Wednesday, December 10, 2008

American Life League Press Release

MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
10 December 2008
CONTACT: Katie Walker
540.659.4942 kwalker@all.org

A.L.L. PERSONHOOD CONFERENCE FEATURES PRO-LIFE NEW MEDIA STARS

Washington, DC (10 December 2008) – American Life League will feature two of the most innovative new voices in the pro-life movement at their Training and Activism Week and Personhood Conference Jan. 21-23.

The TAW will feature Jill Stanek, renowned pro-life blogger and former nurse who launched the Born Alive Truth campaign during the 2008 presidential elections, and Lila Rose, the UCLA student president of Live Action Films who outed Planned Parenthood's cover-up of statutory rape and acceptance of racially motivated donations.

"Jill and Lila's work with new technology and media has helped uncover the truly despicable activity of the pro-abortion movement in America as well as introduce a whole new generation of people to the war on the preborn," said Marie Hahnenberg, project director for ALL's Personhood Conference and Rock for Life's Training and Activism Week. "Jill and Lila have invigorated and inspired thousands of people to take a stand for life and we're very excited to hear their testimony."

Both Stanek and Rose are Life Prizes award winners. Life Prizes from the Gerard Health Foundation is an annual prize program recognizing "those on the front lines of the greatest human life battle of our day."

The Personhood Conference on Jan. 23 will also feature ALL president Judie Brown, Ambassador Alan Keyes, David Bereit of 40 Days for Life, and Kristi Burton, architect of the Colorado Personhood Initiative.

"The pro-life movement has always had personhood for the preborn as our ultimate objective and the recent elections have made that an even more urgent objective," Hahnenberg said, "and we're excited to be able to start the year with a conference that will focus on just that."

The ALL Training and Activism Week and Personhood Conference will take place Jan. 21-23.

American Life League was cofounded in 1979 by Judie Brown. It is the largest grassroots Catholic pro-life organization in the United States and is committed to the protection of all innocent human beings from the moment of creation to natural death. For more information or press inquiries, please contact Katie Walker at 540.659.4942.


FOR MORE INFORMATION:

American Life League: Training and Activism Week and Personhood Conference
http://www.rockforlife.org/taw/

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Katie Walker
Director of Communication
American Life League
1179 Courthouse Road
Stafford, Virginia 22554
540.659.4942
kwalker@all.org
http://www.all.org/

Founding Fathers Quote

A nation of well informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins.

Benjamin Franklin

Catholic League News Release

ANTI-CHRISTMAS STRATEGIES EVOLVE

Catholic League president Bill Donohue explains how the anti-Christmas agenda has changed:

“There was no anti-Christmas agenda until the 1980s, and at that time it was led by the ACLU. The strategy of choice was to ban the display of religious symbols, especially the crèche, on public property. This legal strategy, which worked relatively well, has been superseded by a cultural strategy. The goal now is to dilute the significance of Christmas via contrived competition. To wit: every religious, racial and ethnic heritage—including invented ones like Kwanzaa—is now celebrated in December.

“It is important to note that the agenda is not a positive one; it is not designed to honor world traditions. No, the agenda is negative—it is designed to combat Christmas. Here’s a splendid example.

“Margaret Downey, founder of the Freethought Society of Greater Philadelphia, sued Chester County in 2001 because a large Ten Commandments plaque was displayed at the Chester County Courthouse. After winding its way through the courts, Downey lost. Chester County, however, decided that the courthouse lawn should be open to all seasonal displays. The crèche and menorah were quickly displayed and now the lawn is adorned with Downey’s ‘Godless Holiday Tree’; it is decorated with the book covers of atheist tracts.

“True to her multicultural religion, Downey is not against all religions—it’s just Christianity that gets her goat. ‘We’d love to see Kwanzaa candles and a Buddha statue, too,’ she said. Buddha is okay because it represents an Eastern religion (Western religions are taboo).

“It’s not just Downey and her merry band of atheists who ascribe to the contrived competition strategy. Elementary school teachers in New Jersey informed officials at William Paterson University that they would not take their students to a holiday show if it just centered on Christmas. They won. The moral of the story is: Best to throw the Nothought Scrooges a bone if the kids are to see Santa.”

Susan A. Fani
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
catalyst@catholicleague.org
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3191
212-371-3394 (fax)

http://catholicleague.org/release.php?id=1527

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Update from the House Republican Study Committee (RSC)

Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Chairman


The House is scheduled to return to session tomorrow, December 9, 2008.

“There is not a more important and fundamental principle in legislation, than that the ways and means ought always to face the public engagements; that our appropriations should ever go hand in hand with our promises. To say that the United States should be answerable for twenty-five millions of dollars without knowing whether the ways and means can be provided, and without knowing whether those who are to succeed us will think with us on the subject, would be rash and unjustifiable. Sir, in my opinion, it would be hazarding the public faith in a manner contrary to every idea of prudence.”

