Eagle Forum Agenda | August - September 2003

Contents:

Join Us At Eagle Council! An Unforgettable Exeperience

I N S I D E R E P O R T

Repeal of Ergonomics Rules to be on November Ballot

Will Gas Tax Bring Promised Jobs to State?

Will GOP Stand Firm Against Radical Gay Agenda?

Senate Democrats Determined To Keep Believers Off the Bench

What Leading Conservatives Have to Say About the Recent Lawrence V. Texas Supreme Court Ruling

Voter Registration Month Yields Success!

Eagle Forum Board Picks Books for Summer Reading


Join Us At Eagle Council!
An Unforgettable Experience

There are few opportunities as valuable as attending Eagle Forum's annual leadership conference - Eagle Council. This year's event will be held October 24-26 in St. Louis Missouri and we would like to invite all our Washington Eagle Forum friends to consider attending with us!
"There is simply no one like Phyllis Schlafly who is able to pull together such a top-notch conference," states Cindy Honcoop, Director for Eagle Forum in Washington State. "Phyllis brings in leading conservatives from across the country to inspire citizens to action."
Eagle Council runs from Friday noon till Sunday 2:00 PM and is packed from beginning to end with speakers and workshops covering a wide variety of topics of interest and concern to pro-family men and women. Leading conservative speakers present the very latest information needed by citizens to impact the important issues that affect families in their states.
"The conference is geared for those who are ready be a part of the wonderful process of self government we are blessed with," states Honcoop, "and I have never known anyone to be disappointed."
This will be Eagle Forum's 32nd annual conference and an added feature will be a gala dessert reception, with many distinguished guests, to be held at the beautiful Eagle Forum Education Center on Saturday evening.
"Eagle Forum has become an organization of great national influence. Political candidates want our endorsement when they run for office. National and state legislators seek our support for their legislation and policies. That's because they know we are accurately informed, dedicated and well trained activists," states Eagle Forum President Phyllis Schlafly. "Eagle Council is where Eagles get their energy and training to make a difference."
If you would like to attend Eagle Council we would encourage you to contact our state office by calling 360.354.8505 or by e-mailing us at eaglecouncil@waeagles.com.
"We need your talent and energy here in our state," says Honcoop. "Why not make this the year you join us at Eagle Council!"
Eagle Council XXXII
October 24 - 26
St. Louis, MO



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I N S I D E R E P O R T
News You're Not Likely to Hear Anywhere Else

Repeal of Ergonomics Rules to be on November Ballot
In early July the Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW) delivered more than 260,000 signatures to the Secretary of State which qualifies Initiative 841 for the November ballot.
I- 841 would repeal the jobs-killing ergonomics rule that was adopted in 2000 by unelected officials at the Dept. of Labor and Industries despite overwhelming opposition from the business community.
The E-Rules target work related activities considered to be ergonomic hazards such as repetitive motion, lifting, gripping, squatting and kneeling. Experts estimate that compliance will cost businesses $725 million and 2150 jobs for the first year alone.
Washington is the only state with an ergonomics rule and even Governor Locke's Competitiveness Council has said the job-killing rules should be repealed. I-841 will be an definite YES vote on the November 4 ballot!

 

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Will Gas Tax Bring Promised Jobs to State?
Governor Locke promised new jobs for Washington State if the legislature would only pass his transportation improvement package during this past legislative session.
Unfortunately, just like the smoke and mirrors of last year's ballot attempt to raise the gas tax, the rhetoric does not match reality.
In celebrating the newly passed transportation package the governor declared, "This transportation improvement package will create thousands of family-wage jobs when our state needs them most."
He also promised the 5 cent gas tax would "accelerate economic recovery" and that "Washington families will benefit from those jobs."
However, now the governor's budget office admits that no new jobs will be added by the gas tax package and ironically, the very first project contract went to an Oregon company!

 

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Will GOP Stand Firm Against Radical Gay Agenda?
Some conservative and Christian leaders worry that the clear moral position against people of the same sex marrying each other may be in danger of being undermined in our laws. Down the line...perhaps not too far… Americans with traditional moral views on homosexuality will be silenced, even penalized. The GOP is seen as the political home for conservatives and Christians who believe homosexual behavior is damaging to individuals, to families, and to society, and should not be sanctioned. But there are signs that could change and that's why 11 of the most powerful social conservative leaders recently converged in Washington, D.C. to meet with Marc Racicot, Chairman of the Republican National Committee. They asked the Chairman whether he was able to offer a defense of marriage and family issues. Marc Racicot was reminded that day that Pres. Bush came within a hair of losing the 200 election because 4 to 6 million conservatives who had voted in previous elections stayed home. This was not a threat, just a dose of reality.
Penna Dexter for Frontline magazine, July/August 2003

 

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Senate Democrats Determined To Keep Believers Off the Bench

A study of the earliest federal judicial nominees reveals that they were expected to be of the highest character, display sober temperament, experience no incidents of moral turpitude, and profess a belief in God and the Bible. A federal judge's public display of faith was considered to be a mark of the highest ethical standards and an indication of fairness and concern for all who would seek justice in the courts.
Times have changed.
Today the Senate Judiciary Committee has become a modern-day lion's den, with people of faith being savaged for embracing their beliefs. To judge by the growing opposition in the Senate to President Bush's judicial nominees, it is apparent that those who actively adhere to religious doctrine are to be viewed with suspicion and blocked from the bench.
Maybe the Senate should just print a sign that reads: "Believers Need Not Apply."
Kay Daly, president of the Coalition for a Fair Judiciary

