I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech.
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Saturday, February 24, 2007

 

CCA Washington Weekly Review 2-23-2007

Christian Coalition of America

Washington Weekly Review

Friday, February 23, 2007
Roberta Combs, President


"Amazing Grace" Movie -- in Theaters all over America Today -- about Life of William Wilberforce/Christian Coalition of America Commends Republican Senator Sam Brownback and Democrat Senator Mark Pryor for Introducing a Resolution, S. RES. 84, Commemorating End of the Slave Trade and Honoring William Wilberforce
Today, the tremendous movie, "Amazing Grace" about the life of William Wilberforce and his fight to end the slave trade in Great Britain begins in theaters all across America. Christian Coalition of America commends U.S. Senators Sam Brownback (R-KS) and Mark Pryor (D-AR) for introducing a resolution, S. RES. 84, last week commemorating the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the British slave trade and honoring the life of William Wilberforce, a humanitarian who was instrumental in abolishing the British slave trade.

Senator Brownback said, “Wilberforce’s passion and commitment to end the British slave trade and renew the culture solidified the inherency of human dignity and sanctity of human life. As the 200th anniversary of British slave trade abolition approaches we should celebrate Wilberforce’s victories and use his legacy as an inspiration to renew our culture by continuing to fight for human life and human dignity.”

As a member of the British House of Commons, William Wilberforce fought for twenty years to pass legislation banning the slave trade. On February 23, 1807, the British Parliament passed a bill banning the slave trade in the British Empire . In 1833, the House of Commons voted to abolish slavery altogether.

Arkansas Democrat Senator Mark Pryor said about his and Senator Brownback's resolution: “William Wilberforce’s unmatched determination to end the British slave trade practice continues to inspire leaders and communities throughout the world. However, we can not turn a blind eye to how the slave trade has evolved into the trafficking of women and children. The life of Wilberforce is a powerful reminder that we all have a responsibility to stand up and speak out against injustice no matter how long it takes.”

Senator Brownback added, “We must continue to follow Wilberforce’s example and fight for the dignity and freedom of every person. It is intolerable that 200 years after Britain banned its slave trade, there are still hundreds of thousands of victims of human trafficking who are used as bonded labors, sex slaves, and in other horrifying capacities.”

In 2006, the United States Department of State estimated that between 600,000 and 800,000 persons were trafficked across international borders. In 2000, Senator Brownback was instrumental in drafting and passing the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act, which seeks to combat human trafficking.

Congressman Joe Pitts introduced a similar resolution commemorating the end of the slave trade and honoring William Wilberforce. The Members of the House co-sponsoring Congressman Pitts' resolution so far are:

Pitts, Joe, Aderholt, Robert, Barrett, Gresham *, Blackburn, Marsha, Boozman, John *, Burton, Dan *, Campbell, John, Cantor, Eric, Carter, John, Chabot, Steve *, Clyburn, James, Doolittle, John, Feeney, Tom, Flake, Jeff *, Forbes, Randy, Fortenberry, Jeff *, Franks, Trent, Garrett, Scott, Gingery, Phil, Gohmert, Louie, Hastings, Alcee, Jordan, Jim, Kingston, Jack, Lamborn, Doug, Manzullo, Dan *, McHenry, Patrick, McIntyre, Mike , Miller, Gary, Moran, Jerry, Musgrave, Marilyn, Neugebauer, Payne, Donald *, Pence,Mike*, Poe, Ted *, Rogers, Mike (MI), Roskam, Peter, Sessions, Pete, Shadegg, John, Smith, Chris *, Weldon, Dave, Wilson, Joe *, Wolf, Frank

* Denotes member of Foreign Affairs Committee: 12

ACTION: Call both your Senators at 202-224-3121 or you can go to http://www.cc.org/contactcongress.cfm and urge your Senators to co-sponsor the bipartisan resolution, S. RES. 84, sponsored by Senators Sam Brownback and Mark Pryor which honors the end of the British slave trade and William Wilberforce.

Gene Nichol, Left-wing President of America's 2nd Oldest College, William & Mary College, Allowed Strip Show, "Sex Workers' Art Show," on Campus While Abolishing a Cross at Historic Wren Chapel in College Founded by Dedicated Christians Some 315 Years Ago/Alumni Begin to Withhold Support including Financial Donations
Incredibly, even though Gene Nichol, the new left-wing President of America's 2nd oldest college, William and Mary College -- chartered in February 1693 by King William III and Queen Mary II -- removed the cross from the historic Wren Chapel, he allowed a strip show, called the "Sex Workers' Art Show." The participants in this "art" show, actually using the fees of ALL students at William and Mary College -- a college begun by dedicated Christians almost 315 years ago in Williamsburg, Virginia -- included prostitutes in various states of undress expressing their feelings on issues ranging from global politics to what prostitutes do and including male and female strippers.

