It looks like the Family Research Council, buoyed by the success of their annual Values Voter Summit, will be hosting another such gathering early next spring called the "Faith & Family Summit":
This is a joyful season, as we celebrate Christ's birth and the peace we have with God. In the midst of all the festivities, we pray you and your family are richly blessed this Christmas.
2010 is just around the corner! You should have already received a Save-the-Date postcard for the Faith & Family Summit to be held April 29 - May 1, 2010. This year, we will meet at a new location: Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
Be on the lookout for your formal invitation which should arrive in the mail within a week. In the meantime, I encourage you to make travel plans now to come to Washington, D.C. in April. Please contact Sara Kontz at 800-225-4008 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place at the Faith & Family Summit.
In recognition of your steadfast support, FRC is pleased to provide complimentary meals and accommodations on April 29 and 30; you only need to cover transportation costs to and from Washington, D.C.
Please prayerfully consider attending the Faith & Family Summit at this critical time in our nation's history.
FRC hasn't yet made known just what this new summit will entail, but we'll be keeping an eye on developments and posting them as they become available.
Ever since Barak Obama was elected to the White House and Democrats took control of Congress, we have heard nothing from Republicans and right-wing activists but a stream of rhetoric about how they are all a bunch of Nazi-socialist-Marxist-communist-baby-killing-America-hating-anti-God radicals bent on turning this nation into a totalitarian dictatorship.
Today, Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid likened the current Republican attempt to stop healthcare reform to past efforts to stymie progress, and the Republicans are absolutely outraged:
Reid started by mimicking Republicans whom he claims have said: "'Slow down, stop everything, let's start over."
"You think you've heard these same excuses before? You're right," he continued. "In this country there were those who dug in their heels and said, 'Slow down, it's too early. Let's wait. Things aren't bad enough' -- about slavery. When women wanted to vote [they said] 'Slow down, there will be a better day to do that -- the day isn't quite right...'"
He finished with: "When this body was on the verge of guaranteeing equal civil rights to everyone regardless of the color of their skin, some senators resorted to the same filibuster threats that we hear today."
Reaction was swift. Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, who is black, questioned Reid's state of mind -- and demanded an apology.
“Harry Reid is under immense pressure to pass this 2,000 page experiment on our nation’s health – an experiment that creates a new $1 trillion dollar federal entitlement program by cutting $500 billion from Medicare, all at a time when our country is in miserable debt and facing an extreme job crisis. The pressure has apparently led Senator Reid not only to make offensive and absurd statements, but also to lose his ability to reason... Having made this disgraceful statement on the floor of the United States Senate, Mr. Reid should immediately apologize on the Senate floor to his colleagues, to his constituents, and to the American people. If he is going to stand by these statements, the Democrats must immediately reconsider his fitness to lead them.”
Senate Republicans were also furious, reported POLITICO's Meredith Shiner, who went to their Q-and-A Monday.
"They are so desperate that it is unbelievable. And for Senator Reid to go out this morning and make such an outlandish statement like he made, just is another indication of the desperation that the Democrats are showing and the pressure that they're feeling," said Sen. Saxby Chambliss (GA).
Said Sen. Tom Coburn (Okla.). "I think it's beneath the dignity of the majority leader, for one. I think it's beneath the dignity of the Senate...to make any kind of outlandish claim similar to what was made on the Senate floor this morning, and I personally am insulted by the Majority Leader."
Remember when Michael Steele likened President Obama to Stalin and Kim Jong-Il? And he's demanding an apology? Are you kidding me?
I never tire of reading right-wing attempts to explain what they see as the Left's irrational dislike of Sarah Palin, because inevitably it comes down to pseudo-intellectual nonsense about how it is all rooted in "post-abortion pain":
Many women chose the birth control route, delaying marriage and childbirth well into their thirties and even forties. Their biological clocks ticked away and they sacrificed the most fertile time in their lives for career advancement and what they thought would be true happiness.
