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Today's Cultural Warfare Update

Traditional Values Coalition condemns Pastor Jim Wallis and the Soujourners, says "Liberals are the sworn enemies of religious Americans";

TVC jumps on the "mandatory" HPV vaccine condemnation bandwagon - conveniently ignoring - no, just lying about - the fact that the Texas action which got this started was not mandatory; you could opt out. TVC is more explicit than most at attacking women who get cervical cancer from HPV as sluts, though, saying "almost all cases of HPV could be prevented through responsible sexual behavior, including fidelity in marriage and abstinence outside of marriage";

Largo, Florida officials vote to dismiss city manager over gender reassignment - the charge was led by a local pastor, of course, who said that using her new name would "trample" fundamentalists' religious freedoms, which apparently require not using someone's legal name anymore if you don't like it; another local pastor said that Jesus would want her terminated;

Concerned Women for America's Matt Barber condemns Planned Parenthood again, this time for picking up on a shtick that anti-abortion activists have been using for a while already; co-branded cell phone service, so that if you sign up, part of your bill will go to support Planned Parenthood activities. CWA calls it "you make a call, we kill a baby" and "Dialing for Death," and says "every dropped-call will amount to a precious life spared;"

**** Red meat in audio form - transcribed for your convenience and visibility to search engines - from CWA's Matt Barber, comparing the Massachusetts school system and Federal Judge Mark Wolf to Joseph Goebbels and Nazi propaganda;

CWA's Jan LaRue wants massive enforsement against "obscenity" on t3h int4rw3bs, cranky at courts for striking down the Communications Decency Act, all for The Children, of course;

CWA condemns effort to form a new UN agency to focus on gender equality and women's empowerment;

CWA's Matt Barber in the Christian Post says it is "perfectly natural for people to be repelled by disordered sexual behaviors that are both unnatural, and immoral;" he uses the "disordered" and "unnatural" language in the transcription above, too;

Faith and Freedom Network ACTION ITEM against reciprocal benefits/domestic-parntership in Washington State;

FFN is supporting a couple of events with David Barton, one of the favourite historians/propogandists of the theoconservative movement; his main goal is to redefine all the American Founding Fathers as evangelical fundamentalists. He's been caught faking quotes several times, which he defends as having truthiness. Okay, that's not how he puts it, but you get the idea;

**** Canada Family Action Coalition figures out the "put the red meat in a video" shtick, slinging pedophila around; specifically, they're alleging that the Ontario court ruling a few months ago that three different people had parental involvement rights with a child (a married lesbian couple and the man who is the child's biological father) lets anyone become a parent, including "perhaps for sexual reasons;"

New York Times coverage of a theocon confab - they don't like any of the major candidates but don't think Brownback can pull in the donors needed;

Faith and Freedom Network hires ex-Dave Reichert Deputy Communications Director Jennifer Lee as their new Field Director;

In the UK, meanwhile, a Muslim Pakistani immigrant killed his wife their four daughters for being "too western;" this was contributed by somebody but I forget who, my apologies;

Faith and Freedom Network ACTION ITEM against Washington State bills supporting embryonic stem-cell research.


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Pastor Jim Wallis:
Liberalism’s ‘Religious’ Strategist
Traditional Values Coalition

http://traditionalvalues.org/pdf_files/jim_wallis.pdf

Pastor Jim Wallis, founder of the leftist Sojourners
organization is a darling of secularist liberals who
attempted to use him in the 2004 elections to seduce
evangelical Christians into voting for presidential
candidate John Kerry.

[...]

In his commentary, Wallis observed: “The best news
of all for the American church and society is this:
The monologue of the Religious Right is over, and a
new dialogue has just begun.” Wallis, of course, is
incorrect as he has been in his support for Communist
regimes during the past 30 years.

[...]

TVC’s Chairman Rev. Louis P. Sheldon debated Wallis
on “ABC World News Tonight” in February 2005. During
the interview, Rev. Sheldon made the following
observations about Wallis and the Democrats:

* Mr. Wallis and the Religious Left are trying to
train liberals to speak like religious Americans.

* No matter how well you train a wolf to say
“BAAAAA,” it doesn’t change an important
fact—he is still a wolf.

* Liberals are the sworn enemies of religious
Americans.

