Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Conservative Radio Talk Show Hosts Traveling To Iraq

Hey Chris,

There are a bunch of radio hosts traveling to Iraq to do their shows live - which is an amazing opportunity. I told them how wonderful you are and they would love for you to come... what do you think?

Best,
Kristen

The FIRST sanctioned group of radio hosts are traveling to Iraq's Green Zone to record their shows live and talk with injured soldiers. Move America Forward has been invited by Central Command to participate in this amazing opportunity.Confirmed participants include:

Melanie Morgan (KSFO – San Francisco)
Mark Williams (KFBK – Sacramento)
Martha Zoller (WDUN – Atlanta)
John Batchelor (WABC – NY and syndicated)
Michael Graham (WMAL - DC)
Lt. Col. Buzz Patterson (XM Satellite Radio)

The itinerary is still being finalized, but here it is to date:7/10 – arrive Tampa, FL 7/11 – shows and BBQ at "Coalition Village," MacDill AFB, with CENTCOM commanders and staff7/12 – leave for Kuwait – arrive on the 13th7/13 - arrive Kuwait and go immediately to Baghdad for two days.7-16, 17 and 18 - back in Kuwait to meet with soldiers and do radio programs.7/19 back home

For more information, please contact Kristen Schremp or Siobhan Guiney

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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Edward Klein, author of "The Truth About Hillary" to appear on "The Dickson/Chappell Report" July 23rd from 9:30-10:00

Click on Hillary's picture on the right side of this page to order your copy of "The Truth About Hillary" from Amazon.com before the interview!

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Monday, June 27, 2005

Congressman Mike Pence On Desecration Of The American Flag

From remarks Thursday 6/23/05 on the House Floor by Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN)

"Raise Old Glory to her lawful place"

On February 23, 1945, after surviving the bloodiest battle since Gettysburg, a platoon of Marines trudged up Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima with a simple task: to raise the American flag above the devastation below. When the flag was raised by Sergeant Mike Strank and his platoon, history records that a thunderous cheer arose from our troops on land and on the sea, in foxholes and on stretchers.

It is written, "Without a vision, the people perish." On that day, when the American flag began flapping in the wind high above Iwo Jima, the troops were provided with a vision that inspired and rallied them to victory in the Pacific. Mr. Speaker, the flag is still the vision for all Americans who cherish those who stood ready to make the necessary sacrifices for freedom.

By adopting the Flag Protection Amendment, we will raise Old Glory yet again. We will raise her above the decisions of a judiciary that was wrong on our law, history and values. We will say to my generation of Americans those unwelcome words, "There are limits." Out of respect for those who served beneath it and those who died within its sight, we must say that there are boundaries necessary to the survival of freedom and democracy...

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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

"The Truth About Hillary" by Edward Klein GET YOUR COPY NOW! ORDER HERE!

The following is the Associated Press story about the release of the new book "The Truth About Hillary."

To get your copy of the book CLICK ON HILLARY'S PICTURE ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE SCREEN.

Conservative groups are promoting a Hillary Rodham Clinton biography that hits bookstores Tuesday as a work so damning it could destroy any possible bid for the presidency in 2008.The 305-page book, "The Truth About Hillary: What She Knew, When She Knew It, and How Far She'll Go to Become President," by Edward Klein, portrays the New York senator as a ruthless and ambitious woman who would stop at nothing to protect her husband's presidency and promote a Clinton II administration headed by her.

While promotional material from Sentinel books, a conservative imprint launched by the Penguin Group, promises a work that "contains shocking new accounts of key moments in Hillary Clinton's private and political life," the book relies heavily on earlier works about the former first lady.

"She's been written about so frequently that it's impossible not to cover some of the same ground," Klein told The Associated Press in an interview Monday. He said, however, that the book contains plenty of new material and insights.

There are 30 pages of end notes, many of which cite those previous works as grist for Klein's coverage of President Clinton's womanizing, his wife's efforts to save him from the Monica Lewinsky scandal and the prominent role the first lady played during her husband's White House years. Other sources cited by Klein are often anonymous.The Clinton camp lashed out at the work Monday.

"We don't comment on works of fiction, let alone a book full of blatant and vicious fabrications contrived by someone who writes trash for cash," said Philippe Reines, a spokesman for the senator.

Jim Kennedy, a spokesman for former President Clinton, also called the book "trash."

Will Weisser, Sentinel's associate publisher, said 350,000 copies have been printed.

