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Fighting for Values on Capitol Hill

Posted by thelamp on July 14, 2006

The Marriage Protection Amendment is just one of the important bills the House will consider before the Nov. 7 elections. CMC is grateful for the commitment House leaders have shown to schedule votes on moral issues this summer and fall.

“I’m glad the House is responding to the will of the American people on these issues,” said Pastor Rod Parsley, founder and president of the Center for Moral Clarity. “CMC supports many of these issues and it’s good that Members of Congress be forced to declare where they stand before many of them ask the voters in their districts for the privilege of serving them for two more years.

“Even if these bills aren’t taken up by the Senate before the end of the legislative term, it’s still important for our representatives to make their views known on these moral issues.”

The other bills comprising the American Values Agenda include:

  • The Internet Gambling Prohibition Act, sponsored by Rep. Jim Leach, R-Iowa, and Bob Goodlatte, R-Va. Tuesday, the House passed this bill by a 317-93 vote and sent it to the Senate. Online gambling has become an estimated $12 billion industry worldwide.
  • The Pledge Protection Act, which would limit the federal courts from hearing cases related to the wording of the Pledge of Allegiance. CMC supports this bill, but unfortunately last month the House Judiciary Committee failed to approve the bill on a 15-15 vote. It’s still possible that the House will use alternate means to bring the bill to the House floor.
  • The Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act, sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., which would require doctors performing late-term abortions to inform their patients about the pain their unborn children feel during an abortion.
  • The Freedom to Display the American Flag Act, sponsored by Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md. This bill has already passed the House and is under consideration in the Senate. It would make it harder for condominium or other homeowners’ associations to restrict residents’ right to fly the flag of the United States.
  • H.R. 1357, the Human Cloning Prohibition Act, sponsored by Rep. Dave Weldon, R-Fla.
  • H.R. 2679, The Public Expression of Religion Act, sponsored by Rep. John Hostettler, R-Ind. The bill would end the ability of plaintiffs in cases involving the Establishment Clause to have the right to collect attorneys’ fees from the defendants if they win. The bill therefore protects organizations that seek to express their religious faith in the public square without fear of weighty legal fees if activist judges rule against them.

CMC will report on the fate of these bills as the House votes on them this summer and fall.


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2 Responses to “Fighting for Values on Capitol Hill”

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