British Comedy makes a point....
Obama vs McCain
Obama Tells Teachers Union He Opposes Vouchers-"Elizabeth Green of The New York Sun reports: Senator Obama is saying decisively that he does not support private school vouchers, while sticking with his support for incentive pay for teachers based on their students’ performance. Mr. Obama made the remarks yesterday in a telecast speech to the American Federation of Teachers’ national convention in Chicago after the union voted overwhelmingly to endorse his presidential bid. Via Rick Garnett"
Obama Flip-Flops on D.C. School Voucher Program - Now Intends to Squash it-"A landmark education program that provides opportunity to hundreds of families in the nation's capital to attend private schools is being opposed by Democrats in Congress. Barack Obama told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel in February that he was open to voucher programs, but just last week announced his intentions to squash the DC pilot program. "Barack Obama prefers private education for his daughters but won't give DC parents the same opportunity," said Brian Burch, President of Fidelis, a Catholic-based political, legal, research and educational organization. "Vouchers are Change," he continued. "Rather than subjecting kids to rotting schools, vouchers have brought change to hundreds of families, who opted for private or parochial schools. If Barack Obama had fought for this program, it would be saved. But he refuses to help these low-income families. By supporting the teachers union, he sadly has become the Status Quo Candidate on education." Back in February, it looked like Barack Obama would be willing to back the teachers union and support the voucher program. The Illinois Senator told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: "If there was any argument for vouchers, it was 'Alright, let's see if this experiment works,' and if it does, then whatever my preconceptions, my attitude is you do what works for the kids," the senator said. "I will not allow my predispositions to stand in the way of making sure that our kids can learn. We're losing several generations of kids and something has to be done." But by June, the teachers lobby convinced Obama to work against the program.
Obama Jabs McCain for Supporting School Vouchers-"Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama told a gathering of public school teachers he opposes school vouchers in contrast to Republican Sen. John McCain. On Sunday, Obama spoke to the American Federation of Teachers, via satellite, after the union of 1.4 million teachers and other public school staff endorsed the Illinois senator for president. Obama pledged he was against vouchers to send children to private schools. “His only proposal seems to be recycling tired rhetoric about vouchers and school choice,” Obama said of McCain. “Now, I’ve been a proponent of public school choice throughout my career. … We know well-designed public charter schools have a lot to offer, and I’ve actually helped pass legislation to expand them. “But what I do oppose is using public money for private school vouchers. We need to focus on fixing and improving our public schools, not throwing our hands up and walking away from them,” Obama added. (See Full Speech)...School choice has not been a major issue debated in this year’s presidential race. However, McCain, an Arizona senator, brought up the issue last week when speaking to the League of United Latin American Citizens convention. “The civil rights challenge of our time is education,” McCain said. “We need to shake up failed school bureaucracies with competition. … We need to empower parents with choice.” (See Previous Story) McCain’s campaign Web site says, “If a school will not change, the students should be able to change schools. John McCain believes parents should be empowered with school choice to send their children to the school that can best educate them just as many members of Congress do with their own children."
Charter Schools Rising
Across the Nation, Charter Schools Are Surging-"There has been a bumper crop of charter school stories this graduation season. What's more, the articles have been largely positive, a sign that these independently managed public schools are gaining popularity. In Greenfield, Massachusetts, the first graduating class at Four Rivers Public Charter School--26 strong--celebrated the fact that six years ago they had gathered as seventh graders, along with their parents, on an overgrown field. Their school hadn't even been built yet. They took a leap of faith and fashioned a new school together. A start-up success story on a larger scale comes from New Orleans, where charter schools have brought an entrepreneurial spirit to education restoration in a city devastated by Hurricane Katrina three years ago. Charters now handle 53 percent of the city's post-hurricane enrollment; pre-Katrina, they had just 2 percent..."-Ample more a must read.
Florida and Lousiana
Florida: Home schooling grows by 80 percent in state in past decade-"TCPalm reports: “For the 2007-08 school year, the Florida Department of Education estimated 56,650 students were home schooled, compared with 31,440 students in 1997-98 — an 80 percent increase.”
Good News: School Choice Expands in Florida, Louisiana-"Florida’s governor has signed a sweeping $30 million expansion of the state’s popular scholarship program that will create educational opportunities for 6,000 more kids....In Louisiana, the school-choice legislation now has the governor’s signature. Campanella said the effort has widespread support. “The bill was sponsored by a Democrat in the Senate and a Democrat in the House," he said, "and it was signed by a Republican governor.”
Good News: New York City Adds 18 Charter Schools-"New York City will open 18 charter schools in September, bringing the number of charter schools in the city to 78. The schools are part of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's efforts to improve the city's education system. Students in charter schools typically score higher on standardized reading and math tests than those in traditional public schools. Bloomberg said charters can help other schools improve. "I can tell you," Bloomberg said at a news conference, "one of the reasons that the public schools in the city have gotten better is because the charter schools exist and give parents an alternative and let parents see that you can do something better.” Bloomberg has promised to open at least 100 charter schools before the end of 2009. Charters receive public money but are run independently."
Homeschooling advocate: public schools all about the Benjamins-"A home-schooling advocate says a recent case in which half the students in a big city school district failed a test after being provided the answers is just more proof that U.S. public schools have failed miserably at educating students. The school district of Rochester, New York, provided students and teachers with the questions and answers for a required test for seventh- and eighth-graders. The test covered four subjects: English, math, science, and social studies. Not only did the district deny that there was anything wrong with providing students with the answer key -- but half the students failed the test anyway...The home-schooling advoccate accuses the public schools of bleeding the taxpayers dry, and crippling families financially through property taxes. At the same time, he adds, they are failing to educate children, and are indoctrinating them with various kinds of leftist ideology regarding homosexuality, the environment, economics, and gender roles."
Study: Vouchers improve education-"Ohio’s private-school voucher program isn’t just great for the students who use it, a new study asserts, but it’s actually made public schools better. It was the first sizable study of the statewide voucher program, now in its third year. A state group that includes leaders of Ohio’s primary, secondary and college systems was required by law to study it, but it has not been done . . ."
New Orleans: 1,250 families apply for private school vouchers-"The Times-Picayune reports: “About 1,250 families have applied for the state’s first school voucher program, seeking mainly to enroll children in kindergarten classes in Orleans and Jefferson parishes’ private and parochial schools, state education officials said Saturday.”
24 percent of Calif high school students drop out-"Mercury News reports: “More than 24 percent of California public high school students dropped out in the 2006-07 school year, according to figures released Wednesday by the state Department of Education . . . The data was compiled from a newly implemented tracking system that issues each student an identifier number.”
Student Gains in Privately Managed Philadelphia Schools - Nearly Double Those in District Schools-"EdNews.org reports: School test scores recently released by the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment reveal that schools partnering with private education management organizations (EMO’s) – including EdisonLearning - showed greater gains in student achievement than the schools operated by the Philadelphia School District . . ."
Phila. sees surge in “persistently dangerous” schools-"The Philadelphia Inquirer reports:
A surging number of Philadelphia schools have been labeled “persistently dangerous” - so unsafe that parents have a right to send their children elsewhere. The new list, released yesterday by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, shows a 67 percent increase in schools deemed persistently dangerous, a designation under the federal No Child Left Behind law."
Bible class allowed in TX public schools-"A major victory has been won for those who want elective Bible courses taught in Texas public schools. The Texas Attorney General's office said the guidelines for new elective Bible courses are constitutional. A state law passed last year allows school districts to offer high school courses on the Old and New Testaments and their impact on culture and society."
School Choice and British Comedy. Plus video commentary on the Presidential race.Labels: California, Education, Florida, Louisiana, McCain, New York, Obama, Ohio, Philadelphia, Texas, UK
British Comedy makes a point....
Huckabee vs Romney over the issue of Same-Sex Marriage and the story on Prop. 8 in California is getting expensive and boycotted by Public TV.Labels: Arkansas, California, Florida, Global Warming, Huckabee, Obama, Religious America, Same Sex Marriage
Huckabee vs Romney
Romney Should Not Have Complied with Court on Same-Sex Marriage, Says Huckabee-"In an exclusive video interview with CNSNews.com, Huckabee said that, had he been in Romney’s shoes, he would not have used his executive power as governor to carry out the court’s unilateral declaration that the other branches of state government must certify same-sex marriages."
Just to give another side of the story that is usually not reported on in the media for balance and offsetting information.
