Liberty Counsel: Support the privacy of marriage petition signers

by D. Bennett

The Liberty Counsel has announced that it has filed an amicus curiae brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the Court to keep private the names of individuals who signed a petition that allowed a ballot measure which struck down gay marriage legislation in Washington state.

“If the Court allows release of information about the petition signers, those individuals would face the same persecution experienced by supporters of Proposition 8 in California”, the Counsel writes. “There, when records were made public by a local judge, marriage supporters received death threats, envelopes with white powder, property damage, harassing calls and emails from same-sex marriage activists and were forced to resign their jobs.”

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ADF: New Hampshire House rejects anti-gay marriage bills

by D. Bennett

The Alliance Defense Fund reports, among other things, that the New Hampshire House of Representatives has defeated two measures aimed at striking down recently-passed gay marriage legislation.

The post links to an article by Boston.com, the online home of the Boston Tribune.

Mohler: Marriage and more on trial in Calif.

by Ruth Moon

Religion and normative standards seem to be on trial in a California move to repeal Proposition 8.

Abortion doctors are becoming anti-abortion more frequently due to ultrasounds. “The ultrasound image reveals the undeniable humanity of the baby within the womb,” Mohler says.

ADF: Supreme Court to hear Wash. state R-71 signature case

by D. Bennett

The Alliance Defense Fund notes (referencing a Bloomberg story) that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case involving R-71, the Washington state referendum which essentially upheld an “everything but marriage” approach to homosexual unions.

The case in question asks whether the Constitution bars the release of the signatories of a ballot referendum. Opponents of same-sex marriage, who gathered enough signatures to get R-71 on the ballot but failed to pass the referendum, argue that the release of names of signatories would open those people up to “harassment and intimidation.”

ADF: “New Jersey Senate rejects same-sex ‘marriage’ bill”

by D. Bennett

The Alliance Defense Fund reports that the New Jersey State Senate has voted down a same-sex marriage measure by a vote of 20-14. The vote followed a period of vigorous debate, while several hundred opponents and supporters of the measure gathered outside the Statehouse engaging in “loud, often-contentious rallies.”

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!

American Family Association

by R. Burge

Jeremy Wiggins is upset at Washington D.C. which has found a workaround from the Hyde amendment which denies federal dollars for abortion procedures. The District insists that the money that will go towards these procedures is not, in fact, federal dollars but instead locally raised money through local taxes.

The AFA also publishes a list of 100 reasons why climate change is a natural part of the Earth’s life cycle. The AFA writes, “The hype over man-caused global warming is nothing more than hoax and change. The bottom line here is that’s it’s time to stick a fork in Al Gore and his theory – he’s done.”

Bryan Fischer notes that CPAC is experiencing a fracturing as a group named GOProud is joining the organization. GOPround is an organization that advocates for equal rights for homosexuals. Fischer writes, “Simply put, homosexuality is not a conservative value. Homosexual behavior is immoral, contrary to nature, and poses exaggerated health risks to its practitioners…By allowing GOProud into its collapsible and possibly collapsing big tent, CPAC has not just allowed the camel’s nose to slip under the edge of the tent but has seated his unsightly derriere at the table. The barbarians will no longer be at the gate but will be inside the fort.”

Jeremy Wiggins also retells the story from yesterday about a boy who was ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation for drawing a picture of Jesus on the cross.

Finally, the AFA sends out an action alert specifically for the state of Michigan which legislature is working on a new bullying bill. Included in the latest draft is language about the sexual orientation of the student. The Alert reads, “Homosexual activists have schemed for years to use legitimate concern for student safety as a Trojan Horse to create special rights based on homosexual behavior and cross-dressing by inserting — for the first time ever — the terms “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” into Michigan law”