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We are focusing on building the American Leadership Fund right now, and so new content is going up on that blog site regularly.  Please visit the site and tell your friends about it:  www.AmericanLeadershipFund.com We have room for new leaders in all fifty states.  If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out this survey. […]

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God’s Not Dead – The Movie

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From Hollywood comes another great film for your family. We applaud the thousands in the film industry that are uniting to proclaim truth and righteousness, and for those doubters out there – common sense answers to those unanswerable questions.

Watch this trailer and go see this movie!

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From Hollywood comes another great film for your family. We applaud the thousands in the film industry that are uniting to proclaim truth and righteousness, and for those doubters out there – common sense answers to those unanswerable questions. Watch this trailer and go see this movie! Reviews

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Obama Admin. Legalized Online Gambling

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Utah’s Congressman Jason Chaffetz is taking on the Obama Administration’s Department of Justice.  This time its about the former Assistant Attorney General Virginia Seitz’ Christmas 2011 decision to legalize internet gambling.  Newsweek has just published the article.  Children of all ages will now be able to access these games on their cell phones, as well as their iPads and computers.

The article reads, “Seitz opened wide the door to online gambling—and in the process, critics say, may have opened a Pandora’s box. Lawmakers and experts warn that online gambling is dangerously addictive for some, especially children raised in a culture of online gaming and smartphones.”

Jonathan Turley, a George Washington University professor, responds:  “That a single, relatively unknown person in an office at the Justice Department can just bring about such massive change to our economy in direct contradiction to what Congress sees as the governing law signals a gravitational shift in power that is very concerning.”

Utah is only one of two states (Hawaii) that bans gambling of all kinds, even the lottery.  Chaffetz is sponsoring legislation to block the reckless actions of the DOJ’s office.  According to Newsweek he said: “This is just the beginning.  I am afraid that if we don’t move quickly and get some decent regulations in place, which we really don’t have right now, it will be too late to stop it from reaching all the states.”

Read the article.  It will be a real eye-opener about what is happening to kids who are becoming addicted to video and online and cell phone games, which then leads them to the real stuff.

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Utah’s Congressman Jason Chaffetz is taking on the Obama Administration’s Department of Justice.  This time its about the former Assistant Attorney General Virginia Seitz’ Christmas 2011 decision to legalize internet gambling.  Newsweek has just published the article.  Children of all ages will now be able to access these games on their cell phones, as well […]

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Anti-Caucus DC Sharks Now Attack Senator Mike Lee

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Something is fishy here.  Senator Mike Lee is under attack.  He’s a conservative Senator who ousted a Republican incumbent in 2010.  He’s a strong voice for the Right, and refuses to be bought.  There are only a handful in the Senate, and that’s what’s wrong with Congress.

YMike Leeet on August 13, 2014, one of Utah’s top two papers – the Deseret News – ran a story about alleged illegal campaign funds for the popular Senator Mike Lee’s campaign that were somehow tied to the Attorney General scandal that has two former Utah AG’s facing criminal charges.

Yes, I do believe that scandal is somewhat hyped and politically motivated.  They typically are.  That’s the nature of politics today.  Republicans in the State legislature were quick to distance themselves from the scandal.  Democrats delighted in the opportunity (Alliance for a Better Utah is very involved) as well.

It gets worse.  The opportunity is also attracting others from the private sector as well now, including a man who has filed a $33 million civil law suit against former AG Swallow claiming that he was the cause of their losing their home in exchange for a campaign donation.

There’s blood in the water, and this is beginning to look more like a vicious shark attack.

What evidence do I have that the AG scandal now linking Mike Lee is at least in part politically motivated?

According to the Deseret News article, now Bob Bennett’s “mainstream Republicans” and his ardent supporters are in the game.  Mike Lee unseated Bob Bennett in 2010.  This group includes the DC lobbyists that are attacking Utah’s grassroots caucus system, which has been for the unstated, but obvious, purpose of retaliation by unseating Senator Mike Lee in 2016.

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Stephen Colbert

Matt Sanderson, the lobbyist quoted in the Deseret News article, just happens to be the same lobbyist behind Stephen Colbert’s SuperPAC, created to mock Republican candidates in 2012.  These are the same lobbyists that raise money for the Democrat National Committee.  Now they are getting into the Utah AG shark tank.

So hungry are they, these “Buy My Vote” supporters have invested thousands of dollars into a campaign to destroy Utah’s grassroots caucus system.  They began a petition campaign, but were running short.  The Utah State Senate rescued them, under the sponsorship of Senator Curt Bramble, by passing a bill that would virtually destroy the grassroots caucus election, putting it into the hands of corporate cronies.  But then Senator Bramble is from Chicago, so that was not surprising.

Many lobbyists who play this power game typically view themselves as above the law.  It is also not surprising that Matt Sanderson from Caplin & Drysdale was criticizing Mike Lee.  That’s the very same lobbyist firm that created the 26-page legal brief presented to us in the State Republican Central Committee in 2013 to establish why Utah’s caucus system is supposedly “unconstitutional.”