New Report Calls into Question ‘Man-Made’ Climate Change-"New scientific evidence suggests there is a stronger link between solar activity and climate trends on Earth than there is with greenhouse gases, Fred Singer, an atmospheric and space physicist, told CNSNews.com. The new data call into question whether scientific evidence shows that global warming is a man-made phenomenon and suggests that natural forces, as opposed to human activity, may drive global climate change. Singer is one of many scientists who say recent scientific observations have determined that “solar variability” – or fluctuations in the sun’s radiation – directly affects climate change on Earth. “In the broad sense, the Earth’s climate is determined by solar radiation,” Singer said. “If the radiation changes, so will the general climate.” Singer said scientists have long theorized that changes in the sun’s activity also impact the amount of cosmic rays reaching the earth – affecting the Earth’s cloudiness and thereby the climate....The impact of solar variability is explained in a report Singer co-authored and edited in cooperation with other scientists for the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC), which also claims that the mathematical models upon which the United Nations bases its “global warming” assessment are “pre-programmed” to produce results that substantiate the notion of “anthropogenic” (or man-made) global warming. The report, “Nature, Not Human Activity Rules the Climate,” has helped open the way for scientists to perform meaningful research in areas that have been largely unexplored and under-emphasized in previous studies, Singer said in the interview..."
GOP Platform Draft: Global Warming is Man-Made-"A final draft of the Republican Party platform includes a first-ever plank on global warming that says human activity has contributed to climate change. "The same human activity that has brought freedom and opportunity to billions has also increased the amount of carbon in the atmosphere," the draft reads. "Increased atmospheric carbon has a warming effect on the earth." The GOP platform was approved by a 112-person platform committee in Minneapolis, Minn., late on Wednesday and will likely be ratified at the Republican National Convention on Monday."
Compare house efficiency of Al Gore and Bush-Snopes confirms email circulating comparing Al Gore's house with Bush's house is true. Compare the two. Wow!!!
Religion vs Same Sex Marriage
Be prepared for one side reporting on this issue!
‘Gay’ Journalism Conference Panel Targets Religious Influence on Public Policy-"Washington Post editor, defrocked minister urge homosexual reporters to ignore conservative Christian leaders like Pat Robertson and James Dobson. Should coverage of religion in America ignore conservative Christian leaders like Dr. Pat Robertson and Dr. James Dobson? Yes, according to a session at the annual conference of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, held over the weekend in Washington D.C....The panel included just one journalist, David Waters of The Washington Post...According to Gold, “the single biggest [obstacle] to gays having equal rights in the country is religion,” so “I set myself to learn about it.” GLAAD’s Craig said, “We’re not getting anyplace until we begin conquering the debate” in the religious community. Creech, who was defrocked in 1999 for conducting same-sex “marriages,” asserted that Christian leaders like Robertson and Focus on the Family founder and psychologist Dr. James Dobson are “the most radical Christians in America today,” and represent “a very minority point of view.”...David Waters, editor of the “On Faith” blog, which appears on The Washington Post and Newsweek Web sites, urged reporters “not to go” to established leaders like Robertson and Dobson, contrasting them to “real people”...Said Gold, “If you can get the questions out and get politicians not to use their religious beliefs for something like this, it’s an extraordinary change.” This NLGJA discussion illustrated that homosexual outreach to religious believers is not intended to find common ground, but to find a way to remove religious influence from the public square."-Wow!!! See the Testimony of Charlene Cothran ex-gay magazine owner/activist for another point of view.
NBC to ‘Gay’ Journalists: ‘Your Victories Are Our Victories’ -"The news media loudly proclaimed its support for the homosexual activist agenda at the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association convention in Washington, D.C. The National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) just held its annual convention here in Washington D.C., attracting hundreds of journalists – and ringing endorsements – from virtually every major publication and broadcaster in the news media. In a full-page ad in the convention program, NBC Universal declared it is “proud to support NLGJA,” under the bold headline: “YOUR VICTORIES ARE OUR VICTORIES.”After listening to speaker after speaker express hatred and contempt for political and religious conservatives while plotting how to advance the homosexual activist agenda through journalism, I’m left wondering whether Americans know the extent of the media’s bias on homosexual issues. Do they know that the news media have thrown themselves fully behind the gay rights movement? Every major news organization sponsored the convention, bought space in the program or had recruiting booths. Hatred. NBC/National Journal reporter Matthew Berger said he experienced “reverse Stockholm syndrome” while on the campaign trail covering GOP religious conservative Mike Huckabee. “Stockholm syndrome” is what afflicts hostages who come to love their captors. If Berger’s feelings changed after traveling with the Huckabee campaign, they went in the opposite direction. He acknowledged how difficult it is for a journalist to do his job when you “hate” the people you’re covering. Berger said he was happy when he was transferred to the “gay-friendly” Rudolph Giuliani campaign. Sending an outspoken activist like Berger, the former president of NLGJA’s Washington D.C. chapter, to cover the Huckabee campaign is like sending a hard-right activist to cover the Obama campaign. What was NBC thinking? Maybe they had no choice. Does NBC have anybody on staff who doesn’t hate religious conservatives?"-A must read on this issue. Wow!!! Don't expect any non bias reporting after conferences like these!!!
Some Hallmark stores refuse same sex wedding cards; Competitor American Greetings won’t carry same sex wedding cards-"CBS reports that seven Hallmark stores in Idaho are refusing to carry the cards while: “Hallmark’s largest competitor, American Greetings Corp., has no plans to enter the market, saying its current offerings are general enough to speak to a lot of different relationships.”
California Same Sex Marriage Update from California Marriage Amendment and McDonald's: Money and Boycotts and “Ten Persuasive Answers to the Question: Why Not Gay ‘Marriage?’” Part 2 and scroll down to "California Marriage Amendment and McDonald's: Money and Boycotts".
$6 million.-"That's what an outside group known as "Let California Ring" is spending on its misleading and manipulative TV ads designed to undermine Prop. 8 in just the next four weeks. And this doesn't even count the millions that have been pledged to the official No campaign by big corporations and Hollywood. This early onslaught of millions in advertising dollars shows clearly what we are up against
GLAAD Announces $100,000 Contribution to NO on Prop 8, Equality for All Campaign-"“The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) today announced a $100,000 contribution to the NO on Prop 8, Equality for All campaign. ”
Proposition 8 to Protect Marriage Receives $1 Million Donation from the Knights of Columbus Catholic Organization-"Proposition 8, the ballot initiative to Protect Marriage, announced today it has received a $1 million contribution from the Knights of Columbus, the world’s largest Catholic family fraternal service organization. Throughout its history, the Knights of Columbus has been an effective advocate and defender of civil and religious rights for all. The organization has also contributed billions of dollars and millions of hours of volunteer service to charity. Knights of Columbus spokesman Patrick Korten said that the million dollar donation from the Knights “is both an indication of how important we believe this referendum to be...The Knights of Columbus includes more than 1.7 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Phillippines, Mexico, and other areas. "
Ballot Initiative to Protect Marriage Receives Endorsement of California Catholic Conference-"Today, ProtectMarriage.com announced the endorsement of the California Catholic Conference. The support comes from the Archdioceses of Los Angeles and San Francisco; Dioceses of Fresno, Monterey, Oakland, Orange, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Jose, Santa Rosa and Stockton; Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Van Nuys; and the Maronite Catholic Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon of Los Angeles. In their statement, the Bishops offer counsel to people of Catholic faith in California in their "response to this radical change in California's public policy regarding marriage." Declaring that same-sex unions are not the same as opposite-sex unions, the leadership states that the ideal well-being of children is to be raised by both a mother and a father in a traditional marriage."
Good News: California Churches Unite to Support Marriage-"ProtectMarriage.com, a coalition of local, state and national groups, is attempting to get 1 million Catholics, Jews, Mormons, Muslims, evangelical Christians, Sikhs and Hindus to post "Yes on Proposition 8" signs on their lawns. Prop. 8, a proposed state constitutional amendment which goes to voters in November, would restore the definition of marriage as a union between one man and one woman. "This is a rising up over a 5,000-year-old institution that is being hammered right now," Jim Garlow, pastor of Skyline Church in La Mesa, told the Los Angeles Times. Garlow helped organize 3,400-person conference calls across denominations to coordinate campaign support for the proposed constitutional amendment. "What binds us together is one common obsession: . . . marriage," he said. "If Proposition 8 fails, there is an inevitable loss of religious freedom."
Orthodox Jews Join Fight Against “Gay Nuptials”-"The most powerful Orthodox Jewish umbrella group has thrown its support behind a ballot initiative that aims to overturn California’s historic decision to legalize same-sex marriage. In late August, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America joined a coalition of faith-based groups supporting Proposition 8 . . . "
WSJ: “Gay Activists Target Businesses”-"Bolthouse Farms is the latest target in what has become an increasingly bitter political fight in California. As gay-rights activists attempt to defeat the upcoming ballot initiative, called Proposition 8, they are going after not just individuals, but also companies to which they are connected, however tenuously."
