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“Every Christian Votes” Project
Mayor John Cook takes recall fight to El Paso Court of Appeals
Council newcomers recast debate over domestic partner benefits
Governor Rick Perry's Pro-Life Record
American Minute with Bill Federer
Now Obama's NLRB tells a church school it's not religious enough

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“Every Christian Votes” Project
Maximizing Voter Turnout In Your Church
by Dave Welch

OVERVIEW:  Every American Christian who is eligible to vote does so:

a)      By one’s absence; Failing to vote and allowing elected officials to be chosen by those who do not share the same values, or

b)      Thoughtlessly; By voting out of ignorance or self-serving motivation, or

c)       By becoming informed; Studying candidates’ positions on key issues, praying and casting a knowledgeable vote for candidates who most closely conform to Biblical principles of character and the vital issues of the day.

 Most pastors would agree that options A and B are poor stewardship and have led to ungodly, unjust and corrupt leaders being chosen, resulting in unrighteous government.  It is still an accepted statistic that less than one out of three churchgoing citizens vote in each election, a fact of which we should be ashamed.

It is our goal that every Bible believing church have 100% of eligible voters registered and 100% voting Biblically in every election.  If we did JUST THAT, our government would turn 180 degrees toward righteousness and justice.

 The first step we recommend is for the Pastor to appoint a permanent Salt & Light/Citizenship Ministry coordinator for this ministry as described in Christian Citizenship 101 (available at, request by emailing or by calling the HAPC office at 832-688-9166).

“Every Christian Votes” Plan -

Mayor John Cook takes recall fight to El Paso Court of Appeals
City Council overturns vote of the people, pastors stand up to hold them accountable!
by Marty Schladen / El Paso Times

 The fight to remove the mayor and two council members continued on Thursday with a group of religious conservatives filing petitions for recall elections and the mayor taking the legal battle to the court of appeals.

El Pasoans for Traditional Family Values, the group advocating the recall, filed petitions against Mayor John Cook and city Rep. Susie Byrd early Thursday morning. It already had filed one against city Rep. Steve Ortega on Wednesday.

Municipal Clerk Richarda Momsen has 10 days to verify that the signatures belong to people eligible to vote for the officials they are trying to recall. If there are enough signatures and if the effort withstands the legal challenge, then recall elections will be held in May, Momsen said.

"It's too late for November," she said.

The recall group said it submitted 10,564 signatures to recall Cook, in excess of the 6,121 needed.

It also said it gathered 1,137 against Ortega and 1,093 against Byrd -- more than the 655 needed against Ortega and the 668 needed against Byrd.

"Today we made history," said Salvador Gomez, a leader of the petition drive. He said that no previous recall drive was able to gather enough signatures to proceed to an election.

Byrd said she'll fight if an election is called.

"In public policy making, you have to be ready to defend the positions you've taken," she said. "I'm happy to go out to the voters and explain why I voted the way I did on domestic-partner benefits."

The recall group is trying to oust the officials because they voted to offer health benefits to gay and unmarried partners of city employees despite a citywide vote last November ending the practice.

"These signatures are a credit to God and country," said Ben Mendoza, who helped circulate the petition against Byrd, during a rowdy news conference in front of City Hall.

Tom Gallego, another member of the family values group, waved a sign that depicted Cook with his trademark guitar smashed over his head and with blood streaming down his face.

Asked whether the sign was civil, Ignacio Padilla, a former city representative and a leader of the group, said of the mayor, "He's the one who took our civil rights."

Cook is arguing that many signatures on the group's petitions violate the law. He said they were circulated by churches and other corporations, violating a state law banning the practice.

Pastor Tom Brown, a leader of the recall effort, used his Tom Brown Ministries website to recruit people to circulate petitions and to direct people to his Word of Life Church and three other houses of worship to sign them.

Council newcomers recast debate over domestic partner benefits
San Antonio adopts benefits for non-married "partners"
by Scott Stroud, Express-News

(HAPC NOTE:  This article is what passes for "journalism" in the San Antonio Express-News about the adoption yesterday of a domestic partner benefit policy for ciy employees by the San Antonio city council.  A large group of pastors and other pro-family leaders rallied to fight the policy but could not muster the needed votes to defeat it.  The bottom line is that politicians with no moral foundation do not fear those they do not believe can deliver votes or money to turn them out of office.  Dave W.)

