From the Family Research Council.
“Congress may have just returned, but liberals wasted no time picking up where they left off. Their new schedule makes it quite clear that the Democratic leadership didn’t take time during the summer recess to reevaluate their strategy of undermining traditional values. Despite their dismal approval ratings, liberals refuse to relent on their plans to ambush faith and family. The Senate will most likely move forward on “hate crimes” legislation, either as a stand-alone bill or as part of the Defense Authorizations bill which is scheduled for debate in a couple of weeks. The measure, which would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the criteria for federal hate crimes, is certain to face tough opposition in the Senate chamber. Since the release of FRC’s DVD “Censoring the Church and Silencing Christians,” pastors from across the country have banded together to combat the bill, which could lead to muzzling of churches from preaching the truth about homosexuality. Judges are also a key issue this fall, as Judge Leslie Southwick awaits vindication of his right to an up-or-down vote on the Senate floor. To help muster more support for such a vote, I joined Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Penn.) at a Capitol Hill press conference this afternoon to urge the leadership to move forward with his confirmation. As we have come to expect from the Left, Democrats in both chambers are using the appropriations process to undermine abstinence education programs and the current pro-life laws. Without intense pressure from FRC and other groups, they will continue to press for U.S. taxpayers to fund overseas abortions. As you can see, there’s no shortage of skirmishes on the horizon for faith, family, and freedom. Help us make a difference by voicing your values. Log onto www.frc.org to contact your congressmen on these and other important issues.”