Professor’s letter argues boycott over Cal. Prop. 8 support would undermine AALS mission-"Stephen Bainbridge, a UCLA law professor, has published an email that he has sent urging the American Association of Law Schools to reject calls to boycott a hotel, whose owner financially supported California’s proposed marriage amendment. He writes: As blogger Tom Smith asks, if the AALS is going to boycott the hotel on such flimsy grounds, why not just kick those law professors who disagree with same sex marriage out of the AALS? . . . In closing, it is especially critical that the AALS acknowledge that there is no issue of discrimination here. There is no evidence that the hotel in question discriminates against gays. Instead, this is viewpoint discrimination on the part of a handful of activists who are seeking to hijack the AALS for purposes of holding a boycott intended to punish someone with whose views on a contested issue of public policy they differ . . .TaxProf Blog links to many more posts on this issue. Greg Sisk has this post on the Mirror of Justice Blog: The Proposed AALS Boycott: The Sad Politicization of a Scholarly Association. Related: Association of American Law Schools Boycott threatened over hotel owners support for Cal. Prop. 8"
Association of American Law Schools “caves to activists”-"Via Instapundit, a press release from the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) “addressing” the proposed boycott of its annual meeting: Our contracts with the hotels provide that each hotel reserve a block of guest rooms, and leave to the AALS the choice of where to locate the AALS Registration, Exhibit Hall, Section Programs, Presidential Programs, and House of Representatives meetings. We will honor our contracts with both hotels, and we have exercised our option to hold all AALS events at the Marriott to ensure the maximum participation by our members. More on this at the TaxProf Blog."
'Deceptive' tactics continue to undermine Prop. 8-"At least some supporters of homosexual "marriage" in California are resorting to deceptive tactics to try to gain the support of voters who outlawed the practice only eight years ago. First it was California Attorney General Jerry Brown changing the ballot title -- from defining marriage as between one man and one woman, to eliminating the right of same-sex couples to marry. Now an unidentified supporter of same-sex marriage has printed bumper stickers that inaccurately encourage people to "Preserve Marriage: Vote NO on Prop. 8."
Prop. 8 proponents will appeal decision upholding flawed ballot title-"The appeal will ask the California Court of Appeal to order the attorney general to comply with state election law that requires that the ballot title be fair and unbiased. “Election ballot titles should be neutral and not intentionally prejudice voters,” said ADF Senior Counsel Joseph Infranco. “The ballot title is argumentative and not impartial. The AG’s job is to apply the law in a way that’s fair to all Californians, not in a way that influences elections. We will immediately appeal the ruling because the purpose of this amendment is to protect marriage broadly as the union of one man and one woman.” The attorney general changed the ballot title on Proposition 8, also known as the California Marriage Protection Act, from “limit on marriage” to “eliminates right of same-sex couples to marry.” More than a million Californians signed official petitions containing the original ballot title language in order to put Proposition 8 on the November ballot. If approved by voters, Proposition 8 would add the following words to California’s constitution: “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” In July, the California Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit filed by anti-amendment groups that sought to remove Proposition 8 from the ballot (www.telladf.org/news/story.aspx?cid=4611). The decision from the Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento, in Jansson v. Bowen is available at www.telladf.org/UserDocs/JanssonRuling.pdf."
California Federal Court Rejects Challenge to Federal Defense of Marriage Act-"Orange County, CA – During a court hearing yesterday, federal district court Judge David O. Carter announced that he is dismissing a last-ditch effort by “same-sex marriage” proponents to overturn the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The case is Smelt v. Orange County, and it is one of the last remaining challenges to DOMA. Liberty Counsel intervened in this case on behalf of Campaign for California Families in 2004, in order to protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman and to defend DOMA."
Florida Same Sex Marriage
Same-Sex Marriage Group Distorts Truth About Florida Marriage Protection Amendment-"Florida Red and Blue, a political committee and front group for a coalition of homosexual rights groups opposing Amendment 2 (the Florida Marriage Protection Amendment), will air a false television ad in an attempt to mislead and scare senior citizens. The ad will be aired on Florida stations during the Democratic National Convention. The campaign commercial asserts that the marriage amendment is an attempt by the government to interfere "into our private lives." Other parts of the ad state that defeating Amendment 2 would "keep government out of our private lives” and that "personal marriage issues should be decided by you, your family and clergy, not by the government." The ad even claims the amendment will cause senior citizens to lose benefits. Amendment 2 allows the people, rather than activist judges, to decide how marriage will be defined in Florida. The amendment is necessary because same-sex marriage advocates filed eight separate lawsuits in 2004 seeking to have the courts sanction same-sex marriage. In response to these lawsuits, a broad-based movement began to gather signatures to place Amendment 2 on the ballot and place the definition of marriage in the Florida Constitution. The campaign commercial also states that "Democrats are united against Amendment 2 in Florida." Over three quarters of a million Florida voters signed a citizen’s initiative petition to get the marriage amendment on the ballot. Well over 33% of those Floridians who signed the petition are registered Democrats. The recent June 3, 2008, Quinnipiac Florida poll demonstrates that a significant 45% of Democratic voters in Florida support Amendment 2. Florida Red and Blue does not represent the majority of Floridians. Mathew Staver, Founder of Liberty Counsel and Dean of Liberty University School of Law, successfully argued in favor of Amendment 2 at the Florida Supreme Court against the ACLU. In a 7-0 ruling, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that Amendment 2 is about the "singular subject" of marriage and that the effect of the amendment does nothing new but merely protects something old by placing the definition of marriage in the state constitution. Staver commented on the misleading television ad: "Traditional marriage resonates with voters because it reflects the values of the majority. Radical homosexual groups opposed to traditional marriage know their only chance of defeating Amendment 2 is to resort to lies and scare tactics. Support for traditional marriage transcends political parties. It is a universally shared value."
Arkansas Ballot Initiative
Married moms and dads — what a novel concept-"“The measure doesn’t distinguish between homosexuals or heterosexuals,” he points out. “It simply says if you’re cohabitating with a sexual partner out of wedlock, then you are not allowed to adopt a child or be a foster parent in the state of Arkansas.”
Why voting your values at the state level is key..
Gay Activist Packs Message for Denver-"One of the country's wealthiest gay activists is in Denver unveiling his national strategy. Tim Gill's message is to support pro-gay state lawmakers and eliminate the others...."Every advance in gay rights has been made at the state level," he said....In 2004, he helped Democrats seize control of the Colorado statehouse for the first time in 30 years. A slew of gay-friendly laws followed. In 2006, he orchestrated $15 million worth of donations to favored candidates and causes across the country. The payoff: Wins in 50 of 70 targeted campaigns, and power changes in four statehouses. But despite his success, Gill likes to stay under the radar. He rarely grants interviews or speaks in public...."The Republican party is controlled by a bunch of bigots and the only way the bigots are going to learn is if we take their power away from them," he added. "What is the very most important thing you can do is go back and support those pro-gay state legislators, eliminate the anti-gay state legislators." Gill urged the delegates to stretch their dollars by giving to pro-gay lawmakers in rural states. "Just a little bit of money goes a long way. I'll tell you that $500 or $1000 in Wyoming goes a lot farther than $500 or $1000 in LA where it probably doesn't even buy a bottle of wine," he said. Perhaps even more candidly, he acknowledged some frustration with his inability, so far, to defeat Colorado Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave. Musgrave sponsored the Federal Marriage Amendment....Gill did cite one state where he's working right now: New York. There, as CBN News previously reported, many expect the Democrats to take control of both chambers this fall, paving the way for a gay marriage bill. But Gill kept quiet about other states, and refused to talk with CBN News."- See his entire speech Tim Gill Talks Gay Rights to Dems. See The "Campaign Ads" Trap.
Obama for Same-Sex Marriage?
Obama Backs Same-Sex "Marriage"-"In recent weeks, there has been a spate of stories suggesting that Barack Obama has begun moving to the center. On issues ranging from the Iraq war to terrorist surveillance to gun control, Obama has been moderating some of his previous liberal positions. But there is at least one issue on which Obama has been moving steadily to the left. In fact, it's now fair to say it-Barack Obama supports same-sex "marriage." All that's left is for him to admit it. You may not find a statement anywhere from Obama in which he comes right out and says, "I support same-sex marriage." In fact, on March 2, Obama said, "I will tell you that I don't believe in gay marriage . . . . I believe in civil unions . . . . [but] I don't think it should be called marriage." But when Obama says, "I don't believe in gay marriage," what is he really saying? The evidence suggests that he is not saying what most people would mean by that statement-namely, that there is good reason why marriage, in principle, ought to be defined as the union of one man and one woman...When the California Supreme Court legalized same-sex "marriage" in May, it would have been a perfect opportunity for Obama to display "centrist" credentials. To be consistent with his stated position on the issue, Obama should have condemned the court's decision, while endorsing the status quo of the generous "domestic partner" benefits already granted under state law. Instead, his campaign announced that Obama "respects the decision of the California Supreme Court. " Are there any policies safeguarding man-woman marriage that Obama will endorse? Not constitutional amendments, since he has declared, "I oppose the divisive and discriminatory efforts to amend the California Constitution, and similar efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution or those of other states." What about the federal Defense of Marriage Act? This is the 1996 statute, signed into law by President Bill Clinton, which defined marriage for all purposes under federal law as the union of one man and one woman. It also declared that states would have no obligation to recognize same-sex "marriages" from other states. Obama favors complete repeal of this law, which would open the door for the federal government to recognize same-sex marriages in Massachusetts and California and grant domestic partner benefits to federal employees, and would in effect allow California to redefine marriage for the entire country."-An interesting skeptical read of Obama's position on gay marriage.
