September 26, 2012
Have you noticed that the political polls have been all over the map lately? Is Obama up 8 in Virginia, or just 1? Is Romney up 6 in North Carolina, or is Obama up 4? How about nationwide? Gallup and Rasmussen show a tie, but Pew shows Obama up 8. And so and so on.
What is going on?
For starters, remember what polls are and what they’re not. They are a snapshot in time — but not a good gauge on voter decision-making. In fact, they’re a terrible way to conceive of the thought process that the average swing voter goes through to make his choice.
Many a voter is truly undecided, and will in fact change his mind before Election Day — but may still tell a pollster, “I’m for Obama!” simply because he enjoyed Bill Clinton’s speech at the Democratic National Convention.
That leads to the second point: It has been only two weeks since the DNC ended, which means Obama is still enjoying a bounce in the polls. And that bounce can be higher or lower, depending on how tightly a pollster screens likely voters (or polls of adults who are deemed likely to vote by the pollster).
Think of it this way. You consider yourself a Democrat but normally don’t vote nor pay much attention to politics. But the convention excited you and made you feel good about politics for the first time in a long time. You get a call from a pollster whose only question to screen for likely voters is, “Are you certain to vote?”
Still riding high from the DNC, you answer, “Absolutely!” And thus you are included in the poll.
But if the pollster were to ask other questions like, “How often have you voted in the past?” Or, “How much attention were you paying prior to the conventions?” You’d answer, “Rarely” and “Not Much” — meaning you would probably get screened out of that sample.
That is one way to explain the wide variation in the poll — how many Democrats or Republicans are included versus how many are screened out.
This type of nuts and bolts stuff usually doesn’t matter when we get close to Election Day, as the polls begin to converge. But right now, we are seeing a surge in Democratic enthusiasm, and polls that do a poor job of differentiating enthusiastic non-voters from enthusiastic voters are going to overestimate Obama’s margin.
But there is a broader point to bear in mind: It’s only September.
For political junkies, this statement makes little sense. They’ve been paying close attention to the campaign for months now, and are giddy over the fact that Election Day is quickly approaching.
But political junkies don’t swing elections. In fact, something like 25 percent of voters make their voting decisions after September, and anywhere from 10 percent to 20 percent will make their final choice in the last week.
This is why the polls have often swung wildly in the final weeks of a campaign. It’s how “Dewey defeated Truman” in 1948. It’s how a blowout Richard Nixon victory in 1968 turned into a squeaker. It’s how Gerald Ford closed a 10-point gap and actually had a lead in the final Gallup poll in 1976.
It’s how a toss-up race between Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan finished with a GOP blowout in 1980. It’s how Bill Clinton went from being up 9 in mid-September, 1992 to a tie with George H.W. Bush by the end of October.
It’s how George W. Bush went from being 10 points down in September 2000 to the 43rd president in January 2001. And it’s how the very same Bush “blew” the 11-point lead he enjoyed in late September 2004, defeating John Kerry by just 2 points.
In other words, September polls are extremely volatile. And this year’s volatility is compounded by the late date of the Democratic National Convention. It was, in fact, the latest party convention in U.S. history.
And when the polls are bouncing around a lot, the chances are much greater that they will disagree with one another — which is exactly what we’re seeing right now.
The best way to view this presidential campaign is an NFL divisional grudge match, Steelers-Ravens or Giants-Cowboys. Both sides know each other’s strengths and weaknesses extremely well, so you know the game is going to be close. Sure, one side just scored on a big play, but we’re only halfway through the 3rd quarter, and the other side is due to strike back any moment.
Charlie Martin of PJ Media, “As I pointed out recently, the result of Romney’s “really bad week” was that Romney had gone from 5 or 6 points behind in Gallup, to essentially tied. Even so, a number of people have noted that there are some odd assumptions in that poll, and others.
Pat Caddell and Doug Schoen talked about it recently. Asked if the polls were, in his opinion, a fair representation of the electorate, Schoen said: “The simple answer is no. The bottom line is there were seven percent more Democrats in the electorate in 2008 than there were Republicans. That’s from the exit polls and that’s about as accurate as you can get….President Obama won by about seven points. Given 90 percent of Democrats vote for the Democrat and 90 percent of Republicans vote for the Republican, every time you reduce the margin between the parties by one point, roughly it’s about one point off the margin.”
