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Congress District 1
Andy Tobin leads Gary Kiehne by 470 votes
Congress District 2
Martha McSally has clinched victory, with a lead of more than 20,000 votes over Chuck Wooten
Congress District 3
Gabriela Saucedo Mercer has won the nomination
Congress District 4
Paul Gosar ran unopposed
Congress District 5
Matt Salmon ran unopposed
Congress District 6
David Schweikert ran unopposed
Congress District 8
Trent Franks has clinched victory
Congress District 9
Wendy Rogers has defeated Andrew Walter
Alliance Defending Freedom filed a complaint with the Arizona Department of Health Services Thursday that asks the agency to investigate a Tempe Planned Parenthood facility under a new state law that empowers such investigations. Last month, ADF attorneys joined an Arizona Life Coalition press conference that called on state prosecutors to investigate the facility for allegedly failing to report, as state law requires, the rape of a young girl by 18-year-old Tyler Kost, who then reportedly went on to sexually assault others.
“Planned Parenthood’s main concern should be the safety of young girls, not the size of its profit margin,” said ADF Legal Counsel Natalie Decker. “Sadly, this is not an exception, and Planned Parenthood is abusing more than just taxpayer dollars. Their complicity in placing young girls at the mercy of adult male sexual predators can’t be ignored, nor should it be allowed to continue.”
Pinal County criminally charged Kost with 27 counts of sexual assault and abuse. According to police reports, a Planned Parenthood counselor told one of the alleged victims and her mother at an abortion consultation that it “wasn’t worth the hassle” to report that the minor had been raped. After that, Kost allegedly committed additional offenses against four other young females. In addition to the ADF complaint, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office has asked the Arizona attorney general to investigate Planned Parenthood concerning the incident. Citizens are doing the same through an online petition.
As the ADF complaint explains, “The allegations against Planned Parenthood AZ and its employees are not that it merely remained silent, which is itself a crime. The allegations are that Planned Parenthood deliberately misrepresented sexual abuse on a minor by Mr. Kost by deliberately miscoding a sexual assault as “consensual.…” Over and over again, in Arizona and across the country, Planned Parenthood facilities stand accused of repeatedly ignoring mandatory reporting laws, inevitably resulting in the continued victimization of young children.”
“Planned Parenthood has violated the health and safety of our daughters, putting them at risk,” added ADF Senior Counsel Michael J. Norton. “The Arizona attorney general and Department of Health Services should immediately investigate the Tempe facility to ensure no other young woman is told that sexual assault isn’t worth the ‘hassle’ of filing the mandatory report with police.”
ADF has been involved in several lawsuits involving Planned Parenthood secrecy and alleged fraud and recently submitted an updated report to Congress on the abuse of taxpayer dollars by the abortion giant’s affiliates. ADF has also been active in monitoring the Tempe Union High School District’s adoption of a Planned-Parenthood–promoted sex education curriculum as a “framework” for the district’s curriculum to ensure the district complies with state law.
By Janice Shaw Crouse
Social justice, as it is popularly used, is probably the worst threat to freedom of religion in America today. Under the guise of helping the oppressed and uplifting victims of society, progressives, using the rhetoric of social justice as a battering ram, are attacking freedom of religion in America. Social justice is not a coherent concept so much as it is yet another form of social engineering in disguise. (See Michael Novakhere and here.)
Instead of addressing the real moral problems of society or working to find solutions to situations involving fundamental injustice, social justice focuses on the popular causes of special interest groups. Often, those who disagree with the social justice agenda are accused of injustice, and their right to freedom of religion is trampled over by social justice advocates demanding the rights of special interest groups.
The recent Hobby Lobby case is a good example of the harm that the social justice philosophy can do to freedom of religion. Business owners whose personal moral convictions would not allow them to provide abortifacient birth control methods for their employees were accused of social injustice toward women. Conservatives and other pro-life advocates pointed out that birth control is available inexpensively and conveniently at clinics and over the counter at corner pharmacies. The Hobby Lobby case had nothing to do with social justice and everything to do with religious freedom. The case was a battle of ideologies — a battle of opposing viewpoints and a battle to decide the future of freedom in America. Essentially, the Hobby Lobby case was a fight between those who advocate special “rights” for a particular segment of the American population and those who believe in the importance of preserving religious freedom for all Americans.
Generally, conservatives avoid using the phrase “social justice,” but that does not mean lack of interest in the well-being of others. Justice requires equal treatment before the law for everyone; it should never be preceded by a word that would limit the extent of its capacity to only a portion of the population. Social justice is, therefore, not real justice and, indeed, hurts true justice, because it focuses on discrimination in favor of special interest groups and segments of society instead of justice for all individuals.
