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June 30, 2011
Judge: Google Wi-Fi snooping lawsuits can proceed

(AP) A judge ruled that Google Inc. overstepped its bounds by enabling its vehicles to collect emails, Internet passwords and Web surfing behavior while photographing neighborhoods for the search giant`s popular "Street View" mapping feature.

Google has apologized for the snooping, promised to stop collecting the data and said what it did was inadvertent but not illegal.

But a federal judge late Wednesday rejected Google`s claim that data transmitted wirelessly without password protections are essentially publicly accessible radio broadcasts.

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June 30, 2011
Six States Proceed With Abortion Ban

(NewsMax)  Six states have banned abortion after 20 weeks on the theory that the fetus can feel pain at that point. The handful of states have pressed ahead even though the theory has been rejected by mainstream medical organizations in the United States and Britain, The New York Times reported.

Nebraska passed the first of the laws last year and has since been followed by Alabama, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, and Oklahoma.

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June 30, 2011
872 letters later, pro-life teen still writing daily letters to Obama defending the unborn

(LifeSiteNews)  Tom Behan knows the meaning of hand cramps.

Since President Obama took office, the 17-year-old resident of a Cincinnati suburb says he has penned a steady stream of daily correspondence to the White House defending the unborn. Although he says that he hasn’t received a response for about the last 500 letters, this hasn’t stopped the high school senior, who vowed to write one letter every day, by hand, until the day Barack Obama steps out of the Oval Office.

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June 24, 2011
Are anti-discrimination policies bullying Christian schools and families?

(LifeSiteNews)  “Children should not be bullied, ridiculed, attacked or intimidated under any circumstance, or for any reason, and school boards are right to address it when it occurs,” said (Faye) Sonier. “But what happens when the policies themselves become the bullies?”

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June 24, 2011
Marriage Wins Again in the Court of Public Opinion

(American Thinker)  Don`t buy it.  When people say that same-sex "marriage" is inevitable, recognize it for the peer-pressure, crowd-mentality, intimidation tactic that it is. And respond, "Did you know that 62 percent of Americans nationwide believe marriage should be defined only as the union of one man and one woman?  Only 35 percent disagreed."

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June 24, 2011
Cisco cans Christian consultant

(OneNewsNow)  An American-based corporation that designs and sells consumer electronics and provides communication services has allegedly fired one of its leadership consultants for his political and religious views on same-sex "marriage." Dr. Frank Turek has gone public with his story.

In 2008, Turek was hired by San Jose, California-based Cisco Systems to design and conduct a leadership and team-building program. After completing a training session earlier this year, a manager in that session phoned in a complaint to Marilyn Nagel, senior director of inclusion and diversity for Cisco, after learning about Turek`s book Correct, Not Politically Correct: How Same-Sex Marriage Hurts Everyone.

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June 24, 2011
Home Depot Continues Showing Support for Homosexual Marriage

(American Family Association)  Home Depot Chairman Frank Blake kept his word when he told shareholders earlier this month that his company would continue to support gay marriage activists and activities.

Last weekend, Home Depot sponsored the Southern Maine Pride event in Portland. During the opening ceremony, emcee Khris Francis thanked the company and shouted "Gay men just l-o-v-e Home Depot" over the loud speaker system.

On June 11, over one dozen employees wearing Home Depot gear marched in the Boston Pride parade. A Home Depot van followed the employees marching in the parade.

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June 24, 2011
Al Gore: Stabilize population to combat global warming

(L.A. Times)  From the safety of the political sidelines, former Vice President Al Gore is venturing into a touchy topic, presenting his holistic view of how to curb the buildup of greenhouse gases warming the planet. Besides improving technology to reduce fossil fuel emissions, he is advocating "educating and empowering girls and women."

"That`s the most powerful leveraging factor," Gore said in a speech Monday in New York. "When that happens, then the population begins to stabilize and societies begin to make better choices."

Although not entirely spelled out in the speech, Gore`s thinking goes this way: If women are confident their children will survive, and if they have access to "fertility management," and if they have the power to decide how many children they want and when to have them, the result would be stabilization of the global population.

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June 24, 2011
STOP NBC From Airing The Playboy Club!

(Parent`s Television Council)  NBC has announced that, as part of its fall lineup, it will air The Playboy Club, a program set in the 1960s at one of the clubs inspired by the pornographic magazine. But some stations  are fighting back. Utah NBC affiliate KSL announced last week that it would not show the program, stating that the station’s values are “completely inconsistent with the Playboy brand."

Broadcast stations are required by law to take into account the public interest. YOU are a member of the public. Is showing The Playboy Club in prime time to children consistent with YOUR values? If YOU want to do something about the flood of “entertainment” glamorizing pornography and sexualizing YOUR little girls, YOU can TAKE ACTION NOW!

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June 24, 2011
Democrat Senators revive bid to legalize abortion on military bases

(LifeSiteNews)  Several Democrats in the U.S. Senate have introduced a bill that would eliminate the longstanding federal prohibition on abortion in military bases, and allow military funds to cover abortion in cases of rape and incest.

