, one-woman ceremonies. When Idaho redefined marriage to be something other than that last week, we updated our website to merely state what we have always done in light of the state’s change in position.

Our wedding ceremonies continue to be one-man, one-woman ceremonies like they always have been, and will continue to reflect our Christian faith and biblical principles.

The Daily Signal: What does the prospect of months in jail and paying thousands of dollars in fines mean to your family and business?
Don: Well, I don’t think anyone looks forward to the possibility of going to jail. That being said, though, people of faith throughout the centuries have faced jail or punishment for following the teachings of their faith. The Apostle Paul spent quite a bit of time in jail for his faith, so who am I to feel like I have any right to avoid the same thing?

Lynn: It’s heartbreaking. We love the Hitching Post and the people that walk through our doors on a daily basis. It’s our life, our ministry, our calling. From a financial perspective, even though it’s a small income, it’s what we live on. I really like to be able to do little things for my grandchildren, and I’m dreading the thought of not being able to do that anymore. But we can’t go against the teachings of the Bible and break our ordination vows.

The Daily Signal: How have people responded to your story?
Lynn: We have received an outpouring of support both around this country and internationally. I think people realize that if the government can force pastors to perform religious ceremonies that violate their faith’s teachings — or throw them in jail if they don’t — no American’s freedoms are safe.

The Daily Signal: Why is this issue so important to you?
Don: Our faith drives everything we do, both professionally and personally. And, as ordained ministers, we certainly don’t check the teachings of our faith at the door when we open the Hitching Post on Monday mornings and begin marrying people.

No one, minister or not, should be forced by the government to abandon their religious beliefs, simply because they go to work.

Lynn: We follow the Bible, which is clear that marriage is between a man and a woman. For the government to demand we go against that would be a total violation of our relationship with God and a violation of our ordination vows.

The Hitching Post’s bylaws state that it is a religious organization owned by two ordained ministers who operate it as an extension of their religious beliefs and ministerial vows. If ministers cannot operate a business according to their religious beliefs, then no one can.
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Kelsey Harkness is a news producer at The Daily Signal.

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DAY 34: 409 Saved -- That We Know Of - 40 Days for Life

by Shawn Carney, 40 Days for Life: With a week to go in this 40 Days for Life campaign, more and more reports of blessings are coming in from 297 vigils in 11 countries.

So far … we are aware of 409 babies whose lives have been spared from abortion! Here’s some good news to start your week.

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

“We are happy to report our first saved baby that we know of here in Winston-Salem,” said Toni, the local coordinator.

Volunteers were able to talk to a young couple on their way into Planned Parenthood. They offered them information about life-affirming options and contact information for two pregnancy help centers in the area that would love to assist.

The couple listened, said thanks, then went into Planned Parenthood. Within about five minutes, though, they came right back out. “The young lady smiled and waved as they got in the car and drove away,” Toni said. “As they passed us, they were clearly smiling.”

It was welcome news, since it had been a rough day for vigil participants. First of all, two women drove by and angrily gestured at them. Then a man driving away from a nearby medical office yelled at them, “You are bad people!

In retrospect, Toni said, “We believe the devil was riled because a life was about to be saved!”

Buffalo, New York and Cherry Hill, New Jersey - Read More

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Real War on Women

American Life League: Over 40 years have passed since the United States Supreme Court decriminalized the killing of preborn children. Few consider the actual body count. Few contemplate the suffering and death of more than 60 million children, at least half of whom are baby girls.

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Top 10 "Wow" Quotes from the New Yorker profile on SBA List Marjorie Dannenfelser

Susan B. Anthony List: The New Yorker's in-depth profile on SBA List president Marjorie Dannenfelser brings you the pro-life and pro-choice movements like you've never seen before.

Author Kelefa Sanneh seeks to answer one question: Can a pro-life platform win elections?

