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Call Yourself a Social Conservative? Christian? Consider These Principles for Voting and Let’s Register by March 26th, Vote on April 24th!

March 16, 2012

Here’s a link below to a column from our colleague in Florida that is worth your reading, your thoughts, your prayers and your action as we approach Pennsylvania’s Primary Election on April 24, 2012.

Yes, we’ll help pick a President, but wherever you are in Pennsylvania, you’ll cast important votes for who will represent you in Harrisburg and Washington. And in many areas, your Primary Election may be your ONLY real choice in candidates, not in November!

Watch PAfamily.org for a nonpartisan Voter’s Guide in contested races at all levels, and don’t forget: Register to vote by March 26th, and get out to VOTE on April 24th!

“Governed not by polls, politics nor profits” by John Stemberger, Florida Family Council.

http://flfamily.org/uncategorized/governed-not-by-polls-politics-nor-profits/

 

9th Circuit Court Finds California’s Proposition 8 Unconstitutional, State’s Marriage Laws in Jeopardy, Appeal to US Supreme Court

February 7, 2012

Bad news today for citizens, marriage.

The Ninth Circuit voted 2-1 in favor of San Francisco federal court judge Vaughn Walker’s controversial ruling in 2010 that Proposition 8 violates the 14th amendment of the US Constitution. The case is widely expected to be appealed to the US Supreme Court.

So, what’s the big deal? How about constitutional freedoms and the institution of marriage ARE AT RISK!
1. This is a case in which opponents of California’s marriage protection amendment hope to deny millions of California citizens their rights and freedoms at the ballot box.
2. If allowed to stand, the ruling could invalidate the marriage laws of 43 states that define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
3. 31 states have passed state amendments to their constitutions to protect the definition of marriage as between husband and wife, with more voting in 2012. Meanwhile, Pennsylvania’s marriage law is at risk while our legislators delay in giving our citizens a voice at the ballot box. This case should get their attention! Contact your state representative and state senator today and ask them to pass a PA Marriage Protection Amendment!

 

Gov. Tom Corbett delivers early Christmas present. To Life and Health!

December 22, 2011

Today, Gov. Tom Corbett signed a new commonsense law that would regulate Pennsylvania’s abortion clinics in the same way as ambulatory surgical facilities. The need for new regulations was brought to light by the tragic “house of horrors” case of the Kermit Gosnell abortion clinic in West Philadelphia that made national news almost one year ago. The new law follows the Grand Jury’s major recommendations. Congratulations to the PA House and Senate for overwhelmingly voting for passage. Special thanks to Rep. Matt Baker for his authorship and leadership of the new law.

It’s time to bring the business of abortion out of the dark and into the light!

Will 2012 be OUR ‘Year of School Choice’?

December 16, 2011

Earlier this year, The Wall Street Journal editors declared 2011 as The Year of School Choice. That was then; this in now. And this IS Pennsylvania, not the 13 states that advanced real education reform so far.

As the legislative calendar in Harrisburg comes to a close right before Christmas, our state still fails to give many Pennsylvania students a real choice to get out of failing schools and into schools that can help them thrive academically, emotionally and yes, even spiritually.

School choice – Opportunity Scholarships, expansion of the successful EITC scholarship program that uses business donations, and a fairer system of starting charter schools – were all on the table, but failed to pass. LET’S PRAY AND WORK FOR SCHOOL CHOICE in the coming months so we can declare 2012 as The Year of School Choice in Pennsylvania!

A Christmas Casino Poem by Bill Kearney (guest column)

December 12, 2011

A Christmas Casino Poem
By Bill Kearney, Philadelphia, PA

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house was barely enough food to feed a mouse. Our stockings had holes, chimney no heat, I waited in hope they’d return from the casino with something to eat. I’m a child of parents who got into bed with an industry that puts dancing fruits, bars and bells in your head.

