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Let Freedom Ring

 

The First Amendment 

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

As demonstrated during the recent government "shutdown", the current administration pays no regard to the U.S. Constitution -especially the First Amendment.  Methods used during the "shutdown" abused power. From closing National Parks to threatening priests on military bases, the "shutdown" used scare tactics in attempt to intimidate the American people.

We must remember that the  Founding Father established three branches of government. They are the legislative, executive, and judicial. In other words, it consists of Congress, the President, and the Supreme Court. The branches of government are to ensure check and balances so that no branch is too powerful. It is most disconcerting that President Obama and his administration certainly seem to disregard that. Their actions convey a "what they say goes" attitude.

Phyllis Schlafly has written a very insightful article exposing the truths about last month's government "shutdown". We urge you to read her article called Obama's Politics About Government Shutdown in its entirety. It is important to be informed about the truth and know the facts about what has been happening.

No matter what the day may bring or what the headlines say, hold close to the fact that Jesus Christ is the King of Kings. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. The future rests in His hands. We must continue to pray and work hard to defend faith and freedom.

God bless you,
Carrie Stoelting and Stacie Stoelting
Founders of Unite the USA
                              

 

Meeting Phyllis Schlafly
L-R: Stacie, Phyllis Schlafly, and Carrie
                             
It was a great honor to meet one of our role models in Washington, D.C. Phyllis Schlafly is a remarkable lady. Her tenacity, hard work, and strong faith never fail to inspire us.
 
Mrs. Schlafly began her work in her home in small town Illinois. Her work began by doing what she could to fight for freedom on the home front. At the time, her battle was to stop the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).  

The ERA was a proposed amendment that claimed to guarantee equal rights for women. However, in reality, it would have been bad for women and their families. It would have taken away rights from women.

The ERA nearly became the law of the land. It was only three states short of ratification but God used Mrs. Schlafly to intervene. It was truly a David and Goliath situation. By God's grace, Phyllis Schlafly won.

Mrs. Schlafly's story should inspire each one of us not to give up in today's fight for faith and freedom. Never, never give up! 

*Watch a video of Phyllis Schlafly telling her compelling story: http://www.makers.com/phyllis-schlafly

Obama's Politics About Government Shutdown

By Phyllis Schlafly
www.eagleforum.org  


Americans were shocked by headlines like, "Priests Face Arrest for Holding Mass During Shutdown." News accounts reported that Catholic priests were warned that they are not permitted to minister on base during the shutdown and they risk being arrested if they attempt to do so.

Since they are unpaid volunteers, this was not caused by a shutdown of military funds. Priests were warned that they risked arrest and military discipline if, without pay, they simply walked onto the base property to perform a chaplain's regular duties.

Congress quickly responded with a nonbinding resolution to reinstate furloughed chaplains on a volunteer basis. The House voted 400 to 1 and the Senate passed a similar resolution.

Barack Obama didn't have his fingerprints on that order, but since his views about banning any public reference to Christianity are well known, the military (and others) want to be in sync with the Chief.

Likewise, the ACLU and atheist organizations know they won't suffer any legal opposition from the Obama Administration when they file their anti-religion lawsuits.

For example, the ACLU and the Freedom From Religion Foundation sued a little school district in Jackson City, Ohio, to force the school to take a picture of Jesus off a school wall. The picture was one of 23 famous historical figures displayed in small frames on a school wall ever since 1947.

The school agreed to take down the picture of Jesus, but that's not the end of it. The school now is required to pay the ACLU $80,000 for its attorneys' fees plus $15,000 to reward five anonymous plaintiffs The school settled and agreed to pay these amounts because it couldn't afford any more legal expenses to defend itself.

In another example of the anti-religious push going on in our military, a U.S. Air Force chaplain, Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth Reyes, posted a column in the Chaplain's Corner section of his base's website entitled, "No Atheists in Foxholes: Chaplains Gave All in World War II." An outfit called the Military Religious Freedom Foundation sent an irate letter to the base commander, claiming that some airmen, who remained anonymous, had complained.

