Category Archives: First Amendment

Cherilyn Eagar Debates Planned Parenthood of Utah

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Watch this Trib Talk Debate (Salt Lake Tribune) moderated by Jennifer Napier-Pierce between Cherilyn Eagar, President, American Leadership Fund and Karrie Galloway, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Utah.  My apology for the poor audio-visual and band width, but I hope the message is clear.

Please contact Governor Herbert today and thank him for being among a handful of governors to defund Planned Parenthood.  Ask him to support legislation to put his action into Utah law.  801-538-1000.

If you are in Utah join us at the Pro-Life Rally in the Utah Capitol Rotunda at Noon Wednesday, August 19, 2015.

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Aborted Babies Likely Kept Alive

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It gets worse. A medical researcher has disclosed the horrid probability that some of the aborted babies harvested for body parts were kept alive until the hearts were cut out. Read this report.

Planned Parenthood Barters Intact Fetuses

Join us Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at the Utah State Capitol Rotunda.

Show your support for Utah’s Governor Gary Herbert who has taken action to defund Planned Parenthood.

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Utah GOP Convention Proposals

Good morning Utah state delegates! Today’s convention should be a smooth one. With regard to the proposals, in general they have been vetting thoroughly by the State Central Committee. Your representatives there are working hard for our First Amendment right to assemble, select our nominees, define who our members can be and what we believe in.

There are only a handful that oppose this First Amendment right. Unfortunately enough of our representatives in the state legislature voted against this right to pass SB 54, which is falsely identified as a “compromise.” It is not. It is identical to the original legal brief that the DC lobbyist firm Caplin and Drysdale submitted two years ago, which ignited and launched the Count My Vote initiative.

Follow what the speakers say and vote for the proposals that will strengthen our law suit. Please support this law suit with your vote and your financial support.

Another Undercover Video Exposing Planned Parenthood – CA Court Bans Video Distribution

The truth is being exposed about Planned Parenthood’s lucrative and illegal baby body part harvesting business.  They are using “research” as a marketing message, but they are really violating the law.  Please watch this undercover video released July 28, 2015 and forward it to as many people as you can before it disappears.  On July 29, 2015, an L.A. Court issued a restraining order against the Center for Medical Progress which bans any future videos.  CMP announced it has ten videos confirming this beyond-horrific practice, as if the abortion itself were not enough. This is PURE EVIL!

 
 

ACTION
1. Pray for the people at the Center for Medical Progress who put themselves on the line to expose this evil.
2. Pray for our elected leaders to have the courage to take action quickly.
3. Contact your federal delegation in your state today and tell them to investigate, prosecute and stop Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding.
4. Forward this message to everyone you know, post on social networks.

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Call for Prayer and Fasting – Homosexuals and Atheists: The BSA’s Slippery Slope

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Also: An Open Letter to Robert Gates, BSA Chairman

We ask for your fasting and prayers for religious leaders, government leaders and the leadership of the Boy Scouts of America as it takes a vote Monday, July 27, 2015 whether to admit homosexual scout leaders.  The admission of homosexual scouts has opened Pandora’s Box and it is only the beginning.

Most people believe that the assault against the Boy Scouts of America is simply a matter of inclusion for homosexual scouts and leaders. It is much more. It’s an assault on religious liberty and the unalienable constitutional right to private property and freedom of speech and assembly.

For those paying attention, homosexuals are not the only challenge. In 2013, the same year the BSA voted to include openly homosexual boys (a direct conflict with its own religious policy), atheists have been making the same appeal for inclusion.

According to a USA Today opinion editorial by Pastor Chris Hill and Family Research Council Senior Research Fellow Peter Sprigg, “Homosexual activists demand to be admitted to all phases of Scouting, while conservatives insist that being an ‘open and avowed homosexual’ (not just someone who has privately experienced same-sex attraction) is inconsistent with the Scout’s oath to be ‘morally straight.’ Giving an inch to the demands of political correctness will only put the Scouts on a slippery slope toward complete capitulation”

The BSA’s declaration on religious principle states:

“The BSA maintains that no member can grow into the best kind of citizen without recognizing an obligation to God. In the first part of the Scout Oath or Promise the member declares, ‘On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law.'”

To Lead or Not to Lead:  That Is the Question

On Monday, July 27, 2015, the BSA Executive Council of 80 members will vote on the next step of this slippery slope: whether the BSA will adopt a policy to admit openly homosexual leaders into its organization. For those following closely this unraveling of the BSA, it’s an extension of the sexual revolution that defies not only God’s laws, but natural law and medical science.

Why then are religious leaders so hesitant to stand boldly for God’s law and natural law? One religious leader, Dallin H. Oaks, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said,

“Even as we seek to be meek and to avoid contention, we must not compromise or dilute our commitment to the truths we understand. We must not surrender our positions or our values. The gospel of Jesus Christ and the covenants we have made inevitably cast us as combatants in the eternal contest between truth and error. There is no middle ground in that contest.”

Will religious leaders capitulate to this new so-called “compromise?” For now (and I use that phrase from experience), according to an article in the Salt Lake Tribune, the resolution the BSA board and delegates will consider would allow charter organizations to decide whether or not they will ban homosexual leaders.

