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Judeo-Christian victory in California

Atheist Michael Newdow lost a lawsuit on Thursday before a 3-judge panel of the most left-wing circuit court of appeals in America, the 9th Circuit in San Francisco, California.  In a stunning rebuke to one of America's most infamous atheists who is attempting to strip God from the public square in America, the judicial panel in a 2-1 decision ruled that the words "under God" could be used in the Pledge of Allegiance and in a 3-0 decision the panel ruled that "In God We Trust" could be used on U.S. currency and coins.   

The appeals court panel rejected Michael Newdow's claim that the phrases "under God" and "In God We Trust" violate some silly notion of "separation of church and state" which is found nowhere in the United States Constitution.  The only place the left-wing in this country  --  which has used the discredited claim of "separation of church and state"  --  can find this phrase is in a letter which Thomas Jefferson wrote to a Connecticut Baptist pastor.   

The Associated Press reported tonight that "The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel rejected two legal challenges by Sacramento atheist Michael Newdow, who claimed the references to God disrespect his religious beliefs. 'The Pledge is constitutional,' Judge Carlos Bea wrote for the majority in the 2-1 ruling. 'The Pledge of Allegiance serves to unite our vast nation through the proud recitation of some of the ideals upon which our Republic was founded.' 

ObamaCare: "The most pro-abortion legislation since Roe v. Wade"

After being thoroughly reprimanded by the American people in town meetings last summer, in Tea Party events, and most recently in elections in Virginia and the liberal states of Massachusetts and New Jersey, and after the president's charade "bipartisan" summit last week, the Democrat leaders, led by Barack Obama, are arrogantly determined to push through ObamaCare by Easter.  

It is ironic that the Democrats have picked the Christian holiday of Easter as their deadline to ram through the most radical pro-abortion bill in American history, which will result in huge increases of abortions all across America, many paid for by American taxpayers.   

Indeed, Douglas Johnson, the legislative director for the National Right to Life Committee in "" said:  "Every version of the health care bill has contained multiple pro-abortion mandates and federal subsidies for abortion  --  except for the version that was fixed by adoption of the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, over Speaker Pelosi's objections.  

"But President Obama and Senator Reid succeeded in keeping that fix out of the Senate bill  --  indeed, the Senate produced a final bill that is the most pro-abortion single piece of legislation to reach the floor of either house of Congress since Roe v. Wade."   

Even a Center-Right Court Rules No on Ten Commandments

Today, the United States Supreme Court refused to get involved in a lawsuit regarding a Ten Commandments display on public land in Oklahoma.  This is a warning to conservatives and to other Americans who believe in religious freedom that elections have consequences.   

The fact that a center-right U.S. Supreme Court can refuse to allow a Ten Commandments display on the grounds of a county courthouse in Stigler, Oklahoma is sobering.  The additional fact that Barack Obama is quickly filling the federal court vacancies with legislate-from-the-bench left-wingers is truly terrifying.   

An 8-foot-tall stone Ten Commandments monument has been on public property since the year 2004.  Some atheists, egged on by the ACLU, challenged the monument through a lawsuit and a federal appeals court in 2009 ruled that the Ten Commandments monument was an unconstitutional endorsement of religion by the county commission.   

Apparently, the United States Supreme Court is going to let the various circuit courts of appeal around the country make decisions on individual cases because in 2005, the nation's top court ruled in two cases that whether or not the Ten Commandments could be displayed on this government property or that government property would be determined on a case-by-case basis.  

It's No Longer Bush's Fault

It is hard to believe that, well into Barack H. Obama's first term, he and his top officials, and their Democrat counterparts in the congressional leadership, are still blaming George W. Bush for the economic woes Americans are still experiencing.   

The president, while putting great pressure on congressional Democrats to pass his trillion dollar (with interest) stimulus bill shortly after he was inaugurated, warned that the unemployment rate  --  which was 7.7% when he became president  --  would go above 8% if the Democrat-controlled Congress did not pass his stimulus bill.  So, most of the "moderate" Democrats joined over 200 left-wing Democrats in the House  --  with no Republicans supporting the bill  --  and passed Obama's stimulus bill.  In the Senate, 3 liberal Republicans joined most of the Democrat Senators in supporting the stimulus legislation.  

"How's that hope-y, change-y stuff workin' out for ya?"

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin received a rousing welcome at the Tea Party conference in Nashville, Tennessee this past weekend receiving 12 standing ovations in the process.  One of the longest standing ovations came after she asked her audience:  "How's that hope-y, change-y stuff workin' out for ya?" not backing down from using down-to-earth language that her legions of fans have grown to love.  Her question to her audience followed her statement that "The Obama-Pelosi-Reid agenda will leave us less secure, more in debt and under the thumb of big government."

When running for president, Barack Obama ran on the slogan of hope and change.  He promised bipartisanship.  He promised there would be no lobbyists in his administration (there are at least 40 top-ranking officials who were lobbyists.)  Obama promised transparency in governing.  Indeed, he promised that C-Span would cover the negotiations of his ObamaCare medicine scheme so Americans could see who was asking for what and who was getting what, or words to that effect.  Obama kept none of these promises.

