Center for Moral Clarity

by R. Burge

The CMC is distressed at the recent actions taken by the US Senate on health care reform. The Nelson amendment would have essentially had the same language as the Stupak amendment in the house. The Senate decided to table the Nelson amendment, meaning it will not be included in the final bill. The CMC urges its readers to contact their Senators to advocate for the Nelson amendment.

The legislature in New Jersey attempted to pass a bill that would allow for equal rights for same sex couples. The CMC believes that the liberals in New Jersey are desperate to get this legislation through before Gov. Corzine steps down in January. They write, “If you live in the Garden State, we’d encourage you to continue to make the issue of matter of prayer, and join our colleagues there in pressing the state legislature reject this nonsensical effort to re-define marriage.”

The CMC also notes that Ohio has changed the way that it administers the death penalty, going from a 3 drug cocktail to just a single injection. The CMC writes, “[We] recognize the biblical authority of the state to carry out capital punishment but prefers it use only in extremely heinous cases of homicide in which there is no doubt about the condemned prisoner’s guilt.”

Center for Moral Clarity

by R. Burge

The CMC sent out an email today with a headline about the pitfalls of health care reform. They write, “We are concerned with all aspects of the legislation, but our overriding concern is whether it would permit or require federal funding of abortion, or have the government authorize benefit plans that cover abortion, or both.” Additionally the CMC criticizes the Obama administration’s stance on stem cells, saying that scientific research should not destroy life.

The CMC is also concerned with the recent activity in Washington D.C. over the issue of gay marriage. 11 of 13 council members voted in favor of recognizing gay marriage in the District. It still needs to be approved by the Congress. The CMC believes that this recent activity is in violation of DOMA. They however laud the recent decision made in New York state to vote down a proposal that would allow for gay marriage.

The CMC is also in favor of the Fair Sentencing Act of 2009, which would bring the sentences for crack and powder cocaine into parity, while currently those who are convicted of dealing crack are subject to much harsher penalties.

The CMC endorses the Manhattan Declaration, saying that it “majors in the majors,” but wishes however that it included statements about reducing poverty.

Finally, the CMC is in support of the recent Supreme Court decision which did not allow the state of New York to use eminent domain powers to expand Columbia University.

The Manhattan Declaration: Christians Unite on Life, Marriage, & Liberty

by Tobin Grant

Yesterday, a coalition of Christian leaders (some political, some not) announced the “Manhattan Declaration“.  Most of the leaders were Evangelicals, but conservative leaders from Anglican, Catholic, and Orthodox churches were also signatories.

The Declaration is a call “to reaffirm fundamental truths about justice and the common good…These truths are:

  1. the sanctity of human life
  2. the dignity of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife
  3. the rights of conscience and religious liberty.”

You can read more about the Declaration at the NYT.

Most of the signatories are conservatives, both politically and religiously.  However, there were many influential conservative groups that are part of this coalition.  Here is a breakdown of which of the groups we tracked signed the Declaration.

Groups that were original signatories:

  • ADF
  • Al Mohler
  • Chuck Colson/Break Point
  • Ethics and Public Policy Center
  • Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and Richard Land
  • Evangelicals for Social Action
  • Family Research Council
  • Focus on the Family Action
  • Institute on Religion and Democracy
  • National Association of Evangelicals
  • Susan B. Anthony List

Groups that were not original signatories:

  • ACLJ
  • AFA
  • AUL
  • CBN
  • Center for Just Society
  • Center for Moral Clarity
  • CWA
  • Faith in Public Life
  • Liberty Counsel
  • National Right to Life Committee
  • Relevant’s “Reject Apathy”
  • Sojourners
  • Traditional Values Coalition

Center for a Just Society

by R. Burge

The CMC relays to its readers its support for the House version of the health care reform bill which currently includes the Stupak amendment. They write, “Our conviction is that the U.S. Senate should follow the House’s lead in this matter as it considers its version of health-insurance reform…It’s also important to remember that we are not talking about restricting access to abortion in any reasonable sense of the term, but rather insisting that it not be paid for or otherwise sponsored by the federal government.”

Also, the CMC wants readers to know that Washington D.C. is inching closer to allowing same sex marriages in its city limits. The city council will probably allow the measure to pass and then it must be voted on by Congress.  The CMC argues, “The House and the Senate can – and to our mind should – overrule the expected passage of the same-sex marriage bill, simply because it violates the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which states that marriage in the United States is the union of one man and one woman.”

Finally, the CMC supports the Second Chance Act which was passed by Congress in 2008 but has yet to receive funding. The possibility of the program actually being implemented will hinge on the House-Senate Conference Committee that will be meeting soon. The legislation allows for the creation of rehabilitation programs for felons which will teach them skills they need in order to become productive members of society.

Center for Moral Clarity: Unexpected Victory

by R. Burge

In an email dispatch by the CMC they acknowledge the unlikely victory that occurred over the weekend in the fight for health care reform. The Stupak amendment was passed in the House on Saturday. “As a result, the House version of this important bill now prohibits the use of federal funds for abortion, and bans any requirement that a government-approved health-benefit plan includes coverage for abortion.”

They also tout the victory in Maine on the issue of same sex marriage. The CMC believes that Question 1 in Maine was more important to the fight for marriage than Prop. 8 in California.

Additionally the CMC fights back against being labeled part of the Religious Right. “CMC has often been mis-labeled as a “Religious Right” organization. That is somewhat understandable because on the most prominent social issue of our time, the sanctity of human life and the definition of marriage, Republicans and other conservatives tend to agree with us. But we reject the phony labels of “religious right” and “religious left” because our calling is simply to advocate for God’s truth in the public square.”

Finally, the CMC discusses the recent resignation of Abby Johnson from Planned Parenthood after having personal differences with the organization that could not be overlooked.

Center for Moral Clarity

by R. Burge

In an email sent out today by the CMC they take on two topics.

First, they address  the recent passage of hate crimes legislation, calling it “a useless, senseless, unnecessary law,” that “will embolden legislative demands of [the] homosexual movement.” The CMC theorizes about the passage of the bill saying, “[it’s] payback for the homosexual activists who backed the current congressional leadership and President Obama.”

Second, the CMC educates their readership on the current state of health care reform. The current version of the health reform bill includes federal funding for abortions, an idea that the CMC is totally opposed to. However, they contend that passing health care reform of any kind is more important to Congressional leaders than making sure abortions are federally funded. The CMC believes that if enough resistance is offered against abortion funding, it would be dropped from the final proposal.

 

Center for Moral Clarity

by R. Burge

In a recent email sent out by the CMC they declare that any they would prefer any health care reform legislation provide no federal funding for abortion of any kind.

Additionally they support the Fair Sentencing Act, which would remove the disparity between drug possession sentencing based on the type of drugs involved.  This was proposed by Sen. Durbin and is numbered S.R. 1789.