Allow charters to choose. Sounds so fair, doesn’t it?

This approach is not going to have a good ending. Religious and scout leaders that tell us “If we don’t compromise, the BSA will be gone,” are negotiating from a weak position. It shows no leadership. It’s a position coming from fear – of litigation.

Can you imagine fighting a war against terrorism with this strategy?

Wait. The new BSA chairman, Robert Gates, is the former U.S. Secretary of Defense and Director of the CIA. Under his “leadership” the military dropped its Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell policy. Atheists have also attacked the military, calling for removal of military chaplains.

Could it be that this “compromise” strategy is exactly why the U.S. has been losing the war on terrorism?

Should we compromise with evil or sin?  Where are the world’s leaders?

This religious liberty assault on the BSA is not isolated. Atheists are also challenging the BSA ban against them, and they intend to use the same tactics that the LGBT activists have used.

Does it surprise you then that those who believe in God and His commandments are dying a slow death by a thousand stabs, while those who don’t believe in God are taking the BSA down with them on every front?

TAKE ACTION NOW

1. Contact BSA headquarters on or before Monday morning, July 27, 2015.
2. Sign the petition right away so we can deliver it to the Board members on Monday. (We will only identify you by name and city/state.)
3. Call your religious leaders today and let them know that you stand for our constitutional right to freely assemble, and the right of a private organization to establish its policies and religious beliefs.
4. Fast and pray for the BSA and for our sons.

Here is my open letter to the BSA Chairman, Robert Gates.

Dear Mr. Gates:

In May 2013, I wrote a blog post – an open letter to the Boy Scouts of America board members – pleading with them to do the right thing and to continue its “don’t ask-don’t tell” policy. For years, we have coexisted without forcing advocacy of this lifestyle on society, a perversion of God’s ordained marital relationship between a man and a woman.

We warned that adoption of anti-discrimination laws (in any form) is a slippery slope that becomes affirmative action and reverse discrimination that backfires against those who are supposedly harming the discriminated.

For example, how many white, male pre-med students that have achieved higher MCAT scores and who are all-around more qualified than perhaps other competitors have been denied placement in the school of their choice because of race or sex?  How many times did that honor go to another less-qualified candidate? Affirmative action harms everyone.

These policies that define one class as more special than another are popularized in the name of “fairness.”  However, we have observed that affirmative action incites anger and resentment – in two words: class warfare. That, Sir, is what you have done to the military, weakening its internal dynamics and putting heterosexuals in an adversarial position with homosexuals. But what you are now doing is putting minor  males in harm’s way.  You are asking parents to compromise what they teach their children about God’s law.  You are sending a strong message to every Scout that homosexuality is so normal, it must be included.

Now every family that has a young boy that could have benefitted from the moral leadership training of an organization that recognizes God’s law is compromised.

Will the BSA have a dual standard, a dual Oath, a dual policy, materials printed separately for religious charters and atheist/homosexual charters? The BSA is in an identity crisis in a nation that now has a reign of judges that is sending God packing from the public square, a hallmark of the USSR.

Based on these past experiences, and especially in states such as Massachusetts that are well down this anti-discrimination road to normalizing the sexual revolution, as we warned, it would only be a matter of time when the BSA would take its admittance of homosexual scouts a step further to admit homosexual leaders. That time has indeed come.

Many told us we were being ridiculous. Over the past three decades, this has always been the mantra of the sexual revolutionists: “Oh, don’t be silly. That will NEVER happen!”

Well, Mr. Gates, because of you and your colleagues who love compromise, what we warned about is now happening. I can only believe one of two things: either you aren’t aware that homosexuals aren’t born that way, that medical science proves they aren’t born that way, and that the dangerous lifestyle choice of anal sex is hazardous to health, or you endorse all of these perversions and wish to promote them.

It is basic Physiology that the body has parts that provide specific functions. The anus is not made for sex. It’s made for defecation to remove impurities and the residue of what has been ingested. Anal sex leads to dangerous infections, fatal health problems, and shortened life spans. The lifestyle itself is dangerous. The CDC reports that the male homosexual community is responsible for 75% of the top 8 STDs in the U.S., costing us over $16 billion annually for the long-term medical care.

Will any of these warnings be incorporated into the new Boy Scout manuals? Is it not of any concern that this discussion would even take place among 8 year olds?  I will never forget how we could not turn on our TV during the Monica Lewinsky – Bill Clinton scandal without training our 8 year old about oral sex.

Why must we expose young people to these perverted practices in the first place – whether homosexual or heterosexual? Teaching “safe sex” is a ruse.  It has served one purpose:  to normalize sin.  This is what you are promoting.

Please accept my apology for being so blunt about this subject. I am a urologist’s daughter, and we had medical discussions routinely around the dinner table. If we don’t take a balanced approach and extol the virtues of the monogamous, long-term marriage between a man and woman and pair it with the damaging alternative, we are not being morally honest, and few will understand the gross error you are making.

Your position defies logic and violates a fundamental principles upon which the BSA has operated for years – to be morally straight is centered on God’s law.