Schoen pointed out that the Pew poll was based on Democrats sampled for having an 11 percent voters registration edge over Republicans. He further added, “saying that America has gotten more Democratic than 2008, which is a questionable assumption.”
In fact, Rasmussen keeps a running monthly poll of party identification. In the latest poll, released September 1, they found:
During August, 37.6% of Americans considered themselves Republicans. That’s up from 34.9% in July and 35.4% in June. It’s also the largest number of Republicans ever recorded by Rasmussen Report since monthly tracking began in November 2002.
Other polls — including Gallup — apparently have similar assumptions (called “turnout models”) in their polls.
There is a new website, called unskewedpolls.com, that basically reweights the data to fit the Rasmussen party identification. Their results are quite different, giving Romney somewhere between a five and eleven point lead.
Here are a few observations and deductions made by studying the analysis by www.unskewedpolls.com quoted in the World Net Daily web site:
- On the eve of the opening session of the General Assembly, the Obama administration’s Middle Eastern policy appears to be imploding in the wake of the murder of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens in an attack that intelligence sources believe was coordinated by jihadists tied to al-Qaida. The administration, nevertheless, insisted the attack was a response to an anti-Muslim movie trailer produced in the U.S.
- Initial jobless claims for the week ending Sept. 15 were a seasonally adjusted 382,000, exceeding forecasts of 375,000, suggesting no improvement in the percentage of Americans unemployed could be anticipated before the November election, as reported by Wall Street Journal Market Watch.
- Politico has reported that in the latest Politico-George Washington University Battleground Poll with middle-class families, which constitute approximately 54 percent of the electorate and usually split their vote between Democratic and Republican candidates, Romney holds a 14-point advantage, 55 percent to 41 percent.
Now, this should also be taken with a grain of salt. Basically, they claim (by the site name) to be an unskewed poll. In fact, they’re just a differently skewed take on existing polls. Instead of taking their numbers over, say, Gallup, though, what it should tell us is that even if the polls are being heavily weighted to Obama, Romney’s still essentially tied. Any difference in Romney’s direction in real turnout from the pollster’s assumptions would bring Romney into a lead. (Contributor: Excerpts from New York Post, PJ Media, World Net Daily, Politico)
Pray for wisdom and righteous decisions to be made at this year’s November 6 elections. Pray that all U.S. citizens seek God’s wisdom before casting their vote.
“How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of the scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.” (Psalm 1:1-2)
Household purchases, which account for about 70 percent of the economy, rose 0.5 percent last month after a 0.4 percent increase in July, according to the median estimate of 63 economists surveyed by Bloomberg ahead of Sept. 28 figures from the Commerce Department. The report may show the gain reflected a 0.5 percent jump in prices, the biggest since June 2009.
A slackening job market and rising gasoline prices are squeezing household finances just as concern mounts that lawmakers may not be able to avoid the fiscal cliff of tax increases and spending cuts slated to take effect next year. Other reports this week may show business investment is also cooling, while housing is on the mend after a six-year slump.
“The U.S. economy is clearly in a soft patch right now that could deteriorate into a stall,” said Scott Anderson, chief economist at Bank of the West in San Francisco. “Consumer spending is really driven by jobs and wealth effects and the consumer’s ability to borrow. All of those things are still suggesting moderate growth.”
The Commerce Department’s spending report will also show incomes grew 0.2 percent last month after rising 0.3 percent in July, according to the survey median.
Employers added 96,000 workers to payrolls last month, less than the 130,000 projected, and the unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent after 368,000 people left the workforce. The jobless rate has exceeded 8 percent for 43 months, the longest stretch since monthly records began in 1948.
Retail sales rose 0.9 percent in August, the most in six months, the Commerce Department reported earlier this month. Receipts were driven by demand for automobiles and higher gasoline prices that left consumers with less to spend on other goods.
“We’re seeing continued resilience in auto sales and building materials but beyond that spending is pretty weak,” Anderson said.
