American Family Association

by R. Burge

The AFA urges its readers to contact their Senators today as they believe that the current version of health care reform is on the ropes. The current revision that would expand Medicare is not viable to many and the AFA believes this is an opportunity for constituents to make their voices heard.

Jeremy Wiggins informs readers that a New Jersey woman who was comatose after having an abortion procedure has won her lawsuit against the provider for nearly $2 million. Wiggins believes this demonstrates how dangerous abortions truly are.

In a recent interview Pres. Obama gave his first year in office a B+, Elijah Friedeman disagrees giving him a D+ instead.

Friedeman also passes along recent Rasmussen numbers that indicate Pres. Obama’s approval has fallen to an all time low. He is puzzled as to the specific reason for this decline, possibly pointing to health care reform.

Matt Friedeman mentions that a Chinese official in Copenhagen at the environment conference advocated for their one child policy. He writes, “But these radical views on birth control as a means to help the environment aren’t confined to Communist nations. People in America are starting to suggest similar ideas.” He names Sec. Clinton as an example.

Matt Friedeman is perplexed and intrigued by a Christianity Today article which indicates that there is a growing movement of Messianic Muslims. He views the movement with skepticism and hope.

Jerry Richardson believes that Pres. Obama’s current position on Afghanistan is full of ambiguities, scapegoating, and hedging his bets.

Bryan Fischer argues that the Constitution only permits Christians to serve for the federal government, what it does not allow however is for discrimination based on denomination. He writes in summary, “Clearly, then the point of Article VI in the federal Constitution was to allow all Christians of whatever denomination – “whether protestant, or catholic, or presbyterian or episcopalian, &c.” – to serve in the national government. Rather than being an anti-Christian plank, it was an explicitly pro-Christian plank, affirming the different manifestations of Christianity in all its varied hues, and an expression of tolerance and inclusivity for members of all Christian faiths.”


Traditional Values Coalition

by Jessica Bryan

The latest posts from the TVC linked to “the latest news articles and action items from the Traditional Values Coalition” and criticized Obama’s Afghanistan plan.  An email from the group links to the same articles linked above.

Family Research Council

by Jessica Bryan

The FRC discussed their “New Study On How Pornography Threatens Marriages, Children, Communities, and Individuals,” compared Obama to a Vulcan (Tuvok not Spock), noted that the chilly political climate in the U.S. about global warming may make it difficult for liberals to push for environmental reform while at the conference in Copenhagen, gave Obama some advice about how to create jobs, and posted a video from Tony Perkins about health care.

A Washington Update email from the FRC praised Obama for his decision to increase the troop presence in Afghanistan, argued against the nomination of Judge Louis Butler to the federal district court, and argued that the proposed health care reform legislation would provide health care to illegal immigrants.

An email from Tony Perkins asked subscribers to contact their senators and tell them to support the “Stupak-Pitts anti-abortion funding amendment.”

A second Washington Update discussed the failure of the vote to legalize same-sex marriage in New York, the negative impact of porn on families and society, funding for stem cell research, argued that the full force of health care reform will not take effect until 2014, and linked to the FRC blog post about the conference in Copenhagen.

A third Washington Update from the group discussed gambling reform and Sen. Bachus’ letter from the FBI about the potential for cheating in online poker, talked about indirect funding for abortion in health care reform, advertised this week’s FRC Radio broadcast Washington Watch Weekly, and linked to Tony Perkins’ video about health care reform.

An email from Tony Perkins asked subscribers to participate in the FRC Family Photo 2009 Contest.

ERLC and Richard Land

by Jessica Bryan

The ERLC discussed legislation in the House that would grant domestic partnership benefits to federal employees and their partners (Richard Land and the ERLC are opposed to this legislation),  criticized the D.C. City Council vote to legalize gay marriage in the district and also talked about other movements toward legalization in other states,  and conveyed Richard Land’s hope for Obama’s new Afghanistan plan as well as concern for the troops since Obama did not approve as many troops as Gen. McChrystal requested.

On his show, Richard Land talked to Cal Beisner about climate change and also discussed “creation care,” asked “Did socialism land in the green movement?” and discussed “greenies” and “socialists” and Al Gore.

Sojourners’ Wallis: Obama’s Troop Surge “A Mistake.”

posted by Shane Gleason

For the past several weeks Jim Wallis has published a series of blogs calling for Obama to change to a humanitarian approach to Afghanistan.

Obama’s recent escalation of forces has evoked a sharp response from Wallis:

We were promised fundamental change in the direction of U.S. policy around the world, and this isn’t it. We were promised change we can believe in, and this military escalation is not something many of us as faith leaders can believe in.

Wallis continues:

we will pray for our servicemen and women who will continue to sacrifice for a tragic strategy, for more innocent civilians in Afghanistan who will die from more military escalation, for a president whose deepest instincts we still trust, and for the soul of our own nation.

American Family Association

by R. Burge

Several posts today about Mike Huckabee’s clemency for Maurice Clemmons. Tasha Easterling embeds a video of Huckabee on Fox News. The former Arkansas governor argues, “The judge recommended that Clemmons’ sentence be commuted, and that he received no response from the prosecutor at the time about whether or not clemency would be warranted.” Another post faults Huckabee for his belief in restorative justice and his empathy for criminals. Matt Friedeman believes that this is a quality that will never allow him to win the White House. Bryan Fischer also weighs in, not defending Huckabee but laying out a litany of reasons why the pardon of Clemmons was a bad idea.

The chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Rajendra Pachauri has logged over 400,000 frequent flier miles trying to spread the belief that global warming is man made and humans need to limit their carbon footprint. The AFA believes this to be hypocritical.

Chuck Norris weighs in on Pres. Obama’s strategy in Afghanistan, believing it to be a poor choice. He writes, “This much I know: We should either unleash the full potential of the U.S. military on Afghanistan to complete the mission as quickly as we can or pull out completely and bring our service men and women home to U.S. soil and their families.”

David Smith writes about a school in Naples, Florida that was embroiled in controversy because the student body had created a “Kick a Jew” day. To combat this the school begins each day with 20 minutes of character building exercises. Smith writes, “Trying to teach morality without an authority recognized to be the originator of it will ultimately not work. All that this will do is reinforce the rules that other humans have decided should be followed.”

American Family Association

by R. Burge

A post by Jerry Richardson notes that the current debate over mammograms for women is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to rationing under the current health care proposal in Congress. Richardson writes, “This sort of medical decision-making contains the crux notion of a “death panel”, whatever name you prefer to give it. ” Another brief post highlights some statements by Senators on the health care reform.  Another mentions that the vote by the Senate was not for passage, but merely procedural.  Yet a fourth post highlights some of the numbers associated with healthcare reform, including its total cost and the increase in bureaucracy.

In their ‘Prophecy Matters’ segment the AFA takes on the current claims that the world will end in 2012. The AFA believes, “Surely the Mayan fad is part of this deception of looking for signs everywhere else.” They argue that the only resource available to those interested in the end times is the bible.

On the foreign affairs front, the AFA mentions recent statements made by Fred Thompson that indicates the war in Afghanistan is already lost.

A post on economics contends that any tinkering with the economy causes a whole rash of unintended consequences.

The AFA also highlights a recent interview with Dr. James Dobson about his new book which is concerned with how to raise boys in the 21st Century.

David Smith writes a piece indicating that the current debate on global warming is little more than a power grab by the governments of the world.  Another post indicates that statements made by Sen. Inhofe from last year have been vindicated by the current back and forth over global warming.