We have been alarmed with how quickly society has conformed to the demands of LGBTQ advocates. Apparently you are not alarmed. Perhaps your life experience is one of expedience and compromise to go along with the “status quo” as you called it. That would be consistent with how you fought our war against terror.

My Disclaimer
I’ve been called a bigot. My life has been threatened. Tires slashed, windows bashed, swastika spray painted on my driveway and called vulgar names – all because my views. Frequently I’m told, “If you just knew a homosexual, your views would change.”

Frankly, my views have been shaped precisely because I have known many homosexuals and I have witnessed the sadness their choices bring – even death. Many are friends with whom I’ve worked side by side on stage for most of my life. I’ve loved, laughed and cried with them, shared their joys and their sorrows.

I’ve been in their homes and I’ve been inside their “anything goes” mindset. However, I separate what I know about their personal, private lives from my day-to-day interactions. As a producer of a Broadway musical theatre training program that Backstage, the trade paper, rated as best in New York City, I have hired homosexuals not because of their “sexual orientation,” but because their incredible talent.

As a professional actress-singer, we’ve shared ups and downs,  and especially the camaraderie that performing in plays or musicals has naturally engendered. Until recent years, we co-existed, we didn’t discuss our personal sexual lives so openly, and no one was pushing a sexual lifestyle into the forefront of society. It was a non-issue.

Then in the 1980s AIDS hit.  Two of my leading men died very pre-mature deaths because of that sexually transmitted disease. AIDS benefits followed. The Broadway community with which I interacted rallied. And medical science began to be silenced in favor of the politically-protected homosexual lifestyle.

Today a doctor can be fired for being truthful about medical science.  Dr. Paul Church has recently been dismissed after years serving on the faculty and staff of Harvard’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Now those who draw the line at the definition of Marriage are regrettably in a position to take a stand. To actively promote this dangerous lifestyle as normal is grossly naive. I have personally witnessed the results that have brought such great sadness over time, and in some instances, premature death.

For myself, nothing has changed. I still show up to rehearsals and performances and separate my personal experience of friendly and caring relationships from the public policy that I advocate.

For me, defending Marriage between a man and a woman and adhering to medical science and the age-old wisdom of avoiding homosexual sex (as well as heterosexual perversion and adultery) is a religious conviction as well as a logical scientific understanding. To normalize and compromise on homosexuality is to normalize and compromise on sin. Opposing God’s laws and natural law brings great sadness and loss of freedom to society.  Indeed, it is a manifestation of the age-old adage “wickedness never was happiness.”

But those embracing “wickedness” are generally not willing to admit any “wickedness.”  In order to accommodate the re-writing of natural law, one must first create an entirely new paradigm that fits the new lifestyle.  Such is the case with homosexuality. Such is the case with those former religious adherents that have chosen to co-habit.  The laws of God become incompatible with the views of man.

If you disagree, Mr. Gates, please provide credible medical science that proves otherwise. It does not exist.

Support for Gay Leaders?

Recently the Deseret News, a newspaper owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reported that you, the former Secretary of Defense, the same leader that removed the “Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell” military policy, are now demanding the same for homosexual leaders. Your remarks were deeply troubling, but not surprising given your background on military policy.

You were named Board president last year. Apparently your colleagues on the BSA board hold a majority view in support of admitting both homosexual scouts AND leaders or you would not have been elected. We were assured the BSA would draw the line with admitting the openly homosexual scout, but not the leader. We were among the doubters. Now here we are one year later, facing a vote to admit them under immoral “leadership.”

According to the May 21, 2015 article, at the BSA meeting in May 2015, you were quoted that the organization’s longstanding ban on participation by openly gay adults “is no longer sustainable.” You called for change “in order to avert potentially destructive legal battles.”

How did the BSA allow this to happen? It didn’t happen overnight. The BSA was apparently so desperate for corporate sponsorship, it brought on corporate leaders whose companies had already sold out to the decade-long arm-twisting from the Human Rights Campaign. They were “backed into a corner” with HRC’s Corporate Equality Index. They compete for the “honor” of highest-rated “homosexual friendly,” in this 54 pages of invasive questions.

In short, Mr. Gates, you have compromised the Godly principles the BSA once represented, obviously principles of leadership you yourself do not believe. In a word, expediency. You yourself said that recent events “have confronted us with urgent challenges I did not foresee and which we cannot ignore.”

What “recent events” do you reference?

In New York state, the BSA has defied the organization’s policy and hired the first openly gay Eagle Scout for its summer camp.

In addition, you cited the recent Court opinion on legalizing homosexual “marriage” as well as the adoption anti-discrimination laws. In your speech to national BSA leaders you said, “I remind you of the recent debates we have seen in places like Indiana and Arkansas over discrimination based on sexual orientation, not to mention the impending U.S. Supreme Court decision this summer on gay marriage…. We must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be.”

Is this leadership, Mr. Gates? Is that how successful business leaders view the dreams they’ve pursued? Is that how great national leaders have stepped forward to bring struggling nations out from their oppression into liberty? What would the founders of this nation say to your uninspired leadership? May I suggest that Washington, Adams, Jefferson and other Founders would never have won the war for independence had they believed their mission was to deal with the British as it is and not as they wished it to be: gone.

