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Friday, February 28, 2014

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

The Ninth Circus Strikes Again

Yesterday the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued yet another ruling likely to cause the blood pressure of patriotic Americans to skyrocket. In this case, the court ruled that officials at Live Oak High School, in a San Jose suburb, were justified in ordering students to take off or turn inside out their American flag t-shirts in order to avoid racial violence.

Why would American flag shirts prompt violence? Hispanic students at the school were celebrating Cinco de Mayo, so the American flag had to be hidden. Rulings like this one have earned the court its nickname — the Ninth Circus Court of Appeals.

It is a high bar to limit free expression in this country. I recognize that school authorities have an obligation to ensure order and safety. But this ruling is incredibly ironic and infuriating. Thankfully, attorneys representing the students are promising to appeal.

School officials should be required to ensure the safety of students, particularly when it comes to students expressing their love for the country the school is in, a country that guarantees free expression!

If there was a threat of violence, perhaps school officials should have directed their efforts at the Hispanic students who were celebrating a foreign holiday in an American school. Perhaps the Cinco de Mayo celebrations should have been cancelled.

The Ninth Circuit has been a trail-blazing court in regulating every aspect of life, from redefining marriage to regulations on businesses. I don’t know how long it will take before the libertarian and business wings of the GOP realize that only one side can prevail in the culture war and that, increasingly, they are siding with the left.

The conservative coalition can only prevail when it is united. If certain elites succeed in jettisoning the values wing of the party, they will only succeed in guaranteeing that the political left will win every time. The result will be seen in higher taxes and more onerous regulations on the economy, the exact opposite of what our libertarian and business friends claim to support.

A Socialist Speaks

Deposed Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych emerged from hiding today. He held a press conference in the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don. Yanukovych had a lot to say. He spoke for more than an hour.

He blamed the West for his demise and insisted he was still in charge. He denounced the May elections as illegal, and added that he intended to “fight for the future of Ukraine.”

In the last 48 hours, the Ukrainian people have discovered that while they were barely earning enough money to keep their heat on, the socialist government led by Viktor Yanukovych, using all the rhetoric we hear in the U.S., was living in incredible luxury.

The “one percent” would be jealous seeing the lifestyle of this avowed socialist. The Swiss and Austrians have announced that they are seizing Yanukovych’s foreign assets.

It reminds me of hypocritical liberals and socialists in America who complain about energy consumption when they use more than a small subdivision. It reminds me of politicians who tell the American people not go to Las Vegas, while they fly around on taxpayer dollars to extravagant vacations; or socialists who bash capitalism while reaping tens of millions in profits.

The left has a huge advantage — the media. It never points out this hypocrisy, and frequently covers for it.

During his press conference, Yanukovych was asked whether there was anything he was ashamed of in last month. He could have talked for an hour about that alone — the people killed, the money he wasted.

Instead, Yanukovych was defiant, saying he was only sorry that he could not maintain order. Wherever in the world you find it, that is the socialist mindset — control and exploit the people.

A Role Model For Your Daughters?

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During a September 2012 event that raised $4 million for his reelection campaign, Barack Obama praised pop singer Beyonce as a role model for his daughters. The president said, “Beyonce could not be a better role model for my girls because she carries herself with such class and poise and has so much talent.” Of course, he also said he gets parenting advice from the Islamist prime minister of Turkey.

But I wonder if he still feels the same way about Beyonce. Her latest song lyrics are causing quite a stir. Consider this verse:

“Driver roll up the partition please / I don’t need you seeing Yonce on her knees … / Oh he so horny, yeah he want to f— / He popped all my buttons, and he ripped my blouse / He Monica Lewinsky-ed all on my gown… / I just wanna be the girl you like, the girl you like.”


Where was the class and poise in that filth?

Folks, I know what it is like to be a parent. I’ve raised three children, including two daughters. No one wants to be overly intrusive.

But you have to pay attention to what you’re children are listening to. That song is not a model for how young women should act. Nor is it a model for how a young man should treat someone else’s daughter.

The left likes to claim that conservatives are waging a “war on women.” It’s the exact opposite. The popular culture of the left, which assaults Judeo-Christian values of decency and reliable standards of right and wrong, debases women.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Brewer Picked The Pigskin

Sadly, as was widely predicted, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer yesterday vetoed SB 1062. Responding to her veto, Todd Starnes of Fox News tweeted, “Protect the Super Bowl or religious liberty? Brewer chose the pigskin.”