Testimony of co-founder of NARAL and Dr. of the largest abortion clinic in the world has a pro-life change of heartLabels: Born Alive Infant Protection Act, California, Colorado, Obama, Pro-Life, South Dakota
I am amazed that the more I find out about this issue the more I am unhappy with my choices of media over the years and concerned for other's lack of information. If all I did was listen to Public TV I would have many stories missed and gone unheard of that would have greatly encouraged not only my faith, my view of the unborn but also my ability as a voter to be 1) inspired to get involved and 2) to vote being an informed voter on all the issues including the moral one's which are the issues that in my opinion will determine whether or not God blesses our nation with a good economy, health and national security. These moral issues are largely ignored on Public TV.
I am deeply dissappointed that I never knew about the Testimony of Roe of Roe vs Wade until this year from conservative christian sources nor would I be aware of the Born Alive Infant Protection Act and how Obama relates to it (see New Documents Revealing Obama's cover up on Born Alive Infant Protection) or the Partial Birth Abortion Ban signed and then later upheld in the Bush appointed courts and then later the testimonies in that case were used in South Dakota to run Planned Parenthood out of the state (see South Dakota vs Planned Parenthood: Abortion free state for 12 days and running!!!) and Colorado's ballot initiative to define human life from conception amendment to their constitution (See Is the Democrat National Convention a Providential God Send to the state of Colorado for the sake of the unborn? )and many other like stories that concern and encourage social conservative voters. Here is another one that I briefly heard about somewhere probabily in a conservative christian circle of some sort. Now this is many years ago but check this out...and with God anything is possible (see below and see Jill Stanek vs Obama. Obama a Providential God send?)
Testimony of co-founder of Naral
Friday Five: Former Abortionist Dr. Bernard Nathanson-"Dr. Bernard Nathanson is personally responsible for 75,000 abortions. He is the co-founder of NARAL — the National Abortion Rights Action League — and for years ran the largest abortion clinic in the world. Today, Nathanson is a leading life advocate and has traveled the world sharing his message through books, documentaries and lectures. "As a scientist, I know, not believe, know that human life begins at conception," he wrote in his book The Hand of God: A Journey from Death to Life. Nathanson spoke to CitizenLink about his profound change of heart...The revenue in those days was $6 million a year from just doing abortions...In 1973, we began to move to new technology, principally ultrasound, which was revolutionary in our understanding the human fetus and when life begins. As a result of that technology, and others such as electronic fetal-heart monitoring, I began a long, slow process of changing my mind on the subject of inhumanity of the fetus and the ability of our society to protect that humanity...In 1984, I became curious about what actually happens during an abortion. So, I prevailed upon a friend of mine who worked at an abortion clinic to put on the abdomen of the women an ultrasound apparatus to give us an ongoing, filmed presentation of what happened during an abortion. That film — The Silent Scream — was viewed more widely than any documentary in history. It is said that President Reagan, when he saw it, cried....The pregnancy counseling centers where they show The Silent Scream and other ultrasound films are very effective in bringing to women the humanity of the fetus. But largely, the question falls into the political realm. That is (why we) must work to elect pro-life leaders in the Senate, the House of Representatives and in the White House, and assure that whoever's in the White House appoints pro-life judges to the Supreme Court. That’s where we are bound to make the most progress."-to see The Silent Scream video "THIS WEBSITE GRAPHICALLY SHOWS AN ABORTION 11 WEEKS AFTER CONCEPTION AND THEREFORE SHOULD NOT BE VIEWED BY CHILDREN."
Now that was years ago but here is a testimony in more recent times
Ex-Abortion Clinic Owner Tells Pro-life Group Truth about Abortion Business-"The United Methodist pro-life ministry Lifewatch recently hosted a free luncheon featuring former abortion clinic owner Carol Everett. Everett spent six years working in the abortion industry in the early 80s, before experiencing a profound conversion. In 1995 she founded the Heidi Group - a group of inner-city crisis pregnancy centers named after one of Everett's own children that she aborted in 1973....Everett has testified in the past that while she was working in the abortion industry she was on track to make over a million dollars a year. "You can imagine what my motivation was," she said. "I sold abortions." In order to sell as many abortions as possible the telephone "counselors" at Everett's clinics were trained to lead distraught women callers to think that there is only one solution to their unwanted pregnancy, and then to assure women that their child is only a "blob of tissue" and that the procedure itself will be basically painless..."When we opened" Everett told Lifewatch, "we did 45 abortions in the first month. The last month (we were opened) we did 545." Everett was paid $25 per abortion."-See her comments in this advertisement for a video documentary on Feminism from a conservative perspective..
Other Related News:
Daughter of Alice Walker (The Color Purple), Actor Voight vs Obama and "Ten Persuasive Answers to the Question: Why Not Gay ‘Marriage?’”-Part 5 and scroll down just below video ten: "It was the love of her little son and her joy at being a mother that rescued Rebecca Walker from the unhappiness of life as the neglected daughter of a feminist icon. Rebecca is the 38-year-old daughter of American feminist author and activist Alice Walker and she has written that, despite the feminist dogmas that guide her mother's life, being a mother has "opened my world." The Daily Mail quotes her saying, "Having a child has been the most rewarding experience of my life." Last year, Rebecca Walker published a book, "Baby Love: Choosing Motherhood After a Lifetime of Ambivalence" in which she discusses her changing attitude toward marriage, motherhood and feminism. Rebecca, herself a leading feminist thinker, writes that she nearly missed out on being a mother "thanks to being brought up by a rabid feminist who thought motherhood was about the worst thing that could happen to a woman." "You see, my mum taught me that children enslave women. I grew up believing that children are millstones around your neck, and the idea that motherhood can make you blissfully happy is a complete fairytale." Alice Walker is regarded as an "icon" of the American feminist movement and is the author of the acclaimed novel "The Color Purple," for which she won the Pulitzer Prize. "The Color Purple" was made into a successful film by Steven Spielberg."
Jill Stanek's coverage of the DNC
Democrat National Convention: Day 3-"I attended a standing room only Democrats for Life press conference this afternoon. PA Senator Bob Casey, who gave a speech at last night's convention, was on hand, as was NC Congressman Heath Shuler of NC...DFL prez and friend Kristen Day didn't call on me to ask my question, I suspect on purpose. Others did ask how these pro-lifers could support such a radical pro-abort as Obama. Re: his promise to sign the Freedom of Choice Act, Shuler responded, "I don't see it leaving the House."...I've been getting more and more requests for interviews about Obama and Born Alive. I gave 4 today, including one that got me into the Pepsi Center for a short time, where Democrats are holding their convention. There I spotted Randi Rhoades of Air America infamy on Radio Row....Finally, I attended an early evening protest by the Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust. The group first replaced flowers on The Children's Wall at the Pepsi Center entrance, as they have done every day of the convention. The flowers have remained untouched.
Then the Survivors staged a "Die In," to emulate abortion deaths against a backdrop of large graphic photos of aborted babies with the caption, "Barack Obama Change This."
Here's video I took of the event...."
Like Obama, perhaps, West Virginia gives babies no human rights-"In other words, it is perfectly legal for a doctor in West Virginia, upon failing to abort a pre-born child, to allow birth and then choose not to render aid. Not oxygen. Not CPR. Indeed, not even a blanket for warmth . . ."
Good News: California Judge Sides with Life Advocates on Ballot Language-"When California voters receive their official ballot guides in the mail, they can read about "Sarah," a 15-year-old who died of blood poisoning in 1994 following an abortion. Sarah's story is the impetus behind Prop. 4, which would require abortionists to notify parents, guardians or family members 48 hours before performing abortions on minors. Planned Parenthood and others sought to have Sarah's story struck from the guide because they claim the measure would not have helped Sarah. Catherine Short, the attorney for Prop. 4 supporters, said the ballot proposal could have enhanced Sarah's chances of survival. "Had someone in her family known, Sarah's life could have been saved," Short told The Sacramento Bee."
