Posts Tagged ‘pennsylvania’

The Rise of Casinos = The Collapse of Character

February 28, 2012

From Dr. Albert Mohler”

“In the final analysis, the greatest danger posed by the casino is not anything that can be determined by economic analysis, because the greatest injury caused by gambling is not financial — it is moral. The worst aspect of the casino culture is not just that the state has decided to prey on its own citizens, but that it has decided to do so with gusto. The rise of the casino goes hand in hand with the collapse of character.”

Read full post here.

 

Social Issues, the American Electorate and the Presidency

February 20, 2012

In this column from the “Wall Street Journal”, James Taranto examines the impact of social conservatism on presidential elections, highlighting the new book by Jeffrey Bell, The Case for Polarized Politics.  Bell makes the case that the social issues are a winner for GOP candidates, despite what the political pundits and media outlets may say.  

Some excerpts:

“Social conservatism, Mr. Bell argues in his forthcoming book, ‘The Case for Polarized Politics,’ has a winning track record for the GOP. ‘Social issues were nonexistent in the period 1932 to 1964,’ he observes. ‘The Republican Party won two presidential elections out of nine, and they had the Congress for all of four years in that entire period. . . . When social issues came into the mix—I would date it from the 1968 election . . . the Republican Party won seven out of 11 presidential elections.’”

“In Mr. Bell’s telling, social conservatism is both relatively new and uniquely American, and it is a response to aggression, not an initiation of it. The left has had ‘its center of gravity in social issues’ since the French Revolution, he says. ‘Yes, the left at that time, with people like Robespierre, was interested in overthrowing the monarchy and the French aristocracy. But they were even more vehemently in favor of bringing down institutions like the family and organized religion. In that regard, the left has never changed. . . . I think we’ve had a good illustration of it in the last month or so.’

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204880404577227694132901090.html?mod=djemEditorialPage_h

Ultrasound Bill Passes Health Committee

February 7, 2012

The PA House Health Committee passed House Bill 1077, the Woman’s Right to Know Act, with a vote of 15-7 (Republicans and Democrats). The bill now heads to the full House for a vote.

View the roll call here. If your representative is on this committee and voted Yes, please thank them!

Thank you for taking action! If you haven’t yet contacted your representative and asked them to support HB 1077, use our Citizen Action Center today!

Thank Your Legislator for Making 2012 The Year of the Bible

February 6, 2012

Late last month, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution to declare 2012 “The Year of the Bible.” This is a statement from Rep. Rick Saccone, the sponsor of the resolution:

“As not only Pennsylvania, but the United States, continues to face great tests and challenges, House Resolution 535 serves as a reminder that we must look to our faith in God and the Holy Scripture to provide us with the strength, wisdom and courage to conquer these great trials,” said Rep. Rick Saccone. “All over the Pennsylvania Capitol, one can easily see the tremendous influence that Christianity and the Bible have had over our founders and predecessors. These images and quotes illustrating the beliefs and morals that have shaped our great Commonwealth must never be forgotten.”

Supported by many members of the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation, legislation similar to House Resolution 535 was passed by the U.S. House and Senate to allow President Ronald Reagan to declare 1983 as the “Year of the Bible” at the national level.

How wonderful that a State Legislator can take such a stand and offer this resolution, and that his colleagues would vote unanimously in support! Isn’t it nice, for a change, for our public officials to acknowledge God at a time other than a grave national disaster?

This morning, I took a quick glance at Facebook this morning, and found this post from a State Representative:

Inbox filling with demands to repeal our House Resolution naming 2012 “Year of the Bible” – but >99% of emails from other states/areas

Friends, the secular left is going after this resolution with both barrels blazing. Newspapers have editorialized against HR 535, sometimes with a mocking tone.

This is yet another example of the ongoing, concerted effort to erase any public recognition or acknowledgement of the role of God and Christianity in our nation’s existence. Once again we face a time like that described by President Lincoln as he called for a National Fast Day in March, 1863.

We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!

I hope we are not now too proud, or more correctly put, too afraid to publicly stand up for truth in the public square, and to defend our lawmakers against these attacks that seek to silence them and silence us.

Today, I am asking you to send an email and/or make a telephone call to your State Representative, and to Rep. Rick Saccone (717-260-6122), and thank them for passing HR 535, declaring 2012 “The Year of the Bible.” And please recruit some friends and family to do the same. Can I count on you to take a stand?

It’s about time we’re the ones filling up our legislator’s inboxes, and not the radical secularists, don’t you think?

To read the HR 535 resolution, click here.

Click here to contact your state representative.

