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  • Watch Live - Trump Address Faith And Freedom Coalition

    06/10/2016 9:58:38 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 73 replies
    PBS Newshour ^ | 06/10/2016 | PBS
    hDonald Trump, Sen. Mitch McConnell and other speakers are set to address the 2016 Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference in Washington, D.C. The conference is one of the largest events for religious conservative groups in the country. Trump’s speech marks an appeal to the evangelical voter base, whose support for Trump has taken some analysts by surprise. “Mr. Trump won a plurality of evangelical votes in the Republican primaries on his path to the nomination, and we welcome him to once again address members of Faith and Freedom and to express his views on the many issues of importance to...
  • Aborting the working class

    04/07/2016 3:55:37 PM PDT · by ek_hornbeck · 4 replies
    TakiMag ^ | 3/6/16 | David Cole
    It would be an ignominious defeat worthy of a Shakespearean tragedy if abortion ends up being the issue that derails Trumpas the Tank Engine. By claiming that there would have to be “some form of punishment” levied against any woman who would dare get an abortion in Donald Trump’s Great-Again America, the poor bastard walked right into Chris Matthews’ well-crafted trap. In fact, he eagerly took bait that those he considers his lessers have been wise enough to pass up for years. All Republican presidential candidates in recent history—the “dummies,” the “failures,” the “disasters,” the ones who “got captured” in...
  • Could evangelicals be GOP kingmakers in 2016?

    12/24/2015 12:25:49 PM PST · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 30 replies
    Dallas News ^ | December 23, 2015 | Josh Voorhees
    Leaders of the Christian right have found their man: Ted Cruz. In the past two weeks, the Texas senator has wracked up a string of high-profile endorsements from influential evangelical leaders, including Focus on the Family founder James Dobson, National Organization for Marriage president Brian Brown, and Family Leader chief Bob Vander Plaats. According to the National Review, many more are on the way.
  • Time for Conservative Cultural Surrender?

    10/15/2014 5:15:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | October 15, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    On Oct. 12, the Sunday edition of The Washington Post reported their "Election Lab" estimate that the Republicans will win six more seats in the House and eight more Senate seats, and projected it was 95 percent certain that Democrats will lose the Senate. But on NBC's "Meet the Press" that morning, newly installed host Chuck Todd stubbornly persisted in the usual Republicans-in-deep-trouble narrative. Based on the judicial failure to take up gay marriage cases, Todd previewed the program by asking, "Is it time for conservatives to surrender in the culture wars?" Later, Todd underlined his point: "Whether it's on...
  • Rand Paul Says GOP Can't 'Completely Flip' On Same-Sex Marriage

    08/07/2014 2:14:58 PM PDT · by BurningOak · 24 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | 08/07/2014 | Igor Bobic
    "The party can’t become the opposite of what it is," the libertarian-leaning senator said. "If you tell people from Alabama, Mississippi or Georgia, 'You know what, guys, we’ve been wrong, and we’re gonna be the pro-gay-marriage party,' they’re either gonna stay home or -- I mean, many of these people joined the Republican Party because of these social issues." "So I don’t think we can completely flip. But can we become, to use the overused term, a bigger tent?" he added. "I think we can and can agree to disagree on a lot of these issues. I think the party...
  • Reflections on America's fall, from CPAC 2014

    03/08/2014 2:23:40 AM PST · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 10 replies
    WND ^ | March 7, 2014 | Matt Barber
    The question is not, “Is America falling?” but, rather, “Why is America falling?” I’m currently writing from CPAC 2014, the nation’s largest gathering of conservative political junkies. The event is being held at the beautiful Gaylord National hotel, adjacent the scenic shoreline of the historic Potomac River. We’re just a few short miles from Washington, D.C., which, at least for now, remains the modern-day equivalent of the Roman Empire. I say “at least for now” because America finds itself skipping along the primrose path to Rome’s ill-fated finale. I needn’t trouble you with evidence to that effect as this tragic...
  • The Fallacy of Being Economically but Not Morally Conservative

    03/02/2014 2:06:40 PM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies ^ | March 2, 2014 | Michael Youssef
    Regular readers of my column know that I usually don’t use the words “conservative” and “liberal.” Why is that? Because those words in today’s lingo—like the words “love” and “democracy”—can mean almost anything you want. Unlike past times when precision in meanings was important, we have now produced a generation that no longer understands the historic or political meaning of those words. Within the population of the confused, however, my greatest disappointment is held for those who describe themselves as economically conservative, but socially liberal. But do they even know what that means? On the economics side, this is what...
  • Hot Topic: Should the GOP De-Emphasize Social Issues?

