Voice of the Nation— The People’s Win in Maine

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On Thursday– This week on “Voice of the Nation” We will be talking about the great success in Maine and the election results for both conservative governors in Virginia and New Jersey. Join us as we talk  about protecting marriage and family as we move forward from the big win in Maine.

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Gay Activists Pile the Hard Spin On Catholic Charities in D.C. to Cover Their Own Intolerance

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Realms of Inexplicable Evil

The Huffington Post today berated the Catholic Church as an ‘Inexplicably Evil Organization’. Why? Because it will soon be forced to stop providing services to the poor, homeless and needy on D.C.’s streets if same sex marriage legislation is passed.

The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington said Wednesday that it will be unable to continue the social service programs it runs for the District if same-sex marriage as it was currently worded, was passed.

The reaction?  Fix the law!  Provide religious protections!  Reject the normalization of homosexuality right?  No Sir, the spin is all on Catholic Charities for scrooging the poor out of spite.   See this from the Venerable Huffington Post:

“Yup, that’s right. If gay folk can marry, the Catholic church refuses to feed the homeless….Beyond being simply mean and intolerant, this is just a stupid strategy for the Catholic church to employ. It may be a symbol of religion, but the church is also a business that needs to expand its customer base, or it will become extinct like Greek polytheism or New Coke.” —Allison Kilkenny, Huffington Post

Yet unlike the characterization so eagerly given, the Catholic Church is not moving out of spite or political maneuver.  It’s a legal reality.  A legal reality, I might add, that was predicted was going to be a necessity if gay marriage was passed.

  • The issue came up in California during prop 8, and gay activists said:  “NO!  That would never happen.  You guys are fear mongering!”
  • The issue came up in Maine during Question 1, and gay activists said: “Lies!  Churches are exempt!  There are religious protections!”
  • The issue came up in Massachusetts and when no one stood to defend marriage laws, Catholic Charities, a public fixture for 100 years, was forced to close its doors.

Now we come to Washington D.C. and what are the gay activists saying now?

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Not only are they forcing Catholic charity groups out of D.C., but they’re BLAMING the the Catholics for it!

“What ever happen to loving all of God’s creatures? I hope (and pray) they will see how unfair it would be to strip the needy of it’s services in an effort to stop gay marriage.  I was raised Catholic and was raised to be a compassionate Catholic and this action by the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington is beyond non-compassionate.” —TakePart.com

Unbelievable!  The D.C. City Council was warned by legal experts that the same sex marriage legislation they were considering lacked adequate protection for religious freedom. Rather than heeding these concerns the D.C. City Council’s Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary actually made the accommodations for religious freedom even more narrow than had been previously proposed.

A statement from the Archdiocese of Washington responded:

As a result, religious organizations and individuals are at risk of legal action for refusing to promote and support same-sex marriages in a host of settings where it would compromise their religious beliefs. This includes employee benefits, adoption services and even the use of a church hall for non-wedding events for same-sex married couples. Religious organizations such as Catholic Charities could be denied licenses or certification by the government, denied the right to offer adoption and foster care services, or no longer be able to partner with the city to provide social services for the needy.

“It is our concern that the committee’s narrowing of the religious exemption language will cause the government to discontinue our long partnership with them and open up the agency to litigation and the use of resources to defend our religious beliefs rather than serve the poor,” said Edward Orzechowski, president/CEO of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington. Catholic Charities serves 68,000 people in the city each year. The city’s 40 Catholic parishes operate another 93 social service programs to provide crucial services.

The Washington Post characterizes this as the Church giving the city an ultimatum, but we’re not talking ultimatums here.  We’re talking realities.

Susan Gibbs, a spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Washington D.C. explained that it is the city that is giving the ultimatum.

“We are not threatening to walk out of the city,” Gibbs said. “The city is the one saying, ‘If you want to continue partnering with the city, then you cannot follow your faith teachings.’ “

Catholic Charities has served the D.C. poor for years.  Their services are needed.  Why the hard line?  The intolerance for religious belief? Why the hard spin?  Isn’t the whole reason we’re told gay couples want to marry is so they can be included?  Why push Catholic Charities out?

Bottom line: In the culture war, the progressive movement is about replacement, not inclusion.  It’s about winning no matter what the cost to freedom or humanity—and that is what is inexplicably evil.

