Sunday, July 29, 2012

Defense of Marriage - #4080 - 'Under God' Conference Kicks Off: Faith Leaders Defend Chick-Fil-A and Plead for Christian Political Involvement - The Blaze (2) Republicans Investigate Defense Department's Gay Pride Parade Decision - Citizen Link (3) Amazon CEO Pledges $2.5 Million to Defend Gay Marriage - The Blaze

Friday afternoon“Under God: Indivisible” opened to a crowded audience at High Point Church in Arlington, Texas. Earlier today, TheBlaze told you about the event, which is being hosted by the Rev. James Robison. It‘s overarching goal is to empower America’s faith community, while also infusing religious values back into the nation’s fabric. The ideas, perspective and theological constructs presented were plentiful. From lamentations over the spread of secular humanism to division and inaction in Washington, D.C., the speakers touted an array of messaging.While the commentaries were divergent in topic, as a whole, they painted a picture of a nation whose religious liberty is in peril. But aside from addressing this inherent freedom, the speakers also took aim at the notion that America has separated itself from the Lord. “Men’s imaginations will not save this nation — only God [will],” proclaimed Dr. Rick Scarborough of Vision America. “Aren’t you sick and tired of the dissension that goes on in Washington?,” Robison asked. And later, Ralph Reed, chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition pleaded with the audience to appeal to God to guarantee a prosperous future for the nation. Reed called the 2012 election “the most important election since 1980 and, perhaps, the most important election in this country since 1860. Reed also defended Chick-fil-A amid scandal over its pro-traditional marriage views, calling it “one of the finest companies in America.” “God has a plan and a kingdom purpose that is bigger than any man or women…bigger than any politician…we need to pray that God’s purpose is fulfilled,” he said.

Republicans Investigate Defense Department's Gay Pride Decision - Citizen Link - Congressional Republicans are challenging the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to explain a recent decision to let military personnel to march in uniform in a San Diego gay pride parade. Earlier this week, the DoD said it granted service members in San Diego a “one-time waiver” from the policy that prohibits all military personnel from wearing their uniforms in political events because parade organizers were encouraging troops to participate, and because the event was generating national attention. Col. Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, told CitizenLink Thursday he believes there’s more to it than that. “The Department of Defense continues to use our armed forces to promote a social agenda,” he said. “Our armed forces were not created to promote agendas. They were created to protect and defend this nation, which they have done so well since our founding.” In a letter sent to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Tuesday, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) quoted the 2005 DoD directive that states service members “‘shall not march or ride in a partisan parade.’“  Read more.......

Amazon CEO Pledges $2.5 M to Defend Gay Marriage - The Blaze - founder and CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, announced Friday they are donating $2.5 million to the campaign to defend Washington’s same-sex marriage law. With the gift, Washington United for Marriage has raised more than $5 million for its referendum campaign. “It’s a game changer for us,” said campaign manager Zach Silk in Seattle. “It puts us in unique position to win.” But, his group is still the underdog, he said. In 32 previous elections nationally, same-sex advocates have lost. The Washington election may be the turning point, thanks in part to the Bezos’ generous donation, Silk said.  Read more.........

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