Radical Homosexual Activists Attack Free Speech, Religious Liberty in Arizona

Radical homosexual activists are demonizing a Christian pastor in Phoenix for a statement he issued last spring after President Obama endorsed same-sex “marriage.” Warren Stewart, pastor of First Institutional Baptist Church of Phoenix, disagreed with Obama in the May 12, 2012 statement.

And now, with Stewart under consideration for appointment to the Phoenix City Council, Equality Arizona is dredging up his statement in a blatant attack on religious freedom and free speech.

Equality Arizona President Rebecca Wininger said:  “It is disturbing to me to have an individual who has fought long and hard for the civil rights of the African-American community to be so quickly dismissive of an LGBTQ community who is now fighting for that very same recognition of basic rights.”

Here’s an excerpt from Pastor Stewart’s statement:

It is quite obvious that President Obama ―has been going through an evolution on this issue,‖ to use his own words in that interview. His statement in support of same-sex marriage is well thought out on his part. And he, just like every one of us, is entitled to his opinion and beliefs on same-sex marriage.

God’s Word as recorded in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation supports intimate sexual relationships within the context of a marriage of a man and a woman as the only Godly context for loving sexual relationships. Fornication, adultery, homosexuality and bestiality are identified in the Old and New Testaments as sin. As Bible-believing Christians, the Holy Scriptures are our Source of authority for matters of marriage, family, morality and ethics. Romans 12:2 (NRSV) directs us with these words, ―Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.‖

In John 8:1-11 (NRSV), which records the incident of a woman caught in adultery, after her accusers could not face in honesty Jesus Christ‘s words, ―Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her,‖ they left where they were about to stone the woman in front of Jesus Christ one by one. John 8:10-11 (NRSV) reads, ―. . . ‗Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?‘ She said, ‗No one, sir.‘ And Jesus said, ‗Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again.‘‖ Although Jesus Christ, motivated by love, did

not condemn the woman who had committed adultery, he did not condone her sinful action or compromise God‘s Law on adultery.

In conclusion, personally, I was very disappointed in the president’s statement in support of same-sex “marriage.” I believe his support of same-sex “marriage” goes against God’s Word and the laws of nature. I believe his support of same-sex “marriage” as the publically-avowed Christian leader of the free world will mislead and/or confuse tens of millions of people, especially younger generations who know little if anything about God’s Word as a guide to our daily lives. I believe that supporters of same-sex marriage are contributing to the widespread dysfunction of marriage and family just as supporters of heterosexual marriage who have not followed God’s Word on marriage and family are contributing to the widespread dysfunction of marriage and family. I believe that the legalization of same-sex marriage will eventually lead to the legalization of polygamy. I believe we must pray for President Obama and his administration like never before. I believe we must pray for guidance in all decisions we make in support of or in opposition to governmental officials and political candidates. I believe that the question, “What Would Jesus Do?” based on His teachings fulfilling the Law and the Prophets of Old as recorded in the New Testament should be our standard for every important decision we make in life in order to be His obedient disciples.

Homosexual activists have the right to free association and to propagandize all they want. Their agenda of personal destruction is evident for all to see. They do not have the right to shut down the free speech of those with views contrary to their own. Nor do they have a right to outlaw biblical text. Pastor Stewart is not attacking anyone’s civil rights.

Democrat Gun Control Derangement Syndrome Raging!

Jared Loughner is happy.

James Holmes couldn’t be happier.

Because the cowards of the world read these headlines today on the Drudge Report:

White House Threatens ‘Executive Orders’ on Gun Control


Shouting governor expects rest of country to follow his lead…

Clinton Turns Tech Speech Into Gun Rant…

Iowa lawmaker calls for confiscation…

CT lawmaker calls for background checks to buy ammo…

And Texas Governor Rick Perry calls this gun control mania “madness.” He’s right. That’s exactly what it is.

Why aren’t the Democrats screaming for knife control? Poison control? Why aren’t the Democrats doing anything to control horrific crimes in Detroit and Chicago?