The “MARCH for Military Women Act (Military Access to Reproductive Care and Health)” (S 1214) is being sponsored by U.S. Sens. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.), Kirstin Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Patty Murray (D-Mich.).

June 24, 2011
Bishop Vasa: gay ‘marriage’ supporters misunderstand sex, human nature

(LifeSiteNews)  The real controversy, said (Bishop Robert) Vasa, revolves around “a proper philosophical understanding of the nature of the human person, and the nature of sexual interaction between persons of the opposite sex.” It also stems from a general “failure to recognize and understand that sexual love is not about self-gratification and pleasure,” but about “entering into a relationship with another person which is by its nature capable of being fruitful.”

“In some ways homosexual relationships try to imitate [the marital relationship between a man and a woman], but that’s all it is: an imitation,” he said. “Some semblance of union which can never be fruitful or productive cannot really be an expression of love, it can only be an expression of self-gratification.”

While supporters “may not recognize this,” said Vasa, calling homosexual relationships by the name of marriage amounts to a “corruption” of an institution reserved for a union that is “faithful, permanent, and child-oriented.”

“Marriage is unique, it has its own internal dynamism and internal definition, and you cannot change the nature of a homosexual relationship by calling it ‘marriage,’” he said. “It is still not marriage, because marriage has its own identity, and we can’t take unto ourselves in this generation.”

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June 24, 2011
Ron Paul, Barney Frank: Legalize marijuana

(Politico)  A group of House members led by Reps. Ron Paul (R-Texas) and Barney Frank (D-Mass.) plans to introduce legislation Thursday that would legalize the use of marijuana and allow states to develop their own rules on the drug’s use within their borders.

Modeled on the 21st Amendment to the Constitution that repealed the prohibition of alcoholic beverages, the legislation is being cast by the Marijuana Policy Project as the “the first bill ever introduced in Congress to end federal marijuana prohibition.”

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June 24, 2011
Top sports anchor fired over beliefs on marriage: ‘This can happen to you’

(LifeSiteNews)  A former top sports anchor who revealed to LifeSiteNews Wednesday that he is filing a human rights complaint against Rogers Communications, after the company fired him for publicly backing true marriage, says his termination over his deeply-held religious beliefs affects all Canadians.

June 23, 2011
Delta adopts Saudi `no-Jew` fly policy

(WorldNetDaily)  Delta Air Lines` plan to add Saudi Arabian Airlines to its SkyTeam Alliance of partnering companies would require the American carrier to ban Jews and holders of Israeli passports from boarding flights from New York or Washington bound for Jeddah, prompting outraged accusations of illegal religious discrimination.

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June 23, 2011
Pro-homosexual declaration harmful internationally

(OneNewsNow)  A traditional values group is condemning a United Nations resolution supporting special rights for homosexuals. The resolution was supported by President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton -- but was strongly opposed by delegates from African and Muslim countries.

In a statement following the 23-19 vote, Secretary Clinton said the non-binding resolution "affirms that human rights are universal" and highlights what she described as "abuses and violations that [LGBT] people face...based solely on who they are and who they love."

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June 23, 2011
Judge has harsh words for Mom before sentencing her for spanking her kid

(VolunteerTV)  A judge in Corpus Christi, Texas had some harsh words for a mother charged with spanking her own child before sentencing her to probation.

"You don`t spank children today," said Judge Jose Longoria. "In the old days, maybe we got spanked, but there was a different quarrel. You don`t spank children."

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June 23, 2011
Nook Better than Kindle? Top 5 Best-Rated Consumer Comments

(Christian Post)  Although the Kindle remains Amazon`s #1 selling item, among e-Readers, it seems to be #2, second to Barnes & Nobles` Nook.

Published in Consumer Reports` latest article, the Nook has, for the first time, scored better than Amazon`s Kindle successfully digging itself out of its first version setback back in 2009 that threatened to tarnish its image among e-Book consumers.

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June 23, 2011
NBC Apologizes for Omitting ‘Under God,’ `Indivisible’ in Pledge

(AP) - An omission in the Pledge of Allegiance had NBC issuing an on-air apology Sunday during the U.S. Open.

The network opened its broadcast with a montage that included children reciting the pledge, but the words "under God" and "indivisible" were omitted – not once, but twice.

The backlash on social media was quick and harsh, with some tweets calling for a boycott of NBC.

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June 23, 2011
USDA Pushing Government-Wide Homosexual Sensitivity Training

(CNSNews) From the Washington Times: U.S. Agriculture Department officials have asked the Office of Personnel Management, which oversees all federal employee policies, to impose its intense brand of homosexual sensitivity training on all federal departments, according to an internal newsletter. The training includes a discussion of “heterosexism” -- the belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman -- and compares it to racism.

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June 23, 2011
FDA Issues Graphic Cigarette Labels

(AP)  In the most significant change to U.S. cigarette packs in 25 years, the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday released nine new warning labels that depict in graphic detail the negative health effects of tobacco use.

