ACLJ: Time to start over on health care

by D. Bennett

The American Center for Law and Justice argues that it is time to start over on the issue of health care reform.

The ACLJ has also developed unveiled its legal analysis of President Obama’s plan.

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, the online home of the Boston Tribune.

ADF: Va. legislature strips Planned Parenthood funding from license plate bill

by D. Bennett

The Alliance Defense Fund reports that the Virginia state legislature has stripped Planned Parenthood from funding it was due to receive from its own license plate bill.

The license plates, with the slogan “Trust Women, Respect Choice,” would cost $25, with Planned Parenthood receiving $15 of that fee.

But in a move sure to delight pro-life organizations, the legislature passed an amendment which will send all money from the license plate sales to the Virginia Pregnant Women Support Fund, a local pro-life organization.

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.”

ADF: NY Senate delays marriage redefinition vote

by D. Bennett

The Alliance Defense Fund, citing the New York Times, reports that the New York Senate has delayed a vote on a marriage redefinition bill. Republicans and Democrats acknowledge that the measure is still several votes short of the 32 needed for passage.

ADF: NY Senate to vote on gay marriage bill?

by D. Bennett

The Alliance Defense Fund reports that the New York Senate could soon vote on legislation which would redefine marriage in that state.

Focus on the Family

by Jessica Bryan

Focus discussed the “battle” over same sex marriage in Maine.  The group also commented on the controversy about releasing the contact information of people who “who sign petitions or donate money to protect marriage in connection with voter initiatives and referendums.”

In an email, Focus  argued that cap and trade legislation would put a financial burden on families.

Another email from Focus notes that James Dobson will be leaving “the radio program and from official affiliation with the organization” Focus on the Family.  A second link in the email contains an interview with Matthew Spalding.


by Jessica Bryan

The ERLC commented on the supposed lack of transparency with the passage of complex and expensive legislation in Congress this year.


ERLC President Richard Land submitted testimony Oct. 26 for hearings by the D.C. City Council and the D.C. Board of Elections & Ethics, expressing opposition to the same-sex marriage bill and asking that District residents be given the opportunity to vote on marriage.

ACLJ: E-mail urges rejection of “Government health care take-over”

by D. Bennett

In an e-mail to subscribers, the American Center for Law and Justice requested financial support to aid in their efforts against the recently-passed version of “the massive health care overhaul — handing the government a leading role in every American’s health care”

The e-mail continued, “With your immediate financial support, we will say NO mandatory coverage for abortions – NO to Planned Parenthood expanding its reach into our public schools – NO to government-run health care.”

EEN- climate change legislation

by M. Pulliam

The Evangelical Environmental Network points readers to a story, saying that Senator Graham and Kerry offer a way forward on climate legislation.

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 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.

Focus on the Family

by Jessica Bryan

Focus wrote about the “Roman Polanski saga” and seemingly called for a boycott of the movies of the celebrities who are defending him, saying:

The celebs who would excuse an admitted child rapist also largely oppose one-man one-woman marriage. These are the values we support when we watch, rent or buy their films. The only voice these folks have is the one we’ve given them.

Focus also discussed patient specific adult stem cells and questioned the need for the Matthew Shepard  Hate Crimes Act.

An email from Focus talked about House Republicans’ reactions to the passage of the hate crimes amendment.


by Jessica Bryan

The FRC reported on the 2009 Nobel Prize for Physics, posted links to some “articles of interest,” reported on a GSS survey linking religious attendance early in life and an “intact family” to religious attendance late in life, and posted an interview with Leslie Carbone.

A Washington Update email from the group wrote about the possibility of same-sex marriage in D.C.,  abortion and health care, and “hate crimes” legislation.


by M. Pulliam

Sojourners makes several cases for health-care reform.

One story  explores the racial divide on opinions of health-care reform.

Another says, “If Jesus fed 5,000 with only a bit of fish and bread, surely the richest country in the world can take care of its own.”

Health-care reform is only one part of the necessary complete restructuring of the economic system.

