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December 9, 2003
By Fred Hutchison

On Friday evening December 5th, I attended a banquet at which Ambassador Alan Keyes (former presidential candidate and former TV talk show host) was the speaker on the subject of judicial activism. He gave one of the most compelling speeches on political philosophy that I have ever heard. After the banquet, I had the remarkable good fortune to have 10 or 15 minutes of Dr. Keyes’ undivided attention.

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The Racism of "Diversity" - Capitalism Magazine: Summary: The notion of "diversity" entails exactly the same premises as racism--that one's ideas are determined by one's race and that the source of an individual's identity is his ethnic heritage. (Saturday, December 20, 2003)

Stem-cell cloning bill - Sources say New Jersey governor poised to sign 'disastrous' measure this weekend (Saturday, December 20, 2003)

God in the Temples of Government - Exclusive Photo Essay: from HUMAN EVENTS, Two Parts, linked (Friday, December 19, 2003)

Bob Schindler Talks With About Terri Schiavo - "We have to sign a register when we enter the building and once again before we enter Terri's room. We are not permitted to carry any cell phones or anything that may be interpreted as a potential weapon. The police watch us when we are in the room with Terri and recently questioned her mother when she was simply applying lip gloss to Terri's dried lips," Schindler added. (Friday, December 19, 2003)

Martino? There he goes again! by Michael Novak - As for Cardinal Martino, he has made clear on many occasions how bitterly he feels toward the United States on many fronts, not only in the case of Iraq. He has not been altogether prudent. He does not seem to be aware of how oddly his behavior comports with the far more nuanced and modulated views of those around him with greater authority than his. (Thursday, December 18, 2003)

Under-covered stories of the week; by Marvin Olasky - ... how about the story (told by education expert Joanne Jacobs) of Robert Wright, a San Jose middle school teacher, who found in his school's dumpster "a discarded copy of C.S. Lewis' 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.' It's a nice hardbound copy. ... Inside, it is stamped with this message: 'This book has been replaced for one or more of the following reasons: Material is inaccurate. Does not meet district standards. Stereotypes gender or culture.'" (Thursday, December 18, 2003)

BUSH AND MARRIAGE - Sullivan’s reading – which is that the President continues to hedge on this issue – is more accurate than AFM’s, which proudly trumpets his endorsement on its home page. (Wednesday, December 17, 2003)

Wake Up Conservatives! Supreme Court just did what could never happen here - The question is what are conservatives going to do, now that we face the real prospect of being told by the government to shut up two months before the next election? Are we up to the task of saving the First Amendment? (Tuesday, December 16, 2003)

True Lies: Shades of Clintonism in California. - Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected to the governor's office with strong support from Republicans and conservatives, after a campaign in which he repeatedly promised to rein in state spending and decried Governor Gray Davis and Democratic legislators as "overspending addicts." Last week, Schwarzenegger rewarded his supporters by cutting a budget deal exclusively with Democratic state lawmakers — one that ratifies the prior reckless spending of Gray Davis and does nothing to prevent such profligacy in the future. (Tuesday, December 16, 2003)

Winning on abortion - The question is now where the pro-life movement should go from here to keep the momentum rolling. The partial-birth campaign proved that Americans can be convinced on abortion restrictions when the issues are put out for debate and people are educated about the details in the process. (Tuesday, December 16, 2003)

McClintock Floor Speech on AB 9 Deficit Bond - Not just for Californians ... a fine specimen of Declarationist political thinking, with due attention to the State Constitution. -rdf (Tuesday, December 16, 2003)

Terri Schiavo's Family Wants Investigation of Possible Physical Abuse - (Monday, December 15, 2003)

Analysis / The beggar from Baghdad - Sunday belonged to the American army, which successfully shed its reputation as a clumsy, faltering force, as a plodding, unsophisticated war machine. The gimmick of the wanted men deck of cards turned every Iraqi into a stoolie, creating a dynamic by which one man turned the other in until the culprit was found. The manhunt was executed with superb aplomb, especially in view of the fact that Saddam kept some two dozen hiding places (Sunday, December 14, 2003)