    02/07/2014 5:30:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 88 replies
    PJ Media ^ | February 7, 2014 - 1:12 pm | (PJ Editors)
    For the last 10 days, we’ve had something of a running debate among GOP columnists on the question of whether Republicans should de-emphasize social issues as part of a broader political strategy to appeal to more voters. It began when Roger L. Simon penned a column titled “How Social Conservatives are Saving Liberalism (Barely).” Simon believes that social issues, specifically gay marriage, may keep Republicans from victory …
  • The GOP and Social Issues: Another Perspective

    01/30/2014 6:43:12 PM PST · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 13 replies
    PJ Media ^ | January 29, 2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    On the question whether the Republican Party ought to de-emphasize social issues, I find myself more in the Bryan Preston camp than in Roger Simon’s. That’s ironic because, though I’m drawn to the logic of Bryan’s “Where do the surrenders end?” argument, the brute fact is: the political divide in the country has almost nothing to do with logic. It is, instead, about “us versus them.” Roger thus gets closer to the heart of the matter when he contends that “fairly or not,” opposition to gay marriage – today’s hotly contested social issue – is used “to paint the right...
  • The Country Party

    07/30/2013 10:47:51 AM PDT · by JSDude1 · 5 replies
    NRO/The Corner ^ | July 29, 2013 | Yuval Levin
    In a characteristically superb column yesterday, Ross Douthat described our contemporary political situation in terms of the “court party” and “country party” — terms drawn from 17th-and 18th-century British politics that refer to a party that wields power for the benefit of elite players and institutions and an opposition that seeks more dispersed power for the benefit of a larger public. No historical analogy is ever perfectly apt, but this one is powerfully clarifying. Particularly as laid out by its foremost intellectual leader, Henry St. John (the Viscount Bolingbroke), the country party’s idea of an organized political opposition as well...
  • 'Fiscal' Conservatism Needs 'Social' Conservatism

    01/21/2013 9:48:38 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 176 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 1-22-13 | Dennis Prager
    For some years now, we have been told about a major division within American conservatism: fiscal conservatives vs. social conservatives. This division is hurting conservatism and hurting America -- because the survival of American values depends on both fiscal and social conservatism. Furthermore, the division is logically and morally untenable. A conservative conserves all American values, not just economic ones. By "social conservatism," I am referring to the second and third components of what I call the American Trinity -- liberty, "In God We Trust" and "E Pluribus Unum." It is worth noting that a similar bifurcation does not exist...
  • Divided We Stand (The case for social conservatism)

    11/10/2012 7:36:18 PM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies
    The Claremont Institute ^ | November 5, 2012 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    A review of The Case for Polarized Politics: Why America Needs Social Conservatism, by Jeffrey Bell By Ramesh Ponnuru Posted November 5, 2012 Jeffrey Bell, a longtime conservative activist and former president of the Manhattan Institute, has written a book that attempts a novel reinterpretation of American social conservatism and of American exceptionalism. His thesis is that what distinguishes the U.S. from Europe, socially and politically, is the social conservative movement, a claim in which this movement's friends and foes alike may find merit. The distinctive characteristic of this movement, according to Bell, is literal belief in the most-quoted sentence of the...
  • Patton: 1965 'Tangle of Pathology' is a 2012 Reality

    02/21/2012 8:35:42 PM PST · by Iam1ru1-2 · 5 replies ^ | February 21, 2012 | Doug Patton
    As the national media and the establishment of both parties begin their obligatory mocking of Rick Santorum — arguably the new GOP frontrunner — for his passionate yet well-reasoned defense of innocent human life, traditional marriage, fidelity, monogamy and conservative family values, it is worth noting that he is absolutely right about the havoc the sexual revolution and the welfare state have wrought upon America. In 1965, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, then a Labor Department official, released an alarming report about the number of black children born to unwed mothers. The percentage at that time was 25 percent. In the years...
  • Santorum at Ave Maria - a small voice resonates

