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January 30, 2014
60,000 Pro-Lifers Line the Streets of San Francisco During West Coast Walk for Life

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(LifeNews) Some 60,000 pro-life people lined the streets of San Francisco on Saturday for the West Coast Walk for Life — a way for pro-life Americans in the western United States to show their opposition to abortion.

January 30, 2014
School Choice Bills Introduced in Senate Are `Real Answer to Income Inequality,` Sponsors Say

(Christian Post) School choice is the "real answer to income inequality," Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.) argued Tuesday at the American Enterprise Institute. The senators have both introduced school choice bills to provide poor, disabled and military families with scholarships to attend the school of their choice.

January 30, 2014
Gospel singers Natalie Grant, Mandisa praised for counterculture stands

(OneNewsNow) In the wake of Sunday night`s Grammy awards, two Christian entertainers are being applauded for taking a stand against the secular music industry`s mocking of those who hold to biblical values and the Judeo-Christian faith.

January 30, 2014
Why are American students failing? Look at the elephant in the living room: sex

(LifeSiteNews) Over the last three decades, social scientists, educational researchers, and pundits have probed for the reason why educationally the US on the fringe of being a Third World country.

January 30, 2014
A Time to Shock?

(Breakpoint) There are pro-life picketers who choose to carry gruesome signs outside abortion clinics that show the bloody aftermath of abortion. Most of the pro-life community chooses not to use graphic images, but the pictures are, of course, true to what actually happens.

January 30, 2014
Chick-fil-A gives free food to motorists stranded in Southern snowstorm

(Fox News) A snowstorm in the South is about as rare as a glass of unsweetened tea at a church supper. Folks around Birmingham, Ala. weren’t all that worried though.

January 30, 2014
The Truth about Marriage and Poverty

(Breakpoint) February 7 through 14 is National Marriage Week—“a collaborative campaign to strengthen individual marriages, reduce the divorce rate, and build a stronger marriage culture, which in turn helps curtail poverty and benefits children.”

January 30, 2014
House Passes Bill to Completely Ban Taxpayer Funding of Abortions

(LifeNews) The House today approved legislation that will put in place a complete ban on taxpayer funding of abortions that ensures abortions are not directly funded in any federal governmental program or department.

January 30, 2014
Casualties in the War on Poverty

(Breakpoint) Jesus broke the social stigmas of His time by snubbing those who loved riches and fraternizing with the poor and outcast. Because of this, Christians recognize a call to identify with and help those in poverty, and this is one of the great contributions Christianity has made to the world.

January 30, 2014
Pro-Life Groups Launch National Boycott of Girl Scout Cookies Over Abortion Ties

(LifeNews) National pro-life groups have banded together to launch a boycott of the sales of Girl Scout cookies over the ties the organization has to the Planned Parenthood abortion business and how it has promoted pro-abortion groups and activists.

January 30, 2014
‘It’s hazing’: Christian film stripped of Academy Award nomination

(LifeSiteNews) Hollywood loves an underdog – unless, it seems, that underdog is a Christian. That`s the reaction of one Christian film expert to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences` decision to strip the family-friendly motion picture Alone Yet Not Alone of its Oscar nomination for best song.

January 30, 2014
California abortion patient transferred to hospital after massive hemorrhaging: 911 tape

(LifeSiteNews) Operation Rescue has obtained a 911 recording of a medical emergency at Family Planning Associates (FPA) abortion clinic in Downey, California, that indicated an abortion patient had suffered massive hemorrhaging.

January 30, 2014
Obamacare Rationing is Beginning to Hit Medicare Advantage Plans for Seniors

(LifeNews) In last night’s State of the Union address, President Obama continued to misrepresent his health care law while evidence of rationing continues to mount.

January 30, 2014
Faith Rising in East, Setting in West?

(Breakpoint) The Christian sun is rising in the east. Eastern Europe, that is. And the Western media just doesn’t get it.

January 30, 2014
British NHS Abandoning Elderly Patients, Denying Them Cancer Treatment

(LifeNews) Well, this is eyebrow raising. A charity that advocates on behalf of the elderly in the UK is alleging that the NHS appears to be offering less quality cancer treatment to oldsters than to younger patients.

January 30, 2014
Islamic Gunmen Storm Church Sunday Service, Kill 22 Christians as Scores Murdered By Terrorists Across Nigeria

(Christian Post) - Twenty-two Nigerian Christians were killed in an attack after gunmen entered a church service armed with weapons and explosives on Sunday.

January 30, 2014
North Korea Dictator Executes Uncle`s Entire Family, Including Children

(Christian Post) - South Korea`s state news agency has reported that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has executed the entire family of his uncle, Jang Song-thaek, who was killed last month. Among the executed are children and the North`s ambassadors to Cuba and Malaysia, the unverified report claims.

January 30, 2014
Pastor Saeed Abedini Given `Glimmer of Hope` for Clemency; ACLJ Launches New Petition

(Christian Post) - U.S. pastor Saeed Abedini, currently serving an eight-year prison sentence in Iran, has been given a "glimmer of hope" for clemency after Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif mentioned a possible reduced jail sentence.

January 30, 2014
Former NFL Quarterback Jeff Kemp Challenges Men to Become Godly Leaders, Attend Event Day Before Super Bowl (INTERVIEW)

(Christian Post) - Former NFL quarterback Jeff Kemp found support and encouragement during his career by meeting regularly with other Christian players on his team. Now he`s encouraging groups of men to gather in locations throughout the U.S. for Stepping Up Super Saturday, an event that addresses manhood and is designed to help them become godly leaders in their homes, churches and communities.

