"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."
that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
48 Hours that Will
Change America - November 7-8, 2006
by Rev. Rob Schenck
October 27, 2006
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.
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.
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."
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!
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.
This is why we are calling November 7-8 the "48 HOURS THAT WILL CHANGE
Consider what is at play during these two days:
1) Majority control of one or both houses of Congress
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!
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.
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.
2) The first-ever public referendum on the Ten Commandments
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
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
Should it pass, it will present a frontal assault to the Roe
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!
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.
Here are details on the events in which you can participate:
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!
Judgment Against America
is Not Yet Determined....
The Church Determines
it. Pray and Vote!
From the Desk of Steve Shultz
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.
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.
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
The Elijah List
(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!).
Why Christians Must Vote
in This Election
by David Barton
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,
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:
• 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
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.)
• 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.
• 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
• The defunding of a $300 million grant to build a gay-lesbian center in
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
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:
• 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.
• 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
• 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.
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.
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
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!
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!
© 2006 WallBuilders
AFA - American Family Association
What if the Liberals Win
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.
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:
• Amnesty for 12,000,000 illegal immigrants.
• A push to make homosexual marriage and polygamy legal in all 50
• Only liberal judges will be appointed. They will create laws to
implement the social agenda liberals cannot get passed through the
• 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
• 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
• 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.
Go Vote! Encourage others to do the same.
American Family Association
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