Liberty Counsel: Upcoming conference to focus on “consequences” of homosexual attraction

by D. Bennett

The Liberty Counsel has announced an upcoming conference at the Liberty University School of Law discussing “homosexuality and its consequences,” which will take place February 12. The School of Law will also be hosting a symposium on gay rights and the First Amendment on February 13.

“The broader homosexual agenda has politicized radicalism of homosexuality,” the Counsel writes. Such an agenda is, according to the Counsel, “aggressive and intent on trampling upon the fundamental freedoms of anyone who may disapprove.”

As such, “this conference is vitally important.”

Focus on the Family

by Jessica Bryan

Focus accused GLSEN of “sexualizing” Santa Claus in a theatrical fundraiser entitled Santa Claus is Coming Out! The group also argued that “Every child needs a mom and a dad” is “more than a campaign slogan,” argued that the case in Alameda, California shows how gay rights activists are attempting to trump parental rights in school curriculum, argued that promotion of “unrestrained sexual license” is a form of governmental control over the masses a la Brave New World, and discussed the vote in the New York Senate to not legalize gay marriage and LGBT efforts through campaign contributions to “redefine marriage.”

The group also wrote about the  3-judge panel of 9th Circuit judges who issued a preliminary ruling about the release of the internal documents of the Prop. 8 proponents, saying that it is likely that they will not be forced to release them.  Focus also criticized the research of a postdoctoral student in Canada who argues that porn does not change men’s perception of women or their relationships with them.

An email from Focus discussed the negative impact of porn on families and communities.

A second email from the group noted that some argue that a UN climate treaty may be a threat to U.S. sovereignty and “have a devastating impact on U.S. families.”

A third email from focus includes an interview with Jim Daly about the Manhattan Declaration.

Liberty Counsel: Adam Lambert warrants FCC complaint

by D. Bennett

The Liberty Counsel reports that it has filed a complaint with the FCC against ABC for broadcasting Adam Lambert’s American Music Awards performance, calling the performance “outrageously lewd and filthy.”

The Counsel complains that the network consciously chose not to edit Lambert’s performance, quoting the network as saying it would be “what everyone will be talking about tomorrow.”

“This shows,” the Counsel writes, “that ABC used Lambert’s obscene sexual conduct and not his vocal performance to promote its show.”

The complaint blasts ABC for broadcasting, among other things, “simulated oral sex…sadomasochistic conduct, and homosexual open-mouth kissing.”

Family Research Council

by Jessica Bryan

The FRC’s latest posts included one about visiting a federal prison and how they can be “incubators for terrorists,” discussed the Obama Administration “pushing the homosexual agenda,” linked to some “articles of interest,” criticized Obama to bowing to foreign heads of state like the Emperor of Japan and the king of Saudi Arabia, reminisced about Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, criticized Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to try terrorists in New York City,  criticized Obama for his long decision-making process with regards to the U.S. Afghanistan policy, discussed public funding for abortion in health care reform and the Stupak-Pitts amendment, and talked about the Senate vote to bring the health care reform bill to the floor for debate.

A Washington Update email from the FRC discussed Sen. Harry Reid’s plans for the Senate health care reform bill, talked about Obama’s nomination of Chai Feldblum to the EEOC, and advertised Mark Rodgers lecture entitled “Culture Upstream of Politics: Why Art and Entertainment Are Essential to Communicating Truth.”

An email from the group talked about the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), arguing that it threatens “traditional values and religious freedom.”  They also argued that:

This law would punish anyone in the workplace who dares oppose homosexual behavior, cross-dressing and other unhealthy behaviors. The liberals intentionally want to define “discrimination” very vaguely so that their allies in the courts and federal and state agencies will have broad latitude to silence traditional moral viewpoints about sexuality.

The email also asked subscribers to donate to the group to help them fight against ENDA.