Worse than the veto was that the left was allowed to frame the debate. Legislation intended to preserve religious liberty was cast by most news outlets as an effort to restore Jim Crow laws, which prevented black Americans from being served by certain establishments. Those laws were evil and there was no motivation for them other than raw racism. And America has correctly decided that racism is wrong.

Now let’s turn to this latest dispute. America’s founding ideal is that our liberty comes from God, not government, and that this country would stand for religious liberty. That means no law can require the Amish to electrify their homes or install telephones in their homes. Self-employed Amish workers are not required to pay Social Security taxes either.

It has always been understood that if an anti-Semitic group demanded that a Kosher deli cater an event condemning Judaism, the deli owners should be able to say no. This is not a terribly controversial concept. Last year, a Rasmussen poll found that 85% of Americans believed that a Christian photographer should have the right to refuse to photograph a same-sex wedding.

In recent decades, the federal government and liberal judges have eroded various aspects of religious liberty. As a result, Congress overwhelmingly passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 1993 to protect the “free exercise” of religion. As we reported yesterday, many states have similar laws. Yet, as we also noted, current legal protections have proven insufficient when it comes to Christian photographers, bakers, florists and the like.

By the way, the word “homosexuality” did not appear once in the Arizona law. It simply said that no business would be required to do business in a way that violated the beliefs of the owner. To give another example, if a customer went into a Chick-fil-A with a button that read, “I’m gay and proud,” nothing in the law would allow the Chick-fil-A store to refuse to serve that customer.

But if the producers of the Grammy Awards went to a Chick-fil-A restaurant and said they wanted Chick-fil-A to cater the awards, which featured a mass same-sex wedding, the owner of the Chick-fil-A would be able to say:

“I’m sorry. My faith teaches me that marriage is only between one man and one woman, representing Christ’s relationship to the church, and prohibits me from participating in something that mocks the teachings of my faith.”


By the way, the left’s tolerance is a one-way street. Suppose, for example, that Focus on the Family is having a conference on the ways same-sex marriage undermines the American family and asks a gay-owned photography company to help document and publicize the event.

If the gay photographers refused, does anybody think that a state agency would force them to do it? Would companies like Apple be threatening the state government if it didn’t side with Focus? Would the NFL say, “Unless you force this gay business to serve this Christian event, we may move the super bowl”? Of course not!

Let me repeat: The culture war over the meaning of marriage was never going to stop with just the re-definition of marriage. We know the left will keep pushing. Sadly, there is no shortage of politicians who just want the issue to go away.

Some of those politicians signaled this week just how quickly they will retreat, people like Sen. McCain, Mitt Romney and, for reasons still bizarre to me, Newt Gingrich. How much more are they willing to give up?

If you are a pastor and haven’t figured this out yet, let me make it clear: Right before your eyes, significant parts of Scripture are on the verge of being declared off-limits, subjecting you to accusations of bigotry and jeopardizing the tax-exempt status of your church.

Men and women of faith must stand up and fight back. The hour is late.

Reining In The Imperial Presidency

That was the subject of a Capitol Hill hearing yesterday before the House Judiciary Committee. Professor Jonathan Turley of George Washington University warned the committee that America is at a “constitutional tipping point.”

It is important to note that Turley is not a card-carrying conservative. In fact, he’s very liberal, and conceded that he often agreed with President Obama politically. But, Professor Turley added:

“My view [is] that the president, has in fact, exceeded his authority in a way that is creating a destabilizing influence in a three branch system. … The fact that I happen to think the president is right on many of these policies does not alter the fact that I believe the means he is doing [it] is wrong, and that this can be a dangerous change in our system. And our system is changing in a very fundamental way.”

Florida International University Professor Elizabeth Price Foley concurred with Turley. Referring to the many unilateral changes to Obamacare, Professor Foley, said:

“Situations like this, these benevolent suspensions as they get more and more frequent and more and more aggressive, they’re eroding our citizens’ respect for the rule of law. We are a country of law and not men. It’s going to render Congress superfluous. …If you want to stay relevant as an institution, I would suggest that you not stand idly by and let the president take your power away.”

