Dr. James Dobson:
“In the history of our nation, there have been times when evil was so apparent—and so heinous—that they stand in infamy decades later. They include the Dred Scott Decision on slavery in 1857, and the Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion in 1973. Now, we are faced with another such tragic moment in American history.
A few days ago, May 17th, Democrats in the House of Representatives passed what they call The Equality Act of 2019, which is breathtaking in its scope. If it survives a vote in the Senate, this legislation will represent one of the most egregious assaults on religious liberty ever foisted on the people of this great nation. It therein imposes a thinly veiled death sentence to the First Amendment of the Constitution, and takes away the protections against tyranny handed down to us by our founding fathers. It was this unyielding commitment to religious liberty that led to the American Revolution in 1776. The pastors and the patriots of that day died to free themselves from British imperialism. Thank God for the men who stood courageously against the most powerful military in the world, because freedom meant more to them than their own lives.
Let me speak candidly and passionately to people of faith throughout these United States of America. We must not remain silent as our historic liberties are gutted by Democrats and their friends in the LGBT movement. They will enslave us if they prevail! We must let our voices be heard, first in the U.S. Senate, and then to the world.
Viva liberty! Viva the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Viva biblical values and beliefs. And woe to those who would take them from us.”
Primary season is in full swing here in Arizona until its conclusion August 26th. Many hotly contested races are already being impacted by early voting. Until now, one very crucial question has evaded all: if President Ronald Reagan were still alive, and if he was a registered voter in Arizona, who would he vote for?
President Reagan personified the very essence of what it means to be a true Republican. If he examined the candidates in the Grand Canyon State, their past performances and what they stand for, how would he fill out his ballot? It’s a burning question that has waited until now to be asked and answered.
President Reagan once said, “The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom.”
President Reagan was one of America’s greatest champions for liberty:
Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.
Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.
Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 15.
The other party exploits the natural division between business and labor. Republicans are trying to bring all our citizens together in a campaign for economic progress.
Here in this land, for the first time, it was decided that man is born with certain God-given rights. We the people declared that government is created by the people for their own convenience. Government has no power except those voluntarily granted to it by we the people.
I will not stand by and watch this great country destroy itself under mediocre leadership that drifts from one crisis to the next, eroding our national will and purpose.
President Reagan was the first presidential candidate to adopt a position in support of the value of human life:
I call America–a good nation, a moral people–to charitable but realistic consideration of the terrible cost of abortion on demand. To those who say this violates a woman’s right to control of her own body: Can they deny that now medical evidence confirms the unborn child is a living human being entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? Let us unite as a nation and protect the unborn with legislation that would stop all Federal funding for abortion and with a human life amendment making, of course, an exception where the unborn child threatens the life of the mother. Our Judeo-Christian tradition recognizes the right of taking a life in self-defense. But with that one exception, let us look to those others in our land who cry out for children to adopt.
With President Reagan’s values in mind, we have a pretty good idea of how America’s greatest modern era president would have filled out his 2014 Arizona Primary ballot. Here it is:
Governor: Andy Thomas
Secretary of State: Will Cardon
Attorney General: Mark Brnovich
Treasurer: Randy Pullen
Supt. Of Public Instruction: Diane Douglas
State Mining Inspector: Joe Hart
Arizona Corporation Commission: Tom Forese, Vernon Parker
District 1: Adam Kwasman
District 2: Martha McSally or Chuck Wooten
District 3: Gabriela Saucedo Mercer
District 4: Paul Gosar
District 5: Matt Salmon