Some, when faced with an unplanned pregnancy they believed would interfere with their careers, chose the abortion route. They sacrificed the life of their unborn child for their own personal career advancement.
Now enter Sarah Palin, a woman with a husband, children and a high-profile career. Yes, this hockey Mom went from school board, to mayor, to governor to a vice presidential candidate! And her own unplanned pregnancy ended not in the hands of an abortionist, but in the loving embrace of the Palin family.
Now when the women who sacrificed motherhood either by abortion or birth control look at Sarah, they can't stand her, even if they can't explain why. Because she was able to have a family and a career, they see her as having the best of both worlds. They see, in this confident, self-possessed, accomplished woman, surrounded by a loving family, everything they gave up.
Last week, we released our latest Right Wing Watch In Focus entitled "Rise of the New McCarthyism: How Right Wing Extremists Try to Paralyze Government Through Ideological Smears and Baseless Attacks" which contained this one passage that mentioned Americans For Limited Government:
Among the most recent targets is presidential advisor Valerie Jarrett, a longtime associate of the president’s. A group calling itself Americans for Limited Government has launched a campaign against her, claiming that her role is “to enforce Barack Obama’s will inside and outside the Obama White House” and saying:
A radical leftist with a ruthless agenda, she is the Obama advisor most responsible both for originating and orchestrating his most egregious attempts to impose a socialist regime upon the American people.
But apparently that passing reference really chapped ALG's hide, so the organization has now called us out:
Americans for Limited Government (ALG) President Bill Wilson today directly challenged People for the American Way Chair Lara Bergthold to substantiate her organization’s claims that ALG had engaged in a “McCarthy-era” attack against top advisor to Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett, on the ALG website, StopJarrett.com.
“We ask you to find one factual error on StopJarrett.com,” Wilson wrote in a letter to Bergthold. “Unlike the People for the American Way, whose website is riddled with inaccuracies, StopJarrett.com is meticulously researched. Perhaps the reason you don’t like it is because Ms. Jarrett is a radical who should have never achieved her position of power.”
Give us a break! We said in our report that ALG and others on the Right are behaving like Joseph McCarthy, "who frightened many Americans with charges that the government was infested with communist sympathizers." The fact that ALG declares that Jarrett is "responsible both for originating and orchestrating [Obama's] most egregious attempts to impose a socialist regime upon the American people" is proof of our claim. End of debate.
In an new email from Wallbuilders, David Barton declares that the "pocket veto" clause of the Constitution means that Sunday sessions in Congress are unconstitutional and declares that any member of Congress who supports working on the Sabbath needs to be tossed out of office:
On Sunday, December 6, 2009, President Obama traveled to Capitol Hill to speak to the Senate Democrat Caucus to rally their support for the federal government health care seizure and takeover plan. Following that lobbying meeting with the President, Senate leader Harry Reid took the Senate into an extremely rare Sunday session where they continued debating the many problems with the health care bill, including required abortion coverage and the public option issue.
Sunday sessions have been extremely rare because of the U. S. Constitution's Article I "Sundays Excepted" Clause, which excludes Sunday from the federal lawmaking process. The Framers of the Constitution held great respect for the Christian Sabbath and therefore removed it from the federal lawmaking calendar.
The actions of the current congressional leadership certainly call into question whether they have ever read the Constitution. If they have, they have certainly shown little respect for its clauses – clauses they swore to uphold when they took their oath of office last January 6th.
There have already been numerous instances demonstrating Congress's insistence on passing the federal health care seizure and takeover bill in blatant disregard for specific clauses of the Constitution (including the Tenth Amendment). This disregard for yet another part of the Constitution further heightens concern over the current reckless congressional agenda.
