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Sep 29th

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Supreme Court Made The Right Call

Rita Dunaway

The U.S. Supreme Court resuscitated the ailing concept of freedom of religious expression with its decision last week in Town of Greece v. Galloway. In doing so, it exposed serious flaws in a 2011 Fourth Circuit ruling and Governor McAuliffe’s rationale for vetoing two religious liberty bills last month.

In the landmark ruling on the issue of public invocations, the Supreme Court reversed the Second Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision that the Town of Greece, New York, had created an unconstitutional "establishment" of religion by allowing local clergy members to offer invocations at Town meetings on a voluntary, non-discriminatory basis.

The Second Circuit had ruled that despite the policy’s neutrality, it violated the Establishment Clause because, in fact, most of the clergy members who volunteered to pray represented the Christian faith. This was unacceptable, held the federal court, because non-Christians in attendance at the meetings may have felt left out.

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“Restoring the Constitution” Christian School Hosts Meeting in Mechanicsville, VA

Michael Farris Speaks at Kimber Academy

Kimber Academy recently sponsored a meeting with special guest speaker, Michael P. Farris – a nationally known constitutional litigator. Dr. Farris asserts that Article V contains a provision giving power to the states to bypass congress in an effort to restore the constitution. This provision is a timely gift from our Founders and their great foresight. (See website: www.conventionofstates.com and www.selfgovern.org ) He also articulated the dangers inherent in “unenlightened citizens” which strikes at the heart of the message our students delivered at the meeting. Without question, our Founders anticipated the consequences of an uneducated electorate and cautioned us that a time such as today would come. Our students shared the following quotations:

“An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people.” ~ John Adams

“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.” ~ James Madison

“Law and liberty cannot rationally become the objects of our love unless they first become the objects of our knowledge.” ~ James Wilson

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Just Tell Them What They Want to Hear!

Did you hear about the dictator who was asked by one of his subordinates, “How do we get the people to believe our lies?” The dictator answered, “Just tell them what they want to hear.”

America seems to have forgotten the price God has paid on her behalf by shedding His grace upon us through His Son Jesus Christ to establish our given freedoms. Instead of America responding to Law, Judgment, Righteousness and Truth, it seems apparent that God’s voice is no longer a permissible objective in the course America is now taking.

“Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34)

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Let Freedom Ring:A National Day of Prayer Message:

Rev Michael Hirsch

Virginia’s trifecta of uniqueness contributes to America’s Religious Freedom which we celebrate on the National Day of Prayer.

After the Fifth Virginia Convention began on May 5, 1776 there was a resolution on May 15 calling for a declaration of rights for Virginia. The Convention declared independence from Britain and directed its Delegates to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia to call for the Declaration of Independence.

The Virginia Declaration of Rights was first drafted by George Mason on May 20 of 1776 and was subsequently amended by Thomas Ludwell Lee and the Virginia Convention. It was James Madison who assisted on Section 16 which pertains to Religious Freedom.

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Override The Prayer Veto

Rita Dunaway

Last week, Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed a bill that would have protected students from religious discrimination and restored core First Amendment values that are being diminished by an increasingly thin-skinned, intolerant society.

Senate Bill 236, sponsored by Senator Charles Carrico and passed by both houses of the Virginia General Assembly earlier this year, provides that students in public schools are free to engage in voluntary prayer or religious expression to the same extent as students are permitted to engage in secular expression. In this regard, the bill simply clarifies First Amendment principles that courts have already applied in the context of the public schools.

The legislation is important because it would also eliminate a perennial cause of expensive litigation: the censorship of faith-based student speech at graduation ceremonies. While the Supreme Court has definitively ruled that students “do not shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate,” litigious, secularist organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) have sued or threatened to sue school districts when student speakers mention their faith at school-sponsored events.

These organizations claim that when a student speaker takes the stage at a graduation ceremony, he becomes the government. Therefore, they say, if that student mentions the importance of faith in his life, he effectively “establishes” a religion in violation of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause.

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Combating Lawlessness in America

Stephen McDowell

America is becoming a lawless nation. While the number of individual law-breakers has been increasing, it is not just criminals who are lawless. It is also those we elect to uphold the law.