I couldn’t agree more! And I am left wondering why Speaker Boehner or a U.S. senator of either party has not delivered a major address defending the constitutional prerogatives of Congress.

Our Brave New World

Large segments of the public and most elites were absolutely sure that switching the leadership of the United States from the know-nothing, swaggering cowboy Bush to the urbane, ethnically diverse, world traveler Barack Hussein Obama would mean that peace would break out, diplomacy would end strife and we would become one big Coke commercial, all singing in harmony. Whoops.

This morning’s news provides adequate headlines to remind us that foreign policy must be grounded in reality. Evil exists in the world. Disputes with foreign nations often are not simple misunderstandings, but clashes between different worldviews about the nature of man and liberty.

North Korea is testing more missiles. A pro-Russian coup is taking place in the Crimea. A Russian warship has docked in Havana. Iranian warships are reportedly headed into the Atlantic. Al Qaeda is spreading throughout Africa. China is in the middle of a massive naval buildup.

Meanwhile, here at home the Obama Administration is slashing the Army to pre-World War II levels, and is presiding over the largest growth of the surveillance state in the history of the country.

Feel safe yet?

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Gay Rights vs. Religious Liberty

Arizona is ground zero in the latest culture clash. Governor Jan Brewer is under enormous pressure to veto a bill (SB 1062) that strengthens religious liberty protections for individuals.

The state legislature passed a bill intended to protect religious business owners from being forced to conduct business in any way that violates their religious beliefs. Eighteen states have laws preventing the government from substantially burdening an individual’s free exercise of religion. Where these laws fall short is when the parties involve private citizens, not the state government. SB 1062 attempted to clarify that important distinction.

For the past week, the American people have been told what the bill allegedly does. Some have outrageously suggested it is a throwback to Jim Crow laws.

But the bill was a response to a growing problem: Christian business owners, non-profit organizations and individuals are under siege from bureaucratic tolerance czars. In New Mexico, Oregon and Washington Christian photographers, bakers and florists have been sued for refusing on religious grounds to participate in homosexual weddings.

In each case, the owners were accused of violating the civil rights of homosexuals and were fined thousands of dollars. But what about the religious liberty rights of the photographer, the baker and the florist?

Catholic Charities has been forced to shut down its foster care and adoption services in several states because it would not violate the teachings of its faith by placing children in the homes of same-sex couples. When the state of Illinois forced Catholic Charities to close its doors, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield said, “In the name of tolerance, we’re not being tolerated.”

This growing intolerance is extending into the private lives of Christians too. A black professor at Gallaudet University was suspended from her job for merely signing a petition in support of normal marriage at the urging of her pastor.

The outcry against SB 1062 from the radical left and the media has accelerated a trend that has been in place for some time. The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and big businesses like Apple, AT&T, Yelp, Delta and PetSmart have come down on the side of the gay rights lobby, demanding that Governor Jan Brewer veto SB 1062. They claim that the legislation will create a hostile business environment in Arizona. The NFL is threatening to pull the 2015 Super Bowl out of Phoenix.

Now some Republican politicians are waving the white flag in this latest skirmish in the culture war. Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake want Brewer to veto the bill, as do former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and contender Newt Gingrich.

Governor Brewer has until Saturday to make her decision. She promises to do “the right thing,” and it is widely believed that she will veto the legislation.

In the last 24 hours there has been a new development. A bi-partisan group of law professors from around the country has written a joint letter to Governor Jan Brewer arguing that uninformed critics of SB 1062 have “egregiously misrepresented” the legislation. Nevertheless, those uninformed critics seem to have the loudest voices.

Make no mistake, my friends, just like Obamacare, which is forcing business owners to violate their religious beliefs by forcing them to pay for abortions, increasingly the homosexual rights movement is waging war on religious liberty. We have been warning for decades that the ultimate goal of the radical left has little to do with same-sex marriage and everything to do with putting men and women of faith into the recently vacated closet.

The left may permit you to pray in private, but your faith will be off limits in the public square. The left has even argued that laws motivated by religious beliefs are invalid. That was a major justification for the decision striking down California’s traditional marriage law.

Governors Gather In Washington

The nation’s governors were in town this week for their annual winter conference. Several governors made headlines after meeting with Barack Obama at the White House. Governor Rick Perry said he was “troubled” and “offended” by the tone Obama adopted when he addressed the governors at the White House. Governor Bobby Jindal got into a shouting match with Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy.