Among the images to appear on cigarette packs are rotting and diseased teeth and gums and a man with a tracheotomy smoking.

Also included among the labels are: the corpse of a smoker, diseased lungs, and a mother holding her baby with smoke swirling around them. They include phrases like "Smoking can kill you" and "Cigarettes cause cancer" and feature the graphic images to convey the dangers of tobacco, which is responsible for about 443,000 deaths in the U.S. a year.

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June 23, 2011
Obama Justice Department sues to save Planned Parenthood funding in Indiana

(LifeSiteNews.com) – President Obama’s Justice Department is joining Planned Parenthood in a federal lawsuit to stop a law that bars taxpayer dollars from funding health centers for low-income women that also perform abortions.

Indiana is the first U.S. State to cut off Medicaid dollars from Planned Parenthood. Although Planned Parenthood operates family planning clinics that do not provide abortions, state officials said Medicaid dollars end up subsidizing the organization’s abortion franchise, by propping up their bottom line.

The loss of Medicaid dollars, however, prompted Planned Parenthood to file a lawsuit against Indiana, claiming that the law is “an assault on women” that would deprive them of health care options.

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June 23, 2011
Blind Chinese pro-life activist beaten unconscious, tortured: wife

(LifeSiteNew)  “They beat and tortured my husband Chen Guangcheng and me for more than 2 hours,” writes Yuan Weijing, the wife of blind Chinese pro-life human rights activist Chen Guangcheng, in a disturbing letter released today.

“My husband and I were wounded severely, yet not allowed to leave home for any medical aid,” she continued. “More than 10 men covered me totally with a blanket and kicked my ribs and all over my body.”

Chen has gained international renown for his fearless efforts to systematically expose and put an end to China’s brutal one child policy. He was released in October of last year after spending four years in prison for his activism, during which time he was repeatedly tortured and beaten.

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June 17, 2011
Top gay rights leader: kids of religious families are target demographic of anti-gay bullying ad

(LifeSiteNews)  After the broadcast of a homosexualist advertisement during the family-friendly Fox show American Idol prompted outrage, the founder of the ad campaign has confirmed that such advertisements are intended to promote the message of the gay rights lobby to young children in households that normally wouldn’t support it.

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June 17, 2011
Teachers union funds controversial `gender identity` curriculum

(OneNewsNow)  A pro-family leader in California says it`s alarming that the teachers union in his state is paying for a sexual indoctrination course for elementary students.

All students at Redwood Heights Elementary School in Oakland were instructed by Gender Spectrum, a Bay Area-based organization that hosts training events and consultations aimed at questioning the role of gender in society. Students were encouraged to question whether there were such things as "boy colors" or "toys just for girls." A Gender Spectrum instructor read to the students a book titled My Princess Boy -- a story about a boy who liked to wear dresses.

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June 17, 2011
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Likens Islamic Radicals to `Christian Militants` in U.S.

(CNSNews)  Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D.-Texas) likened "Christian militants" to Islamic radicals in a hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday, suggesting they posed a comparable threat to the rule of law in the United States.

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June 17, 2011
Women Who Lost Virginity Early More Likely To Divorce: New Study

(Huffington Post)  There might be a new argument to try when convincing your teen to wait to have sex. According to the a study conducted by the University of Iowa, women who lost their virginity in their young teens are more likely to divorce.

But the study also found that a first sexual experience before the age of 16 -- wanted or not -- was still strongly associated with divorce.

Of course early sexual experiences can have lasting effects on relationships later in life. So it`s not surprising that with 42 percent of participants claiming their first sexual experience before the age of 18 wasn`t completely wanted, that it could affect them in their adult life.

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June 17, 2011
U.S. Gay Adoptions Experience Massive Increase

(Christian Post)  An increasing number of gay couples are adopting children in the U.S., according to census data.

Statistics from 2009 show that about 19 percent of same-sex couples claimed they had adopted a child on their forms. This shows a sharp increase since 2000 when just 8 percent stated the same.

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June 17, 2011
Congressional Bill Would Ban Scientific Patents on Human Beings

(LifeNews)  With scientists pushing the envelope in the world of embryonic stem cell research and human cloning further and further, there is a concern that scientists could apply for patents on human beings for research.

However, language in HR 1249, the America Invents Act, a bill pending in the House of Representatives, will codify an important pro-life policy rider included in the federal appropriations bills since 2004. This amendment, commonly known as the Weldon amendment, ensures the U.S. Patent and Trade Office can’t issue patents covering unique human beings, including human embryos.

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June 17, 2011
New Survey Shows 62 Percent Of Americans Support Marriage Between One Man And One Woman

(Family Research Council)  FRC responded today to the release of a national survey showing that 62 percent of Americans agree that "marriage should be defined only as the union between one man and one woman." The national survey was commissioned by the Alliance Defense Fund and conducted by Public Opinion Strategies last month.

Regarding the survey Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement:

"This survey demonstrates that more than six in ten Americans have a deep appreciation for the unique benefits that marriage between one man and one woman brings to families and society. There is a broad understanding that marriage between a man and a woman fosters strong families and is indeed the bedrock of civilization.

