Four GOP Presidential Candidates, Out of 17, Sign Pledge to Defend Natural Marriage

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The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has made public the presidential candidates who signed their “Marriage Pledge,” which promises to support a Constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

Four of the 17 Republican presidential hopefuls signed the pro-marriage, pro-child, and pro-family document:  Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, former Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson put their signatures to the pledge.

NOM calls them “Marriage Champions.”  NOM president Brian Brown noted that, “While many of the GOP candidates talk the talk about supporting marriage, these four candidates have distinguished themselves as true champions, having pledged to the American people to take very specific actions to advance the cause of marriage.”

Besides supporting a Constitutional amendment defining natural marriage, the candidates pledged to take “several specific actions as president” to “protect people of faith from discrimination because of their support for traditional marriage.”  This pledge to protect religious freedom includes investigating cases of Americans who have been unjustly treated because they support natural marriage.… Continue Reading

Christie Goes Nuclear — Against Christians

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Written by Gary Bauer

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has been languishing around three percent in the presidential polls. After his surrender on religious liberty during a Fox News Sunday interview, it is my sincere hope that his support falls to zero.

When asked if Christians could be exempted from participating in same-sex weddings, Christie offered a cramped definition of religious liberty that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton could applaud.

“Religious institutions should be able to decide how they conduct their religious activity,” Christie said. “The rest of the folks in the United States need to follow the law.”

So in Christie’s view, you can go to your church and worship freely. But once you step outside the church door, you have virtually no right to follow your faith. Sorry, Little Sisters of the Poor.… Continue Reading

Levin: Fiorina Should Condemn SCOTUS Marriage Redefinition Ruling

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Written by Dr. Susan Berry

Conservative radio host and author Mark Levin says GOP 2016 contender Carly Fiorina should denounce the activist Supreme Court for its legalization of same-sex marriage nationwide, rather than advise a Christian county clerk refusing to issue same-sex licenses to either perform her government job or quit.

“You know it’s amazing to me when the left stands up and they say they’re standing up on some moral principle, they’re not told ‘Do your job or quit,’” Levin said. “People rally around them. People stand up for them.”

“The Supreme Court has become a joke on these social issues,” he continued. “The Supreme Court has taken over…so-called social issues – what I call cultural issues in this country…”

Levin said activist courts and justices like Justice Anthony Kennedy should be condemned, not a county clerk standing up for her religious beliefs.… Continue Reading

14 Year Old Presents A Challenge

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While the oppressive Illinois end-of-summer heat and humidity have arrived in force, the dog days of summer took quite a toll on the donations necessary to sustain our work.

We rely solely on donations from generous individuals to accomplish our work in Illinois. Summer, as usual, was a financially difficult time for us — yet our pro-family work and ministry didn’t slow down. These were very busy days.  And now that it’s September and we are engaged in projects and events that I sincerely believe will make Illinois a better place for us and for our families, we are asking, once again, for your help.

We continue to strive for a more decent society — one that cherishes, encourages, and protects religious and political freedom, and one that strengthens the most basic building block of any society … the family.… Continue Reading

Pro-Life Leaders Bonnie Quirke & Irene Napier Endorse Dan McConchie for State Rep in 51st District

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Bonnie Quirke, President of Lake County Right to Life, and Irene Napier, President Emeritus of McHenry County Right to Life, announced today that they endorse Dan McConchie for State Representative in the 51st district. Both Quirke and Napier are residents of the 51st district and long-time activists in local politics.

“Dan McConchie has a proven pro-life record as an advocate for the most vulnerable amongst us in state legislatures across the country,” Quirke stated.

“His track record of success in expanding both the protections for the unborn as well as for women’s health is second to none. That sort of strategic thinking is exactly what we need in Springfield to address the extensive problems of our state.”

Napier agreed saying, “I am happy to have the opportunity to vote for such a leader in this next election.… Continue Reading

Jeb’s Misleading Talk on Common Core

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By Stanley Kurtz

When Common Core supporter Jeb Bush and Common Core opponent Marco Rubio faced off during last month’s Republican presidential debate, they barely seemed to disagree. After moderator Bret Baier posed a question on the clash between Common Core advocates, on the one hand, and opponents of federal involvement in education, on the other, Bush denied the contrast: “I don’t believe the federal government should be involved in the creation of standards, directly or indirectly, the creation of curriculum content. That is clearly a state responsibility.” So are Bush and Common Core opponents really on the same page when it comes to local control in education? Not in the least.

Jeb’s Common Core answer was well-practiced, yet profoundly misleading. The whole trick of Common Core is to make an end-run around the legal and constitutional barriers to a national curriculum, even as you deny that you’re doing it.… Continue Reading

Presidential ILVoterGuide… Follow the Money

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The Presidential ILVoterGuide will be released in four installments as the debates and campaigns progress. The first release comprises revealing campaign finance data on each presidential candidate.

Candidates will say what voters want to hear during campaigns. That’s why ILVoterGuide is critical for concerned voters who want to cut through the onslaught of media ads and misinformation – getting the truth out about candidates. This is especially important during this presidential primary where many of the candidates say the same thing.

This first installment of ILVotgerGuide reflects federal and state campaign finance sources. It will include all donations from legislators to the candidate, as well as donations from the candidate to the legislators in conjunction with links to the legislators’ voting records.

Because a candidate willingly chooses and accepts who they receive money from, it can indicate their ideological position on issues. … Continue Reading

Ted Cruz at Defending the American Dream Summit

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Dan McConchie Launches State Representative Race Before Large Crowd

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Dan McConchie held a campaign launch rally for his race to become the next state representative of the 51st district Saturday afternoon before an estimated crowd of 200 people. It was held at the home of former Congressman Joe Walsh who is a constituent of the district and has already publicly endorsed McConchie along with the area’s senator, Dan Duffy.

Many of the attendees took petition packets vowing to help get McConchie on the ballot.

During his speech, Dan McConchie told the crowd of his background, including his legislative work in states across the country, how he joined the Army National Guard on his 17th birthday in order to serve his country, and how he started two businesses before he graduated college.

McConchie said was inspired to run because he recognized that his unique problem-solving skill set would be valuable in helping solve the current Springfield dysfunction and wanted to ensure his kids didn’t inherit the fiscal mess currently facing the state.… Continue Reading

The Democrats: Too Old and Too White?

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Written by Victor Davis Hanson

In the jubilation of the Obama election victories of 2008 and 2012, the Left warned Republicans that the party of McCain and Romney was now “too old, too white, too male — and too few.” Columnists between 2008 and 2012 ad nauseam berated Republicans on the grounds that their national candidates “no longer looked like America.” The New York Times stable crowed that the Republicans of 2008 were “all white and nearly all male” — not too long before McCain chose Sarah Palin as his running-mate. In reaction to the defeats of McCain and Romney, Salon and Harper’s ran stories on the “Grand Old White Party” and “Angry White Men.”

For Democratic progressives, Hawaiian Barack Obama could not be of mixed ancestry and decidedly middle class, but simply “black” or “African American” — as if he had shared the Jim Crow experience of Clarence Thomas.… Continue Reading

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