Washington Weekly Review

March 21, 2008

U.S. Supreme Court to rule on whether CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox can further vulgarize America

The United States Supreme Court yesterday agreed to take a case involving the annual Billboard Music Awards broadcast on Fox Television Network during which the vulgar Cher Bono uttered an obscenity and a year later during the same show smut artist Nichole Richie uttered a different vulgarity. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) did not actually fine Fox Television, but warned broadcasters about future violations of the law and said that the broadcasters could be fined. Broadcast networks including Fox, CBS, NBC and ABC have maintained that they have to keep up with the vulgarities which the cable television networks get away with each night and which viewers voluntarily pay to watch in their homes.

Just last month, on Meridith Viera's NBC's "Today" show on the public airwaves, obscenity queen Jane Fonda said the "C-word" in describing the thoroughly disgusting play, "The _ - Monologues." A few weeks before that, smut actress Diane Keaton used the F-word on Diane Sawyer's "Good Morning America" on ABC, a live show, which is supposed to use a time-delay to avoid children hearing these obscenities. Both Meridith Viera and Diane Sawyer laughed like little schoolgirls.

Christian Coalition of America has urged Kevin Martin, the Chairman of the FCC -- appointed by President George W. Bush -- and his fellow commissioners to use the mandate which Congress imposed on the FCC to greatly increase the fines they have imposed on the networks for indecency in their programs. The FCC commissioners have imposed fines ever so sparingly.

It was encouraging to see the statement made earlier this year by FCC Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate who wrote: "The law is simple. If a broadcaster makes the decision to show indecent programming, it must air between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. This is neither difficult to understand nor burdensome to implement.

The United States Congress gave the FCC the tools to act against these smut-filled television networks and for the most part the FCC has refused to use their mandate to act. Congress overwhelmingly gave the FCC their mandate to act against the pornography-filled broadcast networks when it passed Kansas Senator Sam Brownback's and Michigan Congressman Fred Upton's "Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act of 2005." The House of Representatives passed the bill 379-35 and the Senate passed it unanimously, afterwhich President Bush signed it into law in June 2006. The new law increases fines for indecency violations by television and radio broadcasters by tenfold to up to $325,000 per violation. Fox Television alone could have been fined $650,000 by the FCC for its two indecency violations at the Billboard Music Awards, but the FCC did not act.

Now for the first time in 30 years, the Supreme Court will make a ruling on whether or not obscenities such as those uttered by Cher Bono, Nicole Richie, Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton -- all obviously trying to emulate and impress equally crude men in uttering obscenities -- will be allowed on broadcast television. Each of these broadcast networks -- on the public airwaves owned by the American people -- can have their licenses taken away from them if the American people finally rise up against the inceasing tidal wave of vulgarity on television and protest loudly to the FCC. The Supreme Court needs to do the right thing and rule in favor of America's children.

Congressman Paul Broun Introduces the "Military Honor and Decency Act" to Prevent Sale of Sexually Explicit Material on Military Installations

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Christian Coalition of America commends Congressman Paul Broun, Republican from Georgia, and a Marine veteran, for introducing the "Military Honor and Decency Act." This bill will prevent the sale of sexually explicit material on military installations. The Defense Department Authorization bill contains a provision that prohibits “the sale or rental of sexually explicit material on property under the jurisdiction of the Department of Defense.”

However, because of broad definitions of what indecent material is in the bill, there are loopholes for publications, such as "Penthouse" and "Playboy." Congressman Broun's legislation will strengthen the definition of “sexually explicit material” to ensure that military bases are not exploited as a marketplace for pornography.

ACTION ITEM: Please call your Congressman-- at 202-225-3121 or you can go to http://www.cc.org/contactcongress.cfm and email them and urge them to co-sponsor Congressman Paul Broun's "Military Honor and Decency Act.

