After Wendy Davis managed a 10 hour filibuster of S.B. 5 this last week in the special session, causing the bill to fail passage, Governor Perry has called another special session. This bill, which would have outlawed abortion after 20 weeks, had to pass the state legislature by midnight of June 25, but because of the effort of the pro-abortionists the bill did not pass by the deadline. The new Special session, to address this legislation is to begin on Monday.
S.B.5 breakdown on LifeSiteNews shows this; "According to Texas Alliance for Life, SB 5 is an unparalleled opportunity to protect women and innocent human life. SB will do the following:
1. Increase abortion facility safety standards to the level of ambulatory surgical centers to shut down Gosnell-like abortion providers in Texas,2. Require the 18,000 RU-486 abortions performed each year be done according to FDA safety standards,3. Require physicians who perform abortions to be qualified to treat life-threatening complications after botched abortions and have privileges at a local hospital, and4. Ban abortions on unborn children beginning at 20 weeks after fertilization, when scientific evidence clearly shows babies can feel pain."
Perry stated at the National Right to Life Convention; “No life is trivial in God’s eyes. The fact is — who are we to say that children born into the worst of circumstances can’t live successful lives? In fact, even the woman who filibustered the Senate the other day was born into difficult circumstances. She was the daughter of as single woman; she was a teenage mother herself. She managed to eventually graduate from Harvard Law School and serve in the Texas senate. It is just unfortunate that she hasn’t learned from her own example that every life must be given a chance to realize its full potential and that every life matters.”
And [Jesus] answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” ~Matthew 19:4-6 NKJV
God ordained and established the institution of Marriage, the very institution that is under attack today. Since the fall every institution established by God has come under attack by the Devil, Marriage is no different. In the past, in other nations, it has been corrupted, but this battle is really the first direct attack in America on this sacred institution. In the last couple of days this debate in America has come to a climax. Either we will continue down the path away from God and toward destruction by moral and economic means, or we will turn back.
When the Court struck down DOMA it struck down the federal definition of marriage. No longer is the Federal Government allowed to protect the foundation of society the family, instead the Government is left helpless to defend America. According to the Court, Americans can invent new rights that never existed before. No longer are humans endowed with certain rights by their creator, it is by the will of the people. This is a dangerous road to walk. If rights are not granted by God, someone above government, they can be taken by Government. Windsor vs. United States strikes not only at the moral fabric of our nation but also at the intrinsic rights listed in the Declaration of Independence as given by God.
Marriage will continue, for God is no respecter of nations. The question is: will America continue?
"And they [Sodom] were haughty and committed abomination before Me; therefore I took them away as I saw fit." ~Ezekiel 16:50*
*Note: Homosexual activists often use Ezekiel 16:49 to claim that God destroyed Sodom for inhospitality, but if the entire passage is read we find that Ezekiel is listing sins and it becomes quite clear that homosexuality is included. The Hebrew word for Abomination is the same word used in Leviticus when describing the sin of homosexuality.
The Gang of Eight's immigration bill, S. 744, passed the Senate 68-32 on Thursday evening. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) was the key proponent of the bill, while Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) led the fight against it.
The bill grants amnesty to 11 million illegal immigrants already living in the United States, with some reservations such as criminal background checks. However Senator Cruz pointed out that "[t]he Gang of Eight bill promises border security later for amnesty today."
Reports say Speaker of the House John Boehner stated in a closed door meeting that he will not bring the bill to the floor of the House.
See how your Senator voted on the bill here.
Guest post by Mike Montoya
It has been 13 years since the first attempt to protect traditional marriage in the state of California. On March 7, 2000, California voters passed Proposition 22 by a margin of 61% to 39% to define marriage as a covenant between one man and one woman in the state Family Code. However, eight years later, the voice of the people was trumped by the California Supreme Court in a 4-3 decision that held that Proposition 22 did not reconcile with the California Constitution. Instead of accepting what appeared to be crushing defeat, California voters rose again in defense of marriage and passed Proposition 8 in November 2008. Unlike Proposition 22, Proposition 8 defined marriage not in the California Family Code, but in the California Constitution.
Living an hour away from San Francisco, I lived the turmoil surrounding the original vote on Proposition 8. As a vocally conservative public school student, I experienced the backlash of many “pro-tolerance” zealots who simply couldn’t understand that supporting traditional family values does not make an individual bigoted. After many bitter debates and enduring slurs of all kinds, pro-family advocates, such as me, sat in our living rooms waiting for poll results to flood our TVs. By the gracious hand of God, our work was not in vain. With a result of 52% to 48%, California stood once again to defend traditional marriage. In a state that’s been blue since Reagan, marriage was defended even in the face of militant adversaries.
But as in all political matters, nothing ends with a vote.
Suits were brought against Proposition 8’s constitutionality on the Federal level and after years of deliberation and decisions, it stood to be decided upon in the United States Supreme Court on this day, June 26th, 2013.
Sitting in the GenJ office, it has come to my attention that the Supreme Court has decided to not make a decision on Proposition 8. The ruling states that the proponents of the proposition had no standing in the 9th Circuit Court and therefore the appellate decision is null. This leaves the decision at the Federal district court level where it was originally overturned.
I am not a Constitutional scholar and therefore cannot tell you where to go from here, but I can tell you, we should neither sit nor sulk. Our nation is made of fallen men, much like you and me. Our first response must be to pray for our enemies, that they would see the damage they are advocating and that the Lord would have mercy on their ways. We must then get up, dust off our clothes, and continue fighting for faith and Christian ethics in America. Whatever you may do in response to this ruling, always remember: though we may face temporal defeat, our Lord has already won.
I leave you with this admonition, stay in the word and stand strong with your fellow believers. I can only say so much, but the inspired Word of God puts it best:
“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.” (Ephesians 6:11-13)
Guest post by Mike Montoya
Originally published at genjlibertyscall.blogspot.com/2013/06/proposition-8-standing-strong-in-wake.html
The US Senate will vote today on an amendment to the Gang of 8 immigration/amnesty bill. The amendment is 1,200 pages long and was filed just last Friday - this is another case of "pass it to see what's in it."
From an email sent by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) to supporters: "The Senate will vote today on the Schumer/Hoeven/Corker amendment to the Gang of Eight immigration bill, a "border security" amendment which doesn't require the border actually be secured. This legislation makes the same mistake of the 1986 amnesty — legalization today for the false promise of border security tomorrow. It will encourage more illegal immigration and must be stopped."
Tell your Senators to vote NO on this amendment: (202) 224-3121
Sign the petition here.