Your leadership is not leadership. It’s morally deficient and an embarrassment to the organization.

You have admitted that the BSA has the authority to revoke charters of those that defy the organization’s policy, but instead you said it would be “harmful” to the boys.

Mr. Gates, what would be harmful to the boys is to place any boy under the “leadership” or mentoring or role modeling of a man or woman living an immoral life – in thought or practice, as age-old scriptural tenets admonish. As a man thinketh….

You are a product of the sexual revolution and you have been deceived.

Unfortunately, the majority of Americans have also been grossly misled by powerful sexual revolutionists, Planned Parenthood among them, aided by the pro-homosexual media. In this well-planned LGBT strategy, the truth has been silenced.

Denied, ignored and silenced are the high rates of male homosexual pedophilia. The soaring statistics on STDs among the male homosexual community are absolutely undeniable and irrefutable. All of this truth has been overshadowed by the lie that “they are born that way” and that the lifestyle is as normal as any other.

So now the compromise is to allow homosexual leaders, but to also allow individual charters to choose whether they will or not.

Another prediction: this will be the ultimate demise of the BSA as we know it. Already, your board’s decision to admit openly homosexual boys has lost 10% of the organization’s membership. You cite the onslaught of support for anti-discrimination laws, which many churches have embraced.

You cited Utah’s passage of its LGBT anti-discrimination law. Of course, this IS the slippery slope, and we did oppose that bill and predicted this would happen.

We have been losing this war especially over the past decade because too many religious adherents and activists have been confused with how they should be fighting this war. They believe a flawed and indefensible interpretation of what Jesus Christ taught in the Sermon of the Mount when he said, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” He was not advocating that his followers allow the secular humanists in high places to go unanswered and to respond in weakness. He meant that the meek are those who believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior and who will submit to and obey His commandments, which did not replace the first Ten! He told the adulteress to go – and sin no more.

Your endorsement of homosexual sex defies the Boy Scout Oath to God on its face.

You had pledged not to address this issue during your term. But now you justify it because so many states have passed anti-discrimination laws, including Utah, as you cited.

Do you remember your parents telling you “just because others are doing it doesn’t make it right?”

You cite litigation as an ultimate threat. This is false. The US Supreme Court has upheld the BSA’s constitutional right as a private organization.

Fox News 13 in Utah quoted you in a feat of completely irrational thought: “Our oath calls upon us to do our duty to God and our country. The country is changing, and we are increasingly at odds with the legal landscape at both the state and federal levels. And, as a movement, we find ourselves with a policy more than a few of our church sponsors reject, thus placing Scouting between a boy and his church.”

You mentioned the “duty to God,” and then acquiesced to immoral court decisions. So you will “cave” on principles simply because the BSA may be sued? You said in your recent Atlanta speech to BSA leaders: “Thus, between internal challenges and potential legal conflicts, the BSA finds itself in an unsustainable position, a position that makes us vulnerable to the possibility the courts simply will order us at some point to change our membership policy.”

As a former Secretary of Defense, was that your philosophy for defending our nation and how to win a war? By caving in to the opposition? Perhaps that is why we are still engaged in the Middle East and apparently with this approach, we are inciting more terrorism. Why would ISIS and Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic terrorists fear the United States with your philosophy?

Your cowardly approach, sir, has put this nation in more than a national security risk position. You have now put it in a moral security risk position. You act based on self-preservation, but it will ultimately kill it. You do not know the enemy. May I suggest you review The Art of War.

While you are compromising, courageous leaders such as attorney Mat Staver, President of Liberty Counsel, is advocating civil disobedience (remember Jesus Christ himself was an example), because God does not expect us to obey unrighteous, unconstitutional, unjust laws.  Where are the modern-day Daniels among us?

Religious Liberty Next?
This assault doesn’t end with this compromise. Next stop: a potential legal threat to strike down another policy, the ban on atheists. Indeed the BSA has been closely aligned with a belief in God. On my honor – to GOD and country.

In an opinion editorial, Pastor Chris Hill and Family Research Council Fellow Peter Sprigg wrote:

“Austin Cline, writing for an online agnosticism/atheism guide, complains, ‘It’s disturbing that the media has focused on discrimination against gays, ignoring discrimination against atheists.’

“In January, David Silverman, the president of American Atheists, said, ‘If they are considering lifting the ban on gays, that a good thing, that’s progress. … I would hope they remove the rest of the bigotry and admit atheists as well.’

“The Freedom from Religion Foundation declared in an action alert, ‘It should not be socially acceptable to exclude either gays or atheists. Talk about proof of who’s on the bottom of the social totem pole in our culture!'”

Again, this is the hallmark of communism.  In review, dare I suggest “we told you so” and also in advance of what’s to come?

Ah, but we were mocked and ridiculed even by allies that “it will do no harm.”

Zack Wahls, a homosexual “Eagle Scout” (whose award should have been revoked at the very launch of his anti-BSA coalition) now welcomes your view. The Human Rights Campaign restated its position – no compromise.  He and his followers might entertain their own youth leadership program, separate from the BSA.  But that would not be inclusion.