Faith In Public Life: LDS Church Backs Gay Rights Ordinance

Faith in Public Life is reporting the LDS (Mormon) Church has backed Salt Lake City’s proposed gay rights ordinance. According to a church representative:

“The church supports these ordinances because they are fair and reasonable and do not do violence to the institution of marriage,” church spokesman Michael Otterson said in the presentation. “The church remains unequivocally committed to defending the bedrock foundation of marriage between a man and a woman.”

Faith in Public Life has taken no position either in favor or against the move.

FRC

by Jessica Bryan

The FRC posted about partisan media and the SEC’s new enforcement management executive.

The group also discussed results from a recent GSS survey.  Focus said “adults in always-intact marriages who worship at least weekly are the least likely of all to have had adulterous sexual relations.”

In a Washington Update email, Focus discussed the HHS’s “National Resource Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Elders,” abortion in health care legislation, the D.C. Marriage rally, and a discussion set for Thursday about “Religious Practice and the Family: What the Research Says.”

ADF: St. Louis to end “unconstitutional” policy

by D. Bennett

The Alliance Defense Fund reports that the city of St. Louis has agreed to stop enforcing a “problematic literature distribution policy,” thus avoiding a lawsuit filed by an ADF-associated attorney.

The city threatened members of a Christian group with arrest in 2006 as the group was handing out literature at the city’s annual “Pridefest” event.

“Christian groups shouldn’t be banned from public areas for expressing their beliefs,” said ADF-allied attorney Rick Nelson. “We are pleased that the city of St. Louis now recognizes the First Amendment rights of ministries who wish to share their viewpoint on important social and moral issues at events taking place at public locations.”

ERLC and Richard Land

by Jessica Bryan

The ERLC’ discussed Richard Land’s view on recent health care proposals, saying:

“While Richard Land has admitted some of his analogies between Nazi Germany and proposed elements of health care reform were “imprecise,” he is certain there are connections to be made between some ideas under discussion in the health care reform debate today and some underlying philosophies held by the Germans and others, particularly American eugenicists, in the first half of the 20th century.”

The group also reported on activities of the pro-life group 40 Days for Life, a middle schooler being allowed to wear an “Abortion is not Healthcare” shirt and other pro-life apparel at school, and the near death experience of a Canadian teenager who had an abortion.

The group also discussed Kevin Jennings, and accused GLSEN of using their Ally Week “anti-bullying message as a springboard to indoctrinate students with the homosexual agenda.”

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.

Al Mohler: Obama’s promises to gays “breathtaking”

by Ruth Moon

Obama’s promises to the gay community have been unprecedented, Al Mohler says, quoting Joe Salmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign. Mohler says, “It is virtually impossible to imagine a promise more breathtaking in its revolutionary character than this — to normalize same-sex relationships to the extent that they are recognized as being as admirable as heterosexual marriage.”

FRC

by Jessica Bryan

The FRC criticized homosexual activist groups of not being able to “raise money without using sexual innuendo” and posted links to some articles of interest.

A Washington Update discussed Senator Baucus’ health care bill, Senator Lieberman’s support for domestic partnership benefits for federal employees, and President Obama’s “inner circle,” including Kevin Jennings.

A second Washington Update discussed health care reform, the possibility of repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and the case of a woman’s baby who died after she abandoned it at birth.

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.

Focus on the Family

by Jessica Bryan

Focus discussed Kevin Jennings (posts 1 and 2), their belief that “President Obama is pandering to activists who want to silence Christians, not only in the work realm, but in public education and political life in general,” and asked “do parents really want the chief abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, teaching their sons and daughters to have casual sex, use condoms and get abortions?” 

The group also commented on a judge in California who wants the state’s referendum process to be reformed (the Focus post began with an “excessive sarcasm alert”).  Additionally, Focus talked about a New York Times article about abortion protesters (with Focus calling the fetus a “preborn baby”).  Finally, the group discussed the “slap in the face those of us who follow Scriptural teaching” given by President Obama when speaking to “gay activists.”

An email from Focus discussed President Obama’s speech to the Human Rights Campaign and his administration’s “vow to promote homosexual agenda.”

