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‘Frank’ Disagreement Over Online Gambling

Posted by thelamp on March 24, 2007

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., informed several news outlets last week that he plans to introduce legislation to roll back the federal ban on Internet gambling. Outrageous!

Last year, Congress passed and President Bush signed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, a prohibition on Internet gaming Web sites. This law outlaws financial gaming transactions, effectively making it illegal for American citizens to gamble online – even if the servers running the gambling site are located in another country. The Center for Moral Clarity supports this ban, and Pastor Rod Parsley, CMC’s founder and president, has urged President Bush to oppose the expansion of gambling – whether it is on the Internet, through state lotteries or the introduction of table games at race tracks.

“Gambling hurts families. It’s addictive and a misuse of important resources that could be better spent on debt reduction, education or even family-friendly recreation,” said Pastor Rod Parsley. “As a pastor, I’ve counseled people who were addicted to this awful habit and I can tell you, like pornography or drugs, it is something that can tear a family apart.”

So what’s Frank’s problem with the Internet gambling ban? It was too successful. The immediate impact of this legislation on offshore operators was overwhelming: online gaming businesses listed on the London stock exchange lost more than $7 billion in market capitalization in a single day – the day after Congress passed the bill.

In an interview with the Financial Times, Frank described the ban as “preposterous” and said it was one of the “stupidest” pieces of legislation ever passed.

The president and his administration are now tasked with ensuring strong and effective implementation of the law’s regulations. U.S. prosecutors have launched a probe into Internet gambling. The U.S. Department of Justice has demanded information from some of the world’s biggest investment banks as part of the investigation.

Yet Frank, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, wants to halt the progress. Clearly, there’s no reason to turn back now.


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Different Bill, Same Concerns

Posted by thelamp on March 17, 2007

During February, the Center for Moral Clarity raised awareness among values voters regarding the David Ray Hate Crimes Prevention Act, H.R. 254 the “hate-crimes bill” and the potential persecution of Christians posed by its provisions. It must be true that misery loves company, because this objectionable legislation may soon have a companion: the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act (LLEHCPA).

First Amendment advocates with Capitol Hill connections believe that between the two, the LLEHCPA proposal may come to a vote first. Although it has yet to be introduced in the 110th Congress, the LLEHCPA has been approved separately in the House and the Senate on a number of occasions since 2000. Thankfully, until now final passage has been blocked by the House Republican leadership.

Considering the new composition of the House, people who oppose living by biblical standards are optimistic that some type of hate-crimes legislation will clear the legislature this session. The local law enforcement measure is a hate-crimes bill on steroids. If passed, it would do more harm than good.

Click here to send an e-mail to members of the House of Representatives, urging them not to vote for the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

Click here to see all of the current legislative issues important to Bible-believing values voters.

Like David’s Law, LLEHCPA would broaden federal hate-crimes laws to condone and promote homosexuality by establishing sexual orientation as an eligible category for protecting “victims.” One of the most basic precepts of American democracy is equality. There’s certainly no reason to abandon that objective now and extend special treatment to homosexuals.

The legislation would also make grants available to state and local communities to combat violent crimes committed by juveniles, train law enforcement officers, or to assist in state and local investigations and prosecutions of crimes motivated by bias. The thought police don’t need any more resources.

If Christians are bone weary of tip-toeing around socially accepted lifestyles that contradict Scripture, imagine the restrictions that will follow enactment of expanded hate-crime laws. We might as well kiss the Bill of Rights good-bye right now.


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Biblical Marriage Wins a Round in Clash of Cultures

Posted by thelamp on February 26, 2007

Advocates of biblical marriage scored a noteworthy victory in America’s raging culture war. This particular battle was fought in the Michigan Court of Appeals, where a three-judge panel unanimously ruled Feb. 2 that the state’s marriage amendment trumps domestic partner legislation.

The decision, which sets a precedent for other states wrestling with the marriage question, prohibits the state’s municipal governments and public universities from providing health insurance to partners of homosexual employees. Such a benefit ought to be reserved for the employee’s legal spouse and dependents, and that was the express purpose of amending the state constitution.

In 2004, Michigan joined 10 other states in a national movement to preserve the traditional definition of marriage as the union between one man and one woman. With the amendment, Christians in Michigan effectively closed a troubling loophole that circumvented Scripture: recognizing domestic partners as a way of treating same-gender couples as if they had been united in holy matrimony.

Although the supremacy of biblical marriage is a moral triumph, it also will have a significant financial impact. Tax dollars contribute to salaries and employment benefits for the men and women who work in state jobs. Bible-believing Christians, who also are taxpayers, are correct in refusing to subsidize immoral lifestyles that directly oppose Christ’s instruction for family life.

It was the prophet of old, Elijah, who stood amid a generation much like contemporary society and challenged the people to choose their position on either side of the social line, commanding them to wave not between two opinions. Similarly, America is a nation divided against itself.

“The timeless principles on which this nation was built have become the ridicule of the age by a group of degenerate renegades and a band of Bible-hating moral outlaws,” said Pastor Rod Parsley. “We must draw the line somewhere, making a firm decision on which side we are to stand.”

Since marriage is a coveted trophy in the 21st-century clash of cultures, it’s no surprise that the ACLU has vowed to take this case to federal court. Federal judges have been far more willing to forsake righteousness than jurists in state court systems. So, pray that this Michigan ruling stands. If it does, its effect of nullifying domestic partnership legislation will reverberate wherever marriage is protected by a constitutional amendment.

