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Week Ending November 18, 2005
Religious Freedom Coalition
November 18, 2005 3:31PM EST





Last week I stated that Judge Samuel A. Alito would probably be confirmed to the Supreme Court without much of a fight. At a recent meeting I was reminded that the same thing was said about Justice Clarence Thomas who had the same conservative record as Judge Alito. Then along came a liar, Anita Hill, who unjustly accused Justice Thomas of sexual harassment because she was a liberal activist willing to make numerous false statements about him to stop his confirmation. As a result of her lies, Thomas almost failed in his confirmation, and he of course has proved to be one of our greatest justices. The left has no morals and there is no telling what they will do to stop Alito. It is my understanding that the coalition to stop the confirmation of Alito now has more than $50 million in the bank. That much money can buy a lot of things, even more liars.


Atheist Michael Newdow, who sued to remove "under God" from the Pledge, is again taking advantage of America's freedoms and our legal system, by filing yet another destructive and expensive lawsuit. This time he has announced he will sue to have "In God We Trust" removed from our money. Some loony 9th Circuit judge will probably agree with him that after being legal for two hundred years or so, this phrase is suddenly unconstitutional. I taped an interview on this subject with Fox News which will air several times today and tomorrow. The only way to stop these constant harassment lawsuits is for Congress to remove religious _expression lawsuits from judicial review-- just as Rep. Todd Akin is attempting to do with the proposed Pledge Protection Act. It is not the place of a few un-elected radical judges to legislate religious intolerance from the bench.


The New York Board of Education, which allows school facilities to be rented by just about any kind of group you can imagine, singled out churches for special discrimination by refusing to rent space on weekends for services. The Bronx Household of Faith church has been fighting the school board in a ten year legal battle. This week, federal District Court Judge Loretta Preska ruled in favor of the church, saying she found the school board's position "...astonishing in light of the Supreme Court's clear holding in Good News Club." She was referring to a 2001 case in which a school's denial of access to an after-hours Bible club was ruled unconstitutional. In both the Good News case and the Bronx church case good decisions were reached, but only after long legal battles. The fact remains that it was the Supreme Court's twisted interpretation of the Establishment Clause back in the 1960's which has led to this constant wrangling in which people of faith have to fight for every single small right that they have.



As I reported last week, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution approved a constitutional amendment on the definition of marriage as a union of one man and one woman. However, this week, in the full Judiciary Committee one Democrat requested a one-week "hold over" to delay the Committee vote. Since today is the last day before the Senate recess, no committee vote can be held until January 2006 when the Senate returns. The measure, which would prevent activist judges from changing the traditional definition of marriage, has overwhelming support from the vast majority of the American people. Earlier this month Texas became the 19th state to pass, by a healthy 70% majority, a constitutional amendment defining marriage. At least four more states plan to put marriage amendments up for a vote in their states next year.


Should health care professionals, hospitals and health care plans be penalized by state and local governments because they refuse to perform abortions for reasons of conscience? No they should not, said the House as they passed the Hyde-Weldon Conscience Protection provision. When this measure went to the Senate, RINO Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) who seems to hate any and all restrictions on abortion, took away all these conscience protections in the Senate version. After a tough battle in the joint committee, the House version has won, so that health care entities cannot be coerced into helping perform, pay for, or refer for abortions.


In May, the House passed the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act (the cord blood bill) to help establish a national network of tissue typing and storage banks to make available umbilical cord blood and bone marrow transplants to patients who need them. These are proven life saving therapies for at least 65 diseases including leukemia and other cancers, sickle cell, several types of anemia and immunodeficiency diseases. There is also exciting research showing non-embryonic stem cells can one day regenerate corneas as well as damaged heart muscle and liver tissue. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee unanimously approved the Senate version of the cord blood bill, but now some Senate Democrats are holding the bill hostage even while patients die who could have been helped. These Senators want the bill to be tied to the unacceptable Embryonic Stem Cell Research bill. Not only is it wrong to ask religious Americans to pay for research on embryos which have been deliberately killed, but the large amount of private embryonic stem cell research has so far not found even one disease that is actually helped by embryonic cells. This despite all the hype and exaggerated promises by liberal politicians and Hollywood celebrities.