My siblings were nestled all snug in their beds, this year it’s not sugar plums but despair in their heads. As I watch them drift off for a long winter’s nap, my prayers were for my parents to never go back. Then out in the driveway I heard such a crash, I ran to the window and threw up the sash.

Those lights of disaster made my vision clear but I couldn’t comprehend what to my wondering eyes should appear, was it police cars and officers in full gear? Mom’s hysterical using words I dare not repeat. Dad’s thrown down so quick, now there’s no doubt our future is bleak.

More rapid than alcohol and drugs it came, and those in our government swear its okay. Once legal they whistled, and shouted, and called them by name! “Now Harrah’s! Now, Sugarhouse! Now, Mohegan Sun, and Hollywood! On, Parx! On Sands and Mount Airy! Throughout the state we’ll fill tax coffers for all! Now Bet away! Bet away! Bet away all!

Their money blows away in those slots like clouds in the sky, and so will their homes and families go by! So up to the house-top in debt they will be, with bankruptcy, foreclosure, and divorce bringing them to their knees.

One day in Philly I heard a man say we must stop the breeding of casino gambling degenerates today! He was dressed all in black, from his head to toe; he looked more like a gambler than a casino foe. His eyes-how they widen, his demeanor changed, as he addressed the non-ill effects of casino gambling our government proclaims.

His hands moved like pistons, his anger was seen as he exploited this industry like a well oiled machine. A bundle of safeguards he flashed out loud, things like no comps, no free booze, and no credit aloud.

Then he said something that made me think twice; “make casinos send monthly statements showing their sad plight.” I thought of my family and where we might be, if they got monthly statements and casinos never opened near me.

Before he left I heard him say, “Merry Christmas to all” then he exclaim, “if we sit back and do nothing we’re all going to pay and those long sleepless nights may come your way.”

Hopefully you will understand the importance of my cause, and you will help stop the Gaming industry from ‘BREEDING’ compulsive casino gambling degenerates who will eventually become criminals by calling your state legislators and telling them you support (CASINO MONTHLY STATEMENTS)

To learn more about my credentials on this subject go on line and Google-up Bill Kearney on casino gambling.

Surprise! Entrepreneur, Tech Hero, Steve Jobs Supported School Choice

October 11, 2011

“I believe very strongly that if the country gave each parent a voucher…several things would happen. Number one[,] schools would start marketing themselves like crazy to get students. Secondly, I think you’d see a lot of new schools starting…. I believe that they would do far better than any of our public schools would. The third thing you’d see is…the quality of schools again, just in a competitive marketplace, start to rise.”
— late Apple creator, Steve Jobs noted in a 1995 interview with the Smithsonian Institution

Abortion laws are part of Job No. 1: Response to Patriot-News editorial

June 17, 2011

Below you can read my complete op-ed in response to Patriot-News (Harrisburg, PA) editorial and a link to a shorter version that was published as a letter to the editor on 6/17/11.

Abortion laws are part of Job No. 1: Protect Health and Safety

In your editorial (“What about jobs?” The Patriot-News, June 9, 2011), you decry the actions of the state legislature, namely the Republicans, for recent passage of bills addressing abortion.

It’s worth noting first that the bills are really about patient safety and taxpayer protection; not about “Republican” or “Democrat” issues. That’s why the House passed its abortion clinic bill by a strong bi-partisan vote of 148-43 and Senate bills passed with the votes of senators from both parties.

Yes, job creation should remain a top issue for lawmakers in this Commonwealth but in honoring the Constitution of our State and Nation, it cannot and should not be the only issue they address.

In fact, on the same days that the House and Senate voted on abortion-related bills, more than 40 other bills were addressed each day, including action in multiple committee meetings.

During the 2009-2010 Session alone, more than 2,000 bills were introduced and 181 became law. The topics ranged from codes on the sale of cigarettes to real estate regulation to education reform to prison codes and environmental protections.

Where are the complaints about “wasting time, energy and effort” when the legislature tackles these other issues?