Speaking of marriage amendments, here’s the status of ongoing efforts to pass them:

A proposed constitutional amendment to affirm the definition of marriage advanced out of the Republican-controlled Illinois state Senate last week after little debate. The resolution passed 39-10 and is headed to the House, which Democrats control 51-49.

For the amendment to become official, it would have to pass the Illinois General Assembly this year or next without any changes, and then be approved in a statewide vote in the 2008 general election.

Gov. Charlie Crist dampened a controversial effort to make biblical marriage a part of the state constitution last week, saying that the Republican Party of Florida should not give money to help the effort.

The party gave $300,000 to to help get the ban on the statewide ballot last year, but the petition drive was unsuccessful. The GOP was the largest contributor to the group, which has collected about $430,000 as it now aims for the 2008 election.

New Jersey
Supporters of traditional marriage in New Jersey are organizing a petition drive calling for a referendum on whether marriage should be legally defined as a union between a man and a woman. The drive is led by the New Jersey Coalition to Preserve and Protect Marriage.

Despite the ballot initiative, civil union legislation takes effect in the state this week. Organizers of the marriage amendment effort want lawmakers to consider changing the New Jersey Constitution to formalize the definition of marriage and prevent civil union laws from being amended to become same-sex marriage legislation.

The state Supreme Court is expected to rule this year on a lawsuit by same-gender couples seeking the right to marry.

The issue of same-sex marriage is before the state Supreme Court and the legislature. Last week in Sacramento, several state lawmakers and gay activists reintroduced a bill in the general assembly that would allow same-sex couples to marry. The legislature passed a similar bill in 2005, but Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wisely vetoed it.


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Congress is Responsible to the Grassroots, Not the Reverse

Posted by thelamp on January 18, 2007

The adage “the devil is in the details” certainly applies to the first piece of legislation debated on the Senate floor during the 110th Congress, Senate Bill 1. Of particular concern is Section 220, the Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act of 2007.

The title might suggest the bill’s intent, but this is a Trojan horse. Hidden within this lengthy, complex and multifaceted proposal are provisions that could be catastrophic for grassroots organizations such as the Center for Moral Clarity. Section 220 of Senate Bill 1 would hinder voters from participating in their government by imposing regulatory and reporting requirements – with the risk of heavy penalties – on groups that spend money to reach more than 500 people for the purpose of encouraging grassroots activity.

An amendment offered by Sen. Sam Bennett, R-Utah, would strip Section 220 from the bill.
Click here to urge your senators to vote for the Bennett Amendment, which would remove Section 220 from Senate Bill 1.

“CMC stands behind efforts to reform lobbying activities, if those changes genuinely diminish the culture of corruption that has tarnished Americans’ image of the political process,” said Pastor Rod Parsley. “The Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act does not accomplish this objective. Instead of reining in abuse, this bill would effectively gag and silence citizens for encouraging others to simply contact a member of Congress with an opinion about an issue.”

There is a tremendous difference between organizations like CMC communicating with voters about a pending bill and registered lobbyists taking a congressman out to dinner or paying for a weekend excursion. The Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act, however, treats them the same.

Consequently, if this bill becomes law, grassroots organizations would be required to track and report every discussion with an elected official, as well as every article written on legislation. Those failing to file lobbying reports to Congress would face fines up to $100,000.

This is absurd. The grassroots of America are not responsible to Congress. Rather, Congress is responsible to the grassroots.


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Second Chance Act Should be First Action in New Congress

Posted by thelamp on December 21, 2006

Everyone deserves a second chance. In January, Congress should make another attempt at helping former prisoners make a safe and successful reentry into society. In the Congress that just ended, the nation’s lawmakers let the first opportunity slip through their fingers, but it’s not too late to assist ex-prisoners as they find their way back into the world.

“In Matthew 25, Jesus instructed Christians to be involved in making disciples behind bars and helping those disciples as they come out of prison,” said Pastor Rod Parsley. “That responsibility does not end with welcoming them back into society. We have to stretch out a hand, particularly to those who have been changed by Christ and need a church home, a Bible study group or a mentor. We must stand by them and help complete the spiritual transformation.”

More than 7 million men and women are incarcerated in state correctional facilities across the country. When their debt to society is paid, they’ll receive a few dollars and a bus ticket. At the most basic level, people aren’t consistently getting what they need to make a fresh start.

Without transportation, a place to live or a support network, it will be difficult for most of them to create any hope for a future. The Second Chance Act would provide increased federal support to state and local governments as well as non-profit organizations.

In the United States, nearly 650,000 people are released from prisons each year and almost two-thirds of them are re-arrested for committing felonies or serious misdemeanors. These statistics reveal that continuing care for prisoners is needed to stem the tide of recidivism – the rate at which former prisoners are arrested and sent back to prison.

The Second Chance Act focuses on reducing recidivism by helping ex-prisoners find jobs and housing, providing them with mental health and substance abuse help and strengthening families. Some of the components of the bill include:

  • Grants that focus on jobs and housing;
  • Grants for treating substance abuse and mental health issues;
  • A resource center for states, local governments, faith-based organizations, corrections and community organizations to collect and disseminate best practices and provide training and support around reentry; and
  • A federal interagency task force to identify programs and resources on reentry, identify ways to better collaborate, develops interagency initiatives and a national reentry research agenda.

Instead of pumping money into paying more guards and building new prisons, it’s time to invest in people.


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