Religious Groups Unite to Uphold Marriage

When studying the founding of the United States, you can’t help but encounter the faith of the nation’s forefathers. Time and again they recognized God’s hand in the shaping of America. You will find Him repeatedly mentioned in their words and documents. And you will find Him having an active, vibrant role in the country’s early history.

Today, God continues His work in America – but it’s in a nation that has clearly lost its moral compass. Every week, “Morality in America” will address the myriad of moral concerns facing the United States and undermining its Godly heritage:

  • Sanctity of life – abortion and euthanasia.
  • Sanctity of marriage – same-sex marriage and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues.
  • Sanctity of the family – divorce, spousal and child abuse, out-of-wedlock pregnancies and absentee fathers.
  • Judicial activism (Supreme and lower court decisions).
  • Revisionist education in the public schools.
  • The perceived rise of Socialism and one-world government trends.
  • Attacks and media bias against Christianity.
  • And much more…

After you read, remember to intercede in prayer for America – that this nation will return to the Christian standards that once defined it.

We have the Presidential Prayer Team web site to thanks for these graphics and exceptional articles. The article below was written by Jim Ray.

Giving Licenses and Taking Liberties

A rabbi, a priest, and a minister walk into a bar…

Well, not really, but that’s the way the well-worn joke goes. In truth, you wouldn’t expect to see a rabbi, a priest and a minister together very often – until now. A group of diverse religious leaders united earlier this month to present an open letter to “All Americans” defending the institution of marriage.

The letter is, in essence, a response to this question endlessly posed by homosexual rights activists: How does it harm you if two men – or two women – want to be married to each other? The harm, the religious leaders answer, is to the constitutionally-protected right to religious freedom. The rabbi, the priest and the minister disagree on many subjects, but on this they are unified.

The effort to preserve the definition of marriage as being the union of one man and one woman is, by some accounts, a losing proposition. Homosexual activists have skillfully composed their argument as one of civil rights, and merely an effort to “keep the government out of the bedroom.” But as government acquiesces to the demands of homosexual rights supporters, other fundamental rights are being quietly stripped away.

Signed by 39 national religious leaders representing a wide variety of faith communities, the letter notes that altering the civil definition of marriage “does not change one law, but hundreds, even thousands, at once,” and infringes upon the religious rights of those who believe homosexual behavior is inconsistent with the instructions of the Scriptures. For example:

  • Religious adoption services that place children exclusively with married couples would be required by law to place children with same-sex couples who are civilly “married.”
  • Religious marriage counselors would be denied professional accreditation for refusing to counsel same-sex “married” relationships.
  • Religious employers who provide special health benefits to married couples would be required to offer identical benefits to same-sex “spouses.”
  • In addition to civil liability, religious people and groups would face the targeted withdrawal of government grants and other benefits.

All of the scenarios cited have, in fact, already occurred, even though at present only a minority of states authorize licenses for same-sex couples. The government’s continued meddling in the definition of marriage – an institution created by God before any government existed – will destroy many more rights than it will create or preserve.

But rather than simply curse the darkness, people of faith should work to promote the value of traditional marriage, and on this subject the religious leaders are also unified. Marriage serves the “well-being of the couple, of children, of civil society and all people,” they write, and it is “a universal good and the foundational institution of all societies.”

2012 will be a critical year in the battle to preserve marriage and religious freedom. If you believe these are values worth fighting for:

  • Let your political candidates know where you stand on the issues and how you intend to vote.
  • Work to strengthen traditional marriages – your own, or the marriages of loved ones or friends.
  • Encourage your church to take a role in promoting marriage, such as celebrating National Marriage Week USA February 7-14.
  • Pray for special compassion and wisdom as you confront this issue in your community, that you may speak “the truth in love.” (Ephesians 4:15)

Jim Ray is a writer and marketing specialist who currently serves as Estate Gift Representative with the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews. He also serves on the advisory board for Street 2 Street, a New York-based charity ministering to inner-city youth through the vehicle of sports. Jim and his wife Stacey have two children and reside in Nashville, TN.

Presidential Quote of the Week

James Madison (1751-1836), 4th President of the United States

The source to which I look for the aids which alone can supply my deficiencies is the well-tried intelligence and virtue of my fellow citizens, and in the counsels of those representing them in the other departments associated in the care of the national interests. In these my confidence will under every difficulty be best placed, next to that which we have all been encouraged to feel in the guardianship and guidance of that Almighty Being whose power regulates the destiny of nations, whose blessings have been so conspicuously dispersed to this rising Republic, and to whom we are bound to address our devout gratitude for the past, as well as our fervent supplications and best hope for the future.

