Leftists Church and Destroy in Roe Rampage
Leftists Church and Destroy in Roe Rampage
May 10, 2022
When Joe Biden stepped in front of the press pool this morning, there was one inflation he didn't address: the inflation of violence. Since last week's stunner of a SCOTUS leak, the only thing that hasn't shocked America is the Left's crazed response. With their usual disregard for people's dignity, privacy, and property, pro-abortion radicals have been on the march from New York to California, burning, spray-painting, and bull-horning their way through the country -- reminding everyone that the only kind of "protests" they understand are the dangerous ones.
"I was in disbelief," said Becky Sheetz, CEO of Life First, one of the nonprofit pregnancy care centers that was targeted by abortion zealots this past weekend. "If the intention was intimidation," she insisted, "it was not successful."
Messages like "Liars," "Fake Clinic," and "Abortion is a Right" were graffitied across the charity's brick walls in Manassas, prompting even Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares (R) to weigh in with a stern message for the Leftists responsible. "It is never acceptable to resort to intimidation, vandalism, or destruction in our political discourse," he declared.
All this is doing, Sheetz argued, is "hurting women." Women who need help, options, and counsel in difficult situations where the other side's only solution is death. "...[W]omen have a right to make a fully informed choice," she went on, "to talk to somebody about their pregnancy, the opportunity to see an ultrasound if they want an ultrasound, the opportunity to get an actual accurate pregnancy diagnosis before they take an abortion pill." The Democratic fringe who is carrying out these threats are standing in the way of that. "It's counterproductive."
"This charity lovingly provides support and practical supplies to women no matter what they decide," FRC's Dean Nelson pointed out. "And yet, they're targeted with hate, intimidation, and destruction. Sad!" But unfortunately, Life First is only one victim of many in the wave of SCOTUS backlash that's struck Colorado, Michigan, New York, Texas, Washington, Pennsylvania, Oregon, and even our friends at Concerned Women for America in Washington, D.C.
In Madison, police are still looking for suspects in the arson of the pro-life Wisconsin Family Action. The organization's president, Julaine Appling, was back at work the next day, telling FRC President Tony Perkins that she couldn't imagine "doing anything other than showing up." That's not going to change because they were attacked, she insisted. "We speak truth to power. We shed light into dark places."
And tragically, those dark places are all around us. At Justice Samuel Alito's house Monday night, activists furious with his leaked opinion on Dobbs packed the street, blaring their outrage from megaphones to the disgust of even the Washington Post. In a rare rebuke of the Left, the editorial board called on Americans to leave the justices alone.
"...[T]heir goal.. does not justify their tactics," the paper wrote. "The protests are part of a disturbing trend in which groups descend on the homes of people they disagree with and attempt to influence their public conduct by making their private lives -- and, often, those of their families and neighbors -- miserable." Descending on a judge's home is "especially problematic," the board argues, because it tries to bring "direct public pressure to bear on a decision-making process that must be controlled, evidence-based, and rational..."
The Post's editors also called out the White House for its lukewarm statements over the weekend, when most of the damage was being done. Biden's "noncommittal" stance on the protests did nothing to deter the Left from its crimes against pro-lifers, churches, and the court's justices themselves. "A day late and a dollar short," Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.) shook his head. As usual, Republicans argued, whenever the president has a chance to "lower the temperature," he refuses.
Now, the Left's thugs are not only finding themselves outside of the public's good graces, but they're about to find themselves on the wrong side of the law too. As former U.S. attorney general Bill Barr pointed out, "There is time and place for protests, and the federal statute makes it clear if you go to the house of a judge, the residence of a judge to influence the judge in his decisions and demonstrate that that's a federal crime... It's an attempt to interfere and to intimidate the officials who are carrying out their duties under the Constitution."
As Perkins pointed out, one of the real blind spots for Democratic leaders "seems to be a lack of understanding that the law is there to be enforced." And while local officials in places like Wisconsin and California have let "other outbreaks of lawlessness [go] unchecked," that cannot be the case here, as even the U.S. Senate seems to grasp -- passing a special security bill Monday to stop violence from derailing the justices' work. "Trying to scare federal judges into ruling a certain way is far outside the bounds of First Amendment speech or protest," Senate Minority Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on the floor. "It's an attempt to replace the rule of law with the rule of mobs."
If you want to push back against the abortion riots, join the movement tomorrow, May 11, to give back to one of their biggest targets: pregnancy care centers. A new app that connects Americans with companies that share their values -- Public Sq. -- is sponsoring a special Day for Life this Wednesday. All of Public Sq.'s participating businesses are donating a portion of their proceeds to these unsung heroes of the pro-life movement. As Life First's CEO reminded everyone, the abortion industry is the one profiting from the killing. "We don't make money." They help women because it's a calling, and they rely on people's donations to do it. Help them reach more moms by joining Public Sq. Wednesday or by donating to your local pregnancy center today!
WHO's Afraid of the Big, Bad Freedom
May 10, 2022
Wait, WHO's grabbing power? Yes, they are. Flush off their unprecedented interference during the COVID pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) is acting to ensure they have even more power next time around. The Biden administration is helping to fast-track it. "The Biden administration is reportedly spearheading... amendments to the international health regulations that would drastically increase the powers of the executive of the World Health Organization," warned Michael Alexander of the World Council for Health. Under these new amendments, "the director general would have the right... in conjunction with his internal staff... to unilaterally declare a public health emergency in a member state without that state's consent."