"This survey is a reflection of the voters in 31 states who have voted overwhelmingly to preserve marriage at the ballot box - with Minnesota, North Carolina and Indiana next in line with referendums.

"As New York legislators debate a marriage redefinition bill, they should consider the impact on families, children and religious liberty. In 2006, the New York Court of Appeals reasonably concluded that the legislature has a legitimate interest in promoting responsible procreation and can `rationally` believe that children need both a mother and a father.

"Despite many years of lawsuits and public debate, the American people have not given up on marriage - but instead want to see it strengthened and preserved for future generations," concluded Perkins.

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June 17, 2011
REPORT: Prop 8 Decision in the Federal District Court

(ProtectMarriage.com)  U.S. Federal District Court Chief Judge James Ware (California’s Northern District) yesterday denied the Prop 8 Legal Defense team’s motion to vacate former judge Vaughn Walker’s overturning of Proposition 8. This was expected.

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June 17, 2011
Rep. Sherman to Introduce Bill to Protect Male Circumcision
(Washington, DC)  Congressman Brad Sherman announced today that he will be introducing the Religious and Parental Rights Defense Act of 2011, a bill to prevent San Francisco and other municipalities from banning the circumcision of males under the age of 18.  
Sherman’s new bill is in reaction to a measure that has qualified for the November 2011 ballot in San Francisco that would make the performance of circumcisions on males under 18 a misdemeanor—with a possible $1,000 fine and one-year prison term.
June 17, 2011
Chicago expanding Big Brother camera network

(SunTimes)  Chicago’s Big Brother network of over 10,000 public and private surveillance cameras is already the most extensive and integrated in the nation. But, it’s about to get even bigger.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel chaired his first Public Building Commission meeting on Tuesday and joined his fellow members in adding three potential terrorist targets to the city’s surveillance network: the Board of Trade, the Federal Reserve and the AT&T switching center.

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June 17, 2011
64,000 Cases of Possible Voter Fraud Being Investigated in New Mexico

(CNSNews) Secretary of State Dianna Duran has turned over about 64,000 cases of what she calls possible voter fraud to the State Department of Public Safety for investigation.

That`s more than 10 percent of the 607,700 people who voted in the 2010 general election in New Mexico

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June 17, 2011
French National Assembly rejects homosexual ‘marriage’ in historic vote

(LifeSiteNews) French legislators rejected a bill to legalize “homosexual marriage” today in a decisive vote by the National Assembly, the nation’s lower legislative house.

Assembly representatives voted against the bill, proposed by socialists, by a majority of 293 to 222.  The vote follows a ruling in January by the nation’s highest court, the Constitutional Council, stating that homosexual “marriage” is not a constitutional right.

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June 17, 2011
Moving more inmates out of state raises new questions

(California Watch)  California’s latest plan to alleviate prison overcrowding and meet a federal court order – announced last week – relies heavily on the transfer of thousands of inmates to county facilities, as long as the state can come up with the funding.

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June 17, 2011
Homosexual Federal Judge the Center of `Unprecedented` Legal Challenge

(Christian Post)  Retired federal Judge Vaughn Walker is used to hearing complicated legal cases. Now he finds himself at the center of what some legal scholars are calling an “unprecedented” legal challenge.

At issue is Judge Walker’s 10-year, same-sex relationship while he was presiding over the Proposition 8 case in California.

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June 17, 2011
8 Substances Added to Growing List of Carcinogens

(Christian Post)  Health officials have added eight new substances on the official U.S. list of toxins known to cause or suspected of causing cancer, which includes the widely used chemical formaldehyde.

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June 17, 2011
Whitehead: Explicit survey needs parents` consent

(OneNewsNow)  A Massachusetts mother has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education because her children`s school conducted a sex survey without parents` written consent.

Fitchburg Memorial Middle School conducts the survey with "passive" parental consent in most cases, which means consent forms are sent home with students, but most parents never see them.

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June 16, 2011
Teen Births Cost Taxpayers About $11B Annually, Study Shows

(National Partnership for Women & Families)  Teen pregnancies in 2008 cost U.S. taxpayers about $10.9 billion, including $2.3 billion in increased public-sector health costs.

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June 16, 2011
Some Gay-Rights Foes Claim They Now Are Bullied

(FoxNews)  As the gay-rights movement advances, there is increasing evidence of an intriguing role reversal: Today, it is the conservative opponents of that movement who seem eager to depict themselves as victims of intolerance.

To them, the gay-rights lobby has morphed into a relentless bully, pressuring companies and law firms into policy reversals, making it taboo in some circumstances to express opposition to same-sex marriage.

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June 10, 2011
Prop. 8 Hearing in Federal Court

(Proposition 8 Legal Defense)This coming Monday, June 13, the Proposition 8 Legal Defense team will square off against the plaintiffs’ attorneys in the Perry v. Brown case.  In our continuing work to uphold the will of the voters and the California Constitution’s definition of marriage, we will present our oral arguments in the United States District Court’s San Francisco courtroom.

