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Bi-Partisan Opposition to Tax-Payer Funded Abortion Grows

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Lead by Rep. Bart Stupak, a bi-partisan alliance is calling President Obama out on his campaign promise.

By Nathan A. Cherry

 Martinsburg, W.V. – A recent Zogby Poll shows that 71% of Americans are opposed to tax-payer funded abortion on demand. Groups like Operation Rescue and the Christian Defense Coalition have launched a new campaign called “I Am 71” to make sure the White House and Congress knows that a super-majority of Americans oppose provisions in the current health reform bill, this according to a recent story by Newsmax. (Click here for full story)

Just last week Lifesitenews.com released a story that read “183 Congressional representatives have signed a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi demanding that Congress be allowed a free vote on bipartisan pro-life measures that would truly prohibit government funding of abortion in health care.”

The letter, a bi-partisan effort by House democrats and republicans, tells Speaker Nancy Pelosi that either she allows a vote on the pro-life measures taken by lawmakers such as Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mi), or Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa) or they will do everything in their power to defeat the health reform bill.

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The Annual Values Voter Summit

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The Annual Values Voter Summit

The Annual Values Voter Summit

Entire event covered by FPC and blogged daily for your reading enjoyment.

 

By Nathan A. Cherry

 Martinsburg, WV – I am looking forward to attending one of the most anticipated events of the year, the Values Voter Summit of 2009. The summit will be held in Washington, D.C., on September 18 – 19 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

 The Values Voter Summit is a gathering of socially conservative thinkers, politicians, and other professionals drawn together to discuss the hot-topic issues of our day. Topics such as “Defunding Planned Parenthood,” “Obamacare,” “Illegal Immigration,” and “Marriage,” are just some of the many topics that will be explored and discussed during this weekend.

 The sponsors, groups such as the Family Research Council, American Family Association, and American Values, have joined together to bring a stunning, all-star event to the D.C., metro area.

 With over 40 confirmed speakers of the highest caliber in American Politics and civil rights scheduled to share during the weekend, guests will not find a dull moment during this event. Consider, that gathered in one place will be the likes of Mike Huckabee, Ken Blackwell, Gary Bauer, Bill Bennett, Ergun Caner, Bishop Harry Jackson, Bill O’Reilly, Star Parker, Tony Perkins, Carrie Prejean, Lila Rose, Mitt Romney, Stephen Baldwin, and on the list goes.

 You may remember that Carrie Prejean is the former Miss California and Miss America pageant contestant who caused national attention with her answers on same-sex marriage.

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FPCWV: WVAHC Should Retract “Extraordinary Lie”

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In it’s most recent publication, the public interest group, “West Virginians for Affordable Health Care” regurgitates many of the talking points from the White House in an attempt to debunk the, in the words of the President, “extraordinary lie[s]” of pro-life groups across the country opposed to the recent Health Care proposal.

In one section of it’s patronizingly titled, “Sense and Nonsense” article is the following “exchange”:

NONSENSE: Health reform will lead to rationing health care.

SENSE: “Rationing” occurs in health care and other goods and services whenever demand exceeds supply.  Organs, for example, are precious commodities, and their donation is strictly regulated by national guidelines.  Rationing is necessary and inevitable.  Allocation of the swine flue vaccine this fall will provide a practical experience of rationing.  If the demand for the vaccine exceeds the supply, we will have to decide who will receive the first million doses available.

Rationing might be better described as an appropriate allocation of resources.  In an essay in the Washington Post [sic], an infectious disease specialist wrote, “the unspoken truth among doctors is that we objectively or subjectively ration care, and often don’t tell patients or their families.”  Health reform would make such decisions an allocations more transparent and accountable.

Oh, I get it.  It’s not rationing, its, “an appropriate allocation of resources.”

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Written by Jeremy Dys

August 26, 2009 at 8:00 am

Health Care: Squelching Religious Freedom for Human Rights

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Last week, some 140,000 people gathered on a conference call with religious leaders to discuss President Obama’s Health Care proposal.  The President himself decided to jump on the call too and explained why extending health care to millions in the form of a socialized system was a “moral imperative.”

The “leaders” of the call appear to be many of the religious left who have been asked to advise President Obama on matters of faith and social justice.  Jim Wallis, of Sojourners, has been promoted to chief spokesman for the group, appearing on several news networks touting the “moral imperative” of extending health care or attempting to make the case that health care is a human right.  Establishing something as a “human right,” of course, is a liberal’s way of guilting the rest of society into accepting their agenda without question.  After all, do you know anyone who is against anything that is a fundamental right of a human?

At the outset, it is offensive to the idea of religious liberty that many of the voices speaking against Obamacare have been silenced and discounted as promoting “malicious myths,” while the pluralistic, religious left continues to receive accolade for stroking the President’s agenda.  If President Obama were serious about coordinating the religious community on healthcare, why did he not include Tony Perkins or Jim Dobson or Jim Daly in the discussion?  His answer, undoubtedly, would be because they represent a more “activist” mindset in what should be a serious and civil discussion on health care.  Ok, but that begs the question: aren’t Jim Wallis and Brian McLaren and the rest of the crew labeled as “religious leaders” equally labeled as activists?  Or does it mean something different when they are just called “organizers?”

If President Obama were serious about seeking the “moral imperative” on health care, why would he not consult theologians like R.C. Sproul, D.A. Carson, and Al Mohler?  Or even Rabbi Daniel Lapin and Father Frank Pavone?  By keeping such serious minds from the table, President Obama has demonstrated that religious freedom means only those who agree with and commit to promoting his agenda.  In so doing, he has erected another wall separating only those churches that confront his moralisms with Scriptural authority from influencing the discussion of state.

But there is a legitimate question that we seemed to have skipped over in the race to the August recess: is health care a “human right?”

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