Tag Archives: Federal Issues
Broadening IRS Victims Include Pro-Life Advocates, As Congress Investigates
Thomas More Society Cases Demonstrate Conservative Bias Only “Tip of Iceberg”
The Thomas More Society is speaking out about blatant bias by the supposedly apolitical tax-collection agency. Cases handled by the Chicago-based public interest law firm support mounting accusations that demonstrate the agency’s abuse of pro-life organizations, in addition to those identified as ‘tea party’, ‘patriot’, or ‘government spending’ groups. Outrage spurred by recent revelations of IRS discrimination against these groups has also led the Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus to announce a full investigation into the matter.
In one case, the IRS withheld approval of an application for …
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Just Follow Orders as Best You Can
Soldiers in the US Military are taught from day one to take orders and follow them without discussion. So, it should be no surprise that the implementation of open homosexuality in the armed forces on September 20, 2011 has occurred fairly quietly (though President George Washington, must be screaming from his grave, given what he said and did in regard to this issue as Commander of the Continental Army.)
Even so, an article in the Washington Times indicates there may be problems ahead. Both supporters and critics of the new policy were interviewed in the article, which found …
FRC Praises House of Representatives for Affirming Defense of Marriage Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Family Research Council (FRC) praised the U.S. House of Representatives today for overwhelmingly approving U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx’s (R-NC) amendment to the 2012 defense appropriations bill that would prohibit using Pentagon funds in contradiction of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman for all federal purposes.
Of the vote FRC President Tony Perkins, a Marine Corps veteran, said:
“A bipartisan majority of the House of Representatives has overwhelmingly reaffirmed marriage as the union of one man and one woman. This resounding support for the Defense …
President Obama’s Middle East, North Africa, US Policy, Part 1
What does his eloquent prose really mean to us?
To the man who captured the hearts of over 53%i of Americans, a man of both precedence and outward candor, and a man who overwhelmingly won the most esteemed office in our land, Barrack Hussein Obama. Along with the opening of a new chapter in President Obama’s and our nation’s history, was the anticipated turning of the page in the lives of so many hopeful Americans who had hoped the mantra of “Change” would bring an economically strong and viable country, sustainable jobs, and an end to massive foreclosures and …
Why No Religious Liberty Protections for Service Members, Who Defend Our Liberties?
Official providers of chaplains to U.S. military voice strong concerns over long-neglected conscience protections if DADT is torn down.
WASHINGTON – Twenty-one religious agencies providing chaplains to the U.S. military sent a joint letter to the military’s chiefs of chaplains Monday voicing strong concern over the continuing absence of religious liberty protections if openly practiced homosexual behavior is definitively imposed on the military. The letter asks the chiefs for their help in urging Congress and the Department of Defense to adopt such protections.
ADF attorneys helped draft and propose religious liberty protections for the Pentagon’s working group on the matter, …
Contact Durbin & Kirk about the Parental Rights Resolution
To date, thirty-seven United States Senators have signed onto Senate Resolution 99, the Senate resolution opposing ratification of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). This globalist treaty would violate U.S. sovereignty and diminish God-given parental rights. Thirty-seven U.S. Senators is good news since that number can effectively halt any efforts by the Obama Administration to ratify the treaty which requires a 2/3 senate majority. The goal is to have 40 senators in opposition and unfortunately, U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk have thus far failed to sign the resolution.
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U.S. House Passes No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act How did Illinois’ Congressional Delegation Vote?
Yesterday, the U.S. House took up H.R. 3, the No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act, which seeks to end the health care loopholes, not covered by the Hyde Amendment, that allow for taxpayer money to be used for abortion services under the new ‘Obamacare’ law.
This bill passed by a vote of 251 to 175. Below is a roll call, listing how Illinois’ House Congressional members voted on H.R. 3.
Of Illinois’ 19 U.S. Representatives, 13 voted to stop taxpayer funding of abortion while 6 voted to continue. Democrats Daniel Lipinski and Jerry Costello joined Illinois Republicans who …
A Warning of Intimidations to Come
The defense of the Defense of Marriage Act [DOMA] got a little more complicated yesterday as the law firm that the House of Representatives had hired to defend the law withdrew from the case. As The New York Times stated bluntly, the firm dropped the case “amid pressure from gay rights groups.”
