Eagle Forum Agenda | February - March 2000

CONTENTS

*America's Horror: The cannibalizing of Baby Body Parts

*Inside report: News you're not likely to hear!

*FCC Threatens Religious Broadcasting

*WCEF Backs Privacy Bill

*Christian Rights? A View From the Right

*Y2K Reflections

*Educational Examiner: Evaluating and Exposing Today's
Educational Trends

 

America's Horror
The Cannibalizing of Baby Body Parts

Editor's note: We acknowledge the following information is gruesome and disturbing, but this horrible practice will not end until Americans become fully aware on informed on the issue.

President Clinton, in his first 48 hours in office, signed an executive order that lifted the ban on the use of organs from aborted children. Since that time the organs of aborted children have been offered for experimentation.

In fact, the University of Washington is one of the major suppliers of baby body parts and even runs a round-the-clock collection service at abortion clinics. Make no mistake the organs of these babies are very valuable to researchers and they will pay large sums of money to get them.

The demand for babies from late-term abortions are in the highest demand and abortion procedures are altered in order to obtain "high quality" parts.

One body parts company--Opening Lines, Inc.--encourages abortionists to: "Turn your patient's decision into something wonderful." Then to buyers they offer "the highest quality, most affordable, freshest tissue prepared to your specifications and delivered in the quantities you need, when you need it."

According to a medical technician who used to work for such a company, babies are routinely allowed to be born alive only to be killed by the abortionist or an assistant in order to provide an intact specimen.

The horror of this practice seems impossible for our civilized society, but we assure you it is happening right under our noses and in our communities! We have now reduced the unborn child to the level of commodities. It is brutal and inhumane.

What Can We Do?

At the national level Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) has offered a measure calling for congressional investigation into trafficking in organs of aborted children. This is a good thing! Tancredo's H. Res. 350 calls upon Congress to close the loop holes on current laws that ban the sale of organs.

Call your U.S. Congressman and respectively, but firmly ask him to support HR 350.

At the state level several of our legislators have become concerned that baby body parts are being used for profit. To that end Rep. Carrell of Tacoma had introduced a bill to end that grisly practice. It is a good bill!

Call your state representative, Republican or Democrat, and urge them to support HB 2618 and to request a hearing on this bill to ban fetal tissue research for profit.

If you need help with the names or phone numbers of your representatives please contact us.

 

Inside Report

News You're Not Likely To Hear!

Number of Abortions Down in 1997

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced January 6 that the absolute number of legal abortions in 1997 (the most recent year for which figures are available) was recorded at 1,184,758. It was the lowest number since 1978, continuing a downward trend which began after the number peaked at over 1.4 million in 1990. This is good news tempered by the reality that over a million abortions occur annually.

A January 1998 Wirthlin poll commissioned by FRC found that American attitudes toward abortion have become increasingly pro-life; most Americans (57%) describe their own personal position as pro-life, and only 21% believe that abortion should be legal for any reason during the first three months of pregnancy. -Eagle Forum News&Notes, 1-26-00

 

National Republican Congressional Committee Gives Away Big Bucks

The NRCC gave away $250,000 to the National Right to Life Committee, a leading anti-abortion group, and $500,000 to U.S. Family Network, a conservative lobby that works closely with a former aide to House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-TX). According to the Washington Post (12-15-99), this is because House Republican leaders are "increasingly nervous" that Christian Coalition may be unable to muster an effective grassroots effort in the next Congressional elections. -Eagle Forum New&Notes, 1-7-00

 

A Taxing Legacy

At last count President Clinton has put forth new spending plans totaling $22.4 billion - in the month of January alone! In preparing for his State of the Union address, Clinton reminds us that his lasting legacy will be his affection for big spending and higher taxes. During his first year in office, he pushed for and signed one of the largest tax increases in American history. It didn't end there as he has continued to increase the tax burden on the backs of American taxpayers. The most harm, of course, has fallen on American families who work increasingly longer hours to pay the tax collector.


Election Update 2000

For the first time in well over a year the Republicans hold a statistical lead over the democrats in a national, generic poll. When asked who they would most likely vote for if they could vote today, the majority of Americans favor Republicans. This is encouraging news for House Republican leadership, who are facing an unprecedented number of House Republicans, (22, compared to 6 Democrat retirees). This has given Dick Gephardt and fellow Democrats high hopes of regaining the House of Representatives.