If the areas now deemed resistance-free by would-be cowardly mass shooters indicated the presence of guns, we’d see a whole lot fewer of these horrific mass shootings. Put the fear of gun resistance in these people’s minds and they’ll run out of places to kill pretty quickly. The last thing we need to do is a mass gun grab. The last thing we need is hysteria — by Democrats or anyone else — about guns.

A gun is no better or no worse than the man or woman holding one. A gun never got up and shot anyone by itself. Neither did a knife, pipe bomb or a bottle of poison. But people filled with rage, anger and mental impairment are responsible for way too much violence. And if the courts would find these people GUILTY BY REASON OF INSANITY — instead of innocent by reason of insanity — that might help, too.

Democrats everywhere: take a couple super-sized chill pills, then 33 deep breaths, and calm down … calm down. Come to your senses. The last thing you want to do is disarm the population and leave millions of Americans defenseless against cowardly, deranged, madmen.

Democrats, get right with facts like these:

  • According to the National Self Defense Survey conducted by Florida State University criminologists in 1994, the rate of Defensive Gun Uses can be projected nationwide to approximately 2.5 million per year — one Defensive Gun
    Use every 13 seconds.
  • Economists at the University of Chicago and Yale, William Landes and John Lott, concluded from their study that the only policies to reduce the incidence of, and casualties from, mass shootings are concealed-carry laws.
  • And more here.

And before you start your gun grab, Democrats, why don’t you stop arming drug cartels in Mexico? You know, the evil people who are killing our Border Patrol agents.

Planned Parenthood’s X Factor

By Tony Perkins, Family Research Council

903. That’s how many children are aborted by Planned Parenthood every single day. That’s one baby–one unique, God-created life and future–erased every 96 seconds. In 800 clinics across America, the body count keeps growing–thanks in part to the staggering amount of money that Congress is funneling to Cecile Richards’s group. Americans have known for years that their government is a major shareholder in the international abortion business. What they didn’t know–until recently–was how much Planned Parenthood relies on unwilling taxpayers to keep their grisly operation afloat.

Based on its annual report, Richards’s group rakes in almost half of its budget (46%) from federal, state, and local grants. The government’s contributions are a whopping $487.4 million, mostly from Title X funds. Of course, Planned Parenthood is quick to point out that, by law, none of those dollars can directly finance abortions. But by paying the clinics’ other bills–like overhead–there’s no telling how many millions of dollars the government is freeing up for Planned Parenthood to pursue the darkest side of its business.

And, as of New Year’s Day, abstaining from abortion is no longer an option for Richards’s clinics. In its words, “…[Planned Parenthood Federation of America] does not provide abortion care itself, but its member affiliates offer that service throughout the United States , and as of January 2013, all member-affiliates will be required to do so.”

That makes what Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) is proposing all the more important. Today, the Tennessee Congresswoman introduced a bill that would stop HHS from wiring “family planning funds” to abortion businesses under Title X unless they certify that they won’t provide or refer for abortions. That eliminates Planned Parenthood altogether, now that Richards is ordering affiliates to offer the procedure. Rep. Black, who led this fight as far back as 2011, is hoping to build on the support her former colleague, Gov. Mike Pence, won for the legislation in previous Congresses.

Obviously, Planned Parenthood isn’t the only abortion company that receives Title X funds, but it’s certainly the largest. And since abortion still makes up a jaw-dropping 91% of Planned Parenthood’s services for pregnant women, it’s time for Congress to put some meaningful distance between taxpayers and the Left’s “health care.” You can help by contacting your representative and asking him to co-sponsor Rep. Black’s Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act. In the meantime, find out where your tax dollars are going by checking out FRC’s pamphlet: What Everyone Should Know about Planned Parenthood.

Cardinal Uses Bill to Peck Apart Marriage Myths

After a four-state sweep in November, homosexual activists had plenty of reason to celebrate. But in the weeks following the votes on marriage, it looks like liberals are getting a little ahead of themselves in their nationwide campaign. With their sights on Ohio, Minnesota, and Illinois, homosexual lobbyists are doing what they can to capitalize on their success. But is America really ready for a march down the same-sex aisle?