They are wrong.

An attorney has stepped forward to bring a compelling case he has won in Idaho to the Utah Republican Party proving the unconstitutionality of the state legislature or any outside entity (“Count My Vote”) to force a private corporation (which political parties are) to change its rules on who its voting members can be.

Are you corporate board members listening up?  How would you like anyone outside your company to legally impose themselves on who YOUR voting members are?  This is a gross violation of the First Amendment right of assembly, and if it stands, other private corporations could be in jeopardy.

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These power-hungry lobbyists want to replace Utah’s grassroots system with a Connecticut-dual system type of elections.  That is a system which Connecticut Republican Party leaders themselves would like to end because it has put their Primary elections into the hands of the rich and famous that can petition successfully to get on a ballot because they’ve got all the money to pay petitioners.  It has also turned their elections by majority vote into plurality elections.  No one candidate wins the majority, causing excessive in-fighting within the Party between Primary and General elections.

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Kirk Jowers, Director Hinckley Institute

This is also the same lobbyist firm with which the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers is affiliated.  Jowers has been a major and vocal opponent of Utah’s caucus system and has for several years been speaking to local groups about how Utah must become an open Primary system, and assisting the “Buy My Vote” petition campaign.

Along with former Governor Mike Leavitt and Leavitt’s political campaign consultant LaVarr Webb, who also does political opinion-shaping for KSL, Jowers is part of this faction of rich and famous corporate cronies still retaliating against Mike Lee’s ouster of their friend Bob Bennett.

I personally like Bob, even though I ran against him in 2010. But the fact remains that his ardent supporters have been conspiring for ways to get one of their “own” back in power again.  They call themselves “mainstream” but they are more representative of the Old Guard politics, and that model does not fly anymore, especially with Millennials and Gen-Xers.

Add to this mix another factor:  Bob Bennett is now a DC lobbyist himself.  Emeritus Senators never retire, they just become lobbyists, and lobbyists make sure they have their bases covered.

The Temple Mailer Story

Take Congressman Chris Stewart, for example.  His brother Tim Stewart had to pay a very “steep” fine of $1,400 to clear his 2010 FEC violation for producing a “sting” postcard (the “temple mailer”) in an 11th hour attempt to incriminate Mike Lee to help his friend Bob Bennett, for whom many Stewart family members have worked over the years.  Tim Stewart is now the managing director of Bob Bennett’s lobbyist firm.

Their plan to defeat Mike Lee by portraying him as the bad guy a couple of days before the convention was foiled.  Through the caucus system, the grassroots were seated on the delegate floor, and they did the right thing:  they unseated an incumbent that was ranked the 9th most liberal Republican in the Senate and in the top 10 of the Senate and  the top 5 of those who sat on the Banking Committee that had received the highest campaign donations from Fannie Mae.  That was the catalyst of that 2008 TARP banking meltdown.

It was an emotional defeat for the incumbent at the Utah State convention and it was national news.  Afterward Senator Bennett (who the delegates treated very rudely when he went down that day, unfortunately I must say) was being encouraged to put his name on the Primary ballot as a write-in. It was even speculated whether he could run as an Independent.  In either case, his supporters were convinced he would win because in Primaries, name recognition typically does win among the low-information voters.

I will be criticized by the “Buy My Vote” (actually “Count My Vote” but I have to be truthful)  supporters for this comment, but it is a fact:  Primaries bring out the more “low-information” voter because those elections are driven by TV and radio sound bites, which give the voter little information, and the candidate with the money typically wins the day.  Enter “Count My Vote” leader LaVarr Webb and lobbyists, and the pollsters who make their consulting fees off of Primary and General elections  – and incumbents.

I became close to Bob Bennett’s son Jim, who was an extraordinary campaign manager and spokesman for his father.  He was of course very distraught when his father didn’t make it through the convention.  The Bennett team was a class act.  They always treated me with great respect.  The emotional response is understandable.  But what has happened since is of great concern.

Robert BennettBennett decided not to put his name on the ballot, and instead his loyal supporters gathered and promised they would retaliate and that “he” – or “they” would be back in 2012.  Senator Hatch saw the writing on the wall and his brilliant campaign manager Dave Hansen and political director Kitty Dunn worked the delegates and drilled down deep into the voter pool to get enough Hatch delegates seated – to the tune of several million dollars – that he at least limped through the convention and into a Primary.  It was an amazing feat the challengers put up, since this was a lifelong incumbent and career politician.  If Utah did not have a Caucus system, this would have been nearly impossible.

But enough more moderate-liberal delegates were seated to pull Senator Hatch through.  Frankly, these were the more “low information” delegates who were brought in with only one mission in mind: re-elect Senator Hatch because “We need his seniority and leadership to be on that all-important finance committee,” which he would chair.