Two separate motions submitted by the Prop 8 defense team will be considered:
  • To void now retired Judge Vaughn Walker’s  misguided decision invalidating Prop 8 last year, and
  • To enforce the multiple court orders and regulations that require all copies of the video recordings of the trial to remain under seal in the district court’s record.
Now that Walker has retired, the new Chief Judge of the District Court, James Ware, takes over our case.  We are much more hopeful for success with a judge presiding over the case who has greater respect for legal precedent and the rule of law.
 
Nothing is certain, of course, and we continue to count on your prayers for our legal team and all those participating in the effort to protect traditional marriage in California. We also need your financial help, as our litigation expenses will continue well beyond Judge Ware’s rulings on the two issues before him. Please help us with a donation today.
 
Monday’s hearing is a critical step in our journey, but we are also busy fighting on other battlefronts in both the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the California Supreme Court. 
 
You’ll recall that we appealed former judge Walker’s ruling to the Ninth Circuit. In January our team of attorneys appeared before a three-judge panel of that court to argue the appeal.  As part of their deliberations, the judges formally asked California’s high court to answer the question of whether we, as official proponents of Prop 8, have “legal standing” under California law to defend against legal challenges to the voter-approved initiative, especially in light of the Governor’s and Attorney General’s refusal to do so. 
 
The State Supreme Court is expected to hear oral arguments on this issue in September. Assuming our standing to defend Prop 8 is affirmed, the Ninth Circuit will then resume its consideration of the merits of Prop 8’s constitutionality. 
 
So at this point, we are actively engaged in the fight to defend marriage in three separate judicial courts!  Our outstanding attorneys have put all they have into this case, and we are extremely grateful for their meticulous diligence.  In addition, we cannot adequately express our profound appreciation for your support of prayer and financial generosity.   
 
We will, as always, keep you updated on Monday’s proceedings.
 
Blessings,
 
Ron Prentice
Volunteer Chairman
ProtectMarriage.com

 

 

June 09, 2011
The Church and the `Clobber Scriptures` – The Bible on Homosexuality

(Christian Post) Is the Church guilty of beating people with the Bible? As strange as that argument might sound, it is actually a powerful weapon in the hands of those who are determined to normalize homosexuality and same-sex marriage within the Church. Those pushing for the acceptance of homosexuality now argue that Christians opposed to that agenda are “clobbering” sinners with the biblical text.

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June 10, 2011
A Marshall Plan for Marriage: Rebuilding Our Shattered Homes

(Heritage Foundation)  Marriage and family are declining in America, following a trend well established in Europe. This breakdown of the American family has dire implications for American society and the U.S. economy. Halting and reversing the sustained trends of nearly four decades will not happen by accident. The federal, state, and local governments need to eliminate marriage penalties created by the tax code and welfare programs and instead use existing resources to better encourage and support family life.

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June 09, 2011
Texas Graduation Takes Advantage of Prayer Ruling, Goes All Out

(Christian Post)  The graduation ceremony at Medina Valley High School in Castroville, Texas, on Saturday was filled with prayers and was likened to a revival meeting.

The crowd applauded after speakers said “Amen,” a word that was prohibited until the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals late Friday granted an emergency appeal to allow prayer at the commencement ceremony.

“The judge of all judges commands us to pray,” said Rep. John V. Garza (R-San Antonio), according to The San Antonio Express-News. “I still cringe thinking some left group would complain or file a lawsuit … I thank God that all is well this evening and none of us will be thrown in jail.”

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June 10, 2011
Israel ready to defend itself

(OneNewsNow)  The leader of a Messianic Jewish ministry believes Israel is willing to do whatever it takes to defend itself against the threat from Syria, which has become more hostile in recent weeks.

On Sunday, Israeli self-defense forces were compelled to open fire on a mob of Palestinians and Syrians who tried to storm across the Israeli border into the Golan Heights, leaving as many as 23 protestors dead.

But a state-run Syrian government newspaper assures that "marches" to the border will continue and warns Israel that the day will come when thousands of Syrians will return to what they claim are "occupied" villages. It also says Sunday`s march was only an introduction, and Israel should not be surprised when 600,000 so-called Syrian "refugees" cross the border.

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June 10, 2011
Scripture verses too much for Calif. school

(OneNewsNow)  A California high school has shut down a memorial brick paver fundraiser just because two Christian women wanted Bible verses on the bricks they purchased.

Lou Ann Hart and Sheryl Caronna submitted requests and contributed several hundred dollars to purchase brick pavers with engraved scriptures. The pavers were to be placed along walkways at Palm Desert High School. Last August, after the bricks were made -- but before they were installed -- the women were informed that because of the religious messages on the pavers, they would not be included along the walkways at the school.

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June 10, 2011
Divorce Plagues Kids` Social, Academic Lives for Years

(Live Science)  Young kids whose parents divorce struggle with math, social skills and emotions such as anxiety and depression for at least two years after the split, a new study finds.