[More at URL]


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No Mandatory HPV Vaccine For Girls!
By TVC Executive Director Andrea Lafferty
Traditional Values Coalition

http://www.traditionalvalues.org/modules.php?sid=3015

February 21, 2007 – Merck, the giant drug company, has come under fire in recent weeks over its lobbying efforts to have their drug, Gardasil, forced upon public school girls throughout the nation.

Traditional Values Coalition is calling upon the Department of Justice to investigate the behind-the-scenes scheming that Merck has done to influence the votes of state legislators to push mandates of this drug on girls.

If this isn’t the sort of activity which interstate commerce regulation and federal racketeering statutes were designed to prohibit -- what is?

[...]

U.S. Epidemic That Isn’t

According to the National Cervical Cancer Coalition, there are an average of 3,700 women in the U.S. each year who die from cervical cancer. Women in developing countries “account for about 85% of both the yearly cases of cervical cancer (estimated at 493,000 cases worldwide) and the yearly deaths from cervical cancer (estimated at 273,500 deaths worldwide).

While these 3,700 deaths are a tragedy, this is not a national health crisis nor does it require that states like Texas should rush to mandate an HPV vaccine upon girls. Mandatory vaccines should only be required when outbreaks of polio, tuberculosis or other easily transmitted diseases may threaten a school or community.

HPV is contracted through sexual contact and is not contagious. Therefore, almost all cases of HPV could be prevented through responsible sexual behavior, including fidelity in marriage and abstinence outside of marriage.

[Ed. Note: Emphasis is in the original.]

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Largo, FL officials vote to dismiss trans city manager
Published by Pam Spaulding
Pandragon
March 1st, 2007

http://pandagon.net/2007/03/01/largo-fl-officials-vote-to-dismiss-trans-city-manager/

“I’m going to be embarrassed if we throw this man out on the trash heap after he’s worked so hard for the city. We have a choice to make: We can go back to intolerance, or we can be the city of progress.”
– Mayor Pat Gerard, one of only two Largo commissioners to vote against firing City Manager Steve Stanton because of his announcement that he will transition

[...]

This is one of the most incredible displays of overt official in-your-face cases of ignorance and bigotry against the T population, I’ve seen. I can’t even believe I’m reading this insanity. The commission in Largo, Florida has yet to explain its decision to fire its city commissioner in any way that makes sense.

[...]

The man behind the campaign to get Stanton fired is Pastor Charlie Martin of the First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks. Martin argues that the religious freedoms of Christians will be trampled if they have to call Steve by his future female name Susan.

[More at URL]


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Planned Parenthood: Dialing for Death
It's time for Congress to hang up on Planned Parenthood.
By J. Matt Barber
Concerned Women for America
2/28/2007

http://www.cwfa.org/articles/12427/CFI/life/index.htm

Although it's a sound concept in terms of fundraising techniques, Planned Parenthood's latest scheme to profit off the backs of young, impressionable women by sacrificing their children to the god of convenience reminds us once again that it's not so much about a woman's sacred "right to choose" as it is about the abortion industry's unholy "rite to schmooze."

In a recent press release, Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) announced that it would be "giving customers the power to make a difference with every [cell phone] call they make." Tragically, however, when Planned Parenthood talks about making a difference, we know it's the difference between life and death.

In what it bills as "a unique wireless [cell phone] program that enables consumers to choose where their mobile phone dollars go without sacrificing quality service," the abortion Goliath - already enjoying an annual budget of nearly one billion dollars - boasts that the plan "will provide an impressive 10% of revenues generated directly to PPFA, transforming a simple phone call into a personal act of support."

The abortion provider innocuously calls the fundraising effort "Planned Parenthood Wireless." The cheerful tone of the press release is uncanny. Read between the lines, and it shamelessly chirps: "you make a call, we kill a baby." And in light of the many acts of abortion violence Planned Parenthood commits each year, "Dialing for Death" is a more fitting banner.

[...]

But somehow, Planned Parenthood's latest fundraising ploy just seems to smack of tasteless arrogance. It's not that the concept is illegitimate, but rather that the dark nature of the organization employing the concept makes it creepy and unseemly.

And the fact that "Planned Parenthood Wireless" offers a "family plan" drips with morbid irony. In view of the group's twisted interpretation of "family" and the millions of lives it snuffs out each year (fueled by that phantom "right" to unfettered abortion on demand), this plan will apparently have no need for roll over minutes, and every dropped-call will amount to a precious life spared.