January 30, 2014
Russian Health Ministry plans to set up pregnancy centers to lower abortion rate

(LifeSiteNews.com) – MOSCOW, In its continuing effort to boost its birth rate, the Russian government is looking at setting up crisis pregnancy centers to help dissuade women from abortion.

January 30, 2014
Man Sentenced to 13 Years for Tricking Pregnant Ex into Taking Abortion Pill
(CNS News) – A Florida man received a 13-year eight-month sentence on Monday for tricking his pregnant ex-girlfriend into taking Cytotec, an abortion pill.
January 30, 2014
Pope to USA’s Notre Dame U: Essential to uphold ‘Church’s moral teaching’

(Life Site News) - VATICAN CITY, A week after a Notre Dame professor writing in the New York Times called on Pope Francis to reconsider the Church’s teaching on abortion, Pope Francis has called on the University to uphold the Church’s moral teaching. The Pope departed from his prepared text to stress the importance of Notre Dame guarding its foundational Catholic identity. "And this is important: its identity, as it was intended from the beginning. To defend it, to preserve it and to advance it!” he said.

January 23, 2014
Hundreds of Thousands of Pro-Lifers March for Life: Mourn 56 Million Abortions

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(LifeNews) Hundreds of thousands of pro-life people turned out for the annual March for Life in Washington, braving cold temperatures to take a stand for the right to life of unborn children. While marchers mourned 41 years of legalized abortion, many sounded a hopeful theme for a pro-life future and think the decision will eventually be reversed.

January 23, 2014
Standing Strong to Right What`s Wrong

(FRC) After a night of brutal cold, the sun rose over Washington today, lighting up the national mall and the crowds of people who braved the snow to promote life. Even the frigid temperatures couldn`t keep pro-lifers away, as hundreds of thousands spilled out into roads that could barely contain them for the 41st annual March for Life. "Unless Roe v. Wade is cancelled due to weather," one leader tweeted, "the March for Life won`t be either."

January 23, 2014
The Sad Reality of Super Bowl Sunday

(Christian Post) As much as I enjoy watching sports on TV, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for me to watch the Super Bowl. Not because Super Bowl and “off season” are synonymous for my hapless Detroit Lions, but because, in the words of Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Super Bowl is “commonly known as the single largest human trafficking event in the United States.”

January 23, 2014
Don`t Disrespect the Legacy of Dr. King

(Christian Post) More than ever, I am respectful of those who paved the way for our American freedom. As a history buff, I have read stirring words from the founding fathers that have inspired me to work to maintain what they had first established. And as an African-American, I have received personal benefit from those who fought against slavery and later those who fought for my civil rights.

January 23, 2014
You`re Right to Choose This Movie

(CNSNews) What happens when a teenager who came into the world as an unplanned teenage pregnancy ends up with an unplanned pregnancy of her own? Will she bend to all the "helpful" insistence that she needs to exercise her "right to choose" before she is, as one callous presidential contender put it, "punished with a baby"?

January 23, 2014
In the name of tolerance, don`t say, `Jesus`

(OneNewsNow) The president of a Connecticut university has incurred condemnation from critics who say her rebuke of a coach for his referencing Jesus at practice was out of bounds.

January 23, 2014
Roe and Abuse of Discretion

(Breakpoint) Most pro-lifers know that Roe v. Wade is a bad decision. A new book, “Abuse of Discretion,” tells us why!

January 23, 2014
Only 6 Percent of Teen Girls Who Practice Abstinence Will Ever Have Abortions

(LifeNews) Family Research Council released a report this week that gave valuable insight to those who want to understand the women in our culture who are most vulnerable to abortion industry pressures and what risk factors affect them.

January 23, 2014
It`s privacy rights vs. transgender rights in Colo. school
January 23, 2014
Abortion and the Moral Imagination

(Breakpoint) Facts are stubborn things. And so are some people in the face of them, especially when it comes to abortion.

January 23, 2014
Universal Health Care Does Not End Suffering - It Redistributes It

(CNSNews) Over the past five years I have been sharing my very personal journey of Canadian health care in hopes to help open the doors of communication between the powers that be and the American public so that the message stays on access to healthcare not access to health insurance.

January 23, 2014
Pastor Saeed Abedini Transferred Out of Murderer Ward, But Health Problems Worsen

(Christian Post) U.S. pastor Saeed Abedini has been transferred from the murderer ward to the political prisoner ward in Rajai Shahr Prison in Iran, but his health problems are continuing to worsen and he needs surgery.

January 23, 2014
Pro-Life State Rankings Released: 6 Best, 5 Worst, 4 Most Improved States for Life

(Christian Post) Americans United for Life, a nationwide pro-life legal team, released its 2014 "Life List," which includes a ranking of the various states on how well their laws defend life, from conception to natural death.

January 23, 2014
Nave or navel? National Cathedral goes off deep end

(OneNewsNow) Gary Hall, dean of the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, is quickly turning the place for the nation`s most solemn occasions into Flip Wilson`s Church of What`s Happening Now.

January 17, 2014
Co-Ed Bathroom Law Not in Effect

A leading California education and public agency law firm today issued a statement confirming that AB 1266 did not go into effect on January 1.  Some proponents of the "co-ed bathroom law" have put forth the idea that the law became effective at the first of the year, despite a referendum effort designed to put the measure on the November ballot.

Fresno based Lozano Smith, LP, notes that AB 1266 was signed by Governor Brown last year but "a referendum challenge was mounted to prevent AB 1266 from becoming law, and the referendum effort has caused the effective date to be put on hold."

Backers of the referendum to overturn the new law believe that some individuals are trying to get local policies in place before the referendum process is concluded and might try to retain those policies even after the law is struck down.

"Districts throughout the State are acting as if the co-ed bathroom law is in effect," said Gina Gleason, proponent of the referendum.  "While some individuals just don`t understand the referendum process, others are ignoring the referendum to advance their agenda."