Last October, William and Mary College President Gene Nichol ordered the cross banished from the historic school's Wren Chapel because supposedly some Jewish student complained and vowed never to return to the chapel as long as the cross was there. Incredibly, President Nichol capitulated and his decision actually received the support of the Faculty Assembly, the Student Senate, and the Board of Visitors. As a result, countless alumni have begun withholding support including financial donations. Another graduate has filed a federal lawsuit to force the school to return the cross to Wren Chapel.

In the Virginia State Legislature controlled by Democrats, Republican Delegate Robert G. Marshall, tried, unsuccessfully, to introduce an amendment withholding the state's half of Mr. Nichol's roughly $300,000 salary. The 2-foot-high, century-old bronze cross has been on display continously since Williamsburg's historic Bruton Parish, where such founding fathers as George Washington worshipped, loaned it to William and Mary College in 1940.

William and Mary alumni have accused President Gene Nichol of hypocrisy, allowing the sex worker show on Abraham Lincoln's birthday but abolishing the historic cross in Wren Chapel. The "Washington Times" interviewed 1981 graduate Karlo Bruno who said: "Where's the line? There's got to be a line somewhere. (President Nichol is) making a judgment call about the cross, but he refuses to make a judgment call about this depraved event that was going on at the University Center." Ms. Bruno is one of many William and Mary College alumni withholding funds and inheritance bequests from William and Mary College. Alumni include George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and John Tyler.

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals 3-Judge Panel Unanimously Rules Yesterday that a 3-Hour Police Detention of Law-abiding Pro-life Demonstrators Presents Valid Constitutional Claims Under the 1st and 4th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution
Yesterday, after a 5-year-long lawsuit by pro-life demonstrators, a 3-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, overruled a lower federal court, and ruled that a 3-hour police detention of law-abiding, pro-life demonstrators presented valid constitutional claims under the First and Fourth Amendments of the United States Constitution.

On June 10, 2002, while the pro-life demonstrators, were driving box-body style trucks displaying images of first-term aborted babies in the Dayton, Ohio area, 12 law enforcement officers conducted unreasonable (and unconstitutional) police searches and seizures.

The circuit court judges unanimously ruled that these law enforcement officers violated the pro-life demonstrators' Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable police searches and seizures. These federal appeals court judges also ruled that the police violated the pro-life demonstrators' First Amendment rights to targeting them for disfavored treatment because they were "anti-abortion." There is little doubt, if the U.S. Supreme Court gets an appeal, it will rule with the pro-life demonstrators.

President George W. Bush Goes to Mount Vernon, home of America's First President, to honor George Washington/Compares War on Terror with Revolutionary War/Victories Then "were not meant for the United States alone," but were to advance freedom worldwide
Earlier this week, President George W. Bush made a trip to Mount Vernon, Virginia, right outside Washington D.C., to honor America's first president of the United States, George Washington. He celebrated the 275th birthday of President Washington and at the same time linked today's War against Terrorism to the United States' fight for independence

President Bush told the crowd at Mount Vernon on Monday: "George Washington's long struggle for freedom has also inspired generations of Americans to stand for freedom in their own time. Today, we're fighting a new war to defend our liberty and our people and our way of life." President Bush went on to say that the victories President Washington won "were not meant for the United States alone," but were to advance freedom worldwide. President Bush praised President Washington for showing steady wartime leadership. He said in his speech, "in the end, General Washington understood that the Revolutionary War was a test of wills, and his will was unbreakable."

Last week, Congressman Roscoe G. Bartlett, R-MD, reintroduced his legislation which will force the federal government to return honor to George Washington on HIS federal holiday to be celebrated next Monday. Congressman Bartlett said upon the reintroduction of his bill, H.R. 75: "A generic Presidents' Day diminishes the accomplishments of America's greatest Presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, while rewarding the mediocrity of others," said Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (R-6-MD) explaining why he has reintroduced his legislation, the Washington-Lincoln Recognition Act, H.R. 75, to restore recognition of the federal holiday that will be observed on Monday, February 19, 2007 by its legal name, Washington's Birthday. February 22, 2007 is the 275th anniversary of George Washington's birth. There has never been a President's Day federal holiday!"

