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Are Americans Being Duped?

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The Presidents double-speak on traditional marriage makes for a strange fight.


Once again supporters of traditional marriage are making their voice heard and their presence felt. But this time, in a most unusual place…the Inauguration of Barack Obama.


In an article on the Christian Post website, and picked up by the Alliance Defense Fund, it was reported that nearly 3 out of 4 people were in favor of traditional marriage; and they showed their support by agreeing to wear “Preserve Traditional Marriage” gear. Over 37,000 people agreed to wear the declarative gear being passed out by Public Advocate, while only 12,000 refused.


And yet what is most shocking about this story is the fact the President Obama is a decidedly strong supporter of same-sex marriage. Though he has publicly said he does not support same-sex marriage, his voting record says otherwise, not to mention the people he is installing in key positions within his administration.


We must also consider where President Obama stands on current marriage protection legislation.


While on the campaign trail, President Obama, in an interview on Hardball, and at the Saddleback Forum with Pastor Rick Warren, said that he opposed same-sex marriage, believed marriage was to be defined as the union of one man and one woman, and said it was the individual states’ right to decide the matter and not the federal government. Here are his exact words:


“I’m not in favor of gay marriage, but I’m in favor of a very strong civil union” (Click here for video). 

“I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman.  For me as a Christian, it is also a sacred union…this matter has been settled by the states, and not the Federal Government.” (Click here for video).


So it stands to reason that President Obama would be highly in favor of and support the federal DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act), signed into law by former President Bill Clinton, right? But read what Obama has said about DOMA:


“For the record, I opposed DOMA in 1996.  It should be repealed and I will vote for its repeal on the Senate floor.  I will also oppose any proposal to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban gays and lesbians from marrying. 


What doesn’t make sense, aside from the fact that Obama’s voting record and statements from years past don’t agree with what was said on the campaign trail, is that thousands of Americans who support traditional marriage are also supporting President Obama.


Could it be that the American people are being duped? Are we seeing a large scale fleecing of the citizenry in order to accomplish some specific political goals? The idea certainly bears some scrutiny.


One thing is for certain, the battle for traditional marriage is just getting started and we must fight vigilantly in order to see it protected. Even the website says that President Obama believes we need to repeal DOMA. So we must continue to contact our state representatives and firmly stand on our belief that marriage is a sacred union between one man and one woman and that children deserve to be raise by both of their biological parents.


To date thousands of e-mails have been sent to Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s website in support of traditional marriage. And many more thousands need to be sent. We cannot allow the loud voices of the minority few silence the voices and overshadow the will of the majority.      


Further Food for Thought:

Traditional Marriage, Family Still Held Dearly

What to Expect from President-Elect Obama on Same-Sex Marriage and Homosexuality in 2009

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Written by Nathan Cherry

January 30, 2009 at 3:41 pm

WV Senators Vote to Fund Abortions Worldwide

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Yesterday, the United States Senate had the opportunity to reject the President’s plan to use billions of taxpayer dollars to fund abortions worldwide.   On the question, “To restore the prohibition on funding of nongovernmental organizations that promote abortion as a method of birth control (the “Mexico City Policy“),” Senator’s Rockefeller and Byrd voted “Nay.”  Just to be clear, that means the good Senators voted in favor of using more taxpayer dollars to fund abortions, nationally and internationally.

In related news, President Obama appears poised to make good on his campaign promise to begin the funding of UNFPA – the United Nations Fund for Population Activities.  One might ask why the Bush administration ceased this practice.  According to,

President Bush halted funding for UNFPA when it was discovered by an independent investigation in 2001, and confirmed by a U.S. State Department investigation in 2002, that the UN group supported restrictive laws and coercive population control tactics in China, including forced abortion and sterilization.

In President Obama’s announcement that he was rescinding the Mexico City Policy, he noted his rationale:

I have directed my staff to reach out to those on all sides of this issue to achieve the goal of reducing unintended pregnancies.  They will also work to promote safe motherhood, reduce maternal and infant mortality rates and increase educational and economic opportunities for women and girls.

In addition, I look forward to working with Congress to restore U.S. financial support for the U.N. Population Fund.  By resuming funding to UNFPA, the U.S. will be joining 180 other donor nations working collaboratively to reduce poverty, improve the health of women and children, prevent HIV/AIDS and provide family planning assistance to women in 154 countries.