Joy to the World - They thought that we would rue it. They doubted we'd do it. But now they must admit it, that succeed we did. (Sunday, December 14, 2003)

World Leaders Thrilled at Saddam's Capture - As celebratory gunfire erupted in Baghdad, world leaders and human rights activists said the news of Saddam Hussein's (search) capture would remove the fear hanging over many Iraqis and finally give them a chance to rebuild their country. (Sunday, December 14, 2003)

Critical Mass: We are reaching a showdown in this global war. - From the rhetoric of the Democratic candidates, from the papers in Cairo, and from the videos of the fundamentalists, one would not believe the United States is turning the corner and on the road to a stunning victory, characterized by both competence and idealism. In the last two years our enemies have lacked not the will but the power to defeat us; we in contrast had more than enough power but not enough will. But all that is changing as we ever so slowly become angrier while they get weaker. (Saturday, December 13, 2003)

A State-Based Fight to Protect Marriage - States such as Oklahoma, Utah, Minnesota and Michigan are considering constitutional amendments to protect marriage, while states like Virginia are shoring up their DOMA laws with additional statutes that would ban "civil unions" and other marriage counterfeits. (Saturday, December 13, 2003)

Reviewing the Judges - The Court has not struck down campaign-finance regulations. It refused to set aside Michigan's set-asides. It is evasive on commercial speech. It never invalidated the independent-counsel law. It has shown no inclination to strike down the Blaine amendments. It must be conceded that in recent years, it has struck down some federal laws as violations of federalism. This federalist "revolution" has, however, been vastly exaggerated. The same Court that said that Congress could not directly prohibit guns in the schools was fairly clearly willing to allow Congress to bribe states to achieve the same result. There has been no revival of a strict reading of the enumerated powers of Congress. (Friday, December 12, 2003)

The Limits of 'Growth' - Justice O'Connor becomes a full-fledged judicial activist. (Thursday, December 11, 2003)

Limbaugh and Others Speculate: Is Bush 'Nixonian'? - On Dec. 2, Wall Street Journal columnist Alan Murray said, "Presidents Nixon and Bush may turn out to be bookends to the conservative era, with their big-government drift." The former took office at the end of a liberal era when voters were not yet ready for conservative policies, while the latter took office at the end of a conservative era when they have grown tired of efforts to limit government expansion, Murray wrote. (Wednesday, December 10, 2003)

The Blaine Game: from THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ONLINE - Though a federal district court initially sided with the state, even the infamous Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals could not stomach Washington's move to take a student's scholarship away from him simply because he wanted to study theology instead of, say, philosophy. And the list of organizations that have filed amicus briefs urging that the Court bury Blaine once and for all reflects a remarkably ecumenical coalition of libertarians, conservatives, blacks, Catholics, Evangelicals and Orthodox Jews--everyone from the Institute for Justice and the Landmark Legal Foundation to the Becket Fund and the Black Alliance for Educational Options. (Tuesday, December 9, 2003)

Splitting Up - The politics of gay marriage. (Monday, December 8, 2003)

Abercrombie and Flinch - Abercrombie says the spring issue of the quarterly will hit the stores in January—and it will be just like it has always been. If so, pro-family groups will continue this boycott, because this is a fight we must win. (Monday, December 8, 2003)

Splitting society, not hairs - The secular-religious gap, larger than the gender and class gaps journalists like to focus on, is simply not on the media radar. Bolce and De Maio think the Republicans became the traditionalist party almost by default -- it had less to do with Republican efforts than the impact of secular progressives on the Democratic party. Many secularists in the Republican party are leaving to vote Democratic. The most intensely religious Democrats are heading the other way. The obvious word for a shift like this is polarization. (Sunday, December 7, 2003)