So when Governor Palin asked her audience, "How's that hope-y, change-y stuff workin' out for ya?" she knew that her audience and television audience, including those watching C-Span  --  which she welcomed in her speech  --  have not seen the change nor the hope Obama promised during his campaign.

Obama administration just gets more pro-abortion

The Obama administration, which already was the most pro-abortion one in history, just got more pro-abortion this week.  And, incredibly, they are using their favorite government agency, the Department of Defense, to ram down their radical social policies upon the American people.  Previously, the Obama Democrats used a must-pass defense bill to attach a so-called "hate crimes" provision, which the majority of the American people overwhelmingly oppose.   

Yesterday, the Obama administration announced that the Defense Department will be making the morning-after pill Plan B  --  which many pro-lifers (who correctly believe that life begins at conception) call the "abortion pill  --  available at all military hospitals and health clinics around the world.   

Barack Obama has reversed many of the sensible, and life-giving, policies of the Bush administration since he was inaugurated this past year.  Indeed, on Obama's very first day in office, he signed an Executive Order abolishing President Ronald Reagan's "Mexico City Policy" prohibiting international groups  --  such as the abominable Planned Parenthood pro-abortion group founded by racist and eugenics supporter Margaret Sanger  --  which do abortions or promote abortions, from receiving any American taxpayers' dollars.  Both president Bush the elder and president Bush the younger maintained President Reagan's pro-life policies.   

Free speech liberals attack pro-abortion critics of Tebow ad

The $2.5 million 30-second pro-life advertisement to be aired by CBS during this Sunday's Super Bowl, featuring Pam Tebow explaining why she rejected advice to have an abortion and carried her future Heisman Trophy winner son Tim to term, has generated far more publicity than its sponsors, Dr. James Dobson's "Focus on the Family," could have hoped for.   

The viciousness of the attacks by pro-abortion groups such as the National Organization for Women (NOW) and left-wing commentators has been astounding.  Many of these radical groups have been lobbying CBS to pull the advertisement.  For example, according to today's "The Washington Times," the Women's Media Center in a letter to CBS wrote:  "The content of this ad endangers women's health, uses sports to divide rather than to unite, and promotes an organization that opposes the equality of Americans based on gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, and reproductive freedom."  

Will liberal judge overturn Californians' ban on homosexual "marriage"?

Why is it unsurprising that yet another legislating-from-the-bench federal judge presiding in San Francisco will probably issue yet another unconstitutional opinion overturning the will of the voters of California outlawing homosexual "marriage"?  

Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker has been hearing a case for the past several weeks, without a jury, brought to him by some homosexuals in San Francisco, who are seeking to overturn the constitutional ban on homosexual "marriages," approved by the voters in California in 2008.  Thus far, not one state in the nation, which has allowed its citizens to vote on the matter of homosexual "marriage", has approved such an abomination.   

Out of the 31 states which have given its citizens an opportunity to vote on this matter, the voters in each one of these 31 states (including California by a margin of 52% to 48%) have banned homosexual "marriages".  If the remaining 19 state legislatures  --  most of whom are out of tune with their voters  --  allowed their citizens to vote on banning homosexual "marriages," undoubtedly each one of these states would follow the lead of the previous 31 and make homosexual "marriages" illegal in all 50 states.   

Have Republicans learned their lesson yet?

There are some encouraging signs that Republicans have learned the lessons from the elections of 2006 and 2008 during which the American people overwhelmingly rejected them and threw them out of the White House, Senate and the House of Representatives.  In addition, the voters gave the Democrats huge majorities in both the House and Senate.   

However, the Republicans in both chambers have done yeoman's work in fighting against the socialist excesses of the Obama Administration and the Democrat-controlled Congress.  Every single Republican in the House voted NO to Obama's failed "stimulus" bill, worth some $1 trillion of Americans' tax money (with interest.)   

The president promised that the unemployment rate would go above 8% if the Democrats did not pass his "stimulus" bill.  So under great pressure, the Congress passed his bill and Americans have suffered under 10% unemployment or higher for months.   

Likewise, every single one of the Republicans in Congress  --  except for a liberal Republican from Louisiana  --  voted against ObamaCare, the socialized medicine scheme, costing some $2.5 trillion over a decade, which the Democrats are trying to force upon the American people, even though Americans overwhelmingly oppose such a bill.   

Capitol Hill Update: Christian Coalition of America Gains Free Speech Victory

Several years ago, in the United States Capitol Building, Christian Coalition of America's (CCA) president, Roberta Combs, was part of a national press conference with the current Republican Leader of the United States Senate, Senator Mitch McConnell from Kentucky, opposing the newly-passed "Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA) of 2002."  In addition, one of the top officials of the liberal American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) argued against the new law.   

The BCRA prohibited so-called "soft money" which are unregulated contributions to the Republican, Democratic and other political parties.  Independent grassroots organizations, such as the Christian Coalition of America, which do not specifically advocate the election or defeat of candidates, and have not contributed directly to candidate campaigns were prohibited from offering the political parties "soft money."   The bill was actually passed by a Republican-controlled Congress and signed into law by Republican President George W. Bush on March 27, 2002.   

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