Because of the CHRISTmas holiday, much of the political world slowed down. We ask you that you remember Pastor Saeed who is an American Citizen held hostage in Iran on account of his Faith. This is the second Christmas that his wife and two children celebrated without him.
We also want to report the good news that A&E has lifted their suspension of Phil Robertson.
Once a year at Christmas time we remember the birth of Jesus. Typically Christmas involves some level of gift exchanging. People have different opinions about how much you should give. Some people spend a lot of money while others choose to keep it simple. Presents at Christmas time remind us of the greatest gift in all the world; Jesus Christ. God sent His Son to be our Savior.
You may have heard it said that you can not love without giving. You can give and not love, but when you love someone you will want to give to them. It may be your time, your attention, a tangible gift etc. God gave us His Son because He loves us. 1 John 4:9-11 "In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another." When I think about God's love for me, I'm overwhelmed that He would send His Son. It's such an amazing wonderful event, we should celebrate it all year!
Great news: Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), the Ranking Member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, just announced that he cannot support the UN Disabilities Treaty (CRPD). His colleague from Tennessee, Senator Lamar Alexander, announced his opposition as well.
Ultimately, I’m unable to vote for a treaty that could undermine our Constitution and the legitimacy of our democratic process as the appropriate means for making decisions about the treatment of our citizens.
Read the full statement:
Corker: Advocating for U.S. Disability Rights Abroad Should Not Come at the Expense of the Constitution
Senate Bill 248, introduced by State Senator Capri Cafaro, would require all homeschooling parents to undergo a investigation that would determine if the family would be allowed to homeschool.
According to HSLDA's Michael Donnelly:
"Social workers would have to interview parents and children separately, conduct background checks and determine whether homeschooling is recommended or not. If it is not recommended, parents would have to submit to an “intervention” before further consideration of their request to homeschool."
Read HSLDA's summary of the bill, as well as important background information about the tragic circumstances that led to the bill's introduction, by clicking here.
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Ohio has suddenly become a frontline in the battle over homeschooling freedom.
- Michael Donnelly, HSLDA
"Bigamy and polygamy are crimes by the laws of all civilized and Christian countries. They are crimes by the laws of the United States, and they are crimes by the laws of Idaho. They tend to destroy the purity of the marriage relation, to disturb the peace of families, to degrade woman, and to debase man. Few crimes are more pernicious to the best interests of society, and receive more general or more deserved punishment.
"Certainly no legislation can be supposed more wholesome and necessary in the founding of a free, self-governing commonwealth, fit to take rank as one of the coordinate states of the union, than that which seeks to establish it on the basis of the idea of the family, as consisting in and springing from the union for life of one man and one woman in the holy estate of matrimony; the sure foundation of all that is stable and noble in our civilization; the best guaranty of that reverent morality which is the source of all beneficent progress in social and political improvement." - Murphey vs. Ramsey; US Supreme Court
TAKE ACTION now and contact President Obama to demand Pastor Abedini's release. Secretary of State John Kerry made a deal with Iran last month but neglected to demand the release of Pastor Abedini.
As the House prepares for this hearing, send a quick email to President Obama.
Pastor Abedini, who lives in Idaho, has been held in a horrific Iranian prison for more than a year after he was arrested there for sharing his Christian faith. Due to brutal beatings he is in need of medical attention.
At Thursday's hearing, testimony will be offered by Pastor Abedini's wife, Naghmeh Abedini, and Jordan Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), an organization which has been representing Pastor Abedini in this matter. The White House will be watching this hearing and paying especially close attention to the emails and calls they receive about Pastor Abedini.
To learn more about Pastor Abedini's plight, please visit this link from the American Center for Law and Justice.
The ACLU filed charges on behalf of a Michigan women against the Catholic church, because one of their hospitals complied with Catholic standards, by refusing to discuss abortion as an option for a pregnancy. Mercy Hospital was fully in their legal right to deny abortions, since Mercy being part of the Catholic church believes that abortion results in the death of an unborn child.
C. R. P. D.
Stand For Life