Talk a Woman out of Abortion in the UK? Two Years Jail-"Crisis pregnancy centres, as well as doctors, nurses and midwives, may be subject to prosecution and a two-year jail sentence if they convince a woman to forego an abortion. Under a proposed amendment to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill, those groups advertising services to pregnant women who provide "false information" or even information that is "factually correct" that convinces a woman to change her mind about abortion, will have committed an offense. Tabled by one of David Cameron's Tory MPs, John Bercow, the amendment says, "It shall be an offence to deliberately mislead through advertising in relation to the termination of pregnancy and alternatives thereto." Bercow has recently gone on record in support of an effort to bring explicit "sex-education" to six-year-old children in mandatory school curriculums."
David Limbaugh: The “Making Abortion Rare” Hoax-"ABC reports that the group “Democrats for Life,” whose title gives new meaning to “oxymoronic,” decided last week not to press the Democratic Party to restore a life-tolerant “conscience clause” to its party platform. Isn’t it time the party quit this charade that it wants to make abortion “rare”?"
Factcheck.org confirms Obama misrepresented his position for 4 years on the Born Alive Infant Protection Act in Illinois!Labels: Born Alive Infant Protection Act, Call for Salvation, Jill Stanek, Michelle Obama, Obama, Pro-Life, Providence
Articles of interest
Dems' Convention Opens With Interfaith Event and Some Controversy-"The Rocky Mountain News says three anti-abortion protesters were ejected, including Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry who, with another protester, held up a picture of an aborted fetus as they were led out of the gathering..."
EMILY's List "gala reception"-"This afternoon I attended the pro-abortion PAC EMILY's List so called "gala reception," with special guests Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, and Nancy Pelosi....Then lo and behold all of the speakers became allergic to the topic of abortion, I mean "choice." I'd had a vision that if I made it through security with my electronic equipment intact I might catch one of them on tape giving a sicko pro-abort speech like Barack did at last year's Planned Parenthood PAC event. But I don't think Hillary or Nancy even gave "choice" its own sentence. Only Michelle did, maybe 2, but nothing stirring, just a yadda yadda about the importance of government nonintrusion. Perhaps that is the more interesting story here: avoidance of the topic. Why? Seriously, I don't think "choice" got more than 3 minutes total in 1.5 hours of speeches. If I had it to do over again, I would have spent more time outside the event with the Survivors protestors..."-See 6 photos of protestors outside. Especially the 3rd one down the list. Let's pray for change and hope in the democrat party and that this brings more awareness to the unborn and the ballot initiative in Colorado (see Is the Democrat National Convention a Providential God Send to the state of Colorado for the sake of the unborn?)
Obama in His Own Words: There Is No Doubt He Supported Infanticide-"RedState.com reported last week they had uncovered the transcript of Barack Obama’s 2002 floor speech in opposition to the Born Alive Infant Protection Act (“BAIPA”). The transcript makes clear Barack Obama opposed the BAIPA not because, as he claimed, it would encroach on abortion rights, but because the law would “burden the original decision of the woman and the physician.” It was too much of a burden, according to Obama, to ensure that a child, born alive, get medical care to sustain the child’s life."-See Jill Stanek vs Obama. Obama caught on tape arguing against giving medical attention to aborted babies...
Matt Bowman: A rebuttal of Sherry Colb’s defense of Obama’s record on infanticide-"Law professor Sherry Colb posts another abortion apologetic in her regular column at Findlaw.com, but this time her research is woefully inadequate. Colb attempts to defend Senator Barack Obama for opposing Illinois bills that would have protected babies born alive during abortions. Obama’s PR spin on this issue has been to say he supports a similar federal law but not the Illinois version, even though the two bills are almost identical. The crux of Colb’s eerily similar defense is that the Illinois bill is significantly different from the federal law. Primarily, she claims that “the Illinois law does not define its terms. . . , for example, at what point during the process of birth the infant can be said to have been ‘born alive.’” But this contains a crucial omission that invalidates her argument. A simple internet search shows that bills were nearly identical to the federal law. So why the discrepancy? There was not merely one Illinois bill protecting born alive infants. They were broken into parts, and introduced in both 2002 and 2003. Infant protection was addressed in one part, while liability and other issues were addressed elsewhere. Colb only discusses the liability bill, and only from 2002. But Obama opposed the infant protection bills in both years. And on page one of each year’s infant protection bill, “born alive” was defined exactly the same as in the federal law."
Factcheck.org confirms Obama's 4 year misrepresentation (See New Documents Revealing Obama's cover up on Born Alive Infant Protection)
Factcheck.org and Obama and 'Infanticide'-"In the NRLC white paper, Legislative Director Douglas Johnson writes that Obama "really did object to a bill merely because it defended the proposition, 'A live child born as a result of an abortion shall be fully recognized as a human person and accorded immediate protection under the law.' And it is that reality that he now desperately wants to conceal from the eyes of the public." NRLC posted documents – which are so far undisputed – showing that Amendment 001 was adopted in committee and added the following text: "Nothing in this Section shall be construed to affirm, deny, expand, or contract any legal status or legal right applicable to any member of the species homo sapiens at any point prior to being born alive as defined in this Section." That wording matches exactly the comparable provision in the federal law. The documents NRLC put out are a "Senate Republican's staff analysis" and a handwritten roll call confirming that the amendment was adopted. We contacted Patty Schuh, spokesperson for the Illinois Senate Republicans, who stated that both documents are genuine. We also contacted Brock Willeford, who was the staff aide whose name appears on the "staff analysis." He stated that he wrote the document immediately after the committee meeting and that he was in the room at the time of the votes. We asked Cindy Davidsmeyer, spokesperson for the Illinois Senate Democrats, about this. She declined to answer our questions but did not dispute Willeford's firsthand account. A June 30 Obama campaign statement responding to similar claims by conservative commentator William J. Bennett says that SB 1082 did not contain the same language as the federal BAIPA. Obama campaign statement, June 30: Illinois And Federal Born Alive Infant Protection Acts Did Not Include Exactly The Same Language. The Illinois legislation read, "A live child born as a result of an abortion shall be fully recognized as a human person and accorded immediate protection under the law." The Born Alive Infant Protections Act read, "Nothing in this section shall be construed to affirm, deny, expand, or contract any legal status or legal right applicable to any member of the species homo sapiens at any point prior to being 'born alive' as defined in this section." [SB 1082, Held in Health and Human Services, 3/13/03; Session Sine Die, 1/11/05; BAIPA, Public Law 107-207] The statement was still on Obama's Web site as of this writing, Aug. 25, long after Obama had accused his detractors of "lying." But Obama's claim is wrong. In fact, by the time the HHS Committee voted on the bill, it did contain language identical to the federal act." Obama’s campaign now has a different explanation for his vote against the 2003 Illinois bill....But whether or not one accepts those arguments, it is not the reason Obama had been giving for his 2003 opposition. He told Brody that the federal bill "was not the bill that was presented at the state level." That's technically true; though the "neutrality clause" was identical in the federal and state bills, there were other minor wording differences elsewhere. But the Obama campaign statement says that "Illinois And Federal Born Alive Infant Protection Acts Did Not Include Exactly The Same Language." That's true for the earlier versions that Obama voted against. In the case of SB 1082, as it was amended just before being killed, it’s false....The documents from the NRLC support the group’s claims that Obama is misrepresenting the contents of SB 1082. But does this mean – as some, like anti-abortion crusader Jill Stanek, have claimed – that he supports infanticide?...Obama, Senate floor, 2002: [A]dding a – an additional doctor who then has to be called in an emergency situation to come in and make these assessments is really designed simply to burden the original decision of the woman and the physician to induce labor and perform an abortion.…I think it’s important to understand that this issue ultimately is about abortion and not live births."-I would conclude as do many others that Obama has supported infantacide not in the name of infantacide itself as if he wants infants to die but in the name of abortion rights did he block this bill thus showing Obama's extreme position for abortion rights. So abortion is so important a right to protect that we have to sacrifice those who survive such a heinous procedure in the first place for!!! It's not that Hitler supported the killing of Jews in the name of murder itself as if he wanted Jews to die unjustly but in the name of the survivability and progress of the human race did he enforce bills that sent Jews and many others to concentration camps to later die. So Obama similarily feels it's better for society to allow women to abort babies for the betterment of society which includes a right of a woman to choose to abort. Now I am not saying that Obama is a nazi at all but rather making a metaphor of a point if you will. There is no justification for murdering the innocent in any name not even God's name for it is God who says thou shalt not kill.
