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Republicans - Life, Marriage, & Religious Liberty - Democrats
Republican - Life, Marriage, & Religious Liberty - Democrats
Party Platforms and the Battle of Values
Who Stands for Faith, Family, & Freedom?
“If a political party or candidate does not understand and will not defend the sanctity of innocent human Life from the moment of conception, and if they do not understand and will not defend the institution of Marriage as between only one man and one woman, they are undeserving of the public trust.” Rakazzi
With high unemployment and a skyrocketing national debt, the stagnant economy is likely to be the greatest concern for voters in November. National security will also be important, especially with the recent attacks on our diplomatic missions in Egypt and Libya.
However, if past is precedent, Values Voters may well decide the outcome of the upcoming elections. Therefore, we need to know which party and which candidates share our values and are willing to fight for them – and then help them to victory in November.
One of the best ways to measure Republican and Democratic Parties’ commitment to our core “Values” is to look for differences in their respective platforms. For example, the Democrats’ aborted effort in Charlotte to remove “God” from its platform is one such difference.
The Family Research Council has issued a report on a range of other differences. Highlights of that report, which are drawn verbatim from each party platform, follow below with a focus on Life and on Marriage:
Republican Platform: “Faithful to the ‘self-evident’ truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children.” (p. 13-14)
Democratic Platform: “The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay. We oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right.” (p. 18)
Republican Platform: “The institution of marriage is the foundation of civil society. Its success as an institution will determine our success as a nation… we believe that marriage, the union of one man and one woman, must be upheld as the national standard…” ( p. 31) “We reaffirm our support for a Constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.” (p. 10)
Democratic Platform:“We support marriage equality and support the movement to secure equal treatment under law for same-sex couples.” (p. 18) “We support the full repeal of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act” (p. 18)
Last Call for the Values Voter Summit
I hope you can join Janet and me along with thousands of other Values Voters at the Family Research Council’s seventh annual Summit beginning this Friday in Washington DC. It is a reminder that Values issues are vital and that the economic, national security and social issues are mutually reinforcing. It is not too late to register. Just go to www.ValuesVoterSummit.org.
NOW on VALLEY FAITH in ACTION!
Last week we featured Michael del Rosso in Part I of Shariah: The Islamic Threat to America. In that program, del Rosso focused on three questions: 1) Who is our enemy, 2) What is their doctrine, and 3) What is their objective?
He reviewed the Islamic doctrine and Shariah law that drives Islamic adherents to kill innocent people and explained the deceptive portrayal of Islam as a “House of Peace” – but only as long as one “submits” to their authority. Del Rosso drew his conclusions directly from the Koran and other authoritative Islamic manuscripts, noting that the violent Medina passages of the Koran have “abrogated” the more peaceful passages from the earlier Mecca period.
He also exposed Islamic organizations like the Muslim Brotherhood that operate in the United States to subvert American values, undermine our Constitution, attack U.S. diplomatic missions overseas, and promote global domination through both violent and non-violent jihad.
In Part II this week, del Rosso blasts the Obama administration for refusing to acknowledge and confront the threat that a network of Islamic groups pose to American security. Instead, they change the terminology to avoid fingering Islam and Shariah as the threat. He also exposes the role that Islamic Centers and community mosques like the one in Charlottesville play in advancing the Muslim Brotherhood’s plan for American and global domination.
Finally, del Rosso responds to questions about how to encourage “moderate” Muslims to resist jihadist pressures, how to relate to our Muslim neighbors, how to be on guard against their “dawah” recruitment and other deceptive programs, and how to help protect American interests.
Michael del Rosso is a Research Fellow at the Claremont Institute and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Security Policy in Washington, DC. He is also co-author of a book entitled Shariah: The Threat to America, which is available at www.amazon.com.
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Program Note: This presentation was recorded at the Court Square Theater in Harrisonburg last September 11, the 10th anniversary of the tragic attacks on the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and the crash of Flt. 93 in Pennsylvania. We are re-airing that program now because we must never forget the 3,000 innocent victims or the pain and suffering that their families still endure.
"Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it." Psalm 127:1
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Special Guest: Michael del Rosso - Sharia: The Islamic Threat to America
We recently commemorated the 10th anniversary of the tragic attacks on the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and the hijacking and then crash of Flt. 93 in Pennsylvania. We must never forget the 3,000 innocent victims of those attacks or the pain and suffering that their families still endure.
The article comes from The Family Foundation's web site, Oct. 14, 2011. Religious Freedom. Imbedded into our country’s origins, immortalized in its constitution. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.
The article comes from The Family Foundation's web site, Oct. 14, 2011.
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