The words of President Obama while visiting my home town of Charlottesville last month sum up the thinking of many of our government leaders: “That’s a good thing about being President. I can do whatever I want.”

While the context was breaking protocol while visiting Monticello, he nonetheless has displayed this thinking in many ways: he has unilaterally changed the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) at least 24 times, his administration has threatened businesses that speak out against Obamacare, and he has made judicial appointments without Congress being in recess. In addition, he has allowed the IRS to target certain political groups without taking any action to rectify this abusive and unlawful act.

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The People versus Herring: Disbarment and/or Impeachment

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One Man -- “Is He Above the Law?” -- We the People 

Call to Action: “If Not Now, When? If Not Us, Who?”

What Did He Do?

The time has come to hold Attorney General Mark Herring accountable for irresponsible actions he has taken since taking the oath of office in January. The reasons for doing so are clear.

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Stirring the Church for a Great Awakening

Dean Welty with Don Blake and Dean Nelson

America stands at a crossroads today. We face a spiritual and moral decline, a massive national debt, an out-of-control government that threatens our liberty, and a growing threat from Islamic jihad here and abroad. We need another Great Awakening like those in the past that produced our national independence and freedom for slaves, but who will lead it? What is the churches' role in this? What is the Virginia Christian Alliance, and what can they do to help? Finally, what can "We the People" – what can I -- do to rebuild the broken-down pillars of religion and morality on which America was built and has prospered?

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Chairman Goodlatte Statement at Executive Overreach Hearing

Bob Goodlatte Official

 “Preventing the President from overstepping the boundaries of his constitutional authority is not about partisan politics.  It is about preserving the fundamental premise of our constitutional design: that a limited government, divided into three separate branches exercising enumerated powers, is necessary to protect individual liberty and the rule of law.”

 February 26, 2014 Statement of House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte

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The People vs. Herring: Disbarment and/or Impeachment

Petition Impeach Herring

Call to Action: "If Not Now, When? If Not Us, Who?"

What Did He Do?

The time has come to hold Attorney General Mark Herring accountable for irresponsible actions he has taken since taking the oath of office in January.  The reasons for doing so are clear. 

First, he preemptively and arrogantly usurped the role and authority of the court in declaring the Virginia marriage law, itself embedded in Virginia’s Constitution, to be “unconstitutional”.

Second, he betrayed his sworn duty to uphold and defend the laws of Virginia and also to represent us as our elected advocate by actively urging a federal judge to overturn this same law that had been overwhelmingly approved by the General Assembly and by over 1.3 million Virginia voters.

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The Duplicity of Invoking Loving v. Virginia

Joe Rogowski

 The Richmond Times Dispatch, seeking to quash opposition to same-sex marriage, resorts to disingenuous arguments in its Editorial “Victory” of February 16, 2014.  No one denies the right for homosexuals to marry. They have that right as anyone else.  What is denied is the homosexual claim to a “right” to marry partners of the same-sex.

That is not supported by biology or Natural Law or millennia of civilized social order.

The Times Dispatch’s Editors sacrifice intellectual integrity in their repeated attempts to invoke the ruling of Loving v. Virginia as analogous to homosexual claims that discrimination is the basis for opposition to same-sex marriage. Discrimination is not operative here, Natural Law is.

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Delegate Bob Marshall Denounces Judge Wright-Allen's Court Decision

Bob-Marshall

Delegate Bob Marshall Author of the 2006 voter approved one man, one woman Virginia Constitutional Marriage Amendment Denounces Judge Wright-Allen’s Court Decision

MANASSAS, VA -The decision issued by federal district Judge Wright-Allen appropriately issued in the cover of darkness is a syllabus of errors, a compendium of ineptitude, and a farce claiming authority.  Legislating through the Courts against the will of the people is lawless disregard for our representative form of government.

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Virginia Christian Alliance Press Release to Judge Wright Allen Ruling

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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release Feb. 14, 2014

RICHMOND, VA - - Virginia Christian Alliance (VCA) is held a Press Conference at their Headquarters at 3:00 p.m. Friday, February 14th in response to the decision issued by the federal district Judge Wright-Allen.

Judge Wright Allen’s decision is fraught with error.  It misconceives both the basis for Virginia’s Marriage Amendment and the reasons for government’s regulation of marriage in the first instance. 

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