In the land of Lincoln, homosexuals could be pushing their luck with an overzealous push to make Illinois the 10th state to approve same-sex “marriage.” Although a Senate committee voted 8-5 yesterday to advance a homosexual “marriage” bill, gay rights groups still didn’t have enough support to move the bill before the session adjourns on January 9. And that was with a 35-24 Democratic majority!

Maybe they were persuaded by the strong words of Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George, who blasted the legislation as an “affront to human reason.” In the archdiocese’s newspaper, George wrote that the idea of same-sex “marriage” is so contrary to natural law that the “legislature might just as well repeal the law of gravity.” The nature of marriage, he insisted, “is not a religious question. Marriage comes to us from nature. Sexual relations between a man and a woman are naturally and necessarily different from sexual relations between same-sex partners. This… was true before the existence of either Church or State, and it will continue to be true when there is no State of Illinois and no United States of America.” Agreeing to this bill would mean that “we are all pretending to accept something we know is physically impossible,” he wrote.

No doubt Cardinal George would have the backing of Pope Benedict XVI, whose Christmas homily was roundly criticized for celebrating the natural family. On the official White House website, the Left has launched a petition calling for the entire Catholic Church to be labeled a “hate group.” Again, this liberal intolerance proves that anyone who holds to traditional sexual ethics–no matter how compassionate they are–is vulnerable to attacks from the homosexual movement. FRC’s Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison tackle the subject in their new op-ed, “What Does the Reaction to Pope Benedict’s Christmas Message Reveal?

Something Special Is in the Air–and on It!

Starting this Monday, you can get your daily fix of FRC in our new daily radio show, “Washington Watch with Tony Perkins.” Live from 5:00-6:00 p.m. (ET) every Monday through Friday, we’ll be offering our unique perfective on inside-the-beltway news on the American Family Radio (AFR) network and other stations. Don’t miss the exciting launch January 7 by listening live on AFR, TonyPerkins.com, or Sky Angel (channel #114). Our first weeks’ guests include Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. Pat Toomey, Rep. Jim Jordan, Sen. David Vitter, Dr. David Jeremiah, Dr. Russell D. Moore, and others! For a list of stations near you, click here.

** Tune in to Washington Watch Weekly with Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), who drops by to talk about the new Congress, as well as his new role as Chairman of the Republican Study Committee. Also, Freshman Congressman Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) will be on the show to talk about his goals for the House. For more information or to find a radio station near you, visit FRCRadio.org.

Pelosi Defends Doctored Photo

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Folder2 104A photo of the 61 female members of Congress including the photo-shopped images of four absentees was defended by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) who sdays that the altered image “more accurately portrayed reality than the unaltered actual photo.”

“Sometimes what you see isn’t as true as what you should see,” Pelosi explained. “Since we now have the technology to seamlessly correct the official record it would be foolish for us not to use it.”

The Minority Leader brushed aside criticisms that altering official history in this manner recalls a practice used by the former Soviet Union. “Just because the Soviet Union was disliked by many on the American right-wing doesn’t mean that everything they did was a bad idea,” she said. “There could be very good reasons for erasing or inserting certain persons in official photos. With everything being digital these days modifying the record is simplicity itself.”

In related news, Pelosi asserted that “one of the biggest problems we have in Congress is that many of those in the Republican Caucus don’t believe in government. I’m not saying that they don’t believe that government exists. They just lack confidence that government is willing and able to provide optimal solutions to society’s problems. They persist in the delusion that leaving individuals free to make their own choices is better than letting government with its virtually inexhaustible power and expertise decide what’s best for the whole.”

Professor Urges Constitution Be Abandoned

In an op ed piece for the New York Times, Georgetown Professor of Constitutional Law Louis Seidman asserts that “obedience to the Constitution blocks implementation of measures those in a position to know best want to enact.”