But what really had conservatives in Washington buzzing was not Perry or Jindal, but Governor Mike Pence of Indiana. Pence made several visits around town and appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” and on Fox & Friends Monday. He delivered a vision in those appearances, which many conservatives said sounded “Reaganesque.”

When asked in interviews about running for president in 2016, Governor Pence responded that he is focused on doing his job in Indiana. I’m sure that is true.

But with so many Americans desperately looking for someone with reliably conservative views and a Reaganesque ability to articulate them, Mike Pence once again has D.C. insiders chattering.

“Son Of God”

Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, the couple who brought hit mini-series “The Bible” to the History Channel last year, are back. This time, they are bringing the life of Jesus to the big screen. Their film “Son Of God” will open in 3,000 theaters across the country this Friday.

Downey, who plays Mary, mother of Jesus, in the film, said, “This really is a love story — the greatest love story ever told.” Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington and Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles have endorsed the movie.

Rev. Rick Warren has produced a Bible study based on the movie, which Saddleback Church will be using during the weeks leading up to Easter. Due to scenes depicting the crucifixion, the movie received a PG-13 rating and may not be suitable for young children.

In fact, Anti-Defamation League National Director Abraham Foxman also supports the film. Burnett and Downey reached out to Foxman during filming in order to avoid the inclusion of theological errors that blame Jews, rather than the sin of mankind, for the crucifixion.

“…’Son of God’ is the most sensitive, caring depiction of the story of Jesus that I have ever seen,” Foxman said. “The producers have done everything possible to put the events into historical, political and psychological context.”

Film industry projections initially expected “Son of God” to bring in about $13 million during its opening weekend. Those projections are now suggesting it could net more than $20 million. It will be interesting to see what, if anything, the Hollywood critics have to say. More importantly, will attendance figures tell us anything about our culture today?

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Obama’s Obsession — I

Almost every day when you pick up the newspaper or turn on the TV, it seems there is some new way that the Obama Administration is promoting the radical homosexual public policy agenda. The issue is its obsession.

Today’s Washington Post has a lengthy story about Uganda’s new law criminalizing homosexual behavior. The headline reads: “Ugandan President Defies U.S., Signs Anti-Gay Bill.” The subtitle warns: “Western Aid At Risk; White House Describes Law As Abhorrent.”

The new Ugandan law is harsh. But contrast the Obama Administration’s handling of Uganda to its treatment of Iran. Several years ago, Iran’s president told students at Columbia University, “In Iran, we don’t have homosexuals like in your country. … In Iran, we do not have this phenomenon.” Homosexuals are hung in the Islamic Republic.

Yesterday, Secretary of State John Kerry blasted the Ugandan law as “abhorrent,” and added that the Obama Administration would initiate “an internal review of our relationship.”

And while we are threatening to cut off aid to Uganda, an ally, John Kerry is responsible for negotiating, on behalf of the Obama Administration, an end to sanctions against Iran. This administration is sending billions of dollars to Tehran in exchange for false promises about nuclear weapons.

I do not recall hearing the president speak out against the mistreatment of homosexuals in Iran. For that matter, I have not heard him speak out against the abuse of heterosexuals in Iran either. Obama largely ignored the pro-Western Green revolution when it erupted in the streets of Tehran and was brutally suppressed.

And after five years I cannot find one example of Obama threatening to cut off aid to any Muslim country for the systematic persecution and murder of Christians.

Obama’s Obsession — II

Meanwhile, here at home, the attorney general of United States took time out of his day to tell state attorneys general that they should refuse to defend the laws of their states if they feel those laws are discriminatory. Of course, Eric Holder was talking about laws defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Six state attorneys general — all of them Democrats — have followed Holder’s lead and refused to defend the marriage laws of their states.

So we are supposed to believe that from 1776 until 2011, when Barack Obama announced that his administration would no longer support the federal Defense of Marriage Act in court, every president and virtually all elected officials were bigots because they believed in traditional marriage.

The people in a majority of states in this union have voted for laws saying that they want the definition of marriage, which has prevailed for more than 220 years, to remain the same. Are they all bigots too?