But that doesn’t happen when you are in the minority in the Senate, and it was unlikely that Republicans would take the Senate that year anyway.  That’s why I call those delegates “low information voters” – they bought the story hook, line and sinker.   The rest of us who know how politics works were shaking our heads in disbelief.

Once into a Primary, it was a given that Senator Hatch’s incumbent status and name ID would pull him through by the additional low information voters who were swayed by expensive and lobbyist-bought radio and TV ads putting fear into every voters’ heart that without Senator Hatch’s leadership, the nation would crumble.

The more moderate delegates also gave us Congressman Chris Stewart, another low-information candidate who couldn’t even identify what form of government we have when we were in debates, nor did he know what the Federal Reserve was.  He was the Bennett payback candidate.

The DC lobbyists and Bennett, who was given a standing ovation by the new Hatch delegates, had won the day – keeping it all in the family.  The Stewart brothers, nephew and brother-in-law now had bases covered on several levels of government:

  • A Congressman (Chris Stewart)
  • A Clinton-appointed Chief Judge of Utah’s District Court (Ted Stewart)
  • A Director of the Utah National Guard, and later a Deputy Attorney General (Brian Tarbet)
  • A Director of Utah’s Environmental Quality (Cody Stewart – protecting Congressman Chris Stewart’s company’s federal procurement contracts) and,
  • A lobbyist managing Bob Bennett’s lobbyist firm (Tim Stewart- the man responsible for the Mike Lee “temple” mailer).

Oh, the web of nepotistic connections.

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I also know who Caplin & Drysdale’s Sanderson is and why he could possibly be motivated to get in the middle of the alleged illegal campaign contributions and the Utah AG scandal.  Here’s an infamous photo of him with Stephen Colbert assisting with the establishment of that satirical SuperPAC to undermine Republican candidates.

Colbert and Sanderson

Stephen Colbert confers with lobbyists from Caplin & Drysdale, leads on the Utah CMV initiative to eliminate the neighborhood elections (caucus)

This allegation against Mike Lee is more than opportunistic. It’s what smells so rotten in D.C. It is so entrenched in payback and retaliation and the utter lust for power and control from DC.  This more than smells like Caplin & Drysdale is in cahoots with whatever it takes to get Senator Mike Lee out of office and rto eplace him with their crony.  It stinks.

When I ran for U.S. Senate, I learned a lot about how little control the voters in Utah have in electing their Senators.  Mike’s election was a fluke and very unusual – driven by the general outrage of Congressional overreach and massive debt.  When the 17th Amendment made the election of Senators a popular vote instead of the decision of the state legislature, the states lost local control – of everything. It is now in the hands of those Washington lobbyists who give the profession such a bad name – those who care little about which side of the aisle they support.  Their main goal is more power and control.  For that, incumbents are the life blood for these sharks.  We see this playing out with Sanderson protesting too much with his rant against Mike Lee in this article.

Candidate Accountability in a Morass of Laws and Regulations

I don’t profess to have any inside information one way or the other that an FEC rule was broken in this case.  If people understood how many rules and regulations they themselves are probably breaking on a daily basis (just read the 74,000+ pages of the IRS code alone), they would not be so quick to bite.

Practically speaking, how in the world would a candidate have known the source of these funds – or even the campaign’s treasurer -  if indeed these allegations are true? From my experience as a federal candidate in a statewide race, it would be nearly impossible to know whether a check that came to my campaign was actually a check written from a third party that was then written directly to the campaign by another individual.

How would YOU know? Seriously.  You could ask, and you would have to take that donor’s word.

Politics has become a nasty business. A very successful and respected businessman who was recruited to run for political office once told me, “You can live a good life.  Be a good family man.  Build a successful business.  Be honorable in your community service and religious charity.  But run for public office, and within 24 hours, your entire life’s reputation can be destroyed.”

Another thing I learned about running for public office is that because of this shark tank, good, honorable people are less likely to run.  It is the way business is conducted that makes them shy away. Lobbyists play the power game and are the sharks waiting to eat you alive and spit out your carcass, unless they can control your vote.  And make no mistake, they will do anything they can to destroy you on Election Day if you aren’t in their pockets.

That would describe Senator Mike Lee’s plight.  He is not in any of these lobbyists’ pockets – yet.  That is the political motivation behind the criticism from RINOs and lobbyists.  Lobbyists love incumbents.  The grassroots do not.  We’ll check that one out when Senator Lee’s third term rolls around, because that is typically the turning point.

Meanwhile, 2014 is an opportunity to grow the ranks in the Senate with more Mike Lee’s, Ted Cruz’s and Rand Paul’s.  It is their new and fresh energy, and their strong, courageous and unafraid voices for states rights and restoring local control who are not yet bought by the sea of some 39,000 swarming self-interested sharks in the Washington DC cesspool that will turn this nation around.

