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Week Ending February 2, 2007
February 3, 2007 10:37AM EST

February 2, 2007
Week Ending February 2, 2007 - Washington, DC

The Administration and Human Trafficking: A move to stop slavery / The House: New Pledge Protection Act introduced / Protect the Adoption Tax Credit / The Senate: Senator Brownback brings back Public Expression of Religion Act / Religion and Society: Strange Yokefellows at the NCC and more.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING PROSECUTION - Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has announced the creation of a Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit (HTP) in the Criminal Section of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division. This is part of President George W. Bush's ongoing efforts to stop modern day slavery which in the West centers mostly on women and young boys forced into the sex trade. In 2006 Attorney General Gonzales initiated 168 investigations, charged 111 defendants and had a record 98 convictions for trafficking. More efforts like these are needed to stop forced prostitution on women and young boys.

NEW PLEDGE PROTECTION ACT - Congressman Todd Akin (R-MO) has reintroduced the Pledge Protection Act for the 110th Congress. The new bill number for the Pledge Protection Act of 2007 is HR- 699. The bill already has both Republican and Democratic co-sponsors. The bill passed the House in the 108th and 109th Congresses by a wide margin with a large number of Democrats joining Republicans in voting for it. Unfortunately, both times the PPA failed to receive a vote in the Senate. This is a critical year for the Pledge of Allegiance, as the lawsuit by atheist Michael Newdow to remove "under God" from it progresses through the courts.

ADOPTION TAX CREDIT - With Democrats in control, the $10,000 Adoption Tax Credit is in danger. Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) has introduced the Adoption Tax Relief Guarantee Act of 2007 that would provide a tax credit of up to the full $10,000 for qualified adoption expenses. Without the passage of his bill the current exemption will expire in 2010. More adoptions mean fewer abortions and Congressman Wilson's bill deserves passage.

PUBLIC EXPRESSION OF RELIGION - For many years Congressman John Hostettler worked to pass the Public Expression of Religion Act, however, he was defeated last November and no longer serves in the House. Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) has picked up the torch to stop the ACLU from using taxpayer money to silence public expression of religion. His bill would cut the purse strings of the ACLU by not allowing them to seek attorneys' fees from towns, counties and school districts while bringing lawsuits against elected officials and school personnel who dare to express their religious faith in even small ways. This is critical legislation to protect the rights of Christians in government.

STRANGE YOKEFELLOWS - The Institute on Religion & Democracy has produced a new booklet detailing the funding of the National Council of Churches. The organization now receives most of its funding from liberal secular sources such as the Ford Foundation, the Kellogg Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Sierra Club. Click here for more information.

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