Pelosi Calls Pro-Life Advocates “Dumb”

March 31, 2014
 

Day of Prayer in Alabama

Governor Robert Bentley of Alabama declared March 28, 2014, as the statewide “Day of Prayer over Students across Alabama.” Bentley is encouraging people to pray for the youth in Alabama to live Godly and honorable lives.

The proclamation given by Bentley read:

“Whereas Alabama students face extreme challenges, such as peer pressure to abuse drugs and alcohol, negative influences in the media, school violence and gang activities, and low self-esteem. Alabamians are encouraged to pray for God’s protection, guidance and peace, and for opportunities and blessings on the students of Alabama.

And whereas that prayer be offered for our schools, teachers and administrators for God’s wisdom and knowledge as they impart to the students of our state the greatest lessons of life and morality, and the education that each student deserves. “Now, therefore, I, Robert Bentley, Governor of Alabama, do hereby proclaim March 28, 2014, as the Day of Prayer over Students across Alabama.”

This proclamation is one out of the nine similar declarations made by Bentley. The first “Day of Prayer over Students” took place in 2006. The “Day of Prayer over Students” was started by First Priority of Alabama, an organization that coordinates the Christian clubs that meet weekly before school and various prayer activities.

The group urges Christians across the state to get involved in one or more activities, such as becoming a “prayer zone partner” by praying each time one drives past a school, planning a prayer vigil at church, or organizing a prayer walk around their local school.

First Priority of Greater Birmingham Executive Director Matthew Wilson stated:

“We are thankful once again for the governor’s proclamation. Praying for students is not just a privilege, it’s a necessity. They face an enormous amount of peer pressure to become part of what is considered normal by the world’s standards. Without prayer, these students will not be able to stand against the insurmountable odds they will face from childhood until they leave this world.”

 

Refusing to Stop Praying in Jesus’ Name

Carroll County Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier claims she won’t stop using the Name of Jesus even if it means she’ll be put in jail. Despite a court order to end sectarian prayers during government meetings in Maryland, Frazier is refusing to stop praying in Jesus’ Name.

Frazier strongly asserted:

“I’m willing to go to jail over it. “f we cease to believe that our rights come from God, we cease to be America. We’ve been told to be careful. But we’re going to be careful all the way to communism if we don’t start standing up and saying ‘no.’”

On Tuesday, United States District Court Judge William D. Quarles, Jr., issued a preliminary injunction against sectarian prayers by the county. The ruling was made in response to a lawsuit filed last year by the American Humanist Association (AHA). The AHA claims that the Christian prayers violated the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which declares that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.”

“Commissioners must not invoke the name of a specific deity associated with any specific faith or belief,” Quarles ruled.

However during Thursday’s county meeting, Frazier publically disagreed with Quarles order, calling it “an infringement on her First Amendment rights of free speech and religion. I think it’s a wrong ruling. I’m not going to give up these rights.”

After Frazier voiced her opinion of the ruling, she then read a prayer written by President George Washington. The prayer reads:

“Let me have all my directions from Thy Holy Spirit and success from Thy bountiful land. Let the bright beams of Thy Light so shine into my heart and enlighten my mind in understanding Thy blessed word that I may be enabled to perform Thy will in all things and effectually resist all temptations of the world, the flesh and the devil.”

After Frazier defied the order, Attorney Monica Miller wrote to the commission:

“We appreciate the commissioners’ individual religious freedom, and encourage them to worship as they wish in their homes and in their churches. We simply ask that they refrain from using the apparatus of government as a platform for their personal, sectarian religious views.”

Of course, it’s entirely possible that the commissioner wishes to become a public martyr of sorts for Christianity, a celebrity upon whom religious sympathizers can bestow admiration and encouragement. If that’s the case, and if she therefore ignores both the court and this warning, she will no doubt get her wish.”

The AHA is now threatening to press charges if Frazier or others with the commission continue to pray in the Name of Jesus.

 

Pelosi Calls Pro-Life Advocates “Dumb”

During her acceptance speech as she received the Margaret Sanger Award, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi called pro-lifers “dumb.”

On Thursday at the Planned Parenthood’s annual gala, Pelosi stated, “When you see how closed their minds are or oblivious or whatever it is—dumb—then you know what the fight is about. Whatever happens with the court …we must remember these battles will not be the end of the fight.”

Pelosi was referencing to the personhood laws that have been given in various states and the opposition to the ObamaCare abortion pill mandate.

