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Week Ending July 29, 2005
July 29, 2005 2:46PM EST




My trip to Bethlehem has been postponed for one week because I have been invited on a fact-finding mission to Egypt. I will not arrive in Bethlehem until August 7th. My primary mission while there will be the distribution of grants to Christian families with school age children. Grants will only be given to families who agree to place their children in Christian schools during the coming school year. The Christian families who we assist will be able to avoid sending their children to the public schools, which teach a culture of death. Because of the delay in my arrival in Bethlehem you can still help with a gift to the Bethlehem Project. The more funds received before August 7th, the more children who can be helped. Tax deductible gifts can be given at this secure location.

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Congress will adjourn today and will not return to formal session until September 7, 2005. During the August recess the overwhelming majority of congressmen and Senators will be holding town meetings in their home states. Yes, some will travel, but the majority will be working their base. (Senator Inhofe always does evangelism in Africa during the recess and Senator Frist, a doctor, does heart surgeries in third world nations. Senator Ted Kennedy will NOT be traveling to Iraq or Afghanistan to visit our troops. He is the only Senator who has NOT visited the troops.)

August is the best time to contact a Senator at his local office about the nomination of Judge John G. Roberts to the Supreme Court, and the liberals know that all too well. NARAL, The National Organization for Women, People for the American Way and George Soros' have set up networks to send tens of thousands of fax messages, e-mails and phone calls to Senators against John Roberts because he is a conservative Catholic. The Associated Press actually ran a story that was fed to them by the extreme left that pointed out that if Roberts is confirmed there will be four Catholics on the Court ... The story did not point out that one of those, Justice Kennedy, favors Roe v Wade and has voted to uphold it. Indeed, some of the most liberal men the Court has ever had have called themselves Catholic. The real agenda of liberals is not to have any man of faith who holds to the Bible on the Supreme Court bench.

As mentioned in last week's update I expect Majority Leader Frist and Judiciary Committee Chairman Specter to try to force hearings torward the last week of August even though the Senate will not be in formal session. We have prepared a PDF file with the contact numbers of Senators we believe should be contacted about the nomination. Please check the list and see if your Senators are listed and, if they are, please contact them. (Click here for target list)



Twice a month I co-chair the Family Forum meetings in Washington at which various pro-family issues are discussed. This week Congressman Roscoe Bartlett's office gave us an update on additional deaths which have been caused by the abortion drug RU-486. This human pesticide was approved by the Clinton Administration as an "emergency" measure before he departed office. So far five California women have died after taking the drug to kill their babies. Why have all the deaths been in California? First, the state is more socially liberal and things like RU-486 are more available, and is usually not looked down upon socially. Second, California has the best coroner system in the United States and the causes of death are more accurately listed than in other states. More than likely, many other women have died using RU-486, but the cause of death has been listed as "toxic shock" or "uterus hemorrhaging." So far the distributor of the drug has reported 600 "adverse effects" to the FDA. These would be the most serious side effects of the drugs, requiring medical aid. Keep in mind that RU-486 is not a widely used drug like Vioxx, which was recalled for a similar death versus use rate. House passage is likely but there may be Senate problems. Please contact your congressman and ask for his support of HR-1079 (Holly's Law - named after one of the drug's victims). This law would remove the human pesticide RU-486 from the market.


RFC staff will be working with a Congressional partner to draft a resolution condemning the recent article called "Prostitution Gives Me Power" by Julian Blume that was featured in the July 2005 Marie Claire Magazine. Marie Claire, a secular women’s magazine, attempted to glamorize prostitution, and to hide the harm and risks. Instead of telling their readers about the enormous physical and psychological impact that prostitution can have, they gave a carefree glimpse into the lives of three women from Holland, where prostitution is legal. This article insults women around the world and portrays an incorrect view of these prostitutes' chosen occupation. RFC has worked hard with the U.S. Department of State to bring awareness of Human Trafficking of Women. The 2005 Trafficking in Persons Report, released in June 2005, reiterates the tragedy of prostitution and the violence this "occupation" can bring. Voice your concerns to the editor of this magazine by writing to Lesley Jane Seymore, Editor, Marie Claire Magazine, 1790 Broadway, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10019, or email her at .


There has been some concern as to whether the large settlement of Ariel would remain a part of Israel, particularly to ministries such as ours which have a presence there. On April 22nd, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon visited Ariel and made a clear statement that Ariel would remain a part of Israel, saying: "This bloc (settlement) will forever be an inseparable part of the State of Israel and enjoy a contiguous territorial connection to it." The Religious Freedom Coalition supports an evangelistic ministry to Arabs and other non-believers from Ariel. (Click here for news article)


Olive Oil SoapFor several years the Religious Freedom Coalition has offered 100% olive oil soap handmade by Christian families in Samaria. The men of these families are converts from Islam and have been accused of being "collaborators" with Israel. As a result they have death warrants against them and cannot return to their villages. Please order a few bars of Peace Soap to help these persecuted Christians. Your church can also offer the soap for sale and send the proceeds to the Religious Freedom Coalition. The soap is available to individuals for just $3.95 per bar! To learn more about this handmade olive oil soap click here or on the image.


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