Also, note another similarity between Obama and Hitler is that both use God's name as part of their platform. Not that Obama is a nazi but just for point sake and similarity that atrocities like abortion are indeed unjustified just as much as Hitler's Social Engineering project lays still unjustified even though Hitler used the name of God in many of his speeches so it is with Obama.
This also, has apologetical value for the christian faith. Let us assume that we are 50 years into the future and abortion has been outlawed much like Anti-Semitism or slavery is outlawed and frowned upon today. Imagine going to school and reading about all the atrocities done in the name of religion with abortion now being listed in the list of atrocities and a comment about the religiousity of Obama and how radical he was in opposition to the pro-life community. And then people point out how bad religion is for society. 1) Were their not many men and women in the name of religion on the right side of this issue much like those against Hitler and slavery in times past? 2) So then is it the religion that is to blame or the person of that religion? 3) So is it the God that is proclaimed by an individual that is to blame or the individual himself for doing what he or she has done? I am just attempting to rebut a reason why many give for not trusting in Christ that reason being the hypocrisy and evils done in the name of Christ. I suppose the easiest and quickest response is to look at what Christ teaches and see if whether or not that individual is acting consistently with Christ's teachings and if not then don't blame Christ by not believing in Him and what He did on the cross for whoever will believe Him. And what Obama does wearing the name of Christ or what a pro-lifer does wearing the name of Christ doesn't mean that that is what Christ would do in His own name and if this is how shallowy we are going to treat Christ then maybe we need to dig a little deeper into His own teachings ourselves. Either way it is something to think about. As Christ said somewhere to treat others as we would want to be treated ourselves so do we want others to treat ourselves how we ourselves treat Christ? The great thing is that Christ does claim to forgive us of our sins against Him and His message is that He does by the most loving act ever a God has shown man by paying the price for our sins by dying on the cross and as He is on that cross declares to anyone who will believe "Father forgive them for they know not what they do".
For more on Obama and genuine concern for him please see Jill Stanek vs Obama. Obama a Providential God send?.
Hispanic Faith Voters Face Tough Choice-"Reaching people of faith is a clear goal for Democrats this week, but they are also giving specific attention to Hispanics. A majority of this group identify themselves as Catholic or evangelical and for many, their faith makes it difficult to know which way to vote....Rodriguez says many are troubled by Obama's positions on abortion and marriage. "Man and woman, mom and dad in the home. To us, it's the primary antidote to juvenile deliquency, teen pregnancy, gang activity -- and these are proven scientific facts," he said. Democrats have expanded the abortion platform this year to include talk of abortion reduction. But there are skeptics. "I don't think (the platform) will change the practicing Catholic or the conservative evangelical. It's too little too late," said Alejandro Bermudez with Acipresa, an organization dedicated to keeping Hispanic Catholics informed."...And while they appreciate McCain's work on immigration reform, they're troubled by the GOP's often inflammatory anti-immigration rhetoric. "The media pundits, those on talk radio that basically speak on behalf of the Republican Party, not officially, but they become the de facto, prophetic voices of the Republican Party and as a result, you're alienating a naturally conservative base," Rodriguez said. Projections show Hispanics will only continue to grow in numbers -- and political power. By the year 2050, they are expected to make up 29 percent of the population -- which makes them a political must-win for both parties."
Sam Rodriguez Addresses Hispanic Faith Vote-"Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, talks about how Hispanic Christians are struggling to decide who to vote for in the presidential election."-Interesting Video Interview.
Dems Reach Out to Faith Community-"Pro-Life Democrats Abortion was just an issue raised by a few pro-life advocates who ended up getting arrested. It was also brought up by pro-life Democrats. "Surely, we cannot be pleased with the routine administration of millions of surgically terminated pregnancies. Something within us must be calling for a better way," said Rev. Charles E. Blake of the Church of God in Christ. With more than 3,000 people representing different backgrounds and values we asked some about their impression."
The Role of Pro-life Democrats-"Click the play button on the media player to watch Bishop Charles E. Blake's full statement about pro-life Democrats and how they fit in the party."-Nice to know that within the Democrat party you have pro-life democrats and hopefully this continues to grow. However, to support the democrat party which is overall in policy clearly pro-choice will never truely reform the party until their is a political cost and when it comes down to voting records it is clear the democrat needs further reformation on this issue. Because of political costs there has been reform in the democrat party but to think that this will continue to occur without continued political costs at the hands of we the people is questionable especially, not with a party that has the backing of Planned Parenthood, NARAL and the ACLU and more. We must sacrifice our concerns for the concerns "of the least of these" and not vice a versa if we wish at all for the blessing of God on any party, people and nation!!!
Pro-Life Senator Stumps for Obama-"Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey Jr., a Democrat, is known for being strongly pro-life and has publicly stated his support for overturning Roe v. Wade.
He spoke briefly at the Democratic National Convention, expressing his support for Barack Obama despite Obama's position on abortion. "Now Barack Obama and I have an honest disagreement on the issue of abortion," Casey said Tuesday night. "But the fact that I'm speaking here tonight is testament to Barack's ability to show respect for the views of people who may disagree with him."-See Obama caught smearing the pro-life community on video and yet claims to understand and respect our views!!! Reenter Jeremiah Wright and Obama's Church also, Factcheck.org article above!!!
Is the Democrat National Convention a Providential God Send to the state of Colorado for the sake of the unborn?Labels: Born Alive Infant Protection Act, Colorado, Jill Stanek, Obama, Personhood, Pro-Life, Providence
See Jill Stanek vs Obama. Obama a Providential God send?
Providence or Coincident? Colorado is home not only of the Democrat National Convention but also, home of the first ever state to have a ballot initiative to amend the state constitution to define a human being as a person from fertilization. Because the National Convention is being held in Colorado and because Obama happens to be the presidential nominee (see Jill Stanek vs Obama. Obama a Providential God send?) there has been more protests then usual during the convention concerning the issue of abortion in Colorado which will help draw more attention to the issue of the unborn and possibly make the ballot initiative much more interesting then if the Democrat National Convention had not been in Colorado. Obama is arguably the most radical pro-abortion presidential nominee ever and so because of his voting records during his political career on this issue, especially the Born Alive Infant Protection Act (see New Documents Revealing Obama's cover up on Born Alive Infant Protection) has drawn more then usual concern from the pro-life community and attention from other media sources because of some of his radical positions on this issue.
Breaking news: Pro-lifers unfurl world's largest sign at DNC-"With a Fox News helicopter overhead and police at bay below, pro-lifers are more than halfway toward their official Guinness Book of World Records attempt to display the largest ever protest sign.
The display is on a grassy knoll on public property on a Denver mountain overlooking the Democrat National Convention....Guinness assigned ARTL official world record attempt number 228132. The protest sign weighs more than 2,700 pounds and was sewed together with more than 4 miles of seams connecting 2,400 twin sheets...."The tiniest boys and girls should be loved and protected," said ARTL president Steve Curtis in a press statement. "But as nominating Barak Obama emphasizes the DNC even supports killing kids in the womb old enough to know their mother's voice, sleep and dream, suck their thumbs, and play with their toes."
Colorado Personhood Amendment Ballot Initiative
Pelosi and Obama can't answer the question as to when life begins but Coloradoans will have that opportunity. I wonder if they will have a different take then Obama and Pelosi. For the sake of the unborn I hope they do!!! See below for videos and related articles at the very bottom concerning this issue.
Colorado for Equal Rights Personhood Amendment from Personhood USA on Vimeo.
Operation Rescue in Colorado
The Truth Trucks and the unborn getting more attention then usual in a shocking way. More videos from Operation Rescue reporting in from the DNC. See more Video Reports From The Democratic National Convention. Operation Rescue is the organization that extended the truth and grace in Christ to Norma McCorvey who is the Roe of Roe vs Wade who has since that court decision come to regret her position at that time but has found mercy and grace in repentance, forgiveness and faith in Jesus Christ. See her testimony before the Senate in 2005 as she testifies before Senate at Testimony of Roe of Roe vs Wade.
Thousands march around Denver Planned Parenthood-"More than 2,000 people marched around a new Planned Parenthood Clinic in Denver tonight instead of following the Democratic National Convention. Alveda King, a niece of the late Martin Luther King Jr., and Archbishop of Denver Charles Chaput spoke to the crowd before they lit candles and circled the gated clinic. Alveda King’s mother conceived her daughter when she was a freshman in college. She had wanted to get an abortion, but Martin Luther King Sr. told her mother she could not abort her baby. “This little baby human girl was allowed to live,” she said to the cheering crowd. King later aborted two of her children. “People say, ‘Aren’t you embarrassed and ashamed to stand up and say you had abortions?” King said. “I’d be more embarrassed if I didn’t tell you, because it is wrong, and without the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ, I would not have been forgiven. Jesus Christ said, ‘Go and sin no more.’”...She then praised Bishop Charles Blake’s pro-life message at the interfaith gathering yesterday. “He delivered some very startling and surprising words. They expected the rhetoric that always proceeds. But he began to tell the audience, ‘I am a pro-life Democrat.’ We want to commend those men and women and say that life is a civil right, life is precious, and that it transcends politics.” King wrote a guest column last week for the Denver Post, calling abortion an "industry of racism. She does not plan to vote for Sen. Barack Obama unless he changes his stance on abortion. "People in every party should say, ‘We’re for life,’" she told Christianity Today. "They should not be held captive by politics in the battle and the struggle."
