Liberty Counsel: Personhood amendment gets extra time to obtain signatures

by D. Bennett

The Liberty Counsel writes that Mississippi’s secretary of state will allow for extra time for signatures to be gathered on Personhood Mississippi, a measure which would include the unborn in a definition of “person” in an amendment to the state constitutition, due to inclement weather around the state.

Supporters of Personhood Mississippi now have until Tuesday, Feb. 16 to gather the required signatures.

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ERLC and Richard Land

by Jessica Bryan

The ERLC noted that Richard Land was “honored during the first Weyrich Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C.,” commented on the vote by the Senate to table the Nelson-Hatch amendment, reported on the Supreme Court’s decision to hear the case “of the University of California Hastings College of the Law’s refusal to recognize the Christian Legal Society as a ‘registered student organization,'” discussed the vote in the House in the omnibus spending bill that would “drop a longstanding ban on government funds for abortions in the District of Columbia,” and discussed in detail decision made by the woman who quit her job at Planned Parenthood because of a “turn of heart.”

The latest Life Digest post from the group commented on the Berkley City Council’s decision to send coat hangers to pro-life members of Congress and on secret videos on Planned Parenthood “deceit.”  The group also reported on a new “pro-life study” from the World Economic Forum that “showed countries with more restrictive abortion laws have better maternal mortality rates than those with liberal policies.”  Here is some of the evidence they offer:

Ireland, a strongly pro-life country, ranked No. 1 in the world with only one death for every 100,000 live births, according to the report. The United States has a maternal mortality ratio of 17 deaths per 100,000 live births.

Focus on the Family

by Jessica Bryan

Focus announced that the number of signers to the Manhattan Declaration has reached 265,000, accused GLSEN for their “pornographic” book list for young children, noted that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the freedom of association case of Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, and discussed the suit Michael Newdow is bringing against Chief Justice Roberts for adding “so help me God” to the end of President Obama’s oath of office.

An email from Focus talked about the new conservative women’s PAC called The Kitchen Cabinet.

A second email from the group discussed Stupak’s contention that a pro-life amendment is needed in heath care reform legislation.

A third email from the group discussed the FBI letter about internet gambling and the potential for fraud and addiction, arguing that overturning the UIGEA ban would have negative consequences.

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.

ADF: ADF president proudly signs the Manhattan Declaration

by D. Bennett

The Alliance Defense Fund reports that its president, Alan Sears, along with nearly 150 Christian leaders, has signed the Manhattan Declaration, “a groundbreaking statement calling on Christians to take a stand and decline to comply with any policies that would violate their sincerely-held religious beliefs with regard to the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family.”

“It’s a great privilege for me to join with Orthodox, Catholic, and Evangelical Christians,” Sears said, “in adding my signature, as an individual, to this historic document, and I hope others will join in support of this effort.”

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

ERLC and Richard Land

by Jessica Bryan

The ERLC discussed abortion in health care reform, reported on Richard Land’s call for sanctions on Iran, interpreted some of the results of the elections from last Tuesday, provided a copy of the letter Land sent to  Sen. John Boehner opposing health care reform, and discussed the ERLC’s Psalm 139 Project and “crisis pregnancy.”

On his show, Richard Land discussed last week’s elections, interviewed Fred Thompson, and talked about health care reform and the abortion ban amendment.