– Composed for his inaugural ceremonies, March 4, 1809

James Madison

James Madison, Jr. was born in March 1751 at Belle Grove Plantation near Port Conway, Virginia. He grew up as the eldest of twelve children. The family were tobacco planters. He received his early education at the nearby Innes plantation, learning mathematics, geography and modern as well as ancient languages. He became especially proficient in Latin. At age 16, he began a two-year course of study in private tutoring preparing him for college. He enrolled at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton), and after graduating there he remained on to study Hebrew, political philosophy and law. He gained admission to the bar.

As a young lawyer, Madison defended Baptist preachers arrested for preaching without a license from the established Anglican Church. He persuaded Virginia to give up claims to northwestern territories, including modern-day Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and part of Minnesota, to the Continental Congress which then created the Northwest Territory.

Madison was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates and then was a delegate to the Continental Congress. Together with Alexander Hamilton and John Jay he wrote the Federalist Papers. Madison is often acknowledged to be the “Architect of the Constitution.” He and Patrick Henry are often credited for a large part of the Bill of Rights amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

During the Jefferson Administration, Madison was the U.S. Secretary of State. In 1808, he was elected the 4th President of the United States. The War of 1812 and the Second Barbary War both occurred during his presidency. Both Louisiana and Indiana were added as States during his terms in office.

When Madison left office, he retired to Montpelier, his tobacco plantation in Virginia, not far from Jefferson’s Monticello. He died there a few years later, the last remaining Founding Father, and is buried in the Madison Family Cemetery at Montpelier.

Madison was married to Dolley Todd who had one son, John, from a prior marriage. James Madison was known to regularly lead his household in the observance of family devotions. He was an adamant defender of religious liberty. He was most probably a Presbyterian.

Two Important Posts Below

The first post reminds us of Obama’s promise to cut our deficit in half by the end of his first term, a domestic issue of no small concern.

The second post describes Prime Minister Netanyahu and Israel’s decision that must be made soon and very soon concerning Iran. Will Israel attempt to take out Iran’s attempt to achieve the bomb, or will she sit back and wait for the 21st Century Holocaust that will make Hitler’s pale in comparison?

Read both and be informed!

Do You Remember this Obama Promise?

Jason Mattera, 01.24.12
Daily Events

“Yesterday, I held a fiscal summit where I pledged to cut the deficit in half by the end of my first term in office.”

If you don’t recall that “pledge,” no worries: Neither does the Obama administration. After all, this was a statement made in none other than Barack’s first State of the Union address. That means, according to the Associated Press, the deficit should be nearing the $500 billion mark by now. Instead, the deficit is expected to hit another $1.2 trillion in 2012.

Not that we’re surprised by this outcome, of course. Only in the liberal world do you tackle reckless government spending by… adding more reckless government spending to the books. In a nutshell, the Democratic Party has overseen the three largest budget deficits in U.S. history and, overall, the country is set to face deficits with multiple zeroes for four years in a row.

But I’m sure that red ink was all George W. Bush’s fault. Along with the Japanese earthquake, naturally.

And then there’s this doozy from Obama’s first State of the Union speech: “My administration has also begun to go line by line through the federal budget in order to eliminate wasteful and ineffective programs.” Somehow the $500 million Solyndra boondoggle slipped through the bureaucratic cracks, huh?

Bottom line: Whatever Obama serves up tonight in what we’re hoping is his last State of the Union address, it will be talk… and more talk. That’s it. He doesn’t want to work with Republicans in Congress. And Republicans shouldn’t want to work with him, as we have someone in the Oval Office who doesn’t know how to be a proper steward of taxpayer money. So whatever words appear on the teleprompter tonight and come forth, Republicans should compare and contrast (publicly and loudly) the President’s past promises to what has happened in reality.

And speaking of the Republicans, how does radio host and bestselling author Mark Levin rate the GOP leadership in Congress? Um, poorly. Very poorly. Watch Mark tell the Republicans that they need to start fighting and stop capitulating.
—Jason Mattera

Is Netanyahu’s Patience with Iran Running Out?

