Liberty Counsel: Christmas to return to NY school district

by D. Bennett

The Liberty Counsel reports that the East Minoa School District has reversed its previous position and will now allow, among other things, Christian and Jewish songs in their holiday program and a visit from Santa.

“Liberty Counsel is pleased that the matter was quickly resolved and that the spirit of Christmas has returned to the District,” the Counsel wrote. “It is not only constitutional but also reasonable to acknowledge Christmas in the public schools.”

The Counsel went on to praise its progress in the war on Christmas.

“We are winning the war against Christmas, but the war is far from over,” they wrote. “While the war will no doubt continue, excellent progress has been made.”

Liberty Counsel: “Abortion Healthcare Bill is Unacceptable and Unconstitutional”

by D. Bennett

The Liberty Counsel blasted the Senate’s healthcare reform bill and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, saying that the Sen. Reid “is holding every Senator hostage in order to pressure them into submission so that  every American will be forced to fund abortion.”

The Counsel specifically lamented Sen. Reid’s so-called “Manager’s Amendment,” which, according to the Counsel, “requires the federal government to violate the principles of the Hyde Amendment by funding abortion.”

Furthermore, the Counsel is prepared to challenge the constitutionality of the bill should it become law.

“Congress has no authority to require every person to obtain insurance coverage,” the Counsel writes, “and has no authority to fine employers who do not provide the coverage standards that are required in the bill.”

The Counsel also made a bold comparison between the healthcare debate and a character familiar to the Christmas season, writing, “The spirit of the Roman Emperor Herod who killed every baby boy two years old and under in order to preserve his political dynasty still lives in the halls of Congress.”

Of course, Herod was actually not a Roman emperor but rather the provincial King of Israel appointed by Emperor Octavian. Still, the comparison is duly noted.

Family Research Council

by Jessica Bryan

The FRC discussed  using adult stem cells to treat for multiple sclerosis, reflected on Lee Eaton who recently passed away, posted on the “coffee is good for you” stories, compared the Christmas specials from Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson, posted a “New video exposé of U.S. Department of Education Safe & Drug-Free Schools “Czar” Kevin Jennings,” discussed the expansion of legal prostitution in Nevada to include male prostitutes, reported on results from a survey indicating that “adults who attend religious services at least weekly are more likely to report that being married is personally very important to them than those who worship less frequently,” wrote about the “realities” of foreign policy and how it is different from President Obama’s “utopian” idealism, commented on Kevin Jennings and the group Media Matters who is defending him, commented on how the “mainstream media is spinning the Pope’s World Day of Peace message” and incompletely reporting on his stance on environmentalism, talked about mending bones using adult stem cells, and criticized the Federal Trade Commission‘s for filing a suit against Intel for anti-competitive practices.

A Washington Update email from the FRC discussed Sen. Harry Reid’s effort to expand Medicare to people aged 55 and over, argued that “the Omnibus marks the first direct government-sponsored abortion bill of 2010,” listed some of the taxes included in Sen. Reid’s health care bill, and advertised a “Stop the Abortion Mandate” broadcast and the deal with the Christian Values Network to donate to the FRC when you shop through their online “portal.”

A second Washington Update from the group commented on the health care reform effort by Democrats, argued that “it can be stopped,” and advertised their “PrayerCast.”  The group also discussed the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act and efforts by the D.C. City Council to legalize gay marriage, and commented on the cost of expanding Medicare.

A third Washington Update reported that President Obama has reached out to Sen. Bob Casey to “draft an abortion compromise that will win over Sen. Ben Nelson’s (D-Nebr.) support for health care before Christmas,” criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s plan to travel to the Copenhagen climate talks, commented on the AARP and Sen. Reid’s effort to close the gap in Medicare prescription coverage, and again advertised their “PrayerCast,”

In a final Washington Update the FRC criticized supposed tax-payer funded abortion included in the 2010 omnibus bill that was signed into law yesterday, commented on Sen. Nelson’s rejection of Sen. Casey’s proposed new language on abortion funding in health care reform, and argued that the “real agenda of radical environmentalism” is “population control.”

