Wednesday, April 16, 2014

"We Must Eliminate The Cross"

Gary L. Bauer
American  Values

Did that headline get your attention? I hope so.

Those words were spoken recently by Nasir al-Wuhayshi, Al Qaeda's number two leader. He was addressing at least 100 Al Qaeda fighters in Yemen, and he spoke out in the open, in plain view.

He told them, "We must eliminate the cross. ... The bearer of the cross is America!"

Let that sink in for a moment, folks. For all those who say this isn't a religious war, think again. For those who insist that our foreign policy or that America's support for Israel is the problem, think again. There is a reason the extremists in Iran refer to America, not Israel, as "the great Satan." Israel and America are allies in the same war against the same enemy -- radical Islam.

Video of al-Wuhayshi's comments is burning up jihadi websites right now. CNN writes that it shows what is believed to be "the largest and most dangerous gathering of Al Qaeda in years." One terrorism expert describe it as "extraordinary," adding that al-Wuhayshi was "taking a big risk" speaking so publicly.

And we missed it. Peter Bergen, CNN's national security analyst, commented, "The U.S. intelligence community should be surprised that such a large group of Al Qaeda assembled together, including the leadership, and somehow they didn't notice."

Responding to this video, Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said that Al Qaeda is re-grouping and getting ready to strike again. Rep. Rogers also suggested that the Obama Administration has taken its eye off the ball:

"…[Al Qaeda is] feeling empowered. The less pressure you put on them, the more they take that as a victory, the more that they believe that they can get away with plotting, planning, organizing… All of the things that they would need to do to strike a Western target, they're going through that process."

I know many Americans are war-weary. But radical Islam has declared war on us. And it clearly has not surrendered yet.

Email of the Day

Here are the 2,700 pages of the OBAMACARE (PPACA) condensed into one sentence.

ObamaCare: To insure the uninsured, we first make the insured uninsured and then make them pay more to be insured again, so the original uninsured can be insured for free to buy votes for the Democratic party.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Congressman Robert Hurt's Statement at Financial Services Hearing: “Legislative Proposals to Enhance Capital Formation for Small and Emerging Growth Companies

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) delivered the following remarks at today's Financial Services Committee hearing entitled, "Legislative Proposals to Enhance Capital Formation for Small and Emerging Growth Companies."  Video is available below, as well as text.



Clicking the image above or HERE.


"Mr. Chairman, I want to thank you for holding today's hearing on the legislative proposals to further enhance capital formation.  I thank all of the witnesses for being here, as well.  This subcommittee's work on the issue of capital access for small and emerging growth companies has resulted in the bipartisan passage of numerous bills in the full Committee and in the House.  I look forward to their enactment so we can continue to expand upon the successes of the JOBS Act we have witnessed over the last two years. 


"Even with those successes, I continue to hear from companies, both public and private, in my district about the impacts of outdated and burdensome regulations on their ability to access capital.  As our markets and the needs of its participants continue to evolve, it is necessary for our regulatory structure to reflect those new realties.    


"Today, I especially look forward to testimony from our witnesses regarding Chairman Garrett's Disclosure Modification and Simplification Act and reforming our corporate disclosure regime.  I am encouraged by the comments by a majority of the commissioners at the SEC, including Chair Mary Jo White, about the need for the SEC to engage in a comprehensive review of our disclosure requirements.  They have noted that disclosure overload is having negative impacts on investors, public companies, and the SEC itself. 


"Fostering capital formation in our capital markets requires consistently reliable information on public companies; however, too much information for the sake of information itself can create inefficiencies and confusion, especially among investors unable to make informed decisions.  Streamlining our disclosure regime to better reflect the SEC's three missions will lead to benefits for both businesses and investors. 


"I appreciate this Committee's continued focus on ensuring that our small businesses and startups have the ability to access the necessary capital in order to innovate, expand, and create the jobs that our local communities need.  I look forward to the testimony of our witnesses and thank you again for your appearance before the subcommittee. 


"Thank you, Mr. Chairman.  I yield back the balance of my time."

Restore Military Religious Freedom Coalition Letter Questions Air Force Academy on Religious Liberty

April 09, 2014

Group calls for answers about Air Force Academy religious liberty abuses

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Family Research Council (FRC) and members of the Restore Military Religious Freedom Coalition (RMRFC) have written a letter to Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson, superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy, asking about a recent incident in which a Bible verse was removed from a white board. This was done despite official academy policy, which permits the use of white boards for personal messages.

