Of all the aspects of the socialized medicine legislation making its way through Congress, the most disturbing piece of it (which is saying a a great deal considering all the freedoms that will be taken away from us) is the taxpayer funding of abortion on demand (a ban of which has been a bi-partisan policy for decades).
Yet, as a candidate, Barack Obama had something interesting to say about that. Here are two short videos from FRC Action that point out, vividly, the travesty that is this legislation. First, candidate Obama’s seemingly pro-life statement followed by some philosophical questions he has yet to answer (except through his abortion-on-demand actions), then a poignant point about the legislation that should concern every American.
Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling today was elected by a unanimous, bi-partisan vote Chairman of the National Lieutenant Governors Association at that organization’s annual meeting in Baltimore, Md. Bolling previously served as Vice Chairman and Treasurer of the NLGA, and also serves on its executive committee. In a statement, he said:
I am honored that my colleagues from across the country have asked me to serve as Chairman of NLGA for the next year. I look forward to working with them to build on the successes of the NLGA and help build bi-partisan consensus around realistic and workable solutions to the challenges facing our states and our nation.
The outgoing chair, Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton, a Democrat from Wisconsin, said:
I pass the gavel to Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling with complete confidence that his leadership will keep up on the path to progress by every measure.
The praise also came from Julia Hurst, the NLGA Executive Director:
Lieutenant Governor Bolling’s peers from both parties and various regions of the country selected him to serve as their national chair. He has been a leader in helping advance the mission of NLGA over the past four years, and he has earned their confidence and trust.
We congratulate Lieutenant Governor Bolling on the honor and are sure he will represent the commonwealth and the nation very well on the national stage.
Several articles of note today and I hope you can get to them all. First, as the AP reports, yesterday Rev. Jonathan Falwell gave the invocation at the House of Representatives “in Jesus’ name,” something his fellow Virginians in the state police chaplain corps can’t do right now. (See the video we posted yesterday, here.) Speaking of the House, it seems the self-fabled “Blue Dog Democrats” prove again to be lap dogs for their left-wing leadership. There’s an attack ad in there, somewhere. But it’s not much better for Republicans who, in New York, have nominated a pro-homosexual marriage, pro-abortion candidate for a vacant House seat.
Meanwhile, another RINO, U.S. Senator George Voinovich (R-Ohio), derisively says the GOP has been “taken over by Southerners.” (See this video, here, as well as column in Commentary.) I guess he doesn’t want to be associated with extremists such as the nurse forced to perform an abortion against her beliefs and the tens of thousands who are lobbying against taxpayer funded abortions in the “health care bill” he most likely supports (see both in Commentary). Yeah, Republicans like that. Mean, horrible people, them right-to-lifers and Southerners.
When we heard about the case this morning, we immediately contacted our friends at the Alliance Defense Fund. ADF already is at work on a letter and model policy for the city council so that it will be able to fight back against the threatened lawsuit. We hope to have the letter and model policy to the city council and mayor today or tomorrow.
A few years ago, The Family Foundation partnered with ADF to send model prayer policies to every local government body in Virginia so that they would be aware of what the courts deem as appropriate prayers at government meetings. There are very specific guidelines for governing bodies to follow in their prayer policies — and none require so-called “non-sectarian” prayers as suggested by Freedom From Religion.
We will stay on top of this and keep you posted on this case. We will work to inform the Chesapeake City Council of its rights and fight this, and all threats, to religious liberty in the commonwealth.
It’s a well-established fact that MSNBC stopped pretending to be a news organization some time ago (it never was) and became and out-and-out left wing propaganda organ. With some of the freaky and scary people it has hired as “hosts” or “anchors” many often joke about catching some leftist mind warp disease just by peaking in. As it turns out, going online and getting exposed to MSNBC really does impart some type of malady!