“The heralded ‘checks and balances’ inflicted on us by this archaic document stifle the beneficence of wise leaders like President Obama,” Seidman wrote. “Unconstrained by the outdated philosophy of the nation’s founders, President Obama could easily bring a new era of social justice to America and the world.”

Seidman cited the imperfections of the men who wrote the Constitution as grounds for rejecting their work. “The so-called freedoms of speech and religion, the right to bear arms, and the idea of limited government are the values of dead white males,” the professor continued. “The women, minorities, and poor who were excluded from participating then should not today be bound to respect them.”

Calling the notion of individual freedom a “false consciousness,” the op ed argued for “the more robust freedom of ‘total democracy’ where society acting collectively can make and remake the rules under which they choose to live. Why should the majority be forced to tolerate the speech of a disruptive minority or be prevented from disarming enemies of the state? Modern times call for modern ideas to supplant reverence for the past.”

Retiring Frank Wants to Fill Senator Kerry’s Seat

Former Representative Barney Frank (D-Mass) has offered his services to fill Democratic Senator John Kerry’s seat now that Kerry has been nominated by President Obama to take over as Secretary of State.

The thrust of Frank’s case is that his years in the House of Representatives have given him “the kind of experience required to handle the give and take between other members of the Senate. After filling my seat with distinction for 16 years in the House I think I have proven I can work with others to achieve satisfying outcomes.”

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (D) confirmed that he has held confidential talks with several potential candidates for the interim appointment, but declined to give any clues as to who he might select. “In light of Congressman Frank’s decision to go public on this matter despite what I thought was a bilateral agreement to keep our get together under wraps, I will say that ‘Bawney’ may be the most amusing contender for the post.”

Whoever is inserted into Kerry’s vacant seat won’t remain there long. State law requires that a special election be held later this year to complete the remaining two years of his term.

Gore Sells TV Network to Al Jazeera

Former Vice-President Al Gore sold his Current TV network to Al Jazeera for a reported $100 million after rebuffing a bid from Glen Beck.

Money, as it turns out, was not the deciding factor. “We chose to go with Al Jazeera because of a compatibility of values and objectives,” Gore said. “We feared that Beck, as a purveyor of extremism, would have taken things in the wrong direction. It was clear to us that Al Jazeera was founded with the same goals we had for Current TV. Our decision was basically a ‘no brainer.’”

That Al Jazeera has been a frequent advocate of what might be termed anti-American propaganda was no cause for pause in the negotiations. “There are a lot of legitimate criticisms that people can level at America,” Gore maintained. “America’s materialistic society is despoiling the natural resources that belong to all. America’s militarism is instigating wars around the globe. The voices of America’s victims, especially those in the Muslim world, deserve to be heard. If Current TV provides another outlet for these voices so much the better.”

Financial experts are convinced that Gore got the best of his Arabian bidders. Given Current TV’s daily viewership, Al Jazeera’s $100 million investment amounts to around $500,000 per watcher. On top of this, Gore pressure to conclude the deal prior to January 1, 2013 enabled him to avoid President Obama’s tax increase.

President Says Recent Tax Hike “Not Nearly Enough”

While admitting to being pleased and proud of the tax increases he was able to force Republicans to accept, President Obama lamented that “it is but a small positive step in the right direction.”

The President argued that “it should be self evident that the rich still fall far short of paying their fair share. There are many private citizens who live more lavishly than the President of their country. The inequity of this is stark and, quite frankly, shameful. Not even the wealthiest owner of the biggest business has as big a burden as the President of America has. The idea that such a person should have more than the nation’s chief executive is appallingly unjust. I will not rest until this heinous inequity is remedied.”

An analysis of the “fiscal cliff” legislation pushed by Obama indicates that 77% of American taxpayers will see their taxes rise. Nevertheless, the President still touted it as benefiting the majority of the population. “Look, this 77% or whatever is only of those who pay taxes,” Obama pointed out. “Almost half the population doesn’t pay these taxes. When you combine the 23% of taxpayers who won’t see an increase with the 47% who don’t pay taxes that’s a clear majority benefiting from this legislation.”