In the letter, the Coalition asks for a meeting with Lt. Gen. Johnson to discuss what this incident means for religious liberty in the Air Force. The RMRFC is a coalition of organizations dedicated to defending religious expression in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Two excerpts from the letter read:

"As a general matter, somewhere along the way the Air Force and the Academy seem to have adopted a novel view of American law regarding the First Amendment and freedom of speech and expression - particularly, religious speech. While it is certainly true that there are occasions in which military necessity requires that 'the good of the entire unit' be placed above that of the interests of 'any single individual,' the incident involving the cadet, his white board, and the Bible verse written on it cannot be construed to be one of them - even remotely.

"We believe the Academy has overstepped its constitutional and statutory bounds in the incident involving the cadet's white board. This is not a minor matter. The Academy's actions and policy pronouncements, unless quickly corrected, will continue to chill speech at the Academy, harm morale, and create unnecessary confusion for cadets. Thus, we urge you to obtain more objective analyses of the First Amendment issues involved here and correct the errors that have been made."

To read the entire letter, click here:

To learn more about the coalition, click here:

FRC Submits Amicus Brief in Fourth Circuit Virginia Marriage Case

April 09, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the debate about redefining marriage continues in the courts, Family Research Council (FRC) has submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in the case Bostic v. Schaefer (formerly Bostic v. Rainey).

FRC's brief was written by Paul Linton, Esq., a highly regarded constitutional appellate attorney. Linton has submitted amicus briefs on behalf of FRC in several marriage cases around the country, including in the 10th Circuit Utah marriage case being argued this week. FRC has been a long-time supporter of state laws to protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman around the country.

In his brief for FRC, Linton makes the case that the state has an interest in preserving marriage as it always has been known. He writes:

"The State has legitimate interests in encouraging responsible procreation, in furthering an environment in which the children so procreated will be raised in a family with both a mother and a father to whom they are biologically related and in preserving the traditional institution of marriage. In its equal protection analysis, the district court essentially conceded the legitimacy of these interests..."

Of the Virginia marriage case, FRC President Tony Perkins said:

"Just over the past few days the insatiable intolerance of homosexual activists has become abundantly clear. On Monday the Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of the Elane Photography decision arising out of New Mexico. Business owner and wedding photographer Elaine Huguenin followed her Christian conscience by politely declining to participate in a same-sex wedding. For that she was punished by the New Mexico Human Rights Commission - a decision upheld by the state's Supreme Court.

"We continue to see how redefining marriage is about far more than the marriage altar; it is about fundamentally altering society. Our most basic freedoms of speech and religious liberty are at stake. Mozilla forced the resignation of its CEO because of his belief in marriage as the union of a man and a woman. The backlash Mozilla received for pushing out its CEO shows that the American people are tiring of the tactics used by those seeking to redefining marriage.

"Public debate and opposition to the redefinition of natural marriage will undoubtedly intensify as Americans wake up to the consequences for all freedom in America, especially freedom of religion and freedom of speech," concluded Perkins.

To read FRC's Fourth Circuit amicus brief in the case, click here:

Email of the Day


A Victory for Job Creation in Virginia's Fifth District

Congressman Robert Hurt

Weekly Column 4/07/14


Last week's March Jobs Report once again demonstrated that this Administration's policies are hindering the dynamic economic and job growth we so desperately need.  The report showed that our economy is not growing fast enough to reduce the unemployment rate, the percentage of able-bodied adults that have given up looking for a job is nearly the highest it's been in thirty years, and more than seven million Americans are only working part-time when they would rather work full-time.  This bleak status quo that our country has experienced for the past five years is unacceptable, and we should do everything we can to remove the federal government as a roadblock to job creation so people have greater opportunities to provide for their families.


Thankfully, our efforts to remove one of those roadblocks impeding job growth in the Fifth District came to a successful resolution this week.  I was pleased by the news that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finally issued a permit to the Henry County Industrial Development Authority to proceed with the development of the Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre after a lengthy and unnecessary delay.  This site has the potential to bring a significant number of much-needed jobs to Southside Virginia.  Along with Congressman Morgan Griffith and Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, we introduced the Commonsense Permitting for Job Creation Act last summer to expedite approval of the site, as we have long supported efforts by Henry County and Martinsville to secure a permit for site preparation.  I thank our local officials in Henry County and Martinsville who have worked diligently to bring jobs to Southside Virginia despite the bureaucratic red tape that continually stalled their progress. 


