QUOTE OF THE
DAY: “And we will be back. And we will be back. We will never
give up. We will protect marriage in this country.”
(House Whip Tom DeLay in floor
debate on the Marriage Protection Amendment”)
MARRIAGE FAILS IN HOUSE – DELAY
ISSUES A CALL TO BATTLE
The Federal Marriage Amendment failed
in its first House vote last Thursday. Constitutional amendments
require a two-thirds vote to pass Congress. The House voted 227 to
186 in favor of the Marriage Protection Act (H.R. Res. 106), far
short of the 290 votes needed.
But every member of the House is now
on record, and will himself be the object of a vote in less than
In the midst of the floor debate on
the amendment, my friend House Whip Tom DeLay said some things
worth noting. Here are two quotes from his cogent remarks.
“Mr. Speaker. . .the definition of
marriage will be a matter of constitutional law one day very soon.
The question before us is whether that definition will be radical
and arbitrary or based on the experience of human civilization
dating back to the origin of our species; whether that definition
will be written by individual judges imposing their political
biases on the nation, or written by the people of the United
States through their elected representatives in Congress and the
DeLay then reminded his colleagues of
the consequences of ignoring judicial activism. “We did not stand up
before and there have been 45 million children killed because we
did not stand up to activist judges responding to a strategy of
using the courts to legislate.”
The September 30th vote was
only the beginning. We will keep working, keep educating, and keep
petitioning our leaders until the Bible’s definition of marriage
is part of our Constitution. Tom DeLay has reminded us of where
our duty lies.
ROY MOORE SPARED
It wasn’t enough for the secular left
to banish Roy Moore’s Ten Commandments monument, and remove Moore
as Chief Justice of Alabama’s Supreme Court. They even tried to
ruin him financially. Thank God they did not succeed.
On September 28, Montgomery County
Circuit Court Judge Tracy McCooey dismissed a $550,000 civil suit
against Judge Moore. The defendants, associated with the ACLU,
tried to sue Moore, on behalf of the state of Alabama, to recover
legal fees the state was forced to pay the ACLU, Americans United
for Separation of Church and State and the Southern Poverty Law
Under federal law, if a state loses a
First Amendment case, it’s required to pay the plaintiffs’ legal
fees. But his adversaries wanted to take that a step further – by
forcing Moore himself to compensate the state for money paid out
to plaintiffs’ lawyers. Judge McCooey ruled the suit had no legal
basis and dismissed it.
The objective was to destroy Judge
Moore to set an example -- so that officials wouldn’t dare stand
up for their constitutional right to acknowledge God publicly.
This suit showed just how far liberals are willing to go in their
attempt to rewrite our history, obliterate the Constitution’s
original meaning, and drive God from the public square. For more
information on Judge Moore’s ongoing travails, visit the
Foundation for Moral Law website –
OUT TO TERMINATE FAMILIES?
He may have been a star at the
Republican National Convention, but California Governor Arnold
Schwarzenegger is no hero to the family.
The Campaign for California Families (http://www.savecalifornia.com)
notes that the ex-actor has signed most of the anti-family
legislation that’s landed on his desk.
On September 30, the governor gave his
official approval to: forcing insurance companies to equate
homosexual partners with married spouses, including cross-dressers
and transsexuals in the state’s hate-crimes law (which provides
more severe penalties for crimes against certain favored groups),
allowing pharmacists to sell needles without a prescription to
heroin addicts, and creating state-approved “solemnization
ceremonies” for gay lovers.
The Austrian-born actor has absorbed
the values of Hollywood, where he spent the last 25 years. Sadly,
the Republican Party’s national leadership embraces this social
liberal on steroids. Family activists must continue to monitor
Schwarzenegger and publicize his record to those who might be
deceived by the governor’s sometimes conservative rhetoric.
CELL RESEARCH ON CALIFORNIA BALLOT
Proposition 71 on the California
ballot in November would force the state’s taxpayers to spend $3
billion dollars to fund embryonic stem-cell research. Proponents,
including venture capitalists who hope to profit financially from
the measure, have raised $10.7 million for a media blitz.
The cost to taxpayers aside (the money
to finance research would be borrowed, raising the cost to $6
billion over time), the dubious benefits aside (the benefits of
embryonic stem-cell research are purely theoretical), Californians
are being asked to subsidize the destruction of innocent life.
These stem cells are extracted from
unborn children, who are then destroyed. Human life would be
created so that it could be obliterated. Society would cannibalize
its children for imaginary medical advances.
Proposition 71 is pure evil. Pray that
it doesn’t pass.
Yesterday, voter registration ended
in 16 states, including key battleground states like
Pennsylvania. However, some states allow registration as late as
10 days before the election.
Those who oppose us are bending
every effort to register like-minded voters. To find out when
voter registration ends in your state, go to the Vision
America website (http://www.visionamerica.us).
Use the “register to vote link.” For Christians, voting isn’t
an option, but a sacred duty.
MARRIAGE, OCTOBER 15TH.
In a little more than two weeks, on
October 15th, a Mayday for Marriage Rally will take
place on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., from Noon to 3pm.
The non-partisan, inter-denominational
gathering will be addressed by Rabbi Daniel Lapin, Dr. James
Dobson, Chuck Colson, Tony Perkins of The Family Research Council,
Alan Chambers of Exodus International, and Dr. Richard Lamb of the
Southern Baptist Convention, among other luminaries.
For more information, including
registration and transportation for the rally, go to
JESUS, OCTOBER 22ND.
Also on the Mall in Washington, an
America for Jesus Rally will be held on October 22, from 6:00 am
to 6:00 pm, with a Praise and Worship Celebration from 6:00 pm to
The America for Jesus website (http://apjc.unored.com/)
has issued this clarion call: “On October 22, 2004, we will gather
once again in Washington, D.C., at the word of the Lord, and call
the body of Christ to a day of fasting and prayer, so that the
Lord would hear our plea to heal and save our nation.”
I’ve been honored with an invitation
to address this historic gathering. Expect more details in future
Patriot Pastor Alerts.