    02/21/2012 12:38:25 PM PST · by Notwithstanding · 19 replies
    Ave Maria Living ^ | 2/21/2012 | staff
    It’s normal to wonder if anyone is paying attention. As humans, our lives don’t seem to have meaning absent our communications and interactions with others. And as Christians, the influence our own lives has on others is of great import; our salvation in some way depends on whether we are channels for and bearers of His love. This goal is summed up in the lyrics of the alma mater song for Ave Maria’s law school, the Ave Maria project (in its many forms) serves as a “beacon in darkness, voice for all to hear.” Of course we typically toil away...
  • The Effrontery of Rick Santorum (Why the media cannot tolerate social conservatism)

    02/21/2012 6:19:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/21/2012 | Rich Lowry
    The media has unleashed the hounds on Rick Santorum. He was last seen a step ahead of the braying pack, trying to explain that he hadn’t accused President Barack Obama of being a crypto-Muslim. The former Pennsylvania senator criticized the president’s environmentalism as representative of a “phony theology.” The press snipped the remark out of the context and played it as Santorum donning his finest Grand Inquisitor garb and reading the president of the United States out of the Christian faith. This followed immediately upon an ill-considered joke by Santorum backer Foster Friess about aspirin as a contraceptive that drove...
  • Conservatives Can Win on Social Issues

    02/20/2012 3:51:17 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Rush ^ | February 20, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Santorum showed up yesterday on Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer. And, folks, it was like Bob Schieffer, who's, what, 90? Ninety-two? Bob Schieffer talking to Rick Santorum actually appeared as though Schieffer thought Santorum was from Mars. It was a space alien. What he thought, the things he had said, Schieffer could not believe that there was a human being alive on this planet who could think that way, who believed these things. He was shocked. He was stunned. And it goes to show the Republican establishment, clearly the Democrat Party establishment, do not have the...
  • Social Issues Are Not Going Away in 2012 (Social conservatives have best chance to win elections!)

    10/02/2011 10:04:12 PM PDT · by Sun · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 15, 2011 | Janice Shaw Crouse
    Republican Bob Turner won handily over the Democratic candidate in a district that no a Republican has won since 1923. His opponent's vote in favor of same-sex "marriage" in the New York legislature played an important role in the Republican's victory. Every significant GOP candidate for president is pro-life; snip Social conservatives make up a significant percentage of the Tea Party movement snip With 33 Senate seats up for grabs in 2012, the Democrats will have to defend 23 while the Republicans must defend only 10, snip When Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) called on conservatives to declare a "truce"...
  • When the President Leaves Out 3 Times On Purpose “Endowed by Their Creator”

    03/08/2011 9:33:58 AM PST · by justsaynomore · 15 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 3/8/11 | Herman Cain on Greta
    Republican Presidential Candidate Herman Cain told Greta Van Susteren tonight, “When the President of the United States leaves out three times on purpose “endowed by their creator” something’s wrong. And, that’s what social conservatives and others are pushing back on.” Herman Cain says our culture is being attacked as well as our economy being destroyed.
  • Jindal, Santorum Denounce Truce on Abortion, Social Issues

    02/25/2011 8:28:15 AM PST · by julieee · 5 replies ^ | February 25, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    Jindal, Santorum Denounce Truce on Abortion, Social Issues Washington, DC -- Without naming names, to top Republicans have joined in on the condemnation of the idea Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels puts forward saying there should be a truce on social issues like abortion so the next president can deal with the economy.
  • What Will GOProud Bring to the Conservative Table?

