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October 2001           Issue #79



Upcoming Election Includes Vote on Domestic Partner Benefits



November 6, is Election Day.  Houstonians will be voting on municipal leaders and a referendum on whether the City should be prohibited from offering same-sex domestic partner benefits to its employees. The referendum was added to the ballot due to a petition drive by Houstonians for Family Values.  Houston I.S.D. has 3 contested races.  (Questions to ask school board candidates are on our web site.)  All Texans may vote on 19 proposed amendments to the state constitution.  Early voting is Oct. 20 to Nov. 2.


The League of Women Voters of Houston will release voters’ guide on October 18.  It will be available at Houston public libraries and at the League’s office at 2650 Fountainview, Suite 328




After Sept. 11, many of us wondered if some of the things we had cared so passionately about the day before were really important.  In the following days, it became evident how, now more than ever, Americans must stand up for those values that Let Freedom Ring seeks to preserve and promote – individual liberty, church-state separation, and freedom of expression – and oppose sectarian and political extremists who seek to impose their intolerant religious views on all of us.




Comments by Religious Right Leaders on Sept. 11TH Attacks

  • Pat Robertson’s Statement:
We have allowed rampant pornography on the Internet, and rampant secularism and the occult, etc. to be broadcast on television.  We have permitted somewhere in the neighborhood of 35-40 million unborn babies to be slaughtered by our society. 
We have a court that has essentially stuck its finger in God's eye and said, "We are going to legislate You out of the schools and take Your commandments from the courthouses in various states.  We are not going to let little children read the commandments of God.  We are not going to allow the Bible or prayer in our schools." 
We have insulted God at the highest level of our government.  Then, we say, "Why does this happen?"  It is happening because God Almighty is lifting His protection from us.
  • Jerry Falwell & Robertson on The 700 Club, 9-13:
FALWELL: The ACLU's got to take a lot of blame for this.
ROBERTSON: Well, yes.
FALWELL: And, I know that I'll hear from them for this.  But, throwing God out successfully with the help of the federal court system, throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools.  The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad.  I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way - all of them who have tried to secularize America - I point the finger in their face and say "you helped this happen."
ROBERTSON: Well, I totally concur, and the problem is we have adopted that agenda at the highest levels of our government.
    Press release issued by Pat Robertson, 9-17:
Falwell “uttered a political statement of blame directed at certain segments of the population that was severe and harsh in tone, and, frankly, not fully understood by the three hosts of The 700 Club. …  Robertson … considered the remarks "totally inappropriate."
  • Statement issued by Jerry Falwell, 9-17:
I hold no one other than the terrorists, and the people and nations who have enabled and harbored them, responsible for the September 11 attacks on this nation.
I had no intention of being divisive. I was sharing my burden for revival in America on a Christian TV program, intending to speak to a Christian audience from a theological perspective about the need for national repentance. In retrospect, I should have mentioned the national sins without mentioning the organizations and persons by name.
My mistake on the "700 Club" was doing this at the time I did it, on television, where a secular media and audience were also listening.
And if, in that crucial context, my statements seemed harsh and ill-timed, I truly regret this and apologize.
  • James Merritt, president of Southern Baptist Convention
Our SBC family has been reminded again that the only hope for this world is the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(These complete quotes and more are at )


Religious Right Agenda in Congress


  • The House, for the first time, allowed the District of Columbia to use local funds to implement its 1992 domestic partnership law.  A proposal to prohibit funding, which was offered by Rep. Weldon “to protect the integrity of the institution of marriage,” was defeated by 194 to 226.  Reps. Brady, Culberson, DeLay, and Paul for the prohibition.  Bentsen, Green, Jackson-Lee, and Lampson voted against it.


  • A measure to allow privately-funded abortions at overseas military hospitals lost by 199 to 217.  Bentsen, Green, Jackson-Lee, and Lampson voted aye.  Brady, Culberson, DeLay, and Paul voted no.


  • The Bright-Line Act of 2001 (H.R. 2931) would amend the Internal Revenue Code to permit houses of worship and other religious organizations to spend up to 20% of their annual gross revenues on lobbying and political campaigns, with a limit of 5% on political spending.  Brady and DeLay are among the 9 cosponsors.


  • This is akin to the Houses of Worship Political Speech Protection Act (H.R. 2357), which would let houses of worship engage in political campaigns if it is not a substantial part of their activities.  Both bills were referred to the Ways and Means Committee.


  • The House voted down by 106-311 a proposed amendment to the Labor/HHS/Education appropriations bill, offered by Rep. Istook, to transfer $33 million from other programs to create an abstinence-only education program.  Brady, Culberson, DeLay, and Paul voted aye.  Bentsen, Green, Jackson-Lee, and Lampson voted no.


  • Two Republicans who had planned to offer other amendments backed by religious right groups decided not to, apparently under pressure to pass a bipartisan bill.  One would have proposed taking federal funding away from public schools that distribute the “morning after” pill to minor girls.  Another sought to bar any private organization that offers chemical or surgical abortion from receiving Title X family planning funds. Both vowed to offer their amendments later.


  • Some religious right groups have joined unlikely partners in calling for caution in the enactment of anti-terrorism legislation.  Eagle Forum, Free Congress Foundation, and Rutherford Institute are among over 100 groups that signed a statement issued by the ACLU urging Congress not to erode our civil liberties.


Local Calendar


Wed. Oct. 30    7:00 p.m.      

“With God on Their Side:  The Impact of Islamic, Jewish, and Christian Fundamentalism in the Middle East.” 


Sponsor:  Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University.  Participants include national scholars on theI slam, Judaism, Christian millennial movements, U.S. policy on Islam, and the American religious right.


Location:  Baker Institute, Rice University. 

Those wishing to attend should call 713-348-5794

(See full flyer at ).



Quote of the Month


“Our country was founded on the foundation of Jesus Christ by men and women who were willing to give their lives to worship in freedom as Christians. … America was and still is a Christian Nation and on Tuesday America was brought to its knees and has turned its face toward God.”
Danny Eason, president, AFA of Texas, AFA of Texas web site.


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