What Would You Do to Make Pennsylvania a Better Place?

December 27, 2011

If you were running the state of Pennsylvania, what resolutions would you choose to make Pennsylvania a better place?

Leave your ideas in the comments below!

Abortion Clinic Regulations Pass House, Now to Senate

December 14, 2011

Yesterday, the State House passed Senate Bill 732, a bill which would impose more stringent regulations and inspections on the abortion industry, to at least bring it in line with other outpatient surgical centers. Now the bill moves to the Senate where it should be voted on today.

Please also call your Pennsylvania State Senator today, and ask him or her to support SB 732.

We support and work for all efforts to end abortion, and we encourage the protection of women who would fall prey to the greed and immoral actions of abortionists.

From Capitolwire:

Following the final vote in the House, Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, tearfully thanked the chamber for approving the measure. She explained her gratitude was rooted in the tragic fact that her 22-year-old cousin, Semika Shaw, was one of Dr. Gosnell’s victims. Shaw died in 2002 from an infection following an abortion at the Gosnell clinic.

Said Davidson: “Today I honor her memory by voting yes on this legislation, that seeks to safeguard the health of women, that is long overdue, so that never again will a woman walk into a licensed health care facility in the State of Pennsylvania and be butchered as she was. Today I thank the members of this House that supported this legislation for the safety of women.”

 

Thank you for taking action!

Forward this alert to your friends and family.

Pennsylvania Family Council is a non-profit organization made possible through financial donations from our supporters. To donate to Pennsylvania Family Council, click here.

Take Action TODAY to Support Abortion Clinic Regulations

December 13, 2011

The entire nation was shocked earlier this year when a Philadelphia grand jury released its report on the Women’s Medical Society abortion center in West Philadelphia, detailing accounts of murdered women, gruesome conditions inside, and “countless” babies being delivered alive and then killed, not to mention the many deaths of babies by late-term abortions.

The report, issued nearly 12 months ago, also recounted years of inaction by city and state government officials, who turned a blind eye not only to Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s “House of Horrors,” but to the abortion industry throughout Pennsylvania.  More than 15 years passed without a single inspection of an abortion clinic in Pennsylvania.  What’s more, as the Grand Jury report stated, “customers of nail salons” have more regulatory protections than those of abortion clinics.

This is about to change if you will take action today.  The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is set to vote today on final passage of SB 732, which would impose more stringent regulations and inspections on the abortion industry, to at least bring it in line with other outpatient surgical centers.

Please call and email your State Representative today, and ask him or her to support SB 732, and to oppose any weakening amendment.

Please also call your Pennsylvania State Senator today, and ask him or her to support SB 732 should it be sent over from the House.

We support and work for all efforts to end abortion, and we encourage the protection of women who would fall prey to the greed and immoral actions of abortionists.

Thank you for taking action!

Forward this alert to your friends and family.

Pennsylvania Family Council is a non-profit organization made possible through financial donations from our supporters. To donate to Pennsylvania Family Council, click here.

Bills Introduced to Stop Sex Trafficking at Massage Parlors in PA

December 5, 2011
From PA Independent:
Bipartisan state House and Senate proposals, House Bill 235 and Senate Bill 338, would require rest-stops, bars, motels, welcome areas, strip clubs, massage parlors and other businesses to post an 8 ½-inch-by-11-inch sign with a 28-point font size that reads:
“If you or someone you know is being forced to engage in any activity and cannot leave — whether it is commercial sex, housework, farm work or any other activity — call the National Human Trafficking Hotline.” The number is 1-888-373-7888.
Lawmakers want these proposals to put a dent in local prostitution, which is prominent at local massage parlors, said state Rep. Paul Clymer, R-Bucks, who is sponsoring HB 235.
Read more…

New Teacher Evaluation Bill Up For Committee Vote

November 16, 2011

The House Education Committee will consider House Bill 1980, introduced by Rep. Ryan Aument.  Rep. Aument’s bill would increase rating categories from two (satisfactory and unsatisfactory) to four (distinguished, proficient, needs improvement and failing). Student achievement will count for half of an educator’s overall score (achievement will include growth data, not just test scores).  Other measures, such as classroom observation and teacher preparation, will make up the remainder.

Read more…

From Dr. Albert Mohler: The Tragic Lessons of Penn State

November 10, 2011

Dr. Albert Mohler writes an insightful piece on the Penn State scandal, and the broader changes that should result from it.

“The detonation of the Penn State scandal must shake the entire nation into a new moral awareness.”

http://www.albertmohler.com/2011/11/10/the-tragic-lessons-of-penn-state-a-call-to-action/


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