    02/11/2011 2:05:43 AM PST · by Scanian · 44 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | February 10, 2011 | Kyle-Anne Shiver
    There's been a whole lot of talking going on regarding GOProud's participation and sponsorship of this year's CPAC convention. There've been numerous pundits spouting off about it. There've been interviews galore on the subject. There've been memos. There've been boycotts. There's been a lot of liberal drooling over the prospect of a conservative split of gigantic proportion. Yet, there is something fundamental missing in this big, fat heap of internecine squabbling. What will GOProud bring to the conservative table? So far, fiscal conservatives of the libertarian bent have sought to shame social conservatives into silence and forced acceptance of GOProud....
  • The Stalwart Fiscal Conservative Who is Socially Liberal? Non-Existent

    02/10/2011 11:54:16 AM PST · by red meat conservative · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Red Meat Conservative ^ | 02/10/11 | Daniel
    As our annual CPAC gathering kicks off today with the sponsorship of the gay Republican GoProud organization, it is important to understand something about socially liberal "conservatives".  They don't exist. Period. (O.K. there is Jeff Flake on DADT, but he is still 100% pro life). American conservatism is comprised of three indissoluble principles; social values, national defense, and classic economic liberalism.  A movement that includes those who categorically reject one of those ethos is not a big tent.  It is a circus.  That is because those who reject social values or national defense will indubitably reject fiscal conservatism as well. ...
  • Tim Pawlenty in Iowa: Our Country Needs Be Prosperous and Good To Continue To Be Great

    02/07/2011 6:02:38 PM PST · by iowaguy1972 · 12 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | 2/7/11 | Shane Vander Hart
    Former Governor Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) kicked off The FAMiLY Leader’s Presidential Lecture Series to a crowd of approximately 150 people gathered at Pella Christian High School in Pella, IA today. Governor Pawlenty in a press conference before the event explained that he was delighted to be participate in this series to share his views about the continuing importance of families in our society.
  • Winning the Culture War: The Top 7 Issues Social Conservatives Ceded to the Left

    01/02/2011 12:45:33 PM PST · by HorowitzianConservative · 33 replies
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | January 2, 2010 | Rob Taylor
    Social conservatism has long allowed itself to be painted as bloodless, largely irrelevant political Protestantism; an alliance of Evangelicals who have climbed into bed with the most myopic fringe movements in America. At the same time we have allowed the Left to co-opt issues that are central to achieving the goals of social conservatism: maintaining the traditions and values of Western Civilization in general and America (the pinnacle of Western civilization) in particular. While we find a hundred different ways to disapprove of gays or pornography or the idea that someone, somewhere is enjoying themselves in ways we find unseemly,...
  • Conservatism's Cassandra [In Defence of Social Conservatism]

    03/02/2010 10:18:02 AM PST · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 36 replies · 428+ views
    Renew America ^ | 01 March 2010 | Tim Dunkin
    ...Yet, as is always the case with popular movements whose star is rising, there are always those who want to hitch their wagons and use the movement to promote their own, often contrary, agendas. Such is the case with the gaggle of partway-conservatives — Ron Paulians, social libertarians, third partyists of every stripe and color — trying to latch onto the conservative freight train. One of the effects of this in recent months has been the attempt by many to downplay or even eliminate the place of social conservatism in the conservative alliance. Driven by libertarian types, there seems to...
  • The Scam of Social Conservatism (video)

    12/22/2009 6:06:50 AM PST · by all the best · 26 replies · 939+ views
    youtube ^ | December 21, 2009 | Jack Hunter aka Southern Avenger
    Congressman Henry Brown's "Stand Up for Christmas" resolution is just another example of Republican politicians' long history of exploiting social and cultural issues to distract voters from their big government records.
  • The Take: The grass roots prevail in N.Y.

    11/02/2009 8:03:37 AM PST · by DavidFarrar · 11 replies · 643+ views
    The Washingtom Post ^ | Nov. 2, 2009 | Dan Balz
    "The local Republican leadership tapped state Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava to run in the special election. She seemed to them a good fit for the moderate district but was out of step with national Republicans, supporting both abortion rights and same-sex marriage. Nonetheless, she enjoyed the backing of the national party and, among others, former House speaker Newt Gingrich. "
  • For Republicans, a Long Winter Gets Longer

    06/25/2009 6:58:12 AM PDT · by steve-b · 39 replies · 1,201+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 6/25/09 | Dan Balz
    Mark Sanford's summer adventure to Argentina -- no, he was not hiking the Appalachian Trail, as his aides incorrectly told reporters -- is now a full-fledged personal and family embarrassment, a story of infidelity followed by a public confession of the kind that has become all too familiar from political leaders. But Sanford's story is more than personal. For a Republican Party down on its luck, the governor's disappearance and subsequent rambling apology to his wife, his family, his close friends and all the people of South Carolina draw more unwelcome publicity to a party that needs but cannot seem...
  • Reflections on Conservatism and Christianity