Karen England, a spokesperson for Privacy For All Students, says her organization is calling on school officials to respect the law and the peoples` right to challenge laws with a referendum.  "Now they have been told definitively that the co-ed bathroom law has not taken effect.  It will be interesting to see what these districts do.  Will they side with a vocal minority threatening the privacy and safety of our children, or will they follow the law?"

Backers of the referendum presented nearly 620,000 signatures to elections officials in November.  While the Secretary of State is still reviewing these signatures, the law was suspended upon presentation of those signatures.

For more information about the referendum to overturn California`s co-ed bathroom law, visit the PFAS web page at www.privacyforallstudents.com.

January 16, 2014
Hostility toward Christian students in public schools `epidemic,` says attorney

(OneNewsNow) A California-based legal group says the number of cases showing hostility against Christian students in public schools is increasing.

January 16, 2014
Initiatives under way to legalize marijuana in several states

(OneNewsNow) In light of pending initiatives to legalize marijuana, an anti-drug advocate laments that wealthy individuals are funding these movements.

January 17, 2014
All wrong -- in California, girls can use urinals in the boys` restroom

(Fox News) As of January 1, students in California public schools have been able to choose whether to use the boys’ rest room or girls’ rest room, as well as the girls’ locker room or boys’ locker room, based on whether they feel female or male, not whether they are anatomically female or male.

January 16, 2014
FRC Highlights New Abortion Demographic Analysis, Measure to Prevent Taxpayer-funded Abortion at Event in D.C.

(FRC) As the nation prepares to commemorate the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court`s Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized elective abortion on demand, Family Research Council held a lecture and discussion on two key aspects of the continuing battle for life at its Washington, D.C. headquarters.

January 16, 2014
Persecution, Repression, and Religious Liberty

(Christian Post) Kim Dae Jin recalls the day when, as a prisoner in a North Korean labor camp, an informant betrayed a small group of prisoners who were Christian, which to be was forbidden.

January 16, 2014
Sez You? I Don`t Think So

(Breakpoint) One of Chuck Colson’s favorite ideas and phrases in the realm of cultural apologetics was “The Grand Sez Who?” Chuck first discovered it in a piece Philip Johnson wrote for the journal First Things in 1993.

January 16, 2014
Irony: Kagan Compares Abortion Clinics to Slaughterhouses at Supreme Court

(LifeNews) Do pro-life Americans have free speech rights – the right to quietly talk to willing passerby’s on the street corner – or are the public sidewalks surrounding abortion clinics somehow speech free zones impervious to the protections of the First Amendment?

January 16, 2014
Abortion Myths and Facts: New Research Challenges Abortion Advocates` Claims

(FRC) Come listen to the FRC`s Marriage and Religion Research Institute team as they discuss the National Survey of Family Growth`s numbers on aborting women in America.

January 16, 2014
Abortionist Under Criminal Investigation for for Not Reporting Child Rape

(LifeNews) Abortionist Ulrich Klopfer’s legal problems have just gotten worse. After volunteers with Indiana Right to Life filed 1,200 complaints against him for not reporting child sex abuse and other information required by the State, St. Joseph County Prosecutor Mike Dvorak has asked the Special Victim’s Unit to conduct a criminal investigation into the abortionist’s activities.

January 16, 2014
Facing the Question That Never Goes Away

(Breakpoint) What should Christians say about all the suffering in the world? Sometimes, very little.

January 16, 2014
Court Imposes Assisted Suicide in New Mexico

(LifeNews) If you ever wonder why there are so many radical and extreme lawsuits, wonder no more. As I have often said about a variety of issues, it only takes one judge to break down the walls of democratic governance and impose an ideological view.

January 10, 2014
Engage California 2014 Conference

Saturday, February 1, 2014
The Engage California will equip pastors and lay leaders with the information, resources, and tools necessary to support and defend a Judeo-Christian worldview in the public square.

Who Should Attend

Pastors who want to equip their congregations to influence the culture with a biblical worldview

Lay-leaders who desire to support their pastor in developing or growing
a culture impact ministry at their church

Team members who serve a culture impact ministry

Church staff who organize culture impact activities

Topics Covered

  • Biblical Basis for Culture Impact Ministry
  • Constitutional Freedom of Christian and Churches Engaging Culture
  • Practical Work of a Culture Impact Ministry
  • California Laws: What Leaders Need to Know         
  • The Ministry’s Most Important Work

Speakers

Hear from the leaders who have been leading the fight. They will equip and inspire you to join the growing movement of churches who are ready and willing to impact the culture for Christ.

  • Pastor Jack Hibbs
    Senior Pastor Calvary Chapel Chino Hills  Ÿ  Founder, Faith and Public Policy
  • Dr. Kenyn Cureton
    Vice President for Church Ministries, Family Research Council
  • Joel Oster
    Senior Legal Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom
  • Jonathan Keller
    Executive Director, California Family Council
  • Gina Gleason
    Executive Director, Faith and Public Policy

Location

Calvary Chapel Chino Hills
4201 Eucalyptus Avenue
Chino, CA 91710

Time

Check In - 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Program - 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Phone: 909.393.7100

Admission is FREE but you must register to attend at www.faithandpublicpolicy.org

January 09, 2014
Co-Ed Bathroom Referendum Moves Closer to the Ballot

(Flashreport) The group pushing the referendum to overturn California’s recently enacted law to open school showers, bathrooms and locker rooms to members of the opposite sex took a huge step forward yesterday when it was announced that a random sample of signatures submitted showed they have collected enough valid signatures to advance to the next stage of the verification process – a full check of every signature submitted.