Joel C. Rosenberg
(Washington, D.C., January 24, 2012) — Does Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu think the West is taking decisive action to stop Iran from getting the Bomb, or does he think the West is fiddling while Tel Aviv runs the rising risk of burning? That’s the Big Question as tensions continue to mount in the epicenter this week. Iran is making new threats to close the Strait of Hormuz to oil shipments, just days after test-firing missiles over the Strait. The U.S., Britain and France are sending additional naval forces into the Gulf. The European Union is taking new steps to impose an oil embargo on Iran. The U.S. is taking steps to sanction Iran’s third largest bank, though dragging its feet on actually sanctioning Iran’s Central Bank.

Will such Western moves be enough to stop Iran from building an arsenal of nuclear weapons? Personally, I’m not convinced. Such moves would have been good a few years ago. Now they strike me as too little too late, especially after the Obama White House disastrous decision recently to cancel joint military exercises with Israel for fear of being “too provocative” towards Iran. But it doesn’t matter what I think. What matters is what Netanyahu thinks. If he decides the West isn’t doing enough and Iran is going to get the Bomb, then he is going to hit Iran hard, soon, and without warning.

In that context, it’s worth noting a speech Netanyahu gave Tuesday warning his nation that the world has not internalized the lessons of the Holocaust. “Speaking at the Knesset just days before International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 27), Netanyahu reasoned that the Jewish people must not put their fate in the hands of the international community,” reported the Jerusalem Post. “Posing a rhetorical question, Netanyahu asked, ‘How does the world react to the calls for genocide against the Jews today? Seventy years after the shoa [Holocaust], Iran is calling for us to be wiped off the map, Hezbollah is calling for our extinction, as are many in Hamas’.The Jerusalem Mufti [Sheikh Muhammad Hussein] called on Sunday for Jews to be killed wherever they are echoing his predecessor Haj Amin Al Husseini, who actively helped Hitler and Eichman,’ he said. ‘I do not hear the international community condemning this. I hear them condemning buildings in the West Bank. But I don’t hear them condemning this incitement,’ said Netanyahu.”

Could Netanyahu be signaling that his patience — and that of the Israeli government and military — is running out?

[To read the rest of this column — and to find other news and analysis of events and trends in the U.S., Israel and the Middle East, please go to: http://flashtrafficblog.wordpress.com/; or go to the Joshua Fund]

Hypocrisy In High Places

Michelle Malkin

Michelle Malkin posted on 01/20/2012 her thought provoking article in Human Events. She appropriately titled it “The Land of Obama Make-believe.” I offer it in its entirety.

Where did President Obama go after killing off thousands of Keystone XL pipeline construction and manufacturing jobs? Why, Disney World, of course. Sabotaging work is hard work for Goofy and his pals.

And where’d he head after that? Why, up to Manhattan for more high-priced campaign fundraisers charging up to $38,500 per partier. The business of wining and dining politically connected donors ain’t child’s play, you know.

Obama touted a White House foreign tourism initiative on Thursday with Cinderella’s castle as his backdrop. “America is open for business,” he proclaimed chirpily to the rest of the globe.

Tell that to the Keystone managers in Canada whom Obama and his State Department rebuffed — after years of planning and review — in order to appease militant environmentalists and Hollywood celebs. The Animatronic Divider robotically lambasted Republicans for pushing him to make a decision this week. But Senate and House Democrats issued the sharpest rebukes to White House obstructionism:

“President Obama’s decision on the Keystone XL pipeline is a major setback for the American economy, American workers, and America’s energy independence,” Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., said.

“The rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline permit is a missed opportunity to drastically turn this economy around. This pipeline would have created thousands of new jobs and helped to ensure our energy independence,” Rep. Jason Altmire, D-Pa., lamented.

“This delay is just playing politics with American jobs and American energy security,” Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, pointed out.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle scratched their heads as the job-snuffer-in-chief bolted to Orlando’s fantasyland to promote economic growth. But there’s no more fitting place on Earth for the man whose escapist administration occupies the land of make-believe and no consequences. (Bonus moment: Obama got to shake hands with Mickey Mouse, who infamously turned up on a Florida ACORN voter registration form in 2008. Constituent outreach at its most surreal.)