[More at URL]


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Massachusetts Parents Lose Right to Challenge Schools
Concerned Women for America
CWA's Matt Barber and Massachusetts State Director Tammy Mosher
2/28/2007

http://www.cwfa.org/articles/12425/FIELD/education/index.htm

U.S. District Chief Judge Mark Wolf has told parents in Lexington, Massachusetts that they have no right to challenge school curricula, and no right to opt their children out of pro-homosexual school lessons. Those statements came as Wolf dismissed a lawsuit brought by parents, telling them that their only options on the matter were to place their children in private school, to home school them, or to elect like-minded people to the school board. Martha Kleder spoke with Matt Barber, CWA’s Policy Director for Cultural Issues and Tammy Mosher, State Director for CWA of Massachusetts.

[Transcription begins]

[Tammy Mosher: [Condemns "diversity bag" given to students.] "In that bag was a book about families, and within that book about families they depicted two homosexual families." [Complainant wanted their son let out of any class involving discussions of GBLT people.] "If something like that happens again, or if there's any discussion regarding the homosexual lifestyle, that is son would be released from the room." [Oh well, this is the same guy - last name Parker - who was arrested for trespassing after he refused to leave the building at the end of a school board meeting because he was protesting.]

Martha Kleder speaks up for once, outraged that he was handcuffed at his court appearance.

Matt Barber: "I understand that Mr. Parker and another couple ... filed a Federal lawsuit."

Tammy Mosher: [Condemns The Two Princes, a book talked about earlier, and talks about lawsuit.] "The school district became pretty well supported by the ACLU and some other large homosexual activist groups, and they went ahead and asked that that lawsuit be dismissed. And even the Massachusetts teacher's association got on that bandwagon... about two weeks ago, I believe, it was heard in Federal court, and after about a day - well, maybe it was a week - after the lawsuit was heard, it was dismissed. And it wasn't only dismissed, but the judge really showed his true colours as a judicial activist and said that it was in the best interests of all schoolchildren to be taught about homosexuality so that they could become part of a diverse population."

Matt Barber: [Federal Judge Mark Wolf dismissed the case; plaintiffs will appeal to first circuit court of appeals.] "Some of the language he uses in his decision is chilling, absolutely chilling!

Tammy: "I'm looking at some of it now, and one of the things he said was diversity is a hallmark of our nation... it is increasingly evident that diversity includes differences in sexual orientation. And he acknowledge - basically he gave the Parkers and the Worthlands three scenarios; they could either stop the dissent ... or they could to go a private school with like-minded people, or they could homeschool their kids. ... they could get people elected onto the school committee who have the same belief system."

Barber: "Here's what particularly disturbed me: he said that these parents have no right whatsoever to opt their children out of this. So they, he is saying, they are now forced to be indoctrinated with the militant homosexual lobby's talking points. And if I could, Tammy, I wanna, you know, Joseph Goebbels, who was the famous Nazi propagandist, said if you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it; it thus becomes vitally important for the state to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie. And so that is what is so chilling here. And of course I'm not saying that this judge is a Nazi, or that homosexual activists are Nazis in that sense, but certainly the tactics they are using here, that the NSA is using, is akin to try to control the minds of our children, if you control the minds of the young then you control the future, that's what they believed in Nazi Germany, that's what the National Educational Association..."

Tammy Mosher: "And the Mass Teacher's Association, evidently"

Matt Barber: "...and the activist judge combined are attempting to do, and with the power of Federal law now, he has just snuffed out their parental rights."

Matt Barber: "The homosexual agenda's motive for getting so-called homosexual marriage is not so that homosexual couples can get together and be married and have the benefits of monogamous marital relations - the whole method here is to undermine and water down the traditional family, to water down traditional marriage, so that they can legitimise their own counterfeit version of marriage, in order to take control of the schools, to take control and to have the force of law to legitimise their disordered, unnatural behaviours. So in Massachusetts we've now seen it; the judicial fiat that imposed homosexual marriage on Massachusetts now has extended to judicial fiat enforcing indoctrination within our schools, and that is a cause-effect relationship that we can just sit back and plan to see state by state as other states work toward legalising same-sex marriage."

Tammy Mosher: "And you know one of the additional comments that's really disturbing to me from Judge Wolf is the comment he made saying that he based his decision on the argument that the [Massachusetts?] constitution allows public schools the freedom to teach material that is reasonably geared to forming good citizens. In essence, under the constitution, public schools are entitled to teach anything that is reasonably related to the goals of preparing students to become engaged and productive citizens in our democracy."

