Change We Can’t Believe In: This is not a political blog. However, there are many political issues which directly relate to homeschooling and to the sincere religious beliefs which many of us hold that are part of the reason that we homeschool. The Democrat Party race for the Presidential nomination has been between Hillary R. Clinton and Barak Obama. Michelle Malkin noted, "Behold the Democratic choices for president: One candidate whose 20-year spiritual guru has an adversarial relationship with America, and another who has a life-long adversarial relationship with the truth." However, we now have a presumptive Democrat Party nominee, Barak Obama. Obama’s main buzzword in his campaign has been "change." A friend of mine sent me the following chuckle. "Subject: Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road? BARACK OBAMA: The chicken crossed the road because it was time for a CHANGE! The chicken wanted CHANGE!" Here is one of the changes that Obama has suggested. Responding to accusations that his campaign has been too quiet on homosexual issues, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) stated his views in detail in one of his most pointed interviews to date. Sitting down with reporters from the "gay" magazine The Advocate, Obama was frank about the major current issues. Here is the Democratic front runner in his own words: "I have actually been much more vocal on gay issues to general audiences than any other presidential candidate probably in history… I reasonably can see ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ eliminated. I think that I can help usher through an Employment Non-Discrimination Act and sign it into law… The third thing I believe I can get done is in dealing with federal employees, making sure that their benefits, that their ability to transfer health or pension benefits the same way that opposite-sex couples do, is something that I’m interested in making happen… And finally, an area that I’m very interested in is making sure that federal benefits are available to same-sex couples who have a civil union… I, for a very long time, have been interested in a repeal of DOMA [the Defense of Marriage Act]." Is this the kind of "change" we want? Any actions on our part which would help to bring about an Obama victory will be in part responsible for this kind of "change"!
Whom should we support?: On the other hand, the presumptive Republican Party nominee is John McCain. While I greatly respect Senator McCain for his service in our armed forces during the Vietnam War and for the good that he has accomplished during his years in government (the Right to Life movement gives him a very good rating on abortion-related issues), he would not have been my first choice because of my disagreements with many positions that he has taken over the years. A lot of other conservatives and homeschoolers apparently feel the same way and wonder if there is another choice. We do not yet know what Ron Paul will do. He has a small but fiercely loyal and extremely vocal group of supporters. The Constitution Party nominee is Charles O. "Chuck" Baldwin, about whom I know practically nothing except that he is a Baptist minister from Florida and constant critic of George Bush. And former Republican congressional representative Bob Barr is running on the Libertarian Party ticket. Is it time for us to support a third alternative? In answer to the question, "Do we have another choice for president? Is there an Independent or Libertarian candidate who is pro-life and totally against same-sex marriage and unions?" the response (written before the Democrat nomination was secured) of gospel preacher and homeschooling father Wayne Goforth expresses my sentiments exactly. "Bob Barr (Libertarian) says he is very anti abortion and pro life…. however, I heard him in an interview the other night with George Noory on Coast to Coast, and he said that he doesn’t believe the gvt. should be involved in the abortion industry period. When asked ‘so you mean there should be a law AGAINST abortion?’ he then said, ‘no, that would involve gvt…..the gvt. should stay out of it period.’ IOW, it should be a woman’s personal choice with her Dr, and that sometimes people make choices we would not. So, do not be misled when you hear him say that he is adamantly pro life and anti abortion. Remember too that a vote for a Libertarian or independent is a vote FOR Hillary or Obama. Surely we can all agree that a third choice would have no chance, so who would you rather have? Obama, Hillary or McCain? McCain is not my choice either, but I will take an 85% conservative over the 7% and 5% conservative rating that Hillary or Obama have. Just to think about." Here is what I have to consider. We are still suffering from eight years of Clinton judgeship appointees. Liberals know that they don’t have to control the legislative and executive branches of our government to get their way if they have the judicial branch. Liberal judges can just legislate from the bench to accomplish what the left cannot achieve by popular vote. Can our nation stand even four more years of liberal judgeship appointments? McCain has vowed to appoint conservative, strict-constructionist judges. Thomas Sowell also pointed out that we have to be concerned with which one will do better at protecting the interests of the United States in a terrorist-filled world, and that would definitely be McCain. I cannot in good conscience do anything that would aid and abet Obama’s being elected, and voting for a third party candidate instead of McCain (or just not voting at all) will do exactly that.
Sorry, more politics–Democrats Issue 2008 "Gay PRIDE" Proclamation Supporting Homosexual Marriage: On June 3, the Democratic National Committee issued a 2008 Gay PRIDE proclamation supporting homosexual marriage. DNC Chairman Howard Dean joined Massachusetts Democratic Representative Barney Frank and Wisconsin Democratic Representative Tammy Baldwin in issuing the following Proclamation marking "Gay PRIDE" Month. "Today, on behalf of Democrats across America, we join together in celebrating the contributions that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans and their families make to our society and reaffirm our Party’s commitment to promoting full equality under the law for every American. As leaders of the Democratic Party, we stand proudly with the LGBT community and commit ourselves to working together to build an America that is truly inclusive. Every American has the right to live in dignity, with equal rights, responsibilities and protections under the law. These are our country’s and our Party’s core values. Across the country, at every level of government, Democrats have championed sweeping protections in the areas of employment, housing, domestic partnerships and civil unions, adoption, gender identity or expression, and hate crimes. Despite all we have accomplished, our work is not done. We need to fight efforts to write discrimination into our laws and constitutions. We need to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, pass the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act, and repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ We need a comprehensive, science-based strategy for combating HIV/AIDS. We must address the socioeconomic problems, including poverty and limited access to health care, that increase vulnerability to this disease. To do all of these things we need to put a Democrat in the White House, expand our majorities in Congress, and elect more Democrats at the local and state level across the country. To do that, we need you. Get active, get involved, and join us so we can take our country back." The statement, "We need to fight efforts to write discrimination into our laws and constitutions," is in reference to H.J. RES. 89, the Marriage Protection Amendment of , introduced by Congressman Paul Broun of Georgia, which makes marriage legal only between a man and a woman. The Democratic Party opposes the Marriage Protection Amendment because they believe it is discriminatory against homosexuals.
