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The War on Christians Conference Launches Values Voters’ Contract with Congress
Many of you were able to join us at the “War on Christians and the Values Voter in 2006” Conference in Washington D.C. this week. We truly enjoyed this time of getting to know you better. We renewed many old friendships and formed many new ones as well. I met brothers and sisters in Christ from all over the United States and some from across the globe.
We know that we have a lot of work to do in this Nation but we are also very grateful for all that God is doing and for the progress that we do see. Gathering together like we did this week is an opportunity to be both encouraged and challenged.
I am still in Washington, D.C. as of the writing of this report so I will wait until early next week to give you a full report and de-briefing on the Conference but I want to go ahead and share two important items with you now.
First, the Conference not only focused on reports from the front lines and honest assessments of problem areas, but also focused on positive solutions. The “Values Voters’ Contract with Congress” is an incredibly historic document that not only articulated the problems in America but proposed real and achievable solutions to those problems. This document was formally launched this week in Washington, DC as the primary action item coming out of the Conference.
To date, 57 leaders have signed the Contract and many are still joining their voice to that growing chorus. Together we are asking Congress to take aggressive action to bring renewal to this Nation by keeping the judiciary accountable and restoring our government of the people, by the people, and for the people.
However, to accomplish our goal, we need the support of more than just leaders of organizations, we need to the support of values voters like you to sign this Contract and help us tell Congress that now is the time to act on these most important items. If you have not signed on yet, please do so today.
Again, I am traveling back from Washington, D.C. right now and will have a special report for you early next week on the Conference. Please watch your inbox as there are some specific details I want you to know!
Standing with Judge Moore and Chaplain Klingenschmitt
This week has been very eventful to say the least. After completing our Conference on Tuesday, launching the Values Voters’ Contract with Congress on Wednesday, I was honored today to stand alongside my friend Judge Roy Moore in support of U.S. Navy Chaplain Klingenschmitt’s civil and spiritual right to pray in the name of Jesus.
There are many ways in which I admire and appreciate President Bush and his policies. However, there are also some policies where I admittedly disagree. The matter of Chaplain Klingenschmitt is one such case.
President Bush is the Commander in Chief of the United States Armed Forces, yet the Navy he commands recently issued a ruling forbidding Chaplains from praying in the name of Jesus in public. That is correct the U.S. Navy is currently forbidding Chaplains from praying in the name of Jesus in public. This is outrageous!
This policy is not only spiritually dangerous but it is against the Constitution and the laws of the United States. U.S. Code Title 10, Section 6031 provides that consistent with Navy policy since 1860 a chaplain “may conduct public worship according to the manner and forms of the church of which he is a member.”
Please pray for President Bush and his advisors that they will reverse course and that the President will step in and change this dangerous policy of the Navy.
Massachusetts Marriage Reversal Shows that Judicial Accountability is Working
We just received word today that the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has upheld a law prohibiting same-sex couples from “marrying” in the state if their "marriage" is prohibited in their home states. This comes from a Court that was the first in the nation to rule in favor of homosexual marriage.
When I first saw this ruling I thought: “that’s odd one of the most activist courts in the United States ruled homosexual marriage.” But upon further reflection, I suspect that this ruling is in part due to your efforts and the efforts of millions of Americans who are speaking out and demanded accountability for these and other activist judges.
This very week, we spoke with Conference attendees from the State of Massachusetts that have been working to remove these Massachusetts activist judges from office. Their hard work toward judicial accountability is having a tremendous impact. We should be encouraged by their example and we should all keep up the hard work. The judges are watching and in some instances are beginning to restrain themselves in response to the demands of the Constitution and the People.