Such works, according to former Clinton adviser-turned critic Dick Morris, can backfire."Personal attacks on Hillary Clinton and her marriage only tend to invigorate her and permit her to characterize all criticism as extreme and personal," wrote Morris in an e-mail exchange with the AP. He added: "These personal shots obscure the more serious questions about her lack of qualifications to be a good president."

To Klein, a former editor of The New York Times Sunday Magazine and author of "The Kennedy Curse," Clinton is a sort of latter-day Richard Nixon, constantly reinventing herself.

"The comparison between Hillary Clinton and Richard Nixon can be pushed only so far," Klein writes, however. "Whereas Nixon sought power in large part to overcome his low self-esteem, Hillary seeks power because she has unrealistically high self-esteem."

But Klein does gives her credit, of a sort, for her work in the Senate."To the surprise of many, Hillary turned out to be more than equal to the task of winning friends on both sides of the aisle," he writes, before adding: "No one saw the other side of Hillary Clinton's face, which she kept carefully hidden behind a mask of collegiality."

"If you are a fair-minded, balanced journalist, you have to say Hillary has performed brilliantly in the last five years, and that's what makes her such a formidable politician," Klein told the AP.

The author said he expects Clinton to win easy re-election to the Senate next year, to capture the Democratic nomination for president in 2008 and to have "a real shot at winning red states" in the election.

"I think she would be, in the White House, a Nixonian president and a danger to the republic," Klein said.

The work is being touted by, among others, the Conservative Book Club, which is owned by the parent company of Regnery Publishing. Regnery produced "Unfit for Command," the book that attacked Sen. John Kerry's Vietnam War service and was written by a leader of the anti-Kerry Swift Boat Veterans.

NewsMax.com, a conservative Web site backed by Clinton critic Richard Mellon Scaife, says "publishing insiders say the book and its revelations could destroy her bid for the presidency in 2008."

An excerpt earlier this month in the July issue of Vanity Fair drew criticism from the liberal-leaning Media Matters group, which said Klein's work contained numerous errors.

Readers will learn from the book, thanks to an interview with fifth-grade boyfriend Jim Yrigoyen, that Clinton can be one tough cookie. The old sweetheart recalled how the young Hillary Rodham had entrusted him with watching over some baby rabbits. He made the mistake of giving one to a neighbor.

"She hauled off and punched me in the nose," Yrigoyen said.

As of Monday, the book was ranked No. 18 in sales on Amazon.com.© 2005 The Associated Press

(As of Wednesday it was ranked No. 1 )

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Tim Graham vs Big Bird and Oscar The Grouch

Color me shocked that the House Republicans are proposing big cuts in funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. After all, in our trillion-plus-dollar federal budget, what comparably puny $100 million cut is most likely to make the front page of the Washington Post? Which agency cannot be mentioned by liberal reporters without the words "Sesame Street" or "Clifford the Big Red Dog" seeping into the first paragraph?

But the public broadcasters are also shocked. They had no idea it was coming. You can be assured of this. Because every hint of a whisper of a cut gets treated like the planet was about to combust spontaneously. Over the weekend, many PBS and NPR stations began airing campaign commercials lobbying their audience to call Congress and raise a ruckus against the cuts. Here in Washington, WETA ran a roughly 50-second commercial sounding the alarm at least five times: After the NewsHour, after Washington Week, after Now, after the last Tucker Carlson Unfiltered, and after Charlie Rose. They put their hyperbole in heavy rotation.

As you can see very quickly in the media accounts, the PBS lobby is loud, obnoxious, and full of exaggeration. John Lawson of the PBS station lobby is typical: He says this is "at least malicious wounding, if not outright attempted murder, of public broadcasting in America." While Lawson casts House Republicans as the aspiring Lorena Bobbitts and Lizzie Bordens of PBS, they once again go out and find itty-bitty red-state public broadcasters to predict their impending doom, in this case Alaska. If you're blessed with youth and missed this routine in 1995 under Newt Gingrich, just know it's all in the playbook. (CBS did an NPR-boosting segment in 1995 with accordion-playing grandmas in Sitka, Alaska, saying, 'See, no effete liberalism here!')

The first answer to that claim -- don't starve the little red-state stations -- is to tell Mr. Lawson that perhaps the wealthy mega-stations with hundreds of employees (WGBH in Boston, for example) can forego their federal funding for their sister stations' behalf. Fat chance.