The leaders behind Privacy for All Students (PFAS) have quite literally been fighting “city hall” from the beginning. Many pundits and media representatives dismissed them outright, saying there was no way that a group relying primarily on volunteers could qualify a referendum in California. After all, it takes over half a million valid signatures to qualify, and they must be collected in about 80 days – a herculean task.

Conventional wisdom was that the coalition backing the referendum would have an extremely difficult time raising money. But they’ve raised over $600,000 so far.

Conventional wisdom was that voters wouldn’t really care much about the issue. But PFAS conducted a poll showing that an overwhelming percentage of voters want the co-ed bathroom law repealed.

Conventional wisdom was that a depressed and demoralized church community would not get mobilized to collect signatures. But hundreds of churches participated in the signatures gathering effort and 400,000 signatures were collected by volunteers.

PFAS and its leaders have proven the naysayers wrong at every turn. They not only were able to collect and submit nearly 620,000 signatures, they’ve successfully been fighting “city hall” so far throughout the verification process.

Yesterday, the leftist groups backing the law that mandates access to school bathrooms and other facilities based on an undefined “gender identity” and not a student’s actual biological sex were poised to declare victory and call the referendum effort a failure. Instead, the referendum is very much alive and kicking.

While some have been dismissive, a few have been downright hostile. Secretary of State Debra Bowen, for example, has thrown up roadblocks from the very beginning, refusing to timely provide the referendum campaign access to an up to date voter list, and then refusing to count signatures timely filed with two counties. The PFAS campaign had to sue her to force her to do her job. Amazingly, she told the court not to bother dealing with the merits of the allegations advanced by PFAS because the referendum would undoubtedly fail yesterday when the random sample was completed! Fortunately, the judge ignored Bowen and forced her to count the disputed signatures. Bowen now has egg on her face.

Not only didn’t the referendum fail to qualify as Bowen suggested, it took a huge step forward and now is on a path that could well lead to the qualification of the referendum for the ballot this November.

Let’s go through the numbers. Referendum proponents need 504,760 valid signatures to qualify the issue for the November 2014 ballot. The state projects that referendum proponents have obtained 482,582 valid signatures out of the approximately 619,000 they submitted – seemingly 22,000 signatures short of what is needed. But the state’s projection of valid signatures is undoubtedly low. This is true for a couple of reasons.

First, the sampling method employed by the state is prone to error, especially in how it handles duplicate signatures. They employ a complicated formula that heavily penalizes duplicate signatures found in the sample, especially from larger counties.

For example, there were three duplicate signatures found in Amador County, which depressed the validity rate for that county by only half a percent because it is a small county. But because of the obscure formula, the three duplicate signatures found in Fresno County was projected to result in thousands of invalid signatures and dropped the validity rate in that county by over 17%.

PFAS Executive Committee member Karen England told FlashReport, “A full check of signatures will correct that anomaly in Fresno County, and elsewhere. We expect to pick up several thousand more signatures just on the duplicate issue alone.”

Another reason the projection is likely low lies in the basic process of sampling, which entails an inherent margin of error. A full check eliminates the error margin involved in projecting because every signature is checked and there are no projections involved. For example, in the 14 counties where all the signatures submitted have already been completely checked (because the raw number of signatures submitted was 500 or less), the average validity rate was 86%. Yet the state projects an overall validity rate of just under 78%. If the actual validity rate matches the rate in the 14 counties checked thus far, the referendum would easily qualify.

Gina Gleason, the referendum proponent, told me why the PFAS validity rate is so high: “The core of our qualification effort relied on trained volunteers. We carefully trained volunteers, and we utilized experienced people who’ve done this before. When signatures came into our offices, we carefully screened them and scrubbed petitions of obvious errors. The steps we took to scrub the petitions paid real dividends as our validity rate is tremendously high.”

To qualify the referendum to the November 2014 ballot, the referendum proponents need an actual validity rate of 81.5% — or 4.5% less than what they are experiencing to date in the counties where there has already been a full check of signatures. In other words, the information thus far is that the referendum could certainly qualify for the ballot.

We’ll have to wait and see how this process plays itself out, but the very fact that PFAS has gotten to this point is a testament to their tenacity, dedication and hard work. It shows that a committed group of citizens can actually fight “city hall.”

The co-ed bathroom law is one example of terrible legislation coming out of the uber-liberal Legislature and the administration of Governor Brown, but it is by no means the only example. Perhaps the effort that PFAS has mounted will encourage others to come together and challenge other bad ideas passed by the politicians in Sacramento.

The group pushing the referendum to overturn California’s recently enacted law to open school showers, bathrooms and locker rooms to members of the opposite sex took a huge step forward yesterday when it was announced that a random sample of signatures submitted showed they have collected enough valid signatures to advance to the next stage of the verification process – a full check of every signature submitted.

The leaders behind Privacy for All Students (PFAS) have quite literally been fighting “city hall” from the beginning. Many pundits and media representatives dismissed them outright, saying there was no way that a group relying primarily on volunteers could qualify a referendum in California. After all, it takes over half a million valid signatures to qualify, and they must be collected in about 80 days – a herculean task.

Conventional wisdom was that the coalition backing the referendum would have an extremely difficult time raising money. But they’ve raised over $600,000 so far.

Conventional wisdom was that voters wouldn’t really care much about the issue. But PFAS conducted a poll showing that an overwhelming percentage of voters want the co-ed bathroom law repealed.

Conventional wisdom was that a depressed and demoralized church community would not get mobilized to collect signatures. But hundreds of churches participated in the signatures gathering effort and 400,000 signatures were collected by volunteers.

PFAS and its leaders have proven the naysayers wrong at every turn. They not only were able to collect and submit nearly 620,000 signatures, they’ve successfully been fighting “city hall” so far throughout the verification process.