Matt Barber: "Which of course is totally subjective and they are in total control and power of what our children will be indoctrinated with, that's what this judge is saying, and that..."

Tammy Mosher: "And yet, we cannot have the 10 commandments hanging in our hallways in schools, there's constantly a battle to get the Word of God into our schools, which is the ultimate book on how to be a good citizen. ... it just floors me, the hypocrisy of it all."

Tammy Mosher: "CWA is supporting a parental notification bill [that] unfortunately went into study." [Says groups need to work together better to oppose.] [Condemns "our mainstream media" for not being onboard with CWA et. al.]

Matt Barber: "I've read a couple of articles on this very subject in the Boston Globe and they are saying that the judge was absolutely appropriate in what he did and they are commending him, so they are saying the state trumps parents in terms of how to raise children."

Tammy Mosher: "Exactly. And the state, you know, the Mass Framework Curriculum, the education curriculum, trumps the constitution."

Matt: Unbelievable.

Tammy Mosgher: "Because they are letting the Mass Curriculum trump any parent's right to practice their religion."]


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Budgeting Wars Part II: Feds Fail at Obscenity Enforcement
Pornographers bank on kids becoming the next generation of addicts.
Concerned Women for America
By Jan LaRue, Chief Counsel
2/26/2007

http://www.cwfa.org/articles/12411/LEGAL/pornography/index.htm

"I'm mad as Hell and I'm not going to take it anymore," shouts the unhinged TV anchorman in the movie, "Network," as he urges Americans to "go to your windows, throw them open and repeat after me." If your patience has run out while waiting for the Bush Administration to enforce the federal obscenity laws, it's time to go to their windows.

Another study was released telling us what we already know, "Rising Number of Kids Exposed to Online Porn," Associated Press, February 5, 2007. That's yet another reason why if I'm asked to review one more bill that would put a bandaid on the cultural cancer of pornography, I'll be out my window.

Good people with good intentions are desperate enough "to do something," even if it's virtually ineffective. When we have gotten Congress to enact effective laws that will help protect kids from exposure to Internet porn, the courts have usually declared them unconstitutional.

[More at URL]


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U.N. Considers Adding Billion-Dollar Women's Agency
Concerned Women for America
By Janice Shaw Crouse
2/28/2007

http://www.cwfa.org/articles/12424/BLI/reports/index.htm

As if we didn't have enough trouble already at the United Nations (U.N.) from feminists pushing a radical agenda on the world, they are now trying to "reform" the whole "gender architecture" of the U.N. A coalition of 157 representatives from Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) are using the 51st Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) -- holding its annual two-week session in New York at U.N. headquarters from February 26 through March 9) -- as a platform to urge Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to accept a proposal for the creation of a new U.N. women's agency, put it on a fast track for implementation and fund the agency "ambitiously."

The High-Level Panel of U.N. System-Wide Coherence (don't you just love the titles of U.N. entities?) prompted the "gender equity" proposal for the new agency. The panel is composed of 15 members who are heads of government, former world political leaders and senior government and U.N. officials. They stated that their recommendation for a new women's agency should be considered a "mandate of the entire U.N. system" and that the new "dynamic entity focused on gender equality and women's empowerment" should be "ambitiously" funded. Such a strongly worded recommendation is clear indication of the already-existing power and influence of so-called "women's rights" groups at the U.N.. For instance, the Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) is demanding that the U.N. consult with "women's rights groups" as the new agency is developed so that their "perspectives" will be integral in its operations.

[More at URL]


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Hardaway Apologizes for Anti-Gay Remarks; Christians Prescribe Love for Homosexuals
By Nathan Black
Christian Post Reporter
Wed, Feb. 21 2007 11:47 AM ET

http://www.christianpost.com/article/20070221/25941_Hardaway_Apologizes_for_Anti-Gay_Remarks%3B_Christians_Prescribe_Love_for_Homosexuals.htm

After being banished from some of his scheduled appearances at NBA's All-Star Weekend, former NBA player Tim Hardaway recently made a second apology over his anti-gay comments.

"I don't hate gay people," Hardaway told CBS affiliate WFOR. "I'm a good-hearted person. I interact with people all the time. ... I respect people. For me to say 'hate' was a bad word, and I didn't mean to use it."