How is it that in about five years, we have gone from accepting those laws to having the highest legal officer in the country telling state attorneys general that they don’t have to defend them? This is a very dangerous precedent. A government this lawless on marriage will be lawless on other issues too.

Stop The IRS

While we’re on the topic of government lawlessness, it’s time to rein in the Obama IRS. The targeting of conservative organizations and Christian ministries was “outrageous,” as Obama said. Lois Lerner, a top IRS official, pled the fifth and refused to testify about her role in the scandal. Yet the targeting of conservatives at Obama’s IRS continues.

With its outrageous harassment efforts exposed, the IRS is now attempting to impose draconian new rules that would effectively muzzle the very organizations they were previously targeting. But the bureaucrats have run into a problem: There is a growing revolt against these new rules from left-wing groups fearful that if the regulations are enforced evenly they would be shut down too.

The ACLU has released a “blistering” analysis of the IRS rules, warning that they strike “at the heart of our representative democracy.” The Sierra Club and other liberal groups are joining the fight against the new rules.

So far, more than 69,000 public comments regarding these new rules targeting social welfare organizations have been submitted for consideration. That is a huge number. The Wall Street Journal notes that regulations involving the Keystone pipeline generated just over 7,500 comments.

TAKE ACTION: The deadline to submit public comments on these proposed IRS regulations is February 27th. The IRS needs to know that you oppose this new rule — IRS REG-134417-13.

Tell the IRS how much you appreciate the voter educational activities of social welfare organizations, and that you oppose government efforts to muzzle them.

Click here now to make your voice heard.

Dingell To Retire

Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) announced yesterday that he would not seek reelection this year. “I find serving in the House to be obnoxious,” Dingell told a Detroit newspaper. It took him 59 years to figure that out?

When Dingell broke Robert Bryd’s record to become the longest-serving member of Congress ever, he was asked by CBS’s Bob Schieffer if the 1964 Civil Rights Act “could pass Congress today.” Dingell replied, “I’ve said the other day I wasn’t sure we could pass the Ten Commandments in this place.”

I rarely agree with John Dingell, but, sadly, I suspect he’s right about that … because members of his party would overwhelmingly vote against the Ten Commandments. In fact, they have. When legislation was brought to the House floor to protect public displays of the Ten Commandments from left-wing judges, 72% of House Democrats voted against it.

NFL To Ban N-Word?

There is an effort underway in the National Football League to ban the use of the N-word. A first offense would result in a 15-yard penalty. A second offense could get a player ejected from the game.

What’s driving this? It’s not racism from white players. Sadly, the word has become so widely used among young black players that owners are disgusted when they hear it.

Dan Rooney, owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, reportedly told his players, “I don’t want that word in the locker room. I don’t want the word in the music you play. I don’t want the word on the field in the game.  …  We are better than that.  We’re not gonna have it.” Good for him.

Black sports writer Jason Whitlock applauded the NFL saying, “The people that love the N-word and love to use it are part of a culture that is still hostile towards black people, still anti-education and still very violent towards black people and I’m talking about the black people that are in love with this word. If you examine the culture that the N-word represents, it represents a culture that is anti-black.” I couldn’t agree more.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Obama Proposes Big Budget Cuts!

There was great applause today when the Obama Administration announced big budget cuts. Of course, those cuts are aimed at reducing the Army to its lowest levels since before World War II. According to one report, the plan from Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel “takes into account the fiscal reality of government austerity.”

Last week we were getting an entirely different message from the Obama White House. Thursday the Washington Post reported that Obama’s newest budget will spend tens of billions more and “would aim to reduce the emphasis on austerity.”

“Austerity” seems to be a very subjective term. The national debt has more than doubled since Obama took office.

Nevertheless, the Army is going to bear the burden of Obama’s new domestic spending plans, shedding more than 75,000 troops under Hagel’s proposal. I bet there was great acclaim for this idea … in Moscow, Beijing, Pyongyang and Tehran.

I pity the next president who takes over from Obama. They will inherit the presidency at a time of rising challenges from China and Iran, while America’s military has been weakened and our international influence has been undermined.

Poll: Obama Not A Respected Leader

After Obama’s “red line” debacles, the public seems to have buyer’s remorse about our commander-in-chief. A new Gallup poll suggests Americans now feel Obama may be a liability on the world stage.