The cost of fuel is continuing to be a drag on buying power this month. The pump price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline averaged $3.84 through Sept. 20 compared with $3.70 in August and $3.42 the prior month, according to data from AAA, the largest U.S. auto group.
Manufacturing, long a pillar of the recovery from the recession, also is showing signs of stress amid the slowing global economy and the march toward the U.S. fiscal cliff –$600 billion in tax increases and government spending cuts set to take effect next year should Congress not act by the end 2012.
“Following the rapid ramp-up of the wind power industry over the past five years, the industry is facing a significant drop in new orders, and this has an unfortunate consequence on employment in this segment,” Munich-based Siemens said in a statement.
Durable goods orders, a measure of demand for capital equipment and machinery like turbines, will drop 5 percent in August after rising 4.1 percent the prior month, according to the median estimate of economists surveyed before a Sept. 27 report from the Commerce Department.
While the drop was probably caused by a slump in volatile bookings for aircraft, economists project that excluding the transportation category, orders rose 0.3 percent, recovering only half of July’s 0.6 percent drop.
The move has helped drive down the cost of buying a home. The average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage matched a record low 3.49 percent in the week ended Sept. 20, according to McLean, Virginia-based Freddie Mac. (FMCC)
Lower borrowing costs are boosting property sales. Purchases of new houses rose to a two-year high in August, according to the median estimate in a Bloomberg survey. Sales climbed to a 380,000 annual pace from a 372,000 rate in July, the Commerce Department may report on Sept. 26. New homes made up 6.7 percent of the residential market in 2011, down from a high of 15 percent during the boom of the past decade. (Contributor: Bloomberg News)
Pray that those in high positions of authority regarding national financial matters will call upon the Lord for His wisdom. Pray that sound economic decisions will be administered by those charged to foster growth in our national financial assets.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5)
The recent spasm of religious violence in the Middle East is part of a larger pattern: A major survey released Thursday finds official and unofficial hostility toward religious freedom rising in every corner of the world — including in the U.S., which is no longer ranked among world’s most tolerant nations.
The annual study, compiled by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life, concluded that three-fourths of the world’s population lives in countries that impose significant political and social restrictions on religion, with the United States being moved out of the list of countries with the best records on religious tolerance.
“During the latest year studied, the U.S. moved from the low category of government restrictions on religion to the moderate category for the first time,” Pew said in a news release outlining key findings of the report.
The U.S. saw a rise for the first time, particularly at the state and local level, where incidents restricting religious groups from practicing their faith were up.
Among those problems cited in the U.S. as keeping people from practicing their religion, were restrictions on the wearing of religious attire or symbols, obtaining zoning or building permits for new religious school and houses of worship, a climate of increasing “social hostilities” including a rise in “religion-related terrorist attacks” and an increase in workplace discrimination complaints based on religion.
Among major religions studied, Christians, Jews and Buddhists saw four-year highs in the number of countries where harassment by government or by individuals or groups rose. By mid-2010, Christians in 111 countries saw increases in social or government harassment, while Jews in 68 countries faced similar problems.
The study marks the third time that the Pew Forum has sought to measure religious restrictions. It uses two indexes to score 197 countries and territories — containing nearly all the world population — and charts “restrictions due to government actions as well as acts of violence and intimidation by private individuals, organizations and social groups.”
Absent from the report is data on North Korea, whose government is described by Pew as “the most repressive in the world including toward religion.” Because of the lack of access to the communist nation, “sources are unable to provide the kind of specific, timely information that formed the basis of this analysis,” Pew researchers said.
The most recent Pew study, available at www.pewforum.org, describes a deteriorating tolerance for the practice of religion around the world. As of mid-2010 and before the “Arab Spring,” the report found religious tensions increasing in all five top regions of the world with 75 percent of the global population experiencing the highest government restrictions and social hostilities.
The share of countries registering “high” or “very high” on religious restrictions was up from 31 percent in mid-2000 to 37 percent by mid-2010, according to the study, a part of the Pew Templeton Global Religious Futures project.
Among those regions under assault, Europe, the Middle East-North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa saw median levels of both social hostilities and government restrictions rise. Social hostilities were up in the Asia-Pacific region, while government restrictions rose in the Americas.
