Bishop Harry Jackson

FRC Action Webcast On Health Care, Tonight At 8:30!

Tonight, at 8:30, FRC Action and The Call to Conscience will host a live video Webcast on the proposed government takeover of the health care industry. Called, "An FRC Action PrayerCast: Government Takeover of Healthcare," it will feature a powerful line-up of speakers, including:

» Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council Action

» Lou Engle, Founder and President, The Call to Conscience

» Jim Daly, President, Focus on the Family Action

» Dr. James Dobson, Founder, Focus on the Family Action

» Hon. Sam Brownback (R-Kansas), United States Senator

» Hon. Randy Forbes, (R-Va.) United States Representative

» Hon. Jim DeMint, (R-S.C.) United States Senator

» Hon. Michele Bachmann, (R-Minn.) United States Representative

» Bishop Harry Jackson, President, High Impact Leadership Coalition

» Pastor Jim Garlow, Skyline Church, San Diego, Calif.

» Reverend Samuel Rodriguez, National Hispanic Leadership Conference

The Webcast will provide information on the threats to the God-given right to human life through government funding of abortions and health from rationing, the impending massive tax increases, and the general loss of freedom when the government runs something as personal as our own health care. The Webcast also will offer time for prayer for our nation and our leaders. 

Click here to register for tonight's FRC Webcast: "An FRC Action PrayerCast: Government Takeover of Healthcare"

Virginia News Stand: November 18, 2009

Annotations & Elucidations Who's Controversial Now?

Our top story's headline is misleading and is an excellent example of media bias. The abstinence-only speaker invited to a Henrico County high school is not causing controversy. She was invited and people may or may not attend. No student or parent said a word. It is 10 teachers and two outside groups — radical pro-abortion and homosexual advocacy organizations — who got wind of it and raised a stink. So, who's being controversial?

On another front, Governor Tim Kaine now is staking his legacy to pre-K. It will be anything but that, but what's amazing is that even as he shuns the liberal tag, he takes credit for a large expansion of government in the face of a backlash to that philosophy. Accordingly, Delegate Kirk Cox (R-66, Colonial Heights), the majority whip and senior member of the Appropriations Committee, broached eliminating it today on a Richmond radio station. Good for him.

Nationally, James Pethokoukis of Reuters uncovers a backdoor method Congressional Democrats and President Obama hope to raise taxes by three trillion dollars! It's a very short, but revealing, read. Also of note, the Washington Post published a lengthy feature on Family Foundation friend Bishop Harry Jackson, who has become, perhaps, the nation's leading defender of traditional marriage. Very much worth the read.

Finally, in news that must horrify liberals (other than an abstinence-only speaker at a high school) a CNN poll has found that 61 percent of Americans oppose taxpayer funded abortion, 51 percent oppose allowing insurance policies to cover abortions, and — sit down for this liberals — between 63 and 73 percent oppose legal abortions under any circumstance except for the 2 percent of abortions done each year in the cases of rape, incest and when the mother's life is endangered. No wonder they're reduced to protesting abstinence speakers.

News:

Abstinence-only speaker stirs controversy (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Virginia budget outlook poor; shortfall could grow (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Va. might have to cut $2.9 billion more by '12 (Washington Post)

Kaine cites pre-K success during his term (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Hamilton case ignites calls to overhaul ethics rules (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

Allen tax plan backed by Crusade (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Analysis:

Is Obama planning a $3 trillion income tax increase? (James Pethokoukis/Political Risk Blog Reuters.com)

National:

CNN Poll: 61% Oppose Tax-Funded Abortions, 63%  Oppose All or Most Abortions (LifeNews.com)

Internal Results of CNN/Opinion Research Poll on Abortion, Health Care (CNN/Opinion Research)

Seeking to put asunder (Washington Post)

D.C. vote on gay marriage denied (Washington Times)

AP Turns Heads for Devoting 11 Reporters to Palin Book 'Fact Check' (FoxNews.com)

Watch The Values Voter Summit Live On The Web!

If you cannot be in Washington today or tomorrow (maybe you were there last weekend) for the annual Values Voter Summit, the American Family Association and FRC Action have made it possible to view all the great speakers live via Webcast! Don't miss a litany of great conservative, pro-life, pro-family leaders speak, including Gary Bauer, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (our Gala speaker), Phyllis Schlafly, Star Parker, Texas Governor Rick Perry, Bill O'Reilly, Ken Blackwell, Bishop Harry Jackson (who has spoken at several of our events) and many more.

To register for free, click here or click here

The summit also will feature a health care town hall meeting with members of U.S. House of Representatives that you will not want to miss. The Values Voter Summit is the largest meeting of social conservatives this year and doesn't end until Saturday evening. So, please, register and log on to the (virtual) Values Voter Summit and forward this link to family and friends.

Live Webcast Tonight On Health Care Reform

Conservative groups' Webcasts on health care "reform" have drawn tens of thousands this summer. In light of the president's address to Congress the other night, FRC Action is offering another one, tonight. Details are below courtesy of an FRC Action alert. You will see many familiar, outstanding names, some of whom help us, such as Bishop Harry Jackson and Matt Staver. Log on and learn the truth about what's in the bill!