“Minister” William Barber II, who leads a homosexual advocacy and social justice organization called “Moral Mondays” in North Carolina, was also at the gala. Barber stated:

“We must build a movement knowing that those against Planned Parenthood are also against voting rights, labor rights, and immigration reform. The same people trying to gut voting rights are the same people trying to remove southern states from Medicaid coverage, and are the same people trying to remove women’s rights. We are stronger together when we fight these injustices together.”

Bradley Bredeweg of the ABC Family show The Fosters, a show about children being raised by lesbians, also spoke at the event. Bredeweg asserted:

“Our family represents the new, loving and modern family. Two incredibly smart and passionate biracial lesbian women raising a family made up of a multicultural mix of biological, adopted, and foster kids. A family that is allowed to make their own choices, to decide what is best for their own family. With all of the prejudice and discrimination that we still have to fight as gays and lesbians, as women, as different races—the last thing we should be fighting for are our own bodies.”

This is the junk that many people believe. It’s high time Christians start standing up and saying “enough is enough.” Leaders of this country are calling Christians out for their opposition to abortion, same-sex marriage, and immorality. Where are the Christians calling out the wickedness of our leaders? The sinful views of this world are rapidly taking over. Please do not sit by idle. Stand up for truth and earnestly pray for this country.

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Holder’s Latest Unlawful Announcement

March 28, 2014
New Texas Abortion Regulations are Here to Stay

 

On Thursday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the new Texas abortion regulation laws constitutional and ready to be implemented. This ruling is contrary to the lower court ruling that claimed the laws served no reasonable purpose.

 

Last October, District Judge Lee Yeakel ruled the new abortion regulations as an “undue burden” on women’s ability to have an abortion.  Yeakel also sided with Planned Parenthood who challenged the new regulation for abortionists which requires they admit privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the facility and follow the Food and Drug Administration’s original dosage protocol for the pill RU-486.

 

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott appealed the ruling to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. The three-judge panel disagreed with Yeakel, stating that the new requirements did serve a purpose. The panel explained that although the law would make it more difficult for women to obtain an abortion, the result was simply an “incidental effect,” and was “not designed to strike at the right to abortion itself.”

 

The case was then appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which rejected 5-4 Planned Parenthood’s request.

 

When sent back to the Fifth Circuit for full review, the panel agreed the new Texas law “on its face does not impose an undue burden on the life and health of a woman.”

 

Chief Justice Edith Jones stated:

 

“Viewed from the proper perspective, the State’s articulation of rational legislative objectives, which was backed by evidence placed before the state legislature, easily supplied a connection between the admitting–privileges rule and the desirable protection of abortion patients’ health.”

 

Planned Parenthood says it will continue to fight the regulation. Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, asserted, “The latest restrictions in Texas will force women to have abortions later in pregnancy, if they are able to get to a doctor at all. This court ruling is not the last word.”

 

However, Governor Rick Perry said that the will of the people of Texas is that unborn children be protected. He stated:

 

“The people of Texas have spoken through their elected leaders and in support of protecting the culture of life in our state. Today’s court decision is good news for Texas women and the unborn, and we will continue to fight for the protection of life and women’s health in Texas.”

 

 

Holder’s Latest Unlawful Announcement

 

Despite Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s decision not to recognize some 300 same-sex marriages performed in Michigan before a federal appeals court halted them, Attorney General Eric Holder says otherwise.

 

On Friday, Eric Holder announced that the federal government will recognize all the same-sex “marriages” performed in Michigan during the 24 hour span between Judge Friedman’s ruling against the ban on same-sex “marriage” and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decision to halt the ruling. Holder’s announcement is his latest entrance into the state-level same-sex marriage debate. In January, Holder made the same ruling in Utah, where more than 1,000 same-sex couples got married, before the Supreme Court put a halt to the unions.

 

Holder asserted on Friday:

 

“The Governor of Michigan has made clear that the marriages that took place on Saturday were lawful and valid when entered into, although Michigan will not extend state rights and benefits tied to these marriages pending further legal proceedings. For purposes of federal law, as I announced in January with respect to similarly situated same-sex couples in Utah, these Michigan couples will not be asked to wait for further resolution in the courts before they may seek federal benefits to which they are entitled.” 

 

Holder’s decision will allot these “couples” federal benefits, including the ability to file taxes jointly, get Social Security benefits for spouses, and request legal immigration status for partners.

 

Holder stated, “These families will be eligible for all relevant federal benefits on the same terms as other same-sex marriages.”

 

 

Minimum Wage Increase

 

On Thursday, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed a bill into law raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. The new minimum wage is in concordance with President Obama’s suggestion to Congress.