Among the world’s 25 most-populous countries, Egypt, Indonesia, Russia, Myanmar (Burma), Iran, Vietnam, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Nigeria were cited as the most restrictive on religion based on government restrictions and social hostilities through mid-2010.
The United States, along with Brazil, Japan, Italy, and Congo registered as the most-populous nations with the fewest restrictions and hostilities, Pew researchers said. (Contributor: By Andrea Billups, The Washington Times, Pew Forum)
Ask the Lord to shine His light on those who find themselves in the crosshairs of persecution throughout the world. The Lord warned His children of this problem, but he also said that He would “never leave nor forsake” those who called upon His name. Pray for God’s hand of blessing over all those in need of His divine cover.
“If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you…. If they persecuted Me they will persecute you… for they do not know the One who sent Me.” (John 15:19-21)
“He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” (Psalm 91:4)
Recently, a high-level conference on the Victims of Terrorism by the Global Counter Terrorism Forum (GCTF) was held in Madrid. Its purported purpose is to increase global cooperation in fighting terrorism worldwide. Yet, despite Israel’s interest in joining the alliance, the GCTF, under the leadership of the Obama administration, has excluded Israel from all participation.
The GCTF is intended to “provide a multilateral platform to identify civilian counterterrorism needs, mobilize the necessary expertise and resources to address such needs, and to enhance global cooperation,” according to its website. Its mission is to help countries defend themselves against threats within their borders and to deny terrorist groups new recruits. However, the forum is applying none of this to Israel, America’s closest friend and ally in the fight against terrorism.
Israel fought hard to become involved with the GCTF. Nevertheless, it was precluded from joining as a founding member, and it has been denied the opportunity to attend or participate in any of its three conferences held thus far. Obama administration officials even have omitted Israel from mention during conference speeches when listing countries affected by terrorism. It’s as though Israel is nonexistent.
Israel is one of the largest targets of international terrorism. Per capita, it has suffered the third-highest number of fatalities in the world. Israel is also considered expert in coping with terrorist attacks. Accordingly, Sen. Joe Lieberman, Connecticut independent, and Sen. Mark Kirk, Illinois Republican, sent Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton a letter expressing concern about Israel’s exclusion from the GCTF. They pointed out that Israel could benefit from and contribute to the alliance if included. Their request was ignored.
A glimpse into the forum’s membership might provide insight into the reason for its rejection of Israel.
The GCTF is co-chaired by the United States and Turkey. It has 29 members, 11 of them also members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), including Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Egypt.
Reports indicate that the United States excluded Israel in capitulation to Turkey, which also recently pushed to keep Israel out of NATO. Apparently, the Obama administration has decided to turn a blind eye to the fact that Turkey supports Hamas, a state-designated terrorist organization that seeks to wipe Israel off the map.
Indeed, the OIC countries are united in their hatred of Israel and share a common vision of a world where Israel does not exist. In fact, all of the countries subscribe to the 1999 OIC Convention on Combating International Terrorism. This document states that armed struggle against “foreign occupation, aggression, colonialism and hegemony, aimed at liberation and self-determination shall not be considered a terrorist crime.” The OIC’s definition of terrorism is aimed at exempting terrorism against Israel and recasting it as “resistance” or “liberation.” Not surprisingly, all member countries support both Hamas and Hezbollah.
Numerous reporters have pressed the Obama administration, demanding to know why Israel has been shut out of participation with the GCTF. In response, the administration issued a statement claiming that it only brought a limited number of frontline states and emerging powers to develop a “representative” counter terrorism capacity-building platform, and that a number of “close partners with considerable experience” were not included in its founding membership. The administration asserts that it has discussed with its membership a number of ways to allow Israel to participate in the forum’s activities and is “committed to making this happen.” To date, this commitment has not manifested in any visible results. (Excerpts from Washington Times article by Deborah Weiss)
Pray that the United States will uncompromisingly align itself to the support of its most important ally in the Middle East. Ask the Lord to remove any U.S. policy makers from office who do not stand firm in this conviction. Ask the Lord to bless the land of Israel and give their leaders godly wisdom.