Kass, in the Firing Line - The controversy over the value inherent in human life is the most important moral debate of our time. Leon Kass is a target of calumny precisely because he robustly defends the moral importance of being human. For as he has so eloquently and succinctly expressed it, "Shallow are the souls that have forgotten how to shudder." (Saturday, December 6, 2003)

A Real War - Fighting the worst fascists since Hitler.` (Saturday, December 6, 2003)

Religion and states' rights - The Davey case is important because Washington is one of 37 states that have "Blaine Amendments," named after James G. Blaine, a 19th-century Republican politician. Blaine had proposed an amendment to the U.S. Constitution barring states from appropriating any tax money for use by "religious sects." (Friday, December 5, 2003)

The Golden State, From Red to Black, BY DONNA ARDUIN - Ms. Arduin is the finance director for Gov. Schwarzenegger of California (Thursday, December 4, 2003)

The predators of Planned Parenthood - Predators win the trust of their victims by luring them away from their closest loved ones, speaking their language and telling them what they want to hear. Planned Parenthood subverts parents and dispenses death pills to vulnerable teens like candy -- cheap! easy! super-safe! (Wednesday, December 3, 2003)

Affirmative action battle moves to Lansing - "We think the state should not be allowed to discriminate against or grant preferences to" anyone based on race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin, Jones said. (Wednesday, December 3, 2003)

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December 6, 2003
Downloadable in PDF has recently created a brochure to help publicize the need for citizen action in the growing movement to restore religious liberty in America.

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December 1, 2003
Grassroots initiative will partner with and others

On December 7, a grassroots "Call to Action" is being launched at the New Community Christian Center of Kissimmee, Florida, under the direction of Pastor Mike Delong.

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New York, 3 October 1789
George Washington

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor--and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me "to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness."

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November 20, 2003
By Richard G. Wilkins, Professor of Law, Brigham Young University

Four months ago, in Lawrence v. Texas, the Supreme Court by a 6-3 vote announced a constitutional right to homosexual sodomy. Government cannot "demean" one category of consensual sexual relations, the Court said, because all sexual relationships are equal. Justice Scalia worried that this reasoning "leaves on pretty shaky grounds state laws limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples."

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November 15, 2003
Appears on Fox's Hannity & Colmes

On Friday, Nov. 14, former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore told Fox's Hannity & Colmes that "defying a court order is necessary when that court order is unlawful, and you're there sworn to uphold the rule of law."

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November 7, 2003

Fellow Declarationists,

As we look ahead to the January 17th super rally kicking off the Foundation's "One Nation Under God" project, I thought it might be opportune to post here at an excerpt from our civics textbook, in which we discuss the relation of religion and liberty.

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October 31, 2003
Kick-off rally Jan. 17 in Dallas, Texas

One Nation Under God

The Declaration Foundation--a civic educational organization founded in 1996 by Ambassador Alan Keyes--has announced the launching of ONE NATION UNDER GOD, a comprehensive project to restore religious liberty and judicial restraint in America.

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November 5, 2003

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Good afternoon. I'm pleased that all of you have joined us as the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 becomes the law of the land.

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November 4, 2003

As the unprecedented filibusters of President Bush’s judicial nominees in the U.S. Senate continue to multiply, Republican Senators struck back hard against the Democrats this morning in a Capitol Hill press conference.

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October 30, 2003

Sounds like a sitcom premise: A forgetful, inattentive, foul-mouthed, callous lout of an American president, dominated by a pill-popping spouse, laughingly bumbling his way through the Oval Office. What fun!

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October 25, 2003
Mary Parker Lewis says out-of-control courts received wake-up call

In a New York Times article that acknowledges the broad, heart-felt public support that led Florida legislators and Gov. Jeb Bush to spare Terri Schiavo's life on Tuesday, Mary Parker Lewis--Alan Keyes' Chief of Staff--attributes the outcome to the fact that citizens and their representatives believe the courts "wield too much power."