Their “no compromise” approach is winning, of course. While we stand by and project “no contest” with such “love and compassion” and compromise and capitulation in the name of Christianity, this movement seeks to destroy Christianity. The Human Rights Campaign is well-tooled strategically and knows precisely what it’s doing. They are laughing at you and us.

Mr. Gates, HRC President Chad Griffin, responded to your comments:

“As we have said many times previously, half measures are unacceptable, especially at one of America’s most storied institutions …. It’s time for BSA leaders to show true leadership and embrace a full national policy of inclusion that does not discriminate against anyone because of who they are.”

(How many Americans have already been indoctrinated to the fallacy that this is “who they are?”)

Meanwhile the BSA’s largest sponsoring organization, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, issued this response:

“We have noted the comments by Boy Scouts of America President Robert Gates in relation to possible policy changes in the Boy Scouts of America. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will, of course, examine any such changes very carefully to assess how they might impact our own century-long association with the BSA.”

It’s time for the People to take action.

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The Marriage Solidarity Pledge

We urge you to sign this pledge today and join with many national and local leaders of differing religious backgrounds who are uniting in defense of natural Marriage.

We Pledge in Solidarity to Defend Marriage and the Family and Society Founded Upon Them

We stand together in defense of marriage and the family and society founded upon them. While we come from a variety of communities and hold differing faith perspectives, we are united in our common affirmation of marriage.

On the matter of marriage, we stand in solidarity. We affirm that marriage and family have been inscribed by the Divine Architect into the order of Creation. Marriage is ontologically between one man and one woman, ordered toward the union of the spouses, open to children and formative of family. Family is the first vital cell of society, the first government, and the first mediating institution of our social order. The future of a free and healthy society passes through
marriage and the family.

Marriage as existing solely between one man and one woman precedes civil government. Though affirmed, fulfilled, and elevated by faith, the truth that marriage can exist only between one man and one woman is not based on religion or revelation alone, but on the Natural Law, written on the human heart and discernible through the exercise of reason. It is part of the natural created order. The Natural Law is what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., referred to as a higher law or
a just law in his famous Letter from Birmingham Jail.

Marriage is the preeminent and the most fundamental of all human social institutions. Civil institutions do not create marriage nor can they manufacture a right to marry for those who are incapable of marriage. Society begins with marriage and the family.

We pledge to stand together to defend marriage for what it is, a bond between one man and one woman, intended for life, and open to the gift of children. The institutions of civil government should defend marriage and not seek to undermine it. Government has long regulated marriage for the true common good. Examples, such as the age of consent, demonstrate such a proper regulation to ensure the free and voluntary basis of the marriage bond. Redefining the very institution of marriage is improper and outside the authority of the State. No civil institution, including the United States Supreme Court or any court, has
authority to redefine marriage.

As citizens united together, we will not stand by while the destruction of the institution of marriage unfolds in this nation we love. The effort to redefine marriage threatens the essential foundation of the family. Experience and history have shown us that if the government redefines marriage to grant a legal equivalency to same-sex couples, that same government will then enforce such an action with the police power of the State. This will bring about an inevitable collision with religious freedom and conscience rights. The precedent established will leave no room for any limitation on what can constitute such a redefined notion of marriage or human sexuality. We cannot and will not allow this to occur on our watch. Religious freedom is the first freedom in the American experiment for good reason.

Conferring a moral and legal equivalency to any relationship other than marriage between a man and a woman, by legislative or judicial fiat, sends the message that children do not need a mother and a father. As a policy matter, such unions convey the message that moms and dads are completely irrelevant to the well-being of children. Such a policy statement is unconscionable and destructive. Authorizing the legal equivalency of marriage to same-sex couples undermines the fundamental rights of children and threatens their security, stability, and future.

Neither the United States Supreme Court nor any court has authority to redefine marriage and thereby weaken both the family and society. Unlike the Legislative Branch that has the power of the purse and the Executive Branch which has the figurative power of the sword, the Judicial Branch has neither. It must depend upon the Executive Branch for the enforcement of its decisions.

As the Supreme Court acknowledged in the 1992 decision of Planned Parenthood v. Casey, its power rests solely upon the legitimacy of its decisions in the eyes of the people. If the decisions of the Court are not based on the Constitution and reason, and especially if they are contrary to the natural created order, then the people will lose confidence in the Court as an objective arbiter of the law. If the people lose respect for the Court, the Court’s authority will be diminished.

The Supreme Court was wrong when it denied Dred Scott his rights and said, “blacks are inferior human beings.” And the Court was wrong when Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote in Buck v. Bell, “three generations of imbeciles are enough,” thus upholding Virginia’s eugenics law that permitted forced sterilization. Shamefully, that decision was cited during the Nuremburg trials to support the Nazi eugenic holocaust.

In these earlier cases, the definition of “human” was at issue. Now the definition of “marriage” is at issue. The Constitution does not grant a right to redefine marriage — which is nonsensical since marriage intrinsically involves a man and a woman. Nor does the Constitution prohibit states from affirming the natural created order of male and female joined together in marriage.