Ethics and Public Policy Center

by M. Pulliam

One article explains that that are legitimate reasons for excluding gays from military service, resisting the trend to “moralization” politics that the Age of Obama has on issues like health-care, torture, abortion, etc.

EPPC criticizes the Baucus legislation as the same old misguided Democratic health plan and that Republicans have much better ideas that keep existing plans for the majority of Americans that are happy with their current health-care.

EPPC raises concerns that the new health-care plan will require religious individuals and organizations to fund abortion.

Sojourners email updates

by M. Pulliam

The insurance industry plans to criticize the health-care overhaul citing that the “typical family premium in 2019 could cost $4,000 more than projected”.

Gay rights activists marched in Washington, number tens of thousands.

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.

FRC

by Jessica Bryan

The FRC reported on the 2009 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in a post with that same title, criticized living wills as serving as “suicide notes,” and “provide[d] links to audio streams” about the economy.

A Washington Update email from the group bashed the New York Times article entitled “The High Price of Being a Gay Couple,” talked about Kevin Jennings, and advertised for a lecture on Thursday on “The Rejection and Rebirth of the Hippocratic Oath.”

FRC

by Jessica Bryan

The FRC posted links to some “articles of interest.”  The group also discussed the ELCA and their “vote to ordain practicing homosexuals.”

A Washington Update email from the FRC criticized Kevin Jennings, discussed the health care bill before the Senate Finance Committee, and Senator Harry Reid’s call to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

CBN: Abortion, free speech, abortion, gays, abortion

by Ruth Moon

Two anti-abortion amendments were defeated Wednesday by the Senate Finance Committee.

The abortion debate may prolong the health care bill process.

Pregnancy Resource Center will “step up efforts” if a health care bill funding abortions passes Congress.

The Family Research Council is calling for the resignation of school czar Kevin Jennings, who has a history of gay activism and allegedly approved underage gay sex.

A lesbian couple settled out of court with several Christian doctors who refused to artificially inseminate the women.

“In God We Trust” will be engraved on the Capitol Visitor Center.

New Hampshire will not ban the phrase “Under God” from its schools, a judge ruled Wednesday.

The GOP is calling for an apology from Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), who said Tuesday the Republican health care plan involves “dying quickly” if you are sick.

CBN: Religion on the docket

by Ruth Moon

One of the first cases for the reconvened Supreme Court will deal with a religious display in California.

The Senate Finance Committee will examine amendments related to abortion Wednesday.

High school cheerleaders in Georgia are no longer allowed to carry a banner with Bible verses on it at their home games.

The U.S. military needs more chaplains.

An Arizona church is leaving the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America over its policy toward gays, among other things.

CBN: Brainwashed by Obama?

by Ruth Moon

Some are saying New Jersey students were brainwashed into singing a pro-Obama song.

Two gay U.S. representatives are supporting a bill to give gays more protection in the workplace.

Virginia and New Jersey will elect governors this year, possibly breaking the trend of Democratic governors over health care and the economy.

Some Lutherans are considering leaving the denomination after the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America voted to allow gays to serve in the denomination.

Do Americans follow the 10 Commandments?

President Obama’s diversity czar is drawing media attention for saying white people should resign from positions of authority to let minorities move up.

Honduras restricted civil liberties Monday to preemptively halt rebellion.

In spite of the poor economy, Church Building Services nearly doubled its revenue this year.

Institute on Religion and Democracy updates

by M. Pulliam

The Institute on Religion and Democracy finds it amazing that the religious left is finally speaking out against radical Islam.

IRD reports on both a domestic and a global United Methodist caucus that are attempting to reconcile grievances by discussing homosexuality, marriage, and transgender issues in the churches.

A convocation representing 75 million church goers identifies capitalism as “today’s leading threat to justice and the earth.”

FRC: Abortion, ACORN, Missiles, and Homosexuals

by Jessica Bryan

Tony Perkins’ FRC Action Update email discusses abortion and the health care bill, the “de-funding” of ACORN,  President Obama’s decision to reverse President Bush’s plan to put a missile defense system in Eastern Europe, and “radical homosexual activists and their allies in Congress.”