The group also sent out an email reminder to watch their “PrayerCast.”  The email included this message:

Tonight, December 16, FRC Action and The Call to Conscience will host a live video webcast entitled “An FRC Action PrayerCast: Government Takeover of Healthcare”. Beginning at 8:30 p.m. (EST), this PrayerCast will feature a powerful line-up of speakers, including:

  • Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council Action
  • Lou Engle, Founder and President, The Call to Conscience
  • Jim Daly, President, Focus on the Family Action
  • Dr. James Dobson, Founder, Focus on the Family Action
  • Hon. Sam Brownback, United States Senator, Kansas
  • Hon. Randy Forbes, United States Congressman, Virginia
  • Hon. Jim DeMint, United States Senator, South Carolina
  • Hon. Michele Bachmann, United States Congresswoman, Minnesota
  • Bishop Harry Jackson, President, High Impact Leadership Coalition
  • Pastor Jim Garlow, Skyline Church, San Diego, Calif.
  • Reverend Samuel Rodriguez, National Hispanic Leadership Conference

During the webcast, you will hear the latest on the threats to the God-given right to human life through government funding of abortions, our health from rationing, our family finances from higher taxes, and our general freedom posed by the government plan to take over healthcare.

We will enter into a time of prayer for the nation, and our leaders. Your engagement and urgent prayer is more critical than ever as Congress will very soon vote on a final health care bill. Register now and join us this evening!

BreakPoint: Christmas tidings

by Ruth Moon

Christmas should remind Christians to pray for women in China who are forced to have abortions.

Religious Freedom Sunday is a way to teach people about religious liberties that should be allowed in schools.

Former Virginia gubernatorial candidate Mark Earley is now working with Prison Fellowship Ministry.

Crime has dropped in every state, including those that have reduced prison populations, in the last several years.

Readers can buy a Christmas gift and help victims of sexual trafficking.

Liberty Counsel: Christmas back in Oregon school

by D. Bennett

The Liberty Counsel writes that an Ashland, Ore. elementary school principal has reconsidered her decision to ban a Christmas tree from her school, and will now allow the tree.

“The reason I removed the tree was to create a greater sense of inclusion in our school,” Principal Zundel said. “That decision had exactly the opposite effect. As a leader, I have an ongoing responsibility to reflect on the results of my actions, consider diverse feedback and occasionally, change course.”

“We applaud Principal Zundel for making the right decision to return Christmas to Bellview Elementary School,” the Counsel writes. “Leaders should do the right thing even if it means backing off wrong decisions to make them right.”

TAEP reported on the principal’s original decision here.

Liberty Counsel: NY school bans “all things Christmas”

by D. Bennett

The Liberty Counsel reports that parents of students at Woodland Elementary School (East Syracuse, NY) recently received a letter informing them that any Christmas celebrations or symbols would not be allowed during school hours.

The Counsel additionally tells the story of a parent’s conversation with the Deputy Superintendent of the school’s district, where the parent was reportedly informed that “nothing with any hint of Christianity is permissible to celebrate Christmas, even if the symbol has a decidedly secular meaning today.”

The letter notes that the local PTO did organize a “Holiday Family Fun Night,” where Santa Claus would appear, outside school hours.

Liberty Counsel: Santa, Christmas tree expelled from Oregon school

by D. Bennett

The Liberty Counsel reports that the principal of Bellview Elementary School (Ashland, Ore.) has removed a Christmas tree and Santa Claus from her school.

“The Christmas tree, while a secular symbol according to the Supreme Court, does symbolize Christmas,” said Michelle Zundel, the school’s principal. “And if you are entering a public school and your family does not celebrate Christmas, then it feels like a religious symbol.”

Some parents are upset at the principal’s actions, as the tree was being used to suggest gift ideas for needy children. The Liberty Counsel called the actions “absurd” and have sent Ms. Zundel a letter to express their displeasure with her decision.