Apparently, promoting “safe motherhood” is agreeing with the policy of some nations to force abortions on women.  I suppose, since most on the pro-abortion side of the argument conclude that the “fetus” is not an infant, that would achieve President Obama’s goal of reducing “infant mortality” as well.

I don’t think so.  

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Written by Jeremy Dys

January 29, 2009 at 2:57 pm

Obama, Pelosi Out of Touch with “Average Joe” American

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Recent comments on abortion and birth-control as stimulus prove that new President and Speaker not feeling the pulse of the country.

I don’t pretend to understand all the views and politics of the far-left liberal lawmakers. At times I simply shake my head in disbelief at the words and thoughts that emerge from Washington and abroad from the people who claim to have my best interest at heart.


I was once again shaking my head at two recent stories from World Net Daily and the American Center for Law and Justice. One story comes from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi regarding a push in family planning services, the other from President Obama and his recent reversal of the Mexico City policy.


 Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has decided that the best way to encourage economic stimulus in our country is for people to stop having babies because


“The states are in terrible fiscal budget crisis now and part of what we do for children’s health, education and some of those elements are to help the states meet their financial needs.”

 Allow me to translate. Because it costs the government money to help with children’s health services and education, if we all stop having kids then there will be more money for more important things. Important things like luxury apartments, multiple houses, extravagant cars, vacations, and parties. All the things a good government needs to perform their sworn duties.


One question Ms. Pelosi, if we all stop having kids, who is going to come behind us and continue our legacy as the American people? This kind of thinking is typical of the liberal left, quick fixes and answers without considering long-term and future ramifications.


Despite how silly and practically absurd the notions of Ms. Pelosi are, the two-headed monster that President Obama has unleashed is even more disturbing.


During his first week as President, Barack Obama has reversed the Mexico City policy, which bans federal funds from being used to finance oversees abortions and abortion agencies. President Obama told reporters,


“For too long, international family planning assistance has been used as a political wedge issue, the subject of a back and forth debate that has served only to divide us. I have no desire to continue this stale and fruitless debate.”

 The President is right about one thing, it is quite fruitless to fund overseas abortions. Not only will America now become a global exporter of murder to countless innocent children, but, in the midst of a poor economic situation we are going to send our hard-earned money to other countries to help them kill those innocent children. And then to top it off, the President wants to ask us all to pay more taxes, and “make sacrifices” during this tough economic time.

Well here is my very simple thought. Wake up Mr. President. If you stop sending my hard earned money overseas to kill children then perhaps the government will not need as much of my money, then maybe I will have a little more to invest, spend, and help stimulate the economy. But most of all, maybe I will sleep better at night knowing that I am not part of a country that does not think it morally repugnant to help other countries commit murder. God help us all.


Further Food for Thought:

Be Fruitful or Plan Your Family?


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Written by Nathan Cherry

January 28, 2009 at 2:55 pm

DHHS: Sued In Defense of Conscience

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As reported in September and November, the now former secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt, created regulations that would allow health care providers the right to refuse to conduct an abortion if their sincerely held religious belief prevented their participation in the act.  Many of you joined our letter to Secretary Leavitt in support of the measure and were pleased when he followed our urging.  

Now, under a new administration, Planned Parenthood and the ACLU have partnered together once again in an attempt to intimidate the government out of standing not only for the pre-born, but also for religious freedom.  Our friends at the Alliance Defense Fund have intervened and the case is being handled by a former West Virginian, Matt Bowman.  

While we hope that Secretary Tom Daschle will support his predecessor’s efforts to defend life and religious freedom, not caving to the bullying of Planned Parenthood and the ACLU, we are not optimistic for the future of religious freedom.

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Written by Jeremy Dys

January 28, 2009 at 2:08 pm

Posted in Life, Religious Freedom

Be Fruitful or Plan Your Family?

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Here’s a great story for your next trip to the water cooler at work.

A story out of Tokyo reports that tech-giant Canon is asking their employees to cut out of work early in an effort to spur the economy.  What are they doing when they leave work?  Working a second job?  Laboring for the government?  Nope.  CNN reports:

In a country where 12-hour workdays are common, the electronics giant has taken to letting its employees leave early twice a week for a rather unusual reason: to encourage them to have more babies.

Japan is in the midst of an unprecedented recession, so corporations are being asked to work toward fixing another major problem: the country’s low birthrate.

