by Art Kelly
1. Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) admitted there is "zero chance" of pro-homosexual legislation being enacted during the 112th Congress, so Democratic leaders will be making a big push during the lame duck session to permit open homosexuals to serve in the military.
In an interview with the Washington Blade, a homosexual newspaper, Frank said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) would quickly try to pass the legislation for homosexuals in the armed forces.
"The Democratic leadership is thoroughly committed to getting" homosexuals in the military while they still can, Frank emphasized.
When asked how soon Reid would bring the legislation to a vote on the Senate floor, Frank replied, "Right away--they only have two weeks. He's committed to getting it done. He and I talked to the three--the Democratic leader, the Democratic whip, the Democratic committee chairman …They all agree they want to get it done."
by Art Kelly
1. Today’s News and Views (TNV) reported the election produced victories for over 50 new pro-life members of Congress.
A different section of TNV stated that an exit poll of voters found that 38% said the issue of abortion affected their vote. 22% of all voters said they voted exclusively for pro-life candidates, while just 8% voted only for abortion-rights candidates. Thus, pro-life candidates had a 14% advantage in the election.
by Art Kelly
1. LifeNews.com reports on a campaign postcard from the Minnesota Democratic Party that claims the Catholic Church is more concerned with abortion than helping the poor.
The postcard appears to be intended to criticize the Church for its strong endorsement of pro-life legislation and its opposition to those public officials who support the killing of unborn children.
For example, in a separate article, LifeNews.com states that Archbishop Raymond Burke, who was just elevated to be a cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI, has stated that Catholics are bound in conscience to vote for political candidates who oppose abortion, embryonic stem cell experiments, and euthanasia.
by Art Kelly
1. CNSNews.com reported that Archbishop Raymond Burke, the head of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican’s highest court, has stated that Catholic politicians who support abortion or homosexual marriage must perform public actions of repentance.
The National Catholic Reporter states that Pope Benedict XVI has just announced that Burke will be made a cardinal. (Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C. will also be elevated to a cardinal.)
At a meeting of Human Life International’s World Prayer Congress for Life held in Rome, Burke rejected the concept of "cafeteria Catholicism" in which some persons attempt to pick and choose "what part of the deposit of faith to believe and practice."
Referring to those who support abortion rights and same sex marriage, Burke said, "It is not possible to be a practicing Catholic and conduct oneself publically in this manner."
Explaining the necessity of public repentance for Catholic politicians, Burke stated:
"The person in question bears a heavy responsibility for the grave scandal which he has caused. The responsibility is especially heavy for political leaders. The repair of such scandal begins with the public acknowledgment of his own error and the public declaration of his adherence to the moral law."
The Archbishlp said the Church utilizes the discipline of not allowing the reception of Holy Communion "to those who preist, after admonition, in the grave violation of the moral law."
In 2004, while he was archbishop of St. Louis, Burke said he would not allow Senator John Kerry, the Democratic candidate for president, to receive Communion because of his support for abortion rights.
In 2009, Burke also told Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Helath and Human Services (HHS), not to receive Communion.
He said Sebelius' appointment to the Obama cabinet "is the source of the greatest embarrassment because she has publicly and repeatedly betrayed her Catholic faith in the most fundamental tenet of the moral law, that is, the law to safeguard and foster human life from the moment of its inception to the moment of natural death."
by Art Kelly
1. The Gallup Poll has found that 46% of the American people think "the federal government poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens."
Only 51% say it does not, while 3% are undecided.
66% of Republicans agree, but only 21% of Democrats do. Independents are split 49% to 49%.
Terence Jeffrey of CNSNews.com analyzed the poll results in detail and reported on the growth over the years in the percentage of citizens who consider the federal government an immediate threat to their rights and freedoms. The percentage who worried about this was:
30% in 2003
35% in 2004
37% in 2005
44% in 2006
46% in 2010
Gallup also asked voters if the federal government has too much power, about the right amount, or too little. The results were
59% Too much power
33% About the right amount
8% Too little power
As a follow-up question, Gallup found that 58% thought the government is trying to do too many things that should be left to individuals and business. Only 36% thought the government should do more to solve our country’s problems. 5% were undecided.
In the mid to late 1990s, about 60% thought the government was trying to do too much.
by Art Kelly
1. Kathleen Gilbert of LifeSiteNews.com reported that the Obama Administration has teamed up with abortion advocacy groups to host a training seminar in Portland, Oregon to combat pro-life picketing, signs, and leafleting at abortion facilities.
The U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation co-sponsored the seminar with the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the National Abortion Federation, and the Feminist Majority Foundation.
An 84-page Resource Guide was given to all participants which listed the names of pro-life groups that are under government scrutiny, including Concerned Women for America (CWA), the American Life League, Human Life International, the National Right to Life Committee, Priests for Life, and Students for Life.
This Resource Guide is similar to the April 2009 report of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that listed pro-life groups, veterans, and other conservatives as "dangerous."
Wendy Wright, President of CWA, told LifeSiteNews.com that this shows that "the Department of Justice has become an arm of the abortion movement."
by Art Kelly
A new poll has found that atheists and agnostics know more about religious beliefs, practices, history, and leaders than do Christians or Jews.
The Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life found that on a series of 32 test-like questions given to 3,412 adults, the number of correct answers by self-identified members of religious groups were:
White evangelical Protestant 17.6
White Catholic 16.0
White mainline Protestant 15.8
Nothing in particular 15.2
Black Protestant 13.4
Hispanic Catholic 11.6
by Art Kelly
1. The Christian Post reports that a national poll has found that 80% of Americans believe that students should be able to pray at school events.
The national survey, conducted by The Pert Group, says that even 59% of those who do not practice religion support allowing student speakers to pray at school activities.
Ken Paulson, president of the First Amendment Center, said citizens "don’t see an expression of faith by a student at a public school event as a violation of the separation of church and state."
by Kirk Raymond
Congress to Vote on Embryonic Stem Cell Research Bill
Rep. Diane DeGette (D-CO) is pushing for Congress to vote this month on a bill to overturn the federal funding ban for human embryonic stem cell research.
Earlier this year, President Obama issued an executive order overturning a 1996 law (since renewed every year) prohibiting federal funding for research that destroys human embryos.
Obama’s edict was challenged in federal court by two researchers who would lose funding for their adult stem cell research so Obama could redirect the federal funding to embryonic stem cell research.
Federal Judge Royce Lamberth ruled Obama’s executive order violated the law and issued an injunction directing the Obama Administration to halt further funding for embryonic stem cell research.
If DeGette’s bill became law, the injunction would be overturned and federal funds would immediately flow to embryonic stem cell researchers.
A House leadership aide told Politico that a vote on the DeGette bill was “on the table” for after the August recess.
Vote counters believe a solid majority exists in the House for the DeGette legislation and it would quickly be enacted.
Prospects in the Senate are somewhat murkier with at least one Democrat on the record against embryonic stem cell research funding but a number of Republican Senators, some who are considered pro-life, who would be likely to support federal funding.
by Art Kelly
1. A new Gallup Poll reveals that President Obama has the highest approval ratings from Muslims and the lowest from Mormons, while Catholics rate him near the national average, Jews above the average, and Protestants below the average.
In the period January to July 2010, the approval ratings of Obama from members of religious groups were:
48% All Americans
As compared to the ratings from a year earlier (January to June 2009), Obama suffered declines in support from each of the religious groups:
-15% All Americans
The decline in support for Obama is fairly consistent among all religious groups except Muslims who remained his most loyal supporters. Atheists were his next biggest boosters.