—Beetle Blogger

Voice of the Nation– Eric Novack on the Health Care Bill in Congress

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On Thursday– This week on “Voice of the Nation” we will be discussing the healthcare bill currently being pushed through congress. Last week the House version made it through the floor vote, now the Senate battle looms, yet polls show that the American people absolutely do not support government run healthcare. Join us on Voice of the Nation today as we talk with Dr. Eric Novack on the dangers of this bill and also the prospects of its passage in the Senate.

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Guest: Eric Novack –Eric Novack, MD is currently serving as Chairman of Arizonans for Health Care Freedom. He is a board certified orthopedic surgeon. He hosted “The Eric Novack Show”, a weekly radio program dedicated to healthcare policy and politics for 2 ½ years from 2005 to 2007.

Dr. Novack authored contributions to the Arizona Republic, Ahwatukee Foothills News, the Maricopa Medical Association, Pima County Medical Association and Arizona Medical Association Magazines. He appears on local television and radio, been profiled in the Arizona Republic and interviewed for several podcasts. Dr. Novack is often the featured speaker at national health care related conferences.

After he received his undergraduate degree in neuroscience from Brown University, Dr. Novack earned his M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco and completed his training at the University of Washington. He has been in private practice in the Phoenix area since 2001.

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Death Threats Follow Historic Marriage Win in Maine

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Mike Heath, of the Maine Family Policy Council, has led two successful statewide drives to turn back “sexual orientation” (homosexuality) laws in Maine, in 1998 and 2001, and most recently was involved in the Question 1 effort to support marriage between a man and a woman.

Reprinted from the Christian Civic League of Maine website:

Nov 6, 2009

The normal routine of the League was interrupted Friday afternoon, when an anonymous caller called to say he owned guns and his next target was the former director of the League, Mike Heath (above). The death threat was apparently related to the recent win on Question 1, which revoked the right of homosexuals to be married in Maine.

The caller said the following:

“I am calling about Mr. Mike Heath, the Executive of your Christian Civic League of Maine.  He thinks that gay people should have our rights revoked that we already have. Well I can tell him this – I’m a gay guy who owns guns, and he’s my next target.”

In a second round of threats,

Matt Barber, Liberty Counsel’s Director of Cultural Affairs, issued a statement shortly after Maine’s marriage victory (posted with additional commentary at AmericansForTruth.com). In reaction to that statement, blog poster “ColdCountry” wrote: “Will someone please give me a gun?” Poster “Fritz” warned: “What I fear is that once gay and lesbian people give up hope of achieving equality through nonviolent means, there will be radicals who will begin to hunt down haters… All it will take is a small group of radical zealots who are willing to kill for their cause.”

In reply to Fritz, “tex” posted: “Fritz….you say this like it’s a bad thing? Maybe a bit of well organized terrorism is just what we need.”

“This happens in all cases where people are oppressed and lack representation,” continued Fritz. “We will have gay and lesbian people strapping bombs to their chests and blowing up churches. All it will take is one or two more losses like this. If marriage equality is taken away in one of the landmark states, we will see domestic terrorism arise very quickly. … In 1991, I witnessed gay and lesbian activists setting fire to buildings and beating people with baseball bats in Los Angeles.”

“tex” reiterated: “Still not seeing this as a bad thing Fritz … [African gay activists] didn’t gain their civil rights through being passive.”

In addition to Barber, pro-family leaders Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth and Maggie Gallagher of the National Organization for Marriage were specifically named targets. (source)

Everyone is free to believe as they wish, and to act upon those beliefs, even to promote them. That is all guaranteed under the freedoms of the Constitution. What is not guaranteed is the right to impose those beliefs on others.  Threats, intimidation, slander, libel and licentious tyranny have become the new standard for the activist gay movement.

Where’s the tolerance?  Better yet, where is the condemnation by the leaders of the activist gay movement of these types of tactics?  What?  Don’t hear anything?  Maybe it’s because their leaders feel the same way.  See No on 1 leader, Jesse Connolly’s tolerance on parade here:

“In a defiant speech to several hundred lingering supporters, No on 1 campaign manager Jesse Connolly pledged that his side “will not quit until we know where every single one of these votes lives.” —Bangor Daily News

How many instances will it take before the activist gay movement reigns in their supporters?