Yesterday, the leftist groups backing the law that mandates access to school bathrooms and other facilities based on an undefined “gender identity” and not a student’s actual biological sex were poised to declare victory and call the referendum effort a failure. Instead, the referendum is very much alive and kicking.

While some have been dismissive, a few have been downright hostile. Secretary of State Debra Bowen, for example, has thrown up roadblocks from the very beginning, refusing to timely provide the referendum campaign access to an up to date voter list, and then refusing to count signatures timely filed with two counties. The PFAS campaign had to sue her to force her to do her job. Amazingly, she told the court not to bother dealing with the merits of the allegations advanced by PFAS because the referendum would undoubtedly fail yesterday when the random sample was completed! Fortunately, the judge ignored Bowen and forced her to count the disputed signatures. Bowen now has egg on her face.

Not only didn’t the referendum fail to qualify as Bowen suggested, it took a huge step forward and now is on a path that could well lead to the qualification of the referendum for the ballot this November.

Let’s go through the numbers. Referendum proponents need 504,760 valid signatures to qualify the issue for the November 2014 ballot. The state projects that referendum proponents have obtained 482,582 valid signatures out of the approximately 619,000 they submitted – seemingly 22,000 signatures short of what is needed. But the state’s projection of valid signatures is undoubtedly low. This is true for a couple of reasons.

First, the sampling method employed by the state is prone to error, especially in how it handles duplicate signatures. They employ a complicated formula that heavily penalizes duplicate signatures found in the sample, especially from larger counties.

For example, there were three duplicate signatures found in Amador County, which depressed the validity rate for that county by only half a percent because it is a small county. But because of the obscure formula, the three duplicate signatures found in Fresno County was projected to result in thousands of invalid signatures and dropped the validity rate in that county by over 17%.

PFAS Executive Committee member Karen England told FlashReport, “A full check of signatures will correct that anomaly in Fresno County, and elsewhere. We expect to pick up several thousand more signatures just on the duplicate issue alone.”

Another reason the projection is likely low lies in the basic process of sampling, which entails an inherent margin of error. A full check eliminates the error margin involved in projecting because every signature is checked and there are no projections involved. For example, in the 14 counties where all the signatures submitted have already been completely checked (because the raw number of signatures submitted was 500 or less), the average validity rate was 86%. Yet the state projects an overall validity rate of just under 78%. If the actual validity rate matches the rate in the 14 counties checked thus far, the referendum would easily qualify.

Gina Gleason, the referendum proponent, told me why the PFAS validity rate is so high: “The core of our qualification effort relied on trained volunteers. We carefully trained volunteers, and we utilized experienced people who’ve done this before. When signatures came into our offices, we carefully screened them and scrubbed petitions of obvious errors. The steps we took to scrub the petitions paid real dividends as our validity rate is tremendously high.”

To qualify the referendum to the November 2014 ballot, the referendum proponents need an actual validity rate of 81.5% — or 4.5% less than what they are experiencing to date in the counties where there has already been a full check of signatures. In other words, the information thus far is that the referendum could certainly qualify for the ballot.

We’ll have to wait and see how this process plays itself out, but the very fact that PFAS has gotten to this point is a testament to their tenacity, dedication and hard work. It shows that a committed group of citizens can actually fight “city hall.”

The co-ed bathroom law is one example of terrible legislation coming out of the uber-liberal Legislature and the administration of Governor Brown, but it is by no means the only example. Perhaps the effort that PFAS has mounted will encourage others to come together and challenge other bad ideas passed by the politicians in Sacramento.

- See more at: http://www.flashreport.org/blog/2014/01/08/co-ed-bathroom-referendum-moves-closer-to-the-ballot/#sthash.UWZuGcwG.dpuf

The group pushing the referendum to overturn California’s recently enacted law to open school showers, bathrooms and locker rooms to members of the opposite sex took a huge step forward yesterday when it was announced that a random sample of signatures submitted showed they have collected enough valid signatures to advance to the next stage of the verification process – a full check of every signature submitted.

 

The leaders behind Privacy for All Students (PFAS) have quite literally been fighting “city hall” from the beginning. Many pundits and media representatives dismissed them outright, saying there was no way that a group relying primarily on volunteers could qualify a referendum in California. After all, it takes over half a million valid signatures to qualify, and they must be collected in about 80 days – a herculean task.

 

Conventional wisdom was that the coalition backing the referendum would have an extremely difficult time raising money. But they’ve raised over $600,000 so far.

 

Conventional wisdom was that voters wouldn’t really care much about the issue. But PFAS conducted a poll showing that an overwhelming percentage of voters want the co-ed bathroom law repealed.

 

Conventional wisdom was that a depressed and demoralized church community would not get mobilized to collect signatures. But hundreds of churches participated in the signatures gathering effort and 400,000 signatures were collected by volunteers.

 

PFAS and its leaders have proven the naysayers wrong at every turn. They not only were able to collect and submit nearly 620,000 signatures, they’ve successfully been fighting “city hall” so far throughout the verification process.

 

Yesterday, the leftist groups backing the law that mandates access to school bathrooms and other facilities based on an undefined “gender identity” and not a student’s actual biological sex were poised to declare victory and call the referendum effort a failure. Instead, the referendum is very much alive and kicking.

 

While some have been dismissive, a few have been downright hostile. Secretary of State Debra Bowen, for example, has thrown up roadblocks from the very beginning, refusing to timely provide the referendum campaign access to an up to date voter list, and then refusing to count signatures timely filed with two counties. The PFAS campaign had to sue her to force her to do her job. Amazingly, she told the court not to bother dealing with the merits of the allegations advanced by PFAS because the referendum would undoubtedly fail yesterday when the random sample was completed! Fortunately, the judge ignored Bowen and forced her to count the disputed signatures. Bowen now has egg on her face.

