Ann Romney Criticized for Being a Stay-at-Home Mom
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Norm Olson April 13, 2012
In response to the recent political battle for female voters, the exchange elevated to “mommy bashing” Thursday when Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen leveled a blow at Republican Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann, reports christiannewswire.com. Rosen suggested that Ann Romney was ill-equipped and not relatable to disadvantaged women because she “hasn’t worked a day in her life.” Mrs. Romney in response to the comment, stated, “My career choice was to be a mother.” She also said her husband often told her that her job was more important than his role as family breadwinner. Stay-at-home mothers in America are piping up in support of Ann Romney. Deanna Jones, mother of seven and author of To Be a Mother, claims that she is used to this “predictable” attack on mothers, especially from the liberal left: “I guess since Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann are currently less visible to the mainstream media, the obvious target is Ann Romney. Many of us have made the choice to either forgo a career or leave the workplace and commit ourselves to the rewarding, but difficult, task of raising our children. Hilary Rosen is just echoing feminist rhetoric that, in reality, is disconnected to what is representative of American women. More and more women are making the choice to stay at home with their children. We are bright, intelligent and contributing on a grand scale to the American economy. Ms. Rosen is doing her party a huge disservice in revealing how out of touch the Democrats are in understanding the influence stay-at-home moms have in this election.”
- Pray for abortions? Six Rivers Planned Parenthood of Eureka, Calif., has launched a campaign called the 40 Days of Prayer: Supporting Women Everywhere, reports charismanews.com. The campaign lists 40 different prayers for those committing abortions: the mothers, the escorts, the abortionists, and everyone involved except the unborn children. The Clergy for Choice, who characterize themselves as “religious leaders who value all human life,” is supporting the event. In truth, the purported “clergy” value life only once it reaches a certain age and actively seek to destroy the lives of defenseless preborn children, according to Liberty Counsel. As Liberty Counsel sees it, this is a concerted effort to dehumanize children based on their age and is similar to a tactic once used in Nazi Germany toward the Jews and other non-Arians: first ostracize them from the rest of society, and then annihilate them. Planned Parenthood’s attempts to develop a “spiritual” aspect to the pro-abortion argument can seem comparable to the religious leaders in Germany who supported Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. It was wrong then and it is wrong now, Liberty says. “Planned Parenthood’s ‘prayer’ campaign is offensive,” says Mathew Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel. “As much as they might not like the comparison, Planned Parenthood today is no different than the eugenics promoted by its founder Margaret Sanger who advocated the elimination of ‘undesirables,’ just like the most famous eugenicist, Adolf Hitler.” Liberty concludes that Planned Parenthood’s prayer crusade is an attempt to mock and marginalize the highly effective “40 Days for Life,” which has unified half a million voices for the cause and saved at least 5,838 lives. As a direct result of “40 Days for Life,” 22 abortion clinics have closed and 69 doctors have stopped performing abortions. Vision America has another positive prayer and fasting event called “40 Days to Save America,” which encourages pastors, priests, and rabbis to pray for God to intervene and save our nation.
- Black political leaders, such as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, have used the death of Trayvon Martin to stir racial division for political gain, Carol Swain, professor of law and political science at Vanderbilt University, argued in a Tuesday interview with The Christian Post. Most Americans, Swain believes, wanted an investigation into the Feb. 26 incident in which George Zimmerman, 28, shot and killed Martin, 17, while on neighborhood watch. Martin was unarmed and walking to his father’s fiance’s house. Zimmerman claims he was assaulted and shot Martin in self-defense. After black political leaders became involved, though, “it quickly became a racial issue fueling racial divide in America,” Swain said. Today’s black leaders “don’t put forth ideas and solutions that advance the cause of black people,” said Swain, an expert on race relations, immigration, black leadership, and evangelical politic . Rather, they “prefer to heat up the situation.” These black leaders benefit from depicting the incident as motivated by racism, Swain argued, because they can use it for voter mobilization. She noted that there have been voter registration drives at many of the rallies in support of Martin. Swain was also disappointed in the way that President Obama weighed in on the issue. During a recent address before the annual convention of the National Action Network, a group founded by civil rights leader Al Sharpton, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder pledged that the Justice Department will take whatever action is necessary in the killing of Trayvon Martin if it finds evidence that a federal civil rights crime has been committed. But, says onenewsnow.com, the top law enforcement official in the country did not utter a word about the actions of the New Black Panther Party, which put up a $10,000 bounty for the “capture” of confessed shooter George Zimmerman.
- Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum suspended his run for White House on Tuesday, ending what in the last few months proved at times to be hand-to-hand combat with his chief rival, Mitt Romney. The campaign’s decision to “suspend,” instead of officially end the campaign is important since it allows Santorum to continue raising money to retire campaign debt. It also allows him to keep his committed delegates until they are formally released by the campaign. Now key evangelicals are weighing in on his decision and whether Romney can rally social conservatives. “We are at a critical time in this election season,” said Gary Bauer, a former GOP presidential candidate who had endorsed Santorum. “I was in the meeting with Rick last week and I could sense the decision weighing heavily on him. It’s now up to the Romney campaign to bring together the supporters of Santorum, Bachman, Perry, Gingrich and others to fight the war in front of them this November. And each and every vote will be critical.” Southern Baptist spokesman Dr. Richard Land, who last week in an exclusive interview with The Christian Post suggested that Santorum consider getting out of the race, said his decision was a good one. “It was a wise move on his part and it shows he is a mature leader,” Land told CP from Washington. “He has run a solid campaign the last six months and resurrected himself once again as a major political figure in our nation.” Romney, commenting on Santorum’s decision, said, “Senator Santorum is an able and worthy competitor, and I congratulate him on the campaign he ran. He has proven himself to be an important voice in our party and in the nation. We both recognize that what is most important is putting the failures of the last three years behind us and setting America back on the path to prosperity.” Ralph Reed, who heads up Faith and Freedom Coalition did not endorse Santorum in the primary but believes his role in the GOP race was important. “Rick Santorum entered this race at the bottom of the polls and leaves after winning millions of votes and 11 states, the most primary victories by a grassroots conservative candidate since Reagan in 1976,” Reed told The Christian Post. “He has elevated his stature and will be an important leader for Republicans and conservatives in years to come. My guess is we haven’t heard the last from Rick Santorum.” Santorum’s unwavering commitment to conservative causes such as fighting abortion and supporting traditional marriage made him popular among evangelical Christians.
- The Department of Justice has just faced an embarrassing smack down, reports cnsnews.com. It has dropped an appeal in Holder v. Pine against pro-life sidewalk counselor Mary “Susan” Pine, who is represented by the civil rights firm Liberty Counsel. The DOJ has agreed to pay $120,000 for what has been called a frivolous lawsuit. Holder unsuccessfully sought thousands of dollars in fines against Pine, as well as a permanent injunction banning her from counseling women on the public sidewalk outside the Presidential Women’s Center abortion mill (or any other “reproductive services” clinic). After 18 months of litigation, the DOJ’s case was thrown out of federal court, and the department was chastised in a scathing ruling by U.S. District Judge Kenneth Ryskamp for filing a case with no evidence. Judge Ryskamp wrote that Holder’s complete failure to present any evidence of wrongdoing, coupled with the DOJ’s cozy relationship with PWC and their apparent joint decision to destroy video surveillance footage of the alleged “obstruction,” caused the court to suspect a conspiracy at the highest levels of the Obama administration. “The Court is at a loss as to why the Government chose to prosecute this particular case in the first place,” wrote Judge Ryskamp. “The Court can only wonder whether this action was the product of a concerted effort between the Government and PWC, which began well before the date of the incident at issue, to quell Ms. Pine’s activities rather than to vindicate the rights of those allegedly aggrieved by Ms. Pine’s conduct.” After the ruling, the DOJ appealed on the last day and indicated that President Obama had personally ordered the appeal. A little over a week later, the president apparently decided to cut his losses and reversed course. Harry Mihet, senior counsel for Liberty Counsel, said of the judge’s ruling: “It’s not every day that a federal judge accuses the Justice Department of a full-blown conspiracy.”