Contact your elected U. S. Representatives and Senators and find out where they stand on the issue of the Sundays Excepted Clause. If they support or make excuses for this recent congressional Sunday session, then they have affirmed their disregard for the Constitution and for their own congressional oath. If such is the case, make sure and replace them in the next election, November 2, 2010!
For the record, the "Sundays excepted" clause reads thusly:
If any Bill shall not be returned by the President within ten Days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, the Same shall be a Law, in like Manner as if he had signed it, unless the Congress by their Adjournment prevent its Return, in which Case it shall not be a Law.
Speaking of Bishop Harry Jackson, is seems as if he was recently honored at the first-ever Paul Weyrich Awards Dinner, along with a gaggle of other right-wing activists:
Well over 230 conservative leaders and guests gathered Thursday evening to celebrate the life and legacy of Paul Weyrich, a colossus in the conservative movement, who perhaps now in death even more than in life reminds conservatives that while they hold a diversity of views, a real bond exists uniting them into one conservative coalition.
Fiscal conservatives, pro-life and pro-family leaders, foreign policy and national security conservatives of many different groups found themselves together in the same room for dinner at Georgetown's Four Seasons Hotel for the first-ever Paul Weyrich Awards Dinner. There they paid tribute the man they knew as "Paul" and recognized those contemporary leaders who share his broad vision of conservatism.
Coalitions for America awarded Bishop Harry Jackson, the senior Black pastor of Hope Christian Church and leader of the fight against same-sex "marriage" in Washington D.C., the "Faith Community Leader of the Year" award. The bishop later spoke to LSN and said that unity is "something we have struggled with these last few years." However, he was encouraged by the strides being made, especially with the recent Manhattan Declaration ..."I come at these things as a person of faith," Bishop Jackson told LSN. "None of the stuff that I do I consider political really at all," emphasizing that he views his fight primarily as a "moral engagement based on faith."
"But [Paul] was such a strategist in terms of saying, 'take your principles, and then they have an impact,' as opposed to just sitting on the outside saying 'what to do, what to do.'"
The night honored many conservative finalists and all leaders outstanding in their fields and in their contributions to their movement:
The Paul Weyrich award winners were Media Person of the Year: Glenn Beck; New Media Person of the Year: Andrew Breitbart and Erick Erickson; Courageous Citizen of the Year: ACORN investigators Hannah Giles and James O'Keefe; National Legislator of the Year: Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.); Local Elected Official of the Year: Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio; Business Person of the Year: Whole Foods CEO John Mackey and Solantic Chairman Rick Scott; Faith Community Leader of the Year: pro-family leader Bishop Harry Jackson of Hope Christian Church; Conservative Hall of Fame - Lifetime Contribution: Phyllis Schlafly; Youth Leader of the Year: Students for Life executive director Kristan Hawkins; and Benefactor of the Year: mutual fund executive Foster Friess.
Bishop Harry Jackson appeared on the Family Research Council's "Washington Watch Weekly" with Tony Perkins to discuss the state of the right-wing effort to stop marriage equality in Washington, DC.
Perkins complained that nobody in the press was paying attention to the DC fight and Jackson agreed (did he forget about this?) saying there was a conspiracy afoot on the part of the media not to talk about it even though it is a national issue. And it is a national issue, Jackson explains, because just "imagine two men coming out of the National Cathedral, rice coming down, them embracing and kissing, on the front page of USA Today. That will lift the spirits of pro-same-sex marriage advocates around the country." Perkins then likens the fight over marriage equality to the Civil War and other wars, because in war that is always "a real effort to take the capital city."
- Sarah Palin goes Birther, then tries to walk it back.
- Rep. Bill Posey is using his Birther stance as a fundraising tool.
- Rick Warren's arranged marriage?
- You know what we haven't had around here for a while? Someone attacking President Obama's faith.
- The Southern Poverty Law Center reports that the Do Right Foundation, in addition to funding various Religious Right groups, also funds racist and white supremacist groups.
