Posts from the “Politics” Category

“I’m not stopping to be interviewed”

Posted on April 16th, 2014

Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City, has an opinion about death, judgment day, and heaven: Mr. Bloomberg was introspective as he spoke, and seemed both restless and wistful. When he sat down for the interview, it was a few days before his 50th college reunion. His mortality has started dawning on him, at 72. And he admitted he was a bit taken aback by how many of his former classmates had been appearing in the “in memoriam” pages of his school newsletter. But if he senses that he may not have as much time left as he would like, he has little doubt about what would await him at a Judgment Day. Pointing to his work on gun safety, obesity and smoking…

House Judiciary Committee statement on Religious Freedom

Posted on March 27th, 2014

Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) issued the following statement on the Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius and Conestoga Wood v. Sebelius religious freedom cases in the Supreme Court, which center around the government mandate that businesses provide insurance coverage that includes contraceptives that could end human life after conception, despite their religious beliefs.   Chairman Goodlatte:  “Our nation’s laws have long-protected the rights of people to freely exercise their religious beliefs and recognized their convictions as valuable and nonnegotiable. The Obamacare mandate at issue in the Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius and Conestoga Wood v. Sebelius cases in the Supreme Court signifies a growing willingness for federal bureaucrats and President Obama to blatantly disregard the consciences of people of faith.   “As an original co-sponsor of the broad, bipartisan Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA),…

The vicious cycle of Planned Parenthood funding

Posted on February 24th, 2014

In the second season of Netflix’s smash hit House of Cards, money laundering plays a key role in criticism of the president. While it is legal, what the U.S. Government does with Planned Parenthood is far worse. Now with Obamacare, this problem is exacerbated. Federal funding flows to Planned Parenthood, which uses a portion to campaign for pro-abortion politicians. In Planned Bullyhood, Karen Handel writes, Essentially this is a legalized scheme in which Planned Parenthood takes in nearly $500 million a year in government money and hundreds of millions more in other revenue— contributions and payments for services— and then turns a significant portion of these funds over to its political arm to support Democrats in order to keep the money well pumping. This process keeps…

Religion: companion and cradle of freedom

Posted on February 20th, 2014

Alexis de Tocqueville on freedom and religion: Freedom sees in religion the companion of its struggles and its triumphs, the cradle of its infancy, the divine source of its rights.  It considers religion as the safeguard of mores; and mores as the guarantee of laws and the pledge of its duration.

Should the state be involved in marriage?

Posted on February 19th, 2014

The Libertarian argument that the state should be uninvolved in the institution of marriage is attractive but unworkable. It makes the state grow more powerful, not less: Redefining civil marriage will further erode marital norms, thrusting the state even more deeply into leading roles for which it is poorly suited: parent and discipliner to the orphaned, provider to the neglected, and arbiter of disputes over custody, paternity, and visitations. As the family weakens, our welfare and correctional bureaucracies grow. Girgis, Sherif; Anderson, Ryan T; George, Robert P. What Is Marriage?: Man and Woman: A Defense (p. 9). Encounter Books.   Christians must present a coherent, natural-law argument in defense of traditional marriage.

No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act

Posted on January 24th, 2014

Encouraging statement from the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) issued the following statement on the fateful Roe v. Wade ruling that occurred forty-one years ago on this date, January 22nd.   Chairman Goodlatte:  “Along with tens of thousands of Americans from across the country who march for life on the National Mall today on the ominous anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, I stand in solidarity with them and mourn the loss of innocent life that has occurred in the wake of this decision. The Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling has failed to protect the most vulnerable among us.   “As a country, we must speak for those who cannot speak for themselves and…

House Judiciary Committee Approves Bill to Prohibit Federal Funding for Elective Abortions

Posted on January 15th, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 15, 2014 CONTACT: Kathryn Rexrode or Lauren Hammond, (202) 225-3951 House Judiciary Committee Approves Bill to Prohibit Federal Funding for Elective Abortions Washington, D.C. – The House Judiciary Committee approved H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act by a vote of 22-12. The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act was introduced by Congressman Chris Smith (R-N.J.). For over 30 years, a patchwork of policies regulated federal funding for abortion. Amendments have been added to various appropriations bills to prohibit the federal funding of abortions through the programs funded by those appropriations bills. H.R. 7, with the exception of a few narrow categories accepted for many years, provides that the federal government should not make taxpayers pay for abortions…