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GOOD News!- Missouri Family Policy Council

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May 30, 2012

Survey Shows Pro-Abortion Position Losing Favor 
The number of Americans who support abortion rights has reached its lowest level ever, according to a new survey by the Gallup Organization.
Only 41 percent of Americans now identify themselves as "pro-choice," the smallest percentage recorded since Gallup began polling the question.  A clear plurality of 50% now consider themselves "pro-life."
The biggest gains for the pro-life position were found among independent voters, where "pro-life" identification holds a 47 percent to 41 percent margin over those who consider themselves "pro-choice."
Republicans have become more and more decisively "pro-life," with a 50 percent gap now between the 72 percent who affiliate with the "pro-life" position and the 22 percent who label themselves "pro-choice."
Democrats profess their allegiance to the "pro-choice" viewpoint by a 58 percent to 34 percent margin.  However, that 24 percent gap is a sharp drop from last year, and the lowest margin of support for abortion rights recorded in eight years.
The survey also showed that 72 percent of Americans believe that abortion should be illegal in all circumstances or only legal in certain circumstances.  Only 20 percent support the legality of abortion in all circumstances, which is the current state of the law in the United States because of rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court.     

Towering Cross OK'd
for Hilltop
in Ozarks
The Taney County Commission has given approval to an ambitious project to build a massive 200-foot-tall cross in the city of Branson.
The $5 million project, known as Images at the Cross, is the brainchild of former attorney Kerry Brown.  It would be built atop Bear Mountain near the intersections of Highways 160 and 65 in Branson.  It is estimated that 8 million cars pass by that intersection each year.   
"I know St. Louis has the Gateway Arch, and San Francisco has the Golden Gate Bridge..but they're all secular monuments,"  Brown says.  "This will be the first monument to the spirit of God and there's a reason why it's being built in the heartland of the nation."
The ivory cross will include twin elevators to the horizontal bar, which will be seventeen stories high.  Brown says he hopes to have the project completed by the end of next year, and is counting on private donations to do it.      
"I just want people to have a personal encounter with the Lord, whether it's just riding down the road or people looking up from the base of the cross," Brown adds.  "Hopefully people will be struck by it, and God will speak to them and make Himself real to them."
Kerry Brown says his father, Dean, was the inspiration for the project.  Dean Brown says he believes the Cross is the only stabilizing force in these troubled times.
"Our country's economic wealth has exploded during the past 50 years.  Conversely, our moral, family, and spiritual values have plummeted to unthinkable depths.  Scores of people are deep in despair and believe our future is beyond hope.  In a world of conflict and doubt, Jesus Christ is the only one who can change the course of human history."
Project sponsors hope someday to include a non-denominational worship center, theatre, and seasonal displays on the site.  You can learn more about the project by visiting this link:

Prayer Amendment to Appear on August 7th Missouri Ballot

A proposed constitutional amendment to protect the religious freedoms of Missouri citizens and schoolchildren will appear on the statewide August 7th ballot.  Governor Jay Nixon says he decided to place the proposal on the primary election ballot rather than the general election ballot in November "because the provisions of the amendment would be effective immediately."  Approval by a simple majority of voters is required for passage.

The Prayer Amendment spells out in specific detail the free exercise rights of children in public schools and citizens in the public square.  The purpose of the amendment is to ensure that "a citizen's right to pray or express his or her religious beliefs shall not be infringed" in both public and private settings.

The amendment would guarantee that public school students have the right to pray individually and collectively on public school premises so long as the prayer is private and voluntary, and non-disruptive.  Students would also be assured the right to share their faith and religious beliefs so long as their expressions fall within the same limitations placed upon any other free speech in similar circumstances. 

The Prayer Amendment also explicitly provides that students may communicate their religious beliefs in written and oral assignments "free from discrimination based on the religious content of their work."  Furthermore, the religious liberty amendment would establish the right of students to decline participation in academic assignments or educational presentations that violate their religious beliefs.

Yet the scope of the Prayer Amendment's provisions extend beyond the public school setting.  The amendment also asserts that any citizen has the right to pray individually or as a group in public or private settings "so long as such prayer does not result in disturbance of the peace or disruption of a public meeting or assembly."

The religious liberty proposal explicitly authorizes citizens and public officials to pray and acknowledge God on government premises and public property, whether it be a Easter sunrise service in a public park or a prayer meeting in a public library.   The amendment also safeguards the right of the State of Missouri and local governments to invite ministers to offer invocations before meetings of government bodies.

Lastly, the Prayer Amendment calls for the text of the Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution to be posted in every public school throughout the state.

The Missouri Family Policy Council played a leading role in developing much of the language in the amendment.  The Legislature acted during last year's legislative session to place the issue before voters.  Representative Mike McGhee of Odesssa was the sponsor of the legislation, and Senator Jack Goodman of Mt. Vernon shepherded the bill to passage in the Missouri Senate. 

Missouri's religious liberty amendment is a response to continuing efforts by atheist groups to stifle and suppress religious freedom in community life.  Groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and the Freedom from Religion Foundation engage in nonstop legal battles to purge religious values and spiritual sentiments from the public arena.

These atheist groups threaten public schools and public institutions with costly litigation if they fail to act to repress the expression of free speech with religious content.  While these groups regularly provide a false interpretation of the concept of the "separation of church and state," many school administrators and public officials yield to their demands.  They either fail to understand the true nature of laws governing the free exercise of religion, or they choose not to be drawn into expensive and protracted legal battles.

The objective of the Prayer Amendment is to provide clarity to citizens and to public officials alike as to the nature and extent of their free exercise rights under the federal and state constitutions.

The ACLU is currently engaged in a full-fledged campaign to crush religious freedom in Franklin County, Missouri.  The ACLU has filed suit in U. S. District Court alleging that the Franklin County Commission is violating the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by offering invocations before their meetings. 

The ACLU argues that such prayers amount to an unconstitutional establishment of religion.  This claim stands in clear contradiction to the U.S. Supreme Court 1983 decision in Marsh v. Chambers where the High Court ruled that invocations do not constitute a governmental establishment of religion. 

The ACLU had previously demanded that Franklin County Commissioners cease praying before their meetings, or if prayers were to be offered, that they be "non-sectarian" in nature.  Translated, that means, that the name of Jesus Christ could not be included.  The Franklin County Commission is in the midst of developing a formal policy regarding public invocations at their meetings.

In the meantime, members of Congress are speaking out in support of the practice of governmental invocations.  U.S. Representative Tim Wahlberg of Michigan has introduced a resolution supporting the voluntary practice of prayer at the beginning of meetings of deliberative public bodies, including school boards. Wahlberg's resolution has been co-sponsored by 33 other members of the U.S. House, including Missouri Congressman Todd Akin and Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler.

We will have much more to report in coming weeks on Missouri's Prayer Amendment.  Stay tuned.

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