Focus on the Family

by Jessica Bryan

Focus linked to two articles with opposing viewpoints about the inevitability of gay marriage, discussed an analysis from the Heritage Foundation about “why the bill’s mandate that all must purchase a health insurance policy is unconstitutional and entirely unprecedented,” and encouraged the purchase of Dockers pants and praised the “pro-manhood” message of the company’s ad which is a “quasi-humerous narrative describes a ‘genderless’ world where men no longer take charge and lead.”

An email from the group argued that “Higher premiums may discourage people from getting married.”

A second email from Focus included an interview with Dinesh D’Souza about life after death.

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.

ERLC and Richard Land

by Jessica Bryan

The ERLC wrote about the Senate vote to allow debate on the health care reform bill which supposedly includes funding for abortion.

In the latest ERLC Life Digest post, the group discussed a man who was in a coma for 23 years but was conscious the whole time, the passage of a Baltimore, MD law that requires pregnancy help centers to post signs displaying services (like abortion) that it does not provide, the decision by an ethics panel to continue to provide life support for an infant with a genetic defect and pulmonary vascular disease, the failure of a bill in Australia that would have allowed voluntary euthanasia, and, finally, the distribution of over $64,000 to pregnancy centers and adoption agencies in Louisiana from profits made off of the state’s Choose Life license plate.

The ERLC also discussed the film The Blind Side,  the drafting and signing of the Manhattan Declaration on life, marriage, and religious liberty in response to “a genuine increase in the threat, especially on the sanctity of life front,” and citied pro-life leaders criticism of the decision by pro-life Democrats who voted to allow debate on the health care reform bill, saying they “let down the movement.”

An email from Richard Land notes that he joined the signers of the Manhattan Declaration.  The email links to an article which includes excerpts from the Declaration.

ERLC and Richard Land

by Jessica Bryan

The ERLC discussed the debate about abortion funding in health care  reform and the uncertainty of the pro-life gains made in the House by the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, the Senate vote to begin debate on the health care reform bill that “includes federal funding of abortion as part of a government takeover of health care,” linked to the ERLC’s analysis of how the Senate’s health care bill will directly and indirectly fund abortion, and discussed Richard Land’s joining onto the “Manhattan Declaration, which addresses the sanctity of life, traditional marriage and religious liberty.”

Richard Land discussed health care and the 9/11 trials, and has an interview with Joi Wasill.

An ERLC action alert email  urges subscribers to ask their senators to vote no if the Senate health care bill does not ban funding of abortion in language as strong as the Stupak-Pitts Amendment.

The Manhattan Declaration: Christians Unite on Life, Marriage, & Liberty

by Tobin Grant

Yesterday, a coalition of Christian leaders (some political, some not) announced the “Manhattan Declaration“.  Most of the leaders were Evangelicals, but conservative leaders from Anglican, Catholic, and Orthodox churches were also signatories.

The Declaration is a call “to reaffirm fundamental truths about justice and the common good…These truths are:

  1. the sanctity of human life
  2. the dignity of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife
  3. the rights of conscience and religious liberty.”

You can read more about the Declaration at the NYT.

Most of the signatories are conservatives, both politically and religiously.  However, there were many influential conservative groups that are part of this coalition.  Here is a breakdown of which of the groups we tracked signed the Declaration.

Groups that were original signatories:

  • ADF
  • Al Mohler
  • Chuck Colson/Break Point
  • Ethics and Public Policy Center
  • Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and Richard Land
  • Evangelicals for Social Action
  • Family Research Council
  • Focus on the Family Action
  • Institute on Religion and Democracy
  • National Association of Evangelicals
  • Susan B. Anthony List

Groups that were not original signatories:

  • ACLJ
  • AFA
  • AUL
  • CBN
  • Center for Just Society
  • Center for Moral Clarity
  • CWA
  • Faith in Public Life
  • Liberty Counsel
  • National Right to Life Committee
  • Relevant’s “Reject Apathy”
  • Sojourners
  • Traditional Values Coalition

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.

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.