When asked whether they thought foreign leaders respect Obama, only 41% of Americans believe they do. A majority — 53% — feel that foreign leaders do not respect our president. The poll results are not terribly surprising given that Obama’s foreign policy emphasis seems to be trusting the mullahs in Tehran with nuclear weapons and promoting homosexuality abroad.

The world becomes a very dangerous place when the United States of America loses the respect of allies and adversaries. Recent remarks from Iran’s president and supreme leader indicate that they neither fear nor respect Obama. Last month, a poll found that only 22% of Israelis trusted Barack Obama to ensure that Iran does not develop nuclear weapons.

Reacting to Obama’s foreign policy fecklessness, world chess champion and human rights activist Garry Kasparov tweeted this weekend, “I’ve said it before, but if Barack Obama had been president instead of Ronald Reagan, I’d still be a citizen of the Soviet Union.”

The Left’s Assault On Freedom

I am pleased to report that the Federal Communications Commission has put its investigation of newsrooms on hold after exposure by Fox News and groups like ours. But the tendency of the left to abuse its power and assault freedom is still alive and well.

For example, Obamacare is going to be a major issue in the upcoming election, and vulnerable Democrats are going on the attack. But they are not attempting to win over skeptical voters with a pro-Obamacare PR blitz. Instead, they are once again attempting to silence their critics.

In Michigan, Democrat Senate candidate Rep. Gary Peters is threatening the broadcasting license of a TV station airing an ad by a cancer survivor who claims Obamacare is jeopardizing her health.

While lawyers can nitpick the details of the ad, the reality is that Obamacare is hurting millions of Americans, including some suffering from cancer. Stephen Blackwood wrote a chilling letter to the editor recently about his mother’s experience with Obamacare.

Diagnosed with carcinoid cancer in 2005, Catherine Blackwood was among the millions of Americans who lost her health insurance because of Obamacare. Now the new policy she was forced to buy is refusing to pay for her life-saving treatments. Here is Stephen’s conclusion:

“I understand that the intention — or at least the rhetorical justification — of [Obamacare] was to provide coverage for those who didn’t have it. But there is something deeply and incontestably perverse about a law that so distorts and undermines the free activity of individuals that they can no longer buy and sell the goods and services that keep them alive. ObamaCare made my mother’s old plan illegal, and it forced her to buy a new plan that would accelerate her disease and death.”


While Democrats are bragging that Obamacare may give some people the freedom to work less, it is also an assault on consumer freedom that may claim some people’s lives.

Faith Communities Fighting For Family And Freedom

The battle to redefine marriage has significant implications for religious liberty and freedom. As we have reported, Christian business owners and private individuals are now being persecuted and their livelihoods put at risk for daring to live out the tenets their faith in public and even private settings.

It was encouraging to read that five religious organizations — The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, National Association of Evangelicals, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod — jointly filed an amicus brief with the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

The brief debunks the myth that normal marriage represents a form of bigotry and attests to the importance of marriage as a “vital and foundational institution of civil society.”

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals is currently hearing challenges to state marriage amendments overwhelmingly approved by the voters in Oklahoma and Utah. Whatever the court decides, its decision will likely be appealed to the United States Supreme Court. We will keep you posted.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

You Read It Here First!

If you’ve been watching Fox News in the past day or so, then you know about the latest controversy involving the Obama Administration’s efforts to silence its critics by using the Federal Communications Commission to go after the news media.

We reported on this outrageous assault on the First Amendment last week. Thankfully, Fox News is now giving the issue extensive exposure.

Here’s an update: The FCC Commissioner who ordered this so-called study of “critical information needs” is Mignon Clyburn, daughter of House Assistant Democratic Leader Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina.

So just to be clear: the daughter of a leading House Democrat has launched an investigation — a study, of course — to determine whether the media are “meeting the needs of those in varied and vibrant communities of our nation — be they native born, immigrant, disabled, non-English speaking, low-income, or other.” 

We already know there is a strong bias in the media — pro-left and anti-right. But we know that is not what is on Ms. Clyburn’s mind.

Eight “critical needs” were identified for this study: civic information, economic opportunities, education, the environment, health and welfare, transportation and political information. Given that government bureaucrats are involved, it’s a safe bet that when it comes to coverage of the environment, they will not be looking to ensure that there is balance between global warming alarmists and skeptics.