President Obama showed the nation that his plan to reform health care is already on life support. The theme of his speech can be summed in that the details, as the President said, still need to be "ironed out." Tonight at 8:30 pm ET, FRC Action will have its ironing boards out as our live webcast of "A National Townhall on Health Care Reform" examines the moral, ethical, and financial dangers of President Obama's health care plan. Join our stellar lineup of Congressional leaders and policy experts as they dissect the dangers inherent in the President's proposed plan, and we'll answer your questions on the President's plan and some alternative approaches.

Guests include:

Tony Perkins, President, FRC Action

Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.)

House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio)

Rep. Charles Boustany (R-La.)

Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.)

Ken Blackwell, former Ohio Secretary of State

Doug Johnson, National Right to Life Committee

Bishop Harry Jackson, Senior Pastor, Hope Christian Church

Wesley J. Smith, renowned ethicist

Mat Staver, Liberty Counsel

Mark Kellen, M.D., President, Association of American Physicians and Surgeons

Kathryn Serkes, Association of American Physicians and Surgeons

Dr. David Prentice, FRC Senior Fellow for Life Sciences, FRC

David Christensen, Senior Director for Congressional Affairs, FRC

Tom McClusky, Senior Vice President, FRC Action

Go to www.frcaction.org/webcast to register to watch tonight's event and send us your questions by email for consideration by tonight's guests.

Winning Matters Event August 4 Features Jonathan Falwell, Bishop Harry Jackson

The Family Foundation and Pastors For Family Values will join the Alliance Defense Fund Tuesday, August 4, to produce an outstanding event for pastors and church leaders. Even if you are a pastor who has already attended a Winning Matters 2009 briefing, or plan to attend one, we promise this is one you will regret not attending. This special pastors briefing will take place at the Fredericksburg Expo and Convention Center from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. In the morning, ADF will educate pastors on their legal rights and discuss their willingness to defend those rights — ADF is one of the nation's premier legal advocates for religious liberty rights.

In the afternoon, two outstanding speakers will address attendees: Pastor Jonathan Falwell of Thomas Road Baptist Church, who opened the House of Representatives today with prayer (see video below), and Bishop Harry Jackson of Hope Christian Church (see video here). These two prominent leaders will encourage and motivate you.

Pastors also will learn about opportunities to partner with us in Winning Matters 2009 — an effort to assist Virginia churches in registering their congregations to vote, educating people of faith on important public policy issues, and encouraging them to vote in Virginia's statewide elections on November 3rd, an election that will send a message one way or another to the entire country. If you are not a pastor, please forward this link with your own personal message encouraging your church leaders to attend.

Although Pastors For Family Values is a year round association dedicated to much more than "political" involvement, we believe that appropriate occasions call us to take a more active role in making sure our voices are heard about our stance on traditional and Biblical values. This event will be informative and timely, with many resources for pastors to use in their efforts to encourage and equip their communities and churches to champion traditional values.

A Special Presentation for Pastors

Tuesday, August 4

Fredericksburg Expo and Convention Center

2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Speakers: Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr., of Hope Christian Church

Pastor Jonathan Falwell of Thomas Road Baptist Church

This event, including lunch, is free to pastors. To RSVP, or for more information, call 804-343-0010 or e-mail info@tffaction.org.

Pastor Jonathan Falwell, seemingly an unlikely choice, opens today's session of the U.S. House of Representatives with prayer "in Jesus' name," something Virginia state police chaplains are not allowed to do. 

Winning Matters . . . Yesterday Was Proof

Yesterday was one of the busiest summer days ever at The Family Foundation, but an incredible one at that, and one worth having. If all days were as busy as yesterday . . . . It began when our church outreach, Pastors For Family Values, hosted a pastors breakfast in Richmond, one of a series we've hosted around the state. Close to 60 pastors attended. Bishop Harry Jackson, Pastor of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Md., delivered the keynote address. Bishop Jackson is the author of Personal Faith, Public Policy, as well as The Truth in Black and White.

Bishop Jackson challenged pastors to make a difference as few can. As a result, pastors took thousands of General Assembly Report Cards, requested voter guides to distribute to their congregations in October, were given kits to effectively run voter registration drives, and most every pastor committed to preaching a sermon on civic responsibility.

Much of the rest of the day was devoted to strategizing with more than 10 influential national and state organizations on how to educate and mobilize voters to turn out on election day this November. Making sure that pro-family organizations are unified and working together will be key to success, and it was instructive to hear everyone's plans. The assembled groups then interviewed several candidates for the House of Delegates so we could get to know them better and learn their positions on the issues pro-family, traditional values voters care about.

There was more, still. In the evening we hosted a special reception for supporters of Winning Matters '09. More than 100 people jammed into the home of our board chairman and were treated to brief remarks from special guest, former attorney general and gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell. {Note to IRS: Senator Creigh Deeds (D-25, Bath), the other candidate, was invited but refused citing scheduling conflicts}. Senator and candidate for attorney general Ken Cuccinelli (R-37, Fairfax) also joined the overflow crowd. There was a sensory feel of high voltage excitement and energy, as if attendees wanted to get right to work. It is very clear that pro-family voters understand that to pass pro-life and pro-family legislation, Winning Matters in November.