Here's the top 10 inspirational quotes and fun facts you don't want to miss.
10. "Dannenfelser didn’t start out pro-life."
Marjorie Dannenfelser | Photo by Lauren Lancaster
That's right! The president of SBA List "was a pro-choice leader of the College Republicans" at Duke University. "After graduating, she fell in with a crowd of Catholic intellectuals who converted her... to the pro-life cause."
9. Pro-life women politicians destroy the 'War on Women' myth
Rep. Marsha Blackburn
"The S.B.A. List supports politicians who are pro-life and, ideally, female—the better to deflect the old but effective charge that the battle against abortion is necessarily a battle against the half of the population that might potentially undergo one."
8. "The Intensity Gap:" it's why the pro-life movement is winning!
SBA List communications director Mallory Quigley
“When I was really strongly pro-choice, I didn’t go to bed thinking, Oh, my gosh, women can’t be free unless they have abortion; what am I going to do tomorrow? "Now I’m going to sleep thinking, Oh, my gosh, thirty-eight hundred children are going to die tomorrow. What am I going to do to actually save some of them?” - Marjorie Dannenfelser
7. But the Democratic Party is clinging ever more strongly to the losing side.
Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards
"The S.B.A. List likes to remind voters that Hagan has 'a one hundred per cent rating from America’s abortion giant, Planned Parenthood.' This is true, but not unusual; forty-six of the fifty-three Democrats in the Senate earned the same grade. In this regard, Hagan is a typical Democrat, and, for the S.B.A. List, that is precisely the problem."
6. Voters in both parties respond to the pro-life message – Candidates should “speak better, not less.”

“Dannenfelser…is not convinced that abortion is the reason women tend to vote Democratic. Polls suggest that men and women don’t differ substantially in their views on abortion laws.” "In a recent Washington Post poll, women favored a [20-week abortion] ban by a margin of two to one."
5. Marjorie’s experience as a mother has “strengthened her conviction that every pregnancy, even the most difficult, should be a source of joy.”
Dannenfelser family>
“Part of it is giving people a chance,” she said…”Not only giving the children a chance to be born but giving people around them the chance to benefit from their lives.”
strong>4. To end abortion, we need to fill Washington with “true believers.”

“One of Dannenfelser’s key allies is Kelly Ayotte, from New Hampshire, one of the two unreservedly pro-life women in the Senate. In 2010 the SBA List supported Ayotte in a hard-fought primary, and Ayotte calls the group 'a powerful force in mobilizing grass-roots support for candidates who believe in the sanctity of life.'”
3. SBA List got its start by bundling individual contributions to pro-life candidates.
Rep. Virginia Foxx speaking about SBA List
"U.S. Congresswoman Virginia Foxx reminisced about when she was a first time candidate saying, 'Every time I thought I’d hit my low point, and I didn’t know where else money was going to come from, a big envelope would come in from the Susan B. Anthony [List]. A lot of them were five-dollar checks, ten-dollar checks. But they always seemed to come at just the right time.' She laughed, 'It just is one of those little miracles that God performs, to help us when we are low.'"
2. The pro-abortion side is deeply divided.
“The feminist write Pollitt laments that the pro-choice movement has become ‘defensive’ since the seventies…the term ‘pro-choice’ – already ‘a bit of a euphemism’ – is often replaced by broad formulations involving ‘women’s health.’ Some feminists call this the ‘awfulization’ of abortion.”
1. The SBA List is principled and strategic in our fight to save babies and women.

We need to elect pro-life leaders in order to pass the lifesaving legislation that women and children need. “We’re not going to throw bombs just because it feels good,” [Dannenfelser] says, “We want to win.” Read the entire profile on NewYorker.com 

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DAY 33: Changing Lives In Mexico - 40 Days for Life

by Shawn Carney, 40 Days for Life: Three stories today ... from first-time campaigns in three different countries, including Mexico ... where 40 Days for Life is having a huge impact in that nation’s largest city!

On this first day of the week, let’s recall Psalm 118: “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!”

Have a blessed Sunday!

Mexico City, Mexico
We have witnessed the transformation of more and more people,” said Lourdes, the local leader in Mexico City. “They frequently send us messages about how 40 Days for Life has impacted their lives.”

Several more lives have been saved at the vigil. In one case, a seminarian walked up to speak a woman who was arriving at the Marie Stopes facility. He was dressed in clerical attire. She took one look at the collar and left – he didn’t have to say a word.