“I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” (Genesis 12:3)
According to an analysis by Representatives Wally Herger (R., Calif.) and Dave Reichert (R., Wash.), Obamacare’s cuts to the Medicare Advantage program, by driving seniors out of that program and back into traditional Medicare, could earn AARP over $1 billion over the next ten years, because AARP makes nearly half a billion dollars per year collecting royalties from supplemental Medigap policies sold by private insurers. Those Medigap policies are primarily sold to seniors in the traditional, government-run Medicare program.
In other words, AARP is poised to make billions thanks to Obamacare’s cuts to Medicare Advantage. As it is, the interest group makes almost twice from its Medigap royalties what it gets in membership dues. So it’s no wonder that AARP supported Medicare cuts that would be unpopular with seniors: Its own financial interests won out.
Democrats considered reforming the Medigap system instead of cutting Medicare’s payments to hospitals and doctors. But AARP fought those reforms, and they were left out of the bill. A separate analysis by Senator Jim DeMint (R., S.C.) calculates that keeping Medigap reform out of Obamacare saved AARP another $1.8 billion over ten years. That’s a total of $2.8 billion, with billions more in future profits.
Furthermore, AARP’s Medigap plans were exempted from nearly all of Obamacare’s key insurance regulations, such as its restrictions on insurer operating margins; bans on exclusions of preexisting conditions; and caps on executive compensation. (Contributor: National Review)
Pray that righteousness will prevail in all governmental matters dealing with healthcare issues in this nation.
“Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil. Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones.” (Proverbs 3:7-8)
An expert on China believes a recent report that the country is ending its forced abortion and sterilization policy isn’t true.
The initial report came from one organization that confirmed a memo to that effect, but it was just in one town, not countrywide. Reggie Littlejohn of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers tells OneNewsNow China has stated before it is not conducting forced abortions and sterilizations, but maintains it has done them for over three decades and will continue to do so.
“I just think that this is propaganda that the Chinese Communist Party is using to deflect the tremendous turmoil that happened over the forced abortion of Feng Jianmei,” she says. “She’s the one who was forcibly aborted in June and her picture came out with her forcibly aborted seven-month baby [laying] next to her. So I think that this is sort of the aftermath of that, and that the Chinese Communist Party is trying to save face and that’s all it is.”
Littlejohn stresses that the document in question only referred to late-term abortions and said nothing about ending forced early and second-trimester abortions. She adds the previous false report has already had an effect.
“What it does is it makes people think that this is no longer a problem,” she indicates. “They won’t be praying about it. They won’t be signing petitions and putting their political will behind stopping it.”
Littlejohn encourages people to continue working with the campaign to stop China’s forced abortions and sterilizations and continue to sign a petition to that effect on her website. (Contributor: One News Now, Women’s Rights Without Frontiers)
Pray that the Chinese Government will abandon its efforts to continue forcing women to have abortions based on population control policies. Pray that the Chinese people will rise up and stand against these inhumane policies. Pray that the voices of those who stand in opposition to these policies would be heard.
“Be merciful as your heavenly Father is merciful.” (Luke 6:36)
“Do unto others as you would have them do to you.” (Matthew 7:12)
“Love one another.” (John 15:17)
Supporting legislative prayer at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit – Thirteen Members of the House of Representatives have joined the Family Research Council (FRC) in submitting an amicus curiae brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in support of legislative prayer. The Lakeland City Commission in Florida had a policy of inviting clergy to offer invocations at the beginning of its meetings. The Atheists of Florida sued, arguing that because most of the prayers were offered by Christian clergy, the prayers were “too sectarian” and thus violated the Establishment Clause. The brief submitted by the Members argues that courts do not have the jurisdiction to delve into the inner workings of a deliberative body’s meetings because of the constitutional separation of powers between the branches of government.
Supporting the freedom of school boards to open meeting with prayer – Members of the Prayer Caucus are supporting a resolution introduced by Congressman Tim Walberg that supports the freedom of school boards to open meetings with prayer. H.Res.662 expresses the sense of the House of Representatives that school boards are deliberative bodies similar to city and county councils and state legislatures, and should be treated as such for purposes of analyzing the constitutionality of their prayer policies.