WHO was already tampering with pandemic powers before COVID hit. The definition of a pandemic is "no longer tied to mortality figures," said Alexander, "which makes things very loosey goosey and subjective." Now the only figures who matter are those calling the shots. "Previously a pandemic was defined in terms of differences between mortality rates with the seasonal flue, which worldwide would mean 250,000 per year," he explained, and "an actual public health emergency" meant "magnitudes of mortality beyond the annual seasonal flu." Under the old system, if WHO tried to declare a pandemic where there wasn't, it was simple to demonstrate their error by pointing to official statistics. But now, they can pretty much make "pandemic" mean whatever they want.
The power to define the terms might give WHO authority equal to any national government, but still, under the current system, "if a member state disagrees... [with WHO director general declaring] an epidemic in [its] borders, [they] can say, 'we don't agree with you,' and the matter comes to an end," Alexander explained. "Under these new regulations... the director general can tell the entire world... that, for instance, the United States is ignoring the public health warnings," which could lead to "tremendous international pressure." Imagine if global bureaucrats, unrestrained by the Constitution, wanted a vaccine mandate as badly as Joe Biden, and could force our major trading partners to sanction U.S. until we complied.
"They wouldn't be able to force [a country to accept its decisions], but they'd be able to use any means of coercion that they could against a country," warned Alexander. Such extensive power could dramatically reorient a nation's domestic balance of power. In a country like the United States, where power is divided and carefully balanced among federal and state governments, and among their separate branches, the interference of international bodies can only serve to take power away from the people, and augment the reach of the national executive.
WHO's international health regulations are, "in effect, a treaty, but they were never considered by the Senate.... In effect, the president can ratify an international agreement and incorporate it into domestic law. That's what happened with the regulations to begin with," explained Alexander. "They're trying to... run around the House and the Senate."
But the regulations are "just the prelude to what they're really working toward, which is a new WHO treaty," Alexander warned. "The treaty is really the bomb that they are trying to drop on the world." It "would transfer power from domestic governments to WHO, such that WHO could declare, for instance, 'the United States has a pandemic.' And the United States would have to put up with that." Such a treaty would have to be ratified by two-thirds of the Senate and agreed to by the president.
But if recent experience is any guide, WHO's leadership is worse than useless in a crisis. They began the COVID pandemic by "giving cover to the Chinese Communist Party and then sitting on their hands," said FRC President Tony Perkins. "The Trump administration was wanting to defund them and move America out of participation... because they were so bad." In two years, they have done nothing to rebuild confidence in this "global accord" (recent events have only proven no such thing exists). Yet now, the Biden administration wants to outsource to them the job of governing. "All of Western civilization has seen this quote-unquote 'pandemic' being used to limit certain freedoms--freedom of speech, freedom of religion," warned Perkins. Entrusting these rights to an unaccountable, international body is even more hazardous, because "our values seem to be a lot different than the rest of the world."
"The first stage in the power transfer," which would culminate in the proposed pandemic treaty, are amendments to the international health regulations, which the World Health Assembly will debate beginning May 22. "Take your stand against this," Alexander urged. "Now is the time to be lobbying your representatives... because many people in government are not aware of what's going on." The World Council for Health has open letters to WHO which you can download and send to your representatives, or circulate to your friends. Perkins reinforced his call to action, "our republic was made not for spectators, but participants."
City of Haven to Remove 'In God We Trust' from Police Cars
May 10, 2022
Last week, during a city council meeting in Haven, Kansas, council members voted on removing the "In God We Trust" decals from police vehicles. Council Member Sandra Williams introduced the measure by emphasizing that she did not think the police department was the proper forum to be talking about God.
After a brief discussion, Williams made a motion to remove the "In God We Trust" decals from the police vehicles, as well as delete all Bible verses from the police department's Facebook page. Another council member seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously. Mayor Adam Wright has since announced that the decals and quotes will be removed by May 16.
Monday night on "Washington Watch," FRC President Tony Perkins addressed the controversy. "The Haven City Council has said that this was an issue of separation of church and state. But this is the nation's motto." Across the country, approximately 250 law enforcement offices have "In God We Trust" displayed on their vehicles.
Our efforts to contact members of the Haven City Council for a comment were in vain.
However, during the broadcast, Perkins did interview a critic of the council's move, Chris Powell, senior pastor of New Haven Baptist Church.
"I think it was a decision that certainly surprised a lot of people--and, quite frankly, was done very rapidly," said Powell. "I don't think that this decision reflects our community as a whole."
Powell explained that in a town of 1,191 people, only 15 percent of the voting-age residents cast their ballots in the last election. "It's tough to get a fair representation of how the people of a community truly feel when voting numbers are so low."
"I think in our country, we can kind of see that when the degradation of the church and the family unit begins to happen, things like this become more prominent," Powell expressed.
During the Civil War, Secretary of State Salmon P. Chase wrote a letter to Reverend Watkinson declaring, "No nation can be strong except in the strength of God, or safe except in His defense. The trust of our people in God should be declared on our national coins."
In 1864, "In God We Trust" first appeared on a two cent coin. The U.S. Department of Treasury reports that this decision reflected the increased emphasis on faith as a result of the conflict.
In 1956, Congress passed a bill mandating that the phrase be printed on every denomination of U.S. paper currency. President Dwight D. Eisenhower also signed into law a bill establishing "In God We Trust" as the national motto.
Powell said that following the city council's decision, there has been an increased interest in local elections. He anticipates that more Haven City residents will vote to ensure that city council members represent their values.