Here is the logical conclusion to the push for the homosexual rights "hate crimes" type legislation: The homosexual rights movement is pushing to have homosexual activity included in current civil rights legislation or to enact new legislation guaranteeing homosexual rights and characterize any opposition to homosexuality as "hate crimes." Canada is a little further down the road in this area, and on June 9, 2008, WorldNetDaily had an article entitled "Government to pastor: Renounce your faith!–Now banned from expressing moral opposition to homosexuality" which said that a Canadian human rights tribunal ordered a "Christian minister" to renounce his faith and never again express moral opposition to homosexuality, according to a new report. In a decision dated May 30 in the penalty phase of the quasi-judicial proceedings run by the Alberta Human Rights Tribunal, evangelical minister Stephen Boisson was banned from expressing his biblical perspective of homosexuality and ordered to pay $5,000 for "damages for pain and suffering" as well as apologize to the activist who complained of being hurt. Boisson had written a letter to the editor of his local Red Deer, Alberta, newspaper in 2002 denouncing the advance of homosexual activism as "wicked" and stating: "Children as young as five and six years of age are being subjected to psychologically and physiologically damaging pro-homosexual literature and guidance in the public school system; all under the fraudulent guise of equal rights." While agreeing that Boisson’s letter was not a criminal act, the government tribunal nevertheless ordered him to stop expressing his opinion. The activist, a local teacher named Darren Lund, filed a complaint, and the guilty verdict from Lori G. Andreachuk, a lawyer, was handed down Nov. 30, 2007. The latest decision involved the penalty phase of the trial. Andreachuk noted that Lund, who brought the complaint, wasn’t, in fact, injured. "In this case there is no specific individual who can be compensated as there is no direct victim who has come forward," she wrote. However, that did not stop her from ordering the payment anyway. And as for the future, she wrote: "Mr. Boissoin and The Concerned Christian Coalition Inc. shall cease publishing in newspapers, by e-mail, on the radio, in public speeches, or on the Internet, in future, disparaging remarks about gays and homosexuals. Further, they shall not and are prohibited from making disparaging remarks in the future about … Lund or … Lund’s witnesses relating to their involvement in this complaint. Further, all disparaging remarks versus homosexuals are directed to be removed from current Web sites and publications of Mr. Boissoin and The Concerned Christian Coalition Inc.," the lawyer opined. I realize that Canada is not the United States and that our Constitution has certain guarantees that the Canadian constitution does not have. However, the American left would dearly love to strip some of those guarantees away, such as freedom of speech regarding homosexuality, and given the penchant of many liberal judges to trample individual rights, I am afraid that we have cause to fear, especially if Barak Obama wins the election.
HSLDA Statement Regarding Obama Campaign’s ‘Joshua Generation’ Project by J. Michael Smith, President: About June 7, the Home School Legal Defense Association learned that Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign may be planning to unveil a major new program to attract younger evangelicals and Catholics, using the name the "Joshua Generation Project" or the "Joshua Generation." HSLDA is the owner of two federal trademark registrations, GENERATION JOSHUA(r) and GENERATION JOSHUA & Design(r). Both trademarks were registered with the U.S. Patent (r) Trademark Office in 2006 for use with "education services, namely conducting programs in the field of civic involvement and providing training for youth in the field of performing civic activity." These trademark registrations are a matter of public record. HSLDA has used these two trademarks continuously since 2003 for various services related to engaging young people, particularly within the Christian community, in civic involvement. Michael Farris, Founder and Chairman of HSLDA, also published a book in 2005 entitled The Joshua Generation: Restoring the Heritage of Christian Leadership and has spoken in many public forums to challenge this generation to rise up and become the "Joshua Generation." After hearing of this possible use of the name "Joshua Generation" by Obama for America, HSLDA’s legal counsel promptly sent a letter to the campaign. This letter provided additional notice of HSLDA’s federal trademark registrations, explaining that the similarity of the "Joshua Generation Project" name-as used with the proposed activities of the Obama for America campaign-is likely to cause confusion with HSLDA’s GENERATION JOSHUA(r) marks. HSLDA also requested that the campaign promptly refrain from using the "Joshua Generation Project" name or any other name that is confusingly similar to HSLDA’s GENERATION JOSHUA(r) trademarks. This letter provided several days for the Obama for America campaign to appropriately process and respond to this request. While HSLDA respects Senator Obama’s desire to reach out to young people of faith, HSLDA is hopeful that the Obama for America campaign will respect HSLDA’s trademark rights and honor this request. (—www.hslda.org . For more updates and information on this case, visit http://www.hslda.org . Michael Smith is the president of the Home School Legal Defense Association. He may be contacted at (540) 338-5600; or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org .)