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Something is fishy here.  Senator Mike Lee is under attack.  He’s a conservative Senator who ousted a Republican incumbent in 2010.  He’s a strong voice for the Right, and refuses to be bought.  There are only a handful in the Senate, and that’s what’s wrong with Congress. Yet on August 13, 2014, one of Utah’s […]

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Union Boss Threatens Physical Assault on Anti-Common Core Parents

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President of the United Federation of Teachers Threatens Physical Assault on Parents

This is a shocking and unbelievable, must-see video of Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers.  Watch this radical teacher’s union president threatening physical harm to parents for opposing Common Core Standards.  Just who is the bully here?

This is our fight.  This is NOW.  This is how out of touch unions have become.  It is all about THEM. They have become completely self-interested.  They have forgotten that without us, without the parents and taxpayers, and the students, they would be out of a job.

This is an extreme Leftist community organizer in action, using the tools of Saul Alinsky as outlined in Rules for Radicals.

If you are not familiar with this book, and with Alinsky’s tactics, it is the play book upon which Leftist Hilary Clinton framed her college thesis. It is the book that Alinsky dedicated to Lucifer “the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom.”

I picked up my first copy of Rules for Radicals in the mid-1970s during Round One of the social justice revolution – radical feminism that wants all women, all mothers in the workplace with “the village” raising the child, that has all but destroyed the traditional family, a goal of the extreme Left.

It is the book to which our current government leaders have subscribed to get where they are.  Chicago-style activism is now in the White House and in every corner of Washington DC.  From the bomb-throwing radical of the Sixties Bill Ayers and other friends of Barack Obama who are now in the U.S. Department of Education, including his Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and the David Colemans of education (now President of the College Board and chief architect of the Common Core standards – the chief gatekeeper of who gets into college).

Read about who these people are on my blog site under World Class Education.  Become familiar with what they stand for and the Leftist social and pro-gay agenda they are so passionate about pushing in the school curriculum.  They have been indoctrinating children in public schools for years about “tolerance” and “anti-bullying.”  This standards battle merely nationalizes and centralizes their campaign to dumb down all students, especially the minorities.

Among the tactics are to ridicule and mock their opponents.  So they like to use the “tin foil hat,” Martian and flying saucer analogies.  That is your first clue that they are skilled organizers of the Left.  They don’t even represent most teachers who are required to join a union, but they are all-powerful.  Now they are pulling out all stops because for the first time their progressive pass to propagandize pupils is being seriously threatened, and they know it.

Wake up parents.  It is our time to unite locally and nationally.  Parents, grandparents, if we are not willing to step it up and to stage stronger and more vibrant and passionate protests, if we do not organize ourselves and simply WALK OUT of the behavioral tests they are administering to undermine the values of our children, and for which we are called “sick people” by this dangerous leader, we will lose.  We need to you join us in this fight.  Please sign up now and sign the petition to stop nationalized education.

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No, Mr. Milgrew, the standards are not YOURS.  They are OURS. We are the People. You are NOTHING without us. You are the “cold, twisted, sick” union organizer that is responsible for so much that has gone wrong with education in America. You are responsible for the dumbing down of math standards, for the re-writing of American history, and for the removing of classic canon Western literature that teaches history and character, replacing much of it with workforce-related technical texts.

And the minute you punch one of us in the face, as you suggest, you will be in a lonely jail cell wondering what happened to you.

Let’s get that one straight right now.

This nation is transforming right before our eyes. Do we believe in local control or in central control, workforce training and tracking of all students into the workforce database, as is necessary in a planned economy and for which these organizers are so passionately protective?

Are we parents up for this fight and willing to match the energy of these organizers and all their money and the money of the big private foundations that have been funding this progressive dumb down for decades?

If not, then we have already lost the fight.

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President of the United Federation of Teachers Threatens Physical Assault on Parents This is a shocking and unbelievable, must-see video of Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers.  Watch this radical teacher’s union president threatening physical harm to parents for opposing Common Core Standards.  Just who is the bully here? This is our […]

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Utah Parents Protest to End NCLB Waiver

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NCLB waiver protest

On Friday, August 8, 2014, in Salt Lake City, parents staged a public protest outside the Utah State School Board offices against the renewal of the No Child Left Behind waiver. This is the waiver that has given states the “common core” standards to which all curriculum and testing nationwide is now being aligned. We urge parents in every state to stage similar protests.

Here’s a clip of the protest:

The more parents learn, the more they are fighting back. They want local control. State School Boards insist that the NCLB waiver has given states more local control. That is indefensible. Yet they don’t feel any accountability to the people that elected them and they demonstrated it by completely ignoring the thousands of parents that signed a letter asking them not to renew.  Why is that?

Because in Utah, the people don’t really elect the school board.  The Governor appoints a commission that selects choices for the governor to review, and then he chooses which two go on the ballot in a non-partisan election (Tweedledum and Tweedledee). If your state has this sort of crony election system, get rid of it!

The Board cares about one thing only:  money.  Federal money.  They are addicted, and they are lying that what they are doing is local.

Here’s visual proof that “local control” is being over-ridden, not only by the U.S. Department of Education, but that its tentacles are global.