We will view any decision by the Supreme Court or any court the same way history views the Dred Scott and Buck v. Bell decisions. Our highest respect for the rule of law requires that we not respect an unjust law that directly conflicts with higher law. A decision purporting to redefine marriage flies in the face of the Constitution and is contrary to the natural created order. As people of faith we pledge obedience to our Creator when the State directly conflicts with higher law. We respectfully warn the Supreme Court not to cross this line.

We stand united together in defense of marriage. Make no mistake about our resolve. While there are many things we can endure, redefining marriage is so fundamental to the natural order and the common good that this is the line we must draw and one we cannot and will not cross.

Mathew Staver, Chairman
Liberty Counsel Action
Co-drafter
James Robison, Founder
LIFE Outreach International
The Stream
Betty Robison, Co-Host
LIFE Today Television
Senator, Rick Santorum, Co-Founder
Patriot Voices
Karen Santorum, Co-Founder
Patriot Voices
Rev. Rick Scarborough, President
Vision America Action
Fr. Frank Pavone, Catholic Priest
Priests for Life
National Director, Priests for Life
Fr. Paul CB Schenck, MA, EdD
National Representative
Catholics United for Life
Evangelist Alveda King, Director
African American Outreach
Priests for Life
Author of King Rules
Archpriest Alexander F. C. Webster, PhD
Orthodox Priest
Chaplain (Colonel) U.S. Army, Retired
Rector, St. Herman of Alaska Russian Orthodox
Church, Stafford, Virginia
Penny Nance, CEO & President
Concerned Women for America
Jonathan Bernis, President and CEO
Jewish Voice Ministries, International
Rev. Johannes L. Jacobse, Orthodox priest
Founder, American Orthodox Institute
Rev. Victor S. Potapov, Rector
Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St. John the
Baptist Washington, DC
Charles G. Scott, General Bishop Pentecostal
Church of God
Deacon Keith Fournier
Common Good Alliance
Catholic Online
Co-drafter
James C. Dobson, Ph.D., President and Founder
Family Talk Action
Rev. William Franklin Graham III, President and
CEO Billy Graham Evangelistic Association &
Samaritan’s Purse
Governor Mike Huckabee, Founder
Huck Pac
Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez, President
NHCLC/CONEL
Hispanic Evangelical Association
Jay. W. Richards, PhD, Executive Editor
The Stream
Anita Staver, President
Liberty Counsel
Don Wildmon, Founder/Chairman Emeritus
American Family Association
Tim Wildmon, President
American Family Association
Jonathan Cahn – Author of The Harbinger,
President of Hope of the World Ministries,
The Jerusalem Center
Archbishop Foley Beach
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Will Pro-Marriage Church Schools Lose Tax Exemptions?

As the nation awaits the US Supreme Court’s decision on the marriage challenge, due any day now, Justice Alito asked the Obama Administration’s Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli his opinion: Will church-owned colleges and universities lose their tax-exempt status for their religious belief that marriage is between a man and a woman?

Verrilli responded: “I don’t think I can answer that question without knowing more specifics, but it’s certainly going to be an issue. I don’t deny that. I don’t deny that, Justice Alito. It is going to be an issue.”

Watch how the Southern Baptists responded:

The Southern Baptists have staked their ground, and they have chosen civil disobedience, vowing a “showdown” at the Supreme Court. They will not cave in, they say, as so many other religions have.

They call it a “Bonhoeffer moment” for religious leaders. Ronnie Floyd, new Southern Baptist Convention leader quoted the German religious hero, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

Blessings to these courageous religious leaders. History does repeat itself. If you have been watching the brilliant A.D. TV series, you will notice the similarities of our times to the Meridian times, post-Christ, when the disciples also had to make a choice: would they allow Rome and the Sanhedrin to silence them, or would they stand for truth at all costs? They pledged the later, and they became martyrs.

If church and synagogue leaders aren’t willing to defend religious liberty at all costs, then who will? If the Supreme Court rules against those religious tenets and if tax exemptions are hanging in the balance, what real option is there, unless we wish to become slaves to an atheist, agnostic, secular humanist, and dare I say, a fascist state?

Ronald Reagan also reminded us, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

Sunset is on its way. Where do you stand?

We have fought in two circuit courts and at the US Supreme Court with amicus briefs funded by the American Leadership Fund. It has been costly. We need to raise another $6,000 to cover legal expenses – win or lose. We have taken a stand and we will not compromise the need for every child to have both a mother and a father.

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This week Cherilyn Eagar is filling in.  Hollywood filmmaker Jeff Chamberlain, a member of the Hollywood conservative “underground,” and Tim Irwin, Highland City Councilman/Mayor Pro Tem will be co-hosting.

Thursday May 28th
John Dougall, Utah’s “frugal Dougall” State Auditor is taking a unique approach – He’s analyzing how every penny is spent. You won’t want to miss this shocker – and what EVERY state auditor ought to be doing.

GOP Chairman James Evans discusses the Old Guard v the People
How the progressives in the GOP are trying to take it over. In Utah it’s the challenge to the caucus system, “CMV – Count My Vote” and SB 54 – the supposed “compromise.”

Progressive/National Take over of Education: The New Science-Environmental PC Standards
Same Song. Second Verse. Oak Norton, Utahns Against Common Core, will update on the new “common core” science standards that have been railroaded into the states.