And when it comes to meeting the critical information needs of underserved populations, I can safely guarantee that they don’t mean shining a brighter spotlight on persecuted Christians. Instead, they will probably be more concerned about greater coverage of the more than 50 different genders that apparently exist. (And you thought there were only two!)

A few years ago, we were promised a fundamental transformation of American society. It is undeniably happening.

Think of things that have historically defined this country. They were so important to our Founding Fathers that they were included as the first amendments to our Constitution in order to guarantee its adoption and ratification:

The freedom of the press — under assault.

The freedom of religion — under assault. (See next item.)

The right to bear arms — under assault.

The right to be free from unreasonable searches and government intrusion — under assault.

The balance between state and federal government — under assault.

My friends, we are not powerless. We can fight back!

Every one reading this report has friends and family members. Share today’s message with them so they understand what is happening. Make sure they are all registered to vote. Volunteer for conservative candidates who are committed to fighting for our values. Working together, one voter at a time, we can win the Senate this November and begin the arduous task of taking our country back!

Faith Under Fire

The violence against Christians in Nigeria continues, as does the Obama Administration’s silence about it. Wednesday night, radical Islamists attacked another village, killing 115 people, burning 1,500 homes and buildings and destroying 400 vehicles.

As violence against Christians increases around the world, attacks on religious liberty are growing here at home.

Earlier this week, I quoted Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, who believes that our religious liberty is at risk. He also warned, “…the more that government mandates evil actions, the more likely civil disobedience [by men and women of faith] becomes.”

Archbishop Chaput is not alone. A recent survey found that 70% of senior pastors at Protestant churches believe religious liberty in America is in decline. When asked about the state of the culture war in America, 11% of pastors believe it is already lost, while 59% believe Christians are losing.

To say these findings are discouraging would be an understatement. My questions for these pastors would be, “Are you preaching about this threat? Are you preparing your congregations to stand against it?”

But there was some good news in the poll. The same survey asked American adults about their views on these issues and found that 54% of the general public feels that religious liberty is in decline. Moreover, 50% felt that Christians in America are experiencing increasing intolerance, while 39% disagreed. If a majority of the country at least recognizes there is a problem, then there is hope.

There is a very clear difference between the two parties in their approach to religious liberty.

The Obama Administration sent IRS agents to occupy the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and is attempting to force the Little Sister of the Poor and Hobby Lobby to violate their deeply held beliefs.

It is the political left that is seeking to redefine marriage and shutdown small businesses or force out employees who adhere to Judeo-Christian values.

And the mention of God was booed at the last Democratic National Convention.

In Virginia, legislation reaffirming the religious freedom of children to pray in the public schools and organize events and clubs just like other groups narrowly passed the divided state Senate on a 20-to-18 vote. It is expected to pass easily in the House of Delegates, where Republicans have a commanding majority.

But Democrat Governor Terry McAuliffe announced yesterday that he will veto the bill when it reaches his desk.

McAuliffe and Virginia Democrats never campaigned on a promise to restrict the religious liberty of young Virginians. They never made redefining marriage a top campaign theme. If they had, I doubt they would have won. And if Virginia voters were permitted a “do over,” I doubt the Democrats would win today now that their radical agenda is plain to see.

Unfortunately, the GOP failed to make the defense of traditional values a key issue in the campaign. But as politicians supported by the secular left win more and more elections, it should be no surprise that we are losing more and more of our freedoms, including religious liberty.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Whoops, He Did It Again

Barack Obama learned nothing from his rhetorical missteps regarding intervention in Syria. No doubt you recall his infamous “red line” remark from August 2012. “We have been very clear to the Assad regime … that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized,” he said.

But after chemical weapons were used a year later, Obama backtracked and denied he ever drew a red line at all. In September 2013, Obama said, “I didn’t set a red line. The world set a red line.” After threatening military action, Obama eventually backed down and invited the Russians to call the shots in Syria. Obama’s line drawing, followed by his retreat, damaged America’s credibility around the world.

Faced with another brewing foreign policy crisis, one might reasonably expect Obama to be more cautious with his rhetoric. Apparently not. Responding yesterday to the escalating violence in Kiev’s Independence Square, Obama got his crayons out again and drew yet another red line, saying:

“We hold the Ukrainian government primarily responsible for making sure that it is dealing with peaceful protestors in an appropriate way… And I want to be very clear that … we expect the Ukrainian government to show restraint… there will be consequences if people step over the line.”