    05/10/2009 2:40:00 AM PDT · by Scanian · 3 replies · 395+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | May 10, 2009 | Larrey Anderson
    A servant is not greater than his lord. If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. (John 15:20) Are social conservatives hurting or helping the cause of conservatism? The answer to this question has not yet been decided. Christian conservatives can be the saving grace of the conservative movement -- if they can step back and carefully consider how they are perceived in the abortion debate, imagined (and actual) racial and religious bigotry, and in the temptation to claim to know that these are "the last days." Conservative Christians love and respect the law and the Constitution. Most recognize...
  • Rudy Giuliani Explains Republican Party's Failure in 2008

    01/21/2009 4:36:24 PM PST · by Crimson Politics · 44 replies · 1,445+ views
    Crimson Politics ^ | 1/21/09 | Brian Kane
    Rudy Giuliani analyzes the reason the Republican party is losing in recent years and what it can do to enlarge it's base. Stressing the importance of big tent politics and under-emphasizing social issues. In any case, the economy is the main reason McCain lost, but other social issues have also created a bad stereotype of Republicans in general.
  • Ban on gay marriage won't be forever

    12/27/2008 6:14:01 AM PST · by IbJensen · 52 replies · 1,497+ views
    Dayton Daily News ^ | December 27, 2008 | Editorial Staff
    The cause of gay rights has made enormous progress in the last couple of decades, but the more specific cause of gay marriage continues to be battered. In the same election that voters helped bridge the United States' racial divide by electing the country's first African-American president, voters in California overrode a ruling of that state's Supreme Court and effectively rebanned gay marriage. Reliably Democratic-voting California — home to those much-mocked "San Francisco values" that tolerate gay lifestyles — has now joined 29 other states, including Ohio, banning gay marriage. Protests in reaction to the vote popped up across the...
  • Official Interveners Brief (Proposition 8 Proponents Brief Alert)

    12/24/2008 12:49:22 AM PST · by goldstategop · 5 replies · 576+ views ^ | 12/18/2008 | Kenneth Starr et al.
    Case No. 8168047 IN THE Supreme Court of the State of California KAREN 1. STRAUSS et al., Petitioners, v. MARK B. HORTON, as State Registrar of Vital Statistics, etc., et al., Respondents; DENNIS HOLLINGSWORTH et al., Interveners. INTERVENERS' OPPOSITION BRIEF KENNETH W. STARR (Bar No. 58382) 24569 Via De Casa Malibu, CA 90265-3205 Telephone: (310) 506-4621 Facsimile: (310) 506-4266 ANDREW P. PUGNO (Bar No. 206587) LAW OFFICES OF ANDREW P. PUGNO 101 Parkshore Dr Ste 100 Folsom, CA 95630-4726 Telephone: (916) 608-3065 Facsimile: (916) 608-3066 Email: Attorneys for Interveners TABLE OF CONTENTS TABLE OF AUTHORITIES iii ISSUES PRESENTED 1...
  • A Response To Marc Shaiman's Musical Against Prop. 8 (Its Not Hate Alert)

    12/09/2008 10:04:24 AM PST · by goldstategop · 14 replies · 1,151+ views ^ | 12/09/2008 | Dennis Prager
    Marc Shaiman, the Tony Award-winning composer of the film and stage musical “Hairspray,” has done the country a major, if inadvertent, service. He has composed a brief musical piece against California Proposition 8 that takes only three minutes to reveal the ignorance and hate that pervades so much anti-Proposition 8 activism. This short musical, viewed more than 2 million times on the Internet, features major Hollywood talents playing (through song) two groups on a beach -- gay men and women in beach clothes and a stuffy formally dressed church group composed of whites and blacks. Its message begins with a...
  • Legislative Grandstanding On Proposition 8 Insults Voters ( News Update Alert)

