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Governor Terry McAuliffe Vetoes Bill Protecting
Pastors and Religious Charities

 

 

         The Family Foundation

        
Patriots,

Here is our wonderful Governor expressing once again his mighty powers, and this time it is against people of faith.  Won’t you share your thoughts with our Governor?

To contact our Governor:
https://governor.virginia.gov/constituent-services/communicating-with-the-governors-office/

 

 

Victoria Cobb, President

 Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Governor Vetoes Bill Protecting Pastors and Religious Charities

Earlier this morning, Governor Terry McAuliffe went live on air with WTOP to veto a bill (SB 41) which would have provided modest protections for pastors, churches, and religious organizations and schools by prohibiting the state from discriminating against them because of their religious or moral beliefs about marriage.

The vast majority of Virginians believe that, at a minimum, religious entities should be able to hold traditional beliefs about the institution of marriage without facing retribution from the government. But once again, Governor McAuliffe sided with the radical LGBT lobby and the ACLU in claiming that protecting the faiths of countless churches, religious schools and religious organizations amounts to “actively discriminat[ing] against same-sex couples” and even going so far as to say it equates to “demonizing people”, according to his official statement on the bill.

In reality, SB 41 would have ensured that pastors would not face persecution from the state for refusing to officiate a same-sex “wedding” and that churches could not lose their tax-exempt status for that reason. Furthermore, that a religious charity couldn’t be denied equal access to state benefits because of its belief in traditional marriage, and that Virginia students who attend Christian universities or colleges like Liberty, Regent or Patrick Henry wouldn’t be denied access to Virginia’s Tuition Assistance Grants because those schools have policies based on marriage between one man and one woman.

But don’t count on this Governor letting the facts get in the way of his radical agenda. In fact, during the radio interview in which he vetoed SB 41, the Governor erroneously acknowledged the bill as the “Kim Davis” bill which he suggested would give government employees the ability to “discriminate” against same-sex couples. At the same time, the Governor’s office was releasing his official statement of the veto, which mentioned nothing of the sort. It appears that either Governor McAuliffe had not actually read the bill, or that he was intentionally misrepresenting the bill’s real purpose.

Notwithstanding the Governor’s deplorable action today, The Family Foundation staff has been fighting hard to get this bill, as well as others that protect religious liberty, through the legislature and onto the Governor’s desk. Like you, we understand the value and the power of the free exercise of religion. In the midst of a growing tide of moral relativism and the growing attack on families and people of faith, these types of protections are becoming more critical than ever before. We cannot let up now.

With your continued support, we are committed to continuing this fight for religious liberty so that our churches, schools and charities may continue to thrive as the true lifeblood of our communities.

 

The Family Foundation
919 E. Main St., Suite 1110
Richmond, VA 23219
phone: 804-343-0010

Gov Terry McAuliffe vetoes HB 1090 PPH Funding

Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoes HB 1090 on
Planned Parenthood Funding

 

Patriots,

I hope you are as upset as many of us about our illustrious Governor Terry McAuliffe making more bad decisions with Planned Parenthood.  Please send him a note or give him a call and share your thoughts.  I’m sure he will appreciate your input.

 

Victoria Cobb, President
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Today, Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed a bill (HB 1090) that would have redirected your state taxpayer money away from the abortion industry and toward federally qualified health clinics and other medical facilities that put health ahead of abortion and profit.

Sadly, we anticipated this Governor would oppose this common sense health measure, even though it would have increased the range and quality of healthcare for many women. We anticipated that this Governor would do everything within his power to prop up the billion dollar abortion giant Planned Parenthood. After all, he did accept nearly $2 million from the abortion industry during his 2013 campaign for Governor.

What we did not expect was the brazen display of defiance that Governor McAuliffe demonstrated when he vetoed HB 1090 today. In a departure from how Governor’s usually veto a bill, Governor McAuliffe held a special ceremony at the Virginia League for Planned Parenthood in Richmond – the largest abortion provider of all abortion centers in Virginia. Since the facility was private property, only invited guests were allowed on the premises. The Governor essentially rolled out the red carpet and invited all his pro-abortion friends and reporters for a big exclusive celebration over killing the bill.

Today’s shameful display did have one positive note. In spite of the Governor’s calculated efforts to keep it quiet, when The Family Foundation learned about the details of his “veto ceremony” with all of about 12 hours advance notice, we quickly rallied some of our most faithful pro-life advocates. They showed up to the Planned Parenthood site early this morning to protest the Governor’s actions, to pray and to hold signs with pro-life messages on the sidewalks near the facility.

We also compiled data and created leaflets listing many of the despicable health and safety violations documented during periodic licensure inspections of that Planned Parenthood facility over the past several years. The Family Foundation obtained these reports through several “Freedom of Information” requests. Our pro-life advocates were able to hand the leaflets to the reporters of all the major news outlets. At least now if they continue to avoid addressing these grave violations, we can be confident that it was not for lack of knowing.

Despite HB 1090 gaining clear majorities from our representatives in both the House and Senate, Governor Terry McAuliffe thumbed his nose at the majority of Virginians and by his actions publicly declared his allegiance to Planned Parenthood.