Today's story on the campaign commercials in the Washington Post puts the proposed cuts in a real-world context. WETA says the cuts would amount to about $1 million for them....and WETA had revenues of almost $67 million. Does the word "devastating" come to mind? Hardly. But that's the lobbying language they're using.

So begin the conservative playbook with this defense. Liberals are not allowed to claim both that a) public broadcasting barely takes any money from the federal government and b) taking away $100 million is "attempted murder" of the system. That's especially true when a big private benefactor (McDonald's heiress Joan Kroc) just left NPR with $200 million -- twice as much as the first year's proposed cut -- in a private donation. Know that public broadcasting is very fat and happy and established. They have around 350 PBS stations (my colleague Brent Baker says ABC, CBS, and NBC each have fewer than 200), and more than 700 NPR affiliates.

Taking the federal funding out would in no way destroy the system, but it would make public broadcasters work harder for their money, and perhaps pay more attention to serving their consumers. Oh, I'm sorry, the lefties of public broadcasting prefer to see their listeners as "citizens, not consumers." (If you're conservative, you're neither. You're just the poor sap whose taxes are used to besmirch you.)

At worst, denying the public-broadcasting empire their federal funding might trim the station list a bit. In many large markets, there are duplicative PBS and NPR affiliates. In Washington, there are three PBS stations, and for NPR listeners, WAMU and WETA are becoming more and more indistinguishable. Each has dumped most of their musical formats (WAMU's was bluegrass, WETA's classical) for more NPR news/talk programming, leaving those musical "consumers" angry as each station eyes -- shhh -- better ratings and pledge drives. In today's empire of public broadcasting, most licensing stations are publicly owned by universities and other local nonprofits. They are not owned and operated from Washington, where politicians in the capital can close or sell stations, but their noncommercial frequencies can be sold for other purposes. For example, in Washington a few years ago, the University of the District of Columbia sold its (largely jazz) station to C-SPAN, which now broadcasts C-SPAN Radio locally.

But know this: Threats to federal PBS/NPR funding are fantastic for station donation levels. In 1995, Newt Gingrich's talk of zeroing out of federal funding, which spurred the last wild tales of Big Bird on the gallows, led to a more than 15 percent increase in donations, which might suggest losing 15 percent of federal funding isn't much of a "murder." The bottom line is this: The public-broadcasting empire wants to be government-funded, as well as funded from every other direction. They want a European, BBC-style feel to the system, even as they squeeze every Happy Meal penny out of private donors. They find it distasteful, if not inconceivable, to be privatized and statist as the same time.

One obvious fiscal answer to fewer federal dollars for PBS: a few commercials. But that's heresy in the PBS system, which likes to be less obvious in its pursuit of the almighty dollar. There is one glaring exception to a no-commercial policy: PBS's little self-promotional ads. After you watch a half-hour of ridiculously imbalanced liberal programming (like Now with David Brancaccio), you get a smooth TV ad that asserts, "Who do you trust to tell all sides of a story? Who do you trust to let all voices be heard? Who do you trust to teach your children? Who do you trust to help make sense of it all? Americans trust PBS more than any other television network." That's their purchased Roper poll talking. Your federal dollars go to polling and advertising for more federal dollars.

This is perhaps the most obvious imbalance in public broadcasting. They constantly come on with these commercials and plead all the way through pledge drives about how precious they are and how fair and how educational and how much they need their money (and you don't need to know about people like Bill Moyers and Ken Burns who make millionaires of themselves with the PBS book and DVD spinoffs). Can you imagine PBS being balanced enough for an anti-pledge drive? Where someone gets to come on for ten minutes and tell you why you should not contribute? Or a slick TV commercial at the end of a biased PBS show telling you: "Who just paid for this show claiming Bush and Cheney feed off the corpse of war? You did, with your tax dollars. Make sure to tell your congressman how much you appreciate having your conservative leaders maligned at taxpayer expense." Balance wouldn't seem very fair to the folks at PBS. They're use to having their way and making us pay.

END of Reprint of Graham article on National Review Online.

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Stop Federal Funding For Human Embryo Research

Chris,

Federal law clearly bans using federal funds for research on human embryos. We fought hard for this victory to protect the unborn! But the former administration discovered a loophole around existing law and now the National Institutes of Health is accepting applications to distribute federal funds for human embryo stem cell research.

