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December 28, 2005
Volume 1, Number 41

In this Issue

1) Americans Remain Deeply Religious
2) President's Job Approval Rating Rebounds
3) Alito Said Roe Should Be Overturned

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AMERICANS REMAIN DEEPLY RELIGIOUS

A Harris Poll, released on Christmas Day, shows that, overwhelmingly, Americans are believers. Moreover -- despite being pushed by the culture at every turn -- New Age heresies haven’t caught on.

The survey disclosed that 82% of Americans believe in God, while 73% believe in miracles. Moreover, 70% believe in an afterlife, heaven and that Jesus is the Son of God (66% believe in the resurrection). And 6 out of 10 Americans believe in the existence of the devil and hell.

Even though the culture has done its best to promote a New Age religion, only 21% of Americans believe in reincarnation, a quarter believe in astrology and 28% believe in the existence of witches. Slightly more (34%) think UFOs are real.

After being bombarded by Hollywood with “War of the Worlds,” “Independence Day,” and other blockbusters of this genre, two-thirds of Americans aren’t buying the Area-51/Roswell nonsense.

In the early years of the 20th century, secularists confidently predicted the death of God. Science and reason would banish “superstition,” they proclaimed. That century was dominated by Godless ideologies from which decent people recoiled in horror. What died was the nave and utopian belief that men could live without God and not turn into monsters.

It’s up to pastors to take the core values of the American people and cultivate them -- helping them to understand the connection between belief and behavior.

PRESIDENT’S JOB APPROVAL RATING REBOUNDS

A month ago, his critics said George Bush would continue to lose public support for the war in Iraq. I’m happy to report that they were dead wrong.

The latest Rasmussen poll shows the president’s job approval rating up 6 points since mid-December, to stand at 50%. Today -- in the midst of a protracted war on terror -- Bush’s approval rating is higher than either Reagan’s or Clinton’s at the same point in their second terms.

The survey also showed investor confidence -- which fuels the economy -- at the highest point in 2 years. Not since the capture of Saddam Hussein, in December 2003, have investors been as enthusiastic about the prospects for economic growth.

What turned things around was a series of presidential speeches, starting on December 7th, in which Mr. Bush took his case directly to the American people.

The president explained the need to stay the course in Iraq. He reported on our progress there and on other fronts in the war on terror -- news the mainstream media isn’t reporting. The response was predictable.

The American people have an enormous capacity for understanding the truth when they hear it. As we approach a crucial election year, the president must continue to respond to his critics -- simply and candidly -- as only he can.

ALITO SAID ROE SHOULD BE OVERTURNED

With hearings on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Samuel Alito less than two weeks away, the left is still doggedly pursuing paper trails. Their focus is abortion -- the wedge issue they hope will derail the nomination.

In a recently released memo, written in June of 1985 (when Alito was serving in the Reagan justice department), the future nominee urged the U.S. Solicitor General to file a friend-of-court brief arguing that Roe v. Wade should be overturned.

This is one of several documents that Alito wrote in the same period, in which he argued that: 1) Roe was bad constitutional law. 2) The state has an interest in protecting the lives of unborn children. And 3) In 1973, the Supreme Court put the fate of these children in the hand of mothers and physicians, without even requiring that women be provided with the information to make an intelligent choice.

All of this is certain to come up in the confirmation hearings.

Alito’s supporters will counter with the following: 1) These are views expressed over 20 years ago, long before Alito went on the federal bench. 2) A nominee’s views on issues that could come before the court have always been considered irrelevant. And 3) When Ruth Bader Ginsburg was nominated for the high court in 1993, documentation of her support for abortion was a four-lane highway.

Please call your senators and respectfully insist that Judge Alito be treated fairly and given the same latitude in answering questions afforded to Clinton’s nominees.

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