Indeed, the words “social” and “justice” represent mutually exclusive concepts. TheConservative Mind states, “Justice implies a person is getting what he deserves for acts committed by him as an individual … [while social justice] rewards others not on their merit but on their membership in a chosen group.” By themselves, the words “justice” and “freedom” are both principles that most Americans wholeheartedly believe in, principles that have always existed in harmony with each other. But when other words are added — “social justice” and “freedom of religion” — the two become incompatible concepts.
While religious freedom is a universal right to which everyone is entitled, social justice is inherently discriminatory. Instead of empowering people to stand for their individual rights, it herds them together and classifies them based on their gender, race, economic condition, or other qualifying factor. Although the proponents of social justice tout it as a means to eliminate discrimination, the very foundation of its advocates’ principles and actions is the discrimination they claim to oppose. Social justice is both “divisive and destructive,” as well as being a “concept that festers both hatred and guilt.” Without discrimination to separate people into distinct groups, social justice could not exist. On the other hand, religious freedom is inherently non-discriminatory and unifying. It doesn’t relate to one’s skin color, gender, education, or any other form of classification. Instead, social justice ignores the importance of individual responsibility in society. Instead of acknowledging people’s personal responsibility for their actions, social justice chooses to view people only as they fit into certain groups: the oppressors and their victims who deserve redress and compensations. The end result is ultimately a “sense of entitlement” that “tears down incentives and builds up dependence.”
While freedom of religion brings people together through its acknowledgment of and respect for personal convictions, social justice divides communities by forcing people into unrealistic classifications. When the individual’s freedom of religion is respected, citizens can hold and express personal convictions. But when social justice is enforced, citizens face a hostile environment where they are forced to play the role of either the oppressor or the oppressed, as either the exploiter or the victim. Social justice creates a society where one is automatically cast as a “good guy” or a “bad guy” simply on the basis of factors that one cannot necessarily control. As it champions the supposed rights of a portion of the population, social justice accuses the rest of the population of being the perpetrators of injustice and labels those who disagree with its philosophy as “racists” or “haters.”
The social justice vision of America is neither just nor reasonable. Freedom of religion is an element of true justice, while social justice, as preached and practiced, is an element of injustice.
The press conference will call upon state investigators and prosecutors, as well as the Arizona Department of Health Services, to investigate the Tempe facility for potential violations of Arizona’s requirement that sex abuse of a child must be reported to police or Child Protective Services within 24 hours. A new state law, The Women’s Health Protection Act, allows Arizona’s Department of Health Services to immediately investigate an abortion facility upon receiving a complaint.
Pinal County criminally charged Kost of 27 counts of sexual assault and abuse. According to police reports, a Planned Parenthood counselor told one of the alleged victims and her mother at an abortion consultation that it “wasn’t worth the hassle” to report that the minor had been raped. After that, Kost allegedly committed additional sexual assaults on young females. The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office has asked the Arizona attorney general to investigate Planned Parenthood concerning the incident. Citizens can do the same through anonline petition.
“Planned Parenthood has once again proven it cannot be trusted to protect the health and safety of our daughters,” said Center for Arizona Policy President Cathi Herrod. “The Arizona attorney general and Department of Health Services must immediately investigate the Tempe clinic to ensure no other young woman was told that a sexual assault wasn’t worth the ‘hassle’ of filing a mandatory report with the authorities.”
In addition to the Arizona situation, Planned Parenthood has been sued in Colorado for failing to report the sexual abuse of a 13-year-old girl who received an abortion and birth control after her abusive step-father brought her to a Denver facility. In Ohio, Planned Parenthood allowed a soccer coach who impregnated a 14-year old girl to sign off on her abortion without her parents’ knowledge. Planned Parenthood failed to report the incident to the required authorities, and a court determined it violated Ohio’s informed consent laws.
ADF has been involved in several lawsuits involving Planned Parenthood secrecy and alleged fraud and just today submitted an updated report to Congress on the abuse of taxpayer dollars by the abortion giant’s affiliates. ADF has also been active in monitoring the Tempe Union High School District’s adoption of a Planned-Parenthood–promoted sex education curriculum as a “framework” for the district’s curriculum to ensure the district complies with state law.
We need many, many more champions of the taxpayer, like Arizona Congressman Trent Franks …
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-Congressional District 8) has been named the biggest spending cutter in the entire U.S. House of Representatives, according the a recent report released by the National Taxpayers’ Union Foundation, which tallies Representatives’ individual votes and how much they would ultimately add or subtract from the federal deficit.