Republican Senate Likely

Republican hold on the U.S. Senate was enhanced with the recent announcement by Sen. Bob Kerry (D.Neb) that he will not rum for reelection to the Senate. Nebraska and national Democrats were jolted by this news as it will be very hard to come up with a strong enough candidate to retain his seat in a very Republican leaning state.

 

Christian Rights?

A View From the Right
by Alta Bode

As Christians, by now we should realize we are being denied our constitutional rights as American citizens. The laws of the land prohibit the expression of our faith in public institutions, i.e. schools, and the work place. We know that darkness rules the earth and we count on the gospel to fight for every victory. Should we be surprised by this treatment? Can we expect the world to accept us? Christ is our example. He accepted the insults and lashings with silence unto death and said, "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do."

In this world the words of the Lord are considered foolishness. They did not love Christ and they will not love us. The following Beatitude should be our comfort:

"Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven," Matthew 5:11-12

 

 

Y2K Reflections

January 1, 2000 has come and gone with barely a whimper. Although we are witnessing a few system malfunctions, i.e. the dairy farmers didn't get their milk checks on time this month, it has not been as serious as it could have been.

Reactions to the Y2K bug outcome vary. If you are one who had been preparing for months -- investing time, energy and funds into Y2K preparedness, you may have felt deceived, embarrassed, let-down or relieved. If you are one who thought the whole thing was a scam and a money-making scheme, you may have felt vindicated, relieved, or maybe had an attitude of "see I told you so!"

Just what should our attitude be in light of the Y2K outcome? One of deep gratitude to a merciful God! In the wake of Y2K we are seeing many "techies" praising man's ingenuity and ability and virtually no praise to the sovereign God who sustains His universe. Won't you take a moment to offer up your sincere thanks to Him?

"It is because of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassion's fail not. They are new every morning; great is Thy faithfulness." Lamentations 3:23 & 24.

A footnote:

Eagle Forum would like to recognize Lynden's chapter of the Joseph Project 2000. This group worked tirelessly on behalf of the community of Lynden to assure that there was a strategic plan in place in case of an emergency related to any computer malfunctions. Their selfless dedication showed us what it truly means to "love thy neighbor as thyself".

 

Whatcom County Eagle Forum Backs Privacy Bill

Washington State Eagles are supporting Rep. Jim Kastama's new financial privacy bill (HR 2489) that would establish meaningful protections that are lacking in the recently passed Financial Modernization Act (S.900). Rep. Kastama's bill would forbid financial institutions from sharing confidential information with any affiliates, including telemarketers, unless the customer agrees to "opt in."

Banks in Washington state may now sell personal information to associates and customers have the right to "opt out", but most people don't know that this is an option.

Attorney General Christine Gregoire is also taking on this issue. She has proposed a bill that is similar to Rep. Kastama's but is less restrictive. Under her plan banks could still share personal information--names, addresses and phone numbers, however, the sharing of "sensitive" information such as account numbers, PIN numbers and Social Security numbers would require written permission.

We believe Rep. Kastama's bill would go a long way toward strengthening families and communities. We don't need the additional worry that our personal information is being passed between financial institutions and their affiliates. The act of profiling customers by their spending habits is an alarming invasion of our privacy.

The possibility for a bill to pass in some form is very good. It will likely be a consolidation of the two bills by Kastama and Gregoire. Now we have to make sure it ends up strong enough to do the job. See Action Alert!

 

FCC Threatens Religious Broadcasting

The Federal Communications Commission has imposed an insidious threat to religious broadcasters with a recent ruling. The ruling declared that programming "primarily devoted to religious exhortation, proselytizing, or statements of personally held religious view and beliefs" would not be considered educational. This new issue is of grave concern because religious broadcasters operating under non-commercial licenses are also required to have as their primary purpose the "educational, instructional, or cultural needs of the [local] community."

In practice, the FCC will be in the position to decide which form of religious expression is okay and which is not. Will a Pat Robertson sermon on abortion be allowed? And what will the decision be if James Dobson speaks of sin and homosexuality? We can picture a green light on an opera but a red light on a church service, all in the name of "cultural needs". This will turn into nothing more than a politically correct litmus test for religious expression.

Last week Rep. Michael Oxley (R-Ohio) introduced a bill in the House to overturn this ruling by the FCC and soon Senator Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) will introduce an identical bill in the Senate. If you would like to thank them for bringing this important issue to congress, their phone numbers are 202-225-2676 (Oxley) and 202-224-6521 (Brownback).