    12/04/2008 9:21:33 AM PST · by goldstategop · 4 replies · 529+ views
    Protect ^ | 12/02/2008 | Frank Schubert
    Yes on Proposition 8 campaign today accused legislators of “grandstanding for the cameras” in an inappropriate and misguided publicity stunt designed to influence the California Supreme Court in the lead-up to the Court’s scheduled hearing on the validity of Proposition 8. “You’d think that these legislators would be focused on resolving the budget deficit or improving the economy. Instead, they seem more interested in grandstanding for the cameras and thumbing their noses at voters who enacted Proposition 8 by a nearly 600,000 vote margin,” said Ron Prentice, Chairman of – Yes on 8. “Sadly, with an approval rating hovering...
  • Australian government embroiled in homophobia row

    11/27/2008 8:17:11 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 11 replies · 652+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/27/2008 | Bonnie Malkin in Sydney
    The Australian government has been forced into an embarrassing u-turn after it emerged that two men it had appointed to promote men's health to the public had co-authored a book that labeled homosexuality as a "pathology". Barry Williams, president of the Lone Fathers Association, and Warwick Marsh, Fatherhood Foundation president, were among six men named earlier this week as role models for Australian males. The men were supposed to spearhead a health campaign to encourage Australian men to seek regular check ups for prostate cancer. However, both were later found to have been listed as co-authors and contributors to a...
  • Gay Marriage And Collective Lie (Harold Fickett Answers Andrew Sullivan Alert)

    11/26/2008 4:27:06 PM PST · by goldstategop · 25 replies · 1,266+ views ^ | 11/25/2008 | Harold Fickett
    The writer Andrew Sullivan sits across the table from you on Chris Matthews' Hardball praising gay-marriage as a symbol of the homosexual community's desire to join the mainstream. He is a Catholic, conservative in many things, and a highly articulate spokesman for his point-of-view. What do you say? The requisite conservative on pundit panels usually falls back on citing heterosexual marriage's 5,000 year history as society's basic building block. Marriage has always been between a man and a woman. 65% of the American people are against homosexual unions. Etc. That's not going to get it. It's a way of brushing...

    11/25/2008 10:05:55 PM PST · by goldstategop · 502+ views
    Above The Hate ^ | 11/15/2008 | Above The Hate Open Letter
    Above the Letter Against Hate to President Monson November 15, 2008 President Thomas S. Monson Office of the First Presidency Church Administration Building 47 East South Temple Salt Lake City, Utah 84150 Dear President Monson: We write firstly to express our deep gratitude to you and the entire LDS community for the large and impressive contributions of your church and its members in protecting marriage in California and Arizona. Anyone who participated in this process has come to admire the competence, diligence and moral courage that so many members of your faith community displayed as part of this coalition...
  • Online Petition Thanks LDS Church For Prop. 8 Support (Mormons Backed By Social Conservatives Alert)

    11/25/2008 9:47:13 PM PST · by goldstategop · 83 replies · 3,054+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 11/25/2008 | Peggy Fletcher Stack
    More than 3,000 people, including longtime Mormon critic James Dobson of Focus on the Family, have signed an online petition thanking the LDS Church for its efforts on behalf of California's traditional marriage initiative known as Proposition 8. "Anyone who participated in this process has come to admire the competence, diligence and moral courage that so many members of your faith community displayed as part of this coalition effort -- as Catholics, Evangelicals, Mormons and people of other faith communities all came together to fight this great battle for marriage," says the petition, which is addressed to LDS President Thomas...
  • Gay Marriage And The California Courts (On The Perils Of Judicial Activism Alert)

    11/25/2008 9:56:04 AM PST · by goldstategop · 15 replies · 760+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/25/2008 | William McGurn
    Left to their own devices, most Americans can work these differences out in politics much as they do in their everyday lives, as untidy as these solutions may be. Unfortunately, when the courts short-circuit this process, they do three things corrosive to our politics. First, they act as dishonest referees, imposing one set of preferences over another. Second, they cheat the American people of an honest political contest, where candidates need to persuade the people of their views to put them into effect. Ed Whelan, a former Justice Department official who now runs the D.C.-based Ethics and Public Policy Center,...
  • Defending Marriage (Good Perspective On Prop. 8 From A Catholic Deacon In Jamaica Alert)