—Beetle Blogger

Abortion Doctor Admits “Yes, I am killing”

Dr. Curtis Boyd admits he is killing children in his Texas office.  Dr. Boyd is a late term abortionist.  He is one of the only clinics who is willing to perform late term abortions in his state.  Clients, he says, come even across state lines to receive his services.  Dr. Boyd will perform abortions on girls as young as ten years old with pregnancies up to 24 weeks of development.

In a civilized society, it is hard to understand how people like this can make rational sense out of what they choose to do, but the hardest thing for me to understand is why we as a society allow it.  He knows it is a life he is taking, and yet it doesn’t matter.  For him, only one person matters, the will of the mother.

We hear so much about the mother’s right to choose, but don’t we as a society have an obligation to provide for the protection of the innocent unborn?

Life is a gift.  It is precious.

—Beetle Blogger

Mike Pence: Let Your Voice Be Heard

The health care bill hands over 20% of the American economy to the elite few running the country. Ayn Rand wrote:

“A  “mixed economy” [socialism/capitalsim] is a society in the process of committing suicide. A nation cannot survive the half-slave, half-free, Consider the condition of a nation in which every other social group becomes both the slave and the enslaved of every other group. Ask yourself how long such a condition can last and what is its  inevitable outcome.

Statism is a system of perpetual civil war. And that war in a “mixed economy” takes the form of “pressure group” warfare, each group fighting for legislation to extort its own advantage by force from all other groups. STATISM is nothing more than gang rule.”  –Atlas Shruggs Blog

Obama has said he wants to pass socialized, government run healthcare by the end of this year.  Now is the time to stand and be heard!

—Beetle Blogger

Government Health Care is One Sick Plan

Don’t Stifle Innovation with Healthcare Rationing!

Miracles of chemotherapy and modern medicines have been developed in the US,  which benefit countries world wide, because of our free enterprise system. That would cease to exist if the government takes over health care. A government run health care system with overwhelming regulations will have devastating and dire consequences to our freedoms. We’d have rationed medical care, decreased quality of care, availability and economic disaster! Don’t let the government decide who lives or dies!

Dr. Harvey Thomas and Heather Sandstrom, my co-host from “Voice of the Nation” speak out against the things they’ve personally witnessed from the healthcare system in Canada.

It’s well made, let’s spread it around while the issue is hot!

—Beetle Blogger

Stop Congress! Government Mandated Healthcare Passes House Vote

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Stop Congress!

Did you watch the House vote last night?  It made my stomach knot up.  The flippant, strutting leaders of this nation paraded a false litany of promises.  It was quite a show, done in true grand style.  Who is going to pay for this?  Who?  My children?  Santa Claus?  and that’s not the least of our worries.  Who is going to save us from our no-doubt well-intentioned, yet ominously all-powerful nanny state?

Congress has been flirting with out and out socialism in our banking industry, automobile industry, cap and trade and now with our health care.  Socialism is a failed system!  What are they doing?

Socialism will  subvert and destroy this nation, its freedom and its families.

This administration has been pampering, protecting and promoting a socialistic agenda since they took office last year.  The speed in which this administration is going down the road of socialism continues to increase even with sustained vocal and demonstrative opposition.  There cannot be any doubt in the minds of these politicians that the opposition to socialized medicine is great, yet they passed it anyway— and had the gall to cheer and shout as they did it!

“Nearly unanimous in their opposition, minority Republicans cataloged their objections across hours of debate on the 1,990-page, $1.2 trillion legislation.

United in opposition, minority Republicans cataloged their objections across hours of debate on the 1,990-page, $1.2 trillion legislation.

“We are going to have a complete government takeover of our health care system faster than you can say, ‘this is making me sick,’” jabbed Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich., adding that Democrats were intent on passing “a jobs-killing, tax-hiking, deficit-exploding” bill.” —Associated Press

If there’s anything I’ve realized, it’s that who we vote for makes all the difference.  Our guys stood up and did all they could.  Did yours?  Here’s the final vote so you can see how your congressional representative voted on the government takeover of the American health care system: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2009/roll887.xml

We now await the Senate vote.  If your congressman voted against the people, it’s time to vote him out and give the government of the people—back to the people, where it belongs.