School-Parent Bribery? An Environmental PC Survey 
Did you know about the liberal environmental survey that pays a school $1 for every survey the parents fill out?  It’s a program called “Envision Utah” – there’s one in YOUR state too…

The latest from Hollywood and the Media’s handling of Hillary’s email scandal
Hollywood’s Why Guy filmmaker, Jeff Chamberlain, will add some humor and review how Hollywood media influences the message, and how it has treated Hillary Clinton’s record with kid gloves … and more mysteriously missing emails.

Who’s Who in the Presidential Line Up?
And who do you support in this current Republican presidential field?

Friday, May 29th
Free Enterprise. What are the challenges and the future?
George Morris, Century 21 Everest Realty Group, will be among our entrepreneur spotlights on air to discuss how they have survived and thrived in spite of government’s interference with free enterprise, their challenges and successes, and what we can do to promote these values in an increasingly socialist society.

An update on what activists are doing about this in Utah.

Should the BSA Admit Gay Scout leaders?
Rev. Bill Owens, President National Coalition of African American Pastors weighs in on BSA recommendation to include gay scout leaders

A Scout Council Executive will explain what’s happening, answer questions and take your comments. Should former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (who retired “don’t ask, don’t tell in the military) be asked to retire from the BSA board?

How Ex-Gays are being silenced and denied their constitutional rights
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Count My Vote-SB 54 Lies and Legends

So much misinformation is floating around the topic of Count My Vote and SB 54. Unfortunately the lies and legends are being promoted recently by the Deseret News. It’s beginning to look a lot like an editorial endorsement to destroy the Republican Party.

That’s not surprising. The editorial board is liberal-leaning, and newspapers make more money when there are more primaries and more candidates.

Which all makes sense, because that’s exactly what CMV/SB54 accomplishes.

The opinion editorial written by Dan Liljenquist, former state Senator, who I personally like (and whose wife has a beautiful singing voice, by the way) and the column that Utah’s high profile lobbyists, LaVarr Webb and Frank Pignanelli wrote recently, merely complicate, confuse and rehash old misinformation.

Sadly, none of these authors have been involved in the discussions between delegate-elected party leaders, delegate-elected State Central Committee members, of which I’m a member, and delegates themselves who are actively engaged in finding solutions. The sideline quarterbacking, the misrepresentations, and the belittling of the hard work of Republican Party Chairman James Evans, the Executive Committee and the State Central Committee in defending its constitutional rights is disheartening, to say the least.

One such legend was attached to the Liljenquist article and bears some review: that SB54 was a compromise. No. CMV threatened the State Central Committee (of which I’m a member) in 2013 with a 26-page legal brief that demanded Utah move to a dual track. SB54 has mandated a dual track.

The commenter wrote:

If the Republican Party wants to pay all the costs for having their own primary, then they have the right to keep it closed and use only the caucus system. If it wants the government to pay for the primary, then the government has the right to set some rules, which they did.

The legislature rescued, rather than sold out, the caucus system with SB54. Without it, the caucus system would be history by now – thanks to the Count My Vote petition. No thinking delegates should be bad-mouthing the legislature, unless they are just keeping a closed mind and refusing to see the facts.

(It’s kind of ironic. This is the same inconsistency delegates had with the push for vouchers. The supporters wanted to get government money for private schools, but thought they could get it without government control. It’s just not possible. Freedom isn’t free. It costs time, money, and/or blood. You want freedom? Then pay for it!)

Let’s examine these points.

The Public-Private Partnership
Who should pay for a primary? Great question. The legislature decided that many sessions ago with the “check a buck” program. That could be changed. The Republican Party could pay for its own primary, but the Democrat Party would not be able to sustain itself.

The “ironic” comment in the last paragraph makes an interesting point using the voucher bill as an example: what about the public-private partnership anyway?

The school voucher law failed, but look what happened: Even though the voucher law was repealed by referendum, the legislature doesn’t need vouchers for private schools anymore. Instead, a private school can now apply for a public charter, and they get the vouchers! The commenter is correct: By so doing, they must comply with all the federal and state laws.

The troubling fact is that, in some communities, private schools can’t compete with FREE charter schools. The result is that they are either being forced to go out of business, apply for a charter and secularize. Quite a dilemma for a Catholic or religious private school. And for the Republican principle of free enterprise and “choice.” But everyone LOVES charter schools. So three cheers for charters!

(BYU also takes government funds for research grants and student loans. By so doing, it must comply with government regulations.)

Corporate America is also in bed with the public-private partnership. How many corporations now ask for subsidies or are given tax incentives to relocate to a state or community? Instead of private corporations training their own employees, as they once did, these corporations now rely almost entirely on colleges and universities and trade schools to do it for them – at taxpayer expense.

So, yes. It’s true. There are problems with this arrangement. My point is that it is not just the Republican Party, it’s across the board in nearly every facet of our lives. Government gets to pick and choose who gets to play in a public-private partnership. That is certainly not a Republican ideal.