We also have proof-positive that the very behavioral testing agency, American Institutes for Research, that Utah acquired (and that many other states are also using) is indeed a behavioral testing agency, and that the goal is not to test for academic learning so much as to use the “computer adaptive test” to test for how effectively the tests are changing student attitudes.

My colleagues nationally and I have been following this trend for years, and so while it is nothing new, the technology now matches the goals.

Parents need to ask: “Is THIS local control?” and “Whose attitudes and values are being tested?”

It’s time to end the “NCLB” waivers in every state and to begin the process to dismantle the U.S. Department of Education (a goal of Ronald Reagan) and to create state autonomy over education, as it was constitutionally intended to be.

See for yourself.  These slides are from my Three-Part presentation “Beyond Common Core”

You tell me:  Is this LOCAL control? Is the School Board telling the truth? What do YOU think?


The relationship between Utah’s testing agency “AIR” and SBAC (the consortium they told us Utah had abandoned) – from its website:

 

AIR-SBAC

 

The relationship between Utah’s testing agency and UNESCO

“Local” Control?

 

AIR-UNESCO

 

In AIR’s words, from its website.
But Utah’s State Board of Education insists AIR does not do behavioral testing.

 

AIR Behavioral

 

Some early comments on how important “computer-adaptive testing”

would be in behavior modification…



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These two screen shots from the AIR website show the strong LGBTQ advocacy. The Salt Lake Tribune’s liberal satirist Paul Rolly claims, however, that we are hallucinating.

 

AIR Screen shot 5 - LGBTQ advocacy

AIR Screen Shot 3 - LGBTQ advocacy


So then we must suggest that AIR’s computer adaptive testing may be

of some influence on students…

and that a computer only is as effective as the programming.

 

GIGO

 

And finally the BIG question…

Whose Attitudes

We’ve been all over the attitudinal testing for over 25 years now.  With the help of several grassroots organizations and good legislators, I was instrumental in putting into place the first state privacy law in 1994 in Utah.  From the outset, American Leadership Fund has helped Utahns Against Common Core with fundraising, and we continue to raise funds to support causes such as this to restore state sovereignty under a constitutional, republican form of government.

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On Friday, August 8, 2014, in Salt Lake City, parents staged a public protest outside the Utah State School Board offices against the renewal of the No Child Left Behind waiver. This is the waiver that has given states the “common core” standards to which all curriculum and testing nationwide is now being aligned. We […]

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Homosexuality 101

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American Leadership Fund is a member of a national network of leaders and scholars that are speaking strongly in favor of Marriage between a man and a woman.

Please take time to watch this powerful address by one of the members of our network, the Dean of Liberty University Law School, Matthew Staver. He defends his premise that legalizing same-sex “marriage” is the beginning of the end of Western Civilization, Marriage and gender.

Then, at the end of this post, I’ve included a powerful and professionally-produced 90-minute video that explains in detail the history of this battle for Marriage. Share these videos with your family and neighbors.

Here is the background:

On December 20, 2013 a single federal judge – Robert Shelby – declared, without a hearing, that Utah’s law protecting Marriage between a man and a woman was “unconstitutional.” Why? Because he wanted to be “on the right side of history.”

The U.S. Supreme Court STAYED that motion while Utah and Oklahoma appealed. On June 25, 2014, a panel of three judges at the 10th Circuit Court declared that Utah’s and Oklahoma’s laws were unconstitutional, and both appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

American Leadership Fund raised the funds to file an amicus brief in the 10th Circuit as well as the 4th, using the Court’s own standard – a rational basis representing 19 historical scholars on the subject.

Utah is now appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court. Meanwhile, we must be very clear on what the battle we are waging is all about, who the enemy is, and how we are to respond as Christians and Orthodox Jews and any other faith that adheres to Biblical truth.

Let’s be very clear on what is really happening here with the gay rights movement.  This is the 1960s sexual revolution on steroids. It has nothing to do with the well-being of children. It is entirely focused on adults’ selfish desires, redefining Marriage based on “love” and sex acts rather than the institution that procreates and protects children.

Let me reiterate:  Throughout time, Marriage has always been defined for the procreation and protection of children. No rational basis exists to justify that we will be on the “right side of history” to declare Marriage to be anything other than what it was and always will be.

If there is any “civil rights” in this debate, it is the fabricated “right” to a sexual revolution without restraint. (I’ll be writing more on that in an upcoming post.)  History shows that civilizations that condescend to legalizing immorality always implode and destroy themselves. That is the course upon which our judges have embarked.

As my friend Janet Boynes, of JanetBoynesMinistries.com says, “As Christians, we teach a loving compassion without compromise.”

George Santayana Reason in Common Sense, The Life of Reason, Vol.1, echoed Edmund Burke’s earlier warning when he wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Here’s a bit of the past:

Some History

In the 1960’s during the start of the sexual revolution, eugenics (racist “survival of the fittest” population control) advocates from the United Nations under UNESCO, and specifically under SIECUS in the United States, began advocating mandatory sex education. For the first time in United States history, schools began teaching children and teenagers how to have sex – “safe” sex, simply because “they’re going to do it anyway.”

