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Sign Manhattan Declaration Petition Against Obamacare Mandate!
Bishops Respond to Obama Healthcare Mandate
California Gay Marriage Ban 'unconstitutional'
Excerpt from Rev. Dietrich Bonhoeffer's "Peace Speech"
Komen Foundation Reverses Decision to end Planned Parenthood Grants
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Sign Manhattan Declaration Petition Against Obamacare Mandate!

Mr. President, I Still Believe



Dear President Obama,

I am deeply disappointed at your recent failure to protect religious liberty in the context of the HHS preventive care mandate. As Americans we are used to having political and religious disagreements. But we should all be able to agree that the government should not force religious people and institutions to provide drugs and services that violate their faith.

The recent statement from HHS that it will give religious objectors one extra year to change their religious views added insult to injury. It is as if you are saying to religious people "We respect your religious views so much that we'll give you one extra year to abandon them." Religious principles have no expiration date. True protection for religious liberty--the kind required by the Constitution you swore to uphold and the federal laws you are obliged to enforce--requires a broad religious exemption, one that protects any person or institution from being forced to provide services in violation of sincerely held religious beliefs.

Please reconsider your administration's actions and order HHS to provide the kind of broad protection for religious liberty that our laws require. Doing so would honor the sacrifices of those who fought and died to give us our freedoms. It would allow religious employers across the country to stay in business and keep offering health insurance to their employees. And it would pay tribute to the great heritage of religious diversity upon which this great nation was built.

Click Here to Sign the Petition

Bishops Respond to Obama Healthcare Mandate
The following letter is an example of the many that were prepared by Catholic Bishops and read by Priests in parishes all across the nation last week in response to the act of aggression against First Amendment freedoms through the Obamacare mandate that all employers provide "health insurance" that includes contraception and even abortifactants:

California Gay Marriage Ban 'unconstitutional'

A US appeals court has found California's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, in a case that is likely to lead to a showdown on the issue in the US Supreme Court.

Proponents of the ban said they would appeal against the ruling, and the Protect Marriage coalition, which sponsored the ban, called the judgment "out of step with every other federal appellate and Supreme Court decision".

The appeal is likely to keep gay marriage on hold, pending future proceedings. But gay marriage supporters celebrated. Outside San Francisco City Hall, Breana Hansen stood smiling by her partner, Monica Chacon. "We're so happy. It's a validation for us as a couple," She said.

The majority in the 2-1 decision by the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals did not address whether marriage was a fundamental right available to same-sex couples as well as heterosexuals.

But the two judges ruled that California's Proposition 8 ban did not further "responsible...

Excerpt from Rev. Dietrich Bonhoeffer's "Peace Speech"
"Peace is the opposite of security"

There is no way to peace along the way of safety.  For peace must be dared, it is itself the great venture and can never be safe.  Peace is the opposite of security.  To demand guarantees is to want to protect oneself completely to God's commandment, wanting no security, but in faith and obedience laying the destiny of the nations in the hand of Almighty God, not trying to direct it for selfish purposes.  Battles are won, not with weapons, but with God.  They are won when the way leads to the cross.
(from "Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy", Eric Metaxas)

Komen Foundation Reverses Decision to end Planned Parenthood Grants

Susan G. Komen for the Cure announced Friday it was reversing its decision to end grants to Planned Parenthood, after facing mounting pressure from pro-choice lawmakers and accusations that the breast cancer awareness organization had bowed to political influences. 

"We want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women's lives," the group said in a statement

The statement from Komen founder Nancy Brinker and the Board of Directors defended the organization's intentions. The group has claimed all along that its decision was not...

One with Israel Training Seminar - February 28th

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