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Pelosi Makes Another Bid To Chill Political Opposition And Free Speech

Remember when John Dingell (D-Mich.), the most tenured member of the U.S. House of Representatives, made this comment about needing to "control the people" as the purpose for passing the health care bill? Now, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants to investigate the people (about 70 percent of the country) who oppose the mosque at Ground Zero. Never mind those who want to build it, she'd rather investigate 9/11 survivors and surviving family members. A nefarious lot they are, for sure. Previously, she's called people who disagree with her "NAZIs" and claimed that free market advocate organizations are front groups for big industry, among other crude or misleading remarks. Disagree with her and you are vilified. That having failed, now she wants to bring the considerable weight (and getting heavier each day thanks to her) of the federal government down on anyone with whom she has a difference of opinion. To her, tolerance means "agree with me or else!" But the Hugo Chavez model is not the American model. To think the Far Left in this country bills itself as the conscience of tolerance in this country.

Sorry, Nancy. We know that you left-wingers attempt to redefine almost everything. But "tolerance" doesn't mean "control" or forced agreement and never will. As much as you try, it doesn't — and won't — work that way in America.

Nancy Pelosi: Agree with me or else!

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.

24,000 Signed Up For Tonight's Pro-Life Webcast, More Welcome!

As of earlier today, 24,000 people have registered for the pro-life Webcast we mentioned Tuesday (see here). Of course, more are welcome. It begins at 9:00 p.m. and will last for about 70 minutes. Click on the above link for more details or visit stoptheabortionmandate.com (click here). Below is a list of featured speakers, an all-star line-up of individuals and organizations who and which do non-stop work in the defense of innocent, unborn life. Participating in an event with them is sure to be a very highly educational and motivating experience, and very much worth your time. One person we are particularly happy to see participate is Kristen Day, executive director of Democrats for Life. She is particularly helpful to us during the General Assembly in lobbying for pro-life legislation.

CONGRESSMAN CHRIS SMITH, U.S. House of Representatives MARJORIE DANNENFELSER, Susan B. Anthony List FR. FRANK PAVONE, Priests for Life CONGRESSMAN JOE PITTS, U.S. House of Representatives KRISTAN HAWKINS, Students for Life of America DOUGLAS JOHNSON, National Right to Life Committee DR. JAMES DOBSON, Focus on the Family DR. CHARMAINE YOEST, Americans United for Life TOM MINNERY, Focus on the Family KRISTEN DAY, Democrats for Life PEGGY HARTSHORN, Heartbeat International DR. RICHARD LAND, Southern Baptist Convention ERLC MELINDA DELAHOYDE, Care Net DAY GARDNER, National Black Pro-Life Union CARMEN PATE, Point of View Radio Show DAVID BEREIT, 40 Days for Life (moderator)

Update On Medical Conscientious Objectors

At the beginning of this month we wrote about efforts the Bush administration is making to protect the rights of people in the medical profession who do not want to be forced to participate in any way, shape or form in providing, aiding or abetting abortion. Of course, all the predictable howling was heard from the wolves on the left who reserve choice (so-called) for one thing and one thing only — abortion. (School choice? Nyet! Social Security choice? Nyet! Choice in joining a union? Nyet! Type of car you drive, food you eat and medical treatment you get: Nyet! Nyet! Nyet! Or at least if they get their way. But you get the picture.)

But there is some good news to report. In late July, the Virginia Catholic Conference faxed letters to members of the U.S. House of Representatives asking them to sign a letter by Representatives Dave Weldon (R-Florida) and Lincoln Davis (D-Tennessee) that supports the conscience rights for health care providers and the new proposed regulations by the Department of Health and Human Services. (For more information about the issue, click here.)  

Before the fax went out, only 60 Representatives had signed the Weldon-Davis Letter, none of them from Virginia. However, within a few days, 72 more Congressmen signed on, including Virginians Eric Cantor (R-7), Thelma Drake (R-2), Randy Forbes (R-4), Virgil Goode (R-5), Bob Goodlatte (R-6), Rob  Wittman (R-1), and Frank Wolf (R-10).

Unfortunately, Congressmen Rick Boucher (D-9), Tom Davis (R-11), Jim Moran (D-8) and Bobby Scott (D-3) inexplicably did not sign the letter. Mostly predictable. Still Disappointing. The hypocricy abounds: The left wants to force people who don't agree with — in polite terms we'll call an elective procedure — to provide support for it. What country is this?

We applaud the Virginia Catholic Conference, Representatives Weldon and Davis, the Virginia Congressmen who signed their letter, the Bush administration, and all who work diligently to ensure this most basic right to those in the medical profession.