Lourdes said another girl arrived in a taxi. “When she saw us, she started to cry and stayed in the taxi. Employees from the facility went to her to talk to her and convince her to enter … but she refused and left.”

The Marie Stopes center has obviously felt the impact of the vigil. They’re now offering credit card payments with no additional fees for three months. They’ve put up a banner that says “it’s good to pray but it’s better to educate” – a reference to their sex education programs.

Employees also gave flyers to the security guard – with typical “your body, your right to decide” talking points. But the officer gave all of the flyers to the vigil participants … and asked if he and his partner could get 40 Days for Life t-shirts.

The community participation has been amazing,” Lourdes said. “A group of young people from Puebla came to support the prayers this past weekend. It was astonishing!”

Osijek, Croatia
Kristina says more than 400 people have taken part in the 40 Days for Life vigil in Osijek, with many of them praying every day in front of the Clinical Hospital Center. The media have been following the campaign – and one TV report noted that the number of abortions has gone down.

That was confirmed by an inside source, who wrote, “Your prayers are so strong, and the number of abortions is decreasing every day. The Holy Spirit enlightens them!”

God's presence is amazing,” Kristina said, “and people are so happy and cheerful. From the beginning it has been obvious that God leads the initiative, and one of the reasons is that a huge number of people in the city of Osijek and nearby places fast and pray every day for the success of this initiative.”

Llanelli, Wales
There’s no abortion facility in Llanelli … but there is a 40 Days for Life vigil. It’s taking place in an area called the Sunken Gardens, opposite the Llanelli town hall.

This campaign is getting attention – from the people … and from the media.

A campaign spokesman told one reporter: “The aim is to pray for the end of abortion. It is a ground-breaking peaceful prayer vigil to pray for the change of hearts and minds to save the lives of unborn children, their parents, and for the workers in the abortion field.”

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Christian Vote

by Kerby Anderson, Point Of View: Christians have a civic responsibility since we are both citizens of heaven and citizens of earth. Unfortunately, many Christians do not seem to understand that good citizenship involves voting intelligently in each election.

Last week, I had Ralph Reed on my radio program to talk about some of the important races around the country. Then I asked him to give us the bad news about how many Christians actually voted. No doubt you have heard the statistics in the past. Let me update the latest numbers from the last election.

In 2012 there were about 31 million self-identified born-again Christians who voted in the election. That represented about one-fourth of the total 131 million votes cast. That also means that about 17 million born-again Christians did not vote in that presidential election. About 9 million were registered to vote, but did not vote. And another 8 million were not registered to vote.

Think about what a difference those 17 million votes might have made in the election. Moreover, those Christians were not being good stewards of an opportunity few Christians have had in the past. We have the privilege of electing our leaders.

In the New Testament, Jesus says we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world (Matthew 5:13-16). We have a stewardship responsibility when it comes to using our gifts, talents, and opportunities. Jesus also described the importance of this stewardship in His parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30). He was critical of the one servant who buried his talent (Matthew 25:26). We as voters should not "bury our talent" but use the opportunity God has given us to vote responsibly.

We also need to educate ourselves about the candidates and the issues. At Point of View we have our "Pray, Organize, Vote" election resources. There are articles, videos, and a link to an extensive list of voter guides from various groups. You can learn the congressional votes of incumbents and see how candidates have answered surveys and questionnaires.

You need to take advantage of these resources so that you can cast an intelligent vote in November.

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Houston, Texas: No Freedom Of Speech For Pastors

Dr, Chuck Baldwin
by Dr. Chuck Baldwin: Thomas Jefferson rightly noted that big cities are the “bane” of freedom. And in a letter to James Madison, Jefferson wrote, “When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become corrupt as in Europe.” Modern America is a living testament to Jefferson’s sagacity. Unlike early America, the vast majority of the U.S. population now lives in large metropolitan areas. And it is the big-government machinations of big-city politicians that are leading the charge for America’s surrender to Big Brother. Houston, Texas, is the latest example.

Writing for FOX NEWS, Todd Starnes covers the story:

“The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court.

“‘The city’s subpoena of sermons and other pastoral communications is both needless and unprecedented,’ Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Christina Holcomb said in a statement. ‘The city council and its attorneys are engaging in an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions.’”