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October 25, 2003
Ten Commandments event in Washington, D.C.

The following is the second of two articles about harassment of Ten Commandments supporters on Oct. 5 in Washington, D.C.

The account was written Oct. 9 by Rev. Daniel Sparks, who was arrested by U.S. marshals for holding a Ten Commandments sign.

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October 20, 2003
Ten Commandments rally attendees harassed by marshals

Editor's note: This is a personal testimony from a mother who was in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 5 attending a Ten Commandments rally with many Christian groups.

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October 14, 2003
Alan Keyes stresses the all-importance of religious liberty

On October 1, Dr. Alan Keyes addressed a group of over 2,000 patriotic Christians and pastors in Lufkin, Texas. The speech was carried on KIBN TV and webcast live by the City of Lufkin. (The webcast is still available.)

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October 3, 2003

Fellow Declarationists,

Those of you who regularly frequent this site know that I've been concentrating the news articles on the momentous CA recall election and Ward Connerly's prop 54, the Racial Privacy Initiative, which is on the same ballot. I'll be keeping you up to date with the most interesting news and opinion from CA until the election is over, and I won't neglect to get follow-up stories on the new governor, should Davis be defeated.

Dr. Keyes has formally endorsed Senator Tom McClintock. Details may be found on the RenewAmerica site. If you want information on the McClintock campaign, his stands on the issues, etc., click here.

The Declaration Foundation does not endorse candidates, though we do take positions on the underlying issues and endeavor to keep citizens informed.

On the national front, the long-sought partial Birth Abortion Ban has passed the House. The next hurdle is the Senate, where liberal Republicans are the obstacle for the bill's sponsors. President Bush is expected to sign the resulting bill, so all citizen action and attention should be directed to the Senate for now.

Dr. Keyes has thrown his considerable energy into the Ten Commandments controversy, and has written and spoken at length on the subject. Again, there is much rich material over at RenewAmerica. The discussion forum there is currently devoted to the pragmatism/principles question as it plays out in CA. I have put in my two cents, but not as the position of the Foundation, merely as a private California Citizen.

For American Principles!

Dr. Richard Ferrier
President, Declaration Foundation

September 18, 2003
Appeals to Congress in Winder, Georgia, speech to rein in the judiciary

On Sept. 11, Dr. Alan Keyes told 1,000 cheering First Amendment supporters in Winder, Georgia, that religious establishment is a matter beyond the lawful purview of the federal courts.

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September 14, 2003
Calls the opportunity an answer to prayer

Recently, Richard Hahnemann--designer of the embattled Ten Commandments monument in Alabama's Supreme Court building--was interviewed by Declaration Foundation affiliate about his relationship with Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, the condition of American law, and faith in God.

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August 26, 2003

Fellow Declarationists,

I commend to your attention the very powerful essay by Dr. Keyes appearing today at WorldNetDaily.

We at the Declaration Foundation are following the issue of judicial usurpation and the religious rights of the people and the states carefully, and we will keep you all informed on this site. More material may be found at, including an audio file of the joint appearance of Judge Moore and Dr. Keyes on "Focus on the Family," James Dobson's site.

America's birth, proclaimed in the Declaration, is grounded in explicit recognition of the source of our inalienable rights. They come from "the Creator." To deny this, or to prohibit public acknowledgement of it, is to strike at the heart of the republic.

We are witnessing a most important moment in our history, and we must be wise and firm in heart and head.

For America!

Dr. Richard Ferrier
President, Declaration Foundation

April 14, 2003
by Dr. Richard Ferrier, President

Orwell and Olson: Doublethink from the Bush Administration on Race Preferences

Pity poor Ted Olson, Solicitor General for the United States. In the Michigan affirmative action cases now being argued before the Supreme Court, Mr. Olson has a politically guilty client, the Bush Administration. And it's Olson's job to defend that client.

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