If these programs have been so effective, why then has the United States gone from single digits to 48% of all children being born out-of-wedlock during that same time frame?

The United States has not only abandoned the protection of children, these reckless, irrational judges are making it even worse for them simply because they selfishly want to be popular. They are saying that it’s not only okay to deliberately render a child either motherless or fatherless, it’s “constitutional” to place them in a home that has the highest statistics for abuse and dissolution of partners, especially lesbian relationships.

I have a message for Judge Bob Shelby:  He and his colleagues in the federal court and at the 10th Circuit Court can’t claim “animus.” They may think their hands are washed of this entire affair, and that they will be seen as heroes in history.  But we will all one day be judged by a Higher Judge and it’s only a matter of time that will tell how “right” they were on this side of history.  The end of this road upon which they have propelled Utah and the rest of the nation is quite predictable, and they will go down in history among the infamous.

The campaign to redefine and “transform” marriage is not about children. It’s not about civil rights.  It’s about legalizing lewdness and depravity and an in-your-face anything-goes environment to retaliate against organized religion, all at the expense of innocent children who simply deserve both a mom and a dad. #shameful

Why did we allow this to happen?

Times have changed for the American family.  Frankly, today’s parents are challenged at every turn.  It used to be that a football practice was once or twice a week.  Now it’s not just every night, it’s most of the summer and late hours after school because today every parent wants their son or daughter to be an Olympic-standard athlete gold medalist or to play in the NFL or to be number one on the latest TV talent show.

Parents are running between giving up their prime time with their kids in schools, pre-schools and daycare centers that keep them away from home and their own parents – before and after hours, from infancy forward. Only time will tell what religious and emotional toll this takes on these little children who lack the nuturing and bonding with their own parents during the most critical, formative years of their lives, and the fallout from faith being in a secular environment rather than under the influence of their own parents.

This is a generation in which the parents are carpooling their school age children between soccer games and dance lessons, and rarely even have time to sit down around the family dinner table together any more, much less watch the news to know what is happening to destroy their future. This is no way to define “family.” It is more like the communal kibbutz where the village raises the child. Parents are abdicating their God-given responsibility.

We should all be alarmed.  With three stair-step boys in school and two pre-schoolers, I remember being on this same tread mill.  I finally said, “Enough.”  We taught the kids at home.  Each child chose one sport, and we turned off the TV.  We ate dinner together every night.  The home was peaceful and happy and calm, so much so that when the plumber arrived one day to fix a leak, he noticed the quiet classical music playing in the background and each of the children sitting quietly studying, and he said, “What is going on here?”

We had tuned out the world and its stresses just to spend time – quality and PRIME time – with our children.  It was a moment in time I will always cherish.

Back to the World – and the Present: A Must-See Video on Homosexuality

Today, at every turn, our children and grandchildren are bombarded with the views of the world, especially with regard to the sexual revolution, the normalization of homosexuality being paramount. For those who are still confused about the debates surrounding homosexuality and gay “marriage,” this is an excellent, very professionally edited 90-minute video.  It will help you and your family better understand the campaign to normalize an entire sexual revolution.

In addition I suggest an excellent book written by Michael Brown, PhD – Can You Be Gay and Christian?  Responding with LOVE & TRUTH to Questions About HOMOSEXUALITY.

Can you be gay and christian

Utah is now on its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, and American Leadership Fund has a goal to raise another $10,000 by the end of August.  We are launching a radio show and also developing a media campaign to win in the Court of Public Opinion, and we need your help – today.  While large corporations such as Overstock.com gave $50,000 or more to support “gay pride” in Salt Lake City, those of us who fight this controversial battle depend on the contributions of people such as you.  Please support American Leadership Fund today with a generous donation of $35, $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or more.
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American Leadership Fund is a member of a national network of leaders and scholars that are speaking strongly in favor of Marriage between a man and a woman. Please take time to watch this powerful address by one of the members of our network, the Dean of Liberty University Law School, Matthew Staver. He defends […]

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Marriage ‘Not State Issue’: Republican or Libertarian?

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On July 28, 2014 a Florida TV station re-posted a CNN report by Margaret Hoover declaring that the Florida GOP ‘gets it’ on gay marriage. She wrote:

The Republican Party’s support for same-sex marriage is starting to grow. In the past 16 months, the number of GOP legislators supporting equal access to civil marriage quadrupled — from just two to eight. And recently, Republican Rep. David Jolly of Florida, a swing-district legislator with a deep personal and religious belief in traditional marriage, made a case we will hear more — a good society should confer the rights and responsibilities of civil marriage on same-sex couples while respecting the religious freedom of houses of worship to perform the sacrament of marriage only in the ways they see fit.