Working to protect the symbols and traditions of Christmas – Members of the Prayer Caucus are supporting H.Res.489, introduced by Congressman Doug Lamborn, which expresses the sense of the House of Representatives that the symbols and traditions of Christmas should be protected for use by those that celebrate Christmas. Each year during the Christmas season, there are increasing efforts to remove religious symbols and references from the holiday. H.Res.489 emphasizes that the First Amendment does not require bans on religious references to Christmas, and supports the use of these symbols by those who celebrate Christmas.
Urging Vanderbilt University to protect religious student groups – In October of 2011, Congressman Randy Forbes led 22 Members of Congress in sending a letter to Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos of Vanderbilt University, urging him to ensure that the school’s nondiscrimination policy was not being interpreted in a manner that discriminated against religious student groups. Several religious student organizations at Vanderbilt, including the Christian Legal Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, were placed on “provisional status” for requiring their student leaders to share the groups’ religious beliefs. Thirty-five Members then sent another letter in May of 2012, expressing continuing concern that the school’s nondiscrimination policy requires all student groups to open leadership positions to all students, yet exempts fraternities and sororities from the requirement while refusing to exempt religious student groups.
Fighting attempts to remove “Under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance – Members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus lead in sending a letter to NBC, expressing concern over the network’s omissions of “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance twice in a video montage aired during coverage of the U.S. Open. In response to the letter sent by 108 Members of Congress, the network reprimanded the employees responsible for the omissions and implemented safeguards to prevent similar instances in the future.
Opposing efforts to remove a memorial cross honoring military veterans – In January of 2011, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that a cross displayed at the Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial in San Diego, California was unconstitutional. Members of the Prayer Caucus signed on to an amicus curiae brief submitted to the Ninth Circuit asking the full court to reconsider the case, and asserting that the cross’s presence at the memorial is constitutional. After the Ninth Circuit declined to reconsider the case, Members joined the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) in submitting an amicus curiae brief to the Supreme Court of the United States, asking the Court to take up the case and reverse the Ninth Circuit’s decision. In June of 2012, the Supreme Court announced that it would not review the case; however, Justice Alito issued a statement saying the appeal may have been premature and the Court may reconsider the case after the district court issues a final order on the fate of the memorial.
Urging religious freedom protections for service members – The repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in the military raised concerns that service members whose consciences or religious beliefs conflicted with homosexual behavior would face discrimination and disapproval. Members of the Prayer Caucus sent a letter to President Obama, urging that specific religious freedom and conscience protections be adopted during implementation of the repeal to formally assure all Americans that our citizens need not leave their faith at home when they volunteer to serve.
Affirming America’s rich spiritual heritage – Co-chairmen of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, Congressman Forbes and Congressman McIntyre, reintroduced legislation to recognize our nation’s religious history. H.Res.253, America’s Spiritual Heritage Resolution, affirms the rich spiritual and diverse religious history of our nation’s founding and subsequent history, and designates the first week in May as America’s Spiritual Heritage Week.
Working to decrease frivolous lawsuits challenging public expressions of religion – Members of the Prayer Caucus are supporting H.R.2023, introduced by Congressman Dan Burton, which would ensure that the legal system is not used to extort money from state and local governments through frivolous lawsuits against public expressions of religion. H.R. 2023 would not prevent parties from filing lawsuits alleging Establishment Clause violations, but it would require each side to pay its own attorneys’ fees. The bill would limit the remedies available to the suing party, so the only relief available would be that the state or local government would be required to stop its public expression of religion, if the court deems it unconstitutional. The result would be a decrease in frivolous lawsuits and the assurance that state and local governments are not intimidated into halting constitutional public expressions of religion.
Recognizing the significant impact of the Ten Commandments on America’s development
Members of the Prayer Caucus are supporting H.Res.211, introduced by Congressman Louie Gohmert, which recognizes the significant contribution that the Ten Commandments have made in shaping America’s principles, institutions, and national character. The bill supports designating the first weekend in May as “Ten Commandments Weekend.” (Contributor: Congressional Prayer Caucus Web Site Current Issues)