By now most everyone has heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge raising funds for the ALS Association. Americans are a generous lot and they have gravitated to this fun effort. However in the midst of the excitement a cruel fact has been uncovered; one which crosses ethical lines and jerks us from entertainment back to reality. ALSA uses embryonic stem cells in its research efforts.
So what is one to do? Compassionate people certainly (continue reading)
It was hard yesterday, on a quiet summer Sunday in rural central Pennsylvania, to imagine that the small factory across from the lot where we’re building our Orthodox mission temple would have its fate decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC today.
But it did.
Conestoga Wood Specialties, owned by a Mennonite family, was, along with better-known Hobby Lobby, owned by an Evangelical Protestant family, the focus of today’s final Supreme Court decision for this season.
The case centered on whether companies because of their owners’ religious beliefs could opt out of government-required contraceptive insurance coverage (which some deem abortifacient) under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or face crippling fines that would have forced Conestoga (continue reading)
Brief Notes from PLC –
Ken Blackwell, Family Research Council. He wrote the book RESURGENT: How Constitutional Conservatism Can Save American. “Ronald Reagan is back and this time he is black.”
Mother said there are three important books (not in order)
- Date book – how spend time and who with
- Checkbook – tells how you spend you money not matter how much or meager
- Good book keeps on path of conviction than than path of convenience
Dad added fourth book; although mother argued not a book – the constitution (We are all equal to the image God created us; your human rights are not a gift from government, but a gift from God.)
- Hebrew 12 verse 1 – cloud of witnesses watching how we run the race
- Psalms 11 verse 3 if the foundations are being destroyed
- John 3, those who would like to do evil love the darkness
Our country has come through great challenges before, the question is will we rise up now when once again American is being challenged. Do we have the will. In this democracy it means willing elections.
Brief Notes from 2014 PLC –
Sally Pipes, from Pacific Research Institute stated there is only solution for Obamacare/AFA and that is to repeal and replace.
The panel consisted of many different parts of Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act:
- Phil English, former US Representative spoke on malpractice reform.
- Terence Farrell, Chester County Commissioner spoke about the costs to the tax payer for county employees and prisoners under AFA.
- Lisa Nancollas, Mifflin Co Tea Party Patriots spoke on healthcare compacts and how the Pennsylvania senators and governor are not in support.
- Charles Proctor, III, Proctor, Lindsay, & Dixon spoke as legal council to Conestoga who has filled a suite which is currently waiting a decision from the supreme court.
- Elizabeth Steele, Commonwealth Foundation spoke on medicaid reform.
Conestoga Wood Specialties, a family-run business owned by the Hahns, are seeking a religious exemption from the HHS mandate so that they will not be forced through their business to provide drugs that can cause an abortion. Everyone should be free to live and do business according to their faith. Learn more at http://www.pafamily.org/prayforthehahns.php #PrayfortheHahns #ReligiousFreedom
Valerie Gatto was recently crowned Miss Pennsylvania 2014. The talented and beautiful young woman has a strong faith in God and a budding career after graduating from Pitt. But, Gatto could have easily become another abortion statistic. Her mother was victimized by a brutal rapist and almost killed, but, thankfully, Valerie was given a chance at life
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Do the “Precious Feet” Help Save Babies Lives?
From Kathy in Phoenix, AZ
“I am so overjoyed to have learned of the ‘Precious Feet’. I am 16 years old. One day I as in the library and saw a girl that had the cutest little lapel pin of baby feet that I was curious and asked her about them. She told me what they stood for….it touched me so dearly and this girl was so sweet. I was even thinking about getting an abortion but now I will not. I will have the baby and give it up for adoption. Too bad I can’t keep it….but I know this will be the best for the child. I feel it was inspiration for me to be at the library that night.”
From Ray in Springfield, MO
“Recently one of our friends gave a pair of ‘Precious Feet’ to a pregnant, unmarried girl she knew….An abortion was being planned and the girl was receiving pressure to carry out those plans. After seeing the feet she couldn’t believe them. The usual this can’t be true’ and, ‘I don’t believe it’ led to further research and examination of just what would be happening if the abortion were carried out. In other words – a life was saved!”
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