District 6: David Schweikert
District 7: no one
District 8: Trent Franks
District 9: Wendy Rogers
The late Chester Crandall
The Arizona Conservative is endorsing candidates for public office in the Grand Canyon State in advance of the August 26 primary elections. Voters have two choices: candidates who will champion FREEDOM for the individual and those who will push policies that deny and reduce personal freedoms – the candidates of socialism and excessive government CONTROL of your life. Whom do you want in office? Those who protect your constitutional freedom, or those who would expand government and take away more and more of your freedom? Your vote will impact every facet of American society and culture. Check back frequently as we are examining more candidates and propositions and making recommendations:
|Governor||Andy Thomas||Fred DuVal|
|Secretary of State||Will Cardon||Chris Campas, Terry Goddard|
|Attorney General||Mark Brnovich||Felicia Rotellini|
|State Treasurer||Randy Pullen|
|Supt. Of Public Instruction||Diane Douglas||Sharon Thomas, David Garcia|
|Mining Inspector||Joe Hart||Manuel Cruz|
|Congress-District 1||Adam Kwasman||Ann Kirkpatrick|
|Congress-District 2||Martha McSally, Chuck Wooten||Ron Barber|
|Congress-District 3||Gabriela Saucedo Mercer||Raul Grijalva|
|Congress-District 4||Paul Gosar||Mikel Weisser|
|Congress-District 5||Matt Salmon|
|Congress-District 6||David Schweikert|
|Congress-District 7||Steve Gallardo, Cesar Chavez|
|Congress-District 8||Trent Franks||Helmuth Hack|
|Congress-District 9||Wendy Rogers, Andrew Walter||Kyrsten Sinema|
House: Linda Gray, Karen Fann
Senate: Connie Uribe
Senate: Kelli Ward
House: Sam Medrano
Senate: Chester Crandall
House: Brenda Barton
Senate: Irene Littleton
House: Darla Dawald
House: Ethan Orr
Senate: Steve Smith
House: Vince Leach, Mark Finchem
Senate: Andy Biggs
House: Eddie Farnsworth, Warren Peterson
Senate: Don Shooter
House: Darin Mitchell, Steve Montenegro
Senate: Gail Griffin
House: David Gowan, David Stevens
Senate: Nancy Barto
House: John Allen, David Smith
Senate: David Farnsworth
House: Kelly Townsend, John Fillmore
SenateA Steve Yarbrough
House: J.D. Mesnard, Jeff Weninger
Senate: Tom Morrissey
House: John King, Jill Norgaard
Senate: Kimberly Yee
House: Paul Boyer, Carl Seel
Senate: Debbie Lesko
House: Rick Gray
Senate: Judy Burges
House: David Livington, Phil Lovas
Senate: John Kavanaugh
House: Jay Lawrence, Michelle Ugenti
Senate: Dr. Ralph Heap
House: Rusty Bowers, Justin Olsen, Jerry Walker
House: Shawna Bolick
Senate: Gary Cox
Mesa mayor — Danny Ray
Tempe–475: Non-discrimination ordinance to include sexual orientation and gender identity
NO: This proposition is not in the best interests of individuals who are struggling with same-sex attraction and who are confused about their gender. Furthermore, these non-discrimination bills, fronted by leftists seeking to destroy traditional marriage and family structure, are cited by activist judges to over-rule the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech and the free exercise of religion. For these reasons, VOTE NO.
QUARTZSITE, Ariz. — A small Arizona church that helps the homeless will now be able to remain open after receiving more than $68,000 in donations to cover an illegal tax bill it was required to pay by June 15 to avoid foreclosure. La Paz County required the church to pay the tax even though both state law and the Arizona Department of Revenue say the church isn’t liable.
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys represent Church of the Isaiah 58 Project of Arizona in a lawsuit over the taxes, but because state courts have been unwilling to defer payment of the back-taxes until the completion of litigation, the congregation faced foreclosure. Supporters of the church, which operates on a shoestring budget of only $50,000 per year, contributed enough to pay the tax bill, allowing the church to stay open and continue its lawsuit.
“After an outpouring of support from Christians across the country, this church won’t have to shut its doors and discontinue its crucial ministry,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Erik Stanley. “Now we can move forward and challenge the unjust actions of one county official who has illegally impeded the church’s efforts to help the least fortunate in a struggling community.”
Under state law, the church qualified for an exemption from property taxes and filed the appropriate paperwork with the La Paz County property assessor. The assessor sat on the paperwork for three years before granting a tax exemption and then only granted it for the years 2009 and later, leaving the church with back taxes for 2007-2008 that it should not owe.