On the very same day he quashed Keystone, Obama released his first campaign ad of 2012 — hyping his stellar record on energy jobs. It’s Opposite Day at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, 365 days a year. Even more comically, the ad touted his exemplary ethics record by quoting a moldy three-year-old endorsement from left-leaning Politifact. And as bipartisan Capitol Hill outrage over the half-billion-dollar Solyndra solar stimulus bust mounts, Obama had the nerve to sprinkle his inaugural campaign spot with — wait for it — solar panels.

Instead of supporting new infrastructure jobs in America through an energy independence-enhancing project that has bipartisan legislative support on Capitol Hill, the president flew to Disney World to peddle looser visa restrictions in China and Brazil by executive order. He also will expand the Visa Waiver Program (a security loophole-ridden program that was suspended temporarily after the 9/11 terrorist attacks) to speed foreign travel.

In case anyone needs reminding, it was the relentless drive of the tourism industry and kowtowing State Department bureaucrats that led to the Bush-era Visa Express Program, which relaxed visa policies, eliminated in-person consulate interviews and opened the door to the 9/11 hijackers. Brazil is just the latest base for al-Qaida and other Islamic jihadi groups. It does not consider Hezbollah or Hamas terrorist groups, and it disbanded its anti-terrorism force in 2009.

The Visa Waiver Program and other efforts to expedite the tourist visa process also pose continuing security risks because — as the Government Accountability Office itself admitted last year — there is still no comprehensive, systematic way to track the 70 million-plus foreign visitors who enter the country on tourist and other short-term visas. Indeed, half of the nation’s estimated 20 million illegal aliens are visa overstayers.

How many of the new Disney foreign tourists whom Obama is touting as America’s economic salvation will fail to return to their home countries after their Obama World visas expire? We’ll likely never know. And Team Obama doesn’t care.

In his opening campaign ad salvo, Obama accuses his opponents of being “untethered to facts.” But this is an administration that believes lowering visa standards and risking homeland security to pump up Disney foreign tourism is a better path to economic recovery than supporting direct American job creation and enhancing energy security. Like the Disney characters he posed with this week, our cartoonish president is wholly untethered to reality.

Mark Levin: Liberals ooze of greed and envy

by Jason Mattera of Human Events
01/20/2012

Mark Levin and Jason Mattera

We know the Democratic playbook by now, right?

Liberals always fall back on the politics of greed and envy.  “Rich” people are to be blamed for everything: the bailout of banks, health care’s uninsured, laid-off teachers, soaring deficits, back-breaking debt, high unemployment, falling home values, and Michael Jackson’s death (too soon?).

How are Republicans responding to such leftist rhetoric?

Poorly, says Mark Levin.  Very poorly.

“The government is never big enough.  It never has enough money.  It never spends enough.  It builds all these monuments to itself; and then it complains it doesn’t have enough money,” argued Levin in his latest interview with HUMAN EVENTS.  And all this while the government is “destroying our financial system and draining wealth from the private sector.”

Levin, whose brand-new book Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America skyrocketed to No. 1 on Amazon.com, says that the Left tries to “destroy the individual” to distract the people from their agenda of an ever-expanding government.

Watch part four of our interview with Mark Levin:

For what we consider individual success and productivity, liberals must create “devil terms,” he added.

“Oh, you’re a selfish profiteer.”

While Levin hopes our republic can be restored, he’s not so sure it will happen.  “It’s getting close to … where I wonder.”  Levin says that the country must answer this fundamental question:  Do we want to live in America, or do we want to live in an Ameritopia?  If the former, he notes, then we have a lot of unconstitutional laws to unravel.

Decades’ and decades’ worth.

“So many decisions made about our lives today are out of our control.  They’re made by bureaucrats and judges and temporary politicians who try to make permanent changes to our society.”

Levin’s pessimism’s is derived from the fact that the utopians have done an enormously effective job in conditioning the American psyche to devalue the Constitution and replace it with the bonds of government entitlement.

Heck, Obama employs this tactic every day.  “He’s attacking who we used to be, and saying who we need to be.”

That brings up a good point:  What incentive does a person beholden to the entitlement system have to vote for a constitutional conservative after being trained by the utopians to vote to take more private property away from others in order to keep the obscene government gravy train flowing?

You’ll have to watch the video above to see Levin’s answer.

Obama Kills 20,000 Keystone XL Jobs

Posted by LaborUnionReport (Diary)
Wednesday, January 18th at 8:30PM EST
(Labors’ Union Vows Not to Forget). We shall see.

