2001 Issue #79
Includes Vote on Domestic Partner
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
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
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
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
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."
Jerry Falwell & Robertson on The 700
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
by Jerry Falwell, 9-17:
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
president of Southern Baptist Convention.
Religious Right Agenda
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.
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
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
Wed. Oct. 30 7:00
“With God on Their Side:
The Impact of Islamic, Jewish, and Christian Fundamentalism in the Middle
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.
Institute, Rice University.
Those wishing to attend
should call 713-348-5794.
(See full flyer at
Quote of the Month
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
Eason, president, AFA of Texas, AFA of Texas web site.
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