 

Not only didn’t the referendum fail to qualify as Bowen suggested, it took a huge step forward and now is on a path that could well lead to the qualification of the referendum for the ballot this November.

 

Let’s go through the numbers. Referendum proponents need 504,760 valid signatures to qualify the issue for the November 2014 ballot. The state projects that referendum proponents have obtained 482,582 valid signatures out of the approximately 619,000 they submitted – seemingly 22,000 signatures short of what is needed. But the state’s projection of valid signatures is undoubtedly low. This is true for a couple of reasons.

 

First, the sampling method employed by the state is prone to error, especially in how it handles duplicate signatures. They employ a complicated formula that heavily penalizes duplicate signatures found in the sample, especially from larger counties.

 

For example, there were three duplicate signatures found in Amador County, which depressed the validity rate for that county by only half a percent because it is a small county. But because of the obscure formula, the three duplicate signatures found in Fresno County was projected to result in thousands of invalid signatures and dropped the validity rate in that county by over 17%.

 

PFAS Executive Committee member Karen England told FlashReport, “A full check of signatures will correct that anomaly in Fresno County, and elsewhere. We expect to pick up several thousand more signatures just on the duplicate issue alone.”

 

Another reason the projection is likely low lies in the basic process of sampling, which entails an inherent margin of error. A full check eliminates the error margin involved in projecting because every signature is checked and there are no projections involved. For example, in the 14 counties where all the signatures submitted have already been completely checked (because the raw number of signatures submitted was 500 or less), the average validity rate was 86%. Yet the state projects an overall validity rate of just under 78%. If the actual validity rate matches the rate in the 14 counties checked thus far, the referendum would easily qualify.

 

Gina Gleason, the referendum proponent, told me why the PFAS validity rate is so high: “The core of our qualification effort relied on trained volunteers. We carefully trained volunteers, and we utilized experienced people who’ve done this before. When signatures came into our offices, we carefully screened them and scrubbed petitions of obvious errors. The steps we took to scrub the petitions paid real dividends as our validity rate is tremendously high.”

 

To qualify the referendum to the November 2014 ballot, the referendum proponents need an actual validity rate of 81.5% — or 4.5% less than what they are experiencing to date in the counties where there has already been a full check of signatures. In other words, the information thus far is that the referendum could certainly qualify for the ballot.

 

We’ll have to wait and see how this process plays itself out, but the very fact that PFAS has gotten to this point is a testament to their tenacity, dedication and hard work. It shows that a committed group of citizens can actually fight “city hall.”

 

The co-ed bathroom law is one example of terrible legislation coming out of the uber-liberal Legislature and the administration of Governor Brown, but it is by no means the only example. Perhaps the effort that PFAS has mounted will encourage others to come together and challenge other bad ideas passed by the politicians in Sacramento.

The group pushing the referendum to overturn California’s recently enacted law to open school showers, bathrooms and locker rooms to members of the opposite sex took a huge step forward yesterday when it was announced that a random sample of signatures submitted showed they have collected enough valid signatures to advance to the next stage of the verification process – a full check of every signature submitted.

The leaders behind Privacy for All Students (PFAS) have quite literally been fighting “city hall” from the beginning. Many pundits and media representatives dismissed them outright, saying there was no way that a group relying primarily on volunteers could qualify a referendum in California. After all, it takes over half a million valid signatures to qualify, and they must be collected in about 80 days – a herculean task.

Conventional wisdom was that the coalition backing the referendum would have an extremely difficult time raising money. But they’ve raised over $600,000 so far.

Conventional wisdom was that voters wouldn’t really care much about the issue. But PFAS conducted a poll showing that an overwhelming percentage of voters want the co-ed bathroom law repealed.

Conventional wisdom was that a depressed and demoralized church community would not get mobilized to collect signatures. But hundreds of churches participated in the signatures gathering effort and 400,000 signatures were collected by volunteers.

PFAS and its leaders have proven the naysayers wrong at every turn. They not only were able to collect and submit nearly 620,000 signatures, they’ve successfully been fighting “city hall” so far throughout the verification process.

Yesterday, the leftist groups backing the law that mandates access to school bathrooms and other facilities based on an undefined “gender identity” and not a student’s actual biological sex were poised to declare victory and call the referendum effort a failure. Instead, the referendum is very much alive and kicking.

While some have been dismissive, a few have been downright hostile. Secretary of State Debra Bowen, for example, has thrown up roadblocks from the very beginning, refusing to timely provide the referendum campaign access to an up to date voter list, and then refusing to count signatures timely filed with two counties. The PFAS campaign had to sue her to force her to do her job. Amazingly, she told the court not to bother dealing with the merits of the allegations advanced by PFAS because the referendum would undoubtedly fail yesterday when the random sample was completed! Fortunately, the judge ignored Bowen and forced her to count the disputed signatures. Bowen now has egg on her face.

Not only didn’t the referendum fail to qualify as Bowen suggested, it took a huge step forward and now is on a path that could well lead to the qualification of the referendum for the ballot this November.

Let’s go through the numbers. Referendum proponents need 504,760 valid signatures to qualify the issue for the November 2014 ballot. The state projects that referendum proponents have obtained 482,582 valid signatures out of the approximately 619,000 they submitted – seemingly 22,000 signatures short of what is needed. But the state’s projection of valid signatures is undoubtedly low. This is true for a couple of reasons.

First, the sampling method employed by the state is prone to error, especially in how it handles duplicate signatures. They employ a complicated formula that heavily penalizes duplicate signatures found in the sample, especially from larger counties.