 

Malloy signed the bill in the same New Britain diner where he appeared earlier this month with Obama and three other New England governors: Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, Peter Shumlin of Vermont and Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island. All are Democrats who have pushed to raise the minimum wage in their states.

 

Malloy stated, “This is just a step in moving people in the right direction. We will be lifting people out of poverty in the state of Connecticut. Increasing the minimum wage is not just good for workers; it’s also good for business.”

 

Connecticut’s Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey said, “Raising the minimum wage helps people who need it most, is good for the economy and is the right thing to do.”

 

However, State House Republican spokesman Patrick O’Neil opposed the bill because he believes decrease job opportunities, especially with Connecticut’s unemployment rate already higher than the national average. O’Neil stated:

 

“This is just politics in an election year and isn’t going to lift anyone out of poverty. In Bridgeport, the state’s largest city, there is a 50 percent unemployment rate among teens ages 16-19. If they can’t get a job at $8.70 an hour, what will it be like when the rate goes up? This is just going to cause employers who create jobs in the state to hire even fewer people.”

 

The Congressional Budget Office reported that raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour nationally would reduce total employment by some 500,000 workers.

 

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03/30/14 Update from the Bright’s

Dear Friends, supporters and prayer warriors,
I was going to e-mail last night, but then I thought Larry was going to have surgical procedure #5 today, so I thought I would wait.  Since the procedure did not take place today, we expect it will take place on Monday or Tuesday; however, with the thoracic surgeon involved , it could take place on Sunday.  The purpose of this procedure is to take out the stitches from surgery #3, cleaning the area, draining the hematoma that was formed when Larry had his coughing fit that caused him to have surgery #4, and restapling him.  The incision has been draining since March 6th, and will not heal unless the above is done.  Larry will again be put under general anesthesia.
The good news for the week is:
Larry is off of the ventilator and has been using a trach tent since Wednesday afternoon.
Larry has a valve that can be put on his trach to talk.  He has also learned how to block the air on his trach to talk without the valve.
Larry can drink clear liquids, but his swallowing muscles need to work up to anything thicker than water texture.
Larry had 2 chest tubes removed on Wednesday evening.
On Saturday, today, Larry sat in a chair for 1 hour.
The concerns for the week are:
Larry was running a fever on Thursday, Friday it was still up, but today it was normal.  They are running cultures, changed his antibiotics, and are wanting to remove tubes, PIC line, etc to prevent infections, but there is not agreement about which can/should be done yet.
Larry is now allergic to the antibiotic wipes they have wiped him down with for the past 6 weeks.  The wipes are causing intense itching wherever they touch.  So, tonight they were not going to use them and see if he continues to have problems.
Larry is also breaking out with a rash on the tops of his feet from the boots that are on to prevent his heels from dropping.
Other item of interest:
Larry will need a cat scan to remove the drainage tube that radiology put in.  He currently has 5 drainage tubes in his chest area.
Thank you again for your prayers, e-mails, and encouragement,.
Gerry for the Brights

Hobby Lobby’s Hearing in Supreme Court

March 26, 2014
School Voices Concerns Over Girl Who Dresses Like Boy

Recently, Timberlake Christian School in Virginia sent a letter of concern to the grandparents of eight-year-old Sunnie Kahle. The school expressed its concerns about Sunnie dressing and behaving like a boy, claiming that her lack of femininity does not align with the Biblical standards of the school. The school also asserted that unless Sunnie starts dressing and acting like a girl, she will be rejected for enrollment next year.

The letter read:

“Sunnie is a very bright girl, and we care very deeply about her well being. It seems that Sunnie has had a difficult year at times with some of the struggles that you and I have talked about on the phone. There have also been several occasions when the other students, particularly those who do not know Sunnie personally, have been confused about whether she is a boy or girl, and at times, those occasions have been troubling to Sunnie.

You’re probably aware that Timberlake Christian School is a religious, Bible believing institution providing education in a distinctly Christian environment. We believe that unless Sunnie, as well as her family, clearly understand that God has made her female and her dress and behavior needs to follow suit with her God-ordained identity, that TCS is not the best place for her future education.”

The letter also gave several Bible verses, explaining that the school has the right to deny enrollment to any student that engages in “sexual immorality; practicing homosexual lifestyle or alternative gender identity; promoting such practices; or otherwise having the inability to support the moral principles of the school.”

In response to the letter, the Thompsons, Sunnie’s grandparents, have withdrawn her from the school and placed her in a public school. The Thompsons claim that Sunnie is a normal girl and that she cannot be forced to be more feminine. The Thompsons say the school’s handling of the situation should be viewed as “discrimination.”

