Category archives: Government

Recess Homework

by Family Research Council

August 13, 2007

Usually when one thinks of recess you think of schoolchildren getting a break to play during the school day. Recess is also the word Congress uses when they take a long time period off (usually traveling on the taxpayers dime!) defines recess as temporary withdrawal or cessation from the usual work or activity. Considering the type of activity currently going on in our Nations Capitol, I can think of a whole host of Members of Congress who deserve Detention when they return to Washington, D.C.!

Here is a list of pending topics that your Representative and Senators need to hear from you about:

Hate crimes: The House of Representatives voted favorably for the bill and currently it sits in the Senate. Additionally Sen. Kennedy has his own bill and Sens. Kennedy and Smith introduced an amendment (which included full text of their hate crimes bill) to the Defense Bill. The Defense Bill and any amendments to it will be debated when the Senate returns in September.

Judges: Judge Southwick has been voted out successfully from committee but now awaits a floor vote - still tied up in committee or on the floor is over a dozen qualified candidates. Senators need to hear from you that these candidates deserve a fair up or down vote. Judicial nominees should be judged on their ability to judge not be lost to partisan politics.

Abstinence: The S-Chip bill in the House gutted one of the largest abstinence funding streams and the other large funding stream expires this fall. Contact your Representatives and Senators to protect this vital educational tool for children and to not let the money go to abortion organizations like Planned Parenthood!

Embryonic stem-cells experimentation: After passing both the Senate and the House and then rightly vetoed by President Bush, the Senate now plans to vote to override the President veto - as it stands right now we have enough votes in the Senate to protect the veto but it is close. Additionally, Senator Specter and Harkin attached ESC expansion to the Labor Appropriations bill. Contact your Senator to vote against this deadly experimentation and for actual life saving ethical research like stem cell and cord blood stem cell research.

ENDA: The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is misleadingly referred to as a logical extension of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. H.R. 2015 is a radical transformation of workplace discrimination law. It would grant special consideration on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity that would not be extended to other employees in the workplace. ENDA is a one size fits all solution to alleged discrimination that erases all marriage-based distinctions. It grants special rights to homosexuals while ignoring those of employers. The federal government should not force private businesses to abandon their moral principles. Contact your Representatives and Senators to vote against this legislation when it comes up for a vote.

Fake pro-life bills: The Democratic Leadership will start pushing these more in an attempt to co-opt the strong pro-life tendencies of the American people. Supporters of these bills say that they will reduce abortions but instead they increase funding to Planned Parenthood and seek to get government funding for Plan B (which the manufacturer agrees is a “sometimes abortifacient”)

Education: No Child Left Behind is up for re-authorization, within that bill we will seek to continue and expand protections for home schooled and private schooled kids and to return power locally where it belongs. We also support the alternative by Sen. Jim DeMint and John Cornyn that removes federal control from education

Pro-Life Riders: The House and Senate Foreign Operations spending bills undermine the pro-life Mexico City policy, which prevents funding for international groups that perform abortions. The Senate bill also gives money to international groups that support coercive abortion and sterilization programs.

Find out how to contact your Member of Congress here.

Pelosi Unclear on the Concept of “Biblical”

by Family Research Council

June 7, 2007

The New York Times has a strange quote from Speaker Nancy Pelosi:

Science is a gift of God to all of us and science has take us to a place that is biblical in its power to cure, said Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California. And that is the embryonic stem cell research.

I completely agree that science, like all good things, can sometimes be viewed as a gift from God. I’m less clear, though, on the other part of that sentence. How exactly is it “biblical” to kill a human being in the fanciful hope that we one day might obtain cures for other humans beings? Is that written in one of those obscure Old Testament books that no one reads?

Perhaps Ms. Pelosi, Democratic House leader and theologian, can explain that one for us.

Jailing Thoughts

by Jared Bridges

June 7, 2007

Ken Blackwell, FRC’s Senior Fellow for Family Empowerment, discusses “hate crimes” legislation in The New York Sun today:

While criminal law treats all violent acts equally, the proposed law would additionally punish the accused for any prejudice they might have toward the victim. Instead of ending discrimination, this bill would create a judicial caste system in American society by creating categories where some victims are given more consideration and attention than others. This is a direct affront to the equal protection provision of our constitution.

As a former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Human Rights Commission, and a person who grew up fighting racism, I oppose the idea of thought crimes. In America, our Constitution guarantees everyone the freedom to think and believe whatever he or she wants, no matter how repulsive those beliefs are to others. And, our Declaration of Independence champions the dignity and worth of every individual.

Read the rest at The New York Sun.

Faith-biased outreach

by David Christensen

May 25, 2007

So, the Democrats in Congress claim they support people of faith, while preventing a vote two weeks ago on an amendment to the Head Start bill that would have changed the law to allow faith-based groups who get Head Start funds to hire according to their beliefs…. (should a religious organization be required to hire a person from another religion, or none at all?). Democrats made much of their support for faith-based groups while effectively cutting out those that hire based on their religious beliefs.

But yesterday during a House Judiciary hearing, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) went after Monica Goodlings Christian affiliation, since she attended law school at a Regent University.

If Monica Goodling did something unethical or illegal, she should be held to account for doing something unethical or illegal, not for having attended a Christian law school. I wonder if Rep. Cohen would have asked about Monicas religious affiliation if she had attended a Jewish law school. I dont know, but his constituents may want to ask him.

This is part of the exchange according to transcripts:

COHEN: The mission of the law school you attended, Regent, is to bring to bear upon legal education and the legal profession the will of almighty God, our creator. What is the will of almighty God, our creator, on the legal profession?

GOODLING: I’m not sure that I could define that question for you.