- President Obama, who has fended off questions about his position on same-sex marriage for nearly a year and a half by saying his views are “evolving,” faces increasing pressure within his party as momentum builds to declare support for marriage equality in the party’s official platform, putting Obama “in an awkward spot,” reports The Los Angeles Times. He’s asking gay rights supporters for votes and money without committing himself on an issue of paramount concern. At the same time, his allies have appeared to be prodding him to embrace, or at least not to block, language that would explicitly commit the party to support “the freedom to marry.” Recently four former Democratic National Committee chairmen issued a statement in support of openly endorsing gay marriage. They noted that nearly two dozen Democratic senators, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, and tens of thousands of party activists already backed the idea. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who will chair the Democratic National Convention, said last month that he supported a marriage equality plank because “it’s basic to who we are.” “I don’t think the government should be in that business of denying people the fundamental right to marry,” Villaraigosa said at a Washington press breakfast.
- Benjamin Franklin once said there are two certainties in life: death and taxes. Now researchers have found that taxes might make death just a little more certain, reports The Los Angeles Times. Deaths from traffic accidents rise 6 percent on tax day, according to a study published in Wednesday’s edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association. A pair of Canadian researchers tallied up U.S. tax day traffic fatalities for each year between 1980 and 2009, then compared the figures to those from two “control” days, exactly one week before and one week after. On average, they found, there were 226 deaths on tax day—13 more than on non-tax days. The rise in e-filing, which would presumably keep procrastinators from speeding recklessly to the nearest post office, doesn’t appear to have put a dent in the trend, said Dr. Donald Redelmeier of the University of Toronto’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, who led the study.
- Rep. Allen West’s remark that up to 80 members of the House are communists was a reference to the membership of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which was founded by a U.S. socialist group, the Democratic Socialists of America, reports WorldNetDaily. Some Caucus members still demonstrate a close working relationship with the socialist group. West’s spokesman, Tim Edson, clarified in a statement that West was referring to the Congressional Progressive Caucus in his talk with voters last night in Palm City, Fla. Edson declared that the Florida Republican “stands by his words.” “But the words the media needs to pay attention to are the words of the members of the Progressive Caucus,” the spokesman said. “They speak for themselves. Call it what you may, but these House members are clearly not proponents of capitalism, free markets or individual economic freedom.”
- False conversions are a serious problem that could lead not only to the “suicide of the church” but also to the defaming of God’s name, an evangelical pastor warned, reports The Christian Post. Mark Dever, pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., told some 8,000 ministers Tuesday at the Together for the Gospel conference that he fears there are thousands, if not millions, of people in churches who are not truly converted. The problem isn’t just the “occasional hypocrite lost in unrepentant sin,” but “systems that seem to produce false converts—not just one man, but whole congregations,” he lamented. The Southern Baptist preacher described false converts as those indistinguishable from the world and who don’t hold to certain Scriptural truths. A big source of the problem, he named, is false teachers, and that includes “health and wealth” preachers. “We need to know that we can teach the wrong things with disastrous results,” he said, noting that the New Testament has “too many” warnings about false teachers. Dever listed five truths that are frequently distorted and attacked: God’s judgment is coming, we should be judged by God, our only hope is in Christ, we don’t see the fullness of our salvation in this life, and we can deceive ourselves and others about our relationship with God. By not teaching these truths clearly, churches become filled with those who do not “evidence the fruit of the Spirit” or who aren’t truly born-again. He also warned that without the clear teaching of Jesus Christ as the only way to salvation, “you can make converts to fatalism or to an ethical society as so many of our Protestant churches have become but you cannot have a truly Christian church.” But it’s not just doctrine that pastors and believers need to get right, Dever pointed out. The way a Christian lives is also just as important. “Wrong living,” he said, “can be just as damning as wrong teaching.”