Abortion Activist Nancy Keenan Bashes John McCain at Democratic Convention-"Abortion advocates have such a tight grip on the Democratic Party that not one -- but two -- heads of pro-abortion groups received a prime time speaking slot. NARAL president Nancy Keenan followed on the heels of the party unanimously approving its pro-abortion platform and lashed out at John McCain. Keenan said she was "honored to be at this historic convention where delegates will nominate Barack Obama as the next pro-choice president." "I’m proud to say that my party -- the Democratic Party -- is united behind and supports a woman's right to choose a safe and legal abortion," she added, apparently not knowing the "safe" language has been removed from the platform....Keenan also hit McCain on his support for abstinence education and claimed he was indoctrinating students with erroneous information. "These questions matter as this historic election coincides with the thirty-fifth anniversary of Roe v. Wade," she said. "The Supreme Court is at an ideological tipping point and the next president decides Roe's fate." "John McCain has spent 25 years in Washington opposing [abortion] and pledges to appoint justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade," Keenan concluded. She urged support for abortion to protect abortion now and into the future."
Democrats told abortion one of their 'core moral values'-"The president of NARAL Pro-Choice America says while Democrats follow many faiths, the party is united in supporting abortion rights. Speaking before prime time at a Democratic National Convention that is reaching out to evangelical Christians, Nancy Keenan acknowledged religion among Democrats. But she said the right to abort a pregnancy is one of the party's "core moral values."
Democratic Party Approves Platform Mirroring Barack Obama's Pro-Abortion View-"The Democratic Party on Monday approved, without any noticeable dissent or opposition from the convention floor, a new national platform that is wholly pro-abortion. The platform, which mirror's Barack Obama's views, calls for unlimited abortions paid for by the American people.Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who recently admitted she doesn't know when human life begins, signed off on the platform with the approval of party activists. The abortion plank not only supports abortions but opposes any efforts to limit them and wants them paid for at public expense. "The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman's right to choose a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay, and we oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right," the platform reads. The party has removed any language calling for abortions to be "rare," or even "safe," preferring to concentrate on keeping them legal. That fact wasn't lost on Karen Cross, the political director for National Right to Life. She said the platform is even out of step with Democrats, and pointed out that 42% of those who identified themselves as Democrats in a June 2008 Polling Company survey said the oppose all or most abortions....Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver condemned the party for using flowery language in the latter part of the abortion section to cover up its extreme pro-abortion views. Previously, the head of Democrats for Life of America told LifeNews.com she was unhappy with the platform language. The organization had hoped for a unity statement acknowledging the dissent of large numbers of pro-life Democrats."
Denver Archbishop: Vote for Real Hope and Change-"He writes: “First, surrounding a bad social policy or party platform plank—for example, permissive abortion—with religious people doesn’t redeem the bad policy or plank. It merely compromises the religious people who try to excuse it.”
Washington archbishop rips Pelosi on abortion -"“After Mr. Tom Brokaw, the interviewer, pointed out that the Catholic Church feels strongly that life begins at conception, she replied, 'I understand. And this is, like, maybe 50 years or something like that. So again, over the history of the church, this is an issue of controversy,' " the release said.Wuerl strongly disagrees....Wuerl pointed out that the Catechism of the Catholic Church is clear, and has been clear for 2,000 years. He cited Catechism language that reads, "Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception … Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law.”A Pelosi spokesman did not immediately comment for this article.The Speaker recently said she, unlike other Catholic politicians who support abortion rights, has not clashed with her church about receiving communion."
Perkins: Obama has not 'seen the light' on abortion-"Perkins says there is nothing in Senator Obama's record that would indicate he is a pro-life, pro-family candidate. "He opposed [while] in the Illinois Senate the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, which really is...about infanticide," he points out. "He did not want to protect babies who survived an abortion. He did not want to provide basic medical care. He wanted to kill them outside the womb, allow them to die," warns Perkins."-See New Documents Revealing Obama's cover up on Born Alive Infant Protection.
The Democrats and the Abortion Wars-"Are Obama and Pelosi dodging the life-and-death question?...Throughout this lengthy campaign, the Democratic Party has worked hard to present itself as the party of intellect, competence and moral seriousness. Yet it's off to a very rocky start in addressing the substance of the abortion issue—which remains, 35 years after Roe v. Wade, one of the most volatile in our public life. Talk this week by Democratic leaders about lowering the incidence of abortion in America will rightly be welcomed by pro-life Democrats, including the large number of pro-life African-American Democrats. But the recent public record has to make committed pro-lifers of both parties wonder just how serious the Democratic leadership is about engaging the abortion debate."
McCain, Stanek, Orielly, Hannity and Operation Rescue to report on what the mainstream media continues to cover up: the issue of abortion...Labels: Born Alive Infant Protection Act, Bush, Fairness Doctrine, Jill Stanek, Liberal Media Bias, McCain, Obama, Pro-Life, Providence, South Dakota
John McCain's Weekly Radio Address-"U.S. Senator John McCain's presidential campaign today released the text of John McCain's weekly radio address for tomorrow morning. The text and audio file are embargoed until tomorrow at 7:00 a.m. EDT. DOWNLOAD THE AUDIO FILE HERE: http://www.johnmccain.com/Downloads/082208_B.mp3...at what point, in my opponent's view, does a baby have human rights? Senator Obama thought about it for a moment, and came back with the reply that the question was, quote, "above my pay grade." Here was a candidate for the presidency of the United States, asked for his position on one of the central moral and legal questions of our time, and this was the best he could offer: It's above his pay grade. He went on to assure his interviewer that there is a, quote, "moral and ethical element to this issue." Americans expect more of their leaders....Listening to my opponent at Saddleback, you would never know that this is a politician who long since left behind any middle ground on the abortion issue. He is against parental notification laws, and against restrictions on taxpayer funding for abortions. In the Illinois Senate, a bipartisan majority passed legislation to prevent the horrific practice of partial-birth abortion. Senator Obama opposed that bill, voting against it in committee and voting "present" on the Senate floor....In 2002, Congress unanimously passed a federal law to require medical care for babies who survive abortions -- living, breathing babies whom Senator Obama described as, quote, "previable." This merciful law was called the Born Alive Infants Protection Act. Illinois had a version of the same law, and Barack Obama voted against it. At Saddleback, he assured a reporter that he'd have voted "yes" on that bill if it had contained language similar to the federal version of the Born Alive Infants Protection Act. Even though the language of both the state and federal bills was identical, Senator Obama said people were, quote, "lying" about his record. When that record was later produced, he dropped the subject but didn't withdraw the slander. And now even Senator Obama's campaign has conceded that his claims and accusations were false. For a man who talks so often about "hope," Senator Obama doesn't offer much of it in meeting this great challenge to the conscience of America. His extreme advocacy in favor of partial birth abortion and his refusal to provide medical care for babies surviving abortion should be of grave concern to reasonable people of goodwill on both sides of this issue. There is a growing consensus in America that we need to overcome narrow partisanship on this issue for both women in need and the unborn."
McCain Goes There-"John McCain largely has avoided hot button social issues to the consternation of some in the conservative base. He has ignored the brewing controversy over Barack Obama’s Born Alive Infants legislative voting record and he hasn’t made much comment on the highly successful (for him) Rick Warren forum. That all seemed to end with Saturday’s radio address....But McCain didn’t stop there. He explained (to those who may have been deprived of any meaningful MSM coverage) the Born Alive Infants legislative history...Why has McCain decided to go after Obama on these points, and why now? Several reasons, I think. First, he is forcing the MSM to cover issues they don’t want to and haven’t covered except in passing. The combination of Edwards-itis (the disinclination to cover bad stories about Democrats) and VP-mania has resulted in practically no public discussion and coverage outside the blogosphere and conservative media on the Born Alive Infants issue. McCain is upping the ante and putting a spotlight on it...Third, he believes that Obama’s positions are so extreme that even generally pro-choice voters will recoil if presented with some basic facts about his opponent...Will this work? Time will tell, but when the MSM is avoiding issues that shed doubt on the character, veracity and purported “moderation” of a Democrat, chances are that his Republican opponent would be wise to pursue them."-See more on Born Alive Infant Protection Act and Jill Stanek the nurse that brought this to the attention of legislators one being by starting with a 7 part series at New Documents Revealing Obama's cover up on Born Alive Infant Protection.
