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Capitol Hill Brief — Persist in the Fight for Israel

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As the leader of the free world, the United States has a unique role in standing in solidarity with the nation of Israel.

Unfortunately, it is becoming less and less politically correct to stand with God’s people, and our leaders are hesitant to express their support for fear of being targeted by the radical left.

They should know better.  Prime Minister Netanyahu said it best, “History has shown us time and again that what is right is not what is popular.”

The fight for Israel may not be a popular one, but it is a fight Concerned Women for America will continue to persist and highlight in our summer of perseverance, clinging to God’s promise that blessings will follow.


Now is not the time to resist; it is the time to persist.  This summer, find out how you can support a positive agenda that protects our Biblical values. Visit www.CapitolHillBrief.org today. If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station.

 

Capitol Hill Brief — Persist in the Fight for Life

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I have been telling you about our Persistent Summer campaign, and today, I want to explore an important tenet of this endeavor: the fight for life.

The Founding Fathers declared in the Declaration of Independence that all mankind have an inalienable right to life, yet every year, thousands of innocent babies lose their lives to the destruction of abortion.

While we have come far in our fight against this evil, there is still more to be done.

We must persist in this fight for the most vulnerable in our society.

So, join Concerned Women for America in our Persistence Summer as we recommit ourselves to prayer and action in the fight for life.  First up, shifting all taxpayer dollars away from Planned Parenthood to community health centers.


Now is not the time to resist; it is the time to persist.  This summer, find out how you can support a positive agenda that protects our Biblical values. Visit www.CapitolHillBrief.org today. If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station.

 

Capitol Hill Brief — Persist in the Fight against Sexual Exploitation

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4.5 million. That’s the estimated number of people trapped in the world of the sex trade. These poor souls, created in the image of God, are why we must persist in the fight against all forms of sexual exploitation.

Yet, the horrors facing these women, children and even some men are often overshadowed by other world events. It’s time to shine a light on modern day slavery.

As a group who focuses on prayer, education, and policy to change the culture, we use these three tools to impact the futures of those trapped in sex trafficking.

It’s both rewarding and exciting. Join our Persistent Summer campaign and discover how, with the Lord’s help, we tackle the greatest issues facing our nation.


Now is not the time to resist; it is the time to persist.  This summer, find out how you can support a positive agenda that protects our Biblical values. Visit www.CapitolHillBrief.org today. If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station.

 

Capitol Hill Brief — This Persistence Summer

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As you’ve probably noticed, the radical left is doing everything in its power to derail President Trump’s agenda to the detriment of our nation.  They have pledged to resist any and all of his conservative initiatives, not because of the merits of the effort, but just because they do not like him.

Well, as they resist, the thousands of members of Concerned Women for America will persist in the principles that have made us the freest, most prosperous nation in history.

These principles of faith, family and freedom are the foundation of our Democratic Republic and we must fight to protect them.  So, join Concerned Women for America today on our Persistence Summer campaign.

Together, trusting God, we will persevere!


Now is not the time to resist; it is the time to persist.  This summer, find out how you can support a positive agenda that protects our Biblical values. Visit www.CapitolHillBrief.org today. If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station.

 

Capitol Hill Brief — More Good News

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Though there is much more work to be done, the Trump Administration has been receptive to our efforts for more focused attention on religious freedom internationally, and especially the tragic situation for Christians around the world.

The appointment of Kristina Arriaga as Vice Chair to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom is an encouraging development.  Kristina Arriaga was the Executive Director of the Becket Fund for Religious Freedom and a great friend of Concerned Women for America.

We worked with her and Becket on many religious liberty landmark cases, including Hosanna Tabor and the Hobby Lobby cases.  Her commitment to the protection of religious liberty for all is unquestionable and we applaud the Trump Administration for her appointment.


Protect your First Amendment rights. Speak out and tell President Trump how important religious liberty is to you and your family. Sign this powerful petition today at www.CapitolHillBrief.org. If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station.

 

Capitol Hill Brief — More from Vice President Pence and the Trump Administration

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I told you yesterday about Vice President Mike Pence’s encouraging address before the World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians recently.  Here is a bit more of what he said about the Trump Administration’s commitment to this problem:

“The suffering of Christians in the Middle East has stirred America to act, and it brings me here today. President Trump … [has] made it clear that America will stand by followers of Christ in this hour of need.  Our administration is fully committed in bringing relief and comfort to believers not only across the Middle East but across the world. This President knows the terrorists will not stop until we stop them. And under President Donald Trump, we will stop them.”


Protect your First Amendment rights. Speak out and tell President Trump how important religious liberty is to you and your family. Sign this powerful petition today at www.CapitolHillBrief.org. If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station.

 

Capitol Hill Brief — Some Good News

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The church in America is slowly rising up to face the challenge of our persecuted brethren around the world, especially in the Middle East.

A recent gathering sponsored by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association brought together hundreds of church leaders from around the world gathered for the first ever World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians.

The summit brought together about 600 Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox leaders and persecution victims from more than 130 countries. Vice President Mike Pence took the time to address them.