. . . 

Analysts say the world’s second-largest economy faces its greatest threat from its own social problems, rather than outside forces. And the country desperately needs to make some fixes to its current social and work structures, sociologists say.

. . . 

The 5:30 p.m. lights-out program is one simple step toward helping address the population problem. It also has an added benefit: Amid the global economic downturn the company can slash overtime across the board twice a week.

I guess that whole thing in Genesis about, “be fruitful and multiply” was not just a theological suggestion, but an economic prophecy.  Add Canon to the short list of companies encouraging procreation over long work hours.

Now compare that to the remarks made by Nancy Pelosi over the weekend.  There, she makes no apology for spending millions on family planning services (read=abortions) in an effort to spur on the national economy.  One of these countries is wrong, and I’m guessing it is not the one listed as the 10th most populated country.  They get the simple notion that children are a good thing.  Good for families and good for the economy.  

Or, as Scripture has put it, children are, “a gift from the Lord.”  

Ms. Pelosi, if you truly hope to stimulate the economy, perhaps you should be encouraging strong families – not adding more Federal funding for policies that will drive our economy into an unsupportable mess.

UPDATE:  It appears that Ms. Pelosi may have thought better of her family planning measure.  Although, still no apology for trying to fund abortion in an economic downturn.

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Written by Jeremy Dys

January 27, 2009 at 6:56 pm

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The Day of Truth Gives Students an Opportunity to Speak Freely

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The Alliance Defense Fund carried the following post regarding the “Day of Truth” event coming up in April. The Day of Truth is gaining more support each year, as more students across the United States participate to show their moral objection to the homosexual lifestyle. Please read the following post and pass the information along to as many students as possible.


Day of Truth to be spearheaded by Exodus International

The Alliance Defense Fund is transitioning its leadership of the Day of Truth initiative to Exodus International.

Day of Truth was launched four years ago in response to GLSEN’s (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) “Day of Silence” national initiative. “Day of Silence,” established in 1996 and aggressively placed in public schools throughout the U.S., asks students to take a nine-hour “vow of silence” to protest what they describe as “discrimination and harassment” against student’s engaged in homosexual behavior.

In 2004, when a student in Poway, California openly objected to this overt promotion of a practice that he found morally offensive, he was punished and silenced by the school administration for expressing his views. The school’s actions prompted the Alliance Defense Fund to legally defend this young man’s rights and, in turn, to launch a national response to the GLSEN’S Day of Silence. That response was the Day of Truth.

Designed to give students an opportunity to openly voice their views on (and objections to) the Day of Silence, the Day of Truth has grown from a handful of students to over 13,000 participants in all 50 states standing for the Truth. As the movement has grown, the focus has continued to broaden…providing students not only with legal assistance when their free speech rights are challenged, but also providing them with information on how to minister and witness to individuals struggling with homosexual behavior.

It’s because of growth in this latter area that this transition is occurring. For more than thirty years, Exodus International has provided thoughtful care to individuals wishing to leave homosexuality and offered support for related families, friends and churches. With 230 member organizations, the Exodus network is mobilizing the body of Christ to minister grace and truth to a world impacted by homosexuality…perfectly positioning them to lead the Day of Truth into the future.

ADF will continue to serve as the legal support arm for this project and represent any student who is silenced or punished for speaking the Truth.

When is the Day of Truth?

This year’s Day of Truth will be Monday, April 20, 2009. To view a video and participate this year, visit and register. Even if you have registered with us in the past, please register again this year. This allows us to track the number of participants every year. (It’s free to sign up!) You may also order products and materials, download free resources, and learn more about the project. On the Day of Truth, participating students wear their Day of Truth t-shirt and hand out “Truth cards” which simply explain that it’s time for “an honest discussion about homosexuality.”


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Written by Nathan Cherry

January 26, 2009 at 3:40 pm

Stimulating the Economy with “Family Planning Services?” Really Nancy?

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Here’s an idea to stimulate the economy: stop bankrolling Planned Parenthood to the tune of nearly $400 million every year.

The fact of the matter is that the Federal government will not create a single job by increasing this pork for the abortion industry. In fact, the only possible outcome is to remove more and more potential workers, entrepreneurs, and ethical CEO’s from the worker pool.

Written by Jeremy Dys

January 26, 2009 at 3:37 pm

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