Most amazingly, we are more than 75 percent of the way toward our goal of raising $150,000 for Winning Matters! Through what has already been raised, field staff have been on the ground for more than a month.

If you have yet to give toward Winning Matters, you can so by calling Vice President of Advancement, Dan Thompson, at 804-343-0010. Because every donation is tripled through a special matching grant, your gift is tripled in value.

It is indeed an exciting and busy time at The Family Foundation. Thank you for being a part of our team! The next few months are going to be crucial to ensuring voters who share our values are identified, informed and mobilized. Yesterday proved that, together, we are going to make that happen.

PFFV Announces "Winning Matters 2009" Events Across Virginia

Last week we, and our sister organization, Family Foundation Action announced the "Winning Matters" campaign that will register to vote people who believe in Biblical and traditional values. Since Virginia is one of only two states holding statewide elections this year, our decisions will be intently watched across the country. So voting with an informed conscience is especially inportant. The four point Winning Matters plan includes: 1. Identifying more Virginians who share our values;

2. Turning concerned citizens into values voting Virginians by registering them to vote;

3. Educating newly and previously registered voters on the differences between candidates on matters of life, marriage, parental authority, religious liberty and constitutional government; and

4. Motivating and mobilizing these informed voters to make a wise choice and to vote on election day.

In addition, Pastors For Family Values has launched its own Winning Matters 2009 Campaign. PFFV is not interested in which party wins, but rather that Biblical values are victorious when people make their way to the polls this November. So, Pastors For Family Values will travel the Commonwealth this summer holding various pastors events designed to educate, empower and encourage pastors to use the influence they have to continue to hold up Biblical values in their congregations and communities.

These events will feature outstanding, nationally known speakers and provide real tools, such as voter registration kits, TFF Action General Assembly Report Cards and voter guides. All events are free of charge.

Pastors For Family Values Winning Matters 2009 Pastors Events

» Roanoke: June 26, Golden Corral, 8-10:00 a.m.

Speakers: Pastor Rick Scarborough, Ph.D., of Vision America; and Mat Staver, Dean, Liberty University School of Law

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» Harrisonburg: July 7, Shoney's, 8-9:30 a.m.

Speakers: Local pastors reporting on the recent Watchman on the Wall Conference; and Mickey Mixon, Area Coordinator Winning Matters 2009 Campaign

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» Fredericksburg: August 4, Fredericksburg Expo and Convention Center (tentative), 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Speakers: Jonathan Falwell, Pastor, Thomas Road Baptist Church; and Bishop Harry Jackson, Pastor, Hope Christian Church, Washington, D.C.

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» Richmond: July 23, Wyndham Hotel, 7:30-9:30 a.m.

Speaker: Bishop Harry Jackson

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» Norfolk: August 20, Spring Hill Suites by Marriott, 7:30-9:30 a.m.

Speaker: Pastor Rick Scarborough

If you are a pastor, please mark your calendar and be sure to make it to at least one of these great events. You won't be disappointed. If you are not a pastor, please bring this schedule of events to your pastor's attention and encourage him to attend. To RSVP for any of these events, or for more information, call (804) 343-0010.

Watchmen on the Wall Pastors Conference September 22-23 In Colonial Williamsburg

The Family Foundation of Virginia and the Family Research Council will host a regional "Watchmen on the Wall" Pastors Conference, this one in Williamsburg on September 22 and 23. It is one of the most exciting events with which The Family Foundation has ever been involved and, as of now, more than 160 Virginia pastors have registered. Interested pastors may register for this complimentary issues briefing by calling 1-800-225-4008 or by logging on to watchmenevents.org by clicking here. For additional information and a lineup of speakers, click here and see below.

The "Watchmen on the Wall" Pastors Conference will educate, encourage and motivate pastors to take their rightful place in the cultural debate. Confirmed speakers include FRC President Tony Perkins, Attorney General Bob McDonnellRev. Jonathan Falwell, Bishop Harry Jackson and Pastors For Family Values Chief Servant Bishop Gerald O. Glenn, among others. Those who have heard Bishop Glenn know that he alone makes it worth the time to attend. His presentations leave people incredibly challenged and blessed.

The conference will begin with an optional Spiritual Heritage Tour of Colonial Williamsburg, led by Stephen McDowell of the Providence Foundation, Monday evening, September 22. This will be a wonderful opportunity to hear the true history of one of our commonwealth's most historical sights and the birthplace of Virginia and American government.

The program on Tuesday, September 23 will feature a number of exciting speakers, opportunities to connect with other pastors and ministers from around Virginia, informative sessions on issues currently facing the church and the commonwealth, and information about the constitutional freedoms of pastors. It will take place at the Williamsburg Marriott. We and our sister organization, Pastors For Family Values, as well as FRC, look forward to meeting and getting to know scores of pastors of all denominations from around the Old Dominion next week.