He said, “Our Administration is fully committed in bringing relief and comfort to believers not only across the Middle East but across the world.”


Protect your First Amendment rights. Speak out and tell President Trump how important religious liberty is to you and your family. Sign this powerful petition today at www.CapitolHillBrief.org. If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station.

 

Capitol Hill Brief — A Daunting Challenge

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Let me tell you why we continue to raise awareness for the critical situation of our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world.

The issue of Christian persecution and religious liberty around the world is not an easy situation, as we might think. There are no simple solutions. That’s why it can be easily forgotten.

The unique cultural, religious and political realities that exert pressure on all sides are daunting.

But the enormity of the problem should not paralyze us. The United States must continue to lead on the issue of religious freedom around the world, for we have been given that burden by the blessings we have received from Almighty God.

Where much is given, much is required.


Protect your First Amendment rights. Speak out and tell President Trump how important religious liberty is to you and your family. Sign this powerful petition today at www.CapitolHillBrief.org. If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station.

 

Charlie Gard: Why his struggle may soon be ours

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Charlie Gard is an innocent 11-month-old who was born with a rare genetic disease that is costly to treat. Because of that, he will now be allowed to die.

Although he lives in the U.K., Charlie’s case is not irrelevant to Americans. While frustrating and difficult, this is the reality of big government and socialized medicine. When the government becomes the ultimate decision maker, the rights of the individual are secondary. Our Founders believed that rights are endowed by God and can, therefore, only be taken away by God or by individual forfeiture. They knew that everything given by the government could also be taken by the government and, thus, designed a Constitution and system of government to protect the individual from the state.

American medicine and technology is among the most cutting edge in the world, but a socialized, single-payer health care structure, like that in the U.K., is not driven by research and cure, but profit. In 1999, the Brits established the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). According to their website, NICE is, “a special health authority, to reduce variation in the availability and quality of NHS treatments and care.” Basically, NICE unilaterally decides what treatments are profitable and which ones are, in their view, a waste of government money.

Throwing this responsibility on one entity grossly overestimates the judgment of current science. In the 20th century, contracting smallpox was a death sentence, but in 1980, the World Health Organization declared smallpox eradicated. We wouldn’t have modern medicine if not for scientists who tackled these “incurable” diseases and brave individuals who voluntarily joined clinical trials. Research thrives in a free market system, because it must have the freedom to make mistakes in order to develop cures.

In the U.S., we do have the relative freedom to pursue alternative treatments and research cures. However, a small, yet controversial provision of ObamaCare, called the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), is moving us further away from a free market based health care system and is shoving us in the direction of a single-payer system.

IPAB was modeled after the British NICE and is an essentially unchecked, unprecedented, rationing board of 15 unelected bureaucrats aimed at controlling Medicare costs. Although legally IPAB cannot “ration” care, it does have the authority to control prices. IPAB can choose to drive the Medicare payments for any service so low that it no longer becomes possible for doctors to offer this service to Medicare patients. In theory, Medicare would still pay for a range of treatments, but in practice, for those who depend solely on Medicare, some services would be priced out, and voila, we have rationing.

IPAB’s recommendations will have the force of law unless they are countered by a 2/3 majority in the Senate, and the Senate can only weigh in if Congress’ total Medicare expenditures do not exceed IPAB’s recommended levels. The drafters of ObamaCare did not trust the people or their elected representatives to sustain a system that relies on the rationing of care and, thus, sought to isolate the Board from Congressional oversight and the normal checks and balances of the legislative process. As if this weren’t terrifying enough, ObamaCare exempts IPAB recommendations from either administrative or judicial review.

In 2011, then-President Obama not only defended IPAB, but argued for its price control expansion into private markets as well. IPAB was his best effort at pushing the U.S. into a socialized, single-payer system. Congress is now in the limited window of opportunity to repeal IPAB, but must act by August 15, or IPAB is permanent and can never be repealed.

IPAB is an unprecedented concession of congressional power and allowing IPAB to take effect could result in further unconstitutional delegation of congressional authority down the road. We cannot leave the care needed by some of the sickest and highest risk patients in the nation in the hands of 15 bureaucrats. Health care choices should be made by individuals in consultation with their doctors and not by the government.

We should heed Charlie’s case as an example of gross government overreach and repeal IPAB immediately.

Editor’s Note: A version of this article was published by Fox News. View it here.

 

Capitol Hill Brief — Advocating for Brothers and Sisters

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Did you know that Christians are the most persecuted faith in the world today?

The rise of Islamic terror groups like Boko Haram and ISIS is exacerbating the situation to critical levels.

According to Pew Research Center, Christians endure physical harassment and social discrimination in more than 125 countries.

We’ve discussed before the horrible attacks against Coptic Christians in Egypt. The New York Times reported that in a recent attack gunmen ordered them to recite the Islamic declaration of faith and, when the Christians refused, they opened fire.

These are our brothers and sisters in Christ.  We must redouble our efforts in prayer and lifting up their plea before the Trump Administration.


Protect your First Amendment rights. Speak out and tell President Trump how important religious liberty is to you and your family. Sign this powerful petition today at www.CapitolHillBrief.org. If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station.