With the results of the midterm election giving control of both the House and Senate to the Republican Party, leaders of two prominent social conservative political action groups said in interviews with The Christian Post that those candidates who fully embraced their conservative stances on social issues were fully rewarded by the voters.
Tony Perkins, president of the social conservative advocacy group Family Research Council, and Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, agreed that Republican candidates who either supported abortion or hid their views on abortion and other social issues did not fare as well as those who fully supported the social conservative principles that many think hinders the GOP in the modern political climate.
"I think what you saw here are candidates who embrace the values, the values voters embrace them," Perkins said. "I think this was a clear referendum on Barack Obama and his liberal policies, and I think that is going to come with a mandate to the Republicans that they address these issues and address them quickly." more >>
While the Republican Party is far from perfect, it is currently the political party that polls show most closely matches the core policy beliefs of values voters: evangelical, "born again" Christians and Catholics. According to pollster George Barna, there are 77 million "born again" evangelical and Catholic voters in the United States, but only about 30.6 million of them voted for Mitt Romney in 2012. Roughly 20 million voted for President Obama. The shocking number, however, is that 26 million values voters stayed home, not bothering to vote at all. The reasons cited are complicated and numerous: everything from discomfort with Mormonism to election apathy, to a distrust of the establishment.
As the 2014 midterm election approaches, disengaged values voters must understand that elections at every level of government have consequences. Look no further than Houston, Texas, where Mayor Annise Parker is trampling the constitutional rights of church pastors by attempting to force them to turn over their sermons on same-sex "marriage."
On the federal level, it was the conservative-leaning values voters' lack of participation at the polls that gave us Barack Obama. But there were 20 million values voters who did vote for the president. They, like the rest of America, bought into the president's promise of hope and change — only to find out that what they got was what most people of faith feared, a president who would flip flop on marriage, a president that would force taxpayers to pay for abortions, a president who would seem to turn a blind eye to Christian persecution worldwide as its branches of religious repression grow in our own country, and a president who's lack of support for our Judeo-Christian brothers and sisters in places like Israel would create a playground for terrorists worldwide. more >>
North Dakota's highest court upheld a state law that restricts the usage of medication abortions, reversing a lower court ruling.
The North Dakota Supreme Court ruled earlier this week that House Bill 1297 did not violate the state constitution, an allegation made by North Dakota's lone abortion clinic.
While three of the five justices concluded that the law was unconstitutional, at least four justices must concur for a law to be struck down as unconstitutional, according to North Dakota's constitution. more >>
A Mississippi judge has denied a pro-life group's request for a restraining order against police officers whom they claim have repeatedly harassed them when they protest outside the state's sole abortion clinic.
Judge Carlton Reeves of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi Jackson Division, denied the Life Legal Defense Foundation's request for an injunction on behalf of Pro-Life Mississippi and other protesters against the Jackson Police Department.
Dana Cody, attorney and executive director of the foundation, told The Christian Post that she believes the rejection of the injunction request was "wrongly decided." more >>
A federal court in Florida granted a Catholic academic institution injunctive relief from having to pay fines for refusing to comply with the federal government's birth control mandate.
The U.S. District Court Fort Myers Division ruled Tuesday that Ave Maria University will be granted a motion to be temporarily exempted from the Health and Human Services Department's mandate.
"Upon consideration of the record, the submissions of the parties, and the relevant law, it is the Court's conclusion that Ave Maria's motion for preliminary injunction should be granted," read the Court's ruling. more >>
In late summer, the California Department of Managed Health Care sent a chilling letter to all private health care insurers in the state, ordering them to cover all elective abortions - immediately. Naturally, many California churches insure their staff members under these policies.
According to an October complaint filed by Alliance Defending Freedom and Life Legal Defense Foundation on behalf of several California churches, "the insurers were instructed to…remove any limitations on health coverage for abortions." The insurance companies could not, for any reason, deny coverage to a woman for her abortion.
As the complaint states, "DMHC ordered elective abortion coverage into these churches' health insurance plans." more >>