–Beetle Blogger

And Then There Was Maine

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ProtectMarriage.com - Yes on Proposition 8


November 05, 2009

Dear friends,

November 3, 2009 was an auspicious day for traditional marriage in America.  The eyes of the nation have watched and waited for the outcome of a ballot initiative to prevent homosexual marriage from becoming law in Maine.  It was the 31st attempt by a state’s popular vote to protect the definition of traditional marriage.  Thirty times it had succeeded before, and the stakes were exceedingly high.  Both sides needed the victory – one, to keep our nation on the course divined by God and the other to use it as an indication that the national tide is turning away from centuries of understanding and practice of this sacred issue.

But the night clearly and decisively belonged to traditional marriage, with 53 percent of Maine voters restoring the definition of marriage to between one man and one woman!

The outcome was particularly gratifying because the win came in the liberal New England region of our country where surrounding states have legalized same-sex marriage, with Maine widely expected by the media, political pundits and the national gay establishment to follow suit.  And our opponents had every advantage: they tapped into vast financial resources of pro-homosexual activists across the country, raising nearly $5 million from all but 10 of our 50 states, claimed a volunteer corps of thousands, and were, of course, the darlings of the media.

Yet the traditional marriage campaign strategically and diligently went about the business of laying bare the experiences in states that have legalized same-sex marriage, sharing with Mainers what legal experts on both sides of the issue agreed would be an onslaught of legal actions against those who chose to exercise their conscience if gay marriage became law.

As a result of what occurred in Maine, we continue to herald that every single time voters have had the chance, they have supported traditional marriage.  Voters are tolerant of homosexual relationships, but they draw the line at the centuries-old institution of marriage because they understand the serious consequences to society – especially children – when traditional marriage is dismantled.

In the end, our efforts – buoyed by God’s blessing and the prayers and hard work of many involved in Prop 8 – carried the day, for which we are deeply grateful.  Yet with the same breath used to concede the race, our opponents clearly let it be known that they will continue the fight to make homosexual marriage the social norm.  And while this particular battle was waged and won in Maine, the message from our opponents in California was equally clear.

Equality California issued a message to their supporters just yesterday urging them to contact President Obama to engage in the Prop 8 legal battle by asking the court to rule it unconstitutional.  Make no mistake that our victory in Maine was a crushing blow to the gay activists who continue to fight us in federal court over Prop 8 and who, at this very minute, are directing their efforts to overturn it through another campaign.

We must not and will not rest on our laurels when we know that the other side is more focused than ever to push their agenda after Tuesday’s results.  Please help us keep the momentum for marriage going strong by contributing to our fight right here in California. As we learned in the Golden State last year and again in Maine this week, every effort by each individual participating in our mission makes the difference in the final outcome.

Sincerely,

Ron Prentice
Executive Director

www.protectmarriage.com

Win in Maine—Opposition Vows Revenge

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Win in Maine—Opposition Vows Revenge

Excellent election last night.  I stayed up late watching the returns come in.  Despite the odds, the opining of the opposition etc predicting 5-2 we’d lose…. and in a liberal state that didn’t even think twice about raising taxes amid economic hardship or legalizing marijuana, Yes on 1 pulled through! We were outmanned, outspent, but not out of faith.

On the other side, the gnashing of teeth began as No on 1′s Jesse Connolly vowed to take personal revenge:

“In a defiant speech to several hundred lingering supporters, No on 1 campaign manager Jesse Connolly pledged that his side “will not quit until we know where every single one of these votes lives.” —Bangor Daily News

And tolerance has yet another field day on the opposition’s side.  But we knew that didn’t we?  That’s one of the reasons why this vote was so crucial.

Excellent fight!  Congratulations Maine!

—Beetle Blogger

From CRI: Same-Sex Marriage Law in Maine Overturned by Popular Vote
In another victory for pro-family Americans, Maine voters sent a message to their leaders on Tuesday that traditional marriage should be upheld. By a vote of 53% to 47%, voters overturned a law enacted by the Maine legislature that would have allowed homosexual couples to marry. If upheld, the law would have made Maine the sixth state allowing homosexual marriage, and the first state in which the people’s vote allowed the law to stand. Maine is the 31st state where gay marriage has been on the ballot. The measure has been rejected by popular vote in every election in which it has been presented. In some cases, the people have voted to overturn the actions of their legislators or courts, and rejected attempts to legalize same-sex marriage without a vote, as in Maine and California.

Gay marriage is legal in five states, and two states recognize same-sex marriage, but do not perform it. In each of the states where it is legal, it has been enacted by an action of the courts or the legislature, without the people having a say.

 

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