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Nov. 8 is the day!

Posted by thelamp on October 4, 2006

A new term for the U.S. Supreme Court began this week. On Nov. 8, the nine justices will hear oral arguments in two cases involving partial-birth abortion. Advocates for life are eager to have their day in court. Sign the CMC petition to the U.S. Supreme Court

The facts about partial birth abortion are gruesome. The baby is delivered feet first, all but the head. Then the doctor kills the child – in a horribly painful fashion. The majority of Americans find the procedure repugnant.

That’s why Congress outlawed it in 2003; and why President Bush signed the partial-birth abortion ban into law. Planned Parenthood and others have challenged this legislation all the way to the top of the judicial system. Now the nation’s high court must make a life-or-death decision.

Members of the Center for Moral Clarity have been active, vocal warriors in the battle for life. CMC even filed a legal brief with the Supreme Court explaining why justices should uphold the ban. The struggle is not over yet. Pastor Rod Parsley, CMC’s founder and president, implores Bible-believers to pray for each member of the court. Pray that he or she will interpret the law and not legislate from the bench. Pray that they will do the right thing.

Although citizens cannot demand the court’s cooperation, we can encourage them to rule in favor of life.


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Senators Kill Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act

Posted by thelamp on October 4, 2006

There was almost a reason to celebrate. Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives responded to the voice of America, which loudly proclaimed that parental involvement superceded a minor’s right to have an abortion. Hours before Congress adjourned for pre-election campaigning, however, eight senators abandoned families and killed the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act.

The week started out on a high note for pro-lifers. On a 264-153 vote the House overwhelmingly passed the bill, which was a version of the Child Custody Protection Act that the Senate had passed on July 25. The law would have required notification of a parent before a minor could obtain an out-of-state abortion. Accompanying a minor across a state line to get an abortion by avoiding parental notification where the girl lives would have become a federal crime.

The Center for Moral Clarity was among numerous Christian groups that actively supported this important piece of legislation.

“Parents’ rights are being denied by leaders entrusted with fulfilling the will of the people. That’s more than a disappointment; it’s devastating, because without this law families will deteriorate,” said Pastor Rod Parsley, CMC’s founder and president. “Girls have to get their parents’ permission to get their ears pierced, but they can kill a baby without saying a word to them. Something’s wrong with that, and I encourage anyone who believes as I do to continue fighting for parents’ rights and not to be discouraged.”

Eight senators — Ken Salazar, D-Colo.; Tom Carper, D-Del.E; Bill Nelson, D-Fla.; Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii; Evan Bayh, D-Ind.; Kent Conrad, D-N.D.; Byron Dorgan, D-N.D.; and Herb Kohl D-Wisc. — all voted “yes” in July. Last week, they did an about-face and refused to send the bill to the floor for a full-Senate vote.

This is a disservice to America. Parents have been asking Congress for this law throughout the 109th Congress (Send an email to your senators. Let them know how disappointed you are). The nation’s leaders even heard heartfelt pleas from mothers of young girls who were taken across state lines to circumvent parental-involvement laws. Apparently, their pleas fell on deaf ears. Because a handful of senators don’t understand that independent state laws are meaningless without federal backing to punish violators, families across the nation will suffer dire consequences.


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Good Christians are Good Citizens

Posted by thelamp on October 4, 2006

Fewer than six weeks remain until the Nov. 7 election. Media and political analysts are speculating that values voters are discouraged and may not show up at the polls. A strong turnout of Christian voters can prove them wrong. If you still need to register, click here to view the registration deadline in your state.

People of faith struck a nerve in the 2004 presidential election. Supporters of traditional moral values initiated a momentum that must not falter now. This year, the number of ballot questions voters will consider is the highest in 10 years. That means CMC members have to do their homework.

Government is an institution established by God in Genesis 9. Prior to this time, violence had increased dramatically because there were no restraints on behavior. The purpose of government, then, according to the Bible, is to restrain evildoers.

The apostle Paul points this out in Romans 13. Paul lived in the Roman Empire, so he didn’t have the opportunity to participate in his government,. Latter-day Christians, though, live in a country governed “by the people and for the people.”