- Democratic senators want to sign on to the stunt amendment being prepared by Sens. Coburn and Vitter requiring members of Congress to join any public option health plan that becomes law.
- Behold: The Google Conspiracy.
- Behold also: Proof that President Obama is a Muslim who hates Christmas.
- NOM has gotten the boot from Chase's charity contest.
- Joseph Farah hates the UN ... and then complains that WND can't get UN press credentials.
- Finally, Mike Madden sat through Glenn Beck's "The Christmas Sweater" and somehow survived.
- In a video released by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Sarah Palin says the United States should rededicate itself to seeking God's will. You can see the video here.
- Sadly, Tom Tancredo is not going to run for Governor.
- It looks like Gov. Tim Pawlenty is ramping up his plans for a 2012 presidential run.
- When did CWA's Wendy Wright become an "official international election observer"?
- Elaine Donnelly is, not surprisingly, against anything and everything that might lead to the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
- Finally, the Family Research Council announced that it is launching "an eight week campaign to call all household phones in Louisiana" to generate opposition to healthcare reform.
Pat Roberston's Christian Broadcasting Network seems to be turning into the Rep. Michele Bachmann channel. Fresh off her extended interview with Robertson himself, Bachmann also sat down for an interview with CBN's Mark Martin to talk all things God:
Martin: Talk about how your faith in Jesus Christ has helped you and continues to help you.
Bachmann: Well, the Lord is my compass and he is my rock and my salvation. In Him do I trust. I was born into a Lutheran family and my parents had be baptized and took me to church every Sunday. And I'm grateful for the parents I had. It wasn't until I was 16 years of age, however, that I truly understood that I was a sinner and that I needed to repent of my sins and that I needed to have a savior who paid for those sins and so when I was 16, I went to my Lutheran altar, knelt before that altar, confessed my sins before Jesus Christ, asked Him to come into my heart, cleanse me of my sins so that I could receive his righteousness and have an assurance of salvation that when I die that that wouldn't be the end, that that would just be the beginning, that I would spend eternity forever with Him and with those who have come to know Jesus Christ. My world changed when I was 16 years of age. It was like I'd lived in darkness my entire light and it was like a door was thrown open and I saw for the first time the fullness of life, of all that there can be. Because life is not just about this world. We really are pilgrims here in this world. Our true life is our eternal life in Heaven with Jesus Christ.
Martin: What do you want your legacy to be?
Bachmann: That I was faithful to do what the Lord had called me to do because there is no, it brings tears to my eyes, that when we come to the end of our days we want to know that on our death bed that the Lord will say to us, ‘well done my good and faithful servant’ and I wish I could say that for all of my life that I have been good and that I have been faithful, I haven’t. I’m a sinner but I thank God that I have received his grace and that he has forgiven me of my sins and made a way for my salvation.
Not surprisingly, CBN's David Brody sees her a prime presidential material:
Congresswoman Bachmann has been absolutely torched by the liberal left and many in the so-called "mainstream media". Could it be because she has the whole package? You think they might see her as a tad bit dangerous? After all, she's smart, telegenic and articulate and by the looks of it she seems like she has an uncanny ability to inspire folks around the country. Just look at her role in the tea party protests and other Washington rallies. Also, she's a strong in your face woman who tells it like it is. I'm sure that drives the liberals nuts. (unless of course you're a strong liberal women!)
Hey folks, let's just be real here. Michele Bachmann is a threat. If she ran for President in 2012, she could be a serious contender. Bachmann is polished and speaks eloquently. Of course her critics will try and brand her to be another Born-Again Christian politician but she speaks to a wider audience. I'm not saying she's going to run. There are lots of factors that go into a decision like that. I'm just saying keep an eye on her. Don't write her off. She's a conservative media star who may end up giving Sarah Palin a run for her money.
If we're lucky, maybe we'll get to see a Palin/Bachmann or Bachmann/Palin ticket in 2012.
One can always hope.
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