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Let ERA Rest in Peace

Posted by thelamp on April 18, 2007

When fresh ideas are scarce, desperate folks resort to recycling old ones (“The Equal Rights Amendment: Wrong Then, Wrong Now“). The Equal Rights Amendment is one of those outdated concepts best left in the past, along with other discarded relics of the ’70s – burned bras, platform shoes and peace medallions.

Now that the United States has its first woman at the helm of the House of Representatives – and another gender defender holds a frighteningly realistic chance of occupying the White House in her own right – feminism once again seems to be in vogue. Know this: ERA has nothing to do with improving life for women. Instead, reviving the ERA is a thinly veiled attempt at setting public policy based on gender neutrality.

Women in America, however, are too wise to fall for this ruse and allow themselves to become pawns in the Left’s agenda to dismantle the distinctions God established between men and women.

To set the record straight, the ERA wasn’t exactly a new idea when Congress passed it in 1972. The proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which provided that “equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of sex,” had been languishing in the legislature since 1923. At the time of its passage, the public knew very little about the bill until the feminism movement embraced it as leverage for strengthening the status of women in society.

By the July 1982 ratification deadline, the amendment lacked support from the required 38 states (although 35 states did ratify the ERA, four states later rescinded their support). There’s a reason the Equal Rights Amendment faltered in 1923, and every subsequent year that it was introduced. There’s no need for it.

If the so-called “weaker sex” really needed a constitutional amendment to advance equality, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton – who leads the field of Democrats vying for the party’s presidential nomination – would not be where they are today.

As powerful as women have become in the political arena, there is still something that Pelosi and Clinton can’t do today: give their gay and lesbian supporters permission to “marry.” Such unions likely would be easier to legitimize in a nation where acknowledgement of a person’s gender is unconstitutional.

There are certain to be other unintended consequences. For example, two states already have ruled that equal-rights amendments in state constitutions justify state funding for abortion. If the pro-death movement wants something to kill, let it be the Equal Rights Amendment. Save babies and biblical marriage by letting the ERA rest in peace.

Source:  www.centerformoralclarity.net

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There’s HOPE for Ethical Research!

Posted by thelamp on April 18, 2007

There’s good and bad news this week from the U.S. Senate, where debate on federal funding for human embryonic stem-cell research ended with the approval of two diametrically opposed bills: The HOPE Act and the infamous Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act. The latter, which would advance medical experimentation at the expense of human life, was vetoed by President Bush last year.

Given that the president has promised to veto it again, it’s disappointing that legislators passed it anyway on a 63-34 vote Wednesday. The good news is that the margin is too narrow to override President Bush, who has voiced support for the ethical alternative – which the Senate also passed 70-28.

Here are the 28 senators who voted against the HOPE Act:

Baucus, D-Mont.; Bayh, D-Ind.; Bingaman, D-N.M.; Boxer, D-Calif.; Cantwell, D-Wash.; Cardin, D-Md.; Clinton, D-N.Y.; Durbin, D-Ill.; Feingold, D-Wis.; Feinstein, D- Calif.; Inouye, D-Hawaii; Kohl ,D-Wis.; Lautenberg, D-N.J.; Levin, D-Mich.; Lieberman, I-Conn.; Lincoln, D-Ariz.; Menendez, D-N.J.; Mikulski, D-Md.; Murray, D-Wash.; Nelson, D-Fla.; Obama, D-Ill.; Reid, D-Nev.; Rockefeller, D-W.V.; Sanders, I-Vt.; Schumer, D-N.Y.; Stabenow, D-Mich.; Tester, D-Mont.; Wyden, D-Ore. 

Click here to thank your senator for voting for the HOPE Act and supporting ethical research.

Although both legislative proposals would remove restrictions on the use of federal funds in pursuit of ground-breaking research to cure diseases, the Hope Offered through Principled Ethical Stem Cell Research – or HOPE Act – would forbid the creation, cloning or destruction of embryos. However, this bill would authorize research on embryos with no chance of survival. The Senate missed an opportunity to make a clear statement about the value of life. Instead, lawmakers are sending America a mixed message.

Stem-cell research is a complicated undertaking. This much, though, is clear – ending life at any stage of development is morally indefensible. Christians know that Scripture plainly admonishes against killing, and invoking the merits of research doesn’t change anything.

Ethical research using stem cells from adults and umbilical cord blood is already contributing to improving health conditions associated with more than 70 diseases and injuries. These advances dispel the notion that cloning, destruction of human embryos or exploiting women by harvesting their eggs are the only avenues for discovering new medical treatments.

“The current adversarial climate has made many Christians think they must choose between science and faith,” said Pastor Rod Parsley. “It has also convinced many decent men and women in the scientific community that they must reject all religious influence in order to be faithful to science.”

The fact that Bible believers condemn senseless destruction of life does not mean they want to stand in the way of all medical research. The HOPE Act would “promote the derivation of pluripotent stem-cell lines without the creation of human embryos” or destroying them. (Read and compare the bills for yourself: the HOPE Act vs. the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act.)

The Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act isn’t just immoral; it would also be a foolish use of taxpayers’ money. Prudent and fiscally responsible lawmakers shouldn’t divert public funds from promising and less controversial research options. Of course, to some folks death is palatable when it occurs in a petri dish. Not so for Christians. Those who want research to continue, but also respect human life, are backing the HOPE Act.

Click here to thank your senator for voting for the HOPE Act and supporting ethical research.

Source:  www.centerformoralclarity.net

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A Dubious Honor

Posted by thelamp on April 2, 2007

Usually, being the first to accomplish a task or make a mark in a particular field is worthy of accolades. Not so in the case of U.S. Rep. Pete Stark. Last week, the California Democrat became the first congressman in American history to publicly acknowledge that he is an atheist. Secular groups applauded the news, of course. The announcement even prompted the American Humanist Association to place an ad in the Washington Post recognizing Stark as the highest-ranking elected official to ever disavow the Lord.

Instead of being commended for his honest declaration, however, Stark should be the recipient of an onslaught of sympathy cards. Indeed, being the highest-ranking nonbeliever is a dubious distinction. Those who know God and have experienced His love for the world – which He created – should pray for the congressman to have an encounter with God so that he, too, can experience love and everlasting life.

Roy Speckhardt, the American Humanist Association’s executive director, had this to say, “With Stark’s courageous public announcement of his nontheism, it is our hope that he will become an inspiration for others who have hidden their conclusions for far too long.”

It’s disheartening enough that anyone would deny God, but it does not bode well for America’s future when a publicly elected official steps forward with such a revelation. Consider why Stark made his atheistic beliefs known. An association of eight humanist and atheist groups known as the Secular Coalition for America offered $1,000 to the person who could name the “highest-level atheist, agnostic, humanist or any other kind of nontheist currently holding elected public office in the United States.”

An adage has it that there is security in numbers. One has stood to be counted. Know this, others will follow, and collectively they will intensify the assault on the nation’s biblically based policies. Stark, who is chairman of the health subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee, said as much. “I look forward to working with the Secular Coalition to stop the promotion of narrow religious beliefs in science, marriage contracts, the military and the provision of social services,” Stark said last week in a prepared statement.

Stark has served in Congress since 1973.

Source:  www.centerformoralclarity.net

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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.

Source:  www.centerformoralclarity.net

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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:

Illinois
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.

Florida
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 Florida4Marriage.org 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.

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

California
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.

Source:  www.centerformoralclarity.net

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