According to Pete Sepp, Executive Vice President of the National Taxpayers’ Union Foundation, “Last year, House members with legislative agendas to increase federal spending outnumbered those who would reduce spending, while fewer still proposed to cut the budget by more than $100 billion. Congressman Franks far exceeded this level of spending restraint. If all lawmakers had sponsored agendas similar in savings to that of Congressman Franks, the federal budget deficit would likely be significantly lower than it is today.”
Franks said, “The primary role of government in the economy is to foster a secure, predictable, and trustworthy national venue, and then simply get out of the way of free enterprise and let the people produce. This means less regulation, less taxes, less intrusion into private markets and business, and less federal spending.
“I am honored to have been named the biggest spending cutter in the House of Representatives and strive to chart a course that ensures my children get to walk in the sunlight of freedom in the same America in which I was born and raised. And that means ensuring our nation doesn’t spend itself into oblivion.”
I have three kids who have five parents, more or less, and I don’t see why they shouldn’t have five parents legally… I would like to live in a legal system that is capable of reflecting that reality, and I don’t think that’s compatible with the institution of marriage.
Imagine having five parents! Here’s what it means: it means going back and forth between all those households on a regular basis, never having a single place to call home during your most tender and vulnerable years. It means having divided Christmases, other holidays, and birthdays–you spend one with one parent, and another with the other parent, never spending a single holiday or birthday with both parents. Imagine having each of your parents completely ignore the other half of you, the other half of your family, as if it did not even exist. Meanwhile, imagine each parent pouring their energy into their new families and creating a unified home for their new children. These experiences give you the definite impression of being something leftover, something not quite part of them. You live like that on a daily basis for 18+ years.
I don’t have to imagine, because I had five parents. I had five parents because my mom and dad divorced when I was about three; my mom remarried once and my dad remarried twice. So I had a mom and two step-moms, and a dad and one step-dad. In this day and age children can already have five parents. That’s how badly marriage has deteriorated already. The main difference between what Gessen advocates and my experience is that my step parents were not legal parents; she advocates for all of the adults in her situation to be legal parents.
Having more than two legal parents will be a nightmare for a child. Of course, I am making the reasonable assumption that the legal parents will not be living under the same roof, because there is no longer any societal accountability for adults to create a unified home for children. Thus, adding additional legal parents will create more disruption for children’s daily lives, more chaos, more confusion, less unity. And why are we doing this? So that adults can have the sexual partners they want.
Masha Gessen had a mom and a dad, so it appears that she benefitted from the socially conservative family structure--it appears she was not raised under the family structure she advocates. That sounds about right. I’ve talked to many people who think deconstructing the family in favor of adult sexual choice is a good thing… and these very same people lived under the socially conservative family structure with their one mom who spent her life with their one dad, and they all lived together in their unified home. Since I lived under the family structure they advocate, I will sometimes ask them: would you trade childhoods with me? They either say no or they don’t reply.
If what I had is so great, then why don’t they want it as children? Here’s my conclusion: they want it as adults but not as children. They want the benefits of the socially conservative family structure when they are children. But as adults, they want sexual freedom, or at least they want to appear “open minded” and “tolerant” about others sexual choices, even at the expense of children, even though they themselves would never want to live under what they advocate. It’s a bizarre sort of a “win-win” for them, I guess.
It’s very painful for me to have conversations with these people. They don’t understand what they advocate, and they don’t seem to want to understand.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-08), co-chair of the Congressional Israel Allies Caucus and a ranking Republican member of the House Armed Services Committee, today took to the House floor to slam Obama for an “unprecedented act of cowardice and betrayal” in the Administration’s response (or lack thereof) to the barrage of rockets that have been launched at Israel this week. Video of the full one-minute floor speech and a transcript is included below:
Mr. Speaker, last month, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas openly united with the evil terrorist group, Hamas, and this very moment they are raining rockets down upon the innocent citizens of Israel. Half of all Israelis have sought cover in bomb shelters across their tiny country. And the Obama Administration has had the reprehensible gall to praise Abbas as someone who is “committed to non-violence and … cooperation with Israel,” and to further proclaim in an Israeli newspaper that, quote “Finally, peace is possible!”
Mr. Speaker, I thought nothing this president could say or do would surprise me anymore, but his flushed and breathless rush to embrace terrorists launching rockets at Israeli children is an unprecedented act of cowardice and betrayal.
America’s fleet should this minute be off the coast of Israel, and the world, including Abbas, Hamas, and Hezbollah, should know that America’s arsenal of freedom stands ready to defend our most precious ally in the world.