blog Time Hath Found Us: September 2005

September 30, 2005

Mt. Soledad Cross battle is not about the Constitution but an attack on Christianity

Philip Paulson, the man who has been fighting to remove the war memorial cross from San Diego's Mt. Soledad, and his lawyer James McElroy haven't exactly been keeping their hatred for Christianity a secret.

From the Thomas More Law Center:
RANCHO SANTA FE, CA -- For sixteen years atheist Philip Paulson claiming he wants to maintain neutrality between government and religion, has been waging an unrelenting war against the Mt. Soledad Cross that is the centerpiece of the historic Veterans Memorial in San Diego. However, Paulson's comments on the website of the Atheist Coalition of San Diego reveals his true motivation is hatred for Christianity.

Paulson goes so far as to state; "We need to attack Jesus..." Those comments, followed by vulgar remarks about Christ, God and the Virgin Mary are so crude and offensive that the Thomas More Law Center will not repeat them. However, Richard Thompson, President of the Law Center commented, "These remarks show the plaintiff to be nothing more than a foul-mouthed anti-Christian whose agenda is not to defend the Constitution, but to attack Christianity."

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Read the entire piece from the Thomas More Law Center here.

Hat Tip: Coleus at Free Republic

September 29, 2005

ACLU fights abstinence education programs

Paul M. Weyrich has written an excellent piece defending abstinence education and debunking the silly and misleading arguments against it by organizations such as the ACLU.

Accuracy in Media carries Weyrich's column:

Abstinence education has a good friend in the Bush Administration. After all, abstinence is the only proven and effective safeguard against unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Good causes in Washington usually earn the enmity of powerful reactionary forces and that is certainly the case with abstinence education: the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) rejects abstinence education and wants it stopped...

If ACLU were to have its way local supporters would soon flood local school superintendents with communications claiming that abstinence-only education was harmful and dangerous and would put teenagers at risk. How ACLU could say that is beyond belief. Premarital sex really puts teenagers at risk. Think of it this way. If you never held a loaded gun to your head and pulled the trigger the odds of your dying from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head would be zero. For those who practice abstinence before marriage the odds of contracting sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) would be zero and the chances of premarital pregnancy would be zero.

Fortunately, people are waking up from the 1960's free love deception. Weyrich urges vigilance:

Our country is beginning to regain some of its moral bearings from the 1960s aftershocks. The ACLU campaign threatens to undo the progress we have made. Americans of conscience should not permit that to happen.
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California Prop. 73 - Parental Notification Initiative

The fur is already flying in the fight over the various initiatives on California's November ballot. An important initiative is Proposition 73, the "WAITING PERIOD AND PARENTAL NOTIFICATION BEFORE TERMINATION OF MINOR'S PREGNANCY. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT."

PROPOSITION 73

WAITING PERIOD AND PARENTAL NOTIFICATION BEFORE TERMINATION OF MINOR'S PREGNANCY. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT.


  • Amends California Constitution, prohibiting abortion for unemancipated minor until 48 hours after physician notifies minor's parent/legal guardian, except in medical emergency or with parental waiver.

  • Defines abortion as causing "death of the unborn child, a child conceived but not yet born."

  • Permits minor to obtain court order waiving notice based on clear, convincing evidence of minor's maturity or best interests.

  • Mandates various reporting requirements.

  • Authorizes monetary damages against physicians for violation.

  • Requires minor's consent to abortion, with certain exceptions.

  • Permits judicial relief if minor's consent coerced.



SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE ANALYST'S ESTIMATE OF NET STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT FISCAL IMPACT:

Potential unknown net state costs of several million dollars annually for health and social services programs, the courts, and state administration combined.



Governor Schwarzenegger has endorsed the initiative. Of course, Planned Parenthood has come out against it as has Deborah Burger, President of the California Nurses Association -- Florence Nightengale, where are you?

An interesting read are the Arguments and Rebuttals. A small snippet of the argument against the waiting period and parental notification says it all about the pro-death lobby's misdirection and obfuscation tactics:

"THIS LAW PUTS THOSE VULNERABLE TEENAGERS—THOSE WHO MOST NEED PROTECTION—IN HARM’S WAY..."

Yeah, right. Secret abortions for minor girls are good for them - sure.

The full text of the proposed law can be found here.

Cross posted from Truth and Action.

September 08, 2005

A Letter to ACLU Members

Cross posted from Stop the ACLU:

One of the most common comments and hate mails I get besides the "you are a nazi that hates freedom" ones, is the infamous "You just inspired me to give $100 to the ACLU", or the "I just re-upped my ACLU membership" ones. This post was inspired by you people.

Dear Mr. or Ms.ACLU member, please work with the ACLU to reform some of their policies. Please get them to disclose their Policy guide so everyone can see what they truly stand for. If they are truly about freedom, they should have nothing to hide.

Please work with them to reform their position on the second amendment. If they are truly to be the defenders of the Constitution, it should be the entire Constitution and not just what is in line with their agenda.

Tell them that the First Amendment applies to everyone, not just those that agree with their interpretation. Let them know that Pro-life demonstrators should have their free speech defended as well, and not ignored. Civil liberties should not be a selective process if you are to claim protecting it for all. If the ACLU cared as much for pro-life free speech as it does for NAMBLA their integrity on their claim to be might not be so questionable.

Ask them to work with the government instead of against it in homeland security issues. I'm sure they will come to some dead ends and disagreements, but a positive outreach to show they actually care about American security more than the imaginary rights of some terrorist could do wonders for their tarnished image. Refusing money from loyal contributors because they don't want their money to go towards the advancement of terrorism makes many Americans leery on giving their money too. It also might help if they didn't work with organizations known to have terrorist ties.

Please talk to them about completely dropping their position on child porn distribution legalization. It's just plain sick.

Let them know that comparing Christians to terrorists is not a good way to get new membership. And tell them I said to have a merry Christmas this year, and to take it easy on the baby Jesus stuff. Nobody's trying to create a theocracy. Tell them to relax, and enjoy the "winter break." And give everyone else a break about too. Best of luck with that membership, stop the ACLU Blogburst team.

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