    11/24/2008 8:28:40 PM PST · by goldstategop · 2 replies · 512+ views
    Jamaica Gleaner ^ | 11/24/2008 | The Rev. Peter Espeut
    I was interested to see that in the recent election exercise in the USA, although the Democratic Party won the presidency, and increased its majority in the Senate and the Congress, it lost ballots in three States which would have redefined the institution of marriage to include same-sex unions. In Arizona, Proposition 102 won by 56 per cent to 44 per cent; in Florida, Amendment 2 passed by 62.4 per cent to 37.6 per cent and in California, Proposition 8 passed by 52.2 per cent to 47.8 per cent in a hard-fought contest. In California, campaigns for and against Proposition...
  • First Amendment loses ground to the 'Right to Never Be Dissed'

    11/23/2008 4:21:12 PM PST · by rhema · 15 replies · 951+ views
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 11/20/2008 | Patrick McIlheran
    Just so we're clear, the ongoing gay rage after California's vote isn't about benefits. California's civil unions were materially indistinguishable from marriage. That state's Supreme Court said so when it ruled that this wasn't enough. Nor is it about having a family. Gay couples have those. Billboards around our town point this out. As one woman among the 200 protesters in downtown Milwaukee last weekend put it, "We want our family recognized." Which is to say it's not about gay people at all. It's about you. Their love isn't at issue. Your love for their love is. Employer benefits were...
  • A Libertarian Defense of Social Conservatism

    11/23/2008 8:00:05 AM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 16 replies · 696+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | November 23, 2008 | Randall Hoven
    Social conservatism is taking a beating lately. Not only did it lose in the recent elections, it is being blamed for the Republican losses. If only the religious right would get off the Republican party's back, the GOP could win like it is supposed to again. I beg to differ. I'm anything but a social conservative. In nine presidential elections, I voted Libertarian in six. I am a hard core "limited government" conservative/libertarian; I want government out of my pocket-book and out of my bedroom. Concerning my religion, it's none of your business, but I'm somewhere in the lapsed-Catholic-deist-agnostic-atheist spectrum;...
  • Some Pastors Chose Not To Go To NAACP Dinner (Prop. 8 Backlash Brewing Alert)

    11/22/2008 9:35:54 AM PST · by goldstategop · 12 replies · 989+ views
    ABC News ^ | 11/21/2008 | Leslie Brinkley
    The emotion and strong-feelings on both sides of Proposition 8 divided leaders in the African-American community on Friday night. At the annual NAACP Banquet in San Francisco some pastors chose to boycott because of another's stance on same-sex marriage. "Seizing our moment of triumph" was the NAACP celebratory theme for this major fundraiser, but conversation often still centered on Proposition 8 and Rev. Amos Brown's much publicized stance to support same-sex marriage civil rights. "Tonight our national president, Ben Jealous, will be here to show he stands with us. And for the state president Alice Huffman to be here, to...
  • The Ugly Backlash Over Prop. 8 (The Liberal Media Will Never Get It Alert)

    11/22/2008 12:34:35 AM PST · by goldstategop · 40 replies · 2,274+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/21/2008 | John Diaz
    A supporter of Proposition 8, fed up with what he believed was the gay community's and "liberal media's" refusal to accept the voters' verdict, fired off a letter to the editor. "Please show respect for democracy," he wrote, in a letter we published. What he encountered instead was an utter lack of respect for free speech. Within hours, the intimidation game was on. Because his real name and city were listed - a condition for publication of letters to The Chronicle - opponents of Prop. 8 used Internet search engines to find the letter writer's small business, his Web site...
  • Blacks and the GOP: It's My Party, But I Don't Feel Part of It

    11/21/2008 10:42:18 PM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 18 replies · 783+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 11/23/2008 | Sophia A. Nelson
    Election night was a bittersweet night for me. Like most Americans, and especially as an African American, I found it deeply moving to watch President-elect Barack Obama and his family -- soon to be our nation's first African American first family -- stride onstage for his victory speech. I welcome the positive role models they'll present to black families and the American public at large. {Snip} With those words Reeves expressed what many of us have felt over the years -- and felt again during the recent campaign as we listened to racially coded Republican ads and speeches aimed at...
  • Freep This Petition To Demand Gov. Schwarzenegger Uphold Proposition 8!