The Atlanta-based firm, King & Spalding, had agreed to take the case, and one of its lawyers, Paul D. Clement, was to lead the legal effort to defend the constitutionality of DOMA, which defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman in …
Planned Parenthood Funding Battle Falls Short in the U.S. Senate
During the recent showdown in Washington about the federal government’s budget, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), successfully negotiated a vote on the “Pence Amendment” in the U.S. Senate. The U.S. House passed the Pence Amendment by a vote of 241 to 185, which removes government funding from Planned Parenthood — the nation’s largest provider of abortions.
According to our friends at the Family Research Council (FRC), despite being a billion-dollar-a-year corporation, Planned Parenthood annually receives $363,200,000 — 33 percent of its income — from “government grants and contracts,” that is, from taxpayer dollars.
With this money, Planned Parenthood claims …
Federal Government Loves Homosexuality
Some may remember the scene from the film Moonstruck in which Cher slaps Nicholas Cage upside the head and yells “Snap out of it.” Somebody better slap the conservative community upside its collective head before the federal government spends all its time cooing at homosexuality.
Recently, the lovestruck Department of Justice, White House, and Congress have wasted valuable time and public resources servicing homosexual activists via a White House conference, a Department of Justice video, and three proposed bills.
Last week, President Barack Obama held an “anti-bullying” (nudge nudge, wink wink) conference at the White House to which he invited …
IFI Update: U.S. Senate Votes Against House Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood
In February, the U.S. House passed an amendment to a budget appropriations bill that would strip Planned Parenthood — the nation’s largest abortion provider — of all federal (taxpayer) funds. The vote was passed by a vote of 240-185. The amendment came in the wake of yet another scandal in which a Planned Parenthood clinic director was taped offering to provide abortions to underage prostitutes.
On Wednesday March 9th, the U.S. Senate voted down this bill by a vote of 44 to 56. Illinois Senator Dick Durbin voted against the bill while Senator Mark Kirk voted in favor of defunding. …
U.S. House Leadership: Congress Will Defend Federal DOMA
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has announced that the U.S. House will take steps to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) law in court after the Obama Administration recently announced it would no longer do so.
Speaker Boehner issued the following statement regarding the status of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA):
I will convene a meeting of the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group for the purpose of initiating action by the House to defend this law of the United States, which was enacted by a bipartisan vote in Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton. It is regrettable
DOMA and the Constitution: Lessons President Obama Ignored in Law School
Thomas More Society Responds to Obama’s Decision Not to Defend the Defense of Marriage Act
WASHINGTON, March 2, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ — Last week President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, Jr., claimed that there is no justifiable basis for continuing to defend Sec. 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). As a result of the President’s and the Attorney General’s conclusions that DOMA is unconstitutional, the Department of Justice (DOJ) will no longer defend DOMA in court. Paul Linton, special counsel, Thomas More Society, a veteran constitutional attorney, has written a response that gives …
IFI Update: Speaker Boehner to Defend Federal DOMA
With President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder abdicating their constitutional obligations to defend the laws of the United States, particularly the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the onus has now fallen on the U.S. Congress to act in defense of the law it passed and President Bill Clinton signed in 1996.
With the U.S. Senate still controlled by Democrats, the House of Representatives led by Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is where a defense would come from. “I’m really disappointed in the President and the Department of Justice in the fact that they’re not going to defend …
State Department Deletes “Mother” and “Father” from Passports
he U.S. State Department recently announced that it is replacing the “father” and “mother” fields on passport applications with “parent 1” and “parent 2.”
A statement on the State Department’s website noted:
“These improvements are being made to provide a gender neutral description of a child’s parents and in recognition of different types of families.”
Homosexual rights groups lauded the decision saying that “changing the term mother and father to the more global term of parent allows many different types of families to be able to go and apply for a passport for their child without feeling like the government …