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Week Ending December 2, 2005
Religious Freedom Coalition
December 2, 2005 12:16PM EST





Let's say you own a small 10 acre farm and someone puts up a shack in the corner of it. When you call the local authorities they tell you that the best way to deal with the problem is to give the squatter a deed to one acre of your property so that he is not there illegally any more. If you do this, of course, more squatters will put up more shacks until there is no room for your own house. Keeping that in mind what follows is the President's logic to deal with illegals in the nation: If we give the millions of illegals who are already here legal status it will stop others from coming to the United States illegally. (My wife suggested that President Bush deed a couple acres of his ranch to Cindy Sheehan as a token to show us all how his immigration policy will work.) This is followed by the logic of: If we send them all home, who will cook the burgers at McDonalds? Try this: There are millions of Polish, Romanians, Hungarians, Russians and others from former Soviet block nations desperately trying to enter the United States legally, many of whom would be more than happy to flip burgers at McDonalds to have the chance to become Americans. But this Administration and big business do not really want legal immigration to the United States. They want illegals who will work for less their entire lives and pay into the Social Security system without taking any of the money back out. Business interests, backed by the Wall Street Journal, prefer illegals because they bring down the entire wage scale. No matter what job you have you earn less because there are 10 million illegals working in the USA. (Click here for Congressman Hostettler's Illegals Hurt Americans ) There is a very simple solution to illegal immigration: Hand out guest worker visas at our embassies overseas. As legal workers enter the system over a period of years they will overwhelm the illegals who will be forced to return to Mexico and get work permits themselves. The concept is too simple for either the Administration or the Congress to comprehend.


I received my annual "Holiday card" from the White House yesterday, "With best wishes for a holiday season of hope and happiness, 2005." Besides the greeting the card contained the seal of the Presidency and a quote from Psalm 28:7. You will be happy to know that First Lady Laura Bush informed the press on Wednesday that the White House had decorated Christmas trees and had no intention of calling them Holiday trees. The White House trees this year are decorated in fresh flowers including roses. There are two trees with a beautiful Nativity scene standing between them. The entire theme chosen by Mrs. Bush this year is centered around fresh flowers. (Click here for White House "Holiday" site) Read the large Christmas section at the bottom of this page!

THE HOUSE (In recess until Dec. 6, 2005)


The Religious Freedom Coalition has been mailing tens of thousands of petitions each month seeking signatures in support of the Pledge Protection Act of 2005. This is our response to atheist Michael Newdow, who sued to remove "under God" from the Pledge. The only way to stop the constant harassment lawsuits by Newdow, the ACLU and other God haters 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. We are working with Congressman Akin's office to pass the Pledge Protection Act by collecting signatures on petitions to present to other members of Congress. To view or print out copies of our petition click here. NEW: Click here for our "Under God" Christmas ornament!


In the late 1990's the Republican controlled House changed the name of the Christmas Tree on the grounds of the Capitol to the Holiday Tree. The same Republican controlled Congress has now decided that the Holiday Tree is actually a Christmas tree. While the Republicans can't seem to stick to one name the Democrats are very sure it is a Holiday Tree. I have not seen it yet, but if there are any Christian symbols on the tree I will be surprised.  (Click here for Washington Times story)

THE SENATE (In recess until December 6, 2005)


As soon as President George W. Bush gave his immigration speeches in Texas and Arizona this week Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist announced that he was going to present to the Senate in February a plan to protect our borders. Frist, who is planning to run for President in 2008 said, "Having personally witnessed the challenges of maintaining safe and secure borders, I know that we must act swiftly to confront the challenges along America's porous borders. That's why the Senate will make strengthening our nation's front-line defenses a top priority in the second session of the 109th Congress, and I plan on bringing up border security reform legislation as a primary legislative item in February." Click here for Frist statement.


I have received the schedule for the second session of the 109th Congress from Majority Leader Bill Frist. When Congress goes into recess for the Christmas break (he still calls it that) it will not reconvene until January 18, 2006. Recess breaks will be February 20-24, March 20-24, April 10-21, May 29- June 2, July 3-7, August 7 - September 4 and a final adjournment before the election on October 6, 2006.


As I have mentioned in previous updates there are now enough Democrat Senators favoring Alito that there is little chance that a filibuster led by Senators Ted Kennedy and Joe Biden would succeed. That has not stopped the left from mounting a multi-million dollar campaign including television ads to target Democrat Senators who may vote for Alito. Because of the Christmas recess I do not expect the hearings until the week of January 8th with the most likely dates being the 9th, 10th and 11th. As stated before I expect some last minute dirty tricks on Alito, perhaps even trying to tie him to the Mafia because of his Italian heritage. (Click here for interesting AP/ABC story on far left and Alito)

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Peggy at State ... Click for larger imageRFC's Executive Director, Peggy Birchfield, attended the Department of State's Swearing-In ceremony for Barry F. Lowenkron as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. The ceremony was held in the Benjamin Franklin Room of the State Department. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice who swore in the Assistant Secretary spoke of his commitment and loyalty to the issues that reflect the founding principles of our American society. Rice spoke of her past work experiences with Mr. Lowenkron, and stated that she felt he would be an asset to NGO's such as the Religious Freedom Coalition in working for democracy and human rights worldwide. We at RFC look forward to working with Assistant Secretary Lowenkron on the international issues of religious freedom.