For example, there were three duplicate signatures found in Amador County, which depressed the validity rate for that county by only half a percent because it is a small county. But because of the obscure formula, the three duplicate signatures found in Fresno County was projected to result in thousands of invalid signatures and dropped the validity rate in that county by over 17%.

PFAS Executive Committee member Karen England told FlashReport, “A full check of signatures will correct that anomaly in Fresno County, and elsewhere. We expect to pick up several thousand more signatures just on the duplicate issue alone.”

Another reason the projection is likely low lies in the basic process of sampling, which entails an inherent margin of error. A full check eliminates the error margin involved in projecting because every signature is checked and there are no projections involved. For example, in the 14 counties where all the signatures submitted have already been completely checked (because the raw number of signatures submitted was 500 or less), the average validity rate was 86%. Yet the state projects an overall validity rate of just under 78%. If the actual validity rate matches the rate in the 14 counties checked thus far, the referendum would easily qualify.

Gina Gleason, the referendum proponent, told me why the PFAS validity rate is so high: “The core of our qualification effort relied on trained volunteers. We carefully trained volunteers, and we utilized experienced people who’ve done this before. When signatures came into our offices, we carefully screened them and scrubbed petitions of obvious errors. The steps we took to scrub the petitions paid real dividends as our validity rate is tremendously high.”

To qualify the referendum to the November 2014 ballot, the referendum proponents need an actual validity rate of 81.5% — or 4.5% less than what they are experiencing to date in the counties where there has already been a full check of signatures. In other words, the information thus far is that the referendum could certainly qualify for the ballot.

We’ll have to wait and see how this process plays itself out, but the very fact that PFAS has gotten to this point is a testament to their tenacity, dedication and hard work. It shows that a committed group of citizens can actually fight “city hall.”

The co-ed bathroom law is one example of terrible legislation coming out of the uber-liberal Legislature and the administration of Governor Brown, but it is by no means the only example. Perhaps the effort that PFAS has mounted will encourage others to come together and challenge other bad ideas passed by the politicians in Sacramento.

- See more at: http://www.flashreport.org/blog/2014/01/08/co-ed-bathroom-referendum-moves-closer-to-the-ballot/#sthash.UWZuGcwG.dpuf
January 07, 2014
Religious Freedom Sunday

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Religious Freedom Sunday is a national event in which churches honor the educators within their congregations and inform their congregations about the freedom of religious expression students from kindergarten through twelfth grade have at school. In 2014, the President`s proclamation of Religious Freedom DAY (Jan. 16) falls on a Thursday.

January 09, 2014
Resources to Help You Fight Pornography

(FRC Blog) Pornography is one of the great scourges of our time, and is hurting people in the pews of churches in every denomination. Its dangers are well documented, and one need not look beyond the doors of his own church to see the brokenness pornography leaves in its wake.

January 09, 2014
NJ works to curb sex trafficking before Super Bowl

(CNS News) Law enforcement agents in New Jersey have redoubled efforts to fight what they worry could be one of the biggest menaces to come with next month`s Super Bowl: sex trafficking.

January 09, 2014
Box office study shows Christians pull out wallet for uplifting films

(OneNewsNow) A review of box office receipts dating back to 2008 suggests that moviegoers prefer films that reflect strong, redemptive Christian worldviews.

January 09, 2014
North Korea unyielding in persecution of Christians

(OneNewsNow) The most closed off and anti-Christian country in the world continues to arrest Christians for practicing their faith.

January 09, 2014
Under pressure, parade opened to `gay` participants

(OneNewsNow) Organizers of the Vietnamese Tet Parade in Westminster, California, have agreed to allow gays and lesbians march in the event, which is scheduled for the weekend of February 8-9.

January 09, 2014
British Hospital Accused of Locking Up Elderly Patients in Their Rooms or Beds

(LifeNews) Britain’s National Health Service has been derided in the United States as the future of Obamacare and the government-run health service in England is about to get another international black eye due to a scathing new report issued by the London Telegraph.

January 09, 2014
New Pro-Life Movie Gimme Shelter Challenges Pro-Abortion Attacks on Pregnancy Centers

(LifeNews) One of my favorite parts of going to the movies is the trailers. I didn’t know what I was in for when I saw a trailer for Gimme Shelter.

January 09, 2014
Miley Cyrus and the Moral Gag Reflex

(Breakpoint) Have we finally triggered a gag reflex in Western culture? I think we may have.

January 09, 2014
Italy`s Supreme Court Overturns Conviction of 60-Y-O Pedophile Because He and 11-Y-O Girl Were in Love

(Christian Post) Italy`s Supreme Court sparked international outcry online recently when it overturned the conviction of a 60-year-old man who engaged in a sexual relationship with an 11-year-old girl because they were in love.

January 09, 2014
Over 50,000 Books Burned in Christian Library in Lebanon Over Blasphemy Claim; US Leader Says `Violent Hysteria` Spreading in Muslim World

(Christian Post) American leaders denounced the burning of a Christian leader`s library in Tripoli, Lebanon, last Friday night as based on false pretenses and said it`s a threat to religious liberty.

January 09, 2014
Compensate the Victims of Forced Sterilization

(Breakpoint) Imagine living in a country where the government could forcibly sterilize people they deem somehow “deficient.” You don’t have to imagine.

January 09, 2014
Women who had an abortion are 626% more likely to have breast cancer: Indian study

(LifeSiteNews) Women who have had an abortion are 6.26 times more likely to develop breast cancer than women who have no such history, a new study in India has found.

January 09, 2014
‘Bringing people together’? Conservatives say gay ‘wedding’ at Rose Bowl was extreme

(LifeSiteNews) Pro-family activists are criticizing the Tournament of Roses Association (TRA) for letting two homosexual men use a float in the annual Rose Parade to conduct a gay "wedding" ceremony.