Despite this setback, with your support and many like you, the fight for life presses on and Planned Parenthood’s days of being propped up by taxpayers are numbered.  Twelve other states have at least partially defunded Planned Parenthood.  More will follow.  The Family Foundation will not stop until we join that list!

Mittens: GOP Establishment Chooses
Mount Romney as Hill to Die on

by Stephen K. Bannon & Rebecca Mansour3 Mar 2016
After President Jeb, President Walker, President Christie, President Kasich, President Ryan, and President Rubio, the Republican establishment is now turning once again to the Adlai Stevenson of the GOP – Willard Mitt Romney.

Perhaps nothing is more symptomatic of the GOP establishment’s death drive than their continued embrace of the presidential aspirations of a man who shrank the party in 2012.

But then, these are the same Republican elites who are determined to grant amnesty to 40 million future Democrats. So, obviously party expansion and broad national victories are not their priorities. How else do you explain their bizarre desire to board the S.S. Mittanic one more time?

A full recounting of the unmitigated disaster that was the Romney campaign is beyond the scope of this op-ed. But let’s cut to the chase. Mitt Romney lost because he was unpalatable to working class Americans.

Sean Trende of RealClearPolitics explained in detail how Romney lost in large part because he couldn’t win over white working class voters.

That wasn’t an accident. It was by design. An August 2012 op-ed by Matthew Continetti in the Washington Free Beacon outlined the Obama campaign’s “voter suppression” strategy “to disillusion white voters without degrees in the Rust Belt and Mountain West.” Obama calculated that these working class voters would make Romney president if they voted Republican by the same 30-point margin as they did in 2010, but if they were demoralized and alienated by the GOP candidate, they would hand the election to Obama by simply sitting it out.

And that’s exactly what happened. It wasn’t very difficult to turn working class voters against the “King of Bain,” the man who perfected the art of the leveraged buyout which cannibalized industrial towns across America.

Of course, Romney did his best to pretend he was actually a venture capitalist. Among his much-touted job-creation successes was Sports Authority, which just filed for bankruptcy yesterday.

But the real business of Bain was private equity. They made a killing for their shareholders by buying out American companies, loading them with debt, bankrupting them, shuttering their factories, and shipping those jobs overseas. Unfortunately for the GOP establishment, the American electorate isn’t comprised of libertarian think tank pencil necks who worship at the Church of Ayn Rand.

If the demonization of Bain Capital wasn’t enough to finish Romney off in the eyes of working class voters, his “47 percent” comment did the trick. When you trash half of the electorate – a group that includes senior citizens living on fixed incomes, active duty military, and blue-collar Reagan Democrats – as freeloaders who don’t contribute to the country, that isn’t just bad retail politics, that’s downright offensive.

After slinking away in defeat four years ago, Romney is back again as the establishment’s St. George to slay the Trump dragon. But here’s the problem: While Romney shrank the GOP, Trump is expanding it. The primary race this year has blown out 2012 numbers. In three states alone, the Associated Press reports a massive voter increase of “386 percent in Virginia, 261 percent in Arkansas, 154 percent in Tennessee” from what it was just four years ago for Romney.

Trump’s populist, nationalist message is bringing back the disaffected working class voters Romney alienated. On Super Tuesday, Trump did his best among lower income voters making less than $30,000 a year. They’re coming out in droves – and it’s not just the white working class voters or even working class voters in general. Trump’s base of support reflects every demographic.

As Sean Trende writes, “Trump’s blue-collar populism could theoretically appeal to more Hispanic and especially African-American voters than Romney’s message did by cutting through identity politics and appealing on an economic level.”

That blue-collar populist message is centered on two working class grievances long ignored by the political establishment and their donor class patrons: 1) mass illegal immigration that unfairly pits American workers against cheaper foreign labor, and 2) bad trade agreements that gut American industry and send jobs overseas.

Trump is winning because he’s addressing these vital issues. For years now, average Americans have dialed out of politics because of the dryness and thinness of the political dialogue. Trump has cut right to the vital issues that Americans feel. He talks about building a wall to stop illegal immigration, renegotiating our trade policies to bring back millions of jobs from China and Mexico, and putting a temporary ban on Muslim migration to halt the spread of Islamic terrorism on our shores. His basic themes have driven the narrative back to things that matter to ordinary Americans outside of the Georgetown salons.

None of this is really good news for the financiers, consultants, and commentariat that comprise the GOP establishment.

The financiers, who want cheap labor and don’t care where it comes from or who it hurts, loathe Trump’s trade and immigration policies.

The consultant class would gladly torpedo any candidate who doesn’t need their racket, and a GOP frontrunner who wins seven states on Super Tuesday after spending only $1.6 million is an existential threat to their bottom line.

The commentariat is frantically hash-tagging #NeverTrump! Can you blame them? They built an industry predicated on their status as the self-appointed gatekeepers of authentic conservative thought. A populist paradigm shift upends their carefully crafted business model.

So, now the establishment has lift up their eyes unto the hills of Salt Lake City from whence cometh their help. And it looks as if Mount Romney is the hill they’ve chosen to die on.

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