I look forward to Commonwealth Crossing’s development and the jobs it will bring to area residents.  It is my hope that the Corps will now turn its attention to approving the permit for Pittsylvania County’s Berry Hill Mega Park, which is currently at a standstill because of the same unnecessary red tape that stalled Commonwealth Crossing.  To remedy these problems permanently, I will continue working with my Virginia colleagues to pass the Commonsense Permitting for Job Creation Act, which will ensure that future economic development projects do not face the same regulatory hurdles as Commonwealth Crossing and Berry Hill and instead can focus on creating jobs for Virginians.


If you need any additional information, please visit my website at or call my Washington office: (202) 225-4711, Charlottesville office: (434) 973-9631, Danville office: (434) 791-2596, or Farmville office: (434) 395-0120.


Family Research Council Hires Fired Fox Sports Analyst Craig James

April 08, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Craig James, a Fox Sports football analyst who was fired after the network learned that he had expressed his views in support of natural marriage during his race for the U.S. Senate 18 months earlier, has joined Family Research Council (FRC) as an Assistant to the President. In this role, Craig will cultivate relationships with like-minded Americans across the country who share a common concern for the growing hostility toward free speech and religious liberty in the U.S. He will continue to share his own story of religious discrimination and educate Americans to the expanding threats to our First Freedom.

"We are very excited and pleased to announce that Craig James is joining Family Research Council's team," said Family Research Council President Tony Perkins. "Losing one job because of his religious beliefs has made room for another: raising awareness about the threats to our most precious liberty - the freedom of religion. His leadership skills, his courage in the face of religious hostility, and his passion for faith, family and freedom will make him a great addition to the FRC team.

"Craig has experienced the very workplace disqualification that cultural elites are seeking to impose throughout the country: expressing a politically incorrect opinion on a cultural issue, totally unconnected to employment, is enough to get you fired. Whether you work for Mozilla, Gallaudet University, or serve in the military, you shouldn't have to fear being fired for holding to the belief in marriage as the union of a man and a woman. This discrimination runs over the most basic constitutional liberties that have long made our country great. With religious hostility reaching an all-time high, Craig will play a critical role in educating Americans about what they can do to stand up for freedom," concluded Perkins.

In 1989, Craig began his career as one of the lead analysts in college football. He worked for ESPN/ABC, CBS, Yahoo! Sports and The Sporting News, among others. In 1993, he founded the Craig James School of Broadcasting and spent ten years training professional athletes and coaches on the skills needed to become a professional broadcaster. In the fall of 2009 he released his first book "Game Day," which took fans behind the scenes of college football. From 2010 through 2011, Craig served on the board of the Texas Public Policy Foundation. In 2012 he ran for the open United States Senate seat.

"I am honored to join the country's premier Christian public policy organization," said Craig James. "I have a passion for Family Research Council's mission of faith, family and freedom. After I was fired by Fox Sports, I was deeply moved and emboldened by the countless number of people and organizations like Family Research Council that came to my side. Now it is my turn to offer encouragement to others encountering the same kind of religious bigotry. While the challenges to our freedoms are great, I strongly believe the game is far from over," concluded James.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Congressman Robert Hurt's Statement on Financial Services Hearing on Examining How Washington Red Tape Impairs Economic Freedom

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after attending a hearing held by the Committee on Financial Services entitled, "Who's In Your Wallet: Examining How Washington Red Tape Impairs Economic Freedom:"


"The bottom line is that Washington red tape is hindering our Main Street businesses from being able to infuse much-needed jobs into our fragile economy.  As I travel across Virginia's Fifth District, I continue to hear troubling stories about the impact of federal regulations from consumers, community banks, and credit unions, and the fact is that federal regulatory burdens are resulting in higher costs and fewer choices for consumers and families.  The Dodd-Frank Act, which exemplifies Washington's belief that regulators know best, is composed of 2,300 pages and includes 400 new government dictates.  This extreme level of regulatory power must be reined in so that we can grow our economy and create jobs for the American people.  My colleagues and I will continue the Financial Services Committee's commitment to robust oversight of these regulators as they implement Dodd Frank to ensure that any regulations implemented are not overly costly and burdensome. 


"At a time when far too many Virginians and Americans are out of work, it is crucial that we support policies that will cut the federal red tape that is holding our economy back.  I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues on the Financial Services Committee to this end."


Tanning Salons vs. Abortion Facilities

Gary L. Bauer

One of the most shameful details to emerge from the trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell was just how little interest state health officials had in making sure that abortion facilities were sanitary. That blatant disregard for the health and safety of women allowed Gosnell to keep his slaughter house open far too long. That is a real "war on women."