Sojourners makes a call for immigration fees to be decreased, not increased as proposed, and have hope that Obama will oblige considering as a Senator he introduced legislation to do so.

Sojourners calls for a dismantling of the hyper-connection of church and guns, specifying a situation in Texas.

ESA: Torture, guns, poverty, climate change

by M. Pulliam

In an email update, Evangelicals for Social Action quotes the director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture who is disappointed in the Senate Republicans’ decision to stop investigating the use of torture.

As federal FY 2010 begins, ESA encourages people to be prayerful about justice for the poor and asks individuals to take action by writing to their elected leaders and expressing their concern for those in poverty.

ESA says the church should stand in solidarity with those in need of a second chances, specifically the formerly incarcerated. They support the Prison Re-entry Initiative and the Second Chance Act of 2007.

Regarding climate change, ESA applauds Obama’s climate change speech, notes the report about the six different types of Americans, and calls for people to be educated and committed in battling misinformation.

ESA reports on civil disobedience acts in Philadelphia where faith leaders collaborated to shut down a gun shop that had been linked to many violent crimes.

Focus on the Family

by Jessica Bryan

Focus on the Family reported that “Eighty-three percent of U.S. voters…want legislation to be posted online in final form and available for everyone to read before Congress votes on it,” argued that media stories about gay penguins and gay vultures are evidence of the “pro-gay media bias,” and discussed the new Gallup poll showing that 53% (up from 48% last year) of Americans believe that “government should promote traditional values.”

An email from the group contains an article about the victory for abstinence education today in the Senate Finance Committee.

ERLC: Stop the Hate (Crime Legislation…)

by Jessica Bryan

The ERLC is urging citizens to contact their senators and tell them to not support new hate crime legislation, alleging that:

The years-long battle over hate crimes legislation is entering its most critical hour. Both the House and Senate have passed such bills, which threaten to criminalize thought against homosexuality, while granting homosexual victims of violent crimes a preferred place under the law. Now congressional liberals, armed with the homosexual lobby, are hoping to prevail with final negotiations and votes necessary to send the dangerous measure to the White House for a signing victory…

No one should engage in an act of violence against someone because of that person’s sexual orientation, but neither should anyone be prosecuted because of their religious beliefs about homosexuality. Yet that is what is at stake under a federal hate crimes law. The freedom for pastors and Sunday School teachers to preach and teach the biblical truth about homosexuality hangs in the balance.

The group’s latest Life Digest  post includes short discussions with the following titles: Woman chooses life for child wrongly implanted, Black pro-lifers decry endorsement of health-care plan, Ultrasound pioneer dies, and Dominican Republic protects unborn in constitution.

A third postfrom the ERLC encourages President Obama to take action against Iran’s aggression.

ACLJ: Don’t politicize judgeship creation process

by D. Bennett

Jay Sekulow, writing for the American Center for Law and Justice, expresses concern that the newly-introduced Federal Judgeship Act of 2009 “could bring partisan politics into the process of creating judgeships.”

The Act, introduced by Sen. Leahy (D-VT) of the Senate Judiciary Committee, would create permanent and temporary judgeships at the federal appellate and district court levels. Several Republicans have expressed concern about the Act, worrying that it could be used to politically reshape the federal judiciary.


by Jessica Bryan

FRC provided links to news stories and responded to President Obama’s call for a Palestinian state and also to the proposed plan to help out newspapers.

A Washington Update email discusses abortion and health care, hate crime legislation, and the embryonic mixup at the Ohio fertility clinic.

Focus on the Family: Hate and Marriage

by Jessica Bryan

Focus on the Family writes about the Prop 8 case Perry v. Schwarzenegger  and the 1972 case of Baker v. Nelson In Baker, according to Focus:

the Supreme Court dismissed an appeal from the Minnesota Supreme Court denying two homosexuals the right to be married under Minnesota’s law that restricted marriage to one man and one woman.

An email  from Focus discusses new hate crime legislation.