Congress is loath to touch sacred cows like Medicaid, food stamps, and student loan subsidies, but conservatives this week insisted it had to be done. By a razor thin margin of 217-215, the House voted for a budget-cutting bill that would curb rapidly growing benefit programs and cut almost $50 billion from the deficit over the next five years. The Democrats have remained united against cutting a drastic rise in spending, but Republicans are divided.  Many of the "Main Street" Republicans who are backed by left wing nut George Soros voted against reducing the growth in federal spending. House leaders will now have to iron out a compromise with the Senate, which has recently passed its own much more modest version of the budget cutting bill. (Click here for FOX story)



The Religious Freedom Coalition arranged numerous meetings with congressmen, Senators and various NGO's for Mayor Ron Nachman of Ariel, Samaria. During those meetings Mayor Nachman pled the case for the Biblical right of the Jews to their homeland. He also argued that Judea and Samaria are vital to the security of Israel because they provide a buffer for the tiny nation against hostile neighbors. The 1947 border placed upon Israel before it was attacked by its Arab neighbors was at its narrowest just 9 miles. The mayor pointed out that the United States is the only country that refuses to have an embassy in Jerusalem (actually the Congress made a law to move it to Jerusalem but neither President Clinton nor President George W. Bush has complied). According to much historical evidence, including the writings of 19th Century visitors like President Theodore Roosevelt and novelist Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), much of Israel was uninhabited wasteland before the early 20th Century. Jews like Mayor Nachman's forebears began to return and settle the land, buying it for cash. Certainly there was nothing even thirty years ago on the barren hillside where the thriving city of Ariel now stands. Mayor Nachman was the driving force behind the building of the city, aided by his wife Dorith, whose parents were both Holocaust survivors.

Murray, Brownback, NachmanAmong the many briefings we arranged for Mayor Nachman to give was one at the Israeli Embassy where he spoke to more than 40 Christian groups. The Mayor was welcomed at the offices of several congressmen including Trent Franks (R-AZ), Jo Ann Davis (R-VA) and Todd Akin (R-MO). We even had the opportunity to stop by the offices of a true friend of Israel and the city of Ariel, Congressman Tom DeLay (R-TX). Meetings were also arranged with several Senators including Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) and Norm Coleman (R-WI). In virtually every meeting the congressmen and Senators were surprised by information that was given to them about State Department conduct in the region. There were several more formal events including a breakfast in the Capitol Building on Thursday morning sponsored by the Capitol Exchange Club. On Thursday evening the Religious Freedom Coalition was the host of a reception at the Capitol Hill Club at which many supporters of Israel, included congressmen, came to hear Mayor Nachman speak. Not only the individual events, but the overall three days were extremely successful in making many on Capitol Hill more aware of the existence of Ariel and its precarious position in Samaria surrounded by Islamic hostility and State Department arrogance.

Since we did not finish with our scheduled activities with Mayor Nachman until late Friday afternoon, this is not a complete report of our week.  We  plan to post a more complete report of the Mayor's visit at a later time. 

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THE FACTS: under the Oslo Peace Accords, the agreement forced down the throat of Israel by then President Bill Clinton, the first city to be handed over to Yassar Arafat was Bethlehem. Christians immediately began to flee and now they number less than 20%. During my time in Bethlehem I never saw a Christian  woman on the street. Every woman wears a Muslim veil or scarf and it is now unsafe for a Christian woman to be on the street without a male escort. My full report on current conditions in Bethlehem and our projects there is now complete and available online ( Click here to read ) There are several photos in the report showing some of the children who were helped to afford Christian school tuition and other expenses. Although school has already begun, we can still get more funds to Christian children for school supplies, books, uniforms etc. You can help with an outright gift or you can help by purchasing one of the Jerusalem stone Nativity sets made by Christian families in Bethlehem. These Nativity sets were made for the purpose of assisting us in raising funds. Click here or on the image for more details on these beautiful Nativities. We have a total of only 75 of these handmade Nativity sets on hand and we cannot get any more before Christmas. Please order soon for Christmas. There are also handmade crosses available. You can also help by donating directly for the Bethlehem Project using your credit card at our secure site or call 1-800-650-7664 during normal business hours. Contributions may also be sent to Religious Freedom Coalition , PO Box 77511, Washington, DC 20013


For 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. We have great difficulty in getting soap out of Palestinian controlled areas and into Israel so we can ship it to our Virginia facility and for this reason we must often remove it from our Internet store. Please order a few bars of Peace Soap to help these persecuted Christians. The funds go to them and their families, not to us. 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.



My good friend Janet Folger has a national daily radio show which I have appeared on many times. Her new book, The Criminalization of Christianity , is an absolute must read because it addresses the very issue of stripping God from public view in America. With a new court battle raging over the words "under God" in the Pledge to our flag this book needs to be read by all. The Criminalization of Christianity is probably NOT in your local library and it needs to be there. I have drastically reduced the price to urge you to buy it, read it and then DONATE IT to your local library. Buy a second copy and try to get it into your high school library as well. There are ways to fight back, and this is one of them! Click here or on image for more information. (Only a few remain at this discount price!)


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