Click here and fast forward to 2:43 minutes to view the exchange between Rep. Cohen and Ms. Goodling (with WPost reporter Dana Milbank giving commentary):

To read about more about Goodlings testimony, and the exchange with Rep. Cohen read Byron Yorks article here.

When It Comes To Defending Marriage, This Patrick Is No Saint

by Tony Perkins

May 17, 2007

Here’s today’s Washington Watch Daily commentary from FRC Radio:

The people of Massachusetts are having a Deval of a time on marriage. Governor Deval Patrick, to be exact. Since taking office, Patricks been a big supporter of gay rightsbut not everyone in the state shares his enthusiasm. When the court ruled to legalize same-sex marriage, voters started a massive petition drive to put the issue back where it belongsin the hands of the people. Last week, Patrick said, Rather than turn Massachusetts into a political circus… we [should] resolve this… so that it stays off the ballot. Lets face it. Massachusetts is already a circusand as the liberal ring leader, Patrick has no one to blame but himself. Hes been busy juggling the demands of homosexuals when he should have been taming the left-wing lions. The truth is, Patrick doesnt want to put the issue on the ballot because he has a pretty good idea of what the outcome will be. In every state but one, Americans have voted to preserve traditional marriage. Instead of walking a tightrope to please gay activists, the governor should support the democratic process. Join us in asking Patrick to stop clowning around and give voters a voice.

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The Silence Of The Lambs: Congress Uses Lobby Reform To Hush Opposition

by Tony Perkins

May 1, 2007

Here’s today’s Washington Watch Daily commentary from FRC Radio:

You know that old phrase, Children should be seen and not heard? Well, according to Congress, the same should apply to voters. For the last few months, liberals in the House and Senate have worked overtime to pass lobby reform bills. They claim the bills would clean up the corruption in Washington, but Congressman Harry Waxmans version would actually make it worsebecause it limits the rights of people like you to contact government officials about specific issues. And Americans would be less likely to know what those issues are, if groups like FRC are limited in how they can alert people to whats happening in Congress through a grassroots lobbying provision that is in the bill as well. Politicians are no different than you and me. They dont like to be criticized. As James Bopp wrote in the National Review, The temptation to use [the] government… to silence opponents is a powerful one… The Framers of our Constitution countered it by vesting the powers of the government with the people. The First Amendment was created to protect the peoples participation. Nows the time to exercise those rights and remind legislators that its government by and for the peoplenot the politicians!

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State Leaders: Abstinence-Minded Oppressors?

by Tony Perkins

April 16, 2007

Here’s today’s Washington Watch Daily commentary from FRC Radio:

Usually, the news that more people are practicing abstinence is a good thing. Not this time. The Boston Globe reported that states are abstainingabstaining from federal funding for programs that tell kids to save sex for marriage. Connecticut, Rhode Island, Montana, New Jersey, and Wisconsin have all either dropped out of the program or plan to by the end of the year. In Ohio, Governor Ted Strickland announced that he was slashing the half-million dollars in his budget for abstinence education. Quite frankly, I dont believe abstinence work[s], he said. Theres not data that shows it prevents… sexual activity outside of marriage. But Strickland ought to spend more time researching and less time criticizing. Since President Bush started funding abstinence programs, teenage pregnancy rates have dropped almost 10%. And thats no coincidence. Americans may disagree about how effective contraception is, but every study says the same thing about abstinencethe kids who practice it dont get diseases and they dont get pregnant. Its time we all reminded our leaders that when it comes to sexual relationships, the best investment is teaching kids to just say no.

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House Endorses Homosexuality, Relatively Speaking

by Tony Perkins

April 12, 2007

Here’s today’s Washington Watch Daily commentary from FRC Radio:

The latest news on congressional trips shows that congress is headed in the wrong direction. Although it didnt make headlines, Democrats quietly changed the rules on their travel perks. The definition of people who accompany Hill members and staff on trips has been expanded from child or spouse to any relativeincluding same-sex partners. Under the new guidelines, the federal government is recognizingand taxpayers are subsidizinghomosexual couples. And, as one attorney said, [The House doesnt] currently define relative, so they could just say our interpretation includes domestic partners. Since the rules dont need to be approved by anyone but the ethics committee, theres little or no accountability. Unfortunately, any questions are handled on a case-by-case basis by Speaker Nancy Pelosi. But just because these leaders write the law doesnt mean theyre above it. And the Defense of Marriage Act, passed by congress in 1996, makes it clear that the government cant recognize same-sex marriage. If the new majority continues to travel down this path, theres little doubt that come next election, theyll have plenty of political baggage.

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Americans Question The Pelosi Cover Up In Syria

by Tony Perkins

April 6, 2007

Here’s today’s Washington Watch Daily commentary from FRC Radio:

With the White House opposed to her trip, Speaker Nancy Pelosis visit to Syria was bound to come to a head. More specifically, the headscarf Pelosi agreed to wear to accommodate Muslim tradition. Pelosi toured Damascus and an 8th Century mosque as reporters snapped several pictures of the House leaders headwhich is leading many Americans to scratch theirs. Apart from dealing illegal drugs and supporting terrorism, Syria has a history of oppressing women. And while its troubling that Pelosi would make the trip and defy the Presidentits even more disturbing that she would try to embrace a culture that denounces family, faith, and freedom. In the Muslim world, covering your head is considered an act of submission. If thats the case, American feminists should be outraged. Even Condoleezza Rice refuses to follow Muslim tradition, making her a better ambassador for womens rights than Nancy Pelosi. Unfortunately, for those who look to America as a leader in equality, Pelosis undone several years of progress. She said she hopes to rebuild lost confidence. If thats the case, then she ought to start at home.

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