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June 09, 2011
Louisiana State House Approves Placement of Ten Commandments Monument

(Christian Post)  The Louisiana state House voted unanimously (91-0), without debate, Monday to approve the placement of a Ten Commandments monument on the state capitol grounds in Baton Rouge.

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June 09, 2011
Ten Commandments in Giles County - School board OKs display

(Bluefield Daily Telegraph) The Ten Commandments will once again be displayed in Giles County Schools.

After a six-month-long controversy, the Giles County School Board voted 3-2 Tuesday afternoon to approve a group of documents including the Ten Commandments to be displayed in county schools.

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June 09, 2011
L.A. joins Obama, praises LGBT lifestyle

(OneNewsNow) A California pastor who was rescued from the homosexual lifestyle is wondering when Los Angeles is going to celebrate ex-"gay" month.

On May 31, President Barack Obama proclaimed June as "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month." Three days later, Los Angeles launched its first "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Heritage Month." Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced the city`s first heritage month honoring "alternate lifestyles," describing the occasion as "a groundbreaking event" for the city.
 
As part of the festivities, the mayor presented the Spirit of Los Angeles award to comedian Wanda Sykes and to Troy Perry, who founded the pro-homosexual Metropolitan Community Church and encouraged the city`s first "gay pride" parade in 1970.

Pastor Jim Domen, a staff member with the California Family Council, sees obvious disparity in the city`s proclamation.

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June 09, 2011
Old Navy going `gay`

(OneNewsNow)  A nationally prominent retail store has announced it will sell "gay pride" T-shirts in support of presidentially proclaimed "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month."

Old Navy will sell rainbow-styled T-shirts as part of the its "Love Proudly: Pride 2011" campaign.

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June 09, 2011
Education Dept. Blocks Reporters from LGBT `Youth Summit` Sessions for Teens

(CNSNews) The U.S. Department of Education refused to allow reporters into break-out sessions at its first Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Youth Summit, a taxpayer-funded event attended by teenagers that was held at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, D.C., on Monday and Tuesday.

When CNSNews.com asked organizers why reporters could not attend the break-out sessions, Education Department public affairs specialist Jo Ann Webb said: “Every summit we’ve had has been this way. It’s to promote an open exchange and that’s just the rule, okay?”

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June 09, 2011
Quebec’s Christian March draws around 1,000 in defence of Christian heritage

(LifeSiteNews) Quebec’s “Christian March” (“La Marche chrétienne”) on June 4th drew a crowd of around 1,000 in defence of the province’s Christian heritage against the radical secularism being imposed by the state.

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June 09, 2011
Report: U.S. Gives Billions in Aid Only to Then Borrow it Back

(Christian Post)  A report put before Congress has indicated the farcical situation whereby the U.S. is providing hundreds of millions of dollars every year in foreign aid to certain countries, while simultaneously borrowing back billions from those same countries.

A report by the Congressional Research service released in May has shown that in 2010 the U.S. gave $1.4bn in aid to countries that held more than $10bn in Treasury securities.

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June 09, 2011
70 Methodist Clergy Agree to Wed Gay Couples

(Christian Post)  Same-sex marriage is illegal in Minnesota but 70 United Methodist clergy in the state have signed a statement saying they will marry gay couples.

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June 09, 2011
The Spiritual State of Post-Tsunami Japan, Three Months Later

(Christian Post) Nearly three months have passed since much of the northeast region of Japan was completely devastated by what is now estimated to have been a 9.0-magnitude earthquake – one of the five most powerful earthquakes recorded in the world.

Deaths totaled 15,281, while 5,363 were injured, and 8,492 people are still missing, according to the Japanese National Police Agency.

But it appears that one hope remains, amid all of the ruin. Described as the “Gospel hope,” Michael Oh, president of the Christ Bible Institute and Seminary located in Nagoya, shared with The Christian Post his perspective on the current, spiritual state of Japan and the challenges that lie ahead not only for his ministry, but for the Japanese people as well.

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June 09, 2011
Minnesota School District Agrees to Recognize Pro-Life Club

(LifeNews)  In the wake of a federal lawsuit filed by Alliance Defense Fund attorneys on behalf of a student-led pro-life club, Independent School District #885 has granted the club official status at St. Michael-Albertville High School.

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June 03, 2011
Whom will you obey?

(Family Research Council)  Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, `Which is right in God`s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard... We must obey God rather than human beings!` Acts 4:18-20, 5:29

It`s been 2,000 years since Peter and John walked those dusty roads to the temple court. And while the world has changed, the persecution of the saints has not. In the tiny town of Castroville, Texas students are still confronting the Sadducees [Judges] of this generation--men and women whose hostility toward faith is turning "pray" into the four-letter word of our time. This week, a federal judge ruled that the Class of 2011 has fewer rights than the entire U.S. Congress, which convenes every session with prayer. At the request of one secular family, the court took a wrecking ball to years of tradition at Medina Valley High, not to mention the Bill of Rights, by ordering the graduation ceremony to be scrubbed of every reference to Jesus Christ. From now on, he ruled that words "prayer," "invocation," "benediction," "stand," "in Jesus` name," "join in prayer," "bow your heads," and "amen" are taboo (but kneeling during the ceremony to face Mecca is not).