There are 60 million evangelical Christians in our country, yet less than one fourth of them vote in most elections. It’s not enough to pray for our country and its leaders. Put feet to the prayers.

Here’s an overview of some key issues at stake Nov. 7:

Property rights will be decided in 12 states. Voters in Louisiana, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oregon and South Carolina will consider six legislative referendums and six citizen initiatives.

Educated voters need to know what’s at stake. The Center for Moral Clarity recommends studying the proposals in advance. For example, the four Western states — Arizona, California, Idaho and Washington — will decide whether to follow Oregon’s lead and begin compensating citizens when government regulations lower the value of private property.

In 2004, a constitutional amendment made Oregon the only state to allow payments for so-called “regulatory takings.” The result has been more than 2,400 claims requesting more than $5.6 billion in compensation.

Same-sex marriage is coming to a vote in eight states. Twenty other states already have passed legislation in the wake of a 2003 Massachusetts court decision that legalized same-sex unions there.

The debate is heating up in Wisconsin, where Bible-believing citizens are battling for the right to define marriage rather than allowing a judge with an agenda to do it for them. Bans on same-sex marriage will also appear on ballots in Virginia, Colorado, South Carolina, Idaho, Arizona, South Dakota and Tennessee.

An abortion ban could become law in South Dakota, the location of this year’s most intense duel for life. A Nov. 7 referendum will determine whether the state will defend the culture of life or advance the culture of death. The future of the nation’s strictest abortion ban, which was passed by the state legislature, rests in voters’ hands. Abortion would be permitted only when the mother’s life is in jeopardy.

These are important decisions. Make a commitment to learn and understand the issues and candidates during the next six weeks.


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Congress Endorses Freedom of Religious Expression

Posted by thelamp on October 4, 2006

Citizens have moved one step closer to true religious freedom in America. For far too long, taxpayers have had to pay legal fees for groups like the American Civil Liberties Union when they sued the government for religious displays like nativity scenes on government property or other public expression of religious faith.

Eliminating these monetary awards will free citizens to stand up for their constitutional freedoms. That’s the intent behind the Public Expressions of Religion Act, which earned the support of 244 members of Congress. Although it’s still not law, the vote is a significant victory for Americans who cherish their constitutionally guaranteed religious freedom.

“People mistakenly believe that the separation of church and state is a part of the U.S. Constitution,” said Pastor Rod Parsley, author of the best-selling book, Silent No More.

The Constitution states:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

The First Amendment was clearly conceived to restrict government, not the people.

According to Pastor Parsley, none of the nation’s foundational documents mentions separation of church and state – neither the U.S. Constitution nor the Declaration of Independence.

“In fact, most of the framers of these important documents are quoted over and over again as holding a deep belief in God and need for His guidance through government,” Parsley has said.

In the past, the ACLU has used proceeds from lawsuits against state, local and federal governments – representatives of the people – to fund various programs and campaigns to further silence religious expression. Hopefully, the ACLU and others will get the message that they’ll have to foot the bill themselves if they want to take their unrighteous claims to court.


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Christians Show Their Support for Israel

Posted by thelamp on October 4, 2006

Last month, about 35,000 Christians gathered across from the United Nations building in New York to protest against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Members of Christians United for Israel were among them.

They went to let the world know that Jesus’ followers will not permit anti-Semitic tyrants to preach their hate without a challenge. CUFI members should be commended for speaking in support of Israel. They countered the Iranian president’s visit with rousing speeches of Christian solidarity. Their message needed to be heard, and organizers did a masterful job assembling so many people so quickly.

More than once, Pastor Parsley has shared the biblical perspective: Israel’s enemies are God’s enemies.

CUFI has asked the Center for Moral Clarity to invite members to the Feast of Tabernacles Celebration at Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, Oct. 20-22. Festivities begin Friday, Oct. 20, with the opening of a marketplace featuring 70 vendors presenting products from Israel.

CUFI will present its first Middle East briefing. The slate of speakers includes a Lebanese Christian whose family suffered horrible atrocities at the hand of Islamic terrorists. The last night of the celebration will honor the Jewish community and nation of Israel for their contribution to Christianity.

There’s a registration fee of $25 for the briefing, but admission to all other events is free. For more information, visit or call (210) 477-4714.


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