Hardaway’s anti-gay remarks were made last week when he was asked how he would react to having a gay teammate. "I hate gay people ... and I don't like to be around gay people," he said, acknowledging that he's "homophobic."

[...]

“Hardaway’s comments are both unfortunate and inappropriate,” said Matt Barber, policy director for Cultural Issues at Concerned Women for America, in a released statement. “They provide political fodder for those who wish to paint all opposition to the homosexual lifestyle as being rooted in ‘hate.’ It’s important to note that Hardaway’s words represent the feelings of Hardaway. His words do not represent the feelings of the vast majority of people opposed to the homosexual agenda."

[...]

CWA’s Barber stated that it is "perfectly natural for people to be repelled by disordered sexual behaviors that are both unnatural, and immoral."

[More at URL]


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Civil Unions Not Enough
Faith and Freedom Network
Friday, February 23, 2007

http://www.faithandfreedom.us/weblog/2007/02/civil-unions-not-enough.html

On the day New Jersey made Civil Unions legal, homosexual activists made it clear that it was not enough.

Steven Goldstein, chairman of Garden State Equality, has now launched a campaign to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples within two years.

He told the New York Daily News, "Marriage is the only currency of commitment the world understands."

Clearly they are not interested in just getting benefits -- they seek a total acceptance of a lifestyle. Basically, they are saying what we have been saying all along. Its not about benefits. Its about redefining marriage to include homosexual couples.

[...]

The ultimate push is for homosexuality to be embraced, celebrated and normalized and for any dissenting views to be suppressed.

It is likely the lawmakers will vote on Domestic Partnerships next week -- even as early as Monday.

If you live in Washington State, please make one more call to your elected officials either today or first thing Monday and express your opposition to Domestic Partnerships.

Washington Legislative Hotline: 1-800-562-6000.

To find your Washington Legislator, click here.

[More at URL]


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Faith & Freedom Forum with David Barton
Faith and Freedom Network
Online as of 28 February 2007

http://www.faithandfreedom.us/barton_forum.html

David Barton, nationally known author and American Historian is coming to Washington State. He is the founder and President of Wallbuilders, a national pro-family organization.

His exhaustive research (from the original writings) on the Founding Era of America has rendered him a foremost expert in the field.

David is the author of numerous works and this information has been directly implemented to reclaim the original intent of our Founding Fathers in the areas of faith and family. He communicates the truth regarding our country's religious roots and the role individuals can play in reclaiming our spiritual heritage.

[More at URL]


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Canadian Judicial: "Bench Gods"
Canada Family Action Coalition
Online as of 1 March 2007

http://www.familyaction.org/videos/1-5-2007-benchgods.wmv

[No text; the speaker is shown but not named. Below is my complete transcription.]

On January 2nd, three Ontario judges overruled a lower level judge in regards to how many parents a child can actually have. These three judges have now decided that a child can have at least two mothers and one father. Of course, any sane person knows that biologically and even legally that that notion is nonsense. The bench gods said that there was a gap in Canadian law due the progression of society and that they were going to fill the gap; they would write the law, and not leave it to legislators. This ruling was based solely on one particular case of three adults who wanted to challenge the law. We don't believe for a moment that the best interest of the child was taking into consideration in that particular case.

Now Canadian children are legally pawns to be used in adult agendas. How many adults can a child actually have as parents? Well, that will now depend upon which bench gods you want to appear before, and make your case. You, too, now, can become a parent; perhaps for sexual reasons; maybe it's for tax benefits, or out of custody battle, or maybe it's just out of revenge. We now have children who are going to be used as legal pawns in all kinds of adult cases. This is one of the most ridiculous decisions to come out of Canadian courts perhaps in the last 10 years. We've asked that the legislators in Ontario appeal this decision, or write legislation to overrule and override this thing.

And there you have it, this is your Canada.


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Christian Right Labors to Find '08 Candidate
By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
The New York Times
Published: February 25, 2007

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/25/us/politics/25secret.html?_r=2&hp&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 — A group of influential Christian conservatives and their allies emerged from a private meeting at a Florida resort this month dissatisfied with the Republican presidential field and uncertain where to turn.

The event was a meeting of the Council for National Policy, a secretive club whose few hundred members include Dr. James C. Dobson of Focus on the Family, the Rev. Jerry Falwell of Liberty University and Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform. Although little known outside the conservative movement, the council has become a pivotal stop for Republican presidential primary hopefuls, including George W. Bush on the eve of his 1999 primary campaign.

