To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
The Meaning Of Marriage Proudly Proclaimed
Earlier this week, I wrote about the effort to defend marriage in America. Sadly, one the nation’s most prestigious law firms was unwilling to defend the law defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
While American politicians, judges, lawyers and activists debate the meaning of marriage, an estimated two billion people today tuned in to watch the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Those present in Westminster Abbey, and watching around the world, heard Dr. John Hall, Dean of Westminster Abbey, deliver the introduction to the royal wedding, explaining what all the “fuss” was about. Here is an excerpt of his remarks:
“Dearly beloved, we are gathered here in the sight of God and in the face of this congregation, to join together this man and this woman in holy matrimony; which is an honourable estate, instituted of God himself, signifying unto us the mystical union that is betwixt Christ and his Church; which holy estate Christ adorned and beautified with his presence, and first miracle that he wrought, in Cana of Galilee, and is commended in Holy Writ to be honourable among all men; …
“First, it was ordained for the increase of mankind according to the will of God, and that children might be brought up in the fear and nurture of the Lord, and to the praise of his holy name.
“Secondly, it was ordained in order that the natural instincts and affections, implanted by God, should be hallowed and directed aright; that those who are called of God to this holy estate, should continue therein in pureness of living.
“Thirdly, it was ordained for the mutual society, help, and comfort, that the one ought to have of the other, both in prosperity and adversity.”
Listening to those words, I was struck by the contrast of a law firm unwilling to defend the law and a cleric boldly proclaiming the truth of God’s law; the confusion of our courts versus the natural law written by the God of Abraham.
The left likes to claim that you cannot legislate morality. But all law is someone’s concept of morality — someone’s decision that this is right and that is wrong. The culture war raging in America today is about who gets to decide; what concept of morality will prevail; whose values will our children and grandchildren inherit. Elections have consequences. That is why it is so important for men and women of faith to be fully engaged in the “good fight” for our values.
A Tremendous Reception
My sincere thanks and appreciation to everyone who prayed before my appearance yesterday at the American Jewish Committee’s Global Forum event on Evangelical support for Israel. I received a tremendous response from the audience. The AJC’s membership is very liberal, but they warmly received me and my call for a strengthened Christian-Jewish alliance to combat Islamofascism.
Many attendees came up to me after the discussion to express their gratitude to the Evangelical community for standing so strongly with Israel. It was a fantastic event that I know will lead to many more opportunities to expand our cooperation in defending Judeo-Christian civilization.
If you missed our conversation yesterday, clickhere to watch it online.
Join Me In D.C.
Mark your calendars now! The 2011 Values Voter Summit will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., October 7th through the 9th.
Confirmed speakers include Bill Bennett, Gen. William Boykin, Erick Erickson, Mark Levin and others. There will be educational sessions on a wide range of issues. My public policy group,American Values, will host a lunch Saturday, October 8th. Register now at http://www.valuesvotersummit.org/ and save $20!
I look forward to seeing you there!
Five potential Republican presidential candidates will appear tonight at a forum on federal spending and job creation in the key primary state of New Hampshire. Attending tonight’s event will be Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Tim Pawlenty, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. The event will be broadcast tonight onC-Span.
In recent elections, New Hampshire hasn’t been friendly territory for Republican presidential candidates. Granite State voters have backed Democrats in four of the last five presidential contests. Obama won the state by nine points in 2008. But a new poll suggests that Republicans might have a shot in 2012.
According to theWMUR poll, 52% of respondents disapprove of Obama’s job performance. Just 44% approve. The poll also finds Obama trailing Mitt Romney by seven points. Obama leads Pawlenty and Mike Huckabee, but both are within striking distance.
While five potential candidates gather in New Hampshire, it’s decision time for Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, who has been mulling a White House run for several months. The Indiana legislature recently passed a bill to defund Planned Parenthood. The bill is sitting on Daniel’s desk awaiting his signature or veto.CEO of Planned Parenthood, is calling on Gov. Daniels to honor his call for a “truce” on values issues and veto the bill.
Here is my advice for the governor: If you veto this bill, don’t even bother running for president. You can’t win a national campaign by offending your own base.