If you noticed something different about our blog today — below the post below this one, the headers are bigger and green, and further down the copy spreads out the width of the screen, throwing some things off center — the only explanation is the MSNBC video we embedded into the post below: Without it, everything is normal. On the next page, everything is normal. With it, things look a little screwy (real science — trial and error).
Conclusion: MSNBC really does have cooties! We could delete the video and put in a link to it instead. But since the format will eventually readjust to normal as more posts are made we figured we’d leave it as is to offer proof positive that, in fact, you better not get too close to fanatic-left-wing talk television, online or on the tube. It really might make you sick.
I’d comment on this, but the idiocy of the conversation speaks for itself. Watch Chris Matthews and former U.S. Representative Tom Davis, a Republican from Fairfax, expound on the lunacy of a recent statement of U.S. Senator George Voinovich (R-Ohio). Then, view the screen below it. Sound familiar?
The SurveyUSA/WDBJ poll sure is bound to flare up a controversy based on its accuracy. Republicans are bound to take glee and use it to fire up the troops, demoralize the opponent and raise money. It’s wait and see as to whether any other non-partisan polls substantiate it. Tomorrow, from the Dems, expect the the familiar refrain of any side that’s behind, to say, “We have our own polls and they show it even. …”
In other news, could a quick and easy special session blow up? Meanwhile, CNN.com takes a look at divorce and its damages, even its long term implications after a re-marriage. Finally, in what may be the cutest little thing ever done by two members who retired after seeking renomination in a hotly contested election year, Delegates Kris Amundson, a Northern Virginia Democrat, and Chris Saxman, a Shenandoah Valley Republican, co-pen a “what we learned in the House of Delegates” column for the Washington Post.
The Family Foundation and Pastors For Family Values will join the Alliance Defense Fund Tuesday, August 4, to produce an outstanding event for pastors and church leaders. Even if you are a pastor who has already attended a Winning Matters 2009 briefing, or plan to attend one, we promise this is one you will regret not attending.
This special pastors briefing will take place at the Fredericksburg Expo and Convention Center from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. In the morning, ADF will educate pastors on their legal rights and discuss their willingness to defend those rights — ADF is one of the nation’s premier legal advocates for religious liberty rights.
In the afternoon, two outstanding speakers will address attendees: Pastor Jonathan Falwell of Thomas Road Baptist Church, who opened the House of Representatives today with prayer (see video below), and Bishop Harry Jackson of Hope Christian Church (see video here). These two prominent leaders will encourage and motivate you.
Pastors also will learn about opportunities to partner with us in Winning Matters 2009 — an effort to assist Virginia churches in registering their congregations to vote, educating people of faith on important public policy issues, and encouraging them to vote in Virginia’s statewide elections on November 3rd, an election that will send a message one way or another to the entire country. If you are not a pastor, please forward this link with your own personal message encouraging your church leaders to attend.
Although Pastors For Family Values is a year round association dedicated to much more than “political” involvement, we believe that appropriate occasions call us to take a more active role in making sure our voices are heard about our stance on traditional and Biblical values. This event will be informative and timely, with many resources for pastors to use in their efforts to encourage and equip their communities and churches to champion traditional values.
A Special Presentation for Pastors
Tuesday, August 4
Fredericksburg Expo and Convention Center
2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Speakers: Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr., of Hope Christian Church
Pastor Jonathan Falwell of Thomas Road Baptist Church
This event, including lunch, is free to pastors. To RSVP, or for more information, call 804-343-0010 or e-mail email@example.com.
Pastor Jonathan Falwell, seemingly an unlikely choice, opens today’s session of the U.S. House of Representatives with prayer “in Jesus’ name,” something Virginia state police chaplains are not allowed to do.
From Concord, North Carolina, we have this: A kiosk vendor, who trades as Free Market Warrior and sells conservative swag at one of that state’s most popular malls, is getting kicked out for practicing his freedom of expression rights by displaying three bumper stickers and a t-shirt with anti-Barack Obama messages.