“If we can continue to add more people to our disability rolls, enable more to permanently leave the workforce, and ease the barriers to achieving eligibility for welfare payments our nation’s progress toward a fairer distribution of wealth and a broader access to lives free of toil will become politically irresistible,” Obama bragged. “While it may not be possible for everyone to enjoy this new freedom, I am confident that a substantial majority can.”

President Says “Right of Conscience” Not Valid for Military Personnel

Even though he signed the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), President Obama says he will not abide by its provision protecting military chaplains from being compelled to perform services which violate their moral or religious beliefs.

“I am the Commander-in-Chief,” Obama explained. “It is every soldier’s duty to carry out
my orders without hesitation or mental reservation. No religious dogma can be permitted to interfere with this duty.”

The genesis of the so-called “right of conscience” clause in the legislation was the desire to allow chaplains to be excused from performing gay marriages if their religious beliefs are opposed to the concept.

“The notion that those seeking same-sex marriage should just accept a minister from a denomination that accepts this practice is unacceptable,” the President declared. “For an army to function individual consciences must be suppressed. Isn’t there a commandment ‘thou shalt not kill’ in the Christian Bible? We don’t allow individual soldiers a ‘right of conscience’ privilege to refrain from obeying commands to kill enemies. How, then, can we allow individual chaplains a privilege to refrain from marrying soldiers of the same sex?”

ACLU Opposes Iowa Effort to Bar Non-citizen Voting

Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz’s effort to combat illegal voting by requiring those listed on the State’s licensed driver rolls as non-citizens to show proof of eligibility is being opposed by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Schultz argues that existing laws mandating that only citizens may vote is all the statutory authority he needs. “It is my responsibility as Secretary of State to protect the integrity of the ballot,” he said. “If I have reasonable grounds—like the information on our driver license rolls—to believe that someone registered to vote is not eligible it is my duty to take action.”

For its part, the ACLU rejects Schultz’s argument. “It is our contention that there is no specific legislative authority for this action,” complained ACLU spokesman Bertram Petty. “Nowhere under current law does it say the Secretary of State can request that a person listed as a non-citizen on one database be asked about his eligibility to be on another completely separate and different list.”

“Secondly, beyond the legal technicalities issue, there is the question of human rights,” Petty added. “We maintain that voting is a human right that cannot be withheld from anyone for any reason. Therefore, even if Schultz could conclusively prove that a registered voter is not a citizen, removing that person from the rolls would be a violation of that person’s human rights.

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Short List of Frivolous Costs Passed on to You, the Taxpayer

Here are just some of the frivolous taxpayer expenses funded by Monday night’s congressional bill, opposed by all five Arizona Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives:

  • $430 million for Hollywood through “special expensing rules” to encourage TV and film production in the United States. Producers can expense up to $15 million of costs for their projects.
  • $331 million for railroads by allowing short-line and regional operators to claim a tax credit up to 50 percent of the cost to maintain tracks that they own or lease.
    $222 million for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands through returned excise taxes collected by the federal government on rum produced in the islands and imported to the mainland.
  • $70 million for NASCAR by extending a “7-year cost recovery period for certain motorsports racing track facilities.”
  • $59 million for algae growers through tax credits to encourage production of “cellulosic biofuel” at up to $1.01 per gallon.
  • $4 million for electric motorcycle makers by expanding an existing green-energy tax credit for buyers of plug-in vehicles to
    include electric motorbikes.

Lawmakers were given just three minutes to read the bill before voting on it. No transparency there.

Indoctrination, University of Arizona Style

Appearing on Fox News, University of Arizona graduate Katie Pavlich accused her alma mater of indoctrinating students and displaying intolerance toward conservative views.

“They try to crowd out not only any form of traditional ideology — conservative ideology — and also any ideology that does not fit with their leftist propaganda that they force onto their students in classes and threaten that they won’t pass the class unless they adhere to it.”