After months of playing political ping-pong with 20,000 potential (mostly union) jobs, the Obama administration decided on Wednesday to kill the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, which would have carried crude oil from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries.

According to a State Department release [emphasis added]:

Today, the Department of State recommended to President Obama that the presidential permit for the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline be denied and, that at this time, the TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline be determined not to serve the national interest. The President concurred with the Department’s recommendation, which was predicated on the fact that the Department does not have sufficient time to obtain the information necessary to assess whether the project, in its current state, is in the national interest.

Since 2008, the Department has been conducting a transparent, thorough, and rigorous review of TransCanada’s permit application for the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline project…

For more than three years, the State Department has conducted its “transparent, thorough, and rigorous review.” However, apparently, the Obama Administration believes that three years wasn’t enough to be transparent, thorough, or rigorous enough.

As Forbes’ Christopher Helman noted in November:

In the process of selecting the proposed route, TransCanada plotted and studied 14 different pipeline paths and submitted 10,000 pages of environmental studies. They’ve already studied this thing to death.

What’s worse is the fact that Obama’s purely ideological decision does not serve the national interest at all. In fact, since China will be the likely recipient of the Canadian oil, in addition to the destruction of possible jobs, Obama’s decision harm—not help—the nation’s interests.

According to a State Department release [emphasis added]:

Today, the Department of State recommended to President Obama that the presidential permit for the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline be denied and, that at this time, the TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline be determined not to serve the national interest. The President concurred with the Department’s recommendation, which was predicated on the fact that the Department does not have sufficient time to obtain the information necessary to assess whether the project, in its current state, is in the national interest.

Since 2008, the Department has been conducting a transparent, thorough, and rigorous review of TransCanada’s permit application for the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline project…

For more than three years, the State Department has conducted its “transparent, thorough, and rigorous review.” However, apparently, the Obama Administration believes that three years wasn’t enough to be transparent, thorough, or rigorous enough.

As Forbes’ Christopher Helman noted in November:

In the process of selecting the proposed route, TransCanada plotted and studied 14 different pipeline paths and submitted 10,000 pages of environmental studies. They’ve already studied this thing to death.

What’s worse is the fact that Obama’s purely ideological decision does not serve the national interest at all. In fact, since China will be the likely recipient of the Canadian oil, in addition to the destruction of possible jobs, Obama’s decision harm—not help—the nation’s interests.

As a result of the Obama’s job-destroying decision, Laborers’ union president, Terry O’Sullivan issued a blistering statement:

“The score is Job-Killers, two; American workers, zero. We are completely and totally disappointed. This is politics at its worst,” LIUNA General President Terry O’Sullivan said. “Once again the President has sided with environmentalists instead of blue collar construction workers – even though environmental concerns were more than adequately addressed. Blue collar construction workers across the U.S. will not forget this.”

The project would create thousands of good jobs at a time when unemployment in the construction industry is 16 percent with 1.3 million men and women jobless.

Environmental groups have used the Keystone XL as a disingenuous proxy for arguments about global warming. The pipeline would carry up to 900,000 barrels of oil a day from Canada’s Tar Sands to the U.S., reducing reliance on oil from hostile nations. While environmental groups decry Tar Sands development, the Canadian government and Trans-Canada, the company developing the Tar Sands, have made clear the oil will be developed – and possibly sold to China – regardless of whether Keystone XL is built.

[snip]

“The Administration and environmentalists have blown the whistle on workers trying to feed their families and keep a roof over their heads,” said O’Sullivan. “Instead of celebrating their victory by hugging a tree they should hug a jobless construction worker because they’re the ones who are going to need it.” [Emphasis added.]

Below is Speaker John Boehner’s reaction to Obama’s decision:

 

This is a Constitutional Crisis of Major Proportions

This is of such significant importance that I have chosen to share my letter from Mark Mix.

Dear Dan,

“This is a constitutional crisis,” I argued on Fox News in one of many interviews I’ve conducted since Friday.

As you may have heard, your National Right to Work Foundation filed the first legal challenge to President Barack Obama’s purported “recess” appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

This is just about as big as it gets for those of us dedicated to defending liberty.

You see, last week, lawyers for the NLRB notified the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that Obama’s three “recess” appointees to the Board were now parties to the Foundation’s ongoing legal battle against another Obama Labor Board power grab.

Foundation attorneys seized upon the opportunity to defend the U.S. Constitution and our system of checks and balances.