Unfortunately, liberals haven't learned any lessons from the Gosnell trial. Reports from New York's Department of Health indicate that only 25 abortion clinics are subject to inspection. Of those, nearly a third were never inspected from 2000 through 2012 and five were inspected only once. Meanwhile, state law requires tanning salons to be inspected at least once every two years.

That's a perfect example of the left's extremism when it comes to promoting abortion-on-demand. In one facility, half of the people who go in die. In the other facility, you'll leave with a tan and might develop skin cancer years later. Liberals are all for regulating and taxing tanning salons, but they will go to extreme lengths to block health and safety standards from applying to abortion clinics.

Staff Members from Congressman Robert Hurt's Office to Hold Local Office Hours in Brunswick, Buckingham, Campbell and Charlotte Counties

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Staff members from Congressman Robert Hurt's (R-Virginia) office will hold Local Office Hours in Brunswick, Buckingham, Campbell and Charlotte Counties on Friday, April 11 to meet with constituents who need assistance with federal agencies. For more information, please visit our Local Office Hours Interactive Map.


Friday, April 11, 2014


9:00 – 11:00 AM

Local Office Hours in Brunswick

Brunswick Government Building


100 Tobacco Street

Lawrenceville, VA


9:00 – 11:00 AM

Local Office Hours in Campbell

Campbell County Public Library – Rustburg Branch

Program Room

684 Village Highway

Rustburg, VA


1:00 – 3:00 PM

Local Office Hours in Buckingham

Buckingham Administrative Building

Conference Room

13360 W. James Anderson Hwy

Buckingham, VA


1:00 – 3:00 PM

Local Office Hours in Charlotte

Charlotte Administration Building

Conference Room

240 LeGrande Ave, Suite A

Charlotte Courthouse, VA


Friday, April 4, 2014

Congressman Robert Hurt and Virginia Colleagues Applaud Progress of Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre


Friday, April 4, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement in response to the recent news that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a permit to the Henry County Industrial Development Authority to proceed with development of the Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre, a major economic development initiative:


"I was pleased to hear this excellent news for Henry County, and thank our local officials in Martinsville and Henry County who have worked diligently to bring jobs to Southside Virginia despite the bureaucratic red tape that continually stalled their progress.  I look forward to Commonwealth Crossing's development and the jobs it will bring to area residents. 


"It is my hope that the Corps will now turn its attention to approving the permit for Pittsylvania County's Berry Hill Mega Park, which is currently at a standstill because of the same unnecessary red tape that stalled Commonwealth Crossing.  To remedy these problems permanently, I will continue working with my Virginia colleagues to pass the Commonsense Permitting for Job Creation Act, which will ensure that future economic development projects do not face the same regulatory hurdles as Commonwealth Crossing and Berry Hill and instead can focus on creating jobs for Virginians."


Senator Mark Warner (D-Virginia) said, "I'm so pleased that we can finally move forward with the Commonwealth Crossing Business Center and help create jobs for Southside.  It shouldn't have been this difficult but I'm proud Senator Kaine and Representatives Hurt and Griffith and I were able to work with state and local officials to get this done.  This is a victory for Martinsville and Henry County."


Senator Tim Kaine (D-Virginia) added, "This is welcome and long-overdue news for Southern Virginia.  Martinsville and Henry County worked tirelessly and invested heavily to bring the Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre to fruition.  From the beginning, Senator Warner and I worked together with Congressmen Hurt and Griffith to move this process forward. I'm proud of this bipartisan effort, appreciative that the Corps worked with us to get to 'yes,' and excited for the development and employment prospects this creates in Southern Virginia."


Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-Virginia) said, "Congratulations to Martinsville and Henry County on the approval of the Commonwealth Crossing permit.  I applaud local officials, the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation, and others in this community for their dedication to overcoming regulatory roadblocks, advancing this important project, and creating jobs in Southern Virginia.  It was very good working as a team with our United States Senators and Congressman Hurt on this project.  While this is very good news, our work continues on advancing a legislative solution to the underlying issue in an effort to see that projects like this one are no longer held up because of 'speculative development' issues."


The Henry County Industrial Development Authority has announced that a permit has been presented for the Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).  Henry County and the Martinsville-Henry Co. Economic Development Corp. have long worked to secure a permit from the USACE for site preparation to attract job-creating manufacturing firms to the county. 


Congressman Robert Hurt, along with Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner and Congressman Morgan Griffith, introduced legislation to address the flawed regulatory interpretation of the Corps that has led to the longstanding controversy in Henry and Pittsylvania counties.  The Commonsense Permitting for Job Creation Act (H.R. 2937) was introduced in August 2013 and would allow for job creation at economic development sites while remaining in line with commonsense environmental protections.