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The voters in a democratic republic under God are the primary officers of the state.  They choose their rulers, who are the servants of "we, the people." 

When we the people get soft and lazy, our rulers become our taskmasters.  Government is force and coercion, and thus attracts persons who want to control the levers of force and coercion.  They will not, as will dedicated and wise Christians, keep the use of coercion under the law and grace of God -- as our Declaration-Constitution intends.  

Yes, we must keep the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution wedded.  The Declaration spells our our ultimate values which lay the only possible foundation for our Constitution providing the freedom sought by our founding fathers.  See Constitution Library.

Only the constant vigilance and righteous assertion of we, the people, can keep our government subservient to the people.  We are becoming slaves on a government plantation -- which the globalists want to make a world plantation. 

We are fast eroding our freedom by our almost universal loss of the Biblical worldview, and thus our equally almost universal failure to understand Biblical government and how that is better than anything secular politics can put together.  God gave us a good running start with the founding of America, but then we began to lose our vision and momentum almost immediately after the War for Independence, and got seduced over the 1800's into power struggle and empire building, rather than Gospel spreading. 

One does not have to agree with everything the following writers assert to understand that we are indeed in a watershed time, and that the continuing failure of Christians will be catastrophic -- as it has already been since the Reformation and the following religious wars.  And then, the ax.   

Christian capacity to say out loud, gracefully and truthfully, that "Jesus is Lord..." has almost shut down. And so has our teachable spirit.  The enemy would like to think that he has only a mop up operation left, that Christians are so weak and ineffectual today that it is only a matter of time before our final defeat and exclusion from public participation altogether. 

God has other plans, of course, but the question is whether we Christians want to be a part of them (become honest Elijah-like truth-seekers and take the offensive - I Kings 18), or whether we will continue in our intellectually, morally, and spiritually bankrupt non-strategies and remain on our circle-the-wanna-be-Biblical-wagons defensive.  

We must recapture the epistemological and worldview high ground, or continue swirling ineffectually in cultural backwaters.  And then we must learn how to deploy our rediscovered wisdom in the public arena -- politics, education, commerce, welfare, charity -- the whole works.

It is coming.    E. Fox]

 

