August 26, 2009
Recently, the City of North Richland Hills (near Fort Worth) received a letter from the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), an organization whose goal is to remove religious expression from the public square. The City’s Council meetings begin with prayer, which does not usually refer to God or Jesus specifically, but is often closed by the phrase “In His Name” or “In Your Name.” Following a complaint from one citizen, FFRF has taken it upon itself to punish a city for engaging in voluntary, constitutionally-permitted prayer before important meetings. We are in communication with the city. This is just one more example of the extreme left’s attempt to stifle religious free speech.
Sound off! Should city hall meetings include prayer?
August 14, 2009
This year’s big Values Voter Summit added yet another well-known speaker: our own Kelly Shackelford, president of Free Market Foundation! At the Summit, Kelly will get the chance to talk about our work to save the Mojave Desert War Memorial (www.DontTearMeDown.com) to the thousands of people in attendance. If you haven’t signed up to attend, visit www.ValuesVoterSummit.org!
July 8, 2009
We’ve had an amazing outpouring of support from patriotic Americans like you who are willing to stand up to left-wing organizations and say…
“You can’t tear down my memorials, and you can’t tear down my freedom!”
So far, over 32,000 friends have joined us in the fight to save The Mojave Desert Memorial Cross by signing our online petition of support. By signing the petition, you can thank America’s Veterans for their service and let them know that you will fight to protect our nation’s war memorials. If you haven’t yet signed the petition, please take a few minutes right now and show your support for our brave American soldiers.
If you have already signed the petition, please encourage 5 of your friends or family to join you in taking a stand against those who wish to suffocate our freedom and desecrate our nation’s memorials.
If all of our 32,000 friends who have signed the petition so far recruited just 5 more people, we would have over 160,000 voices of support!
We must spread the word about the travesty that the ACLU is trying to perpetrate upon American values. Please don’t let the liberal left silence the voices of freedom. Stand up and be counted by sharing this critical issue with your friends and family now. Together, we will let those who wish to suffocate our freedom know, “I won’t be torn down!”
June 24, 2009
Last week, we told you about the attempt to pass the Employment Non Discrimination Act (ENDA) by Sen. Barney Frank (D-MA). ENDA is a direct threat to religious freedom and traditional marriage nationwide. ENDA prohibits both public and private employers from making employment decisions (hiring, firing, advancement, etc.) based on an employee’s actual or perceived sexual behavior, ambiguously defined as “sexual orientation.” This completely redefines the concept of protected classes in American law, granting sexual orientation the same employment protections as race, placing sexual behavior on the same level as the immutable traits of sex and ancestry. In fact, many homosexual activist leaders have argued this law, putting race and sexual orientation on the same level, is a key step in overturning marriage laws nationwide. Some versions of ENDA even include special employment protections for transvestites and individuals who undergo sex-change operations. While churches and church-sponsored schools appear to be exempted for now, religious businesses and religious employers with at least 15 employees are not. Religious conscience is not recognized. ENDA actually passed the U.S. House of Representatives last time, but did not make it through the Senate because of a threatened veto by President Bush.
Click here to read more about ENDA. Click here to see how your Representative voted on ENDA last session! Be educated and pass this along to others as we prepare to battle against passing this bad law.
June 10, 2009
A new product hit the market recently: “Boy or Girl Gender Prediction Test” by IntelliGender, which claims to identify a baby’s gender at ten weeks. According to IntelliGender, the product is successful 78-80 percent of the time, and should be used by parents to shorten the “excruciating” wait for the 20-week sonogram. However, Jennifer Parks, co-director of Loyola University Chicago’s Programs in Health Care Ethics, noted this about the Prediction Test: “Say a woman has three daughters and wants to get pregnant one last time to have a baby boy. If she takes the test at 10 weeks, and it’s not the sex she wants, she may want to terminate and try again.” While the manufacturers of the product disavow such thinking, it may clearly be used in that manner.
What do you think? Does this raise the risk of gender selection among parents or is it like any another medical advance?
June 4, 2009
In a reflection of the new administration’s acceptance and furthering of the homosexual agenda, President Obama proclaimed the month of June to be LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) pride month in the United States. According to the President’s press release posted on WhiteHouse.gov, “the principles upon which our Nation was founded” should include equality for the LGBT community, extending to include such laws as hate crimes, civil unions, and rescinding the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”. View the full press release on the WhiteHouse.gov site here.
Also, the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary heard testimony yesterday on how our current immigration standards do not account for American homosexuals whose partners live in other countries and want to move to the U.S. As it stands, the U.S. does not provide protections for homosexuals whose partners wish to be married and have the same legal rights as immigrants who marry American citizens. There is now legislation sponsored by 102 Representatives and 17 Senators that would change all that. If this legislation is passed, it would violate the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) because the federal government would recognize same-sex couples and require all states to do the same.
What do you think about these two issues? Are they assaults on marriage or do we have to “keep up with the times”?
May 13, 2009
Plano, TX (May 12, 2009) – Free Market Foundation’s legal arm announced today that the Internal Revenue Service found that pastors who gathered in 2006 for a series of public policy conferences and included Gov. Rick Perry as a speaker, had every right to do so and that the organizers of the events did not violate any tax laws that govern non-profit organizations.
“This liberal attempt to intimidate pastors has backfired,” said Kelly Shackelford, president of Free Market Foundation, which represented event organizers. “There is now a clear IRS statement outlining these pastors’ events and approving them as valid under the law.”
In January 2008, the IRS began its investigating into the Niemoller Foundation who held six conferences in 2006 calling pastors to stand up for moral issues and to encourage their congregants to get involved in the political process. The investigation came as a result of a complaint filed by the Texas Freedom Network (TFN), a left-leaning Austin based political organization, who accused the non-profit group of breaking the law by trying to influence political campaigns. Specifically, TFN accused the religious organization of “encouraging pastors at the gatherings to mount voter registration drives and turn congregants out at the polls.” TFN also accused the group of “dragging churches into Gov. Rick Perry’s reelection campaign” after learning that he was a guest speaker at the events. The IRS ruled the pastors’ conferences were legal.
“We educate churches on moral issues facing our society and encourage them to participate in the democratic process,” said Laurence White, director of the Niemoller Foundation and a Lutheran pastor. “The IRS has unequivocally affirmed the right of pastors nationwide to come together as spokesmen for the Word of God, to interact with political leaders, historians and scholars in discussing the moral issues under debate within our culture and to assert their Biblical responsibility to address such issues from their pulpits.”
A number of liberal groups have been in a national campaign filing IRS complaints against religious leaders and pastors. “Be careful what you hear from these liberal organizations,” Shackelford said. “They sound very confident and file many complaints yet none are found valid even by the IRS.”