Focus on the Family

by Jessica Bryan

Focus reported that economic hard times are lowering the divorce rate while the stress on the military is actually increasing the divorce rate in military families.  The group also discussed statements by NBA commissioner David Stern about the NBA’s possible new support for gambling,  the nomination of  Louis Butler, a former Wisconsin Supreme Court justice , to a federal district court judgeship, and commented on the changes in the phenomenon of  “sexting” among teens.

An email from Focus argued that not much of the 1.1 billion allocated in the 2010 omnibus bill will go to “family-friendly causes.”

A second email from the group discussed the meeting of the Democratic caucus at the White House with President Obama to discuss health care reform, with Republicans holding a rally the same day.

A Focus on the Family Acton email on “how your support of Focus Action in the last 12 months has helped us ‘fight the good fight’ on behalf of truth and righteousness in dozens of states, not to mention major efforts on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.—with results that are surprising and encouraging!”  These results include defending Prop 8, influencing the 2009 elections, and petitioning Congress.

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Focus on the Family

by Jessica Bryan

Focus announced that the number of signers to the Manhattan Declaration has reached 265,000, accused GLSEN for their “pornographic” book list for young children, noted that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the freedom of association case of Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, and discussed the suit Michael Newdow is bringing against Chief Justice Roberts for adding “so help me God” to the end of President Obama’s oath of office.

An email from Focus talked about the new conservative women’s PAC called The Kitchen Cabinet.

A second email from the group discussed Stupak’s contention that a pro-life amendment is needed in heath care reform legislation.

A third email from the group discussed the FBI letter about internet gambling and the potential for fraud and addiction, arguing that overturning the UIGEA ban would have negative consequences.

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.

Focus on the Family

by Jessica Bryan

Focus discussed reforming the process of confirming judicial nominees by eliminating the filibuster, and “misleading statistics” about hate crimes.

In an email, Focus reported that “more than 200,000 people have signed the document [Manhattan Declaration] that outlines Christian teaching on abortion, marriage and rights of conscience.”

In a second email, the group noted that the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) that would make online gambling illegal will not take effect for another 6 months, which, Focus argues, will give other lawmakers time to overturn it.

Focus on the Family

by Jessica Bryan

Focus discussed the Supreme Court and the McCreary County 10 Commandments case, Indiana relying on gambling revenues, illegal abortion in foreign countries and arguments for and against legalizing it, accused GLSEN and speakers at the “Respect Awards” of intolerance against evangelicals, said “Regular pew-sitting for the entire family is recommended by Focus on the Family Action,” discussed gay marriage in court, and an online petition against Roman Polanski.

Focus on the Family

by Jessica Bryan

Focus commented on a woman’s blog post about the problems of gambling, reported that Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the “Harvey Milk Day” bill into law, and notedthat an NAACP supports Bob VanderPlaats (a pro-one-man, one-woman marriage only) for Iowa governor.

An email from Focus discussed pro-life groups’ opposition to the health care reform bill.

A second email from the group talked about the Senate considering expanding benefits for federal employees, including domestic partnership benefits.