 

Educational Examiner

Washington's Reform Efforts Receive a D-

In 1993 Washington state passed its education reform law (HB1209). Educators and bureaucrats promised new higher academic standards to "ensure rigorous academic content will be taught at every grade level." They have had seven years to implement the new standards. Have they made good on their promise?

The Thomas B. Fordham Foundation has just released its evaluation of all existing standards in all 50 states. The standards were evaluated for academic soundness and high academic expectations by a group of leaders in their respective academic disciplines. These disciplines were English, History, Geography, Math, and Science.

How did Washington state's new standards fare? Overall they received a D-. This is far from what parents and taxpayers have been promised during the implementation of education reform in our state.

Billions of dollars have been spent implementing these standards and all the while we've been told that the new reforms are "challenging" and "rigorous."

The "State of Standards 2000" report refutes these claims. It categorizes Washington as one of the 21 "irresponsible states which cannot honestly claim to be serious about standards-based reform. There academic standards are vague, vapid, and misleading." "They have told their citizens that they have, in fact, embarked on standards-based reform at the state level. This turns out to be an empty claim. They have neither the solid standards nor the tough minded accountability systems that must accompany such a claim if it is to be taken seriously."

There you have it. The people of our state have been duped! Unfortunately the ones really being cheated are the children that are spending time in school, but not getting an education!

For further information see: www.edexcellence.net

 

YOUR TAX DOLLAR$ AT WORK!

Washington State K-12 Spending:

$7,933 per child per year.

Of that $7,933 only $2,812 per child is

spent on basic education (or 35% of

the total spending)!

Evergreen Freedom Foundation 1/14/00

 

MATH WARS

A group of about 200 mathematicians and scientist recently called on Education Secretary Richard Riley to withdraw the government's support for math curricula, which according to one of the scholars, are "among the worst in existence."

The curricula include Everyday Mathematics, which teaches children to count using calculators and recommends having them learn multiplication using an ancient Egyptian method. Also included is MathLand, which encourages children to count a million birdseeds in order to fully understand the concept of a million.

The math scholars also criticized the panel for bringing politics into the equation by evaluating programs not only on whether they help students learn, but also on how effectively they address the achievement gap between minority and white children. Which, according to scholars, results in a "dumbed down program that deprives students of instruction" in math.

Sec. Riley has signaled that he has no plans to with draw his support of the curricula.

CYBER SCHOOLS THREATEN EDUCATIONAL FREEDOM FOR HOME SCHOOL FAMILIES

Needing to snare a larger segment of the K-12 revenue source, Washington's public schools have been reaching out to home school parents to offer what would appear to be the best of both worlds. Public schools have began to offer alternative education to home schooled children in the form of "cyber schools."

Cyber schools blur the line between home-based education and public education. Although "alternative learning education" is not usually held at the public school building, it is considered public education" and students are registered with the school district. Once a student registers with the school district, the district automatically becomes eligible for roughly $3,500 in state education money -- per student per year.

The school district also gains more control over the child's education. Students must take five hours per week of instruction at the "alternative learning resource center" and must have documented 20-25 hours per week outside study. The school district may compensate the parent $400-$500 for enrolling the child in a public cyber school, this is restricted in how it is spent and may not be spent on religious materials, organizations, or activities.

Once the child is enrolled in a cyber school, the state no longer considers them to be home-educated, That is why the child must be registered with a government school. That is why the child's progress is tracked to make sure it meets requirements within the student learning plan, then recorded in the government database. And that is why the state gives the school district tax dollars in the amount of $3,500 for their small role in the education of the child through alternative learning programs.

Compiled from an editorial by Senator Val Stevens, R-Arlington.

 

PILLS CAN'T REPLACE FAMILIES

National marketing surveys suggest that about 500,000 children and teens in America are taking anti-depressants, according to a USA Today story on children and depression. Some experts say the number is higher. From 1962 to 1995 suicide rates for children and teens tripled. About the rise in childhood depression, Frederick Goodwin, a psychiatry professor at George Washington University, says, "Children don't have the emotional support they used to have in growing up."

Why might this be? Columnist George Will reports that "between 1970 and 1990, white children lost an average of 10 hours a week of parental time and black children lost 12. By 1997 children were spending two hours a day more in preschool and school programs than they did in the early 1980s." Goodwin also says that children with divorced parents are more likely to suffer from depression.

It's about time that people start to realize that spending time in a strong, loving family is a better foundation for life than pills will ever be!