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Party Platforms and the Battle of Values

Who Stands for Faith, Family, & Freedom?

“If a political party or candidate does not understand and will not defend the sanctity of innocent human Life from the moment of conception, and if they do not understand and will not defend the institution of Marriage as between only one man and one woman, they are undeserving of the public trust.” Rakazzi


With high unemployment and a skyrocketing national debt, the stagnant economy is likely to be the greatest concern for voters in November.  National security will also be important, especially with the recent attacks on our diplomatic missions in Egypt and Libya.

However, if past is precedent, Values Voters may well decide the outcome of the upcoming elections. Therefore, we need to know which party and which candidates share our values and are willing to fight for them – and then help them to victory in November.

One of the best ways to measure Republican and Democratic Parties’ commitment to our core “Values” is to look for differences in their respective platforms.  For example, the Democrats’ aborted effort in Charlotte to remove “God” from its platform is one such difference.

The Family Research Council has issued a report on a range of other differences. Highlights of that report, which are drawn verbatim from each party platform, follow below with a focus on Life and on Marriage:

 On Life

Republican Platform: “Faithful to the ‘self-evident’ truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children.” (p. 13-14)

Democratic Platform: “The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay. We oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right.” (p. 18)

On Marriage

Republican Platform: “The institution of marriage is the foundation of civil society. Its success as an institution will determine our success as a nation… we believe that marriage, the union of one man and one woman, must be upheld as the national standard…” ( p. 31)   “We reaffirm our support for a Constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.” (p. 10)

Democratic Platform:“We support marriage equality and support the movement to secure equal treatment under law for same-sex couples.” (p. 18)   “We support the full repeal of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act” (p. 18)

Last Call for the Values Voter Summit

I hope you can join Janet and me along with thousands of other Values Voters at the Family Research Council’s seventh annual Summit beginning this Friday in Washington DC.  It is a reminder that Values issues are vital and that the economic, national security and social issues are mutually reinforcing. It is not too late to register.  Just go to www.ValuesVoterSummit.org.

Reminder --- “A Celebration of the Family!” --- 2nd Call

Early Bird Invitation to Dinner with Tom Minnery

Table Reservations for Forum’s 10th Anniversary Gala on May 14

There are only four days left to make Early Bird table reservations for the 10th anniversary “Celebration of the Family” dinner at 6:30 p.m., Monday, May 14, at the JMU Festival Conference and Student Center.  Open Season for remaining seats begins April 2.  See below for reservation details.

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First Alert --- For Faith, Family, and Freedom --- Time for Action

Day One:  Contending for “Values” in VA General Assembly

The Big Eight Legislative Priorities for 2012

 The Virginia General Assembly convened today to begin consideration of some key bills that The Family Foundation in Richmond has identified as top priority for Virginia families, and our Valley legislators are taking the lead on several of them.

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A Celebration of the Family!

Tom Minnery

Reserve Table(s) Now for Dinner with Tom Minnery

Early Bird Invitation to the Forum's 10th Anniversary Gala on May 14


The Valley Family Forum invites you to get your Early Bird Table Reservations in right away for our 10th anniversary “Celebration of the Family” dinner at 6:30 p.m., Monday, May 14, at the JMU Festival Conference and Student Center.

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Capstone and Heritage Seminar graduates and VFF Advisors

Capstone and Heritage Seminar graduates and VFF Advisors

This is a reminder of our first Core Group breakfast of 2012, which will be at 8:00 a.m., Friday, January 6, at Shoney’s in Harrisonburg.

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The Unveiling

"The Unveiling" of New Plans for Faith, Family, and Freedom!

December 17, 2011

At the Forum’s eighth annual “Unveiling” last Friday evening, Dec. 9, Valley legislators and The Family Foundation “Unveiled” plans to promote “family friendly” policies in the upcoming VA General Assembly.

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What Was, Is, and What Can Be in 2012

December 20, 2011

Dear Friends of the Forum:
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! This is a wonderful time for a joyful celebration of Jesus’ birth and the sweet anticipation of another New Year! However, there is also a shadow over it all as we face one of the most critical years of our lifetime. Enduring principles of life, marriage, moral decency, religious freedom, and quality education are under intense attack -- and our families are paying the price.

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The Forum Newsletter

The Forum is a quarterly newsletter informing you about the latest news, legislation and points of interest to the Valley Family Forum family. Please feel free to download the following pdf to read or share with your friends.

Download - The Forum - Summer 2011

Download - The Forum - Winter 2011

Not in My Pulpit!" -- Pulpit Freedom Sunday

The article comes from The Family Foundation's web site, Oct. 14, 2011.

Religious Freedom. Imbedded into our country’s origins, immortalized in its constitution. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.

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Sharia: The Islamic Threat to America

Michael del Rosso

Special Guest: Michael del Rosso - Sharia: The Islamic Threat to America

We recently commemorated the 10th anniversary of the tragic attacks on the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and the hijacking and then crash of Flt. 93 in Pennsylvania. We must never forget the 3,000 innocent victims of those attacks or the pain and suffering that their families still endure.

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Shariah Law: A Threat to the U.S. Constitution

The Forum is grateful to Katreena Crookshank for providing the following commentary on Shariah Law and the threat that it represents to America and specifically to the U.S. Constitution.

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Thomas Jefferson

“God who gave us life, gave us liberty.  And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God.”    

Thomas Jefferson, Third President

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