 
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This will be the best security for maintaining our liberties.
A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know
and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved.
It is in the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins. --Ben Franklin
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48 Hours that Will Change America
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"The Lord spoke to us through several directions that voting is a spiritual exercise. This especially needs to be spoken to the youth movements of the United States. Very few youth have voted, historically, and this needs to change to see the will of God put into place for this Nation." --Kairos Journal
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"When you look at American history, Christians, pastors and churches were responsible to a large degree in shaping worldview, in shaping policy and in defending our Country. As Christians, God made us stewards of the Nation He gave us. It's time to renew our minds to that truth and get involved again in shaping America." --David Barton, WallBuilders.com
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"When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers just men who will rule in the fear of God. The preservation of a republican government depends on the faithful discharge of this duty; if the citizens neglect this duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted."
--Noah Webster
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"Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual -- or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his Country." --Samuel Adams
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"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." --Edmund Burke
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48 Hours that Will Change America - November 7-8, 2006
by Rev. Rob Schenck
October 27, 2006
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The US Supreme Court will have a number of events at it's front steps starting on November 7, when Faith and Action along with the Christian Defense Coalition will host a news conference to discuss that day's congressional elections. Following the news conference, we will host intercessory prayer from 10am-10pm to pray for the nation's elections.
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Wednesday, the Supreme Court will take up two cases on abortion that could dramatically change whether or not the United States continues to permit abortion on demand. Faith and Action will host prayer vigils throughout the day again (10am-10pm) as we pray for a change in this barbaric practice.
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It seems everywhere I travel these days, I am asked one question: What do you think will happen in the elections? What I'm really being asked is for inside information on whether or not the Republicans will lose control of one or both houses of Congress. My answer is always the same: "I am neither a prophet nor the son of a prophet. But it's probably not as bad for the Republicans as the media makes it out to be."
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Let me say right up front, Faith and Action does not endorse candidates. We are not partisans. In fact, when it comes to our core convictions on the Sanctity of Life, the Sanctity of Marriage and the Public Acknowledgment of God, I know some Republicans who are worse than Democrats!
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In any case, this is not to say that the upcoming elections are not important; they are. Election Day 2006, just a few days away, will be critically important for a number of reasons. (And there's far more at stake this year than control of Congress.) But it's not just Election Day, Tuesday, November 7. The very next day, Wednesday, November 8, is also of paramount importance, as the US Supreme Court hears arguments in two of the most important Sanctity of Life cases in the last 30 years.
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This is why we are calling November 7-8 the "48 HOURS THAT WILL CHANGE AMERICA."
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Consider what is at play during these two days:
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1) Majority control of one or both houses of Congress
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Being in the majority has far greater consequences than just being on top numbers-wise. The majority party chooses committee chairmen, which has everything to do with what legislation is even presented to the Congress, let alone passed. Majority leaders set the tone, criteria and general rules for how proposed ideas become the law of the land. And, it is the majority in the House of Representatives that elects the Speaker of the House, the person third in line to the presidency. If something happened to the president and vice-president, the Speaker of the House takes the Oval Office!
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While I have plenty of criticism for both parties, it remains true that one is far friendlier than the other when it comes to Biblical positions on the big moral questions. For the last 20 or 30 years, the Democrat Party has been pro-abortion, pro-homosexual lifestyle and largely hostile to the public acknowledgement of God. On the other hand, the Republican Party has been the opposite: Largely pro-life, pro-traditional family and pro-acknowledgment of God.
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There are, to be sure, exceptions to everything. There are pro-life Democrats and pro-abortion Republicans. What matters is what they work together on as a party. It is the nature of American politics that makes parties pretty much the be-all and end-all of what actually gets done in government. I am not a big fan of either party as they stand right now, but I'm mature enough to know that only one party is going to really get anything done in the end. So, we must work for spiritual, moral and constitutional integrity from within the parties. I see that as possible for one, but, I'm afraid, not for the other.
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2) The first-ever public referendum on the Ten Commandments
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On Election Day, November 7, the citizens of Boise, Idaho, will set a precedent for the rest of the nation on the public display of God's Word. This will be the first citizen initiative in the country on whether or not to erect a monument of the Ten Commandments on public property. Until now, the winning challenges to such displays had to do with public officials placing them. This is the way the ACLU wins its arguments: because "state actors" (representatives of the government) approve or install these displays, they by definition violate the so-called "separation of church and state."
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But, on November 7, the equation will change! It is not "state actors" or government officials this time it's the actual citizens of Boise. This cannot be construed as a violation of the "separation of church and state," because nothing is being imposed on the citizenry; they're making the decision themselves!
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Successful or not, the Boise referendum will set a pattern that can be followed in other localities. Remember, it's the facts of each case that matter. Should Boise not work, it does not mean this approach will fail elsewhere. And, because the four conservative members of the US Supreme Court are far less likely to interfere with the will of citizens, this approach may just well find a boost at the nation's highest court!
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3) Arguments in two key abortion cases, GOZALES V. CARHART and GOZALES V. PLANNED PARENTHOOD, will be heard by the nine justices in rare back-to-back sessions on November 8.
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I will be in the courtroom for both. The reason these are so big is they both deal with partial-birth abortion. This is, as you well know by now, the most hideous and barbaric of all abortion procedures. But it will also offer a glimpse into the thinking of the "new Supreme Court" with pro-life leaning justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito. The outcome (which will come sometime between November 8 and June of 2007) could demonstrate where the Court is headed on Roe v. Wade, the fundamental opinion that decriminalized the killing nascent children.
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4) In a related way, South Dakota will, for the very first time since 1973, vote on its own referendum on November 7; this one to declare virtually all forms of purely elective abortion to be illegal in that state.
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Should it pass, it will present a frontal assault to the Roe death doctrine. Our hope, our prayer, and the objective we are working for is to pass this historic pro-life measure. But, even if it doesn't pass, it will have sent a warning to the pro-abortion industrial complex that ending this horror is somewhere on the horizon. Again, should it pass, there's no doubt that abortion profiteers will take it to the Supreme Court, setting another opportunity to gut Roe or, perhaps vanquish it altogether!
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For years I have reminded the people of God that prayer is never our last resort, but always our first and most effective resort. That's why we are joining Rev. Pat Mahoney and the Christian Defense Coalition in calling for 48 hours of prayer beginning on the eve of the elections, November 6, and ending the night of the Supreme Court arguments, November 8. Rev. Mahoney will also lead prayer specifically for the elections on the West Steps of the US Capitol on November 5, 7-9pm.
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Here are details on the events in which you can participate:
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48 HOURS THAT WILL CHANGE AMERICA
November 7-8, 2006, 10am-10pm*
Tuesday: 9am News Conference, Front Steps of the US Supreme Court
Wednesday: 9am Prayer Vigil at the Front Steps of the US Supreme Court
*Events will be ongoing throughout Tuesday and Wednesday at the US Supreme Court. Please stop by if you're in town!
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Faith and Action
www.faithandaction.org
2004 P&R Schenck Associates in Evangelism, Inc.
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Elijah List
Judgment Against America is Not Yet Determined....
   The Church Determines it. Pray and Vote!
November 2006
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From the Desk of Steve Shultz
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If EVER in history there was a time when all political parties were in agreement about something, THIS IS THAT TIME. All political parties agree that THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION OF OUR GENERATION. For this reason, we should not find even ONE Christian who has the right to vote, choose to instead, stay home and not vote.
