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Morality in America
When studying the founding of the United States, you can’t help but encounter the faith of the nation’s forefathers. Time and again they recognized God’s hand in the shaping of America. You will find Him repeatedly mentioned in their words and documents. And you will find Him having an active, vibrant role in the country’s early history.
Today, God continues His work in America – but it’s in a nation that has clearly lost its moral compass. Every week, “Morality in America” will address the myriad of moral concerns facing the United States and undermining its Godly heritage:
- Sanctity of life – abortion and euthanasia.
- Sanctity of marriage – same-sex marriage and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues.
- Sanctity of the family – divorce, spousal and child abuse, out-of-wedlock pregnancies and absentee fathers.
- Judicial activism (Supreme and lower court decisions).
- Revisionist education in the public schools.
- The perceived rise of Socialism and one-world government trends.
- Attacks and media bias against Christianity.
- And much more…
After you read, remember to intercede in prayer for America – that this nation will return to the Christian standards that once defined it.
Your ID Please?
The debate over tighter voting laws
By Holly L. Meade
You need identification to buy alcohol, purchase a cell phone plan, board an airplane and enter a government building. Soon, you also may need it to vote. Recent actions taken by states to enhance the integrity of America’s electoral process by requiring voter ID cards has caused quite a stir, particularly among liberals.
The Republican-controlled House of Representatives wants to place a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot that—if approved by voters—would allow for a voter ID law. A second bill, to go into effect only if the amendment passes, would impose voter ID. Republicans point to the threat of voter fraud to justify the push, citing research commissioned by the non-partisan Pew Center on the States. The study revealed that more than 1.8 million deceased individuals are listed as active voters and approximately 2.75 million people have active registrations in more than one state.
True the Vote—a citizen-led effort to restore truth, faith, and integrity to elections— states that in 2012 various counties in Indiana and Ohio had more registered voters than residents. In addition, 160 counties in 19 states had over 100 percent voter registration; and the Democrat Party of Florida and the National Council of La Raza are under investigation for alleged voter registration fraud.
During a recent investigation by New York City’s Department of Investigations, undercover agents show up at 63 polls pretending to be people who had moved, were incarcerated or deceased. According to the investigative report, they were allowed to vote 97 percent of the time, and young undercover agents were able to vote using the names of people three times their age.
Voting-rights advocates, on the other hand, apparently have been urging Democrats and the Obama administration to fully embrace this fight as a civil-rights issue. In a recent speech at the National Action Network convention, President Obama said, “The right to vote is threatened today in a way that it has not been since the Voting Rights Act became law nearly five decades ago. Across the country, Republicans have led efforts to pass laws making it harder, not easier, for people to vote.”
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was signed into law during the height of the American Civil Rights Movement by President Johnson to prohibit discrimination in voting. Congress later amended the Act five times to expand its protections.
During his National Action Network speech, Obama continually linked today’s battles to the historic movement for African-American voting rights half a century ago. Invoking the memory of three young civil-rights activists who were murdered in Mississippi in 1964 while registering voters, he said:
“Americans did not stand up and did not march and did not sacrifice to gain the right to vote, for themselves and for others, only to see it denied to their kids and their grandkids. The real voter fraud is people who try to deny our rights by making bogus arguments about voter fraud.”
The Democratic National Committee recently launched the Voter Expansion Project, which aims to push back against restrictive voting laws by registering new voters and supporting laws that expand access to the ballot. Currently Georgia, Indiana and Florida require voters to show a photo ID. Election officials in Hawaii, Louisiana, Michigan and South Dakota request photo IDs but will accept a signed affidavit. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 18 other states require voters to provide some form of identification which can include a utility bill or even a library card. The other 25 states require only a signature or a statement. Federal law requires that all first-time voters who registered by mail show some form of ID.
National Review columnist John Fund said, “The president noticed this may prevent seniors and women from voting. Well, we’ve had very tough voter ID laws in nine or 10 states now for two or three elections and there are no examples of being turned away like the president says.” Fund noted that two-thirds of minority voters support voter ID laws even though they are supposedly disenfranchised by them. “So the whole argument is a complete soufflé,” he writes. “It’s collapsing in on itself.”
So, the next time you present your ID for a purchase or an activity, remember Psalm 97: “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.” Pray that verse as the voter ID debate continues and for God’s truth to be revealed in the hearts of the nation’s leaders.
Holly Meade is a communications specialist, writer, speaker and teacher with a master’s degree in mass communication. She has extensive experience in creating and producing content for radio, television and the Internet.
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