Col. Reyes was ordered to remove the column, but that didn't satisfy the anti-religion group. It demanded that he be punished.

This so-called Religious Freedom group took particular offense at the title, "No Atheists in Foxholes," calling it a "bigoted, religious supremacist phrase." They called the rest of the column "faith-based hate" and an "anti-secular diatribe."

Col. Reyes's column was actually an innocuous message. He summarized the World War II origins of the "no atheists in foxholes" phrase and then commented that faith could be religious or secular.

There was no mention of atheists outside of the historical phrase or of any particular religious group. The column was really very inclusive with no implication that faith has to be in any particular God, implying that everyone has faith in something.

If such a broad-minded, all-inclusive message is a problem, we have to wonder what has happened to our First Amendment right of "free exercise" of religion? Is Obama trying to eliminate military chaplains?

Incidents like these are building a climate of intimidation and discrimination against Christians in the military. It looks like those who are attacking Col. Reyes are the ones who are spreading a climate of so-called "faith-based" hate.

The harassment of religion in the military may [have been] part of Obama's attempt to make the government shutdown as painful to the public as possible. Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland [was] partially closed because of the shutdown (causing our troops to do their grocery shopping at more expensive off-base stores), but (surprise, surprise) Andrews Air Force golf course (one of Obama's favorites) remained open, ready for him to play his 36th round of golf this year.

The government shutdown closed the National Mall in Washington, D.C. but, in another example of Obama's politics, it was allowed to be open for an amnesty rally on October 8. George Washington's home at Mount Vernon is not government property, but the feds closed the parking lot anyway so no one could conveniently visit the house.

The Obama Administration closed Yellowstone National Park. When a group of foreign tourists disembarked from their tour bus in the park to photograph a herd of bison, they were locked inside the Old Faithful Inn and made to feel like criminals under arrest.

It's rather clear that the Obama Administration [tried] to select popular landmarks for closure in order to blame people's annoyance on Republicans. One of the silliest closures was a piece of South Dakota highway where it is possible to pull over and see the faces of the great Americans on Mount Rushmore.  

 
Veterans Day

  

Today is Veterans Day. It's a day to honor, respect, and appreciate our veterans and servicemen and women. We should honor our heroes on Veterans Day but throughout the year. Treat a veteran to a meal, give a gift of thanks, call and thank a veteran, send a care package, or send a card. Click here for more information and idea about how to show veteran appreciation.

We live in freedom thanks to our heroes. Do something to show your thanks for their sacrifices and courage. It's important. After all, freedom is not free. Do it now -while there's time! 

While There's Time
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"While There's Time"
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My Hope Project
                             
On November 7 (Billy Graham's 95th birthday) what is likely his final message aired across the nation. We are so thankful that he shared about Jesus to America one more time. Our hope is found in Jesus Christ. Learn more here: http://www.watchbillygraham.com/
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About
Phyllis Schlafly

Phyllis Schlafly has been a national leader of the conservative movement since the publication of her best-selling 1964 book, A Choice Not An Echo. She has been a leader of the pro-family movement since 1972, when she started her national volunteer organization called Eagle Forum. In a ten-year battle, Mrs. Schlafly led the pro-family movement to victory over the principal legislative goal of the radical feminists, called the Equal Rights Amendment. An articulate and successful opponent of the radical feminist movement, she appears in debate on college campuses more frequently than any other conservative. She was named one of the 100 most important women of the 20th century by the Ladies' Home Journal. Learn more at www.eagleforum.org!

Featured
Founding Father 
    

Abraham Baldwin (November 22, 1754 - March 4, 1807) was a Founding Father from the state of Georgia. Baldwin was a Georgia representative in the Continental Congress and served in the United States House of Representatives and Senate. Baldwin was the founding father of the University of Georgia and served as its first president.

In God We Still Trust
                   
In God We Still Trust
In God We Still Trust
          
Our country needs to turn to Jesus. Listen to "In God We Still Trust" for inspiration to keep "fighting the good fight". For hope and encouragement, listen to Stacie Ruth and Carrie Beth sing "In God We Still Trust".
  
In God We Still Trust
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