Stanek reports that she will be reporting on the Democrat National Convention
Stanek to attend Democrat Convention-"I mentioned awhile back I had been rejected to attend the Democrat National Convention as a blogger. Rejected bloggers were encouraged to apply to cover the convention from The Big Tent a few blocks from the convention, sponsored by Daily Kos and Progress Now. I figured why not and did....I was surprised I was accepted(!), along with a couple hundred or so other bloggers. Sponsors said although thousands applied, they chose applicants based on geographical and ideological diversity. I may be the token pro-lifer, not sure...SO! I will be live blogging from the DNC next week! If all goes well, I'll not only provide commentary and news but also video and photos. I have even registered to attend the pro-abortion group EMILY's List now-sold-out gala with guest speakers Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama. Now that should be interesting. I plan also to cover pro-life events and pickets."-See more on who Stanek is by going to her web site at http://www.jillstanek.com/ and/or click on the first of a 7 part series I blogged concerning her and the Born Alive Infant Protection Act at New Documents Revealing Obama's cover up on Born Alive Infant Protection (starting with two documents that proved that Obama was misrepresenting his reason for not voting for protection of babies who survived an abortion to the re-entry of Obama's pastor and church into the mess and then lastly, McCain makes an issue of it in a recent radio address.)
Democrat National Convention: Prequel-"Pro-life activists from everywhere have descended upon Denver to remind Democrats what their party stands for. I've never seen so many activist groups in one place. It's wild. Truth trucks everywhere. Aborted baby signs everywhere, some in stationary groups along streets, some on small banners carried by 2 people along sidewalks. Lots of young people...This afternoon pro-life friends Leslie Hanks, Ed and Lolita Hanks (my gracious hosts for the week), Operation Rescue's Troy Newman, and 25 pro-life teens attended the premier of Hype: The Obama Effect. It included a segment with me relaying Obama's Born Alive opposition. Here's a photo from the screening of Troy (who will have daily video reports from the DNC), saline abortion survivor Brandi Lozier, and me...Tonight I wandered to the Denver Convention Center to spot the pro-Obama crowd ridiculing pro-life activist Randall Terry . Consider what they're mocking. It's a sick world....
Daily Video Reports Available From The DNC In Denver, CO-"As the Truth Truck fleet rolls through the streets of Denver, Colorado, Operation Rescue’s President, Troy Newman, will be producing brief daily video reports of all the action during A Prayer for Change events at the Democratic National Convention....Click here to view all of the video reports. Events on Saturday, August 23, 2008, included: An exchange between pro-lifers and pro-death people on the streets of Denver. A Rose Memorial for the Pre-Born at the Pepsi Center, site of the DNC. Introduction of a young woman who survived a saline abortion. Photographs are also available of the pro-life outreach at the DNC. Click here to view photographs of the action. Read Rocky Mountain News article, Aug. 23, 2008"-Operation Rescue is the organization that extended the truth and grace in Christ to Norma McCorvey who is the Roe of Roe vs Wade who has since that court decision come to regret her position at that time but has found mercy and grace in repentance, forgiveness and faith in Jesus Christ. See her testimony before the Senate in 2005 as she testifies before Senate at Testimony of Roe of Roe vs Wade.
Also, concerning the media attention and/or lack of attention check out Jill Stanek vs Obama. Obama a Providential God send? and Jill Stanek vs Obama and the mainstream media. The Media attention continues to mount.., Jill Stanek vs Obama. Introducing a new term, Obamaside. Have you ever been Obamasided? Let me explain..., and Obama caught smearing the pro-life community on video and yet claims to understand and respect our views!!! Reenter Jeremiah Wright and Obama's Church. One of the biggest hurdles of the unborn is lack of public awareness which is the fault of the mainstream media rarely giving attention to this issue at all. So when you enter the voting booth this year please do consider the unborn and the media and consider that without conservative radio, religious radio broadcasting and the internet nobody would no nothing about the issue which can only disadvantage the unborn. Vote in favour of the unborn by voting for a candidate that makes it an issue and will not stifle the freedom of speech on the radio or the internet. Check out the Fairness Doctrine. You may need to scroll down and see what the issue is and why this matters.
Will the media report on what the above reporters will be reporting on to give another side of the Democrat National Convention and abortion issue? If not then should we not start with ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS first after these mediums of information are more accessible to all then any others to date? Just a note that not one Democrat voted to allow the bill to ban the Fairness Doctrine permanently!!!
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Today Pro-life Groups Will Announce Final Plans for Public Demonstrations and Vigils at the Democratic National Convention in Denver-"The name of the event is "A Prayer for Change," and you can go to Aprayerforchange.com to find out more information and schedule. The organizations intend to hold public rallies and vigils in Denver parks, demonstrations throughout the city including Senator Obama's and delegates hotels, prayer and leaving roses at the Pepsi Center, distributing literature and holding major pro-life witnesses at various venues throughout Denver with banners, trucks and cutting edge public events. The purpose of "A Prayer for Change," is to pray to end the violence and injustice of abortion and to educate America on the radical and extremist abortion policies of Senator Obama. Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition in Washington, D.C. states, "We are coming to the DNC in Denver to pray for an end to abortion and the tragic crushing of human rights and social injustice that abortion produces. Through prayer and cutting edge public events, pro-life activists intend to expose the radical pro-abortion policies of Senator Obama. We will be especially focusing on educating faith voters across America. "To accomplish this goal, we have recently launched a new website called, Obamawantsyou.com which details Senator Obama's radical pro-abortion policies. If elected, Senator Obama would be 'The Abortion President,' with the most extremist views of any President in American history."
ADF: Pro-abortion activists wrong on federal rights of conscience rule-"The Alliance Defense Fund submitted a letter Friday to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Michael O. Leavitt disputing the claims of pro-abortion groups critical of a proposed rights of conscience rule. The rule would provide protections for health care workers who have a moral objection to prescribing abortion-inducing drugs. “No one should be allowed to decide for someone else that an innocent life is worthless,” said ADF Legal Counsel Matt Bowman. “Pro-life health care workers should be allowed to abide by their beliefs.”....The full text of the ADF letter is available at www.telladf.org/UserDocs/HHSletter.pdf."
Administration Backs Pro-Life Doctors-"The Bush administration wants more protection for doctors who are against abortion. Thursday, the Health and Human Services Department said doctors should not face retaliation from employers or medical societies because of moral objections to abortion. A former ob-gyn who is pro-life applauds the new rule. "Health care providers shouldn't have to check their conscience at the hospital door," she said. The regulation is being challenged by abortion rights supporters. They say women's health care is being compromised by politics and ideology."
Pro-Abortion Groups Mobilize to Defeat Dakota Pro-Life Initiative-"National pro-abortion groups are mobilizing to defeat a South Dakota initiative on the November ballot that would ban abortion except in cases of rape, incest or a threat to the life of the mother. These groups see the initiative as the potential "first step" in a legal challenge to Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion-on-demand nationwide. The principal pro-life organizer behind the South Dakota initiative, meanwhile, does not dispute this perception. "Let’s not kid ourselves," Nancy Keenan, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice America, told reporters at a press conference in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday. "The people behind this effort (want) to make South Dakota the first step in a long-term campaign to mount a legal challenge to Roe (vs. Wade)." Keenan was joined by two other national pro-abortion figures, Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parent Action Fund, the political arm of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). "It seems desperate to me that they would hold a press conference in Washington, D.C.," Leslee Unruh, leader of the South Dakota organization behind Initiated Measure 11, "Vote Yes on Life," told CNSNews.com. Unruh said that calling national attention to her state's third attempt in almost as many years to ban abortion might backfire on the pro-abortion groups. "Grassroots always trumps money in South Dakota," Unruh said. "People in South Dakota don't like it if they think someone nationally is trying to tell them what to do."...Unruh told CNSNews.com she is not hiding the fact that she would like to take a South Dakota abortion ban to the Supreme Court and challenge Roe v. Wade. "The first (ballot measure) was designed for South Dakota and South Dakota only," Unruh said. "This time, it is designed to go to the Supreme Court." South Dakota has been at the center of two other landmark actions related to abortion. It sponsored the first state task force to study abortion and its effects on women, and a federal court recently upheld a 2005 South Dakota law that requires doctors to tell patients that an abortion will "terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being." Alveda King, niece of the late Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life; and Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, have endorsed Initiated Measure 11."-See South Dakota vs Planned Parenthood: Abortion free state for 12 days and running!!!.