--James Madison, Speech in Congress, April 1790


Contents—December 8, 2008

Conservative Activity
The Money Monitor


Conservative Activity


--Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) this week will introduce legislation that would give taxpayers a two-month tax holiday in 2009 and eliminate Treasury Secretary Paulson’s remaining $350 billion “bailout” authority. For more details, click here:

http://rsc.hensarling.house.gov/UploadedFiles/CA_120808_gohmerttaxholiday.pdf.


--Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) condemned House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) insistence that bankruptcy for the American auto companies is “not an option.” Read more here:

http://rsc.hensarling.house.gov/UploadedFiles/CA_120808_flakebankruptcy.pdf.


--Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) is proposing a tax incentive for Americans to buy American-made cars. See a short video clip of Rep. Lamborn here:

http://clips.shadowtv.net/media/stv/3343/10/2008/338/16/3343_10_20081203_163819_99.wmv.


--Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) is expressing skepticism over efforts to “bailout” the American automakers. See a video clip of Rep. Garrett here:

http://garrett.house.gov/UploadedFiles/120208_MSNBC.wmv.


--Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) is also demanding that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke open the books of the Federal Reserve’s lending facilities. Read Rep. Garrett’s specific requests here:

http://rsc.hensarling.house.gov/UploadedFiles/CA_120808_garretttransparency.pdf.


--Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) will soon introduce the State and Local Sales Tax Deduction Expansion Act, which would permanently allow all taxpayers to deduct state and local sales tax payments from their federal income taxes, even if they also deduct state income tax payments. Click here for more information:

http://rsc.hensarling.house.gov/UploadedFiles/CA_120808_blackburnsalestax.pdf.


--Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) wrote this op-ed about the promise of a Republican future:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/dec/08/the-republican-future/.


--Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA) wrote this op-ed about the possibility of taxing cow flatulence:

http://rsc.hensarling.house.gov/UploadedFiles/CA_120808_pittscows.pdf.


To see related legislation (H.R. 6666) by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), click here:

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d110:h.r.06666:/.


--Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) spotlighted his "egregious earmark of the week," which shows that there’s a hitch in the appropriations process:

http://rsc.hensarling.house.gov/UploadedFiles/CA_120808_flakepicnic.pdf


To view other activities of House conservatives, visit this webpage: http://rsc.hensarling.house.gov/MemberActivity/.


The Money Monitor

Each week in "The Money Monitor," the RSC tracks how the bills passed by the House would affect authorizations, mandatory spending, appropriations, and federal government revenue. Although the House was in session last week, no new spending was authorized. To view "The Money Monitor" for the week of December 1-5, 2008, which includes year-to-date totals, click here:

http://rsc.hensarling.house.gov/UploadedFiles/MM_120108.pdf.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Catholic League News Release

GAY HYSTERIA OVER VATICAN U.N. POSITION

On December 10, the French will submit to the U.N. General Assembly a declaration in support of decriminalizing homosexuality. The Vatican opposes the declaration on the grounds that some of its wording could be construed to impose gay marriage in law. The reaction among gay activists has been hysterical. Here are some examples:

· The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation says the Vatican “brushed off accusations of supporting violence against gay[s]”
· The Rainbow Sash Movement says the pope is “the Catholic General leading the dirty war” on gays
· Arcigay, an Italian gay rights group, accuses the Vatican of saying “That it is normal to kill a homosexual”
· Peter Tatchell, an English activist, says “The Holy See is so viciously homophobic” that it won’t oppose “the murder” of gays
· A San Francisco “alternative” media outlet,
beyondchron
, opines that the “Vatican Doesn’t Care About Execution of Gays”
· The
bigqueer
blog says “the Vatican doesn’t think that we should stop persecuting, or let’s just say, killing, GLBT people”
·
daddydanforth
blog has a piece entitled “Vatican Thinks LGBTQ Are Criminals”
·
ozwayssomething
accuses the Vatican of “condoning those countries that impose the death penalty upon homosexuals”
· “Catholic Church Opposes U.N. Resolution to Stop Homosexual Executions” is the headline on
lesbianofcolornews
· The National Secular Society has a story on “Vatican Would Rather Gay People Were Executed Than Married”

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments as follows:

“In addition to these slanderous remarks, three dissident Catholic groups have condemned the Vatican: Dignity, Call to Action and News Ways Ministry. An anti-Catholic group, Catholics for Choice, has predictably chimed in. Moreover, vigils will be held on Dec. 10 outside some Catholic churches.
All the above have maliciously distorted the Vatican’s position.”

Susan A. Fani
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
catalyst@catholicleague.org
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3191
212-371-3394 (fax)

http://catholicleague.org/release.php?id=1526

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Sunday, December 07, 2008

We Remember

Today is Pearl Harbor Day. Let's keep in prayer all of our veterans who served so proudly on that day and all of our current armed forces.