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Must read Articles of the Week
Major Committee Hearings
Threatens America's Sovergnity, and Parental Rights, and could enshrine abortion into American law. Micheal Farris Ph.D, J.D., L.A.A. spoke in opposition to the treaty on these grounds. During the question and answer part of the hearing proponants of the treaty attacked him personally and misrepersented his arguments, but he perservered, offering sound legal reasoning, and showing the end result of the logic of his opponants. See his full testamony here. Watch the hearing here, and read the treaty here.
Dr. Farris is a Constitutional Lawyer who has argued Cases before the Supreme Court of the United States. He has both a degree in American Law and a degree in international law. He is the chancellor of Patrick Henry College where he teaches Government, and Law. He has also coached 7 national championship moot court teams.
Major Court Cases
Elane Photography is a business in New Mexico that refused be the photographer at a same-sex ceremony. The same-sex couple took the case before the New Mexico Human Rights Commission that which ordered the photography shop to pay a fine for opperating according to the belief that marriage is between one man and one women. The owners promptly sued. Several months latter the Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that, "There is a price to pay" in order to believe Christianity. Read More Here.
Oral Arguments regarding Prayer were heard this week at the Supreme Court. In Greece vs. Galloway a city in upstate New York was sued for opening their coucil meetings with prayer. Read the arguments here. Read More about the Case here.
The Supreme Court heard a case this week involving the question, 'How far does a United Nations treaty go?' Read more about that here.
MUST READ ARTICLES OF THE WEEK
Will the Court Strike a Blow for Religious Liberty?
Successful Pro-Life Conversations
Supreme Court can Stop Federal Overreach
(1) The University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Wayne State University, and any other public college or university, community college, or school district shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.
(2) The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.
The Hobby Lobby craft store chain is owned by the Greens, a Christian family who believes in protecting the right to life. They sued the Obama administration over the requirement to pay for abortion services. The case has wound its way through the courts, with each side refusing to give up. Today the Obama administration appealed a decision, which excepted Hobby Lobby from the requirement, to the United States Supreme Court.
If Hobby Lobby loses, the protection of the First Amendment will all but disappear. Christian business owners would no longer have the ability to use their conscience in business decisions and would instead be forced to comply with the whims of the government.
“The United States government is taking the remarkable position that private individuals lose their religious freedom when they make a living. We’re confident that the Supreme Court will reject the government’s extreme position and hold that religious liberty is for everyone—including people who run a business.” -Kyle Duncan, lead lawyer for Hobby Lobby
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*
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)
Originally published at genjlibertyscall.blogspot.com/2013/06/proposition-8-standing-strong-in-wake.html
C. R. P. D.
Stand For Life