Monday, November 22, 2004

Right-Wing News

Judges

In an interesting public relations twist, the Heritage Foundation has started to refer to the "nuclear option" on judicial nominations as the "constitutional option." Writes the Heritage's Mike Franc: "The phrase relates to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's reported decision to force through a long-overdue change in Senate rules governing the confirmation of judicial nominees. Frustrated by the Democrats' unprecedented use of procedural tactics to torpedo President Bush's nominees for the federal appeals courts, Frist and his Senate colleagues have allegedly decided to deploy what conservative jurists describe as the 'constitutional option' during the next confrontation over a judicial nomination." Read

Focus on the Family spotlights the favorable reaction by right-wing activists to the use of the "nuclear option" in breaking the judges filibusters. Read

The American Freedom Center's Marc Levin argues that President Bush has a "moral mandate" to appoint conservative judges. Read

Gay Rights

According to the editors of the Wall Street Journal, liberals who really want to advance the rights of gays and lesbians would support repealing estate taxes: "[I]f liberals really care about discriminatory legal protections and benefits, they might consider agitating for a repeal of the death tax, which puts gay couples at a disadvantage. Married couples are allowed an unlimited transfer of assets to a spouse before death, a tax benefit denied gay couples. And only heterosexual spouses can inherit each other's assets without paying estate taxes." Read

United Nation

Move America Forward launches petition drive to drive the United Nations out of United States, promoted by a 60-second television commercial that notes, "We tell other countries not to harbor organizations that support terrorists; why then do we harbor the U.N. here in America?" Melanie Morgan, vice chair of Move America Forward, argues "We need drastic change right away, and that begins with getting the U.N. out of this country and all the terrorist-sympathizing U.N. agents out of here immediately....Americans pay too much to the U.N. for the treatment we receive." Read

Right Wing News

The Los Angeles Times profiles Liberty University's new law school, calling it "the latest effort by the religious right to change American society." Read

Higher EducationYoung America's Foundation offers its list of the top ten conservative colleges. Among those listed are Michigan's Hillsdale College, Virginia's Liberty University, and Grove City College in Pennsylvania. Read

Congress

The editors of the Washington Times agree with a controversial rule change made by the House GOP to shield Majority Leader Tom DeLay: "Should partisan state prosecutors be able to overturn the leadership in Congress? That's the question House Republicans wrestled with this week when trying to decide if a decade-old rule undermines Congress' authority. On Wednesday, House members decided to revise the rule, thereby allowing Rep. Tom DeLay to keep his majority leader status should he be indicted by a Texas grand jury....Over revising the rule, Democrats are crying foul. But the revision makes good sense for both sides." Read

Separation of Church and State

WorldNetDaily's Joseph Farah is so worked up over the recent Pentagon decision to avoid sponsorship of Boy Scout troops that he titled his column: "The ACLU must be destroyed." He elaborates: "The ACLU is never going to change. It is an anti-American organization. It is a group that seeks to destroy all that makes America a unique experiment in freedom. It is an organization in league with all of America's enemies. It is an organization that hates God, hates what is right, decent and morally upright. It is an organization in league with the Devil, as far as I am concerned. And the ACLU is an organization that needs to be isolated, exposed for what it is, recognized for what it is and destroyed if necessary." Read

In the States

The Seattle Weekly profiles Joseph Fuiten, the Christian pastor who spearheaded the Bush voter registration campaign in Washington state. Read

Gay-straight student clubs in public schools are becoming an issue for some Virginia lawmakers and religious right groups. Virginia Cobb of the Virginia Family Forum says, "Taxpayers should not be asked to fund homosexual dating services in our schools. Schools have the ability and the right to disband these groups." Read

Media

Accuracy in Media's (AIM) Cliff Kincaid eulogizes AIM founder Reed Irvine, offering particular praise to Irvine's "Can Dan [Rather]" campaign started 16 years ago: "Now it seems only a matter of time before Rather, a disgraced and bitter partisan, is forced out. If he had only listened to Reed Irvine and had followed his advice over the years, Rather could be retiring in honor and dignity, rather than presiding over a floundering newscast characterized by flaming liberal bias and dwindling viewers. Reed's AIM is a central reason why so many people react with skepticism to what is on CBS and the other networks today." Read

Used with the permission of People For the American Way [or People For the American Way Foundation]

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