Defining Membership
CMV/SB54 would allow anyone – the unaffiliated – to petition on to the Republican Primary. Judge Nuffer opened the door for the Republican Party, as a private corporation, to define membership. That’s the purpose of this on-going discussion. Republican leaders are now entertaining all possible solutions that would solve the problem of government telling it what to do. We are now compelled to do whatever we can to prevent a run-away primary under CMV/SB54. Some ideas are better than others. But we have a process and elected leaders who are taking this seriously. We have spent countless hours over the past two years to make improvements where possible.

We now that we know the party can define membership, he question is, what are the qualifications and what is the process for party membership? Is this such an outrageous question? Is membership not the right of any private organization to determine?

A far-fetched, but analogous example is the LDS Church (or any church for that matter). Perhaps the legislature should also tell the LDS church that it must the allow the unaffiliated to be baptized. Wait. Why should there be any qualifications – baptism, commandments, basic tenets of belief. Anything goes.

This is not so far-fetched, when you consider the religious liberty challenges of this recent legislative session, and the extent to which the LDS church went to protect not only its employees, but its church leaders, affiliates, the Boy Scouts of America and its for-profit, commercial enterprises. It went so far as to define “employer” and believe it or not, none of those for-profit businesses are employers, not even the BSA. So, membership definitions are critical.

Do you see the ridiculousness of what CMV/SB54 is imposing on a private organization?

The second point in this confused comment is that with SB54, the legislature rescued the party from losing the caucus to CMV. This is nonsense. CMV was nearing a deadline and did not have nearly enough signatures to get on the ballot. They knew it and so it is precisely the opposite: SB54 rescued CMV.

(As an aside, as with any election process that involves petitioning, there were improprieties involved in the CMV petitions. That should be a forewarning of what we can expect if unaffiliated candidates are allowed to petition on to a ballot. Just ask states that use this dual process.)

SB54 is CMV Tweedle dumWhat the sponsor of SB54 (Senator Curt Bramble) did was to ensure that the dual track, described in the original 2013 CMV legal brief, was enshrined in law through the legislative process. If not, why then are the CMV proponents working so hard against the lawsuit? It’s just tragic that most legislators probably had not seen that original CMV legal brief. I have a copy if anyone is interested.

Lobbyists Love CMV
So Webb and Pignanelli say we should stop this discussion before we embarrass ourselves further.

Webb and Pignanelli are no doubt excellent lobbyists, media buyers and political consultants. They support CMV/SB54 because it favors incumbents, celebrity and money (their clients) – and more of them. The majority of the legislature supported CMV/SB54 to protect their own re-election.

It’s the Little Guy (you and me – the People) against the Big Guy. Webb, Pignanelli and the legislature can control the outcome with CMV/SB54.

Most people do not have time, or lack the interest, to get involved in political campaigns. For this reason, the U.S. Constitution guarantees every state a representative republic – not a democracy in Article IV.

The caucus is just that – a constitutional system that is defined by a representative republican form of government election system.

On the other hand, CMV/SB54 is the elitist-lobbyist system that most states have adopted that favor and fuel runaway socialist budgets. The liberal DC lobbyists that have been backing Utah’s CMV/SB54 use California, Colorado and Connecticut as their models.

It’s to a lobbyist or political consultant’s advantage to keep the election among the people least involved and informed so that the unaffiliated can dictate to those that are most involved and informed and affiliated. Why? Because in a primary, name ID will win nearly every time. That means an incumbent advantage. Lobbyists love incumbents. They keep the money rolling in.

The Republican Party is a private corporation that is guaranteed the unalienable right to assemble freely and unfettered. Yet the Utah legislature gave CMV/SB54 authority to lobbyists and themselves to dictate how a private corporation elects its representatives and allows those who are not members of that private corporation to steal its trademark by petition.

Fair Is Fair, Right?
Perhaps the legislature can now use those same principles against other private corporations such as Webb’s Exoro Group and Foxley & Pignanelli to tell them we don’t like how they do their business. We don’t like their clients, one of which is the Chamber of Commerce, because they support amnesty and common core which violate the platform. And we don’t like Overstock, the corporation that funded $50,000 to legalize same sex marriage in Utah. We want to tell them who their clients can or cannot be, and we want to use their name to do it.

These lobbyists want the Republican Party to stop its defense of out of self-interest. They fail to acknowledge that the Idaho Republican Party pressed forward to win for the voice of the people against the elite after losing its injunction.

The First Amendment and What Accountability Has to Do With It
This legal challenge is a serious constitutional First Amendment and trademark question: Does a private corporation have the right to freely assemble and choose its principles, membership, leadership and voting process, all in alignment with Article 4, guaranting the states and its people a republican form of government?

If so, then how does the party maintain its platform (its “articles of faith”) and what is the process of membership qualification, and once a member, what is the process of holding their feet to the fire, especially the candidates we vetted and elected.

Senator Todd Weiler and a few others are squirming right now because they know they are among the Republicans that vote with the Democrats half the time. And so, lies and legends are covering up the real issue: those that favor CMV/SB54 do so because they do not want to be held accountable.

And that’s the truth.

For more truth, go to Fair Elections Utah, compiled by one of our colleagues, Representative Fred Cox, with whom I serve on the State Central Committee.