Our Founding Fathers brilliantly devised a system that empowers Congress to hold the President accountable — a system President Obama has defiantly violated to pay back his Big Labor benefactors.

The “advice and consent clause” allows the Senate to ensure that Presidential appointments to powerful executive positions are qualified and not beholden to special interests like Big Labor.

The President may fill vacancies while Congress has recessed, but Obama’s latest move even runs afoul of the rule cited by an Obama Administration lawyer at the U.S. Supreme Court in 2010 — “the recess has to be longer than 3 days.”

The closer you look at Obama’s latest power grab, the more it stinks.

The White House never even submitted the proper paperwork to the Senate Labor Committee to let the Committee members conduct background checks and interview two of the nominees — including a lawyer for the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE).

This is indeed a constitutional crisis, and I’m proud to be a part of this vital fight to defend the Constitution.

But as with any crisis, the battle is going to expensive.

Our staff attorneys will need significant resources to conduct the legal research and file briefs necessary to defeat this unconstitutional power grab, as our public relations team continues to expose the Obama Administration’s outrageous move in the media.

So please, click here to make an emergency tax-deductible contribution of whatever you can afford right away.

You can bet the Obama Administration is going to defend this egregious abuse of authority with all they’ve got.

Our country’s constitutional balance is in jeopardy. Thank you for helping us fight back.

Sincerely,

Mark Mix

P.S. Your National Right to Work Foundation has filed the first legal challenge to President Barack Obama’s purported “recess” appointments to the NLRB.

Please make an emergency tax-deductible contribution of whatever you can afford to support the Foundation’s efforts to defend the U.S. Constitution from President Obama’s flagrant abuse of executive

How Important is a Free Press?

The secret to building America’s most radical movement – a truly free press!

Thomas Paine

For while everything good, decent and generous about America tends to assert itself at Christmastime, we continue to witness outrage after outrage in Washington, D.C., as a disgraced and repudiated administration continues in its attempts to transform America into something that would horrify Thomas Paine and the other Founding Fathers.

Many people have analyzed, pontificated and written books about how we got to such a low point, but please allow me to remind you of what is undoubtedly the No. 1 reason America is today writhing under the “leadership” of the most destructive and dangerous president in history.

Do you remember why 69 million Americans voted for Barack Obama?

It’s because he had an advantage no other presidential candidate has ever had – the total, unabashed support of the “mainstream media,” which was so enchanted by the prospect of a young, eloquent, cool, liberal – and for the first time in history, black – president, that they ignored his anti-American, Marxist, Islamic and criminal associations and his unbelievably subversive track record. Instead of vetting him as was their solemn duty, the media lifted him high overhead and giddily raced across the finish line, all the while reassuring Americans Obama would be a great, “historic” and “transformative” president.

As if to assuage their guilt, immediately after Election Day, when it no longer mattered, Washington Post ombudsman Deborah Howell publicly admitted the paper’s reporters and editors had utterly neglected to vet either Obama, who “deserved tougher scrutiny,” or Biden – an omission she referred to as “one gaping hole in [the Post’s] coverage.”

But the problem with journalism today is not just “gaping holes in coverage” and temporary abdication of professional journalism standards. Our “big media” have come increasingly to resemble the state-run press we see in China, with its gigantic Xinhua “News” Agency, in reality a mouthpiece for the Chinese Communist Party. Or Russia, where although criticism of the government can be found in some newspapers and on the Internet, the country’s national television channels are essentially extensions of the state: “They are all either controlled by the Kremlin or run by editors who know what not to say,” says Allison Gill, director of the Human Rights Watch office in Russia.

Click here to learn more about what you can do to keep the free press alive in the US.

Here’s the problem: You cannot have a free country without a free press.Yet America’s “big media” today – especially the national broadcast and cable TV news (except perhaps Fox), as well as the major trendsetting newspapers like the New York Times – have devolved into a de facto government propaganda ministry.

Note: As you can see from this post, I am a serious believe in WND as a reliable source. I encourage you to check them out by clicking the links above. You might be convinced they are worthy of your support as well.

Thomas Jefferson

If you believe, as Thomas Jefferson did, that “the only security of all is in a free press,” and if you want to see major growth in WND’s kind of courageous, watchdog reporting – rather than the submissive, lapdog approach coming from what many are calling today’s “state-run media” – then you may be another in the growing number who support WND.