A September 2013 decision from the Arizona Court of Appeals in Church of the Isaiah 58 Project of Arizona v. La Paz County upheld an earlier Tax Court ruling that said the church had to pay the tax bill before challenging it as illegal. ADF attorneys have argued, however, that state law does not require the church to do so when it is challenging an illegally assessed tax so high that the congregation can’t pay the bill and ask for a refund later.
The Arizona Supreme Court recently declined to hear an appeal, leaving the church with no choice but to raise enough money to pay the illegal tax bill to stay open, continue its lawsuit, and then seek a refund of the bill if it prevails.
–Alliance Defending Freedom
What is tolerance? Has tolerance come to mean moral apathy in today’s society? How can one effectively engage different worldviews and help build a society based on mutual respect rather than double standards? What are the implications for religious freedom?
On Thursday, June 5th at 7:15 PM – at Christ’s Church of the Valley in Peoria, AZ – Christian author and apologist Ravi Zacharias will appear on stage with Jewish broadcaster Dennis Prager to engage in a meaningful conversation about the broken moral compass that guides our national conversations about faith, freedom and the cultural issues that divide.
We live in trying times. Those of us who take belief in the God of the Bible seriously feel burdened by the problems that arise in our increasingly secular society. People are abandoning truth, Western culture is failing, and the lines between right and wrong are becoming irrevocably blurred.
The goal of this event is to allow two prominent voices in the public square – one Jewish (Prager), and one evangelical Christian (Ravi) – to engage in an open, honest and entertaining dialogue about these challenges we face as a nation and civilization. This is about asking and answering tough questions in a God-honoring and purposeful way.
Our moderator for the evening’s conversation will be best-selling author and lawyer, David Limbaugh.
Christ’s Church of the Valley and Pastor Mark Moore are our hosts for #RaviPrager, and Pastor Moore will facilitate a Q & A time between the audience and our speakers to close out the evening.
Tickets are $20 for General Admission seating, and $100 for VIP Reserved seating (and admittance to a catered pre-show VIP reception with Ravi, Dennis and David starting at 6:00 pm).
We told you earlier this year that religious freedom is more at risk today under Governor Jan Brewer than it ever was under former Gov. Napolitano. Under pressure from far Left extremists several weeks ago, she vetoed an amendment which would have protected religious freedom in Arizona. And now further proof:
Brewer vetoed a bill that would have equal treatment for churches with regard to property taxes.
HB 2281 was supported by Republicans and Democrats. The Arizona Constitution exempts churches from paying property taxes. But churches that rent facilities for their worship services don’t enjoy the same exemption. HB 2281 would have remedied that.
Governor Brewer sided with atheists in opposing this bill.
How sad. How disappointed we are in this governor.
According to a Fox News report today, younger Republicans say …
On same-sex marriage and abortion, young GOP leaders say Republicans should tolerate a range of views, even while maintaining a socially conservative identity. Some of these activists say their party must tread lightly after the Supreme Court recently threw out the most powerful part of the Voting Rights Act, the law that became a major turning point in black Americans’ struggle for equal rights and political power.
Should? Republican leaders are already tolerating a “range of views” on crucial social issues. The truth is that the party is not tolerating its own written platform on the principled stands that will benefit society the most: championing a culture of life from the dangers of the decadent, profit-driven abortion industry, and protecting marriage and family from radical change agents determined to overturn the social order. Country club Republicans refuse to understand that pro-life and culture of death views are irreconcilable. You can’t have it both ways. You can’t allow anything and everything without following the Democrats into the moral abyss. You must stand for something. It is not in the nation’s best interests for Americans to tear down the marriage culture and create generations of children who are confused about gender and sexuality. Especially when the radical change agents represent a tiny minority — albeit with tremendous wealth and political power.
No, we must hold the line on Judeo-Christian morality. Our worldview created the greatness of this nation and stands as the beacon light of freedom. The socialistic, amoral worldviews of the Left are deconstructing America, and putting our culture in decline. The only hope for America to reverse the cultural decline is to restore the values that made America great — not criminalizing the biblical worldview and free speech.
The Republican Party — in principle and platform — is the party of freedom.
The Democrats are the party of Big Brother and excessive control. Why would we want to be like them?