Congressman Bartlett's bill, H. R. 75, would direct that all federal agencies to refer to the federal holiday observed on the third Monday in February by its legal name, Washington's Birthday. The bill also calls on the president to issue a proclamation each year recognizing the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birthday on February 12. H.R. 75 is identical to H.R. 43 from the 109th Congress. Congressman Bartlett first introduced the bill in the 107th Congress.

"The big lie of Presidents' Day stems from the 1968 law which shifted the observance of most federal holidays to Mondays," said Congressman Bartlett. "George Washington's birthday was one of the original federal holidays, but it is no longer observed on his actual birthday. February also marks the birthday of Abraham Lincoln, another of our greatest Presidents and my favorite President. Without this bill, there will be no commemoration of Abraham Lincoln's birthday or his accomplishments in preserving the Union and issuing the Emancipation Proclamation."

Finally, Congressman Bartlett said, There would be no Declaration of Independence, no United States of America, no Constitution, and no Presidency at all without George Washington. He is also the only President elected unanimously, not once, but twice. The story about Washington admitting to chopping down a cherry tree because he couldn't tell a lie was a historical myth designed to elevate his greatness. Presidents' Day is a historical myth that is more damaging because it eliminates Washington's indispensable greatness from our conversations, news stories and school lessons about this federal holiday. H.R. 75 would help correct this ongoing historic mistake." ,

ACTION: Call your Congressman at 202-225-3121 or you can go to http://www.cc.org/contactcongress.cfm and urge your Member of the House of Representatives to co-sponsor Congressman Bartlett's bill, H.R. 75, the "Washington-Lincoln Recognition Act."

Christian Coalition Activists need to Encourage 110th Congress to Pass Both "Net Neutrality" and "Multicast/Equal Access" Legislation to Prevent Discrimination Against Religious Broadcasters /Democrat-controlled Congress Expected to Pass "Net Neutrality"
The lame-duck Republican Senate did not pass a telecommunications bill and thus a "Net Neutrality" provision was not passed in the 109th Congress. "Net Neutrality" is an issue extremely important to America's grassroots organizations and those Americans who want to ensure the cable and phone companies controlling access to the Internet will not discriminate against groups like Christian Coalition of America. Although AT & T recently made an agreement with the FCC that it would agree to "net neutrality" in order to merge with BellSouth Corp. in a $86 billion merger, the agreement only lasts 2 years. Therefore Congress must pass "net neutrality" legislation in order to make "net neutrality" permanent.

It is anticipated that the Democrat-controlled Congress will agree with the position of the recent House Judiciary Committee Chairman, James Sensenbrenner, Republican-WI, and pass a "Net Neutrality" bill during the 110th Congress. If "Net Neutrality" legislation does not pass, consumers will have to pay an additional fee to have a website. The cable/telephone monopoly will be dividing the Internet into a "fast track" and "slow track." Our grassroots, who cannot afford the additional fees, will have to be on the slow track, which will mean that many of our websites will be passed by because the general public will not have the patience to go on the "slow track".

"Multicast/Equal Access" (formerly called "Multicast/Must-carry") will go a long way to preventing discrimination against religious broadcasters. Without a "Multicast/Equal Access" law, the cable and satellite companies would probably not add new Christian channels and the influence of current Christian channels will be diluted.

Please continue to ask your Members of Congress to support “Multicast/Equal Access” and religious broadcasters. Call your Congressman and 2 Senators at 202-225-3121 or you can go to http://www.cc.org/contactcongress.cfm and email them and let them know we need a “Multicast/Equal Access” and "Net Neutrality" legislation to pass in the 110th Congress.

Please sign our petition and join the Faith & Family Television Task Force at http://www.cc.org/taskforce.cfm encourage your family, friends and church friends to also sign the petition at our website join the Christian Coalition’s Judicial Task Force, which is dedicated to ending the obstruction of the President's judicial nominees and ensuring that they ALL receive a fair "up or down" vote by the full Senate. There are a number of President Bush's Circuit Court of Appeals' nominees who have not yet received a Senate floor vote. The challenge to confirm President Bush's nominees in a Democrat-controlled Senate will be very difficult and we need your help in doing just that. You will become part of a team of individuals who are committed to being ready on a moment’s notice to take action when obstruction occurs.

Please keep the above issues in prayer. Through prayer and action great and mighty things can be accomplished.

Psalm 33:12 “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord…”

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