Starnes continues, “‘Political and social commentary is not a crime,’ Holcomb said. ‘It is protected by the First Amendment.’

“The subpoenas are just the latest twist in an ongoing saga over the Houston’s new non-discrimination ordinance. The law, among other things, would allow men to use the ladies room and vice versa. The city council approved the law in June.

“The Houston Chronicle reported opponents of the ordinance launched a petition drive that generated more than 50,000 signatures--far more than the 17,269 needed to put a referendum on the ballot.

“However, the city threw out the petition in August over alleged irregularities.

“After opponents of the bathroom bill filed a lawsuit the city’s attorneys responded by issuing the subpoenas against the pastors.

“The pastors were not part of the lawsuit. However, they were part of a coalition of some 400 Houston-area churches that opposed the ordinance. The churches represent a number of faith groups--from Southern Baptist to non-denominational.

“‘City council members are supposed to be public servants, not “Big Brother” overlords who will tolerate no dissent or challenge,’ said ADF attorney Erik Stanley. ‘This is designed to intimidate pastors.’”

Starnes also wrote, “Among those slapped with a subpoena is Steve Riggle, the senior pastor of Grace Community Church. He was ordered to produce all speeches and sermons related to Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuality and gender identity.

“The mega-church pastor was also ordered to hand over ‘all communications with members of your congregation’ regarding the non-discrimination law.

“‘This is an attempt to chill pastors from speaking to the cultural issues of the day,’ Riggle told me. ‘The mayor would like to silence our voice. She’s a bully.’

“Rev. David Welch, executive director of the Texas Pastor Council, also received a subpoena. He said he will not be intimidated by the mayor.

“‘We’re not afraid of this bully,’ he said. ‘We’re not intimidated at all.’

“He accused the city of violating the law with the subpoenas and vowed to stand firm in the faith.

“‘We are not going to yield our First Amendment rights,’ Welch told me. ‘This is absolutely a complete abuse of authority.’”

See the report here: City Of Houston Demands Pastors Turn Over Sermons

Obviously, city officials in Houston, Texas, are trying to use their authority to bully and intimidate local pastors and churches from exercising their God-given duty to proclaim truth as they understand it. And, yes, such speech is emphatically recognized and protected in the First Amendment to the Bill of Rights. Therefore, it is clear that Mayor Annise Parker and the Houston City Council do not believe in the freedom of speech; and their actions should be regarded as an act of tyranny by any freedom lover--be they Christian or otherwise.

The issue is NOT homosexuality or lesbianism; the issue is freedom of speech and religion. And I would say the same if the folks exercising their First Amendment freedom were homosexuals and lesbians. In fact, can you imagine the outcry of the national media if, instead of a lesbian mayor and pro-homosexual city council, the mayor of Houston and city council were conservative Christians and the clergymen being threatened with fine or imprisonment over their freedom of speech were lesbians and homosexuals? Why, the outcry of the national press corps would be deafening. As it is, for all intents and purposes, the story is completely ignored by the vast majority of the mainstream media. So typical!

The audacity of Mayor Parker and the Houston City Council to demand they examine and approve of a pastor’s sermons and private communications with parishioners! This is so egregiously offensive it is difficult to comprehend that we are talking about an American city. But this is NOT the America of Washington, Jefferson, and Madison. Furthermore, it is obvious that Texas is NOT the State of Travis, Austin, and Houston. In fact, the namesake of the City of Houston must be turning over in his grave. I doubt that the Mexican tyrant, Santa Anna, ever dreamed up anything as dastardly as what we see emanating from the twisted mind of Mayor Parker and her corrupt cronies on the Houston City Council.

Unfortunately, there is absolutely no doubt that the action of Houston city officials is only a precursor of forthcoming acts of tyranny.

Most of us are aware that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued a statement saying it was going to begin “monitoring” the sermons of America’s pastors after an atheist organization complained that too many of America’s pastors were violating the conditions of their non-profit tax status under section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC).

See this report: IRS Agrees To Monitor Sermons In Settlement With Atheists
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Chuck Baldwin – is a radio broadcaster, syndicated columnist, and pastor dedicated to preserving the historic principles upon which America was founded.

