Thursday, June 21, 2012
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
Fortnight For Freedom Begins
Today Catholics across America are beginning a two-week period of prayer, fasting and public action for the preservation of religious liberty in America.
This extraordinary call to prayer and action by the largest religious denomination in America is a response to the unprecedented government assault against long-respected norms and traditions — including forcing religious institutions to pay for medical services and procedures that violate their core values to redefining marriage.
And here’s the latest assault on religious liberty: A lesbian couple in New York, where they recently legalized same-sex “marriage,” is suing a Catholic hospital for refusing to recognize their relationship.
The culture war is real, and the government is increasingly throwing its weight behind the radical, secularist left.
The “Fortnight For Freedom” concludes at noon on July 4th, when Catholic churches around the country will simultaneously ring their church bells. This is tremendous symbolism: Celebrating our Day of Independence, as well as calling the faithful to action. As has been said so many times, “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.”
If you would like to learn more about the “Fortnight For Freedom,” click here.
ACTION ITEM: Use this “Fortnight For Freedom” to encourage your like-minded friends and family members to register to vote. And don’t assume they are registered. Millions of Americans who think they are in fact are not. Now is the time for men and women of faith to take a stand for religious liberty.
Watching the CBS Evening News last night reminded me just how biased the media are, not just in what they say but also what they don’t say.
For example, as I just reported, Catholic leaders are all on the same page and they are taking extraordinary action in defense of our fundamental freedoms. You would think that would be big news. But CBS ignored the “Fortnight For Freedom,” and instead reported on 15 nuns on a bus tour protesting conservative budget cuts.
Southern Baptists Stand For Marriage; Make History
Southern Baptist Convention, the nation’s largest Protestant denomination, approved a resolution this week reaffirming that marriage is “the exclusive union of one man and one woman.” The resolution also rejected attempts to equate same-sex “marriage” with the civil rights movement.
It is especially noteworthy that one of the authors of this resolution is Reverend Dwight McKissic of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas. Reverend McKissic is black, as is the Southern Baptist Convention’s newly-elected president, Reverend Fred Luter, Jr., of New Orleans, Louisiana.
Reverend Luter is the first black man to lead the Southern Baptist Convention, and his election says a lot about the genuine desire of religious conservatives to seek racial reconciliation. I hope that Reverend Luter will be a powerful voice for men and women of faith when it comes to fundamental issues like the sanctity of life and the meaning of marriage.
More Bad Economic News
Reuters reports that the manufacturing sector grew at its slowest pace in 11 months. This is bad news because the manufacturing sector had been one of the few bright spots in the economy.
But there’s even more bad news. Jobless claims are up to 387,000. I know the media are reporting a drop of 2,000, but that’s because last week’s figures were, yet again, revised up from 386,000 to 389,000.
Kudos To Denny’s
Friends, let’s end today’s report on an upbeat note. Check out this Denny’s ad. Obviously, there’s some sarcasm, but at least they mentioned the right things! If you would like to thank Denny’s for making this ad, click here for contact information.
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