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The Bible is clear that it is God who takes one King down and sets another King upon His throne. Yet, He uses the people of the "land" to cooperate with HIM to make this happen. In a democracy, you could only pray all day, but if no Christians voted, righteousness would not prevail. On the other hand, if all Christians voted, but none of them prayed, the same dismal results would happen. Unrighteousness would prevail.
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Therefore, as people living in a land run as a democracy, we must both Pray AND Vote. Either one, without the other, falls short of the mark. Please forward this to ALL your friends. Your children's future DOES depend upon it.
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Blessings,
Steve Shultz
The Elijah List
www.elijahlist.com
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(PS: As I've often said, Christians are not primarily Republicans OR Democrats. Instead, we are Monarchists. We serve a Reigning King, Jesus, who is the King of Kings!).
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WallBuilders
Why Christians Must Vote in This Election
by David Barton
October 2006
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Despite the remarkable progress made in recent weeks on pro-faith and pro-family issues, virtually all the mainstream media news about Washington politics has been almost completely negative. Apparently, the liberal media does not consider progress on traditional religious and moral values to be newsworthy, but only news about the Mark Foley scandal, being bogged down in Iraq, conservative voter discouragement, etc.
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Unfortunately, highlighting the negative news while ignoring the substantial progress made in the culture war tends to disengage values voters (which, by the way, certainly might be part of the reason for their selective reporting). Nevertheless, many good bills have been signed into federal law in recent weeks:
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The Internet Gambling Prohibition Act closes down a huge anti-family industry. Four federal laws already prohibit Internet gambling, but since all major gambling sites operate outside the United States, federal enforcement is virtually impossible. This Act now requires financial institutions to block credit card and other payments to Internet gambling sites. The impact of the bill was immediate: the value of stock in Great Britain's online gambling companies dropped 50% upon passage of the bill; two Internet gambling firms sold their American operations for only $1; the directors of a major Internet gambling company simply resigned and walked off, leaving the company in the hands of creditors. Internet gambling - one of the fastest growing forms of addiction in America -- is now dramatically curtailed, if not completely stopped.
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The Broadcast Decency Act imposes significant penalties on networks and stations for public broadcasts of indecent incidents (such as the infamous "wardrobe malfunction" at the halftime of the Super Bowl) and indecent speech (such as the egregious language used by Howard Stern on his programs). Instead of a maximum FCC fine of $32,500 per program, the fine is now raised to $325,000 per incident/word, with no cap on the amount of total fines per program. Already, Howard Stern has been dropped from broadcast TV, and many other programs and networks are also cleaning up their act.
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A religious liberty measure was signed into law that reverses the current Pentagon policy preventing military chaplains from praying according to their faith -- a policy that specifically kept them from using words such as "Jesus" or "Christ" in their prayers. Military chaplains once again have the freedom to pray in the manner they choose - as they did during the first 230 years of American history.
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The Fetal Farming Ban prohibits the creation of fetuses solely to be aborted for research purposes. As embryonic stem-cell research continues to falter and persists in proving unsuccessful, researchers are seeking new sources of embryonic stem cells; this bill shuts off one significant venue by prohibiting the creation of human embryos for the purpose of harvesting their stem cells. (Incidentally, during the past decade, congressional leadership has allowed over 170 votes on pro-life issues, the overwhelming majority of which have ended favorably.)
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The Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act increases availability to patients of cord blood stem-cell treatments, a rich source of stem cells (a source obtained without destroying any human embryo) that has already successfully been used to treat at least 85 diseases.
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The Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act prohibits government at any level from using federal funds to confiscate guns from law-abiding citizens during emergencies (as happened in Louisiana after Katrina, when 1,300 guns were confiscated from law-abiding citizens, directly resulting in many of those specific homes and businesses being stripped by looters).
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The defunding of a $300 million grant to build a gay-lesbian center in Los Angeles.
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The Freedom to Display the American Flag Act ensures that an individual has the right to display the US flag on residential property, even if condominium associations and homeowner groups object.
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The Child Pornography Prevention Act strengthens and enhances prosecution of child pornography. Previously, interstate pornography (ie, instances where child pornography is transmitted from one state to another) was prohibited, but this Act now prohibits intrastate child pornography (ie, material that stays within the same state). Additionally, it prohibits prosecutors from making additional copies to distribute to defendant's attorneys, thereby limiting its use and exposure of exploited children even in appropriate prosecutions.
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The Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial Act transfers possession of a 29-foot high cross (part of a Korean War memorial in San Diego under assault from the ACLU) to the federal government. A federal judge ruled that the cross violated the California constitution and ordered it be torn down or the City of San Diego to pay $5,000 per day in fines until it was removed. With this Act, the Memorial will no longer be subject to that judge's opinion of the California constitution and thus will remain proudly standing, as it has for the past fifty years.
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There have also been many other good bills passed during this Congress, including bills strengthening faith-based programs, limiting judicial powers and thus restraining judicial activism, etc. Furthermore, there have been some very, very close "near misses," whereby only one individual has prevented complete success. For example:
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The Child Custody Protection Act prohibits minor girls from being transported across state lines for an abortion without their parents' knowledge. This bill passed the House twice this session, and the Senate once; yet, despite the 4-1 margin of support from the American public, one member of the Senate prevented a Conference Committee with the House on this measure, thereby effectively killing the bill. If not for the procedural maneuver, this bill would now be law.
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The House passed a constitutional amendment to prevent flag desecration, and the vote in the Senate was 66-34 -- one vote short of the two-thirds needed for final approval. This constitutional amendment would forever prohibit activist federal judges from addressing this issue.
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The House voted (for the fourth time) to abolish the immoral Death Tax, and the Senate came within one vote of passing the repeal. Only 50 Senators are needed to rescind this outrageous anti-family tax, and 59 Senators currently support the repeal; but the measure has been filibustered, and the vote to break the filibuster failed by one vote as anti-family liberals hung together to keep the filibuster alive.
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Furthermore, one of the most significant (and unheralded) successes in this Congress has been the confirmation of scores of strict-constructionists to the federal bench - an achievement that may be directly attributed to increased Christian voter activity in the past two elections. Over the last four years, Christian voter turnout increased 82%, and the result of that increase has been apparent in the changed composition of Congress.
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For example, of the 94 freshmen elected to the House in those two elections, 61 were pro-life, pro-faith, and pro-family (ie, about two-thirds of the new members). Similarly, of the 19 freshmen elected to the Senate during that time, 15 were pro-life, pro-faith, and pro-family (about 79% of new members). These new Senators provided the margin of victory needed to confirm the appointment of two new strict-constructionist pro-life Justices to the Supreme Court; and the Court has already begun to change, including this year's decision reversing a pro-abortion policy implemented twenty-five years ago in 1981. In addition to these two Justices, those Senators have confirmed dozens of other strict-construction judges to the federal Courts of Appeal.
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These are just some of the many pro-faith and pro-family measures that have recently passed through Congress - measures very encouraging to most Americans, but measures almost completely ignored by the national media. Nevertheless, be encouraged! Good things are happening! Therefore, encourage your friends in states across America to stay engaged in this election! The results of this year's contest will determine whether America will keep moving forward in winning the culture war, or whether we will start retreating. Be active this election! Much is at stake!
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In closing, while I've approached this article from a positive viewpoint, allow me to offer a thought for those who are better motivated by negatives than positives: What will Christians say to themselves (and to the Lord) if: (1) they don't vote this election, (2) we lose pro-family champions in the House and Senate, (3) after the election, a Supreme Court Justice announces his retirement (two-thirds of the Court is now older than 65), and (4) we no longer have the necessary votes to confirm a fifth strict-constructionist Justice to the Supreme Court and thus begin bringing the culture war to its well-deserved demise? I certainly wouldn't want to try to explain that one to my friends or family (or especially to the Lord!). Just a thought for those who might need additional motivation!
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AFA - American Family Association

