Christian company owners have been ordered by Barack Obama to fund abortions for employees, the federal government has insisted it has a right to set qualifications for ministers churches hire, and eliminating any public references to faith appears to be a national priority.
What has happened in America since John Adams said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other”?
A new report recently released by the Family Research Council and Liberty Institute confirms that anti-Christian hostility is rising across the nation’s public square, in schools and in government.
“America today would be unrecognizable to our founders. Our first freedom is facing a relentless onslaught from well-funded and aggressive groups and individuals who are using the courts, Congress, and the vast federal bureaucracy to suppress and limit religious freedom,” said a summary of the report from Tony Perkins, president of the FRC, and Kelly Shackelford, president of Liberty Institute.
In fact, “The Obama administration no longer even speaks of freedom of religion; now it is only ‘freedom of worship.’ This radical departure is one that threatens to make true religious liberty vulnerable, conditional, and limited.
“As some have said, it is a freedom ‘only within four walls.’ That is, you are free to worship within the four walls of your home, church, or synagogue, but when you enter the public square the message is, ‘leave your religion at home,’” the report said.
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Excerpts released by the Romney campaign from Paul Ryan’s address tonight to Republican convention in Tampa, Florida:
“I accept the calling of my generation to give our children the America that was given to us, with opportunity for the young and security for the old – and I know that we are ready. Our nominee is sure ready. His whole life has prepared him for this moment – to meet serious challenges in a serious way, without excuses and idle words. After four years of getting the run-around, America needs a turnaround, and the man for the job is Governor Mitt Romney. …
“Obamacare comes to more than two thousand pages of rules, mandates, taxes, fees, and fines that have no place in a free country. The president has declared that the debate over government-controlled health care is over. That will come as news to the millions of Americans who will elect Mitt Romney so we can repeal Obamacare. …
“We have a plan for a stronger middle class, with the goal of generating 12 million new jobs over the next four years. …
“My Dad used to say to me: ‘Son. You have a choice: You can be part of the problem, or you can be part of the solution.’ The present administration has made its choices. And Mitt Romney and I have made ours: Before the math and the momentum overwhelm us all, we are going to solve this nation’s economic problems. And I’m going to level with you: We don’t have that much time. But if we are serious, and smart, and we lead, we can do this. …
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During a campaign stop in Colorado Tuesday, President Barack Obama told a group of fired up Colorado State University students that Republicans were willing to “fib” in order to win the election.
“You have a chance to prove the cynics wrong one more time. And over the next two months, the other side is going to spend more money than we’ve ever seen before. They will throw everything they’ve got, and the kitchen sink. They’ll just make stuff up if they have to — they’re doing it already,” the president said.
“And they will send an avalanche of attack ads and insults. They will try to distract you, and sometimes — how do I put this nicely — they will just fib. And it’s backed by $10 million checks,” he added.
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A document the National Education Association filed with the U.S. Department of Labor in 2011 indicates that the teachers union donated $100,000 to Media Matters For America nearly two years ago, describing it as a payment for “public relations costs.” In the months that followed, Media Matters’ online coverage of teachers unions increased, focusing largely on attacking the Fox News Channel and other media outlets it considers “conservative” in nature.
The $100,000 payment was first documented in “Shadowbosses: Government Unions Control America and Rob Taxpayers Blind,” a book by Citadel international politics professor Mallory Factor published on August 21.
“[T]o ensure that NEA’s agenda makes its way in the media,” Factor wrote, “NEA has given $100,000 to Media Matters, the George Soros-funded liberal ‘charitable organization’ dedicated to targeting mythical right-wing media bias.”
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More big U.S. companies are reincorporating abroad despite a 2004 federal law that sought to curb the practice. One big reason: Taxes.
Companies cite various reasons for moving, including expanding their operations and their geographic reach. But tax bills remain a primary concern. A few cite worries that U.S. taxes will rise in the future, especially if Washington revamps the tax code next year to shrink the federal budget deficit.
“We want to be closer to where our clients are,” says David Prosperi, a spokesman for risk manager Aon AON +0.21% plc, which relocated to the U.K. in April.
Aon has told analysts it expects to reduce its tax rate, which averaged 28% over the past five years, by five percentage points over time, which could boost profits by about $100 million annually.
Since 2009, at least 10 U.S. public companies have moved their incorporation address abroad or announced plans to do so, including six in the last year or so, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of company filings and statements. That’s up from just a handful from 2004 through 2008.
The companies that have moved recently include manufacturer Eaton Corp., ETN -1.02% oil firms Ensco International Inc. ESV -2.46% and Rowan Cos., RDC +0.33% as well as a spinoff of Sara Lee Corp. called D.E. Master Blenders 1753.
Eaton, a 101-year-old Cleveland-based maker of components and electrical equipment, announced in May that it would acquire Cooper Industries PLC, another electrical-equipment maker that had moved to Bermuda in 2002 and then to Ireland in 2009. It plans to maintain factories, offices and other operations in the U.S. while moving its place of incorporation—for now—to the office of an Irish law firm in downtown Dublin.
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Ann Romney entered the Tampa Bay Times Forum to thunderous applause and cheers. Her speech focused on the strengths exemplified in mothers — working or no — and their efforts not just in holding the home together but holding the country together. Her speech was a stark contrast to the left’s demonizing portrayal of Republican women.
“It’s the moms who’ve always had to work a little hard to make everything right,” she remarked, “It’s the the moms who hold this country together.”
Her message was one of empowerment, not victimhood. She opened by asking for prayers for those in Tropical Storm Issac’s path, then launched into a shot against the rhetoric of “war on women” from the Obama campaign.
She received a standing ovation when she asked: “A storybook marriage? Not at all. Mitt and I have a real marriage.”
“You may not agree with Mitt’s positions or his politics… only 13% of Massachusetts is Republican, so it’s not like it’s a surprise to me,” she said, before promising, “no one will work harder than Mitt Romney to make this country a better place to live.” It echoes the question conservatives have been asking for months: can you honestly say that you’re better off now than you were four years ago?”
“Mitt Romney was not handed his success,” Romney stated. “He built it!” Her words directly contradicted President Obama’s stereotype of the Republican candidate: “Mitt doesn’t like to talk about how he helps others. He sees it as a privilege, not a talking point.” After listing his accomplishments in Massachusetts, Mrs. Romney proclaimed, “this is the man America needs… This man will not fail.”
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