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Marriage Amendment Needed Now

Bill Donohue, Catholic League: In 2004, Barack Obama said, "I am not a supporter of gay marriage as it has been thrown about...I think that marriage, in the minds of a lot of voters, has a religious connotation." Four years later he commented, "I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Now, for me as a Christian, it is also a sacred union. God's in the mix."

God got thrown from the mix in 2012. That's when President Obama, running for reelection, endorsed gay marriage. But even as late as last year, he was still on record respecting the religious rights of dissenters. "How religious institutions define and consecrate marriage has always been up to those institutions. Nothing about this decision [the Supreme Court's ruling overturning the Defense of Marriage Act]—which applies only to civil marriages—changes that."

God got tossed again this week when Obama called for homosexual marriage to be recognized as a constitutional right. In doing so, he teed up a confrontation between our long-established constitutional right to religious liberty and this newly invented right to gay marriage.

Contrary to what many have said, this issue is not over. Were it not for unelected judges overturning the express will of the people—in state after state—attempts to subvert marriage, properly understood, would not have succeeded. We need to return power to the people by considering a constitutional amendment.

The time is ripe for Catholics to support the efforts of Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, the bishops' point man on marriage. In February, he called for support of the federal Marriage Protection Amendment.

As any astute political science undergraduate knows, there is no constitutional right to gay marriage. But now that this issue has been thrust upon us by our constitutional law professor president, we need to affirm marriage between a man and a woman in the U.S. Constitution.

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DAY 32: A Movement Of Hope - 40 Days for Life

by Shawn Carney, 40 Days for Life: The pro-life movement is not made up of self-righteous Christians telling others how to live. In fact, it’s quite the opposite; it is made up of sinners like you and me.

Even among its leaders are those who have had abortions, done abortions or supported abortions. We are a movement of converts ... and therefore, a movement of hope.

That hit me when I was a 20-year-old college student and heard testimonies from women who were part of the Silent No More awareness campaign.

You may have seen these women — if not at a 40 Days for Life vigil, then perhaps at the March for Life. They courageously carry simple signs that read, “I regret my abortion.

They speak out — in an effort to spare other women the things they’ve experienced with abortion.

One 40 Days for Life volunteer in Georgia decided she would be silent no more ... and got an unexpected opportunity to tell her story.

Savannah, Georgia
“I felt that God was urging me to be bold,” she said. With that in mind, she put together a homemade sign, which she taped to the side of her car … and parked with that side of the car facing the abortion center.

The sign said: “I had an abortion here. Come and ask me about it!

“Because I actually had an abortion in that clinic in January of 2012,” she said, “I am able to tell women and men about what actually goes on inside.”

While she was praying one morning, two abortion workers went outside and approached her. They had to admit they were curious about the sign, and wanted to know if she’d really had an abortion at their place of business. They also wanted to know what happened.

So she told them!

She described the environment as “cold, quiet and unfeeling.” The staff was not unkind to her, “but you could tell they were very much about the job and any kind of opposition to actually having an abortion was immediately discredited.”

She spoke with a counselor who was supposed to determine whether the client was being coerced into having the abortion. “I told her … if a woman felt like she had any other choice then she wouldn’t have an abortion,” she said, “and I was quickly admonished.”

The counselor told her that there are many women who feel like abortion is the natural and right option for them. “Right then and there I knew something was wrong. But I ignored my gut feeling on the matter and went through with the procedure.”

When the employees who had approached her on the sidewalk heard this story, they seemed upset and claimed that her experience was through personal choice – that it was not the abortion business itself that had caused something bad to happen.

“It was a personal choice that I regret,” she told them, “but your clinic provides a service under the false pretense that it is the right choice.

All because of the sign on her car!

The sign did exactly what I wanted it to do,” she said, “and that was give people the option to ask me about what happened when you had an abortion … I was using my ‘personal experience’ to potentially help save lives through the power of God.”

Business at the facility has been slowing down, she observed. “I fully believe that God is answering our prayers and Savannah Medical Clinic will in the near future be no longer offering abortions!”

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