About halfway through Thursday's marathon throw-down on whether the city of San Antonio should extend benefits to domestic partners, including gays and lesbians, I lost track of all the statements I found offensive.

There were the pedestrian, too-cute-by-half clichés, such as the one about how God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.

There were presumptuous and wrongheaded forays into science, where people said homosexuals can't choose their race but can choose their lifestyle, or that science proves that having gay parents harms children.

And there were hateful combinations of every sort.

One pleasant-faced woman named Nancy Goettman, who carried a sign to the lectern that said “1 man + 1 woman = marriage,” started by saying she's related by blood to William Bradford, one of the pilgrims who signed the Mayflower Compact.

She described it as an agreement between people and God that had been restored at Gov. Rick Perry's prayer event in Houston last month.

I stopped listening briefly while I tried to wrap my head around that one. I snapped back to reality just as she was describing a miracle at some other religious event, and how “we prayed over this young lady who was a dyke, and she was delivered and healed.”

The buzzer went off and her time was up. Right on time — or maybe a few seconds too late.

Finally, there was a bizarre convergence of incompatible notions about why these folks thought the City Council shouldn't commit taxpayer dollars to this. On the one hand, several said, it's a moral issue. On the other....

Governor Rick Perry's Pro-Life Record
Information from Texas Right to Life


Texas Right to Life Rick Perry's Pro-Life Record

Rick Perry's Pro-Life Record

Governor Perry signs the historic Sonogram Law in May of 2011.

Texas Right to Life has enjoyed a fruitful relationship with our Pro-Life Governor, Rick Perry, since before he was elected Lieutenant Governor in 1998; therefore, we are quite pleased that this Pro-Life champion has entered the race for President of the United States.  While the Republican candidates who have already declared their candidacy also espouse Pro-Life views, Governor Perry’s record is unmatched.

Governor Perry enthusiastically signed the Pro-Life pledge put forth by our colleagues at the Susan B. Anthony List.  He has been an outspoken and unapologetic advocate for protecting the sanctity of human life from fertilization until natural death, and he has effectively put his advocacy into action during his tenure as Texas’ top official.

No state in recent years has passed more Pro-Life legislation or removed more tax dollars from Planned Parenthood, the nation’s leading abortion committer, than Texas.  In fact, Governor Perry partnered....

American Minute with Bill Federer
September 17 - Constitution Day
by William Federer

"Done...the SEVENTEENTH DAY of SEPTEMBER, in the year of our LORD one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven."

This is the last line of the U.S. Constitution.

A study by Professors Donald S. Lutz and Charles S. Hyneman, titled "The Relative Influence of European Writers on Late 18th-Century American Political Thought" published in American Political Science Review, 1984, revealed that after examining nearly 15,000 writings of the 55 writers of the Constitution, including newspaper articles, pamphlets, books and monographs, that the Bible, especially the book of Deuteronomy, contributed 34 percent of all direct quotes made by the Founders.

When indirect Bible citations were included, the percentage rose even higher.

Presiding over the Constitutional Convention was George Washington, who wrote ten days after his Presidential Inauguration to the United Baptist Churches of Virginia, May 10, 1789:

"If I could have entertained the slightest apprehension that the Constitution framed by the Convention, where I had the honor to preside, might possibly endanger the religious rights of any ecclesiastical Society, certainly I would never have placed my signature to it."


Now Obama's NLRB tells a church school it's not religious enough
by Ken Klukowski

Special to The Examiner

It's not enough for President Obama's National Labor Relations Board to target the Boeing plant in South Carolina. Now the NLRB thinks it can tell a church school when it's not religious enough.

Most people have heard by now of NLRB's unprecedented decree that Boeing Co. cannot build a new airline production facility in South Carolina.

But Obama's NLRB is also claiming the authority to dictate labor policies and order union elections at Catholic universities if they are not religious enough.

St. Xavier University was founded in 1846, the oldest Catholic school in Illinois. Its corporate member is a Catholic body with the "powers for the governance of" St. Xavier, that "links the University to the [Catholic] Church and makes it an officially recognized member of the Church."

St. Xavier's Board of Trustees must have at least four nuns from the order that founded the school, and, according to its bylaws, its governing body must "ensure [St. Xavier] continues its educational and religious mission."

After quoting these sources and many others....


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