What if the Liberals Win in November?
October 2006
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How important are the upcoming elections? Extremely important! Below is a list of what we can expect if the liberals win. These elections are crucial. It is vitally important that you vote. Please vote and encourage others to do the same. As bad as things are, they will be infinitely worse if the liberals win.
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The strategy of the liberals is to get Values Voters so disgusted and discouraged that they will not vote. If that happens, the liberals will have achieved their goal and they will be running our country. Here is what we can expect if the liberals win:
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Amnesty for 12,000,000 illegal immigrants.
A push to make homosexual marriage and polygamy legal in all 50 states.
Only liberal judges will be appointed. They will create laws to implement the social agenda liberals cannot get passed through the legislative process.
Liberals will make the killing of the unborn more difficult to stop.
Liberals will continue to try to rid our society of Christian influence, including any reference to God in our Pledge and on our currency.
A return to the so-called "Fairness Doctrine" in broadcasting where opposing views must be given equal time. Every conservative talk show host will be forced to give a liberal equal time on every issue. The purpose of this rule will be to shut down conservative talk shows.
An increase in taxes to push new social programs.
Passing a new "hate crimes" law, making it illegal to refer to homosexuality in a negative manner.
Liberals will give terrorists from other countries who try to kill Americans the same rights American citizens enjoy under our constitution.
We will withdraw from Iraq, sending the message to the terrorists that if they will just be patient they can win and bring their terrorist acts to the US.
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Go Vote! Encourage others to do the same.
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American Family Association
www.afa.net
Copyright 2006 AFA
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