The Patriot-News applauded the passage of puppy mill legislation (June 2008) while our state budget languished. A year later, an editorial favored a statewide indoor smoking ban which was debated for weeks in both chambers during Spring budget season. Were these bills about jobs or the state budget?

S.B. 3 preserves Pennsylvania’s policy of not using taxpayer money to fund abortions, by keeping abortion out of a state insurance scheme mandated by the controversial federal health care law. With 67 percent of Americans saying that tax dollars shouldn’t pay for abortions (Quinnipiac University poll), we should be grateful that our Senators took action.

Now our lawmakers are taking long overdue action with H.B. 574 and S.B.732 to regulate abortion clinics because of the discovery of serious deficiencies and governmental neglect in Kermit Gosnell’s “House of Horrors” clinic in West Philadelphia. Have we already forgotten Gosnell and the Grand Jury report? Have we forgotten the women and countless number of babies that were mangled and butchered at his hands?

This same “we have bigger fish to fry” attitude about abortion from our politicians and bureaucrats is what allowed the atrocities of Gosnell and his clinic to happen in the first place.

The Patriot News understands the legislative process well enough to know that this week’s action on abortion-related bills in no way delays the passage of the budget.

You could say that these bills are about jobs, namely Job No. 1: Protecting the health and safety of our citizens. And the worst action our lawmakers could take would be the decision to take no action.

— Thomas J. Shaheen is vice president for policy of the Pennsylvania Family Institute.

Pa. should bolster abortion clinic oversight

April 25, 2011

From PFI’s very own Dan Bartkowiak:

“If you constantly demand access to safe, legal and critical care for women seeking abortions, you must agree that our abortion facilities, with doctors performing surgical procedures, be held to the same health standard of every other surgical facility.”

Read more…

Obama Health Dept Abandons Conscience Clause Protections For Health Workers

March 7, 2011

Abandoning Conscience Clause Protections

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently revised regulation 45 C.F.R. Part 88 by removing measures put in place by the Bush Administration to ensure that health care providers would not be pressured to participate in abortions if they had moral objections to the procedure.

Although the current Administration states that it is committed to upholding the conscience protections provided by existing federal law—the Church Amendments, Public Health Service Act, and Weldon Amendment—one wonders how committed it is to the protection of the moral beliefs of conscientious health providers—particularly since it took the teeth out of the law.

Now that the regulation has been stripped of its protection for a wide variety of health care providers, it leaves questions for nurses, medical students, and other health care workers regarding what protection will be provided if their conscience requires they refuse to help with an abortion. This step by the Administration will not make the crisis of conscience disappear. Instead, the need for protections will become even more pronounced on a state level to fill in the void left by irresponsibly retiring this federal regulation.

Murdered babies i.d. as Black, male: wake up call to Sen. Kitchen?

March 3, 2011

“All seven of the babies allegedly killed in late-term abortions by Kermit Gosnell at his squalid West Philly clinic will be counted in homicide figures as black males.” (Philadelphia Daily News 3/3/11)

Could this serve a  wake-up call to State Senator Shirley Kitchen, D-Philadelphia?

The abortion clinic travesty in West Philly was again the subject of a state legislative hearing, this time a joint hearing of the Senate and House Health Committees yesterday. Sen. Shirley Kitchen is Minority Chairman.

During questioning of Acting Secretary of Health Dr. Eli Avila, Sen. Kitchen (herself an African-American representing a largely African-American district) leaned into the mic to deliver a short but astounding statement that she “does not want to do anything to take away a woman’s right to choose.” Wow!!

From my front row seat, I’d call this at best, sadly misguided or worse, blatant pandering to pro-abortion supporters and the media.

Does also she realize that more than 40 percent of all babies aborted are black? And that one-third of the 37,000 abortions in Pennsylvania are done in Philadelphia?? And these are only 7 of the suspected hundreds of babies that were callously murdered as a routine procedure in abortionist Gosnell’s late-term abortion chamber.

To read more of this news:

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20110303_Fetuses_in_Gosnell_case_deemed_black__male.html?cmpid=41144277