 

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What Leading Conservatives Have to Say About the Recent Lawrence V. Texas Supreme Court Ruling

Dr. D. James Kennedy of Coral Ridge Ministries
"The Supreme Court today overruled not only itself, but a 3,000 year old legal and moral tradition, by striking down a Texas law banning same-sex sodomy. It is a decision that the nation and this Court will come to regret most grievously, as the implications unfold in coming years.
The Court's ruling is first and foremost a declaration of secular supremacy. Our nation, founded on the laws of nature and of nature's God, is now, it seems, officially off-limits to the moral framework that allowed us to enjoy freedom and prosperity that is unique in world history.
This most unfortunate ruling will undoubtedly bring with it many deleterious consequences. It will greatly undermine the primacy of marriage and place in the hands of activists a powerful tool to beat down resistance to their demands for the legalization of same-sex 'marriage.'
Once more, the Court is leading the nation down a path that will lead to enormous social conflict and moral decline. I hope that Christians will pray fervently for this nation and this Court that this appalling decision will be ameliorated in its effect and will itself, in due course, be overturned."

Gary Bauer, President, American Values
"Today's 6 to 3 Supreme Court decision striking down the Texas law banning sodomy is a disaster for the pro-family side of America's culture war.
Once again, an activist Supreme Court has substituted its judgment over the decisions of the citizens of Texas who, through their elected representatives, had made a moral and legal judgment about behavior. The decisions that the citizens made were well within the traditions of Western Civilization and are now overtaken by an activist judgment of the Supreme Court."

"This is a sad day for federalism and representative democracy, and it is a most significant case for the President to consider as he ponders who to appoint to fill a future Supreme Court vacancy."

Ken Connor, President, Family Research Council
"Although four of the nine current justices were appointed by Republican presidents, judicial activism is running amok on the high Court as the justices disguise their personal beliefs in the guise of the Constitution. The democratic process is being usurped by the Court and it's imperative that President Bush keep his commitment to appoint strict constructionists--judges who will interpret the law, not make law from the bench.
There are two non-negotiable planks for pro-family conservatives: the sanctity of life and the sanctity of marriage. This Court has shown remarkable disdain for both."

ACTION ALERT! YOU CAN HELP!
Currently pending before the United States House of Representatives is the Federal Marriage Amendment (H.J. Res. 56). This resolution would amend the Constitution to ban same-sex marriage.
Be Involved: Contact your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative immediately and express your support for the Federal Marriage Amendment. Here is our chance to make our voices heard on the importance of traditional marriage. We must keep up the pressure! All too often we put off contacting our elected officials and then never get to it. That's why congressional staffers can sometimes become very concerned about just two or three letters on a particular subject. So, make human nature work for, instead of against you, by being one of the few who takes the time to get involved and make your voice be heard.
Sample message:
"I am writing/calling today to urge you to co-sponsor H.J. Resolution 56, the Federal Marriage Amendment. I believe traditional marriage and family are worth defending in federal law. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court cannot be relied upon to uphold traditional marriage. As my elected representative, I am asking you to act now to defend to the institution of marriage."

Capitol Switchboard: 202/224-3121

 

 

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Voter Registration Month Yields Success!

After calling on Washington churches to activate voter registration drives for the month of July, results are starting to come in and it appears to have been an absolute success! Many citizens used this convenient opportunity to become new voters and update registrations with address and name changes. There are also reports of many new 18 year olds and college students who took the time to register as new voters.
Our thanks to all the churches who participated in the voter registration drive! You have offered your fellowship the significant opportunity to participate in the biblical principle of citizenship.
Now, we would ask you to continue to search for people who are not yet registered and give them the occasion to do so. Remember, registration can continue for up to 30 days before an election so there is still plenty of time to find more potential voters. Forms can be found in your library, post office or on the internet at www.secstate.wa.gov/

Primary Election 2003 - September 16
State General Election 2003 - November 4

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Eagle Forum Board Picks Books for Summer Reading

We thought you might be interested in knowing what some of our board members have been reading this summer. In all cases we highly recommend to you the following books:

Cindy
"Lies Women Believe" by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
"Why You Can't Stay Silent" by Tom Minnery

Julie
"Honey for a Child's Heart" by Gladys Hunt
"Think Biblically" by Master's College staff

Carolyn
"Seabiscuit" by Laura Hillenbrand

Bertha
"Barbara Bush" by Barbara Bush
Bertha reveals that she shares a special affinity with the former first lady as they were born on the same day, had a child who died of leukemia and both admit they can't carry a tune.

Luanne
"Treason" by Ann Coulter
This dramatic book by the witty and brainy conservative could be read side by side with a dictionary as she challenges our brains with many new words (at least for me!) like: oleaginous, vituperative, schemata and hagiographic, to name a few.
Ann Coulter persuasively challenges the credibility of Democrats on issues of national defense, reexamining the history of Truman, Kennedy, Carter and Clinton and their legacies of sacrificing the best interests and security of America. She documents how liberals have been horribly wrong in all their political analysis and policy prescriptions. She asserts, "Liberals have a preternatural gift for always striking a position on the side of treason." It's a stunning book that exposes the shameful record of the Left!

For the record, I could not find 1 board member who was reading Hillary Clinton's new book "Living History".

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