    11/21/2008 5:14:19 PM PST · by goldstategop · 7 replies · 671+ views
    Family Leader Network ^ | 11/17/2008 | NA
    Proposition 8: Governor Schwarzenegger Respect the Voter's Will If you are a California citizen, please act immediately to sign this petition to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger who is urging the California Supreme Court to overthrow the results of the recent free and fair election which passed Proposition 8, defining marriage as between a man and a woman. His actions as governor in attempting to negate this vote are an insult to the voters of California and undermine the rule of law. We will deliver this letter with your signatures to his office as a means of saying that the voices of...
  • Gay Marriage Backers Explain Why They Lost Proposition 8 (It Was The Values, Stupid! Alert)

    11/20/2008 7:37:20 PM PST · by goldstategop · 31 replies · 1,160+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/20/2008 | Shelby Grad
    There's been a lot of outrage from the No on Proposition 8 camp since California voters approved a ban on gay marriage. But until now, there has been less soul searching about what went wrong. But Terry Leftgoff, founder of the Gay and Lesbian Business Assn. of Santa Barbara, has a thoughtful piece on WeHo News looking at how the opposition to Proposition 8 fell short. It did, he says, on several levels: A mixed message, failing to respond to attacks from Yes on 8 forces, little black and Latino outreach. A snippet: The No on 8 campaign began by...
  • The Courts And Prop. 8 (The Dog Trainer's Diatribe Against Traditional Marriage Supporters Alert)

    11/19/2008 11:29:08 PM PST · by goldstategop · 22 replies · 1,119+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/20/2008 | Los Angeles Times Masthead Editorial
    Although we too will welcome the day that Proposition 8 is consigned to history and the right to same-sex marriage is restored to Californians, we are sorry to see that the court agreed to take the cases directly, rather than letting this issue percolate up through the lower courts. We see no reason for the haste, despite the intensity of emotion roused by the measure's defeat.In fact, that very heatedness is a reason for the court to move slowly, allowing it to rule under cooler circumstances. Similarly, painful though it is to see Proposition 8 take effect, we agree with...
  • Prop. 8 Gay Marriage Ban Goes To The Supreme Court (Note The Bias Alert)

    11/19/2008 11:12:12 PM PST · by goldstategop · 7 replies · 531+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/20/2008 | Maura Dolan and Jessica Garrison
    The California Supreme Court voted 6 to 1 on Wednesday to review legal challenges to Proposition 8, the voter initiative that restored a ban on same-sex marriage, but refused to permit gay weddings to resume pending a final decision. The court may hold a hearing on the lawsuits as early as March, a timetable that scholars said was swift considering the complexity and importance of the legal issues. The court's action, taken during a closed conference, suggested that the court wants to resolve all of the legal issues surrounding Proposition 8, including the fate of existing gay marriages, in a...
  • Proponents Of Proposition 8 Gratified With Supreme Court Rulings... (Prop. 8 News Update Alert)

    11/19/2008 5:20:21 PM PST · by goldstategop · 21 replies · 1,806+ views
    Protect ^ | 11/19/2008 | NA
    The official proponents of Proposition 8 and – Yes on 8, the campaign committee responsible for its enactment by voters today said it is “profoundly gratified” that the California Supreme Court granted all their requests by agreeing to accept original jurisdiction of three cases challenging the measure’s validity, granted their request to intervene in the cases as Real Parties in Interest, denied the request of others to delay implementation of Proposition 8, and refused to allow outside groups to directly participate in the litigation. “This is a great day for the rule of law and the voters of California,”...

    11/18/2008 7:24:10 PM PST · by · 118 replies · 2,413+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 11-18-08 | Ma Parker
    As Republicans sort out the reasons for their defeat, they likely will overlook or dismiss the gorilla in the pulpit. Three little letters, great big problem: G-O-D. I'm bathing in holy water as I type. To be more specific, the evangelical, right-wing, oogedy-boogedy branch of the GOP is what ails the erstwhile conservative party and will continue to afflict and marginalize its constituents if reckoning doesn't soon cometh. Simply put: Armband religion is killing the Republican Party. And, the truth -- as long as we're setting ourselves free -- is that if one were to eavesdrop on private conversations among...