 
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  On July 28, 2014 a Florida TV station re-posted a CNN report by Margaret Hoover declaring that the Florida GOP ‘gets it’ on gay marriage. She wrote: The Republican Party’s support for same-sex marriage is starting to grow. In the past 16 months, the number of GOP legislators supporting equal access to civil marriage […]

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Actor Jon Voight Slams Celebs for Anti-Semitism

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Jon Voight IsraelToday is the Christian Sabbath. We stand in solidarity behind the Jewish community and religious liberty. In a Hollywood Reporter guest editorial, Jon Voight expresses his anger and heartsickness for fellow actors’ ignorance over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He calls actress Penelope Cruz and actor Javier Bardem “ignorant” and tells them to “hang their heads in shame” for inciting “anti-semitism all over the world.”
Penelope CruzJavier Bardem

Voight points out that Cruz and Bardem do not know history. That’s because the radical Left has been dominating curriculum, tests and standards development in American schools for years. #shameful

The American Leadership Fund applauds Voight and his colleagues in Hollywood who are rallying to support the right of Jews for their self-determination in a land which they have legally attained.

We encourage Voight and others to continue to strengthen their alliances in Hollywood.  As one who was born and raised in Hollywood, and having parents actively engaged in the Hollywood community, I am well aware of how the Hollywood Left has been trying to destroy all that is good about America.

Americans – especially young Americans – need to be taught the truth about history, not the politically correct social justice they have been given. More films, such as D’Souza’s America, must be created. Congrats to the Friends of Abe and the strength of these allied voices to provide a more balanced media coming out of Hollywood. The Hollywood Left has not been challenged before has it is now.  We can thank all the black-listing that has been going on there since Prop 8 for the momentum.

Keep it up, FOA.

Today is the Christian Sabbath. We stand in solidarity behind the Jewish community and religious liberty. In a Hollywood Reporter guest editorial, Jon Voight expresses his anger and heartsickness for fellow actors’ ignorance over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He calls actress Penelope Cruz and actor Javier Bardem “ignorant” and tells them to “hang their heads in […]

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How Long Will Congress Allow the Abuse of Power to Continue?

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World Net Daily ran a story Friday, June 6, 2014 asking the American people to tell Congress to impeach President Obama.  After all the most recent events – discovery of ineptitude in handling Benghazi and the release of 5 top terrorists for an apparent deserter, both at the cost of precious Life, impeachment might be too soft. Would treason not be more appropriate? Nevertheless, the WND laundry list was accurate. Read More

World Net Daily ran a story Friday, June 6, 2014 asking the American people to tell Congress to impeach President Obama.  After all the most recent events – discovery of ineptitude in handling Benghazi and the release of 5 top terrorists for an apparent deserter, both at the cost of precious Life, impeachment might be […]

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Definitive Speeches on Marriage and Religious Liberty

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Today is Sunday, July 27, 2014. I was home missing church this morning due to feeling under the weather, a rare occasion. I chose to be inspired anyway, and so I am sharing some words of inspiration with you. Incredible words. Amazing and powerful words.

These words are speaking to you and me, not just representing one religion, but the voices of four different religions that share different versions of Judeo-Christian traditions of Marriage and our fight for preserving these traditions.  They are Catholic, African-American Protestant and Evangelical, Jewish and Mormon.

The voices are different, but they are speaking Truth. The U.S. Constitution First Amendment protects these faiths and their voices and their self-determination to keep these traditions and share their beliefs publicly without punishment by government.

Please take time today – after church, mass or whatever you call your religious service, and watch and listen. Toward the end, I have found two videos of some spectacular Orthodox Jewish weddings that celebrate this sacred occasion in a way, frankly, that most religions have lost in today’s world. And finally, a moving video that calls for strengthening every Marriage.  You MUST watch!

These religious leaders are giving us a call to action because these traditions of Marriage are being seriously challenged and this nation under unrighteous and activist judges is losing its respect for the First Amendment protections.

Please join us today by subscribing and volunteering.  Join their calls to action. Watch each of these videos and you will be inspired! This is our childrens’ future and their religious liberty at stake.

Professor Robert George

Princeton University
2014 National Catholic Breakfast – 20 minutes

A real wake up call for all religious adherents and what our challenge will be if we stand for Marriage.

Reverend Bill Owens

President of the National Coalition for African-American Pastors
2014 March for Marriage Speech – 5 minutes
This fiery speech puts LGBT activists in their place! He knows what the real civil rights movement was all about, he was there. He calls the gay “civil rights movement” something you need to hear…and what his plan of action is for all of us.

New York City Orthodox Jewish Rabbis Protest Gay Marriage

This protest shows us what passion these good people have. I know from experience that it takes dramatic measures to win these tough battles. Do you have this kind of courage?

Do You Have This Kind Of Courage?

I am observing a slippery slope in the clergy across several denominations.  Some have already abandoned Marriage between a man and a woman.  Others are wavering.  Many business leaders of devout faith would rather not engage and are choosing to remain silent because the Bottom Line could be negatively affected.  Others are actually coming to the defense of gay “marriage” to protect their Bottom Line in a preventative fashion.