President Bush has gone on record stating his opposition to such research, but pressure is mounting from all sides to push him to accept this loophole!

The CENTER FOR RECLAIMING AMERICA is conducting this petition drive to keep our tax dollars from being used to fund research on human embryos -- human life at its most vulnerable stage!

We need your help to urge President Bush to uphold his stand for life by sending him 100,000 petitions right away.

Please sign the petition right now. Then, help us spread this grassfire for the unborn on the Internet by alerting your friends.

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Thanks again for standing for the unborn.

D. James Kennedy, Ph.D.

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Monday, June 20, 2005

"The Passion of The Christ" composer John Debney in Rome July 6th, 2005

Dear Chris,

The Passion of The Christ Symphony is being held at Santa Cecilia Arena in Rome on July 6th. This concert is being conducted and was written by the Academy Award nominated composer John Debney who scored the film of the same name. This is the premiere event for the concert and nearly 200 musicians will be on stage (93 instrumentalist, 86 choir members) including soloist/colyricist Lisbeth Scott ( who has appeared on your program several times) and woodwind musician Pedro Eustache. Using Rome as the launching point of a tour has great significance both because of its historical connections to the subject matter and the fact that the film was shot in Italy. I would be delighted to set up another interview with you and John Debney (this time in Rome) and invite you to cover the event.

Ray Costa




OSCAR NOMINATED SCORE TO THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST
BECOMES THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST SYMPHONY
WORLDWIDE PREMIERE JULY 6TH IN ROME, ITALY

(Los Angeles, CA) The Passion of the Christ, a worldwide phenomenon as both a film and score album, continues its miraculous momentum with The Passion of the Christ Symphony, written and conducted by Academy Award nominated composer John Debney. Its worldwide premiere performance takes place on July 6th at 9pm at the Arena at Rome's Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Under Debney's direction, the performance features an 83 person choir and a 96 piece orchestra, and includes special guest vocalist Lisbeth Scott and woodwind soloist Pedro Eustache, plus solo musicians from both the film and the classical worlds. A multimedia presentation will accompany the show, with images of great historical artwork and new photography highlighting key moments in the music. Debney says, "It is my honor to be premiering the work in Rome with one of the world's pre-eminent orchestras and Maestro Gabbiani's incredible choir."

According to Debney, "The Passion of the Christ Symphony is something I have wanted to do ever since I composed the musical score to Mel Gibson's film." The symphony is a major new work based on and drawing from themes Debney composed for the film, the score for which won Debney an Academy Award nomination earlier this year. The score also was honored with a Dove Award for "Instrumental Album of the Year" at Nashville's 36th Annual Gospel Music Awards.

The choir, featuring soloist Lisbeth Scott, who co-wrote the lyrics with John Debney, will perform a custom suite from The Passion of The Christ which will include "Mary Goes To Jesus," "Raising The Cross" and "The Resurrection." Debney will employ ancient instruments including Taiko drums, tom toms and world woodwinds. He explains, "It is a new work in seven movements expressing the Passion in an emotional and spiritually uplifting way. It is intended as a work of deep faith for Christians as well as people of all faiths to help foster a turning back to God. It's also intended to bring the experience of the film to a very broad audience sharing the universal ideals of Love, Faith, Hope and Mercy."

Referring to the music, director/producer Mel Gibson commented, "This score, with its mix of ethnic authenticity and symphonic sweetness, propels the brutal image to a higher, almost lyrical plane. It had to be an extraordinary piece of work, something that helped the images. John made my film 10 times better."

The RIAA Gold-Certified "The Passion of the Christ" original soundtrack recording on Sony Music/Integrity topped Billboard's Soundtrack Chart its first full week of sales and remained number one for weeks. The album beat the first week numbers of such notable score successes as "Lord of the Rings" and "Harry Potter." The film has grossed over half a billion dollars at the box office worldwide.

With a diverse list of film credits includes Sin City, The Pacifier, Elf, The Scorpion King, Bruce Almighty and Spy Kids, John Debney is one of the most successful composers in Hollywood. To his success, Debney utilizes both his classical training and strong knowledge of contemporary sounds in order to adapt to his assignments. In addition to his composing projects, Debney is a supporter of classic film scores, embarking on a series of CD recordings of classical film scores for Varese Sarabande Records, conducting works including Superman and Titanic with The Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

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Thursday, June 16, 2005

Tancredo's Credo: "Remember the Alamo!"



Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) announced he would run for the presidency if no one else took up the issue of illegal immigration. It’s painfully obvious President Bush continues turning a blind eye to the problem, thus violating his oath of office.

Democrats and Republicans share the blame equally. Democrats because they see illegals as future Democrats (forgetting that many of them are pro-life Catholics who therefore disdain the Democrat party,) while Republicans view them as cheap “coolie” labor

As of June 30, 2002, America’s prison population went over the two million mark, att a cost of $23,476.80 per year per prisoner. With over 25 percent of the prison population illegal aliens, that means Americans pay nearly $12 Billion dollars a year to house convicted felons who didn’t have the right to be in this country in the first place. Tancredo says, “Many who enter the country illegally are just looking for jobs, but others are coming to kill you, and you, and me, and my children, and my grandchildren.”

In April of 2005, Victor X. Cerda, acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement told the United States Senate, “We have a million individuals who are in some phase of immigration proceedings released.” Of these, according to Cerda, 465,000 are fugitive aliens who have been ordered deported. About 80,000 of those criminal aliens have committed an offense in addition to immigration violations.

In 1836, Captain William Travis drew a line in the sand at the Alamo, inviting the defenders to cross over the line and into the annals of greatness. All 189 inhabitants of the Alamo died, save on cowardly Frenchman (go figure) who escaped over the wall. Are you willing to cross over that line drawn by Congressman Tancredo today, or follow the cowardly Frenchman?

Congressman Tancredo appeared on "The Dickson/Chappell Report" July 16th from 9:30-10:00 A.M.



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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Mike Pence for President in 2008: "Renewing The American Dream"

There is rampant speculation throughout the country as to who will be running on the Republican ticket for President in 2008 against Hillary. Likely candidates are; Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA,) Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-ILL,) Senator George Allen (R-VA,) and former Congressman J.C.Watts, to name only a few. Recently, several internet web sites have cropped up across the country to draft Congressman Mike Pence for President in 2008. Who is this man, and what are his qualities and qualifications?

Mike Pence personifies the conservative values of the Red-State-Midwest commonly known as “Hoosier Values.” He is one of the great polemicists of our time, and has a very clear vision for dynamic reforming of government in the 21st Century. As he becomes more prominent in the years ahead as a national figure, we hope he will continue articulating what resonates in the hearts of an overwhelming majority of American citizens.

Pence’s entry onto the political stage is clearly a defining moment in our nation’s history. His tremendous core conservatism is dedicated to limited government, fiscal government and traditional family values. He proclaims to be a “Christian-conservative-Republican (in that order.) But is there enough evidence to convict him on all three counts?

Is Mike Pence a Christian? Micah Clark, Executive Director of the American Family Association of Indiana writes, “Maybe when you talk politics on the radio you desire real life conversations. Maybe when you are a politician from a conservative district you know that to talk of God and to vote conservative is ‘good politics.’ But when you are Mike Pence, a man of real faith, you simply express it, act on it, and you put that ‘love one another’ command into practice.”

Is Mike Pence a conservative? To answer this question, we need look no further than the 90 plus group of House conservatives who voted 100 per cent to elect Pence Chairman of the House Republican Study Committee in the 109th Congress. David Keene, Chairman of the American Conservative Union, said of Pence, “The Republican Study Committee is the bulwark of Reagan conservatism in the House. And Mike Pence is one of the most distinguished conservative leaders in Congress.”

Is Mike Pence a Republican? George Witwer, senior fellow, Indiana Policy Review, writes, “Mike still spends much of the election season helping local and state Republican candidates with their races. He even played an enormously valuable role in the Indiana Republicans winning back the State House in 2004 by going door-to-door and speaking at rallies for state legislative challengers.”

It is Pence’s belief and hope that in the decades to come, the justness of our cause as a nation will not only be realized by the powerful and wealthy, but also be realized within the obscure and hurting corners of our community. This realization has not materialized after nearly 60 years of Washington being dominated by liberals within the Democratic Party, although they have professed all along that they are “for the down-and-outs” of our society. It has been a lie that followed on the heel of the natural consequences of socialism.

Mike Pence for President? He certainly needs to be strongly considered.

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Wednesday, June 08, 2005

The Beginning Of The End For Planned Parenthood

On May 31, 2005, Marion Superior Court Judge Kenneth Johnson ruled that Planned Parenthood of Indiana must turn over to the state the medical records of clients under the age of 14. By doing so, the judge has cleared a path for the state to pursue a criminal investigation of Planned Parenthood.