That drew a denial from Nyles Kendall, a political science major writing for The Daily Wildcat. It’s the prim and proper showpiece for how a left-wing education at the secular humanist university churns out left-wing propaganda. Kendall responded:

Of course, anyone currently enrolled at the UA knows that the university goes out of its way to accommodate different points of view. The UA College Republicans and the Bible-thumping proselytizers who set up shop on the UA Mall can hardly complain of having their views suppressed in any way.

That’s 100 gallons worth of water carrying for the secular humanist university. But apparently not everyone enrolled at or graduated from UA has been fully immersed in Kool-Aid swirling to the Left.

Then Kendall launched into his own attempt at indoctrinating Arizona alumni:

If trying to teach students the importance of inclusiveness is tantamount to “ideological indoctrination,” so be it. The world would be a much better place if folks like Pavlich got off their high horses and started embracing that kind of “radical liberalism.”

Said Kendall mounted on his own high horse – imposing his will on others and perfectly making Pavlich’s case for her: either get with the secular humanist program or risk being excluded and ostracized.

Oh, but Kendall wasn’t through shooting holes in his own argument. He finished with a bulls-eye:

So the lesson here, kids, is this: Accept and embrace each other’s differences and don’t baselessly accuse your alma mater of indoctrination.

No, the real lesson here is this: accept and embrace only the preferred viewpoints, the secular humanist positions. Or prepare for the full dose of indoctrination radiation … at Arizona, Arizona State, Northern Arizona, and every other tax-funded state university in America.

Your Chance to Report Voter Fraud

The Secretary Of State’s Office Need To Hear From Everyone Who Witnessed Voter Fraud And Other Egregious Acts On November 6, 2012. If you have information of any type of fraud taking place during the Nov 6 elections, please contact:  Matthew Roberts, Director of Communications, Office of Arizona Secretary of State office, 1700 W Washington St, Phoenix, Arizona 85007   mroberts@azsos.gov (602) 542-4285 – (o)  (602) 540-3521 – (c).

Group Aims to Restore Public Education in Arizona

A Group Of Conservative Activists Interested In Arizona’s Public School Education will conduct an Education Forum with State Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal from 6-9 pm, Jan. 8 at the Arizona Dept of Education, 1535 W. Jefferson, Rm 409, Phx. Contact phone:  Joan Campbell 602-542-5423. Topics include:

  • A proposed resolution regarding teaching the true history of the US in public schools.
  • The origin of“Common Core,” – implementation of uniformity throughout the State.
  • The origin of school curriculum in relationship to local school board input.
  • School funding.

Arizona’s Republicans Vote No on Controversial Bill

All five Arizona Republicans in Congress voted against the controversial bill which passed last night. Fox News described the bill this way:

Congress gave its final approval Tuesday to a bill halting massive tax hikes  and delaying a risky round of spending cuts, sending the package to the  president’s desk and likely averting for now an economy-stalling fiscal crisis.  President Obama said he would sign it.

The 257-167vote in the House came after a day of high drama on  Capitol Hill, during which conservative House lawmakers voiced serious concern  about the Senate bill’s lack of spending cuts. Rank-and-file Republicans  initially predicted they would tinker with the package, raising the possibility  the Senate would abandon it and nothing would get done before the new  congressional class is seated Thursday.

Congressman David Schweikert issued this statement:

“Sadly, a new year brings more of the same.

“Only in Washington would a bill that spends more, taxes more, and creates more debt, without addressing our out-of-control spending be called a ‘balanced approach.’

“Further, this is not a compromise and it certainly does nothing to address our entitlement crisis or the $16 trillion in debt that continues to grow every day.

“Any fix to our economic woes will be nothing more than window dressing until we address our spending problem.

“However bleak this fiscal cliff ‘solution’ may look, I am only more determined to continue to do what Arizonans sent me to Washington to do—fight to reduce the size and cost of government.

“Our fight is just beginning.”

But don’t expect U.S. Senator John McCain to join that fight. He voted for this huge tax hike, helping it pass 89-8 in the Senate. So did Senator Jon Kyl in one of the final key votes before his retirement.