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Will Jesus’ name and the First Amendment be honored or trampled?

Saturday, September 26, 2009, 11:28 am |

Religious freedom is the foundation of America. It’s why Christians came here in the first place. Many of the original Pilgrims wanted to practice their faith apart from the Church of England, which as the official state denomination, had been persecutory of “non-official” Christian denominations.

They provided the vision for the First Amendment to the United States Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

What was happening here? In 1789, when the Bill of Rights was written, “religion” meant a single denomination or system of worship. Thus, in clear, understandable terms, Congress prohibited itself from establishing a national denomination (such as Congregationalist, Episcopalian, Presbyterian, Baptist, Quaker, etc.).

Our Founding Fathers did not want to be like England, which had an official state church called the Church of England with the King as its head. So they prohibited themselves from promoting one Christian sect or denomination above another, i.e. “no law respecting an establishment of religion.”

Yet beyond this narrow exclusion of an official Christian denomination of the United States, our founding fathers clearly wanted Christian values and religious freedom — including religious freedom within the federal, state and local governments — to be permitted, protected, and respected.

Fast forward to 2009 and California. For decades, pastors have been coming to city council meetings in Lodi, just north of Stockton, to “give the invocation.” Most pastors have included “in Jesus’ name” in their prayers.

When an atheist group complained, the Lodi City Attorney told pastors not to pray in Jesus’ name anymore. You can imagine the firestorm this has caused between atheists and Christians.

Guess what — Jesus’ name is OK at government meetings. Even the U.S. Supreme Court says so!

ACTION: The Lodi City Council will hold a special hearing and vote Wednesday, Sept. 30. For the sake of Jesus, religious freedom, and our U.S. Constitution, please email all five city council members and attend the city council meeting, which starts at 6:30 p.m. 


Democrat-run California government killing 3.8 million jobs per year

Thursday, September 24, 2009, 10:03 am |

A first-of-its-kind report is detailing the high cost of doing business in California.

According to the Governor’s Office of Small Business Advocate, the total cost of state regulations on businesses is $493 BILLION and 3.8 million jobs per year. 

That’s an average of $134,122 per California business, $13,801 per household and $4,685 per resident each year.

More from the official report, which was mandated by a 2006 law:

The total cost ($493 billion) is almost 5 times the state’s general fund budget and a third of the state’s gross product.

The 3.8 million jobs lost equals 1/10th of California’s population. California has about 14 million jobs, down 1 million from the peak in July 2007.

The total cost breakdown is $266.5 billion in direct costs of various regulations, $210.5 billion lost labor income and $16 billion in business taxes the state would get without the regulations.

What are we to conclude? California’s state government, run by Democrats and government employee unions, are torturing private businesses. Not only is California the 2nd most unfriendly state to businesses, red tape is killing millions of jobs.

No wonder Michigan and Nevada are running ads inviting California businesses to move to “greener pastures” in the cold Great Lakes and the hot Nevada desert!

Read more and get the documentation here.

California parents say no way to ‘Harvey Milk Gay Day’

Thursday, September 24, 2009, 9:45 am |

With “Harvey Milk Gay Day” for schoolchildren on Governor Schwarznegger’s desk, SaveCalifornia.com is boldly representing parents who hate the notion of MORE sexual indoctrination of kids.

I thank God for all the media attention. We’ve stirred up a fight that children need to win! 

See SaveCalifornia.com in the NY Times, LA Times, Sacramento Bee, CNN, and more.