Judge Johnson sided with the attorney general’s office by rejecting a preliminary injunction sought by Planned Parenthood, thus allowing the AG to examine 84 medical records of those who have engaged in sex while under the age of 14 (a clear violation of Indiana’s molestation law.)

Planned Parenthood plans to continue its fight on the grounds of upholding doctor-patient privacy.

If successful, the Attorney General’s prosecution may well provide a blueprint for other states to follow, and could eventually spell the end to Planned Parenthood nationally.

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Monday, June 06, 2005

Is There Not A Cause?

Is there not a cause? Yes, and that cause is freedom!

America began, not as a pure democracy, but as a Republic. Republics, it is said, degenerate into democracies, and democracies into anarchy, and anarchy into tyranny. So where does America stand in this mix today?

Our Founding Fathers realized that man, by his inherent nature, lacks self-control and that outside controls were needed, therefore, to "secure peace and tranquility" in the new American experiment of government.

I must express regret that the same battle to defeat republicanism is no longer the sole property of Democrats. It weakens my faith that the Republican dominated House and Senate no longer concern themselves with governing America as a Republic, but rather as a pure democracy.

Senator Barry Goldwater said, "For the past twenty-five years the apostles of the welfare state, some Republican, some Democrat, have been busy transforming that stern old gentleman with the top hat, the cutaway coat, the red white and blue trousers, from a symbol of dignity and freedom and justice for all men, into a national wet nurse, dispensing a cockeyed kind of patent medicine labeled 'something for nothing,' passing out the soothing syrup and rattles and pacifiers in return for grateful votes on election day."

The Conservative movement represents people opposed to foreign aid, excessive welfare, high taxes, foreign policy (as well as recent Supreme Court rulings) which relegate American interests to being subservient to those of the United Nations, and the enormous concentration of power within the federal goverment.

George Washington's words to the Constitutional Convention ring all too prophetic, "If to please the people, we offer what we ourselves disprove, how can we afterwards defend our work? Let us raise a standard to which the wise and the honest can repair. The event is in the hands of God."

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Thursday, June 02, 2005

ICLU Files Law Suite to Ban Prayers in Indiana State Assembly

Hi, Chris !

I was given your name as someone who might be able to help us out. Brian Bosma, Speaker of the House in Indiana is being sued by the ICLU for allowing prayers that mention “Jesus” at the start of each daily session.

We are looking for people to step up and back the Speaker on this topic. I am going to include for you news articles from the Indy Star as well as a statement from our Ex. Director on the issue.

Please let me know if you would need anything else. Any help is greatly appreciated!

Here are the stories:

Original story: ICLU sues over prayers read at Statehouse (Ran Wednesday) http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050601/NEWS02/506010472

Update Story: Speaker of House defends prayers (Ran Today)

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050602/NEWS02/506020465

Editorial: ICLU on wrong side of religious freedom (Ran Today)

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050602/OPINION/506020393/1002

Here is the statement from Luke Messer, the Executive Director of the Indiana Republican Party:

"The Indiana Civil Liberties Union should be embarrassed for filing its preposterous lawsuit against Speaker of the House Brian Bosma. There is absolutely nothing wrong with allowing local religious leaders to recite a prayer at the opening of daily legislative sessions in the House Chambers. I applaud the Speaker for encouraging free speech and the principles upon which our Nation was founded. We stand around the American flag as a state and nation reciting the words "one nation under God" and our currency has a daily reminder with "In God We Trust."

I stand behind Speaker Bosma 100% on his decision to continue allowing daily prayers in the State House and I believe the vast majority of Hoosiers support this issue as well."

Here is Speaker Bosma’s bio:

http://www.in.gov/legislative/house_republicans/homepages/r88/meet.html

Thanks in advance!



Bethany Rowe
Press Secretary
The Indiana Republican Party
47 S. Meridian St., Suite 200
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Note: House Speaker Brian Bosma is going to be our guest on "The Dickson/Chappell Report" on June 11, 2005 from 9:30 to 10:00 A.M. Central Time.

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Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels Grants Special Rights to Homosexuals and Cross-Dressers

From: American Family Association
To: CHRIS DICKSON
Sent: Thursday, June 02, 2005 3:30 PM
Subject: Indiana Governor Daniels

Please forward this e-mail message to your family and friends!