Is silence or neutrality courage?  John F. Kennedy once reflected on Dante’s Inferno when he said,

“The darkest places in hell are reserved for those that maintain neutrality in times of moral crisis.”

We are in a moral crisis. Are you willing to engage?

The “Title of Liberty” – A Parallel from Ancient Religious History

In Mormon theology there is a famous story in The Book of Mormon of a courageous man who lived in the ancient Americas. He wasn’t the religious leader, but he was a skilled military man, the chief captain of all the Nephite armies. They lived in similar times as we face today, about 73 B.C.: their religious liberty and their families were being threatened by godless leaders and judges who were imposing punitive laws.  His name was Moroni (pronounced with a long “i”).

Captain Moroni took his coat and tore a piece and wrote on it:

“In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children.”

He called it the “title of liberty.”

He then knelt down “and he prayed to God for the blessings of liberty…, “as long as there should a band of Christians remain to possess the land.”

[These were descendants of the ancient Hebrew culture that emigrated from Jerusalem to the Americas that believed in the coming of a Messiah - the Christ, similar to the God of the Old Testament Jehovah.]

Then he called the people together to “enter into a covenant that they will maintain their rights, and their religion, that the Lord God may bless them.”

And the people didn’t say, “This is the prophecy of the times, and we know we’re going to lose, so let us just stay home and take care of our families.”

No, in the last days of their fight for liberty (which is always the last fight for any civilization) they didn’t go silent. They didn’t allow themselves to be intimidated. They “came running together,” following this courageous leader, tearing their own coats as a covenant and laying them at their leader’s feat, covenanting that if they should ever fall into transgression and “be ashamed to take upon them the name of Christ,” the Lord would take their lives.

Will the Courts continue to fail us? Yes, they will, if we do not set aside our day-to-day activities long enough to learn who should be elected. We the People are responsible for what has happened to our government. We have elected the leaders who have appointed and confirmed the judges that are overturning our Marriage and religious liberty laws.

Are those times described above not the times in which we now live?  Who will stand with children?  Who will stand with Marriage? Who will stand with religious liberty?  Are we so ashamed that we would not do the same?

This is the very message from Professor Robert George above in this post.  We must have the same courage.  If we don’t have it – if we would be embarrassed to join in a protest and to carry a sign and march and chant along with Reverend Bill Owens or with these Rabbis in New York City, then we must find a way to get some.

I’ve been through Round One many years ago – fighting the Equal Rights Amendment – and that’s exactly what it took to defeat that proposed constitutional amendment.   If we had not gone to those “extreme” measures, everything we are facing today would have been enshrined in the Constitution and we would have destroyed this nation long ago.

But this appears to be the final chapter in this long struggle.  We are risking losing everything, if we don’t get that courage soon.

Dallin Oaks – Former member Utah Supreme Court
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Here are the highlights for your review:

Now feel the joyful celebrations, diverse as they are, of some beautiful Marriages and the beauty of the most sacred bond known to the human race.

Celebrating Marriage

The Beauty of the Traditional Orthodox Jewish Wedding

This is the most comprehensive video I could find that shows the entire tradition behind the Orthodox Jewish wedding, which will explain why those rabbis above are so passionate about their religious beliefs and protecting this institution.

I not only respect their views, I applaud them for being so outspoken as leaders to preserve a the honor and respect that even some Christian religions have lost for the most sacred ordinance of all.

I am especially impressed with the ceremony before the wedding to prepare both the bride and groom for the seriousness of their vows. The men cover their heads with their traditional black hats and the groom honors the bride by placing the veil over her face.

In addition, I love the respect shown for both the fathers and mothers. Most Christian religions place the father in the sole position of honor at a wedding – where the father of the bride stands and the first dance, etc.

In the orthodox Jewish wedding, both mothers (when they are both able to be there) walk the bride down the aisle and both fathers walk the groom. In the celebration to follow, the men and women are separated by a thin veil for traditional dancing, with the bride and groom raised up on an overturned table for traditional tossing of hankerchief and bouquet.

This is truly a beautiful event.

The Traditional Orthodox Jewish Wedding – Beginning to End (visual only)
Chaish and Levi Mentz

In this video, with sound, Rikki and Moshe Gross share their music and sound in a more summarized version, but you can see the thin veil. After this traditional celebration, the entire party gathers for a sit-down dinner.  Mazel tov!

Elder Dallin H. Oaks

Former member Utah Supreme Court
Recipient of the Canterbury Award for Religious Freedom
Member Quorum of Twelve Apostles, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
And now the tear jerker. This video narrated by Elder Oaks focuses on saving the institution of Marriage itself. Powerful and short. Get your Kleenex!

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Today is Sunday, July 27, 2014. I was home missing church this morning due to feeling under the weather, a rare occasion. I chose to be inspired anyway, and so I am sharing some words of inspiration with you. Incredible words. Amazing and powerful words. These words are speaking to you and me, not just […]

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