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.


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.


ERLC and Richard Land

by Jessica Bryan

ERLC’s Richard Land again discussed (clarified and apologized for) his comments linking health care reform and Nazi principles in response to much criticism.  One critic, Indiana State University Professor Richard Pierard, said:

To evoke images of Hitler or the Holocaust to thwart health-care reform is a brutal insult both to the victims and survivors of that Holocaust. We must proclaim as widely as possible that the term ‘Nazism’ and images of the swastika have nothing to do with the issues at hand. Any such comparisons are false and are intended only to frighten and confuse people.

The group also posted on hate crimes legislation and the new federal policy to not prosecute for using or supplying medical marijuana.

Focus on the Family

by Jessica Bryan

The latest post by Focus recapped the discussion Friday with James Dobson.  Topics included Kevin Jennings, DOMA, and hate crimes legislation.

An email from Focus discussed abortion in the health care debate.

American Family Association

by R. Burge

The AFA is urging it’s membership to contact their representative about the latest piece of hate crime legislation that is making its way through Congress.

Another post highlights recent statements by Chris Matthews about Rush Limbaugh.

The AFA also points out the recent back and forth occurring between Fox News Channel and the Obama White House.

Finally, David P. Smith urges his readers to not compromise their faith or ideology, no matter how convenient.

ERLC and Richard Land

by Jessica Bryan

The ERLC discussed the Supreme Court case Salazar v. Buono about the cross in the Mojave Desert, argued that “Christians and conservatives have been deliberately targeted through legislation crafted to eliminate their First Amendment rights,” criticized the hate crime legislation which passed in the House attached to a defense bill, and discussed the potential implications of the decision by a Texas judge to hear a “gay divorce” case.

Richard Land commented on Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize and on the “human condition” and health care.

Sojourners News Updates

by M. Pulliam

Sojourners’ recent news blurbs from email updates include:

The constitutional debate about the death penalty in Ohio is spilling over into national dialogue.

Democrats face decisions in health-care reform like how people will have more comprehensive health benefits for affordable prices. Legislation from the Senate would provide coverage to 29 million Americans but slow the growth of spending on medical care.

Anti-American sentiments build as U.S. aid is increased to Pakistan.

The United States takes some heat from Mexico for falling behind in the global climate change agreement conversations.

The United States looks into new ways to detain illegal immigrants; options include converting hotels into prison-based systems.

President Obama was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”

The definition of federal hate crimes is expanded to include attacks based on sexual orientation.

Al Qaeda is seen as a greater threat to U.S. security than the Taliban; this could avoid major troop increases requested by military commanders.