January 02, 2014
Privacy For All Students Wins in Court

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Sacramento, CA-In a strongly worded tentative ruling, a Sacramento Superior Court judge directed the California Secretary of State to count petitions submitted in two northern California counties for a referendum effort to overturn AB 1266, California`s co-ed bathroom law.

The Secretary of State had refused to count signatures timely submitted in Tulare and Mono counties.  In Tulare County, mail room personnel initially refused to accept the petitions from a courier. In Mono County the package was delivered but not opened for a number of days.

The problems in both Counties resulted from the statutory filing deadline falling on a Sunday in the middle of a three day weekend.  Privacy For All Students, the organization that promoted the referendum, arranged for courier delivery before the Sunday deadline in both counties.  While each of the counties reported the signatures to State elections officials, the Secretary of State refused to count any of the signatures submitted in these counties.

"It is a shame that we had to go to court to assure that the citizens of Tulare and Mono would not be disenfranchised by the arbitrary actions of the Secretary of State," said Gina Gleason, proponent of the referendum.

The opinion, delivered by Judge Allen Sumner concluded that PFAS actually had until Tuesday, November 12 to file the petitions, due to the weekend and the Monday holiday.  The Secretary of State initially told PFAS that signatures needed to be delivered to each of the 58 counties by close of business the previous Friday, or earlier if the registrar of voters in a county was closed on Friday.

PFAS made arrangements with some counties to accept signatures on Sunday, November 10.  The Secretary of State conceded that petitions delivered on Sunday would be accepted, but signatures would not be counted after that.  Based on this, PFAS did not attempt to deliver petitions as late as November 12.  Petitions were delivered to the two counties in dispute on Friday November 8 and Saturday November 9.

"The process of collecting 504,760 valid signatures in 90 days is tough enough.  But the Secretary of State seemed determined to shorten the time we were given wherever possible," said Karen England, a spokesperson for PFAS.  "We have slowly realized that the Secretary of State is not an unbiased referee in this process but an advocate for the co-ed bathroom law."

Nearly 620,000 signatures presented in support of the referendum are being validated in a joint process by the counties and the State.  Presentation of those signatures in November suspended the implementation  of the law.  However, officials at the office of the Secretary of State are erroneously advising that the law became effective on January 1.  PFAS is advising school personnel that the law was suspended based on the presentation of the signatures and that the law will only go into effect if the signatures are determined to be inadequate or the voters approve the law on the November ballot.

January 02, 2014
California 2013: Year in Review

(OneNewsNow) In 2013, Christians in California fought for marriage and the privacy rights of children, and experienced the loss of a beloved leader in the faith.

January 02, 2014
We Didn`t Choose This Battle, But . . .

(Breakpoint) The future of religious freedom in the United States may well be defined during 2014.

January 02, 2014
New warning for new year: IRS floats plan to shut down free speech

(OneNewsNow) The Internal Revenue Service is considering rules to impact free-speech rights of some non-profit organizations.

January 02, 2014
Sotomayor Delays Enforcement of Obamacare`s Birth Control Mandate--For Order of Catholic Nuns

(CNS News) The Supreme Court has thrown a hitch into President Barack Obama`s new health care law by blocking a requirement that some religion-affiliated organizations provide health insurance that includes birth control.

January 02, 2014
Billy Graham’s son Franklin: Homosexuality is ‘a sin,’ and ‘I want to warn people’

(LifeSiteNews) In a Meet the Press interview Sunday, Franklin Graham, the son of famed preacher Billy Graham, refused to back down from his Biblical stance against homosexuality.

January 02, 2014
Christian Alternative to Boy Scouts Launches On New Year`s Day With Close to 500 Troops

(Christian Post) An organization formed in the wake of the Boy Scouts of America`s decision to allow openly gay members officially launched on New Year`s Day.

January 02, 2014
The gifts of Jahi

(OneNewsNow) As the mother of a 13-year-old girl, I would have done everything Jahi`s mom has done to this point. Everything.

January 02, 2014
“Some times I hate it when what I predict comes true.”

(FRC) The quote in the headline above (“Some times I hate it when what I predict comes true”) is the text of a tweet sent out by former Senator Rick Santorum on December 15. With it, he linked to an article from the Salt Lake Tribune describing the decision by a federal judge to strike down Utah’s criminal penalties for polygamy as unconstitutional.

January 02, 2014
Free Exercise of Virtue Prohibited as of Today in USA

(CNS News) As of today--Jan. 1, 2014--a Democratic administration led by President Barack Obama will use a regulation permitted and funded by a Republican-majority House of Representatives to prohibit Americans from freely exercising not just Christianity, but virtue itself in the United States of America.

January 02, 2014
Groups Boycott Rose Parade Over Gay Wedding on AIDS Float

(Christian Post) Multiple groups and individuals have boycotted the 125th annual Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif. on New Year`s Day because two men were scheduled to be married aboard the AIDS Healthcare Foundation float.

January 02, 2014
Hospital Spokesman Dictates Limits For Hope and Prayer

(American Thinker) Sam Singer, spokesman for the Children`s Hospital Oakland, has taken it upon himself to dictate the limits of hope and prayer.

January 02, 2014
Wis. Churches Replace Atheist Billboard With Sign of `Hope`

(Christian Post) A pair of Wisconsin churches co-sponsored a billboard message to let their city know that, despite an atheist`s claim to the contrary, there is life after death.

January 02, 2014
Hey kid, put down that imaginary bow and arrow!

(OneNewsNow) After pulling back an imaginary bow and shooting a make-believe arrow at a classmate, a Pennsylvania fifth grader was suspended and charged with a weapons violation.

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