Doris Thompson, Sunnie’s grandmother, stated:

“How do you tell a child when she wants to wear pants and a shirt, and go out and play in the mud and so forth, how do you tell her, ‘No, you can’t. You’ve got to wear a pink bow in your hair, and you’ve got to let your hair grow out long. How do you do that? I can’t do that.”

Timberlake Christian School officials say that they are in no way condemning or accusing Sunnie of anything, they are merely asking that Sunnie abide by the school guidelines.

 

Christian Charity Now Accepts Homosexuality

On Monday, World Vision, one of America’s largest Christian charities, announced that it has changed its handbook and now permits its employees to engage in same-sex “marriages” as long as they claim to be a Christian.

World Vision has been assisting the poor and orphaned for over 60 years. The organization claims that it decided to change its policy to bring “unity” among Christians. President Richard Stearns asserted that his goal is to avoid the division over homosexuality that has been “tearing churches apart.”

Stearns stated:

“Changing the employee conduct policy to allow someone in a same-sex marriage who is a professed believer in Jesus Christ to work for us makes our policy more consistent with our practice on other divisive issues. It also allows us to treat all of our employees the same way: abstinence outside of marriage, and fidelity within marriage.

This is not us compromising. It is us deferring to the authority of churches and denominations on theological issues. We’re an operational arm of the global church, we’re not a theological arm of the church. This is simply a decision about whether or not you are eligible for employment at World Vision U.S. based on this single issue, and nothing more.”

Many disagree with World Vision’s decision. On Tuesday, Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality claimed that World Vision’s change in policy has actually caused division and confusion.

LaBarbera asserted:

“World Vision now puts hundreds of thousands of biblically faithful and compassionate Christians in a bind: they want to keep supporting poor children through World Vision sponsorships, but they do not want to give their money to a charity that actively undermines God’s Word through its policies. Many Christians will abandon World Vision and children will suffer.

World Vision does a great spiritual disservice to its ‘gay married’ employees. By implying that unrepentant, practicing homosexuals can be faithful servants of Jesus Christ while living openly in grave sexual sin and mocking true marriage, World Vision becomes an impediment to their repentance before God. Salvation requires humbly acknowledging and turning away from sin, just as genuine marriage requires two people of the opposite sex joining to produce a natural family.

By recognizing homosexual ‘marriages’ in its hiring practices and treating them like actual marriages, World Vision has not only entered the debate over this issue but greatly advanced the LGBT agenda by lending ‘Christian’ credibility to ‘gay’ activists’ misleading ‘marriage equality’ propaganda. World Vision also undermines religious liberty by signaling that immoral laws that defy God’s law are more binding than Scripture—unilaterally throwing up the white flag of surrender on freedom of conscience.”

 

Hobby Lobby’s Hearing in Supreme Court

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court heard Hobby Lobby’s argument against the ObamaCare abortion pill mandate.

After hearing the argument, the nine justices of the Supreme Court were divided over the issue. The justices are unsure whether businesses should be granted exemptions for religious purposes. According to reports, the female justices seemed more skeptical of allowing the exemption, while the male justices were more in favor of granting an exemption.

During the hearing, Justice Sonia Sotomayor asked Hobby Lobby attorney Paul Clement if companies should be allowed to refuse to cover other procedures, such as blood transfusions and vaccines, for religious reasons. Sotomayor claimed that a “slippery slope” could result from allowing an exemption to the abortion pill mandate.

“One religious group could opt out of this and another religious group could opt out of that, and everything would be piecemeal and nothing would be uniform,” Sotomayor stated.

Justice Elena Kagan agreed with Sotomayor, implying that companies could challenge other federal laws, such as the minimum wage requirement and child labor laws, based on religious claims. Kagan argued that Hobby Lobby could opt to pay the fine if they do not want to provide the coverage, which she asserted was less than the cost of insuring each employee.

Justice Antonin Scalia suggested that if the business owner has objections to covering the cost of the abortion pills, the government should pay for abortion pills.

However, Justice Samuel Alito disagreed stating:

“I thought it was the government’s position that providing coverage for the full range of contraceptives and other devices and drugs that are covered here is actually financially neutral for an insurance company, that that reduces other costs that they would incur.

What about the implications of saying that no for-profit corporation can raise any sort of free exercise claim at all and nobody associated with the for-profit corporation can raise any sort of free exercise claim at all?”

A final ruling on the case will be determined sometime in June. Please continue to pray.

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