Indiana Governor Daniels

Dear Chris

Having been in office less than six months, Governor Mitch Daniels (R) has embraced one of the top political priorities of the radical gay-rights activists.

On April 26th, the day after the Indianapolis City Council defeated a similar policy, the new governor signed a policy statement granting special rights and privileges to state employees who engage in homosexual behavior, or cross dressing.

The Governor’s Equal Employment Opportunity policy elevates "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to the same status as race, national origin and skin color. Thus, a risky and controversial sexual behavior has been given a sweeping endorsement from the highest level of state government.

The governor’s policy further states that it encourages "the executive staff, the agency heads and the entire management team throughout state government to move toward ever more progressive affirmative action" employment decisions to include people involved in homosexuality and cross dressing (gender identity). This implies that there may someday be employment quotas in your state government for open homosexuals or even men who wear women’s clothing. (View a pdf of the governor’s policy)

Homosexuality and cross-dressing are changeable behaviors much different than the benign genetic traits of race or skin color that merit civil rights protections!

Unfortunately, the new governor has taken the liberal side of one of the most divisive moral issues of the day. Thousands of common-sense Hoosiers supported Governor Daniels last November because he seemed to share many of our conservative values. People of faith need to let the governor know that they do not approve of his advancement of the gay-rights agenda, which, if followed, threatens the family, children and the church in so many areas.

Governor Daniels needs to hear from you about this! Please take a moment to send the governor an e-mail expressing your concerns over this liberal policy. Click here to send a message to Governor Daniels. You can call the governor’s office at 317-232-4567.

Sincerely,

Donald E. Wildmon, Founder and ChairmanAmerican Family Association
Micah Clark, Executive DirectorAmerican Family Association of Indiana

P.S. Please forward this e-mail message to your family and friends.


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Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Supreme Court: Veins Void of Blood

"When we speak of preserving the constitution, we mean not the paper on which it is written, but the spirit which dwells in it. Government may lose all of the real character, its genius, its temper without losing its appearance.

Republicanism, unless you guard it, will creep out of its case of parchment, like a snake out of its skin. You may have despotism under the name of a Republic.

You may look on a goverment, and see it possesses all the external modes of freedom, and yet finding nothing of the essence, the vitality, of freedom in it; just as you may contemplate an embalmed body, where art hath preserved proportion and form, amid nerves without action, and veins void of blood"

Daniel Webster
July 4, 1806
Concord, Mass.

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Rebecca Hagelin: Making Things Happen!

In her book, "Home Invasion, Protecting Your Family in a Culture That's Gone Stark Raving Mad," Rebecca Hagelin discusses how to counter the blight that is assaulting and destroying the American family. What is my opinion of the book? I gave copies to all my children so they can put its principles into action for the sake of my grandchildren.

While rumaging through some old boxes in the basement this past week, I came across an old article I had published back in 1995. I thought I would share that article with you because it's even more appropriate today:

"According to the Census Bureau, 30 percent of all American families and 63 percent of the nation's black families were headed by single parants in 1993.

Arlen Saluter, census statistician, says that, "Since the '70's we've seen a bit of a slowdown on the divorce rate. However, there has been an increase in out-of-wedlock child-bearing and teen-age pregnancies."

In the average month in 1988, 45 percent of U. S. families headed by a single woman are in some type of major assistance program such as Food Stamps, Medicaid, rent assistance or Aid to Families with Dependent Children, according to Census figures.

What's the solution? Well, there are three kinds of people, it is said: those who make things happen; those who watch things happen; and those who wonder what's happening. According to Russ Pullium (and Rebecca Hagelin,) parents are the key. The answer lies in more parents carrying out their responsibilities as parents.

Parents have a choice. They can either take steps to curtail their children's sexual activity or allow it to continue. It's also up to parents to teach their children to respect others as well as themselves. Mothers and fathers have an unusual opportunity to shape the next generation - or leave that task to less competent authorities, like the television set or the internet.

In the movie, "Princess Bride," a young hero named Wesley makes a profound statement: "Nobility is not defined by birthright, but by one's actions." In other words, no matter how lowly the situation that we've been born into, a parent can still impart decent values in their children by being responsible, loving and caring toward their child. In so doing, their children will have the opportunity to grow up to become a positive influence on the nation and the world."

Get the book, and give copies of the book to everyone you know. Quit wondering what's happening. Quit sitting back and watch what's happening. MAKE THINGS HAPPEN!

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