This is nothing new. God was officially expelled from the public school classroom the year I was born--and the Ten Commandments and prayer soon followed. In the early years there was outrage, and some politicans capitalized on the frustration. But in the end, Congress did nothing to protect our religious liberty. The majority of Americans just grew silent, convincing themselves that sacrificing their children`s religious freedom would satisfy the radical secularists. Unfortunately, they failed to see that these secularists are determined to eradicate Christianity from American public life as they cast their net wider and wider.

The moment is fast approaching when we will be forced to ignore the unconstitutional overreach of the federal courts to truly live out our faith. As Christians in this country, we need to stop cowering and stand up for the rights our forefathers shed their blood to defend. If the church were as bold in speaking out as the minority that`s trying to silence Christianity, society would be powerless to shut us up! We need to quit being silent--and if that means suffering the consequences, so be it. If the American people would peacefully stand up to these black-robed bullies, it would be these judges that found they don`t have a prayer.

As Christians, we`re called to obey those in authority. But in this country, which God has graciously blessed us with, we are the authority. Remember "We the people?" When we`re forced to choose between living out our faith in this world and obeying the arbritary dictates of men, I know who I`m going to obey. It looks like the town of Castroville is making their choice as well. Former students are flocking back to Medina Valley to protest. Teenagers have started painting their cars with messages like, "God lives here" and "We pray." Before this weekend`s ceremony, the entire area will fight back with a massive Lord`s Prayer rally, where one graduate has even written an anthem for the cause. "If you don`t like the things we do around here, we`d say sorry but the truth is we just don`t care."

Meanwhile, state Attorney General Greg Abbott and Liberty Counsel do care and are frantically working to stop Biery`s order before the start of Saturday`s graduation. If they don`t, Medina Valley should take their cues from Louisiana`s Bastrop High. There, the ACLU scared school administrators out of praying, but they couldn`t spook 18-year-old Lacy Rae Mattice. When it was her turn to speak at graduation, she stepped right to the microphone and said, "I respect the beliefs of other people, but I feel that I can`t go on without giving glory to my Lord today. I want to ask the Lord`s blessing on us." And with the crowd cheering her on, she led her class in the Lord`s Prayer. Talk about courage. At 18, she not only had more nerve than her administrators--she had a better understanding of the Constitution too! This is the kind of courage that the Bible talks about in Acts 5. "Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God."

June 03, 2011
Christians, Shut Your Mouths

(California Family Council)  Last week in Washington, D.C. a group of six pastors met with Senator Barbara Boxer’s Legislative Director, Sean Moore. Led into this meeting by pastor Jim Domen, the pastors had only one purpose: to pray with Moore for Senator Boxer and her staff. When offered, Moore’s response was “Absolutely not.”

The pastors were stunned, enlightened, and sobered. Although they could have come with a full list of legislative issues that offended their moral foundations, instead they chose simply to come and offer heartfelt prayer. But Boxer’s...


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June 03, 2011
Home Depot displays deaf ear

(American Family Association)  The American Family Association`s boycott of The Home Depot continues after corporate executives heard from those opposed to the company`s strong support of the homosexual agenda.

It was a unique opportunity for the Mississippi-based pro-family group to deliver its message regarding The Home Depot`s "corporate endorsement" of the homosexual agenda. AFA executive vice president Buddy Smith traveled to Atlanta to attend the annual shareholders meeting, where he addressed Home Depot chairman Frank Blake and other company executives for a three-minute period (listen to Smith`s entire presentation).

Accompanying Smith was Randy Sharp, AFA`s director of special projects. He summarizes what took place.

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June 03, 2011
Mark Your Calendars for Family Movie Night!

(OneMillionMoms)  Another Family Moments movie, Field of Vision, produced by Walmart and Procter & Gamble premieres Saturday, June 11 at 5:00 p.m. PT on NBC. Walmart and Procter & Gamble have partnered to produce a series of original family movies. These films are designed to appeal to all family members and create a meaningful, entertaining experience that brings families together. Even the commercials are appropriate!

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June 03, 2011
Three of ‘World’s Worst’ Regimes Sit on U.N. Human Rights Council

(CNSNews)  Three of the world’s 17 most repressive regimes, as identified in a new report released this week,  have been members of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council since its inception and have never been censured by that body.

China, Cuba and Saudi Arabia have never been the subject of a condemnatory resolution or a special session at the Geneva-based HRC, an entity created by the U.N. in 2006 with the purpose of promoting and protecting human rights “around the globe.”

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June 03, 2011
Explaining the Science Behind the Pro-Life Boycott of Pepsi

There is a growing chorus from within the pro-life movement against PepsiCo for their use of a cell line (derived from a baby aborted in the 1970′s) for testing response to new flavors in the lab. This is biologically straightforward, and ethically problematic. From a consumerist and moral perspective, it’s even murkier. Pepsi is just the tip of the iceberg. Let’s build the argument from the biological level, upward.