On Friday, RFC's Executive Director, Peggy Birchfield participated in the World Congress of Families IV Planning Committee Meeting in Washington DC. The meeting was an opportunity for RFC and other pro-life, pro-family NGO leaders to plan joint strategies on opportunities to inform, educate and to strengthen the natural family. Ongoing challenges include the sexual revolution, government policies which promote family dissolution as well as entertainment which is anti-family and which promotes the normalization of homosexuality. Delegates and NGO's from various countries gathered to discuss a productive global pro-family event. The RFC plans to participate in the planned major conference in Warsaw, Poland in 2007.



I normally buy all my woodshop supplies and tools at Lowe's. For decades Lowe's has had Christmas sales and sold real Christmas trees. This year Lowe's decided to sell Holiday trees and this irritated me enough that I sent them a complaint. I pointed out that their sign advertised Holiday Trees in English and then in Click for larger image Spanish on the same sign advertised Christmas trees. (Click here to view sign) Apparently illegal aliens can buy "Christmas trees" but those of us who are English speaking citizens are to buy Holiday trees. To their credit Lowe's sort of apologized and promised that in 2006 they would go back to calling them Christmas trees. (Click here for Lowe's response) By the way, I am tired of jumping through hoops to do my "Holiday" shopping. I received an ad in the mail for a set of ratchet wrenches from Sears. When I got to the store I was informed that I could buy them only at certain times of the day. I left, tossing the ad in the trash. I refuse to order my life according to the whim of some slow brained advertising executive deciding when I should be at the mall.


After years of being hounded by Swedish prosecutors for saying homosexuality is a sin, elderly pastor Ake Green has been acquitted of "hate crimes" by the Supreme Court in Sweden. (Click here for his sermon.) This could be a major turning point against "hate crimes" intended to silence Christians throughout the Western World. Green was relieved by the verdict saying, "This means we can continue to speak the way we have, and therefore it feels very good that they have ruled in a way that there should not be infringement in our way of preaching." There are still serious challenges against the right of Christians to speak the truth as taught by the Word of God in Europe and in Canada. In the United States men such as Senator Ted Kennedy want to pass the same kinds of "hate crimes" laws that were meant to silence Ake Green in Sweden.


On Thursday of this week I attended a press conference held by Jews Against Anti-Christian Defamation. The group, headed by Don Feder, believes Christians should not be forced to surrender their identity in the United States. During the press conference he and other Jewish leaders including Rabbi Daniel Lapin spoke out against the secular war on Christmas being waged by corporate America and the media. I believe the media was a bit stunned that a group of Jewish leaders held a news conference to say that the word Christmas did not offend them. Corporate America may be backing away from replacing Christmas with the word "Holiday" as seen in the e-mail I received from Lowe's (above). The reaction against the secularists this year is more than they expected. Those who don't want to buy at stores that refuse to use the word Christmas can always shop at the Internet stores run by Christian organizations such as ours. (Click here for our  press release on the censorship of Christmas.)


Click here for more informationEach year the Religious Freedom Coalition offers an expanded selection of items at our Internet store, many of them related to our work. This year we are offering a custom made Religious Freedom Coalition Christmas ornament featuring "under God" 3 dimensionally imposed over the American flag. This is a beautiful 3" high ornament that can be purchased nowhere else! The ornament symbolizes our work to protect the words "under God" in the Pledge to our flag. We also have an "under God" men's neck tie. A beautiful new item we are offering is the crystal nativity plaque made inClick image for more information Germany (see picture above).  Because of our work in the Holy Land,  and our defense of the public display of the Ten Commandments in the United States, we are offering the Ten Commandments etched in Jerusalem stone. Proceeds from sales at our Internet store assist us in our work both in the United States and internationally. AND:  My autobiography, My Life Without God, which has sold hundreds of thousands of copies, is once again available at the RFC Internet store. Our store is located at


Click for more Holy Land items!These Nativity sets were made for us in Bethlehem by Christian artisans using real Jerusalem stone. Click here or on the image for more details on these beautiful Nativities. We have less than 40 of these handmade Nativity sets on hand and we cannot get any more before Christmas. Please order soon for Christmas delivery. There are also handmade crosses available. 


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 Click for more information 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.

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Recommend the RFC update to someone! In 2005 we are praying to top the 100,000 subscribers mark and you can help. If this e-mail has been forwarded to you, please subscribe at 

William J. Murray, Chairman

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Please address all comments and questions to


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