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Federal Judge Jeffrey White, Nominated by President George W. Bush, Says NO on Tuesday to Overturning Pro-life Federal Law Protecting Physicians and Medical Clinics from referring pregnant women to abortionists

Last Tuesday, Federal Judge Jeffrey White -- appointed to the U.S. District Court by President George W. Bush in 2002 -- rejected a lawsuit from the state of California which sought to overturn a federal law protecting medical clinics and physicians who are pro-life and who refuse to perform abortions or to refer pregnant women to abortionists. Congressman Dave Weldon, a medical doctor, and a Republican from Florida sponsored by the federal law. President George W. Bush signed the Weldon legislation into law in December 2004.

LifeNews.com reported this week that the "Weldon provision is a federal law that prohibits the federal government or state and local governments receiving certain federal aid from discriminating against medical professionals who refuse to perform or refer for abortions. Any federal, state or local agency that receives federal money would lose those funds if they engage in such discrimination".

"California Attorney General Bill Lockyer filed a lawsuit against the Weldon provision in January 2005 saying that California stood to lose billions in federal funds if it didn't follow the provisions of the law. Lockyer claimed that it contravened a California law requiring medical staff to do abortions in situations where an abortion is supposedly needed to prevent the death of the mother or a major medical emergency."

On Wednesday, "The San Francisco Chronicle" said Judge White dismissed California's challenge to the Weldon law saying that the January 2005 lawsuit was premature because the alleged state-federal conflict might never arise. The Weldon law "denies a wide range of federal funding to states that discriminate against any doctor, hospital or insurer that does not offer abortions or abortion referrals.

"State officials said the Weldon Amendment could cost California $37 billion if the state enforced its own law requiring any hospital or clinic to perform an abortion in an emergency, when childbirth would threaten the woman's life or health. That law applies to doctors and hospitals who, under another California statute, are ordinarily entitled to refuse to perform abortions for religious reasons. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White heard arguments in the case in January 2007 and, on Tuesday, issued a decision saying the lawsuit was premature because the potential conflict hasn't arisen and may not occur."

“Doctors and nurses should not be forced to participate in abortions against their religious beliefs or conscience", Casey Mattox, an attorney for the Christian Legal Society told LifeNews.com.

ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES!

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Democrats on Senate Judiciary Committee Continue to Filibuster President Bush's Outstanding Judicial Nominees

According to the White House, some 180 nominees to the federal courts and other federal agencies have been waiting for a vote of confirmation in the United States Senate. Incredibly, nine of these Bush nominees have been waiting for over two years; 30 have waited for more than a year and 90 or so have been waiting more than one hundred days. President Bush last Thursday nominated another outstanding individual to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

He named G. Steven Agee, who was elected in 2003 to the Virginia Supreme Court in a bipartisan vote. Judge Agee has the support of Democrat Senator James Webb and Republican Senator John Warner which in the past has assured confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

However, the Senate Judiciary Committee controlled by left-wing Democrats have only confirmed 6 of President Bush's nominees to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals which is way behind the pace set by the Republican-led Senate in confirming Democrat Bill Clinton's nominees (15 of his appeals court nominees were confirmed) during Clinton's last 2 years. The seat for which Judge Agee has been nominated by President Bush was vacated when the brilliant jurist, J. Michael Luttig, resigned to become general counsel to Boeing Company.

One of the newspapers on Capitol Hill, "The Politico" reported that "The last time there was a major showdown on judges, the Senate moved to the brink of a shutdown, and conservative blogs and talk shows were ablaze with rhetoric over Democratic intransigence. 'It's something people care about,' said Stewart (Senate Republican Leader) McConnell's spokesman.

"The Hill" newspaper reported that Senator Tom Coburn, R-OK, a Judiciary Committee member who has said that the time for "playing nice" had passed, said, "The fact is that we can play a political game -- if they really want to play the political game on judges, Republicans will win." The ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Arlen Specter, R-PA, and other Republicans said that there are a range of parliamentary tactics on the table, including objecting to unanimous consent requests to allow committees to meet, prohibiting routine business on the Senate floor and denying quorums at Judiciary Committee meetings.