[...]

Many conservatives have already declared their hostility to Senator John McCain of Arizona, despite his efforts to make amends for having once denounced Christian conservative leaders as “agents of intolerance,” and to former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani of New York, because of his liberal views on abortion and gay rights and his three marriages.

Many were also suspicious of former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts; members have used the council as a conduit to distribute a dossier prepared by a Massachusetts conservative group about liberal elements of his record on abortion, stem cell research and gay rights. (Mr. Romney has worked to convince conservatives that his views have changed.)

[More at URL]


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Faith & Freedom Ramps Up Efforts
Faith and Freedom Network
22 February 2007

[Received in email; no URL]

Faith and Freedom is doing several things to increase our efforts in Washington State.
Jennifer Lee has joined our staff as Field Director. She has had a great deal of experience in the political field and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Seattle Pacific University.

In 2004, Jennifer was hired as Deputy Communication Director for the Dave Reichert for Congress Campaign in Washington's 8th Congressional District. In 2005, she relocated to Washington DC to work as congressional staff for Congressman Reichert in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Jennifer is a devout person of faith and feels deeply about the ministry of Faith & Freedom. In fact, Jennifer has come on board full-tim before we have been able to raise her entire salary.

One donor has agreed to underwrite half her salary for a year. We are working with Jennifer to raise the balance of her salary.

Jennifer, working with Jon Russell and myself, is organizing the Washington statewide network around the principle of having a cohesive network with a district leader in all 49 legislative districts. This will be completed this year in preparation for 2008.

If you live in Washington state and would be willing to be a part of this network, please contact Jennifer at j.lee@faithandfreedom.us. To find other ways that you might get involved with FFN, please visit our Volunteer Resource Page on our website.

Faith & Freedom is also setting up a Political Action Committee. The PAC will be used to elect and defeat lawmakers and judges. Our criteria is not partisan but issue oriented. We will support those who support Judeo-Christian values and oppose those who do not.

We are also launching a youth leadership program that will help teenagers clarify their worldview and learn how they can impact their culture through leadership.

Looking forward, it is apparent that much remains to be done in Washington State. With missed opportunities for change in referendums, senators, representatives and judges during this past year, we must do better.

We are pledging ourselves to, with God's help and your support, advance righteousness and Judeo- Christian values in more effective ways.

Thank you for standing with us.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Faith & Freedom Foundation. Every little bit helps!


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Father killed family for being too western
By Nigel Bunyan
The Telegraph
Last Updated: 1:58am GMT 22/02/2007

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/02/21/nmuslim21.xml

A father killed his wife and four daughters in their sleep because he could not bear them adopting a more westernised lifestyle, an inquest heard yesterday.

Mohammed Riaz, 49, found it abhorrent that his eldest daughter wanted to be a fashion designer, and that she and her sisters were likely to reject the Muslim tradition of arranged marriages.

[...]

Riaz, who had spent the evening drinking, set himself on fire and died two days later.

[...]

After Mrs Riaz's father died she "suddenly felt less beholden to Mohammed", a friend said. "She started to develop her own circle of friends and allowed the girls to express themselves in a more western way."

She began to work with women who felt suppressed by Asian culture and many saw her as a role model for young Asian women.


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Stem Cell Research
Faith and Freedom Network
February 21, 2007

[Received in email; no URL]

Jon Russell, our Senior Field Director and lobbyist testified earlier today in Olympia expressing that we strongly oppose embryonic stem cell research.
The reason for our opposition is simple. We value life and an embryo is a life.

Jon told me the lawmakers are looking to take the tobacco money they have received from settlements and create a stem cell research fund. They are calling it Life Science Fund.

There are at least four bills dealing with stem cells on the agenda. They are H.B. 1163, H.B. 1732, H.B. 1336, and H.B. 1730.

Would you take a moment and contact your representatives and tell them you strongly oppose these bills because you are pro-life.

This is very important over the next few days.

Also, we have provided a concise position paper on why we oppose stem cell research.

The piece was given as "The Other Side" of the issue on National Public Radio by Robert P. George. Mr. George is a member of the President's Council on bio-ethics. He is also a professor of jurisprudence and director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Intuitions at Princeton University.

I strongly encourage you to read this.
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