Some call the fear and hate ad campaigns being orchestrated by Democratic Party supporters to boost black turnout in next Tuesday's congressional elections desperation. I call it pathetic.
The way for a Party to get support is to deliver success. When there is no record of success, lies, distortion, and fear become the operative tools, in hope that uninformed voters will buy the garbage.
Black voters are becoming more politically engaged than ever, which means they are also becoming more politically informed than ever. This is why the sick ads being run on behalf of Democrats in battleground states, designed not to inform but to provoke fear in black voters, are likely to backfire more >>
Did you know that September is ex-gay awareness month? Honestly, I did not realize such a commemoration took place either until last year. I received an invitation to attend the first annual Ex-Gay Awareness Month Conference hosted by Voice of the Voiceless, Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays, and Equality And Justice For All. This introduction coupled with stories shared by some of the most courageous men and women I've yet to encounter illumined me to the love and support the ex-gay community deserves as they face tremendous hostility from gay activists.
But it's not just gay activists who belittle the ministry of ex-gay awareness advocates, therapists and support group leaders. By now you've likely heard RNS News report that Dr. Russell Moore has supposedly "denounced reparative therapy" for same-sex attracted individuals who wish to change their sexual attractions and join the ex-gay community. But if you read all of Moore's statements, you cannot find him downright rejecting sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE). Instead, he's putting therapy in its place on the hierarchy of healing, as I explained over at The Christian Post while rejecting that notion that the solution is ultimately change.
Unfortunately, the voices not heard in this sudden revival of debate are those within the ex-gay community, many of whom have used therapy for wise counsel, accountability and healing. 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 >>
Dear Mr. President:
This morning, you gave a speech in Rhode Island that was centered on women's equality. You addressed the important issues of equal pay for equal work, paid maternity and family leave, and the high cost of daycare.
But you also made a statement that is very concerning to stay-at-home moms around the nation. In fact, your statement makes us wonder if you consider us as equal and contributing members of society. We've always been a substantial part of society, and we're becoming even more so. From 1999 to 2012, the share of stay-at-home moms grew by 6 percent , after a nearly three-decade decline in our numbers. In 2012, there were 10.4 million of us around the nation. more >>
Yesterday, my colleagues and I at the ACLJ filed a new lawsuit against the IRS in federal court in New Hampshire. The facts of the case are simple: On June 18, 2014, Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire submitted a FOIA request to the IRS for all communications between Senator Jeanne Shaheen or Representative Carol Shea-Porter and key IRS officials, including Lois Lerner. The request for IRS communications with Senator Shaheen was particularly significant. On February 16, 2012, Senator Shaheen joined a number of her Democratic colleagues demanding that the IRS investigate the alleged "political activities" of tax-exempt organizations. She followed up this demand with a second letter asking the IRS to "immediately change the administrative framework for enforcement of the tax code as it applies to groups designated as 'social welfare organizations.'"
In the weeks and months following these letters, the IRS bombarded conservative groups with extraordinary and unconstitutional demands for information, including — in some cases — demands for Internet passwords, donor lists, and information about even the activities of the family members of conservative leaders.
The IRS responded to Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire's information request by disregarding the law. It declared it could not meet FOIA's statutory deadlines but instead stated it would respond by October 23, 2014. more >>
On this Halloween, U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) played a nasty trick on the voters of Louisiana. She reiterated the ignorant and inaccurate stereotypes of Louisiana and the South by strongly implying that people of her home state are both racist and sexist.
In response to a question from Chuck Todd of NBC News about why the President is not popular in Louisiana, Landrieu said, "The South has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans. It's been a difficult time for the President to present himself in a very positive light as a leader. It's not always been a good place for women to present ourselves. It's more of a conservative place. So we've had to work a little bit harder."
By her inane comments, Landrieu slammed her constituents, doing tremendous harm to the image of the state. According to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Landrieu "appears to be living in a different century," and he lambasted her remarks as a "major insult" and "remarkably divisive." Of course, the President is not unpopular in Louisiana because of his skin color; it is because his policies are destructive. He has failed across the board from domestic to foreign policies and the voters of Louisiana are upset that Senator Landrieu has voted for the President's policies 97 percent of the time. Not surprisingly, despite her support for President Obama, Landrieu has kept him away from Louisiana because he is so unpopular in the state. Instead, she has resorted to inviting both Bill and Hillary Clinton to Louisiana in an attempt to improve her sagging political fortunes. more >>