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Senator Jim DeMint's Amendment to Rein in Spending by a Getting Rid of ALL Pork Projects in the 2009 Democrat Budget Failed by a Margin of 29-71/Democrat Budget RAISES Each American Family's taxes by average of $3,100

Senator Jim DeMint is to be highly commended for his attempt to rein in the wild spending by the Democrat-controlled 110th Congress whose members had promised to control spending if the American people elected them to the majority in 2006. The Democrats have failed miserably as Senator DeMint's amendment to get rid of ALL pork projects in the 2009 Democrat Budget Bill was defeated by a huge margin of 29-71. Democrat Claire McCaskill from Missouri co-sponsored the DeMint Amendment.

The 29 Senators who voted for the DeMint/McCaskill Amendment are as follows:

Alexander (R-TN) Allard (R-CO) Barrasso (R-WY) Bayh (D-IN) Burr (R-NC) Chambliss (R-GA) Clinton (D-NY) Coburn (R-OK) Corker (R-TN) Cornyn (R-TX) DeMint (R-SC) Dole (R-NC) Ensign (R-NV) Enzi (R-WY) Feingold (D-WI) Graham (R-SC) Grassley (R-IA) Inhofe (R-OK) Isakson (R-GA) Kyl (R-AZ) Lieberman (ID-CT) Martinez (R-FL) McCain (R-AZ) McCaskill (D-MO) McConnell (R-KY) Obama (D-IL) Sessions (R-AL) Sununu (R-NH) Thune (R-SD)

The Heritage Foundation reported that every American household will pay on average $3,100 in NEW taxes if the Democrat budget becomes law and that the federal government will spend a whopping $25,117 per household if the Democrat budget bill becomes law.

After he voted for the DeMint Amendment, the Republican Leader in the Senate from Kentucky, Mitch McConnell said: "The DeMint-McCaskill amendment would have provided an important pause to allow us all—those who oppose earmarks and those who favor them—to take a step back, build a better oversight system, and allow these reforms to be implemented. We must now work toward the implementation of these additional reforms so that they can be in place and in use before consideration of any spending bills this year.

"In sum, Congress must be good stewards of taxpayers’ dollars and we should continue to fight for responsible spending levels, not only in discretionary accounts – as with the $22 billion we saved taxpayers at the end of the last Congress – but also to the other two- thirds of the federal budget that is mandatory entitlement spending. Sadly, this Democrat budget does nothing to address that looming crisis threatening the economy our children will inherit from us.”

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Christian Coalition Activists Need to Encourage 110th Congress to Pass Both "Net Neutrality" and "Multicast/Equal Access" Legislation to Prevent Discrimination Against Religious Broadcasters - Democrat-controlled Congress Expected to Pass "Net Neutrality"

"Multicast/Equal Access" (formerly called "Multicast/Must-carry") will go a long way to preventing discrimination against religious broadcasters. Without a "Multicast/Equal Access" law, the cable and satellite companies would probably not add new Christian channels and the influence of current Christian channels will be diluted.

ACTION ITEM: Please all your Congressman at 202-225-3121 or you can go to http://www.cc.org/contactcongress.cfm and email them and urge them to co-sponsor the Net Neutrality legislation introduced by Republican Congressman Charles "Chip" Pickering and Democrat Congressman Edward Markey called the "Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2008," H.R. 5353.

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Join the Christian Coalition’s Judicial Task Force, which is dedicated to ending the obstruction of the President's judicial nominees and ensuring that they ALL receive a fair "up or down" vote by the full Senate

Please sign our petition and join the Judicial Task Force at: http://www.cc.org/taskforce.cfm

Encourage your family, friends and church friends to also sign the petition at our website and to join the Christian Coalition’s Judicial Task Force, which is dedicated to ending the obstruction of the President's judicial nominees and ensuring that they ALL receive a fair "up or down" vote by the full Senate.

There are a number of President Bush's Circuit Court of Appeals' nominees who have not yet received a Senate floor vote. The challenge to confirm President Bush's nominees in a Democrat-controlled Senate will be very difficult and we need your help in doing just that. You will become part of a team of individuals who are committed to being ready on a moment’s notice to take action when obstruction occurs.

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Please keep the above issues in prayer.

Through prayer and action great and mighty things can be accomplished.

Psalm 33:12 “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord…”

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