What consequences? This is Vladimir Putin’s backyard. What does Mr. Obama intend to do if Russia’s Ukrainian puppet smashes the demonstrators?

In many ways, watching the news from Kiev is a surreal experience for me. I walked through Independence Square several years ago after being invited to address the inaugural Summit on Peace and Tolerance sponsored by the World Conference for Christians, Jews and Muslims, the Global Foundation for Democracy and the Ukrainian Interfaith Association. That “tolerance” conference had to have armed guards because of threats from radical Islamists.

I was honored to meet former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in Kiev, another speaker at the summit. Mrs. Bhutto is now dead, assassinated in 2007 by jihadists, and Independence Square is in flames.

By the way, it should be noted that Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych is a leftist thug allied with the Kremlin. Venezuela, also in the midst of civil strife, is governed by a leftist thug who is constantly seizing more and more power. Add North Korea, ruled by communist thug, to the list. This week the United Nations formally accused that Stalinist regime of committing crimes against humanity.


Global Warming Causes Crime?

A new study purports to tell us that global warming causes crime. That’s odd. For years the left has tried to convince us that guns cause crime.

From 2010 until 2099, the study estimates, global warming will account for a “2.2% increase in murders, a 3.1% increase in cases of rape, a 2.3% increase in aggravated assaults, a 1.2% increase in simple assaults, a 1% increase in robberies, a 0.9% increase in burglaries, a 0.5% increase in cases of larceny and a 0.8% increase in cases of vehicle theft.”

Of course this is just plain nuts. Guns don’t cause crime and neither does global warming. Crime goes up when increasing numbers of people reject the Judeo-Christian moral code — something the left cheers.

While we’re on the subject, Secretary of State John Kerry recently declared climate change to be “perhaps the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction” and “the greatest challenge of our generation.”

Seriously, Mr. Secretary? A nuclear-armed Iran, which is increasingly likely under this administration, would seem to be a far greater challenge to our generation. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is demanding Kerry’s resignation, tweeting, “A delusional secretary of state is dangerous to our safety.”

Newt is not alone in his criticism of Kerry’s remarks. Two professors of atmospheric science and fellows of the American Meteorological Society, have published an op-ed arguing that the science of global warming, in their view, is not only far from settled, but flawed. Consider this excerpt:

“The warming numbers most commonly advanced are created by climate computer models built almost entirely by scientists who believe in catastrophic global warming. …We might forgive these modelers if their forecasts had not been so consistently and spectacularly wrong. …The models also fail to get details of the past climate right.”


It is political and journalistic malfeasance that is allowing global warming hype to derail critical infrastructure projects like the Keystone pipeline, while diverting tax dollars to boondoggles such as Solyndra and expensive alternatives that kill birds and consume massive amounts of land.


Speaking Of Hype…

California bureaucrats are patting themselves on the back. Covered California, the state’s Obamacare equivalent, is exceeding enrollment expectations, or so they say. But let’s add some context.

More than one million Californians had insurance policies cancelled because of Obamacare. State officials also refused to let insurance companies extend those policies. Far from being a success, the Golden State’s social engineers have simply recycled prior customers, many of whom are now struggling to find doctors who will accept the new Obamacare policies. By the way, Covered California is already facing a projected deficit of nearly $80 million.

Meanwhile, the Obama White House is trying to brag about weak enrollment numbers from the federal exchange. But insurance industry estimates suggest that those figures are likely to be revised significantly downward because 20-30% of enrollees are not paying their premiums.


Pray For The Peace Of Jerusalem

I spent a good part of yesterday afternoon at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C., speaking with key leaders about the growing dangers in the Middle East. I am not at liberty to divulge the details of those private talks, but I want to urge all our readers to pray for the peace for Jerusalem. You only need to skim the latest headlines to understand why.

While the Obama Administration pins its hopes on a scrap of paper, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said this week that “the nuclear negotiations will lead nowhere.” During a meeting yesterday with leaders of the Palestinian Authority, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reportedly called for the “liberation of [Jerusalem] from the yoke of Israel.” Neither man sounds particularly eager to “give peace a chance.”