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June 03, 2011
The essential public purpose of marriage

(Mercator) The essential public purpose of marriage is to attach mothers and fathers to their children and to one another.  To see the importance of this purpose, we must take the perspective of the child: What is owed to the child? Unlike adults, the child does not need autonomy or independence. The child is entitled to a relationship with and care from both of the people who brought him into being. Therefore, the child has a legitimate interest in the stability of his parents’ union.  But no child can defend these entitlements himself. Nor is it adequate to make restitution after these rights have been violated. The child’s rights to care and relationship must be supported pro-actively, before harm is done, for those rights to be protected at all.

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June 03, 2011
Girl scouts could make girls more open to pro-abortion agenda

(LifeSiteNews)  A Denver Catholic bishop is warning parents that membership in the Girl Scouts could carry the danger of making their daughters more receptive to the pro-abortion agenda.

In a Wednesday column for the Denver Catholic Register, Denver Auxiliary Bishop James D. Conley observes that in the last year a growing number of parents and youth ministers have shared concerns with him over the Girl Scouts alignment with groups advocating abortion.

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June 03, 2011
`Jesus: A Prophet of Islam` – Muslim Group Runs Provocative Billboard Campaign

(Christian Post)  Billboards have emerged across Sydney, Australia, carrying the slogan “Jesus: a prophet of Islam.” The advertising campaign is being run by Islamic group “MyPeace,” which has said that the purpose of the campaign is to encourage interfaith relations between Christians and Muslims.

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June 02, 2011
Calif. Assembly OKs bill to tax online retailers

(Sacramento Bee) Online retailers such as Amazon would be required to collect California sales and use taxes under a bill approved Tuesday by the state Assembly.

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June 02, 2011
Kohls and Mrs. Fields Stop Donating to Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz

(LifeNews)  Strike two more corporations off of the list of companies that make financial donations to the Planned Parenthood abortion business.

“Kohl’s and Mrs. Fields are no longer boycott targets,” explains Douglas Scott the president of Life Decisions International, a pro-life group that monitors corporations and whether they support the nation’s largest abortion business. “This is absolutely stunning. Talk about a happy New Year.”

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June 02, 2011
Removing gay-awareness poster sparked loss of job, Merced man claims

(Sun-Star) Safeway is facing a lawsuit after a former employee at the company`s Merced distribution center claims he was fired for removing a gay and lesbian awareness poster from the facility`s break room.

Citing personnel issues, officials from the giant grocery chain declined to go into detail about the case, but did say the company supports work force diversity, including gays and lesbians.

Juan Nava, a forklift driver, claims he was wrongfully terminated by Safeway on June 10, 2009, for removing the poster from an easel in the break room earlier that month, according to the complaint filed with the Merced County Superior Court on May 16.

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June 02, 2011
Anti-Christian Violence Continues in Pakistan

(CNSNews)  Anti-Christian violence continues in Pakistan and police are not pursuing the perpetrators, according to news reports.

A May 26 article in AsiaNews.it described the gang-rape of a Christian woman and the desecration of Christian tombs in the Pakistani city of Faisalabad. The publication called it “ordinary violence visited upon Pakistan’s Christian minority.”

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June 02, 2011
Muslim Brotherhood-Linked Presidential Candidate Favors Shari’a, End to Israeli Peace

(CNSNews)  An Egyptian cleric closely associated with the Muslim Brotherhood has declared his candidacy in this year’s presidential elections, three months after the organization first said it would not put up a candidate for president.

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June 02, 2011
U.S. Adults Estimate That 25% of Americans Are Gay or Lesbian

(Gallup) U.S. adults, on average, estimate that 25% of Americans are gay or lesbian. More specifically, over half of Americans (52%) estimate that at least one in five Americans are gay or lesbian, including 35% who estimate that more than one in four are. Thirty percent put the figure at less than 15%.

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June 02, 2011
Former supermodel Kathy Ireland backs effort to end Planned Parenthood funding

(LifeSiteNews.com)  Former supermodel, now pro-life advocate, Kathy Ireland added her voice this week to those calling on Congress to eliminate federal funding of Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider.

“I think Planned Parenthood needs to reassess and look at what their values are, what their mission is, what their goals are, and do they deserve government funding? For example, there are non-profits that I’m involved with, and we don’t get government funding,” Ireland told FoxNews.

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June 02, 2011
Following outcry, Brazilian president suspends homosexual indoctrination program in nation’s schools

(LifeSiteNews)  Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has agreed to suspend a very explicit United Nations approved program designed to convince children and adolescents to accept homosexual behavior and transsexualism, following threats from Protestant and Catholic legislators to block new legislation in protest.

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June 02, 2011
Pastor Wins Fight to Say `Jesus Christ` in Memorial Day Prayer

(Christian Post)  The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs cannot stop a pastor from invoking the name of "Jesus Christ" in his Memorial Day prayer at Houston National Cemetery, a federal judge said Thursday.

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